UK Government mulling ban on possession and distribution of pure ‘Fact’ after Brexit

This has the “ring of truth” about it, presumably street code for “truth lords” and their networks of fact pedlars.

Pride's Purge


MPs and activists have launched a drive for a post-Brexit ban on the distribution and import of pure varieties of ‘fact‘ after the UK leaves the EU next year.

Campaigners believe Brexit will be an opportunity to close the door on the problem of the widespread use of what is commonly known on the street as “truth” – now available in quantities so pure that it is set to become illegal to produce in Britain.

A Tory MP at the forefront of the new campaign says he believes there is “a very good chance” of making Britain fact-free once Britain is no longer a member of the EU.

Michael Gove, the environment secretary and Brexiteer, has signalled he is open to halting imports and possession of ‘fact‘ after Brexit, including those sold under the street names of ‘critical thinking‘, ‘free will

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SOS Summit, hosted by Save Our Schools West Midlands, Friday September 14 9am – 11.15am at the Council House

Birmingham Against The Cuts

Save our Schools West Midlands are working with Birmingham City Council to host a Summit of Head Teachers and Parents. We want to join together Birmingham’s best minds and work on ideas for the future of our campaign.

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What would E.T.s think of us?

Interesting article and comments, nice. Hence the reblog.
I just feel that if ET doesn’t read vehicles, structures, smart white goods (with a distributed group mind) as the dominant life forms here on Terra, all horribly infested with us swarming in out, under and over them, then from their observation of us, their access to history via the internet and their monitoring of our culture via the medium of the small and the large screen, they will steer well clear of us and our psychopathic tendencies.
Our first contact track record with intelligent species is not an enviable one: our expansion across continents, across the globe is a trail of subjugation, exploitation, and civilisation level annihilation – of our own kind. Our encounter with Cetaceans, aquatic cephalopods, and primates related to us is not so cheery either.
The jury is still out on whether or not we did for the Neanderthals.
Still, by the time it becomes an issue, we will have the proposed US Space Corps to act as the arm of interplanetary diplomacy.
(Sorry, the USSC is a gift from Vice President Pence that just keeps on giving.)

The Secular Jurist

Editorial note:  The following is a speculative thought experiment intended to provide an objective assessment of our species.  It projects the likely view of one possible external observer, and is not intended to characterize the nature of all such observers if in fact any actually exist.  Undoubtedly, extraterrestrial life would be as diverse as terrestrial life, and extraterrestrial civilizations would be similarly different from each other.  Since the perspective here is based on science, subjective and supernatural beliefs along with their associated moralities reside outside the purview of this presentation.

By Robert A. Vella

The Fermi paradox, or Fermi’s paradox (named after physicist Enrico Fermi), is the apparent contradiction between the lack of conclusive evidence and the high statistical probability for the existence of advanced extraterrestrial civilizations.  Our own human history provides ample reason to hypothesize that before a crucial survivability threshold is reached in their evolution, intelligent…

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New Hall Mill Open Day.

I can endorse all the above. This is a fascinating resource to which I return time and time again. For anyone with a mind for Rowland Emett or Heath Robinson this mill is very heaven; except that this mill has not a trace of whimsy about it and, not so long ago, represented the state of the art solution, or combination of solutions, set in one place to mill grain into flour, for the baking of our staple – bread. The curators and conservators are knowledgable and only too happy to pass on their knowledge. Open days are relatively few; the location is family friendly and there are other interesting exhibits and activities in the grounds surrounding the central attraction.

I may be there myself and I would encourage anyone wanting a break from 2018 to give in to curiosity and go along and see the mill.

Caption Competition: ‘We are at a stand off Mrs May. You may be reaching for Melania’s on switch but I have a Secret Service man behind you ready to press your off switch first’

Heh, heh, heh!

Flibbertigibbet News

WINNER: ‘We are at a stand off Mrs May. You may be reaching for Melania’s on switch but I have a Secret Service man behind you ready to press your off switch first’ (from Bryntin)


Melania grows extra hand to avoid face to face handjobs (JaneThwait2)

Theresa May auditions as Mr Tickle (from NorthernPugface)

The ultimate political reacharound (from SnortfastX)

This month’s photo come courtesy of:

DATE: 5th Aug 2018

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I’m on my war horse part 2: Use me as a conduit

It is good to see that since the Academies Act 2010 which conjured this abysmal malarkey into existence dissent has evolved from a few voices in the wilderness calling “foul!” to a recognisable movement protesting, challenging and impeding some of the signature chicanery attending academisation.
Sharing ideas, experience, intelligence and competencies has attended the growth of campaigning against these entities who are invested with the, seemingly, bottomless publicly funded war chests they need to fight their communities, parents, children and staff. A conduit is offered; another front wherein to organise.

Beryl Kingston Blog

Since I put up my last blog ‘I’m on my war horse’, I have learnt several interesting things. The first is that the struggle that the staff and parents of Waltham Holy Cross School are putting up to try and avoid being made to leave the control of the local authority and be turned into an Academy – which they do NOT want – is by no means a one off.


Over 227 people visited that blog on the first day and some of them told me about other schools who are or who have been in a similar position. So I am writing part 2 of the blog as you see, so that people who haven’t seen part one yet can do so now and people who have something to say about what has been and is happening to them and their school, can send me the details…

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Anne Lister and a Theology of Naming Lesbians.

Fascinating read. I visited Shibden Hall during the early ‘80s while at teacher training college and Anne Lister is not amongst the first memories of the visit. Much more wholesome for our infants was a day at nearby Clarke Hall attending a clandestine catholic wedding and searching for priest holes.

Jeanne de Montbaston

There are many things about the current kerfuffle over Anne Lister that make me reach for a facepalm gif, but it’s one particular comment that tipped me over into writing this blog post.

In case you’ve never heard of her (and if so, you are missing out), Anne Lister was a Yorkshirewoman, born in 1791. She inherited the late-medieval house at Shibden Hall, where her manner of dress and her habit of seducing women earned the nickname ‘gentleman Jack’. Lister kept a diary, in code, which tells us a lot about her sexual exploits, but she was also devoutly Christian and in 1834 she organised a wedding ceremony to her partner Ann Walker, in Holy Trinity church in Goodramgate, York. Delightfully, Holy Trinity recently agreed to put up a blue plaque in honour of Lister and her marriage, which is both charming and rather daringly polemical, given the Church of…

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Tuesday Roundup: News on Supreme Court, Climate, Tariffs, Manafort, Koch Brothers, and Russian selloff

What with Brexit, and a government running away from its responsibilities, not to mention the heatwave with fires on the moors, and the uncritical witch hunt for everything anti Semitic it is nice to read of the orderly, temperate and non incendiary happenings in the US.

The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

There’s lots of important news to get to today, so let’s get right to it.

From:  Trump administration must stop giving psychotropic drugs to migrant children without consent, judge rules

U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee in Los Angeles ordered the Trump administration to obtain consent or a court order before administering any psychotropic medications to migrant children, except in cases of dire emergencies. She also ordered that the government move all children out of a Texas facility, Shiloh Residential Treatment Center in Manvel, except for children deemed by a licensed professional to pose a “risk of harm” to themselves or others.

From:  Supreme Court denies Trump admin request to halt youth climate lawsuit

The Supreme Court on Monday denied the Trump administration’s plea to halt proceedings in a landmark lawsuit by young people seeking stronger federal action on climate change.

While rejecting the government’s request to…

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Don’t like the 14-year-old gay? Then sashay the fuck away.

Happy to post this on Gogwit’s Blog without further comment.
Please have a read and consider reading more of Spiller of Tea.

Everything’s a bit fucking shit right now, isn’t it? On this side of the Atlantic, our government has decided it’s a better idea to buy every packet of plasters in Boots than it is to simply not cut our own fucking legs off, and on the other side, the animated turd of someone who has eaten nothing but Cheesy Wotsits for a year is trying to destroy the entire fucking planet as though it was a thing as insignificant as a woman’s life. It’s nice, therefore – necessary, even – to stumble across something a bit more uplifting from time to time so we don’t all go completely shitting mad. 

Imagine my relief, then, when the first thing I saw on Twitter this morning was a video of a gay teenager who has been invited to perform his drag act at Brighton Pride next week, after his school had…

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