Urban Fox rummaging in back garden



Ask yourself this question, if the gaza blockade is in place, why is Israel letting communication out.

The border of Gaza is closed by both Israel and Egypt. Power and water comes through that border. The telecoms infrastructure goes through that border. The cell tower repeaters are on the Israeli/Egypt sides. The Telco exchanges are on the Israeli/Egypt side of the border.

All Gazan communication gets routed through Israel. The undersea telecom cables go out through Ashdod, Tel Aviv and Haifa, the Egyptian ones are on the other side of Alexandria. Once the data stream has hit a cell tower it then gets routed into the wired infrastructure. The cell to exchange infrastructure at Rafa isn’t that outstanding either (and the Israelis could jam it if they wanted to). Now I’m sure you are all now saying satellite internet, well it’s not that brilliant (lots of latency) and really bloody expensive. As you all know the NSA has spent decades messing with comms and routinely captured most of it. So as the cell comms go over the border ask yourself Why is Israel letting the Gazans play the media war.

I checked the cell telco set up in Gaza, a smallish percent of Gazans use Israeli mobile providers, the rest are split between two Palestinian mobile providers who use Israeli infrastructure.

Israel could cut the comms in a second flat, you would hear/read/see nothing coming out of Gaza, yet we do. Broadcast quality video footage are really big files, no one in their right mind is going to take the cost. Except aunty beeb, cost they expect me to pay for it (I’d rather my licence fee pay for this, than for some of the things the BBC squanders it on).

I don’t doubt that war crimes are being committed, but ask yourself why the Government that is allowing war crimes to happen also allows you to hear about it?

That’s an interesting conspiracy for people to think about.

A day out

A day out

Black skull shirt

Scotch & Soda shorts

La Perla panty
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Fantasie full cup bra
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Fresh Made pocket shorts
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Short socks

Miss Selfridge socks

NIKE sneaker

TOMS wedge shoes

Vans sneaker
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Beara Beara leather laptop bag
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Nexus tech accessory
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Cowgirl hat

Brimmed hat

Motorola Moto X
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Buy Google Nexus 5
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Shallow-Shaming, time for a new trope.

I’ve engaged myself in one of those awful troll baiting sessions with an unashamedly vile young woman. She’d set about doing one of those pseudo journalistic endeavours which basically was camouflage for passive aggressive bullying.

The individual under her rather vile lens, as a morbidly obese young woman, who had elected to be part of modern society and join in by taking a selfie in bra and knickers. There was a bit of an internet hoo-ha over it and to be honest never showed on my radar. As I said I came across the passive aggressive bulling op-ed and pointed out that it was unnecessarily cruel. My main thrust was that if the young woman who had taken the selfie had endured terrific amounts of bullying there was no need to jump on to that bandwagon by trying to be a toxic enabler of bullies, the op-ed piece basically encouraged the bullying of and said it was ok to bully the morbidly obese.

Now, that is wrong, no matter how you view it, that type of yellow journalism perpetuates a horrible culture. Creates stigma, endorses nastiness and is an entry point for other types of exclusionary behaviour.

Through out my conversation with the originator of the post, at no point did she see that she’d done anything wrong, to make matters worse she used an example where a white privilege D-list celebrity heiress had received similar treatment, yet she felt it was wrong to target the celebrity for doing nothing wrong than being [her words] naturally thin, where as the original girl had brought it upon herself and thus deserved it. At the same time using a vocabulary of hate to describe the young woman who posted a selfie.

I now believe that if we have a culture of sl#t shaming, of fat shaming. There should also be a culture of shallow shaming. As the conversation carried on further it turned out that the originator of the post was rather proudly vain, narcissistic and exceptionally shallow. Her argument is that the morbidly obese are horrendously ugly and should be shamed for just that. If I’m not mistaken that is a definition of bullying, shaming someone for their looks.

I find it rather sad that the originator could not see that by extension, that type of behaviour levied at other types of underclasses in society have been legislated against. It annoys me that someone cannot see that their own types of behaviour, performed by others have caused huge amounts of problems in modern western society and I don’t wish to spell it out.

The reason for that is I have the utmost respect for someone who can stand up against either their bullies or oppressors. The latter case is much more important, but it paved the way for people to understand that respect for our fellow human being, irrespective of their differences from myself, is the key for our society to improve and become better.

As I said at no point was there any understanding, compassion, empathy or a simple “live and let live” attitude. As such, there is no remorse for her own behaviour.

So time to shame the shallow, the bullies and the narcissists.

Love is the very difficult understanding that something other than yourself is real.

A quote by Iris Murdoch, it’s rather fascinating to analyse this quote and to cogitate on it. I think I would alter it slightly to.

Love is the very difficult understanding that something other than yourself is more meaningful.

Such as safety and security for my children, the support and help that my wife deserves (even though I get intolerant of some things she does). Just so the god-bredren don’t jump on it and think is all theirs, I like to point out that respect and inviolable nature of humanism is my definition of meaningful.