The Guinea Pig in the Room

Last week there was another bizarre twist in the Salisbury poisoning affair, in that two guinea pigs belonging to Sergei Skripal died and his cat had to be put down after they were left in his home for weeks without food or water. As usual, you really couldn’t make this stuff up, could you. Likewise, with the present mad rush to World War Three; but amid all the doom and gloom there are some bright spots, and one of them (perhaps surprisingly) is Rupert Murdoch: earlier this month Gary Aitkenhead, the chief executive at Porton Down, said that Porton Down scientists could not confirm that the ‘chemical weapon’ used in Salisbury came from Russia. This information destroyed the official narrative. At the time some people remarked that it seemed strange that Aitkenhead did not reveal this information at a press conference. He did so in an exclusive interview with Sky News.

For many a year George Galloway has had the Friday late evening slot on UK TalkRadio. Since last week Galloway has been on five nights a week, standing in for another presenter, and that will continue all this week. Galloway is very outspoken and has called out both the Salisbury poisoning and last weekend’s ‘chemical attack’ in Syria as false flags. Galloway describes his show as the last remaining free and open space in the mainstream media, and he often thanks his boss, Rupert Murdoch, for giving him such a platform.

Yesterday Fox News in the USA were banging on and on about the chemical attack in Syria, and the need to do something about it. This blanket coverage then suddenly stopped, as if a switch had been thrown, and then yesterday evening Tucker Carlson came out with this:

I never thought I’d get George Galloway and Tucker Carlson in the same blog post!

We live in strange times…

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On the Cusp

As I type this on a Sunday afternoon in western Europe, President Trump is in the middle of one of his Twitter storms. Here’s one of his Tweets:

The ‘chemical weapons attack’ this weekend in Douma, Syria is another blatant false flag that was predicted by the Russians last month, coming in the wake of the even more idiotic Salisbury poisoning false flag. The problem is that President Trump is not very intelligent and gets much of his information from Fox News, and Trump has surrounded himself with warmongering psychopaths. Judging by his Tweets this afternoon, Trump might order a cruise missile strike on central Damascus. If that happens the Russians have stated that they will respond in kind. I wonder if we’ll all still be here tomorrow? One can only hope that there will be some kind of civil uprising or military coup in the USA before the nukes start flying.

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Pricks

I know this is not scientific, yet listening to a lot of UK phone-in shows today I would say that somewhere between 70% and 80% of the callers do not believe the official narrative about the Salisbury poisoning affair, and bear in mind that these radio stations try their best to screen these callers. Never in my lifetime have I witnessed such rumblings from the public, not even in the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Even more incredible, there seems to be a similar thing happening within parts of the Establishment, as evidenced yesterday when the head honcho of Porton Down, the appropriately named Mr Aitkenhead, gave a press conference in which he said that Porton Down scientists could not confirm that the ‘chemical weapon’ used in Salisbury came from Russia. This statement showed the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to be a complete liar (yet again), and has cast grave doubts on the already shaky Theresa May government, a government that I predict will be gone by the end of this coming June, following disastrous local election results in May and continuing fall out from the Salisbury poisoning false flag. This, despite the fact that the presstitutes give the Tories a free ride. What can I say about this bunch of appendages…

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Dave Allen – May Your God Go with You

On this Easter holiday weekend this post is in no way meant to be disrespectful of those with religious beliefs. We are living in completely mad times – possibly end times – and I feel it’s important to try and keep some perspective, some sanity, and humour is a very good way of doing that. When I was growing-up in the UK in the 1970s an Irish comedian called Dave Allen was a big star. Allen’s act was typified by a relaxed, rueful and intimate style. He sat on a high bar stool facing his audience, smoking and occasionally sipping from a glass of what he always allowed people to assume was whiskey, but was in fact merely ginger ale with ice. At the time he was Britain’s most controversial comedian, regularly provoking indignation at his frequent highlighting of political hypocrisy and his disregard for religious authority. With regard to his mockery of power and religion, in 1998 Allen said this:

The hierarchy of everything in my life has always bothered me. I’m bothered by power. People, whoever they might be, whether it’s the government, or the policeman in the uniform, or the man on the door – they still irk me a bit. From school, from the first nun that belted me – people used to think of the nice sweet little ladies … they used to knock the fuck out of you, in the most cruel way that they could. They’d find bits of your body that were vulnerable to intense pain – grabbing you by the ear, or by the nose, and lift you, and say ‘Don’t cry!’ It’s very hard not to cry. I mean, not from emotion, but pain. The priests were the same. And I sit and watch politicians with great cynicism, total cynicism.

At the end of his act, Dave Allen always raised his glass and quietly toasted his audience with the words: “Goodnight, thank you, and may your God go with you”.

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Who’s This Kim Jong Un Geezer?

The Global Times newspaper is a mouthpiece of the Chinese government. It’s just done a quite lengthy report about Kim Jong Un’s visit to China. Here’s some parts of it:

Xi said Kim’s current visit to China, which came at a special time and was of great significance, fully embodied the great importance that Comrade Chairman and the WPK Central Committee have attached to the relations between the two countries and the two parties.

At present, the Korean Peninsula situation is developing rapidly and many important changes have taken place, Kim said, adding that he felt he should come in time to inform Comrade General Secretary Xi Jinping in person the situation out of comradeship and moral responsibility.

The two sides informed each other of their respective domestic situation. Xi said the 19th CPC National Congress had drawn a grand blueprint for building China into a great modern socialist country in all respects — building a moderately prosperous society in all respects by 2020, having basically achieved modernization by 2035 and building a great modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious, and beautiful by the middle of the century.”

The issue of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula can be resolved, if south Korea and the United States respond to our efforts with goodwill, create an atmosphere of peace and stability while taking progressive and synchronous measures for the realization of peace,” said Kim.

China has repeatedly stated that if North Korea is attacked it will come to its aid. This of course comes just as a complete lunatic called John Bolton has been appointed as President Trump’s national security advisor, a lunatic who openly calls for the pre-emptive bombing of North Korea. What could possibly go wrong? Actually, I’m still optimistic about things, despite the fact that we’ve been put on a war footing by the psychopaths who rule us. Having said that, though, the psychopaths have all but crushed the anti-war movements. Back in 2003 it was a different matter, when the biggest anti-war demonstration in human history took place in more than 800 cities around the world. There were more than one million protesters on the streets of London; three million on the streets of Rome; etc. The psychopaths still took us to war in Iraq, though. The difference between then and now is that back in 2003 the internet was still a minority sport, whereas in 2018 just about everyone is connected to the free flow of information.

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The Liberation of East Ghouta

On yesterday’s Sunday Wire podcast Patrick Henningsen interviewed Vanessa Beeley for the best part of an hour. Beeley is on the ground in Syria and reports on the last of the western-backed terrorists to be removed from the Damascus suburb of East Ghouta. This effectively means that ISIS & Co have been totally defeated in Syria, by the Syrians, the Russians and the Iranians. Our western media constantly tell us about how evil these twerrible twerrorists are, yet they don’t seem to be reporting this defeat. Mind you, they did report widely on the ISIS ‘terror attack’ in France last week, which by funny coincidence occurred one day after riots in Paris against the Macron regime. The defeat of ISIS & Co in Syria is a major blow to the American Empire, as is the launch today of the petro-yuan. The big worry is how the American Empire will react to these things, particularly since The Donald has now surrounded himself with a bunch of absolute psychos. As per, you really couldn’t make this stuff up.

The following is a 12 minute segment from the interview Henningsen did yesterday with Beeley. For once I’ll keep my big mouth shut and will let this clip speak for itself…

The complete interview can be found here (it starts at about 32 minutes in).

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Could You Fall in Love with Frankenstein?

This week the likes of Paul Craig Roberts and Peter Koenig have been very critical of the Russian response to the latest round of Russophobia coming from the West, in the wake of the totally ridiculous false flag that was the Salisbury poisoning affair. Roberts and Koenig and many others think that the Russians should have reacted more strongly to the wave of false accusations and insults coming from the West. Well, in my opinion the problem here is that when it comes to the American Empire the Russians, and the Chinese, are dealing with complete psychopaths. As I often say, it’s like a demented Frankenstein stomping around the world leaving behind mountains of death and destruction, a demented Frankenstein that’s dressed-up like Bambi by the biggest propaganda machine in history.

How do you deal with psychopaths who are in possession of the biggest military machine ever seen, which includes thousands of thermo-nuclear weapons..? I would say, very, very carefully, which is what the Russians and the Chinese have been trying to do. However, of late both the Russian and Chinese governments have issued very strong warnings that they are no longer going to tolerate the demented Frankenstein. The latest warning from the Chinese government came yesterday, with regard to American interference in Taiwan. This is against the backdrop of the petro-yuan which is going to be launched next week. The petro yuan will mean the demise of the petro-dollar, and it’s the petro-dollar that feeds the demented Frankenstein. Will the Frankenstein listen to these warnings? no, of course not, because it’s totaly demented and thinks that World War Three will be a walk in the park.

The only hope I see is if the ordinary people in the American Empire say that enough is enough. I don’t see this happening in America itself, because the people are so propagandised it’s a wonder they can still function as normal human beings. However, the false flag in Salisbury earlier this month is another matter. On Monday I did an airport run, to pick-up a relative who had flown in from the UK. She’s a Daily Mail reader, and all the rest of it, and yet was saying that the Salisbury poisoning and resulting attacks on Russia were ridiculous and a disgrace, risking a major war. Many, many people in the UK are now thinking this way, helped on by the five-year-olds on LSD, such as defence secretary Gavin Williamson and foreign secretary Boris Johnson.

Former British ambassador Craig Murray has done stirling work on the Salisbury poisoning false flag and as a result has come under heavy attack, both on a personal level and with attempts to take down his web site. If the Theresa May government falls as a result of the Salisbury poisoning false flag it will be like giving the Frankenstein a frontal lobotomy. It might just prevent the next world war.

Note: I appreciate that Frankenstein by the New York Dolls will not be everyone’s cup of tea. I include it here because it was released decades before 9/11. Listen to the lyrics.

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Gwenno Saunders – Cornish Psych-Pop

I need a break from all the madness that’s going on at the moment. So, Gwenno Saunders was born in Cardiff in 1981. Her father is a noted Cornish poet and her mother is a Welsh activist. As a result Gwenno is fluent in both the Cornish and Welsh languages. Earlier this month Gwenno released her second solo album, called ‘Le Kov’ (‘place of memory’). The album is sung entirely in Cornish, but don’t let that put you off. The first single to be released from the album is called Tir Ha Mor (‘Land and Sea’). The song is a soaring tribute to Peter Lanyon, a St. Ives school painter who learned to fly a glider to observe the landscape, dying while doing so in 1964…

From the age of 5 Gwenno attended the Seán Éireann-McMahon Academy of Irish Dance and by the age of 17 she was a cast member of Michael Flatley’s productions of Lord Of The Dance, playing a lead role in a Las Vegas production. In 2001 she had a role in the Welsh language soap opera Pobol y Cwm on S4C, for whom she would later host her own programme Ydy Gwenno’n Gallu…? This next song from ‘Le Kov’ is called Jynn-amontya (‘Computer’). Gwenno describes this piece as a love song of sorts, inspired by the use of a computer program that could decode linguistic patterns by scrolling through old Cornish texts…
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They’re Gonna Get Us All Killed

“I’ve never seen anything like it” is an oft used term thesedays. The latest jaw-dropper is the Sergei Skripal poisoning case, where Colonel Mustard seems to have done it in the Library with the Lead Pipe. On Monday prime minister Theresa May made a statement to the Commons in which she all but declared war on Russia, a country bristling with nuclear weapons…

If you watched the above news report you would have noticed the total bias against Russia and the complete acceptance of the official narrative. What the report didn’t touch upon is that in the aftermath of May’s statement there’s been calls to ban RT (Russia Today) from the UK airwaves (they tried to do this last year by freezing RT’s UK bank account). This is part of a massive clampdown on the so-called ‘alternate media’, a clampdown that’s really geared-up over the last year. When you get this level of censorship combined with a tidal wave of propaganda and hysteria it usually means only one thing: war.

The Sergei Skripal poisoning case comes as a reply to Putin’s state of the union address earlier this month, in which Putin once again stated that Russia will no longer tolerate American hegemony, and then he listed some of the new weapons that Russia has developed, which he claimed were far superior to anything the West has. The plot thickened earlier this week when the American UN ambassador Nikki Hailey threatened that her country would bomb the government quarter of Damascus, to ‘save the poor little children from Evil Assad’s barrel bombs and chemical weapons’ (see my ‘war’ link above). This would involve bombing a large number of Russian troops and personnel and Russia has stated that if it happens it will retaliate in kind. Whether you believe the anti-Russian propaganda or not is beside the point here. We are on the tipping point of World War Three, and it’s the West who are pushing us there with reckless abandon (and principle in that is the absolute cockroaches in the mainstream media).

The prevailing lunacy was on show today in the House of Commons, when prime minister Theresa May gave a statement in which amongst other things she said “There is no alternative conclusion other than the Russian state was responsible for the attempted murder of Mr Skripal and his daughter” (here). In the Q & A there was the usual Pavlovian response from the dolts who make up our body politic. I didn’t watch all of the Q & A, but from what I did see only two MPs said that there should be some concrete evidence that the Russian state was behind the poisoning before taking highly provocative action. These were the Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and the Conservative MP Alec Shelbrooke. Both were roundly booed by the dolts for trying to bring some sanity into all the hysteria.

I’ve never seen anything like it.

Editing in: listening to UK radio phone-in shows this evening it’s obvious that the psychos have completely lost control of the narrative. People are no longer buying into the bullshit. It will be interesting to see how the psychos try to manage this.

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Fukushima 7th Anniversary

I wish I could say that a lot has happened in the last seven years with regard to Fukushima, but alas I can’t. It needed a huge international effort to try to contain the disaster. Instead we’ve had incompetence, massive political corruption and an almost complete news blackout of all things Fukushima. News does still get through, though. Here’s some of the latest, from the South China Morning post. You won’t find any reporting like this in the western media:

Cancer rates in children are sky high, radioactive rubbish is piling up and radiation levels are rising. Yet the government bails out the plant’s operator – even as it announces a profit and plans to resume seaside operations

I remember 11th March 2011 quite well. We were approaching our second season of running the house as a gite. A swimming pool would be good for business. We couldn’t afford the full works, and so went for a smallish above ground pool. The ideal place for the pool would have been in the back garden. Problem being, there were overhead power lines in the back garden, and in France by law a swimming pool has to be at least thirty metres from overhead lines. The only place we could put the pool was at the back of the house, where the remains of the old stables were. There was also a small barn adjoining the house. We decided to partially demolish the barn, using the resulting rubble to create a terrace two metres above ground level. This terrace would overlook the above ground swimming pool. The roof of the barn was in a very bad state of repair. I didn’t fancy climbing up there to demolish it so I got my fearless mate Vince to help me with the works.

While me and Vince were working at the back of the house we would listen to France Bleu, the local network, blaring out music on the radio. The news bulletins on 11th March were all about the massive Tohoku earthquake that had occurred off the coast of Japan. It was a major disaster that killed nearly 20,000 people. Then the news bulletins began talking about a nuclear power plant in Japan that had been badly damaged by the earthquake. It was the first time that I had heard the word ‘Fukushima’.

On March 14th 2011 there was a massive explosion in the Fukushima Daiichi reactor No.3 building. I watched footage of it on tv and knew that was it: there was no way that the reactor vessel could have survived an explosion of such magnitude, and reactor No.3 had been running MOX fuel, that’s recycled fuel which is incredibly radioactive. In the following days there were smaller explosions in the buildings of reactor No.1 and reactor No.4, and smoke was seen coming from the reactor No.2 building. In the event, reactors 1, 2 and 3 had gone into complete meltdown. This was a first: the human race had never faced such a situation before.

It was quite damp that March. A few weeks after the earthquake in Japan the first radioactive plumes from Fukushima began arriving in Europe. The French government advised their citizens to avoid rain water and certain vegetables. At the time me and Vince were still working at the back of the house, in the rain. Most governments tried to pretend that the Fukushima nightmare was not happening. If you want an idea of just how contaminated Japan now is see my post Corporatism, Calamity and Fukushima.

Since I’m in anecdote mode, in the Spring of 1986 a friend and I were hiking in the far north of Scotland, the stretch of coast that runs from Wick in the east to Cape Wrath in the west. This was a week or so after reactor No.4 blew-up at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. One night we camped beside a small loch near the Kyle of Tongue. I remember waking up the next morning to find the landscape littered with dead birds. There were thousands of them, mostly seagulls. That was more than 30 years ago and it’s only quite recently that the ban on sale of livestock in certain parts of the UK has been lifted (see here). Reactor No.4 at Chernobyl suffered a partial meltdown that was contained in a matter of weeks at great loss of life, and it was less than half the size of each of the three reactors at Fukushima, three reactors that are still in complete and ongoing meltdown seven years later. To make matters worse, there’s a huge amount of spent fuel stored at the Fukushima site, more than 30 years worth of it (in the nuclear industry spent fuel is stored on site because they don’t know what else to do with it).

Depressing, innit. It’s been notable that since the fifth anniversary in 2016 of the Fukushima disaster the anti-nuke community has become a lot less vocal. Usual suspects, such as ENE News and Fukushima Diary, who during those first five years were prolific, now barely publish a trickle of news about Fukushima. This is partly due to the almost total media blackout of the reality in Japan, but it’s also due to what I call ‘Fukushima fatigue’: the authorities aren’t going to do anything meaningful to alleviate the disaster, and most people either don’t care or don’t understand what’s going on. As a result many anti-nuke activists are burnt out with it all. On this seventh anniversary even hardcore anti-nukers like Dana Durnford and Kevin Blanch are beginning to despair…

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Babylonian Poetry

One of the many interesting things about the Sumer civilisation is that it doesn’t get as much attention as the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians, despite the fact that Sumer was the oldest known human civilisation, having arisen some 7000 years ago in Mesopotamia, the fertile region between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in what is now modern day Iraq. Another interesting thing is that the Sumerians stayed mostly in Mesopotamia (which is a relatively small region). The Sumer civilisation had incredible technology and lasted some two and a half thousand years; plenty of time to go empire building, but they didn’t. Instead they were too busy inventing the wheel, copper and bronze working, the arch, sailboats, lunar calendars, sundials, saws, chisels, hammers, rivets, sickles, hoes, glue, swords and scabbards, harnesses, armor, musical instruments, chariots, the kiln, building bricks, the pottery wheel, printing, plows, metal cooking pots, and beer, more than 30 varieties of beer. Sumerian innovation is what launched the human race into what is laughingly called ‘the modern age’, and they did it while the rest of the world was still in the Stone Age.

But there’s more: the Sumerians also invented the fundamental aspects of civilization, such as writing, arithmetic, geometry, monumental architecture (as part of large cities), irrigation systems and large scale farming, sewage systems, schools, dictionaries, literature, realistic human portraiture, business accounting, the division of labor and professional armies. Sumerian mathematics are particularly staggering. They used the sexagesimal number system, based on the number 60, rather than the simpler decimal system that we use today. Sumerian mathematics is why we still divide a circle into 360 degrees, and their invention of lunar calendars and sundials is why an hour has sixty minutes, and all the rest of it. Remember, this was all at least “twenty centuries before Julius Caesar, sixteen centuries before Socrates and seven centuries before Tutankhamen” (link).

There’s still much mystery surrounding the Sumerians. No one really knows where they came from. Their civilisation appeared as if out of nowhere. This also follows with the language they used and its written form, which is known as Cuneiform. Once again the roots of this language have never been properly traced. These things, and everything else that’s known about the Sumerians, has led many to speculate that there’s some kind of extraterrestrial connection. The following photo shows statuettes from the Ubaid period, the prehistoric era of the Sumerians…

The Sumerians’ Cuneiform gave us the world’s oldest poem, which is called The Epic of Gilgamesh and was written 4000 years ago, during the final years of the Sumer civilisation (some of the world’s religious stuff – the Koran, Bible and Torah – came out of this). The Epic of Gilgamesh is written on clay tablets. It’s only relatively recently (late 19th century) that anyone has been able to figure out how to understand the ancient Sumerian language. The clay tablets tell the story of Gilgamesh, king of Uruk, and Enkidu, a wild man created by the gods to stop Gilgamesh from oppressing the people of Uruk. Here’s some translated lines from Tablet 1 of The Epic of Gilgamesh, written 4000 years ago. It’s all about Enkidu getting laid:

Shamhat unfastened the cloth of her loins,
she bared her sex and he took in her charms.
She did not recoil, she took in his scent:
she spread her clothing and he lay upon her.

She did for the man the work of a woman,
his passion caressed and embraced her.
For six days and seven nights
Enkidu was erect, as he coupled with Shamhat.

When with her delights he was fully sated,
he turned his gaze to his herd.
The gazelles saw Enkidu, they started to run,
the beasts of the field shied away from his presence.

https://genius.com/Epic-of-gilgamesh-tablet-1-the-coming-of-enkidu-annotated

Have I mentioned that the Sumerians were very licentious and worshiped things like masturbation and anal sex?

I won’t go into more detail about this ancient poem. I’ll leave that to Andrew George, Professor of Babylonian at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. I just love it when these experts get totally enthused about what are quite obscure subjects, despite the fact that I don’t always understand what they’re talking about. Andrew George even speaks some Sumerian during his lecture, a language that hasn’t been spoken for many, many thousands of years…

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I Burn But I Am Not Consumed

For such a relatively small country (population just over 5 million) Scotland has always had an enormous amount of musical talent. I’ll kick off with Annie Lennox and a track called Little Bird. This is from her 1992 solo début album, ‘Diva’, which was a commercial and critical success and got to No.1 in the UK charts. Annie Lennox is, arguably, one of the greatest singers of modern times…

A change of style now, with a piece by The Karine Polwart Trio called I Burn But I Am Not Consumed. This was first performed in January 2017 at the Celtic Connections festival, which took place in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. The Karine Polwart Trio were the opening act and I Burn But I Am Not Consumed was the first song they played. The piece had been specially written for a certain Mr Trump, who was due to be inaugurated the following day…

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If interested you can find the video of this performance here.

Next up, Edwyn Collins and a track called Falling And Laughing, which is one of my all-time favourite songs (it’s the guitar rift that always gets me). Released in 1980, it was the debut single by the band, ‘Orange Juice’. Incidentally, in early 2005 Collins suffered a brain haemorrhage and was rushed into the Royal Free Hospital in London. While in intensive care he had a second haemorrhage. The doctors said that Collins chances of survival were practically nil, but survive he did after undergoing a lengthy operation. He was left paralysed on the right hand side and had difficulty speaking. There followed years of rehabilitation that he is still undergoing. Edwyn Collins is now making music again and you can find my post about him here. The amazing thing is that although Collins could barely speak he could still sing perfectly well. The mysteries of the brain, ay.
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More About the Five-Year-Olds on LSD

In September 2015 President Putin made a speech to the UN General Assembly. It was the first time he had done so in ten years. Putin’s speech was quite extraordinary. He suggested that Russia would no longer tolerate American hegemony – ie, Uncle Sam stomping around the world like a demented Frankenstein – and with regard to Syria he asked the assembled stoney-faced western delegates: “what have you done?!” By this time it was well-known that Saudi Arabia and Qatar were funding and arming ISIS. Now Putin hinted that the West was also helping ISIS. Shortly after Putin made that speech the Russians intervened in Syria.

In early February of this year the USA announced its new Nuclear Posture Review (NPR). Amongst other things the new NPR lists non-nuclear attacks that could constitute grounds for US nuclear retaliation. Under the new NPR, a conventional attack which results in mass casualties (9/11, anyone) or targets key infrastructure could trigger a nuclear response. This is on top of the USA’s long standing first strike policy and a massive build-up of US nuclear forces which was started by President Obama.

This week we’ve had the Russian response to the USA’s new NPR, when President Putin gave a speech at the Valdai International Discussion Club. There’s been much comment about this speech, so I won’t go into it too much in this post (you can find a good round-up of the speech here). I’ll just say that Putin once again stated that Russia will no longer tolerate American hegemony, and then surprisingly he listed some of the new weapons that Russia has developed:

Speaking in a nationally televised address to the country’s political elite weeks before the presidential election, Putin showed video and animations of ICBMs, nuclear-powered cruise missiles, underwater drones and other weapons that he said Russia had developed as a result of the US pulling out of the 1972 anti-ballistic missile treaty signed with the Soviet Union.

Putin was claiming that the Russian military is now far superior to the American military (which is probably true, because the American military is effectively privatised and is a complete rip-off of tax payers). This could be construed as a final warning, but will Uncle Sam & Co listen? In a previous post I was banging on about the Russophobia that is sweeping the West. The abysmal level of intellect and rationality displayed by most western politicians and the Media is quite breathtaking. They’re like children, children on drugs. The exemplifier of this is the Lunatic-in-Chief: Trump asked three times in an hour briefing, “Why can’t we use nuclear weapons?… If we have them, why can’t we use them?”

During that UN speech in 2015, Putin said that war between the industrialised nations is now unthinkable. He’s right there: there’s now more than 400 nuclear power plants in the world, and a plethora of oil refineries, chemical plants and the like. Even a ‘limited nuclear exchange’ (if such a thing is possible) would destroy much of this infrastructure. The planet would be poisoned beyond repair. The children don’t seem to get this, though.

The above song is from a much earlier post I made called It’s the end of the world as we know it, a jolly post about end of the world songs.

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The Empire Strikes Back

Yesterday Jeremy Corbyn gave a keynote speech in Coventry, outlining the Labour Party’s position on Brexit. As expected, Corbyn said that the Labour Party wants to retain a customs union. On one level this was a neat bit of political maneuvering, because there’s an ever increasing number of Tory MPs who also want to retain a customs union and are opposed to the so-called ‘hard Brexit’. This could well lead to a fatal split in the Tory party, which could lead to a general election, which could result in Mr Corbyn becoming the next prime minister of the UK. George Osborne, the former chancellor and now editor of the Evening Standard, summed it up fairly well whilst yet again putting the boot in to prime minister Theresa May, who sacked him from government…

On another level what Corbyn said yesterday was quite extraordinary. Here’s some excerpts:

Others want to use Brexit to put rocket boosters under our current economic system’s insecurities and inequalities, turning Britain into a deregulated corporate tax haven with low wages, limited rights, and cut-price public services in what would be a destructive race to the bottom. Labour stands for a completely different future drawing on the best internationalist traditions of the labour movement and our country…

We must work with other countries to advance the cause of human rights to confront the four greatest and interconnected threats facing our common humanity: First, the growing concentration of unaccountable wealth and power in the hands of a tiny corporate elite. We must challenge that working with our European neighbours to stop those who would play one country off against another or those who hide their wealth offshore to avoid paying their dues…

And finally, I want to briefly address the use of unilateral military action and intervention rather than diplomacy and negotiation to resolve disputes and change governments. Let us learn the lessons of Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan and be clear that we will not take our country down the road of regime change wars again.

There’s lots more like this and if interested you can find the full text of Corbyn’s speech here.

What very few are talking about is that Corbyn was diplomatically railing against the American Empire. It’s been many decades since a leader of the opposition and potential prime minister has used such language. The American Empire..? I would say that the head of the snake is the City of London, a throwback from the British Empire’s plunder of the world. I don’t bang on about Zionism and the entity known as Israel on this blog. That’s because it’s all about power and wealth and in my opinion the political centre of the Empire is Washington and its war machine. Oh what a lovely war, and since the end of WW2 there’s been an endless stream of them. When it comes to the leaving the EU debate, it really doesn’t matter whether you’re a Brexiteer or a Remainer, because European nations are now vassal states of the American Empire, with the UK being the premier poodle. These vassal states are easier to control under the banner of the EU, hence the massive push by the presstitutes and the Establishment to overturn Brexit. As proof of this vassal status look at when the Empire started bombing Syria in September 2014. It caused the biggest refugee crisis in Europe since the Second World War, changing the face of Europe forever, yet not one of these little lickspittles in London, Paris, Berlin, etc, raised a voice against it, because they are all total traitors bought and paid for by Washington.

Jeremy Corbyn is aware of all this, and as such is a very brave man: if you go against the Empire it will strike back, viciously. It doesn’t really matter if you’re on the left or right of politics. You can point to the CIA coup against Harold Wilson (note the author of this article) or the attempt to assassinate Charles de Gaulle. It’s even worse for Corbyn because the Empire is now in its death throes, and we all know how dangerous a wounded beast can be.

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When A Nation Goes Insane

Last month the UK Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson claimed that a Russian attack on the UK’s critical infrastructure could cause “thousands and thousands and thousands of deaths”. This comes on top of Prime Minister Theresa May accusing Moscow of military aggression and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson saying there was evidence showing Russian meddling in Western elections. Then we have once respected newspapers like the Guardian, which in the aftermath of the Snowden revelations in 2013 has become a CIA tool pumping out childish propaganda. They’re like five-year-olds on LSD, and it’s all part of the wave of Russophobia that’s sweeping the western world, Russophobia that’s starting to make 1950s McCarthyism look like a boy scout’s outing. In a similar vein, this week there’s been yet another demolition job on Jeremy Corbyn, with the likes of the Sun and the Daily Mail accusing him of helping Czechoslovakia to spy on Britain during the Cold War:

These accusations were of course quickly debunked by numerous sources. Comrade Corbyn himself made quite a good job of rebuffing this latest smear campaign:

You have to go to the other side of the Pond to see all this madness in full bloom. There’s a joke doing the rounds at the moment about the Rachel Maddow Show, which goes: if you take a shot of vodka everytime Maddow mentions Russia you’ll be dead in 20 minutes. Then we have Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump & Co’s supposed collusion with the Russians, the latest of which is so pathetic that I can’t even be bothered going into it here.

I’m trying to make light of this new McCarthyism but of course there’s a very serious and dangerous aspect to it all when a nation – or at least, a section of a nation – goes quite literally insane. As examples of this you could point to the Nazis in Germany, the Cultural Revolution in China or the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. With regard to this new McCarthyism it’s amazing how intelligent, once rational people get swept-up in it (and I know quite a few in my own little orbit). Even the likes of Bernie Sanders are not immune. The hysteria, the madness is like an infection. The bottom line here is that you don’t know what these lunatics are going to do next. The NATO encroachment on Russia’s borders and the situation in Syria are bad enough, but in my humble opinion it’s China that’s the biggest worry. In a post last November I was banging on about the petro-yuan and the Shanghai International Energy Exchange, in which countries will be able to trade oil in the Chinese yuan currency. At the time it was thought that the Shanghai International Energy Exchange would open for business in December, but instead they carried out another dry run of the system. However, there’s now recently been an official announcement by the Chinese government saying that the petro-yuan will be up and running next month. This will mean the demise of the petro-dollar, and without the petro-dollar the US of A is effectively fucked (all of the world’s oil is currently traded in dollars, which gives the USA tremendous financial clout). Some experts say that it will take a long time for the petro-yuan to overtake the petrodollar. Such opinion might be propaganda. Who knows? It seems certain that the likes of Russia, Iran, and Venezuela – who are some of the world’s biggest oil producers – will switch to the petro-yuan. Also, many are predicting that the schitzo economic system in the West is on the verge of collapsing again. If that happens what effect will it have on whether producers trade oil in dollars or yuan?

The petro-yuan will mean the end of American hegemony and the psychos in Washington, all swept up in the new McCarthyism, will do anything to prevent it, including a full scale war with China. The Lunatic-in-Chief has already threatened to incinerate 26 million North Koreans. These McCarthyite people are all totally mad. The world can only hope that the USA undergoes a Soviet-style collapse and things will settle out relatively peacefully. The signs of such a collapse are already quite stark.

Sleep well tonight.

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