17 comments on “Road trip

  1. It is a pity that TW is travelling today because the Guardian is a joy to behold today. For instance, the NGO sector continues to eat itself:

    Oxfam added in a statement: “With up to 10,000 NGOs working in Haiti alone in 2011, not to mention hundreds of thousands of aid workers in countries around the world, it was unfortunately not possible for Oxfam to ensure that those found guilty of sexual misconduct were not re-employed in the sector.”

    A Sex Offenders Register for the NGO sector? Oh please, God, please, let them do it. 10,000 NGOs in Haiti – really? How is that working out then?

    A spokesperson for Theresa May said: “We want to see Oxfam provide all the evidence they hold of the events to the Charity Commission for a full and urgent investigation of these very serious allegations.”

    An investigation of what? That some people in Haiti slept with some prostitutes? Come on. Boys will be boys. No one who works for an NGO is expected to be a monk. The women, by and large it seems, do it in order to get some Rough Trade with the locals. But even if we hold it is immoral – and I think it is – what crime has been committed that the Charity quango ought to investigate? If they have broken Haitian law (yes, yes, stop laughing) then they ought to answer in Haiti. Not in the UK.

    Megan Nobert, a human rights lawyer, who founded Report the Abuse, the first organisation to challenge the silence surrounding sexual violence in the aid sector,

    What a bundle of sunshine she must be.

    said that the incident in Haiti was “a catalyst for change within Oxfam, and they are now leading the way to address this issue within the humanitarian community”.

    So someone got a back hander. They employed her to give their volunteers “training”? A seat on the board? What?

  2. And the Guardian continues to give today:

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/10/germany-politics-kevin-kuhnert-student-angela-merkel-spd-grand-coalition

    He has been described as the babyface politician who holds Angela Merkel’s future in his hands. Some describe him as a “kamikaze” social democrat; others the biggest political talent since Gerhard Schröder.

    Kevin Kühnert, a 28-year-old student from Berlin who heads the youth wing of the Social Democrats, is the most talked-about politician in Germany. If he succeeds in his plan to scotch the idea of a Grand Coalition, the fragile construct agreed on last week by Merkel’s conservatives and the left-of-centre SPD, he will simply be the man who turned German politics upside down.

    Who the f**k is still a student at 28?

    I love the idea of German politics being held up by a spotty student Trot with a name that reminds me of one of the nicer Minions. Since when did the grown ups leave the work experience children in charge?

    He also carries an awareness of his party’s historical obligations – Otto Wels, the SPD leader who stood up to the Nazis in a speech to parliament in 1933, is among the portraits – which is why he believes the SPD should be sitting as the main opposition in the Bundestag, rather than the far-right Alternative für Deutschland.

    I am not sure I follow the logic here – because some dead White guy stood up to the Nazis, at least to the extent of making a fatuous speech, the Social Democrats should not be in government with the moderate Right but should sit with the less moderate Right in opposition? Because the SDP could not stop the Nazis in the past, they should join the AfD on the Opposition benches? Well I am sure there is some sort of logic there. Not quite sure what it is.

    The obvious solution is for the AfD to join the CDU in forming the next government. However I would prefer another election on the off chance the AfD slaughters them all. Figuratively of course.

  3. Thanks for trying to kickstart today’s bunfights, SMFS, given that Tom’s resting on his oars.

    Have Google of young Megan Nobert. He self-promotion vehicle, I mean charity, actually closed about six months ago. Speaking as a real legal professional, her CV reads as nebulous puff unlikely to withstand close scrutiny. Might be fruitful in light of the foregoing to scrutinise her claim of having been sexually assaulted, too.

    But the really funny thing is if you look at the list of volunteers in her website. There’s about one bloke. He either had a harem, or he got none at all poor chap.

  4. Edward Lud – “But the really funny thing is if you look at the list of volunteers in her website. There’s about one bloke. He either had a harem, or he got none at all poor chap”

    Seems a huge commitment for someone who could get laid to make. And only a real master of the Dark Arts is likely to be able to carry off a harem. I would go with none at all. After all, this is the Guardian we are talking about.

    As I said, today’s Guardian is actually outstanding. A vague awareness of female personality seems to leak through:

    https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/feb/11/will-my-girlfriend-stop-loving-me-if-i-earn-less-dear-mariella

    But only a small leak – MF immediately goes to shaming the male for what are probably quite reasonable fears:

    I can’t believe it’s the case, but you almost sound disappointed about your girlfriend’s healthy salary, as though it’s forced you to reconsider your life’s plans. How is it that we can we have both feet on the ground in this modern world and still act as though we’re floating in an entirely different universe? The only difference between you two is your sex, so why would it not to be possible to sustain a relationship where she was the bigger wage earner? The alternative is to admit that because you are male you need to occupy that territory or fail.

    What we think and what we say about pay can seem far apart

    Yet I do have some understanding of your fears. Women want equal pay, but they also sometimes want (and thanks to biology sometimes need) a man to take a leading fiscal role in their lives.

    I foresee a future of petty passive aggressive b!tching.

  5. From the Guardian: “Megan Nobert is an international criminal and human rights lawyer”.

    Human rights lawyer and an international criminal? I always thought they were the same thing.

  6. Alex, it’s like when she describes having been sexually assaulted by ‘another’ ‘humanitarian’.

    I mean, even if I’m prepared to grant that there is such a thing, does he not cease to be such at the point of violent assault?

    Or have I got it the wrong way round?

  7. Who the f**k is still a student at 28?

    Being in full time education until 24 or 25 is quite normal in Germany (German unis are so crap that no-one will believe you’re capable of getting the coffee unless you’ve got at least two degrees or a doctorate), so 28 isn’t that much of a stretch.

  8. Leaving town instead of responding to my ISS rebuttal I see 🙂

    For everyone else,

    I wrote up a brief retort covering the current economic situation in LEO, as well as the historical reasons why NASA rockets have been failures, which is awaiting moderation. In this case brief is fourteen paragraphs. My guess is Timmy has a post length limitation and he hasn’t had the time to make it through the post.

    Sadly, it will be buried when it does get approved. The key points were ISS is finally producing useful results and it is most definitely not the reason for the lack of development in rocketry. “In praise of ‘some rich guy’ building a rocket” is the worst article I’ve ever see Tim write.

  9. Post it again if you’ve still got a copy, but a paragraph to a comment to get round the post length limit.

  10. @So Much For Subtlety, February 11, 2018 at 10:36 am

    And the Guardian continues to give today:

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/10/germany-politics-kevin-kuhnert-student-angela-merkel-spd-grand-coalition

    He has been described as the babyface politician who holds Angela Merkel’s future in his hands….
    Kevin Kühnert, a 28-year-old student from Berlin who heads the youth wing of the Social Democrats, is the most talked-about politician in Germany.

    Who the f**k is still a student at 28?

    iirc One can be a student from starting school to beyond retirement in Germany

    .
    Good riddance

    Facing internal challenges and a lack of confidence from his own Social Democrat (SPD) party, Eurocrat former European Parliament president Martin Schulz has resigned from his post as Foreign Minister just 36 hours into Germany’s new ruling coalition

  11. @Liberal Yank, February 11, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    I wrote up a brief retort covering the current economic situation in LEO, as well as the historical reasons why NASA rockets have been failures, which is awaiting moderation

    Same has happened to me, over a week before approved by which time the thread is tumble-weed.

    .
    @Tim W

    Turn Off moderation

  12. My guess is Timmy has a post length limitation and he hasn’t had the time to make it through the post.

    My guess (from previous experience) is that it’s more a link thing. If you put too many links in to a thread, it automatically goes to a queue. And as Tim has said, he is currently on the road. #

    Hence, if it doesn’t get through, try posting without the links as a test. Then (and I haven’t tried this) perhaps make them non links? Ie hxxp or something?

    # – Longrider did this earlier on a different one – re-posted it without lots of links, and it posted straight through?

  13. I’m both breaking it up, and removing the links. Unfortunately I’m getting an error trying to post the fourth installment. Perhaps Timmy also has a limit on the number of posts by the same person consecutively.

  14. It appears it was a timeout issue. I believe all fourteen paragraphs are now up. Let me know which citations you want to see.

  15. Edward Lud – “Have Google of young Megan Nobert. …. Might be fruitful in light of the foregoing to scrutinise her claim of having been sexually assaulted, too.”

    She went to a party with some “humanitarians”. She had a drink. She can’t remember anything. She woke up naked. People saw her leave with a Syrian “humanitarian” worker. She claims a urine test showed an unusual range of drugs.

    Well I think the lesson here is do not hang out with Syrians. As if Rotherham has not taught us this. Was she sexually assaulted? I don’t see any jury convicting but you never know. The Syrian – who is named in several on line articles – seems to have apologised for having sex with her. The fool. Not sure that is evidence of sexual assault though.

    Tawdry story. She needs better friends.

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