Watching the Untrusted Implode III

France 1987 Notre Dame 1

 

France 1987 Notre Dame 2

 

France 1987 Notre Dame 3

Watching the Untrusted Implode III

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Britain’s middle-class Brexit Anxiety Disorder

For Britain’s pro-European middle classes, Brexit is akin to a psychological trauma which has left many unable to behave rationally, according to two leading experts. Far from being hyper-rational observers concerned only with what is economically sensible, many have morphed into the “Remainiacs” of Brexiteer disdain.

They are acting no differently to what psychologists would expect from those suffering from chronic anxiety caused by loss of control and insecurity, Dr. Philip Corr, professor of psychology and behavioral economics at the University of London, and Dr. Simon Stuart, a clinical psychologist, told POLITICO.

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From the Observer:

Legal aid cuts, and rise in digital evidence and sexual abuse cases affecting profession, says CBA

The Observer 6 May 2018 reports that Self-employed barristers with a tendency to take on whatever work came their way could end up handling back-to-back cases involving allegations of a serious sexual nature for months.

Is this any surprise given this sample?

BeautifulBurnout – calling Bitey a paedophile; – frankly, it is fair comment

BeautifulBurnout is Judge Anthony Pitt also a paedophile?

HankScorpio, BeautifulBurnout, Backtothepoint and Paedophilia

How False Accusations by the Untrusteds have allowed the guilty to avoid detection

BeautifulBurnout and Backtothepoint – 7/7 London Transport Truther Conspirators

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” An assault on an ideology is not merely different from a threat made to a person; it is the opposite of a threat made to a person. The whole end of liberal civilization is to substitute the criticism of ideas for assaults on people.” – Adam Gopnik

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There is something wonderful in seeing a wrong-headed majority assailed by truth.

John Kenneth Galbraith

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Welcome to The Real Untrusted

for a brief introduction to this site – read here

“The citadel of established practice seldom falls to the polite knock of a good idea. It may however yield to a long siege, a pre-emptive strike, a wooden horse or a cunning alliance.” 

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Why I would have voted to Leave the EU is now here

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I’ve posted Photographs 30  –  all of which have been displayed on the front page recently and are now all together for those who might have missed them first time round.

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 Today’s Music

Concierto De Aranjuez – Chet Baker & Paul Desmond &Jim Hall & Ron Carter & Steve Gadd & Roland Hanna

 

Troyka – Arcades


In the beginning……….. How the CiF rebels turned hypocrisy into an art form-  is now elsewhere  – making comments posted here easier to access – I hope.

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  1. pbj2

     /  April 22, 2019

    Thought provoking article by Frances Ryan following the death of Stephen Smith.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/22/stephen-smith-benefits-system-dying

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    • Hi Paul,

      Does Frances Ryan ever write about the good things that happen because the UK has a welfare state and a National Health Service, and that hundreds of thousands, probably millions of people greatly and marginally benefit from it?

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  2. The last time I visited France was in the late 1990s, a driving holiday to the Gorge du Tarn to see the recently re-introduced vultures.

    But I notice the Guardian article on rural France tells a different story about the grief resulting from Notre Dame and the poverty of much of what is still a largely agricultural country.

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  3. In the comparatively minor issue of the UK leaving the EU the great cry from remainers was and is “where is the plan?”

    There is a 599 page Withdrawal Agreement and a 26 page Political Declaration, both agreed by the EU and the UK Government’s Prime Minister.

    Yet in the massively more complex and wide-ranging attempt to save the planet, there is no mention of a plan and neither is there one on Extinction Rebellion’s website.

    It does have three slogans totalling 58 words but that’s hardly a plan.

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  4. That pervert, Roman Polanski, wants to sue the Oscars committee. They were stupid enough to award him an Oscar even after he’d admitted to raping a child.

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    • Jack Roth

       /  April 20, 2019

      His arrogance is breathtaking – he is a fugitive from the American legal system, but is using that very same system in an attempt to muscle his way back into the Academy.

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  5. pbj2

     /  April 19, 2019

    Happy Easter to our host,Bru,Desde and Jack

    Enjoy the break,

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    • Jack Roth

       /  April 20, 2019

      And you, Paul.

      (And some nice pics of Notre-Dame from BTH there.)

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      • Thanks Jack, they’re from 1987, scanned negatives from a Canon SLR as far as I can recall. 146 photos taken in about three weeks. Today I’ll take often that number in a couple of days!

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  6. pbj2

     /  April 18, 2019

    I’ve just read about the death of Michel Bacos.aged 94.

    Bacos was the pilot of the Air France plane which got hijacked in 1976 and was made to go to Entebbe in Uganda.Soon after arrival the Jewish passengers were separated from the non-Jewish and the latter were released soon after.

    Bacos was told he could leave as well but he and his crew refused to go and stayed with the Jewish passengers until they were released by the Israel Defense Forces.He was commended for his bravery in France,Israel and the USA.

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  7. pbj2

     /  April 18, 2019

    Afternoon all

    More evidence that the UK press isn’t as free as some would like us to believe it is.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/press-freedom-index-uk-ranking-reporters-without-borders-us-italy-a8875771.html

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    • Hi Paul,

      I wish there was some evidence of how the UK’s media fails to reach the standards of other European nations but in that report but it doesn’t mention a single incident. There’s barely a day goes past when one of the UK’s quality papers / tv channels doesn’t report on something the government / business / education / local authorities etc would censor given the chance.

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  8. brusselsexpats

     /  April 18, 2019

    Plácido Domingo, President of Europa Nostra, declared:
    “This tragedy means a personal loss for every European, since this cathedral is a unique symbol of our common history and culture. It shows the great vulnerability of our historical monuments, but also underlines how important it is to join our efforts and resources to preserve this unique heritage and transmit it to the new generations”.

    Europa Nostra is determined to join the huge solidarity movement which we have been witnessing in France, Europe and the entire world since the very first moments of the outbreak of the fire. We wish to contribute to the huge effort for the reconstruction and restoration of the Notre Dame Cathedral. We will mobilise all our members and our networks to take part in the necessary fund raising. This engagement will be highlighted during the European Heritage Congress which we intend to organise in Paris at the end of October 2019.

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  9. brusselsexpats

     /  April 18, 2019

    Afternoon all,

    Hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather and have a good Easter break. I’ll be out till Tuesday.

    Europa Nostra, of which I’m a member, will be joining in helping the reconstruction of the Notre Dame and will be holding an event in October – I expect I’ll attend like I did for Berlin.

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  10. Good morning,

    Mentioning that place again – Cifunderground – I have felt rather sorry for NuitsDeYoung as Xen picks on her calling her names and no one stands up for her.

    Elsewhere, I have put in a Fitness to Practise complaint about a social worker because must do it whilst I still can. Good thing is that, after more than 2 weeks it hasn’t been pinged back to me as ‘no further action to be taken’ which is what they normally do. Also, the complained about can’t resign to avoid investigation; the investigation will go ahead anyway. It’s excruciatingly personal but it has to be done. Of course these people are so well-protected it’s almost impossible to get anywhere but it feels better to be heard. Never fails to amaze me that some people can do appalling things to someone and think they can go off and have a nice life without any recriminations.

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  11. pbj2

     /  April 16, 2019

    Evening all

    BTH ,just out of interest what are the viewing figures for this site.Are we attracting a truly global audience ? 😉

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    • Hi Paul,

      Well what you see is what you get – most of the time, but today the 17th there have been page views of 2 from France, 3 from Belgium, 16 from the UK and 19 from the USA. There are 18 followers and there have been 611,729 page views since day 1.

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      • Who on earth views from the USA? Is it perchance Mr President? If Trump reads, he should start posting.

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        • Hi Desde,

          Who on earth indeed – but the Guardian has a large American following now and from time to time Jack and I have posted links to this place which have survived the censors axe so that might explain it.

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  12. An abandoned chalk pit which has been an impenetrably dense jungle of bramble, gorse and fallen trees for more than a century will this month be revealed as an extraordinary lost garden created by two former prime ministers.

    The lost garden of Walmer Castle in Kent was laid out in the early 19th century by William Pitt the Younger and completed by Lord Liverpool.

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    • Jack Roth

       /  April 16, 2019

      Good article.

      40,000 comments! – crikey, what a gossipy lot we are.

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  13. brusselsexpats

     /  April 16, 2019

    There’s one thing though. Those medieval stone masons must have been brilliant. None of our buildings of today would last five minutes.

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  14. brusselsexpats

     /  April 16, 2019

    Morning all,

    Seems the damage is not as bad as at first feared. I couldn’t believe it when I heard the news.

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    • Jack Roth

       /  April 15, 2019

      Hard to watch 😦 –

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      • pbj2

         /  April 15, 2019

        It’s absolutely heartbreaking Jack.Paris without Notre Dame is like London without St Pauls..

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        • Jack Roth

           /  April 15, 2019

          ‘It’s absolutely heartbreaking’

          How true – 850 years of history being reduced to rubble in just a couple of hours.

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      • How awful. I wasn’t aware of it at all not having a TV and being an avid listener of Radio 4 Extra. Main thing is, no one got hurt.

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  15. pbj2

     /  April 15, 2019

    Afternoon all

    It’s grating that Shamima Begum has been granted legal aid when so many others are denied it.However i think it was the right decision on balance.For whatever our personal views on Begum herself the fact is she’s a British national who’s been stripped of her citizenship .And it’s right,in my opinion,that due legal process is followed in order to determine whether or not the government can do that..Especially as the Bangladeshi government have said she’s not entitled to citizenship of that country so in theory she’s now stateless.And by law the government can’t make someone stateless.

    https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/jeremy-corbyn-defends-isis-bride-shamima-begums-legal-aid-a4118396.html

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  16. Afternoon all.

    Yesterday, Whitey, my oldest guinea pig died. She’d been ravenous and thirsty for many weeks and losing weight so possibly kidney disease which was same as Ratty had. Whitey was over 5 and a half years old, so not bad age and she died quickly because she was running around squeaking in the morning.

    Out today for first time since Friday. It is really cold here despite the sunshine.

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    • pbj2

       /  April 15, 2019

      Sorry to read about your pet Desde.Hope you’re feeling a bit better.

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      • Jack Roth

         /  April 15, 2019

        Sad news – I know how fond of your pets you are.

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        • Thanks for your commiserations. Luckily Whitey conked out very quickly; she was charging around looking for food in the morning and when I found her body it was still warm. If only we could all kick the bucket like that.

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          • Hi Desde, Sorry to hear about poor Whitey, and if your demise is to be eclipsed by something, what better than Notre Dame?

            As an aside I forgot to mention when Jack posted about the seven years this place has existed, that at about the same time the number of comments posted reached 40,000.

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  17. This is a good piece by Nesrine Malik about how the left picks its causes with reference to Assange. It also makes some astute comments about Corbyn. I have never understood the adulation some have had for Assange. If the rest of us were suspected of sex crimes we’d have to face the music.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/15/left-blinkered-claims-julian-assange-sexual-assault

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  18. pbj2

     /  April 14, 2019

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  19. brusselsexpats

     /  April 14, 2019

    Evening all,

    Sorry to hear you are unwell Desde. It’s been so cold that it’s not surprising. A lot of people coughing and sneezing here as well. Spring often finds people at their lowest ebb after the winter.
    Keep warm and have plenty of hot drinks.

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  20. ‘Hope you feel better soon’

    Thanks Paul. It got on my chest as usual; am so bad now that I’m putting in a claim for ESA and PIP. Don’t expect success but will try and get diagnosis and treatment when see GP soon. It’s not asthma, though I’ve still got that, might be bronchiectasis or the test for COPD was faulty and it’s that after all.

    How are you now?

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    • Hi Desde,

      Sorry to read you’re under the weather but good that you’re still fighting the system. A few years back I gave up trying to find a way to get my mother Attendance Allowance. Everything I read shouted “no way”, but to show willing I filled in the forms. Then my sister said a letter had arrived saying she’d got the upper allowance. Just shows what a lottery it is. Mind you as she’s now 97 (my mother not my sister!) and fed up with living, in hospital, with a doctor saying she’s got no medical condition that would warrant her being there, but nevertheless has put her in a side ward with a wall to wall tv and doubtless wondering if this is heaven or or just one more diversion on her long and eventful life. I’m left wondering – what is this life?

      What is this life if, full of care,
      We have no time to stand and stare.

      No time to stand beneath the boughs
      And stare as long as sheep or cows.

      No time to see, when woods we pass,
      Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

      No time to see, in broad daylight,
      Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

      No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
      And watch her feet, how they can dance.

      No time to wait till her mouth can
      Enrich that smile her eyes began.

      A poor life this if, full of care,
      We have no time to stand and stare.

      But when we decide no more staring or caring – just let us go.

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      • Hi Bitey

        Yes the system’s a lottery. Recently someone asked my opinion re their difficulty in claiming disability benefits. There didn’t seem to be a solution; she hasn’t turned up for some assessments because of her conditions and had doctors back her on that. But they would come to her home. Not sure that she’s telling everything but claims to have had no money except housing benefit for 5 years.

        I hope there’s a solution for your mother.

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    • pbj2

       /  April 14, 2019

      Evening all

      I’m ok thanks Desde. Hope you’re feeling a bit better today.

      Poignant poem BTH.Thanks for posting it.

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  21. Today is my brother’s 69th birthday, he’s in his 70th year. Ha! For someone who defines himself so much on his physical power it won’t be easy. With his obcession about all things Scottish (except the reality of it), it is he who should be called The Last King of Scotland, not Idi Amin.

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  22. pbj2

     /  April 13, 2019

    Evening all

    Hope you feel better soon Desde.

    It seems that Shamima Begum wasn’t quite the innocent little housewife she said she was after joining ISIS in Syria.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/shamima-begum-isis-syria-morality-police-suicide-belts-a8869016.html

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    • Hi everyone

      During debates about Begum, many claimed that she was ‘groomed’. How do they know? Do they have inside knowledge of the case?Seeing as ISIS websites don’t pop up as soon as going online, she must have sought them out which means she already had interest. If she was approached personally, she could have walked away. One poster was adamant that she hadn’t killed anyone: again, how could they know? It is more about people hanging their political beliefs onto her.

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