The Peasants Are Revolting

On Thursday night there were riots in several French cities, including Paris, Nantes, Lyon, Marseille and Toulouse. The riots came out of a movement called the Nuit debout, which loosely translates as “protest at night”. Nuit debout started big time on 31st March and the protests have been almost entirely peaceful. These protests are now happening every night in France in more than 60 towns and cities. The media frame this civil unrest as protests against new labour laws that the Hollande government are bringing in, but it goes much deeper than that.

Also on Thursday French MPs voted in favor of a resolution to lift the EU sanctions imposed on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine. When the sanctions were brought in Russia responded in kind and banned many products from the EU. The agricultural sector has been hit hardest by this and French farmers have been protesting about it since 2014. The resolution to lift sanctions on Russia is not binding. Even if President Hollande does not block the resolution it seems unlikely that the 28 EU member states will ratify it, because of course just about all the governments of these countries are bought and paid for by Washington, which was behind the coup in Ukraine. The USA forced the EU to impose sanctions on Russia. Why would EU governments have ratified the sanctions – and by doing so hurt their own citizens economically – if they were not in the pocket of the USA? This vassal state stuff is particularly disturbing with regard to France, a country which used to be proudly independent. For instance, France opposed the Vietnam war and the invasion of Iraq, and largely stayed out of NATO. This all changed when Nicolas Sarkozy became president in 2007, and the neo-con agenda has been carried on by the supposedly socialist François Hollande, who has become the most hated president in French history.

The EU governments might be bought and paid for but European citizens are not. A good example of this is what happened in Holland last month: a referendum was held in which the voters overwhelmingly rejected an EU partnership deal removing trade barriers with Ukraine (which would bring Ukraine more fully into the US sphere of influence and further isolate Russia). Without the deal being ratified by all the member states it can’t go through, but with breathtaking arrogance EU leaders have said that they are going to ignore the wishes of the Dutch people.

Perhaps the best example of corruption in the EU is a forthcoming trade deal with the USA called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). This trade deal is being negotiated in secret and is barely ever mentioned by the mainstream media, despite the fact that it will have a profound effect on everything from national sovereignty to workers rights to digital freedoms; but ever increasing numbers of the peasants are waking up to what TTIP will mean for them. Last month there was a massive demonstration in Hannover and there’s been a large number of anti-TTIP demos all over Europe. There’s also a growing movement of local councillors in Europe who are pledging to make their councils a ‘TTIP Free Zone‘.

Despite the somewhat dubious origins of the European Union I’ve always been very much for it. However, the institution has now become so corrupt that I’m not sure if it can be fixed. Next month a referendum is being held in the UK on whether to leave the European Union. If the UK does leave its citizens will no longer have the protection of the European convention on human rights (ECHR), and with the tories in charge it will probably become some kind of Dickensian theme park (the UK does not have a proper constitution and its citizens do not have any real rights).

Today is May Day, which was started in Chicago in 1886 by a union demanding an eight-hour workday. On 1st May 2016 there’s going to be many demonstrations all around the world, and particularly here in France.

We live in totally crazy times.

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28 Pages

The Howard Stern Show broadcasted out of New York City between 1986 and 2005. The show had a huge amount of listeners all across the USA. Stern was live on air on the morning of 11th September 2001. The following is a 10 minute excerpt from that show. It starts just as the news was coming through that the Pentagon had also been hit by a hi-jacked plane…

The complete show, which is 3 hours long, can be found here.

What struck me about the above 10 minute clip was the hysteria, which is perfectly understandable, and also the naivety: Oh my God, we’re being attacked! Here are some lines from a famous speech that Martin Luther King gave in New York City in 1967…

I knew that I could never again raise my voice… without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today – my own government… for the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent.

What do they think as we test out our latest weapons on them, just as the Germans tested out new medicine and new tortures in the concentration camps of Europe?

Martin Luther King Jr.

Less than a year after giving this speech, King was assassinated, by his own government (and it’s wonderfully Orwellian that ‘Martin Luther King Day’ is celebrated every January in the US). The United States of America has by far the largest empire the world has ever seen. At present there are more than 1000 US bases overseas (at its height the British empire had 41 overseas bases). Since its inception in 1776, the US has invaded 80 other nations. Since becoming a superpower at the end of World War Two the US has overthrown or attempted to overthrow about 62 national governments, the majority of them democracies (here).

As well as having the largest empire the world has ever seen, the US also has the largest propaganda machine ever seen. Howard Stern & Co are living in The Matrix. Another thing that struck me about Stern’s 9/11 show is that, despite the hysteria as events unfolded, Stern and his crew were asking some obvious questions. Why weren’t there US Airforce fighter planes in the sky? How could the Pentagon, one of the most heavily defended buildings in the world, be hit by a hi-jacked plane? The 9-11 Commission Report, the official investigation into the events of 11th September, was a complete whitewash. There were also 28 pages redacted from the report. However, following calls from a number of US politicians it now looks like the Obama administration is going to release these 28 pages into the public domain. It’s expected that these pages will show the involvement of Saudi Arabian officials in the 9/11 attacks; but remember, the US empire never does anything without there being some ulterior motive. The psychos in Washington want to launch a war against Russia.

Perhaps the inhabitants of The Matrix need further distraction?

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A Time Of Treason

David Cameron, François Hollande, Angela Merkel, et al, are all bought and paid for by Washington. These people are total (and I do mean total) traitors who are selling out their own people to corporate interests. Nowhere is this shown more starkly than with a forthcoming trade deal called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). On Friday, during a press conference with UK prime minister David Cameron, President Obama stated that Britain should remain in the EU and he alluded to this trade deal, although he didn’t directly name it…

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is being negotiated in secret and is barely ever mentioned by the mainstream media, despite the fact that it will have a profound effect on everything from national sovereignty to workers rights to digital freedoms. Paul Craig Roberts, who amongst other things was part of the Reagan administration and a former editor of the Wall Street Journal, has summed-up TTIP quite succinctly…

As I have emphasized since these “partnerships” were first announced, their purpose is to give corporations immunity from the laws in the countries in which they do business. The principle mechanism of this immunity is the granting of the right to corporations to sue governments and agencies of governments that have laws or regulations that impinge on corporate profits. For example, France’s prohibitions of GMO foods are, under the “partnerships,” “restraints on trade that impinge on corporate profits.

The “partnerships” set up “tribunals” staffed by corporations that are outside the court systems of the sovereign governments. It is in these corporate tribunals that the lawsuits take place. In other words the corporations are judge, jury, and prosecutor. They can’t lose. The “partnerships” set up secret unaccountable governments that are higher and have power over the elected governments.

You can ask yourself how much money the representatives of the countries who “fasttracked” this system were paid by the corporations and how much the bribes will be to get the agreements approved by the legislators. As you witness American, British, German and other government officials agitate in behalf of corporate rule, you will know that they have been well paid.

Peter Liley, Minister of Trade and Industry in Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government and currently a Conservative member of the British Parliament took the trouble of looking at the Trans-Atlantic partnership and is warning against it. As a politician he cannot speak as forcefully as he might like, but he gives you the picture. Here is Eric Zuesse’s report:

No government representative who has the slightest bit of integrity and patriotism would have approved these agreements, and no legislative body that is not competely corrupt would hand its power and function over to global corporations.

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Oil Tanks And Terrorism

I’ve now just about finished the works around the oil tank in the back garden. Originally we were going to do a complete stone wall around the tank, which would haven been about six feet high. However, we decided that such a wall would have been a bit imposing, so instead we’ve done about two thirds of the height in stone and the rest in timber. Here’s where the stone wall reaches its height…

Doing the stone wall was back-breaking work and for the last couple of days I’ve been doing the timber stuff, which is a piece of piss by comparison. Money is in short supply at the moment and I’ve had to knock-up the timber paneling and frame from whatever I could find laying around. Here’s where things presently stand….

Money is in short supply because our gite business has been decimated. We let-out the main house as a gite, and it can comfortably sleep 12 people. In January 2015 our enquiries and bookings went into a nose-dive as a result of the Charlie Hebdo murders in Paris. There was also a general election in the UK in May 2015. Nevertheless, we still managed to get six weeks of bookings in 2015.

Then we had the November 2015 ‘terror attacks’ in Paris. It’s notable that enquiries for our gite all dried-up after these terrorist incidents (we have an equal measure of French and British customers). We’re now well into April and we still haven’t got one booking for this season, and the Brits are holding a referendum in June on whether to leave the European Union.

Hard times.

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In a time of universal deceit…

… telling the truth is a revolutionary act. Talking of which, last Monday, as a prelude to next month’s G7 summit in Japan, ministers from Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States laid white wreaths at a cenotaph in Hiroshima to the victims of the August 6th 1945 bombing (you can find my post about the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs here). Germany has pledged to close down its nuclear power stations by the end of 2022, which for the moment leaves Italy as the only G7 country which does not use nuclear power. Italy did build nuclear power stations back in the 1960s, but in 1987, in the wake of the Chernobyl disaster, a referendum was held and the public voted to have them all shut down. In 2008 the Italian government started trying to revive nuclear power, but another nuclear disaster in 2011, Fukushima, put the kybosh on that. We are now five years down the line with Fukushima, and it’s at this stage that cancers start showing up. Children are particularly susceptible to radiation, and in adults it can take many decades for cancers to emerge, which is how the psychopathic cabal that is the nuclear industry get away with mass murder.

To mark the fifth anniversary of Fukushima, Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Energy Education went on a speaking tour of Japan (you can find my post about it here). On his return to the United States he gave an interview to his local community tv station. None of the mainstream media would air what Gundersen says about the cancer cover-up in Japan, and the appalling conditions that Fukushima refugees have to endure. Here are some excerpts from that interview…

The complete interview can be found here.

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Dave’s Dodgy Drones

Last September David Cameron, the UK prime minister, stood up in the House of Commons and calmly announced that a British citizen in Syria had been assassinated by an RAF drone. Cameron also stated that another British citizen in Syria had been assassinated by an American drone, with the full blessing of the UK government. In a long rambling reply, which seemed to have been written by the Conservative party, the then Labour leader Harriet Harman asked Cameron if this was the first time that UK drones had been used in this way…

I can’t at the moment find a clip of Cameron’s reply to Harman’s question, so instead here’s the quote from Hansard, 7th Sep 2015, Column 30…

Let me turn to the right hon. and learned Lady’s questions on counter-terrorism. She asked: is this the first time in modern times that a British asset has been used to conduct a strike in a country where we are not involved in a war? The answer to that is yes.

The human rights charity have just released a report called Britain’s Kill List which provides damning evidence that the UK has been using drones to carry out extrajudicial killings since 2002. In otherwords, Cameron told a blatant lie in Parliament last September. Perhaps less surprising is that this Reprieve report appears to have been released last Monday, 11th April, but there was no mention of it during yesterday’s PMQs, and of course no mention if it at all in the MSM.

They won’t be able to keep Dave’s dodgy drones under wraps for much longer, and next week’s PMQs might be interesting.

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1789 and all that

This week winemakers in southern France hi-jacked tanker lorries that had come from Spain. The lorries were carrying cheap, mass produced wine into France and the protesters released 70,000 litres of it onto the roadway. Ok, you may say, the French agricultural sector are always protesting about something (in recent months, for instance, farmers have been blockading supermarkets in protest against a big drop in food prices); but there’s much more than that going on in France at the moment. In fact what’s happening is quite extraordinary. It started big time on the 31st of March, when there was a general strike and protests in towns and cities all across France. An overnight protest took place at the Place de la République in Paris, and it’s been repeated every night since then. This form of protesting has rapidly spread all across France and it’s known as Nuit debout, which loosely translates as “rise up at night”. These protests are now happening every night in more than 30 towns and cities.

As well as the Nuit debout movement there are ongoing daytime protests. Here’s a short clip showing the scene in Paris yesterday afternoon…

The events in France have been barely covered by the western media, and when they do cover it it’s framed as protests against the proposed reforms to employment laws, which amongst other things will make it much easier for employers to hire and fire people. However, this huge swelling of public anger goes much deeper than that. The employment law reforms are just the glue that holds it all together. Earlier in March there was a big demo in Paris against the state of emergency, introduced after the November terror attacks. Amongst other things, the state of emergency gives special powers to security services and police to act without judges’ approval or judicial oversight, to carry out night raids, and to place people under house arrest. Ironically, the state of emergency also makes these recent protests illegal, but President Hollande & Co are bricking themselves and wouldn’t dare to stop the demonstrators. The state of emergency, however, has been extended by another 3 months. Hollande wants to write the state of emergency into the French constitution, to make it permanent, which would effectively turn France into a police state. Needless to say, Hollande is the most unpopular president in French history.

There’s also much concern about the trade deals that America is pushing through with the EU. These trade deals are being conducted in secret and will give transnational corporations power over sovereign governments. Then there’s ‘austerity’ and growing wealth inequality (highlighted by the recent ‘Panama Papers’). Add-in government and corporate corruption, high unemployment and falling living standards and you’ve got a really potent brew. If the protests in France continue I don’t see how the Hollande government can survive. There hasn’t been public anger on quite this scale since 1789 and all that.

Hold on to your hats, folks, it looks like on this side of the Channel we’re in for quite a ride.

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Rocks and Hard Places

I’m now on my second week of building a stone wall around the oil tank. Progress is slow, because the cement mixer is by the barn at the front of the house. It’s there because the only pile of sand we’ve got is inside the barn. The oil tank, of course, is in the back garden. This means that the cement mortar for the wall has to be mixed at the front of the house, then it’s poured into a wheelbarrow, which has to be pushed up to the back of the house along the lane, up an incline. Incidentally, the French word for a cement/concrete mixer is ‘betonaire’, and it’s a feminine word. Make of that what you will.

The oil tank originally had wood paneling all around it. I’m replacing two sides of the paneling, which were falling to bits, with the stone wall. On the plus side, there were rockeries around these panels, which we’re removing, so this provided me with a lot of stone right where I’m working. However, it’s only enough stone for about one quarter of the wall, and from tomorrow onwards I’m going to have to get the stone from elsewhere. There’s no shortage of stone around here, but you’ve guessed it, it’s all at the front of the house, and will have to be wheelbarrowed up that incline to the oil tank work site. What with the cement mortar as well, it’s back-breaking work.

Sometimes I have ‘good stone days’ and sometimes I have ‘bad stone days’. What I mean by this is that building a stone wall is a bit like doing a jigsaw puzzle that can fit together in a myriad of ways. The face of the wall has to be flat and level; but not straight in this instance, because I find straight walls and right angles boring and hard on the eye. So, the wall I’m building is curved. There’s a pile of stones of many varying shapes and sizes, and the stones you construct the wall with all have to fit together in a pleasing way, and a structurally sound way. Some days my brain can easily conceptualise it, and bang, bang, bang! I select exactly the right stones to fit into the wall. Other days I make a right hash of it. Herricka, our half-stray cat, follows me around as I work, and lounges on top of the oil tank while I construct the wall.

Interesting, innit; but it probably makes a change from the usual political stuff I bang-on about.

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Creme Egg Conspiracy

Here’s John Oliver on last Sunday’s Last Week Tonight show…

The Last Week Tonight show is aired on the HBO network, and HBO is a division of Time Warner which is one of the world’s largest media conglomerates. Included in the Time Warner portfolio are news networks such as CNN. I hesitate to use the term ‘news network’, because of course nowadays the mainstream media are just one big propaganda machine for corporate/right wing interests. Does that statement make me a conspiracy theorist..? Ok, in the last week there’s been some big stories that have barely got a mention in the MSM, such as the fact that Bernie Sanders is wiping the floor with Hillary Clinton, or that the Syrian army have have retaken the ancient city of Palmyra from ISIS. Meanwhile, the totally surreal aspect of our present western society was exemplified by Friday’s ‘nuclear security’ summit in Washington, during which the most corrupt and immoral US president in history said: that “madmen” could kill and injure hundreds of thousands of innocent people using only plutonium the size of an apple (here). During the summit no mention was made of the fact that there are three full-size commercial nuclear reactors in complete and ongoing meltdown on the coast of Japan, and as a result the Pacific Ocean is not so slowly dying. Also no mention of the fact that the USA is spending trillions to upgrade its nuclear weapons, and this upgrade is totally against international treaties that the USA has signed. By pointing out these facts does that make me a conspiracy theorist?

Obama’s statement about terrorists making some kind of nuclear weapon is only worrying with respect to what the psychos in Washington are going to do next. The ‘terror attacks’ in Paris last November pointed towards Brussels, which, incredibly, was put in complete lockdown for 3 days (a la Boston, just to get the plebs used to a police state). Sure enough, we had last month’s ‘terror attacks’ in Brussels, which used exactly the same script as other terror attacks. What I find worrying about the Brussels attacks is the lack of reaction to them. Only creatures like Tony Blair called for boots on the ground in Syria:

Britain and its western allies must be prepared to send ground troops to “crush” Islamic State forces or risk a terror attack in Europe of “such size and horror” that draconian security measures would have to be introduced

At the time of the Brussels attacks there were reports that ‘terrorists’ were trying to get into Belgium’s two nuclear power plants, and a worker at one of these plants was murdered. Just like Paris, the Brussels attacks seem to be pointing somewhere, and in this instance somewhere nuclear. The psychos in Washington know that ever increasing numbers of the public no longer buy into the bullshit, and so it seems highly likely that the psychos will produce a ‘terror spectacular’ to get the public to go along with their war agenda.

Feel free to call me a conspiracy theorist, but also keep your eye on any ‘terror spectaculars’ over the coming months, and please don’t say that I haven’t warned you.

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Joyeuses Pâques and Ken O’Keefe

A week ago Ken O’Keefe gave a speech at UC Berkeley. O’Keefe is a former marine who saw active service in Iraq. He has renounced his US citizenship and now lives in Europe. O’Keefe speaks totally unscripted and without any kind of notes or autocue. Here’s a 14 minute excerpt from his Berkeley speech…

The complete 2 hour speech can be found here.

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