Morality the Media and Megan Rice

I’m not going to go into a rant about the result of the 2015 UK general election, which in the ‘first past the post’ system gave the Conservative party a slim majority with just 37% of those who could be bothered to vote (and only 23% of those eligible to vote). This general election was the most extraordinary I’ve ever seen, not least because the Scottish National Party (SNP) won 56 of the 59 seats in Scotland (previously they had just 6 seats) with just 5% of the overall UK vote, and UKIP won 13% of the vote but under the first past the post system obtained only 1 of the 650 seats at Westminster; and the Labour Party committed political suicide, by continuing to present itself as Tory-lite, and is now a spent force in terms of forming a government, gaining just 30% of the vote (most of the seats gained by the SNP in Scotland were taken from Labour).

This general election has been analysed to death, so I’ll just say that the lurch to the right among voters in England and Wales will probably result in the break up of the United Kingdom, with Scotland becoming an independent country (which might well be joined by parts of northern England), and the rump UK might leave the European Union and sail off into right wing la la land, just like America, with corporations making bucketloads of money out of a privatised health service, appalling human rights, a massive disparity between rich and poor and endless war.

The 2015 UK general election was in essence a corporate coup d’état, facilitated by an almost completely right wing mainstream media. The barrage of propaganda makes many people ‘vote against their best interests’, and this brings me onto an octogenarian nun by the name of Sister Megan Rice, who in 2013 was sentenced to three years in prison for breaking into and vandalising a nuclear weapons facility in Tennessee. Last week, 85-year-old Megan Rice, along with fellow activists Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed, was released by a federal appeals court after serving two years of the sentence (here). The following is an interview Megan Rice gave to the Washington Post in 2013, shortly before she was sentenced…

(The complete Washington Post video can be found here)

One striking thing about the 2015 UK general election is that the issue of nuclear weapons had a rare outing in the media. This was because the Scottish National Party want to remove Trident nuclear weapons from Scotland (amongst other things the SNP also want to preserve the National Health Service and abolish the House of Lords – Ha, who’d vote for the SNP!). Of course, the greatest disaster in human history, aka Fukushima, was not mentioned at all, and hardly ever is in the media. Earlier this month, Libby HaLevy interviewed Dr Celine-Marie Pascale, Professor of Sociology and Affiliate Professor for the School of Communication at American University in Washington DC. Pascale researched the mainstream media coverage of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, and came to an obvious conclusion; and of course media bias does not only extend to nuclear matters. During the UK general election the stuff the media came out with about immigration, Scotland, Europe, the financial crisis, etc, was a wonder to behold. When it comes to brainwashing, the West is little different from North Korea.

The original Nuclear Hotseat broadcast can be found here.

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Meteorites and Mhairi Black

The 2015 UK General Election is probably going to be the most historic since 1945 (when Clement Attlee’s Labour Party obtained an unexpected landslide victory over Winston Churchill’s Conservatives). Despite this, the election campaign by the three main parties has been rather dire, with personal attacks and bum fluff talking points and carefully stage-managed ‘meet the people’ events. Nothing real ever gets talked about. There’s nothing of substance. We now have to suffer American-style plastic politics.

All the opinion polls suggest that this election is going to be very close, with neither Labour nor the Conservatives able to win enough seats to form a majority government. This means a coalition government again, and there’s much speculation about how it’s going to stack up. George Galloway famously describes Labour and the Conservatives as two cheeks of the same bum, and you can’t put a cigarette paper between them. That’s been shown in this General Election: both parties have much the same right wing agenda and favour ‘austerity’ as a solution to the economic crisis, with Labour giving small concessions to try and pretend they are still on the side of the working class (a report issued this week by the Institute for Fiscal Studies says “There’s nothing in any of the parties’ proposals that we think will help the good functioning of the economy”here). In light of this, on May the 8th I believe there’s a chance that Labour and the Conservatives might form a national government (ie, a coalition with a huge majority), and they’ll use the Scottish National Party (SNP) as an excuse, because it looks fairly certain that the SNP will win the third largest number of seats and will have a lot of MPs at Westminster. The SNP are anti-austerity and are on the left of politics, and of course they seek independence for Scotland and are perceived by many to be a threat to the United Kingdom.

This brings me onto the quite extraordinary things that are happening north of the border, so let’s have a brief look at the history of the SNP:- between the mid 1930s, when the Scottish National Party were founded, and 1970 the SNP were unable to get any of their candidates elected in a General Election. Since 1970, SNP MPs have been in single digit numbers, except for a blip during the economic turmoil of 1974, when they had 11 MPs elected to Westminster (the February 1974 election is the only one in recent history that is remotely comparable to 2015, because the vote was fractured and it resulted in a hung parliament). In the last General Election, in 2010, the Scottish National Party won just 6 of the 59 seats in Scotland, and Labour won 41 seats, which it had held since the 2005 election. Labour have always had a strong presence in Scotland, until recently that is. In this 2015 election the pollsters are saying that the SNP will take at least 50 seats in Scotland; some polls even suggest that they will win all 59 of them (here). In political terms it’s gobsmacking stuff.

The death of the Labour party in Scotland has been going on for years, and whilst these sort of things are complicated it basically boils down to the fact that Labour have gone too far to the right (ie, England has become a neocon lunatic asylum). Last year’s Scottish independence referendum could be seen as the last nail in the coffin, because the Labour party in Scotland came out against independence and were part of a massive propaganda campaign and betrayed promises. Since the referendum (45% for independence, 55% against) the membership of the SNP has more than quadrupled and it now stands at over 100,000, making it the third largest party in the UK in membership terms.

Perhaps the antithesis of the SNP’s meteoric rise in popularity is Mhairi Black, a 20-year-old politics student at Glasgow University. Mhairi is the SNP candidate for Paisley and Renfrewshire South. The polls put her comfortably in the lead and if she wins she will become the youngest MP for almost 400 years (here). Most delicious of all, Mhairi Black is standing against Douglas Alexander, shadow Foreign Secretary, Labour Party election campaign co-ordinator, and current MP (keep an eye on Paisley and Renfrewshire South next Thursday). To give you a taste of Mhairi, here’s a recent interview she gave…

North of the border people tend to be more left leaning, and it’s because England has swung so far to the right of politics that so many Scots now want independence. The almost entirely right wing media in the UK (for instance, there’s only one pro-independence newspaper in Scotland: the Glasgow Herald) try to brainwash the public, yet I think I can confidently say that if the SNP had candidates standing in every English and Welsh consituency they would have a majority government on 8th May. People are yearning for a real left of center party (although it was formed to be a centrist party, the SNP is left wing by today’s standards). The reason we don’t get one is because Britain has to all intents and purposes become a corporate police state.

Talking of which, with more votes going to the smaller parties, that large block of MPs in Scotland are arguably vital for the Labour party to be able to form a majority government. Without these Scottish MPs Labour are finished. If the SNP have 50 or more MPs after the election they will be a powerful force at Westminster, a force that wants to break-up the UK. These are the reasons why I believe there’s a chance that Labour and the Conservatives might form a national government (kiss goodbye to democracy if that happens). Whatever the situation on the 8th of May it seems certain that Scottish independence will become a reality in the near future. There’s also a chance that regions of northern England will want to become part of Scotland. This break-up of the UK is happening because of the corporate take-over of Labour and the Conservatives; ie, the UK is turning into a fascist state. The breathtaking rise of the SNP can be seen as a reaction to this.

The election campaign might be corporate plastic, yet the 2015 General Election is going to be a historic moment in British history.

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Last week the Independent ran a story which started thus:

The proprietor of Britain’s best-selling tabloid warned executives that a Labour government would try to break up News Corp, which owns The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times. He instructed them to be much more aggressive in their attacks on Labour and more positive about Conservative achievements in the run-up to polling day, sources told The Independent.

Mr Murdoch is understood to have made his views clear on a visit to London at the end of February, during which he met with senior Tories including the Conservative chief whip and former Times executive Michael Gove.

The News Corp boss, who has made no secret of his dislike of the Labour leader, told the editor of The Sun, David Dinsmore, that he expected the paper to be much sharper in its attacks on Labour.


Incidentally, Murdoch is well known for his tweets and this weekend he’s been particularly active on Twitter, saying amongst other things that if the Conservatives fail to win a majority, David Cameron could face “the chop” after the General Election, and that Scotland will become independent from the UK in the “next few years” (here). I’ll get on to Scottish matters in my next post; but sort of related, and sticking with Mr Murdoch, this weekend the Sun published a shocking expose: As a child, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is said to have devilishly hacked the hair from her sister’s beloved doll. It was an early sign of the ruthlessness which has propelled her to the top of Scottish – and potentially British – politics (here)

It’s not only the gutter press that indulge in propaganda and character assassination: Newsweek recently published a piece by Julian Assange called How ‘The Guardian’ Milked Edward Snowden’s Story. Amongst other things, Assange says this in the article:

Edward Snowden was left in the lurch in Hong Kong by The Guardian, and WikiLeaks had to step in to make sure he was safe. While WikiLeaks worked to find him a safe haven, The Guardian was already plotting to sell the film rights.

Both Snowden and Assange have revealed how governments employ huge numbers of people to spread propaganda and disinformation. In the case of the British government it is quite literally an army. Earlier this year, Zero Hedge published this piece:

Meet The British Army’s 77th Battalion: Mobilizing 1,500 “Facebook Warriors” To Spread Disinformation
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The House of Paedos

Alison Saunders, the director of public prosecutions, announced this week that the former Labour MP and now Lord, Greville Janner, would not be put on trial for child sex abuse. The reason for dropping the prosecution was cited by the Crown Prosecution Service thus:

The CPS has concluded that Lord Greville Janner should not be prosecuted because of the severity of his dementia which means he is not fit to take part in any proceedings, there is no treatment for his condition, and there is no current or future risk of offending. (here)

Dementia has not prevented paedophiles from being prosecuted in the past, as these two recent cases show:

Man found guilty of abusing six under-age girls

Hospital order for dementia pensioner convicted of child sex abuse 30 years ago

The above two convicted paedophiles aren’t Lords of the realm, and of course the decision not to prosecute Janner comes as no surprise. What has been surprising, and could be seen as a major step forward in the child sex abuse scandal, is that the Leicestershire police, who are conducting the investigation against Janner, are threatening to take the Crown Prosecution Service to court over its decision to drop the case (here). This is unprecedented. Furthermore, Leicestershire police have released a statement from one of Janner’s alleged victims, who called the decision to drop the case a ‘disgrace’ and went on to say: “This animal is still being protected because of his health and isn’t able to stand trial. They say that it’s not in the public interest, but isn’t it in the public interest to know what his victims have gone through at the hands of this man? If he was an everyday person with a normal life and job, justice would have been served, but as it stands, we victims are just being punished to the ground again and walked over” (see link above).

Allegations against Greville Janner were first made in 1991, and as a result he was interviewed by the police, but no further action was taken. Janner was made a Lord by Tony Blair in 1997. Then in 2002 and 2006 there were further allegations of child abuse, none of which were properly investigated. This latest investigation, and the fact that Leicestershire police are threatening to take the Crown Prosecution Service to court, is the first time that police are rigorously going after a VIP paedophile.

When it comes to cover-ups of child sex abuse by the police and the Establishment, probably some of the worst examples can be found on the island of Jersey, where child sex abuse was and still is endemic. The Haut de la Garenne children’s home is the most widely known one, yet there are lots more. Stuart Syvret is a former Jersey Senator who was fired from his job as health minister for whistleblowing (you can find the Wiki entry about Syvret here). Last summer, Syvret was interviewed on BCFM radio in Bristol. It’s a fascinating interview, not only for the child abuse side of things but also for what he says about financial corruption, and the constitutional set-up of Jersey and the power of the monarchy…

Stuart Syvret’s blog:

My previous post about the child sex abuse scandal can be found here.

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Jaw Dropping Stuff

Last month the Belgian Centre of Interdisciplinary Law found that Facebook tracks the web browsing of everyone who visits a page on its site even if the user does not have an account, and as such violates EU privacy and data protection laws (here). But Facebook and Google and all the rest are in it to make money, and as such are bound to do sneaky things, right? Wrong, and to find out why we have to go back to last December, when a truly jaw-dropping law was rushed through Congress, just before things wrapped-up for the Christmas holiday, and just as the CIA torture report was released. The passage of this law was strongly reminiscent of New Year’s Eve 2011, when President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law, because he thought no one would be looking. Amongst other things, the NDAA allows for the indefinite detention of Americans without trial (here).

The somewhat infamous Patriot Act is due for renewal this coming June. It’s a good bet to say that some controversial sections of this Act, the ones that allow the National Security Agency to bulk collect electronic communications, will be removed, in a blaze of publicity. “America, land of the free” and all that. Not. The law that was passed by Congress last December is called the Intelligence Authorization Act 2015, and much like the NDAA sets out the military budget and parameters each year, the Intelligence Authorization Act sets out the budget and parameters for the security services. This year’s one seemed quite ordinary, and then at the last minute an amendment was added to it, in Section 309, the first part of which begins:

Sec. 309.

Procedures for the retention of incidentally acquired communications


In this section:

Covered communication

The term covered communication means any nonpublic telephone or electronic communication acquired without the consent of a person who is a party to the communication, including communications in electronic storage.

You can read the rest of it here.

With this amendment added to it the Intelligence Authorization Act 2015 gives the security services unlimited access to the communications of every American, without needing permission from a judge. Congressman Justin Amash described the Act as: “One of the most egregious sections of law I’ve encountered during my time as a representative” (here). Amash is the only politician to speak out against this law, which was passed by 325 votes to 100. Most of the Congress people didn’t even look at what they were passing (it was much the same story with the NDAA and the Patriot Act).

When the Intelligence Authorization Act 2015 was going through Congress there were some ripples from human rights groups, although not a lot (a petition against this Act only garnered some 5000 signatures). The strange thing is that since Obama signed it into law in December everything’s gone quiet. Maybe I’m having a bad search day, because I can’t even find anything from the American Civil Liberties Union, who were one of those making ripples at the time. The alternative media are completely silent about it. This is in sharp contrast to the controversy surrounding the NDAA, which even made it into the mainstream media. Has America now become a full-blown police state, where people are too afraid or too corrupt to speak out?

Which brings me back to FaceBook’s violation of EU privacy laws. Mr Snowden showed us that all these tech companies are completely in bed with the security services (here). In February, President Obama attended a jolly at Stanford University, which of course is right in the heart of Silicon Valley. All the big names from the tech companies were there. Obama used the occasion to announce an executive order encouraging information-sharing of cyberthreat attacks between the private sector and the government (here). Amongst other things, Obama said: “The business leaders here want their privacy and their children protected, just like the consumer and privacy advocates here want America to keep leading the world in technology and be safe from attacks”.

I only wish I were making this stuff up…

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The Matrix

The UK General Election campaign kicked-off today (here), which means that we will now have a glorious 5 weeks of total bullshit before the big day in May. One big issue in this election is whether or not Britain should stay in the European Union. The mostly right wing press in the UK hate the EU with a vengence (particularly all that pesky human rights legislation), and publish all kinds of weird and wonderful things about it. I think the left leaning Guardian was the only newspaper to run this story…

Lords accuse Tories of ‘burying’ review that cleared EU of interference

… which gives a hint into just how much the press and politicians cynically manipulate the public; and talking of burying reports, this story broke last week, and it wasn’t covered by one single mainstream news outlet, and that includes the Guardian

Ministers block move to lift Official Secrets Act for CSA scandal

The Westminster paedo ring is the biggest scandal in British history, and I don’t think they’ll be able to keep the lid on it for much longer (here’s my previous post about it). Also totally scandalous is the fact that the banking industry have not only been allowed to get away with trashing the economy, and were bailed out with eye-watering amounts of tax payer’s money (the greatest transfer of wealth in history), they’ve also been allowed to carry on much as before…

5 U.S. Banks Each Have More Than 40 Trillion Dollars In Exposure To Derivatives

… which means that we could be in for another big crash (I know, I’m all doom and gloom). The politicians and the press are well aware of corruption in the banking industry. Some of it does get reported, and the Guardian have apparently been quite good at this…

HSBC files show how Swiss bank helped clients dodge taxes and hide millions

… but what the Guardian, along with the rest of the MSM, never tell you is that “According to whistleblower Nicholas Wilson, HSBC was ‘involved in a fraudulent scheme to illegally overcharge British shoppers in arrears for debt on store cards at leading British high-street retailers’ including B&Q, Dixons, Currys, PC World and John Lewis. Up to 600,000 Britons were defrauded”…

‘A Conspiracy Of Silence’ – HSBC, The Guardian And The Defrauded British Public

Some readers might think I over-exaggerate when I call Fukushima the greatest disaster in human history; after all, if it was that bad surely ‘they’ would do something about it? Well, hopefully I given a small taste here of just how immoral, greedy and stupid ‘they’ are, and how it’s smoke-screened by the media. However, glimpses of reality do sometimes get through the smoke. The Times published this at the weekend:

Japan faces 200-year wait for Fukushima clean-up
The chief of the Fukushima nuclear power station has admitted that the technology needed to decommission three melted-down reactors does not exist, and he has no idea how it will be developed.

There you go, in one short post we’ve had both the worst scandal and worst disaster in human history; but of course my point is that in five weeks time the British public will be casting their vote, and most of ‘em know nothing about any of the above, because they are deliberately not told about it.

Without a properly informed electorate, democracy is just an illusion.

And that, of course, is exactly what ‘they’ want.

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Mermaids and Muons

The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) issued a report this week which stated that a muon scan found no fuel inside the No.1 reactor vessel at Fukushima Daiichi (here). TEPCO propose that the corium (melted reactor core) is still inside the reactor’s concrete containment structure. Hmm, all you have to do is look at the incredibly high temperature of a melted reactor core, and then the melting point of concrete, to take that one with a pinch of salt.

TEPCO have been doing these muon scans for a number of months now. Muons are cosmic particles, a bit like electrons, which constantly bombard the Earth. Muons easily pass through most ‘solid’ objects, but a few get absorbed or deflected in proportion to a material’s density and thickness (you know, stuff like uranium or plutonium). Hence, by scanning for muons you can form an x-ray type image of a given object. The reason they have to use such high tech is because the melted cores of reactors 1, 2 and 3 are incredibly radioactive, and any human or robot approaching them will be almost instantly fried.

There are three melted reactor cores lose in the environment, and four years into the disaster, TEPCO still have no clue of exactly where they are. A few years back an EU-funded study concluded that intially Fukushima released up to 210 quadrillion becquerels of cesium-137 into the environment (here). A becquerel is a unit of measurement that counts the number of atomic disintegrations per second (ie, radioactivity). In relation to Fukushima the numbers are jaw-dropping, and they are ongoing, and will be well into the future. What we are basically talking about here is energy, and an oft used way to describe it is to say that one single becquerel equates to enough energy to flip over a grain of sand. That might not sound a lot, until you look at the jaw-dropping numbers coming out of Fukushima. This energy also destroys living cells. The Pacific Ocean die-offs have been quite well documented by the mainstream media. Here’s three recent reports…

West Coast starfish die-off prompts calls for emergency help from Congress

Starving Sea Lions Washing Ashore by the Hundreds in California

Scientists seek cause of patchy baldness in some Beaufort Sea polar bears

… there could be any number of reasons why the Pacific Ocean has started dying just recently, but of course what sticks out like a sore thumb is that none of these news reports ever mention man-made radiation. Fukushima is the elephant in the room; and let’s get back to becquerels and energy again: two recent Pacific storms, Cyclone Pam and Typhoon Haiyan were category 5 storms; off the scale: there’s never been storms this violent in all recorded history (incidentally, these are all cyclones. The terms ‘typhoon’ and ‘hurricane’ are regional names for these storms). If such a storm hit a heavily populated area the death and destruction would be akin to a nuclear bomb going off. Here’s a standard dictionary definition of a ‘cyclone’…

An atmospheric system characterized by the rapid inward circulation of air masses about a low-pressure center, usually accompanied by stormy, often destructive weather. Cyclones circulate counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere.

Cyclones are formed as warm, moist air rises up from the ocean. This leaves less air left near the surface, and this causes an area of lower air pressure. The air around this region has higher pressure, and so it rushes in to fill the low pressure area. This air also becomes warm and moist and so it rises, too. The cycle keeps going (hence the term ‘cyclone’), until a huge storm develops.

This now brings me on to the bag of ferrets known as ‘climate change’, which I really don’t want to get into because it has become so politicised and so much pseudo science is used by both sides of the debate. Here are some facts that I’ve tried to outline in this post:

1) the three melted reactor cores at Fukushima are pumping radioactivity (ie, energy) into the Pacific Ocean 24/7, and will continue to do so indefinitely.

2) since Fukushima there have been massive wildlife die-offs in the Pacific, the like of which has never been seen before. These die-offs have been quite well documented by the mainstream media.

3) since Fukushima there have been Pacific storms/cyclones the like of which have never been seen in recorded history.

And number 4, of course, is that no one ever talks about these facts…

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In the UK at the moment there seems to be a never ending stream of institutional child sex abuse revelations, both historical and present day. The latest one came out last week: a serious case review, commissioned by Maggie Blyth, independent chair of the Oxfordshire safeguarding children board, said there were grounds for believing that 373 girls had been sexually exploited across Oxfordshire in the past 15 years. The review condemmed Thames Valley police and Oxfordshire social services for not acting rigourously enough to prevent this abuse (here).

At about the same time last week that this review was published, David Cameron, whose Witney West constituency is in Oxfordshire, announced that “Child sexual abuse is to be upgraded to the status of ‘a national threat’, so that it is placed on a par with serious organised crime”. Cameron then went on to say: “… the reforms will herald a culture change and come close to meaning that public service workers would lose criminal immunity if they failed to report or act on clear evidence of abuse” (here). By funny coincidence, the day before the Oxfordshire review was published a story broke about a woman called Louise Chapman, a Witney West councellor who was the head of Oxfordshire children’s services and was legally responsible for child protection during the period when this abuse took place. Chapman is the daughter of Barry Norton, who until recently was the election agent for Witney Conservatives for 20 years, and led David Cameron’s campaign team in three general elections since 2000 (here). Make of that what you will.

Also at about the same time as the Oxfordshire review stuff was published, police raided two homes of the former Home Secretary Leon Brittan. They also raided properties belonging to former Conservative MP Harvey Proctor, and former head of the armed forces, Lord Bramall (here). These raids were carried out under Operation Midland, which is investigating historical child sex abuse allegations.

Leon Brittan died recently and is buried in an unmarked grave (here). He was Home Secretary under the Thatcher government in the early 1980s. It was at this time that the first official inquiries were carried out into allegations of child sex abuse at the Kincora Boys’ Home, in East Belfast. These inquiries came to nothing. In the decades since then there have been no further official inquiries. Kincora Boys’ Home is, arguably, the most important of these scandals, because allegedly the British state was directly involved in child sex abuse. It is alleged that in the 1970s and into the 80s, MI5 used the Kincora Boys’ Home as a kind of honeytrap for high profile paedos, including leading members of Irish para-military groups. MI5 secretely filmed these acts of child sex abuse, in order to give them a hold over the high profile paedos (here).

In the last year or so, what with all the other child sex abuse scandals coming out, there have been calls for a proper inquiry into sex abuse at the Kincora Boys’ Home. Last month, Amnesty International Northern Ireland called Kincora “one of the biggest scandals of our age” and backed the victims’ calls for an inquiry with full powers: “There are longstanding claims that MI5 blocked one or more police investigations into Kincora in the 1970s in order to protect its own intelligence-gathering operation, a terrible indictment which raises the spectre of countless vulnerable boys having faced further years of brutal abuse” (see link above).

The problem is that the Westminster inquiry set-up by Home Secretary Theresa May only covers England and Wales. Northern Ireland and Scotland are to have their own separate inquiries, but they won’t have the statutory power of the Westminster inquiry, and won’t be able to force people from MI5 and the Ministry of Defence to testify under oath, or to force them to hand over documents. Last month a victims group were granted a judicial review into Theresa May’s decision to exclude Kincora Boys’ Home from the Westminster full statutory inquiry (here). This review will take place in June. In the meantime, Theresa May has recently set-up a new panel for the Westminster inquiry, and still refuses to add Kincora to the panel’s remit (here). Here’s Chris Lyttle, who represents the East Belfast constituency, talking about it all recently in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

My previous post about institutional child abuse, including more indepth on Leon Brittan, can be found here.

Anyone reading this blog post who has information about what went on at Kincora Boys’ Home, or any of the other sex abuse cases, should contact ExaroNews.

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Fukushima 4th Anniversary

In early May of 1986 a friend and I were on a hiking holiday in the far north of Scotland. This was a week or so after the Chernobyl reactor No.4 blew its top. We were hiking along the coast and there were dead birds everywhere, piles of ‘em. Scotland, of course, got a heavy dose of fallout (it was only very recently that restrictions on the sale of lamb in certain parts of Scotland were lifted. These restrictions were put in place because of radioactive contamination from the 1986 Chernobyl disaster – here). And so on to a video, shot a few days ago on a beach in California by Kevin Blanch, who’s a hardcore anti-nuke activist.

Dead birds on Pismo beach 3/10/15

On this fourth anniversary of the Fukushima disaster it might be interesting to see how some of the media have covered it. The New York Times regurgitated a Reuters piece which concentrated entirely on the 2011 earthquake, with only one brief mention of “the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant” (here). The Guardian also took a similar line, concentrating on the earthquake and tsunami that killed 18,000 people, but the Guardian did, using the past tense, say “a triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant”. They also said: “In the four years since the disaster, more than 3,200 people, many of them elderly, have died of illnesses exacerbated by their living conditions, suicide and other causes, according to government records” (here). For some different reporting you have to go to News24 in South Africa: Japan’s nuclear-related deaths rise by 18%. Incidentally, South Africa is the only country in the world that has unilaterally given-up both its nuclear weapons and nuclear power (good old Nelson).

Perhaps the most breathtaking coverage of the anniversary came from France24, who began their piece with: “Fukushima and Chernobyl – names now synonymous with one thing: nuclear catastrophe. But, as Japan marks the fourth anniversary of the Fukushima disaster on Wednesday, French experts say the two events are far from being on the same scale” (here). France24 then go on to explain that Chernobyl, which was a partial meltdown of one reactor, one third the size of those at Fukushima, and was contained within weeks, was worse than three full size commercial reactors at Fukushima, one of which was running MOX fuel and suffered a catastrophic explosion, which have been in complete, ongoing meltdown for four years now. Go figure.

A recent academic study shows that News coverage of Fukushima disaster minimized health risks to general population. Meanwhile, in Japan, a large number of people are living in areas of high radiation, equivalent to the zone in Chernobyl where resettlement is compulsory (here). The Welsh Daily Post also delved into this: Wylfa B: Why stories from Fukushima are a warning for Anglesey; surprising, because the mainstream rarely report honestly on the Fukushima disaster; but there again, I suppose having a nuclear power station built in your region concentrates the mind wonderfully.

“Radiation, in its simplest terms – figuratively, literally and chemically – is poison. Nuclear explosions in the atmosphere are slowly but progressively poisoning our air, our earth, our water and our food. And it falls, let us remember, on both sides of the Iron Curtain, on all peoples of all lands, regardless of their political ideology, their way of life, their religion or the color of their skin. Beneath this bombardment of radiation which man has created, all men are indeed equal.”

John F. Kennedy, 1960

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The Caldicott Symposium 2015

Organised by Helen Caldicott, it was a two day event, Feb 28th and March 1st, held at the New York Academy of Medicine called ‘The Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction’, and was billed as: ‘A unique, two-day symposium with an international panel of leading experts in disarmament, political science, existential risk, artificial intelligence, anthropology, medicine, nuclear weapons and other nuclear issues.’

This wasn’t a bunch of activists sitting in a church hall, yet the mainstream media did not give the Symposium any coverage at all, despite how relevent it is to events in the Ukraine. The so-called ‘alternate media’ also completely ignored it, the only exceptions being Libby HaLevy from Nuclear Hotseat, and Kevin Blanch from the Post-ignorance project. This lack of coverage perhaps gives some indication of just how tightly controlled the media now is, alternative or otherwise. If the public had a better understanding of the issues involved, the scales might fall from their eyes with regard to the manipulation and propaganga that’s peddled by the likes of NBC, the BBC and ABC, whores one and all to the military industrial complex.

You can find a complete list of speakers, the subjects covered and video of the entire Symposium here.

I’m honing in on just two of the speakers, with regard to the Ukraine crisis: firstly, Bill Hartung, from the Center for International Policy, giving a talk called ‘Inordinate Power and Pathological Dynamics of the US Military Industrial Complex’. Secondly, Robert Parry Investigative Journalist, Consortium News – ‘Ukraine and the Human Factor : How propaganda and passions can risk nuclear conflagration’. Each speech at the Symposium ran to about 20 minutes. YouTube will no longer allow me to upload videos that are longer than 15 minutes unless I give them my telephone number (ha!), so I’ve had to do the speeches in two parts:

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