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Monthly Archives: January 2019

Historical NTTBS (#5 – 27th January 2008)


Original YT playout date: 24 May 2008
Duration: 3:00:10

Another great show.
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Open Letter to Sara Khan, Lead Commissar for Countering Extremism


Dear Sara,

Responding to your article in todays Daily Telegraph.

The polarisation of opinion is destabilising and will lead to more unrest and personal injuries and deaths. but the ones driving this are the Left and not the Right. In fact the hard left are treating people who have what used to be a centrist and mainstream view as if they were right-wing fascists and making ordinary members of society, especially those who are male, white, Christian and taxpaying, feel as though they are being made pariahs and being made to pay for the privilege, to use the word they normally use to oppress us and make it look like we’re the oppressor.

We need to get back to a code of what is and what is not acceptable as mainstream, and the key parameter that nobody seems to be talking about is respecting the issue of freedom of choice.

If a person has the freedom to choose something, then they also have the responsibility for their choice, and maybe can be called upon to justify it. Where someone doesn’t have a choice, they did not exercise a freedom and therefore people should not expect them to justify it, that seems to me to be the most important aspect people never think of. In my own philosophy it stands next to the so-called “golden rule” of doing to others what you would like them to do to you. Because even that golden rule refers to things where people still have free agency.

If someone does to me something I don’t like but did not choose to do it, let us say that they bump into me but only because they were pushed unexpectedly by someone else, then I cannot blame them. They did to me probably something that they wouldn’t want me to do to them, but they didn’t choose it, hence the agency rule overrides the golden rule.

Taking this as a guide, Sara, one could begin to make a code which gradually replaces what we see as Neo-Marxist political correctness into a code based on chivalry, good-manners and that good-old Christian concept of neighbourly love. If you are the Commissioner for countering extremism, then what you need to do first if you will pardon me telling you your job (which is something I admittedly don’t like when someone does to me, but it does happen all the time and this is for the greater good) is to DEFINE what is extreme and what is not extreme by reference to adherence to these high-level principles.

What is fashionable and unfashionable in terms of specific doctrine can change over time, but certain ideas like fairness to all, or that he who pays the piper calls the tune, therefore people paying taxes should not be pushed away from the front line of access to the benefits bought by those taxes, in case of need. You need to consider defining what the traits are of something that could be described as extreme and anything which can justify itself with motherhood concepts ought not to be so defined.

As a final note, anyone who has 100 Muslim organisations braying to have them removed from office must be doing something right. Rather a lot right, even. So I’m hoping to hear of your successes in the future.

Yours faithfully,

David J. James

“I asked my boyfriend to fight for me, and he refused. Does that mean he doesn’t really care that much about me? Was he being a coward, or am I judging him too harshly?” (Quora #1)


Original here.

Answered on: Tuesday, August 11, 2015
My Answer: He doesn’t deserve you, that’s for sure.

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Should the 70 Day Challenges have an entry fee? Thursday Poll


I see a lot of people have come in to the Challenges, stated that they got a lot from them but haven’t the staying power to keep in the game every time.

This is not art for art’s sake: learning languages is a long marathon. The 70 day challenges are here to help you and in any case there are sizeable breaks between them. It is a bit like University terms. They are suited for people who take study that seriously, as well as beginners or hobbyists. The size of the challenge you take is up to you. In the outset I suggested 5,000 was like a marathon leve achievement, and I think this has turned out to be true, although 10,000 has been achieved on rare occasions.

As a result of recent declension, the thirteenth Challenge which fell on the last Quarter of 2018 had a very low result, only one third of the level we reported at the end of the first challenge of that year.

Next Monday, 21st January, we have the 14th challenge starting.  The 14th Challenge I have decided is the last one that will have no joining fee.

I understand from observation of how little people respect this system, that folks do not appreciate what is free and only appreciate when they pay for something.

And it’s not like I have no costs to keep going with this site. Every year I hand over nearly 100 EUR to WP, and although I did add advertising recently, there have only been pennies coming in from that.

So the plan is, from the 15th Challenge (April-June 19) onwards, new Entrants to the Challenge will be asked to pay a joiner’s fee, and if someone was a member but had lapsed two whole challenges consecutively (initially that would mean that in neither DC13 nor DC14 had they taken part and done at least 400 lines, or if their total from the previous two challenges went under 400 lines) then if they wanted to rejoin, they would have to pay the fee again as a rejoiners’ fee.

On the other hand, I don’t want to do anything undemocratically, so the amount will be the average of what you, the community vote for in this poll. You can tell me what you think all this is worth.

Go ahead and discuss the matter in comments if you want to do more than just select an option among those given.

 

Uncle Davey’s Cyprus #6/6 – Return from Limassol


Original YT playout date: 24 May 2008
Duration: 16:21

In this sixth and final part of this Cyprus we look at some detail of the return to the airport and home.
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What’s the difference between…?


I say, I say, I say: what’s the difference between a social worker and a Rottweiler
I don’t know, what IS the difference between a social worker and a Rottweiler?
You get your kids back off a Rottweiler.

I say I say I say: what’s the difference between the Soviet Union and the European Union?
I don’t know, what IS the difference between the Soviet Union and the Euopean Union?
You get your countries back off the Soviet one.

 

Chats between Guv and Peeps #1. Leaving the EU.


Guv: Hey, Peeps, shall we remain in the European Union or shall we leave?

Peeps: Well, you know what, Guv, in view of what Merkel is doing and how Obama threatened us with the end of the queue for trade deals, I suppose, marginally, we’d better go, hadn’t we? I am sure we’ll find a way to be independent.

Guv: OK, that’s what we’ll do, then.

Peeps: OK, Good luck. Sie schaffen das, hur hur hur.

Two and a half years later:

Guv: Well, Peeps, it’s now nearly three years later, Obama is long gone, Merkel’s on her way out, there’s lots of countries in the EU that would be our allies these days for a less federalist Europe. The guy in charge of the USA is all infavour of our leaving now, but for his own benefit. It’s clear that the whole business of leaving has a lot more issues than we knew about before, and you’ve got 5% more young people who wanted to stay in the electorate now, so are you QUITE SURE you still want to leave?

Peeps: How dare you ask us again? We gave you a clear signal? Wanna go undermining our demotrachic rights?! Disgusting!!!!

Sunday Quiz #2 – The Book of Romans 5-8.


This is the second in a new series of quizzes on this Channel. It consists of a ten question, multiple choice quiz and then a photo, which might or might not have anything to do with the quiz but actually serves as a buffer to help you not accidentally see the answers, which are given at the end along with an assessment of your score.

Each of these quizzes will be in the Quiz Section of the right hand navigation, so if you liked this and want to try some of the earlier ones, you’ll be able to find them there, and also they’ll be classified to another place depending on the theme of the quiz. The idea is to teach something useful within a set theme, which might be a text from the Bible or another text Christians and others might wish to be familiar with, and a missing word.  Otherwise they might related to a specific theme from history, nature, etc. It is not purely a trivia quiz but a way to spark your interest in looking up more about the topic.

Today, the Book of Romans, in the King James Version, Chapters 5-8, some of the hardest writing in the New Testament – how well do you know it?

1) Romans 5 v 6 “For when we were yet without x, in due time Christ died for the y.”

A) x = strength, y = ungodly
B) x = stength, y = weak
C) x = hope, y = unbelieving
D) x = hope, y = righteous

2) Romans 5 v 11b “we also have joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the …”

A) salvation
B) redemption
C) atonement
D) justification

3.  Romans 5:16b “but the free gift is of many offences unto ….”

A) salvation
B) redemption
C) atonement
D) justification

4.  Romans 6:3 “Know ye not that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his …”

A) faith
B) life
C) church
D) death

5. Romans 6:14 “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but …..”

A) under grace
B) free therefrom
C) forgiven
D) above the law

6. Romans 7:7b “For I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not ….”

A) lust
B) kill
C) covet
D) commit adultery

7. Romans 7:22 “For I delight in the law of God after the inward ……”

A) man
B) renewal
C) parts
D) self

8. Romans 8:6 “For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spritually minded is …”

A) life and light
B) life and peace
C) life and joy
D) joy and peace

9. Romans 8:10 “And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of …”

A) forgiveness
B) righteousness
C) justification
D) repentence

10. Romans 8:39 “Nor height, nor depth, nor …, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord”

A) breadth, nor width
B) principalities nor powers,
C) things present, nor things to come
D) any other creature
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Just an update for subscribers


Probably you are wondering where these promised new articles and content is, and I should tell you what is going on.

The first thing is, quite a lot of work, through there’s nothing new about hat, and being basically self-employed, that is definitely preferable to the converse situation.

The other problem is, though, that on Monday a series of not great things happened. I managed to forget my computer lead in Poznan last week coming back on Friday to Warsaw, and over the weekend I ran out the battery. On Monday the lead was sent over by colleagues and I got it Tuesday, but I decided to make the best use of a computer-free day by arranging to see as many people as I could that day, and get as many pending meetings in Warsaw as possible dealt with and use the time that way.

I made in fact enough appointments to get into some time stress, and the weather was not great so taxis were not being reliable. I was therefore catching a bus and needed to run to the bus. It closed the door just as I ran in, probably due to the bloody-mindedness of the driver, which ZTM drivers are famous for, and I tripped and bashed my head against some hard element in the bus, and scraped my shin on the threshold of the bus.

I licked my wounds and as far as Tuesday and Wednesday were concerned I had a two productive days, catching up with what hadn’t been doable without the computer lead. The problem happened on Thursday morning. I still had headaches from the head bash, and these were intensifying, what worried me more was the infected state of the leg wound, which appears to have developed Erysipelas, which is rather worrying. It is pretty painful and gets in the way of a lot of things. I went to the doctor, who happens to be a Nigerian Prince working in Warsaw, and got told off for not coming earlier, and for not getting a scan. I am now on antibiotics and told to take it easy. So that’s what’s happening.  Apparently in recovery from concussion you are supposed to think as little as possible, and I don’t really want to write thoughtless articles, so I will go to bed, and either sleep or just hack my daughter’s Netflix account. That’s how bad it is. Read the rest of this entry

Sunday Quiz #1 – The Book of Romans 1-4.


This is the first in a new series of quizzes on this Channel. There will be a quiz and then a photo, which might or might not have anything to do with the quiz but actually serves as a buffer to help you not accidentally see the answers.

Each of these quizzes will be in the Quiz Section of the right hand navigation, so if you liked this and want to try some of the earlier ones, you’ll be able to find them there, and also they’ll be classified to another place depending on the theme of the quiz. The idea is to teach something useful within a set theme, which might be a text from the Bible or another text Christians and others might wish to be familiar with, and a missing word.  Otherwise they might related to a specific theme from history, nature, etc. It is not purely a trivia quiz but a way to spark your interest in looking up more about the topic.

Today, the Book of Romans, in the King James Version, Chapters 1-4, some of the hardest writing in the New Testament – how well do you know it?

1) Romans 1 v 16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the x first and also to the y”

A) x = Jews, y = gentiles
B) x = Jew, y = Greek
C) x = Christians, y = unbelieving
D) x = righteous, y = poor

2) Romans 1 v 22 “Professing themselves wise, they became …”

A) unwise
B) morons
C) unbelieving
D) fools

3.  Romans 1:28b “God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not ….”

A) convenient
B) righteous
C) proven
D) faithful

4.  Romans 1:30 “Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to …”

A) God
B) authorities
C) the law
D) parents

5. Romans 3:4a “God forbid: yea let god be true and every man …..”

A) a liar
B) hold silence
C) untrue
D) acknowledge

6. Romans 3:11 “There is none righteous, there is none that seeketh after ….”

A) righteousness
B) truth
C) God
D) me

7. Romans 4:2 “For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory, but ……”

A) not in great measure
B) not before God
C) was not so minded
D) not so hath any other

8. Romans 4:8 “Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute …”

A) iniquity
B) righteousness
C) sin
D) unrighteousness

9. Romans 4:22 “And therefore it was imputed to him for …”

A) iniquity
B) righteousness
C) sin
D) unrighteousness

10. Romans 4:25 “Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our … ”

A) defence
B) salvation
C) justification
D) glory
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In Old Madrid (Huliganov’s Madrid Experience #3)


Original YT playout date: 23 May 2008
Duration: 26:18

“In the third part of Huliganov’s Madrid series we get into the old town centre of Madrid.

The song at the beginning of this series, which many of you have asked about, is available to purchase on

http://astore.amazon.com/wwwusenetposc-20/102-8302334-6748953?node=10&page=2

If you buy it there, I get 4 cents.

I don’t need 4 cents, so buy it somewhere else if you can get it cheaper!”
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Polls – The Ultimate Tool for the Blogger…


So, dear readers, today is a Wednesday and according to the new plan which I laid out yesterday, Wednesday is polling day, which is unlike the UK where the tradition is to have ot on Thursdays and maybe I missed a trick there, in which case we can always change it later on.

Please note that there is a Polls section in the side navigation which easily takes you to various polls created here in the past.

The rules are simple, please go ahead and vote in the poll and you will see how others have voted to this point, and you can look at it again later on to see how that develops. The Poll should be URL linked to stop multiple voting from one place, as well as from one account. Of course, this doesn’t quite guarantee that nobody can change the poll but this is probably not one of the major opinion-forming fora in the world and therefore I don’t think anyone will go to the trouble of skewing the vote here, all it is is a bit of fun to see what other readers think on a variety of issues.
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Today’s topic comes from the news and namely the news that the New Horizons Probe has sent us back a message from its fly-by of Ultima Thule, a name from mythology describing places outside the known world, especially the most northerly known point, which is the common name for the Kuiper belt body more formally known as (486958) 2014 MU69, when it has its dinner jacket on.

What’s your view?

Please comment and discuss all you like here, rather than in Polldaddy.

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