Monday, April 03, 2017

Ofcom overture...

Ofcom [Link] is the UK's communications regulator; this encompasses all TV, radio, video-on-demand, fixed-line telecoms, mobile phones, postal services and "the airwaves over which wireless devices operate". Not pigeons though, or flags or smoke.

As of TODAY, i.e. effective from 3 April 2017, Ofcom becomes the BBC's first external regulator. Ofcom is developing an 'Operating Framework' covering regulation of the "BBC's performance, compliance with content standards and impact on competition."

The images HERE are a few years old but show just why the BBC must be held to account. "The BBC has a monopoly and it's abusing it". Still today BBC accounts for over 40% of all of the UK's TV and radio; when only news is considered over 50% get their main news from a BBC news outlets (TV, radio and online), this makes their honesty of paramount importance and yet the BBC's Royal Charter [PDF copy] is broken many times a day, every day.

I really truly hope that Ofcom will do the job it is announcing it will do and not just pay lip service to it. The BBC is - and has been for decades - blatantly biased, uses underhand reporting and broadcasting techniques, lies, obscures, omits and ignores many things. The extent is so bad sometimes as to be comparable - or worse - to what some people throughout history have been executed for (the various individuals known as Lord Haw Haw for instance).

Many want to close the BBC completely, I think that is wrong and almost impossible BUT a complete overhaul of all news broadcast and political content - plus the attitude and activity of staff - needs addressing. To say the BBC is a hotbed of sinister rabble rousing lefty twats is an exaggeration...but not a wild one.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Overseas operations...

Today, April 2nd 2017 is the 35th anniversary of the start of The Falklands War. The Argentine claim is presumably based around proximity only because they have no real legal claim, none; to be honest, not even proximity applies really.

Now another Spanish-speaking nation is rumbling about a territory that it has no real claim to (but at least they used to own it for more than a couple of months); unfortunately for them the Mons Calpe - one of the 'Pillars of Hercules' - the 'Mountain of Tariq' was formally ceded to the British Crown as part of the Peace of Utrecht. British sovereignty over Gibraltar was confirmed in two later 18th Century treaties.
"The Catholic King does hereby, for himself, his heirs and successors, yield to the Crown of Great Britain the full and entire propriety of the town and castle of Gibraltar, together with the port, fortifications, and forts thereunto belonging; and he gives up the said propriety to be held and enjoyed absolutely with all manner of right for ever, without any exception or impediment whatsoever."
Part of Article X, Peace and Friendship Treaty of Utrecht between Spain and Great Britain  (1713) 
There is no case to answer; there is no reason to sell, gift, combine sovereignty or change the current status of Gibraltar at all, in any way: time for the Spanish government to stop azotando un caballo muerto, or as they might say, dar patadas de ahorcado.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Obvious onomatomania; others' onomatophobia...

A bidet: the chamber pot, the bourdaloue, the 'anal douche': used for washing and cleaning oneself, especially ones sensitive private parts, after a shitty experience. Bidet, B Day, Brexit Day... today ...BI Day: Britain's Independence Day. Some people hate the word, I love it: Brexit, Brexit, BREXIT!

Dates for history books: 23-06-16, 29-03-17 and whenever FfEU (Eff You) Day is.

The 'phoney war' is over, now the "countdown to Brexit has officially begun." [Link"As the British Prime Minister left for parliament to officially brief MPs on the triggering of Article 50, her envoy in Brussels handed over the official notification letter to the EU Council President Donald Tusk."

Friday, March 24, 2017

Outstanding II...

Well said Andrew Neil.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Offering obolary option...

No thanks. Tony Blair, arch vampire said yesterday that Labour should to offer the people of the UK the option of staying in the EU. It seems to me, reading the BBC article about his appearance on the Andrew Marr Show, the main reason for this being that it'll be a bit complicated to work out the details. No, really.

Thank God that today UK GOV has finally confirmed a date and within the original timeline too...just: "The Government is clear in its aims: a deal that works for every nation and region of the UK and indeed for all of Europe – a new, positive partnership between the UK and our friends and allies in the European Union." Couldn't be clearer. HOWEVER, threats and blackmail [£] from Juncker and others don't help: "demand", "ultimatum", when the exit process begins "Mrs May should concede that Britain has financial liabilities to settle with the EU"..."Without that concession at the start of the process, Mrs May will be told there will be no talks on transitional agreements or on the shape of a future agreement between Britain and the EU." Drunk on power Juncker says "the choice to eat what’s on the table or not come to the table at all"...OK, no meal, no deal, no steal, no squeal.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Online oriel...

Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist "The 100 Websites That Rule the Internet". For full-size version click here. "There are over 1.1 billion websites on the internet, but the vast majority of all traffic actually goes to a very select list of them."

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Obduracy of obfuscation...

How fake news spreads: look at the three images of screen clips taken from the BBC yesterday (click on images to link); the left hand image was on their main news page on Saturday afternoon (yesterday), the other two are from the article on the Europe News page that the first story linked to (since updated: Newssniffer).

BBC Europe News 18-02-17
1. First link, main news page: "Dutch Populist calls Moroccans 'scum'"
2. Article: Europe News: "Dutch populist Geert Wilders calls some Moroccans 'scum'". The first line iterates this: "Dutch populist leader Geert Wilders has launched his election campaign by calling some Moroccans "scum"."
3. What Wilders said: "There is a lot of Moroccan scum in Holland who make the streets unsafe".

...needless to say that the number of visitors who read the first headline would be far, far more than read the 2nd; the numbers reading the 2nd would be far, far more than those that actually read the whole article and get to what Wilders actually said. There is an improvement for the BBC Online: a couple of years ago the pertinent quote would have been further down, below the scroll line and under at least one photo and they would have called him 'far-right'.

1 = fake news; 2 = on the verge of fake news; 3 = news.  It's not complicated or difficult to get right. As usual, today it isn't on the main news page and the Europe News headline has been 'down-faked' to "Geert Wilders talks of Moroccan 'scum'" but by now most who would read it have read the fake news. 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Otoise oxyphonic objections...

...from the US media who in the main are completely losing it over President Trump's constant ribbing. They are being played and they can't handle it except shout back weak insults. In the article HERE (scroll down) you'll see twenty or more of them whinging about the First Amendment, 'fake' President (oh ha ha...except he is patently NOT a fake president, I guess that's even MORE of their fake news); some mention Fascism, Nazism, Bolshevism...
No, he is declaring YOU the enemy of the people: just like the BBC news and political output in the UK. Freedom of the Press doesn't mean freedom from being called out on fake news. The media lies, omissions, stealth edits,  ignoring of facts, the one-sided bullshit fest. President Trump is calling you out. If you are intentionally misinforming the people - and you are - then you are their enemy.

Not yet a Clear and Present Danger situation but I foresee the Incitement Lawless Action being dusted off anytime soon: "The two legal prongs that that constitute incitement of imminent lawless action is as follows: Advocacy of force or criminal activity does not receive First Amendment protections if (1) the advocacy is directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action, and (2) is likely to incite or produce such action." [Wiki].

By the way, he said he would too. More than once and guess what: "...good publicity is preferable to bad, but from a bottom-line perspective, bad publicity is sometimes better than no publicity at all. Controversy, in short, sells" D. Trump, "The Art of the Deal".

From the blog post title, much of the media seem: otiose - superfluous; redundant; futile; useless...
oxyphonia - sharpness or shrillness of voice