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Diary Blog, 6 November 2022

Morning music

On this day a year ago

Migration invasion

Even the largely-“controlled” Spectator has sat up and taken notice. The cartoon should be more menacing, though, to reflect the reality— invasion by economic migrants and/or criminals rather than desperate migration by “refugees”.

Derbyshire Police— useless again

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/woman-uses-iphone-hack-track-28419140

It will be recalled by regular readers of the blog that Derbyshire Police performed most ignominiously during the 2020-2021 “panicdemic”, bullying and harassing fell walkers and picnickers. The same force had previously behaved atrociously towards Alison Chabloz (who was at the time resident in the Peak District).

Seems that Derbyshire Police find dealing with real crime rather harder.

British “justice”, 2022

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/woman-lured-ex-girlfriend-countryside-28416970

£750 compensation and a suspended sentence for attacking the victim from behind, with a hammer, and in a sustained attack which ended only when an uninvolved third party happened upon the scene.

Evidently premeditated as well, in my view, though admittedly there is a bit of wriggle-room there, on the facts as reported.

Why was this not charged at a higher level? Surely, on the reported facts, there was a case of attempted GBH to be made out, or even attempted murder? See https://www.sentencingcouncil.org.uk/outlines/assault/; and https://www.cps.gov.uk/legal-guidance/offences-against-person-incorporating-charging-standard.

A crazed lesbian.

I am hardly a “hanger and flogger”, but sentences as lenient as this add fuel to the bonfire of “law and order” in the UK.

Twitter

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2022/nov/05/elon-musk-doesnt-know-what-hes-doing-says-former-twitter-executive

Sacked Jew criticizes Elon Musk. Elon Musk therefore cannot be too bad.

In terms of a strict logical syllogism, the above is perhaps a flawed conclusion, but I suspect at least arguable in real terms.

A pack of Zionist Jews finally managed to have me expelled from Twitter in 2018, after years of trying. I wonder whether the Twitter employees involved have now lost their jobs under the Elon Musk cull. I hope so.

Tweets seen

Just happened to see this, which was posted months ago:

According to Twitter, a picture of a beautiful wild snow leopard in the Himalayas is “potentially sensitive content“. Mad. Twitter needs a big shake-up.

Tweets seen

True.

Also true (from “Simon Brown”).

The Coudenhove-Kalergi Plan (conspiracy) has come out into the open over the past several years. Now, you do not have to wonder about it, you just have to look around you (especially if you live in London or another large city or town, or just watch TV dramas, soaps, ads etc).

Civil war in the USA?

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/nov/06/how-close-is-the-us-to-civil-war-barbara-f-walter-stephen-march-christopher-parker

No civil war ever has a single cause. It’s always a multitude of factors that lead to decline and collapse. The current US has several of what the CIA calls “threat multipliers”: environmental crises continue to batter the country, economic inequality is at its highest level since the founding of the country, and demographic change means that the US will be a minority white country within just over two decades. All of these factors tend to contribute to civil unrest wherever they are found in the world.”

[The Guardian]

Interesting.

The Guardians

Kherson

I find myself wondering why Putin has ordered a full evacuation from the occupied city of Kherson [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kherson].

According to Wikipedia, about half of the pre-conflict (i.e. pre-February 2022) population had already fled by the end of May 2022. It is not known either how many have fled in the past 6 months or how many now remain in the city.

It is clear that this battle will be of great importance. I find myself wondering whether Putin intends to use tactical (“battlefield”) nuclear weapons to almost destroy the city if it looks like falling to the forces of the Kiev regime. Those Western “experts” who have pronounced say “no” to that idea; Putin’s people also say no. So maybe “no” is the answer. I do feel a little uneasy about the possibility, though.

Putin has recently referenced, I believe more than once, the American slaughter of very many of the inhabitants of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (perhaps 230,000) in 1945, in the atomic-bomb attacks that pretty much levelled both cities. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atomic_bombings_of_Hiroshima_and_Nagasaki.

Does Putin really mean to destroy Kherson if necessary? We do not know.

[view of Kherson]

If Putin’s intent is to destroy one city so as to say to the Kiev regime “I have just destroyed Kherson. Surrender, or Kiev will be next” (in similar fashion as the Americans did in Japan in 1945), that would be a complete gamechanger, and might even bring in NATO on the “Ukrainian” (Kiev regime) side. In that event, the next world war might be, and probably would be, triggered.

What is inescapable is that the high-grade armament given by the USA, UK etc to the forces of the Kiev regime is having a very great effect on the battlefield. Russian forces are very definitely now on the defensive.

Russia is now, after some hesitation, targeting the electrical power and other infrastructure that keeps the Kiev “failed state” going. I expect that to both continue and intensify.

What a horrible bloody mess (as blogged previously). If only the Russian Army, its General Staff, and the GRU had been fit for purpose at the start, the invasion would probably have ended within days and with complete success, particularly had the Jew Zelensky and his cabal been eliminated by what used to be known in Soviet days as “Olympic Spetsnaz” (which may not even exist now— I do not know).

Now, huge numbers of Ukrainian civilians and their companion animals are suffering and many are dying, together with many Russians, partly because the Russians have made such a shambolic mess of all this, and partly because the West is keeping the war going by vast transfers of arms, ammunition, training, medical and other equipment, and sheer money to the Zelensky regime.

More music

[painting by Volegov]

If life gives you lemons…

I happened to see something about the “Rogue Trader”, Nick Leeson [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Leeson], who caused a big kefuffle in the mid-1990s, when caught out making unauthorized trades nominally on behalf of Baring’s Bank (which collapsed with massive debts because of him).

Turns out that, after serving over 4 years in Changi Prison, Singapore (2/3 of a nearly-7 year sentence), and having (earlier) written the bestselling Rogue Trader [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rogue_Trader_(book)], he became commercial manager (I had thought, accountant) for an Irish football team, Galway United; then he became CEO of the same club until, some years later, having to resign by reason of the club’s financial difficulties.

I recall having read his book when it came out in 1995 or 1996.

Now, however, like a reformed bank robber advising banks on security, Leeson apparently speaks for fees at seminars, and also after-dinner. Such bookings can be very lucrative (ex-Prime Ministers etc get paid tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands). Leeson is obviously not going to be in that league, and I am unaware of what he does charge, but it might be a few thousand pounds a time, a couple of times a month. Nice work if you can get it.

[Leeson as a young trader]
[Leeson in his fifties, speaking for a fee]

After a brief year or so of being a successful stock market trader in the early 1990s, Leeson was stunningly unsuccessful, famously so, and his later time at the Irish football club was hardly crowned with success, but his 1990s notoriety now provides him with a living, perhaps a good one.

Funny how life works out.

Jewish news

A reader of the blog sent me this:

https://www.thejc.com/news/politics/rishi-reshuffle-the-jewish-movers-and-shakers-in-sunak’s-new-government-44gKgDb3wf5iU7mFlE8r98

The (Jewish) journalist even refers to Jews as “the tribe“.

It occurs to me that the most repulsive MP in that report is not in fact a Jew (though married to a Jewish woman, and with children being brought up as Jewish). No, not Keir Starmer but Robert Jenrick. A complete doormat for Israel and the Jewish lobby.

More tweets

Indeed. People wanted the migration-invasion “sorted”, as is now said, and they have had enough of big-talking on immigration from “Conservative” ministers, which big talk has led to no or no useful action. Priti Patel the least useful big talker/no action (so far).

Williamson’s job is to shut up, not cause waves, and in return get paid as a Cabinet minister. He has failed even in that.

According to Electoral Calculus, with Reform Party getting maybe 5%, that would result in Labour 471 seats, Conservative 91, LibDem 13, Green 1, SNP 52. https://www.electoralcalculus.co.uk/userpoll.html.

(with “tactical voting” ticked, Con = 30 seats on the same numbers).

If Reform only get 2%, much the same result, but even were Reform (Farage’s latest vehicle) to get 10%, all that would happen would be Reform getting 1 MP, Con 100, Lab 460, LibDem 14. The FPTP voting system is hard to shift.

Indeed, even were Reform to get 15% (higher than UKIP’s result in 2015), Reform would still only get 1 MP! The big change there, though, would be a further Con collapse, to 37 MPs (Lab 521, LibDems 16).

Even on 20%, Reform would get nowhere.

To really arrive, Reform would have to get to about 25% and take votes from Lab as well as Con. As people now say, “a big ask“.

Personally, I do not believe that the Reform Party agenda of “libertarianism” mixed with some less American elements (support for NHS, opposition to more mass immigration etc) will pull in the punters.

There again, Farage stabbed his own Brexit Party supporters in the back in 2019, and (in lay terms) stole the candidates’ money as well! Who would trust him now?

A more social-national party might succeed, if credible: nationalization of strategic utilities, support for private enterprise otherwise, with taxation of large enterprises greatly increased, and support for a thoroughly reformed —but still free at point of use— health service; law and order, support for proper defence; opposition to the Zelensky regime but humanitarian aid to families and animals in Ukraine, and much closer links to Russia.

More tweets

The post objected to by “@AwfullyMolly”:

Hard to know what to believe.

Probably not all of it. Possibly none of it. Possibly some of it. I await more information.

One aspect that interests me is that, as others have noticed, hardly any tweeters supporting the “Bootstrap Cook” are actually anywhere near “poor”. Many are decidedly affluent, as can be surmised from their Twitter headlines: CEO this, Director that, author, journalist, food writer on a large newspaper, and so on.

There is, as I blogged about a few months ago, a kind of unhealthy, virtue-signalling, nonsense feel about it all. See https://ianrobertmillard.org/2022/09/30/diary-blog-30-september-2022-including-an-assessment-of-jack-monroe-aka-the-bootstrap-cook/.

I take no position on the opinions posted above, but it is clear that many do not accept the “Jack Monroe” story at face value.

Saw this: https://graphtreon.com/creator/jackmonroe [“estimated earnings” from Patreon “[USD] $2,000 to $5,000 a month“]. Say £4,000 a month, in cash. Not bad…

…and that may be only half or a third of her full income.

The extraordinary thing is that quite large numbers of affluent scribblers and others are absolutely vituperative in their self-appointed defence of the “Bootstrap Cook”, as in the example(s) below, in which two employees of the Irish Daily Mail, Tom Doorley (a restaurant critic) and Philip Nolan, jump on someone critical of “Jack Monroe”:

Late tweets seen

Toby Young— quintessential “controlled opposition”, like Farage.

Bravo! Now France and UK too.

Late music

[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurt_Atterberg]
[Bocklin, Villa by the Sea]