Friday, 28 April 2017
Britain's newspapers - have they had their chips?
Courage and integrity are history. Britain's main stream media is today a mere shadow of its former self.
The Guardian was silenced. It's computers smashed. That was the end.
Once proud and exemplary when it came to news reporting the UK finds itself in free-fall and in a humbling 40th place, one place below the French in the Press Freedom Index.
Norway heads the Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom List with Sweden and Finland in second and third places.
The following are taken from the 2017 Press Freedom list:
1 - Norway
2 - Sweden
3 - Finland
4 - Denmark
5 - Holland
11 - Austria
14 - Ireland
16 - Germany
19 - Australia
22 - Canada
23 - Czech Republic
39 - France
40 - United Kingdom
43 - United States of America
52 - Italy
54 - Poland
71 - Hungary
88 - Greece
91 - Israel
97 - Tunisia
99 - Lebanon
155 - Turkey*
180 - North Korea
*EU candidate country
Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Monday, 24 April 2017
Sunday, 23 April 2017
Monday, 17 April 2017
Saturday, 15 April 2017
Back from Africa to same the same nesting site in Wales!
With not a little drama and a couple of worrying adventures Mr Aran and Mrs G produced and reared two offspring in this nest last year.
The children were ringed and are now in Africa. Hopefully they will return in a year or two when they are mature.
The above photo is a screen shot I made earlier today. It's from the live video which is to be viewed on the Glaslyn Osprey website.
As you can see they have carpeted their home with a layer of moss and grass. They look very pleased with themselves.
Update: 19th April: An egg is born!
Update: Nothing official on Glaslyn website but I just detected on their live stream Mrs G now has two eggs. 22:20 hrs 22nd April European Central Time.
Update: 26th April: Now there are 3 eggs in the nest!
Thursday, 13 April 2017
Official News from the Front
Syrian Military Command stated that aircraft of the US-led Coalition in Syria attacked and destroyed an ISIS Chemical Weapons Depot near Hatla, resulting in hundreds of deaths. It is claimed that a large number of foreign mercenaries were amongst those killed. Many people died of suffocation.
This incident, whatever it was or was not, is barely mentioned in the main stream media.
Presumably it never happened?
The moving finger writes and having having writ moves on . . .
All's fair in love and war . . .
Wednesday, 12 April 2017
|Ein Deutsches Leben|
A German Life
She was Propagandaminister Joseph Goebbels' secretary.
In German controlled areas propaganda was the news and the news was the propaganda.
The two became one. Indistinguishable.
The message I take from the film having watched it yesterday is that the banality of terror should serve as a warning to future and present generations.
Poking the Bear with a Sharp Stick
I feel a sense of relief that Britain is to exit the neo- European Superstate whose business, supported by NATO, includes serious provocation of Russia.
It's a tactic that Marine Le Pen refers to as the "Berlin Wall on Wheels".
And yet, still not satisfied, our neo- European Superstate is seeking to form an EU Army controlled by . . . well, I'll not say it . . . you must work that one out for yourselves.
To say that we live in dangerous and uncertain times, is putting it mildly.
We have been warned.
Tuesday, 11 April 2017
on the use and purpose of knives
pick up a knife
and cut into your cheese
now no one is hurt
In France fighting between Afghans and Kurds armed with knives resulted in many people being wounded. The fighting took place in a refugee camp for 1500 people last night. The camp was set on fire by some of the occupants and completely destroyed. Only a pile of ash remains, according to a BBC report. That people supposedly fleeing from war zones and claiming to seek safety should engage in such bad behaviour in the country giving them shelter is clearly beyond the pale.