Is Britain the new North Korea?

While allowing entrance to huge numbers of migrants of unknown background (or known background, but the UK apparently doesn’t mind letting in terrorists), Britain has made the bold move of detaining and subsequently deporting “dangerous” foreign journalists like Lauren Southern and Brittany Pettibone…

U. K. Detains Journalists on Charges of Racism
An American journalist has been detained without cause for three days in North Korea…Just kidding! This happened in England.

Brittany Pettibone, an independent journalist, was traveling to England with her boyfriend, Martin Sellner, an Austrian right-wing activist, when things went awry. Sellner was set to give a speech while Pettibone planned to interview British political activist Tommy Robinson.

Shortly after landing in England, the couple was halted at passport control and taken to a detention center where they would spend the next three days…

Well, they weren’t detained without reason.  They are known “far-right extremists” and terrible “racists,” and, what’s worse, they were planning spread their horrible views — good grief, Sellner was planning to give a speech!  in public!  Pettibone was probably planning on interviewing people and reporting on events!

Therefore, detainment and deportation was merited, right?  Can’t have that bad-think spreading now can we?

Then showing what roll they were on preventing dangerous persons from entering the UK…

Canadian far-right activist becomes third person to be barred from Britain in 72 hours:

Border guards quizzed Lauren Southern for six hours in Calais where she was preparing to come to the UK to interview English Defence League co-founder Tommy Robinson.

It is understood the 22-year-old was hauled in for questioning over concerns surrounding an incident last month in Luton where she is accused of distributing racist material in the form of Islamic posters…

Southern took to Twitter to document the incident, and said: ‘I’m not kidding about this, but during my questioning by the UK police.  I was asked about my Christianity and whether I’m a radical. I was also asked how I feel about running Muslims over with cars.’

A British security official confirmed all three had been refused entry and said when Sellner and Pettibone landed at Luton Airport, north of London, on Friday, border police refused to allow them to enter Britain.

They were detained and then deported on Sunday.

The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the couple had been banned from entering by Britain’s Home Office on the grounds that their ‘presence in the UK was not conducive to the public good’.

On Monday, British border police stationed in the French port of Calais also denied entry to Southern.

After being detained, Southern tweeted that British authorities had told her she was ‘officially banned from UK for “racism”‘.

The official confirmed that British border authorities had denied Southern permission to enter Britain on the same grounds as the other two activists.

Southern was planning to meet Sellner and Pettibone in Britain, according to the conservative news website Breitbart.

Breitbart also said Sellner had been planning to make a speech in London’s Hyde Park, but that papers served on him by the British authorities alleged the speech was likely to incite ‘tensions between local communities’.

Breitbart said Pettibone was blocked from entering Britain not only in relation to Sellner’s planned speech but also because she planned to interview Tommy Robinson.

Experts who monitor Britain’s far right movements said the government had recently stepped up efforts to keep out ultra-right-wing foreign activists.


Good Move, Poland

Poland’s got blue laws:

A new Polish law banning almost all trade on Sundays has taken effect, with large supermarkets and most other retailers closed for the first time since liberal shopping laws were introduced in the 1990s after communism’s collapse.

The change is stirring up a range of emotions in a country where many feel workers are exploited under the liberal regulations of the past years and want them to have a day of rest. But many Poles also experience consumer freedom as one of the most tangible benefits of the free market era and resent the new limit.

In Hungary, another ex-communist country, a ban on Sunday trade imposed in 2015 was so unpopular that authorities repealed it the next year. Elsewhere in Europe, however, including Germany and Austria, people have long been accustomed to the day of commercial rest and appreciate the push it gives them to escape the compulsion to shop for quality time with family and friends instead.

The law was proposed by a leading trade union, Solidarity, which says employees deserve Sundays off. It found the support of the conservative and pro-Catholic ruling party, Law and Justice, whose lawmakers passed the legislation. The influential Catholic church, to which more than 90 percent of Poles belong, has welcomed the change.
The new law at first bans trade two Sundays per month, but steps it up to three Sundays in 2019 and finally all Sundays in 2020, except for seven exceptions before the Easter and Christmas holidays.

Of course the AP went out of their way to find people who didn’t like it.  The thing about opposition to no Sunday work is that it’s very frequently “wah what about me!”  Either people are mad because the law doesn’t help them or they’re mad because they don’t get to go shopping.  Back in the dark days of retail work, I had a constant fight over not working Sundays and ever since I have tried to avoid any shopping of any kind on Sunday because I know how much it sucks.  Would it be more convenient and easy for me?  Sure, but maybe my individual convenience doesn’t trump someone else’s right to a day of rest.  And even if the law doesn’t cover all workers, it’s still a step in the right direction.

The Happiness of Blacks

I stumbled across a blog today called Traditional Catholic Femininity.  Obviously, I’m not exactly in the target audience, but it’s hard sometimes not to read Rab Trads either to snigger or to wince at some of the silly things they say (and then harass your friends about how they dated for three years but the Rab Trads say they should have broken up after two).  But one post caught my eye not because of it’s over the top traditionalism but because it’s about a BBC article entitled Why are black poor Americans more optimistic than white ones?

The writer at TradCatFem confuses optimism with happiness and proclaims Blacks Are Happier Than Whites:

In a way, I am not too surprised. It makes complete sense and I shared this article, along with why it made sense, on my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages. Below is the response I wrote:

Because a lot of the black Americans tend to have strong family connections and they also tend to have more children.

Increased number of children leads to increased sense of purpose and community spirit.

Meanwhile, a lot of white Americans tend to have fewer children, ship them off to daycare while they build their careers in an endless pursuit of money, resulting in distancing between them and their offspring

When their children reach adulthood, many leave home and contact with the parents is very limited as they hardly spent adequate time with them in their early years.

Money and a career do not buy happiness. Long-term happiness and fulfilment is gained from family and building a legacy.

A couple important things come out about the writer in this post.  She’s black and she’s British.

Unfortunately, America has a worldwide reputation for being brash, hostile and arrogant, and I saw evidence of this in the response I received to the above article that I posted on my social media.

I wonder if Americans being hostile has anything to do with people unfairly stereotyping and attacking them…  Well, my impression of Europeans is that they’re snobs who think they’re better than everybody else.  So I guess we’ll call it even.

In response to someone who called the BBC report “fake news” she says things like:

3) your attempt to discredit it or me, by demanding to know if I live in America, even though it is very clearly a report from the worldwide respected BBC news tells of your ignorance

4) your insistence that you THINK you know better than the US scientists who conducted the research and BBC world news who reported it simply exposes your deep racism.

5) I suspect that you are white, which makes sense at your outrage that you are indeed NOT a superior race because here is scientific evidence that you are miserable.

The fake news comment may be a little silly (it’s hard to tell without context) but the speed at which she jumps to “racism!” is amazing.  It’s sad too that someone parading around how “traditional” they are accepts anything they read in the main stream news without a second thought.

She has another exchange:

PERSON: Interesting. Because in the US about 78% of Black children are born out of wedlock and almost 50% of their families are on public assistance. Only 19% of blacks have college degrees.

ME: Exactly. Education and money does not guarantee happiness

PERSON: No, money doesn’t make one happy. But neither does sin and irresponsibility.

ME: The overall take-home message was not whether or not their lifestyle choices are acceptable or not.

The take-home message is that family and community is what brings happiness.

And given America’s racial history, it kinda makes sense that the existing racial prejudice resulted in disillusioned black communities with little to no opportunities or motivation.

Example, here is the UK, black people do not have the problem that blacks and Hispanics have in the US.

Why not? After all, the UK and the British Empire had colonies in black countries.

The difference between us and the US is that we do not have racial prejudice to level that the US has. As a result, we don’t have the same rates of crime, violence, broken homes etc that exist in the US.

You honestly can’t blame the black community for the violence, broken homes, poor education etc

In addition, with all that the US blacks have had to endure through the decades, it is still commendable, that they remain optimistic and happy.

We all, black or not, US or not, could learn from this… retain an attitude of hope, joy, optimism and to focus on important things, even if our circumstances are dire.

As you can see, the two people who commented were both Americans, both white and both triggered by the Black angle to the story.

The focus of my comment was that family, not materialism, is important than materialism.

But they did not see that at all. They immediately honed in on the race angle, ignoring the most important part.

She ignores the comment on black illegitimacy rates and continues to repeat the same non sequitur.  What would be much better is if this woman had actually read the article she’s commenting on.  If, as she claims, whites’ unhappiness is caused by lack of family values and materialism, then why is this the case:

On this scale, black people are, on average, 1.1 points higher on the optimism scale than white people are. Black people on average score above 8, while the average for white people is 7.

The gap across poor black people and poor white people is even larger, at 1.4 points.

Emphasis mine.  Poor people don’t have as much money.  They aren’t the ones going to college.  Education and money is not causing them to be more pessimistic than blacks.

I don’t have any problem whatsoever with the claim that blacks are more optimistic than whites.  The problem is why.  Is there a reason for blacks to be more optimistic… or is that whites have a reason to be more pessimistic?  Oh, wait, the BBC article answers that too:

While disadvantage and discrimination still exist, minorities have been making gradual progress in narrowing gaps with white people in terms of their education, wages, and life expectancy.

Some of this is because of concrete gains made by those communities.

But much of the improvement is due to the relative decline in the incomes and status of poor white people – a trend associated with the hollowing-out of blue-collar jobs, which are decreasing in both number and stability at the same time as the market for high-skilled labour continues to prosper and grow.

Again emphasis mine.

TradCatFem can sit over there on the other side of the ocean and squawk about Americans being hostile and racist, but she knows nothing about this country.  Blacks and other minorities are enjoying perks and benefits denied poor white people.  Poor whites are being told that they’re evil, racist, and useless people who should die and get out of the way.

Meanwhile, those black American communities and their value on families?  Black mothers are unwed more than 70% of the time.  How is this having “strong family connections”?  They don’t stay with the same man either.  In what way is it good for black children to have a dozen half-siblings and never know their fathers?  Black girls talk about getting a new baby-daddy just so they can get bigger welfare checks.  Isn’t that materialistic?  They don’t have kids because kids are a blessing from God, they have kids because Uncle Sam is forking over the dough.

As a traditionalist Catholic, TradCatFem ought to be ashamed of herself.  What she says about white Americans is uncharitable at best and calumny at worst.  She holds up black Americans as an example of things that they don’t do and expects the rest of us to learn from that.  What the majority of black Americans have is not family, it’s not community.  It’s immorality and degradation.  And it has absolutely nothing to do with how “happy” they are.

The Real Wakanda

Zambia’s Space Program

During the independence festivities only one noted Zambian failed to share in all the harmony. He is Edward Mukuka Nkoloso, a grade-school science teacher and the director of Zambia’s National Academy of Science, Space Research and Philosophy, who claimed the goings-on interfered with his space program to beat the U.S. and the Soviet Union to the moon. Already Nkoloso is training twelve Zambian astronauts, including a curvaceous 16-year-old girl, by spinning them around a tree in an oil drum and teaching them to walk on their hands, “the only way humans can walk on the moon.”


Fake News vs Funny News

Liberals don’t have much of a sense of humor… or maybe it’s simply that they’re straight up retarded.

Facebook Threatens Satire Site Babylon Bee over CNN Story That Snopes Rated ‘False’

Christian satire site The Babylon Bee received a terse warning from Facebook this week after the “independent fact-checkers” at Snopes reported that one of the site’s humor articles was “false.”

Adam Ford, who runs The Babylon Bee, was warned by Facebook that a recent satire article about CNN “contains information disputed by ( an independent fact checker.” Repeat offenders, Ford was told, “will see their distribution reduced and their ability to monetize and advertized [sic] removed.”

The story in question pokes fun at CNN with the headline: “CNN Purchases Industrial-Sized Washing Machine To Spin News Before Publication.” Anyone with even a sliver of a funny bone tucked away behind their appendix would know that it wasn’t a serious news piece, but, alas, the humorless dolts at Snopes had to spell out the obvious.

Claim: CNN invested in an industrial-sized washing machine to help their journalists and news anchors spin the news before publication.
Rating: False

“Although it should have been obvious that the Babylon Bee piece was just a spoof of the ongoing political brouhaha over alleged news media ‘bias’ and ‘fake news,'” Snopes explained, “some readers missed that aspect of the article and interpreted it literally.”

Facebook has backpedaled already and claimed this was a mistake but how stupid do you get?  Stupid in threatening a satire site.  Stupid in that anyone out there would have believed that news was being washed in an actual washing machine.

Of course we all know, however, that the Babylon Bee is totally correct about CNN’s other machines:

At publishing time, CNN had also purchased an industrial-sized trash compactor in order to help compress and distort facts to fit into its preconceived narrative.