“I believe the incident benefits the state in a way that, in this country, we are becoming more and more open in our discussions about how insular we are, our intolerance of people who are different, as well as homophobia. I believe discussions are a healthy thing, we need more of them, as the sooner Lithuania becomes more open and more tolerant, the better it will be for the country,” Grybauskaitė told Vilnius journalists on Wednesday.
I was just reading an article at the NY Times titled “The Lies Heard Round the World” and noticed that it listed several non-U.S. fact checking sites.
We have PolitiFact and FactCheck. org, but sometimes we hear stuff (especially on Twitter) from other countries and have no way of verifying the info.
With that in mind, I decided it would be a good idea to go look them up. Obviously, I can’t vouch for them as I don’t fluently speak the languages of the non-English ones and I’m unfamiliar with their reliability, but perhaps others will come along and do so. I’ll note the language of each site next to its link.
Oh, before I list them there’s one more U.S. site I found: Conservative Fact Check. Yes, because you know how shameless the librul lamestream media is, especially with their toady fact checkers backing up all their hateful, godless lies:
CFC is dedicated to providing a conservative alternative to enormously liberal-biased fact checking sites like snopes. com, factcheck. org, and politifact. com.
It’s a familiar scenario: you receive a particularly juicy story about Obama in email and forward it to your friends. Then, somebody on your mailing list tries to ruin the fun by sending you a link from Snopes which declares your story to be false. What do you do if you know it’s true? […]
I didn’t really spend any time looking around the site, but I figured if nothing else it might be useful for looking up wingnut memes.
Now on to the list!
- FactCheckEU - English. Nice site, even has a handy map with a bunch of little markers. Seems very well organized.
- Pagella Politica - Italian. Not sure how useful this will be, but I included it anyway because... who knows? It may come in handy one day.
- Africa Check - English. This could be a very useful one and is related to Agence France-Presse through its AFP Foundation.
- Chequeado.com - Spanish. Based in Argentina.
- UyCheck.com - Spanish. Based in Uruguay, as far as I can tell.
Based on what I saw and using Google Translate, it seems like politicians sound pretty much the same the world over. Imagine that. //
Here’s the Audio clip Rightwing Watch found where she mouths off. She’s angry that Fox News, dared to apologize for spreading anti Muslim hate.
Yeah Muslim no go zones are “real.” I wonder if that’s why people not just in the United States, but also Europe, see Fox News as a joke now. Those people now include British Prime Minister, David Cameron who couldn’t believe how stupid Fox was. Also the entire idea, that that Sharia law will take over Europe or the United States anytime soon is ridiculous. Last I checked Muslims only made up about zero point six percent of our population, and its hardly accurate to say all, or even most of them are extremists, who would support turning America into a theocracy.
I wonder if this is why Fox News could get sued in France for their claims about “no go zones” in Paris. I guess its all fear of the Muslims, and the non existent “no go zones” that they live in.
As for her bizarre claim that for liberals Islam trumps gay rights. Its not like liberals never condemn homophobia in the name of Islam, just like they condemn homophobia in the name of Christianity. Its not like mainstream news organizations who reject the nonsensical idea of “stealth Jihad” or “Muslim no go Zones” haven’t reported on homophobia in Muslim majority countries. Pamela Geller on the other hand, Is only pro gay rights when Muslims are persecuting homosexuals. She doesn’t seem to care when Christians do it, especially if they’re anti Muslim like her.
Update 1/24/15 at 4:50pm.
Note: I originally stated that Muslims made up only point six percent of the US population, but it confused some LGF regulars so I changed it to read “zero point six percent” instead just to make it clearer as to what I meant.
According to Michael Slezak, evidence now confirms what many paleo-anthropologists and Paleontologists suspected, that modern humans interbred with our Neanderthal relatives.
When humans hooked up with Neanderthals, we could have wooed them with music and fancy jewellery.
The oldest DNA of a modern human ever to be sequenced shows that the Homo sapiens who interbred with the Neanderthals were very modern - not just anatomically but with modern behaviour including painting, modern tools, music and jewellery.
Some previous estimates had placed the first interspecies liaison much earlier, before the emergence of these features. The new DNA sequence shows it actually happened in the middle of an age called the Initial Upper Palaeolithic, when there was an explosion of modern human culture.
About 2 per cent of many people’s genomes today is made up of Neanderthal DNA, a result of interbreeding between the two species that can be seen in everyone except people from sub-Saharan Africa. The so-called Ust’-Ishim man, named after the town in western Siberia where he was found, carries a similar proportion of Neanderthal DNA in his genome as present-day Eurasians, and a combination of radiocarbon and genetic dating shows he died only about 45,000 years ago.
We’ve been covering the Ebola panic a lot here on LGF, but here’s something that really puts things in context, in a way that many people here might not have thought of. Stassa Edwards discusses the history of racists using fear of disease to attack and demonize minorities, and how that fear was used to justify everything from imperialism to nativist legislation. Warning, this gets pretty disturbing, in more ways than one.
On October 1st, the New York Times published a photograph of a four-year-old girl in Sierra Leone. In the photograph, the anonymous little girl lies on a floor covered with urine and vomit, one arm tucked underneath her head, the other wrapped around her small stomach. Her eyes are glassy, returning the photographer’s gaze. The photograph is tightly focused on her figure, but in the background the viewer can make out crude vials to catch bodily fluids and an out-of-focus corpse awaiting disposal.
The photograph, by Samuel Aranda, accompanied a story headlined “A Hospital From Hell, in a City Swamped by Ebola.” Within it, the Times reporter verbally re-paints this hellish landscape where four-year-olds lie “on the floor in urine, motionless, bleeding from her mouth, her eyes open.” Where she will probably die amidst “pools of patients’ bodily fluids,” “foul-smelling hospital wards,” “pools of infectious waste,” all overseen by an undertrained medical staff “wearing merely bluejeans” and “not wearing gloves.”
Aranda’s photograph is in stark contrast to the images of white Ebola patients that have emerged from the United States and Spain. In these images the patient, and their doctors, are almost completely hidden; wrapped in hazmat suits and shrouded from public view, their identities are protected. The suffering is invisible, as is the sense of stench produced by bodily fluids: these photographs are meant to reassure Westerners that sanitation will protect us, that contagion is contained.
Pernicious undertones lurk in these parallel representations of Ebola, metaphors that encode histories of nationalism and narratives of disease.
SARCELLES, France — From the immigrant enclaves of the Parisian suburbs to the drizzly bureaucratic city of Brussels to the industrial heartland of Germany, Europe’s old demon returned this summer. “Death to the Jews!” shouted protesters at pro-Palestinian rallies in Belgium and France. “Gas the Jews!” yelled marchers at a similar protest in Germany.
The ugly threats were surpassed by uglier violence. Four people were fatally shot in May at the Jewish Museum in Brussels. A Jewish-owned pharmacy in this Paris suburb was destroyed in July by youths protesting Israel’s military campaign in Gaza. A synagogue in Wuppertal, Germany, was attacked with firebombs. A Swedish Jew was beaten with iron pipes. The list goes on.
The scattered attacks have raised alarm about how Europe is changing and whether it remains a safe place for Jews. An increasing number of Jews, if still relatively modest in total, are now migrating to Israel. Others describe “no go” zones in Muslim districts of many European cities where Jews dare not travel.
But there is also concern about what some see as an insidious “softer” anti-Jewish bias, which they fear is creeping into the European mainstream and undermining the postwar consensus to root out anti-Semitism. Now the question is whether a subtle societal shift is occurring that has made anti-Jewish remarks or behavior more acceptable.
“The fear is that now things are blatantly being said openly, and no one is batting an eyelid,” said Jessica Frommer, 36, a secular Jew who works for a nonprofit organization in Brussels. “Modern Europe is based on stopping what happened in the Second World War. And now 70 years later, people standing near the European Parliament are shouting, ‘Death to Jews!’ “
This is not the Europe of 1938. French leaders have strongly condemned the violence. Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany this month led a rally against anti-Semitism in Berlin at which she told Germans, “It is our national and civic duty to fight anti-Semitism.”
Europe has seen protests and outbursts of anti-Semitism whenever the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has erupted, and some analysts say this summer’s anger is a cyclical episode that like others will fade away. Some note that the number of reported anti-Semitic incidents this year in France, for instance, is well below some years in the 2000s.
Yet as European support for the Palestinian cause and criticism of Israel have hardened, many Jews describe a blurring of distinctions between being anti-Israel and being anti-Jew.
Man Jean-Marie Le Pen is sick. I really hope this has a negative effect on the National Front’s popularity in France. I put this under Wingnuts since we don’t have a category specifically for genocidal, racist, fascist, hate mongers. Kim Willsher reports,
Jean-Marie Le Pen, 85, is standing as an MEP for Marseille, south-east France, in this week’s European parliament elections. Photograph: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters
At a cocktail party before an election rally in Marseille on Tuesday evening, days before the European elections in which the FN is leading the polls in France, Le Pen spoke of the “demographic explosion” in the world.
“Monseigneur Ebola could sort that out in three months,” he said in front of journalists.
I have to thank Daniela at Skepchicks for alerting me to this.
Based on what Miranda Blue at Right Wing Watch, and others have pointed out, a better name for “the American Center for Law and Justice” would be “The American Center for Theocracy and Injustice.” It really sounds like the group has never met an anti gay law it didn’t like and the only cases when it seems to care about discrimination is when it thinks Christians are being discriminated against. Its also clearly opposed to secularism and refuses to accept the fact that the establishment clause mandates the Separation of Church and state. The group is also anti Muslim, and opposed the so called “Ground Zero Mosque.” Speaking of which, I wonder how these people feel about anti blasphemy laws in Muslim countries?
The American Center for Law and Justice, the group founded by televangelist Pat Robertson to be a right-wing counter to the American Civil Liberties Union, bills itself as a champion of the “ongoing viability of freedom and liberty in the United States and around the world.”
But the ACLJ - which has joined in the Religious Right chorus claiming that progressive policies are causing American Christians to lose their religious freedom - has never been so keen on the civil liberties of those with whom they disagree, especially in its work overseas.
If you were a Protestant living in Northern Ireland or the Republic, you feared and detested Gerry Adams.
I feared and detested Gerry Adams. As head of Sinn Fein, and a member of the IRA, he was the face of fear that hung ominous over my childhood. As an American Protestant family with political connections, kidnappings were a concern we had to take into consideration for mundane activities such as going to airports, crossing the border between south and north (which was common if you used ferry transport to the U.K. or Europe), going to soccer games (which alternate between Dublin and Belfast) or even going shopping for school clothes.
In a country and a time where something as innocuous as your car licence plate can ‘out’ your sectarian affiliations (even if wrong - try driving a Republic of Ireland registered automobile through the border in Cavan and on to Belfast in 1995 - it often ended in tragedy) you learn quickly to personify those fears.
To my peers and myself - Gerry Adams is the bogey man.
I greet this news with joy.
Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams arrested in 1972 IRA killing
(now if we could also get rid of Ian Paisley then that would truly be a coup.)