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What is this I don't even...
I mean, it's what I'd expect from him, but still.
Having said that, I think there is something in the idea that notions of public grief - especially in situations like minute silences at football matches - are becoming increasingly common and therefore somewhat devalued.
makes the call to mark something with applause or silence
It's not a job I'd like. But I think Littlejohn has a point here. They had a minutes silence for Christchurch at the start of the 6 Nations on the basis that NZ is a great rugby nation and is hosting the world cup. So is that appropriate? But they didn't for football matches. Not appropriate? And they have one for Japan, but not for Haiti, or Dharfur, or whatever. How about when an old player dies? Probably happens every week. But you'll only do it for players who were really important to the club - but how do you judge that? How many matches they played? How many trophies they won? What's the cut off? If you're wearing a black armband more often that you're not, does it still mean anything? If it's indicating that you're in constant mourning, you might as well not wear it.
I don't know where the boundaries lie. But it's probably worth thinking about.
But the one or two valid points he makes are lost within the bile spewed forth about world war two POW's
And while it might seem a little crass to measure things like that I think that's all we've ever had for disasters.
Somewhat pleasantly surprised by the comments though, majority seem to think he is a prize wanker as well.
Should squatters be jailed?
Can you please do it in a way that doesn’t give them any revenue?
Does that apply to all sites?
look how many people look at our site, imagine them all looking at your lovely adverts, now give us more money.
SO not direct revenue from clicks. Pardon my confusion
Jesus Christ. I...Jesus fucking Christ.
The issue is, does it matter? Why can't you be upset or sympathetic just because you can't pinpoint Osaka or Kobe?
It isn't Turkmenistan. It isn't Swaziland. Surely most people can look at a map of the world and point at Japan?
If nothing else it's a profoundly insulting thing to say about the frequenters of White Hart Lane, imbecilic as many of them undoubtedly are.
he's probably correct.
But that's not the point. What a cunt!
where at least half the class couldn't point our Japan or Canada on a map. I don't expect any of these people will have learnt subsequently, because most people just aren't interested enough to ever find out these things.
I always find these surveys deeply suspect and open to smartarses giving stupid answers because they think it's funny.
A great one and a little one.
Great and New
A right old sobfest.
It's a completely irrelevant one.
obviously he's a moron, and it's difficult to know where to start picking apart the horrible parts of that article. Labelling all Japanese as racists? and football fans as idiots? second-guessing what his dead old relative would have done now? saying he can't blame those who refuse to sympathise with Japan because of the war?
If half of Germany had been wiped out, would he think it's a reasonable response to say "yeah, those Nazi cunts definitely had it coming"?
then again, he is on to something about the organised grieving and cult of public crying. I presume someone is going to dig out a Littlejohn piece from 1997 where he is hysterical about the death of the people's princess.
is where he starts going "Did we have a minute's silence over the Churchtown earthquake? I can't remember. Probably." I'm the laziest man on the planet and even I'm impressed by that level of research
"But why Japan and not, say, those massacred in Rwanda or starved to death by Mugabe in Zimbabwe? I don’t remember a minute’s silence for Haiti, although I may be mistaken. I’m sure we didn’t have a minute’s silence for our earthquake-hit Commonwealth cousins in Christchurch, New Zealand, before the Milan game. Maybe we did."
Wow what a journalist.
It differs from paper to paper, but columnists aren't always journalists with certain standards when it comes to facts, and often the paper would prefer them to rely on their own prejudice and opinion than doing masses of research, to separate the two sections of the paper. The other day, George Monbiot linked to xkcd for a reference.
because of the 'fair comment' designation, aren't they?
The Monbiot one was appropriate in the circumstances though - as it was a graphic produced by the xkcd artist and a scientific spokesperson who had been looking for a way to explain the nuclear fallout in Japan.
In essence, "fair comment" IS a protection against defamation, but only when it is commentary based on provable facts (a restaurant reviewer once got sued for saying a restaurant clearly used the cheapest possible ingredients - the chef proved that was not so, and won the case). But Littlejohn has really defamed anyone here (you can't defame a group as large "the Japanese people" or "Spurs fans").
And I agree about Monbiot, I was just trying to think of an example of similar stuff in the Guardian, but most of their comment writers do reference studies and articles. They'd never write "I don't know, probably" anyway.
and over haiti, and done a guilt thing over being moved by japan yet not getting proportionally moved by haiti (but thats cos of the lack of images of the actual monster that caused the horror there)
Just because there isnt an official one it does not mean that people who are upset over japan were not upset over haiti or rwanda, I think he might just be projecting his own lack of empathy, cos he is so het up over finding people to bash over their attitude towards these things.
E.g. Why help those Libyan rebels? What if they're Islamic?!
Followed by (essentially), at least there's one thing you can say for those devout Islamic Imams: they don't tolerate gays!
-a vicar dressed as a tart in tarts and vicars party? "call me old-fashioned but..."
-East End is full of poppy-burning muslim lunatics, and what about those burkas, eh?
As it immediately reveals that he hasn't stepped into the 'East End' in about two decades.
A square like Albert Square, with its own tube station, local pub and myriad shops would be full of city-types and latte drinkers, pushing the house prices well over half a million pounds.
Myriad shop? Albert Square has a laundrette, the minute-mart, a chip shop and a caff run by the worst man in London, a scabby market, a rough-as-FUCK pub, and a horrible club where people get shot. I'm not sure Foxtons would be bigging it up to city folk.
and the laundrette, minute-mart, chip shop, scabby market etc would have been closed down and replaced by designer kitchen appliance showrooms, a cafe, and a gastropub.
Albert Square a decade ago is where Dalston is now - and Foxtons are certainly pushing that area hard.
and noted that if anything it was getting worse? I'm not sure if AlSq has the burgeoning art scene and culture to give it a Dalstonesque kick up the arse, unless Phil doing Shirley over the lounge pool table somehow counts as an artistic statement.
with very good actings. i really thought noted actor Steve 'Gates' McFadden was really hooked on the cracks
"But why Japan and not, say, those massacred in Rwanda or starved to death by Mugabe in Zimbabwe? I don’t remember a minute’s silence for Haiti, although I may be mistaken. I’m sure we didn’t have a minute’s silence for our earthquake-hit Commonwealth cousins in Christchurch, New Zealand, before the Milan game. Maybe we did.
These days we’d have a minute’s silence if Harry Redknapp’s dog got run over."
What editor would allow this piece to run where that paragraph is followed by that statement?
this from the man who famously said: "Does anyone really give a monkey's about what happens in Rwanda? If the Mbongo tribe wants to wipe out the Mbingo tribe then as far as I am concerned that is entirely a matter for them"
Maybe in 2028 he'll feel compelled to clarify that not all Japanese people are racist torturers who deserve to be earthquaked to death.
I am shocked by the flippancy he makes his columns in - i mean, is he making a serious point? is he being serious? if he is, it's an important and serious point about lack of awareness of things in our country, which... to an extent, might make a bit of sense, but his argument is bullshit, wrong, badly executed, poorly researched, full of random guesses and, above all, little jokes like Redknapp's dog. WHAT? If you are going to make a really inflamatory argument at least make it well... FFS.
but immediately you click on the link and see his face, you want to punch it hard
Littlejohn is right
How are you going to feel if the money you donate to the tsunami appeal is used to build more camps to hold YOUR future grandads?
"Ever since the hysteria surrounding the death of Lady Di, when half of the nation seemed to take leave of its senses, a section of the population seizes any excuse for a sobfest."
Quite an odd line for a DM columnist to take isn't it? I wonder if he feels the same about the Poppy appeal (as in genuine wonder, not as in "haha what a hypocrite").
Mr B J Mann, Nottingham, England.
Richard Littlejohn : ROFL, CUNT.
They're making them wear two costumes these days? You couldn't make it up.
(I've clearly taken the most important issue away from this article. But then we've established by now that he's an utter cunt.)
how come when you copy-paste anything from one of their articles, the words 'Read more:' followed by a link gets appended onto the text? I didn't even know this was possible. What's going on there?
some infos + ways to block it: