The abject failure of the United States to once again put forth credible evidence amid a firestorm of propaganda and rush to judgement – and subsequent action – echoes the attempted rush to war after NATO-member Turkey and Saudi Arabia assisted terrorists from the Syrian Al Qaeda franchise, Al Nusra, in carrying out a false-flag sarin gas attack in Damascus in August 2013. It also echoes the fallacious, fabricated evidence peddled before the United Nations regarding Iraqi “weapons of mass destruction” that in fact did not exist – but led to the invasion and nearly decade-long occupation of Iraq and over a million dead.
So I just got back from the O2 where I saw and met the Pythons, which was nice.
Before I let my impressions marinade, here are a few fresh from the bush:
For a whipper snapper like myself, this production was a godsend. As I was born quite late in their career, I’d never thus far had the chance of seeing them live. Good thing I’m a Swiss wage earning whipper snapper, ’cause that ticket was expensive!
When they say you should never meet your idols, they’re kind of right. Just like with my musical favourites, Motörhead’s Lemmy, one thing to keep in mind is that the stars are senior citizens now, so you won’t get a carbon copy of the record anymore. That said though, Eric Idle organised one fine show for us.
Although they could have gone a bit lighter on the musical type interludes, it was a privilege to see the five remaining Pythons and Carol Cleveland in the flesh, doing it all one more time. To see those sketches live and alive was amazing. Younger actors may have more vigour, but it’s always best to see the writers and original performers.
The irony of the whole thing about age, by the way, was that the most seasoned performer is still the best performer. Although he’s the oldest of the five, John Cleese was in great voice and shape and I for one am very glad he wanted to be there.
Meeting them afterwards was surreal. I usually have lots to say to my idols, but somehow with these whom I’ve admired for a lot longer than some of my musical favourites, I had far less to say. But sod it, all five in one room and me and 100 others too, that’s a pretty good crowning moment to an evening.
To finish with an aside on legends, Motörhead is still amongst the best in the value for money department, by the way. If there was a next time Monty Python should ask VIP Nation to do the meet and greet.
One critical observation absent from the “debate” on this issue is that, just like Occupy Wall street, this “People’s Assembly Against Austerity” is, true to its name, a far-left / Labour / social democrat / communist organization playing into the elite’s hands.
Russel Brand has become a tool in the hands of the elite, who, as they have for ages, rely on a repeated cycle of Hegelian dialectic to extort the population.
The entity commonly known as the UK government has for decades overspent on buttering up miscreants and assorted lefties with excuses for laziness in the form of oversized benefits. Now that funds are nearing depletion, they have to institute austerity measures, as of course paying for the exploitation of anyone not in the elites comes first. Now in order to legitimize the next phase, they’re creating this false outrage to have a reason to extort even more money from the honest and decent among their people in the name of “helping the poor” or some other nonsense.
Just like with other celebs, Brand would be better of focusing on what he’s best at (and even there he’s crap), being a comedian. He has now definitely proven that he knows sod all about how politics really works.
In the unfolding conflict in the Ukraine, I have for the first time been forced to rely on Russia Today for balanced and truthful information. While RT usually is mainly useful for the sort of background information you’d only find on the Internet away from mainstream outlets, they are now proving to be an invaluable source of insight into what is happening, as opposed to what the EU and the USA want you to think is happening.
While I am well aware of RT’s allegiance to the Kremlin (heck, Eduard Shevardnadze’s granddaughter is one of their figureheads), they are nowhere as loyal as the allegedly free media out here are to the official storytellers of “the west”. Even if you filter out their storybook portrayal of Russian officials, you’re still left with more balanced information.
- The BBC keeps referring to “Pro-Russian separatists” to imply that somehow those residents active in the eastern Ukraine are somehow Kremlin loyalists and not patriotic Ukranians.
- The same article, in line with guidelines for Western media, calls the junta in Kiev “the central government”, refusing to ever mention that they are illegitimate and to a great extent made up of neo-fascists the Russian media refers to as “Neo-Nazis”, either way right wing extremists who are doing the EU’s bidding by fighting against the Ukraine’s own interests.
- The “analysis” states: “Some 40,000 Russian troops remain massed on Ukraine’s border. Military drills are under way.” While that may be true, it never mentions the US troops present in Poland and NATO troops also present in the region, both doing the exact same thing they claim Russia is wrong to do. Even if that were so, at least they’d be Russian troops massing on Russian soil, not American and western European troops massing just west of the Ukraine.
This crisis has highlighted western hypocrisy like I’ve rarely seen before. John Kerry has been the worst. The man who once prided himself on having led protests against the Vietnam war, now beats the drums of war against Russia, disingenuously claiming that what the US does never constitutes invasion or conquest. What are Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya if not nations conquered by US forces? The only reason we can’t call those three annexations is because they don’t share land borders with the contiguous 48 states.
Say what you will about the Russian government, but remember that the oligarchy that calls itself the US government and which already over half of Americans realize does not represent them, commits vastly more crimes outside its borders all the time than Russia may have when they invited the Crimean peninsula to join their federation.
The only reason why the US and the EU installed a puppet junta in Kiev in the first place is the prize they’ve got their eyes on now: natural resources in the eastern Ukraine. Just as in every major conflict of the recent past, it’s about oil, drugs and minerals.
No one side is innocent in this conflict, but the allegedly impartial European and American media are certainly guilty of hiding the truth and disseminating the propaganda written for them by the western oligarchy.
Once again, the blending of “their” version and “our version” results in the truth. Dare to consume foreign media if you’re strong enough!
“One can only wonder how many of the “demonstrators” in Kiev were spontaneously and authentically opposed to Yanukevich’s government.”
I called this weeks ago. Now it becomes clearer what is actually at stake. I think it’s a good rule to especially ask why when people behave as illogically as those allegedly in favor of EU extortion in the Ukraine.
It is only because of such NATO / US “government” idiocy that I’ve become a supporter of President Putin and his policies. His conduct is that becoming of a true statesman, gentleman and adult. I can see how of course he is part of the same dialectic as “the west”, but at least he is a much greater pleasure to witness in action than “the west”.
Let us hope that we the awake can grow our numbers this year. There’s nothing worse than a closed and diseased mind.
Trust the Guardian to simultaneously ask a stupid question and shed light on an important issue.
In spite of all the crap the BBC aired on TOTP over the decades, there’s no denying that there were also some seminal performances and celebrations of miming on the show.
Just because the charts are full of crap these days doesn’t mean there’s no show. The solution to the “not enough material” “issue” is easy. How about starting with spotlight episodes on Welsh and Wales influenced artists?
This could be another perfect UK institution for BBC Cymru Wales to resurrect. I’m sure Russel T. Davies has some talents in the musical area as well.
The BBC seems to be lusting after FOX lately (well, for up to 25 years actually) with the way they’ve been abandoning quality products (including buildings), so Mr. Paphides’ question is indeed a rhetorical one.
However much bias some will think Al Jazeera America has, it will certainly have no more bias than the “domestic” US media. In a landscape so harshly dominated by the mainstream media, a.k.a. Red Barry’s mouthpiece, Russia Today and Al Jazeera America are vital voices! If healthy debate is the sign of a healthy democracy than the US badly needs Dr.s RT and AJA!
So today I finally went to the BBC’s Doctor Who Experience here in Cardiff Bay. I stress the BBC part of it as it is clearly a product of the BBC for fans, unlike the original one (at the Red Dragon Centre), which (apparently) was by fans for fans.
While I would recommend a visit to any fan, casual or hardcore (Bessie!), I have to stress the major caveat that longtime or hardcore fans should not go in with too many expectations. While it is nice to be immersed in a mini adventure, courtesy of the BBC’s big purse, I can’t help shake the impression of a clean and sanitized, almost Disney-like establishment.
As a more geeky fan of the family of shows, I fully expected there to be at least some exclusive merchandise, i.e. autographs, rarities and strictly limited editions of artefacts. If record companies can compel their artists to sign a stack of autograph cards at regular intervals, the BBC should have no problem doing the same.
As I said, I’m sorted for autographs, but not everyone can travel or even fund projects to get them.
It’s good to see that the BBC are investing in the area and being honest about where the new generation Doctor Who’s real home is, I do wish they’d also cater to bigger fans, who (gasp!) might even return for more visits.
tl;dr: It’s a consumer grade device, don’t expect miracles.
Last week I got my Sony HMZ-T1, Sony’s new video glasses / visor product. Having seen their PR and having read a few reviews, I was already not expecting an Amazing style immersive experience. But I was curious nonetheless.
While the device setup is generally very simple and intuitive, fitting the thing on your head is not. The trick is to fit the front first, then adjust the straps, otherwise you have no clue as to how to adjust them.
Watching a DVD on the glasses is definitely an enjoyable experience as it does indeed give you the “portable cinema” experience. I have yet to try 3D BDs, but I trust they’ll measure up.
In the end though, this is not an Apple device and as such does remind me a little too much of cheap Japanese kids’ toys. It seems that in an effort to make the device affordable, Sony had to cut corners after having spent the bulk of the budget on the screens that make the magic possible.
So while Sony deserves much praise for having accomplished a great feat this early, the device category still has a long way to go. So until an Apple grade device becomes the norm in the $500 – $900 RRP range, Sony would do well to produce a tech enthusiast version made of better materials and equipped with a better rounded feature set in the $1,000 – $2,000 RRP range.
I love my HMZ-T1, but I want more.
Another tale of the easiest way to upset liberals: present them with facts.
“Our research shows clearly that the movement doesn’t represent unemployed America and is not ideologically diverse. Rather, it comprises an unrepresentative segment of the electorate that believes in radical redistribution of wealth, civil disobedience and, in some instances, violence. Half 52% have participated in a political movement before, virtually all 98% say they would support civil disobedience to achieve their goals, and nearly one-third 31% would support violence to advance their agenda.The vast majority of demonstrators are actually employed, and the proportion of protesters unemployed 15% is within single digits of the national unemployment rate 9.1%.”
And here’s the poll confirming what I’ve been asserting all along. Those protesters are hardcore communists and for the most part spoiled brats with too much time and money on their hands.
How about we take away all their possessions (all property is theft after all), dress them in overalls and have them go clean the latrines in Venezuelan slums. I bet they’ll be crying for their mothers long before President Chavez’ reelection next year.
Or better still, let them go “occupy” North Korea. They already agree with Kim Jong Il on most issues and I’m sure he would be ecstatic to put up a few hundred Americans who hate their fatherland just as much as he does.
And yes, even in light of these facts, that “Occupy xyz” circus still qualifies as an Obama campaign event. By looking at the friends Obama has kept over the years we know very well that the Democrats are in reality far too conservative for him.
By the way, did you hear about that group of Nazis supporting the mortal enemies of the Fuehrer? Yeah, funny things happen when the communists from the mainstream media point the spotlight at their heroes.
Told you so. “Occupy Wall Street” is an Obama ’12 campaign event, sponsored by oligarchs.
As an aside: Never mind what you may think of Alex Jones, it is clear that those commies won’t change anything for the better or that next year’s “election” will be all that special.
Nothing to see, move along…
Although it’s been ten years, the memories of that morning will never fade. Though I was at the other end of New York state, it was still the closest I’d ever been to war. The people, the emotions and the sheer shock of the events created memories that will remain.
Never mind how or why the attacks happened. They were a watershed moment and it is our collective reaction that will determine how the event will ultimately be recorded and remembered.
I think it’s safe to say that progress thus far has been far too slow if the idea is indeed to combat the “extremist version” of islam that’s supposed to be the culprit. Perhaps though the event was more catalytic than cataclysmic…
One of the best tributes this year has to be Symphonic Theater of Dreams orchestral version of Dream Theater’s Sacrificed Sons. At least for now, you can listen to the track on their website.
To pillory a man for pointing out such a glaringly obvious cultural fact just because he’s white and Right-wing would have been quite wrong even before the riots. Post riots it is positively obscene.
And once again Delingpole gets it right. Like I said, if Starkey was a working class black man they’d be applauding very loudly.
See, this is what I meant recently when I said you had to be black to criticize black people. Starkey was absolutely spot on, but since he’s white he automatically got accused of being racist. If a working class black man had said the same things he would have been awarded a prize and lauded as visionary. Who’s being racist now?!
Also, this whole notion that “police are racist” has to stop, especially in England! The riots’ magnitude is proof that they aren’t.
Listen ignoramuses, if there is evidence to suggest that a suspect is black, the police must look for him or her among black people and in a majority black area, a suspect will by default be black. This isn’t racism, it’s simple logic! If you’d bothered to get a proper education you’d know that.
So no, there were no legitimate grievances in the lead up to the riots. A memorial, ok, family are bound to ignore the bad sides of a relative that got them killed, but anything beyond that had no justification whatsoever. Mature people get involved, children throw a tantrum. Those who grow up work to better their lot, those who don’t mooch off taxpayers and riot.
Love Britain, give the Bobby a gun!
Once again, I saw this one coming from a mile away. There’s a certain way things in DC work, and not messing with the figurehead’s wars is a part of that.
Chief eunuch of Obama the nitwit in this case is Kucinich. I knew this effort was definitely intended to fail when I saw that lame mallard head up the effort.
So, just for fun, a few more predictions:
- The GOP will cave in, the debt ceiling will be raised, as high as the Fed demands it be.
- Spending will continue unabated.
- Kucinich, the Pauls & Co. will remain the sideshow they’ve always been.
- Palin will at the most follow in Hillary’s footsteps. No Presidency for her.
And just to cheese off a few more people, I’m gonna quote a rock star: Don’t believe the truth!
This is significant. If the White House even now can’t seem to get the story straight about who did what where, who dies, who shot, etc.. then there’s clearly something wrong with this picture.
Once again, I do not believe that representatives of “the leader of the free world” (he isn’t) couldn’t order a high ranking officer to speedily debrief / interrogate all living persons involved in the raid, sum up the information and deliver their report to their Commander in Chief. This is rudimentary intelligence work, not science.
This is all symptomatic of a situation where someone invents an only partially true story and then asks everyone to memorize and disseminate it. It’s as if no one in the White House wants to admit to having thrown the baseball that broke the window.
And again I say, pull the other one, Barry!
A warm and fitting tribute to the probably most famous and loved Dr. Who companion ever.
And here goes the second UK celebrity to pass on this week. A giant in British comedy, Sullivan gave us some of the biggest characters in all UK comedy with the Trotter brothers. I guess now we know that there definitely won’t be any more Fools and Horses.
So this is it, the final goodbye to Sarah Jane Smith. Although I was never aware that she had cancer, it is perhaps not unexpected that she left gracefully and in style.
Thank you for all your gifts to geeks everywhere, and an even bigger kudos for never betraying your biggest role.
Just the latest part of the lamestream media’s campaign for Obama. That “townhall meeting” will be about as non-political or unscripted as Obama’s campaign events (tl;dr for liberals: all scripted, very political, very liberal.)
“Had”?! If it was massive, it is pronounced now.
Looks like Mr. Murdoch hasn’t learned from Bill Gates’ mistakes. You can’t copyright a word as common as windows or sky and expect to be protected.
Good riddance to bad rubbish! I still think Noel Gallagher should replace Simon Cowell. Though that would be unusual for Idol as it would be a step up instead of the steps down they took with LaGuardia and Degeneres.
Does that mean we can get a new series commissioned? Please?
All those who accused the media of not criticizing President Bush can definitely shut up now. If that news conference wasn’t a communist style con I don’t know what would be. It’d be hard to get more fake than that without being a professional actor.
The league of “kooks” seems to be growing… When some Frenchmen or some Russian academic predict the collapse of the dollar it’s one thing… But when domestic experts start agreeing with them, it’s time to start taking the developments seriously.
The fact is that “our” government is spending us into a depression and possibly something far worse. They don’t care about us because in a “democracy” as rigged as ours there is really nothing for them to fear. And with their millions safely stashed off shore, they couldn’t care less about how much or how little money we have. And if they ever leave DC, there will be fellow co-conspirators outside of government to bail them out by paying them millions for doing nothing or perhaps for killing innocent civilians or something equally distasteful.
Those who have yet to realize that all this “new era” talk by the commie in chief is nothing but the newest episode of the DC circus really are some poor stupid sods. They should realize that no one will be elected unless they have a purpose in the elite’s plans. If you don’t tow the line you will never make it, or not for long anyway. And don’t point to Obama, he is towing the line like a mule on fire.
The cowards in DC have it rigged so that the majority of people are nothing more than cattle, putty in their hands. Trust me, it’ll take more than a few large scale riots to unsettle those guys. There are plenty of active and inactive government installations on which to hide away “uncooperative citizens.”
Too alarmist? You won’t survive attempts to communicate with the outside once incarcerated. Enjoy Obamaland!
As for alternatives to kissing your behind… If you’re not smart enough to figure that out you deserve what you get. And if DC tries a repeat of 1933, all I can say is remember the classic Heston quote!
Not only is this further proof that Obama is not a (real) Christian, but also that we’re now back to Clinton style diplomacy, i.e. our enemies dictate our actions and then we’ll maybe eventually object to tiny parts of their orders.
Today’s “duh” award goes to Stossel. While usually quite adept at highlighting issues, this week’s column is just a dozy. First off, his example is meaningless: I mean, only an idiot would go for a major as meaningless as “human development.” I should know, I did Informatics.
Also, any student who falls for the universities’ PR deserves to fail or to be disappointed. Then as now, you only get a good job if you’re willing to work hard for it. That is unless you’re non-white, female or some combination of the subgroups therein.
A quick comment on the 7th season storyline of 24:
If I were in “president” Taylor’s shoes, I would put American lives first, no matter what. Screw African banana republics, screw all foreign nations who don’t deserve our support by working to better their own lot.
And yes, this would mean leaving nations like Iraq alone. If they can’t harm the US, they’re not our problem. Foreign entanglements of the fictional 24 and the real life Iraq kind only cause trouble we don’t need. I’d rather have thousands of Americans alive and a few Iraqis dead because of Saddam than the other way around.
We’re not the only nation capable of helping others. Let middle eastern nations help each other, western European nations help each other and eastern European nations help each other, at least until the US economy and all associated problems have been sorted out.
Compassion is good, but not when it kills Americans!
Goodness, he couldn’t do an interview with the conservatively biased US media now could he… 🙄
He’s really not doing himself any favors here. Again I have to reiterate that whatever he is, he’s not a Christian.
Another gotcha. All of Obama’s talk of transparency has been nothing but a smokescreen for business as usual. After all, what kind of President would lock out those who bought his office for him?
If you don’t have cable or a new TV, you deserve to be left behind. You’ve had years to fix this, so quit moaning. Also, any decent person will have no problem buying a converter. That voucher money would be much better spent on building more libraries.
“Meanwhile, news organizations – from the Los Angeles Times to Black Entertainment Television – have publicly proclaimed they will cover the new administration impartially.”
The above statement is ludicrously ridiculous to begin with, but for BET, a channel whose very existence is based on promoting and endorsing anti white racism, to claim that they’ll cover the President impartially is beyond ridiculous.