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Witty and pertinent observations on matters of great significance OR Incoherent jottings on total irrelevancies OR Something else altogether OR All of the above

Saturday, April 19, 2014

This is why they say you should research your audience before making a speech

A word of advice to the lady in the video (I don't know if she is Jewish, German, or neither): playing the Holocaust card to try to justify Israeli crimes against humanity may be effective when you do it for your friends in the acting class, but when you put on the fake tears to try to embarrass someone whose entire family was exterminated in the Final Solution it simply makes you look a twat.

Palestinian Holocaust

This is worth watching (though somewhat disturbing).

Reporter John Lyons shows clear evidence that Israeli settlers in the West Bank regularly attack Palestinian school children, knowing the authorities will not intervene. He also discovers there are two legal systems operating. One for Israeli children and one for young Palestinians. It's an impossible situation that may provide temporary security for Israel, but in the long term may well breed a new generation of Palestinians prepared to do anything to gain retribution.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Blinding with science (also disfiguring, disabling, maiming and murdering)

The Edinburgh International Science Festival is on at the moment. I've gone to quite a few of their events in the past: science is interesting stuff after all, and they often have really good speakers and demonstrations.

However, this year the festival numbers among its sponsors a company called Selex ES. Selex is an Anglo-Italian manufacturer of military drones which has also just been awarded a contract for surveillance equipment for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

I was going to suggest that readers sign the petition to have Selex dropped as a sponsor, but it has reached its target and closed. Still, it's the thought that counts:

We love Science!

We love seeing the amazing things science helps to create and understanding life on our planet and how to protect it. That's why it makes us sad that a company which profits from weapons which kill people across the world is sponsoring the Edinburgh Science Festival.

Weapons company, Selex, who sponsor the Edinburgh Science Festival, make drones, surveillance equipment and weapons targeting systems. Their products cause death and destruction around the world. Selex say they sponsor the fair in order to 'inspire the potential future workforce'. Is this the future children would choose?

Science should be about improving life, not taking it away. Please ask Edinburgh Science Festival to stop supporting the arms trade.

It does seem especially fucked-up that the Festival should be attempting to inspire children to go into science by bringing in a maker of death-dealing hardware. I mean FFS, this isn't Israel, where the only science that gets funding is defence-related stuff. Can we not inspire our kids to do something worthwhile, not simply to make machines to bomb the crap out of other kids in countries they couldn't find on a map? (Yeah, OK, they need more geography too.)

Colour me sceptical

OK, this video has gone viral all over the place.

It purports to be footage from a traffic or security CCTV camera, but I'm not convinced. While I've seen nothing to debunk it yet, I suspect it's more likely to be from some Far Eastern equivalent of You've Been Framed, Candid Camera or the like. The sequence of crashes is so perfectly choreographed. You can tell from the beginning where the rider will end up. The vehicles (except the last) are all atationary or nearly so. No damage seems to be done to the scooter or its rider. Non of those collided with makes any attempt to stop the rider getting back on his scooter and riding off. Nobody gets cross with him, even when those he has just hit watch him riding into someone else. He goes broadside into a guy on a moped and the moped isn't even knocked over (as though the rider was braced for a side impact). The rider makes a melodramatic gesture as he falls into the pit. There is a visible splash of mud or water: what are the odds? And none of the onlookers seems remotely concerned that the guy who has just damaged all their vehicles has just fallen into a hole, possibly fatally.

I don't buy it. Sorry, but sometimes things are just too wonderful to be true. Remember Minority Report?

Were they lucky? Well, it must have been a series of flukes.

The International Court of Justice just ruled Japan's "scientific whaling" illegal.

That must be it: Bonni Benstock-Intall doesn't have time to concern herself with an actual anti-semitic attack in Kansas because she's too busy reading this blog

It's funny, isn't it, that five days after a shooter killed three people (not, as it happens, Jews) at Jewish centres in Kansas City; five days after the attack sent shockwaves through Jewish communities all across the USA and as far away as Israel; five days later, Bonni Benstock-Intall the New York blogger who is always telling us how Jewish she is (so she won't be accused of anti-semitism when she calls Jews "rats" and "vermin", links to European Jew-hating sites and calls for the return of the Nazis to Germany) hasn't posted a word about it. Nothing. Zilch. Crickets. Could that be because the perpetrator, rather than a bearded Arab, was an elderly white male military veteran and a self-described "patriot". (Precisely the demographic the FBI consider the highest risk for domestic terrorism....) Or could it be that his shout of "Heil Hitler" warmed her heart? (After all, she celebrates Hitler's birthday every year: the pretense that it's her own birthday is about as convincing as her protestations of Jewishness when she claims not to know anyone who keeps kosher!)

Oh, wait, there is a single throwaway reference to the Kansas City murders in a piece Bonni quotes from someone else. This other person is an actual Jew (Todd Fine), so naturally Bonni refers to him as a rat. His article is about the death threats he has received from various people including Bonni's commenters for having had the courage to speak out against the official propagation of hatred against America's Muslims. So naturally he has to die (duh).

Oh, and I get a mention in the comments from my faithful reader Bonni:

Had, not so sure about that. There is one website that devotes about 50% of its posts to trashing me and my readers personally. Thankfully it has virtually no commenters and few readers.

Aw shucks. Maybe all the visits logged to this site are Bonni popping back 40 times a day to keep checking whether I'm making her famous again. And of course my Nazi-hunting antics account for no more than around 10-15% of the posts here (though there have been a clutch recently as Bonni so spectacularly outed herself as a goose-stepping Nazi).

Bonni, meanwhile, despite being a full-time professional hate-blogger has hundreds of comments - all from the same half-dozen people, and in many cases (hi, Linda Rivera!) posting the same two or three comments over and over again. Mostly, as here, trashing the wicked leftist Joooos.

Some actual US Marine take this guy outside and teach him some manners

Had to laugh at this story from Bonni the Nazi. Not (for once) because of anything she says, or even because of the drooling imbecility of her commenters, but because of the story itself. Where but in the USA would an ex-serviceman strut about in a leather jacket sewn with military insignia like some kind of gangsta, and expect to be taken seriously? I mean, Hell's Angels wear Nazi military insignia. What kind of whacked-out creep wears USMC military insignia when he's not in uniform? In Britain this guy would have been laughed out of Pizza Hut, not thrown out.

And before you say it, I know the USA is different from Britain. Yup: they have no taste whatsoever when it comes to strutting about pretending they're still soldiers. Tell me: do IDF reservists (who still ARE soldiers) wear their badges when they go into restaurants? Do ex-members of the Parachute Regiment wear wear their red berets down the pub? Yet somehow everyone is supposed to take this guy serious when he claims he wasn't wearing gang colours. Sure he was: the I-was-in-the-military-and-now-I-have-to-do-a-normal-job-I-haven't-a-fucking-clue-how-to-behave gang.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

I bet when Bonni reads this she'll head straight out and order a laser for her own rooftop

In her post on the story of a Connecticut man charged with plotting to use model aircraft as bombs, Bonni Benstock-Intall the New York white supremacist and anti-semite adds the comment "(He must have gotten the idea from one of his Muslim brothers, see below)."

Surely you jest, Ms Benstock-Intall. Muslim brothers? He would have got it from watching The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Specifically The Mad, Mad Tea Party Affair, Episode 18 of the first season, shown on 1st February 1965.

But then we know Bonni isn't really a Jew, and hasn't really been to Japan. Is she even really an American? Has she heard of The Man from U.N.C.L.E.?

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Husband and Husband

My wife and I have just been watching this rather splendid programme. A few weeks ago gay marriage became legal in England and Wales (a similar law comes into effect in Scotland in a few months' time) and of course everyone wanted to be the first couple to benefit from the new equality. This couple decided not to try to be the first, but to be the most original: they turned their gay wedding into a musical. And it's wonderful. It features real TV news reporters, and walk-on parts from So break out the popcorn, have your hankies ready, and off we go.

It will drop off Channel 4's site in three weeks' time.

Connect 4

Mention of Montana reminds me of a short quiz I was going to do. Not sure how many takers I'll get these days n ow that a lot of my regulars have switched to Facebook, but here goes.

BBC television has a quiz show called Only Connect, where teams have to find the connections between sets of clues. It;s a lateral thinking challenge, really. I have listed below four pairs of musical numbers. The two numbers in each pair are connected, and the connection is the same in each case. As with the TV show, the clues get easier as you go on. So: what connects these pairs?

First pair


Second pair


Third pair


Fourth pair


So what's the connection in each case, pop-pickers?

Proving that there is more to Montana than dental floss

You know, as per Frank Zappa:

Even the vilest Nazis and white supremacists show occasional flashes of humanity. If Bonni Benstock-Intall hadn't linked the following clip on her hate site I would never have seen it. Amazingly, she wasn't even trying to make out that the elk were running away from a Muslim.

Do watch it right to the end: it's rather splendid. I like the way the others wait for the straggler.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Well that's that cleared up

Bonni Benstock-Intall of barenakedislam, who celebrates Hitler's birthday and wants to bring back the Nazis to run Germany, sometimes lets down her guard. She likes to pretend that she's a Jew (it does after all give great cover for her antisemitism), and any accusation of racism is met with the parrot-like refrain "What race is Islam?", whether Islam had anything to do with the racist incident or not. But sometimes she lets her true colours shine through. Bear in mind that Bonni is extremely quick to ban any commenter who expresses a view of which she disapproves (sometimes she insults them a bit first, but if they say something too outrageous, such as expressing scepticism about President Obama's being a Muslim, they're history).

So the comments under this post are very interesting. A commenter called TheRealTruth posts this:

The real problem is this is not about Culture but about Race and Ethnicity. Whites either need to realize that their Ethnicity comes first, then their Race, then culture (language), then economy, then everything else, or Whites have no nations, no languages, and no Cultures.

Either Whites realize that no one has a right to own property among us, lord over us, or tell our story, OR Whites become a hated minority.

What’s even worse is Christianity will do nothing to prevent this. Christians deny people exist, unless they’re a sacred minority. Christians have fetishized poverty to the point where Whites, in their success, become Ethnomasochists. I’ve struggled with this for some time and unless Christianity becomes ethnocentric for Whites and their Ethnicity (like the Orthodox denominations have attempted) then it’s not going to provide any help. In fact, Christians will become virulently anti-White like they did during the Jamaican Insurrection, the End of Apartheid, and now during Immigration.

Another commenter called FreedomInAmerica.net responded "The Real Truth is you’re a racist." For which he was attacked by several other commenters as a "leftist".

TheRealTruth comments elsewhere under that post that

What’s worse is I’ve posted comments that make no bones about it – Whites have a right to exist and no one has the right to live among us. Because Whites are indoctrinated Ethno-masochists they will censor and shut down this speech. That will happen on these sites, the supposed saviors of Western Civilization. Western Civilization is White. Either you understand that or you’re a Useful Idiot who is cowering from the labels created by people who fucking hate you.

Someone replies to him, and Bonni responds to that reply, but not a word of comment on "Western Civilization is White" or "No one has the right to live among us". Or to his response a little later to someone who remarks that "London is lost":

If it’s lost then burn it to the ground. Destroy the water, power, and infrastructure. Destroy all Welfare Offices and Grocery Stores. When the immigrants shuffle out in confusion you kill them. Problem solved.

So actually Bonni is even worse than a Nazi: she supports a white supremacist who believes in destroying London, starving and killing its inhabitants of whatever colour, just to be sure of killing all the non-whites. Not even Hitler suggested destroying Berlin to be sure of killing its Jews.

But, you say, maybe Bonni was uncharacteristically asleep at the wheel: too busy inventing stories about barking dogs and dead flamingos. Well, then we come to these posts. This one, this one, and this one. Clearly Bonni is now being fed stories by a blogger going under the title Diversity Macht Frei. If that title rings alarm bells, a look at Mr DMF's blog does more than that. It is full of delightful Jew hatred. For example this where he refers to sites like barenakedislam as the "counterjewhad" movement. And then there's this:

It's not obvious why Europeans should treat Jews as people with an equal moral entitlement to themselves. These people, over the course of thousands of years, have maintained a pattern of temporary residence in other people's countries, a pattern that continues into the present day. Jacques Attali, a Jew currently resident in France, and in possession of the administrative status citizenship allocated by the government of France, summed up the Jewish attitude very well when he said: "A country, it's a hotel." For Jews, our countries may very well be no more than hotels. But for us, they're our homes.

Or this:

When will Jews accept that the antagonism felt to them is the result of their own actions and not some mythical irrational evilness? Jews are actively harming the interests of European peoples by promoting the suppression of their freedoms and attempting to alter the demographics of their countries against their will. Those who become aware of this pattern of activity inevitably feel indignant about it. There is no mystery here. There is no "ancient evil" at work. It is a simple conflict of interests between different peoples living in the same land. But one of the peoples has a moral entitlement to that land and the other doesn't.

Then there's this:

Note that it's considered acceptable to say that Jews are at the forefront in pushing "values" [essentially code for the multicult/human rights concepts that lie behind the European Genocide] as long as you praise them for this. If you make exactly the same factual claim, but view it negatively, you're an antisemite and must be ostracised and criminalised.

Or these gems from this post:

Jews keep making the same mistake throughout history. Like Muslims, they regard themselves as perfect and thus incapable of fault. Because of this, they cannot learn from their mistakes and adjust their behaviour accordingly.

"Antisemitism", defined as an irrational hatred, an "ancient evil", is simply a fable the Jews have concocted to delegitimise criticism of their own actions. If you think about it objectively, it is actually amazing that they have been able to get away with inventing a narrative so absurd. In reality, the antagonism felt towards Jews is explicable in wholly rational terms.

Which is exactly what Bonni says about "Islamophobia". Yet this guy feels exactly the same way towards Jews as he does towards Muslims. And Jews - not Muslims - are responsible for the "European genocide".

Strange that someone who pretends to be a Jew would link to a Jew-hating site like this, isn't it? Her own antisemitism only encompasses Orthodox Jews, Reform Jews, liberal Jews, left-wing Jews and Jews who keep kosher. She calls all these Jews "rats", blames them for the rise of Hitler and the Holocaust, and believes that they secretly control the US government. Hardly antisemitic at all really. But her promotion of this guy's site: that takes her Jew-hatred to a whole new level.

I thinl we may declare the myth of Bonni's Jewishness well and truly debunked.

One can only sympathise with this deluded woman as dementia begins its slow march

Sometimes it's hard not to feel slightly sorry for poor Bonni Benstock-Intall, the Hitler fan and holocaust denier who runs the barenakedislam hate site. The professional Islamophobes who used to feed her with stories have largely deserted her, probably because of the way she manages to screw up even the most basic story. This one was proudly headed with guff about the "2015 Armenian genocide" until one of Bonni's sheep pointed out her error. The point is that the copy she was sent made no mention of a date: Bonni simply took perfectly good hate speech and turned it into rubbish. Or this, which fails to explain why a Muslim had a Nobel prize for Physics many years before any Israeli scientist got a Nobel. Now she's reduced to getting her stories mainly from the British Daily Mail (which has its own problems as we shall see) or from dodgier sources yet (see my next post). But sometimes she is reduced to truly pathetic straits in an attempt to find a Muslim angle on stories that have none - or which aren't even stories to begin with.

I mean, what are we to make of this? Bonni posts a video entitled "Scared by a leaf" of a dog barking frantically. How on earth do you get a Muslim angle out of that? Easy: you label it "It was as if the dog was freaked out by a Muslim in a burqa walking by". Yes, that's right. She really is that desperate. What next? A video of the Hindenburg disaster labelled "It was as if a Muslim had set off a bomb on board"?

Or this? Someone has been killing flamingos in Frankfurt Zoo. Some of the flamingos were beheaded. So OBVIOUSLY the perpetrator must be a Muslim, right?

Or this ("Did yesterday’s Fort Hood shooter, Ivan Lopez, ALSO have a jihadi name?"). So desperate is this woman to pretend that the Fort Hood shooter was a Muslim that after that headline she never again mentions the actual gunman, but posts photographs and miles of text about some other US soldier who IS Muslim, who thought about carrying out an attack but didn't, and who is now safely shut away in a psychiatric institution. WTF?

People like Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller who run real, professional hate sites (and used to feed material to Bonni) may - and generally do - make stories up, but at least their stories are actually about Muslims. Bonni may never have cared about truth, but now she no longer even cares about credibility.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Going for Baroque

On Saturday night I played in a concert of Bach and Handel. The Bach was the Magnificat in D, the Handel the Dettingen Te Deum. As I have remarked elsewhere, Handel's music is arguably more interesting to play than simply to consume as a listener (an opinion shared by my wife, though as she plays the clarinet she only ever gets to play him in arrangements, though there are plenty of those by such exalted chaps as Mozart). I've just been watching clips on Youtube, and none of them really conveys the enjoyment to be had from seeing just how Handel works his magic.

The Bach, on the other hand, is as much fun to listen to as it is to play. I'll share with you my two personal favourite parts. First (though it comes last in the running order) is the Gloria. Bach weaves the most extraordinary web of notes for each of the three repeats of "Gloria" (...Patri, ....Filio,...Spiritu Sancti) before reprising the opening Magnificat music for the "Sicut erat in principio".

But the best bit of the Magnificat is one I didn't play in. It's tempting to think of Bach as a cerebral composer, working out his amazing structures and counterpoint and harmony, and all a bit soul-less. With a few exceptions Bach's music isn't overtly emotional heart-on-sleeve stuff, and seems to us nowadays perhaps a little detached. The aria Esurientes implevit bonis (He hath filled the hungry with good things) is not by any means emotional, but surely it is the coolest piece of music written in the entire baroque era. It has a kind of swagger about it. If the Sharks and the Jets decided to sing Bach, this would have to be the piece they'd choose. At least, that's how it strikes me.

While Bach normally keeps the emotional temperature in his works fairly low, he does just occasionally rock out. Here is my all-time favourite piece of JSB, the finale of his Christmas Oratorio. Of course, even while letting rip with some of the most joyous music ever written, he has the choir singing the tune of the chorale from the St Matthew Passion (perhaps better known as the hymn "Oh sacred head sore wounded") to remind us that there is sadness in store for the wee lad. But hey, right now, let's party....

Monday, March 31, 2014

No doubt a school or hospital in Lima will receive an air strike from the IAF in response to this wicked antisemitic attack on brave IDF heroes

From Haaretz:

Dozens of Israeli trekkers arrested after 'night of debauchery' in Peru
Group sex, drugs, alcohol, stolen Inca artifacts, loud music late at night - shalom from Israel.

Some 60 young, mainly Israeli, travelers have been arrested at a Peruvian archaeological site for what local media are describing as a late-night drunken, drug-addled sex orgy, Channel 2's Mako website reported Tuesday.

A Peruvian TV station billed the event as "a night of Israeli debauchery." Stolen Inca artifacts, as well as marijuana and components for making cocaine, were confiscated from four makeshift huts where the travelers were living, in the Saksaywaman archaeological site outside the city of Cusco. The travelers left behind drug paraphernalia, spray paint cans and other garbage. The huts, found to have been built illegally, were destroyed.

Police were alerted by Peruvian volunteers at the site, who said they heard extremely loud music coming from the huts at about 1:30 A.M.

Saksaywaman is popular with Israelis making the post-army trek to South America. Yet the demobilized soldiers are not always popular with South Americans, and this latest scandal is likely to tarnish their name even further. Two months ago, four Israeli ex-soldiers were arrested for starting a bonfire in a Chilean national park; two years ago, another one, Rotem Singer, accidentally started a massive forest fire in the country after burning toilet paper.

But unlike previous Israeli trekkers who've gotten into trouble on the continent, the dozens just arrested in Peru will not benefit from the intervention of Israeli consular officials: They're on strike with the rest of the Foreign Ministry's employees.

I have no wish to pretend that all Israeli tourists are vandalistic oafs, though demobbed IDF vets seem to be acquiring that reputation in South America. What struck me about this story, though, was how wonderfully appropriate it was that this particular bunch had erected illegal huts on someone else's property. That reminds me of something, but I can't quite put my finger on it...... (:-))

Zen and the Art of Blog Maintenance

I've just been going back over early blog posts (there are around three and a half thousand EKN posts now) looking for comment spam that has fallen through the automated spam traps. There seems to have been a period in 2013 when a lot of stuff got through. I can tell you, deleting 184 spam comments from a single post induces a Zen-like calm.

I was looking at the post I did about the blogmeet in Manchester where I met Clare, Lisa and many other bloggers in the flesh for the only time so far. And it occurred to me that I have a lot less interaction with British bloggers these days. (Or, as Bonni of barenakedislam pointed out, any bloggers.) I know I met JoeInVegas last July when we were doing Route 66, but he doesn't visit here much these days, and he seems to have stopped blogging himself, at least for now. Like me, he has transferred much of his attention to Facebook. I certainly use FB for the quick one-liners I might once have put on the blog, but there are other posts (obviously including this one) whose rightful home is clearly EKN and not my Facebook page.

I think maybe I should make a resolution: to visit more of the blogs on my blogroll, more frequently. While doubtless it will be more honoured in the breach than the observance, I shall nail it to the church door here nonetheless.

That comment spam: it was interesting to see what it comprised. There were a few dozen posts each of which contained a list of a few dozen sites, often Italian. There were ads for Cialis and Xanax, and for other drugs I'd never heard of. There were a lot of payday loan ads, and ads for shoes and dieting.