Monday, December 29, 2008
If I had devoted as much time and energy to something useful I'd probably be fluent in about five or six languages
Of all the campaigns and wars I studied, one conflict struck a particular chord in my impressionable, totally fucking naive teenage brain...
The story of the plucky state of Israel...
- The three million against the two hundred million.
- A handful of desperate refugees, armed with nothing but some rusty WW2 surplus, living with the constant threat of being wiped off the face of the Earth by the Communist-armed Arab hordes
- A nation of citizen-soldiers who just wanted to grow oranges but who, in a stroke of righteous irony, reluctantly mastered the techniques of Nazi blitzkrieg to save themselves from ultimate annihilation
From an indoctrinated teenage war geek's point of view, the Six Day War was an impressive and inspirational feat of arms
Especially when you remember how those pesky Arabs were preparing to douse Israel with rockets armed with poison gas
I totally bought it 100%. Hook, Line and Sinker. The whole myth
And why shouldn't I?
I didn't know any Muslims or Arabs and the Jews I knew seemed alright to me
And all the books, films and television I saw told the same story
But when I got a little older I started asking myself some questions the books, the films and the television didn't seem to cover...
- What had the Arabs to do with the Jewish Holocaust?
- What right did the Israelis have to Palestine in the first place?
- Why was it that Jews, of all people, thought that recreating Lidice or Oradour-sur-Glane in Palestine was the way to go about solving anything?
- Wasn't the expression 'Never Again?' supposed to apply to everyone?
It also started to become clear, as I did some more grown-up study, that the Israelis weren't quite as outgunned as I was told they were, quite the opposite
And then I found out about stuff like the King David Hotel Bombing, the attack on the USS Liberty, the Lavon Affair, the Balfour Declaration and all the other staples of Anti-Zionist lore
Much of that anti-Zionist lore stands up to critical scrutiny a lot better than any of the Zionist bollocks I was fed as a kid
I still feel, years later, like a complete dick for believing so much propaganda
The news, after the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, that the executioners had been trained by Israelis was just the icing on the cake.
After all, the Israelis have had sixty years of solid experience of really getting to the heart of what it takes to prevent terrorism. Anyone who doesn't want London to have that carefree, at ease with itself, Tel Aviv vibe just has to be bonkers
Short of some kind of Apocalypse, the state of Israel is not going away (and yes there are some loonytunes Christian Zionist whackjobs who are banking on just that eventuality)
But, personally speaking, I don't want to see any Apocalypses or the annihilation of nations.
Some small, tiny little, tweaks to the way the Israeli state goes about doing things; such as losing the racist apartheid shit and not bombing the crap out of people as part of some deranged, futile exercise in collective punishment, would be just fucking peachy though
Sunday, December 28, 2008
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Saturday, December 20, 2008
Like all intelligent people, I greatly dislike Christmas. It revolts me to see a whole nation refrain from music for weeks together in order that every man may rifle his neighbour’s pockets under cover of a ghastly general pretence of festivity. It is really an atrocious institution, this Christmas. We must be gluttonous because it is Christmas. We must be drunken because it is Christmas. We must be insincerely generous; we must buy things that nobody wants, and give them to people we don’t like; we must go to absurd entertainments that make even our little children satirical; we must writhe under venal officiousness from legions of freebooters, all because it is Christmas – that is, because the mass of the population, including the all-powerful middle-class tradesman, depends on a week of license and brigandage, waste and intemperance, to clear off its outstanding liabilities at the end of the year.
- George Bernard Shaw
An interesting man, Shaw, and a nice example of how, if you're not careful, pursuing a lifelong belief in social justice and equality can end up with you supporting, and making excuses for, some right shits
Friday, December 19, 2008
At least a couple of times a day now I have to do a double check halfway through reading a news story just to remind myself which site I'm actually on
Here's today's most recent example...
Being shit at making predictions has never stopped them before. And it has certainly proved to be no impediment to the Bank of England, the Meteorological Office, the Intelligence Services and just about every other fucker out there who's been earning a tidy living churning out dishonest bullshit
For 'Too difficult' read 'We could make an objective, rigorous prediction but it's not the objective, rigorous prediction we're paid to make and we can't even pretend the lie is true anymore. So we're packing up and starting Christmas early, bye. PS UK house prices are fucked'
Me, I'm confidently predicting that 2009 is going to be a peach
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Hehe, the insane old bastard
What's he doing burying cash when he should have got his hands on some
1 GBP =
Monday, December 15, 2008
Gordon Brown: 75% of UK terror plots originate in Pakistan
Monday 15 December
8:30pm - 9:00pm
BBC1 London & South East
Britain's Terror Heartland
Correspondent Jane Corbin makes the hazardous journey to the frontline in the War on Terror, the remote and forbidding mountains along the Pakistan-Afghan border. This is where some of Britain's 7/7 bombers were trained, where Britain's top terror suspect Rashid Rauf was apparently recently assassinated, and where Osama bin Laden may still be hiding. She meets those fighting on all sides, from US and Pakistani soldiers to would-be suicide bombers.
VIDEO Plus+: 8080 Subtitled, Widescreen
So, unless you're one of those coincidence theorists or you're willing to believe that the British Prime Minister plans his overseas visits to coincide with BBC current affairs programming, what you have here is a clear demonstration of the State Broadcasting Company pushing out propagandist bullshit in support of Establishment warmongering, under the guise of impartial journalism
The economic shit is about to go down.
Some brown people are going to have to get fragged to take our mind off things.
Those spook-ridden c*cks*ckers at the BBC are doing their bit to help make it happen
Sunday, December 14, 2008
- The assault on personal freedoms being made in the name of the bullshit 'War on Terror' is truly global
- If there aren't any Muslims on hand to justify the establishment of a police state framework virtually anyone else will do. And if they're not scary enough they're encouraged to be a bit scarier
Anti-terror squad spies on protest groups
By NICKY HAGER and ANTHONY HUBBARD
Sunday Star Times | Sunday, 14 December 2008
Police teams set up to identify terrorism threats and risks to national security are spying on protest and community groups, including Greenpeace, animal rights and climate change campaigners, and Iraq war protesters.
Police officers from the Special Investigation Group (SIG) have carried out surveillance and used a paid informer to gather information not just about planned protests but the personal lives and sexual relationships of group members.
The police informer, Christchurch man Rob Gilchrist, whose activities are revealed in today's Sunday Star-Times, was a key member of various community groups during the past decade.
He helped arrange protests and was close friends with leading campaigners, and advocated radical and illegal activities by the groups.
Last week he said he was embarrassed and sorry for what he did. The people he spied on were not security threats. "I know they are good people trying to make a better world."
Wellington human rights lawyer Michael Bott said the surveillance of peaceful groups was repugnant and "has shades of Big Brother and Soviet Russia". Surveillance of the personal lives of members of peaceful groups meant the basic right to privacy was being eroded. "It just appears fundamentally abusive and wrong."
Gilchrist was unmasked recently when his animal rights and Labour Party activist girlfriend Rochelle Rees was helping him fix his computer. She stumbled across signs of him passing information about protest groups to an anonymous email address.
This address has since been traced to two SIG officers based at the Christchurch central police station, Detective Peter Gilroy and Detective Sergeant John Sjoberg. Gilchrist privately referred to them as "Uncle Pete" and "Uncle John".
Melbourne newspaper The Age reported a similar case three months ago, where an undercover police officer had infiltrated community groups. He worked in Animal Liberation Victoria, taking part in a midnight raid on a battery hen farm, and helped organise anti-Iraq war demonstrations.
He worked for Australia's similarly named Security Intelligence Group, which is also officially focused on terrorism...
There is, of course, just a little bit of irony about state operatives monitoring NZ Greenpeace for terrorist tendencies when you recall that Greenpeace itself was the victim of state sponsored terrorism when French government agents blew up the Rainbow Warrior twenty years ago
Not that states, especially western democracies, ever actually sponsor terrorism and even if they did we'd know all about every single terrorist act they ever sponsored because we'd read about it in the newspapers. Definitely
Saturday, December 13, 2008
The nights are long and the weather has been terrible
The mainstream reaction, or rather lack of reaction, to the JCdM inquest verdict has been apathetic and accepting of the 'New Normal' that has been imposed on us
Even the most dissonant dipstick must now realise that the UK, and the world, is on the brink of a once in a lifetime economic depression that's going to hurt all of us, with the possibility of something worse
Many apparently unrelated issues appear to be converging towards a point in the not too distant future and, yes, it's bloody depressing
The positive thing is that there's a chance that a critical number of people will be motivated to help make a genuinely better world by the kick up the arse they're about to receive
Provided the kick up the arse isn’t terminal
I really hope I'm wrong about the Global Warming thing and that climate really is going to get warmer, not colder
I hope I'm wrong about where our economy's being taken
In a perverse way I hope I'm wrong about 7/7, the De Menezes killing and the real objectives of the War on Terror
I hope I'm wrong about the malevolent intent and competence of the people who are really pulling the strings
I've never in my life so wanted to be so wrong about so much
Friday, December 12, 2008
This is not just an offensive composite picture. It's an offensive composite picture with an obscene children's rap theme...
Hussain de Menezes
Biggie Small vs Thomas
* = not to mention claims that he was a rapist/ an illegal alien/ off his face on coke/ running away from the police/ behaved in a menacing way/ ignored clear warnings/ and sundry other cynical lies and slanders that should make all British citizens feel 'ooooh that proud' of their police, media, judiciary and government
Just in from Sky News...
The mother of Jean Charles de Menezes has said she feels "reborn" after a jury at an inquest into her son's death rejected a verdict of lawful killing
The 10 jurors returned an open verdict after listening to more than seven weeks of evidence into the 27-year-old's death.
Earlier, Mr de Menezes' family had said the inquest was a "whitewash" after the coroner said the jury could not return a verdict of unlawful killing.
But after the jury rejected a string of claims made by police officers about the events leading up to Mr de Menezes being killed, Maria Otone de Menezes said she was relieved.
In a statement read out at a news conference by the family, Mrs de Menezes said: "Since the moment that the coroner ruled out the option of unlawful killing I was feeling very sad.
"But today I feel as if I have been reborn."
In a damning indictment, they dismissed claims by a firearms officer, codenamed C12, that he shouted "armed police" before opening fire.
The jury also disputed that Mr de Menezes had walked towards officers before he was killed.
The jurors concluded that six police failings caused or contributed to the innocent man's death.
The jury of five men and five women came to a majority of eight to two in delivering their open verdict. Of the remaining 12 questions, the jury were unanimous on all but two of them.
Firearms officers shot Mr de Menezes on a train at Stockwell Tube station in south London on July 22, 2005, after mistaking him for failed suicide bomber Hussain Osman.
As the jury returned its verdict after its sixth day of deliberations, the Menezes family accused coroner Sir Michael Wright of "presiding over a complete whitewash".
In a fierce attack, they said he "failed on every count" during proceedings.
After the hearing, acting Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson said: "We must and do accept full responsibility for his death.
"For someone to lose their life in such circumstances is something the Metropolitan Police regrets.
"In the face of enormous challenges faced by officers on that day, we made a most terrible mistake. I am sorry."
He said officers had been working in a "unique situation" in the wake of the July 7 suicide bombings - in which 52 people were killed - and the attempted terror attacks in the capital on July 21, after which there were potential bombers on the loose.
"No one set out that day to kill an innocent man. The coroner has ruled that on the extensive evidence put to the court that this was not an unlawful killing."
He said the officers who shot the Brazilian "set out with the intent to protect and defend the public".
Some 100 people gave evidence at the inquest into the death of Mr de Menezes.
Among them were 65 police officers, mostly firearms and surveillance experts, 50 of whom were granted anonymity.
The jury also heard from 17 Tube passengers and Mr de Menezes's cousins.
There was much anticipation that former Met Commissioner Sir Ian Blair could give evidence, but he resigned just under two weeks into the inquest.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission called for a review of police procedures in the wake of the shooting.
IPCC chairman Nick Hardwick said the inquest did not "examine the broader issue of how the police should respond to the threat of suicide terrorism.
"I call again for this to have much broader debate and scrutiny by the public and their representatives," he said.
Sky News crime reporter Martin Brunt said it was a "distinct possibility" that the IPCC, which initially cleared those involved of any wrongdoing, would choose to review that decision.
He said that since the jury had effectively decided that the firearms officers had lied about giving a warning before the shooting, disciplinary action was a possibility.
Needless to say, and contrary to the bullshit being parroted by the BBC, Sky and all the others, no-one has yet proved that De Menezes' executioners made any mistake whatsoever when they killed an innocent man.
The only thing that has been proved is that the executioners and their bosses have lied through their fucking teeth about the execution and that the full force of the establishment was used to slander an innocent victim after he was killed
And no amount of corporate media spin can hide that
and, in the light of the fact that the bastards who ordered the execution are completely unrepentant and have openly, and repeatedly, stated that it could very easily happen again, it's also fucking scary
edit: actually, something else was proved in the inquest and that is the police knew full well that JCdM was not carrying anything that could have been a bomb and therefore could not have been a potential bomber
Rest assured that little nugget is going to be filed away in the same memory hole as the revelation earlier this year that the alleged 7/7 bombers supposedly scattered their ID, personal effects and bombs around the crowded tube carriages before setting their bombs off (?!!)
and conspiracy theorists are supposedly mentally unwell because they're sceptical of official narratives? For fuck's sake...
Thursday, December 11, 2008
'Austrian Clown' Arrested
Eisenberger, who is well known in Austria for his sculptures and performances in public spaces as well as for performances in the middle of nature, was walking on Bishopsgate, wearing a clown's outfit, when a member of the public alerted the police. Most probably, the reason for this was that Eisenberger wore not only a typical clown's costume with the appropriate clown's make-up, but also carried a belt around his waist fitted with brightly coloured artificial explosives.
Eisenberger, who was visiting London for 48 hours, commented that he knew that the walk through London would fail at a certain point, but to his surprise his visits to Downing Street, Parliament Square, the new Saatchi Gallery and the Tate Modern went unchallenged. The public responded with amusement and while some members of the public raised eyebrows, none of the security guards at the various sites took action.
However his freedom as a clown ended when he was spotted by members of staff at the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) who stood outside smoking cigarettes.
Minutes later, exactly 20 footsteps away from the police station at Bishops Gate near Liverpool Street Station, eight policemen surrounded Eisenberger, handcuffed him, and led him to the nearby police station, having relieved him of his red clown's wig and red nose. Where the same performance earlier this year in Vienna caused only amusement, it goes without saying that walking through London's financial centre in an 'explosive clowns costume" will draw not only reactions by the public, but also by the police who will react swiftly.
Perhaps in these chastened times, tragicomic figures will draw attention and will make people stop and think. The irony of this event is that the clown 'Eisenberger' was not only being a clown but he also seemed to be a potential threat to the public. HVS December 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Monday, December 08, 2008
Imagine my disappointment on clicking the link to discover that the article in question wasn't referring to the billions looted over the years by the likes of the Windsors and Rothschilds but was a dreary article about how ghastly the working and middle class unemployed are
In true hyperlink fashion, whilst reading through that piece of distractive shit, yet another teaser caught my eye...
Well, that was definitely going to include some Rothschilds
er, no, not really...
So, over to the Forbes Top 200 Wealthiest People of All Time from which the Top Ten were taken
Nope, still no joy
And then, tucked away as a note at the bottom of the Forbes List...
Actually, whoever wrote that footnote was being quite modest, as I could rattle off the names of at least a dozen other people (all bankers) who should have been included in the list
So, that would be the 'Forbes Not Really the Top 200 Wealthiest People of All Time as we've missed out some of the richest bastards ever, including our own founder' list then
The moral of the tale?
Quite a few people have an opinion about losers like this...
A considerably smaller number of people have an opinion about, or even know about the existence of, twunts like this...
Now why would that be?
Try and guess where I just read this...
"...loans and investments are not made as a result primarily of savings or deposits held by banks, or on the basis of those savings or deposits. On the contrary: it is loans that create deposits.
Loans are not a necessarily a gift from a saver setting aside a portion of their income in a savings account or lent on the international capital markets. Banks do not have to have savings or "reserves" to extend credit to others, and charge interest. Why? Because of another fundamental: that money for a bank loan does not exist until we, the customers, apply for credit. All that the bank needs to hold is the collateral (e.g. a guarantee against a property) to secure a loan.
In other words, far from the bank starting with a deposit or reserves, and then lending out money, the bank starts with our application for a loan (eg £300,000); the asset against which we guarantee or secure repayment, such as our property, and the promise to repay with interest. A clerk then enters the number into a ledger. Hey presto, £300,000 is deposited into the banking system!"
Nope, not on some Multicoloured Multifonted ReactoLoon Survivalist web site but in the fecking Guardian of all places
Jeremy Clarkson predicting the apocalyptic end of capitalism last week and a mainstream British newspaper trying to explain the debt-based money system this week. At this rate the Conspiraloon Alliance, like Woolworths, is going to be out of business before Christmas
Strange, strange times...
Sunday, December 07, 2008
From The Sunday Times December 7, 2008
Vauxhall Insignia 2.8 V6
An adequate way to drive to hell, Jeremy Clarkson
I was in Dublin last weekend, and had a very real sense I’d been invited to the last days of the Roman empire. As far as I could work out, everyone had a Rolls-Royce Phantom and a coat made from something that’s now extinct. And then there were the women. Wow. Not that long ago every girl on the Emerald Isle had a face the colour of straw and orange hair. Now it’s the other way around.
Everyone appeared to be drunk on naked hedonism. I’ve never seen so much jus being drizzled onto so many improbable things, none of which was potted herring. It was like Barcelona but with beer. And as I careered from bar to bar all I could think was: “Jesus. Can’t they see what’s coming?”
Ireland is tiny. Its population is smaller than New Zealand’s, so how could the Irish ever have generated the cash for so many trips to the hairdressers, so many lobsters and so many Rollers? And how, now, as they become the first country in Europe to go officially into recession, can they not see the financial meteorite coming? Why are they not all at home, singing mournful songs?
It’s the same story on this side of the Irish Sea, of course. We’re all still plunging hither and thither, guzzling wine and wondering what preposterously expensive electronic toys the children will want to smash on Christmas morning this year. We can’t see the meteorite coming either.
I think mainly this is because the government is not telling us the truth. It’s painting Gordon Brown as a global economic messiah and fiddling about with Vat, pretending that the coming recession will be bad. But that it can deal with it.
I don’t think it can. I have spoken to a couple of pretty senior bankers in the past couple of weeks and their story is rather different. They don’t refer to the looming problems as being like 1992 or even 1929. They talk about a total financial meltdown. They talk about the End of Days.
Already we are seeing household names disappearing from the high street and with them will go the suppliers whose names have only ever been visible behind the grime on motorway vans. The job losses will mount. And mount. And mount. And as they climb, the bad debt will put even more pressure on the banks until every single one of them stutters and fails.
The European banks took one hell of a battering when things went wrong in America. Imagine, then, how life will be when the crisis arrives on this side of the Atlantic. Small wonder one City figure of my acquaintance ordered three safes for his London house just last week.
Of course, you may imagine the government will simply step in and nationalise everything, but to do that, it will have to borrow. And when every government is doing the same thing, there simply won’t be enough cash in the global pot. You can forget Iceland. From what I gather, Spain has had it. Along with Italy, Ireland and very possibly the UK.
It is impossible for someone who scored a U in his economics A-level to grapple with the consequences of all this but I’m told that in simple terms money will cease to function as a meaningful commodity. The binary dots and dashes that fuel the entire system will flicker and die. And without money there will be no business. No means of selling goods. No means of transporting them. No means of making them in the first place even. That’s why another friend of mine has recently sold his London house and bought somewhere in the country . . . with a kitchen garden.
These, as I see them, are the facts. Planet Earth thought it had £10. But it turns out we had only £2. Which means everyone must lose 80% of their wealth. And that’s going to be a problem if you were living on the breadline beforehand.
Eventually, of course, the system will reboot itself, but for a while there will be absolute chaos: riots, lynchings, starvation. It’ll be a world without power or fuel, and with no fuel there’s no way the modern agricultural system can be maintained. Which means there will be no food either. You might like to stop and think about that for a while.
I have, and as a result I can see the day when I will have to shoot some of my neighbours - maybe even David Cameron - as we fight for the last bar of Fry’s Turkish Delight in the smoking ruin that was Chipping Norton’s post office.
I believe the government knows this is a distinct possibility and that it might happen next year, and there is absolutely nothing it can do to stop Cameron getting both barrels from my Beretta. But instead of telling us straight, it calls the crisis the “credit crunch” to make it sound like a breakfast cereal and asks Alistair Darling to smile and big up Gordon when he’s being interviewed.
I can’t say I blame it, really. If an enormous meteorite was heading our way and the authorities knew it couldn’t be stopped or diverted, why bother telling anyone? Best to let us soldier on in the dark until it all goes dark for real.
On a more cheery note, Vauxhall has stopped making the Vectra...
edit: for some reason I feel the need to include a clip of the car race scene from On the Beach...
Friday, December 05, 2008
Thursday, December 04, 2008
My foreign exchange screen is showing the sterling/ euro exchange rate down below 1.15, with depressingly little sign of support. I have a Chertovian gut feel that if it breaks the 1.10 level, barring an even bigger fuck up in Europe, it'll pop onto the express elevator down to parity where the Big Fun will really start in earnest
Looking around some shops today and chatting with some chums in retail I've come away with the distinct impression that no-one's ordering any more stock for next year. Once current stock is liquidated everything we need to import (which would be everything) is going to cost 30-40% more
All that pissing around and financial rhetoric of the last few weeks has changed nothing and has almost certainly made the eventual outcome worse. UK interest rates are near zero, the printing presses are being cranked up and it's getting harder and harder to find foreign mugs willing to feed and clothe us in exchange for nothing more than our fucked up, yieldless, worthless money
However, looking on the bright side...
Still, there's no shortage of entertaining, domestically produced child abuse stories to take our minds off things...
Baby P. is sooooooo last week
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
"I so direct you that the evidence in this case, taken at its highest, would not justify my leaving verdicts of unlawful killing to you."
"I'm not saying that nothing went wrong in a police operation which resulted in the killing of an innocent man"
"All interested persons agree that a verdict of unlawful killing could only be left to you if you could be sure that a specific officer had committed a very serious crime: murder or manslaughter,"
"Many people tell lies for a variety of reasons … [including] to mitigate the impact of what might be a … tragic mistake"
"Put aside any emotion - put them to one side."
Not being the greatest fan of the building even when sober, the effects of a few drinks only enhanced the malevolence of the place
Later on in the evening, back at home, I flipped on my computer for a few minutes of relaxing, semi-inebriated surfing. I found myself reading through the comments underneath Guido Fawkes' post on the subject of a video of Tory MP Damian Green's office being searched by anti-terror police...
The mix of right wing libertarians, conservatives and Little Englanders who comment on the site were understandably outraged at the implications of Green's arrest for civil liberties in this country
and all I could think to myself was 'Where was your outrage when the government was doing this to Muslims? Did you really think it was going to stop with just one group of people? Are you really that fucking stupid, you hypocritical, self-interested, narrow-minded, bigoted fucks?'
I banged my head against the keyboard a couple of times then went to bed...
God save the queen her fascist regime
It made you a moron a potential h bomb !
God save the queen she aint no human being
There is no future in englands dreaming
Dont be told what you want dont be told what you need
Theres no future no future no future for you
God save the queen we mean it man (God save window leen)
We love our queen God saves (God save... human beings)
God save the queen cos tourists are money
And our figurehead is not what she seems
Oh God save history God save your mad parade
Oh lord God have mercy all crimes are paid
When theres no future how can there be sin
Were the flowers in the dustbin
Were the poison in your human machine
Were the future your future
God save the queen we mean it man
There is no future in englands dreaming
No future for you no future for me*
No future no future for you
John Lydon, 2008...