History and Histrionics

Whether you were a Remainer or a Brexiteer, I think it’s safe to say that this morning the majority of Brits (myself included) were surprised to find that the referendum vote went in favour of a Brexit. Despite being very pro-Europe and a strong believer in European unity, I was in the Brexit camp, and I found myself with some unlikely bedfellows. No doubt many will say that Brexit means a lurch to the right, but Britain has been a neo-con right wing madhouse for years now, and it comes from both of the two main political parties. I went Brexit to give two fingers to Washington and to try to prevent World War Three. On this blog I have banged-on about how totally wacko the EU referendum debate has been, with no real issues being talked about. This lack of reality, served-up by the politicians and presstitutes, made many people confused about the vote. Bottom line, this was all about the American empire and its control of Europe, which is why someone like me had to hold their nose and try to avoid the smell of kippers.

Whatever your take on it, Brexit is a mega historical event, if it happens… prime minister David Cameron did not resign this morning (as I believe he should have done). Instead he announced his intention to resign in 3 months time, and he said he would leave it to his successor to invoke article 50, which will make Britain’s exit from the EU legally binding.

A referendum is advisory rather than mandatory. Yesterday’s Leave vote does not put any legal obligation on the government to carry through the wishes of the people. Cameron’s ‘resignation speech’ this morning has kicked the can further down the road for at least another 3 months, and anything could happen over the next three months. There’s a long history in the EU of governments ignoring referendum votes. Denmark held a referendum in June 1992 and voted against the Maastricht treaty, the re-negotiated version was approved in a second referendum in May 1993. In 2001 Irish voters rejected the Treaty of Nice, and likewise in a second referendum in 2002 it was approved. France voted in May 2005 against the proposed European Constitution, so the EU decided to modify the text and sign it as a treaty by the national governments, on which a referendum would have no influence (this is what we have today as the Treaty of Lisbon). It goes on and on, and of course the most recent example was last summer, when the Greek people voted against ‘austerity’, and the supposed anti-austerity Syriza government completely ignored them.

So, Brexiteers, don’t start celebrating too soon; and you Remainers might well find that you remain in the EU.

And let’s not forget that amongst all the histrionics an MP was murdered.

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Those that Brexit, they be the lucky ones

I’m dead on my feet at the moment with a bad chest infection, so just a quick run-through:

Yesterday in the House of Commons there was one of those very rare and quite remarkable occasions; in this instance tributes to Jo Cox…

The sitting in the Commons lasted for an hour and about 15 MPs spoke, starting of course with Cameron and Corbyn. Whilst many paying tribute mentioned Cox’s work with the ‘Friends of Syria’, only Corbyn gave a brief mention of her support of the Palestinian cause, but not her support for a boycott of Israel. Cox was a Blairite, which would make her a political enemy of me. However, like most human beings she was multifaceted and I’m sad that in the tributes to her this was brushed under the carpet. The day after her death friends of Jo Cox set up a fund in her name to raise money for three causes that she fought tirelessly for as an MP. One of those causes is a ‘charity’ operating in Syria called the White Helmets. It seems likely that Jo Cox didn’t know what the White Helmets really are. It’s a fact that many MPs are just as propagandised and gullible as the general public.

Talking of which, a poll commissioned by LBC Radio was released this morning that shows almost half the Brexiteers think that the referendum will be rigged in favour of Remain. In the same vein, this is one of the most important votes in recent UK history, yet strangely the major broadcasters, like the BBC and Sky, are not doing an exit poll (there was the same lack of an exit poll with the Scottish referendum). Similarly, Tommy Mair, the man accused of the brutal murder of Jo Cox, has made an extraordinary number of court appearances so soon after the event. Mair was in court last Saturday, again yesterday, Monday, and his next court appearance will be on Thursday, the day of the referendum.

One can only ponder about what the shenanigans around the EU referendum are really all about.

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The Murder of an MP

Last Wednesday in the UK there was a totally surreal event that just about sums-up the EU referendum debate: a flotilla, with Capn’ Farage in command, sailed up the River Thames to the Houses of Parliament, to make the case for Britain to leave the EU. But there were Remainers on the port bow, headed by Bob Geldof. Those that Brexit, they be the lucky ones…

The next day, Thursday, Capn’ Farage & Co were completely forgotten about as news came in of the tragic and brutal murder of Jo Cox MP. She was 41 years old and had two young children, and it appears that she was murdered by a right wing lunatic called Tommy Mair. The murder of Jo Cox was a genuine event, in that there’s lots of eyewitnesses and mobile phone footage, but it has to be said that coming exactly 7 days before the referendum, and with the Brexiteers comfortably ahead in the opinion polls, it does seem suspicious. If there is something shady about the murder of Jo Cox it has badly backfired, because the Brexiteers are now even further ahead in the opinion polls.

Jo Cox’s murder is even more tragic because it’s a result of the completely wacko EU referendum debate, where nothing real is talked about. There’s no mention of the TTIP trade deal, which has been described as the most egregious assault on civil liberties in history. There’s no discussion about why Europe is experiencing the biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War (American-led wars in North Africa and the Middle East). There’s no debate about the EU’s relations with Russia, our nearest big neighbour and natural trading partner which is currently being encircled by NATO bases. Instead, the Brexiteers focus almost entirely on the domestic immigration issue, whilst the Remainers are doing a re-run of Project Fear.

One of the main reasons there’s no real debate is because we don’t have a free and open press. Instead we have a corporate/right wing propaganda machine, all across the spectrum, from the Times to the Guardian, from the Sun to the Daily Star. The Fourth Estate have had a large part to play in the terrible murder of Jo Cox. In my lifetime I’ve never seen such a constant stream of bile and hatred that’s now spewed out by the hacks. In the UK violent attacks against homeless people are now commonplace, because we’re told that it’s the ‘welfare scroungers’ who have crashed the economy (whereas, of course, it’s the vermin who inhabit the City of London and Wall Street who are responsible). Here in France there’s a football tournament going on, and the UK media are deliberately downplaying the violence from British fans, fans who are all pumped-up to hate the French, the Russians and of course the immigrants.

Then there’s the army of security service trolls who now infest news comment threads, trolls who pump out the same message of hatred and promote British and American ‘exceptionalism’.

In this climate it’s perhaps surprising that the murder of an MP hasn’t happened sooner. Just look at the unprecedented hate campaign against Jeremy Corbyn.

The presstitutes should be in the dock, every bit as much as Tommy Mair.

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Swiss Satanism?

The opening ceremony of the Gotthard tunnel earlier this month drew a lot of attention from the mainstream media. Here’s how the Daily Mail reported the event. It also drew a lot of attention from the alternative media, with many claiming it was a satanic ceremony.

Make up your own mind…

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Bombs, Brexit and Batshit Crazies

Last Thursday in France there was only one print edition daily newspaper on the stands: L’Humanité, which is affiliated with the communist party. All the other newspapers couldn’t be printed, because the print workers went on strike. They were striking because all the other newspapers refused to publish an opinion piece by the CGT union leader, Philippe Martinez. These strikes and demonstrations all across France look set to continue into next month, making it the biggest display of public anger in modern French history. They’re not just demonstrating about the new employment laws, which were forced through by President Hollande without allowing parliament a vote on it. There’s also anger about the ongoing state of emergency – which effectively suspends the rule of law in France – introduced after last November’s terror attacks in Paris. Then there’s the TTIP trade deal currently being negotiated between America and the EU, not to mention a number of other things. It can all be summed-up as a protest against what’s called ‘globalisation’, which is a polite term for America’s attempt to take over the world.

Following the break up of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, president George W Bush assured president Mikhail Gorbachev that NATO wouldn’t expand one inch further east towards Russia. Since then NATO has gone from 16 member states to 28 currently, including Hungary, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania, all of which have a border with former Soviet republics. Worse still, earlier this month it was announced that the US had activated a ‘missile defence’ base in Romania, with another base to follow in Poland. Also, it’s recently been announced that Sweden has joined the NATO Host Country Agreement, which is a precursor to becoming a full-blown member. It’s a bit like pushing a stick into a hornet’s nest, and in this instance the nest is armed to the teeth with nuclear weapons. So who’s actually pushing the stick..? The batshit crazies in Washington, of course, including General Breedlove, the NATO allied commander, who’s a re-run of General Jack D. Ripper.

The biggest propaganda machine in history, aka the western media, never properly report the sort of things I’ve outlined in this post; but getting back to France, you can be sure that many of the demonstrators are aware that a bunch of neo-con loons are leading us by the nose to WW3, and the likes of Hollande, Merkel and Cameron are all bought and paid for by Washington (all of them, for instance, are keen supporters of the TTIP trade deal); which brings me onto next month’s referendum in the UK about whether to leave the EU. The remain camp are doing an exact re-run of ‘project fear’ during the run up to the Scottish independence referendum. The leave camp seem to center mostly on the immigration issue and don’t cover any of the things I’ve said here. The leave camp appear to be some sort of parody to push people towards the remain camp.

I’ve always been strongly pro-Europe, but I fear that the EU is now so corrupt it is beyond redemption (what these bastards have done to the likes of Greece is criminal). If Britain leaves the EU other countries may well follow, and this could lead to the break up of NATO (which is America’s quisling military force). The whole rotten structure will tumble gloriously down. The alternative is the very real possibility of World War Three, which really will be the final war on this planet. There you go, I’m doing my own ‘project fear’ in this post. I can only hope that the links I’ve given here will back-up my concerns.

Here’s Paul Craig Roberts, in an interview he gave yesterday, talking about all this stuff…

The original interview can be found here.

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The Eagles of Bullshit

Yesterday it was reported that two big French music festivals have cancelled shows by the ‘Eagles of Death Metal’. This was because of comments made by Jesse Hughes, the band’s frontman. It seems as though Hughes repeated claims that he made earlier this year, that staff at the Bataclan theatre were complicit in the massacre that apparently took place there last November (the Eagles of Death Metal were on stage when the massacre began). Jesse Hughes is a bit of a character, to put it mildly. He’s extremely right wing, a gun nut, a religious nut (he’s also an ordained priest), a racist and a mega drug addict. In fact, Hughes is just the sort of person who would be top of the CIA’s shopping list to be involved in a false flag operation. Formed in 1998, the Eagles of Death Metal have put out just four records since 2004, which makes you wonder how Hughes supports his humungus drug habit. To give you a flavour of Jesse Hughes, here’s a short clip of him performing at a U2 concert in Paris last December. This was the first time that the Eagles of Death Metal had appeared on stage since the Bataclan theatre massacre…

Incidentally, to provide short clips I obviously download the original video and edit it. I use the Firefox extension ‘VideoDownloadHelper’ to do this. For some reason I was unable to download any of the video of this Eagles of Death Metal performance (and I’m not going to tell you how I did eventually manage to produce the above short clip). Maybe I’m paranoid, and it’s just a software glitch. The original complete video can be found here, if you want to have a go at downloading it yourself.

This brings me onto the massive civil unrest that’s occurring in France, which is of historic proportions. The media frame these demonstrations as protests against the proposed reforms to employment laws, but there’s more to it than this. In the wake of last November’s ‘terror attacks’ in Paris, a 3 month state of emergency was introduced. This state of emergency effectively suspends the rule of law in France. In February President Hollande extended it by another 3 months. This week the French parliament voted to extend it again by another 2 months. France is turning into a police state. That’s why at many of the demonstrations you’ll see protesters going to great lengths to destroy CCTV cameras. A lot of these protestors will also share my suspicions that the November terror attacks were a false flag job.

The media also frame the civil unrest as revolving around the Nuit debout movement, but once again there’s more to it than that. Some people have the view that Nuit debout, just like Syriza in Greece and Podemos in Spain, are patsies, used to channel people’s anger and to ensure that no real change ever happens. One such is Gearóid Ó Colmáin, an Irish journalist and political analyst based in Paris whose work focuses on globalisation, geopolitics and class struggle. Here’s Gearóid Ó Colmáin yesterday on Press TV having a heated debate about what’s going on in France…

Gearóid Ó Colmáin has written a very detailed piece about the Nuit debout movement. You can find it here.

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Liberté, égalité, fraternité

The French word for protest is ‘protestation’, and the French word for demonstration is ‘manifestation’. What’s happening in France at the moment is quite extraordinary. I’ve never seen anything like it; well, in my very rural part of France you wouldn’t know that historic events are taking place, but there’s massive demonstrations going on in more than 60 towns and cities. This all started kicking off at the end of March and is centered around the Nuit debout movement. Obstensively a huge number of French citizens are demonstrating against proposed reforms to employment laws, which amongst other things will make it much easier for employers to hire and fire people. On 31st March there was a week long general strike, and last Tuesday another general strike began. This latest strike was called because President Hollande – in an act of incredible insensitivity and stupidity – forced through the new labour reforms last week without parliament’s approval. Incredibly, yesterday there were large demonstrations by the police all over France. They were demonstrating against a surge of ‘anti-cop hatred’ over the last two months. At the rally in Paris a counter-demonstration took place and a police car was set on fire…

Thus far, considering the numbers of people out on the streets, these demonstrations have largely been remarkably peaceful. They’re not just protesting about the new employment laws. There’s a slew of other things, such as high unemployment, ‘austerity’, the TTIP trade deal with America, and the state of emergency, introduced after last November’s terror attacks. The state of emergency, which effectively suspends the rule of law in France, was supposed to last for 3 months, but President Hollande has extended it by another 3 months. Yesterday the French parliament voted to extend it again by another 2 months. Here’s a piece from Press TV that was broadcast last weekend…

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Fraud And Forced Adoption

People laugh at me when I tell them that to all intents and purposes Britain is now a police state. Still not convinced..? Howabout the Conservative party election expenses scandal. This took place during last year’s general election, when up to 29 Conservative candidates are believed to have fiddled their campaign expenses, as revealed by Channel 4 in what is thesedays a very rare piece of investigative reporting. This is now being looked into by the Electoral Commission and 10 police forces. The Conservatives won the 2015 general election with a slim majority of 18. If the 29 Conservative MPs are found guilty of election fraud – and there’s every likelihood of that – it will mean that each seat will have to be contested again. This could mean that the present Conservative government will no longer be the government.

Now, I think most people would consider this to be a huge story, the biggest scandal in modern-day politics, but has it been widely reported..? Nope, particularly in the run-up to last week’s local elections. The Conservative election expenses fraud has been reported in the MSM, but only in coy copy buried away in the back pages. Media Lens have recently done a very good two-parter on how the mainstream media operates. It doesn’t directly address the Conservative election expenses scandal, but it does show how the propaganda arm of the UK police state works.

Still not convinced..? Howabout the forced adoption scandal, which is all about corruption and making money. If you’re not familiar with forced adoption I’d strongly advise you to watch this recent ITV documentary. If this isn’t a corrupt police state I don’t know what is…

Further info about forced adoption and help can be found here.

Update: for a brief moment today the Guardian featured this prominently; no reader’s comments allowed, of course…

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/may/13/tory-election-expenses

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Homo Insaniens

The Pacific Ocean is by far the largest body of water on the planet and covers one third of the Earth’s surface. Billions of people rely on the Pacific as a source of protein. Millions of people rely on the Pacific as a source of employment. But the Pacific Ocean is now not-so-slowly dying. There are wildlife mass extinctions taking place the like of which have never been seen before in history. I’ve been making posts about the death of the Pacific for quite a few years now. What’s worrying just recently is that these wildlife die-offs are getting exponentially worse. Here’s some of the latest reports…

Why Are Chilean Beaches Covered With Dead Animals?

Millions of dead fish wash up on Vietnam’s coast in huge environmental disaster

Alaska’s massive seabird die-off spreads to Katmai National Park

What is the cause of these unprecedented die-offs..? One clue might be that they first started happening over four years ago on the west coast of North America, where the fisheries have now all but been wiped out. The west coast of North America is downstream and downwind of Japan.

Fukushima: for more than five years now three full-size commercial nuclear reactors have been in complete and ongoing meltdown. Nothing meaningful is being done to try to re-mediate the situation at Fukushima. There’s no international effort. Instead there’s a media blackout and business as usual attitude. Mind you, does the sorry story of Fukushima make any difference in the grand scheme of things..? Here’s part of a speech that President Kennedy gave in 1960…

“It is true that the amount of radiation created by bomb tests so far offers no serious threat to the well-being or existence of mankind as a whole. But it is also true that there is no amount of radiation so small that it has no ill effects at all on anybody. There is actually no such thing as a minimum permissible dose. Perhaps we are talking about only a very small number of individual tragedies – the number of atomic age children with cancer, the new victims of leukemia, the damage to skin tissues here and reproductive systems there – perhaps these are too small to measure with statistics. But they nevertheless loom very large indeed in human and moral terms.

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

Kennedy’s military advisors were lying to him. In 2009 the European Committee on Radiation Risk (ECRR) released a detailed report which showed that the fallout from the nuclear age has killed more than 60 million people (here), which is mass murder on an unprecedented scale; and the legacy of the nuclear weapons programmes continues to kill people. For example, there’s a huge amount of radioactive crap that is still knocking around from the Manhattan Project, which took place more than 70 years ago. Most famously there’s Hanford, in Washington state, which produced the plutonium for the Manhattan Project and is known as the most contaminated place on Earth.

Much more recently, and much less well known, is the West Lake landfill site in St Louis, Missouri. West Lake contains a huge amount of radioactive crap from the Manhattan project. It adjoins a regular landfill that’s been on fire for more than five years now. They can’t put the fire out. The following diagram shows the layout…

West Lake landfill

The fire in the regular landfill is heading towards the nuclear waste landfill, and if it reaches it and sets it on fire it will be goodbye St Louis. I will be making a more detailed post about West Lake sometime soon. I mention it in passing here because it’s just like Fukushima, just like Hanford: a major disaster that the authorities are doing diddly squat to alleviate; and of course all this has come about just so that the grown men can incinerate countless millions of people at the push of a button.

If that’s not insanity I don’t know what is.

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The T-Tip Tiptoe

This morning Greenpeace Netherlands released a package of leaked Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiation texts. The documents run to 248 pages of legal gobbledy gook and can be found here. The accompanying Greenpeace press release can be found here. For those that don’t know, TTIP is a trade deal between the USA and the EU that’s currently under negotiation. Greenpeace’s release today of negotiation texts is the biggest leak since Wikileaks published part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the sister trade deal that the USA has already negotiated with 12 Pacific rim countries. The TTIP negotiations are being carried out in complete secrecy, but from what’s leaked out it appears that TTIP is the most egregious assault on civil liberties in history, and will have a profound effect on everything from national sovereignty to workers rights to digital freedoms. It is, in effect, a corporate coup d’etat.

There’s nothing new about corporate greed, but what’s breathtaking about these trade deals is the complicity of high level officials. Governments negotiate trade deals: Barack Obama, David Cameron, François Hollande, Angela Merkel, et al, they all know what TTIP really involves and are completely betraying the people who elected them. The fact that TTIP is being negotiated in total secrecy perhaps shows that this is high level treason. Until today’s leak by Greenpeace, elected representatives were only able to view TTIP documents under guard, in a secure room, without access to expert consultation, while being forbidden from discussing the content with anyone else.

I only wish I were making this up.

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