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October 19, 2015

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Jonathan

Hm. I hadn’t planned one, but it seems there’s a theme of sorts.

Oh dear David. If you continue to notice things you'll get into trouble. Anyway, here's a CofE Bishop literally not practising what he preaches.

Captain Nemo

"Some schools are creating volunteer squads of girls to police sexist attitudes and report back to teachers."

1984 becomes more prescient with each passing day:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/11939909/sexist-words-school-playground-report.html

MarkJ

I imagine a lot of older Germans are muttering, "Where's the Fuehrer when we need him most?"

David

I imagine a lot of older Germans are muttering, “Where’s the Fuehrer when we need him most?”

Don’t joke. See the rest of Christopher Caldwell’s article, including the final paragraph.

Jonathan

Where's the Fuehrer when we need him most?

Funny you should say that:

http://www.catchnews.com/culture-news/hitler-s-back-and-germans-are-being-surprisingly-supportive-nbsp-1444586873.html

KevinB

Captain Nemo: Junior Spies live!

David

Incidentally, the Simon Schama clip can be seen in part here. Rod Liddle’s reply – which is worth noting – is in this slightly different edit.

Anna

Rod Liddle’s reply – which is worth noting – is in this slightly different edit.

Ha. I love how the Think Left video cuts off his reply. I wonder why? :-)

mojo

How about a culture where women carry sharp knives in plain view, and aren't afraid to use them?

Lives in Bradford

one thing we can all be certain of is that Simon Schama will never choose to live in Bradford, Malmo or any of the (dare I say it) ‘suburbs’ outside Paris.

That.

David

That.

Mr Schama currently lives in Briarcliff Manor, an affluent, very white village in Westchester County, New York.

Hm. Think that deserves a mention in the post.

John West

I tells ya ... the time is coming where some uber left leaders in the EU are going to get a Ceaușescu Christmas. In case you aren't sure who I am talking about ... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicolae_Ceaușescu

He was the horrid leader of Romania under the USSR stint as second city .... Shot by the plebs along with his family on Christmas Eve I believe it was.

It's time people ... our leaders are now all evil all the time and they have sold us out.

Jonathan

Mr Schama currently lives in Briarcliff Manor

Hmm. It does look hideously white doesn't it? They could definitely use some diversity.
I wonder when Mr Schama will be opening his home to immigrants? I bet he's got plenty of spare rooms.

David

I wonder when Mr Schama will be opening his home to immigrants?

Given his enthusiasm on behalf of other people, it’s tempting to wonder what some of the more rough-and-tumble migrants would make of Mr Schama’s own neighbourhood and its genteel regulations regarding alcoholic beverages and the public use of amusement devices.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

You can't tell the players without a scorecard. At Wellesley, a women's college in the Peoples Republic of Massachusetts young Timothy Boatwright, a "masculine-of-center" (whatever the hell that is) trans man is conflicted because if she becomes the "Multicultural Affairs Coordinator", winning the position over a non-delusional female (if any exist at Wellesley), she will become part of the patriarchy - or something like that.

I asked Timothy what he thought about that argument, as we sat on a bench overlooking the tranquil lake on campus during orientation. He pointed out that he has important contributions to make to the MAC position. After all, at Wellesley, masculine-of-center students are cultural minorities; by numbers alone, they’re about as minor as a minority can be. And yet Timothy said he felt conflicted about taking a leadership spot. “The patriarchy is alive and well,” he said. “I don’t want to perpetuate it.”
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Don’t joke.

"the cause of the fire is unclear."

http://www.thelocal.se/20151018/hree-swedish-refugee-centres-in-a-week-hit-by-fire

james

I had a Marxist-lite history profession when I was in college in the early 1980s. He was an urbane enough character who enjoyed prodding me and my ilk, but who rarely expressed too forceful opinions himself.

I only saw him get hot under the collar once: when someone suggested that Germany might ultimately be reunited. It would be an utter disaster, he said: if history had taught us anything, it was that a divided, weak Germany was essential for the rest of Europe.

I think that Mrs Thatcher was a bit more circumspect, but largely in agreement.

Now Germany has decided that, having pushed to dismantle internal EU borders, we have no external borders either.

I expect to see more and more books about the decline and fall of the Rome.

Jen

Mr Schama currently lives in Briarcliff Manor, an affluent, very white village in Westchester County, New York. The kind of neighbourhood that has genteel regulations regarding alcoholic beverages and the public use of amusement devices.

Of course he does.

David

Of course he does.

It’s yet another example of reality outdoing any quip I could come up with.

Captain Nemo

Mr Schama currently lives in Briarcliff Manor, an affluent, very white village in Westchester County, New York. The kind of neighbourhood that has genteel regulations regarding alcoholic beverages and the public use of amusement devices.

Indeed. Diversity is rather like modern architecture; those most in favour of it tend not to be those who have to live with it themselves.

Robert of Ottawa

... the majority of fighting-age men in your country were foreigners with a grievance

Sounds like an invasion to me.

JMW

Video possibly related to original post suject: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WZN-UKlfoE

Dom

OT. Here is an honest to goodness tweet from Planned Parenthood:

"If [cis] men could get pregnant, #abortion would be a sacrament" - @GloriaSteinem

Amazing how the left gets itself into linguistic knots, even when re-writing a well-known saying.

WTP

I only saw him get hot under the collar once: when someone suggested that Germany might ultimately be reunited.

Racist bastard.

David

Meanwhile, a mystery deepens.

MikeG81

S'ok. Over here in Canada they've just elected what amounts to the Guardian into the federal government.

Microbillionaire

There's a recurring question in romantic comedies and the like that runs along the lines of "When you say you like [person], do you just like him, or do you, like, like him like him?"

Europe seems on course to be getting a localized variation. "Now, when you say he's Hitler, do you just mean he objects to the new barbarian migration, or is he, like, Hitler Hitler?"

bgates

And there [in the NYT] you have the consensus reading of Europe’s migration crisis in all its moral complexity...those uneasy about migration are as bad as Hitler.

Earlier in the same article:

“Oh, Hitler!” said Abdullateef D., a 32-year-old who arrived in Germany from Syria five months ago. “Good man!”

So the Great and Good are accusing the Right of being closet Nazi sympathizers for objecting to the immigration of open Nazi sympathizers.

David

So the Great and Good are accusing the Right of being closet Nazi sympathizers for objecting to the immigration of open Nazi sympathizers.

I did think about quoting that bit.

David

Heather Mac Donald:

The most dangerous misconception about our criminal justice system is that it is pervaded by racial bias. For decades, criminologists have tried to find evidence for that bias, and they have always come up short. In fact, racial differences in criminal offending account for all of the racial disproportionality of blacks in prison.

See also this:

In fact, the race of criminals reported by crime victims matches arrest data. As long ago as 1978, a study of robbery and aggravated assault in eight cities found parity between the race of assailants in victim identifications and in arrests - a finding replicated many times since, across a range of crimes. No one has ever come up with a plausible argument as to why crime victims would be biased in their reports.

Karen M

"Student elections at a San Francisco middle school were immediately withheld by the principal because they weren’t diverse enough... the principal sent an email to parents on Oct. 14 saying the results would not be released because the candidates that were elected as a whole do not represents the diversity that exists at the school."

http://www.ktvu.com/news/33724074-story

David

Student elections at a San Francisco middle school were immediately withheld by the principal because they weren’t diverse enough

It’s good to see teachers sending a message to children that appearance matters more than elections.

Rafi

You couldn't make it up.

http://order-order.com/2015/10/20/corbyn-hires-seumas-milne-as-comms-chief/

An actual Stalinist.

David

You couldn’t make it up.

We have, I fear, crossed the parody horizon.

Jon Powers

S'ok. Over here in Canada they've just elected what amounts to the Guardian into the federal government.

Basically, we haven't elected a new Prime Minister, we've just chosen our new boyfriend.

http://www.news.com.au/world/north-america/justin-trudeau-is-canadas-new-incredibly-good-looking-prime-minister/story-fnh81jut-1227575774234

FlynPigRanch

Last night when the final results in the Canadian election were in, I prayed to God that I would die peaceably in my sleep.
Unfortunately I awoke this morning to find that Paris Hilton...I mean Justin Beiber...sorry Justin Trudeau was indeed our Prime Minister.

WTP

There's another Trudeau running Canada. Who really thinks a PM Corbyn or a President Sanders/Clinton is unthinkable?

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"One of the most controversial questions in the discussion of both legal and illegal immigrants has been around their consumption of welfare. A recent independently verified report from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) has answered that question - and the results are incredibly shocking."

https://youtu.be/4u1J6EEhkyM?t=2m30s

Barb the Evil Genius

Jon, we've had to put up with the media I'm the US talking about how dreamy Obama and his wife for about eight years now. He's been nicknamed President Boyfriend for about the same amount of time. Immature twits with Daddy issues

Dom

"Student elections at a San Francisco middle school were immediately withheld by the principal because they weren’t diverse enough".

Will the principal step down? She's white.

MikeG81

Basically, we haven't elected a new Prime Minister, we've just chosen our new boyfriend.

Unfortunately I awoke this morning to find that Paris Hilton...I mean Justin Beiber...sorry Justin Trudeau was indeed our Prime Minister.

I'm telling you, Laphroaig is good stuff.

Fuel Filter

"I'm telling you, Laphroaig is good stuff."

Yes, it is. Although as my age ripens I'm tending towards the less "peaty" stuff.

Plus it's damned expensive.

Jeff Guinn

"Student elections at a San Francisco middle school were immediately withheld by the principal because they weren’t diverse enough".

Reminds me of this, from a couple years ago: School Vote Stirs Debate on Girls as Leaders.

ANDOVER, Mass. — When the elite Phillips Academy here went coed in 1973, some worried that women would quickly take over this venerable institution ...

In short order, the number of girls in the student ranks did roughly equal the number of boys. The faculty today is more than half female. And until her retirement last summer, the head of school was a woman, for nearly two decades.

And yet some of the young women — and men — at the 235-year-old prep school feel that Andover, as it is commonly called, has yet to achieve true gender equality. They expressed this concern several weeks ago in a letter to the student newspaper, The Phillipian, and like a match to dry tinder, it set off a raging debate that engulfed the campus.

The proximate cause of concern was the election, held Wednesday, for the top student position, called school president. Since 1973, only four girls have been elected, most recently in 2003. (The other top student position, that of editor in chief of the newspaper, has had nine girls and 33 boys.)

The letter writers said this was an embarrassment, especially at a school considered so progressive.

...

John G. Palfrey Jr., the headmaster, said in an interview that Andover was only a reflection of other schools and society at large as it grappled with these issues. “We do not live in a post-gender, post-race, post-class society,” he said. “Girls have not had equal access to top leadership positions.”

What's a poor progressive to do when reeducation camp isn't reeducating?

Obvious: if it is a contest between free elections and preconceived results, so much the worse for free elections.

Jeff Guinn

(I must have gooned up an ital tag -- in case it isn't obvious "What's a poor ... " isn't part of the NYT story.)

Vince N

"the principal Prime Minister sent an email to parents the voters on Oct. 14 saying the results would not be released because the candidates that were elected as a whole do not represents the diversity that exists at the school in the country"

Coming soon to a nation near you?

David

I must have gooned up an ital tag

Fixed. I went for blockquote. It’s easier to read.


Oh lord. Seumas Milne. It wasn’t a dream.

WTP

The punk's name is Ibn Hunter, not Iben Hunter. The AP had to print a correction.

http://www.nj.com/atlantic/index.ssf/2015/10/man_knocks_out_woman_in_nj_park_uploads_video_gets_arrested_report_says.html

Hal

Oh lord. Seumas Milne. It wasn’t a dream.

Oh, come, come now David, it's a good thing.

. . . hiring Seumas Milne shows how much Corbyn loves The Guardian. He will do anything for it, even if that means improving the paper by removing Milne’s column from it.
Jamie

Theodore Dalrymple on how the Guardian misrepresents mass immigration.

http://www.city-journal.org/2015/eon1019td.html

David

Oh, come, come now David, it’s a good thing.

Hiring Milne makes me wonder whether Corbyn and his advisors are oblivious to how they seem outside of their own immediate circle. Or as James Bloodworth put it.

Patrick Brown

What gets me in a state of anticipation is that Cameron has said he won't contest another election, so the Tories will go into the next election with a new leader. Who could conceivably be Boris Johnson. We could have an election fought between Beano Bozza and Chairman Jezza. It'll be entertaining, if nothing else.

abacab

Hiring Milne makes me wonder whether Corbyn and his advisors are oblivious to how they seem outside of their own immediate circle.

I don't think it's a question of being oblivious - it's that they just don't see anything fundamentally *wrong* in having been a Stalinist and a Soviet agent of influence (i.e. someone who didn't even need to be tempted with filthy lucre to work for them).

I think that they fundamentally see others who have a problem with it as being the ones with the real problem. For instance, they really don't *get* why we don't understand that the minor doctrinal differences between Hitler and Stalin actually represent a gaping chasm of difference, and that we must be fick or summit, innit?

Lancastrian Oik

Alex Massie on the appointment of Seumas Milne:

"You can’t say we weren’t warned. Jeremy Corbyn is nothing if not consistent. When he casts his baleful, weary, disappointed, eye around the world he knows what he sees: a world bought and sold by American gold, aided and abetted, as always, by its snivelling junior, British, partner.

So Cuba is not an island gulag and Venezuela not an incompetent kleptocracy. Each is, rather, a defiant hold-out of revolutionary socialism sticking it to the Yankee man. If that means ignoring certain inconvenient truths then, well, these truths shall remain unexamined.

If that means blaming Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine on Nato then so be it. Because Nato, as any Dave Spart knows, is the latest means by which American hegemony is established, justified and expanded. Remember that the root cause of any problem, anywhere in the world, is simultaneously always overlooked by the doltish mainstream and yet also, for them with eyes and a nose for the truth, remarkably easy to discover. Conveniently, it is always the same root cause. Which does simplify matters".

David

Milne has been described – by other, saner lefties - as the man “responsible for making fascism respectable on the left,” and a “journalist who always knows better than the people who were there” – i.e., the victims of the totalitarians Milne rhetorically fellates. And it’s not just his apologia for Stalinism and Islamic barbarism, or his “neo-con” conspiracy theories, or his infamous 9/11 piece, written as the dust was literally still settling on Manhattan. His years in charge of the Guardian’s comment pages were truly bizarre.

He commissioned dozens of outrageously misleading propaganda pieces by members of, or advocates of, Hizb ut-Tahrir and the Muslim Brotherhood, often with no rebuttal or correction permitted and no acknowledgement of the writer’s affiliation. And so Guardian readers were being assured that the Brotherhood “has long espoused non-violence” and that its success “should not frighten anybody” because the organisation “respects the rights of all religious and political groups.” All while Brotherhood president Muhammad Mehdi Akef was telling the Egyptian newspaper al-Arabi that the Holocaust was “a myth,” that Israel’s annihilation could be “expected soon,” and that “Islam will invade Europe and America because Islam has a mission.” And while the Brotherhood’s own websites urged children to take up homicidal ‘martyrdom’ to achieve that end.

I see no reason to assume that Milne didn’t know he was propagating lies.

abacab

I see no reason to assume that Milne didn’t know he was propagating lies.

It's another of the duality of "either evil or stupid, either way we shouldn't listen to them" conundrums. However, with Milne I think we can rule out stupid.

Ed Snack

Doesn't have to be a strict duality, Milne *could* be both evil AND stupid (within some meanings of the word stupid).

dicentra

Speaking of Stalin's rise to power, a scholar who's been reading newly released original docs from the Lenin years explains how Stalin got all the reins to himself.

Worth listening to both parts.

Tim Newman

“Oh, Hitler!” said Abdullateef D., a 32-year-old who arrived in Germany from Syria five months ago. “Good man!”

Probably the most popular book in Middle Eastern bookshops - after the religious ones and the guff about their leadership - is Mein Kampf. It's the only region where I've seen it openly on sale in bookshops. There isn't much else, either.

Quint&Jessel, Sea of Azof, Bly, UK

Oh, yes, the most liberal people I know all live in 98% white nice neighborhoods, whilst thinking that someone like me, who lives in a 33% white neighborhood, is a conservative and maybe even an unconscious racist because you know. I don't agree with them on a lot of their lofty proclaimings.

Watcher In The Dark

To paraphrase dear old Obi-Wan Kenobe when talking about mass immigration in search of jobs, security and housing: "This is not the Europe you are looking for."

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"German Village of 102 Braces for 750 Asylum Seekers"

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/01/world/europe/german-village-of-102-braces-for-750-asylum-seekers.html?_r=0

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