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Polish Government Policy To Suppress Discussion Of Holocaust

May 5, 2016

by Ian R Thorpe
This blog does not get many readers, it was never intended to the reason for keeping it going is to do with Search Engine Optimisation for other blogs. So not many people will have seen our previous post about a German historian questioning the official narrative on the Holocaust. Those who did however, might have wondered why we would post such a thing.

As the founder of the blog I will explain that neither I nor my colleagues question the fact that very bad things happened to members of Jewish communities in Germany and central Europe between 1933 and 1945. We all, have a questioning nature and did not believe (or disbelieve) the details but broadly the story stood up to examination.

Then it became fashionable among political activists to call for ‘Holocaust Denial’, the opinions of people who claimed the story of mass exterminations, was not true to be criminalised. And that made us suspicious because we all believe in free speech. Only fascist regimes try to suppress open debate, and as far as all of us are concerned, because in the medieval era we would have been executed for our rejection of God, Jesus and the Church, we defend the right of people to question r reject something the authorities insist we accept is true. It is also no different to criminalising ‘climate change denial’, opposition to mass immigration, the introduction of Genetically Modified food crops or globalisation.

Criminalising ideas is the territory of tyrants, and as it becomes more obvious that the ruling elites are moving towards establishing a global totalitarian government, is it any wonder more people, if not exactly questioning The Holocaust, are questioning the eagerness to suppress free discussion of an event which has shaped much of the political evolution in the free world since 1945.

And since we started to question, it is clear there are a number of gaping holes in the Holocaust narrative, which apparently nobody wants to try to explain. Here’s another:

New Polish historical policy could silence Holocaust debates

WARSAW, Poland (via Associated Press) — Poland’s governing party is seeking to shape the country’s future by controlling perceptions of the past.

The conservative Law and Justice party’s strategy includes the use of museums, film, public television and other tools to promote certain episodes in Poland’s history, like the anti-communist resistance after World War II. More controversial, though, are attempts to suppress discussion and research into painful topics, primarily Polish violence against Jews during the Nazi occupation.

Law and Justice, which since last year has wielded more power than any party in post-communist times, sees the moves as harnessing history in a mission to build a stronger nation state. President Andrzej Duda said the nation’s new “historical policy offensive” aims to create a new generation of patriots and “to build up the country’s position in the international space.”

Critics see historical revisionism that will produce little beyond national self-righteousness and will prevent an honest reckoning with the country’s wartime history — an extremely complex story that includes suffering and heroism of the highest order but also cases of murder and betrayal by Poles of defenseless Jews.

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Sexism Silcon Valley Style

April 30, 2016

Came across this on LinkdIn. It’s worth spreading around.

How one Silicon Valley engineer benefitted from the tacit acceptance of entrenched sexism

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Russia Today the only obstacle to God King Obama’s Global Empirea

August 22, 2015

Ian will not be posting for a few days (family business) and with the end of blog.co.uk in sight he has finally got round to changing his password so us Daily Stirrer contributors can’t post on his name – Xavier Connolly

Extracted from an article by Andre Vltchek published at Information Clearing House
(you’ll have to scroll down a way to reach this section)

Perhaps the greatest living European filmmaker, Emir Kusturica, recently wrote, sarcastically, that: “World War III will start with Pentagon bombing of RT”, referring to the powerful television network “Russia Today”. RT commented:

“RT is a real threat to US state propaganda as it reaches Americans “in their own homes, in perfect English, better than they use on CNN.” And that is why, according to the director, Washington could get fed up and seek to silence RT by force – much like NATO did to Serbian state TV in April 1999.

In turn, Kusturica predicts, Moscow would destroy CNN, which he considers the flag-bearer of pro-American propaganda: “CNN in direct transmissions assures that since the 1990s America has been leading humanitarian actions, and not wars, and that its military planes rain angels, not bombs!””

Although some of the greatest thinkers confronting the Empire – Saramago, Galeano and Pinter – have recently passed away, there are still many of those who are managing to escape indoctrination. Some are regrouping around new non-Western television networks like TeleSUR, RT and PressTV.

It is like Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451”, all over again. Some people, stubbornly, refuse to burn their books.

Even in the West, some powerful media outlets – CounterPunch, Dissident Voice, ICH, VNN, Global Research, and others – are holding the line. They are not yet winning, far from it, but they are not dying, either!

As long as the independent thought is alive, not everything is lost.

“I rebel; therefore we exist”, wrote French philosopher Albert Camus. He also added: “The feeling of rebellion is born in oppression”.

The Empire denies that it oppresses the world. It indoctrinates both oppressors and the oppressed, re-defining, in fact “re-branding” oppression as freedom.

Those of us, who are managing to escape its indoctrination, are now rebelling. Therefore – humanity still exists.

Swiss police confirm bomb threat at FIFA congress in Zurich

May 29, 2015
Blatter where most football fans would like to see him (Image source)

At last some encouraging news about FIFA.

A bomb threat has been received at the FIFA congress in Zurich, Swiss police have confirmed to SRF News.

“I can confirm there has been a bomb threat against the FIFA congress, officers have been dispatched,” a spokeswoman for the city police said.

Authorities were alerted around 11 a.m. local time, police spokesman Marco Cortesi confirmed. FIFA also acknowledged receipt of the threat to news website handelszeitung.ch.

Local journalists reported that they were forced to leave their places at the venue.

Police spokeswoman Brigitte Vogt earlier confirmed to AFP that a bomb alert had been received at the venue, and that officers were at the scene.

The FIFA presidential election is set to take place on Today (Friday 29 May), with many influential voices in the west’s footballing nation calling for current president, the corrupt and devious Sepp Blatter to step down following an investigation into FIFA’s culture of bribes, bungs and kickbacks led to the arrest of several of the organization’s officials. However, Blatter is expected to be re-elected for a fifth five-year term (we can only wonder how many football administrators from third world nations he had to bribe to get to that position, and how much money it campaign cost the ordinary punters who pay to watch football.

The question about terrorists that has always plagued me is why are the such effing amateurs. I mean you get a crooked fucker like Blatter and all his rent seeking sidekicks together under one roof, and you phone up and warn them you’ve planted a bomb? Another such good opportunity might not occur for years.

Home Secretary says Britain Will Outlaw Hate And Extremism

May 28, 2015
Home Secretary Theresa May announces plans to criminalise ‘hate’. She will a
nnounce the formation of a new law enforcement body, The Thought Police later this year (image source)

In yet another example of how out of touch with reality our leaders are, Theresa May announced on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the “British” government’s determination to make “hate,” “extremism” and “Neo-Nazism” illegal.

“British values” as defined by the government are now to become the official values of everyone in the United Kingdom and the multicultural, multiracial and multisexual nature of the state will be rigidly enforced.

It appears that the proposed bill will include a ban on broadcasting “extremist” views without permission and a requirement to submit to the police in advance any proposed publication on the web and social media or in print. The bill may also contain plans for banning orders for “extremist,” “Nazi”or “Fascist” organisations and individuals who seek to undermine democracy or to use “hate speech” in public places.

The proposed legislation will fall short of banning people from saying or publishing anything the Politically Correct do not approve of on the grounds of provoking hatred as this is already covered by the “public order antisemitic, racist or homophobic offences” legislation that already exists. You will be able to say or write what you like so long as nobody hears or reads it. Censorship by any other name still smells of shit.

Though Muslims have been mentioned in the context of the bill there is a sense that this legislation is aimed at indigenous White Nationalists, a group which is rising in prominence in relation to the dispersement of facts on the Internet, as well as fuelling public concern over rising immigration and failing multiculturalism coupled with the increasing oppression of Whites in schools and the workplace through “anti-racism” strategies which target and discriminate against them.

Asked in confidence about the best tactic for going forward under such circumstances, a former British university professor of political science said “The best tactic down history in such a case is for as many individual people to get banned as possible. The more people who get banned the weaker the legislation becomes and the more real street cred this group gains for the future.”

This serves to bind diverse factions intlo a larger political grouping, he went on to explain, something the opposition to multiculturalism and ,globaism previously had failed to achieve. In a sense the government that bans free speech and criminalizes dissent, even by such back door methods, is legitimizing both the counter culture and an alternative political elite in the eyes of its critics.

Groups and individuals never heard of before become significant and achieve publicity possibly for the first time in a controlled-media. The next stage is public free-speech protests against banning orders. The government is taking the most counter – productive route possible and is in effect creating a new political opposition to the politically correct consensus of The Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats.

Once banned, the individual or group is authenticated in the eyes of other dissenters. Thus they are seen as an alternative to the ruling class when the regime who banned them collapses.

The Professor surely believed he was talking about right wing extremists but his opinions prefectly describe the tactics used to silence opposing views by oppressive governments in Nazi Germany, fascist Italy, Soviet Russia communist China and ‘left wing’ neo fascist groups such as Unite Against Fascism, the Anti Nazi League and the Socialist Workers Party.

One of the great political ironies is that there was very little difference between Hitler’s Nazis and Stalin’s Communists.

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Shock! Horror! Politician Does His Job.

May 19, 2015

Reams has been written here about the evil twins of ‘free’ trade agreements (free in the sense they will relieve global corporations from the tiresome obligation to obey national law), sometimes we think we are winning then the bureaucracies pushing global fascism hit back.

Perhaps the creepiest thing about TPP and TTIP is that they have been negotiated in secret by EU and US bureaucrats and lawyers and even our elected representatives have not been allowed to read the draft versions.

It is uplifting however to hear of a politician who has not only defied his government by reading on of the treaties but has thrown down the gauntlet and challenged the Obama administration to prosecute him by defying an order that the contents must in no circumstances be made known to the public.

from TruthOut.org

Senator Reads the TPP and Exposes Its Contents

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is one of the few members of Congress who has taken the time to jump through the hoops and read the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). But, he has gone a step farther than other members – he told members of Congress what he read. He told the truth about what the TPP says and why Congress should oppose it in a five page letter to his colleagues.

Sessions’ action flies in the face of the threats made by the US Trade Representative to prosecute elected officials who tell people what is in the trade agreement. Others should follow his example and get out the truth about the TPP.

The debate in the Senate begins on Tuesday, May 19. This is an opportunity for Senators to tell their colleagues the truth about what is in the TPP. Sessions’ “Dear Colleague” letter was leaked and reported in Breitbart. Senators from both parties may want to take a similar approach. Even better, during the debate on the Senate floor there will be an opportunity for amendments that expose problems with the TPP. Senators can tell their colleagues and, through C-SPAN, their constituents the truth about what is in the TPP.

How Senator Sessions Exposed the Truth About TPP

Breitbart has written two articles on Sessions’ revelations. In “Critical Alert: Jeff Sessions Warns America Against Potentially Disastrous Obama Trade Deal,” they report: READ FULL ARTICLE

US Government Advisor Warned He Could Be Jailed For Revealing Content Of TPP.

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From Michael Wessel, first posted in Politico:

I’ve Read Obama’s Secret Trade Deal. Elizabeth Warren Is Right to Be Concerned.

“You need to tell me what’s wrong with this trade agreement, not one that was passed 25 years ago,” a frustrated President Barack Obama recently complained about criticisms of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). He’s right. The public criticisms of the TPP have been vague. That’s by design—anyone who has read the text of the agreement could be jailed for disclosing its contents. I’ve actually read the TPP text provided to the government’s own advisors, and I’ve given the president an earful about how this trade deal will damage this nation. But I can’t share my criticisms with you.

I can tell you that Elizabeth Warren is right about her criticism of the trade deal. We should be very concerned about what’s hidden in this trade deal—and particularly how the Obama administration is keeping information secret even from those of us who are supposed to provide advice.

So-called “cleared advisors” like me are prohibited from sharing publicly the criticisms we’ve lodged about specific proposals and approaches. The government has created a perfect Catch 22: The law prohibits us from talking about the specifics of what we’ve seen, allowing the president to criticize us for not being specific. Instead of simply admitting that he disagrees with me—and with many other cleared advisors—about the merits of the TPP, the president instead pretends that our specific, pointed criticisms don’t exist. READ ALL

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Will USA Bomb Russia Today?

May 17, 2015

Today was a day I though might slip out of the future and into the past without really registering on the present. Browsing around however, I noticed an article from maverick US writer Lew Rockwell that amused me.

US Anger With RT Will Start World War Three – Emir Kusturica
posted on Lew.Rockwell.com

The award-winning film director believes that the next world conflict could start when the Pentagon decides to bomb the RT TV channel.

World War Three will break out when the US finally tires of the RT TV channel, and decides to bomb it; in retaliation, Russia will destroy CNN, writes film director Emir Kusturica, in an article published on Thursday.

“Everything is different to how it was during the Cold War! Because of that it is useless to talk about a return to how things used to be, and listen to Henry Kissinger scare us. In the meantime, China has become the strongest world economy, Russia has recovered from Perestroika, India is growing into a genie! Military experts don’t argue that Americans have the most organized army, but there remains the unsolvable puzzle for NATO generals, who have called one of the Russian rockets ‘SATAN.’”

“The devil never comes alone! At the same time with this rocket and numerous innovations, the TV Channel RT has also appeared among the Russian arsenal.”

“The program is broadcast in English, and watched by around 700 million people in 200 countries. The secret success of this television is the smashing of the Hollywood-CNN stereotype of the good and bad guys, where blacks, Hispanics, Russians, Serbs are the villains, and white Americans, wherever you look, are OK!”

“Congressman, and those in the State Department are continually upset by RT,” writes Kusturica, adding that the US Secretary of State, who Kusturica calls “Jim Kerry,” is “the loudest.”

“Kerry and the congressmen are bothered by the fact that RT sends signals that the world is not determined by the fatalism of liberal capitalism, that the US is leading the world into chaos, that Monsanto is not producing healthy food, that Coca-Cola is ideal for cleaning automobile alloys and not for the human stomach, that in Serbia the percent of people who die from cancer has risen sharply due to the 1999 NATO bombings, that the social map of America is falling from day to day, that the fingerprints of the CIA are on the Ukrainian crisis, and that BlackWater fired at the Ukrainian police, and not Maidan activists.”

In contrast, writes the film director, “CNN in direct transmissions assures that since the 1990s America has been leading humanitarian actions, and not wars, that from military planes fall angels and not bombs!”

“As time goes on RT will ever more demystify the American Dream and in primetime will reveal the truth hidden for decades from the eyes and heart of average Americans, in their own homes, in perfect English, better than they use on CNN.”

Well I would not have put it quite like that myself but all the same I have become very aware of the anger generated in Washington, and particularly in The Oval Office by the kind of paleolithic Americans who think their good guys / bad guys narrative is swallowed whole by the world at large.

Not only Russia Today, but Voice of Russia, Press TV (an English language Iranian channel) and Uruknet, an Arabic / English news site are in the business of challenging American propaganda. Now people will say we are foolish to believe anything we learn from the media in these places.

It’s quite true, we would. But not as naive as the fools to believe everything they are told by western media. To take the position that “they” are the bad guys therefore what they tell us is propaganda; “we” are the god guys therefore what our governments tell us must be truth is ignorant and stupid beyond belief.

But of course it is highly amusing to watch Russia Today undermining the carefully contructed and spun US / EU narrative on global affairs.

NHS Tests And Drugs Do More Harm Than Good

May 13, 2015

What have I been telling you for the last ten years? For too long the NHS has been more about plundering our pockets on behalf of the Big Pharma Corporations that looking after our health.

NHS patients are being given drugs and tests they may not need because, as this blog has frequently reported over the years, GPs and hospitals are ‘incentivized’ to prescribe certain drugs, i.e. paid for the quantity not quality of their treatment, senior doctors have revealed in a new report.

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges said patients should be encouraged to ask if their medical procedures were really necessary, in a bid to halt over-diagnosis and needless treatment of swathes of the population.

In an unprecedented intervention, the medics – who represent all 21 medical royal colleges in the UK – said too many patients were being forced to endure tests and treatments which could do more harm than good.

They said the payments system in the NHS, which means hospitals are paid according to the number of procedures they perform, and GP pay linked to diagnosis and treatment, could act against patients’ interests.

The report said it was time to “wind back the harms of too much medicine” and replace a culture of “more is better” with balanced decision making.

Patients should be encouraged to ask questions such as, ‘Do I really need this test or procedure? What are the risks? Are there simpler safer options? What happens if I do nothing,’ the doctors say.

This news comes as a leading scientist said millions of people should stop taking antidepressants, because their long-term risks outweighed the benefits.

The Rweeted Reactions Of Leftie Celebs To Election Result Were Priceless

May 9, 2015

I’m still not actually thinking due to events not related in any way to the election. So here’s another post full of content gleaned from elsewhere.

Celebrity lefties resposnes to the conservative election victory.

@Kevin Maguire
Most terrifying of all is the Tories won as the Nasty Party. What does that say about Britain?

Well Kev, as it was you dubbed them the nasty party I guess it says Britain thinks you and your ludicrous pastiche of a newspaper are irrelevant

@charlottechurch
The politics of fear is the politics of control and we’ve given the reigns to the bogey men.

As you’ve blown most of your millions on trying to be a rock chick Charile, I suppose you’re afraid of benefit cuts.

@jk_rowling
I remember single parenthood under the Tories and @Gingerbread’s going to be very important in the next 5 years.

So what are you saying JK, that all single women are so stupid that having no job and few skills they’ll celebrate the election result by getting up the duff? Was it the fault of the conservatives that you got pregnant?

@OwenJones84
Don’t mourn. Organise. And this time, let’s actually mean it.

That is actually coming from a prepubescent pustule who can’t even organise his own fake accent so we can tell if he’s pretending to be a Cheshire posh boy, an Oxbridge elitist or a skanky Mank.

Looking over them brings to mind a line from that brilliant American satirist P J O’Rourke (PJ, being American, uses ‘liberalism’ in the sense we use ‘loony left’:

“At the core of liberalism is the spoiled child — miserable, as all spoiled children are, unsatisfied, demanding, ill-disciplined, despotic and useless. Liberalism is a philosophy of sniveling brats.”
― P.J. O’Rourke

The Duchess Of Kate

May 2, 2015
Queen Ant – almost as fecund as certain members of The Royal Family (image source)

Oh effing Joy! The Duchess Of Kate has given birth. It seems hardly five minutes sing the last one was born. What a bummer that the only news to come along that can shove the election off the top of the news is even more boring.

While I’m happy for Prince William and The Duchess Of Cambridge (bit of SEO there) that they got a girl and having acquired a full set can stop now and not put us poor taxpayers to any more expense, why the ballyhoo. A woman has a baby, it’s hardly news is. After all if women didn’t have babies there wouldn’t be a human race would there.

Apparently the dear Duchess Of Kate went into hospital at 6 am this morning and popped the sprog out at 8:30.Which, were she to make a habit of giving birth with such facility, might suggest on the ascension of Willie – boy to the throne we might have to call his spouse Queen Ant rather than Queen Kate.