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July, 2010:

Chuckles loses the plot – epically.

The Prince of Wales says he believes he has been placed on Earth as future King ‘for a purpose’ – to save the world.

Giving a fascinating insight into his view of his inherited wealth and influence, he said: ‘I can only somehow imagine that I find myself being born into this position for a purpose.

‘I don’t want my grandchildren or yours to come along and say to me, “Why the hell didn’t you come and do something about this? You knew what the problem was”. That is what motivates me.

‘I wanted to express something in the outer world that I feel inside… We seem to have lost that understanding of the whole of nature and the universe as a living entity.’

And I thought he’d just been placed on this goodly Earth to ponce off the tax-payer, produce mediocre watercolours, wear a double-breasted jacket and desire to be a tampon. Not exactly Henry V at Agincourt territory is it?

His impassioned comments come during a film about his belief that unbridled commerce has led to the destruction of farmland and countryside.

The documentary, called Harmony, is due to be aired on the U.S. network NBC in November to coincide with the launch of a book of the same name by the prince.

I honestly couldn’t make this up. Personally I’ll be waiting for the 3D IMAX version. God almighty that sounds like it shall make “An Unconvenient Truth” look fun. And “unbridled commerce”? Oh, Jebus wept blood! It’s all those grubby little Northern industrialists making stuff in Dark Satanic Mills in Manchester is it not? Well, Chuckles we are not serfs any more. We don’t tug our forelocks to you and are very grateful for a jar of “Duchy Originals” chutney of a Christmastide. It’s fucking easy pal to despise commerce and industry when you own half of Cornwall and get money off the civil list to spend on organic jam and double-breasted jackets.

But the Prince has previously come under fire for hypocrisy over his eco-values.

Last year he commandeered a jet belonging to the Queen’s Flight to attend the Copenhagen climate change summit, generating an estimated 6.4 tons of carbon dioxide – 5.2 tons more than if he had used a commercial plane.

But you see Charles believes in the divine right of kings. He is on a mission from God just like the Blues Brothers or something. If you and me jet out to Majorca or Florida we are evil and getting above our station but Charles is not one of us. He is an agent of God or what the Russians would call a holy fool and what this blogger would call an epically well-chiselled twatter. We have had a King Charles who believed in the divine right of kings before. It didn’t work out well. And I swear on Maxwell’s Equations that if this profound cunt ever takes the throne I will be more than happy to swing the axe. It would be a mercy, really.

Critics condemned his words as ‘delusional’.

Graham Smith, of the anti-monarchy group Republic, said: ‘He is under the impression he has been sent to save the world and deliver us from our sins. It’s quite delusional.

I think Mr Smith demonstrates another great British tradition – understatement. It is in truth not “quite delusional” it is three stops from Dagenham. It is insane. What does Chuckles think he is? Some form of Avatar of Krishna? He certainly don’t look it. He looks like a thick upper class twat in a double-breasted jacket. Christ almighty he really doesn’t look like Neo from the Matrix trilogy does he! I’m kinda reminded of David Icke who believed himself the re-incarnation of Buddha, Socrates and Christ and was put on this planet to save it from reptilian aliens whilst wearing a turquoise shell-suit. Well as some wag put it at the time, “Icke [a former goal-keeper] saved fuck-all for Coventry City”. If I want a hero I want Clint Eastwood in a poncho or Bruce Willis in a dirty vest or Jackie Chan twatting people with a step ladder. If I’m on a budget I could go as low as Jean-Claude Van Damme but that would be pushing things.

‘He will have to be impartial and keep his mouth shut when he’s king. If he really believes this is his mission and he disagrees with Government in future, he risks plunging us into a constitutional crisis.’

Except he won’t. He can’t. He believes. He is absolutely not going to shut-up, live in a palace, kill critters up at Balmoral and open the odd factory and say, “So you’re an electrician, what do you do?” to the proles. He is a dyed in the wool cunt. He ain’t about to change. Because he knows he is right.

Senior royal aides denied the prince was attempting to mould his public image and pave the way to ensure a positive legacy.

They stressed Charles also cared passionately about his other royal duties, such as defence.

One said: ‘In private he has dismissed talk of legacies – that’s not for him to say because it’s for others to judge. But hopefully his charities will carry on for many years to come.

‘He has said there is a reason why he’s in a position to raise these issues – that there is some higher power. But there is more to his role than just green problems.

‘It’s true that outside royal duties, the environment is the thing he cares most passionately about.’

In a trailer to the film, the prince spoke passionately about his decades-long quest for what he described in a statement as ‘a sacred duty of stewardship of the natural order of things’.

Fucking Hell! The natural order of things. Wow!

Read the whole thing here. It is awesome. It is exhibition Chuckles. It is in the context of this century (or the 20th, 19th, 18th…) breath-taking. Charles will have a legacy. It will be the British Federal Republic. I am not a republican but there is no fucking way I shall put up with that utter cunt on the throne.

I have made Charles out here to be a risible figure. I have done that because mockery is remarkably effective against such arses but make no mistake – the man is also evil. He is against everything of The Enlightenment. He would be a medieval despot if he could get away with it (and he will try) and he would reduce the nation that invented the industrial revolution to feudalism. That’s a legacy all right and whilst I have breath in my body or fingers on this keyboard he shall never be king.

He can fuck off to Dorset and live in a yurt and talk to organic vegetables for all I fucking care but king? I’d rather put my penis through a mangle than see that.

PS. Yes, there is a UK-based business that sells yurts via the internet. They claim to be the largest yurt supplier in the UK. Fair play to them but…

US readers: I’m beginning to think you had the right idea.

Miss Australia

You know the film “This is Spinal Tap”? You know there is a scene where the manager gets annoyed at the interfering of one of the band members girlfriends and describes her as looking like “something from an Australian’s nightmare”. Behold Miss Australia…
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Ruskin

Not long since I had the pleasure of the company of Paul Marks of Samizdata (it’s blog-rolled) fame in the Lake District. Naturally the conversation turned to Ruskin – I mean we could see his house from there. Now Ruskin was a nutter. We all know about the pubic hair incident but there is something I never said to Paul that I’m gonna say to you.

OK Ruskin was totally mental over Effie’s pubic hair. We’ll take that as Gospel. But whilst that is sad for the lady in question to have to have to her marriage annulled for non-consummation after six years it is a personal tragedy and not a grand one. But I shall quote on the anullment from wikipedia.

Their marriage was notoriously unhappy, eventually being annulled in 1854 on grounds of his “incurable impotency,” a charge Ruskin later disputed, even going so far as to offer to prove his virility at the court’s request. In court, the Ruskin family counter-attacked Effie as being mentally unbalanced. Effie later married the artist John Everett Millais, who had been Ruskin’s protegé, in July 1855, and bore eight children.

Apparently despite the bias of Victorian era divorce courts in favour of men over women I suspect that demonstrates quite abundantly which of the two could most obviously be deemed “sexually dysfunctional”.

But that is not really my point – I mention it purely because everyone does. Ruskin was also a sort of socialist of the peculiarly British breed that essentially pre-date Karl Marx’s musings. He was a pioneer of “Christian socialism” and a sort of Luddite-ism that wanted us all back on the farm. It’s still going strong and it’s chief champion is currently Prince Charles who oddly enough also found an attractive woman not to his taste either. I’m not holding a candle (in the wind?) for Diana but for fuck’s sake Chuckles she beat Camilla into a cocked hat! Oh, right but he loved Camilla. Then he should have married her! It really isn’t that hard. (or maybe it wasn’t in the case of John Ruskin – he never got that day in court to demonstrate).

No, my point is about Ruskin’s second infamous court case. This was a libel case involving the painter James Whistler. Now Ruskin had written nasty things about Whistler including accusing him of “flinging a pot of paint in the face of the public” by charging 200 Guineas for a picture.

There are a couple of ways to look at that and both come round to the same thing. Both are essentially about socialism. The first is that Whistler clearly wasn’t “slinging a pot of paint in the public’s face” because he was a private artist and if you wanted one of his paintings you knew who to call and if you didn’t then you just didn’t. This links neatly into Ruskin’s other beef against Whistler. He hated him because he was charging 200 Guineas for a painting that (and this was Whistler’s technique) was executed rapidly. That is also very socialist. It is a total denial of the market. The market values something for it’s real or perceived utility and not how much pointless effort went into it. The market is about the product and not the toiling. That is why socialism inevitably leads to slavery because it always concentrates on the effort and not the result.

I have sometimes taken a long time to sort computer issues. The faster I sort it the better for everyone. Trust me. You don’t want me crawling under your desk for three hours when I can do it in 20 minutes. Which fix would you pay more for? The one that looked like work or the one that worked and worked quickly?

Ruskin would have loved the Fairtrade movement and it’s love of women toiling away to make or grow stuff like serfs. Well as long as they found additional time to wax anyway.

People do Media Studies?

Neutrinos are created as a result of certain types of radioactive decay or nuclear reactions such as those that take place in the Sun, in nuclear reactors, or when cosmic rays hit atoms. There are three types, or “flavours”, of neutrinos: electron neutrinos, muon neutrinos and tau neutrinos; each type also has a corresponding antiparticle, called antineutrinos. Electron neutrinos (or antineutrinos) are generated whenever protons change into neutrons (or vice versa), the two forms of beta decay. Interactions involving neutrinos are mediated by the weak interaction.

[I was once offered a PhD at Oxford in muon spin-resonance]

Most neutrinos passing through the Earth emanate from the Sun, and more than 50 trillion solar neutrinos pass through the human body every second.

By the time you read this it’s a lot more than 50 trillion. And you bought your book by Émile Durkheim why precisely? We are out in the suburbs of the Orion Spur, 8,000 parsecs* from centre and there are of the order of 100 billion stars in this galaxy and you are “studying” media! Why?

I think it’s time to go down-town and check out the action – don’t you reckon?

There is a triple breasted lady with green skin that I want to take roughly from behind. I mean if Captain Kirk did it then why not me?

A few years ago this was stetted. That is Skylon and it needed 180 million that a government (cheers Ruth Kelly you obnoxious muntrix!) couldn’t afford that but could afford to bung Muslims half that to not be nasty.

My hero, Clarence “Kelly” Johnson believed that if it “looks right it will fly right”. That looks like a spaceship to me. Because that is so cool!

Request for funding from the British government was undertaken in 2000, with a proposal that could have offered a large potential return on investment. The request was not taken up on at that time. Subsequent discussions with the British National Space Centre led to agreement in 2009 on a co-funding agreement between BNSC, ESA and REL to continue technology development for the SABRE engine.

That’s a variable cycle engine. That is faster than the flying fuck.The Sabre will do Mach 5.4 air breathing. And then when the LOX kicks in above 26 km to it’s orbital flight it will go very, very fast indeed and that is really fast. That is Mach 20+ which is absolutely fucking caning it. Why could we not afford that?

Just build Skylon and open Bristol International Spaceport and let me go home.

*A Parsec is about 31 trillion kilometres or 3.26 light years. You might think it’s a long way to the post office but that is fuck all to what is out there.

PSHEE

When I were a lad we had this brand new subject called PSE (personal and social education) which nobody cared a toss about. Not least because it was entirely taught by the school numpties that we knew the head would never entrust with an exam class. Kids pick up on such things very quickly. Quite rapidly after I wrote doggerel into speech balloons involving the use of condoms PSE upgraded itself to PSHE (the “H” being for health). I think it still amounted to don’t shag Leanne because she’s a right slag and you’ll get Chlamydia. Well we didn’t need lessons to know that a girl who was aright slag and could manage 64 farts in 60 seconds in a tech drawing class was a slapper (I timed it – God help me!). Anyway, they are still on about (BBC News yesterday morning) the need for more sex education in what is now PSHEE – Personnel, social, health and economic eructation and “citizenship” is lurking round the block with menaces. Why?

Never did any good that I saw. Nobody took a non-exam class seriously. No teenager needs to be taught about sex. From what I recall we were very keen amateurs. A little known fact is that Americans are more likely to lose their virginity on the back seat of a car but amongst us Brits it’s a graveyard – well you guys have bigger cars and we have more dead folks. And more to the point (though there is a graveyard spitting distance from here and I’m 5’11″ so the Corsa is out) what is this nonsense about “more” sex ed? It is typical statist drivel hurling more and more shit at the wall and seeing how much sticks. Note they never say “better” just “more”. Well Mr and Mrs Ugg the cave-folks figured it out. We know this or I for for one wouldn’t be typing this tripe. Unless of course that moustachioed fanny mechanic Lord Robert Winston is on monkey glands and is 6453 years old or something.

Anyway, more sex education is merely more sinecures for PSHEE-ers. It will not make the blindest bit of difference (this is a feature not a bug to them) because of course it means even more shit can be thrown at the wall when all that needs to be said is what we all know anyway. Leanne might be hot and tight (just like prom night) but she won’t be quite so beguiling when she’s whelped a few pups and has a vulva like the top of a Wellington boot.

The great irony here is that I found sex very interesting in the context of the biology that I studied to university level. Fascinating branch of science. PSHEE – fail. I also found the practical elements of sex quite amusing.

Once, as a 16 year old, me and my mates were waiting for a bus. A siren call came from the bushes, “Eh lads you’re missing a reet treat coz me mate is having a piss round here”. Well Nick looks at Barney and Barney looks at Paul and Paul looks at Scott and no words are passed but we just leg it. I grew up in the North East and The Fat Slags are documentary and not cartoon. I have seen things you people would not believe and I am not talking about attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I have seen a bird fisted on the hood of a 1.6l Ford Capri. Not the V6 model – that would have had some form of class.

So, yeah, more utterly ignored sex-ed will do the trick. Absolutely.

Hitler – The Christian

Right that has hurled the kitten amongst the spuggies…

People often make the claim that Adolph Hitler adhered to Atheism, Humanism or some ancient Nordic pagan mythology. None of these fanciful and wrong ideas hold. Although one of Hitler’s henchmen, Alfred Rosenberg, did undertake a campaign of Nordic mythological propaganda, Hitler and most of his henchmen did not believe in it .

[The whole issue of religion and the NAZIs is a tricky one mainly because they believed all manner of crazy stuff]

Many American books, television documentaries, and Sunday sermons that preach of Hitler’s “evil” have eliminated Hitler’s god for their Christian audiences, but one only has to read from his own writings to appreciate that Hitler’s God equals the same God of the Christian Bible [The same God as Maximilian Kolbe perhaps?]. Hitler held many hysterical beliefs [To put it mildly] which not only include, God and Providence but also Fate, Social Darwinism, and ideological politics [That mix isn't Christianity]. He spoke, unashamedly, about God, fanaticism, idealism, dogma, and the power of propaganda [Yeah, mentalists do have a tendency to speak on such matters]. Hitler held strong faith in all his convictions [You can't fault him on wavering]. He justified his fight for the German people and against Jews by using Godly and Biblical reasoning. Indeed, one of his most revealing statements makes this quite clear [Or the one you chose]:

“Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord.”

[But... Correct me if I am wrong. Christ was God incarnated in the form of a Jew. I mean there is a feast of the circumcision, right?]

Although Hitler did not practice religion in a churchly sense [point noted], he certainly believed in the Bible’s God. Raised as Catholic he went to a monastery school and, interestingly, walked everyday past a stone arch which was carved the monastery’s coat of arms which included a swastika. As a young boy, Hitler’s most ardent goal was to become a priest [As a young boy I wanted to be an RAF fighter pilot - I am rather good at flying kites, mind]. Much of his philosophy came from the Bible, and more influentially, from the Christian Social movement. (The German Christian Social movement, remarkably, resembles the Christian Right movement in America today.) [Bingo! - Christian socialism is socialism falsely bearing the banner of Christ] Many have questioned Hitler’s stand on Christianity [to put it mildly]. Although he fought against certain Catholic priests who opposed him for political reasons [or because he was evil], his belief in God and country never left him. Many Christians throughout history have opposed Christian priests for various reasons; this does not necessarily make one against one’s own Christian beliefs. Nor did the Vatican’s Pope & bishops ever disown him; in fact they blessed him! As evidence to his claimed Christianity, he said:

“My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Saviour as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, God’s truth! was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter. In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and adders. How terrific was His fight for the world against the Jewish poison. To-day, after two thousand years, with deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before the fact that it was for this that He had to shed His blood upon the Cross. As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice… And if there is anything which could demonstrate that we are acting rightly it is the distress that daily grows. For as a Christian I have also a duty to my own people.”

-Adolf Hitler, in a speech on 12 April 1922 (Norman H. Baynes, ed. The Speeches of Adolf Hitler, April 1922-August 1939, Vol. 1 of 2, pp. 19-20, Oxford University Press, 1942)

[Now I don't wanna spoil the party but wasn't Jesus Christ actually Jewish? I mean born in Bethlehem and circumcised and speaking Aramaic, you know the whole nine-yards. I know there are some bizarre "work-arounds" involving Christ as the son of a Roman soldier of Germanic ancestry but...]

Hitler’s anti-Semitism grew out of his Christian education. Christian Austria and Germany in his time took for granted the belief that Jews held an inferior status to Aryan Christians. Jewish hatred did not spring from Hitler, it came from the preaching of Catholic priests and Protestant ministers throughout Germany for hundreds of years. The Protestant leader, Martin Luther, himself, held a livid hatred for Jews and their Jewish religion. In his book, “On the Jews and their Lies,” Luther set the standard for Jewish hatred in Protestant Germany up until World War II. Hitler expressed a great admiration for Martin Luther.

[Probably in a political sense. That's my guess.]

Hitler did not have to parade his belief in God, as so many American Christians do now [And they have what to with it?]. Nor did he have to justify his Godly belief against an Atheist movement. He took his beliefs for granted just as most Germans did at that time. His thrust aimed at politics, not religion. But through his political and religious reasoning he established in 1933, a German Reich Christian Church, uniting the Protestant churches to instill faith in a national German Christianity.

[Again that's political. Hitler used Christianity. Hitler used it because it was handy. Hitler used it because such a well established religion is intrinsically conservative. In 1996 I saw the exhibition down at the Haywood Gallery on "Art and Power" - the NAZI stuff was all naked blonde Valkyries - it was route one but very conservative - titillating but not actually sexy. There was a picture of the "perfect German family" and the girl was playing with dollies having kids and the boy with soldiers - that's propaganda laid on with a shovel.]

Future generations should remember that Adolph Hitler could not have come into power without the support of the Protestant and Catholic churches and the German Christian populace.

The following quotes provides some of Hitler’s expressions of his belief in religion, faith, fanaticism, Providence, and even a few of his paraphrasing of the Bible. It by no means represents the totality of Hitler’s concerns. To realize the full context of these quotes, I implore the reader to study Mein Kampf.

The purpose of this text intends to dispute the claims made by Christians that Hitler “was an atheist,” or “anti-religious,” and to reveal the dangers of belief-systems. This text in no way attempts to give endorsement to anti-Semitism.

You can catch the quotes here. Yeah, I have read Mein Kampf and found it a load of drivel. Personally I find it impossible to believe that Hitler was any form of Christian or indeed religious in any meaningful sense of the word. Did he believe in stuff? Yes. Evil stuff and stuff that Christ (or Guru Nanak, or The Buddha etc…) himself would have hated. I mean why would a Jew really have felt the extermination of the entire Jewish race (presumably including himself) was a good thing? Christ of course might not have been Jewish but that’s as likely as me being Iggle-piggle.

Echelon

Fox News, the rabid right-wing of the news media in America, who like to consider themselves the mouth piece on America’s war on Islam messed up this week by revealing that GCHQ, the top-secret U.K communications agency has been working for the Americans intercepting and translating messages and providing the locations of Mujahideen targets for American drone attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

That is what GCHQ does.

Drone attacks have martyred some of the Mujahideen, mostly low ranking fighters, but have killed over 700 men, women and children that the US admit to. The figure is most likely to be far higher as we know the Americans have been hiding the numbers of civilian dead and the people in the area have alleged there have been far higher numbers of non combatants killed than the Americans and apostate Pakistani authorities admit.

Well I have to disagree with “martyred” because growing a fuck-off beard and tear-assing round the ‘stan with an AK-47 is hardly saintly in my book. More like being some form of tit if you ask me.

Though used by the Bush administration on a design developed by the Zionist Israeli Defence forces, it is under Obama, the supposed friend of Muslims that drone attacks have become a common occurance with two drone attacks just in the past week being reported in the media.

It’s about ramping up the tech. There are issues here. Drone numbers, trained pilots, satellite bandwidth…

Even when they are successful in targeting a Mujahid and they get the right target, they will do so by firing missiles from the drones into his home at night, murdering not only him, but also any women or children in the house as well as they all sleep.

Like jihadis have never resorted to random killings… Try telling that one in Madrid, London, Bali, New York, Mumbai or Beslan. Note the loaded language. If they want a gentlemanly fight then they can stop lobbing rockets at Israeli primary schools. If on the other hand they want to behave like the cunts they most clearly are then I have no compunction about the simple fact that some of us read books on science so we have stuff that would scare the very camel from under Muhammed.

Human rights lawyers are investigating whether such attacks breach international laws and they are deeply unpopular in Pakistan where most take place in the Tribal region.

Human rights lawyers? The “Tribal” region? A marriage made in heaven!

Targeted killings were criticized in a report last year by Philip Alston, a law professor at New York University, who investigated them in his role as the U.N.’s special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions.

He said under international law, targeted killings were permitted in armed conflicts when used against fighters or civilians engaged directly in combat-like activities, “but they are increasingly being used far from any battle zone,” he said.

As opposed to un-targeted killings? They’re fine aren’t they? Let’s just napalm downtown Kandahar eh? I don’t care, Mr Alston, how far these scrotes are from the battlefield I just want them to approximate to room temperature as rapidly as possible. They made this a global war and then they bitch about it. Don’t bite off more than you can chew matey. You’ve now got America, Russia, Europe, India, Australia and China on your case. Making one’s cause that unpopular is a class act all round. Oh, and large chunks of the Islamic world aren’t happy with you and there is also Israel. There is always Israel.

The Pakistani public rightly see them as evidence of the apostasy of their government and Allah says,

O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for awliyah (friends / protectors / allies); they are awliyah of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people.
Quran translation, Surah Ma’idah, 5:51

They hate us. All of us. Jews – they hate you. Christians – also hated. They hate Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and other Muslims (Sufis in particular though they are not alone) and they hate me. I have no religious beliefs whatsoever. This is not a “crusade” for me, it’s extermination of scum that would rather like to see me dead, my wife raped and God alone knows what done to the cat. He’s a proper little trooper though and Allah preserve the eyes of anyone who gets jiggy in his direction. Unless it is his girlcat Venus from down the road.

This leak by Fox news is also unlikely to please British authorities or the staff at GCHQ who will now find themselves in the firing line and targetted for attacks and protests by Muslims angered by Britain’s help in the murder of Muslims around the world and in Pakistan and Afghanistan in particular.

Why am I not surprised. A few years ago my wife failed to get a job at GCHQ. She’s a Russian graduate and they were primarily recruiting speakers of Arabic, Farsi and Chinese. One wonders why! That’s a threat.

GCHQ is based in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire and though we certainly wouldn’t ask anyone to attack the people there, we should certainly as concerned Muslims living in the UK organise a protest and let these murdering scum know we are on to them and know what they are doing.

“These murdering scum” – that really is a threat. Have the courage of your convictions chummy. Do ask for them to be attacked you coward!

There are unfortunately some ‘Muslims’ working for GCHQ and other British intelligence services, working in translation of Taliban and other Mujahideen communications and helping target drone attacks.

If anyone knows of such individuals they should be advised to give up their haram work which is a cause of apostasy, and if they will not they should be named and shamed so all Muslims know to treat them as apostates, their spouses can be advised to leave them and take their children away and they should be boycotted by the entire community like the dogs they are.

Now that really is a threat. And to that I say, “fuck you”. What has Islam ever given us except a thousand years of violence and misery?

I think this is getting needlessly messianic.

A couple of weeks ago it was the sixteenth anniversary of The Great Leader joining the Choir Invisible (“Song of the Tractor” division). The following is from the DPRK official website:

16 Years since the Death of Kim Il Sung

Fifteen years [!?] have passed since the death of President Kim Il Sung (1912-1994), founder of socialist Korea, and if one looks at the realities in Korea, one feels as if he is still alive leading his country and people.

Kim Il Sung Will Always Be with Us

At the news about the passing of President Kim Il Sung on July 8, 1994, the Korean people wailed in deep sorrow and grief at the loss of their leader. Millions of citizens of Pyongyang lined the street covering over 40km to bid the last farewell to their late leader. Beyond their expectations, funeral motorcade, with the portrait of the beaming leader at the head, made its way through the streets. Looking up the sunny portrait of the leader, the people were convinced that he had not passed away, that he had returned to life as a man of a sun-like image with a bright smile, and that he would always be with them. The Korean people call the portrait the beaming image of President Kim Il Sung. Ubiquitous in Korea are the portrait and the slogan “the leader Kim Il Sung will always be with us”.

Documentary films on the history of his revolutionary activities are produced one after another, and broadcast in cinemas and on TV. The Complete Works of Kim Il Sung and the Kim Il Sung’s Works are continuously published one volume after another, and the continuing editions of his memoirs With the Century are off the press. Radio and TV stations still begin their every programme with Song of General Kim Il Sung.
The Juche era with the year 1912, when he was born, as the first year was instituted, and April 15, his birthday, was designated the Day of the Sun. the Constitution of the country stipulates that Kim Il Sung is the eternal President of the DPRK.

The April Spring Friendship Art Festival, which had been previously held in a grand style in Pyongyang on the occasion of his birth anniversary, is still held. The heads of state and public figures of many countries still send gifts to Korea in his honour.

Why is it that communism (yeah, I know Juche is not quite the same thing) almost always, despite, being allegedly about “the people” tends to throw-up (in every sense) personality cults?

Islamic Science.

Muhammad ibn Zakariyā Rāzī (Mohammad-e Zakariā-ye Rāzi: Persian: محمد زکریای رازی), known as Rhazes or Rasis after medieval Latinists, (August 26, 865, Rey – 925, Rey) was a Persian physician, alchemist and chemist, philosopher, and scholar. He is recognised as a polymath, and Biographies of Razi, based on his writings, describe him as “perhaps the greatest clinician of all times.” Numerous “firsts” in medical research, clinical care, and chemistry are attributed to him, including being the first to differentiate smallpox from measles, and the discovery of numerous compounds and chemicals including alcohol and kerosene, among others. Edward Granville Browne considers him as “probably the greatest and most original of all the physicians, and one of the most prolific as an author”.

Although Razi (or Rhazes) was a Persian living in Iran, his work was published in both Persian and Arabic languages, as such was the case for most Persian scientists during this era. Such multi-lingual publications in Persia were analogous to the later usage of the Latin language for scientific publications in Europe in the following centuries.

Razi made fundamental and enduring contributions to the fields of medicine, alchemy, music, and philosophy, recorded in over 200 books and articles in various fields of science. He was well-versed in Persian, Greek and Indian medical knowledge and made numerous advances in medicine through own observations and discoveries.

Educated in music, mathematics, philosophy, and metaphysics, he chose medicine as his professional field. As a physician, he was an early proponent of experimental medicine and has been described as the father of pediatrics. He was also a pioneer of neurosurgery and ophthalmology. He was among the first to use Humoralism to distinguish one contagious disease from another. In particular, Razi was the first physician to distinguish smallpox and measles through his clinical characterization of the two diseases.

As an alchemist, Razi is known for his study of sulfuric acid and for his discovery of ethanol and its refinement to use in medicine. He became chief physician of Rey and Baghdad hospitals. Razi invented what today is known as rubbing alcohol.

Razi was a rationalist and very confident in the power of ratiocination; he was widely regarded by his contemporaries and biographers as liberal, free of prejudice, and bold in expressing his ideas. He traveled extensively, mostly in Persia. As a teacher in medicine, he attracted students of all disciplines and was said to be compassionate and devoted to the service of his patients, whether rich or poor.

So a top-notch chap. And this is what he had to say about the Qu’ran

“As for the Koran, it is but an assorted mixture of “absurd and inconsistent fables,” which has ridiculously been judged inimitable, when, in fact, its language, style, and its much vaunted “eloquence” are far from being faultless. Custom, tradition, and intellectual laziness lead men to follow their religious leaders blindly. Religions have been the sole cause of the bloody wars that have ravaged mankind. Religions have also been resolutely hostile to philosophical speculation and to scientific research. The so-called holy scriptures are worthless and have done more harm than good, whereas the “writings of the ancients like Plato, Aristotle, Euclid, and Hippocrates have rendered much greater service to humanity.”

What about prophets…

“The prophets – these billy goats with long beards, cannot claim any intellectual or spiritual superiority. These billy goats pretend to come with a message from God, all the while exhausting themselves in spouting their lies, and imposing on the masses blind obedience to the “words of the master.” The miracles of the prophets are impostures, based on trickery, or the stories regarding them are lies. The falseness of what all the prophets say is evident in the fact that they contradict one another: one affirms what the other denies, and yet each claims to be the sole depository of the truth; thus the New Testament contradicts the Torah, the Koran, the New Testament.”

The Muslim world did science (sort of – I would argue that science only really starts with the Newtonian synthesis) but not because of Islam. One final quote…

“How can anyone think philosophically while listening to old wives’ tales founded on contradictions, which obdurate ignorance, and dogmatism?”

This dead Persian must be rolling in his grave at the antics of The Supreme Dinnerjacket.

Curious

Elliot Hen-Tov, a scholar of Turkish-Iranian relations [some poor bugger has to be I guess], thinks he knows why.

“Iran is not completely comfortable with Turkey,” said Elliot Hen-Tov. “It never will be.”

Hen-Tov says Iranian leaders are perplexed – even envious – that a country that was half as rich as Iran was years 30 ago, when the Islamic Revolution took place, is today twice as wealthy as the Islamic Republic.

Do I have to draw a diagram?

“To see a neighbor that really was a backwater, an underdeveloped authoritarian country now emerge as a model, as a leader, must be very frustrating,” he said. “And that impacts political relations at some point. Accepting Turkish leadership is just one step too far.”

In recent years, the political dynamic between Ankara and Tehran has been turned completely on its head.
Today, Turkey is a major political and economic force in the Middle East. It’s the 16th largest economy in the world and Iran looks to Ankara for economic benefits and cooperation.

Because they are broke and nobody likes them? I’d love to go to Iran. They’ve got loads of old stuff worth looking at and all that. But I’m not dropping my quids in a state where the religious police arrest store mannequins for inappropriate hijab. Because they are clearly mentalists.

Turkey has arbitrated an Israel-Syrian conflict; played a role in the political reconciliation of Lebanon; and is trying to bring together leaders of Syria and Saudi Arabia.

Well… Turkey is a firm Israeli Ally. Israel might have stuck a few noses out of joint in the Mid-East but that is nothing to what the Ottoman’s achieved over several hundred years. And it would appear that Ataturk’s legacy state is doing it again.

But by pursuing its current foreign policy strategy, Turkey is also taking on Iran’s mostly self-ascribed role as defender of the Muslim underdog.

Just last week, Ankara announced it is determined to develop an industrial zone in Palestinian territories despite opposition from Israel.

Last month’s Israeli attack on a Turkish-led aid flotilla to Gaza only helped crystallize Turkey’s role as the newest advocate for the Palestinians

“That role as the alleged defender of the “Mosta’Zaffin” – or the Oppressed – in the region and beyond, that is a role that Iran only partially fulfilled in the past,” said Hen-Tov. ‘It may have seen itself as the leader in its own Revolutionary discourse but it was basically the next best thing on the market….You now have a better alternative on the market. ”

Analysts say the Arab street hopes the more liberal Islam of Sunni Turkey can lead to solutions for persistent regional conflicts.

The shift means Middle Eastern players are relying less on the Islamic Republic for political backing.
Last month, Hamas refused Iran’s offer to provide an escort for their aid ship to Gaza following the flotilla attack, saying the Iranian assistance might only complicate the situation.

Right so Hamas, Hamas don’t even like Iran any more! Wow! I predict an Israeli air strike on the Iranian nuclear program and a lot of Arab air-defence controllers on gardening leave.

“Supporters of Iran or affiliates such as Hezbollah or Hamas, they quickly have picked up on the signal that Iranian influence is perhaps not as valuable as Turkish influence,” he said.

Surveys from a well-regarded polling organization in the U.S. also show that nearly half of Palestinians and 60 per cent of Lebanese have an unfavorable view of Iran.

Similar surveys show that the public in countries with large Muslim populations – including Turkey – lack the confidence Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad can do the right thing regarding world affairs.

Gor Blimey! They really are Billy No Mates. Probably because the only thing between Iran and Israel is most of the Middle-East and the average Joe in that neck of the woods is pissed off with sabres being rattled over his head. Note also the average Joe round there is not a Sh’ite but a Sunni and not a Persian but an Arab.

Iran may have mixed feelings about Turkey’s rise but Ankara is firm in its resolve to prevent the likelihood of military action over its neighbor’s nuclear program.

That I don’t believe. Well I do but it’s all about trade isn’t it?

“It will be Turkey that will be hit hardest by the sanctions or use of force,” said Namik Tan. “If we are asked to bear the burden, we should also be given the chance to engage effective dialogue with Iran. We are right next to Iran, ladies and gentlemen, not 10,000 kilometers away, like yourselves living in this wonderful country.”

Yup, it’s trade and not principle. Would Turkey welcome a new regime in Tehran? I think so. But as it is Iran is Turkey’s number two gas supplier after Russia (being the Turkish energy minister must be a true hilarity).

Despite the envy Iranian leaders may feel towards Turkey’s growing regional influence, Tehran continues to view Turkey as an overall positive force.

Iran, after all, is Turkey’s second largest natural gas producer after Russia. And Turkey acts as a buffer on Iran’s border from the encroachment of Western NATO powers and to some extent Israel.

Hold on. Turkey is a NATO member of long standing. It was the Turks and the Greeks we relied on to hold the southern flank if the Russians kicked-off. I mean there was also Italy but yeah, right, whatever.

Overall – and I doubt the truth of this because of that final howler – Turkey eclipsing Iran is a good thing. The Turkish sort of CofE version of Islam is not the deranged lunacy that issues from Qom or Tehran. It’s more, “D’ya wanna buy a carpet?” than “Death to the Zionist-Crusaders!” (neatly ignoring the fact that at the time of the Crusades Jews were not exactly popular in Europe either). My mother was hounded in Istanbul in 1973 by Turkish tradesmen offering deals on rugs and spectacularly strong and sweet coffee. That can be annoying but it is not a jihad. Just a fella trying to make a living.

If a nation founded by a man who had this to say about the religion, “Islam is an absurd theology of an immoral Bedouin” can achieve ascendency in the Islamosphere then we are sitting pretty. He also likened Islam to being chained to a rotting corpse.

He was a class act was Ataturk.

Almost Scrobbled by the Rozzers

I was you know.

Just a few minutes ago.

I am grabbed on the arm from behind by a copper. He’d half-inched some kids down the road for smoking dope (truly The Crime of the Century!) and he sees me making off from the scene (aka walking home from the Co-op) and apparently he had called after me and I didn’t stop ( I get that – I was composing my previous post in my head – I hope entirely in my head!) so he ran after me and grabbed me and asked what I was smoking.

Nothing but harmless tobacco officer!

Anyway it is nice that your dear blogger, despite being nearly 37, gets mistaken for hanging with kids that couldn’t get served in the offie. I could show that Gok Wan a thing or two.

Frankly, I put it down to my Hawaiian dress. Well, not exactly. The shirt is Japanese/Indonesian and the shorts are Floridian. The shorts only cost me $20. A well spent note because they have caused moral outrage on at least two continents. My wife doesn’t allow me to wear the shorts with the other shirt I bought on Key West. She is wise. The combo would rip the spacetime continuum a new arsehole or something. Yes, I do look like I say and I am seriously considering getting a Flying Tiger on the back of my battered leather jacket. My look is moderately depraved Sabre pilot.

I’d only gone out to buy a 35p packet of paracetamol.

BBC

I’ve been undressed by kings and seen such things

But until recently I have never watched such epic wank that is the BBC’s “101 Ways to Leave a Game Show” before. I thought “Hole in the Wall” was dreadful shite (More Sh’ite than Qom) and indeed challenged that ultra-cunt Edmond’s big money box-opening game. But tonight on BBC3 I watched a bunch of fucking numpties being dropped off a fucking oil rig in wheelie bins. It was champagne, exhibition Pontipineishness. It was thorough Iggle-fucking-Piggle. I’d rather be rimmed by Great Uncle Bulgaria than sit througn that exploding colostomy bag of utter shitteration again.

At least Bulgaria would sweeten the deal with a reach around.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that libertarians dislike the BBC. Keep that shit up Auntie and there is no way on God’s clean Earth (or even Satan’s filthy one) that you have a fucking hope of justifying yourself as making the sort of “quality TV” that commercial channels couldn’t because simply (and something is telling me this wouldn’t be simple) inserting a vuvuzela up a capuchin’s ring-piece would result in more imaginative progamming.

The howling. It would haunt me.

I have neither the monkey nor the trumpet but I have sufficient funds in my bank to cover both. Though contributions to the court costs would be appreciated. God alone knows how I could mount* a defence. So, Nick you buggered a monkey with a plastic trumpet and how do you plead?

And enough left over to visit a glory hole in Wimbledon frequented by Tomsk would be nice.

Hung like a fucking baboon is Tomsk. I shall caress his monsterance of a furry cock with loving care.

I also have an idea for Dragon’s Den.

But that can wait.

*Perhaps not the best choice of word in the circs.

Control Freakery

Oh for fucks sake, all these fucking worthless human rights crap. Now it’s going to be a ‘human right’ to fucking water.

When I’m dying of hunger and thirst in the middle of the next fucking drought, caused by all those white fucking NGO SUVs farting fucking CO2, it’ll be so fucking comforting knowing that the UfuckingN has oh so graciously granted me a human right to water. It’ll be so fucking helpful. You think they might set up an entire power crazed and tax guzzling Secretariat to administer this new right and further subvert national sovereignty? No? Dream on.

Freedom of Association.

Freedom of Expression.

They are what matter, and they are being whittled down into nothingness. And notice the core word in both of them? Where does it say ‘right’? Nowhere. Freedom baby, freedom.

Leave me with my freedoms and I’ll find my own fucking water.

Dickheads.

H/T Julia

Out of the closet

“I don’t think the banks get it,” he said yesterday. “We are very worried about their behaviour. They are not acting in the national interest."

Well, there we have it. Vince Cable admits to being a Fascist, in the true and literal meaning of the term.

Straight out of the Benny M playbook.

The (asymmetrical) Art of War.

I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor, dumb bastard die for his country.

-misattributed (in the movie) to General George S Patton but very much the sort of thing that hard chargin’ sonofabitch might have said judging by the other quotes on the page.

We love death more than you love life!

- this (and many variants) are the quote in trade of jihadis.

Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.

- Golda Meier (disputed).

What can men do against such reckless hate?

- King Theoden, The Lord of The Rings.

This war is not just asymmetrical because we have MQ-9 Reapers and the loonies in the boonies are concocting explosives in granny’s poss tub but in attitude, in principle. Aragorn of course could give Theoden an answer but what is the answer now?

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