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Sites of interest

Postby Gavin » 03 Mar 2012, 22:50

I thought it would be good to have a place where we can lists websites or blogs we like to visit. Just feel free to add them below - you can list one site post or multiple sites per post, and you don't even need to comment on them unless you want to.

Personally I keep up with all sites which interest me (including this one) via Google Reader. Here are some from my various subscriptions which pertain to the matters Dalrymple discusses:

  • Skeptical Doctor Clinton and Steve's guide to Dalrymple, including their blog keeping everyone up to date with his article releases.
  • Gates of Vienna A conservative site which is pro classical Western values and against Islamic infringement of them.
  • Sam Harris Sam Harris has been discussing, in depth, many matters which are highly relevant to Dalrymple's articles of late, but which are opposed to TD's position (e.g. he argues that free will is an an "illusion"), and that morality is objective and may be grounded in science (I have more time for this latter view). These topics might merit some threads here in the future - I haven't had the time to do them justice.
  • Telegraph Blogs I particularly follow Ed West, but all are worth a look. Often the most entertaining part of these blogs is the comments threads, via Disqus. Under each article, order them by "Best rated" for some gems.
  • British Freedom Party See their 20 Point Plan and the recent Paul Weston speech and New English Review interview articles.

It's worth reading back through the archives of all these sites if you can spare the time, and if anything inspires you to start a thread then please do so.
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Re: Sites of interest

Postby Rachel » 04 Mar 2012, 23:55

English pensioner blogspot
http://english-pensioner.blogspot.com/

John Derbyshire - A British man who left England in 1979 and settled in America. He was once a Communist but realised he was wrong after visiting Communist China and comparing to Hong Kong. His posts in the last few years have been less good.
http://www.johnderbyshire.com/


Winston Smith - anonymous youth worker working in children care homes and homeless hostels. He started it for promoting his book. He does not update his blog anymore but it is very good and very Dalrympian.
http://winstonsmith33.blogspot.com/

Frank Chalk - blog from a teacher in a slum rotton comprehensive, also promoting his book.
It's very funny. I strongly recommend it.
http://frankchalk.blogspot.com/

UK Commentators - despite the title it's just one man with the pseudonym "Laban" who has been blogging for years.
http://ukcommentators.blogspot.com/

It's not related to Theodore Dalrymple and I don't recommend these as much as the links above I might as well list 2 Israeli blogs I follow occasionally.
http://www.israellycool.com/
http://stevenplaut.blogspot.com/ -Israeli proffessor of Business Studies in Haifa University who really hates some of the Israeli leftist lecturers and politicans and uses the blog as a sort of catharsis. Not sure if it would interest people here though I like it.
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Re: Sites of interest

Postby Gavin » 14 Mar 2012, 12:44

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Re: Sites of interest

Postby Damo » 18 Apr 2012, 11:27

Inspector Gadget is a serving police officer. At times he offers insightful posts into the life of the underclass.

Please be aware though, some of the posts in the comments section can be a bit crude and sweary.

Inspector gadget
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Postby Gavin » 12 Aug 2012, 10:21

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Postby Tom » 13 Aug 2012, 23:25

I get a lot of pleasure from Fred Reed's blog Fred on Everything. He's a talented but usually informal writer on diverse topics including political correctness 'that prissy rectitude', race, and the decline of civilisation, all from the point of view of an irrascible middle aged American living in Mexico.
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Re: Sites of interest

Postby Gavin » 14 Dec 2012, 14:09

This looks like quite an interesting YouTube channel. The presenter seems like a nice guy who has pretty much set up his own alternative to the MSM. He goes around looking at nice parts of Europe that have not yet been enriched and interviews people who are resisting the Islamisation of their countries, including Pamela Geller.
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Re: Sites of interest

Postby Andreas » 21 Dec 2012, 19:41

I get a lot of pleasure from Fred Reed's blog Fred on Everything. He's a talented but usually informal writer on diverse topics including political correctness


Tom,

Thank you for posting this. Fred on Everything is spot-on about many problems in the United States: political correctness, the erosion of public education, race relations, etc.
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Re: Sites of interest

Postby Elliott » 22 Dec 2012, 01:47

This is a site I haven't explored yet, for lack of time, but at a first glance it looks very interesting: The Orthosphere.
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Postby Caleb » 22 Dec 2012, 06:33

Fred Reed is great. Aside from being spot on, his writing is often genuinely laugh out loud funny. I've been reading him for more than a decade and actually corresponded with him many moons ago.
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Re: Sites of interest

Postby Gavin » 22 Dec 2012, 12:57

Yes, thanks for that link. He is a good writer, and gets to the point, doesn't he? I just read a few of his articles. Again, though, he sails much closer to the wind with what seem to be un-PC truths than, for example, TD does. I suppose that's okay wherever he's based. As I was saying, I'd like to float some quite extreme hypotheses, if only to shoot them down under analysis. I'm not sure that is allowed here though.

It's interesting to consider what should actually be done if Fred is right though in his various observations. An end to "affirmative action", I think. Beyond that, it's hard to say - partly because Fred points out the inclinations of groups, yet it still seems right for to us to evaluate people as individuals. I think probably the best policy is to continue to highlight unacceptable behaviour or double standards from members of "protected" communities, thus showing that they should not longer be in any way specially protected. I'm about to do that over in another thread.
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Postby Podori » 26 Dec 2012, 02:01

Hillsdale College, a conservatively oriented liberal arts college in Michigan, offers free online courses for people who are interested in learning about the history of Western civilisation and the US constitution in their spare time.

Current course offering:

- Constitution 101: The Meaning and History of the Constitution
- Constitution 201: The Progressive Rejection of the Founding and the Rise of Bureaucratic Despotism
- History 101: Western Heritage - From the Book of Genesis to John Locke

I particularly recommend these courses for state-educated board members.

Access the courses at this link: http://online.hillsdale.edu/
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Postby Gavin » 22 Feb 2013, 12:48

I thought I'd go over to Gates of Vienna to see if there's any new material from Fjordman, only to find it has been shut down by Blogger!

They're setting up anew at another URL. I often wondered if that would happen. They can shut down as many sites as they like, but it won't make any difference since people can still see what's going on around them.
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Re: Sites of interest

Postby Gavin » 22 Feb 2013, 12:59

At the new URL Ned (the author) laments an article by TD about the EDL. Gates of Vienna has decided to endorse the EDL, but having found myself among them on one occasion I think that while TD may take too positive a view of Islam, GoV takes too positive a view of the EDL.

A significant number of them are thugs and underclass, I think. Ned must be able to see that. I suppose he has made the calculation that they are the ones who are going put a stop to Islam's growth, no-one else will. I hope things can be done in a more official manner.
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Re: Sites of interest

Postby Nathan » 22 Feb 2013, 13:55

Gavin wrote:At the new URL Ned (the author) laments an article by TD about the EDL. Gates of Vienna has decided to endorse the EDL, but having found myself among them on one occasion I think that while TD may take too positive a view of Islam, GoV takes too positive a view of the EDL.

A significant number of them are thugs and underclass, I think. Ned must be able to see that. I suppose he has made the calculation that they are the ones who are going put a stop to Islam's growth, no-one else will. I hope things can be done in a more official manner.


I went to the EDL demo in Walthamstow last September and I can confirm that a significant number of them (though by no means all) are thugs and underclass, and many of them would admit to it and can't make sense of why the defence against the biggest threat of our times has been left to people like them. I went along out of a frustration of feeling powerless and wanting to make myself feel better at having done at least something, and also wanting to show my support for a group supposedly defending our culture, partially because it is ours and also because I believe it is better than what we are up against. It is very hard to claim our culture is better when you're in the company of people who look like they've just come out of prison and have never eaten a vegetable in their lives who are openly boasting about having overturned police cars at previous demos and throwing their beer cans into the street.

That being said though, the way the demo was handled was a disgrace. I can understand the need for a strong police presence but we were led from the tube station in our police escort towards our intended demo area a mile and a half away so tightly and so slowly it took something like an hour and a half - it felt like a perp walk. When we got near our area, which had been applied for in the correct manner weeks in advance, it had been occupied by UAF and various Muslim groups, so after some short skirmishes (some of the EDL lot were charging the police, but the bottles coming our way were most definitely being thrown by the other side) rather than try to move them on the police took us on a detour and then kettled us in, telling us nothing at all for at least an extra hour.

After telling us the demo had had to be cancelled because the police had not been willing or able to stop our area from being taken over, we were then escorted back to the station. That took two hours this time, walking about 50-100 metres at a time, as the police had to slowly clear Muslims and other agitators from our path before allowing us through.

When we got to the tube station we weren't allowed anywhere and we were kettled again, this time for an extra three to four hours. I read afterwards that the tube drivers had refused to allow us onto the trains (on the way there from our meeting point they had had to specially reserve two or three trains just for us and cordon the area off for other passengers, which makes sense re. security, so I can understand people being inconvenienced by it all), but we were told nothing, much as the rank-and-file policemen themselves knew nothing.

Many of the policemen had a professional 'us and them' attitude and wouldn't talk (a fair few of the EDL people openly told me they were no strangers to the police, so I can understand), but though I didn't get an answer in as many words I got the sense that a couple of them knew full well they didn't agree with the orders they'd been given and sympathised with us. We had nothing to do all those hours but talk: I didn't exactly have a lot in common with most of the people there, but one of them spoke about an upcoming EDL march in his home town of Walsall a few weeks later, where his son was in a school which was 80% Muslim - according to him, the white children had been quietly offered the two days before the march off school for their own safety.

We had been under police escort from about 12.30pm to 8.30pm on a warm summer's day with no access to water, food or toilets until they relented and provided us (and themselves) with bottled water and Portakabins.

There had been rumours that we were all going to be arrested on something called 'Section 60' on suspicion of causing public disorder because of the skirmishes in the afternoon, but nobody would say anything for definite for some time. In the end all 300-400 of us were arrested, put into vans and driven into Central London (by this time it was after 10.30pm as opposed to the 5pm the demo was scheduled to end, and a lot of the northerners who'd come a long way to attend the event had missed their last trains home) and then dearrested (except for the dozen or so of us who security cameras had picked up earlier committing some sort of offence) and released. While I was in the van I got talking to the police officers who we were handcuffed to and again, though they wouldn't say it outright they knew the way they were being told to treat us was wrong. They said they weren't going to bother with all the arrest and dearrest forms they had to fill out as nobody would be interested in ever reading them.

The demo had achieved nothing except convince a lot of people it wasn't worth coming again, and its opponents had been allowed to defeat it. By the end of the following month the repeat march in Walthamstow had been banned by the Government and the EDL's leader put in prison. That was when Islam's rise in this country started to worry me a bit more - the authorities are not on our side.
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