________________________________________________________ Well said Andrew Neil. "Yes, you have the power to hurt us. Sometimes the hurt is more than we can bear. But you cannot defeat us" says @afneil opening #bbctw pic.twitter.com/VXGWb51kfL— ...

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  1. Outstanding II...
  2. Offering obolary option...
  3. Online oriel...
  4. Obduracy of obfuscation...
  5. Otoise oxyphonic objections...
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Outstanding II...


Well said Andrew Neil.
    

Offering obolary option...


No thanks. Tony Blair, arch vampire said yesterday that Labour should to offer the people of the UK the option of staying in the EU. It seems to me, reading the BBC article about his appearance on the Andrew Marr Show, the main reason for this being that it'll be a bit complicated to work out the details. No, really.

Thank God that today UK GOV has finally confirmed a date and within the original timeline too...just: "The Government is clear in its aims: a deal that works for every nation and region of the UK and indeed for all of Europe – a new, positive partnership between the UK and our friends and allies in the European Union." Couldn't be clearer. HOWEVER, threats and blackmail [£] from Juncker and others don't help: "demand", "ultimatum", when the exit process begins "Mrs May should concede that Britain has financial liabilities to settle with the EU"..."Without that concession at the start of the process, Mrs May will be told there will be no talks on transitional agreements or on the shape of a future agreement between Britain and the EU." Drunk on power Juncker says "the choice to eat what’s on the table or not come to the table at all"...OK, no meal, no deal, no steal, no squeal.
    

Online oriel...



Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist"The 100 Websites That Rule the Internet". For full-size version click here. "There are over 1.1 billion websites on the internet, but the vast majority of all traffic actually goes to a very select list of them."
    

Obduracy of obfuscation...


How fake news spreads: look at the three images of screen clips taken from the BBC yesterday (click on images to link); the left hand image was on their main news page on Saturday afternoon (yesterday), the other two are from the article on the Europe News page that the first story linked to (since updated: Newssniffer).

BBC Europe News 18-02-17
1. First link, main news page: "Dutch Populist calls Moroccans 'scum'"
2. Article: Europe News: "Dutch populist Geert Wilders calls some Moroccans 'scum'". The first line iterates this: "Dutch populist leader Geert Wilders has launched his election campaign by calling some Moroccans "scum"."
3. What Wilders said: "There is a lot of Moroccan scum in Holland who make the streets unsafe".

...needless to say that the number of visitors who read the first headline would be far, far more than read the 2nd; the numbers reading the 2nd would be far, far more than those that actually read the whole article and get to what Wilders actually said. There is an improvement for the BBC Online: a couple of years ago the pertinent quote would have been further down, below the scroll line and under at least one photo and they would have called him 'far-right'.

1 = fake news; 2 = on the verge of fake news; 3 = news.  It's not complicated or difficult to get right. As usual, today it isn't on the main news page and the Europe News headline has been 'down-faked' to "Geert Wilders talks of Moroccan 'scum'" but by now most who would read it have read the fake news. 
    

Otoise oxyphonic objections...


...from the US media who in the main are completely losing it over President Trump's constant ribbing. They are being played and they can't handle it except shout back weak insults. In the article HERE (scroll down) you'll see twenty or more of them whinging about the First Amendment, 'fake' President (oh ha ha...except he is patently NOT a fake president, I guess that's even MORE of their fake news); some mention Fascism, Nazism, Bolshevism...
No, he is declaring YOU the enemy of the people: just like the BBC news and political output in the UK. Freedom of the Press doesn't mean freedom from being called out on fake news. The media lies, omissions, stealth edits,  ignoring of facts, the one-sided bullshit fest. President Trump is calling you out. If you are intentionally misinforming the people - and you are - then you are their enemy.

Not yet a Clear and Present Danger situation but I foresee the Incitement Lawless Action being dusted off anytime soon: "The two legal prongs that that constitute incitement of imminent lawless action is as follows: Advocacy of force or criminal activity does not receive First Amendment protections if (1) the advocacy is directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action, and (2) is likely to incite or produce such action." [Wiki].

By the way, he said he would too. More than once and guess what: "...good publicity is preferable to bad, but from a bottom-line perspective, bad publicity is sometimes better than no publicity at all. Controversy, in short, sells" D. Trump, "The Art of the Deal".

From the blog post title, much of the media seem: otiose - superfluous; redundant; futile; useless...
oxyphonia - sharpness or shrillness of voice

    

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