World watch – Saturday

Friday GMT


For posting on events, news, opinions and anything of interest from around the world.


  1. Patzcuaro

     /  24th February 2018

    Some quotes from a article on gun control.

    “Further, most mass shootings are not committed by those who are mentally ill, at least not as mentally ill is currently defined. Rather, the shooters are angry, alienated men, who are also usually young and white.”

    “Look at Nikolas Cruz; his behavior raised any number of red flags, including several dozen police visits to his home. Yet none of those incidents or other outbursts rose to the level of a gun-deniable incident. He passed a federal background check and legally purchased his AR-15 rifle.”

    Rather than being mentally ill the school shooters probably don’t fit in at school and are bullied. Shooting fellow students at school suggest to me that they are lashing out at a place and people that have hurt them.

  2. Patzcuaro

     /  24th February 2018

    Billy Graham, patriotism , guns and God.

    “When we look at the legacy of Billy Graham, we need to see it for what it was ― the very beginnings of a capitalist, conservative Christianity, less concerned with the soul than the voting booth.

    In conflating faith with patriotism, Graham created a perniciously political civil religion that is more about virtue-signaling than any actual service to God or country.”

  3. Patzcuaro

     /  24th February 2018

    Let teachers teach.

  4. Gezza

     /  24th February 2018

    Aljaz tv news is showing video of Syrian Regime warplanes which, in addition to dropping barrel bombs, has now started dropping incendiary bombs on Eastern Ghouta.

    The weeks-long, Russian-supported, relentless air assault on the trapped civlian population of this wrecked suburb of Damascus amounts to a war crime – but once again, after its latest meeting, the UN Security Council has been unable to do anything meaningfully in the way of action to halt the bombing because of the Russian power of veto.

    A commentator on the channel noted that the regime is now secure & the war appears to be moving into the final stages. Assad, he says, has accepted that the external powers, Russia, Turkey, Iran, Hezbollah & the US in their alliances with the various Syrian rebel forces, have secured control of various areas in the South, East & North of the country.

    Athough their attacks are being concentrated at the moment on Ghouta, a second assault is continuing on Idlib, the remaining area of trapped rebels. Both areas were designated as safe “de-escalation zones” into which the populations were allowed to transfer

    Assad’s demand, the commentator said, is that the surviving populations must transfer into the allied forces’s zones, some 400,000 people & that the Regime be permitted to rule the remainder of the country.

    Pretty sobering watching video clips of mums & kids cowering in their apartments as bombs fall because they don’t have underground shelters, fathers carrying their dead children through dust-filled, rubble strewn streets as the bombs are falling, & a trailer being simultaneously loaded with the bodies of dead civilians for burial.

  5. Gezza

     /  24th February 2018

    Over the last couple of days, Aljaz tv has shown video excerpts of the NRA Executive Vice President, Wayne LaPierre, addressing some NRA convention that Mike Pence also addressed. LaPierre is shown telling the audience that people advocating more gun control are “the elites” who are opposed to the freedoms of Americans to resist oppression. That they “want control”.

    Must see if I can find a video of his whole address. If you simply read a transcript of what this man is saying you wouldn’t get the impact he has on NRA members. The video clips capture the eyes and the posturing, the disgusting loathing, & the vehemence of his rhetoric. Members there were spoken to & they buy this stuff. They speak of the need to carry guns & have AR15s to protect themselves & their families from crime & the threat of the government & those opposed to everybody carrying guns.

    Watching LaPierre reminds me of Nazi Party speakers like Hitler, Goebels & Göering, giving inflammatory speeches at street gatherings in the early days before they gained control of Germany’s Parliament through legal means.

    And all this guy is really doing is fronting for the arms industry. Disgusting man.

  6. Gezza

     /  24th February 2018

    Multiple U.S. presidents, including George H.W. Bush (pictured) have criticized LaPierre’s rhetoric – but NOT THIS ONE, Trump – OR HIS VP!

    In 1995, LaPierre wrote a fundraising letter describing federal agents as “jack-booted government thugs” who wear “Nazi bucket helmets and black storm trooper uniforms to attack law-abiding citizens.”[18] The term “jack-booted government thugs” had been coined by United States Representative John David Dingell Jr., Democrat of Michigan, in 1981, referring to ATF agents, and came to be frequently repeated by the NRA. Former president George H. W. Bush was so outraged by the letter that he resigned his NRA life membership.[20] In response to growing criticism, LaPierre apologized, saying he did not intend to “paint all federal law-enforcement officials with the same broad brush”.

    In 2000, LaPierre said President Bill Clinton tolerated a certain amount of violence and killing to strengthen the case for gun control and to score points for his party. Clinton White House spokesman Joe Lockhart called it “really sick rhetoric, and it should be repudiated by anyone who hears it”. In 2004, citing Democratic candidate John Kerry’s history of authoring and supporting gun control legislation, LaPierre actively campaigned against the senator in the 2004 presidential elections.

    On December 21, 2012, the NRA held a televised media event at Washington’s Willard Hotel located adjacent to the White House at which LaPierre read a 30 minute prepared statement in response to the December 14, 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting of 27 people including 20 children between 6 and 7 years old – the deadliest mass shooting in a school in U.S. history. He connected gun violence with “gun-free zones”, violent films and video games, the media, weak databases on mental illness and lax security, and called for armed officers at American schools in an effort to protect children from gun violence.

    He blamed the video game industry for the shooting, describing it as “a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells and sows violence against its own people, through vicious, violent video games.” THESE ARE THE SAME THINGS TRUMP IS NOW SAYING.

    Following the event, several in the media criticized LaPierre’s statements, including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial board and The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg. On December 14, Rupert Murdoch tweeted, “Terrible news today. When will politicians find courage to ban automatic weapons? As in Oz after similar tragedy.” After the press release, one of his newspapers, the New York Post, that is usually considered editorially conservative, labelled LaPierre a “Gun Nut!” on its December 22, 2012 cover. The accompanying article which was highly critical of LaPierre statement, described it as “bizarre”. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that LaPierre’s vision of America was “paranoid” and “dystopian” and portrayed the United States as “dangerous and violent … where everyone is armed and no place is safe.”

    In a tweet sent out after one of the funerals, Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), who represents Newtown, said, “Walking out of another funeral and was handed the NRA transcript. The most revolting, tone-deaf statement I’ve ever seen.” Others also criticized LaPierre’s remarks, including Republican Party strategist and pollster Frank Luntz and pundit Ann Coulter. In response to LePierre’s recommendation to protect schools with armed guards, then-New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said, “You can’t make [school] an armed camp for kids.”

    In response to the February 14, 2018 Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, where 17 students and adults were killed and 14 injured – one of the world’s deadliest school massacres, LaPierre delivered a speech on February 22 at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held in National Harbor, Maryland, in which he criticized the FBI, the media and gun control advocates. “As usual, the opportunists wasted not one second to exploit tragedy for political gain. The elites do not care one whit about America’s school system and schoolchildren. If they truly cared, what they would do is they would protect them. For them it is not a safety issue, it is a political issue … [Gun control advocates] don’t care if their laws work or not. They just want get more laws to get more control over people. But the NRA, the NRA does care.”His reference to “elites” was questioned as some might consider him to be an “elite”, as he is a multimillionaire. He also argued that the constitutional right to keep and bear arms “is not bestowed by man, but granted by God to all Americans as our American birthright.” – Wiki
    … ..,
    Loathesome character.

  7. Gezza

     /  24th February 2018

    India to Canada’s Trudeau: Stop Being Such A Try Hard

    “Trudeau, accustomed to being praised for his Prince Charming good looks, is getting a lot of flak on his tour of India, and the latest gags focus on his razzle-dazzle wardrobe, upstaging even India’s flamboyant movie stars.”

  8. Joe Bloggs

     /  24th February 2018

    Yet another indictment for Manafort: charged with paying off a group of “former senior European politicians” to take positions favorable to Ukraine, even though their activities were intended to look independent. Manafort allegedly used “at least four offshore accounts to wire more than 2 million euros to pay the group of former politicians,” according to the indictment.

    The poor schlub is toast.