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calendar   Sunday - November 10, 2013

great find under london street, and it’s only 1,900 years old

This kind of thing excites me no end.  For me, people who are archaeologists and curators of museums are on the same level of hero worship that I hold musicians in. No kidding.  I have been lucky living here over the years, to on the very odd occasion been able to watch them at work. It’s difficult, time consuming and usually a brush stroke and a cup full of dirt at a time.  Yet I watch them in almost the same manner most folks watch a good movie.
I guess I’m fascinated by those things of beauty and accomplishment that I could never hope to master.
Look at the detail in this.  With the tools available at that time, I don’t know how they managed it.I guess that’s what makes them ‘artists’. 

This is really one heck of a great find.

1,900 years old but so pristine it could have been carved just yesterday: Breathtaking Roman sculpture of eagle devouring a serpent is plucked from the London earth

The 1,900-year-old sculpture was found in the City of London by Museum of London Archaeology experts before a site’s redevelopment into a hotel

It is thought to symbolise good triumphing over evil and archaeologists believe it was the centerpiece of a Roman mausoleum

By Sarah Griffiths and David Wilkes

Hidden since the Romans ruled Britain, this extraordinary sculpture was perfectly preserved for 1,900 years beneath a busy street.
The carvings on the 26in high eagle are so crisp that when archaeologists unearthed it last month they feared it was a much later copy rather than an original Roman relic.

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But experts at the Museum of London Archaeology confirmed that the sculpture from a high-ranking official’s tomb dates from the 1st or 2nd century AD, and is one of only two statues of its type in the world. The other was found in Jordan in 1937.

Archaeologists also unearthed foundations of a mausoleum on the east London site and believe that the statue, dating from the first or second century AD and made from oolitic limestone from the Cotswolds, once adorned it.

The sculpture was pulled from the site on the Minories, a street in the City of London that is close to the Tower of London.

It came out of the ground ‘covered in soil and unrecognisable’ in September in the last few hours of an excavation that had lasted several months.

It is said to be in such good condition that archaeologists could not believe it is 1,900 years old and were initially hesitant to announce the find until it had been seen by several experts.

Caroline McDonald, senior curator of Roman London at the Museum of London, told MailOnline: ‘What I love about this discovery is what it reveals about London 1,900 years ago.

‘Here is a city of around 30,000 people where the mechanics of life are intertwined with the mythical. One Roman Londoner climbs the social ladder and leaves a family rich enough to mark their passing with an extraordinary piece of art.

‘Meanwhile this magnificent eagle protects the deceased, frozen in an eternal struggle to hold evil at bay. It is money and magic captured in stone.
I can’t wait to see it on display at the Museum of London for the public to see.’

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 11/10/2013 at 08:00 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - November 09, 2013

movie dangers – male chauvinism - be on the lookout

If I were new to this sort of thing, that is, posting things to a site like ours, I might start out by saying, I can’t believe what I’m seeing. Or something similar.  Or maybe I’d say, you won’t believe this but ...
Thing is however, I now can believe it and you will have no doubts either.  Together we have seen or in the case of bmews we have read about some really strange stuff.  I don’t think I have to list it all. So, I’ll simply pick up where I left off about a week ago when I shared a story with you from Sweden, where a school decided to ban gender specific words, and toys also are under the gun in the gender wars.
Now how is this for the continuing nut case insanity coming from Sweden.

Wait, hang on just another second.

I forgot to tell you their new system is named after an American! Oh boy.  Did we need this?  The bigger question is, when will it arrive in America?
It isn’t that it will hurt anyone or destroy a good movie.  It’s just that it’s plain silly. I have watched several videos over the last few weeks, and have not seen what the politically correct say I should notice. 

Cinemas in Sweden introduce ratings that indicate if a movie features SEXISM (and every Star Wars and Lord Of The Rings film would need one)

To get an ‘A’ rating movies must have at least two female characters who talk to each other about something other than men

Scandinavian cable TV channel Viasat Film says it will start using the ratings in its film reviews

By Ted Thornhill

Cinema goers are used to looking out for warnings of nudity and violence in films. Now another category has been added to the list of movie dangers – male chauvinism.

Cinemas in Sweden have introduced an ‘A’ rating to highlight films that have a shortage of ‘female perspectives’.

The guidance system – named the Bechdel test after US feminist Alison Bechdel – will monitor whether at least two female characters talk to each other about subjects other than men.

‘The entire Lord of the Rings trilogy, all Star Wars movies, The Social Network, Pulp Fiction and all but one of the Harry Potter movies fail this test,’ said Ellen Tejle, the director of Bio Rio, an art-house movie theatre in Stockholm’s trendy Sodermalm district.

Bio Rio is one of four Swedish movie theatres that launched the new rating last month to draw attention to how few movies pass. Most visitors have reacted positively to the initiative ‘and for some people it has been an eye-opener,’ said Tejle, reclining in one of Bio Rio’s cushy red seats.

Beliefs about women’s roles in society are influenced by the fact that movie watchers rarely see ‘a female superhero or a female professor or person who makes it through exciting challenges and masters them,’ Tejle said, noting that the rating doesn’t say anything about the quality of the film. ‘The goal is to see more female stories and perspectives on cinema screens.’

The state-funded Swedish Film Institute supports the initiative, which is starting to catch on.

Scandinavian cable TV channel Viasat Film says it will start using the ratings in its film reviews and has scheduled an ‘A’ rated ‘Super Sunday’ on Nov. 17, when it will show only films that pass the test, such as The Hunger Games, The Iron Lady and Savages.

The Bechdel test got its name from American cartoonist Alison Bechdel, who introduced the concept in her comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For in 1985. It has been discussed among feminists and film critics since then, but Tejle hopes the ‘A’ rating system will help spread awareness among moviegoers about how women are portrayed in films.

In Bio Rio’s wood-panelled lobby, students Nikolaj Gula and Vincent Fremont acknowledged that most of their favourite films probably wouldn’t get an ‘A’ rating.

‘I guess it does make sense, but to me it would not influence the way I watch films because I’m not so aware about these questions,’ said Fremont, 29.

Sweden’s advertising ombudsman watches out for sexism in that industry and reprimands companies seen as reinforcing gender stereotypes, for example by including skimpily clad women in their ads for no apparent reason other than to draw eyeballs.

Since 2010, the Equalisters project has been trying to boost the number of women appearing as expert commentators in Swedish media through a Facebook page with 44,000 followers. The project has recently expanded to Finland, Norway and Italy.

For some, though, Sweden’s focus on gender equality has gone too far.

‘If they want different kind of movies they should produce some themselves and not just point fingers at other people,’ said Tanja Bergkvist, a physicist who writes a blog about Sweden’s ‘gender madness.’

The ‘A’ rating also has been criticized as a blunt tool that doesn’t actually reveal whether a movie is gender-balanced.

‘There are far too many films that pass the Bechdel test that don’t help at all in making society more equal or better, and lots of films that don’t pass the test but are fantastic at those things,’ said Swedish film critic Hynek Pallas.

Pallas, who moved from communist Czechoslovakia to Sweden in the 1970s, also criticized the state-funded Swedish Film Institute - the biggest financier of Swedish film - for vocally supporting the project, saying a state institution should not ‘send out signals about what one should or shouldn’t include in a movie.’

In 2010, Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director for The Hurt Locker. That movie - a war film about a bomb disposal team in Iraq - doesn’t pass the Bechdel test

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 11/09/2013 at 08:36 AM   
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Brit military turns on its own hard pressed heros, calls deletion of enemy murder. Fools!

Damn pc fluffy assed behind a desk hand wringers in military turn on one of their own.

I just haven’t the words.  The Marine (Brit) kills a wounded taliban cockroach, accused of murder and gets life.
Oh, that’ll impress the terrorists ok and turn em all into .... nothing.  They’re probably laughing at the stupidity of the authorities here.

There are two stories here but only one link.

There really is nothing to see at the video the Mail refers to as, “chilling”.  It’s all audio and most not clear so waste of 6 minutes. There are loads of photos though.

When will soldiers learn NOT to have recording devices turned on when doing these necessary things?
Were they going to post it on YT? 

‘We won’t condemn the killer Marine’: Ex-Commando chief’s vow as the first soldier since WW2 is convicted of murder in battle

· Unnamed Marine faces life in jail for shooting dead injured Taliban prisoner

· The 39-year-old blasted him in the chest at close range with 9mm pistol

· Serving soldiers stunned, saying commando has been ‘hung out to dry’

By Ian Drury and David Williams

British troops were stunned last night after a Royal Marine sergeant was found guilty of murder.
As the nation prepared to remember the sacrifices of the Armed Forces on Remembrance Sunday, the commando was convicted of executing a severely wounded Taliban prisoner in Afghanistan.

He is the first serviceman since the Second World War to be found guilty of murder on active service abroad.
Last night a former commander of the elite force insisted he would not condemn the convicted man, an experienced veteran of Iraq and previous Afghan tours.

The 39-year-old will be sentenced to life in prison for shooting the injured insurgent in the chest at close range with a 9mm pistol in a remote cornfield in Helmand Province, then taunting him: ‘Shuffle off this mortal coil, you cunt.  It’s nothing you wouldn’t do to us.’

Extensive inquiries carried out in the area of the murder with the help of former UK and US military translators have uncovered evidence that the victim could have been Abdullah Jan Agha, a 23-year-old Taliban commander.

The momentous verdict sent shockwaves through the Armed Forces, with troops saying the man, who can be identified only as Marine A, had been ‘hung out to dry’.

A total of 446 British troops have been killed in Afghanistan – many of them Marines – the vast majority after being blown up by Taliban bombs or shot dead in insurgent ambushes.

· The convicted sergeant – who may never be named because of fears for his family – had completed six tours of Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan.

· Video of the murder justified action taken by a Marine has been blocked from release in case it is used for propaganda by jihadi websites.

· The murder action took place near the end of a ‘tour from hell’ where body parts of British soldiers were hung from trees by insurgents.

Campaigners criticised the military authorities for prosecuting Marine A, who served with 42 Commando on a stressful summer tour of duty in 2011.

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‘Taliban hung our mates’ body parts from trees during six months of hell’: Horrific testimony of Marines fighting in ‘Death Valley’

· Marines tried for murder of Taliban insurgent describe their ‘tour from hell’
· One tells court martial that around 20 friends were killed or maimed there

By David Williams and Ian Drury

In a bleak corner of Helmand, only twisted, rusting barbed wire, rubble and broken blocks of concrete remain of what were once the British checkpoints of Kamiabi and Omar.

Yet two years ago they were considered vital to British operations and security in the region – a buffer against the Taliban, and during the summer of 2011, home to the Marines of 42 Commando.

They provided basic protection in a Taliban stronghold area known as ‘Death Valley’ and through the long hot months of the 2011 ‘fighting season’, clashes were so intense it was compared to the Zulu wars.
At its worst, it was a daily lottery for survival.

At one point during the six-month ‘tour to hell’, the body parts of British troops blown up by improvised explosive devices were hung in trees as trophies by Taliban fighters to taunt the Marines as they patrolled.

Some Marines have said they were also so concerned about running out of ammunition that they collected Taliban weapons and ammunition.

Indeed in the words of Marine C – one of the three man tried for the Afghan’s murder demise : ‘It is a s*** place out there, it’s not nice. It’s just a dirty, s***** war.’

Marine C told the court martial that around 20 friends had been killed or maimed during the six-month tour, including a popular young officer and a Marine who had previously won a Military Cross for courage under fire. He was blown up while searching a mud-walled compound.

Marine A, a hardened veteran of previous Afghan tours as well as Iraq, said other comrades had suffered ‘life changing’ injuries in the blast and described the effect the deaths had on the commandos.

He said they were not always able to recover the body parts of dead or maimed comrades. ‘It had quite a harsh affect. It’s not a nice thing for the lads.

‘Close friends they have lived with have been killed and parts of their bodies are displayed as a kind of trophy for the world to see.’

Marine B said he had been under attack ‘every single day’ and there had been ten casualties in one 24-hour period.

‘My friend’s legs had been put in a tree, I picked up my mate’s brains. I have no good memories of that tour. My way of coping with that was to put it away in a box at the back of my head.’

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 11/09/2013 at 07:18 AM   
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terror suspect with 20 charges against him, wanted to sue this country.

Surely readers will remember this ..... person, from a previous post.

He walked out of a mosque wearing a burka and authorities are looking for him. But he’s been in custody before and it just makes one wonder who’s in charge here.
Anyway .... here’s an update sure to drive Brits with a working brain crazy.

Here was the headline from a day ago. Now keep in mind he is a terror suspect. Right I know.  Suspect doesn’t mean guilty automatically.
But when there’s as many as 20 charges against him, it’s a bit hard giving the bastard the benefit of any doubt.

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Terror suspect who went on run disguised as woman in burka was out on tag despite facing 20 criminal charges

Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed, 27, disappeared from a mosque last Friday
It has now emerged that he was facing 20 charges for breaching terrorism prevention and investigation measures
Warrant issued for his arrest after he fails to turn up to court hearing today
Mohamed is suing the Government but officials may seek to block the case

By Hugo Gye

He is currently suing the Government over claims he was tortured in Somalia, but lawyers today suggested that the proceedings should be blocked while he is still on the run.

Mohamed, 27, was seen leaving a mosque in West London last Friday dressed in a burka, and has not been located since after cutting off his electronic tag.

He was supposed to attend the Old Bailey today for a hearing about previous alleged breaches of his TPIM.

However, after he failed to turn up - leaving his own lawyer in the lurch - Mr Justice Nicol issued an arrest warrant.

The judge also lifted an anonymity order banning reporting of the 20 charges Mohamed faced before he disappeared.

One indictment included six counts of breaching his TPIM by failing to report to Action police station on a number of occasions in December last year.

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Well apparently laws and court orders mean nothing unless it comes from a sharia court. Is that his thinking? Probably so.
Bottom line question is ...

How long before Britain reaches this state?

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 11/09/2013 at 05:02 AM   
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calendar   Friday - November 08, 2013

Money, Meet Mouth

In light of Peiper’s post yesterday, on the EU’s push to ban high powered vacuums ...

we went out and bought the Miele Twist S7210 today. We were about to anyway, but his tale spurred us on. So when the EPA tries the same shiz here in a couple years ... molon labe mofos.

We’d been in the market for some time; the high powered Hoover Wind Tunnel died a couple years back, and the Eureka Boss we got to replace it never really filled the niche. Oh, the Boss was quieter. And it didn’t cook your left leg. And it didn’t break down constantly like the Hoover did. And it wasn’t quite as loud. But it never had the suction or the beater bar strength that the Hoover did. And the cord was quite a bit shorter.

So we started looking ... and looking ... and looking. Cheap vacs just piss me off. They don’t clean, they’re louder than hell, and they don’t last. Why bother? It seemed like the Sebo X5 was the one to get, a top notch German machine that carries a serious price tag here in the US. And then Miele came out with an upright. Oh, they’ve been making fantastic canister vacs for ages. Best in the world, but in the $1000 price range. Too much for us. But on the other hand, $150 every 2 years for a POS upright that falls apart ... why not spend a bit more and get something that will last and last? The Miele upright comes with a 7 year warranty, so if it lasts that long, we’ll be ahead of the game. But it won’t; it will last for 20 years. Or longer.

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Every last bit of research I did - and it was extensive - showed that this was the best upright, bar none, on the American market. And the quietest. And the longest lasting. I now know more about vacuums then I ever wanted to. The suction and the CFM and the brush roller speed all exceed the Sebo X5. The cord is huge, close to 40 feet long. We went down to the local Bed Bath and Beyond where they had this one in stock (the Twist is the cheap, entry level model in this line, but cleans just as well as the fancy models that cost twice as much. No options, no headlight, and you have to manually turn a single dial to adjust the power. Gosh, killer. And that saves you $500), and I talked it up so well while we were trying it out that I sold two to other customers who just happened by.

Got the thing home ... the design is so perfect that even the box has a sturdy carrying handle exactly at the balance point ... 20 seconds to put the parts together ... and got my hand smacked. Thank you very much, she’s taking it for the initial test drive around the house. Fine by me. As I’m writing this, squeals of joy are coming from the living room. Along with a whole bunch of “Oh my God"s and “holy sh**”. Yeah, it’s that good. Oh, and it’s also really quiet. I’m used to vacs that are so noisy you want to take a 12 gauge to them after 3 or 4 minutes. Not this puppy. Even on full power it just hums quietly along, sucking up all kinds of dust and dirt from what we thought were clean carpets. “Wow!” “Weeeee!” “damn!” “Look at this” - the front of the machine is so low that it glides about 6” under the edge of the sofa. The built in hose and wand let her reach right up to the ceiling on the other side of the room. The hose is something like 12 feet long, and pulling it out and using it doesn’t make the upright tip over. Plus the vac has one of these swivel heads, like that Ball vac, so it corners like a sports car.

Me? I just like the look. And I love the color. Gorgeous. And best of all, I love that I was able to find real statistics on the thing before purchasing it. Because I hate playing the BS vacuum advertising game. No, give me proper German information: 140 CFM air flow, 111 inches of water lift, 4800rpm brush, 1200 watts power consumed by its two motors, 5.5 quart dust bag, 20lbs, 40 foot cord. Yes, it’s a touch heavy if you’re a small woman. Any guy under 80 can toss the thing around with ease. At it’s noisiest setting, you can have a conversation over it across the house. It isn’t silent, but it doesn’t make much more noise than a hand mixer in the kitchen. Certainly less noise than a blender. 73db I think. Darned quiet compared to the Hoover or the Eureka, either of which made me want to wear my shooting muffs.

“weeeeeee!” is coming from the dining room. I think she likes it.



yeah, I know ... we need a life in the worst way.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 11/08/2013 at 05:21 PM   
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muslims aren’t happy unless making others unhappy. seems to work for them.

I can’t remember where I got this, or if I got it from one of you out there.  I just can not recall it. But it is worth seeing if you haven’t seen it before.

The Muslims are not happy!
They’re not happy in Gaza.
They’re not happy in Egypt.
They’re not happy in Libya.
They’re not happy in Morocco.
They’re not happy in Iran.
They’re not happy in Iraq.
They’re not happy in Yemen.
They’re not happy in Afghanistan.
They’re not happy in Pakistan.
They’re not happy in Syria.
They’re not happy in Lebanon.
So, where are they happy?
They’re happy in Australia.
They’re happy in England.
They’re happy in France.
They’re happy in Italy.
They’re happy in Germany.
They’re happy in Sweden.
They’re happy in the USA.
They’re happy in Norway.

They’re happy in every country that is not Muslim.
And who do they blame?

Not Islam.
Not their leadership.
Not themselves.

THEY BLAME THE COUNTRIES THEY ARE HAPPY IN!
AND THEY WANT TO CHANGE THEM TO BE LIKE THE COUNTRY THEY CAME FROM
WHERE THEY WERE UNHAPPY.

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“When I am the weaker, I ask you for my freedom, because that is your principle; but when I am the stronger, I take away your freedom, because that is my principle.”—Louis Veuillot, 19th Century


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 11/08/2013 at 10:48 AM   
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a liberal wins big in new york and a dad in uk asks why midddle class kids are talking black.

Joe Happy, Auckland, New Zealand

This is the end of NY, in fact the whole of America is going down the gurgler, the people who have drained so much from the states are now running it, you weak Americans need to get a back bone and sort these commie liberals out! thats if its not too late already (should have been done years ago). I am going to watch this with interest, it is like watching what happened to Detroit happening all over America.... interesting times

After the win was announced, de Blasio and his family performed the ‘smackdown’ dance - moves that have become a trademark of his campaign since he first performed them at the West Indian Parade Blasio, a 52-year-old Italian-American from Brooklyn and the city’s former public advocate, had led strongly throughout election day against his Republican rival Joe Lhota, former chief of the metropolitan area’s transit agency.

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What kind of dance?  Huh?  Is that one of those things most associated with one type of ... of .... hmmm. Some favored minority?
I’m sure out of tune and step. Never heard of that one.  But it sure looks undignified and dumb.

Yeah, it’s made the news here.

Bill de Blasio is New York’s first Democrat mayor since 1989image

The article mentions he could run for the WH in 2016? Gee, I guess it’s mean of me but, GAK.  I can not see her as 1st lady.  Maybe with lots of plastic surgery?
Hey ... I never said I wasn’t also shallow. yuk,yuk. But come on. Meanwhile here in the UK a father is asking another kind of question, and since I read about that special dance he and his tribe do, which I really do not think is a white thing.  Is it? Not that whites don’t have really stupid looking things also.  But that doesn’t look much like an actual dance. So then, he’s gonna squeeze the wealthy to fund his agenda.
Exodus anyone?

Oh yeah ,,, the question by a dad here.
He wants to know why so many middle class (white) kids are talking like certain minorities.
How about ... a sign of the times?  Actually, I heard whites doing that some years ago. Not really new thing at all.  But more widespread now and growing.

Why are so many middle-class children speaking in Jamaican patois? A father of an 11-year-old girl laments a baffling trend

By Nick Harding

With her ear glued to her mobile phone, my 11-year-old daughter, Millie, was deep in conversation, her brow furrowed as she discussed some arrangement with a friend.

I listened in, as I made jam in the kitchen. ‘Lol, that’s well sick!’ Millie said. ‘DW, yolo!’

This indecipherable code-speak (‘sick’ means awesome, ‘DW’ is don’t worry and ‘yolo’ means you only live once) was delivered in an accent I could only place as somewhere between South London, downtown Los Angeles and Kingston, Jamaica.

It certainly isn’t indigenous to our home village of Ashtead, in the rolling Surrey hills.

When Millie ended the call, she turned to me, smiled and asked: ‘What’s for supper please, Dad?’ in perfect Received Pronunciation.

It seems that after less than a month at secondary school, my daughter is now bi-lingual — but it is not French or German in which she is suddenly fluent.

Her new language, comprising alien words and abbreviations delivered with faux West Coast American inflections, will not stand her in good stead when she embarks on a school trip to visit museums in Berlin.

Millie now speaks a version of what academics call ‘Multicultural Youth English’, or MYE, which she has picked up from her friends — middle-class girls from the Home Counties.

Many well-heeled parents with children who have started secondary school this term will, like me, be familiar with this change in the way their children speak.

Initially dubbed ‘Multicultural London English’ by linguists, this bizarre way of speaking is now creeping out of the city and into the shires, infecting children like some linguistic superbug.
I greet my daughter’s new vernacular with puzzled bemusement.

To her friends she speaks in what I like to call ‘Amerifaican’ — a linguistic affectation where the final syllable in each sentence plunges off an intonational cliff.

Jafaican has its very own lexicon, a random hotchpotch which includes words such as blud (friend), cotch (relax) and creps (trainers), and originated in the ethnic melting pot of East London.

It is heavy with Jamaican and Afro-Caribbean inflections; words are clipped and there are idiosyncrasies with unknown origins, such as saying ‘raaait’ instead of right.

Worryingly, MYE in all its forms takes many of its characteristics from the misogynistic and expletive-ridden world of rap music.

Professor Paul Kerswill, of Lancaster University, has studied MYE — and says it is no passing fad.

In cities, the problem is so acute it even affects the school choices parents make for their children.

Rock star Paul Weller is one of them, admitting that he chose private education for his children over the local comprehensive near his home in London’s wealthy Maida Vale because of the way local teenagers speak.

‘I don’t want my kids coming home speaking like Ali G — I’m just not having it,’ he says.

It is not just snobbery about accents which is stoking parental concerns. Diction has a direct bearing on how speakers are perceived, especially in the job market.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 11/08/2013 at 05:18 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - November 07, 2013

another very short one from me, doesn’t need to be long, speaks for itself

This guy said it way back when, in fewer words then I have and with more impact.

This tells you all you need to know, or it tells you how we got to where we are today. Sure, there are lots of other factors but this one is key.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 11/07/2013 at 08:00 AM   
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so he stabs this woman 6 times in broad daylight but … read this example of justice not

I suppose this is what passes for justice here.  Not that the US is perfect but ....

I do not understand this judgment at all.

What DNA?

He stabbed her in broad daylight. She knows who did it ... why is this not open and shut?

If anybody can make sense of this, would you please explain it to me.  Cos I just don’t get it.

Man accused of attempted murder jailed for lesser charge after police lost vital forensic evidence… and he could be freed within months

Michael Bennison could have faced life in jail for stabbing his ex six times

But attempted murder charge was dropped after DNA evidence was lost

He was jailed for four years but could be out in 12 months after taking into account time already spent on remand

By Daily Mail Reporter

A man found guilty of a frenzied knife attack on his ex-girlfriend could be freed in months after investigators lost vital evidence which could have convicted him of attempted murder.

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Michael Bennison, 29, could have faced life behind bars after stabbing the woman once in her side and five times in a broad daylight attack on a street in York.

But the charge of attempted murder would not stick after forensic teams misplaced DNA evidence from two knives.

As a result prosecutors were forced to accept the 28-year-old’s plea to a lesser charge of unlawful wounding, which carries a maximum sentence of just five years.

Newcastle Crown Court heard that on December 14 last year Bennison, of no fixed address, was travelling in a car in York with the female victim, Amy Evans, 27, and another man.

Nick Adlington, prosecuting, said Bennison, of no fixed address had been in a volatile, on-off relationship with Miss Evans and an argument broke out in the car.

When they arrived at their destination they got out and Miss Evans produced a knife. But Bennison took the knife from her and stabbed her six times, once in the side and five times in the back.

He then ran off down an alleyway and went into hiding before he was found two days later.

Describing how the evidence came to be lost by North Yorkshire Police, Mr Adlington said: ‘The swabs went missing from the forensic science service in York. I have been told there has been a full internal review.’

Mr Adlington said as well as the lost evidence, the attempted murder trial faced other problems, including the refusal of an expert witness to come to court.

Jailing Bennison, who has previous convictions for domestic violence on different partners, for a total of four years, Mr Justice Bennison told him he posed a high risk to all women.

After already spending a year behind bars on remand, Bennison could be eligible for parole within just 12 months.

The judge said: ‘Originally you faced a charge of attempted murder but because vital evidence had been lost a plea to section 20 was accepted.

‘You pose a high risk of harm to the victim and to all women. There is clearly a significant risk to female members of the public.

‘There was an intention to commit serious harm.’

The sentence also included a guilty plea for assaulting a man outside a flat in November last year after they got into an argument over noise.

After falling to the floor, the victim was kicked in the head by Bennison before he jumped with both feet onto his back.

The court heard that he had 14 previous appearances at court for 27 offences, that included battery and affray.

John Gregg, defending, said Bennison had ‘wrestled with his own demons’, which included drug abuse, but that he has made progress in prison.

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Oh good. Now I understand a bit more.  He made progress in prison.  Progress meaning what? Right. This time he only stabbed the woman instead of jumping on her head or on her back. Good. That good. That’s “progress”.
What a fracked up system in play here.  What the hell ... in a few years they’ll be living under sharia anyway.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 11/07/2013 at 07:37 AM   
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affair will sour relations between European leaders and the U.S. at every level .

Michele, American Heartland USA,
As an American that did NOT vote for the idiot in office, I can attest that there are more like-minded people opposed to this dictator than not. He wins elections because he hands out goods and services to these dead beat, good-for-nothings in return for a vote. A bunch of lazy, fat “Americans” that have sold their freedoms for free cell phones and medication. It truly disgusts me.

scooter, norwich, United Kingdom. It takes a stretch of the imagination, albeit from the outside looking in, as to just how America’s liberal-left quite comes to terms with Obama’s blatant and arguably illegal disregard of the 4th amendment ….

There’s even one guy who says the USA stole Brits atomic secrets in WW2. Well, if we did, weren’t we clever especially considering the moles and traitors working inside the govt. here.  Yeah, we had em too but not on the same scale I do not think. Anyway ... here.

Tim, Woodbridge,
I for one am not in the least bit surprised the the USA has been eavesdropping on everyone. What would have surprised me would have been if they weren’t, or at least trying to. They have got the technology available with satellites and so forth, haven’t they. TheYanks aren’t gentlemen. This was obvious from the moment at least when we gave them our nuclear secrets during WW2 which helped the building of the atom bomb, but they gave none of theirs In return, which had been the understanding.  There is no special relationship, at least as far as the Yanks are concerned, other than that of a master to a useful servant. Obama hates our guts. Not that Britain has clean hands of course.

So what’s this all about?

There’s a few more but it’s all about this article in a conservative paper. Mostly conservative. And the writer while on the money on lots of things, generally is put off by the USA.  I don’t think he much likes us.

Take a look.

Oh no, the U.S. has dropped us in it again

By Andrew Alexander

America should never be trusted. This is the lesson of the past half century or so. Washington has led us into one morass after another ever since the end of World War II.

The fact we play the stooge’s role doesn’t make it any better, rather worse in fact. Now it turns out that the U.S. has been systematically tapping the phones of its allies’ leaders - with GCHQ Cheltenham playing some inevitably subordinate, if useful, role.

The U.S. is guilty of a grave diplomatic insult. We do not believe what you tell us, says Washington, so we intercept your private conversations. (Why not go through the rubbish bins, too?)

It seems that literally dozens, including most if the European heads of government, have had their innermost thoughts revealed. The reaction in Washington is a mixture of naivety and humbug.

It has long been tapping the phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, for example. That would be an offence on German soil, the Berlin government angrily insists. And it probably was done with the use of the U.S. Embassy.

In the middle of this unprecedented row, the U.S. issues an arrest warrant for young Lauri Love, a vicar’s son from Suffolk, for hacking into their government departments’ messages.

The two operations - his and the American government’s - sound interestingly similar. And we already have the case of Gary McKinnon, who Washington tried, unsuccessfully thanks to a Mail campaign, to deport on a charge of hacking into their computers.

The attempt to excuse President Obama because he stopped the phone-tapping when he heard about it months ago won’t wash.

There is no point in gathering information about a foreign leader’s views unless you feed them to your own head of government. Of course he knew about the practice.

His hand was forced only because of the leaks from the documents revealed by Edward Snowden, the whistle-blowing contractor employed by the National Security Agency. This affair will sour relations between European leaders and the U.S. at every level for a long time to come.

Trust, the product of years of effort, is not easily rebuilt, perhaps not in our lifetime.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 11/07/2013 at 07:00 AM   
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comrades alive and well and growing

More stuff from comrade commissars in glorious european union.

Comrades in Brussels want to suck the power from peasants vacuum cleaners in a move designed to help conserve energy and save planet for politburo members, gypsies and muzzies.  Maybe Christians and Jews too if follow orders.

These guys are on a roll.  They also want I have heard, a European army.  Would not be a bad idea if Groucho Marx were still alive to lead it.

Look, a couple of yrs ago they managed to take away my light bulbs.  Then they came up with a diktat regarding toilet flushes, and now ...


Now Europe wants to make it harder to clean your carpets with new rules BANNING powerful vacuum cleaners

Regulations will ban any new machine that exceeds 1,600W next year

That figure will fall to 900W by 2017, according to Brussels bureaucrats

At present, the average vacuum cleaner has a 1,800W motor

By Lucy Osborne

Whoa ... say what? 
ok.
Time to buy a back up for the time when the one we have now packs it in.
I want something that exceeds whatever it is the eu doesn’t approve of.
By 2wice.

It is the bane of every household – and following a ruling by Brussels bureaucrats it is about to get worse.

Home owners will find their armoury in the battle against dust and dirt weakened by a ban on powerful vacuum cleaners.

Under European Commission ‘eco’ rules that will come into force next September, the power of new vacuum cleaners must not exceed 1,600 watts.

Under threat: The 2,300W Hoover Dust Manager , which will be outlawed by new EU regulations
and the Vax U90-MA-R, which outsells its rivals on Amazon.co.uk

That figure will be lowered further to 900 watts by 2017. Current cleaners boast an average of 1,800 watts.

The move angered manufacturers, who say it will do nothing to make cleaners more environmentally friendly and will simply reduce efficiency in the home.

Justin Binks, director of Sebo UK, which produces a range of vacuum cleaners, said the regulations would limit performance using ‘unrealistic criteria’.

‘If the proposed regulations come into force as planned next year, they could hugely frustrate anyone trying to clean their home,’ he said.

Critics say cleaners satisfying the new rule may use less power, but householders will have to use them for longer so they are likely to use the same amount of electricity in the long run.

Under the regulations, appliances will be rated from A to G depending on how much noise they make, the energy efficiency of their suction and the levels of dust pumped out by their ‘exhaust air’. Similar labels are already displayed on washing machines.

Despite his company not producing any vacuum over 1,400 watts, Sir James Dyson, the billionaire entrepreneur who pioneered ‘bagless’ vacuums, is also angered by the proposal.

He says the eco-labels will be misleading because they will not take into account the cost and waste of vacuum bags and filters and will give an advantage to competitors who use ‘bag’ technology. He is seeking a judicial review of the proposal at the European Court of Justice.

The new measures will be extended to other appliances, including water pumps, water heaters and tumble dryers.

The Brussels bureaucrats have also angered British farmers with changes to meat labelling.

Meat and poultry is currently labelled with information about where the animal was born, reared and slaughtered.

But in a proposal to deal with the trade in animals raised in one country and fattened for market in another, they will be required to spend only a few weeks in the UK for the meat to be labelled British.

UK farmers fear the new rules may trigger imports of cheap chickens from former Eastern Bloc countries.

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THE VACUUM CLEANERS ABOUT TO BE SUCKED UP BY EC REGULATIONS

Here are five of top selling vacuum cleaners on Amazon.co.uk that will be banned when new regulations come in

1. Numatic HVR200A Henry A1 Bagged Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner. 1,200W.

BANNED BY 2017

2. Vax W90-RU-P Rapide Ultra 2 Pre-Treatment Upright Carpet and Upholstery Washer. 1,000W.

BANNED BY 2017

3. Vax U90-MA-R Air Reach Multicyclonic Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner. 1,200W.

BANNED BY 2017

4. Sebo X4EXTRA Automatic Upright Vacuum Cleaner. 1,300W.

BANNED BY 2017

5. Hoover Smart Pets SM1901 Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner. 1,900W.

BANNED BY NEXT SEPTEMBER


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 11/07/2013 at 05:10 AM   
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by order of brussels to members of the union … you will now flush when and how told

By order of Brussels ,,,, you will flush as we tell you.

Hey Tiger, if you’re there.  This is one of those nutty items I was telling you about. May as well share stuff with everyone.

This falls under, I could not make it up. Hell, the thought would never come to me.

EU bureaucrats have spent about two years I believe it it, and £72,000 ( $115,786 ) in 26 countries snf they have discovered that flushing habits vary a lot among diffident peoples and countries.  Shucks ... it can differ in the same country depending on where you are.
Anyway ... if what they want comes into being, it means that Brit loos (toilets) could fall way short of their intended goal.

Oh wait ,,,, EU also wants vacuum cleaners to reduce power. That’s another story later. AND ... a ban on plastic shopping bags they describe as one use and toss. Well, lots of folks reuse those bags for trash and garbage and the newer ones are biodegradable. They say they are.
Yeah ... the powers that be at the European Union want a federal state ok.  I think they might fall apart if the UK pulled out.

Here’s the story. Have to laff. These guys are serious.

By order of Brussels, the Euro flush


EU seeks to standardise the flush on lavatories

European Commission to unveil new EU rules setting a standard flush for lavatories

By Bruno Waterfield, Brussels

The European Union will next week unveil new rules to standardise the flush on lavatories despite the admission that there are “very significant variations” on flushing habits across Europe “including cultural aspects”.

Plans for the harmonised euro-flush will be tabled by the European Commission as part of an “Ecolabel” acting as a gold standard for officially approved lavatories aimed at cutting water use.

Martin Callanan MEP, the leader of the Conservative bloc in the European Parliament and Tory spokesman on EU environment measures, condemned the proposals.

He accused the commission of breaking a promise made by its president José Manuel Barroso, in a Telegraph article last week, to cut red tape by not meddling in “small things”.

“There seems to no limit whatsoever to the commission’s self-conferred licence to interfere,” he said.

“It makes a mockery of Barroso last week supporting our call for less unnecessary red tape! He needs to get a grip of his own bureaucracy.”

The EU standard follows almost three years of work by civil servants and difficulties in the workability of a one-size-fits-all rule for drains that vary greatly from London to Bucharest or from Berlin to Vilnius.

“The user behaviour analysis carried out showed how the average water consumption differs among the EU member states. Also the consumption between citizens of one single country may vary very significantly,” admitted the report.

“A number of parameters play a key role in these observed variations, including cultural aspects.”

Lavatory flushing as a percentage of household water use varies across the EU. Britain came in second, at 30 per cent, behind only Luxembourg (33 per cent). Finland had the lowest amount at 14 per cent.

The new EU standard will set a maximum full flush of six litres and set a ceiling for the reduced flush of three litres on dual-flush toilets.

During talks to draw up the ceilings, Britain asked for the reduced flush to be set at four litres, in line with the low-flush models currently being recommended for domestic homes. The plea was rejected as not delivering a sufficient water saving.

EU officials stress that the “Ecolabel” is a voluntary standard that industry applies for but note that it has the aim of becoming the norm as it becomes a required benchmark under building regulations or by local authorities.

read more , source is The Telegraph

We have a dear friend here who completed the building of a new house in what was his own back garden.  They sold their old house to someone, and built on the area left over behind the old house. Yeah, they’re pretty close together. Anyway ... It took a year or more to complete and there were the usual delays and inspections etc.  and some things were pretty petty too.

Well, before getting signed off and approved by the local authorities, an inspection was made to make sure that all the tree hugging eco friendly requirements were met. 

And that included light fixtures and bulbs that were all eco nice. Non of this nasty carbon footprint old fashioned light bulbs.
Of course ... I don’t suppose it ever dawns on these comrade inspectors that once they leave, people like me would simply put in the bulbs we’re damn well used to and like. Doesn’t mean I wouldn’t use any of those new ones if the promises are true and they last a long time.  I just don’t want them telling me I HAVE to use em.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 11/07/2013 at 05:00 AM   
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Woo Woot!

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In all the world, nothing sounds like the whistle of steam locomotive. Here in my corner of the world, the Black River & Western Railroad finally managed to get engine #60 back in service last year, after a full renovation, a federal steam inspection, and proper steam engineer and fireman certification. I’ve been hearing it’s charming three tone whistle every Saturday evening since early summer while I do my weekend work down in Flemington. The sound carries for miles, along with the dinging of the bell and the chuff-chuff-chuff of the engine. #60 is an Alco 2-8-0, a medium sized charmer that does the tourist runs on the weekends. Seen here crossing the 1890s Holcomb Mills bridge over the South Branch of the Raritan River, just a stone’s throw upstream from my favorite iron lady at Rockafellows Mills.

Click the pics for huge versions ... they make nice wallpaper for your PC.



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And good grief, isn’t YouTube just full of videos of this happy little choo-choo.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 11/07/2013 at 02:52 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - November 06, 2013

bomb suspect can have his uk passport back.judges here prove they are bonkers

I’ve ranted a lot and said often that the west just won’t defend itself. And certainly this country, this England won’t.  I guess what I mean to say is, they refuse to defend it in ways I believe they should.  Which okay on occasion may appear a bit over the top.  But in the age we live in, with the enemy we face both inside and outside borders, there are some rules and conventions that just should not apply.
Ok I’ll shut the heck up and please ,,, read all of the article for yourself.  You tell me.  How would you deal with this if you had the power and authority?
Am I wrong?  Isn’t this a case of fairness in the unreasonable extreme? 

Read this one sitting down.

Bomb suspect can have his passport back, judge rules: Iraqi who was stripped of nationality after plotting atrocities against coalition forces could return to Britain

Explosives expert Hilal Al-Jedda was given asylum in 1992 but his British passport was withdrawn after returned to Iraq where he was accused of plotting atrocities against coalition forces

But Supreme Court judges have ruled the move was unlawful as it left him ‘stateless’ without a home country

Father-of-eight may now be allowed to return to Britain with his family

He has already won more than £50,000 in compensation and legal costs from the European Court of Human Rights over his detention in Iraq

By Jack Doyle, Home Affairs Correspondent

An Iraqi terror suspect accused of plotting to blow up British soldiers could be allowed to return to this country after judges ruled he must be given his UK passport back.

Alleged explosives expert Hilal Al-Jedda was given asylum in this country in 1992 but returned home during the Iraq war where he was accused of plotting atrocities against coalition forces.

He was stripped of his British passport but appealed and yesterday won his case at the Supreme Court. Judges said taking his passport away was unlawful because it left him ‘stateless’ – in effect without a home country.

Al-Jedda, whose case is legally aided, has already won more than £50,000 in compensation and legal costs from the European Court of Human Rights over his three-year detention in Iraq by coalition forces. The court found his internment amounted to a breach of his right to liberty.

Now ministers face the prospect of having to issue a new passport and allow the father of eight and his family back in.

MPs reacted with fury to the judgment. James Clappison, a senior member of the Home Affairs Select Committee, said: ‘The public will be entitled to think there is something extremely wrong with the law in a case like this – when it appears national security and public safety cannot be properly taken into account.’ Al-Jedda, 56, came to the UK in 1992 with his first wife and sought asylum.

In 1998 they and their four children were given the right to remain here indefinitely and in 2000 were given British nationality. At that point, he automatically lost his Iraqi passport because the laws of that country did not allow dual nationals.

After divorcing his first wife he married again in 2002 and while still married took a third wife. He lives in Turkey with his third wife and all eight of his children. In September 2004 he left Britain for Iraq and was captured by US forces in Baghdad the following month. He was then transferred to the custody of British forces in Basra and held for three years.

On his release from the detention facility the then Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, stripped him of his passport. Using legal aid, he launched a series of appeals to try to get it back. He won his case at the Court of Appeal last year which ‘reluctantly’ ruled in his favour.

One judge said the outcome was ‘deeply unsatisfactory’ because of the threat ministers say he poses to Britain. Judges were told the reason for stripping him of his passport was the ‘atrocities’ the Islamic terrorist group he belonged to planned against coalition soldiers. He is accused of recruiting terrorists and smuggling explosives and detonators for roadside bombs.

Home Secretary Theresa May appealed to the Supreme Court, which yesterday ruled he must be given his passport back.

Lawyers for Mrs May argued that Al-Jedda could have applied to the Iraqi authorities to restore his nationality and that he had a right to a new Iraqi passport.

The court found that British law does not allow the Secretary of State to strip someone of their passport if they do not have another – even if they could apply for one from another country.

Before the 2002 Asylum Act ministers could make someone stateless if they were considered a sufficient threat to Britain, but that power was revoked.

Lawyers for the Home Secretary have suggested that Al-Jedda has a real Iraqi passport and a valid grant of Iraqi nationality. This might allow her to further appeal the case. However his lawyers insist it is a fake one used to travel to Turkey in 2008.

A Home Office spokesman said:  ‘We are disappointed with the court’s decision. We are considering the judgment and our next steps in this case carefully.’

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You may also be interested in reading the comments at the link.
This is much of what I mean when I rant about this place not defending itself.  And you can bet your last dollar he and his so called family will all be on benefits.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 11/06/2013 at 06:17 PM   
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