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Die MS… Wait! What?

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We need a trusted public broadcaster because national identity is incredibly important and no longer do people trust New Zealand television or New Zealand radio.”**

I’ve been running the Die MSM, Die series since I started writing for No Minister and the list of failure to accurately report the news – due to shallowness, stupidity, ignorance and ideology is endless.

And that’s when they’re not just outright lying.

So it’s nice, to say the least, when you see an example of an MSM reporter who goes after a story with The Narrative already set in her mind – and then changing her mind when she discovers the facts say otherwise.

If you’re not familiar with the name J.K.Rowling then you’ve somehow been very isolated from modern culture over the last twenty five years.

Rowling is the author of the Harry Potter stories, an astonishingly successful series of best selling books for young adults which covers the high-school life of the eponymous hero, a young boy who discovers, on his 11th birthday, that he is actually a wizard.

The books have sold half a billion copies since the first volume in 1997, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, (twelve publishers rejected it before Bloomsbury took it on). That first book alone has sold 120 million copies, making it one of the most successful books in history.

The film series that followed has been just as successful. The whole franchise is estimated to be worth about $US 25 billion.

Obviously this has made Rowling very rich and somewhat famous, with years of speaking invitations. She was viewed as a heroine for the oppressed (most of the characters of the books are in some way or another) and much was made of her feminism, even though that’s not much apparent in the books – although it’s there in a Feminist 1.0 form of witches being accorded very much equal space in their world. She was viewed as being on the Left and in many respects she is – although her take on the bureaucracy and an over-powering State, via her imaginary Ministry of Magic in the books, would warm the cockles of any anti-Establishment citizen.

However, in the last few years something has gone terribly wrong as it became clear that Rowling was so much a feminist that she had little time for the new, aggressive attitudes of the modern Trans community, especially the male-to-female ones who insist that they actually are woman just because they think so (even without the drugs and surgery). Rowling, like most people, was happy to be tolerant of the Trans community for years – up to a point, that point being males who were clearly using it as a cover to abuse females in all sorts of ways.

To say that she is now hated by the Trans community is an understatement. She’s been deemed a TERF (Trans-Exclusionary-Radical-Feminist) and for that has received countless death threats and threats of violence, as well as Hollywood actually not inviting her to the 20th anniversary of the first film’s release. There have been plenty of other de-platforming efforts as well, many of them sadly successful,

Through all of this Rowling has maintained a happy warrior attitude: not getting nasty, keeping a sense of humour and not backing down to the worst of the Trans assholes attacking her.

Still, even for a multi-millionaire, it’s got to be pretty wearing, especially when the MSM is also going into bat for what they think is the Latest Leftist Cause. Rowling has had almost no backing in the MSM of the Western world, with what little existed painfully trying to explain away the nasty excesses of the Trans community.

So it’s with no little measure of astonishment that I recently read the following:

Huffington Post and Pride.com writer E. J. Rosetta was like many left-leaning writers. If you said the name of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, she would probably look like she just smelled something awful and begin ranting and raving about the transphobia that the much-despised woman represents.

Rosetta was ready to bring the axe down on Rowling’s neck with an article titled “20 Transphobic JK Rowling Quotes We’re Done With.” The article, as you can guess, was meant to explore the horrific transphobia of the Potterworld author, further damning her to a life of social exclusion and cancelation.

Only something went wrong. Rosetta did something that the left hasn’t seen in a long, long time…journalism. As she posted in a Twitter thread that’s worth reading in its entirety, the HuffPo writer began with the goal of vengeance and by the end of her research she easily concluded that everyone is “burning the wrong witch.”

“Right, I’m done,” she began. “3 months ago, I was tasked with writing an article detailing “20 Transphobic JK Rowling Quotes We’re Done With” After 12 weeks of reading her books, tweets, full essay & finding the context of these “quotes”, I’ve not found a single truly transphobic message.”

Holy shit! I can’t imagine that this is going down well with her fellow scribes. I can actually see Rosetta getting dumped and shunned into the same bucket as Rowling, such is the power of the Cancel Kulture at work on the Left for this issue (funnily enough it has many of the elements of the various Witch trials in history, as I’d bet Rowling has amused herself in knowing). As Rosetta says of her group:

“Shame on those who have framed her under the guise of “reporting” when you must know, deep down, you are just chucking out clickbait & stirring up hate,” she wrote. “Shame on those who followed that propaganda without critical thought. You’re burning the wrong witch. I stand with [Rowling].”

Oh dear. Kudos to at least one member of the MSM – but she’s about to discover that her side does not suffer from shame or embarrassment. They destroy with consciences cleansed by the burning fire of the will to power.

** I put in Willie Jackson’s quote from a Parliamentary debate the other day on the merging of TVNZ and RNZ because the cognitive dissonance on display is awesome to witness;  reverse the population’s growing mistrust in the NZ media by merging two untrusted broadcasters.

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This is also an excellent read on the same issue, How did I, a mild-mannered mother-of-two, trigger a meltdown at Cambridge University by daring to debate trans issues:

The answer is simple: I wrote a book, Trans: When Ideology Meets Reality, which was published in July 2021.

The idea behind the book is also simple: biological sex is fixed, it is binary. And transgender ideology — which replaces sex with subjective claims of ‘gender identity’ in law and policies — does serious harm.

To anyone not blinded by this dogma, the argument is obvious. You cannot let men claim to be women just because they feel like it and thereby gain entry to women’s toilets, women’s changing rooms, women’s refuges, women’s jails. It puts women at increased risk of male violence. It is not acceptable.

I haven’t always been so worked-up about all this. Until four years ago, I thought ‘trans rights’ were compassionate concessions for a tiny, suffering minority, people so ill at ease with their sex that they sought hormones and surgery to change it.

But then a chance remark by a colleague at The Economist, the magazine where I work, inspired me to look more closely.

And what I discovered was this: during the past two decades, ‘trans rights’ have morphed into a totalitarian project the aim of which is to make the very concept of biological sex unsayable.

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The Wrath of Ten Million Swifties**

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I don’t follow celebrities in any field, but given their influence in our society – via the MSM – I can’t help but be made aware of their antics from time-to-time. Then there’s the fact that my kids are only now emerging from being teenagers, which nowadays means that what they’re aware of, you’re aware of.

Which is why I was able to answer Tinman’s question the other day as to the strange hatred that singer Taylor Swift is subjected to from certain corners of the world. The first time I became aware of this (via Beloved Daughter) was waaaaayyyy back in 2009 when she was awarded Best Music Video of the year at the MTV awards – only to have her acceptance speech gate-crashed by one Kanye West, who thought it should have gone to Beyonce for “Single Ladies” (Yes, it’s a link to People magazine but bear with me).

This was the first time my daughter became aware that Kanye West was a fucking asshole, but thanks to noticing the political news I’d already been aware of that years earlier during the Hurricane Katrina disaster in New Orleans when he said that George Bush doesn’t care about black people!”. As you can imagine the Left absolutely LOVED Kanye West for that.

But over the last four years he’s slowly become one of their hate objects, starting with his embarrassing talk about Jesus, increasing with his support of Trump, and now finally cresting with a river of Jew-hating comments…. and meeting with Trump again in the middle of that shitstorm. The following Tweet from “President” Biden is thus to be expected – with no names of course, aside from the Godwin’s Law one.

Silence certainly is complicity, so let’s take walk down the American Democrat Memory Hole Lane….

The guy to Obama’s right is, of course, Louis Farrakhan, Black Supremacist, long-time head of The Nation of Islam, and a rabid Jew-hater. The guy who took the photo in 2005 did not release it until 2018 because he knew damned well what it could have done to Obama’s political career. Frankly that’s what should have happened, given that Obama’s long-time pastor in Chicago, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, had exactly the same “issues”.

But Jew-hating American Blacks are not uncommon and they’re not all on the fringes of the Democrat Party either, as has been repeatedly demonstrated when Democrats vying for their party’s presidential nomination go looking for support among the 90%-Democrat-voting Black community.

Al Sharpton visited the Obama White House more than eighty times over eight years.

I look forward to the non-silence of the Democrat Party on this issue during the 2024 Presidential election.

** Swifties is the name given to her rabid, mainly female fans and the ten million is a reference to the mass meltdown that occurred when they hit the huge US TicketMaster site en masse for tickets to her 2023 Eras tour and crashed the system. Congressional investigations of the monopoly are on the way. Yes! Really. Against such fans Kanye was always doomed.

Woke Hollywood goes broke

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Well not yet, but they are not having a good year in what was supposed to be the rebound after the terrible C-19 years of 2020-21.

There have been multiple flops of expensive movies and not a lot of interest in smaller (lower-budget) movies that are supposed to be Oscar-bait.

I’ve only been to one movie this year and that was Top Gun: Maverick, which was excellent escapism, as movies are supposed to be. And it made a ton of money, just shy of $1.5 billion and counting.

But even with that, Everything Everywhere All at Once, and the other huge hit movie earlier in the season, SpiderMan: No Way Home (almost $2 billion), Hollywood struggled, with US revenue down to $6 billion compared to $11.3 billion in 2019 and one huge cinema chain going into bankruptcy.

There are any number of explanations as to why people are not going into the theatres, starting with the big one of streaming, which was already starting to hit them in 2019 but which took off during the lockdowns. It’s quite possible that people have got into a habit that they can’t be bothered breaking.

But that doesn’t really stack up as an argument in the face of those three blockbusters mentioned earlier. People obviously went out for them. Streaming has also been around for a decade, and especially doesn’t make sense when we’re talking about movies that are not intended to be blockbusters:

Here is the domestic box office for this year’s titles enjoying the most Oscar talk.

  • Till – $8.7 million
  • The Banshees of Inisherin – $7.9 million
  • TÁR – $5.1 million
  • She Said – $4.3 million
  • Triangle of Sadness – $4 million
  • Bones and All – $3.8 million
  • The Fabelmans – $3.5 million
  • Armageddon Time – $1.9 million
  • Aftersun – $756,000

The most shocking title on that list is The Fabelmans. Those of us of a certain age can remember when Oscar talk around a Steven Spielberg movie would have had people flocking to theaters, especially over Thanksgiving weekend (when Fabelmans opened). Spielberg guaranteed that magic cinematic experience we all crave.

While you could say those are “small failures” there have been big ones, and most of those have been Disney productions, starting with Lightyear and ending with the $100 million loss on Strange World (budget $180 million).

The reason is all the Woke bullshit in the storylines and the characters, as John Nolte explains by contrasting these modern movies with the stories and humans of a simple 1970’s movie like The Way of the Dragon:

Lee plays Tang Lung, and the movie opens with Lung, an unsophisticated rube from Hong Kong, arriving in Rome. At the airport, he’s treated rudely, gawked at, dismissed, laughed at… He’s not white. He wears funny clothes. He doesn’t speak the language. He’s an exotic Asian fish out of water, an obvious victim of prejudices, preconceived notions, and racism.

But how does Lee, who had complete control over the movie and his image, play it? Perfectly. Tang Lung doesn’t get angry, doesn’t lecture, and doesn’t demand respect. Instead, he’s humble, a little clumsy, funny, and utterly endearing. Not only does this approach make him relatable, but it’s also the perfect way to convey a message about prejudice and “othering.” Although Tang Lung is very different from us, we relate to him (who hasn’t felt outnumbered and out of place?) and come to respect him for his discipline, bravery, and restraint. Nothing is heavy-handed. No one lectures us. No one pounds their chest about how virtuous they are. No one shames anyone. It’s all done through good-natured humor, theme, and story.

By contrast, the modern movies preach, constantly, unsubtly, and in your face:

There’s no subtlety in woke, no subtext, no generosity. Instead, it’s smug, in your face, insufferable, and never believable. You can’t tell blatant lies about human nature and hold on to your audience. All of this takes us out of the story. It breaks the spell. Further, it insults us and our intelligence, which makes the moviegoing experience a negative one no one wants to repeat.

And so, like Disney, the Oscar brand is dead. Disney didn’t promote Strange World as a gay movie. Still, no one went to see it because we all know what Disney has become. Same with the Oscars. If there’s Oscar heat around a movie, it’s almost certain to be preachy garbage.

Americans have learned their lesson and now avoid this garbage. And it’s not just Red State America staying home. All these movies need to enjoy a respectable box office return is for ten percent of Hillary Clinton voters to show up. Most of these titles failed to attract one percent.

Yep, movies are so insufferable Hollywood has lost the left.

But there may be other things going on as well and they’re more to do with the general loss of trust in our institutions. Another recent flop was She Said, which is a drama about the downfall of the supreme POS and rapist Hollywood producer, Harvey Weinstein. The movie apparently was not driven by Woke and actually sounded like it was pretty good. So why did it flop? Variety magazine gives a bunch of reasons for the failure but I think they’ve missed some because they don’t want to admit to them:

  1. People don’t want to go to depressing movies in this depressing environment. They want to be distracted, as people were by Shirley Temple in the Great Depression.
  2. People are not impressed by journalists any longer (two female reporters are the heroes of the movie). The age of All The President’s Men is dead.
  3. #MeToo proved to be massive exercise in double standards and hypocrisy, especially with the resurrection of Joe Biden, and was well dead before this movie hit the screens. It also became a bit of monster itself so people aren’t interested in seeing it celebrated on screen.
  4. Hollywood, including a number of A-Listers like Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence, enabled this monster for two decades as he sexually abused his way through the place. People aren’t impressed by the same place now trying to tell the story as if it’s some sort of bystander.

Woke can probably be fixed, but trying to use institutions like the MSM, politics, police (the FBI – hahahaha), lawyers, judges and courts – even the military – as places of heroes in movie storylines increasingly does not work; Top Gun worked because it actually celebrated the military, but that’s the last institution with good standing in the US, and even it has slipped a lot recently.

Ironically that’s because the people writing, producing, directing and acting in these movies have done so much to smear those institutions and tear them down in the eyes of the public.

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UPDATE

And here’s a good example of why Hollywood may not make it back. David Mamet (The Untouchables, Glengarry Glen Ross) is one of the greatest living American playwrights, with a huge catalog of famous and celebrated plays (he’s more Broadway than Hollywood), with many accolades for his stories, characters and dialog.

And he’s effectively been shunned by his own community since he wrote an article in 2008 called Why I am No Longer a Brain-Dead Liberal, published in the Lefty, Lefty, Lefty magazine The Village Voice, which had loved him for years, just for extra salt in the wound.

Read Tablet magazine’s Fuck David Mamet to find out why good writing is vanishing from American theatre and film.

Slàinte mhath

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Or Happy St Andrews Day, which marks the beginning of Advent as we head toward Christmas. It’s also Scotland‘s official national day.

Ella Roberts, who is actually Australian, is almost as beautiful as her voice, although I think she’s reddened her locks up a bit for this video where she sings a classic Scottish song of lamentation and loss.

But I don’t mind the red hair: it’s pretty much what you expect when you’ve got tartan genes.

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November 30, 2022 at 3:46 pm

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As 80 years go by

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I didn’t see the movie Casablanca until I was almost forty years old. Despite being an avid TV watcher in my youth I don’t ever recall it being on here in NZ.

Nor do I recall my parents ever talking about it. Perhaps it was just another piece of their wartime background, a bit of fluff they enjoyed and then forgot.

And even though my university had movie nights I never saw it advertised there. But eventually I did see it in a theatre as part of a classics weekend. Even then it feels like I missed so much on that first viewing. It’s a movie that can be viewed many times and little touches revealed each time.

Perhaps I would not have got it in my youth. It may be that you have to have had loss in your life to get it; loss of love, loss of life.

But having seen it and having seen many of the other “great” movies, including other Golden Age of Hollywood classics, and not being one who likes to rank any such thing – usually a Top 10 or Top 100 with no further assessment – I have to say that it is probably the greatest movie I’ve ever seen and I’ve watched it dozens of times by now.

So in honour of it being 80 years since it was released I’ll probably watch it again tonight and once more marvel at its genius.

Whoever edited this trailer for the 4K release of the movie is a bit of a genius themselves.

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November 28, 2022 at 9:41 am

Housecleaning

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Elon Musk just decided to bring the worst people on the internet back to Twitter. (The Verge)

Oh noes. How terrible.

You can click on the link if you wish but I assure you it’s just more of the same screaming that you’ve been hearing for weeks now from the MSM and the sites that their like-minded comrades still control. People like the … creature at the bottom of this post, where it has been placed because it’s Sunday morning.

First, let’s take a look at people who weren’t banned from Twitter under the previous management:

  • Chinese genocide apologists
  • Hitler-worshiping Hindu nationalists
  • Iran’s terrorist leadership
  • Antifa goons actively planning assaults
  • Pedophiles
  • People illegally distributing puberty blockers to children (who were also pedophiles, strange coincidence there)
  • People running mass-reporting schemes (who were – yes – also pedophiles)

People who were banned from Twitter previously:

  • The New York Post for news stories inconvenient to Democrats
  • James Lindsay and the Babylon Bee for accurately identifying an adult male
  • Nick Rekieta for being the victim of a mass-reporting scheme
  • Libs of TikTok (off/on since she only ever showed what insane Leftists were posting themselves on TikTok).
  • Trump for being Trump

And it’s only with those people being reinstated that the news media, which is all MSM and Social Media together and who are intensely pro-censorship, is getting itself worked up about.

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NOW HERE THIS! NOW HERE THIS!

Please ensure you have digested your breakfast and finished your coffee before looking at the following photo of an ex-Twitter “worker”.

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Written by Tom Hunter

November 27, 2022 at 9:32 am

“Imagine there’s no countries…”

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“… It isn’t hard to do”

You may say that I’m a dreamer.
But I’m not the only one.
I hope someday you’ll join us.
And the world will be as one.

Were he still alive John Lennon might be overjoyed that his dream is coming true in the 21st century – at least along the US-Mexican border, where President Biden’s open border policy is pushing the numbers of illegal immigrants entering the USA to ever-higher levels, and this after some five million have already crossed in the last two years.

The famous economist Herbert Stein once noted:

“If something cannot go on forever, it will stop.”

Well sure, but the devil is in the detail of how a thing stops: bankruptcy, collapse, mass crime, civil war? Perhaps we should ask Bernie Sanders, as I noted almost four years ago in The Naif and The Wall:

Bernie Sanders:  Open borders? No, that’s a Koch brothers proposal. 

Ezra Klein:  Really? 

Bernie Sanders:  Of course. That’s a right-wing proposal, which says essentially there is no United States. …
You know what youth unemployment is in the United States of America today? If you’re a white high school graduate, it’s 33 percent, Hispanic 36 percent, African American 51 percent. You think we should open the borders and bring in a lot of low-wage workers, or do you think maybe we should try to get jobs for those kids

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I add the following, semi-famous story about one of Lennon’s responses about his song:

One day Lennon was grumbling about the cost of running his growing empire and Neil Aspinall reminded him of the lyrics: “Imagine no possessions, John.”

“ It’s just a bloody song!” was Lennon’s retort.

Which is to say that, like the good burghers of Martha’s Vineyard, Lennon probably would object to having these immigrants anywhere near his houses.

Written by Tom Hunter

November 26, 2022 at 8:38 am

The Autistic Culture of Cleanliness?

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Andrew Breitbart always argued that politics was downstream of culture.

I don’t know what the following photo says about Japanese politics though because I find it hard to believe that any political system can be neat and clean.

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November 25, 2022 at 5:47 pm

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Why I Hate White Ribbon Day

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Today (25 November) is White Ribbon Day. The aim of the day / campaign is to “flip the script of ‘boys will be boys’… We can all play a part in teaching boys to be caring, supportive, ethical… and reduce the amount of family violence in our community.”

The message is clear – domestic violence is committed by men against women.

Except for my ex-wife.

She was a very disturbed individual. What I thought was liveliness before we engaged (and was attracted to) turned out to be deep-seated emotional problems. I strongly suspect she was abused when she was a child, lending weight to the observation that abused people often go on to inflict abuse.

Which for me, involved being strangled, kicked, punched, scratched and yelled at on a nightmarishly frequent basis.

I never hit back. I would flee the house – I slept in my car, I slept in the office, I stayed at a motel. I never hit back.

I always hoped she’d get better. She’d always regret it afterwards, though not without a heavy dose of blaming me for provoking her. But she had a way of manipulating everybody around her to make me the enemy. After we (finally) split up for good, her mother emailed me blaming me for setting her off, and that she couldn’t be blamed for the violence. I recall one time I finally got her to agree to go to a psychologist. She was careful to control the narrative there, and said how “the marriage was violent.” The psychologist turned to me and made it clear to me how unacceptable that was. He didn’t have an answer when I told him I wasn’t the violent one.

I became a shell of a man. I was a shadow of my former self. The abuse and the victim-blaming was too much for me. I was too ashamed to tell my friends and family until far too late. I was certainly too embarrassed to tell the police, as well as fearful of how she would manipulate them and no doubt blame me for it.

White Ribbon carry on the victim blaming. They do not speak for me as someone who has suffered (serious) domestic violence, blaming me as a man and making the worst categorisations and generalisations possible. Look at this so-called ‘factsheet’ for example:

Most men do not use violence against women. Although family violence can be prevalent in any and all communities, violence by men is often the most serious and lethal type of family violence in New Zealand, and the victims are predominantly women and children.

https://whiteribbon.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/fact-sheet-on-gender-and-family-violence.pdf

I call bullshit on that. Bullshit because I know what it felt like to have my wife’s hands around my throat until I nearly passed out. Bullshit because I know what it is like to be felled by a swinging left hook and then kicked in the stomach. Bullshit because research consistently finds that women in heterosexual relationships tend to perpetuate violence against intimate partners at least as often as men:

According to the CDC, one in seven men in the US has been the victim of physical abuse by an intimate partner in his lifetime, and one in 10 men has experienced rape, physical violence, and stalking by an intimate partner. Recent data from the Office for National Statistics points out that of every three reported IPV cases in the UK, two victims are female, and one is male. These numbers may even be gross underestimations considering male victims of domestic abuse are less likely to view abuse as a crime and usually don’t report it to friends or the police.

https://quillette.com/2022/05/21/why-the-depp-heard-case-should-change-the-gender-paradigm-in-domestic-abuse/

I know that there are far too many feral men out there living out the ‘Jake the Muss’ stereotype. I have no tolerance for domestic violence, there is never any excuse. There is far too much of it in NZ.

But the White Ribbon Campaign gets it wrong by being so one sided and factually wrong. Their social engineering will not decrease how many ferals beat their wives / partners, nor how many disturbed women go psycho on their men. I hate 25 November where I am told I’m part of the problem of domestic violence.

I am thankfully well shod of my ex wife. Despite never holding down a job because she kept getting fired or let go because of the constant conflict she brought to the workplace, I still had to pay her half my life savings and buy her out of the house as part of the divorce. That sucked. At least I am rid of her and her violence. But what I will never be rid of is the emotional scars from years of being abused.

White Ribbon unpicks those scars. My wife was violent towards me because (in her warped mind) I was a threat to her and I set her off. White Ribbon agrees with her that as a women she can’t ever be to blame, I’m the problem because I’m a man.

I hate the White Ribbon campaign and I hate White Ribbon Day.

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November 25, 2022 at 9:22 am

#StayWoke

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No sooner do I write a post on the crap pulled by Big Tech social media assholes in the USA like Zuckerberg and Twitter (Fortify your election with SBF Bucks), than a story appears that is a tailor made as a follow-up.

It seems that Elon Musk has had some spare time in his 24-hour days to poke around the Twitter Headquarters.

And lookie what he found…

What a pack of censorious wankers the previous management and workers were. And what a bunch of gaslighting bastards they were too, as various Righties immediately noted:

This is right up there with idiotic mainstream “Right-Wing” politicians who keep claiming that the MSM and Social Media are not heavily biased to the Left – and hence blindly walk into endless traps laid by them.

I suggest that Elon auction these. Twitter’s got to make money some way.

Written by Tom Hunter

November 24, 2022 at 10:21 am