Salisbury : A Rush to Judgement

salisbury.pngThis new Cold War is thrilling, isn’t it ? The spy-games, the poisonings of Russian double agents on British soil, the suspicion, the intrigue, the complete suspension of the rule of law, or any obligation toward critical thinking….

“By repetition, each lie becomes an irreversible fact upon which other lies are constructed.” ― John le Carré

The art of (cold) war  by Claire Connelly


A police officer stands at a cordon around the bench where former Russian intelligence agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found after they were poisoned, in Salisbury, March 14, 2018 © Henry Nicholls / Reuters

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”Corbyn’s request for further details on the evidence united the British Parliament… against him. From the jeering Tories opposite, to his own angry backbenchers, there was uncontained anger at his request to clarify exactly what is currently known about events in Salisbury. If the consensus is such that the leader of the opposition’s attempt to propose some kind of opposing viewpoint is shouted down, shouldn’t that cause at least some pause for thought? The British Parliament has seen this kind of consensus before. The voices of dissent were drowned out. It didn’t end well. And the evidence was wrong.”

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This is NOT an ”open and shut” case 

~ former UK diplomat Craig Murray on the Salisbury poisonings.

It is very carefully worded propaganda. Of a type developed by liars.….”

salisbury3The prepubescent Gavin Williamson, speaking in his official capacity as ”Defence Secretary” (sic) told Russia to “Go away and shut up.” Putin must surely be terrified by this boy’s steely determination, diplomatic expertise and dazzling repartee

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The Self Has Become A Commodity

London__Westminster_-_Vauxhall_Bridge_Road_Pedestrian_Crossing_-_geograph.org_.uk_-_1739902-1304x400Every measure of mental ill health imaginable shows a society in freefall, not only making its citizens sicker but denying them the help to get better. That is unless your stated aim is to get back to work as quickly as possible. For soon there will be a Department of Work and Pensions employment advisor at your therapy centre, your GP, damn it probably your local supermarket if the Tories get their way. For what worth does anyone have if not to contribute to the job market ? …

The self has become a commodity, with simplified ideas from Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBT) used to inject into people the idea that they can and should be able to excise certain traits, emotions and behaviours for maximum marketability, be that on their CV or via Instagram hits. This responsibilisation and the pressure to display a positive mental attitude and upward trajectory creates casualties, for not all of us can succeed as measured according to neoliberal ideals.

~ article by Jay Watts, Novara Media

Tackling the Mental Health Crisis Means Defeating Neoliberalism Once and For All


Carillion : The Privatization Rip-Off Exposed

Free market fundamentalism and elite private interests are failing to deliver for the public good. But firms like Carillion should not be nationalised – they should be denied the ability to exist.

A radical rethink of public procurement in the UK is urgently required.

Government should invest in its own procurement systems.

The Carillion Crisis Explained [ video ]  ~  Chris Williamson MP

Implied Consent

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”Implied consent” for organ donation is a problematic and in my opinion a very dangerous suggestion, especially when it comes from NHS privatiser-in-chief  Jeremy Hunt.

In a privatised and market-driven health service, human organs become a valuable ”commodity”, with harvesting and sale to the highest bidder a far from impossible scenario in the not so distant future.

It is a well-documented fact that Israel already routinely strips vital body-parts –  especially corneas apparently – from the corpses of young Palestinians killed by its security forces before returning their bodies to their families. These organs are then sold on the thriving international market for such ”goods” .

Asset-stripping and exploitation is thus continued even after death.

In any case, I hereby refuse Mr Rockefeller or any other satanic fucker the use of my ticker for their 6th heart transplant…..


I’m not a gynaecologist, but I know a Hunt when I see one

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A Priti Pickle


Priti Patel is an utter disgrace. She met 12 times with Israeli leaders, including Netanyahu, (not once with Palestinians), without telling Boris or Treeza, and freelanced UK-taxpayer funding to IDF’s illegal occupation of Golan.

Next Tory leader ? Certainly shows promise !  ( 33-1 ) 

Two of Ms Patel’s secret meetings were with Gilad Erdan, Israel’s Minister of Public Security, Strategic Affairs and Minister of Information.. He has no developmental brief. His ministerial brief is to suppress activism for Palestinian human rights in Israel and abroad. The purpose of Patel’s meetings with him and the full agenda need to be disclosed.

The Magic Money Tree

Politicians (of all parties) are woefully ignorant about where money comes from, according to this new poll commissioned by Positive Money.

There really is, in fact, a ‘’magic money tree”,’ but it is in the hands of privately-owned commercial banks like Barclays. NatWest and HSBC, who create new money out of nothing whenever they make loans.

Tragically, this (un-earned) privilege is used in ways which don’t benefit – and actually harm – most of society. Over 80 percent of new bank lending is directed towards property and financial markets, pushing up the value of assets like houses, shares, and corporate bonds. . This is making housing unaffordable, increasing inequality, and resulting in more and more people being crippled by debt.

In order to address the problems of rising inequality, the housing crisis and record levels of personal debt, MPs surely need to grasp the basics of how the economy works…..don’t they  ?

How the actual magic money tree works


Guardian article by Zoe Williams.

How is money created ? Some is created by the state, but usually in a financial emergency. For instance, the crash gave rise to quantitative easing – money pumped directly into the economy by the government. The vast majority of money (97%) comes into being when a commercial bank makes a loan. Meanwhile, 27% of bank lending goes to other financial corporations; 50% to mortgages (mainly on existing residential property); 8% to high-cost credit (including overdrafts and credit cards); and just 15% to non-financial corporates, that is, the productive economy.

What’s wrong with that ? On the corporate financial side, bank-lending inflates asset prices, which concentrates wealth in the hands of the wealthy. On the mortgage side, house prices rise to meet the amount the lender is prepared to lend, rather than being moored to wages. The lender benefits enormously from larger mortgages and longer periods of indebtedness; the homeowner benefits slightly from a bigger asset, but obviously spends longer in debt servitude; the renter loses out completely.

Is there a magic money tree ? All money comes from a magic tree, in the sense that money is spirited from thin air. There is no gold standard. Banks do not work to a money-multiplier model, where they extend loans as a multiple of the deposits they already hold. Money is created on faith alone, whether that is faith in ever-increasing housing prices or any other given investment. This does not mean that creation is risk-free: any government could create too much and spawn hyper-inflation. Any commercial bank could create too much and generate over-indebtedness in the private economy, which is what has happened. But it does mean that money has no innate value, it is simply a marker of trust between a lender and a borrower. So it is the ultimate democratic resource. The argument marshalled against social investment such as education, welfare and public services, that it is unaffordable because there is no magic money tree, is nonsensical. It all comes from the tree; the real question is, who is in charge of the tree ?

What could we do instead ? We could do QE for the people, overt monetary financing in which a government creates money for social benefit, such as green infrastructure or education. Or helicopter money, a central bank distributing it to everyone, either in a one-off citizen’s dividend or a regular citizen’s basic income. The nature of centrally created money should itself be opened up for debate, whose starting point is: if we agree that commercially created money is skewing the economy, can we then agree that it should be created by a public authority, even if we don’t yet know what that authority would look like.



Labour and Anti-Semitism (~continued~)


The taboo against anti-semitism is being fraudulently and shamelessly exploited by four distinct, but overlapping groups, all of whom will lose out if Jeremy Corbyn’s progressive ambitions for the Labour Party are successful.

1) The Conservative Party, who are attacking Labour at what is seen as its weakest point, while directing attention away from the Tories’ internal tensions and unpopular policies;
2) The BBC and mainstream media, now largely controlled by Zionists;
3) Pro-Israel activists, who wish to unseat Corbyn, the most prominent critic of Israel, and to discredit Palestine Solidarity activism;
4) The Blairite Labour Right, which hopes to weaken a popular grass-roots movement which has, quite suddenly and unexpectedly, wrested control of the Party from them.

 Israel constantly uses the ‘anti-semitism’ slur to block any meaningful discussion about Palestine. The reason anti-semitism is used is that the Israelis know perfectly well that they have NO valid argument with which to otherwise defend their colonial apartheid state – unless you count the racist ranting of their ”God” 3000 years ago, that is .

Miko Peled tells a fringe meeting at the Labour Party conference that Israel will do everything it can to stop Jeremy Corbyn becoming PM :