August is called the silly season for a reason. It is the time when most politicians leave for extended vacations and journalists are left with little else to report than how easily chocolate melts in the sunshine or how burnt toast looks vaguely like Jesus.
This dearth of news must have been worrying for the likes of tax dodging F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone who was no doubt expecting a serious roasting in the media for persuading the German court to allow him to avoid up to 6 years in jail by paying a fine – a story that merited more than the 3 minutes it received on the BBC news bulletins on the day. Another person who would have been concerned was Theresa May whose abject failure to appoint a new chair to lead the Child Sexual Abuse Inquiry after almost 6 weeks is a disgrace which so far remains largely unreported or commented upon by the British mainstream media.
However, the reasons for these notable oversights are easily understood. Sadly this summer, the world is ablaze with death and terror from East to West and various points in between. In Gaza, the Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Ferguson and elsewhere there is a conflagration on a combined scale that this blogger cannot remember happening concurrently for many years.
The issues seem overwhelming and this blog is not equipped to comment meaningfully on every catastrophe made by man or natural disaster that affects this fragile planet. There are, however, some things that seem more easily digestible. Easier to understand because they are very human in their nature. Things like racism and its pernicious effects on the societies where it has taken hold.
Most objective commentators acknowledge that racism in America remains one of its greatest challenges. Yet, as anyone who has followed events in Ferguson on Twitter will tell you, there are plenty of Americans (and not just the trolls) who will swear blind that racism is not an issue in Ferguson or anywhere else in the US. These Tweets are not, as I had hoped, part of some silly season madness. They are, apparently, earnestly held beliefs as the messages received by my Twitter account confirms. For example meet Jeremy X:
And the more intelligent and ‘reasonable’ Fox News fan Rich Bolen:
Interestingly, the “what would MLK have done?” line has been used liberally by Fox News ‘analysts’ in recent days but you have to wonder, if he were leading his million man march today, whether Fox would laud him or criticise him for being an agitator.
Unfortunately for these Twitter racism deniers the fact that race is a major issue in Ferguson is clear and unequivocal.
Whatever Twitter’s blinkered cohorts may think, no sensible journalist is reporting anything other than the fact that race is an issue in Ferguson. Although as Mr Bolen rightly points out, whether race played a part in the killing of Michael Brown remains unproven. Nonetheless, it is the opinion of the UN (and of this blog) that unless the US finds a way to address the weeping sore that is racism in America, there will be many more Ferguson’s in the months and years ahead and this one is already one too many.
- Killing Michael Brown: Unarmed teenager “executed” with 6 shots by Ferguson’s racist militarised police (video)
- You know that they’re racist when….. they imply that being black makes you more likely to be a criminal (video)
- Wait: What? How Could You Possibly..You’ve Got To Be Kid… There Is No Way… I Can’t.. Oh My God!(video)
- You know that they’re racist when….. they accuse YOU of “playing the race card” (video)
- Fox News hates the US constitution (video)
- Payday loans: under-regulated, unethical and deadly (video)
- The sheer scale of child sexual abuse in Britain – reblog of Nick Davies article
- How much did government whips know about allegations of MP’s child abuse and where are the ‘dirt books’? (video)
- Former Tory minister accused of applying pressure on Simon Danczuk named as Edward Garnier (video)
- An unamed MP is accused of applying pressure on Simon Danczuk to withhold child sex abuse evidence (video)
- A public inquiry into an establishment cover-up of non-recent child abuse is not a “stale ritual” (video)
- Home Office claims that the Leon Brittan paedophile dossier is “lost” are not credible (video)
- Bryn Estyn, Oxford, Rochdale and now Cyril Smith but still no public inquiry (video)
- Cameron’s a congo bongo if he thinks banning words will help to stop child abuse (video)
- GOTCHA! Serial sex offender and paedophile Max Clifford jailed for just 8 years (video)
- The publication of the Rochdale child sex abuse report replaces the “culture of hopelessness” with the the more familiar culture of passing the buck (imincorrigible.wordpress.com)
- Paedophile Neil Wilson’s Suspended Sentence Just Another In An “Endless Catalogue Of Insane Judgements By Male Judges Excusing Men Who Attack Women” (imincorrigible.wordpress.com)
- Pulped Jillings Report Finally Published But Where’s The Public Inquiry? (imincorrigible.wordpress.com)
- Iain Duncan Smith’s DWP forcing jobseekers to use government website riddled with fraudulent job ads
- The facts don’t fit your prejudices? No problem. Be like Fox News and invent your own!
- How the fight against wealth inequality makes 99% of us Nazis
- UKIP Fruit Loops (An Occasional Series): No.2 David Silvester
- Obama: Judge, Jury & Executioner
- The end of net neutrality is why everything that you enjoy on the internet is about to cost you more
- When it comes to cuts, why are welfare benefits for the wealthy different to those for the poor?
- This is how a highly regulated banking system works and it is what global banking should look like
- Newsnight 6 Jan 2014: Conservative party double down on their war on the poor
- Fergus Wilson: This is what happens when welfare is withdrawn and unregulated scumbag landlords are allowed to dictate which of us deserves a home
- Capitalism serving God AND Mammon
- Corporations are legally defined as people except when they commit a crime
- Chimps would have been more productive than the 113th do-nothing Congress
- ‘Matt’ from York is Ill Informed and Angry but I Don’t Blame Him I Blame the BBC(imincorrigible.wordpress.com)
- Do you want the truth from your government or just what a minister believes to be true? (Revised and updated) (imincorrigible.wordpress.com)
- Update: Do you want the truth from your government or just what a minister believes to be true? Part 2
- Do you want the truth from your government or just what a minister believes to be true? Part 3
- Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism
- Proof Beyond Reason – For Eurosceptics Is There Any Amount of Evidence That Would Be Enough?