Friday, 12 June 2020

I'm Spartacus!

The BLM thing seems to have spawned a nation of 'let's remove anyone and everything that they find offensive.' (So that is most of us told). I'd advise readers to copy and paste before they get banned.

Censoring Fawlty Towers makes the BBC look more bonkers than Basil ...
Now they want Basil Fawlty banned not because of jokes about black people but he insulted the Krauts, (Sorry Germans). I suppose the fact they were the reason millions died is incidental? Their final solution an accident? (They were actually building a theme park...  not Gas chambers) they said.

16 Epic Facts About 'Spartacus' | Mental Floss
Should we not be banning ANYTHING to do with Europe as well? After all the last 1,000 years they have continually invaded our country and slaughtered us including the Romans who built their Empire on slavery. Looks like we didn't leave the EU soon enough. If we are suddenly going to go at everyone who did anything years ago there will be no sector we don't go at. The thought police have been let out again.

Lord Baden-Powell, the Scout-Spy - Paul Dettmann - Medium
Dib, dib, dib? No more ging gang goolies for the scouts, they gotta go too.  He was a fan of Adolph, but to be scrupulously fair so was the Queen and her Uncle who were filmed practising their Nazi Salutes, And Uncle Edward often used to crack a few lagers with Adolph in Paris during the war,  Prince Charles' uncle changed his name to Mountbatten because his real name was Battenburgh and it was being mixed up with a cake of that name or Identified him as german which was negative during WW2 for some reason.

The Black and White Minstrel Show - History of the BBCAnt and Dec two child(ish) TV presenters had to grovel after dressing up as black people, so did Little Britain.  ATR has to fess up his Mum was a fan of the BBC TV program the Black and white minstrel show, so son of a racist too.  

Lots of good old British TV humour now consigned to the bin of history we must all frown and scowl now and laughing is racist, (or is an ism or ic or something.)  Currently, ATR is off to delve into the local history to compile a list of everything that mentions Black or White and anyone found laughing can expect at least 6 months in the Pokey and to be re-educated in what is or isn't acceptable any more (Which is everything currently).   Grey is the new black.

I fully expect the league of ginger-haired people to start marching soon and the left-handed. One thing for sure when the pubs open again we are all going to make the most of it.  I suspect the current display of holier than thou and thought police areas are probably forming a new religion or something and buying up gender-neutral/grey bin bags to stick over their head, at least we will know who to ignore then.  

I actually had some clown posting to ATR to stop using the black background on this blog, are they for real?  would pink suit? or could that be construed a dig at Gays or something?  Can't be too careful.  Alternatively, we can just tell them all to get a grip before they screw it up for us and themselves?  I'm praying for an outbreak of common sense personally.  I know the virus has prevented a lot from getting out more, but they seem to have lost the plot now they can.

Have you noticed? All of a sudden everyone is against racism?  they have not done anything the past 250 years but... Question? how do we address COVID that is deliberately targeting and indiscriminately killing black and BAME people? And nobody can do a thing about it.

Wednesday, 10 June 2020

We are ALL Racists.

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The picture is a rather naive opportunist one but... All of a sudden 1,000s of UK white people are empathising with BLM, but only because of a killing in the USA, nobody took much interest before or acted on racism prior.

COVID has provided the perfect storm for protest. We are a nation of hypocrites following the latest hashtag and paying lip-service to equality. It's easier to suggest we include everyone, how awful black lives are etc.. then carry on ignoring them and their issues but ensuring no kickback by supporting their cause at least on social media.  The net isn't what the street or reality is.

As regards to the UK we were more concerned all these people violated the COVID Lockdown putting many others at health risk their colour was immaterial, that got lost. There is a time and place for a demo now isn't one of them and given those who demonstrated are at higher risk of COVID than most, why risk it?

Do I think pulling statues down and banning TV programs will stop racism? No, history has happened and it is against the interest to hide or obliterate it. They pulled down Saddam Hussein's statue look at the chaos that followed that.  The southern USA states got a pang of conscience and allowed the pulling down of icons of their civil war, but it changed nothing, especially the fact the war was waged because of slavery, why would black people NOT want the civil war known, or its reason?  Because the North won? Abe Lincoln still endorsed segregated armies. George Washington was a slaver we are told.  The USA wealth was based on it.

Yup the UK did their bit too.  Slavery is universal e.g. the Romans, the Egyptian empires were built on it, we should be going at those countries it's a matter of dates, it is too far back.  

Harsh Lessons From Top Court's Judicial Passivism - India Press ...It isn't the rabid racist you have to worry about, they can be identified easily it is the placid and passive 'cest la vie' majority who don't mix with the BAME (Black, Asian, Minority and Ethnic) areas, who to be scrupulously fair do the same. The passivists don't socialise with them, do their own 'white' thing, that isn't inclusion and multiculturalism is just whitewashing inclusion suggesting we are integrated and equal when we are all 'going our own way.'

You cannot stop racism with law, that is naive thinking, it is debatable you can educate it out either. School is only part of our lives.  You have to get people onside because they want that, saying they have to is to invite opposition nobody likes being told what they HAVE to do. 

With the virus telling everyone where they can now stand, where they can or cannot go, what they have to wear, and at what distance already, I don't see how enforcing black history in schools is going to make any dent in that COVID doesn't care. There are 100s of areas who are demanding inclusion in education, e.g. deaf people are demanding sign as a compulsory lesson in the UK.  

Where do you say the line must be drawn? our kids haven't the time, nor the schools the wherewithal, and differing areas of ethnicity will be demanding their inclusion and on their terms just the same, *Sod's law rules.   Black people learning black history by all means, but it won't hold relevance for others who will demand their own history too.  Welsh people were oppressed and their language declared illegal by England, who sent in armies to enforce it and later educationalists to schools who banned its tuition and use.  There is a very long queue of people who want their history included.

When I was in school I was taught the 'Kings and Queens of England' in history lessons, but a number were Welsh not English and we had our own history book via 'Hanes Cymru' that they refused to teach us about. Our current Royalty are Germanic Greeks.  This is living memory not 200 years ago. Is there a nation that HASN'T been oppressed?

Only recently in the UK we saw Asian areas attempting to block aspects of UK sex and gender education, so we won't accommodate everyone, that contributes to segregation, it may not be advisable to do that as equality such as we view it, will prevent these areas telling others what they can and cannot do just because that is their norm. That is a fact of human nature. We can only go on merit.  Only the middle ground exists.

Sod's law is a British culture axiom that "if something can go wrong, it will".

In one area of the UK one-THIRD of its white population sold up and moved to areas where there are little or no migrants or BAME residents.  We could suggest that is racist, but also suggest it is their own choice and right where they live.  The more 'profile' an area gets the more marginalised others can see it for them.  Human nature tends to demonstrate choice is paramount, (The deaf use the term preference), but it is # semantics.

Semantics is commonly used to refer to a trivial point or distinction that revolves around mere words rather than significant issues.

Once the lockdown eases, I don't envisage much change after.  Maybe more focus groups more marches, more pulling down statues, TV programs removed, or books burnt, references to facts rewritten, following the age-old truism the victor determines what fact and history is.  You still cannot control vested interests who will see the issue as an excuse to cause mayhem.  They will provoke to get a reaction and once that happens it encourages more martyrs to the cause who believe provocation is the only way.

The majority will then encourage a fightback and support rule of lawYou are in it for the long term or not at all, but, life happens and has a way of messing it all up again.

Tuesday, 9 June 2020

The Deaf Case

The irony being such low-educated deaf people and isolated probably won't see the ad for their 'services'. Would it not be easier to encourage deaf to read instead? not pander to their disabling issue bypassing education and awareness, and pandering to translation support services all the time?

The elephant in the room is the reality such low educated deaf won't be good sign users either so still have difficulty. I suppose the old chestnut of preference for sign and rights is standing in the way again?  Apparently, deaf social lives will fall apart if they aren't all relying on others the same and maintaining that 'norm' It is alarmingly accepted as a deaf norm. The issue needs to be addressed in deaf education and primary drive to be educating the deaf to read and write so they can address issues themselves.  

That some deaf are leaving 16 years of specialised education unable to read is a disgrace.  The services being offered above take away any will or drive for such deaf to understand things for themselves, of course, BSL 'support' is a never-ending job for life for such agencies as well isn't it?

We should be sending deaf adults back to school to overcome the disadvantages deaf educational approaches and sign put in their way if only to do their day job.  BSL translation still won't enable understanding, they are still going to have to rely on others, be it family, friends or such agencies. Root out deaf educational issues then deaf can do it for themselves.

If schools are turning out generations of deaf people unable to follow the written word and arming them with the depressing realism they are going to be reliant on others for life, (And its a right!), then Ofsted needs to investigate deaf education and sort it out.  As is a ban on immersive sign-only approaches which would mean lots more deaf unable to read a letter.

What are they teaching in deaf education?  It isn't how to function once they leave school, is it?

Monday, 8 June 2020

BLM and Deaf lives matter too.

Politics latest news: Slave trader should not be 'on a statue in ...
From a UK Deaf site.  

The BML message is being lost and they are saying now ALL lives matter, its the only way many can express dismay at what they are seeing, or be called racists themselves.

It is all that is wrong with the UK laws on equality, they don't work, it is the road to minority rule, vested interest, bias, sectarianism, segregation,  and not majority rule, which makes the UK as much of a joke as the USA is. 

The vandals and stirrers emerged inevitably. The idea was to provoke a reaction from the police so all hell could break loose.  The fact the marchers defied the lockdown because their lives are not as important as their message, ignored something else, they are target number one for COVID and now pose a health risk to us. I don't see that logic.

Me neither, Deaf Lives Matter.

The Bristol vandalism follows the route the Southern States of the USA took, trying to re-write history by removing images and reference points to it. Statues, burning books, anything related to people who supported slavery.

Not making sense, it is why their civil war was started to get rid of it,  albeit I gather Abe Lincoln wasn't entirely convinced slavery was wrong.  In their civil war, and in WW2 the USA was the only country to have segregated army by forming black-only battalions etc.    The UK had class distinctions too.

History is, if you remove references then a generation from now nobody will have learnt the lessons from it.  We have young people now who are ignorant of the recent World wars or the people in it.

Hitler and his followers created the Holocaust, and there was no way anyone wanted to remove the proof it happened.  Jews know memories are short if the death chambers were levelled there would be no focus. 

Throwing a statue into the river at Bristol doesn't change the facts, and from what I saw it was white people doing that.  Why would black people want to remove those things which are proof of how badly they were treated Do they think nobody will know it ever happened if they did that?

I  used to go to Colston Hall to watch rock concerts, am I now a racist?  I only went to see Chuck Berry.

Sunday, 7 June 2020

Clear masks sorted...

We have the technology.......

On a clear day

Countering disinformation: The Council of Europe Perspective
You can lip-read forever.... (Apologies to Ms Streisland)... 

When did the cultural mantra change from 'All deaf sign', to 'All deaf lip-read'?  When 85% of deaf people who sign have no effective ability without it, or interventional support? 

What COVID has done is expose what many other activists have been trying to do for years and not listened to, in that the cultural and sign message was an exercise in mass disinformation,  hijacked by people who have less interest in sign or culture and more in the cash, work and Kudos that comes with promoting it, mostly, by deaf who can manage with or without it.

It's not really in their interests to promote inclusion or support adaptation by deaf people, hence the relentless assaults on alleviations, oral approaches, even Makaton and hearing parents, COVID has outed them.  Clear masks was a way by these people to suggest a change of emphasis on how deaf communicate to maintain the momentum for their strange idea of what we all need. 

PPE wasn't created to undermine deaf people, it is there to save lives.

Knowing their interpreters are unwilling to risk their health for them they are going for mask-wearing as a block and discrimination instead.  It is health necessity COVID doesn't care if you are deaf, a signer, a lip-reader, are black, white or striped,   it will infect and can kill you if you don't take care.

Such negative people have been exposed because the promotion of clear masks offer little or no protection to COVID 19.  Again people have seen a way to make money by selling DIY versions, multi-coloured and again not offering any protection to the user.  It also failed to explain a sign user wants... sign language access (!) because they know lip-reading isn't enough for them.  Nobody has told them they can get it online or on their phones for free, because the negatives need to maintain their disinformative message. 

Instead of suggesting the deaf use alternatives to lip-reading they cannot really do anyway, they declared using text etc is yet another assault on their sign use, their language rights, it's obscure grammar, their.... playing on fear, how despicable are these people?  And why can't deaf see through themWe will never have a better chance to remove them.

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