Diary Blog, 10 June 2020

First thoughts

I was going to talk about the mob rule which is being nourished and encouraged in the UK, but I have already said a lot about that (yesterday and also the day before), so I am going to talk about something else.

Several years ago, there was a plague of flying ants where I lived. They were the kind of fairly large insects that seem to emerge from cracks in walls etc, crawl for a while, then later take to the air. They bite (or sting) too, sometimes. They bit or stung our cats, I seem to remember.

There were, at first, thousands of them. An army of insects.

I hate killing things, for ethical or spiritual reasons, and also because I am not by nature violent, callous, cruel or bloodthirsty.

Had there been some way of capturing, and later releasing, the insects, I should have taken that path. As it was, there was no alternative. They had to go. They had to be eliminated. They were. It was not pleasant, but it had to be done. It was done. My modest residence was saved from being taken over by the creatures.

Well, there it is. An anecdote, perhaps not very interesting, but one which I wanted to relate, because those events happened at this time of year.

I suppose that those events were in my mind because of that, meaning because they happened at the same time of year, in early Summer…

More censorship…

 Little Britain has been removed from NetflixBBC iPlayer and BritBox amid concerns that the use of blackface characters on the series is no longer acceptable.” [Daily Mail]

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-8402623/Little-Britain-removed-Netflix-BBC-iPlayer-BritBox-blackface.html

I am not very familiar with Little Britain, mainly because I was living mostly in France when it was popular on TV (also because I am not a big watcher of comedy), but there is nothing wrong with so-called “blackface” anyway!

Where will this self-flagellating nonsense end?

Something like The Black and White Minstrel Show is now regarded as bad or even evil! In fact, it is just lighthearted entertainment. It might not be my own favourite kind of TV show, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with it!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Black_and_White_Minstrel_Show

This is not an isolated act. It is part of a global plot by sinister forces:

I’m going to bring down the U.S.A. by funding B.L.M. We’ll put them into a mental trap & make them blame the white people. The B.L.M. community is the easiest to manipulate.” – George Soros, September 2014.

Now add to that “and subvert the cultural and historical foundations of their society...” (and, in the UK, the police force!)

Coronavirus

At last, some reality from a Government spokesperson: “a child has as much chance of dying from Coronavirus as of being struck by lightning.” Quite. Until now, there has been the lie officially spread that “everyone can get it”, which, though true in itself, is disingenuous, inasmuch as a child certainly might get infected but if so will almost certainly be entirely unaware of it, completely asymptomatic, whereas a 90-year-old has at least some chance of requiring hospital treatment and possibly even dying, especially if he or she has “co-morbidities” (other health problems).

Bristolian and other statues

In fact, I do have one thing to add.

Happened to see a brief minute or two of some dim black woman, apparently the founder of “Black Lives Matter” in the UK, being interviewed by Kay Burley on Sky News this morning. It was asked as to whether she thought that it would be OK to leave controversial statues but put an explanatory plaque nearby. The black woman answered that it might be better to remove the statues but still have a plaque. So have a plaque explaining a statue which is not even there…

When you see many black people interviewed, or just talking, you realize why black-ruled countries are always in a state of complete chaos. They just cannot organize their thoughts properly, in almost all cases.

Good news from China (for once)

Tweets seen recently on various topics

So the censorship gathers pace. Superficially, the discontent of some blacks may seem to be at the root of it, but in reality the Jewish element, or part of it, is behind this.

This summer, a department at the University of Sheffield sent an email to students. A group of them had complained about their marks for an end-of-year essay. While a few had received Firsts, these students were given 2:2s and Thirds. “Thank you for raising the issue,” began the email, “and thank you also for your patience.” After reflection, the head of department and the director of “learning and teaching” had decided that, “our normal procedures… failed us. For this we apologise unreservedly”. The department had decided to “uplift all the marks… less at the top and more at the bottom”. The poorly performing students had their marks raised by nearly 40 per cent. The few who had done well saw their marks barely change. “Again, our apologies,” the message concluded, “but we hope that this is a satisfactory resolution.”

What happened at Sheffield is one part of a national story: the great university con…” [The New Statesman]

Well worth reading. This has been a developing scandal for over 20 years, if not 30 years. Huge numbers going to “uni” (often to the Uni of Nowhere), racking up student debt which will, in most cases, never be repaid, wasting national economic resources, the proud graduates then often being unable to find jobs beyond the most basic.

The proportion of students getting “good honours” – a First or 2:1 – has leapt from 47 to 79 per cent: at 13 universities, more than 90 per cent of students were given at least a 2:1 last year. And Oxbridge is leading the charge: 96 to 99 per cent of its English, history and languages students get “good honours”.“[The New Statesman]

Those are inflated grades from already-inflated grades. As recently as the 1980s, it was the norm for most students to get a 2:2. Tony Blair did…

Among the most culpable? Tony and indeed Cherie Blair, who promoted all this by making it easy to get McDegrees.

“This supposed university miracle can only have happened in one of three ways. The first is that schools have, over the past 30 years, supplied universities with students of a far higher calibre than in the recent past. This would be a notable achievement, as the university students of the past were the select few –In the 1970s and 1980s between 8 and 19 per cent of young British adults went on to higher education, whereas 50 per cent now do. The second is that universities have taken historically indifferent students and turned them into unusually capable graduates. And the third is the reality: the university miracle is a mirage.” [The New Statesman]

And see here:

As schools have become ever more rigid and exam-driven, the contagion has spread. As one Russell Group professor, wary of being named, puts it: “In schools now, students are being virtually spoon-fed, and that is feeding through.

Students are not taught to read, quickly and critically, and to communicate their ideas,” seconds Jones. “These most fundamental things are not being taught in schools. When we ask them to write, they are incredibly disorientated. And the students who are prepared are incredibly frustrated.” [The New Statesman]

and

““Ideas that students readily understood ten to 15 years ago, they struggle to understand today,” Peter Dorey, professor of British politics at the University of Cardiff, told the Commons inquiry in 2009. “Many of them are semi-literate.” Dorey described seminars in which students sat listlessly, waiting to be told how to “pass our exams”. “They will brazenly admit to having read nothing…” [The New Statesman]

You see that on Twitter, in the outpourings of the younger “journalists” even in mainstream newspapers, on TV too and in the legal profession as well: people unable to think, who just want to be told, for example, “This is Good, That is Bad, and Ian Millard is a ‘Neo-Nazi’ who (therefore…) is Very Bad.” And so on. I noticed it after I was disbarred for socio-political reasons in 2016: the tweets from ignorant little law student and pupil-barrister wannabees, all wanting to be seen to be condemning me. In fact, all that they have done is to condemn themselves.

https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2017/07/09/the-slide-of-the-english-bar-and-uk-society-continues-and-accelerates/

According to their study, one in five graduates in England could not handle literacy tasks more complicated than understanding the instructions on a packet of aspirin, while the numeracy level of 28 per cent was limited to estimating the fuel left on a petrol gauge.” [The New Statesman]

I doubt that this terrible situation will be sorted out any time soon. It suits too many people:

  • the students (“she is a straight-A student who got a First from Oxford”…not so impressive when you know that 50% of all the students get “Firsts” and 95%+ get either Firsts or Upper Seconds…) (and I deplore the “straight-A” Americanism, but that too is legion, now);
  • the parents;
  • the schools from which the students have come (“X% of our students go on to university”…);
  • the universities themselves (which can —and do— pretend that their results and standards are ever-improving);
  • the government (“our policies are working in education! 101% of students are now getting First-class degrees!”…etc).

Scandal, and the country is the poorer for it.

Destroy the Great Replacement

(2019)
[above: Renaud Camus]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renaud_Camus#The_%22Great_Replacement%22_conspiracy_theory

The enemies of Western civilization and white Northern European culture are getting scared that the European peoples are starting to wake up to the fact that (((conspirators))) are trying to replace them with blacks and browns: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jun/10/attacks-protesters-enemies-western-culture-traction-far-right

The Camp of the Saints was written as fiction. Look now, though!

The Camp of the Saints (French: Le Camp des Saints) is a 1973 French dystopian fiction novel by Catholic author and explorer Jean Raspail.[1][2][3] A speculative fictional account, it depicts the destruction of Western civilization through Third World mass immigration to France and the West. Almost forty years after its initial publication the novel returned to the bestseller list in 2011.” [Wikipedia]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Camp_of_the_Saints

TheCampOfTheSaints.jpg

Rory Stewart

I see that Rory Stewart is trending on Twitter (not that that means much). I blogged about him over a year ago. I started off rather impressed, but (see all the updates) my view of Stewart became less and less approving the more I discovered about him. Read below about the journey on which I embarked:

https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2019/05/03/will-rory-stewart-mp-be-prime-minister/

9 thoughts on “Diary Blog, 10 June 2020”

  1. As serious and harmful the level of illiteracy of the British undergraduates can be, that is nothing compared with the damage produced by their Marxist education. Since the 1960s British universities became the home of an ever-increasing number of Marxist professors who spread the poisonous ideology created by the founders of the “School of Frankfurt.”

    This nefarious process snowballed in a horrific manner over the last 20 years. As a result, Western European countries and the nations created by the British (the USA, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada) have become dysfunctional societies rotten to the core. Most whites are apathetic, despicable human beings totally devoid of pride in their heritage and indifferent to the future of their countries and their own race.

    To make things worse, there is a class of fanatical degenerates who have embraced the principles of the School of Frankfurt with a passion. They are possessed by a terrible guilt complex (for being white) and a deep hatred by everything beautiful and noble. Basically, they hate the white race and the magnificent civilisation that she has created.

    This situation is irreversible by pacific means as the enemies of the white race control the media, the education, and the law. Sooner or later though the perverse nature of this horrible and hateful situation will become unbearable and a bloody reaction will take place, It is just a matter of time.

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      1. Thank you, Ian.

        Talking about the appalling level of illiteracy among, let’s say the 30-year-olds and the younger ones I remember discussing, some years ago, this problem with a friend of mine. We noticed that the average teenager could not say a sentence without using a swear word, not only that, the vocabulary was extremely poor, and the conversation was of the dullest kind. We are going to be replaced by a generation of illiterate morons.

        The war against academic excellence in Argentina began in 1983 when a bastard called Raul Alfonsin became president. He re-formed (or I should say de-formed) the education system according to the principles of “cultural marxism”. Not only the teachers saw their authority undermined (you should not reprimand or punish an insolent or unruly student! That is fascism!) but all the standards were lowered.

        The emphasis in writing and speaking eloquently and nicely was lost. No more grammatical analysis (Spanish as a direct heir of Latin is a very complex and rich language that demands hard work to master it correctly), dictation, spelling tests, rhetoric and literary composition.

        It is regrettable, and I am sure you may have similar stories to tell. I can say that my generation (I was born in 1959) was the last one to be properly educated in this country.

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      2. Claudius:
        Thanks again.

        The illiteracy, or semi-literacy, in the UK has become pervasive. I see it all the time in the major online newspapers, though some are worse than others.

        As to general knowledge, very poor. Over here, there is a quiz show on TV called University Challenge. Sometimes (often) even these students, who are after all the creme de la creme of their institutions, chosen to fight for the prize, show incredible ignorance. Not always, and there are a few stars now and then, but I notice that many know little outside their own specialist subjects.

        Occasionally, my wife and I get more questions right than both teams put together! Admittedly (and though I I say so myself) we are hardly average citizens in terms of general knowledge, but it is worrying.

        I do not want to be too curmudgeonly. Some teams are very good!

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  2. The main things I’ve noticed among English speakers under the age of about, say, 50 is first, the extreme vocalisation of dysphasic pauses (like, um, you know) and second, the implicit inversion in meaning of common words with formerly quite precise meanings. Maybe I’m unduly swayed by having noticed in particular the reorientation of the following examples but they are so commonly used and so representative of the black is white, wicked means good mentality that I can only cite them to illustrate:

    fabulous – exaggerated, implausible, rare
    fantastic – product of invention, unrealistic
    incredible – not worthy of being believed
    unbelievable – ditto

    – now all terms of applause and approbation. The (former) meanings I’ve assigned to them are mine and off the cuff, perhaps not dictionary-accurate, but as I recall them once as long lost friends.

    Not only have the meanings of these words been lost but those meanings have been inverted. There’s something positively sinister about this. One wonders how and why it came about. It can’t all be Ebonics…. can it?

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    1. Wigger:
      Thank you.

      I have to say that those words were being used, stricto sensu, incorrectly even when I was a child (1960s) and, after that, when still young (1970s). For example, I was in Rhodesia in 1977, and at that time, the Rhodesian Light Infantry, part of the commando and special forces set-up (alongside the Rhodesian SAS and the Selous Scouts) was informally called “the Incredibles” (though I read that later; I never heard it at the time that I was in the country):
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhodesian_Light_Infantry

      Their other (perhaps more common) unofficial name for that regiment was “the Saints” (also not meant to be taken literally!).

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  3. I suspect it was not an organic growth or change but had “institutional” origins, perhaps with the Beat poets of the 1950s, or even from the 1940s. Either way maybe the idea if anything beyond mere inversion or in-group cant was to confer the subterfuge of plausible deniability. If so that last will have long since rubbed off.

    A propos of nothing except the current political turmoil, Eric Hoffer’s “True Believer” on mass movements (1951) might be an interesting read. Thought I’d seen it on archive.org but only the time limited lending versions, presumably therefore still in copyright.

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