Here’s the chat, background on Count Dankula is below. We talked about all sorts of stuff, his Nazi Pug joke, Tommy Robinson in the tank on the Golan heights picture, Israel and many other topics!
Last night I spent two enjoyable hours shooting the breeze with convicted hate speech criminal, Count Dankula. You may remember his story: he was convicted last year of committing the ultimate crime in the UK. He posted a joke video of his girlfriend’s dog. The issue was he told a simple joke. He wanted to turn the cute pug into the most evil and horrible thing he could think of so he turned the dog into a Nazi. He trained Buddha the Pug to raise his paw when he said “gas the Jews”.
It was clear from the context of the video it was a joke. Some people found it funny, some didn’t and some thought it would be a good idea to prosecute this man in Scottish courts and eventually find him guilty. He has been fined but refuses to pay his fine. He has donated the value of his fine to a charity, it’s not about the money, it’s about speech.
It’s insulting for me to have to say he isn’t hateful, a Jew hater, antisemite or Nazi. This is self evident. That a court had to wilfully disregard all context in his video to find him guilty is a massive stain on Scottish and eventually the UK’s entire legal system.
I have to say there was a serious far-right Jew hatred problem in the live chats. Honestly I didn’t watch them for the first hour and a half and only toward the end did I look. By then they had improved quite a bit. I am still more comfortable talking to his edgy audience and honestly I feel they listened to me more than any hearing I would have got from a correspondingly pro BDS, anti-Israel and Jew hating audience on the other side.
First Broadcast October 15, 2005: In this week’s edition of Shire Network News, the official podcast of Silent Running, Laurence Simon talks about the non-story about how George Bush came to be quoted as saying G0d talks to him. The media’s unimpeachably solid source for this? The Palestinian political leadership! Riiiight.Our Man in London speculates about which loser has-been is going to be selected to lead the Tory Party to it’s next inevitable crushing defeat, and our feature interview is with blogger Meryl Yourish, about her concerns that Israel is being held to a double standard, and that Jews are reliving the 1930s.
Also in the program, an alternative use for the BBC‘s news theme Lillibulero, the BBC try to show that Jews are just making it up about being in danger and Melanie Phillips probably wishes she hadn’t participated in the documentary, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder leaves office with characteristic charm and diplomacy, what the European papers are really saying about America in their own languages, the New Zealand media spazzes out over church members speaking to politicians, British playwright Harold Pinter wins this year’s Novel Prize for Anti-American Lunacy, a soldier involved in the alleged “staged chat” with the President hits back at the media for misrepresenting it, a lefty luvvie Australian playwright gets trapped on a cruise ship full of Kath and Kim clones and sees a metaphor for the destruction of the Lucky Country, while commenters on Tim Blair’s site point and laugh.
If you’re saying any of those things, chances are you’re not a friend of mine. I don’t use the term “antisemite” much, I prefer to say Jew hatred. Because reasons.
I said at the start these are “tells”. Here’s Scott Adams’s definition and explanation of what I really mean by that.
A tell, in this context, means an involuntary action that reveals a person’s inner thoughts in an unguarded moment. In the context of a poker game, a tell might signal a bluff. In the context of police work, a tell might signify a lie. In the context of hypnosis, a tell signifies a switch from rational thinking to irrational thinking.
A tell in this context can mean you guessed the admin password for a human being. The tell is your feedback that the words you used got translated into a physical response. That is the hypnotist’s equivalent of A-B testing. The hypnotist tries an approach and watches for the subject’s physical reaction. Recognizing tells takes practice. The more tells you spot in your lifetime, the easier it is to find more. Your mind gets tuned to them. You recognize the pattern. You see them coming before they even happen, based on the trigger event.
Complicating all of this is the fact that each tell has a false-positive explanation that will always sound plausible. The best way to estimate the odds of a tell being the real thing is by its proximity to a known trigger. If someone exhibits a tell symptom without a trigger, it probably just means you are talking to an idiot. And that happens less than you probably assume it does. All the rest of your “idiot” encounters are smart people experiencing cognitive dissonance and not realizing it. And now for the list of tells.