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1984 fiction becomes fact: Nine

Continuing the series: Ten ways the democratic northern hemisphere nations became the Orwellian West.

1.) Continuous War

2.) Widespread Surveillance

3.) Propaganda-Style Fake News

4.) Acceptance of Politically Correct Orthodoxies via Newspeak

5.) Dumbing Down and Doublethink

6.) Censorship

7.) Two Minutes of Hate against Political Scapegoats and Strawmen

8.) Harassment and Arrest of Dissidents

9.)  #MeToo Sexual Purges

As mentioned before, in the novel, 1984, the members of the Outer Party were denied sex, other than for procreation.  This was how sexual repression was channeled into enthusiasm for the State. In the eponymously named film (which was actually released in the year 1984), the actors John Hurt and Suzanna Hamilton played Winston Smith and Julia, respectively, engaging in a secret love affair as a form of political rebellion.

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Which man-made problem requires feminists to solve?

Hands up all those who correctly answered, “Climate change.” Quote.

Women must be at the heart of climate action if the world is to limit the deadly impact of disasters such as floods, former Irish president and U.N. rights commissioner Mary Robinson said on Monday.

Robinson, also a former U.N. climate envoy, said women were most adversely affected by disasters and yet are rarely “put front and center” of efforts to protect the most vulnerable.

“Climate change is a man-made problem and must have a feminist solution,” she said at a meeting of climate experts at London’s Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Entrepreneurship.

“Feminism doesn’t mean excluding men, it’s about being more inclusive of women and -in this case – acknowledging the role they can play in tackling climate change.” End of quote.

“Feminism doesn’t mean excluding men” – that will be news to Julie Anne Genter. Quote.

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In solidarity with the those in the world’s most despised demographic, WH has decided to ‘come out’ as an old white male. WH enjoys exercising the white-male privilege that Whaleoil provides for him by writing the occasional post challenging climate change consensus; looking at random tech issues that tweak his interest, as a bit of a tech nerd; or generally poking the borax at anyone in public life who goes on record revealing their stupidity. WH never excelled on the sports field because his coaches never allowed him to play in his preferred position on the right-wing. WH also enjoys his MG.

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Map of the day

Source – Mapping the Nation

A 1947 Promotional Map for Air France drawn by Lucien Boucher

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What is a “pictorial map?” The term has come to include a wide range of maps, but the genre particularly refers to the maps associated with tourism, advertising, literature, and illustration that really peaked as an art form in the middle decades of the twentieth century. Among the most stunning examples is Lucien Boucher’s 1947 promotional map for Air France.

In the immediate aftermath of World War Two, passenger air travel spread quickly as the airlines developed routes around the world. Air France mounted a dramatic visual advertising campaign to draw potential passengers into this exciting new world of aviation. Here Boucher draws a world of movement. Lines mark the extensive route map, while the muted backdrop of ancient ships and romanticized natives conjure up the “exotic” dimensions of world travel.

Mapping the Nation

 

 

A coin has two sides. One side is conservative, analytical, logical, predictive and process driven. The other is passionate, expressive, complex, creative, unpredictive and imaginative.

Both sides are awesome and love good food, good wine and good people.

View from my window

Where do you think today’s photo was taken?

VFYW: Whaleoil

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Cannabis legalised in Canada

Canada legalises cannabis. 1 News reports:

Canada’s Senate has given final passage to the federal government’s bill to legalise recreational cannabis, though Canadians will have to wait at least a few months to legally buy marijuana.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government had hoped to make pot legal by July 1, but the government has said provincial and territorial governments will need eight to 12 weeks following Senate passage and royal assent to prepare for retail sales.

Trudeau’s Cabinet is expected to decide a legalisation date in early or mid-September.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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Bob Jones: The end is nigh

Professional mourners outside Achilles House, NBR’s premises

Here’s a laugh. As some of you may know, Glasgow has lots of wide pedestrianised avenues in the heart of the CBD.

In the busiest lies an Apple computer store outside of which, all day, stands a bloke holding a large sign. It reads “Don’t come in here for your Apple repairs. 50 yards that way”, this followed by an arrow “is X store and we are cheaper”.

Imagine that here. It’s trickier because unlike the rest of the world, our cities have not embraced pedestrianisation, thus our CBD pavements are terribly crowded.

I particularly fancy the thought of someone outside a restaurant with a sign telling customers, “The food inside is rubbish. Eat at X’s restaurant across the road. It’s better and cheaper”.

Or holding a sign outside a law firm’s offices, pointing potential clients to a rival’s location for superior and cheaper service. That would certainly give the Law Society joyous opportunity for their specialty, namely full pomposity exhibiting, in dealing with the inevitable outraged complaints.    Read more »

Sir Robert ‘Bob’ Jones — now New Zealand’s largest private office building owner in Wellington and Auckland, and with substantial holdings in Sydney, totalling in excess of a billion dollars — is a property investor, author and former politician, who has written fiction as well as books on property investment, selections of his newspaper and magazine columns, and reminiscences of former prime minister Robert Muldoon.

While at Victoria University of Wellington, he earned a ‘blue’ in boxing and contributed to a boxing column in the university’s newspaper Salient. A multi-millionaire, Jones earned his wealth through investments in commercial property via his company Robt. Jones Holdings Ltd. He founded and led the New Zealand Party in 1983. In 1989 he was made a Knight Bachelor in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, and in received the New Zealand 1990 Commemorative Medal.

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An Unholy Holey Border

A guest post.

There is great outrage across America at President Trump’s insistence on demanding the law over illegal immigrants be fully applied.  The separation of children from parents, even temporarily, at the Mexican border, is giving anti-Trump voters fuel for their endless rhetoric against the President.  It is leading to numerous protests and “wall to wall” venom from the announcers in the MSM, especially CNN.

At first blush it seems a heavy handed approach.  However a little investigation shows that lies, hatred and political bias have got in the road of a uncritical look at the problem.  Here are a few facts:    Read more »

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US withdraws from United Nations human rights council

Good to see that the US has carried through with its threat to withdraw from the dysfunctional UN Human Rights Council.

The Guardian reports: Quote:

The US is withdrawing from the United Nations human rights council, the Trump administration announced on Tuesday, calling it a “cesspool of political bias” that targets Israel in particular while ignoring atrocities in other countries.

The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said she had traveled to the council’s headquarters in Geneva a year ago to call for reforms, to no avail.

“Regrettably it is now clear that our call for reform was not heeded,” Haley told reporters at the state department. “Human rights abusers continue to serve on, and be elected to, the council.”

She added: “The world’s most inhumane regimes continue to escape scrutiny and the council continues politicising and scapegoating of countries with positive human rights records in an attempt to distract from the abusers in their ranks.”

“For too long the human rights council has been a protector of human rights abusers and a cesspool of political bias.” End quote.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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Faces of the day

The surviving members of Monty Python, pictured together in 2014 CREDIT: PAUL GROVER

A young Monty Python would not get their big break on the BBC today because they are “six Oxbridge white blokes”, the corporation’s head of comedy has said as he launched a new drive for diversity.

Shane Allen said comedy on the BBC must represent the nation […]

Let that sink in for one minute…

Imagine if Indian men were no longer considered suitable representatives for a comedy show on India’s main T.V channel.

 

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1984 fiction becomes fact: Eight

Continuing the series: Ten ways the democratic northern hemisphere nations became the Orwellian West.

1.) Continuous War

2.) Widespread Surveillance

3.) Propaganda-Style Fake News

4.) Acceptance of Politically Correct Orthodoxies via Newspeak

5.) Dumbing Down and Doublethink

6.) Censorship

7.) Two Minutes of Hate against Political Scapegoats and Strawmen

8.) Harassment and Arrest of Dissidents

Recently, President Trump pardoned conservative filmmaker, Dinesh D’Souza, which caused those in the Inner Party to speak out against such heresy.   D’Souza was prosecuted, convicted, and sentenced to eight months of confinement by Obama’s Department of Justice (DoJ) for campaign finance violations that normally would have been settled with probation and community service.

The filmmaker was also subjected to what he said was re-education by way of a court-ordered psychologist and targeted as a conservative in his DoJ file. His real crimes, of course, consisted of writing a book and making a documentary that were both critical of then President Barack Obama.

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