See just how batty the debate over immigration in the UK has become:

“If someone doesn’t bring some common sense to the immigration debate soon, the UK is in danger of becoming a laughing stock.” What? Is this a republished comment from last year?

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(not satire – it’s the UK today!)

On Question Time last week, Giles Fraser told a funny story which nicely illustrates how batty the whole discussion over immigration has become in the UK.

He said he’d got into a conversation with a taxi driver who told him he was so fed up with the number of foreigners coming to live and work in the UK he was going to move to Spain.

Well just in case anyone thought this kind of absurd opinion was a one-off – have a look at this recent survey by respected polling company ComRes.

When asked if all citizens of other European Union countries should have the right to live and work in the United Kingdom, just 36%of British people agreed.

But when asked whether British people should be free to live and work anywhere in the EU, 52%of British people agreed.

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UKIP’s new friends in Europe: “disabled shouldn’t be seen on television”

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(not satire – it’s the UKIP!)

Here are a few quotes from the Polish KNP party – UKIP’s new friends in Europe:

“Democracy is the stupidest form of government ever conceived.”

“Women are dumber than men and should not be allowed to vote”

“Evolution has ensured that women are not too intelligent”

“The general public should not see the disabled on television” (during the 2012 Summer Paralympics)

“The European Commission building should be turned into a brothel.”

“Gays are a gang of louts imported from abroad.”

And here you can see the leader of the KNP Party – Janusz Korwin-Mikke – clearly using the word ‘n*ggers‘ in the European parliament:

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Well done Nigel. You’ve just confirmed once and for all every accusation there has ever been of racism, sexism and homophobia against UKIP.

But of course, Farage will get into bed with anyone if £1 million of European Parliament gravy train…

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Harry Dean Stanton: ‘Life? It’s one big phantasmagoria’ | Film | The Guardian

“Singing and acting are actually very similar things,” says Stanton when I ask him about his other talent, having seen him perform about 15 years ago with his Tex-Mex band in the Mint Bar in Los Angeles. “Anyone can sing and anyone can be a film actor. All you have to do is learn. I learned to sing when I was a child. I had a babysitter named Thelma. She was 18, I was six, and I was in love with her. I used to sing her an old Jimmie Rodgers song, ‘T for Thelma’.” Closing his eyes, he breaks into song: “T for Texas, T for Tennessee, T for Thelma, that girl made a wreck out of me.” He smiles his sad smile. “I was singing the blues when I was six. Kind of sad, eh?”

There is indeed a peculiar kind of sadness about Harry Dean Stanton, a mix of vulnerability, honesty and seeming guilelessness that has lit up the screen in his greatest performances. It’s there in his singing cameo in 1967’s prison movie Cool Hand Luke, in his leading role in Alex Cox’s underrated cult classic Repo Man in 1984

via Harry Dean Stanton: ‘Life? It’s one big phantasmagoria’ | Film | The Guardian.

Avian Flu Diary: Saudi Arabia – A MERS Surge?

Avian Flu Diary: Saudi Arabia – A MERS Surge?.

Recent MoH announced infections in Taif:

September 2014:
740) #861 – Male, 43, Saudi, hospitalized in ICU – Taif, Saudi Arabia
744) #865 – Male, 27, Saudi, hospitalized in ward – Taif, Saudi Arabia
745) #866 – Male, 65, Saudi, in stable condition – Taif, Saudi Arabia
763) #884 – Male, 37, health care worker, hospitalized in ward – Taif, Saudi Arabia
765) #886 – Male, 40, health care worker, Expat, hospitalized in ICU – Taif, Saudi Arabia
October 2014:
769) #890 – Male, 60, Saudi, hospitalized in ICU, camel exposure – Taif, Saudi Arabia
770) #891 – Male, 69, Saudi, hospitalized in ICU – Taif, Saudi Arabia
772) #893 – Male, 77, Saudi, hospitalized in ICU – Taif, Saudi Arabia
774) #896 – Male, 70, Saudi, hospitalized in ICU – Taif, Saudi Arabia
777) #899 – Female, 42, Expat, health care worker, hospitalized in ward – Taif, Saudi Arabia
778) #900 – Male, 60, Saudi, died – Taif, Saudi Arabia Death
780) #902 – Male, 66, Saudi, hospitalized in ICU – Taif, Saudi Arabia
781) #903 – Male, 65, Saudi, hospitalized in ICU – Taif, Saudi Arabia