In 2013 an opinion poll showed that 38% of Americans have some doubts about the official account of 9/11, 10% do not believe it at all and 12% are unsure about it. Interestingly, the poll also revealed that 46%, nearly one in two, are not aware that a third tower collapsed on 9/11. That third tower was World Trade Center 7, and it collapsed at around 5,20pm, many hours after the twin towers fell. ‘Truthers’ often point to WTC 7 as the ‘smoking gun’, and in particular a now rather infamous BBC News report about it…
That BBC News clip brings me, perhaps rather bizarrely, to a court case held in Horsham, West Sussex, in 2013. The defendant, Tony Rooke, was being charged for not having a tv licence. Rooke said that he was not guilty and stated: “I am withholding all funds from the BBC, the Government and subsidiaries under Section 15 of the Terrorism Act” (here). Section 15 of the Terrorism Act states that it is an offence for someone to invite another to provide money, intending that it should be used, or having reasonable cause to suspect that it may be used, for terrorism purposes. Rooke’s defence was that in the now infamous news clip the BBC reported the collapse of WTC 7 twenty minutes before it actually happened, and thus the BBC had prior knowledge of the building’s collapse. By not warning people of the collapse the BBC were supporting terrorism. I’ll let Tony Rooke and his supporters explain how the court case turned out…
Tony Rooke has just released a 2 hour long documentary…
In February 2006 I was driving on the Madrid ring road. It was the early hours of the morning and I was heading back to France after spending six months on the Algarve, in Portugal. The Madrid ring road runs mostly through industrial areas that in the early hours of the morning are completely devoid of life. There was no other traffic around. It was freezing cold and the landscape was covered in a thick blanket of snow. Due to the weather conditions I was driving cautiously in the slow lane. Someone flashed me from behind. A newish salon car matched my speed in the fast lane. There were three smartly dressed young men inside the car. One of them flashed a police badge and motioned for me to pull over on to the hard shoulder. I foolishly did so, and to cut a long story short the bastards robbed me of just about all the cash I had, which amounted to some 500 euros. At the time that money I was carrying was my only capital.
I drove into the center of Madrid, which was most definitely not deserted. In line with most Spanish cities, it buzzed in the early hours, with bars, restaurants and clubs all doing a brisk trade. This meant that there were a lot of police around. I approached two of them and explained that I’d been robbed on the ring road. They weren’t the least bit interested, not even when I said that the robbers were apparently police. I then told them that the stolen five hundred euros was all I had in the world, and now I was completely broke.
I followed their police car to an expensive district and the British Embassy. The policemen told me that when the embassy opened in the morning I’d be able to get help there. Then they left me to it. By this time it was about 4am and snowing again. I found a parking space on that smart street, then walked down to the embassy to see what time it opened. Due to the recent terrorist attacks in Madrid, things were on a high state of alert. The British Embassy had been turned into some kind of fortress, with barbed wire, concrete barriers and steel railings. Just across the street from the embassy there was a blue, cylindrical, bomb-proof steel cabin, manned by two Spanish policeman. I could hear the hiss of its ventilation system, which was no doubt hardened against gas attack. The cops who’d taken me to the embassy had made the policemen in the cabin aware of my presence. Nevertheless, as I looked at the opening hours notice outside the embassy they still took photographs of me through their thick, bullet-proof window, and talked into microphones. It all had a totally surreal quality: the fortress-like embassy, the bomb proof cabin with its hissing ventilation system, an early hours residential street, the falling snow which muffled all sound.
With regard to the recent horrific terror attacks in Paris, phrases used quite often in the press are “the worst terrorist attack in Europe in decades”, or “the worst terrorist attack since the Second World War”. Well, on the morning of Thursday 11th March 2004, ten bombs went off on four packed commuter trains near Atocha station in Madrid. 191 people were killed and more than 2000 injured (incidentally, the Madrid bombings took place almost exactly 911 days after the terrible events in America on 11th September 2001). It’s interesting to compare the Madrid bombings with the Paris attacks 11 years later. In particular, the day after the Madrid bombings there were massive protests all across Spain, and I do mean massive. The protesters were showing sympathy with the victims of the Madrid bombings, and also asking how the Spanish government could have allowed it to happen (the Spanish government initially blamed the Basque separatist group ETA for the bombings).
The bombings took place three days before a general election in Spain. Before the bombings, the incumbent Popular Party led the polls by 5 percent. It is believed that the Popular Party would have won the election if it had not been for the terrorist attack. As it turned out, the Socialist Party ended up winning the election. At the time the Spanish were heavily involved in the American invasion of Iraq and had troops there. The Socialist Party were against Spanish involvement in Iraq, as were most of the public after the Madrid bombings. In April 2004, newly elected prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero announced that Spain was pulling its troops out of Iraq. Oh, and as an aside, although it’s widely believed that the Madrid bombings were carried out by Islamic extremists, to this day no one knows for sure who was behind the attacks.
Now, compare all that to the aftermath of the recent Paris terror attacks. We’ve had ‘Je Suis Paris‘, with no one questioning the West’s foreign policy in the Middle East. We’ve had funny pictures of cats, with very few people questioning why a major European city was put into total lockdown for four days. We’ve had the politicians and presstitutes screaming for WAR, with no one questioning that we’ve been here before and it’s never achieved anything. We’re kept in a constant state of FEAR, with very few questioning who is behind that fear. We’ve become lobotomized people.
Here’s Ken O’Keefe speaking on Iranian Press TV one day after the Paris terror attacks…
Earlier this month a 78-foot long blue whale washed up dead on a beach in Oregon. The unfortunate creature appeared to have suffered from starvation. Blue whales eat krill, which are fish fry. Krill eat plankton, but the plankton are dying off, which means the krill also start to die-off, which means that whales starve to death. In fact, in the Pacific Ocean over the last few years whales have been dying in unprecedented numbers, thousands of them. Here’s some of the latest headlines from the corporate news media…
Of course I’m showing dead whales here because it is emotive, but in fact just about all other Pacific wildlife is also dying-off in unprecedented numbers (see my previous post). In the news pieces I cite you’ll notice that while reporting the die-offs of one particular specis, they never give it any context by mentioning the other specis that have also been keeling over. So what’s causing the not-so-slow death of the Pacific Ocean..? I would say that it’s highly likely to be caused by three nuclear reactors on the coast of Japan that are in complete and ongoing meltdown, and have been pouring manmade radionuclides into the Pacific for more than four and a half years now, and it will continue indefinitely because there’s no real effort being made to try and re-mediate it. The reason nothing is being done about Fukushima is quite simply down to the usual suspects, greed and stupidity. In this nightmarish, post-9/11 world the neo-con forces which now rule our planet refuse to talk about Fukushima, let alone do anything about it, because it would ruin business. Thus most people aren’t even aware that the Pacific Ocean is dying, because the corporate controlled media aren’t telling them about it. Carry on shopping folks.
All things Fukushima and Pacific Ocean is without doubt the greatest disaster in human history. Those who are aware what’s going on find themselves in a very surreal place, an Orwellian world where black is white, down is up. War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. And this of course brings me on to the tragic events in Paris earlier this month, in which more than 120 people were butchered. The timing of this terrorist attack appears to be very suspicious, and I’ve gone into this in a previous post. Also very suspicious is the totally OTT reaction of the authorities, aided and abetted by the presstitutes with their wall to wall coverage screaming FEAR and WAR (the same presstitutes who aren’t telling you about Fukushima and the death of the Pacific Ocean). As I type this the city of Brussels is now going into its third day of total lockdown, and it looks like it’s going to remain that way all week. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. I know the events in Paris were horrific but does it really merit this kind of reaction? It looks to me as though they’re using this terror attack to roll out a full-blown police state; and before you call me a conspiracy theorist, it’s worth noting that the Nazis, even with their huge propaganda machine, still had to carry out a false flag operation in order to con the German people into going to war. A matter of days after the Paris attacks, President Hollande announced that the French air force had started bombing ISIS targets in Syria, when actually France has been bombing Syria since mid-September. Continue reading →
I can’t say for sure that Friday’s dreadful events in Paris were a false flag operation, but let’s just say that it looks very suspicious. To give some context, here’s a timeline of events surrounding the Paris terror attacks…
Less conspiracy-minded is Dr Paul Craig Roberts, who amongst other things worked for the Reagan administration and was editor of the Wall Street Journal. At the weekend Roberts wrote on his blog:
I have received a report from European security that there was a massive cyber attack on French systems 48 hours prior to and during the Paris attacks. Among other things, the attack took down the French mobile data network and blinded police surveillance The attack was not a straightforward DDOS attack but a sophisticated attack that targeted a weakness in infrastructure hardware.
Such an attack is beyond the capability of most organizations and requires capability that is unlikely to be in ISIL’s arsenal. An attack on this scale is difficult to pull off without authorities getting wind of it. The coordination required suggests state involvement.
Now, in the western media coverage of the Paris attacks there is no mention of the Russian bombing campaign in Syria, which in the space of a few months has seriously damaged ISIS, something that America and its allies were apparently unable to do during a whole year of bombing (and remember, it’s widely acknowledged that Saudi Arabia and Qatar are funding ISIS). Nor is there any mention that the day after the Paris attacks there were pre-arranged peace talks held in Vienna, which, with ISIS on the run, set out a road map for peace and democracy in Syria.
But peace and democracy are not what the neo-con psychos want, and so, whipped-up by the huge propaganda machine that is the corporate controlled media, it looks like we’ll be marching off to World War Three before the month’s out.
In an earlier post I was talking about the arrest of Dana Durnford, who’s an anti-nuclear campaigner. Looking at the sequence of events, it was all obviously a coordinated attack on Dana by the nuke industry and the Canadian government. On November 1st the Globe and Mail published this: Canadian researcher targeted by hate campaign over Fukushima findings (the Globe and Mail is a major Canadian newspaper). Dana wasn’t actually named in this article, and the researcher mentioned is Jay Cullen from the University of Victoria, British Columbia. On November 2nd, Jay Cullen appeared on CBC Radio’s As It Happens programme, talking about the threats he’s received from the anti-nuke brigade…
The CBC is a Canadian crown corporation that serves as the national public radio and television broadcaster. On November 4th Dana was arrested, charged with two counts of criminal harassment, and spent a night in the cells. On November 6th the Globe and Mail reported Dana’s arrest: Charges laid against B.C. man who called for death of Fukushima researcher. It’s interesting to note that over the last year, as Dana carried out his quite amazing Expedition for Life, not one single news organisation gave him any coverage; but Dana has been given a weekly spot on the Jeff Rense Radio Show. Here’s Dana on last Monday’s Rense show, talking about his arrest…
The following is a list of the top ten companies worldwide, in terms of yearly revenue (shown as billions of US dollars)…
1) Walmart (Retail – $486 – United States, Arkansas)
2) Sinopec (Oil and gas – $461 – China, Beijing)
3) PetroChina (Oil and gas – $439 – China, Beijing)
4) Royal Dutch Shell (Oil and gas – $421 – Netherlands, The Hague; United Kingdom, London)
5) ExxonMobil (Oil and gas – $394 – United States, Irving, Texas)
6) Saudi Aramco (Oil and gas – $378 – Saudi Arabia, Dhahran)
7) BP (Oil and gas – $359 – United Kingdom, London)
8) State Grid (Electric utility – $333 – China, Beijing)
9) Toyota (Automotive – $326 March 31, 2015, Japan, Toyota, Aichi)
10) Samsung (Conglomerate – $305 – South Korea, Suwon) Source
It’s notable how many of these companies are in the oil and gas sector. Also notable is that there are three Chinese companies in this top ten, and two of them occupy second and third place. As little as ten years ago there wouldn’t have been any Chinese companies in this list. To counter the phenomenal rise of China the United States is presently trying to push through two highly controversial trade agreements: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). These trade agreements will be complimented by the the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA), which aims to further deregulate the financial markets. The agreements are all being negotiated in secret and are barely ever mentioned by the mainstream media, despite the fact that they will have a profound effect on everything from national sovereignty to workers rights to digital freedoms. This is what Senator Bernie Sanders said last December about the TPP:
Let’s be clear: the TPP is much more than a “free trade” agreement. It is part of a global race to the bottom to boost the profits of large corporations and Wall Street by outsourcing jobs; undercutting worker rights; dismantling labor, environmental, health, food safety and financial laws; and allowing corporations to challenge our laws in international tribunals rather than our own court system. If TPP was such a good deal for America, the administration should have the courage to show the American people exactly what is in this deal, instead of keeping the content of the TPP a secret.
It’s only due to WikiLeaks that some details of these agreements have leaked out… Continue reading →
Have I mentioned on this blog that the Pacific Ocean is not so slowly dying..? Here’s some of the latest headlines. Note that the presstitutes never mention the fact that there are 3 nuclear reactors in complete and ongoing meltdown on the coast of Japan (and this situation has been going on for more than four and a half years now), and when they report about one lot of animal die-offs they never put it in context by mentioning the unprecedented number of other animal die-offs…
Last week the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) completed building a new sea wall at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, purportedly to prevent radioactive water entering the ocean (the Fukushima plant is built on a river bed, and an estimated 1000 tons of water flows underneath it every day and out into the ocean). The following news clip is quite brief. It says that 400 tons of water is being released into the ocean every day. This is what TEPCO admit to, and it comes from their own storage tanks. The much larger amount of ground water is never mentioned. Most pertinent about this news clip, though, is that you’ll notice that the workers are completely suited-up and masked-up to protect them from radioactive particles. This sea wall is about 100 yards from the stricken reactors…
It’s very rare for high profile people to speak openly about Fukushima and what’s happening to the Pacific Ocean. One such is Cynthia McKinney, an American Congresswoman, who recently had an op-ed piece published on RT… Continue reading →
Last Monday the House of Lords refused to pass secondary legislation that would have brought in tax credit cuts, which would have made an estimated 3 million low income working families worse off (tax credits top up the wages of people who work for companies that don’t pay a living wage). George Osborne, the chancellor, was hoisted by his own petard. In the run-up to the general election the Conservatives specifically said that they wouldn’t cut tax credits. This is why Osborne tried to push through the cuts as secondary legislation, hoping that no one would notice. If it had gone through as primary legislation it would have received much more scrutiny, yet by convention the Lords always pass primary legislation when it deals with finances.
This mendacious attack on the working poor is part of an attempt to shave £12 billion off the welfare bill, because according to Mr Osborne the country can no longer afford to ‘keep people’. Osborne is an upper class twit who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He owns shares in the family business, Osborne & Little, a company which hasn’t paid any corporation tax for years despite having a multi-million pound turn-over. Osborne & Little also made news this year due to some dubious business practices; but it’s all news that’s tucked away in the back pages, when it should be front page headlines. After all, this is a man who wants to cut the tax credits lifeline for some of the poorest families in the UK. Also not questioned is why many very profitable companies are allowed to get away with paying their employees a pittance wage, and why that wage has to be topped-up by the UK tax payer. All of these companies avoid paying tax themselves. I’m talking about the usual suspects like Starbucks, Amazon and Facebook. The £12 billion savings that George Osborne claims is needed to reduce the welfare bill is nothing compared to this tax evasion…
Corruption, ain’t it great; but nowadays we have the internet, and in particular campaigning organisations like 38 Degrees, who played a large part in getting the tax credits cuts thrown back at the government, cuts that are very unpopular with the public. The benign UK government has been trying to gag organisations like 38 Degrees for a number of years now. The latest is the government’s new ‘extremism strategy’ that will criminalise legitimate speech and shrink the space for open debate throughout society. Continue reading →
Well, what can you say about Serge Gainsbourg that hasn’t already been said? Gainsbourg (sort of pronounced: Gasper) was a singer, songwriter, pianist, film composer, poet, painter, screenwriter, writer, actor, and director. He’s often regarded as one of the most important figures in French pop music, and was renowned for his often provocative and scandalous behaviour.
Let’s kick off with Ballade de Johnny-Jane, which Gainsbourg wrote for the 1977 film Je t’aime moi non plus…
Serge Gainsbourg would often turn up on stage drunk and unshaven. He once set fire to a 500 franc note while on live television, as a protest against a 75% tax rate. Also on live television, and drunk as always, he famously told Whitney Houston that he wanted to fuck her (here). In 1973, at the age of 45, Gainsbourg had his first heart attack. Whilst recovering he made an album called Vu de l’extérieur (‘Exterior View’). The most successful track from the album is called Je suis venu te dire que je m’en vais… Continue reading →
Earlier this week the Japan Times ran a piece which began:
Thyroid cancer in local children and adolescents following the Fukushima nuclear disaster was probably caused by radiation released in the accident, four researchers said Tuesday in a report.
Annual thyroid cancer incidence rates in Fukushima Prefecture from March 2011 through late last year were 20 to 50 times the national level, said a team led by Toshihide Tsuda, professor of environmental epidemiology at Okayama University. The findings were published in the electronic edition of the journal of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology.
Considering the new security laws which have been passed in Japan, which now means you can be prosecuted for saying anything bad about Fukushima, I was somewhat surprised to read those first two paragraphs. However, the Japan Times piece then goes on to rubbish the report, and it finishes with this:
But the prefectural government and many experts have doubted whether these cases are related to the nuclear disaster, as the amount of radioactive iodine released during the crisis was smaller than that following the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident.