DISUM 23-03-2018: Bad academics and watermelons.

Slow news today, or at least the sort of news I’m interested in. I’m also working on several ideas for posts on writing. Meanwhile, enjoy this news, like… uh, whatever this thing is:

1.Labour councillor embroiled in racism row ‘chased a six-year-old Muslim girl with an air freshener, told her she smelled like curry and called her a ‘chocolate monkey’ – The Daily Mail 22.03.2018

Jim Dempster – who is already suspended by the party for a burka slur against transport minister Humza Yousaf – is alleged to have taunted a six-year-old Muslim.


The latest allegations, which Mr Dempster strongly denies, have been made by a brother and sister and are said to have occurred in the late 80s and early 90s when they were children.

Oh, wait…

The Dumfries and Galloway councillor owned a shop at the time in the village of Sanquhar and is said to have ‘picked on them’ whenever they went inside.

The brother said he had endured ’10 years of hell at the hands of Councillor Jim Dempster.’

‘He would also call me ‘Jew boy’ because he knew as a Muslim I was circumcised, just as a Jewish person would have been.

I don’t know, man, that sounds kinda fake.

Dempster was suspended by Labour last week after he told transport officials at a meeting that you can’t see Scottish National Party Transport Minister Humza Yousaf ‘under the burka.’

He has apologised to Mr Yousaf saying he could offer no defence or explanation. He later visited local mosque, and had his picture taken with a local imam, then issued a statement saying it will ‘allow me to learn more about the issues facing ethnic minorities.’

Mr Yousaf has repeated calls for Mr Dempster to quit.

I see. Very timely.


2.Nobody expects the Spanish prosecutor

As of today, 25 leaders of the Catalan independence movement have been indicted (or charged or whatever is the equivalent in your legal system) of various crimes: rebellion, malfeasance, or contempt of court. Nine are already in custody (no bail) and seven have fled (or ‘gone into exile’ according to their version) to other countries (Switzerland, Belgium, and the UK, IIRC,) including the previous Catalan President.



3.Are you happy to see me, or is that a modified AK-47 in your pocket?

PornHub greets bloggers after YouTube gun ban introduced – BBC 22.03.2018

YouTube has banned videos that show people how to manufacture or modify guns and their accessories.

It had already banned videos linked to the sale of guns and accessories.

Many firearms enthusiasts noticed that some of their videos had been removed from the video-sharing website and some had their channels suspended.

Prominent gun video-bloggers said the move was an erosion of US citizens’ rights, and some said they would move their content to PornHub instead.

Of course, there’s nothing in the text saying that PornHub “is greeting” these people, just that some of them have decided to go there, but I wouldn’t have clicked on it if the headline had been honest…


4. Professor suffers from an acute case of the royal plural

Academics say rape culture stems from the Bible – The Independent 23.03.2018

This is just an opinion piece about a recent case with some Bible references.

It’s literally just her own opinion, not something said by “academicS” or any consensus, and she puts that click-baity statement, as if it were a conclusion, but still unproven in the text proper, in the headline.


5. Important fact of the day




One thought on “DISUM 23-03-2018: Bad academics and watermelons.

  1. Nicholas Arkison

    By Charity Chien

    OXFORD – Professors William Byng and Franklin Hyde, who startled the learned world last week with their discovery of 200-year-old stems of unique rape cultivars, have provided some further details about the discovery.

    “We were visiting Bill’s grandmother in Warwickshire,” Prof. Hyde said, “and were looking through his grandmother’s old family Bible. Over the generations, you know, a quite extraordinary number of leaves and flowers and whatnot had been pressed between the pages by various members of the family; I believe we stumbled across the stems somewhere in the neighbourhood of Deuteronomy 22. Well, of course we recognised their significance instantly – you know how, when an Oxford lad expresses interest in an academic career, one of the things they always have him study is the history of colza production up to its replacement by whale oil – and so Bill went and begged his grandmother to let us take them back to the House with us.”

    The current consensus among leading agricultural historians is that the stems represent a hitherto unknown technique of cultivating rape and other plants of the mustard family, which was most likely lost when enclosures forced the local peasant population off the land in the 18th and 19th Centuries.


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