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Feminist Cover Up of Male Art Rejected by Public

Posted on 10/11/2018

Literal Cover Up

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Visitors hoping to admire Lord William Armstrong’s celebrated collection at a National Trust exhibition were furious to find ‘room after room’ of artwork covered with white sheets.

The trust, which owns his Lordship’s former home of Cragside, covered up paintings and sculptures depicting men to highlight the ‘lack of female representation in art’.

It meant visitors who had paid up to £49 to view the famous collection found almost half of the paintings hidden behind white sheets, while sculptures of men had bags placed over their heads.

 

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One said: ‘It was ridiculous. Whole corridors and room after room were completely covered.’

It was so unpopular that staff reportedly had to empty the visitor comments box three times a day because it was overflowing with complaints.

The trust initially defended the ‘thought-provoking exhibition’ but later admitted: ‘Sometimes it doesn’t work as we intended.’

 

CHIMES COMPLAINT TO NATIONAL TRUST

Dear Sir/ Madam

As a life member, I am absolutely appalled by the report of covering up art at Cragside because the creators were male.

Who on Earth thought that was ever a good idea? I would have hoped the NT was above identity politics and misandric behaviour that has become all too prevalent in many areas of life.

Your sincerely,

James Williams

REPLY FROM NATIONAL TRUST

Dear James

Thank you for your email.

Thank you for your email and for raising your concerns about our recent exhibition at Cragside.

As part of this year’s national programming ‘Women and Power’, which marks the centenary of some women being awarded the right of the vote, we are highlighting the history and important stories of the women who shaped the properties now in our care. The exhibition ‘The Great Cragside Cover up’ was a continuation of this programming, created by students from Newcastle University. The exhibition saw a small number of statues and portraits of men covered to help shine a light on the women who shaped Lord Armstrong’s work and home.

This temporary student exhibition (which ran from 13 October until 5 November) was not about censoring art or being politically correct, but to encourage people to look at the collection differently and to stimulate debate. We know it is not unusual for some people to dislike or disagree with what they see in contemporary art. We’re glad that our members and visitors have had the opportunity to debate this exhibition and to feed back their thoughts, which shows that our exhibition has been successful in drawing attention to the way our collections are presented and for highlighting the history of this important property.

We are always looking at ways in which we can bring the history and stories of our places to life for visitors and your feedback about the exhibition will help inform and shape our plans.

Conservation remains at the heart of what we do and thanks to the support of our members and donors, we are spending more than ever before on conservation work. Part of conservation, however, involves understanding and communicating why these places are important to protect so that future generations will continue to care for them.

I hope this is helpful and thank you for your support.

Kind regards
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Supporter Services Centre
National Trust

 

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Boy Ripped Apart by Bear Saving Young Cousin

Posted on 10/11/2018

Brave Rodion Burakov sacrifices himself while saving little cousin from bear in Russia

A courageous 15-year-old boy, Rodion Burakov, was practically ripped apart by a ferocious bear but still managed to rescue his little cousin as the two faced the animal alone in the middle of a forest in Russia’s eastern Kamchatka Region.

Brave Rodion Sacrifices himself to save cousin

Rodion, 15, and his cousin Boris, who is two years younger, lived in the tiny remote village of Lazo.

On Monday 5th Nov 2018, they went to take a steam bath, located at the weather station where the father of one of the boys worked.

The journey itself was long and challenging – the teenagers had to cross 14km of wilderness. Kamchatka is known for its large brown bear population. Since the area has yet to see any snow or freezing temperatures this year, animals that normally would be hibernating are out roaming around instead.

Locals say that in this state, bears become extremely dangerous. Sometimes they even approach towns and villages in search of food. They can attack humans, too.

Just last August, bears killed a 23-year-old man who worked at the local nature reserve. An encounter with the fierce beast often means certain death for anyone, let alone a couple of unarmed teenagers.

Bear Attacked Boris First

The boys made it to the station safely, but on their way back, they weren’t so lucky. They ended up facing a bear in the middle of nowhere. They were completely alone, and there was no one to help them. They could have attempted to make a run for it, but the village was still about 5km away.

The bear savagely attacked little Boris, but his older cousin didn’t hesitate to jump to the rescue and defend Boris. The move distracted the bear, and Boris seized the opportunity to flee.

Wounded on his hand and head, the bloodied boy ran as fast as he could until he reached the fire station in his village. Locals commented on how deeply distressed and shaken he was. “The kid was practically silent, he was in shock,” chief local official Vladimir Voytsekhovsky told the media.

Hunters Dispatched

The boy did, however, tell them what happened. Hunters were immediately dispatched to track down the bear and find Rodion. The animal was found at the same spot and was put down as he was burying the dead teenager’s body.

Rodion’s Remains Found

Officials say that Rodion didn’t stand a chance. The bear tore off the boy’s limbs and fractured his skull.

Boris, meanwhile, was successfully stitched up in the hospital, and is expected to recover.

“I lived and worked here for 35 years. I don’t remember any instances of a bear mauling a child. This wild case is a first one,” Voytsekhovsky noted.

 

Chimes Comment

It is brave young men like Rodion that are huge losses to us all. What an incredible boy. God bless him.

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BRIEFING ON BREXIT

Posted on 03/11/2018

Tony Abbott
Former Australian Prime Minister

Former Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, wrote an article in The Spectator magazine concerning the beleaguered Brexit issue. Sometimes, someone from the outside looking in can see things more clearly than those up to their necks in it. I agree with his observation that the vote for Brexit was a vote for self confidence in Britain’s belief in itself. Unfortunately, it seems that the British Government does not share that sort of confidence, It is a pity that they seemed too arrogant to heed the advice of an expert negotiator, Donald Trump. Instead they “”seem determined to broker a deal from a position of weakness.

The Spectator & Tony Abbott

Tony Abbott: How to save Brexit

It’s pretty hard for Britain’s friends, here in Australia, to make sense of the mess that’s being made of Brexit. The referendum result was perhaps the biggest-ever vote of confidence in the United Kingdom, its past and its future. But the British establishment doesn’t seem to share that confidence and instead looks desperate to cut a deal, even if that means staying under the rule of Brussels. Looking at this from abroad, it’s baffling: the country that did the most to bring democracy into the modern world might yet throw away the chance to take charge of its own destiny.

 

Let’s get one thing straight: a negotiation that you’re not prepared to walk away from is not a negotiation — it’s surrender. It’s all give and no get. When David Cameron tried to renegotiate Britain’s EU membership, he was sent packing because Brussels judged (rightly) that he’d never actually back leaving. And since then, Brussels has made no real concessions to Theresa May because it judges (rightly, it seems) that she’s desperate for whatever deal she can get.

 

The EU’s palpable desire to punish Britain for leaving vindicates the Brexit project. Its position, now, is that there’s only one ‘deal’ on offer, whereby the UK retains all of the burdens of EU membership but with no say in setting the rules. The EU seems to think that Britain will go along with this because it’s terrified of no deal. Or, to put it another way, terrified of the prospect of its own independence.

 

But even after two years of fear-mongering and vacillation, it’s not too late for robust leadership to deliver the Brexit that people voted for. It’s time for Britain to announce what it will do if the EU can’t make an acceptable offer by March 29 next year — and how it would handle no deal. Freed from EU rules, Britain would automatically revert to world trade, using rules agreed by the World Trade Organization. It works pretty well for Australia. So why on earth would it not work just as well for the world’s fifth-largest economy?

 

James Williams
Chimes Media CEO

CHIMES COMMENT by James Williams

I personally visited some 10,000 houses in Portsmouth during the 2016 referendum campaign. Of course, I did not meet every single person in every house, but I did meet quite a number and I can tell you that everyone I met seemed to be thinking pretty hard about what Brexit or no Brexit meant. My overwhelming opinion was that, these ‘ordinary people’ of Portsmouth were not stupid. Many were seriously concerned about what it all would come to. I thus totally reject the claim that one side was stupid or flippant. At the end of the day, it is these sort of people who carry the full brunt of things if and when wrong decisions are made. Unlike, some of the comfortable classes that do not have to worry so much about getting mugged if they happen to slip out at 9pm to get some cat food.

Historically people, like those that live in Portsmouth have been through wars both home and abroad and many of their ancestors did not survive.

Britain is set to leave the EU on 29th March 2019 with or without a deal, but Tony Abbott offered

5 points of advice in his article:

  1. Using rules agreed by the World Trade Organization, Britain set its own rules. As such, it can declare that it will not impose any tariff or quota on European produce and would recognise all EU product standards. That would mean there need to be no border controls for goods being imported from Europe.
  2. The UK should declare that Europeans already living here should have the right to remain permanently — and, of course, become British citizens if they wish.
  3. There should continue to be free movement of people from Europe into Britain — but for work, not welfare.
  4. No ‘divorce bill’ whatsoever should be paid to Brussels.
  5. There is no need on Britain’s part for a hard border with Ireland. Britain wouldn’t be imposing tariffs on European goods, so there’s no money to collect. Technology allows for smart borders, so that eliminates the need for a ‘Checkpoint Charlie’ arrangement. Also, Irish citizens retain the right to live and work in the UK in an agreement that long predates EU membership.

If the EU decides to get uppity about this kind of independence and try to punish the UK with tariffs, they are restricted by WTO rules that place caps on retaliatory action of 4-5%. Whatever they do, we have used to be a country that coped with threats and, we have a much larger ally across the pond that would be only too eager to a trade deal. In fact, Mr. Trump has already got one he ‘baked earlier’.

Bulgaria Is Going Very Bad and the West Isn’t Noticing

Posted on 03/11/2018

Brutal Journalist Murder of Viktoria Marinova has drawn global attention

Bulgaria doesn’t stand out much against the backdrop of all other major international worries for the West but its situation warrants closer attention in order to avoid potential trouble down the road.

By Ivan Dikov with edits by James Williams

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The brutal murder of journalist Viktoria Marinova as she was jogging along the Danube one sunny day in the fall of 2018 recently focused global attention on Bulgaria.

Marinova’s murder occurred right after as a regional TV station head and host she aired a report on a large-scale corruption case involving EU funds. As with other inconvenient stories for Bulgaria’s ruling oligarchy, the case has been ignored by the country’s mainstream media.

Following the arrest of a suspect in Germany and their repatriation, Bulgaria’s leadership eagerly declared the horrific murder a “regular” criminal offence. It was not a contract killing of an inconvenient journalist, if you can believe it.

Whatever the case, Marinova’s murder once again put Bulgaria in the international spotlight as “the poorest and most corrupt” EU member state.

Bulgaria is going very bad

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Those labels aren’t untrue but the reality is much more gruesome. Bulgaria is going very bad, and nobody in the rest of the West seems to be noticing.

Despite the tirelessness of its leadership, Bulgaria hasn’t been able to top the concerns list of the European Union and the United States. This is probably due to the many worse for the West all occurring all over the world map. The grave failure of Bulgaria’s principal allies and partners to notice its troubles, however, may cause serious trouble for the entire West further down the road. The Balkan country’s geopolitical position lends it greater importance than its own potential does.

Brussels, Washington, and Berlin simply aren’t justified in taking Bulgaria’s Western belonging for granted. Apart from the worsening international environment, there are two main reasons Bulgaria’s deteriorating domestic situation remains largely unnoticed by the EU and the US.

First, Bulgaria’s economy has been growing by nearly 4% per year since 2015, coupled with macroeconomic stability in its state finances. For the first time, in 2018 Bulgaria’s GDP surpassed the benchmark of BGN 100 billion (EUR 50 billion or USD 56 billion). That is not as impressive as it appears since it is only 0.3% of the EU’s total GDP. However, without the oligarchy’s abuses Bulgaria’s growth could easily have doubled.

Second, the oligarchy-dominated regime in Sofia is docile within the EU. It goes along with the desires of Berlin provided there is no challenge to the high-level corruption and embezzlement.

That differentiates Bulgaria from other former communist Eastern European EU member states who stir major trouble for Brussels. In Hungary and Poland, Orban and Kaczynski have styled themselves as global pioneers of the “illiberal democratic order”.

The Borisov regime in Sofia has had no such ideological ambitions, and finds those of Budapest and Warsaw perplexing. Its main concern has been preserving and expanding the status and wealth of the post-communist oligarchy against the backdrop of Bulgaria’s EU membership.

In international politics the regime kowtows to Brussels, Washington, Moscow, Ankara, and Berlin while seeking to steer clear of hard choices among them.

CHIMES COMMENT

James Williams

It seems to be par-for-the-course when it comes to corruption. Wherever you look, corruption and villainy is the norm. The bigger the stakes, the more prevalent it is.  The ordinary citizen exists to be screwed over and is expected to vote in these crooks each time, if they are given a vote at all. It is not simply about Free Market vs Socialism. It is a question of hierarchies and the religion of entitlement that convinces people in power to hold on to their privilege and entitlements as their divine right.

When you see the tens of millions of dollars that go to funding the political campaigns in the US, you can see how lying, cheating, murder and impoverishment of whole communities is the fall out for evil to maintain control. Psychopaths use our empathy against us. Images of suffering children are a favourite for getting us to hand over cash and votes.

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Ambassador Dermer Condemns Jeremy Corbyn as an Anti-Semite

Posted on 01/11/2018

Anti-Semitism Growing World Problem

MSNBC host Ayman Mohyeldin failed to goad Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer into condemning President Trump for the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, USA. MSNBC is one of the news organizations that Trump calls Fake News because of their preposterous bias against his administration.

Mohyeldin pointed out that the Anti-Defamation League claimed that there had been a 57 percent increase in anti-Semitic attacks in the U.S. and asked Dermer if he attributes that “at least partly to the more heated rhetoric in this country since President Trump took office?

“Anti-Semitism was a growing problem around the world before Trump became president and went further by saying he was “very pleased” with Trump’s statements against anti-Semitism in the wake of the synagogue attack,” replied Ambassador Dermer.

UK Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn called an Anti-Semite

“The president of the United States is not the reason why you have Jeremy Corbyn in Europe, a leader of the Labour Party in Britain, who’s is an anti-Semite.”

Anti-Semites on college campuses today “are usually not neo-Nazis … they’re coming from the radical left.

 

 

 

 

Vanishing Jews in Arab World

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan “called all Jews ‘termites’.

 

 

 

Chimes Comment

For too long the lie has been that the Nazis were a creation of the Right and anyone who allies with what is deemed to be ‘right’ thinking has risked being condemned and marginalized as a Nazi.

Nazi means “National Socialist German Workers Party”

Top Nazi officials proclaimed that Nationalism is the adjective; Socialism is the noun. However, it is not just the name that places Nazis on the Left of politics. It was their policies and their use of state power to achieve their wishes.

Politics is simply about the relationship between the individual and the group (i.e. the state/ collective). Those who seek to maximize the power and influence of the state are those on the Left and those who glorify the individual and wish to minimize state power are on the Right. Nationalism is not the preserve of the Right. Those who left wing and nationalist are essentially glorifying their particular collective. Loving you country whether Right or Left does not require for you to stomp around in jackboots.

For people in the political centre ground there is not a lot of difference in belief and behaviour. It is when the political pendulum moves to the extremes that the differences between Left and Right become more pronounced.

The extreme Left produces totalitarianism which means the state has complete dominance in all aspects over the individual from cradle to grave. Such regimes are stifling and very controlling. They foment group mentality.

The extreme Right manifests itself in the form of anarchy where there is no state and everyone looks out for themselves. Groups of individuals may band together for a common interest, but there should be no collective leader. It can be exhilarating and demands a self sufficient lifestyle, but when things go wrong, such individuals can find themselves very isolated and vulnerable.

From this, the Nazis were definitely on the Left as they nationalized most things and use mechanisms and power of the state to govern with total control over the individual.

James A Williams

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