Israel Destroys Associated Press Building

The strike came about an hour after the Israeli military ordered people to evacuate, according to reporting from The Associated Press. The building also housed other offices and residential apartments. The senior advisor to Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu told NPR that Hamas military intelligence used the building, but provided “no evidence to back the claim.”

NPR reporter Daniel Estrin.

Apparently, everyone works for Hamas. The Associated Press, Al Jazeera, the BBC, me, you, the fucking Queen. Israel slaughters anyone it likes under the hugely convenient premise that they’re Hamas, without ever providing any proof of this.

And what do we call this?

We call this a war crime.

Here’s what the Red Cross has to say about bombing journalists and non-combatants in general:

Do attacks against journalists in armed-conflict situations amount to war crimes?
Inasmuch as they are civilians, journalists are protected under international humanitarian law against direct attacks unless and for such time as they take a direct part in hostilities. Violations of this rule constitute a grave breach of the Geneva Conventions and Additional Protocol I.
What is more, intentionally directing an attack against a civilian – whether in an international or in a non-international armed conflict – also amounts to a war crime under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

(Source: Red Cross)

Fight The Power

I just sent this to a mate:

I just watched a not-great action film starring Michael B. Jordan. It's called Without Remorse and it's a miitary US action film, very loosely (ie nothing to do with it) based on a Tom Clancy thriller.
Well, I went to IMDB and the scores looked a bit low. I was gonna give it a 6/10 - it was alirght, bit braindead but it's an action film sooo ¯\_(?)_/¯
But then I read the reviews and guess what - they were all complaining about 'blackwashing' of action films and how dare they have a FEMALE SEAL member (who's also black, btw and amazing).
Yup, it was all racists and sexists giving the film 1/10, that's why the score was so low.
SOOO I gave it 10/10 to drive the average up and wrote a review setting out how it actually is as a film, not eh mewlings of some enraged gammon flipping his wig cos BLACK PEOPLE ARE IN A FILM! ARGHHH!!!
seriously, look at these fuckers:

Here’s an example of the idiotic Tory raving on IMDB:

The picture has reviews criticising the film for having female and black actors in it

Pure racism, pure sexism, pure flagshaggin, Brexiteer, Trumpet bullshit. These are the idiots who complain about black people in fantasy films or books – dragons, no problem. BLACK PEOPLE – HOW DARE THEYYY?

Similarly, military action-type films like this are always full of gaffes and goofs. They are not documentaries, they are pure popcorn. Everything is fake from the sounds of the guns to the never-emptying magazines. And yet… Without Remorse comes in for a kicking for “accuracy.” Yeah, sure, like “ethics in games journalism.” Where were all those fuckheads when CDPR blatantly bribed their way into huge hype for Cyberpunk 2077 before delivering a less-than-half-baked lumpy potato of a game? About as visible as Pro-Lifers on antiwar marches.

So, this is the review I left:

Not brilliant but a good romp, a decent teatime film
3 May 2021
Ignore all the Tories/Trumpets who are sooo triggered at the idea of a female SEAL or the surprise that MBJ is black, this is an *okay* action adventure film. Is it brilliant? No. Is it dumb in places - very. But then, have you seen First Blood? Inaccuracies and goofs galore, that's what the genre is like so why single out this film, hmmm? Ulterior motives...

It's no Predator or Hard Boiled but it's definitely worth more than the politically-motivated voting on here would suggest. There are plenty of tense fight scenes and Jamie Bell in particular puts in a great performance, making you actually loathe his character.

I was gonna give the film a 6/10 but I thought I should at least try to even out all the bile from Tory scum so I gave it a 10 instead. 🙂

Fuck racists, fuck sexists, fuck Tories.