Wednesday, April 23, 2014

St George's Day promises to be empty

As well as being St George's Day today marks the death of English playwright, William Shakespeare. To the day it is a month since I last blogged. More importantly it is the first anniversary of Barack Obama's last big promise to close Guantanamo Bay. It was a promise he made at his electoral address which held out hope for those in the world who believe in justice. It was however an empty promise.

Empty promises are the mouthwash of most politicians. They gargle with them, clean out some bacteria and spit them out repeatedly as though tomorrow will be a new day. But the truth is these promises are meaningless and empty. David Cameron cannot get Shaker Aamer home. Barack Obama cannot close Guantanamo. It is necessary to find out who owns our politicians. Then justice might be seen to be done.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Sock Puppeteer


Sock puppeteers are people who comment on blogs and elsewhere using more than one assumed name. Alternative identities are usually assumed names too. Their comments are self-complimentary. They indulge in smarmy sycophantic agreement with other socks the same puppeteer uses. While this is totally dishonest it can also be debilitating for other users. Sock puppeteers, like trolls, target individuals, usually individuals who make valid and intelligent contributions to the blog, to try and destroy their self-confidence with a plethora of insults and derogatory attacks. This can be relentless and I have personally witnessed at least one genuine contributor constantly harassed and harangued by these mindless morons until she ceased, at least for a while, to comment on Craig Murray's blog. I too get targeted myself by sock puppeteers and trolls and look on this as a compliment to my own comments being good argument. Like trolls, sock puppeteers are there to disrupt the blog.

From my experience sock-puppeteers support government propaganda and try to reinforce a false image presented through the mainstream media. They live a lie in changing an identity in order to pretend to support other socks who contribute to the blog. Their existence in the blogosphere therefore survives on a diet of lies. You have to ask yourself if somebody who uses deceit in pretending to be something he or she is not can ever be relied upon to tell the truth in their comments. This is unfortunate for other pseudonymous contributors who share similar views to the sock puppeteer because they fall under suspicion too. The sarcastic cartoon above illustrates sock puppetry on Craig Murray's blog but obviously not all these contributors are dishonest and not all are socks or puppeteers.

Honest people are prepared to write under their own names and these people can generally be trusted. That is not to say that a person writing under his or her own name cannot resort to sock-puppetry. A good example of this is the novelist E J Ellory, who assumed several identities to write extremely positive, in fact first-rate reviews, of his own book. Not only that but these same puppets Ellory created commented adversely on the novels of other novelists writing in the same genre. His crime was exposed by fellow-crime novelist Jeremy Duns.

Because sock puppeteers are fakes themselves, with their false identities, comments they make, however reasonable in appearance, can never really be trusted. As with trolls they have a purpose. Sock-puppets and trolls follow a line supportive of the status quo. If anyone makes a statement not in line with MSM propaganda he or she is accused of being a conspiracy theorist. Whether they are doing this from genuine support for the status quo, or whether they are paid by some pressure-group intent on maintaining the status quo, is difficult to gauge. Though we know paid trolling goes on. Nevertheless, as well as being disruptive, rude and inconsiderate these false people have created a hole in the blogosphere that needs to be fixed. So put a sock in it!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Pension revolution - or not!

George Osborne's latest budget allows pensioners with private annuities to take all their pension in a lump sum. We have been here before. What it amounts to is another attack on our social security system. They know what they are doing. Margaret Thatcher started this by bribing people with £200 (quite a lot of money then) out of the national pension pot to take out private schemes. Private schemes are there to make money for insurance companies (of which many Tory ministers are stakeholders) and not for the benefits of pensioners. Many took this bribe, and many private companies, after having taken huge profits and bonuses, declared themselves bankrupt.

What happened to those left in the lurch through these bankruptcies? They were incorporated back into the national pension scheme. What will happen to people who take a lump sum and squander it rather than take out an annuity? The same. We, quite rightly, do not want our old people to have no income and die in the streets. So they will be incorporated back into the state pension scheme, thus diluting its payout potential. It is a Tory policy. They think because they earn unimaginably high incomes, and will never be in need of a pension themselves, that small savers, small businesses and small investors are in the same position. This foolhardiness is encouraging debt. I fear for society, if it continues to exist in its current state, twenty years from now.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

What they are not telling you

My latest article concentrates on what the mainstream media is not telling us about Ukraine. It began a few weeks back with a leak featuring Victoria Nuland who had declared the US hand by backing the fascist government that has taken over in Kiev. In a recording on which the press concentrated on Nuland's choice phrase "Fuck the EU" but missed out on a lot more important debate about what was proposed in another leaked call. That, and more, is covered in this video which I came across this morning from Storm Clouds Gathering. It shows that the US think Klitschko is too stupid to have a deputy prime-minister role, while the Svoboda fascist, anti-semitic and xenophobic godfather, Oleh Tyannybok, has also got to keep a low profile according to Nuland, the voice of America, whereas Arseniy Yatsenyuk, whose charity pages are no longer available on the web, can be the front man of the new fascist Ukraine. The analysis is spot on.

People have got to start asking themselves why they have not seen any of this on mainstream television or in the press. The truth is the media, including the press, are owned by Neocon/Zionists who have an agenda. You may think you are getting balanced news but you're not. If you care for future generations and planet earth the time has come to wake up and take action. Spread the word.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Moazzam Begg arrested

My computer's down. I'm in the library. Very important. Moazzam Begg has been arrested. The security services and special branch have too much power especially since the introduction of the anti terrorism acts. Good people are treated as second class citizens. I suspect there might be terms in his release not to talk about the torture in Guantanamo and Bagram. I know they took his passport off him last time he went abroad. Anybody with a brain should realise this is trumped up.  

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-26335261

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Get the protection you deserve

In this age of whistle-blowing this blog, as has been seen, is for it. With thanks to Edward Snowden, Chelsea (Bradley) Manning, Julian Assange, Craig Murray and all the other whistle-blowers who have helped try to make the planet a better, freer place. All this is in the face of governments, especially the USA, which puts the old Soviet bureaucratic information gathering in the shade. Uncle Sam has become the nosy grandparent who opens other people's mail because through US actions this once great nation has alienated itself. Nobody takes it seriously any more. Nobody writes to Uncle Sam any more. Nobody gets an answer. It has no life of its own with its incessant wars and bankrupt economy so it steals your life.

The US is disgusting thinking itself the policeman of the world. Its spying organisation, the NSA, is an unthinkable encroachment into the privacy of us all. Next Tuesday sees the rest of the world fighting back. If you believe in freedom, and you have a website, register it with this protest which already has nearly 4,500 websites on board.



Friday, January 24, 2014

Platitudes and continual torture

I have written David Cameron an open letter published today in News Junkie Post about the continual incarceration of Shaker Aamer. Perhaps somebody might show Cameron the letter. In the past I have written directly to Downing Street but do not want to receive yet another of these

David Cameron and William Hague make noises as though they would like to see Shaker Aamer back in England reunited with his family, but they don’t really. Either that or the special relationship between the US and UK is so totally one-sided it is laughable. We went into an illegal war in support of US ambitions to steal natural resources in the Middle East. We have set up new anti-terrorism laws which militate against Muslims and have obviated a basic canon of English law: habeas corpus. We extradite UK citizens to a country currently with the worst human rights’ record on the planet. Yet we get nothing in return.

A fortnight ago, to mark the twelve years existence of that abominable wart on the face of the planet called Guantanamo Bay I went to a meeting in Birmingham at which was shown Guantanamo Boy, a disturbing documentary which follows the four-day interrogation of a young Canadian. Discussing the film was Moazzam Begg, a close friend of Shaker’s and a former internee of Guantanamo himself, and Dr David Nicolls, a medical doctor who has long opposed the Guantanamo concentration camp. No normal person would believe that in the 21st century man could be so cruel to his fellow man. Moazzam, an articulate young man, has recently had his passport withdrawn by the FCO. The Home Secretary believes a UK passport is a privilege.

Photo: Robert Brenchley

Theresa May has an obsession against Muslims, immigration and free movement, unless you are rich. She has used the anti-terrorism laws in her perpetual war against Islam to see good people imprisoned on flimsy or no evidence. She does not care. She brags about these successes as she sees them at the Tory party conference. She has no conscience. She has no children. Her surrogate child is hatred, mostly hatred against Muslims, but also against anyone who does not fit into her England for the English stereotype. You know what to do at the next election.