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Fitna Remade

Following the UK governments foolish and countr-productive banning of Geert Wilders from the UK, his 15 minute Fitna has now gained a far wider audience that he would have otherwise enjoyed. Wilders is a far-right anti-immigration politician who has latched onto Muslims as a euphamism for Brown People and Reza Moradi of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, annoyed at the way Wilders film attacks all Muslims - including those who are actually victims of Islamism fleeing oppression - has edited and rescripted the film to produce Fitna Remade.

The take-home message of the film is that secularists should suport secularism everywhere and without exception.

(Via MediaWatchWatch)

Judge Death takes over at the Home Office

The latest wheeze in the Labour governments War Against Sanity is to decide that anyone carrying a pre-pay mobile phone must be a terrorist - or as good as - so theyre building another database of mobile phone owners. Thats all owners of mobile phones, regardless of whether they have regular contract or a pre-pay phone.

Everyone who buys a mobile telephone will be forced to register their identity on a national database under government plans to extend massively the powers of state surveillance.

Phone buyers would have to present a passport or other official form of identification at the point of purchase. Privacy campaigners fear it marks the latest government move to create a surveillance society.

It cant be long now until they realise that all crimes are comitted by living people and overreact accordingly.

ID Cards: A foreigner speaks

A migrant, living in the UK, has this to say about the latest stunt dreamt up by the a government desperate to find a justification for their ID card plans:

[Y]our Labour Party has taken my biometrics and will force me to carry the papers my grandparents destroyed when they fled the Soviet Union. In living memory, my family has been chased from its home by governments whose policies and justification the Labour Party has aped. Your Labour Party has made me afraid in Britain, and has made me seriously reconsider my settlement here. I am the father of a British citizen and the husband of a British citizen. I pay my tax. I am a natural-born citizen of the Commonwealth. The Labour Party ought not to treat me nor any other migrant in a way that violates our fundamental liberties. The Labour Party is unmaking Britain, turning it into the surveillance society that Britains foremost prophet of doom, George Orwell, warned against. Labour admits that we migrants are only the first step, and that every indignity that they visit upon us will be visited upon you, too. If you want to live and thrive in a free country, you must defend us too: we must all hang together, or we will surely hang separately.

The migrant in question is Cory Doctorow, a Canadian author who is supporting himself but is no threat to anyone.

Much has been said about what is wrong with the governments ID card scheme – its overly complex, unnecessarily intrusive, not properly costed and horrendously expensive. And for what? Why are the government so keen to introduce these things?

Its a serious question, and one for which I have so far seen no answer: What does the Labour Party expect to achieve by introducing ID cards?

Modern Slavery

There are more slaves today than ever before in human history. In 2007, Slave Traders made more money than Google, Nike and Starbucks combined.

Call + Response is a campaigning documentary that goes deep undercover to the places where slavery is thriving - from the child brothels of Cambodia to the slave brick kilns of rural India – to expose the world’s 27 million dirtiest secrets.

The filmmakers are also creating interactive field projects for each aspect of human slavery: sex slavery, labor slavery, child soldiers and child slavery. All profits from the use of the film, DVD, soundtrack, iTunes downloads will be directed, by the viewers, to these projects with clear start and finish points (such as a landrover for a child soldier rehab camp, or sewing machines for a after-care training facility). Their goal is to fund and celebrate completed projects together in community and to close the loop by allowing viewers to become participants in the solution.

The film is the call, and they are asking for a response. Watch the trailer, post it and join their Facebook and MySpace groups. Do More.

Watching you, watching films

The Odeon cinema chain has installed CCTV cameras in nine of its venues across the country to ensure “the safety and security of guests. Thats guests who werent feeling either unsafe or insecure in the first place and who didnt ask to be filmed while watching films.

How long before some bored foyer attendant decides to upload a little “user generated content” from some unfortunately amorous couple finding themselves on the wrong back row?

Spielberg quits China over Darfur

Boy in Darfur with a replica gun saying \'Made in China\' Steven Spielberg has resigned from his post of artistic adviser for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing accusing the Chinese authorities of not doing enough to pressure Sudan to end the continuing human suffering in Darfur.

Obviously, ultimate responsibility for the mass criminality in Darfur lies with the Sudanese government, but China has done rather nicely out of it. China imports two-thirds of Sudanese oil - estimated at 500,000 barrels a day, and does a brisk trade in arms sales to boot.

So kudos to Spielberg for deciding he wants nothing more to do with it.

Quote of the Day: Same old, same old

Once again we will have the spectacle of ministers pretending that spending billions on identity cards is a sensible use of public funds and that a law against incitement to religious hatred wont be used by the theocratic right to stifle dissenting voices in the ethnic minorities.

- Nick Cohen

The Moral Barbarism of Brazilian Bishops

From The Melon Farmers:

Brazilian Government Introduces Free Contraceptives for All, including Abortifacient Morning-After Pill

Euphemistically dubbed as a “family planning program,” Brazil’s lawmakers launched a program to distribute free contraceptives at hospitals and walk-in clinics throughout the country in March.

The controversial program, predictably denounced by the Catholic Church there, includes the abortifacient morning-after pill, despite a Brazilian law prohibiting abortion except in cases of rape or if a mother’s life is in danger because of the pregnancy.

This is nothing more than medical and moral barbarism, which will pervert our youth, warned Bishop Rafael Llano Cifuentes, president of the Bishops Committee on Life and the Family for the National Conference of Brazilian Bishops. The free contraceptives program will promote the sexual perversion of teenagers, which means prostitution, Bishop Cifuentes added. It’s like telling teenage girls, go out and enjoy an active sex life for the government will guarantee that you won’t get pregnant.

According to an Instituto Sensus poll conducted in April, 87% of Brazilians support the use of contraception, while 84% support the free distribution of contraceptives by the government. 85% are still opposed to abortion on demand.

Of course, what does sexual health matter to a bunch of ideologically blinded virgins?