Irony Overload at the Ministry of Truth

Why George Orwell is returning to the BBC

 

 

Newspeak Rules OK.

 

 

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People’s Opinions Are Unimportant

Wait, What?

Free speech absolutist decries people having an opinion?

Not at all.

But in the grand scheme of a news report on TV or in a newspaper or online versions of either, including the reaction(s) of some random on social media is not important in the slightest.

People’s reactions to a story, any story are not conducive to relaying what THE NEWS actual is, what the facts actually are.

Quoting the public is two-fold disingenuous; it makes it look relevant and up-to-date as the old media behemoths stumble and lose viewers to the online world, and it tries to fool the viewing public into thinking they actually care about people’s thoughts and opinions.

It has been going on for some time now, that’s why some many news anchors always chime in with their opinions, because news has lost all its objectivity.

It’s all reactive and therefore about reactions and very little, if anything is factual.

On with the speculation…

 

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No, I Don’t #BelieveYou

First off an apology, for the title, which is clearly click-bait.

Secondly, because of the hysterical times we live, a proviso, which I shouldn’t have to make but have to and need to, to state to those who don’t read past a title and a few lines; rape and sexual assault is wrong. They are horrible, barbaric acts and all perpetrators should be pursued to the full extent of the law.

But to believe anyone who comes forward with a tale of rape or assault and pointing the finger at an assailant does not have the automatic right to “belief.”

Or, more pertinently, the alleged assailant is also afforded the equal amount of “belief” to them if they deny the accusation.

In this current climate an accusation is all it takes to get someone fired from their position of employment.  Not “suspended, pending further investigation” but sacked.

The twitter frenzy and the surrounded hashtags create witch-hunt, mob mentality that seems to trump the rule of law and also basic common sense.

Harvey Weinstein is probably a degenerate scumbag, who abused his position and power to physically abuse numerous others but the man is allowed a fair trial and as each allegation is published and every reaction is apparently justified the chances of finding a jury of his peers not prejudice enough to give him a fair trial gets more remote by the day.

Any defence lawyer worth their salt could quite easily search through a prospective juror’s social network for posts and all they need find is something as naive, lame and stupid as #IBeliveYou and they need never be called for jury duty again.

How would you ever hope to convict anyone of a serious crime, one that has made headlines, if everyone is automatically going to believe the alleged victim.

And it is not a question of NOT believing the alleged victim, it is simply trying to be the detached human being we generally are when it comes to events in the lives of random strangers.

The only reactions to a crime that matter are that of the police, the courts and other law enforcement bodies.

I always remember this from 2009…

Harriet Harman today promised a “systematic” review of the way that rape cases are dealt with as she launched a new bid to raise the conviction rate for sex attackers

It always struck me as rather sinister language.  Yes it is right to treat all alleged victims with respect and a certain amount of kid gloves, but from the language used its as though everyone accused just “got away with it,” QED; all accused are guilty, we must increase the conviction rate, even at the expense of actual justice.

This piece isn’t about victim blaming if that is what you are feeling right now, far from it.  If the accused can not get a fair trial because of the reaction of everyone numpty online, then the accuser is going to be a victim a second time.

So the cycle continues and the denigration of basic common sense and reason continues unabated.

 

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He Had Won The Victory Over Himself

Police arresting nine people a day in fight against web trolls

It is good that they are concentrating on name calling because its ‘Not practical’ to investigate all crime

Oh, hang on a minute, we’ve found some more cash…

Online hate crime to be tackled by new national police hub

“Hate crime” the biggest Orwellian doublespeak nightmare made reality.

Still, you know, private companies can do what they want…

Twitter’s Dorsey: Site to get ‘more aggressive’ policing tweets

Even if they aren’t making any money and are losing revenue.

After the constant state spying on location, email and even encrypted conversations your only chance of a private and free conversation will be in your own home.

With all your technology and gadgets switched off…while perhaps making sure you they can’t lip read either

 

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Life – Its Just Space Between Chippy Teas

There is nothing so great a the Friday night chippy tea, a sign that the working week has ended and the weekend starts now.

This assumes that most people still work a standard 9-5, Monday to Friday week. Oh and that you know that tea is the evening meal in this instance, not the drink.

Breakfast, dinner, tea – that is how it goes, with supper being a post bed snack. You can throw in elevenses if you wish.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner – that is how some others refer to it but these are the type of people that probably order “lightly- battered” fish and they deserve to never be indulged.

Fun fact, the more batter the healthier the fish is as the less oil that gets to it, so if you don’t want too much batter in your diet just eat less of it.  Don’t order it with less and then became a bit distressed that you have to wait while 5 normal people are served before you because “we’re still waiting on your fish.”

I’m blessed with an inordinate amount of chip outlets near me, even all the Chinese takeaways do a fairly good stab at it and whereas the chips and peas are good, the fish is pants but that is OK because I’m a pie, pudding and/or sausage person at this time of the week.

I’m not going to bore you with a load of local slang terms for the food you can get a chip shops, it serves no one in the long run and it just cultural appropriation.

The closest chippy to me did the most wondrous thing recently and decided to open in the evenings every day (except Sundays), I’ve yet to have chippy every day yet but I will build up to that.  I’ve not attempted it yet, not because of some health reason but because the Friday night chippy tea is still a special event for me.

The amount of cars parked outside the chip shop is a usually a fair indication of the queuing status.  As is watching people parking up, leaving and walking.  Each act done with an misplaced, increased level of stress that chips should not really cause as each character tries desperately to get into the chip shop, get home to eat, or beat the other foot soldiers who also valiantly increase their walking pace to get higher up in the queue.

One thing I’ve never learnt, how you wrap up left over chips they way they were presented to you originally.  The wrapping style associated with chip shop paper is like unfolded origami, it makes little sense with just a creased, 2-D piece of slightly fatty paper looking back at you.

The good thing is its now the weekend, which means dinner time chippy.

 

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Stick & Stones May Break My Bones But Names…

…Get you reported to the police…

Then again…there is this

Which is what happens when you conflate free speech with abuse and couple it with the ill-defined Orwellian phrases like “hate speech” and “hate crime”

 

It’s a short post, you know where I stand, its part of a larger problem and something I might dig into over time like so many others but for now.

 

Reals before Feels…

 

A cunt is a cunt regardless…

 

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