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Facts and Lies: UKIP Checking

Nobody can be bothered to check facts.

UKIP, the Lernaean Hydra of British politics

UKIP Hydra
[credit: Jon Worth, please click image ]

For months I have endured a deluge of facts and lies, all leading up to yesterday’s election. (I voted Green – there were only European elections in my area, so no local stuff).  Mostly, it’s all been around UKIP.  They really have stoked the fires, first lit by this government that wasn’t elected and that has done a raft of nasty things never included in their 2010 manifestos.  But the fires against the disadvantaged are really aflame now.

It’s UKIP wot done it guv.  It’s Suzanne Evans talking – click here to pause her waffle.

Tactics

The Chubby Elite

UKIP’s backers are some of the sharpest, wealthiest people in the land.

UKIP’s tactics however, have been to take on all crackpots of all kinds, then, when the fuckwit says something beyond the pale, they evict them.

This has the effect of being news-worthy, and as we in entertainment know, all news is good news.  The normal triumvirate of red, blue and orange have had a few gobshite moments, but UKIP beats them hands down.

The litany of UKIP’s tactics is strewn across the web, but a fairly recent summary and discourse on them can be found on Another Angry Voice (AAV).

Fact Checks #1

As Tom at AAV noted in the link above, UKIP-ers are not fond of reading anything beyond the first few lines of anything and have a raft of weird ideas all   the stuff headed up and analysed with examples, summarised neatly here:

General abuse Confirmation Bias Denial of reality Just making stuff up
Conspiracies Meta-slander Persecution complexes Marxist fearmongering
Talking in absolutes This is a “Hate group” The Censorship fallacy Fascist sentiments
Straw-manning You called us racist Humourlessness Right, I’m definitely voting UKIP now!

It’s all very “lowest common denominator” (LCD) stuff.  Confirmation Bias rules, okay!

 Fact Checks #2

Though I despise UKIP and parties like them, I do try to check facts, from all over and presented by anyone.  Even those that I support get it wrong sometimes.  Question everything!

UKIP’s Suzanne Evans on Radio 4

I heard that Evans had been quoted as saying that UKIP ” had difficulty appealing to the educated, cultured and young” with regard to the voting in London.  It was on the BBC Radio 4 “Today” programme.  You can listen to the whole thing here for the next few days.  If you do a Google search for the phrase, “difficulty appealing to the “educated, cultured and young”” a whole raft of websites, news organisations, social media and news agregation websites are all reporting this very same thing.  The search produced >1000 – here are 3.

This Reddit chat is a notable exception to the broadcast-info-with-impunity-or-checks brigade and also has a link to the interview.  They say she never said it and provide a textual view of the interview.

She Never Said It!

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The trouble is, she never actually said it!  This is my recording of the show, editted down to Suzanne Evans’ interview and compressed for audio clarity before MP3-ing it.

 It’s True – She Never Said It!

Ukip members wait for results of local election in Croydon

So why are all the news sites and almost every Google search result saying that she did?  ( Well almost all – a Reddit chat also says that she never said it. )  The Independent report even has a nicely forlorn UKIP blokey.

In the interview, then interviewer actually says that it was a colleague in London  (not known, not named) who, she said, UKIP “had difficulty appealing to the educated, cultured and young”

 

 Conclusion

Either:

  1. The truth of the matter is that people hardly ever check anything nowadays.
    • The deluge of information is too great.
    • Everyone expects reputable news providers to do properly journalistic background checks.
    • The BBC interviewer never checked.
  2. The truth of the matter is that all news providers are in collusion with the establishment to maintain the neoliberal status quo.
    • The UKIP freaks who commented on AAV are correct in that it is a conspiracy.
    • UKIP freaks are right in that the BBC shows anti-UKIP left-wing bias.

The trouble with #2 is that UKIP contains part of the powerful establishment elite.

  • Farage is a former banker and apart from a host of wealthy backers, the normal tory paper (Daily Telegraph – torygraph in common parlance) is now swapping sides since the tories are not right-wing enough for it’s wealthy  owners, the reclusive, island-owning, tax-avoiding, feudalistic, Sark-criticising (because it won’t allow them to set up a tax haven),  Barclay Brothers.
  • Many other establishment papers likewise share a divisive, right wing, xenophobic stance.
  • The BBC has had rafts of governement enforced right wing management changes (government plants is the phrase).
  • The BBC has given more airtime to Farage than any other panellist on “Question Time” except for Dimbleby.

This leaves #1.

Answer:

Nobody can be bothered to check facts.

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Using Google Maps to Record the Creation of the World’s first Fascist Democracy

Strangely post on September 23rd, 2009
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Okay.  Big title, and, I must admit, written after I spotted a link FROM Google Maps to this website in the logs!  It’s pointing to a post from last year.

The good bit is that someone has had the bright idea to make a map, mainly UK based, geographically highlighting incidents of draconian stupidity, crassness and deviousness in our increasingly un-free country.  Anyway, this is it!

View Recording the creation of the worlds first Fascist Democracy. in a larger map
So Moongold, whoever you are -thanks very much!

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Cannot Find British National Party (BNP) membership and contacts list?

Wikileaks logoIt’s here on Wikileaks!


Text and xls spreadsheet – it’s all here.

The Wikileaks site went a bit awry earlier today and then fell over completely (as of 20081119 20:31 GMT).  There sure are a lot of people who want to know lives round the corner!   ;-) It’s back up now (20081120 20:24)

Wikileaks never went down because of hit volume for the Baer Bank scandal , the reIevant docs of which I made available from this website when it was brought down by a US judge.  In pure terms of deadly effect, the Baer one is much more insidious and much more dangerous.  It’s ramifications I think, will still be happening long after Giffengate is closed.

In a Nicky Campbell interview on Radio Five this morning, Nick Griffin’s comment that the BNP aren’t bonehead knuckle-scraping neo-nazis and are actually hated by them for being too soft, is like saying one nail through your foot is better than two nails through your foot.

They both hurt just the same!

He also blamed his problems on the “liberal elite”, a phrase he used as an expletive with some venom.  This means that being liberal (one who enjoys or promotes liberty) is a bad thing in the BNP book.   Liberty is “the quality or state of being free”, a very old concept.  So Griffen is wholly against Liberty, of that you can be sure. He & people like him prefer a life of non-freedom to one of liberty.

However, the very idea that he thinks our government is liberal shows how devilishly authoritarian he’d like our country to be.  IMHO, these are already very dangerous, divisive, authoritarian times we live in.  The UK’s draconian curtailment of personal freedom under the auspices of anti-terror and the continuing plans for ID Cards have seen to that.

To emphasise this point, this is what I said some months ago here:

  • If someone can get someone else locked away on their say-so for an increasingly indeterminate period, we have a police state.
  • If that person is a policeman, we have a police state.
  • If it’s against the law to tell anyone that someone has been locked up under these laws, we have a police state.
  • If the police pick and choose which laws to enforce, we have a police state.

That’s what it’s like now. The powers aren’t used much – but how would we know. If you hadn’t seen your friend for a year and no-one knew where he was, then who could you ask?

It’s unfortunate that the data release has increased the chances of identity theft for those people on the list.  It’s a modern phenomenon that governments and organisations of all shades seem to do with reckless abandon.  Everyone deserves peace and freedom, something that Giffen et al are obviously at pains to stifle.   –   It’s not for nothing that the French motto is Liberté, égalité, fraternité  –  it’s also not for nothing that they chopped the heads of everyone who was against that ideal! It’s unfortunate for those people on the list that the Buddhist law of cause and effect will be played out also.

But the argument that everyone is entitled to privacy with regard to their political affiliations wears a bit thin when one considers the fact that this reason was used when Lord Ecclestone of the Grand Pricks gave shed loads of hidden money to Labour and then fag advertising mysteriously continued for years incongruously slapped on the side of racing cars.

This single event wiped all the gloss from the astonishing 1997 Labour win.

(Since then, of course, Ecclestone has pulled and pushed to get all GP racing pulled from Britain….people actually begging him to keep Brand’s Hatch, Donnington, Silverstone…But that’s for another day)

So freedom, liberty, money, corruption, power.  They’re all connected and keep going round and round as one tries to curtail the other.

Eternal Vigilance!

My thoughts on anonymous dealings of a scurrilous nature are well versed on this website.  I’ve nothing to hide and nothing to be ashamed of – so why should anyone else be ashamed, except if they know their ideas are unlawful in either the actual or moral sense?  Me?  I used to be in the Labour Party. Why not now?  See here: goodbye-labour-party

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Soka Gakkai Founder’s Day

Today is the anniversary of the founding of Soka Gakkai in 1930 and also the anniversary of the death of first president Mr Makiguchi in prison at the hands of the corrupt and fascist Japanese government during WW2, only 14 years later.

This is the front page of our newspaper, Seikyo Shimbun.  The headline reads;

Today is the founders day!!!!

Poems of joy and value creation towards the 80th anniversary of the Soka Gakkai.

Seikyo Shimbun Front Page 20081118
Picture and translation from Lesley Wheeler.

Posted on the 19th! ;-)

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V2 Schneider and Heroes

V2 Schneider – Bowie

I don’t know why Bowie titled it so; maybe it’s a tribute to the Kraftwerk dude.  Whatever, it’s one of my all-time favourite intros and even though it’s lost some power compared to the “modern” sounds available now, it’s still a cracker and it could easily be re-done.  The sax at the end is strangely apocalyptic…

The whole video is a reminder about East-West posturing in Georgia, Poland, Czech Republic, Belarus between the USA and Russia..

This is a second posting of this.  I thought I’d repost in response to hearing a German version of Heroes here on a Bowie fanatic’s site.  Since then, and I’ve checked, there are two V2 Schneider’s on YouTube now, so the one above is 50% of the offerings!

The version of Heroes below is by Apocalyptica with a dude called Till Lindemann growling away.

Apocalyptica FeaturingTill Lindemann (Helden)

Moonage Web Dream says that the original “Heroes” was done in German, and who am I to argue.  Bowie always has been slightly off with regard to his art, which is the whole point, I think.  This track, despite the fascist overtones (which Till professes is not his intentions), is absolutely great.  The melody and pace are basically unchanged but the whole timbre is enhanced.  The only omission is the flat pace throughout, whereas in Bowie’s original, there is a subtle increase in pace to emphasise the second chorus onwards, I think. Helden Liedtexte & Heroes Lyrics below

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