Thursday, August 07, 2008

XKCD: Excellent Website

I loved this cartoon. Just had to share it with you.

Official Duplicity over War Awards

Twenty thousand surviving “Land Girls”, the women who toiled on the Home Front to provide food and timber for Britain in the Second World War, are to be honoured officially for the first time.
After a long campaign by the Women’s Land Army and Women’s Timber Corps, the Government announced yesterday that their wartime efforts would be recognised with the presentation of a special badge commemorating their service that can be worn on Remembrance Sunday and at other ceremonies.

At their peak in 1943, the Land Girls numbered about 80,000, and the Timber Corps, whose members were known as “Lumber Jills”, about 4,000.

Hilary Benn, the Environment Secretary, who made the announcement, said that the women “worked tirelessly for the benefit of their nation” and deserved to be recognised.

More than 60 years after the end of the Second World War, there is a growing call for a special campaign medal for Bomber Command: for the 30,000 pilots and aircrew - and more than that number of ground crew - who are still alive; together with the next of kin of those who were killed in action during the war, or have since died.

The scale of the achievement of these brave men was expressed, in 1945, by Winston Churchill, when he wrote to Sir Arthur Harris, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Bomber Command: "All your operations were planned with great care and skill. They were executed in the face of desperate opposition and appalling hazards, they made a decisive contribution to Germany's final defeat.

Harris was made a Marshal of the Royal Air Force. His 125,000 aircrew (Harris called them his "old lags") still await a campaign medal for outstanding bravery, where the chances of survival were about one in two.

Harris also wanted recognition for the untiring, 24-hour service by the ground crews, who kept the aircraft fit to fly in difficult and dangerous weather and operational conditions: among them, the airfield drivers, mechanics and armourers. The time has surely come for a campaign medal - and also for a monument in London to these brave men.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Why I Stopped Reading the Guardian

I just wanted to point out this article to you, in case you haven't come across it.

Why I Hate Men, by Julie Bindel

There are a couple of good responses to it, here and here.

She hates men, so she tells us, because we are violent towards women, and she cares deeply about the welfare of all of her 'sisters'.

What I have absolutely no intention of doing in response to this poisonous libel is to meekly explain that I am not violent towards women, and that although some men are sometimes violent, I do not condone blah blah blah...

I will not fall into that rhetorical trap. Articles like this are nothing more than fascist hate-speech. Can you imagine the reaction if the Guardian published an article called "Why I hate blacks: At least those who perpetrate crimes against whites and those who do nothing to stop it." Such an article would be rightly regarded as neo-fascist propaganda. The fact that the Guardian publishes this material demonstrates just how bankrupt the political Left has become. When this counts as liberal and progressive discourse, we are really in trouble as a society.

Like other forms of fascism, radical feminism tries to unite a client population (in this case women) under a totalitarian leadership (Bindel and her mentally-disturbed sisters) by trying to convince them that they are under threat from a common enemy, and that they must unite in mutual self-defence. Although she has changed the names, Bindel's rhetoric is literally the rhetoric of Hitler. The parallels are striking.

The Weimar Republic in Germany in the 1920s was one of the most liberal, democratic societies in history. Within this society the Nazi party arose. The Nazis appropriated German identity for themselves; they claimed to speak on behalf of all Germans. The Nazis regarded themselves, and therefore all Germans, as victims of an international conspiracy by Jews and Communists. Hitler called for bold action. The embattled Germans must rise up against the common oppressor and defend themselves. The newspapers of the time were full of anti-Jewish propaganda, inciting hatred against the target group. Once a climate of hatred and suspicion had been successfully established, a legal process began whereby Jews were systematically stripped of their rights. Few objected to this because the propaganda campaign had been so effective, and the Nazis' claims were protected by a reign of terror: anyone who opposed Hitler was eliminated. Violent attacks against Jews began, and were tacitly encouraged by the leadership. The Nazi ideology resulted, to cut a long story short, in the total destruction of German society.

Hitler thought that he was being forced to defend himself in a race war. In reality, he was the only one fighting it. Real conspiracies often emerge as a defence against imagined ones. The same is true of the feminist movement.

Bindel and her ilk are among the most privileged human beings in history, leading lives longer, healthier and safer than those of any Roman Emperor. But they think that they are being persecuted. Just look at any radical feminist text, such as Susan Faludi's "Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women"

The media and popular culture have been full of rampant anti-male propaganda for decades. The legal rights of men are being systematically dismantled. This is being done deliberately. Anyone who opposes this process is condemned as a misogynist and socially marginalised.

Feminism is a paranoid conspiracy theory. It is a fascist conspiracy, because it targets a biologically defined group, and it maintains its rule by means of intimidation.

There simply is no such 'war against women'. However, as with the German case, the 'defensive' counter-conspiracy is real enough. As Christina Hoff Sommers stated "Insofar as there is any gender war going on, feminists are the ones fighting it themselves".

The claims that fascists make are intended to instill fear into the population, and do not stand up to any rational strutiny. I hardly need to to point out that men are far more likely than women to be victims of violence, or that women are also capable of violence. This week's Ministry of Justice report, quietly leaked onto the internet when they thought no-one was looking, demonstrates that violence is now the most common category of crime committed by women. Fascists like to cherry-pick their evidence to match their prejudices.

There is no doubt that Bindel is a mentally-disturbed extremist, and is a neo-fascist by any meaningful definition. People like her do what they do partly as a result of their personal neuroses. Dale O'Leary and others have pointed out that radical lesbian feminists often harbour deep resentment against their fathers. They also do it to impress the girls. Bindel swaggers in the Guardian, the big swinging dick in the jungle. It is not about rescuing women from danger at all, for there simply is none to speak of. It is about personal self-aggrandisement and eliminating competition for mates.

We are already seeing widespread social breakdown in Britain as a direct result of this poisonous ideology. This war will not be so dramatic; what we have now is a kinder, gentler fascism. Instead of Jews being stripped of their rights and businesses, we see men being stripped of their rights, property and children. The effects are more subtle, more low-key. Instead of getting a chunk of shrapnel in your chest, you will get a hoodie's blade. The long-term effects will be the same. The kind of radical feminism espoused by Bindel is long-term cultural suicide.

Bindel enjoys the confidence of Harriet Harman, who in effect rules the country while Brown is on holiday. Many of Harman's insane-sounding anti-male reforms come from Bindel and her politburo. Brown's leadership is now in question. Harman seeks to replace him. If that happens, then Bindel will be the power behind the throne.

Be scared. Be very scared.