Climate Heresy

TSI (Total Solar Irradiance) is the solar radiative power per unit area incident on the Earth’s upper atmosphere. A decline in TSI from 1945 to 1977 coincided with 30 years of global temperatures cooling, even as CO2 emissions soared.

This fact is of course hugely inconvenient to purveyors of the ”man-made global warming” narrative, so they simply choose to ignore it.

https://mpbondblog.wordpress.com/…/its-climate-change…/

Similarly, historical accounts confirm the world-wide occurrence of the Medieval Warm Period. It was a time of warm climate from about 900 AD to 1300 AD, and was considerably warmer than the 20th / 21st century.

Its effects were evident in Europe, where grain crops flourished, many new cities arose, and the population more than doubled. The Vikings took advantage of the climatic amelioration to colonize Greenland (Grønland), and wine grapes were grown as far north as Hadrian’s Wall in England, and about 500 km north of present vineyards in France and Germany.

This period of relative warmth and prosperity was followed by the ”Little Ice Age” from about 1300 AD. The change from the warmth of the Medieval Warm Period to the cold of the Little Ice Age was abrupt and devastating, leading to the Great Famine from 1310 to 1322.

More recently, following the early 20th-century warm period (1915–1945), the world’s climate cooled for 30 years.

https://mpbondblog.wordpress.com/…/the-end-of-the…/

Global temperature changes occur naturally, and did so long before atmospheric CO2 began to increase. But what chance does evidence-based climate science have of even being heard nowadays, in the current atmosphere of evangelism, hysteria, and academic censorship ?

August 6th 1945 ~ Hiroshima

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“It is my opinion that the use of this barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender because of the effective sea blockade and the successful bombing with conventional weapons…. My own feeling is that in being the first to use it, we had adopted an ethical standard common to the barbarians of the Dark Ages…. I was not taught to make war in that fashion, and wars cannot be won by destroying women and children” ~ Admiral William D. Leahy, (President Truman’s Chief of Staff and the most senior U.S. military officer during the war)

Although the cowardly and vindictive attack on a densely-packed, defenceless civilian population is still not acknowledged as a War Crime, even the current leadership of the USA would be hard pressed to deny the grotesque horror of Hiroshima, 75 years ago today. That would be impossible, yet the hypocrisy and cynicism of its ruling elite, who retain delusions of exceptionalism and infallibility, and demand the exclusive use of devastating force to impose its will, remain essentially unchanged.

Afghanistan War Exposed : An Imperial Conspiracy (Empire Files)

The perpetual occupation of Afghanistan has become so normalized that for most people it serves as mere background noise. A soldier dies now and again, a couple of dozen civilians get blown to pieces occasionally, but nothing is ever enough to stir western populations to demand an end to the shamelessly imperialist project.

This exceptional new documentary by Abby Martin reveals the reality of the United States’ involvement in Afghanistan, from the CIA’s duplicity in the 1980s, through to today’s senseless stalemate.

The Masses and the Classes

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I see that Liverpool University have just agreed to rename Gladstone Hall because he (quote) ”fell short of wholeheartedly fighting for the abolition of slavery”, and because Gladstone’s father was a slave owner.

To vilify Britain’s most progressive 19th century Prime Minister, a vehement anti-imperialist who proposed home rule for Ireland,  laid the basis of the welfare state,  and vastly extended voting rights, amongst many other important reforms, is beyond ignorant.

Sadly, these ‘woke’ students and academics fall a long way short too – not least in their capacity for joined-up critical thought and historical perspective.

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”All the world over, I will back the masses against the classes”. ~ William Ewart Gladstone


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….and a  thought on Edward Colston.

Colston’s involvement in slavery was as a director of the Royal African Company. The ‘Royal’ in that title is not meaningless. The company was set up specifically to make the monarch rich. A far more practical way to honour the memory of the slaves would be to abolish the monarchy. Now that would be a meaningful action.


”The word “slavery” conjures up images of shackles and transatlantic ships – depictions that seem relegated firmly to the past. But more people are enslaved today than at any other time in history. Slaves clean houses and flats; produce the clothes we wear; pick the fruit and vegetables we eat; trawl the seas for the shrimp on our restaurant plates; and dig for the minerals used in our smartphones, makeup and electric cars…..”

~ article by Kate Hodal

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https://www.theguardian.com/news/2019/feb/25/modern-slavery-trafficking-persons-one-in-200?fbclid=IwAR32bbKBO5YuCTnMTaENaUI4KhqW3KGDWFEkMWRima1SgekbIQz2Gk-1tKY

It’s Climate Change, Jim – but not as we know it

”90% of scientists agreed” in the seventies, too !  😂

But then the idea that Global Warming is man-made was promoted by Ronald Reagan in the US when  OPEC sent the oil-price through the roof, and by Margaret Thatcher in the UK, as a means of promoting nuclear power and reducing the impact of strike action by the National Union of Mineworkers in the (then state-owned) coal industry. Nuclear power was extremely controversial prior to that time, but the demonisation of fossil-fuels inevitably led to its greater acceptance.

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Climate Change is nothing new and nothing unusual. For example, temperatures during the Medieval Warm Period, a time of great economic advance in Europe and elsewhere, were much higher than today — (ever wondered how Greenland got its name ?) – and a millennium earlier vineyards were commonplace in Roman Britain as far north as Northumbria.

The evidence presented in the film ”The Great Global Warming Swindle” (linked below) is that climate change is primarily due to processes in the Sun which impact – via the ‘solar wind’ – on cloud-formation – and NOT human activity.

Water vapour, not carbon dioxide, is by far the most important ”greenhouse gas”, and  CO2, man-made or otherwise, is NOT the driving force behind climate change now, and never has been in the past.

We can probably all agree that atmospheric pollution is not a particularly good idea, but on the other hand it really is alarmist nonsense to suggest that we are all going to drown under melting ice-caps – or something – if we continue to burn stuff.


But then again. if Saint Greta says that the science is settled, I guess it must be, so no more heresy please ! 😂

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16 August 1819 ~ Peterloo

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Facebook post by Jeremy Corbyn, commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre


Two hundred years ago today, on St Peter’s Field in Manchester, armed cavalry charged into a crowd of peaceful protesters.

At least 18 people were murdered in what became known as the Peterloo Massacre, among them children, a pregnant woman, and an Army veteran who had served in the Battle of Waterloo. Hundreds more were injured or mutilated.

More than 60,000 working class men, women and children from Manchester and the surrounding towns had gathered to demand an end to child labour, low pay, and rule by the rich. The meeting had the feel of a huge community festival – full of families, with local bands playing music and speakers giving voice to the desire for change.

The response from the authorities was carnage and bloodshed. They feared the people speaking up for themselves.

As the shockwaves from the massacre reached across the world, the establishment and the Tory government closed ranks. They branded the protesters violent revolutionaries and clamped down on the newspapers that supported their cause. It was not the murderous cavalrymen who were later imprisoned, but the speakers who had addressed the crowd.

But repression could not hold back the emerging working class movement. Survivors of Peterloo went on to help form the Chartists’ movement and the early Suffragette movement, campaigning for the right to vote for men and women respectively.

This is our history. A direct line runs from Peterloo to the foundation of the Labour Party, which exists to represent the interests of the majority against the elite at the top.

It’s why we use the slogan ‘For the many, not the few.’ It comes from Percy Shelley’s poem, The Masque of Anarchy, written in response to Peterloo about the power people have when they come together for change:

Rise, like lions after slumber

In unvanquishable number !

Shake your chains to earth, like dew

Which in sleep had fallen on you :

Ye are many—they are few !

Medieval Warm Period : The End Of The World Not Nigh

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Historical accounts confirm the world-wide occurrence of.the Medieval Warm Period. It was a time of warm climate from about 900 AD to 1300 AD, and was considerably warmer than the 20th / 21st century.

Its effects were evident in Europe, where grain crops flourished, alpine tree lines rose, many new cities arose, and the population more than doubled. The Vikings took advantage of the climatic amelioration to colonize Greenland (Grønland), and wine grapes were grown as far north as Northumbria in England, and about 500 km north of present vineyards in France and Germany.

This period of relative warmth and prosperity was followed by the ”Little Ice Age” from about 1300 AD. The change from the warmth of the MWP to the cold of the LIA was abrupt and devastating, leading to the Great Famine from 1310 to 1322.

Much more recently, following the early 20th-century warm period (1915–1945), the world’s climate cooled for 30 years; (and I am old enough to remember ”ninety percent of scientists” warning us in the 1970s of the coming Ice Age !)

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Global temperature changes occur naturally, and did so long before atmospheric CO2 began to increase.

But what chance does evidence-based climate science have of even being heard nowadays, in the current atmosphere of evangelism, hysteria, and academic censorship ?


The Medieval Warm Period – an overview

by Don J. Easterbrook, in Evidence-Based Climate Science

https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/earth-and-planetary-sciences/medieval-warm-period?fbclid=IwAR0VBjCjJMYGxRneHwbJRq-vJtuSHuydnP0LoNz882keHTmih7vzJ5Y6uC0


‘The Great Global Warming Swindle’ ~ full movie  (75 mins )  

Bad News for the 99%

The pursuit of economic – or more accurately capital – ”growth” at all costs has reached a critical point.

As William I. Robinson explains in his book ‘‘Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanity’‘, the world financial system has now centralised and over-accumulated capital to such a point that investment opportunities have become limited.

Professor Robinson argues that only three mechanisms for investing excess capital remain : risky financial speculation, wars and war-preparation, and the privatisation of public institutions.

Not a pleasant outlook for the 99%, who are forced to bail out bad bets through austerity, pay for (and die in) endless wars, and suffer the consequences of the dismemberment of public services by complicit governments.

Neo-Liberalism and The Family

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When neoliberal economists, either from ignorance or intentional deception, eulogise ”full employment”, they ignore the obvious fact that lower labour-force participation rates in previous decades reflect a time when most married women were at home, not in the work-force. In those halcyon days, one earner was all it took to sustain a family.

But the capitalist class was not content to exploit just one member of each family. They wanted more, so by using economic policy to suppress wages while fomenting inflation, and later making cynical use of the so-called ”feminist” movement, they drove married women into work and wage-slavery, imposing huge external costs on the family, on child-raising, on relations between spouses, and on the children themselves. The divorce rate exploded to nearly 50 percent and single-parent households became almost the norm.

In effect, unleashed late-stage capitalism destroyed not only the economy and the environment, but also the family.


Image : Adrienne (Woman with Bangs) ~ Amedeo Modigliani, 1917

Top Secret : Deep State War Crimes Cover-Up in Rwanda

Featured Image -- 8690Article by Christopher Black,  an international criminal lawyer based in Toronto. He is known for a number of high-profile war crimes cases and writes essays on international law, politics and world events for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”


The United States and its allies are experts at covering their crimes and finding scapegoats to take the blame for them. They are doing it now with their disinformation campaigns against Russia, China, Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, and Syria. The show trials at the UN’s Yugoslav tribunal, the ICTY, were all about covering-up NATO’s war crimes and spinning lies to blame everything on the Serbs who resisted NATO’s aggression.

They use their influence at the International Criminal Court for the same purposes. And now a document has come to light, leaked from the UN’s Rwanda war crimes tribunal, the ICTR, that contains a report on the war crimes of the US supported Rwanda Patriotic Front that invaded Rwanda from Uganda in 1990, conducted four years of terrorist operations against the Rwanda people and government, then in 1994 launched their final offensive and slaughtered their way to power. To discuss this document, marked “Top Secret” I have to burden the reader with a brief history of events from the evidence available in order to give it some context.

The night of April 6, 1994 the Hutu presidents of Rwanda and Burundi, Juvenal Habyarimana and Cyprien Ntaryamira, and General Nsabimana, the Rwandan Army Chief of Staff, as well as several other dignitaries and a French flight crew were murdered when the plane they were on was shot down over Kigali airport by anti-aircraft missiles fired by members of the Tutsi-led Rwanda Patriotic Front, or RPF, with the assistance of the governments of several countries. Paul Kagame, the leader of the RPF junta now in control of Rwanda, and who was seen with US Army soldiers at his headquarters two days before the event, gave the final order for the shoot down but he did so with the assistance or complicity of the governments of the United States of America, Britain, Belgium, Canada, and Uganda. It was the United States and its allies, hoping to gain total control of the resources of Central Africa through their proxies in the Tutsi RPF, that provided the military support for the RPF invasion of Rwanda from Uganda beginning in 1990, flowing that support through Uganda.

It is known that the missiles used to shoot down the aircraft came from stockpiles the Americans had seized in their first war against Iraq, passed to Uganda, and it was in a warehouse at Kigali airport, rented by a CIA Swiss front company, that the missiles were assembled. In fact, the French anti-terrorist judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere, who spent several years investigating the shoot down on behalf of the families of the French flight-crew, told Boutros-Boutros Ghali, the Secretary-General of the UN in 1994, that the CIA was involved in the shoot down, adding strength to Boutros-Ghali’s statement to a Canadian journalist that the Americans are 100% responsible for what happened in Rwanda.

There is strong direct and circumstantial evidence that the Belgian and Canadian contingents of the UN peacekeeping force in Rwanda in 1993-94, known as UNAMIR, were also involved in the shoot down and assisted the RPF in their final offensive that was launched with the decapitation strike on the plane. It was the Canadian General Romeo Dallaire, Force Commander of UNAMIR, who arranged for one axis of the runway at the airport to be closed at the request of the RPF, making it easier to shoot down the plane as it tried to land.

Dallaire consistently sided with the RPF during his mandate, gave continuous military intelligence to the RPF about government army positions, took his orders from the American and Belgian ambassadors and another Canadian general, Maurice Baril, in the Department of Peace-Keeping Operations in New York, then headed by Kofi Annan, lied to his boss, Jacques Roger Booh-Booh, about his knowledge of a build-up for a final Ugandan Army-RPF offensive, and turned a blind eye to the infiltration into Kigali of possibly 13,000 RPF combatants when they were permitted only 600 under the Arusha Peace Accords signed in October 1993. It was another Canadian, General Guy Tousignant, who took over from Dallaire after the RPF took power when UNAMIR II helped the RPF consolidate the rewards of its aggression.

Burundi was involved both by permitting 600 US Army Rangers to be situated in Burundi in case they were needed by the RPF and by invading Rwanda from the south in May, 1994 to link up with the RPF forces. Tanzania was involved in both the planning of the shoot down and, itself invaded Rwanda from the east and south blocking escape routes for the Hutu refugees fleeing the atrocities of the RPF in their sweep towards Kigali.

Finally, evidence indicates that Belgian UN soldiers were in the immediate area of the missile launch site at the time of the shoot down and were also involved.

The report into the shoot down of the plane by the French investigative judge Jean-Louis Bruguière was leaked to the French newspaper Le Monde in 2004 and states that the RPF was responsible with the help of the CIA. But before the French judge began his investigation The Chief Prosecutor for the Rwanda tribunal, Canadian judge Louise Arbour, the same woman that framed up President Milosevic on behalf of the USA at the Yugoslav tribunal, was told in 1997 by her lead investigator, Australian lawyer Michael Hourigan, that it was the RPF commando group known as the “Network”, with the assistance of a foreign power, implicating the CIA, that was responsible for the shoot down.

At that point Arbour, instead of prosecuting everyone involved, as she should have done, on American instruction, ordered the investigation closed and kept secret thereby making her an accessory to a war crime. The facts relating to Arbour’s action is detailed in Michael Hourigan’s affidavit, still available on the internet and his report to the Office of Internal Oversight of the UN.

During the war crimes trials at the Rwanda tribunal defence lawyers, representing the only group targeted for prosecution, the side that tried to resist aggression, members of the Rwandan government, its armed forces and officials as well as Hutu intellectuals, demanded full disclosure of all the evidence the prosecution had relevant to what happened in the war and the allegations of war crimes made against our clients. In the trial of my client, General Ndindilyimana, Chief of Staff of the Gendarmerie, who after a long struggle was finally acquitted, made repeated requests for disclosure of that evidence but we never received the complete disclosure we demanded because over time we became aware that the prosecution had much more material than they were willing to show us.

One famous example of this is the Gersony Report made by Robert Gersony, a USAID, official seconded to the UN, who filed a report to the High Commissioner For Refugees in October 1994 setting out his findings that the RPF forces engaged in the systematic massacres of Hutus across Rwanda during their offensive, which he characterized as genocide. This report too was kept secret by the UNHCR and by the prosecution lawyers in our trial who even denied that it existed. But in 2008 my team found it by chance, and in the prosecution files, and I was able to produce it into evidence in the trial, along with a letter from Paul Kagame dated August of 1994 in which he refers to a meeting with Ugandan president Museveni in which the “plan for Zaire” was discussed. Those two agreed that the Hutus were in the way of the “plan” but Kagame stated that they were working with the Belgian, American and British intelligence services to execute the “plan” and the problem would be solved, The world has since seen what this ‘plan” involved; the invasions of Zaire, the extermination of hundreds of thousands of Hutu refugees, the killings of millions of Congolese in the wars that followed, as detailed in the leaked UN Mapping Report of 2010, and the shattering of Congo into fragments to be easily exploited by western mining companies.

Yet, little did we know as our trial proceeded that the prosecution had in their hands another document, an internal report dated October 1, 2003 in which their own investigators list and describe in 31 pages the crimes of the RPF forces they had investigated. This report, designated Top Secret, has recently been leaked and a copy was sent to me, among others, to examine and it is as damning of the RPF, and therefore their western allies, as the others.

The document, with the subject reference “General Report on the Special Investigations concerning the crimes committed by the Rwanda Patriotic Army (RPA) during 1994’ was sent to the then Prosecutor Hassan Jallow by three members of the Prosecution Special Investigations Unit. It provides to the Prosecutor the evidence they had gathered that the RPA had committed massacres of thousands of Hutus in various places across Rwanda, for example, Byumba, Kabgayi, Rambara, Gitarama, and Butare, as well as the murder of three Catholic bishops and nine other priests at a church. The circumstances set out in the report confirm Gersony’s Report of similar massacres and also confirms witness testimony we heard during the trials that the RPA forces had infiltrated men into civilian barricades to kill people in order to pin the crimes on the Rwandan government forces and the youth group known as the interahamwe.

Finally they provide, once again, further evidence that the RPA did shoot down the presidential plane, confirming the findings of Michael Hourigan in 1997 detailed above and which Louise Arbour had ordered kept secret, confirming the findings of the French report and confirming the evidence we filed at trial to the same effect, including a radio intercept from Kagame to his forces, the day after the plane was hit, celebrating the downing of the plane as a successful operation. It is a very important and damning report. Kept secret. One wonders how many more secret reports they have.

There is not space here to detail the horrific crimes set out in the document, or to relate to you the evidence we heard at the trials-what one Hutu refugee, speaking of the hunting down of Hutu refugees in the Congo by the RPF forces, assisted by spotter planes with US Air Force markings, called the “genocide with no name,” so I provide just a few examples from this document to give readers the picture. On page 28, in reference to the capital city of Rwanda, Kigali, it states:

“Camp Kanombe (a government military base) at the end of May 1994. When the RPA captured Kanombe, approximately 1500 civilians had taken refuge in the camp. They were all massacred by the RPA.’

‘Kanombe Airport, at the end of May 1994, approximately 200 to 300 civilians of all ages were brought …and executed.”

“Masaka, Kanombe commune, end of July 1994, – in 5 days approximately 6,000 women children and men were executed with their arms tied behind their back at the elbow.

“Camp Kami, during the capture of the camp by the RPA thousands of civilians who had taken refuge there were executed”

The picture is clear. Yet, to this date not a single member of the RPF or their western allies has been charged for their responsibility for these crimes and Paul Kagame, who ordered these killings, is hosted with smiles by leaders from Canada to France to China. The prosecutors who decided to protect these war criminals, and who, by withholding evidence of what really happened, obstructed justice, conspired to frame up those standing accused before the tribunal, turned international justice into a travesty, and gave these criminals immunity from prosecution and encouragement to commit more crimes have moved on to lucrative positions. Fatima Bensouda, one of those former ICTR prosecutors, is now the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.

Where is the justice for the 6,000 men, women and children murdered at Masaka? Where is the hue and cry for the head of Paul Kagame as there was for the head of President Milosevic and the allegations he faced or as President Assad of Syria faces? Where is the hue and cry for the head of General Dallaire, or for Louise Arbour, who condoned these crimes, as there was for General Mladic regarding the allegations about Srebrenica? There is none. Instead they are made celebrities, for we live a world in which criminals have seized hold of morality and justice and hanged them from a tree.