Friday, October 09, 2015
Must not say that women are needed around the house
The house is a mess, dinner's been burned, the ironing hasn't been done and the toilet seat has been left up. France 3 TV featured these scenes of a house in turmoil in an advert boasting about how many female presenters it employs.
The commercial was pulled after a scathing backlash by social media users, government ministers, equal-rights activists and the general public who accused France's second largest public television channel of sexism.
France 3 shared the 38-second clip with its 156,000 followers on Twitter on Friday. As the song, 'Where Have All the Women Gone?' plays, a message on screen reads: 'There are all on France 3.'
To justify the message concept behind the commercial, the Tweet alongside the video read: 'The majority of our presenters are females.'
It was meant to run for three weeks but Delphine Ernotte, the president of French Televisions which controls a host of state-run TV and radio stations, ordered it to be decommissioned, Pure Medias reported.
Prenons-la-Une, a group of female journalists who campaign for equality in industry, said the advert does seek to promote the role of women on TV but 'this is not the right way'. In a statement on its website, they said: 'We too have been shocked by the gender-biased video on France 3.
Must not publicize the 10 Commandments
Around 10:30 p.m. Monday night, contractors began taking down a 2,400-pound monument depicting the Ten Commandments from the grounds of Oklahoma’s State Capitol.
The monument’s removal comes a little more than three months after the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled in June that its presence violated the state constitution’s prohibition against using public property for religious purposes.
In Prescott v. Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission, the Oklahoma Supreme Court decided that the six-foot tall granite monument, which was built with private funds, “operates for the use, benefit or support of a sect or system of religion.”
Justice Thomas Prince wrote the opinion, which read, “The Ten Commandments are obviously religious in nature and are an integral part of the Jewish and Christian faiths.”
Gov. Mary Fallin reportedly said after the ruling that “the court got it wrong,".
After its removal, the Ten Commandments monument was transferred to the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA), a conservative think tank located in Oklahoma City.
Thursday, October 08, 2015
Must not mock Warmism
The BBC has apologised for airing a half-hour radio show earlier this year in which a series of high-profile climate sceptics lined up to disparage the science behind global warming.
What’s the point of the Met Office, aired in August, did not make clear sceptics are a “minority voice, out of step with scientific consensus,” the corporation said in an email to climate scientist Andy Smedley.
“This was an unfortunate lapse for which we apologise and we would like to assure you we remain committed to covering all aspects of the subject in the most accurate and responsible way possible.”
Presented by Daily Mail columnist Quentin Letts, the show featured Peter Lilley MP, Graham Stringer MP, forecaster Piers Corbyn and Andy Silvester from the TaxPayers’ Alliance.
All had previously questioned the veracity of climate science. They took the opportunity to mock the Met Office over its weather forecasting and climate modelling work.
In reply, the show featured a brief clip of Met Office head of communications Helen Chivers, which did not address the show’s critique of recent climate research.
The BBC said it had carried out an internal review and emphasised that the programme emerged from “an unusual combination of circumstances which we have now rectified”.
Racial slur OK if it's directed at a conservative?
Anthea Butler has a knack for inciting heated debate about political issues (regardless of the tenured professor’s inability to garner the same passion about academic topics from her less-than-enthusiastic students).
The University of Pennsylvania firebrand, who is an Associate Professor of Religion and Politics, has once again become the focus of public scrutiny, this time by heaping a racially insensitive insult onto presidential candidate Ben Carson.
Campus Reform reports:
“If only there was a ‘coon of the year’ award…” Professor Butler tweeted in response to another tweet linking to a Sports Illustrated article in which Carson was quoted defended the right of NASCAR fans to fly Confederate flags during races.
“Coon of the Year Award”? Imagine if a college professor had said the same of President Obama.
Campus Reform also added a bit of etymology on the insult “coon”:
The word “coon” is an offensive term to slander Africans, deriving from the Portuguese word “barracoos,” which is a hut-like dwelling used to store slaves during auctions, according to Online Etymology.
In effect, then, Butler’s tweet insinuated that Carson is a metaphorical slave who belongs in a wooden shed.
Neither the Department of Religious Studies, nor the University of Pennsylvania have commented on the inflammatory comments of the tenured professor
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
Toys R Us faces bizarre race row over children's dolls
Toys R Us is facing a bizarre race row after selling a family of black dolls for £3 less than white ones.
The children’s retailer was found to have the ‘Wooden Dolls Family’ product of a white father, mother, son, daughter and baby figures on sale for £9.99 on its website.
However the ‘ethnic’ version - which features the same five dolls, but as black relatives wearing different outfits - was available for about two thirds of the price, at just £6.99.
A Toys R Us spokesman told The Sun that it had made a mistake, adding: ‘This £6.99 was simply a keying error on a pricing - the ethnic family should be £9.99 as well. The price will be changed.’
Americans must not do traditional New Zealand haka war dance
An American college football team who started performing the haka made famous by New Zealand's All Blacks have stopped the pre-game ritual after backlash from New Zealanders.
The Arizona Wildcats, from the University of Arizona, have been forced to stop the war dance after it was slammed by critics who said it was insulting to the tradition of the Maori, the New Zealand Herald reports.
In the video the Wildcats team, clad in red, perform a haka at a much faster pace than it is usually completed and the player leading the team does not seem to pronounce the words properly during the rendition.
An Arizona Athletics spokesman told the newspaper it wasn't planned to come across as disrespectful, and he apologised if it caused offence.
'The Arizona football program has a strong lineage of Polynesian student-athletes, and in 2009, a group of players wished to share this aspect of their culture with their team mates and community,' the spokesman told the NZ Herald.
'As a result, the Ka Mate haka became part of the program's on-field pregame preparation starting that year.
'Even though that intent remains the same today, we've been made aware that a segment of the population is unhappy that the haka is being performed. As a result, we have decided to discontinue the activity.
Are the Kiwis being racist?
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
Must not mention that France is mostly white
A French European MP was fighting for her political future on Wednesday after coming under attack for describing France as a country of “white race”.
Nadine Morano, of the right-wing The Republicans party, could be barred from standing in regional elections in December over her remarks, in which she also said France was a “Jewish-Christian” country.
Former president Nicolas Sarkozy, who heads the party – the main opposition to the governing Socialists – has asked the leadership to withdraw Morano from its list of candidates for the biggest electoral test of 2015.
Morano, a former minister with a reputation for gaffes and unguarded Twitter comments, said in a television interview on Saturday that: “We are a Jewish-Christian country... of white race, which takes in foreigners.”
Morano has been condemned from all points of the political spectrum, and the head of The Republicans’ list of candidates for eastern France, Philippe Richert, said her comments had had a “devastating effect” on his campaign.
Men must not be seen touching a lady's bottom
When Jilly Cooper’s seminal “bonkbuster” novel Riders was re-released earlier this year with a “sanitised” cover, it was decried as a symbol of political correctness gone too far.
Now, however, the best-selling author has disclosed that she ordered it to be sent back for a re-print – featuring the male hand touching the female rider’s bottom once more.
The original 1985 book cover of Riders, the first in a series of romance novels about show jumpers, featured a hand resting seductively on the bottom of a woman wearing tight white jodhpurs.
However, the 30th anniversary edition of the book, released in June, was criticised for depicting a “toned down” version, with the hand placed higher up on the woman’s hip.
“The supermarkets were very shocked by the old cover,” Cooper told the Cheltenham Literature Festival. “They also said it demeaned women and that it was not politically correct. I was very cross. It was awful. The hand’s going back now for the re-print.”
Earlier this year, Cooper, who has an OBE for services to literature, decried her publishers for changing the cover.
“They moved Rupert’s hand, which is much smaller and less suntanned, by at least a centimetre,” she said.
Monday, October 05, 2015
The Umpqua shooting. The missing word
I have read several accounts of the shooting, including a very comprehensive one in the New York Times. The NYT even has a picture of the white father of Christopher Harper-Mercer. No picture of the mother? Why? She was quoted by various news outlets, so she should have been photographable.
The reason why goes back to the missing word: African. Christopher Harper-Mercer's mother is African American. It is true that some readers might have identified the killer's origins by his brown skin but he was pretty light-skinned and did not have distinctively African features. The irrepressible George Zimmerman did identify Harper-Mercer as "mixed race" and his African mother was noted in Britain's "Daily Mail" but silence about that was the rule in American newspapers.
White on black shootings get huge coverage as "racist", but for a black on white killings there is only silence about race.
Obama gave his usual speech blaming guns but this time refrained from saying that Christopher Harper-Mercer could have been his son
Harper-Mercer apparently targeted Christians for execution, but Obama did not mention that either.
I am not the first blogger to note the blackout (if I can use that word). A really comprehensive coverage by another blogger is here, including a picture of the black mother.
The media view above
Must not laugh about illegal immigrants
The mayor of a South Wales town has issued an apology after posting a photo on Facebook of desperate refugees running into the back of a lorry with the caption: 'Quick, they've dropped us in Barry.'
Vale of Glamorgan's Labour mayor Fred Johnson shared the picture and posted jokes mocking migrants on the social network.
As well as the doctored lorry image, his online account also featured an edited photo of a plane carrying refugees into the UK, with one of them hanging by his neck from a noose, and he commented on an image of a naked woman on a horse, saying: 'Lovely horse'.
The material, which has since been removed, was slammed by the Welsh Conservatives as 'extremely offensive'.
A Welsh Conservative spokesman told the Mirror: 'Much of this material is extremely offensive and it's hard to believe the Vale of Glamorgan's mayor thinks it's appropriate to share online.
'His attitude towards the refugee crisis is shameful and he should apologise for offence caused.
'Not only has this senior Labour councillor seen it fit to ridicule refugees, he also mocks Barry in the process - a town in which he's the mayor.
Sunday, October 04, 2015
American woman says a favorite Australian sandwich spread is racist because it is black!
One would normally think this is a spoof but it could be for real in the context of all the things that are said to be racist these days. Vegemite and similar products are popular in Australia, Britain and some other English-speaking countries but Americans usually find it unpleasant. Like most Australians, I always have some in my fridge -- JR
A bizarre online rant that claims "Vegemite is racist because its black" has gone viral.
Cassidy Boon, 20, aired her controversial anti-yeast spread views on YouTube as she launched a #banvegemite campaign. She said: "Eating Vegemite is racist towards Aboriginals - because it is black. "If you eat Vegemite, you’re literally what’s wrong with the world."
"Ever since the 1950s - or whatever - Vegemite has been a way to symbolically make white Australians feel superior to Aboriginals by literally eating their f*****g skin in a jar.
The American adds that she spent seven years living in Australia during which she felt "ashamed of all of you".
The video is here. She basically doesn't know anything about Australia, and is probably pretty dim generally. Her use of profanity does not suggest much intellectual depth.
TX chief under fire for 'In God We Trust' motto on patrol cars tells critics to 'go fly a kite'
A Texas police chief said that the recent string of violent attacks against police officers led him to paste "In God We Trust" in capital letters on the back of his department’s patrol cars, despite protests from a nontheistic group asking him – and other police chiefs around the country – to take the words off the cars.
In response to a letter by Freedom From Religion Foundation, Childress, Texas police Chief Adrian Garcia told the group to "go fly a kite" after they asked him to take down the United States’ national motto from the vehicles.
"After carefully reading your letter I must deny your request in the removal of our Nations motto from our patrol units, and ask that you and the Freedom From Religion Foundation go fly a kite," Garcia wrote in a letter.
"In God We Trust" first appeared on U.S. coins in 1864 and became the official national motto in 1956, being added to paper money the following year. While there have been many challenges to the motto over the years, the Senate reaffirmed its status as the official motto in 2006 and in 2011 the House of Representatives passed another resolution to back the motto.
Free from Religion did not immediately respond to a request for comment From Fox News Latino. But one of the co-presidents of Free From Religion, Annie Laurie Gaylor, told the Los Angeles Times that the motto is a "johnny-come-lately" adage that only gained popularity when the U.S. was trying to distinguish itself from official atheist state of the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
Friday, October 02, 2015
Must not say ‘Happy girls are the prettiest’
A long-sleeved T-shirt on sale at British retailer Next has sparked outrage on Twitter, with a leading mental health and equality charity joining the debate.
The Audrey Hepburn quote 'Happy girls are the prettiest' appears on the top aimed at girls aged from three to 16 years.
However, the use of the slogan has prompted protests on social media, with some arguing that it is a negative message and equates happiness directly with attractiveness.
The first complaint seemed to come on September 5 from Eleanor Pugh-Stanley, who tweeted: '@nextofficial selling this 2 girls. Don't care where the quote comes from this is not ok! @fawcettsociety @FeministUK'
In recent days the T-shirt, which is currently on sale for between £9 and £12, has attracted a further backlash on Twitter from individuals - with mental health charity Mind even joining the debate.
The slogan is a shortened version of a well publicised quote by popular 1950s screen idol Hepburn. Her original words were: 'I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong.
'I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles.'
Twitter user FeministUK highlighted that the message, although well intended, could heap pressure on those suffering from mental health problems.
She said: 'Pretty mean on all us miseries suffering with mental ill health. No pressure girls of today!'
Another, @glosswitch said: 'It suggests to me that for girls being pretty is worth more than being happy.'
Gladwell optimism hits a sour note
I hold no brief for Malcolm Gladwell. He is an entertainer masquerading as a scholar. But optimism is his stock in trade. But optimism about the fate of blacks is not allowed, apparently. Only moaning about black oppression is allowed -- JR
Katrina does more than evoke a critical understanding of institutional racism and the politics of racial disposability; it also elicits new and more dangerous justifications for racist policies. For instance, the neoliberal shill Malcolm Gladwell reaches a new low with his piece on Katrina titled Starting Over which was published in The New Yorker. He argues that for many of the 100,000 poor blacks displaced by the storm involuntary displacement was a good thing because it opened up new opportunities for upward mobility for them and provided a model for public policy.
When Barbara Bush uttered a similar statement after Katrina, she was condemned roundly in the press for being morally insensitive. Greeting displaced Katrina victims in Houston in the aftermath of the hurricane and forced evacuations, she exclaimed “And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this – this is working very well for them.”
Barbara Bush’s insensitivity was viewed by many in the black community as a justification for a form of state violence and symptomatic of the racism that dominated her son’s presidency. Yet in Obama’s post-racial America, Gladwell’s racist creed provokes no moral outrage and is published without a touch of irony or a shred of historical consciousness.
Thursday, October 01, 2015
Redskins’ Name Feared More Than Islamo-Nazi Regime in Tehran?
On his Sept. 17 show, nationally syndicated radio host Mark Levin criticized the left for fearing the Washington Redskins’ name more than the “Islamo-Nazi regime” in Tehran.
More than 150 D.C. residents convened at an Events DC meeting and expressed opposition to a new Redskins stadium on Robert F. Kennedy stadium property.
“This is how pathetic and stupid things have become,” Levin said. “So the name Redskins is to be feared more than the Islamo-Nazi regime that has ICBMs and wants to put nuclear warheads on – than an Islamo-Nazi regime that has killed Americans, that has four American hostages.”
Here is the full transcript of Levin on the Redskins:
“Barack Obama will negotiate with the Islamo-Nazi regime in Tehran. They’ll say ‘Death to America.’ He’ll still negotiate with the Islamo-Nazi regime in Iran, right?
“And yet, it appears that they’re going to block the Washington Redskins from even considering building a brand new, spanking new football stadium in the District of Columbia. All the jobs it would create, not just construction, but ongoing jobs it creates and the convenience that it would provide for Redskins fans because of the name, Redskins.
“This is how pathetic and stupid things have become. So the name Redskins is to be feared more than the Islamo-Nazi regime that has ICBMs and wants to put nuclear warheads on – than an Islamo-Nazi regime that has killed Americans, that has four American hostages.
“We have to be open to talk to them. We have to be respectful when we refer to them. We use whatever name they say when we refer to them. They’re going, ‘Death to America! Death to Israel! Death to the Jews! Death to this one!’ They want to do us grievous harm.
“Obama says, ‘Engage, look, look, engage. We can’t change them. That’s not the purpose of the negotiations.’
“But the Redskins. No no! Crush them! Kill them! We cannot tolerate that! No way! Not today! Never ever!
“This is the perversion that is liberalism. This is the perversion that is Obama. And the media go along with it.”
Judge dismisses $10million lawsuit filed against ESPN announcers because they poked fun at Yankees fan who fell asleep
One baseball fan's desire to make money for sleeping has been put to bed by a judge who says he had no legal basis to sue the ESPN announcers who made fun of him for dozing off during a game.
Andrew Rector, a used car salesman from the Bronx, was caught sleeping in his seat by a camera during a game between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees in April last year.
The drowsy fan later made national headlines by suing MLB Advanced Media, the Yankees, ESPN and announcing team Dan Schulman and Jon Kruk for $10million after they discussed his unusual behavior.
Rector, who was greeted by a round of applause from the stadium when he woke up, said he suffered 'mental anguish' because of the ordeal.
He alleged in his suit that the broadcasters published statements against him that allegedly called him a 'fatty cow', 'stupid', 'socially bankrupt' and a 'symbol of failure'.
Though Schulman and Kruk said none of those words, Rector's suit said that the announcers and ESPN 'set the stage' for him to be defamed by Internet users who did.
The clip was replayed on ESPN and Rector experienced the kind of vile derision that Internet commenters are known for.
Dismissing the suit, Rodriguez said that 'a defendant cannot be found liable for a libelous or defamatory statement that they did not publish'.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Zimmerman strikes back
What Zimmerman encountered on that fatal night
After George Zimmerman killed a black thug in self defence, he became a whipping boy for the whole American Left, egged on by the New York Times and most of the rest of America's media. To this day, the media still use a photo of Trayvon Martin as a kid rather than a picture of the late-teen thug that pounced on Zimmerman.
Therre was never any real doubt that Zimmerrman acted in self-defence and a subsequent tril confirmed that. The abuse of Zimmerman still continues however, but George is not intimidated. He strikes back at his trolls with sarcasm and abuse. He gives as good as he gets. He trolls the trolls. They hate that. Abuse and insult is supposed to be a Leftist preserve. Some episodes below
Last month, Zimmerman referenced Martin’s death when someone sent him the message: ‘It’s slap-an-idiot Wednesday.’
He replied: ‘We all know how it ended for the last moron that hit me. Give it a whirl cupcake.’
Hours later, he posted numerous racial slurs in a series of tweets as well as a selfie he took as he smoked a cigar in a swimming pool.
He posted pictures of Michael Brown and Vester Flanagan with the caption: ‘If @BarackObama had two sons’.
Zimmerman also branded President Obama an ‘ignorant baboon’ for his statements about the high number of gun-related deaths in America after the on-air shooting of WDBJ reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward.
Using a number of homophobic slurs, he wrote: ‘Pansy Fester [sic] lee Flanagan, too much of a daisy to deal w/racism. Murders 2 whites. Hate crime, 100%. Racist Obama says nothing condeming [sic].’
Black Country flag ‘offensive and insensitive' says leading racism campaigner
The Black country is a part of the English Midlands that was central to England's coal-based industrial revolution. So much coal was burnt in its foundries and furnaces that the whole area was black with soot -- hence the name. There are also important differences in language, with Black Country speech harking back to Old English in some ways. So people there are proud of their history, region, people and culture. Attacking all of that is therefore deeply offensive to them. But they reply with English moderation. Nobody risks physical attack
The ignorant critic
The Black Country flag is offensive, says a leading racism campaigner who complains that chains made in the area were used to shackle slaves.
Political activist Patrick Vernon OBE described the flag as ‘offensive and insensitive’ and said its chains were a ‘disturbing’ image of an industry that profited from the transatlantic slave trade and colonial rule in Africa.
His comments - today dismissed as ‘political correctness garbage’ - came as thousands of people celebrated the region’s history over the weekend in The Black Country Festival and Cradley Heath’s Women’s Chainmakers’ Festival.
Mr Vernon, who grew up in All Saints, Wolverhampton, and is a former London Labour councillor, said the Black Country had shied away from addressing the role its industries played in slavery and that community leaders were trying to ‘pretend it never happened’.
“The chain being used as a symbol in the flag is insensitive,” he said. “Shackles and manacles that were made by chainmakers in the Black Country were used to incarcerate slaves in North America, on plantations and in colonial Africa.
The flag itself was designed by a 12-year-old schoolgirl, linking together our region’s proud glass-making heritage as well as its heavy industry and foundries, illustrated by the chains.
The colours signify the ‘black by day, red by night’ nature of our town’s during the industrial revolution.
The flag has been adopted by hundreds of thousands of people as a proud symbol of this area, popping up all over the world at football matches, cricket tests and even the Glastonbury Festival.
One of the many great things about the Black Country is that it is a beacon for integration, racial and religious tolerance that we believe is unmatched anywhere in Britain.
The flag is a symbol of pride in our region and its industrial heritage – but also one of multi-cultural integration so natural that people round here don’t really feel the need to talk about it.
Mr Vernon’s comments have caused outrage among MPs and top councillors on the eve of Black Country Day tomorrow.
Dudley North Labour MP Ian Austin said: “This is ridiculous nonsense. The Black Country Festival brings everyone from our diverse communities together. If he had come to Stone Street Square this weekend he would have seen people off all races and backgrounds enjoying the fun. It was an example of what makes our society something to celebrate.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
UK: Racist hats?
A Mexican restaurant has been banned from handing out free sombreros to students because the publicity stunt was branded 'racist' by university officials.
Pedro's Tex-Mex Cantina, a Norwich restaurant, gave the hats to University of East Anglia students at a freshers' fair in the city in a bid to drum up business from the student population.
But officials at the students' union, where the fair was held last week, took the sombreros from students and ordered the restaurant to stop giving them out because they thought it was offensive for non-Mexicans to wear them.
The union said it breached an advertising policy sent to stallholders, which said: 'Discriminatory or stereotypical language or imagery aimed towards any group or individual based on characteristics will not be permitted as part of our advertising.'
One first-year student told student newspaper The Tab: 'It's ridiculous – it's a comedy hat, not some sort of sacred religious dress. Who is going to get offended? Speedy Gonzales?'
Pedros Tex-Mex Cantina is an independent, family-owned restaurant that opened in 1991 in Norwich. The restaurant is highly rated on review site TripAdvisor and dishes up a variety of traditional Tex-Mex dishes, including nachos, chilli and tacos.
Putting your arm around someone is not an ‘act of ownership’
In a recent interview with the Mail on Sunday, Dame Helen Mirren, award-winning actress and Naturist of the Year 2004, said that, ‘It annoys me when I see men with an arm slung round their girlfriend’s shoulders. It’s like ownership.’
In response to Mirren’s comments, many tried to discredit her by digging out images in which a man had his arms draped around her on the red carpet. But others came to her support. Writing in the Guardian, Lucy Mangan said that ‘it is a sign of ownership, undoubtedly… the male equivalent of the girlfriend’s hand on a man’s lapel’.
Frankly, it’s a struggle to see how either are in any way problematic. It seems like Western culture is becoming increasingly hypersensitive. From calling creepy compliments ‘misogynistic’ to accusing people of committing ‘microaggressions’ simply for not believing in race, we are increasingly obsessed with reading unconscious biases into everyday social interactions, and constantly thinking the worst of our fellows.
The intention behind what one says or does no longer matters; it is the way in which the words or actions are perceived by others that matters today. Consequently, people can be pilloried for committing wrongs they weren’t even aware existed.
It is ridiculous to read physical gestures between men and women as self-evident acts of ownership. Such constant offence-taking will only suck the fun, and, indeed, the romance, out of modern life.
Monday, September 28, 2015
Unruly behavior by Africans? IMPOSSIBLE!
The head of the committee which oversees the hajj pilgrimage has sparked outrage by blaming pilgrims of 'African nationalities' for the stampede which killed more than 700 people.
In what was the worst disaster in a quarter-century to strike the annual event, 769 people died two days ago when the stampede broke out in Mina, about three miles from Mecca, during the symbolic stoning of the devil ritual.
The comment provoked a storm of condemnation, with critics describing it as 'more obscene than racism' while others said authorities should focus on determining what went wrong, rather than blaming ethnic groups.
But pilgrims blamed the stampede on police road closures and poor management of the flow of hundreds of thousands of pilgrims in searing temperatures.
Abdullah al-Sheikh, chairman of the Shura Council, an appointed body which advises the government, stressed that pilgrims must stick to 'the rules and regulations taken by the security personnel... In doing so they protect their lives, their security and facilitate their performing of the rituals.'
Is this racist?
An American-born doctor of Indian parentage, Farah Khan, calls the incidents she recalls below "racist". But are they? Could they simply be cautious? I would suspect that underlying the request not to be treated by an Indian doctor is a realistic fear that the Indian doctor will be incompetent.
In Britain, overseas-trained doctors, mostly from the Indian sub-continent, have four times the rate of adverse findings made against them by medical authorities compared to British-trained doctors. So Indian doctors in Britain definitely are more perilous. The lower training standards in their home country and their different culture do provably make them less safe with patients.
But of course doctors who get their training in a Western country should be OK regardless of their ancestry.
Even there, however, there may be a problem due to language ability. An Indian-born person may have an American medical degree but make mistakes through not understanding English well. In England, for instance, a patient might tell a doctor or a nurse that they want to "spend a penny". What do we make of that? You may have to be English born to know that the patient needs to pee.
And then there is the problem of affirmative action. Africans tend to be passed through the educational system regardless of their attainments. For that reason even some Africans refuse to be seen by an African doctor. They are wise to do so in some instances.
So the Dr. below has a just complaint but the patient may simply be overly cautious, not racist. If Dr. Khan had explained to the "problem" patient that both her birth and her training had been in America, I think the problem would have vanished -- JR
I remember early in my residency, a patient specifically requested that no “foreigners” take care of her. This request was made in passing, one time, to her primary doctor, who happened to be white. It never came up again while she was in the hospital, so nothing was ever really done about it.
Fast forward a year or so later in my residency when a patient’s family explicitly requested, well, actually demanded, that no Indian doctors directly care for their mother. This was a little problematic, from a medical and technical aspect, given that the majority of her primary team of doctors was, in fact, some variety of Indian.
As you can imagine, this situation was also ethically, morally, and personally problematic. I wish I could say that this situation was handled well and all misunderstandings were cleared—but the racism and disrespect of this request were brushed away, and the medical team was told by the powers that be to handle the situation with sensitivity. Excuse me, what?
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Brit was unaware of what a BAD word 'watermelon' is
A Channel 4 presenter has apologised after being accused of using a racial slur when he said Barack Obama was ‘smiling like a split watermelon’ during a meeting with the Pope.
The use of the phrase during a report on the pontiff's high-profile visit to the US last night sparked anger and dismay among those watching.
Matt Frei, Europe Editor for Channel 4 News, quickly moved to apologise and said he wasn't aware the watermelon is often considered a symbol of racism towards black people in America.
It dates back to a stereotype that the fruit is a favourite of African Americans.
Must not mention whiteness
A customer who ordered a curry from an Indian restaurant in the UK was a little shocked when he returned home and read the receipt.
Stuart Lynn, 44, asked for his curry to be served mild when he ordered from Valentine Restaurant in west London, reports the Mirror.
When he returned home he checked his takeaway docket which read: “VERY MILD, WHITE PPL”.
Mr Stuart construed the text as a racist insult. “It implies we can’t deal with strong curries. I do like a hot curry sometimes. I just fancied a mild one for a change. I thought it was very rude of them,” he said. “It was the first time I’ve been in there and I won’t be going back.”
Friday, September 25, 2015
Liberal Hate 101: The double standard in social media
His name is C.J. Pearson. At the age of 12, this Georgia student has racked up over a million views on the video sharing site YouTube. His video is popular because in it he criticizes His Holiness, Glorious Leader Barack Obama. Now, criticizing Barack Obama normally makes one a racist – immediately and incontrovertibly. C.J. Parsons, however, is black, so allegation of racism were perhaps not quite as swiftly hurled as they might otherwise be when the sacred cow that is Barry The One is gored.
Liberals, incidentally, love allegations of racism specifically or, more generally, hatred. They love to equate any and all criticism of them, their beliefs and the changes they wish to make within society – most of which are self-destructive and harmful – as “hatred.” If they can marginalize all conservative thought as “hate,” as “insensitive,” as bad or wrong on its face, they can effectively silence all opinions that do not jibe with their own. That is precisely what is happening.
Well, C.J. Pearson has had his Facebook account locked for his criticism. He isn’t the first. Rumors that Facebook routinely suspends conservative groups’ and individuals’ pages have persisted for some time now. Just recently, yet another account created by the pro-veteran website “Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children” was suspended by Facebook because the owner shared a meme critical of Muslims.
Across social media, conservatives are routinely shouted down, shut up, silenced, suspended and banned not because they have broken the rules, but because the opinions they hold are wrongfully deemed “hate.” It’s no secret that the folks who run the major social media sites – Facebook and Twitter among them – are left of center. You should not, therefore, be surprised when your own accounts are locked down. Meanwhile, left-wingers can make as many threats and post as much personal information about you as they like.
Must not associate Mexicans with criminality
Restaurateur tries to draw attention to his new restaurant -- gets more attention than he bargained for
Did you know that of the 57,080 individuals that call New Brunswick home, 26 percent identify as Mexican? According to restauranteur Andrew Schiff, that means that within the next 30 days, there will be about 14,840 Mexican New Brunswick residents who will FINALLY be able to get their hands on the “true flavors” of “real Mexican food” in New Brunswick. Where you may ask? At no place other than a new Easton Avenue restaurant, called “Criminals and Tacos.”
Yes, you read that right. 14,840 children, mothers, fathers, workers and residents of New Brunswick will have to face a storefront bearing depictions of the very stereotype that they work so hard to disprove every day. A painstaking instance of blatantly offensive appropriating of Mexican culture at the heart of the city we all call home.
I urge each and every one of you reading this to boycott this restaurant as soon as it opens. Do not even give it a try. A business that exploits Mexican culture and perpetuates harmful and dangerous stereotypes does not deserve your money or your business.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
UK: Significance of drowned boy must not be questioned
Katie Hopkins causes rage by pointing out the now well-known reality. How dare she disrupt an attempt at self-preening?
In response to an appeal for people to open up their homes to Syrian refugees, Katie Hopkins has said that Britain has been 'conned' into taking action by 'that picture of that child'.
The picture the controversial columnist is referring to is the haunting image of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, whose body washed up on a beach in Bodrum when he drowned trying to flee the fighting in Syria with his family.
The mother-of-three made the comments during a 'blazing row' with George Gabriel from humanitarian charity Citizens UK on LBC Radio this morning, which culminated in Hopkins calling him a 'left-wing vegan lunatic'.
'It's absolutely typical of you people that one photograph allows them to be completely swayed,' said Hopkins.
'Because what we're talking about there is your feelings. You felt that because you saw that picture of that child - this isn't about making you feel better.'
When Gabriel challenged Hopkins to contest the fact that the child died trying to get to safer shores, she accused the charity representative of not doing his research.
'They were living a very happy and settled life in Turkey, but the father allegedly needed to cross those waters in order to get a better life for his family.
'But they were in a safe place, they lived in Turkey - so you need to research your facts before talking sir.'
Hopkins next accused the photo of Aylan being used as a emotional blackmail to 'con' Britain into re-homing refugees.
'None of the neighbouring nations, the Muslim countries that surround it - some of the five richest nations on the planet - they have not taken in one single refugee, and why do you think that might be sir? Why do you think it is that Britain's been conned into doing this by one photo?' she said.
Students At Wesleyan Demand Abolition Of Free Press
Severe Leftist censorship attempt in response to a balanced article
The student newspaper of Connecticut’s Wesleyan University is being targeted with a boycott by left-wing activists who say the paper doesn’t do enough to accommodate “minority voices.”
The trouble for The Wesleyan Argus began a week ago when the paper published an op-ed by student Bryan Stascavage, who criticized the Black Lives Matter movement for having members who allegedly support anti-police violence. Students expressed so much outrage at the piece that just days later the paper published a staff editorial apologizing for it.
“The opinions expressed in the op-ed do not reflect those of The Argus, and we want to affirm that as community members, we stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement,” the editorial said. The paper promised to publish a “Black Out” issue written entirely be racial minorities in order to atone for its sins, and also said it would institute a tougher fact-checking process to stop “questionable information” from being published.
But critics aren’t satisfied. On Sunday, during an open forum of the Wesleyan Student Assembly, a petition signed by 147 students and faculty demanded a boycott of the Argus and for the paper to lose its funding from the school.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Student punished for American flag shirt
Leftist educators at work. Leftists hate Old Glory. They trample on it or burn it when they can
A North Texas student was punished recently for wearing an American flag T-shirt to school. An administrator at Seagoville High School determined that the shirt violated the dress code.
The boy wearing the shirt, named Jaegur, was facing in-school-suspension on his record, but his mom apparently knew more about the dress code than that educator.
Jaegur is a junior at Seagoville High School. He’s passionate about ROTC and hopes to earn a scholarship through the program. “He wants to go into the military,” said Shelly. “He wants to help people, and any bad marks doesn't look good.”
But Monday, Shelly says an administrator asked Jaegur to lift his hoodie. “Underneath that shirt, he was wearing [the American flag] shirt,” said Shelly.
When Jaegur lifted his hoodie, he was sent to in-school suspension.
Seagoville High doesn’t require uniforms; just that students wear solid color shirts. The only exceptions are made for school and college logos or shirts supporting the military.
“Why doesn't [the shirt Jaegur wore] count?” FOX 4’s Diana Zoga said. “I have no idea,” said Shelly. “I would like that answer.”
Shelly, who works the nightshift at a hospital, lost sleep driving to Jaegur’s school, only to have the assistant principal stand by the punishment.
“If he was breaking the rules, he would be punished and he would have to honor whatever they give him, but he wasn't, and I have to stand by him for that,” said Shelly.
So, Shelly requested an explanation in writing, and FOX 4 started asking the district questions.
While FOX 4 was with Shelly on Tuesday, she received a call from the principal, who apologized for all the trouble and confirmed that yes, the American flag can be worn in school.
“The fact that acknowledging it is huge, and the fact that they're willing to stand by and see mistakes and grow from them, that means a lot,” said Shelly.
Seagoville High is in the Dallas Independent School District. It confirms that flags can be displayed on clothing.
The school’s principal said he was off campus on Monday when the incident happened.
He also explained to Shelly that the in-school suspension time doesn’t go onto a student’s disciplinary record.
No Muslims for President?
Given the hostility to non-Muslims written in the Koran, how could a Muslim be given the powers of the Presidency? It would be insane. But that decision has to be by the people, no-one else. Carson was right in spirit but wrong in detail.
Ben Carson embarrassed himself badly over the weekend when he said on "Meet The Press" that he opposed having a Muslim serve as president of the United States, saying that Islam was not "consistent" with the Constitution — although he did allow that perhaps a Muslim could serve in Congress under certain circumstances.
That's outrageous, but it's not so far out of the mainstream for Republican presidential contenders of late. It's also sort of ironic given that nearly half of Republican voters think Dr. Carson's nightmare — a Muslim in the White House — has already happened. At least 43 percent of GOP voters mistakenly think President Barack Obama is a Muslim, according to a recent CNN poll (it's 54 percent if you believe the earlier findings of a Public Policy Polling survey).
Dr. Carson's Sunday morning gaffe was so egregious, however, that it drew rebukes from at least two fellow candidates with strong ties to evangelicals and extremely conservative views on matters of foreign policy and the military, Sens. Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham, the former pointing out that the Constitution bans a religious test for public office and the latter noting, correctly, that "America is an idea, not owned by a particular religion."
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Not much tolerance in Hawaii
Two letters (to a newspaper in Hawaii) below tell the story
Mr. James Borden enjoyed a curiously sympathetic profile in Sunday’s Tribune-Herald (Aug. 23). But his grisly anti-abortion signage is only his latest outrage. For months, he displayed signs calling President Obama a Muslim jihadist, with a caricature of him as a black rat lynched in a noose!
The offensive messages he paints and displays on his truck certainly are protected by the First Amendment, and he likewise is free to practice whatever it is he calls his “religion.” No one could legally object if he drove his hate-wagon through the streets all over town, or declaimed his opinions from a pulpit on private property. But his so-called church is squatting in a public park, and he is exploiting Hilo’s tolerance for eccentricity.
Fortunately, there is an easy way for Hawaii County to minimize the impact of Mr. Borden’s venom on Kinoole Street, without restricting his constitutional rights.
Simply cut the time for street parking on the makai side, along Lincoln Park, to just one or two hours.
Take back the park
I am writing this letter out of concern for the families who would like Lincoln Park to be a nice place to visit. My family is one of them.
It is not in the best interest of the public to be bombarded with (James Borden’s) hateful, politically divisive and grotesque images and messages when trying to visit a children’s playground. Many of the messages and images I have seen there are not fit for viewing by young children.
Yet, Lincoln Park was built to suit the needs of families in Hilo with young children, to give them a safe, colorful place to play and meet new friends. I do not find it acceptable that certain individuals use Lincoln Park as a place to post reminders of the worst and darkest offerings of the world when the park was built to be just the opposite.
I also do not believe calling attention to these issues in this way is in any way conducive to helping solve any problems, but instead creates the problem of needlessly traumatizing innocent visitors to this centrally located Hilo park.
I’m asking this city’s lawmakers to help its citizens rid Lincoln Park of this nuisance.
‘Dear Fat People‘: no one should be safe from mockery
Nicole Arbour, a Canadian comedian known for her YouTube channel, has sent the Twittersphere into overdrive. The reason for the fury? She made a video titled ‘Dear Fat People’, in which she dared to joke about people who are – let’s not mince words – fat. The humourless lot attacked one of the last strongholds of non-safe space, the internet, by forcing YouTube temporarily to suspend her video together with her entire channel. If this had happened even 10 years ago we would be stunned by such a censorious reaction. But, in the age of political correctness, the outcome was rather predictable.
The transatlantic offence police decided that Arbour’s video wasn’t just unfunny, but morally abhorrent. ‘Comedy has moved away from fat jokes that obvious’, stated Guardian writer Lindy West. A scribbler for Salon went even further, denouncing the clip as a form of hate speech.
What this hysterical reaction misses is that comedy should be free to be infantile and regressive. Visit any open-mic event and you’ll find enough witless comedians bombing on stage to make you cringe for weeks. When it comes to subject matter, no matter how regressive it might seem, some things just don’t have an expiration date. The question should be whether a comic can make something funny, not whether or not they should dare say it in the first place.
Nicole Arbour has re-uploaded the same video, with the new title of ‘The Most Offensive Video’. But given the far-reaching scope of offence-takers, who’s to say short jokes won’t beat it to the top of the offending list tomorrow? We should dread the idea of socially responsible comedy. Like progressive ideas, good comedy often comes from those who aren’t afraid to cause offence.
Monday, September 21, 2015
"Yellowface" is now bad too
All the Japanese people that I know have quite fair skin so this seems a folly all-round
A production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado” planned for New York this December was canceled after it drew criticism over how its largely non-Asian cast planned to portray the stereotyped Japanese characters and culture that are often seen as central to the work, the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players announced on their website.
The troupe “never intended to give offense and the company regrets the missed opportunity to responsively adapt” the show this December, the troupe’s executive director, David Wannen, wrote in a statement on the website. The company plans to mount another popular Gilbert and Sullivan work, “The Pirates of Penzance,” in its place for six performances at the Skirball Center at New York University from Dec. 26 through Jan. 2.
The decision was announced as many arts organizations are rethinking how they stage classic works that portray different races and cultures onstage in ways that are now seen as racist or offensive, in an effort to keep the jarring aspects from getting in the way of what makes those works great. When the Metropolitan Opera opens its season next week with a new production of Verdi’s “Otello,” it will break a long performance tradition by not using dark makeup on its tenor, a practice that has uncomfortable echoes of minstrelsy and blackface.
Must not mention that many Pacific island nations are poor
Fiji in fact has reliable hydro electricity for the most part so the comment was ill-informed. Some outlying resorts have their own generators, which can be unpredictable, however. There are over 300 islands in the Fiji archipelago
ITV commentator Nick Mullins' Rugby World Cup hasn't got off to the best start with on-air comments about Fiji branded disrespectful and patronising.
During the call of England's 35-11 victory against Fiji in the World Cup opener, Mullins said: "They will be back in Fiji around one television hoping the generator doesn't fail them."
The Twitter response to Mullins comments was instantaneous with the comments slamming the remarks.
Many vented on Twitter their displeasure over what was perceived as an offensive remark by the commentator for the host broadcaster.
"ITV's commentator said an incredibly disrespectful thing about Fiji tonight," declared @SportsJOEdotie.
"He's a disgrace to the game of rugby!" tweeted @Tarabrowne3.
"Nick Mullins is an absolute embarrassment. Would ITV not have the vision to get Brian Moore and Johnathan Davies?" added @Leeelzevir.
Sunday, September 20, 2015
You have to be careful about how you deny being homosexual
Jeremy Kyle was furious when a guest made homophobic remarks on his show and he did not hold back with his cutting response.
The guest George was accused of being gay by his wife Jean but denied the accusations, saying he hated 'f***ing f******'.
Jeremy immediately leapt in calling him a 'stupid man', adding that the show's producer was gay and had been hurt by his 'disgusting' comments - and the Twitter community were right behind him.
In response to the programme, one wrote: 'This homophobic d****** is making me want to die.'
Another expressed his dislike of the guest and his respect for the host's berating, when he tweeted: 'People on the show are genuinely repulsive but this is quite a victory from JK's perspective.'
George had been brought onto the show by his wife, whose suspicions were raised by his regular disappearances and also his close relationship with a male friend.
After the friend in question, Rob, joined the stage on yesterday's how, George went through a lie detector test.
He was found not to have cheated on his wife but Jeremy told him 'that doesn't make you a good person'.
Pictures of women touching their bra are forbidden, verboten, vietato
I say "forbidden" in both German and Italian for emphasis
Actress Jessica Marais has done more than set pulses racing thanks to her new underwear ads.
The series of commercials filmed for Berlei's The Sensation, show's the blonde bombshell flaunting her figure in a series of different T-Shirt bra and matching underwear combinations and poking fun at herself.
While wearing a 'sueded fabric' bra, the Love Child actress is seen touching her bra in a manner like stroking her breast as she runs her fingers up from the side of her stomach to her shoulder.
The Packed To The Rafter's sexualisation of the every day product has outraged a number of fans, who have hit out online.
Many have flocked to the brand's Facebook page to share their discontentment about the commercial, which is aired at a time when children might still be in front of the television.
A 41-year-old woman wrote: 'After seeing these ads on tv there is no humour and definitely no confident strong female character ...The way she talks, acts and looks says nothing but immature, childish airhead to me. Sad, very sad.'
Friday, September 18, 2015
Judge who disrespected Pakistani quits his job
For many years in Britain, almost all small businesses have been run by Indians or Pakistanis so it is easy to assume that that is all that Pakistanis do. But it isn't and a judge was unwise to say it was. But was he racist or was he just old and careless?
A judge who allegedly made racist comments in court about an Asian victim of crime has been forced to resign in shame from his £150,000 a year post.
Judge Terence Hollingworth had asked lawyers to fetch Deepa Patel – the victim in a serious harassment case - so he could finish sentencing her ex-boyfriend.
But Rachel Parker, prosecuting, told the judge she was unsure whether Miss Patel would be able to attend court at such short notice due to work commitments.
However the district judge allegedly replied: ‘It won't be a problem. She won't be working anywhere important where she can't get the time off. She'll only be working in a shop or an off-licence.’
When Miss Parker asked the judge to clarify his comments, he added: ‘With a name like Patel, and her ethnic background, she won't be working anywhere important where she can't get the time off. So that's what we'll do.’
At this point Miss Parker withdrew from the case at Preston Magistrates' Court and told the judge: ‘I am professionally embarrassed. I cannot prosecute this case.’
The Crown Prosecution Service later made an official complaint after the incident on October 30 last year and four weeks later Mr Hollingworth resigned as a district judge.
A spokesman for the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office said: ‘Judge Hollingworth resigned as a tribunal judge during the course of the conduct investigation. He is no longer a judicial office holder in any capacity.’
Scotland: Must not speak ill of bull terriers
As a former registered bull-terrier breeder, I know a bit about this. A Staffordshire bull terrier is basically the same breed as a Pitbull. Pitbulls have just been bred to be fighting dogs. So it is reasonable to be wary of a Staffie unless you know it well. American pitbulls are known in Britain and one could easily be mistaken for a Staffie
Trouble began when Conalter Boarding Kennels, near Crieff, Perthshire, declined to accept a booking from the owner of a Staffie, because of the breed’s supposed aggressive nature.
When the dog owner posted a complaint on the kennels’ Facebook page, a response appeared, branding Staffies ‘ugly, aggressive animals, much like their owners’.
The remark, which was accompanied by a smiley face symbol, attracted the ire of Staffie owners when it was shared on Twitter and Facebook.
Nearly 3,000 people have now signed an online petition urging Perth and Kinross Council to close down the kennels.
One signatory and Staffie owner, Paul Scott from Blairgowrie, Perthshire, said: ‘It makes you wonder how safe any other breed of dog will be if [the kennel owners] don’t have the skills to handle a dog as soft as a Staffie.’
Natalie Holmes, who started the campaign, wrote: ‘Due to the unprofessional approach and the lack of knowledge and integrity, this boarding kennels deserves nothing less than to be shut down.’
Shena Hogg, 60, who runs the kennels with husband Nigel, claims the comment was left by a hacker and has nothing to do with her – but she has maintained her stance against boarding Staffies.
She said: ‘I know there are some that are lovely but I won’t take the risk because I have children and grandchildren here. It’s a blanket policy.
A spokesman for Perth and Kinross Council said: ‘We only investigate kennels when licence conditions have been breached and animal welfare is considered to be at risk.’
Police Scotland have confirmed that they are investigating the threats. A spokesman said: ‘Police Scotland is aware of the matter and is making enquiries.’
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Canada: Must not criticise native Canadians
The Bay of Quinte Electoral District Association said on Tuesday that Sue MacDonell resigned after the association became aware that she “had posted some inappropriate content on her personal social media site, in her personal capacity.”
“Upon becoming aware of that content, the Association required and accepted her resignation effective immediately. The views expressed by the now former Board member will not be tolerated and do not reflect those of the Bay of Quinte EDA,” a statement from the association read. “There will be no further statements with respect to this matter.”
In a Facebook post from January, MacDonell wrote that “if Indians want to eradicate ‘racism’, then assimilate. Ditch the Hallowe’en costumes.”
She continued: “Or you can continue to blame others for your lack of industry, and remain perpetual professional victims. It’s up to them. Apparently, they’re just fine with remaining infants. And they wonder why people have no respect for them???”
On Sept. 4, MacDonell shared an article saying Cree beauty queen Ashley Callingbull had compared Stephen Harper to Hitler.
Callingbull had previously called on First Nations people to vote out the Conservative leader.
“Ewww ... what a nasty piece of work this one is,” MacDonell wrote alongside the article. “What a smug, entitled liberal pet she is. These are the monsters that they create.”
UK: Must not deviate from feminist gospel
Loose Women could face an Ofcom probe after viewers complained about a poll that asked whether women were ever to blame for being raped.
The regulator said it was still making a decision on whether to pursue with an investigation after it received 73 complaints about the September 1 episode of the TV panel show.
The survey was posted online before a discussion on comments made by rocker Chrissie Hynde, who provoked fierce debate by claiming it was her own fault she was sexually assaulted at 21.
The mother-of-two sparked a backlash when she said she took ‘full responsibility’ for being the victim of a sex attack by a biker gang in the US while high on the sedative Quaalude.
The Loose Women official Twitter account posted: 'POLL: After Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde's comments- we're asking is it ever a woman's fault if she is raped?' More than 87 per cent said 'no'.
In a discussion on the topic, panellists Ruth Langsford, June Sarpong, Nadia Sawalha and Janet Street-Porter made it clear they did not agree with the point of view.
But dozens of outraged viewers took to Twitter to criticise the show, questioning why the debate was even taking place. In the wake of the criticism, ITV released a statement apologising for the poll.
A spokesperson said: 'Loose Women is a daily talk show centred around topical debate and this discussion, linked to a recent news story, involved a full and frank range of views from the panellists.
'We always want to know what our viewers think about topical issues, however, we accept that the wording of the online poll was misjudged and we apologise for any offence caused.'
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
UK: ‘Refugees’ good, ‘Migrants’ bad?
What is the most important issue in the debate about the crisis on Europe’s borders? Is it the causes of the conflict in Syria? Or the consequences of allowing thousands more people in or trying to keep them out?
None of that, apparently. To judge by the attitude of some campaigners and their celebrity spokesmen, it appears that the most important thing when discussing the transient masses is to use the correct words to describe them. As so often these days, the attempt to impose a linguistic etiquette is being used to limit what can be said, which opinions have a right to be heard. This process risks stifling the open argument required to decide what we should do.
In the Newspeak of the crisis, the rule appears to be: ‘“Refugee” Good, “Migrant” bad’ (excuse mixed Orwell references). If you transgress the rules and use the wrong words you chance being shouted down as at best xenophobic, at worst some sort of Holocaust denier.
Bono, frontman for celebrity righteousness, spelt it out this week addressing a world poverty event at Expo 2015 in Milan. ‘We should not use the word “migrant”’, declared the Christian rock crusader. ‘“Migrant” is a political word, used to take away the real status of these people. They are refugees. They are running from war.’ They do not want ‘to live in Italy or Ireland’ declared Bono, for any reason other than safety. His attempt to ban the word ‘migrant’ was cheered to the rafters.
This is worse than trivialisation. It distorts and seeks to dictate a much bigger discussion. The attempt to police the words we use is also about policing how we should see and react to the crisis. In particular it influences whether we view the masses trying to enter Europe as passive, dehumanised victims deserving pity, or active human agents to be treated as equals.
James Bond to be edited
The image of a smooth-talking, chain-smoking and sexist James Bond may be a thing of the past as the latest 007 novel gives him a politically-correct makeover.
Author Anthony Horowitz has revealed the new book Trigger Mortis has been amended for modern readers and contains anti-smoking messages and for the first time an ‘outspoken’ gay friend.
Horowitz admitted that while doing so he has had to work carefully to preserve 007’s characters and attitude as created by the spy novel’s first author Ian Fleming, who died in 1964.
As the younger generation begins to frown on Bond’s chauvinistic attitudes and unhealthy lifestyle in the era of political correctness, Fleming has introduced a cast of new characters who will point out the error of his ways.
Included will be messages about smoking causing cancer and women who give the charmer a run for his money as ‘little twists’ have been added to make the story suitable for the modern reader.
For the first time a Bond girl’s storyline will be followed beyond her fleeting experience with 007, with the return of Pussy Galore.
In the book, Galore moves in with Bond in London and together they spend their mornings squabbling.
Horowitz, speaking to radio station RTE, said he was keen to keep the new Bond true to the 1950s creation.
But he added that there was an unavoidable issue with the original plot, because Pussy Galore was cast as a lesbian who cannot help but be overcome with lust for Bond.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Canada: Criticizing Muslims is forbidden! verboten! vietato!
It appears that he is homosexual so he has good reason to criticize Islam. In a Muslim country he would be dead
A Richmond Hill teacher has been fired following a 10-week investigation into “racist” comments critical of Islam that he allegedly posted online. Michael Marshall was dismissed following a meeting of the York Region District School Board (YRDSB) on Tuesday, said board spokesperson Licinio Miguelo.
Miguelo said no one at the school or the board would be available to comment further. Marshall could not be reached on Tuesday or Wednesday for comment.
The investigation began after students at Richmond Green Secondary School discovered a Twitter account, @firstatheist, which featured a profile picture of Marshall and numerous tweets mentioning pupils’ names.
The @firstatheist account tweeted more than 4,500 times, including messages that said:
“I get sad when girls I teach decide to wear the hijab. I feel like a failure,”
“Hijabs make me sad.”
“Just have a trailer full of guns roll down the street and arm the ghetto. Oh wait that’s black ppl.”
“Kinda have this perverse urge to wear a hijab for a day and twerk in the street.”
“There is an absolute s***-ton of Muslims at Ikea tonight. Any special occasion?”
“I’m sorry but sharia law is incompatible with my democratic secular nation. You can have it, but keep it over there in backward land.”
The @firstatheist account has remained inactive since June 25.
Students also discovered the Twitter account linked to a Weebly blog post dated Aug. 25, 2014, where the author self-identified as a 30-something teacher in Toronto who runs a gay-straight alliance group. Marshall supervised a GSA club, as well as a slam-poetry society, at Richmond Green.
In 2010, a teacher at Woodbridge College named Mike Marshall was given an “Unsung Hero” award by the Educational Services Committee of District 16. Marshall was a teacher at the school at that time, where his score on the website ratemyteachers.com was an impressive 4.7 out of 5 stars.
More than 30 reviews on the site rate Marshall positively at Richmond Green, with students appearing to claim he is an “amazing teacher” who is “very understanding” and goes “that extra mile.”
UK: You must not call residents sweetie or darling, care home staff told
Care home workers have been reprimanded for calling residents affectionate names such as sweetie, love, darling and handsome.
Critical inspectors told them the terms were ‘patronising and demeaning’ to the dozen adults with learning difficulties.
Staff also use family nicknames for some, such as Parsnip. They hit back at the ticking off, saying that the residents like the informal terms, especially those who have no relatives to visit them.
However, officials from the Care Quality Commission have insisted: ‘The language was meant to be friendly but it could be regarded as demeaning and patronising.’
They highlighted other failings at Brackenley Residential Care Home in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, marking it as ‘requiring improvement’.
The privately run home has pledged to make changes but declared that it would continue to call residents by the familiar and affectionate names.
The Southern practice of calling people "Honey" or "Hun" would be out too. Being pleasant is forbidden! verboten! vietato!