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The Shadow of Charlie

The Shadow of Charlie

After the Charlie Hebdo Massacre in January 2014, Glossy News published many Hebdo-related pieces; and even later on, as well! Some of the material was commentary; but we also had our usual funny ‘fake news’ stories, and various other humorous material. See the reading list following today’s anniversary editorial on Charlie Hebdo.

Quite a variety, as you will shortly see! Continue Reading

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Random Thought VII: EU Sabotage

Random Thought VII: EU Sabotage

Fear and Terror in 21st Century Brussels

The UK’s hardball approach to EU negotiations doesn’t appear to have won them any favors.

Is this a gamble that failed?

A miscalculation?

Or is it an act of desperation and fear?

Or an attempt to get the whole wretched business over and done with, as soon as is humanly possible?

Perhaps.

It could be a strategic error.

Or an act of desperation.

Or of impatience.

A fourth possibility, however, is that some people in the UK government think that it would be even more politically costly to not even try for a deal, than to try and fail.

After all, many people would just blame the EU’s stubbornness and obtuseness; more than (or even rather than) the politicians and other UK establishment figures involved in the negotiations.

Many of the people who might blame the government for any real or perceived negotiation failure may well have been opposed to Brexit to start with, anyway. So there might not be much of a loss if Brexit negotiations deliberately fail.

One last point: as human psychology is complex, this fifth option might be the uppermost idea in the minds of some UK negotiators; but they may also have a ‘reserve domain’ of their conscience which is desperately hoping for a miracle.

A miracle seems unlikely.

That said: if EU negotiators by any chance think the UK are sabotaging the negotiations, they may well decide to call our bluff, and land us with a shoddy deal that is difficult to refuse. That could be either out of revenge for the referendum having been called, or won; quite easily both. Resentment at such a ‘shallow trick’ as the one hypothesised here might also play a part.

If the EU did decide to pull this stunt, the UK negotiators would risk losing face, because turning down the deal would look very bad indeed.

What do you think the UK negotiators intend to do?

Donald Trump: Idiot or Saboteur?

Donald Trump acts as though he doesn’t really care whether some of his more contentious measures actual succeed both in being passed, and not being found constitutional.

Does he really want this ‘Muslim Ban,’ or does he really care that much about building the wall?

Or is he just a crybully who wants to get revenge on the establishment who never gave this 100-foot toddler all that he wanted?

Does he just ‘inhabit’ the role of this angry, thwarted dodgy politico? Whenever he rants about his policies not being passed, or suffering legal challenges, does he really mean it?

Or is he just like that teacher you had way back at high school?

The one that affected a stern and severe tone, but were actually pi**ing themselves laughing on the inside, whenever they played that game?

Corbyn’s Conspiracy Theory? Or Conspiracy Fact?

Is the rumor true that Corbyn was half-heartedly campaigning for Remain?

Or false?

Or another possibility: was he divided in his own mind?

It may turn out, in due course, that some of the Conservatives were the ones trying ‘vandalism.’

This, of course, is just speculation at this point.

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Random Thoughts VI: Sweden’s Summer of Hate, and Some Naughty Plants!

Random Thoughts VI: Sweden’s Summer of Hate, and Some Naughty Plants!

First World Antisemitism, First World Problems

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Trade Deals With China: Moral Appeals, or Strictly Business?

Trade Deals With China: Moral Appeals, or Strictly Business?

Human rights are a controversial issue anywhere in the world; China can hardly be an exception to the rule. Continue Reading

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Fears Grow Of Intensified North Korean Cyber-Terrorism

Fears Grow Of Intensified North Korean Cyber-Terrorism

An internationally respected think-tank has predicted an increase in North Korean sponsored cyber-terrorism.

The North Korean Strategy Think-tank (NKST), based in Washington, D.C., collates intelligence from defectors, intelligence agencies and informed international observers. Its own psychologists and strategic analysts then use this information to fine-tune their model of the rogue state in an attempt to predict the most likely behaviour of the regime.

The most recent NKST analysis anticipates that further military provocations will be instigated by North Korea. It predicts, however, that these will fall short of any act sufficient to justify an American military strike in the face of Chinese and Russian opposition to military retaliation.

The Russian analysis that the Pyongyang leadership would rather eat grass then give up their nuclear ambitions is accepted as correct. The current NKST model, however, challenges the fear propagated by western media that Kim Jong-un is mentally unstable. The model indicates a low probability that he would deliberately seek a nuclear confrontation. As one NKST source unofficially put it: ‘Pyongyang well understands that after an all-out American attack, no edible grass would remain in North Korea.’

The NKST model has concluded that the current North Korean strategy to damage its perceived enemies will focus on intensification of its already significant efforts in the area of cyber-terrorism.

The NKST model assumes a calculation by Kim Jong-un that cyber-disruption perpetuated by a nation would be unlikely to draw any significant retaliation. This is believed to be a reasonable assumption – in part because culpability is very hard to prove. The NKST also notes, however, that cyber-terrorism is different in type from military action. A military response to a cyber-attack would currently be viewed by the international community as entirely disproportionate.

Credible rumours have recently emerged that WikiLeaks may have suppressed information about North Korean cyber-terrorism – information that had been covertly fed to the organisation from US and European intelligence sources. An unnamed whistleblower within WikiLeaks is alleged to have revealed the existence of reports relating to the experimental North Korean targeting of large numbers of Wi-Fi enabled systems in the west – parts of the, so called, ‘Internet of Things’.

Superficially, many of these reports appear ludicrous, and their alleged suppression by WikiLeaks has been attributed to fear of ridicule or accusations of propagating fake news.

Specific examples of North Korea’s experimental hi-jacking of such systems are alleged to have already included:

*Increasing the oven temperature being used by one contestant in ‘the Great British Bake Off’ in order to incinerate the contestant’s soufflé.
Although appearing to be a ridiculous claim, intelligence agencies have long been aware of Kim Jong-un’s interest in western cookery programmes together with his fury at being rejected for the role of judge in an early series of MasterChef.
*Switching off lights and cameras on the ITV breakfast show, Good Morning Britain, when Piers Morgan was presenting.
As in relation to nuclear provocations, Pyongyang appears to have an eye to the consequences of its actions. The North Koreans may reason that, if the silencing of Piers Morgan was ever attributed to North Korea, it might generate considerable public support for Kim Jong-un in the UK that would counter calls for retaliation in respect of the cyber-attack.
*Triggering Theresa May’s and Angela Merkel’s alarm clocks at three o’clock every morning so the leaders are never able to get a decent night’s sleep.
Any recent close-up photograph of either leader immediately makes this apparently bizarre claim hugely more credible then it first appears to be.

Other attacks are said to have occurred on systems which can be monitored by Pyongyang but for which the practical effects of North Korean hacking are not obvious on the ground.
Examples have allegedly included:
*Disrupting the timetabling computers on the British railway network to cause commuter chaos.
*Changing remotely collected data from UK meteorological stations to make UK weather predictions wildly unreliable.
*Taking selective control of cars across Italy and causing them to be driven in a reckless and suicidal manner.
*Inserting random nonsense into tweets by Donald Trump.
*Changing satnav programs to cause large trucks to become jammed in narrow country lanes.
*Scrambling any official electronic communications that contain the term ‘Brexit’ to cause confusion and chaos in the Brexit negotiation process.

If true, all the above cyber-attacks have been cunningly and effectively concealed because those observing the outcomes would have failed to detect anything unexpected.

Whilst the above actions may seem like superficial mischief, perfecting the perpetration of such attacks is thought to have a deadly serious purpose. For example, it is believed that, by 2020, Kim Jong-un could exercise control over millions of specific, Wi-Fi enabled domestic appliances throughout America and Europe.

One capability this would afford would be to simultaneously switch to maximum heat all vulnerable ovens and hobs in the early hours of a Sunday morning. Such an attack could also include the hyper-energisation of magnetrons in many microwave ovens such that anyone attempting to disconnect the weaponised equipment would be incinerated.

The NKST calculates that such an action could result in firestorms which would decimate many western cities.

Other such doomsday capabilities might include:
*Disabling condom vending machines late on Friday nights so that an unpredicted population increase would challenge western resources.
*Allowing an Alexa voice command to arrange a next day, Amazon Prime delivery of plutonium 239 to Pyongyang.
*Aiding Jeremy Corbyn to become UK Prime Minister and hence destroying the UK economy.
*Assisting Russia in aiding Donald Trump’s re-election for a second term.

The NKST has cautioned that with so many items of commercial and domestic equipment increasing being Wi-Fi enabled, the nature of any such co-ordinated attacks would be limited only by the imagination of the Pyongyang leadership.

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No, Jews and Christians are Not “People of the Book.” Thanks for Asking!

No, Jews and Christians are Not “People of the Book.” Thanks for Asking!

There’s an old piece of folk wisdom among the hucksters and snake oil peddlers of this world:

If you can’t beat ’em, assimilate ‘em!

And this is certainly relevant to the ‘People of the Book’ (Ahl-al-Kitab) forgery libel, commonly applied to Jews and Christians. Continue Reading

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Fragmented Dogmatism: The Postmodern Academy is on the Verge of ‘Post-Stalinism’

Fragmented Dogmatism: The Postmodern Academy is on the Verge of ‘Post-Stalinism’

The old lament of Ultramontane Catholics is that when the wicked apostates and schismatics destroyed the unity of the Church, Christendom ended up with an ungovernable ‘Babel’ (or ‘babble’) of heretics speaking every tongue under heaven. One true church, on earth as it is on heaven. Continue Reading

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30 Questions for Privileged ‘Choice Feminism’ Brofems About Enforced Patriarchal Clothing

30 Questions for Privileged ‘Choice Feminism’ Brofems About Enforced Patriarchal Clothing

There is nothing wrong with a man being a feminist, or identifying himself as pro-feminist; but there is everything in the world wrong with ‘Brominism,’ or opportunistic virtue-signalling about gender. Continue Reading

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Twitter Claims Another Scalp: Who’s In, Who’s Out?

Twitter Claims Another Scalp: Who’s In, Who’s Out?

Controversial journalist Milo Yiannopoulos, or @nero, was banned from Twitter a while back. Continue Reading

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Reality’s Advocate: Sadiq Khan is Not Wrong About the Normality of Terrorism

Reality’s Advocate: Sadiq Khan is Not Wrong About the Normality of Terrorism

The controversial British tabloid journalist Katie Hopkins often calls London Mayor Sadiq Khan ‘Khant.’ Continue Reading

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Random Thoughts (III): Thatcherites Fucked the Kids, Warmongers Killed ‘Em Too

Random Thoughts (III): Thatcherites Fucked the Kids, Warmongers Killed ‘Em Too

Suffer the Little Children

Global pedophile ring busted.

Any chance we’ll be seeing some Section 28 Tories hauled before the courts? Continue Reading

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Manspread Feminism vs Pro-Woman Feminism: Which is Better?

Manspread Feminism vs Pro-Woman Feminism: Which is Better?

It’s a pity Manspread Feminists haven’t got around to paying attention to actual rape culture in the UK, USA, North Korea, KSA, wherever; as perpetrated by men of all ideologies (although the question of whether some ideologies exert a larger statistical effect is worth pondering).

Feminism, in the abstract, should be valued and taken seriously; but like anything in history, there are a few ‘establishments’ by now who are crowding out certain voices. Continue Reading

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Random Thoughts (II): Soros, Shills, & Aung San Suu Kyi

Random Thoughts (II): Soros, Shills, & Aung San Suu Kyi

Shut Up, Soros

I always find it fascinating just how money and agenda-driven ‘Human Rights’ organizations are. Continue Reading

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Dalai Lama: Saint, Sinner, or Silly Hippy?

Dalai Lama: Saint, Sinner, or Silly Hippy?

I suspect that not many people in Western countries have a clear picture of ‘His Holiness’ the Dalai Lama.

Like so many Disney characters, this cute and cuddly fairytale character has a very dark side.

In fact, it is not clear how much of him isn’t dark, and cold, and empty. Continue Reading

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Brief Reflections on North Korea: Don’t Despair!

Brief Reflections on North Korea: Don’t Despair!

Even as a non-interventionist, I think there is at least an entertainable case for attacking North Korea. NK has already committed acts of war, such as firing missiles “over” (at?!) Japan.

It’s a genuine dilemma; however, it is indeed a “dilemma,” and not a “non-starter.” Continue Reading

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Virgin-Baiting Taylor Swift: Mainstream Establishment Feminism Versus Woman Singers

Virgin-Baiting Taylor Swift: Mainstream Establishment Feminism Versus Woman Singers

The PC view from the mainstream feminist establishment is that Taylor Swift’s ‘Love Story’ is misogynisticTalk about First World Problems!
Here’s a nice little Exhibit A of this simplistic and crude misrepresentation of this song (it discusses some other songs too): Continue Reading

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Religious People Who Judge Atheists & Agnostics Have Forgotten Something Important

Religious People Who Judge Atheists & Agnostics Have Forgotten Something Important

When people judge atheists and agnostics, they forget that faith, religion, spirituality are supposed to serve certain ends. Continue Reading

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