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5 awkward moments at Facebook hearing 87% Posted Apr 2018

5 awkward moments at Facebook hearing

Comment: 14 days ago

Gosh, that was tough. They really gave him a grilling there! Now Zuck has ticked that box, I expect he'll change his whole business model and way of operation

What happened to hovertrains? 87% Posted Apr 2018

What happened to hovertrains?

Comment: 17 days ago

If you get a train to Peterborough you can see the UK prototype out of the window

What makes a great leader, and why Putin is so good at it 87% Posted Mar 2018

What makes a great leader, and why Putin is so good at it

Comment: 34 days ago

You've certainly been challenged, but please show us where you've been "attacked."

"This site doesn't allow me to post links" Oh really? To paraphrase, "You can even copy and paste. I thought you'd be smart enough to figure out how to use an account and log in."

What makes a great leader, and why Putin is so good at it 87% Posted Mar 2018

What makes a great leader, and why Putin is so good at it

Comment: 34 days ago

Right - your YouTube video from the "Alltime conspiracies" channel is also based on Madhusree Mukerjee's book, so we're looking at the same source. Still.

And even so, your video states the Official Famine Enquiry Commission found the Bengali government deliberately overestimated the anount of food produced in the 1942 harvest. For political reasons they calculated there was too much food - so they didn't put any aside in case of any crisis. That crisis happened due to bad weather. The problem was exacerbated by the devolved democracy of India's provinces which discouraged provinces from exporting food to each other.

So, the local government lied about production and made no provision for a natural disaster which later occurred. The neighbouring provinces didn't help Bengal.

I'm not seeing a lot of Churchill here, but I am seeing someone with an axe to grind.

I gave you a link to some examples of genocide to help you understand the difference between the Bengal Famine and systematic extermination. Native Americans was just one example (interesting you chose to focus on that rather than Armenia, the holocaust, Cambodia, Rwanda or Bosnia also documented on the "End Genocide" site. Guilty conscience?)

The Bengal Famine was not genocide. Natural disaster? Some. Local incompetence? Some. Wartime expedience? Some. Racist attitudes? Some. Churchill pursuing a policy of systematic extermination of Bengalis? Come off it.

Stop relying on a single source (which other local historians dispute). Stop pretending four reviews of the same book, then the video version of it on the Alltime Conspiracies channel is anything like evidence.

If you have any real evidence of systematic externination of the Bengalis by Churchill's policies then put it up. Otherwise, to quote your president, it's fake news.

 

What makes a great leader, and why Putin is so good at it 87% Posted Mar 2018

What makes a great leader, and why Putin is so good at it

Comment: 35 days ago

Can't get your "link" to work. Does it provide evidence that Churchill was pursuing a policy of extermination in India?

Yes, he could be a shit, yes he was a soldier in colonial wars, and yes, like generals and presidents since time immemorial, he made decisions that sacrificed one group over another. I get that you don't think he was a hero but until you can provide evidence that Churchill was pursuing a policy of systematic extermination in India, your use of "genocide" is inaccurate and hyperbole.

Here are some examples of systematic extermination. http://endgenocide.org/learn/past-genocides/native-americans/

Where is your evidence that Churchill was similarly pursuing a policy of systematic extermniation that would count as "genocide"?

 

What makes a great leader, and why Putin is so good at it 87% Posted Mar 2018

What makes a great leader, and why Putin is so good at it

Comment: 35 days ago

Your four attempts at links all point to reviews of the one book by Madhusree Mukerjee, so there's no variety of source: they're all reviews of one person's interpretation.

You've also been very selective. Even one of the reviewers you quote in an attempt to bolster your argument says, "History is rarely a closed book, however, and Churchill’s role in Bengal is fervently debated by experts."

You also omit from the book-reviews you're citing another Indian historian with a more balanced perspective. Professor Janam Mukherjee (the author of the 2015 book Hungry Bengal and working at Toronto’s Ryerson University) says, “Churchill has a definite responsibility. He certainly did block imports to India, But there is a lot of responsibility to go around. So as a historian, the argument of inordinate blame on Churchill makes me uncomfortable … It’s also a convenient way of understanding a very complex historical event rather simply.” (My emphasis)

This is bascially all we're saying here. Churchill was a man with flaws, attitudes to race and empire which would be unacceptable these days. As P.M. his main aim was to preserve Britain and defeat the threat that was 20 miles away across the Channel and bombing the country to buggery.

But if you are claiming he was pursuing a policy of deliberate extermination, please point (and try to link) us to some evidence that is not four reviews of the same book by one author.

What makes a great leader, and why Putin is so good at it 87% Posted Mar 2018

What makes a great leader, and why Putin is so good at it

Comment: 36 days ago

"first post here"? Blimey, it must be the result of infinite monkeys writing in the same style.

Anyway, here's the link you asked for https://richardlangworth.com/churchill-bengal-famine

Can you give us a link to your claim that "Churchill refused to allow Canada and the USA to feed people in India"?

 

Enjoy Vladimir Putin's extraordinary alpha male walk 94% Posted Mar 2018

Enjoy Vladimir Putin's extraordinary alpha male walk

Comment: 36 days ago

I doubt the people of Crimea, Georgia, Ukraine, Syria would agree with you.

Putin seems to be an old imperialist, pushing to take back Russia's traditional sphere of influence - and he's playing his hand very well. The West is fragmented and doesn't know how to deal with him.

I also don't think the socialist/capitalist descriptors are valid. Notionally, Russia is socialist, but the reality is not about ownership of the means of production so much as having access to and control of the means of production. The Russian state may notionally own the gas which is sold, but it's only an elite who have access to most of the benefits the sale generates.

While I admire Putin's game and his grasp of realpolitik, I think he's a dangerous and destabilising influence on the world.

Luxury two-pool house 86% Posted Mar 2018

Luxury two-pool house

Comment: 41 days ago

Lovely place but... large panes of glass next to a golf course. What could possibly go wrong?

Water wheel pumps water over a mile without electricity 93% Posted Mar 2018

Water wheel pumps water over a mile without electricity

Comment: 42 days ago

Wow! "There are no mechanical parts" Is it made of magic?

Monster cougar stalks unarmed man 87% Posted Mar 2018

Monster cougar stalks unarmed man

Comment: 44 days ago

Interesting. Here's a link to what happened when Bobby Kennedy was annoyed by a .22 https://www.historyonthenet.com/robert-f-kennedy-assassinated/

Russian election video warns people of not voting 86% Posted Mar 2018

Russian election video warns people of not voting

Comment: 56 days ago

That's almost as credible as voting to spend £350 million a week on the NHS

Monkeys steal human valuables to trade for food 86% Posted Mar 2018

Monkeys steal human valuables to trade for food

Comment: 56 days ago

"Of course monkeys don't eat flip flops or sunglasses". Cue 2:08 monkey eating a flip flop

Trump: I would have run into Florida school even if I didn't have a weapon 86% Posted Feb 2018

Trump: I would have run into Florida school even if I didn't have a weapon

Comment: 57 days ago

In 2 months time, he'll think he actually did run in there.

President Trump touches down in Davos 86% Posted Feb 2018

President Trump touches down in Davos

Comment: 59 days ago

I was expecting Ernst Stavro Blofeld

Richard Branson, a little bit jealous of Elon Musk 86% Posted Feb 2018

Richard Branson, a little bit jealous of Elon Musk

Comment: 66 days ago

Here we have the difference between talking the talk and walking the walk.

How is life different for billionaires? 86% Posted Feb 2018

How is life different for billionaires?

Comment: 72 days ago

The wisdom of cabbies: I was in a cab going down Bishops Avenue (= "Millionaires Row") and the dirver said, "It's all zeroes, innit? You worry about losing £100, they worry about losing £10,000."

Waterfall swing 86% Posted Feb 2018

Waterfall swing

Comment: 78 days ago

When I was a kid they had an even cleverer design that kept you dry

Piers Morgan on his interview with Donald Trump 86% Posted Feb 2018

Piers Morgan on his interview with Donald Trump

Comment: 79 days ago

Great fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite 'em, And little fleas have lesser fleas, and so ad infinitum.

2018 State of the Union, in 4 minutes 86% Posted Jan 2018

2018 State of the Union, in 4 minutes

Comment: 84 days ago

As well as revitalising the economy and being the least racist person ever, Kim Jong Trump learned to walk at just 3 weeks and was talking at 8 weeks.

At junior high school, he corrected and chastised his teachers for incorrectly interpreting history, according to his official biography. Moving on to higher education, he found time to write 1,500 books during his three years at University, from where he graduated in 1964, and penned six full operas in two years - "all of which are better than any in the history of music", his biography gushes.

Turning his hand to the film industry, Mr Trump insisted on overseeing many aspects of the nation's domestic movie output and, according to his press secretary, "improved the scripts and guided the production of the movie "Diary of a Girl Student."

Trump was also a star of the sporting arena. His biography claims that he first picked up a golf club in 1994, and shot a 38-under par round that included no fewer than 11 holes in one.

Satisfied with his performance, he immediately declared his retirement from the sport.

He also has a great haircut.

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