Bahrain Censorship Prevails. Journalists Arrested & Deported

Formula 1 protest graffiti in BahrainTo borrow one of Bernie Ecclestone’s oft used comments during last weekend’s Grand Prix, “It’s business as usual” in Bahrain.

Shortly after the race on Sunday, a British news team from Channel 4 television were chased by riot police on foot, in cars and armoured riot vehicles. A police helicopter was used to keep them under surveillance.

Amid calls for democracy the Bahrain government have been censoring news of unrest in their country by refusing to admit legitimate news agencies from around the world, including those from Channel 4 News, Reuters, CNN, Sky News and Financial Times. Permission had only been granted over the Grand Prix weekend to sports journalists who regularly cover Formula One.

A group of Channel 4 News journalists, including foreign affairs correspondent Jonathan Miller, has been deported from Bahrain after they were arrested while covering the controversial Formula One grand prix.The Channel 4 team, who had not been granted the official accreditation, were spotted by security forces filming a small anti-government, pro-democracy demonstration in the Gulf city. When they attempted to leave by car, the chase by security forces began.

When the pursuit came to an end journalist Jonathan Miller, his producer, cameraman, their driver and prominent human rights activist Dr Ala’a Shehabi were detained by the roadside for an hour during which time they were subjected to verbal abuse and physically assault. They were then taken by security van to a police station and detained for a further 7 hours, after which the British members of the team were deported back to the UK.

Bahraini authorities refused to give back the cameras and computers of the Channel 4 News crew, Miller tweeted late on Sunday.

In the link below, correspondent Jonathan Miller describes the treatment they received while being held in custody.

Channel 4 News team arrested & deported from Bahrain – Channel 4 News
There are 2 videos on this page. First some predictable bullshit from Bahrain spokesman Sheik Aziz. The second is by foreign affairs correspondent Jonathan Miller.

Channel 4 journalists arrested and deported from Bahrain – The Guardian


Surge in Obesity Sparks Crematorium Blazes

As the number of obese Germans rises, the funeral industry is scrambling to make adjustments in how larger bodies with more fat can be safely incinerated. A number of crematoriums have suffered severe damage when burning fat overwhelmed their emergency measures.

Ashes to ashes, funky to funky... David BowieThe crematorium employee in the western German town of Hamelin took a last look at the coffin before pushing it inside the furnace. This was the third coffin he had processed on the morning of January 13, and the body itself weighed over 200 kilograms (440 pounds). Of that, only two kilograms of ashes were supposed to remain after cremation. But, 15 minutes later, flames shot out of the crematorium’s 10-meter-high (33-foot-high) stainless-steel chimney, and parts of it began to melt.

Unable to bring the fire under control, the employee called the fire department. Firemen determined that the smoking chimney was glowing at 600 degrees Celsius (1,100 degrees Fahrenheit). They cooled it from the side and used an infrared camera to track the spread of heat through the building. It took four hours to reduce the body in the furnace to ash.

Continue reading at the source: Spiegel Online International

No Politics Here!

I was a little surprised to discover how dominant this site was when searching on WordPress for the keyword Politics! (click image to view in full)

domestic empire politics WordPress search

Searching WordPress for the tag Politics today and domestic empire seems to be featured quite heavily.
I do feature other topics too, honestly!

I surmise therefore we’re overdue both jokes and photos of cute kittens.

The Joke:

Why did the Chicken cross the road?

US Government (initiall press statement)
“Well that altogether depends on how you define chicken.”

Bahrain Government
“The chicken did not cross the road. This is complete fabrication. We have only happy contented chickens living here.”

US Government (re-drafted version 1)
“Now to the left of the screen, you can clearly see the satellite image of the insurgent chicken crossing the road before laying mines.”

Bernie Ecclestone
“Chickens have nothing to do with me.”

UK Government
“What did the Americans say?”

A Kitten:

A Cute Kitten

Cute Kitten

Formula 1 Bahrain Cartoons by Latuff

“Compilation of my cartoons about #F1 in #Bahrain for free reproduction”
Visit Latuff Cartoons for more of his political cartoons.

What’s it all about?
Bernie Ecclestone believes himself to be in a truly unique position, in that politics have nothing to do with him. Moreover, the violence and censorship forced upon the world’s media and indigenous population of Bahrain is no reason not to do business with its anti-democratic leader, King Hamad.

Who Are You?

2012 Olympic Fail
Olympic organisers request dead Who drummer for closing ceremony.
In a fine example of life imitating art, the London 2012 Olympic committee, no doubt paying tribute to the excellent BBC 2 comedy Twenty Twelve, approached The Who’s management to request Keith Moon take part in closing ceremony, ‘Symphony of Rock’, a celebration of British pop culture.

So it’s all good then.
The band’s manager Bill Curbishley told the Sunday Times he had been approached to see if Moon ‘would be available’ to play. “I emailed back saying Keith now resides in Golders Green crematorium, having lived up to the Who’s anthemic line ‘I hope I die before I get old'”, said Curbishley. “If they have a around table, some glasses and candles, we might contact him.”

Moon the Loon, as he was affectionately referred to, passed away as a result of an accidental overdose in 1978. As any fool knows!

Not to be discouraged the Olympic committee are said to be near securing a certain ‘Queen of Hearts’ as torch bearer.

London 2012 organisers ‘wanted dead star Keith Moon to perform at Games’
BBC Comedy Twenty Twelve
Tapes Found: Unreleased Keith Moon Comedy Album
The Who
Keith Moon