Pishmonger

There are nasty nodules of the net where only the brave should venture.

Nowhere more so than those involved in “politics”. And the most viperous dank holes there involve gun-toters, nazi-apologists and (recently added) Scots Nationalists. Those, of course, are not mutually exclusive.

In passing, Carl Hiaasen’s recent column on concealed-carry on Florida campuses should be a must-read.

One particular vile toad is the ““: reverend simply because he is self-ordained (it’s one of those American mail-order jobs). Campbell’s Scottish connection is a quarter-century past: his present is in that Caledonian idyll more usually recognised as Bath, Avon, England. Anyone who hasn’t encountered his festering swamp, Wings Over Scotland, is well-advised to stay away: it’s declared off-limits by the politburo of the SNP.  Think Guido Fawkes without its occasional sources, or even the most basic wit. The Wings-over-Scotland window-licking commenters exceed any bounds set by Fawkes or the Daily Mail.

Here’s one recent example of the genre:

Pishmonger

One sentence. One crashingly-banal error. Can an established “fact” be “questionable”?

That used to be task one in the comprehension test of English GCSE papers: “Quote one fact from the passage”. The National Curriculum, you see, is quite hot on determining “fact” and “opinion”.

And, as of my clipping that, 130 cybernats had piled in to comment on it. All, it seems, ignorant of a basic distinction.

Evo

 

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Filed under Carl Hiaasen, education, smut peddlers, SNP

4 responses to “Pishmonger

  1. terence patrick hewett

    One of the best historical researchers was G M Fraser: I miss you on Slugger.

    • Malcolm Redfellow

      I miss those better-informed exchanges on Slugger. I look for them in hope …

      Meanwhile, I reach for George MacDonald Fraser any time I feel a reading block coming on. He and Anthony Hope are the assured remedy for any passing fiction-aversion.

      And his The Steel Bonnets sees off the wannabe imitation by Alistair Moffat, both for content and style (and, of course, sheer verve).

  2. As I read the works above by the enlightened one; I was warned that “There are nasty nodules of the net where only the brave should venture.” For evidence I was told “Nowhere more so than those involved in “politics”. And the most viperous dank holes there involve gun-toters, nazi-apologists and (recently added) Scots Nationalists. Those, of course, are not mutually exclusive.”
    So oft I went to Wings over Scotland, but a question remained, in a polemic on internet abuse why would he make the following comment “One particular vile toad” when referring to a fellow poster and to the site in general “Anyone who hasn’t encountered his festering swamp”?
    And why the hatred? Is it because English language and grammar is so important to him and he is astonished that some have commented on a post that began with the words “factually questionable.” Well yes as this he asserts is a “crashingly-banal error”. It is obvious that he takes the meaning of Fact to be only be a statement that can be proven true.
    However a grammatician would understand that it can also be a statement that is common knowledge from life experience. That definition will allow facts in that context to be questioned. He would also point out there is no such word as “crashingly”
    So suddenly all 130 individuals who commented are now labelled in the pejorative “cybernats” and “ignorant of a basic distinction.”
    Oh Dear! Hypocrisy thy name is Malcolm Redfellow!

    • Malcolm Redfellow

      Dearie me, Mr McLean! What could possibly have impelled you to that effort?

      If you prick a cybernat, does he not bleed? Nemo me impune lacessit, all over the WWW.

      Meanwhile self-ordained “Rev Stu”, winge-ing his way over Scotland from the Celtic fastness of Bath, gets lumbered with a £750 fine from the Electoral Commission for not doing the lawful thing by the #IndyRef. Oh, and those cross-dressing SNiPpers, gussied up as “Labour for Independence” were shafted for £1,500.

      Couldn’t happen to a weirder bunch of chancers.

      Oh, and “crashingly” is well-known to Collins Dictionary, so O.K. for Scrabble.

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