110 Responses to INTERNATIONAL WOMAN’S DAY OPEN THREAD…

  1. Chuffer says:

    Very suitably on a day like today, Mrs Chuffer’s PMT.
    “JUST BECAUSE, THAT’S WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!”

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    • Grant says:

      Chuffer,
      Time to get a younger model !

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      • Chuffer says:

        ’twas ever thus, has been for many years. Can’t see a young version being any better, bless her. I just head for my tractor.
        Newry girls, eh David?

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        • Grant says:

          Chuffer,
          I am thinking of sticking with my older model. Not quite as fast as she used to be and higher maintenance costs but , better the devil you know.
          Now, my wife, that is a different question.

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          • Chuffer says:

            (Terry-Thomas voice on)
             I say, you’re a rotter and a cad and a bounder, don’t you know.
            (TT voice off, or ‘orf’)

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            • Chuffer says:

              Come to think of it, what better day than today to revel in a bit of vintage Terry-Thomas. (Got to love the smoking in the petrol station)



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              • Grant says:

                Chuffer,
                Yep, they don’t make them like him any more.  Apart from me that is !  

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  2. ltwf1964 says:

    I thought every day was international wimmin’s day

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  3. RGH says:

    Please take a few minutes to read this woman-related story from the Abidjan suburb of Abobo.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12646355

    Then the following from Reuters.

    Reuters’ report:

    Seven women were killed last Thursday after security forces opened fire on protesters in the northern pro-Ouattara suburb of Abobo, according to witnesses and military sources.
    On Tuesday, a march there went off peacefully but was swiftly followed by bursts of gunfire.
    “Gbagbo, assassin! Gbagbo, power thief! Leave!” the women shouted and sang, some in traditional dress, others wearing T-shirts printed with Ouattara’s face.
    The only men with guns present were pro-Ouattara youths with AK-47s and civilian clothes, who residents said were there to protect the march. One warned Reuters TV not to film them.
    But witnesses said almost as soon as the march petered out, machinegun fire rocked the neighbourhood.
    “We’ve been hearing machinegun fire for much of the afternoon. It sounds like two groups fighting each other but I don’t know,” said resident Tiemoko Souala.
    Another Abobo resident said they saw security forces move along the main street before the machinegun fire erupted.
    Abobo is now largely controlled by insurgents calling themselves the “invisible commandos” and professing loyalty to Ouattara, after a week of gun battles in which they pushed out police and military loyal to incumbent leader Gbagbo.”

    Some information.

    Outtara is Muslim. The UN supports their former ‘man’.

    Gbagbo is Christian. The Ivorian Constitutional Court has ruled the election invalid due to northern (Muslim) voting fraud

    The BBC presentation of their politicised eye-witnesses, once again entirely fails to establish a balanced report.

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  4. Cassandra King says:

    International left wing socialist Marxist womens day featuring leftists and Marxists and socialist women. Normal women need not apply, right wing women will not be seen or heard for the duration of course.

    Just another action day to pimp leftist values using B list celebs who would stab their mum to get airtime, take away the word women and replace it with socialism and the BBC coverage makes sense. Just another cause hijacked by the left to pimp its rancid ideology. If these so called womens rights organisers dared to protest and fight against the perpetrators of real abuse against women and dared to highlight the real suffering of women at the hands of the planets worst and cruelest women abusers then you can bet the farm that the BBC would shut the door on them and their cause in a Nw York minute.

    In reality real abuse is ignored and the real struggle for real equality comes a distant second to the political narrative, any woman thinking these leftists give two sh*ts for the plight of real women is mistaken.

    The only womens rights the BBC is interested is the right of leftist women to pimp their rancid hypocritical ideology, any woman daring to stray from the BBC narrative would quickly find that the real BBC is nothing like the fake image they like to present to the world.

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    • Grant says:

      And, Cassie, the BBC has no interest in Muslim women’s rights.  Bloody hypocrites.

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  5. john says:

    Do you want a laugh. I’ve owned a static caravan on a holiday park for a couple of years now. Along with all of the other owners, I got a letter from the BBC forwarded via the park owners asking me to buy a second licence or to write back to them (at my expense) with an undertaking that:

    a.) I don’t rent out the caravan.
    b.) If the caravan is not rented out, then the TV in my caravan and  
         the TV back at home are never switched on simultaneously.

    What a cheek. Of course this letter will be ignored.

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  6. Grant says:

    The BBC and “International Women’s Day ”  will,  no doubt , take the chance to focus on FGM.  A barbarism from mainly women on other women.

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  7. George R says:

    BBC-NUJ-Labour has page of propaganda on this for Cherie Blair and Labour Party:

    “Cherie Blair to head Labour group on women’s rights”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-12663854

    It is not known whether her sister, Lauren Booth, will be on a committee to extoll the wonders of Islam and Sharia law for women:

    http://www.newenglishreview.org/blog_search.cfm

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  8. David Preiser (USA) says:

    As predicted, the Beeboids are in full defense mode to protect their beloved Obamessiah against criticism for re-establishing military tribunals and declaring Gitmo back in business after all.  Andrew North blames ugly United Statesians, even while the News Online sub-editor writes about the President making statements about how this will help the US.  As if it’s okay for the President of the US to just lie about it to appease the knuckle-draggers, but that’s okay because it’s Him.

    Mark Mardell, naturally, blames “the mood of the country – or at least that of the vocal politicians who say they represent America.”  I guess he forgot that the bill He signed in January to keep Guantamo Bay open was pased by a very Democrat Congress, led by Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.  Are they the “vocal politicians” who only “say” they represent the wishes of the country?  I bet Mardell doesn’t even realize what he’s said here.

    No, instead it’s sympathy for the poor Obamessiah, the LightWorker thwarted by ugly United Statesians. How dare they humiliate Him like this!  It was never His fault for treating such a complex issue so casually.

    Not even a moment’s reflection that closing Gitmo and treating people picked up at paramilitary training camps as civilian criminals might not be the doddle that He and the BBC made it out to be.

    Mardell also thinks the President is simply lying when He says that it’s all good.  He says, “Just under two years away from another election he may still feel the same but he has recognised that for many, safety beats ideals, hands down, every time.”

    Lastly, I’m amused that the Beeboids see no contradiction in the fact that He signed the bill in January, but now says He’ll work to overturn it.  So did He sign it out of weakness, incompetence, or what?  Again, no Beeboid dares address it.  Instead, they shift blame elsewhere.

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    • hippiepooter says:

      Mardell really is one of the creepiest guys you could possibly imagine.

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      • Pirran says:

        I know, somehow Mardell’s just one of those blokes you expect to see being lead away by the rozzers on local news with a pile of child porn on his PC. He’s just got one of those crrreeepily insincere smiles.

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        • J J says:

          That is rather inappropriate, whatever you think of the man’s political opinions. Such accusations will not endear people to one’s cause.

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          • Paddy says:

            Here here. Calling someone a kiddy fiddler is a bit ott although he does look like someone you’d see in a gimp suit at one of Mandys parties.

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          • hippiepooter says:

            Yeah, that’s as gross as Mardell trying to blame Palin for the Tucson shooting.

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            • hippiepooter says:

              In fact Pirran, as much as I can well understand your disgust at Mardell, if you could apply the standards of fairness and decency that Mardell singularly fails to apply in his journalism by deleting your post, I’m sure it would be much appreciated.

              Thanks.

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              • Dick the Prick says:

                Fair point, logical also but Pirran doesn’t extort cash with menaces to gibber insults on this blog whereas Mardell presumably gets paid far more than is justifiable and that’s before the addition of the wilfully opaque expenses & allowances booty.

                 It’s Mardell’s smugness that irritates, both Katy Kay & Frei have it, a sort of supercilliousness, that’s it’s a chore to have to explain to the little people how politics is mechanised. Justin Webb has it too. There’s a cultural problem with the BBC’s Washington Bureau that gives rise to a group think at variance with how British people should behave abroad. Their analytical abilities fail from the cynical British geneotype to a bohemian, beltway drivel manifest in certain Ivy League colleges. It’s kinda pathetic, frankly. 

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        • Natsman says:

          Pirran:  “…Mardell’s just one of those blokes you expect to see being lead away by the rozzers on local news with a pile of child porn on his PC…”

           

          Time will tell, time will tell…

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  9. RGH says:

    Another ‘Woman’ story….buried in the text…..but dated 5th March.

    The BBC has just got wind of it….a brief mention on the Libya Live ticker this evening.

    20.39

    “Meanwhile in Egypt, a Coptic Christian has been killed in a clash with Muslims in Cairo on Tuesday, a hospital official has told the AFP news agency. Earlier, more than 1,000 Copts gathered in the capital to protest against the burning of a church.”

    The news has been out there for four days. Funny it should have just crept in today (8th March)

    (AINA) 5th March — A mob of nearly four thousand Muslims has attacked Coptic homes this evening in the village of Soul, Atfif in Helwan Governorate, 30 kilometers from Cairo, and torched the Church of St. Mina and St. George. There are conflicting reports about the whereabouts of the Church pastor Father Yosha and three deacons who were at church; some say they died in the fire and some say they are being held captive by the Muslims inside the church.
    Witnesses report the mob prevented the fire brigade from entering the village. The army, which has been stationed for the last two days in the village of Bromil, 7 kilometers from Soul, initially refused to go into Soul, according to the officer in charge. When the army finally sent three tanks to the village, Muslim elders sent them away, saying that everything was “in order now.”
    A curfew has been imposed on the 12,000 Christians in the village.
    This incident was triggered by a relationship between 40-year-old Copt Ashraf Iskander and a Muslim woman. Yesterday a “reconciliation” meeting was arranged between the relevant Coptic and Muslim families and together with the Muslim elders it was decided that Ashraf Iskander would have to leave the village because Muslims torched his house.
    The father of the Muslim woman was killed by his cousin because he did not kill his daughter to preserve the family’s honor, which led the woman’s brother to avenge the death of his father by killing the cousin. The village Muslims blamed the Christians.
    The Muslim mob attacked the church, exploding 5-6 gas cylinders inside the church, pulled down the cross and the domes and burnt everything inside. Activist Ramy Kamel of Katibatibia Coptic advocacy called US-based Coptic Hope Sat TV and sent an SOS on behalf of the Copts in Soul village, as they are presently being attacked by the mob. He also said that no one is able to contact the priest and the deacons inside the burning church and there is no answer from their mobile phones.”

    When it comes to the news about post ‘Revolution’ Egypt, don’t bother with the BBC.

    It’s not the sort of news they want to report.

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    • hippiepooter says:

      Ignoring such critical news makes the BBC complicit in the Muslim murder of Christians.  We know how they would cover things if they were the other way round.

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  10. Frederick Bloggs says:

    I did the dishes this evening. 

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  11. Asuka Langley Soryu says:

    I love International Women’s Day. All of those yummy pancakes.

    By the way, when’s International Men’s Day? Is it around the same time as White History Month? I must mark it in my diary.

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    • RGH says:

      November 19th.

      Does the BBC know?

      “International Men’s Day is a global occasion to celebrate the positive contributions and variegated experience of being male. On this day we highlight those inspirational men and boys who help to forge a better world and who show by example how to live with self-respect and integrity in their relationships with other people and with the world around them. On this day we celebrate men’s and boys’ strengths while taking time to acknowledge their vulnerabilities and needs. We aim to transcend negative stereotyping and encourage and embrace greater options and choices for men and indeed for all people.”

      http://www.international-mens-day.com/

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  12. RGH says:

    More Egypt News….while the BBC is now focussed on Libya (what a rat that Ghaddafi, what with refusing to go as the narrative demanded).

    And there was one WOMAN Pharaoh.

    In the delights of post ‘revolution’ Egypt., apart from the INDIGENOUS (the ‘victims’ and symbols of moral justice the world over for the BBC…except in Muslim contexts), there is now a huge looting problem. (3rd March)

    Metropolitan Museum of Art’s storerooms at its excavation site in Dahshur, south of Cairo has been looted  In a statement the Met’s director, Thomas P. Campbell expressed alarm about continuing looting, calling it “a grave and tragic emergency.” In a statement, which was issued before Mr. Hawass’s resignation was confirmed, he said:
    “The world cannot sit by and permit unchecked anarchy to jeopardize the cultural heritage of one of the world’s oldest, greatest and most inspiring civilizations. We echo the voices of all concerned citizens of the globe in imploring Egypt’s new government authorities, in building the nation’s future, to protect its precious past. Action needs to be taken immediately.”

    What is happening in Egypt, I wonder.

    Can the BBC oblige?

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  13. J J says:

    Didn’t G.K Chesterton debunk feminism a century ago? Even the word feminism is a misnomer because it is anti-women and certainly anti-feminine. The whole point of feminism is not to celebrate woman as they are and as they have historically been in their traditional roles and traditional values. Rather feminism is about woman becoming more and more like men in the name of ‘equality”, as if there were no qualitative differences between men and women, and choice.

    Has anyone noticed it how much the focus is on women joining those social arenas customarily the domain of men and indeed behaving more and more like men? Those areas that women have cared about and cared for since time immemorial are scorned by those who are supposed to value women. Chesterton was right, women have surrendered; they’ve agreed men’s values and men’s domains are all that really matter.

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  14. ltwf1964 says:

    useful Jew alert

    Jeremy Paxman giving an interview to Noam chomsky that mark Regev would never hope to get

    tosser extraordinaire

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    • matthew rowe says:

      Ah yes the brilliant and irredeemably stupid Gnome chomsky someone who has spent his entire life up till now doing sod all practical to make the world a better place ! but has instead just talked endlessly and piously  about how everyone else should make the world a better place ! in fact he life has been a 80 year or so  staying in bed to stop war  joke [as founded by Lennon] and has so far  saved not one bullet or life!.
      Thanks  for all the effort Gnomie!!

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  15. Dr A says:

    Just watching Paxman interviewing the leftist High Priest Noam Chomsky on Newsnight, although “fellating” might be a more accurate word. Servile, cringing, obeisant, genuflecting, adoring, uncritical… truly sickening.

    Paxman, you’re a fucking fraud. 

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    • George R says:

      An extreme contrast is evident in political ‘impartiality’ of INBBC for (a) Chomsky, (INBBC obviously pro-Chomsky;(b)Wilders, (INBBC obviously anti-Wilders).

      (a) CHOMSKY (e.g. by subservient Paxman, ‘Newsnight’ tonight): INBBC imparts extreme political reverence, coupled with non-criticism;

      (b) WILDERS: in contrast, whgenever he is featured, is treated by INBBC with extreme hostility and a harshly critical approach.

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  16. Guest Who says:

    Amazing what you ‘learn’ on twitter in just a few minutes (cut & paste inherits code, so apols for split)…

    r4today BBC Radio 4 Today In retrospect, says Sir Michael Lyons, the last four years will be seen as “an outstanding period for the #BBC #R4Today

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  17. Lloyd says:

    I haven’t had the time to watch much BBC news recently, so I don’t know whether they have been broadcasting items similar to the one I have just watched on Sky News.

    It was footage that had “Pallywood” written all over – they must have an OB division now. The clip started with the Sky reporter and camera following a few hundred “rebels” who appeared to be marching upon someone or something. Next came the gunfire and explosions at the head of the demonstration – cue stampeding and shouting of “allahu akhbar” – fortunately the Sky team had had the with where with all to huddle down into a position which enabled them to continue filming the unfolding scene. What comes next in the Pallywood script? ah, yes, blood soaked casulties, and obviously they were been carried by a mob chanting “allahu akhbar”. Within moments the ambulance arrives, stopping not far from where the Sky team were hunkered down. The Sky team race over to film the casulties and then even jump into the back of the ambulance! And head on their journey to the hospital where I think I may have seen some REAL casulties – surreal stuff.

    Now I know that people REALLY are being killed, but why resort to the Pallywood style stuff? And if Sky are showing that sort of stuff it’ll only be a matter of time before the BBC start to show it.

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    • Guest Who says:

      Probably needs a more experienced commenter on matters military to sort out what’s what.

      Would I do it? Not a bat in hell’s chance. Are they brave? Possibly, if in a rather odd way. Is it journalism? Certainly some aspects, such as the disconnect between Col. and mini-Col’s sofa/SUV pontifications and rather different footage do raise worthy questions.

      But other ‘war zone’ stuff does come across poorly. Possibly it’s just the fog. But I do recall a report from within a mosque being assaulted by heavy weapons and thinking that shutting a wooden door might not stop modern heavy calibre rounds. Especially as the guy in the studio just kept on chatting away like the woman under fire was more under a brolly in front of Big Ben.

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  18. George R says:

    Paxman-‘Newsnight’-Chomsky-Nuremberg-Cairo.

    I suppose it was to be expected from the very first shot of the geographical setting of Paxman’s talk (not an interview) with Chomsky -in the American’s London hotel room, that Paxman would play the supplicant. I don’t suppose as a broadcaster, you go to someone’s hotel room and have a tough intereview; and perhaps the wily Chomsky had this in mind, although it’s bound to be softball from ‘Newsnight’.

    As it was, Paxman heard Chomsky say re-Nuremberg-type war trials, that Western leaders were eligible to stand (no other leaders mentioned); -all that was clarified by Paxman, but unchallenged.

    And when Chomsky commented on the uprising in a non-Western country, Egypt, Paxman merely listened to Chomsky assert that it was all wonderful, and all the following on Islam was censored:

    Outswimming Denial

    and this:

    At women’s march in Egypt, men prove women’s point by scolding, shoving, beating, groping them, and telling them to “go home where they belong”

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  19. Smig Says says:

    When is International Man’s Day?

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    • Natsman says:

      I’m an International Goat, and every day is MY day!    
         
      Anyone hear the awful Moonbat vs Tiff Needell, interrupted by the even more awful woman interviewer on Toady this morning?  Moonbat on his soapbox, as usual, telling us we shouldn’t have cars, and we should ALL be like him.  There are enough silly bastards in the world today like him, without us ALL becoming one…

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      • Smig Says says:

        I’ll defend Moonbat’s right to vioce his opinion, but given the chance I’d love to kick him out of his ivory tower. He wants to ban cars? Why only cars? Why not those big diesel consuming artics and buses? That silly arse would soon start complaining when Waitrose can no longer deliver caviar and foie gras to within walking distance of his muppet mansion.

        Joined up thinking just doesn’t fit in with socialists. As long as they can cream their unearned share from the sweat and toil of those that ACTUALLY WORK they’ll carry on spouting shite all day long.

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        • Roland Deschain says:

          Joined up thinking isn’t necessary.  The rules don’t apply to them, just the little people.

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    • Sres says:

      Every day if you believe women.  Seriously though, we don’t have international men’s day because we’re not arsed enough to create one.

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      • Smig Says says:

        I thought it was because we’re too busy doing real work instead of just talking about it.

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  20. RGH says:

    I earlier commented on the slow and then under-reported response by the BBC on the current attacks on Copts in the greater Cairo region. The death toll is now 6.

    The BBC rather sniffily observes that Copts have ‘often complained about discrimination’ and (my highlight)

    “Some context to the report that six Egyptian Christians have been killed in Cairo (see 0823). Violence began on Tuesday during a protest by Copts against last week’s burning of a church. Copts – who make up about 10% of Egypt’s population – have often complained of harassment and discrimination, and attacks against them date back to well before the departure of ex-president Hosni Mubarak last month.”

    So, there are attacks but this is nothing new and not the consequence of the super duper  revolution that caused such excitement last month. The revolution is not to blame.

    This begs the question as to what is to blame.!

    I don’t intend to fill this blog with the detail of the events re. the Copts. (One of the many indigenous people who have big problems with life in the Muslim world).  But the BBC is strangely uninterested and only follows the pack in reporting the incidents when they are already available elsewhere in the media.

    Muslim racism and murderous intolerance are just ignored in the service of the narrative of Muslims being victims at all times and everywhere.

    The bias is leftist liberal and ultimately shamefully hypocritical.

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  21. Deborah says:

    I would just like to say thank you to Pounce.  As I watched the 10pm news last night with my husband I could point out to him that in spite of John Simpson in Libya appearing to be in a dangerous area and appearing to wear body armour – he wore no helmet – like all those around him and they didn’t appear to be worried about the sounds of gunfire. They were just standing around and wafting guns about. Secondly he was appearing to wearing a clean pink newly pressed shirt (the sort that might have shown sweat stains – but didin’t) and he body armour didn’t look that substantial – as though it was only fabric. 

    I don’t know what John Simpson said because I was too busy ‘reading’ the scene but in view of what Pounce has written on this site – I don’t suppose what JS was saying was that relevant anyway.

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    • Sres says:

      It’s the first thing that John Simpson packs when he goes off somewhere.

      He looks bloody ridiculous wearing it, perhaps he uses it to contain his ample gut?

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    • pounce_uk says:

      Deborah, thank you for your comments. I’m just glad that I’ve helped expose how the media (Not just the bBC) can be used to present a political  image which they support of any situation around the world. (Think Vietnam after the Tet offensive, Israel and of course as DP points out the situation concerning the FS)  
       
      I am a very observant person by nature (And bloody nosey to boot at that) So next time you see anybody reporting from the front line, have a look at what his crew are wearing. (If you can go back to the video of where Simpson and his crew end up running from the Gaddiffi checkpont and the first bombing attck by the Su 17. For a caring employer it appears the bBC only kits out the people in front of the camera with BA. But here’s the catch if your job entailed you reporting from front lines and your employer didn’t supply you with body armour would you not purchase your own? But for some strange reason only 1 person is wearing body armour.

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  22. Guest Who says:

    http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/the-staggers/2011/03/baker-night-question-prime

    Apparently, this latest unscripted new NaughtieMarr moment is ‘playing well’ on twitter.

    Which, being the source of all news a public opinion in certain quarters, elevates it to the voice of the people.

    However, open season on heartfelt commentary across the board seems still a rather singular street in the minds of some.

    But as a demo of the ongoing commitment to impartiality we co-fund, not bad.

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  23. Sres says:

    I had to laugh as I watched Sky News breakfast, three women sat there gesticulating about IWD and saying how Eamon Holmes had the day off so they could present.

    My wife said, ‘So on international women’s day a man has a day off?’.

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    • Roland Deschain says:

      You’ve certainly got to admire Labour’s chutzpah.  And despair at the number of people who swallow it hook, line and sinker.

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    • Smig Says says:

      Awww diddums. Silly socialists not getting their own way. Awww, what a shame.

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    • hippiepooter says:

      Labour’s idea of ‘bias’ is if the BBC is not biased in their favour.

      This is a heartening story that in BBC London at least it appears there are some people willing to make a stab at impartiality by interchanging he equally valid words of ‘cuts’ and ‘savings’.

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    • David Preiser (USA) says:

      One report not using all Labour talking points out of weeks of attacks on boodget coots, and the BBC gets scolded?  That’s pretty funny.  If Labour is screaming over this low-hanging fruit, it makes one think that last few weeks have met with their approval.

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  24. Bupendra Bhakta says:

    Meh I wonder if we’re a little too hard on the BBCC.

    Think of the great comedy they’ve given us this year, in particular that Oliver fellow, Cameron’s new PR monkey, who turned up at No. 10 on day one expecting the world to be impressed with his BBC uniform of bunch o’ bananas bicycle helmet, Gangsta Inni’ headphones, and his  BBCC-issue I-Tablet, the last bagless lest anyone confuse it with an *ordinary* laptop.

    I suppose we should be thankful he didn’t have a letter from his mummy pinned to his jacket.

    It’s when they actually *try* to make comedy that the droids have problems. 

    Inadvertently they’re brilliant at it.

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  25. hippiepooter says:

    PAXMAN CHOMSKY INTERVIEW.  
     
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/newsnight/9418922.stm
     
     
    ‘The West deserves to be hated’.  
     
    So much one could say, but suffice to say, at the end of this 22 minute interview with a pathological hater of the West, Paxman says “That’s great.  Thanks very much”.

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  26. hippiepooter says:

    THE DEATH OF THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY

    Well done all those Chomsky disciples at the BBC.

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  27. Umbongo says:

    It bears repeating that Chomsky is worth listening to on linguistics.  On anything else his opinions have the same authority as Bono’s on development economics.  The only reason Chomsky (and Bono) are given the freedom of the BBC airwaves to spout contentious crap is that, unfortunately, this contentious crap is also part of the BBC mindset and thus qualifies to join all the other biased stuff poured out by the impartial state broadcaster.

    I wouldn’t mind but, if you must give time to certifiable lunacy from Chomsky, why not get someone like Oliver Kamm on as well to oppose him?  Kamm – over the years and including this http://www.chomsky.info/onchomsky/200511–02.htm – has completely destroyed Chomsky’s “philosophy” and, while we’re about it, destroyed Chomsky’s pretence to any honest or consistent treatment of his own (Chomsk’s) philosophy. 

    Kamm concludes his quoted article with this:

    “He [Chomsky] once described the task of the media as “to select the facts, or to invent them, in such a way as to render the required conclusions not too transparently absurd—at least for properly disciplined minds.” There could scarcely be a nicer encapsulation of his own practice.”

    Manifestly the BBC’s “philosophy” and self-imposed task follows Chomsky’s recommendations.

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  28. George R says:

    for Paxman and Chomsky:

    -how women (let alone Christians) are being treated post-Egypt uprising, in predominantly Islamic Cairo; no mention of Islam in this report, but I get the picture –

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2011-03-08/egypts-women-march-in-cairo-will-they-be-heard/

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  29. David Preiser (USA) says:

    Censored from the John Lyne’s report from Libya about Ghaddafi’s defiance and threat to fight back against any attempt at imposing a no-fly zone:

    He said imposing the restrictions would prove the West’s real intention was to seize his country’s oil wealth.

    John Simpson mentioned it, but Kate Silverton on the News Channel and Lyne himself censored any mention of it while talking about Ghaddafi’s statement to fight against a no-fly zone.  Why?  Because then the BBC and the Left’s utter hypocrisy would be exposed.

    What happened to “No Blood For Oil!”, Beeboids?  Not a single, solitary anti-war activist has been allowed on air to say this.  There have been no protests, no stream of op-eds in the papers, nothing.

    No discussion of this concept on the BBC at all.  Hypocrites, the lot of them.

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  30. David Preiser (USA) says:

    Hey, Mark Simpson in Ireland, just because you approve of the new Irish Government, that doesn’t mean it’s going to be “stable”, as you just said it would be.  You have no idea yet, and it’s not acceptable for you to state that it would be before it’s even started.

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  31. David Preiser (USA) says:

    To celebrate Ash Wednesday, the BBC has decided to send religion maven Robert Piggot to do an attack story on Anglicans who are turning to the Catholic Church because the C of E is ordaining female bishops.

    Nice.

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  32. George R says:

    Egypt.



    When reporting on predominantly non-Islamic societies (e.g. Britain), INBBC  is politically sympathetic to Islamic minority.

    When reporting on predominantly Islamic societies (e.g. Egypt), INBBC is politically sympathetic to Islamic majority.

    At this moment, INBBC reporting on Egypt is particularly egregious. Where have INBBC’s 50 ‘reporters’ of Tahrir Square of yestermonth gone? Gone to Tripoli everyone.

    INBBC politically distorts the nature of the Islamic persecution of Christians in Egypt; ‘Jihadwatch’ accurately criticises what is the politically biased, pro-Islamic approach of INBBC on Egypt:

    Egypt: Christian shot and killed in clashes following destruction of church by Muslims

    [Extract]:

    “Remember what started all of this. A relationship between a Christian man and a Muslim woman, and a mob of thousands of outraged Muslims. And note how the attack on the church is described in the passive voice below: ‘Christians were protesting for the second day over a church in Helwan on the outskirts of the capital that was set on fire Sunday after a row sparked by a relationship between a Christian man and a Muslim woman.’
    That’s also one heck of a ‘row,’ with an estimated 4000 Muslims in the mob, but it fits a broader pattern in the media of trying to make Muslim attacks on Christians sound more like the product of mutual ‘tensions’ than Islamic supremacist aggression.”

    And ( INBBC needs  catch up), the Islamic persecution of Chrtistians has now escaled:

    Egypt: At least 9 dead as army fires live ammo at Christians, “Muslim youths” firebomb monastery



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  33. David Preiser (USA) says:

    Well done Grant Shapps for standing up to the relentless attack on – what else – boodget coots to local councils.  The Government is giving something like £650 million to councils to help them out with the coming tax freeze.  The BBC line:  Labour says that people will “get less for more”, and front-line services will be decimated.

    Every time Shapps said no, that wasn’t necessarily the case, the average council will see only about 4% cuts, and the point was to get councils to cut waste and backroom bloat so they can keep front-line services intact, the Beeboid newsreader kept saying, “That’s not true”, “No”, and “Let me read that (Labour quote) again.”  To his credit, he did it without drama or sarcastic tone or raising his voice, unlike nearly all other Beeboids during interviews, but that doesn’t alter the fact that this was a basic attack agenda fed to him by the BBC News producers.

    The BBC is a Labour mouthpiece. They’re exploring every possible angle to attack the Goverenment on the subject of council cuts.

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  34. Lloyd says:

    Just read one of the best blog posts i’ve read in a very long time over at wuwt. Any serious science reporter such as Richard Black would be all over that story don’t you reckon? Nah, more nonsense about melting glaciers and rising sea levels. The man is a fucking fraud.

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  35. David Preiser (USA) says:

    The BBC is getting an early word in for the defense of the NPR CEO who just had to resign for making vicious statements about Tea Party supporters and others.  They sat on the story for a couple days, but – once again – reality has forced them to report it.

    The head of US National Public Radio (NPR) has resigned amid a row over a “sting” video showing an NPR executive deriding conservative activists.

    Vivian Schiller quit the NPR board on Wednesday. NPR’s media reporter described her as being “ousted”.

    US conservatives have long claimed NPR bears a liberal bias, and Republicans have sought to cut the public element of its funding stream.

    The service receives about 2% of its budget from the US government.

    I mean, it’s a perfect, succinct distillation of talking points for the defense. It’s a “sting”, so already partially discredited.  The motives of those filming it are biased, so the results can be dismissed – even if it’s true.

    “Conservative activists”, eh, BBC?  We all know that the Tea Party movement is made up of plenty of independents as well as disgruntled Democrats, not exclusively “Conservatives”.  This term of course implies positions on far more than fiscal issues.  But that’s been the BBC Narrative all along.

    Republicans want to cut the government subsidy to NPR, and the defense is quick to point out that the organization gets only 2% of its budget from the taxpayers.  This is meant to head off the inevitable wave of complaints about taxpayer money being used to fund proven politically biased broadcasting.  Why, it’s only 2%, what’s the fuss about, right?  Stupid wingnuts, right?

    There will be more on this, and I can’t wait to see how the BBC defends their fellow travelers.  Especially when they start violating Federal law about non-profits engaging in lobbying.

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    • David Preiser (USA) says:

      UPDATE:  The BBC has just updated the news brief, which now includes some of the controversial statements made by the NPR mandarin.  Notice how the language of the BBC report is still weighted towards the defense, and how very much the exec’s statements match EXACTLY what Beeboids told you about the Tea Party movement for months and months, all of which has been debunked here and elsewhere.

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    • hippiepooter says:

      The resentment in the BBC piece is tangible:-    
         
      “In the 2010 mid-term elections, the group [Tea Party] succeeded in getting dozens of virulently conservative Republicans elected”    
         
      In case anyone had any doubts about the meaning of the word ‘virulent’ here, here’s a dictionary definition.    
         
      You can see how virulent the BBC’s use of the word ‘virulent’ is.    
         
      I hope Mr O’Keefe’s next hit job is on the scum at the BBC as unfit to hold their positions as their bent colleagues at NPR exposed by O’Keefe.

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      • hippiepooter says:

        Has anyone ever heard the BBC refer to Hamas or Hizbollah as ‘virulent’?

        They’re of the same mindset as NPR.  Anti-semitic Muslim terrorsits are people to cosy up to.

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      • Daniel Clucas says:

        Virulent? wow that’s strong =-O

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  36. David Preiser (USA) says:

    The BBC’s beloved Obamessiah is in front of a microphone again, and they dutifully cut over to the live feed.  He’s announcing His appointment of Commerce Sec. Gary Locke as the new ambassador to China.  This is the same Commerce Secretary that caved in to the Chinese a few months ago over issues of intellectual property rights and sucked up to them to secure business for GE, a big donor to The Obamessiah and whose CEO is now part of His Administration.

    Not big news, as the appointment has to actually be approved, but The Obamessiah’s chief spokesman is a personal friend of Katty Kay, so they Beeboids got the message out promptly.

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  37. David Preiser (USA) says:

    So the BBC is making a little noise now about the news that the government has paid out £20 million in negligence claims against the MoD.  Apparenlty over the last several years there have been several incidents of negligence by the MoD resulting in injuries worthy of hefty compensation.  Old and faulty equipment was mentioned, as well as one instance of crap field management.

    It’s important to note that all this money was paid out for claims which took a long time to get through the courts, and are not from the last couple of months.  Why is this important?  Guess which Prime Minister’s name was mentioned, and which one wasn’t.  Hint: One of them was also busted for underfunding the military while he was Chancellor.

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    • pounce_uk says:

      The thing is David, is did the bBC question why a certain british citzen (well they think so) not only was flown by private jet (£10K) to London but given a huge cash payout as well as specist treatment for his injures, (a small cut on his dick) while fighting agaisnt the very country he hates.

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  38. David Preiser (USA) says:

    Man, the BBC sure does smell Hague’s blood in the water.  They’re attacking him at every opportunity.  Stage Performer Maitlis was just now hitting John Redwood over the head with statements that Hague’s heart wasn’t into it, Cameron didn’t really endorse him very well, everybody hates him, he really screwed up the evacuation efforts, etc.  I heard the exact same talking points from other Beeboids on the News Channel earlier today, as well as yesterday and the day before.

    Why, it’s almost as if they have a prepared script of questions handed to them by the producers.

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    • Guest Who says:

      If it’s on the teleprompter or being fed through the earpiece, the £99k++ peroxide sinks or bouffants would chirp out Mein Kampf without a second’s thought.

      Those pre-production meetings must be a hoot.

      Still, the jackals can serve to prune the weak. Thing is, I have yet to come to understand exactly what was going on over Libya, and until it becomes clearer, for the sake of our national reputation would prefer a more unified front. Even cutting Haig some slack as he can’t really be the only person who concocts ops, pitches and approves them on best intel. A few MoD superstars from the Labour era might still be in there adding their magic to £25 lightbulbs. Or maybe there is a smarter play still unsung?

      The BBC of course, would run over their grannies if Labour told them too via twitter, and drag us all down into their sewer with them.

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    • Guest Who says:

      Meanwhile…

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/nickrobinson/2011/03/where_was_willi.html

      ‘But where was William Hague – the man whose downbeat performances have fuelled endless chatter in the Westminster village about why he’s lost his mojo?’

      Not sure, but does the BBC canteen and Nick & Emily syncing iPods count as ‘reporting’?

      But at least he accepts, if does not recognise for the sad case it is, that what counts as ‘news’ to the public in the real world, is pretty much ignored in favour of what a few overpaid sad sack hacks concoct from ‘endless chatter’.

      Can’t imagine being stuck with any of these types at a party.

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  39. Span Ows says:

    Been posted already?

    “South Wales Police say they are dealing with the largest number of cases of forced marriage and honour based-violence they have ever seen.”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-12669909

    Read the whole thing; spot all missing words: answers on a postcard will win no prize as it’s so glaringly obvious.

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  40. cjhartnett says:

    What on earth are the wimmin worrying about?
    They are smoking in record amounts and are rapidly heading up the knife crime league tables aren`t they?
    “Sisters are doing it for themselves”…

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  41. pounce_uk says:

    The bBC, about that hunger strike by illegal immigrants in Greece and half the story.
    Migrants end Greek hunger strike after government offer
    Nearly 300 migrant workers in Greece have ended a six-week hunger strike after the government offered a deal over residence permits. Details of the deal were not immediately available but it is believed the mainly North African protesters will get temporary permits. More than 100 protesters had been taken to hospital and some were being treated for acute kidney failure. Many of the hunger strikers had lived and worked in Greece for years… The end of the hunger strike will do little to alter Greece’s international reputation for dealing with asylum seekers, our correspondent says, as it rejects 99% of all claims.

    So reading the bBC report do you get the impression that common sense and humanity has prevailed amongst the racist Greeks. Here is something the bBC doesn’t tell you about how Asylum seekers go about getting European citizenship.
    2008 (bBC) Victory for hunger strikers in Greece
    2009 (HRW) Greece: Hunger Strike by 150 Detained Children a Sign of System’s Failure
    2010 Greece: Iranian refugees on hunger strike
    Each and every time asylum seekers in Greece go on hunger strike the government capitulates. You’d think the bBC would have mentioned that about the so called racist Greeks, here’s something else the bbC doesn’t mention over the weekend 3 Bangladeshi citizens drowned when 50 of them jumped ship evacuating them from Libya to the Isle of Crete.

    The bBC, about that hunger strike by illegal immigrants in Greece and half the story.

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  42. Guest Who says:

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jamesdelingpole/100079237/aussie-sceptics-destroy-eu-carbon-commissioner/

    A very interesting exchange linked to by admitted sceptic James Delingpole.
    http://www.mtr1377.com.au/index2.php?option=com_newsmanager&task=view&id=8095
    I actually listened to the whole show, and it was notable how intelligent and mostly civilised the exchanges were.
    And informative. Allowing one to come to a view. Hard to do if kept in the dark.
    Because it was telling that the EU commissionlady advises ‘the public in the EU did not know….’. I wonder why that is?
    Along with a pol who doesn’t know what it will cost but then doesn’t know what you get for it.
    I wonder how much she ‘earns’, along with media in certain parts who either don’t want to go there at all, or if ‘discussing’ such things, do so in a pretty ‘unique’ manner.

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    • Guest Who says:

      On top of the Hammond/Darling gobbledegook on the near instantly niched and sidelined Andrew Neil Daily Politics and early closed blog, I am seriously concerned at the motivations and competencies at senior level within our government, near slavishly supported no matter what by a state-wide MSM who either have forgotten what it is like to represent the people or find it cosier making nice with the guys who believe they rule whilst forgetting they are actually meant to represent.

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