July 10, 2016

UK Media, As Reported at MarketWatch: ‘Remain’ Voters Turn to Therapy to Deal With Brexit Result

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:11 pm

For over two weeks now, the press has insisted, based on almost no evidence, that many UK citizens who voted to leave the European Union weren’t all that informed, didn’t appreciate the implications of their vote, and now regret their decision.

Two examples signify the press’s desperation to cling to this meme. The first is their contention that post-referendum UK-based Internet search requests for basic information on the EU are coming entirely or mostly from “Leave” voters. There is no good reason to believe that. The second is their treatment of the obviously bogus, heavily-pranked, easily-beaten petition for a second EU referendum as if it’s something real, when it obviously is not. These efforts are so over the top that they may strike some readers as psychologically troubled “Remain” supporters having a tough time adjusting to reality. Well, it turns out that this is a far from minor problem among “Remain” supporters, as Emma Court at MarketWatch.com reported Thursday morning, citing numerous UK-based sources (links are in original; bolds are mine):

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Unreal: As British Govt. Rejects 2nd EU Referendum Petition, Press Refuses to Report It Was a Scam

Saturday morning US Time, Reuters reported (HT Zero Hedge) that “The British government has rejected an online petition signed by 4.1 million people calling for a new referendum on whether to leave the European Union.” The wire service AFP posted a similar story on Sunday, reporting that “The British government on Saturday formally rejected a petition signed by more than 4.125 million people calling for a second referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU.”

Reports such as these leave one scrambling to find a word to describe something beyond “bizarre.” After all, it’s been nearly two weeks since the entire “petition” was exposed as a scam, as most of the “people calling for a new referendum” aren’t real people, and there is no way to know how many signers who are flesh-and-blood humans are really UK citizens. Reuters and AFP, even as they covered the government’s rejection, still wouldn’t acknowledge those realities. Sadly, they’re not alone.

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Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (071016)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: This layman who refuted Nazism was declared a martyr by Pope Francis

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Vatican City:

Jul 8, 2016 / 01:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Friday Pope Francis moved eight martyrs a step further on the path to sainthood, one of whom is Josef Mayr-Nusser, an Italian layman killed for refusing to swear an oath to Hitler during the Second World War.

The Pope’s recognition of Mayr-Nusser as a martyr was announced July 8 following an audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

Born Dec. 27, 1910 in the northern Italian city of Bolzano, Mayr-Nusser grew up on a farm and was instilled with Christian values by his parents from a young age.

Since his family was poor and his older brother Jakob was in seminary studying for the priesthood, Mayr-Nusser didn’t study himself, but worked on the farm and later as the clerk for the Eccel company in Bolzano.

He dedicated much of his free time to reading, including many religious works. Among his favorites were the works of Frederic Ozanam, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Thomas More, and the life of St. Vincent de Paul.

At the age of 22 he joined the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, an international Catholic volunteer organization dedicated to serving the poor and disadvantaged, in an effort to imitate the charity of the saint.

Mayr-Nusser was also involved in Catholic Action, and became head its division in the Diocese of Trent in 1934. In 1937 he became president of the Bolzano branch of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, spending a large amount of his time visiting the poor and providing them with both material and spiritual support.

When World War II flared up in Europe in 1939, Mayr-Nusser wasted no time in joining the anti-Nazi movement “Andreas Hofer Bund.”

However, a few years later civil war also broke out in Italy following the 1943 ousting of Benito Mussolini from power, which led to the German occupation of the northern half of the country.

The Nazi regime had established the “Schutzstaffel,” or “protective squadron.” The regime called not only on local men from Nazi Germany to join the squad, but they also took volunteers and conscripted men from both occupied and non-occupied territories.

Mayr-Nusser was among those conscripted from northern Italy, and so in 1944 was enrolled in an SS unit, forcing him to leave his wife and newborn son for training in Prussia.

However, when it came time for the SS members to swear an oath to Hitler, Mayr-Nusser refused.

According to a fellow comrade, he was “pensive and worried,” but told the general with a “strong voice” that “I cannot take an oath to Hitler in the name of God. I cannot do it because my faith and conscience do not allow it.”

Although his friends and tried to convince him to retract his statement and take the oath, Mayr-Nusser refused, believing that Nazi ideals could in no way be reconciled with Christian ethics and values.

As a result he was jailed while he awaited trial. In 1945 he was sentenced to death for treason, and was ordered to march to the Dachau concentration camp, where he was to be shot by firing squad.

However, he fell ill with dysentery along the way and died Feb. 24, 1945, before reaching the camp. When his body was discovered on the train, he had both a Bible and a rosary with him. …

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