Monday, 27 August 2012

Worst Political Protest Ever

Generally speaking, most forms of protest are strictly symbolic. It is rare for protests to gain any leverage because they usually only last a short time due to peoples lives dictating a need to return to normality.

I was just flicking through the news and came across this news story from Togo, (I wasn't aware the nation even existed) a small nation near the Ivory Coast region of Africa.

In Togo however, women have been called to protest by a civil rights group in order to pressure their husbands into taking action against the new election rules which prevent fair democratic process.

Fair enough.

But how do these women hope to gain a political message through their husbands? The answer is pretty primal: A sex strike.

Now, at first this doesn't seem like a bad idea. No man wants to be in the middle of a dry-spell after all, but then that's when the news story fails to remain relevant and begins to become hilarious.

For a start, the 'sex-strike' is only a week long. The vast majority of men in long-term relationships I know, myself included, know that a week is hardly the longest time to wait. In fact, Id be overjoyed with the prospect of sex once a week. This point alone did make me laugh, but the lols continue.

When asked about this protest one of the women says:

"It's a good thing for us women to observe this sex strike as long as our children are in jail now. I believe that by observing this, we will get them released," Abla Tamekloe said. "For me, it's like fasting, and unless you fast, you will not get what you want from God."

A noble cause indeed. Except she then goes on to state:

When asked if her husband would agree, Tamekloe said: "It is easy for me to observe it. I am used to it, but I am not sure my husband will accept, but I have to explain to him.”

What the fuck? Why would you need to gain acceptance of your husband if you are protesting. Surely if he agreed with why you were doing it, you wouldn't need to have a sex-strike in the first place?

Ah, but there is more!

Reporting, the NBC article continues with this chestnut:

"One week sex strike is too much," said Fabre of the National Alliance for Change, who suggested a shorter period, amid laughter from the crowd at the demonstration. "Let's go for only two days".

I know I shouldn't find this story funny, but the irony displayed in this story is just too much to pass up. Most of these women clearly live in abusive relationships, and in a way highlights to today's society just how far women's rights have advanced in the West.

The last paragraph wraps the article up nicely.

"It is easy for her to say because she is not married herself. She does not live with a man at home," said Ekoue Blame, a Togolese journalist. "Does she think women who live with their husband will be able to observe that? By the way, who controls what couples do behind closed doors?"

Who controls what goes on behind closed doors? Well, clearly very abusive men by the sounds of it.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Name And Shame

The novel 'Nineteen-Eighty-Four' is being used more and more frequently to describe which way society in general is heading towards, but unfortunately I believe it is a correct assessment.

If you have read the book or watched the film you'll remember the scenes where completely indoctrinated idiots stand up in a cinema environment whilst screaming hysterically to voice their discontent at individuals who have performed a 'thought' or 'sex' crime. Such a thing has unfortunately already begun to come to fruition as our politicians continue their regime of brainwashing on the young and impressionable.

This news story is a few weeks old now, but this news story just drew up memories of 'Nineteen-Eighty-Four'. When I first heard it on the radio I was sure that this sort of thing would infringe upon someone's human-rights, but apparently not:

This news story was from the 'V Festival' held at Hylands Park in Chelmsford, the fact that the news reports on these things so by-the-by is somewhat unnerving.

But alas, this is not the most worrying of recent attempts to stop crime. In Germany they've recently given permission for legal firms to name and shame pornography file-sharers. Its a nice way of getting pirates to hand over money I suppose if you just straight-up blackmail them with information which could destroy marriages or employment.

The BBC article does go on to mention that: “The legal system in Germany is very different to ours, being a civil law system. However, publishing details of alleged infringer’s could be dangerous and under English law would raise potential issues of defamation and breach of privacy depending on the exact wording used."

Oh. Well that's all right then. Lets just ignore the fact that the EU has been busy chipping away at our law-making powers since 1957. If the EU allows this to go on in Germany, what sort of hope do we have in the future when our political overlords finally sign us over to Brussels completely?

All English Is Turkish

Cant tell if story is intended to be
retarded or not...
I just happened by a bizzare article posted on BBC news (yes, Im quite aware that most of their news is either completely fabricated or at least somewhat biased, but bare with me) stating that modern European language originated in the region now called Turkey.


Well, Im no expert in human history, but isn't it blatently obvious that if you keep looking further and further back in time you'd eventually come to the genesis of bloody human existance which of course includes language usage.

Besides, the Middle East was the cradle of civilization, in many ways ancient Sumer and Babylon exceeded ancient Egypt in terms of technology and social construct; it doesn't take a genius to work out that when people set out from the Middle East into Europe, they would have brought their languages with them.

Gobekli Tepe is about 10,000 years old and its ruins may have
given insight about humanities transition from
hunter-gathering into farming.
But way before Sumer and Babylon, agriculture also originated from Turkey, a claim which has already been verified by archeologists working on Gobekli Tepe.
Since around the time this site was abandoned also saw various communities throughout Europe begin developing agriculture, I would guess that the language, the technologies and the people all went hand-in-hand.

This 'no-shit sherlock' story on the BBC was brought to you by the University of Auckland, New Zealand, where they have probably been using the research grant for fine dining and expensive prostitutes for the past three years.


So after a long time of meaning to begin writing again, I've finally put metaphorical pen to paper and got my arse into gear. A new blog has been born, a blog which hopefully won't dry up and blow away in the wind like my past attempts have, but onwards and upwards as they say.

You may be questioning what sort of things might be written about here, as the title leaves apsolutely no clue as to what the subject matter may entail. Well, I guess that is because there is no real set subject matter here. Generally speaking it will highlight stupidity, corruption and general tardness of our political and economic systems. It will also give some pretty interesting history lessons, research into the paranormal, technology news, conspiracy theories (although I think you'll find these to be the tame end of the morass of internet conspiracy theories) and survivalism.

Im also going to be getting back into the 'Pen Crusade'. Something which I did in a previous blog where I essentially got information out of Government workers and pissed them off in the process. I gave up thinking this was a good use of time but after I wrote a massive article on UK Aid money with all the statistics only for it to come up three months later in all the major papers Im convinced this is what epic is made of.

Aside from all this seriousness, I will also be sploshing in a modicum of hilarity with the use of trololols and memes.

If these things interest you, then come back in a week or so, I should have things rolling along quite nicely by then.