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Diary Blog, 18 December 2021

Saturday quiz

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Political journalist John Rentoul needs to aim higher. This week he scored 6/10, but I beat him yet again, with 7/10. I nearly scored 8/10, but hit the post (one year out) on question 6; I also did not know (had no idea about) the answers to questions 4 and 9.

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[the British Shorthair]

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“The Golden Rule” (of Boris-idiot) apparently being not to question why he is even in that job…

[update: the now-deleted tweet referred to the fact that the craven and stupid offspring of a 91-y-o man had refused to visit him at Christmas because (yes you guessed it) “Covid”…]

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[the said 91-y-o neighbour of the tweeter “Bobby”, and companion animal]

If the Soviet Union still existed, and if it still had any idea of invading [Western Europe and] the UK, now would most certainly be the time to do it.

The sturdy, resilient British of the past, who faced off the Spanish Armada, Napoleon, so many other foes, and (whatever one might think of the perceived necessity for that) the German Reich, not to mention the Soviet Union itself in the Cold War, are now just a rabble of snivelling, fearful, facemask-wearing serfs.

The elite divisions of the Soviet armed forces, if they still existed, would be able to roll over the present British rabble without any resistance whatever, and that includes the tiny parts of our Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force that still function.

It might even be a good thing, to be frank.

It is a terrible thing to be compelled by truth and objectivity to have to despise your own people and nation, or at least a great many of those people. As Nietzsche said “the great despisers are also the great reverers” [from Also Sprach Zarathustra].


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A classic example of the present pathology. I was in Waitrose the other day, and saw an old couple (old even by comparison with me —65—), the old lady wearing a perspex helmet and visor like a worker at a laboratory for infectious diseases. Not too scared to go shopping though, rather than ordering online! I also saw several idiots walking around outside, sporting their (probably germ-filled) rag masks.

Zoo news

He makes some good points. Amusing too, in a very dry way.

Incidentally, while we are on the “blacks with everything” topic, I happened to see an episode or two of a not-bad detective series called Vienna Blood [Wiener Blut], set in Imperial Vienna in the late 19th or early 20thC; the same name as a waltz by Johann Strauss the Younger. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vienna_Blood_(TV_series)

One of the main characters, the main one really, is a young Jewish doctor, who is a Freudian psychiatrist, or “alienist” as people used to say (though not in the series).

Apart from the Jewish doctor-investigator, there were a few other unexpected sights: the woman in charge of police forensic science and records is Chinese! I have no idea whether there might have been some miniscule possibility that a Chinese woman might have worked for the Vienna police at that time. Unlikely, I suspect.

As to actual blacks, yes, there were a couple, inevitably, in a street crowd. Again, unlikely in the real Vienna of that time, but I suppose you never know. Of course, they are in the TV show for the usual propaganda reasons, Coudenhove-Kalergi Plan reasons, i.e. to normalize (for the young, mainly) their being in Europe at all.

The locations were good; I recognized a couple of them.

Interesting court case

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/barrister-judge-spared-jail-drink-drive-westminster-magistrates-court-b972646.html

As for myself, I doubt whether I have driven when over, certainly seriously over, the limit more than a relatively few times: a few times in the Caribbean (I nearly drove off a cliff once), maybe once in the former Soviet Union (but that was off-road), once in Hungary by Lake Balaton (long story…), and a few times (over a period of 20 years; I only had a licence from age 42) in the UK; thinking back, though, I was not “drunk” as such, but probably would have failed a breath test. The two or three times in question were around 2007. These days I drink very little even when not driving, and would certainly not drink (even a couple of drinks) and drive.

I am not sure how vigilant the police are now in respect of the above. I have been breathalyzed once only, about 20 years ago, when driving from Hereford to the South Coast in the early hours of the morning. The police (in Wiltshire) were very polite, and it turned out that my reading was zero, so they let me go on my way.

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Ferguson should be placed under arrest and tried before a people’s court. There are powerful cabals protecting him and others.

I hope that people will resist the Covid-tyranny. I am rather anti-social but would socialize just to put up a finger or two to the System

Exactly what I was blogging about yesterday (and on previous occasions)…

Oh, and here’s a message to those who have opposed me:

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I write a good deal about the facemask nonsense, because it is the most visible symbol of fealty and indeed subservience to the emergent biosecurity police state.

I have made the same comment a few times on the blog. The DDR (East Germany) was ahead of the politically-correct curve in some ways: feminism, legalized abortion, and (officially) “anti-racist”. There was also quite a strong Communist Jew cabal there as well.

Looking again at those videos, the symbolism is not only quasi-Masonic, but a synthesis of symbology from both the Soviet Union and the 1933-1945 German Reich (note the marching soldiers, and the kissing of the “Blutfahne” flag by the (equivalent of) a Komsomol girl.

As I have mentioned here before, I spent a couple of days in the DDR in 1988. Interesting. A facade of a state, somehow lacking reality. At times, it was like being in a 1960s episode of The Avengers.

Not that the DDR was all bad (and the Bundesrepublik had —and has— its own problems), but it was certainly not all good! I recall how, on exit from the DDR (I had entered from the East, from notionally-socialist Poland) the car was literally dismantled in part, the seats and other parts actually taken out for search and inspection. The border guards did reassemble everything, though! A process that took over an hour altogether, despite there being no other car or truck crossing then, at what was a little-used crossing-point. You have to be a little suspicious about a country so keen to prevent its citizens from escaping…

The border had a number of layers, including guarded stop-points, raked sand, barbed-wire, mined strips, watch-towers etc. Once through about a mile of no-man’s-land, you came to the border of the Bundesrepublik (West Germany). One uniformed guard in a little sentry-box, and a 1 minute stop and passport check.

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Diary Blog, 28 October 2021

Demographic point

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/thug-who-googled-how-kill-25298732

Why actually have such untermenschen in our society at all?

I want to create a more evolved, “higher” and/or “better” society. That requires a population of highly-evolved people as a foundation. Britain, though, is struggling with literally millions of backward humanoids, who have no place even in our existing society, let alone a more advanced future one.

Sentencing point

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/teen-14-ordered-dog-cage-25312356

Read the above, and say whether a suspended sentence (for all three defendants) was the right choice…

The sentencing judge said:

“(Your victim) was bullied mercilessly over the course of a protracted and persistent incident.

You Moore, hit her, and her nose started to bleed. You, McCrudden and Hallam then persisted in a significant and violent assault on her, during which she had items thrown at her.

She was at one point forced into a cupboard where she was required to stay for 20 minutes. She was ordered into a dog cage but she did not go. She was ragged around by you, Moore.

“Also, not by either of you, she was kicked in the head while she was in a ball.

This was cowardly behaviour by three people on one person, which was prolonged, sustained assault by all three females present.

As a result she was a complete mess. She left the house with half her clothes missing, bleeding and bruised.

“It was aggravated by the gratuitous degradation that she suffered and it was an offence committed while all three of you were under the influence of drink and drugs…

“I have no hesitation in considering the offence so serious that only a custodial sentence is appropriate – this being a sustained and serious assault.” [Daily Mirror].

How on Earth can a suspended sentence ever be right in such a case? Answer: it cannot be. That judge said the right things, but (like many others) failed to follow through. The defendants were also both drugged and drunk at the time, a fact which (as in the old Soviet Union) should be regarded as having aggravated their culpability, and should have resulted in a harsher sentence (The judge did make that point, but empty words are not enough).

The British people need something better than this.

Westminster monkeyhouse

The Chancellor was flanked by Prime Minister Boris Johnson as addressed lawmakers

God…look at that bunch of clowns…made even more risible by the stupid facemasks. What a pack of cretins.

Virus news

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-10136637/29p-depression-pill-slash-unvaccinated-patients-risk-hospitalisation.html

Jesus H. Christ! The UK has wasted tens of BILLIONS on “Covid” stuff (unused pop-up “hospitals”, the £37BN test and trace fiasco, the facemask nonsense, all the unnecessary restrictions…and here is a 29p tablet that cuts hospitalizations by a third!

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…and the puppets, and “useful idiots”, who pull in the punters— Greta Nut, Extinction Rebellion, Insulate Britain (etc).

At first, I regarded Professor Ferguson as merely a silly and ineffectual dummy, a view reinforced by the msm kefuffle about his antics with his married “ho” and her illicit visits etc, but now that he has been neither sacked nor (universally) laughed at, and now that he is still being reported on as if he is a serious person, I begin to wonder whether he is not more closely or consciously tied into at least the “biosecurity” part of the transnational conspiracy…

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I was unaware that the Assange extradition hearing was happening. John Pilger [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Pilger] weakens his case by describing Mike Pompeo as a “Herman Goring lookalike“. It is disappointing that Pilger, a journalist for 60 years, misspells the name of a major 20thC figure, Hermann Goering (double “n” in “Hermann”) or Göring.

As for Mike Pompeo being a Goering “lookalike”, I think not. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermann_G%C3%B6ring; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Pompeo.

As for other similarities, there are none. Goering was one of the most cultured members of the generally high-quality NSDAP government of the Reich 1933-1945; Pompeo is a crazed “evangelical” American pseudo-Christian with little culture, and little obvious intelligence outside the purely technical.

I had not taken much interest in Pompeo until today. I have just been reading about him on Wikipedia. What a total loony!

Where will those Americans go? Perhaps it depends on whether they prefer borshch, kim chi, falafel, or chicken soup…

So…a reveller in Ireland has to wear a facemask while standing, or sitting, or arriving, or departing, until or unless actually eating, drinking, or dancing. For me, the prospect of going voluntarily to a nightclub, especially perhaps an Irish one, is unappealing anyway, as well as being a very very remote possibility, but this nonsense will surely put off even those who might enjoy such a ghastly form of diversion…

Another piece of System (NWO/ZOG) propaganda. Coudenhove-Kalergi Plan (conspiracy).

Seems to have little real understanding (or compassion). Sack him.

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Exactly. As said on previous occasions, emotion trumps thought, and the unconscious Will trumps both.

In the case of the “panicdemic”, fear was engendered in early 2020, and driven up to hysteria. Many “bought into it”, psychologically and now live with that fear. I myself have recently seen idiots standing on a clifftop overlooking the English Channel, in 20 mph or higher winds, and wearing facemasks

See also: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2019/07/18/theyre-coming-to-take-me-away-ha-ha/. I saw the link between “antifascism” and mental illness long ago. I see it confirmed on, inter alia, Twitter, daily.

A palace and grounds now entirely surrounded by not-very-nice parts of South-East London: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eltham_Palace.

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Diary Blog, 26 July 2021, including thoughts about Covid-19 and conspiracy

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Even a rubbish government can do a few things right.

Strange, nicht wahr? A virus suddenly appears “from nowhere” and is said to have suddenly manifested at a “wet market” of live and dead wild and domesticated animals in the large city of Wuhan, in China. There just happens to be a Chinese biological and virus research laboratory there. It also just happens that the USA and possibly Israel are involved and/or have given large amounts of funding to that laboratory.

More: the Chinese scientists and doctors who did not stick with the approved narrative about the appearance of “Covid-19” have all disappeared.

More: the virus manifested in Wuhan, yes, but then suddenly appeared in Alpine resorts in Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the very places from where it could spread most rapidly across Western Europe.

Was it an accident that the virus suddenly moved from Wuhan to the Alps?

More: Sir Richard Dearlove, former SIS Chief [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Dearlove] said that “the Coronavirus disease 2019 began ‘as an accident’ either in the Wuhan Institute of Virology lab or in the Wuhan Centre for Disease Control“. In other words the “it began in a wet market” narrative was questioned by him. Dearlove however made no claim about whether the release was deliberate. Perhaps he could not conceive why the Chinese or others would do such a thing.

From an ordinary perspective, that might be true, but in terms of NWO/ZOG, the “Great Reset” etc, from the point of view of the ruling circles of the West, the WTO, the Bilderbergers etc, there might well be a good reason to spread not only a dangerous virus (albeit not quite as dangerous as presented) and fear across the world.

As soon as the news of the (supposedly) deadly and world-shattering virus was headlined in the UK, several (fictional) films about viruses were shown on different channels, for several nights running. This was not in response to the news about “Coronavirus” but had been in the schedules for weeks or even months. How did that happen? Accident? Co-incidence? Synchronicity? Or was it conspiracy? Was it all planned?

The Hollywood production which I saw on TV “predicted” the “wet market” “accident” narrative almost exactly. A film made several years before the real events happened. Co-incidence? Synchronicity? Or was it part of a very well-planned world-ranging conspiracy? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contagion_(2011_film); https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contagion_(2011_film)#Renewed_popularity.

Other views expressed by Sir Richard Dearlove:

On 16 May 2016, Dearlove gave a public lecture televised by the BBC on contemporary mass foreign migration and its effects upon the European continent.

In its text he stated that the governments of Europe were facing a “sea change” in their politics, and if they did not get control and prevent ongoing mass migration of peoples from Africa and Asia into Europe they would find themselves “at the mercy of a populist uprising, … which is already stirring,” and that the oncoming 2016 United Kingdom European Union membership referendum was the first manifestation of it.[26]

He stated further that foreign mass migration’s geopolitical impact upon Europe, if it was not prevented, was set to reshape its political landscape as those of its citizens who feel their interests are threatened asserted their influence.”

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My blog about Macron’s rise to power, written in early 2019: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2019/01/09/on-recent-events-in-france/.

The ruling circles of the West (aka “the international conspiracy/consensus”, or “the System”) preferred the UK to remain part of the EU, because they think in terms of blocs of power. The EU controlled the UK and the other nations of Europe and was tightening that control. Having said that, a managed, controlled Brexit did not seriously threaten that matrix, because it just pulled the UK closer to the equally NWO/ZOG USA. They win either way. That’s their thinking.

Posting tweets, blogs etc is important, but concrete results will only be achieved, in the real world, by real events and actions.

Good grief! “Becca Hutson”? Who she? An ignorant and stupid woman, obviously. She seems to imagine that, for example, the “resources” taken out of the ground in, say, Africa, should have been left there (where the natives knew not even of their existence, let alone what to do with them).

Ah. This is her: https://www.gbnews.uk/bio/rebecca-hutson. She is “Head of Digital” apparently, for that doomed “alt-right” GB News channel. I have never watched it, and from what I have seen on Twitter, shall never bother. Will it even exist this time next year? Doubtful.

As for Ms. Hutson, despite the English accent, she is a US citizen, it seems, and born in the USA in 1993. Educated partly in UK (at a Cambridge sixth form college, then at University of Bristol). At time of writing, 28 years old.

[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleansing_of_the_Temple and whipping the Jewish moneychangers]

SAGE? I say DUMB (Department Under Matt and Boris) though “Matt” (Hancock) is, of course, now yesterday’s news. Talking of scandal, does “Professor Lockdown” (Professor Neil Ferguson) wear a facemask when having it off with his married “ho”? I doubt it.

For many, worthless degrees leading to worthless jobs.

The “panicdemic” meant that “Nightingale” hospitals were quickly established. All very impressive (in TV news releases), but most were never even used.

I remember going to Macao for the afternoon when I visited Hong Kong 15 years ago (2006). On my return to HK by hydrofoil, white-coated medics awaited. Notices informed me that, should my temperature (taken from a distance while walking through) be high, I would be detained without the option. It was a warm day…thankfully, it seems that, though I felt warm, I was not too warm! Glad to get through, and not be bundled away to God knows where. Is that coming here too?

Hitchens must ask why “undemocratic” ideas are gaining in popularity. It is because “democracy”, both in the UK and elsewhere (France, USA etc), is not delivering.

Hitchens sometimes lives in the ivory tower. Yes, abstaining from voting may deprive a political party from having “legitimacy” (so long as everyone abstains) but that would not, even in that extreme scenario, deprive that party from having and exercising power, at least not so long as one voter votes, or a small number vote. In the end, a corrupt electoral system can either be reformed by the reasoned consent of the ruling cliques (as in the UK in the 1830s, with the Reform Acts et seq.) or, failing that, by physical overthrow…

Environmental petition

https://www.change.org/p/save-the-freshney-valley-for-future-generations

Twitter bins fake “Campaign Against Antisemitism” “charity”

Ha ha… https://antisemitism.org/twitter-ceases-contact-with-partner-caa-after-we-expose-how-inconsistently-they-implement-their-policies-on-antisemitic-content/

It did not take Twitter long to wake up to the persistent and malicious “reporting” and denouncing (to Twitter, to professional regulatory bodies, to police etc) by the “CAA” goblins, once it saw them at close quarters…

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Exactly. Just as happened months ago to my mother-in-law, who was routinely and frequently tested when in hospital with a fracture, and then found (assuming that the test was accurate) to have “the virus” after she had been in the hospital for weeks. No symptoms, either before the test or after it. She was eventually discharged, never having had any symptoms. Her age at the time? 99! Oh, and had she died (from any cause) within 28 days of discharge, she too would have “died within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test” and would have been pressed into service as part of the statistical scam around the “panicdemic”.

Talking about the “panicdemic”, I visited a Tesco supermarket today, about 6 miles from my home. Most of the shoppers were “rabbits” (masked serfs), but there was a sizeable minority (including me) maskless. No-one (whether “rabbit” or Tesco staff) said a word to me in criticism, though I saw that Tesco employees almost all were muzzled (with completely pointless, useless, cloth masks). Probably told by managers to wear them.

Sounds as if Australia is even more screwed than the UK…

So much for “the land of freedom”! So called. As for Cuomo, I thought that he was on trial for sex pest activity. Seems not. Not yet anyway.

“They” are pulling the strings, as always…

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Diary Blog, 2 November 2020

Coronavirus: Government panic or supra-government conspiracy?

Worth reading: https://robintilbrook.blogspot.com/2020/11/lockdowns-clueless-panic-or-cunning.html

If it saves only one life...” [bleat]

On BBC Radio 4 Today (or should that be “Toady”?), the presenter bleats as a question, “but if it [lockdown] saves a life…?“. At least he did not rev it up to “but if it saves even one child’s life…?“. Such lazy (un)thinking. Cars and trucks kill people daily. Are you going to ban them? No? Why not? Because we have to accept, as a society, that a relatively small number of people will be killed because of cars, so that we as a society have cars, have mobility, have road transport and road freight. So what do we do? We try to make road traffic as safe as reasonably possible (the key word being “reasonably“) while keeping society and economy working.

That is the approach that should have been taken, and should be taken, vis a vis “the virus”.

The “lockdown” nonsense (and associated facemask nonsense) will kill (already has killed) more people than “the virus”.

Boris-idiot becomes Boris-chicken

The part-Jew bad joke posing as Prime Minister has ducked addressing the CBI this morning. Apparently it is the first time any prime minister of the UK has failed to appear. One can see why. “Boris” would face a critical and very experienced audience. As in other ways, “Boris” is not up to it.

In fact, Alok Sharma will now address the CBI. Funny to think that that little Indian (who was at the same school as me, though about 10 years later, and I never knew him) is a Cabinet member, now addressing the CBI, and I am sitting, near-penniless, in a rural backwater… The world is upside down.

“Antifa— the Movie”

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1wPXTUHnIQ&feature=youtu.be

Full Movie: https://www.bitchute.com/video/CUHKSxkP1YLm/

In the end, “Antifa” are just the “useful idiots” of the System, of NWO/ZOG.

Who Do You Think You Are?

Saw a programme from, I think, some years ago, featuring the TV and film actress called Jane Seymour [real or original name, Joyce Frankenberg: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Seymour_(actress)].

A half-Jewess, she seemed (in the TV show noted) obsessed by the “Nazis”, and exhibited the kind of (to my perception) ersatz emotion that one often sees displayed by Jews when talking about their relatives who were affected by the large-scale events of the 1940s. I say “ersatz” emotion, because said relatives cannot have been known personally to the Jews now emoting about them. There’s something fake about it all. You don’t see British people, or Germans for that matter, crying because a (never-known) great-aunt or great-grandfather was killed in WW2.

Well, as said above, Jane Seymour did emote from time to time on that TV programme. To adopt the words of Dorothy Parker (about Katharine Hepburn?), Jane Seymour “ran the gamut of emotions from A to B”

Some of her relatives crossed illegally into Switzerland from France in late 1943, three years after Germany invaded France. Others died in Poland, and one or two were sent to Germany from Poland on one of the “death marches” in which inmates of camps were marched West in order to flee the approach of the Red Army. A strange thing for the Germans to have done, if all they wanted and intended to do was to kill their prisoners (as per the “holocaust” narrative)…

As I say, I know little of the background of that actress. I recall seeing her a long time ago on American TV, maybe after the death of Rodney King in Los Angeles in 2012, but I think after other and earlier events, supporting the black rioting that ensued. She even gave a clenched-fist salute! “They” always support upheaval (unless “they” are the victims of it).

I also seem to recall that she owned a country house in Somerset (I think), and used it partly as a kind of expensive guest house for a while, which if correct seems odd, for someone with so much money (she’s supposedly worth around USD $100M). I believe (read somewhere) that the locals disliked her for some reason but, if that was so, I forget why it was supposed to be so.

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Slava!

The toytown police state gradually transitions to a real one. Political or socio-political activity of the traditional sort is frozen by order…as for religious services— banned. Looks as though Christmas itself will be all but banned by order, too. I interpret that as partly an attack on religion, but equally an attack on a way of life.

A way of life, when it disappears, does not leave a vacuum for very long. Another way of life replaces the former.

There is a scarcely-disguised push now by evil transnational powers for a robotic slave or serf-society to replace what has existed for the past several centuries in Europe and beyond. Call it The Great Reset and/or The Great Replacement, or something else, it has to be fought before we do not have the means to fight or even protest.

The NHS is a good idea that is now not working well, and has to some extent become a bureaucracy working mainly for its own employees. It needs radical change, with layers of (mis-) management removed, just cut away, and clinical need (and clinical excellence) put into the driving seat. The once-derided “Matron” figure must return. Standards of cleanliness are terrible now in the NHS. That is perhaps partly because of the number of non-Europeans now employed, but poor management and admin is at least as important.

A fact (re. the egregious Ferguson) that I noted in the blog, yesterday.

She’s right. The dancing around the subject in the UK is also, as they now say, “a thing”. A “let’s not be beastly to the blacks” attitude. Example: one of the perhaps brainless TV shows I watch is The Chase, even though I know all the answers except the popular music, sports, “celebrities” and “soaps” ones.

On The Chase, occasionally they have a black contestant with a huge and visible chip on the shoulder. They usually claim to be studying something (superficially) difficult, such as (one, recently seen) Forensic Science. When the contestant gets bumped off, both the presenter and the “Chaser” almost bend over backwards to say how clever the black contestant is, and how unlucky he/she was to lose…

Speaking of The Chase, many readers of my blog will know that I was unjustly disbarred in October 2016, at the instigation ofa pack of Jews: https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2017/07/09/the-slide-of-the-english-bar-and-uk-society-continues-and-accelerates/.

On the day of my Tribunal hearing, I was amused to discover that, on the previous day, the “Chaser” known as “The Dark Destroyer”, Shaun Wallace [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaun_Wallace] had also been a respondent (defendant). He was lucky that most people missed the news about him. Other news, not least the headlines about my case (in the Daily Mail, Express, Independent, various other newspapers, and on Sky News etc) pushed Wallace’s incompetence off the news agenda.

It makes me laugh when the presenter, Bradley Walsh, introduces Wallace as “It’s the legal eagle, The Barrister, the Dark Destroyer that is SHAUN WALLACE!

I notice that, like a lot of black people with at least some education, Wallace tends to regurgitate irrelevant facts to show that he knows something, even if the facts regurgitated are not really in point.

Actually, most of those who are regarded as highly educated and intelligent on game shows are actually not terribly…so.

In fact, on the The Chase itself, there is Mark Labett, a former maths teacher in a Welsh school, who received an underwhelming Third (3rd-class degree) in Mathematics at Oxford (he was unlucky; no-one gets a Third now, thanks to award inflation).

Then we have, to give another example, Carol Vorderman, another supposed great brain, who read Engineering at Cambridge, but received only a Third in the end: “Her degree was only a Third, a result she has described as having been “disappointing”[6] and is a member of the Nines Club,[7] having achieved a third-class score in each year of study“: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carol_Vorderman.

Rachel Riley of Countdown, the woman constantly ranting about “antisemitism”, especially in the Labour Party, received a 2:1 degree, but that was in or about 2008, when awards were already rather more generous than they were in the 1980s.

Actually, a degree is only a (possible) entry ticket: some of the most financially (etc) successful have no degree: Richard Branson, Lord Ashcroft etc.

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Music for an overcast day…

[above: проспект Ленина/Prospekt Lenina, Sverdlovsk (Yekaterinburg), 1936]

[today: Ural State University, Prospekt Lenina, Yekaterinburg (former Sverdlovsk)]

[View of the Kama River at Perm, Urals Region]

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Lockdown nonsense

I wonder whether any more idiots will be out soon, clapping and banging kitchen pans for the self-congratulating public services (which are fading away in terms of actually helping people…)?

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Reminds me of when I lived in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in 1996-97. Almaty had few “luxury” shops then. I went into a place to buy Paco Rabanne XS and got into conversation in Russian with the little Kazakh policeman who was moonlighting as a security guard. He even let me examine his submachinegun, and talked about its mechanism, magazine capacity etc.

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[Eternal Peace; Levitan]

Diary Blog, 29 March 2020

No “lockdown” in Sweden

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-52076293

Uh-oh…

The scientist whose calculations about the potentially devastating impact of the coronavirus directly led to the countrywide lockdown has been criticised in the past for flawed research.”

Professor Neil Ferguson, of the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis at Imperial College in London, produced a paper predicting that Britain was on course to lose 250,000 people during the coronavirus epidemic unless stringent measures were taken. His research is said to have convinced Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his advisors to introduce the lockdown.”

“However, it has now emerged that Ferguson has been criticised in the past for making predictions based on allegedly faulty assumptions which nevertheless shaped government strategies and impacted the UK economy…

[Daily Telegraph]

Swedish scientists are sceptical about the Imperial College research that predicted 250,000 deaths in the UK:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/28/as-the-rest-of-europe-lives-under-lockdown-sweden-keeps-calm-and-carries-on

HS2 disaster steams on

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/mar/27/chris-packham-begins-legal-case-to-halt-hs2-amid-coronavirus-crisis

I have no idea why Chris Packham used to block me when I had a Twitter account (maybe afraid of the Jew lobby that eventually had me expelled), but I wish him well in blocking this disgusting and pointless HS2 project, which is just corporate vandalism.

As in respect of so many things in the UK, I have to say that British people are very patient, almost superhumanly so. Little sabotage, no violence, no “action directe”…

Meanwhile, more from Derbyshire’s poundland KGB plods…

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/coronavirus-police-ruin-uk-blue-21773701

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If only Derbyshire Police were as efficient in dealing with actual real crime as they are in stopping the harmless pleasure of the local people who pay for their jobs, or in acting like a poundland KGB (as with the way in which they have repeatedly treated the satirical singer-singwriter Alison Chabloz).

Local resident Alex John Desmond wrote on Facebook: “This is a joke, the way this force is acting is not representative of policing by consent which is the way the UK is meant to be governed. You should be ashamed of yourselves. You have taken something beautiful and damaged it.” [Daily Mirror]

UK unready for Coronavirus

“Hate to point out the obvious, but UK has not embarked on the testing campaign because it would rapidly become apparent that we do not have the capacity. That would then lead to awkward questions about the wisdom of running down a country’s health service.

Far better to divert with Dunkirk, mass volunteer campaigns and hand clapping nonsense. Meanwhile our loved ones that work in the NHS are being sent like lambs to the slaughter without protective gear.” [Guardian reader’s comment]

Scotland: SNP rides high(er)

Note how the Conservative Party vote in Scotland is unchanged in both parts of the poll. The SNP’s yet-again increased and unchallenged supremacy is by default: the Conservatives cannot increase their Scottish vote at a time when their decade-long neglect of the NHS has been highlighted by Coronavirus; at the same time, the terminal decline of Labour and the LibDems continues, as it does South of Hadrian’s Wall.

I refuse to believe that (as I privately predicted would happen) the recent acquittal of Alex Salmond on sex crime charges was not a purely political act of loyalty by SNP partisans.

Tweets about over-zealous police

“Boris Johnson did nothing”

Seems that the lady in Iran was not the only one let down by Boris-idiot when he was (disastrously) Foreign Secretary:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/mar/28/chennai-six-member-says-johnson-did-nothing-to-secure-release

Coronavirus deaths decline

Yesterday, UK “COVID-19” deaths were fewer than in the day before, 20% fewer. I notice that BBC TV News had that as “deaths increase by 209 from the day before”, which is true as regards the total but gives a completely false impression.

In Italy too, the daily total is falling, in their case for the second consecutive day.

It looks as though the virus situation is plateauing across Europe, including the UK. We shall have to see what happens in the next week, but there again, as has been remarked upon, someone who dies with Coronavirus (and may have other serious conditions) is being marked down as having died from Coronavirus. The fact is that rather few people die from this virus alone.

In the next few days and weeks, we must continue to look critically and dispassionately at the Covid-19 evidence as it comes in. Above all else, we must keep an open mind — and look for what is, not for what we fear might be.” [John Lee, former NHS consultant in pathology, and professor in pathology, in the Spectator]

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/The-evidence-on-Covid-19-is-not-as-clear-as-we-think

The fact is that, arguably for the best of reasons, the people of the UK have been put into house arrest for an indefinite period. I do not think that it can last for very long. It will last so long as people feel both afraid of the virus and willing to do what they are told is “the right thing”. The police cannot enforce these dictatorial restrictions by their own power, but only so long as people, or the people, tolerate them.

Late night music

“You see, my son, here time turns into space!”