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  1. 26 minutes ago, Chinahand said:

    If it is fine for the NY Times to publish that OPED, they had no grounds what so ever for sacking a journalist for using it too.

    They didn't sack him, and the writer of the second article is black.

  2. 8 minutes ago, Max Power said:

    I alluded to our own Stu Peters earlier, the man very nearly lost his job at Manx Radio for saying something which didn't suit the agenda of a couple of his callers. What he said was pretty innocuous, but the situation escalated, despite him offering an on air apology if he was wrong.   

    Did he? My recollection was there was an investigation that found no wrongdoing.

    "The agenda of a couple of his callers" - it was a lot more than that, and we both know it. I'm not sure why you're trying to paint it as such. I really can't be bothered rehashing old ground, but there are plenty of articles describing why "All lives matter" is not innocuous, and why claiming that white people are no more privileged than black people is at best stupid and at worst malicious.

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  3. Still not seen an example of someone being cancelled.


    I'll help people out though - there actually is a cancel culture. You can see it in the drag community, strangely enough. They're very quick to boycott someone based on missed nuance or mis-speaking.

    But that's the thing, you can only be cancelled by your own fans. And only if you're in a role that relies on the public buying tickets/books/whatever. The idea that "the left" is out cancelling people all over the place is patent nonsense.

  4. 38 minutes ago, Chinahand said:

    A New York Time's journalist took a student group to South America, he was asked if it was ok to use the n-word in any circumstances, by a person using the N-word, he discussed the issues with them also using the word and was fired for it.

    The disciplining of the Chinese language teacher for explaining about Chinese verbal mannerisms.  This is nothing to do with racism.  Political madness.


    "Mr. McNeil apologized and said in a statement, “Originally, I thought the context in which I used this ugly word could be defended. I now realize that it cannot. It is deeply offensive and hurtful.”"

    "“What’s happened to me has been called a ‘witch hunt,’” he wrote. “It isn’t. It’s a series of misunderstandings and blunders. I may be the only living Times reporter who has actually covered a witch hunt — in Zimbabwe in 1997. They inevitably end worse for the accused. I’m at least getting my say.”"

    Even the guy you're offering as an example doesn't think he's an example of cancel culture.


    "The disciplining of the Chinese language teacher for explaining about Chinese verbal mannerisms."
    Are you suggesting the teacher didn't know what they were doing when deliberately selecting a word that sounded like a racial slur? Of course they did. And they could, and should, have chosen any number of other examples that didn't.

    As for political madness, given the Prime Minister we currently have in the UK, and the President we've just gotten rid of in America - and their respective histories of racist remarks, I don't think politics has much to do with it.

  5. 9 minutes ago, Shake me up Judy said:

    A Palestinian state and a two-state solution is long gone. They could have had their own state back in 1948 but rejected it. They've never wanted a two-state solution anyway, just the genocide of the Israeli people, to the last man, woman and child. Israel is the only democracy in the whole Middle East. Can anyone seriously imagine the Palestinians being another ?

    How do you define democracy? Palestine has elections. And once again, comparing Israel to Palestine is not particularly fair.

    Israel gets billions in foreign aid, and immeasurable support.

    Palestinians have been forcibly evicted as more and more of their land is taken for half a dozen decades. In some cases, 3 generations of people have lived and died in the same refugee camp. That's not living. It's barely even surviving. Gaza is effectively an open air prison, the West Bank is under military rule, Israel frequently gives itself legal permission to do things like its "open fire" rule, which has resulted in the killings of medics, journalists and children by snipers. Israel controls the electricity, water and food into Gaza, often providing not enough - deliberately. There are reports today of Israel using white phosphorus (after disconnecting the electricity supplies, again.)

    It simply isn't possible for people to build a working state under those conditions.

    Nobody is suggesting Hamas has done no wrong. But Christ alive, there's scales of wrong. Israel is an oppressor.

    Terrorism almost always comes as a result of occupation and oppression.

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  6. 1 minute ago, Chinahand said:

    Multiple academics and journalists have been fired for their private opinions on anything from the use of the n-word to issues of transexuality.  A Chinese language teacher was recently disciplined for encouraging his students to use the Chinese equivelent of erm 那个 which sounds similar to the n-word. Cancel culture exists and if you work in certain environments you are not allowed to hold certain opinions.

    If they were private opinions how did anyone know about them? They must've been expressed either publicly or to other people at the organisation. Which, again, I would expect to lose my job for if I was being racist / sexist / something-phobic. 

    Consequences aren't cancel culture. And racism isn't an opinion. 

  7. Just now, Max Power said:

    Just one example is  JK Rowling

    There are plenty of others, David Starkey

    Is JK Rowling somehow not a bestselling author with a platform and a huge following anymore? If she's not, whom was she "cancelled" by? People stopping being your fan because you said something that they felt strongly against isn't being "cancelled".

    Similarly, an organisation firing you for something you said isn't being "cancelled", it's cause and effect. I don't know about you, but if I said:

    "Starkey told an online show hosted by conservative commentator Darren Grimes that slavery was not genocide, because of the survival of "so many damn blacks"." 

    I would also be fired. And it wouldn't be anything to do with being "cancelled".

  8. 46 minutes ago, Max Power said:

    It's unlikely that I as a pleb, would have first hand experience of being 'cancelled' or hung out to dry for my opinions. It doesn't prevent me from being concerned or having an opinion on what is happening. I would be surprised if there were not many people outside of the public eye who would be a high profile victim, just yet. What we all have first hand knowledge of is how history is being rewritten and lies being told by supposed academics to create a false history to suit far left wing agendas.  

    Has anyone been cancelled?

  9. 34 minutes ago, Chinahand said:

    I know it goes against Helix's rhetoric, but Trump and Bibi were following a strategy to get Hamas et al to accept a 2-state solution.  That 2-state solution was on Israel's terms, but it was far more than Helix's maps would claim.  I find some of Helix's cartoon farcical - Hamas is genocidal and wants a genocide against Israel.  Israel would accept a 2 state solution if it got rid of Hamas.

    Hamas' manifesto accepts a 2 state solution with 1967's borders:

    Trump recognised Jerusalem as being Israel's capital, which is not very compatible with Palestine.

  10. 1 hour ago, Shake me up Judy said:

    You're being taken in by all the left-wing propaganda Helix. There was a great book published some years ago about the young leftists and liberals in post-Nazi Germany, whose fathers had all bought into Hitler's myth. They swore to build a new Germany (Which largely they did) free of its Nazi past, but some got caught up with the Baader Meinhof student terrorists and other radical anti-capitalist groups. They got taken in by the PLO and ended up murdering Jews just like their fathers had. The book's by Paul Berman, Power and the Idealists pub. 2007.

    Being anti-genocide now has something to do with Hitler?

  11. 3 minutes ago, Max Power said:

    So, what is your answer @HeliX? Nuke Israel, or peaceful negotiation? 

    There are innocent people on both sides, trying to live their lives. 

    International condemnation and some sanctions would be a sensible place to start. But virtually none of the Western world will stand up to Israel so here we are.

    EDIT: If you meant more broadly, Palestine should be a recognised and protected state. It's a bit late to put the genie back in the bottle on Israel though.

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  12. 1 minute ago, Max Power said:

    I don't know why you're arguing, I agree with you! But what is Hamas doing attacking Israel in the first place? It is purely to get them to retaliate and kill as many Palestinians as possible! Then they could hopefully get an Islamic force together to push Israel into the sea. The fact that this hasn't happened, justifies to Israel its nuclear and military strategy. I'm sure that if Israel were a weak and conventional country, it would have been wiped away by now. 

    I don't like what's happening out there any more than anyone, as I see it the only solution is by peaceful negotiation.

    You can attempt to criticise Wiki and Sky as much as you like, at least they attempt to be balanced, but you may as well post a copy of 'Der Sturmer' as the articles above!

    Wiki and Sky attempt to be balanced? Jesus.


    We don't agree, because you still see this as a conflict where both sides deserve equal telling-off. It's not, it's a genocide.

    "If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor" - Desmond Tutu.

    Here's comments from an American who spent a month in the West Bank. This stuff doesn't get reported. Israel gets away, literally, with murder in the international community.


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  13. 13 minutes ago, Max Power said:

    And of course you can understand Israel's desire to be able to defend itself against anyone? Hamas is holding back the peace process, as is Netanyahu, all for purely ideological reasons with no thought to the humanitarian issues. It's hard to take sides in these circumstances, there are serious wrongs on both sides.   

    This is probably a better link for info, unless you know any better ones?


    Israel's definition of "defense" is suspect at best.



    You cannot hold a stateless territory to the same standard as a nuclear superpower. But even if you could, there's still a massive disparity of scale of wrongs.



    These raw statistics don't come close to addressing or communicating the scale of the oppression of the Palestinian people over the last 70 years by various Israeli governments.


    Re: Sky News, they decided to run with "Palestinian throws rocks at Israeli soldier" yesterday.


  14. 2 minutes ago, Max Power said:

    That article conveniently leaves out the facts, as do you. Where did you find it, it looks like a Hamas publication? The first casualty in any conflict is the truth.

    I'm not taking any sides in this as I have a lot of sympathy for the Palestinians and the way they have been treated. Civilians on both sides have the right to live in peace without fear.


    Suggesting I'm leaving out the facts and then linking a Wiki page that doesn't mention the court ruling, the gathering ban nor the Israeli attacks on the Al Aqsa Mosque...


    It's pretty important to take sides when one side is a nuclear superpower committing genocide, and the other side is mostly made up of oppressed civilians.




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  15. 5 minutes ago, Lagman said:

    So does this actually work on anyone  or is it just the old magic coin trick? -

     - The debunks say  fake -

    It should be easy enough to test with a fridge magnet. I think it was supposed to be the Pfizer vax. Reminds me of the 5g thing from last year.


    Covid origins - https://science.sciencemag.org/content/372/6543/694.1


    "WHO urges rich countries to donate shots instead of vaccinating children"



    Of course it doesn't. If they'd found something that could produce a noticable magnetic effect at that distance from a 0.4ml solution or whatever it is, they'd be too busy making a lot of money to inject anyone with it.

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  16. 1 minute ago, Andy Onchan said:

    Both sides. Olmert & Abbas came very close to agreeing a possible workable solution but then a third country decided to poke the fire again because it didn't suit their agenda. 

    I think Netanyahu is a bigger problem than third parties at the moment. Still, his party's percentage of the vote is down again, so hopefully he's gone next time.

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  17. 1 hour ago, english zloty said:

    Looks pretty 

    sad that it’s a wish list fairly much everyone would agree with however it makes no attempt at all to explain how more can be provided for less. Apart from perhaps raising taxes which will drive investors away. 

    Everyone always asks how Labour plan to pay for helping people, but nobody ever asks how Conservatives plan to pay for corporate tax cuts and backhanders. Weird.

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  18. 5 minutes ago, Andy Onchan said:

    Both sides are governed/lead by polar extremes and whilst there's interference from third countries stoking the fire there will be no real hope of lasting peace.

    Those two "sides" being a nuclear superpower who receives 4billion a year in aid from the US, and a stateless territory with no army, no air force and no navy.

    I mentioned it in the other thread, but if someone booted me out of my home and oppressed me for half a dozen decades I would be quite annoyed too.

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  19. On 5/15/2021 at 3:53 PM, 2112 said:

    There are some on this island that have strange left wing views, very very anti Israel and virally anti Semitic. Yet there are very few Palestinians who have liberal views especially relating to Homosexuality, Transexuality, Gay Marriage and Civil Partberships. Israel is one of the most tolerant countries where Homosexuality is not persecuted and people can live their lives. In neighbouring Syria under Islamic State Homosexuality would be punishable by being thrown from the top of a building. In today’s cancel and boycott culture if anyone practiced such hatred towards the LGBT community would be named, shamed and classed as a pariah. The same can be applied to certain racial groups and religions, The Isle of Man has its faults but it’s certainly free for people to practice religion and sexual orientation without nastiness.

    I guess I oppose genocide even if I disagree with the views of some of the people being genocided. So much for the tolerant left eh!


    Calling criticism of Israel's sustained oppression and murder of Palestinians "anti Semitism" is a load of shit by the way.

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  20. 6 hours ago, Rhumsaa said:

    I only ever see him post under his real name

    Or do you think the wide number of obvious fake manx accounts are him?

    Not all of them, but it's very clear when one is him. Same penchant for coming up with a completely new set of worldviews for each account, same penchant for deleting comments when things go south, same pattern of new account -> polite posts -> angry posts -> arrogant posts -> delete account -> start again.

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