UK criminal justice algorithms UK Science and Technology Select Committee with Darren Jones MP – Meet 21 yr old Hong Kong democracy party founder Joshua Wong, persecuted by China’s tycoons – Iran, a country without nuclear weapons, is threatened with atomic annihilation by a warmonger standing next to an actual nuclear weapons factory

Friday 31st August 2018

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First hour: news review: with Bristol North West Labour MP Darren Jones. Examining use of algorithms in the criminal justice system. Police should not keep suspects locked up because a computer program has told them they are likely to be offenders, a human rights group has told MPs. Algorithms that predict whether someone is a criminal based on past behaviour, gender and where they live could be “discriminatory”, Liberty said. The human rights group was giving evidence to the Commons science and technology committee. The MPs are investigating the growing use of algorithms in decision making. They are concerned businesses and public bodies are relying on computer programs to make life-changing decisions – despite the potential scope for errors and misunderstandings. Durham Police have already launched a system which uses algorithms to help decide whether to keep a suspect in custody. The Harm Assessment Risk Tool (HART) uses historical data on offending to classify suspects as low, medium or high risk of offending. The tool uses information such as offending history, the type of crime a suspect has been accused of, their postcode and gender. It’s not just Russia. China, North Korea, and Iran could interfere in 2018 elections, too. National Security Adviser John Bolton said four countries — including Russia — may try to interfere in November’s elections. National Security Adviser John Bolton is warning that Russia is working to interfere in the 2018 midterm elections. That may not surprise you, but this might: He’s warning that three other countries are doing it, too. In a Sunday interview on ABC’s This Week, Bolton said the Trump administration is worried that China, North Korea, and Iran have stepped up their efforts to meddle ahead of the November vote. “I can say definitively that it’s a sufficient national security concern about Chinese meddling, Iranian meddling, and North Korean meddling that we’re taking steps to try and prevent it,” Bolton told anchor Martha Raddatz. “So all four of those countries, really.” MI5 agents can commit crime in UK, government reveals. Secret order on authorised criminality by spies made public after legal battle by rights groups. MI5 agents are allowed to carry out criminal activity in the UK, the government has acknowledged for the first time. The prime minister was on Thursday forced to publish the text of a direction to the Investigatory Powers. Commissioner’s Office, the spying watchdog, on governing “security service participation in criminality”. It instructs the IPCO to oversee the participation of MI5 agents in criminal activity, which was previously conducted by the now-defunct office of the Intelligence Services Commissioner, under a secret order referred to as the “third direction”. However, guidance about when British spies can commit crimes, and how far they can go, remains confidential. The commissioner, Lord Justice Sir Adrian Fulford, said: “I welcome the government’s decision to make public my oversight of this sensitive area of work.” The order was published after a legal battle by the human rights groups Reprieve and Privacy International. Maya Foa, the director of Reprieve, said: “After a seven-month legal battle the prime minister has finally been forced to publish her secret order but we are a long way from having transparency. “The public and parliament are still being denied the guidance that says when British spies can commit criminal offences and how far they can go. “Authorised criminality is the most intrusive power a state can wield. Theresa May must publish this guidance without delay.” GOSCC nerve centre based in Wiltshire’s leafy lanes at Corsham: It is hard to believe that the central communications hub for the entire British Army sits unassumingly on the outskirts of the quiet Wiltshire market town of Corsham. Yet while we have been watching events in Libya unfold on our TV screens over the last few months, it was a very different kind of screen watching on view at the new MoD Corsham base. The centre, at Westwells Road, in Neston, is home to GOSCC – the Global Operations Security Control Centre – a top secret centre which houses up to 600 specialists working behind the scenes to make huge military operations such as those in Libya, Afghanistan and Iraq a reality. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to describe GOSCC as something akin to the control rooms seen see in James Bond or disaster movies. The ‘wow’ factor hits you as you enter the huge circular room, which has rows of operations desks facing a series of giant screens displaying highly sensitive data on the whereabouts of satellites and personnel on the ground. Some of the screens were blacked out for our arrival. There is an eerie stillness about the room, and Royal Navy Captain Chris Parsons, who heads the operation, said: “It is always calm in here. You waste as much energy panicking as you do when you are thinking so we do the latter. “At pinnacle moments in operations you might see some worried faces walking across the room, but generally we stay very calm.” GOSCC is a 24/7, 365 days per year operation and its works affects the daily lives of 300,000 personnel scattered across the world. As well as military, RAF and Navy personnel, specialists from companies such as BT, Atlas and Paradigm monitor telephone lines and satellite activity in space, and a special crack team work on cyber threats. As his isolation intensifies, WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange faces possible threat of eviction, extradition. LONDON — For Julian Assange, the world’s most famous whistleblower, freedom could be dangerous. As his residency at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London enters its seventh year, the self-styled cyber revolutionary – WikiLeaks’ founder and controversial publisher of some of the world’s most closely guarded official secrets – is facing a pair of converging crises that have left his allies fearing for his wellbeing and his safety. Inside the embassy, he is living an increasingly secluded existence, having been stripped of his phones, computers and visitor privileges after running afoul of the very government that gave him asylum. Outside the embassy, he is embroiled in the global political scandal surrounding Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 election, with questions about his role in that drama being raised by friends and foes alike. In more ways than one, the very walls protecting Assange also appear to be closing in. “Life goes on outside the embassy,” journalist Vaughan Smith, one of Assange’s staunchest supporters and perhaps the last friend to visit him, told ABC News. “But life doesn’t go on inside.” Veteran Labour MP Frank Field has quit the party’s group in Parliament, saying the leadership is becoming “a force for anti-Semitism in British politics”. The Birkenhead MP also blamed a “culture of intolerance, nastiness and intimidation” in local parties. A month ago he lost a confidence vote in his constituency party, after siding with the government in Brexit votes. Jeremy Corbyn has apologised for hurt caused by anti-Semitism in the party and pledged to stamp it out. A Labour Party spokesman said: “Jeremy Corbyn thanks Frank Field for his service to the Labour Party.” But a Labour source claimed “Frank has been looking for an excuse to resign for some time.” Darren runs regular pub and picnic events and has to dive off for one now. Alex Salmond resigns from SNP after sexual misconduct claims. Former leader of Scottish National party quits to fight allegations that he denies. Banks are preparing for house prices to fall by a third after Brexit – House prices falling by a third, interest rates soaring by more than 4% and the economy going into recession – it’s the prediction from the Bank of England on what will happen in the event of a no deal Brexit. BOE boss Mark Carney made the dire warning today that there is an ‘uncomfortably high’ risk that Britain will leave the European Union without a deal and it could have devastating consequences. After his comments, the pound sterling plunged to an 11-day low against the dollar. The Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney said a no deal Brexit is ‘highly undesirable’ (Picture: EPA) Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Mr Carney said that the event of no deal was ‘highly undesirable’ and that Britain and the EU should do everything possible to avoid it. ‘I think the possibility of a no deal is uncomfortably high at this moment,’ he said. Man, 21, charged with murders of ex-girlfriend and her mum in Solihull ‘Our job is to look at what could go wrong and what we could do to make sure that the bank is in a robust position so it lessens the impact of a no deal Brexit. ‘We have made sure that banks have the capital, the liquidity that they need and we have the contingency plans in place if there were to be a no deal Brexit.
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Second hour: Investigative reports: 21 year old Hong Kong democracy party founder Joshua Wong. Israel Threatens to Use Nuclear Weapons to ‘Wipe Out’ its Enemies. Standing next to a secretive Israeli atomic reactor earlier in the week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to “wipe out” his enemies. In a speech that many will see as the Jewish state breaking its long silence over the possession of nuclear weapons, the Likud leader warned that it has the means to destroy its enemies.  At Dimona reactor, Netanyahu warns Israel’s foes they risk ruin. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used a visit to a secretive Israeli atomic reactor on Wednesday to warn the country’s enemies that it has the means to destroy them, in what appeared to be a veiled… He said on Wednesday during a ceremony to rename the complex, near the desert town of Dimona: “Those who threaten to wipe us out put themselves in a similar danger, and in any event will not achieve their goal.” The site has long been suspected to be the location where Israel has been developing nuclear weapons. The ceremony was postponed several times as not to draw attention to Israel’s nuclear capabilities amid the struggle against Iran’s nuclear program. Iran hit back by describing Netanyahu as a “warmonger”.  The threat of “atomic annihilation” against the Islamic Republic was denounced as “beyond shameless in the gall”. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on his official Twitter account: “Iran, a country without nuclear weapons, is threatened with atomic annihilation by a warmonger standing next to an actual nuclear weapons factory.” Pro-democracy political party Demosisto to shift focus away from seeking Hong Kong Legislative Council seats as it supports social movements. Group co-founded by Occupy movement leader Joshua Wong and disqualified lawmaker Nathan Law cites deprivation of its members’ ‘political rights’. Hong Kong’s youngest political party co-founded by student activist Joshua Wong Chi-fung has declared it will shift its focus from contesting elections to backing social movements, claiming officials have blocked its path to the city’s councils. The “declaration of transition” was issued on Friday at the party’s second anniversary dinner, attended by Wong, a leader of the pro-democracy Occupy movement of 2014,and Nathan Law Kwun-chung, a disqualified lawmaker who co-founded and recently led the organisation. “We considered Demosito a political party when we founded it, with participation in electoral politics an important direction,” the statement read. “After our members were being repeatedly deprived of their political rights, the road to election has clearly been suspended.” Law was elected to the Legislative Council two years ago, but was disqualified last year by the court over his improper oath-taking in October 2016. Demosisto put forward a candidate, its standing committee member Agnes Chow Ting, to try to retake Law’s seat in a special by-election. However, officials banned Chow from running on the grounds that Demosisto’s call for self-determination was “unconstitutional”. Law stepped down last week from his post as party chairman, while vice-chairwoman Tiffany Yuen Ka-wai quit the party – a move seen as a tactic to avoid the risk of being banned from standing in the district council elections next year. The new chairman, Ivan Lam Long-yin, said on Tuesday the party would not commit resources to waging election campaigns. We will adjust our focus towards civil society and devote our energy to policy advocacy. Conceding a difficult road ahead while claiming suppression by the government, Demosisto said it would continue to stand in the frontline of the city’s democracy movements. “In the future, we will adjust our focus towards civil society and devote our energy to policy advocacy,” the party said in its statement. “We will strive to connect with more Hongkongers in the coming battles and democracy movements.” It added that party members needed to prepare for what it called a key point of contention: a national security law.
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Housing bubble about to burst? Rightmove say UK property prices slumped £7k last month – Was Genoa’s Morandi Bridge blown up as a threat to Eurosceptic Italian government by the Deep State/ECB?

Friday 24th August 2018

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First hour: news review:  with Green councillor for Ashley Jude English – Average UK worker is earning £680 a year less than a decade ago as low-paid jobs drive rise in employment, think tank claims: The average British worker is earning nearly £680 a year less than they were a decade ago as low-paid jobs have replaced many of those lost in the recession, a think-tank claimed today. Unemployment in the UK might be at a 40-year low of 1.36million – but the report suggests those in work are earning £13 a week less on average than before the recession precipitated by the 2008 financial crisis. The Resolution Foundation observes that more than two million more people have found work since unemployment peaked in that slump – more than half of which are from the poorest third of households. – Property asking prices slump £7k in a month and expert says sellers now need to make more ‘substantial’ discounts to entice buyers. Asking prices fell by £7,218 between July and August to £301,973. But they are still higher than last year, having risen by 1.1%. Major drag came from ‘more subdued’ market in London and the South East. The housing market continues to show signs of a slowdown as asking prices dropped 2.3 per cent over the past month, according to new figures. The average listed home fell £7,218 between July and August to £301,973, dragged down by sharp declines in London, according to Rightmove. The property portal, which has 90 per cent of all estate agent listings on its website, played down the price fall saying it was ‘seasonal’, although it is steeper than the 0.9 per cent fall recorded this time last year. – Labour MP says second Brexit referendum may lead to social unrest. Barry Gardiner says politicians must honour the promise they made to voters in 2016. A second referendum on Brexit could lead to social unrest and embolden the extreme right, a member of Labour’s shadow cabinet has said. The shadow international trade secretary, Barry Gardiner, said that even though he thought Brexit would make the UK poorer in the short and medium term, it would be wrong to try to stop it by holding another referendum because that would appear undemocratic. His comments were immediately criticised by strongly pro-European LabourMPs who argued that dismissing a second referendum on these grounds was illogical. Gardiner told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that, although he supported remain, it was important for politicians to honour the promise they made to voters in 2016 that how they voted in the referendum would decide this issue for good. Although Brexit would be damaging economically, there was “more to this than simple economics”, he said. “If you then say to people: ‘We did give you a vote here and we, the remainers, lost the vote, but because you were stupid enough to do what you wanted rather than what we wanted … we’ll give you another chance to get it right,’ that undermines the whole principle of democracy in this country.” He went on: “You never give as much succour to the extreme right as when you cut off the mechanism of democratic change. “If people want to be able to achieve change through democratic means, if they feel that that is being denied to them, they then turn to other, more socially disruptive ways of expressing their views, and that is the danger here.” – Members of the Satanic Temple used a statue of the occult deity Baphomet to protest a Ten Commandments monument in Little Rock, Arkansas. The 8.5-foot-tall statue, which depicts the winged half-goat, half-man, with two children at its side, was briefly installed in front of the State Capitol building on Thursday as a symbol of free speech and plurality of beliefs, organizers told NPR. It was also meant to protest the explicitly Christian values promoted by a Ten Commandments monument on Capitol grounds, in keeping with the Satanic Temple’s belief that religious displays should not be placed on public property. “We have as little interest in forcing our beliefs and symbols upon you as we do in having the beliefs of others forced upon us,” Satanic Temple co-founder Lucien Greaves said during a rally Thursday, NPR reports.
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Second hour: Investigative reports: Democrats are incredibly cautious about discussing Trump’s impeachment even after 2 of his top aides have been convicted. The possibility of President Donald Trump’s impeachment is center stage after his former longtime lawyer took a plea deal and his former campaign manager was convicted on several felony counts this week. One group avoiding the topic? Democrats. President Donald Trump’s former longtime lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to eight counts of federal felonies on Tuesday — including two in which he implicated his old boss as a co-conspirator. – Lithuania and Israel are “natural allies,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at a joint news conference held Thursday in Vilnius with his Lithuanian counterpart, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis. Netanyahu, the first Israeli prime minister to visit Lithuania, told reporters the two countries “share the values of freedom and democracy” and that both are “proud of our national identity.” He went on to point out that Lithuania “stresses in its constitution that sovereignty belongs to the Lithuanian people while maintaining an unflagging democracy for all. “You take great pride in your customs, in your language, your unique heritage and your historic capital,” Netanyahu said. “I have to tell you, Prime Minister, all that sounds very familiar to us,” he commented, with a clear reference to the recent Basic Law: Nation-State of the Jewish People passed by the Israeli Knesset. “Israel is the nation state of the Jewish people,” Netanyahu said. “We too are proud of our history, our long history, our robust and pluralistic democracy which guarantees the rights of all our citizens. We are proud of our language, an ancient language, Hebrew revived after thousands of years, our traditions and our historic capital Jerusalem to which I invite you and your colleagues.” – Manfred Petritsch at German language Alles Schall und Rauch (ASR) blog: Was Genoa’s Morandi Bridge blown up by Deep State as threat to Eurosceptic Italian government?
– Peripheral CCTV released shows flashes
– Why zero Autostrada CCTV showing bridge made public?
– Eyewitness reports of ‘loud bang’ or ‘explosion’
– Bridge in good condition
– Genoa the home of Peppe Grillo and Five Star (M5S)
– Explosion at Turin Lega party HQ too
– Italy wants parallel currency to the Euro
– Senior government ministers imposed by ECB
– Politicians cannot now do what they promised voters
– Previous acts of state terrorism in Italy
– VIDEO: After roadway fell, double flash before tower collapse – Davide Di Giorgio
– VIDEO: two peripheral CCTV cameras both indicate apparent flashes – released Monday 20th August

Morandi bridge – another witness reports of a blast: After more and more of the Survivors of the bridge no fall in Genoa from the hospital, be discharged, come to her statements. In the previous article, I had reported: “a witness confirmed an Explosion at the bridge in Genoa”. On Friday, the professional told the footballer Davide Capello what he experienced. He drove over the bridge when he heard a blast and the street below him to drop out from under me. As a trained firefighter, he immediately understood the bridge would be on the verge of collapse. Capello was at the center of the Morandi bridge arrived, he told on Friday, as “all the world collapsed.” The 33-Year-old said: “I heard a loud noise, a Bang. I saw the pillar of the road ahead of me collapse. A car in front of me went down. The car disappeared in the darkness in front of my eyes.” Volkswagen Tiguan crashed face-first into the deep and to hit, the Airbags opened around him. He said he saw only gray. Capello then used the Touch-Screen phone in the car, to call in case of emergency, the centre of Savona, the help sent. Then he called his girlfriend and his father, a retired fireman, told him that he should get out now, out of fear that something Heavy might fall on him. Since neither the Windows nor the doors of the car moving, broke he strap his safety, and climbed through the hole in the rear of the car, because the rear window had blown away. Outside arrived, he said, “there was an unreal silence.” “I am using my own legs dropped, “said Capello, for a series-C-Club in Liguria plays. “I don’t know whether anyone else has managed. I was saved by a miracle.” “The car has protected me. But God has the car to his Job, “he said. Capello was sacked on Thursday from the hospital, two days after the collapse. He said he had no major injuries. Thus, there is another direct witness, the of them reported a “thud”the car belongs to, what could have come from an Explosion on the cob. He then looked like this in front of him collapsed. Other witnesses saw a Thunder and a blast have experienced. Italian media reports, witnesses the further away were also a very loud Thunder heard. The Genoa-based newspaper “Il Secolo XIX” quotes a father of a family, who was with his wife and child on the access road to the bridge, as it came to a collapse. “We have a very loud Thunder heard and seen how it all collapses.” Also the region of the bridge was listening to collapse. “At the beginning we thought it would be a clap of thunder, very close, we have an incredible roar heard,“ said one of the witnesses to the bridge no fall, the Agency Ansa. “We live about five kilometers away from the bridge, but we have a hell of a Crash is perceived. We have a very frightened and scared.” But, in my opinion, is the best witness to a demolition of pier Giorgio, the following is told: “I sat with my mother at half past twelve in the car or in our house, almost directly under the bridge, as the environment suddenly brightly lit up, and a blast was, “says the 23-Year-old at the beginning of the accident. “The Funny thing, however, came only after that. Because suddenly the car was shaking. It even jumped up slightly, I couldn’t believe it. ‘Oh fuck,’ I called, ‘an earthquake'”. Note, he said, first of all, the surroundings of the bridge lit up bright and at the same time, there was a Bang. Then the earth that his car shook shook. He describes quite accurately the Detonation of explosives at the foundations of the support. – Italy’s Proposed Parallel Currency Is The Biggest Threat To The Eurozone, by John Mauldin in Forbes magazine. Italy’s new government, an unexpected coalition between two populist parties, could blow up the fragile trust that keeps Europe together. And the leading parties may even be planning for it. The discussions between Lega Nord and Five Star included an idea called the “mini-BOT” that would effectively serve as a parallel currency. The BOT is Italy’s Treasury bill, and as in the U.S., it serves as a kind of cash equivalent in electronic trading. The mini-BOT would be a government debt instrument in paper form that pays zero interest and never matures. The government would use it to pay social benefits and accept it for tax payments. Private businesses would not be required to accept it, but they could. Italy’s Bargaining Chip: You see where this goes. Italy might be able to use mini-BOTs (or let’s be honest and call them the new lira) to finance deficit spending without breaking eurozone rules. This could ultimately debase the euro and blow apart the eurozone. Germany would have to leave. From there, you can draw your own map.  – 65 years on CIA admits role in 1953 Iranian coup. Declassified documents describe in detail how US – with British help – engineered coup against Mohammad Mosaddeq. The CIA has publicly admitted for the first time that it was behind the notorious 1953 coup against Iran’s democratically elected prime minister Mohammad Mosaddeq, in documents that also show how the British government tried to block the release of information about its own involvement in his overthrow. On the 60th anniversary of an event often invoked by Iranians as evidence of western meddling, the US national security archive at George Washington University published a series of declassified CIA documents. “The military coup that overthrew Mosaddeq and his National Front cabinet was carried out under CIA direction as an act of US foreign policy, conceived and approved at the highest levels of government,” reads a previously excised section of an internal CIA history titled The Battle for Iran. The documents, published on the archive’s website under freedom of information laws, describe in detail how the US – with British help – engineered the coup, codenamed TPAJAX by the CIA and Operation Boot by Britain’s MI6. Britain, and in particular Sir Anthony Eden, the foreign secretary, regarded Mosaddeq as a serious threat to its strategic and economic interests after the Iranian leader nationalised the British Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, latterly known as BP. But the UK needed US support. The Eisenhower administration in Washington was easily persuaded. British documents show how senior officials in the 1970s tried to stop Washington from releasing documents that would be “very embarrassing” to the UK.
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Provoking steel and miners strikes: schools, libraries and privatisation – Economic war between NATO’s two biggest members: US and Turkey – World Jewish Congress president fears impact of Israeli government’s ‘destructive actions’

Friday 17th August 2018

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First hour: news review: with Labour councillor for Avonmouth and Lawrence Weston Jo Sergeant and Christine Townsend from the Counter Colston group Bristol libraries  – cuts generally;  John Kay, former head of Institute of Fiscal Studies, explaining steel and miners strikes were deliberately provoked by the Thatcher government, 1980s privatisation was a financial disaster but the main purpose was curtailing public sector trade unions;  Academy schools – have they worked? – difference between Academies and local authority schools; Colin Skellett, Merchant Venturer, in charge of Bristol Arena going to Filton, and in charge of Merchant Venturer schools; cuts to SEND (Special Education Needs and Disability); Children’s Charter announced by Mayor Rees; Why an Arena at Temple Island would be bad for Bristol – according to Marvin Rees 3rd Bristol Arena option? Could there be a third Bristol Arena location under consideration?  Somerset County Council next to go bankrupt: Somerset County Council responds over audit concerns at meeting – Liz Leyshon, LibDem member of Somerset County Council Audit Committee, discusses Council investments; Government £100m plan to eradicate rough sleeping;  Unemployment in the UK is now so low it’s in danger of exposing the lie used to create the numbers by Jim Edwards – Government statistics put unemployment in Britain at just 4.5% – a low not seen since the 1970s – But the real rate of unemployment is four times thatTurns out the wreath Jeremy laid was ‘next to’ a wreath previously laid by others to the Munich terrorists – Anyone who can’t see this is a smear campaign needs their eyes testing –  PLO victims of Israeli air attack in 1985;  Tommy Robinson – a psychological war operation? TOMMY ROBINSON’S Release Proves It Was All a Bullshit Psy-Op For Dummies.
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Second hour: Investigative reports: Turkey – why an important country? Geographical; second biggest country in NATO; attempted coup in 2016.  A US trade war with Turkey over a little known pastor? Don’t believe a word of it. In Syria’s Golan, Russia seeks handover to UN peacekeepers. Apart from ‘a few problems with the Islamic State,’ Russian officer says ‘stability’ has returned to the buffer zone on the Israel border, but refuses to discuss Iranian presence – Russia seeking handover to UN peace keepers in Golan Heights. Israel’s ‘homeland security’ minister, Gilad Erdan, discusses terrorism by Palestinians: Israeli minister Gilad Erdan says Iran should ‘disappear’ from the world – The 2015 incident at the Al Aqsa mosque: Clashes as Israeli soldiers storm Al-Aqsa compound. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemns “attack” on Al-Aqsa following clashes at one of Islam’s holiest sites. 14 Sept 2015. Clashes have erupted after a number of Israeli soldiers entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, police and witnesses said.  The Israeli security personnel used tear gas and stun grenades, as they entered the compound to arrest what they called Palestinian “stone throwers”. Omar Kiswani, the manager of Al-Aqsa Mosque, told Al Jazeera that 80 “Jewish settlers” protected by the Israeli police, attacked the mosque when confronted by Palestinian volunteer guards. A statement issued by the Israeli police said that “masked protesters who were inside the mosque threw stones and fireworks at police”.  World Jewish Congress president fears impact of Israeli government’s ‘destructive actions’ .  Corbyn – Jewish wonder if Israel has lost it’s way*.  BBC managers bow to pressure from the Israeli government and change Gaza headline.  Israeli minister says Iran should ‘disappear’ from world.  Top Syrian scientist killed by Israel  NYT*.  The Israel lobby is leading a witch hunt against Corbyn – It has to stop.  China UN report – de Islamify.  Foreign Correspondants Club. Hong Kong pro-independence leader Andy Chan defies Beijing to speak at Foreign Correspondents’ Club. Amid heavy police presence, protesters set up camp outside premises as Andy Chan Ho-tin vowed not to bow to pressure and amend his script.  China biggest military exercises near Hong Kong: China makes its opposition to freedom clear: Hong Kong military garrison mounts its ‘biggest’ anti-terror drill. Haj pilgrimage tracking devices. Cruise missiles in Taiwan: Taiwan Positions Land-Attack Cruise Missile Toward Mainland China. Satellite imagery published by Kanwa Defense Review shows that Taiwan has positioned a land-attack cruise missile toward mainland China that is capable of targeting several cities along the country’s southeast coast.  China makes disrespect of President Xi or national anthem a crime. Church leader seven years in jail for building Christian school: “Chinese leaders have always been suspicious of the political challenge or threat that Christianity poses to the Communist regime,” said Xi Lian, a scholar of Christianity in China at Duke University. “Under Xi, this fear of Western infiltration has intensified and gained a prominence that we haven’t seen for a long time.” Some Christians have lost their jobs, been evicted from their homes, or even jailed for their faith. In March, a prominent Chinese house church leader was sentenced to seven years in prison after he built Christian schools in MyanmarJailed Chinese pastor’s US family seeks mercy. One million Muslim Uighurs are being held in China’s secret ‘reeducation camps’ says UN panel. Hat to monitor your mood that might get you sacked: China Is Going to Outrageous Lengths to Surveil Its Own Citizens. New tech—including drones disguised as birds—can be a nightmare for Muslims in particular. China’s new drone designed to look like a pigeon or dove.
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Varoufakis for UK chancellor! May’s botched Brexit could trigger global crash – Saudi Arabia threatens Toronto with 9/11-style attack over tweet – Ex-Israeli PM Ehud Barak slams justice minister Ayelet Shaked as ‘proto-fascist’

Friday 10th August 2018

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First hour: news review: Bristol Arena: In full: George Ferguson’s damning Bristol Arena letter – He doesn’t mince his words – In my interpretation of the Local Government Code of Conduct, this sorry sequence of events disqualifies the Mayor from being involved with the arena decision, both legally and morally. However it is clear that Mayor Marvin Rees has made up his mind and that his apparatchiks are now doing all they can to lobby and justify a decision that may favour the few, but is certainly against the will of the many. – Robbie Gillett @RobbieGillett Adblock Bristol co-founder, cycling enthusiast, climate justice organiser in the anti-fracking movement – Public objections to new digital advertising plans in Bristol are showing the council that people don’t want these intrusive, unwelcome screens in the city’s public spaces. But campaigners say that despite the decisive show of public opinion and a lack of understanding about the harmful impacts of this technology, we may still see new digital advertising screens in our city soon. The council received almost sixty objections against plans for a huge digital advertising screen on Stapleton Road in Easton. A new digital screen proposed opposite Temple Meads station has also proved a very unpopular idea with the public, and has been rejected by the council as it would be a distraction and safety risk at this busy junction, and it would dominate the view and detract from nearby listed buildings. Bristol mayor Marvin Rees’ annual council address in fullBristol audit failings: BDO has revealed there are ten areas which still need to be completed in the report and these include “clarifications in respect of the exit package” of former chief executive Anna Klonowski. Ms Klonowski left her £160,000 role last September after just seven months to look after her sick parents. She was allegedly given a payment of £70,000 in lieu of serving her notice. Bristol Mayor, Marvin Rees, has constantly denied any wrongdoing and says the council was acting as a “caring employer” by allowing her to leave early. However, the controversial payment has dogged his term with opposition parties questioning if the payment was legally necessary or value for money. BDO carried out an earlier report which found Mr Rees had ignored financial good practice guidelines over the payment to Ms Klonowski. While the auditors found the Bristol Mayor had not acted illegally, it said the payment and sum should have been presented to the HR committee – a recommendation made as a result of the Bundred Review. It comes after former City Director – the equivalent of the chief executive role – Nicola Yates was given an alleged £200,000 pay off at the start of Mr Rees’ term in 2016. BDO said it is currently looking in to a “legal interpretation matter” associated with Ms Klonowski’s payment in lieu of notice agreement. The audit committee were also frustrated at delays with the completion of the heritage assets section of the audit. In the 2016/17 report the council’s heritage assets were valued at £100million, but this jumped to £201million in the 2017/18 balance sheet. Somerset audit failings: STAFF at Somerset County Council have been asked to take two days’ unpaid leave so the cash-strapped authority can save money The council is looking for new ways to generate savings after an official audit of its accounts warned it was in danger of “running out of money in two or three years” if no action was taken. As part of the effort to tackle what an auditor called “pervasive” over-spending, the council has proposed that staff take two days of compulsory unpaid leave over the Christmas break in both 2018 and 2019. The council believes that this proposal – which will go out to a trade union ballot in September – could save £1m over a two-year period. The proposal was detailed in a monthly briefing note which was circulated to all council staff. It outlines “a temporary change to terms and conditions for this year and the next.” The briefing says: “The proposal is that staff take two days’ unpaid leave during the Christmas week (Thursday, December 27 and Friday, December 28), with a third day (Monday, December 24) taken as annual leave, flexitime or working from home. Council eyeing more multi-million-pound investments as it confirms shopping centre deal. North Somerset Council has confirmed it has taken control over a shopping centre in Weston – but it is also looking for potential multi-million-pound investments elsewhere in the district. Tories launch probe into Boris Johnson over burka comments – According to the Evening Standard, the ex-Cabinet Minister’s comments will be looked at by an investigatory panel headed by a lawyer, with the mov. e set to be announced this afternoon. Mr Johnson has been under fire over a Telegraph article in which he said women who wear burqas looked like “post boxes” and “bank robbers.” – Israel running campaign against Jeremy Corbyn: An app operated as part of an Israeli government propaganda campaign issued a “mission” for social media users to make comments against Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, accusing him of anti-Semitism. This is the latest evidence of an Israeli campaign of psychological warfare against the UK’s main opposition party. The Act.IL app on Sunday falsely accused Corbyn of comparing Israel to Nazi Germany in a 2010 meeting which had been resurfaced by The Times last week. – Torrents of Online Tory Hate, Venom, Homophobia, Misogyny, Sexism, Xenophobia, Racism, Islamophobia and more… Tory Jacob Rees-Mogg, who has yet to apologise for or distance himself from the vile abuse dished out online by his supporters. See our recent post featuring Matt Thomas’ stirling work listing Tory Criminals. And now, here is some equally disturbing content, expertly gathered by Chelley Ryan – Chelleryn99 on Twitter. It’s a relentless stream of venom, targeting prominent Labour politicians and some of their backers, much of it originating from supporters of aspiring Leader of Her Majesty’s Oppositon (one day), Jacob Rees-Mogg.  On this evidence, the Rees-Mogg stable appears to be a very dirty backwater and a hotbed of unaddressed cultural backwardness. Some of this hatred is directed at immigrants and refugees, or anyone they seem to regard as worthy of their attention and in the firing line for their bile – One of the UK’s biggest department stores collapsed — but was almost immediately rescued by a billionaire sports tycoon. The 169-year-old UK department store House of Fraser fell into administration on Friday after failing to secure a rescue deal. Sports Direct, the sports retailer run by billionaire Mike Ashley, bought the chain almost immediately for a reported £90 million. Accountants EY had been appointed to find a buyer for a House of Fraser, which employs 17,500 people across the UK. UK must adopt Norway-style trade deal or face a CALAMITOUS Brexit, Yanis Varoufakis warns: BRITAIN has been urged to secure an interim Norway-style trade deal with the European Union in a bid to ward off a ‘hard Brexit.’  EU blinked first! European leaders plan Brexit COMPROMISE deal – but will UK accept? – EUROPEAN leaders are considering offering the UK a Brexit deal which would end free movement and give Britain access to the single market for goods, but it may not be acceptable to Brexiteers. – Will the City of London become like a wasteland? Mark Carney ‘in EU interest to do a deal’ but no deal Brexit looming: Mark Carney: Chances of no-deal Brexit ‘uncomfortably high’. The pound dropped in the wake of the BoE chief’s comments. The possibility that Britain could leave the European Union without a deal in March 2019 is “uncomfortably high,” according to Bank of England chief Mark Carney, who stressed the financial system was “ready” to withstand the potential shock. “We have put the banks through the wringer well in advance,” Carney told the BBC’s Today program on Friday, referring to stress tests that he said would ensure the banks “are there to lend to the economy” and “advance instead of retreat.” National Crime Agency (NCA) prosecute low-hanging fruit traveller smugglers but leave international Mafia alone. People-smuggling gang who plotted to transport Albanian migrants across English Channel using jetskis facing jail. ‘Incompetent’ group charged £6,000 for route to Britain but lack of sailing experience led to repeated failures
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Second hour: Investigative reports: An explosive diplomatic spat this week shows how fragile the Saudi Arabian crown prince’s narrative may be. On Monday, Riyadh announced it would suspend trade with Canada and ordered the expulsion of the Canadian ambassador. It also withdrew its own envoy in Ottawa. The reason for the dramatic move? Last week, Canada complained about the arrests of a number of Saudi civil-society figures, including Samar Badawi, the sister of jailed blogger Raif Badawi. (His wife and three children now live in Quebec and became Canadian citizens last year.) Tweets from Canada’s foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, and the Foreign Ministry itself championed human rights and the rights of female activists recently rounded up. – Britain is up to its neck in Yemen: it is the major supplier of the bombs dropped on Yemen, and of the jets used to drop them; it provides diplomatic cover to the Saudis (such as repeatedly blocking an independent investigation into Saudi war crimes); it supports the starvation blockade of the country; it provides training and logistical assistance to the Saudi armed forces; and it has 125 soldiers stationed in Saudi Arabia, including six officers based in the Saudi command and control HQ “assisting with target selection”. Indeed, Britain may well have officers embedded in the Saudi army itself, given 2015’s “take out the trash day” admission that Britain has 177 military personnel embedded within the armed forces of several other, undisclosed, countries. Yet ministers continue to mislead parliament in claiming Britain is “not a party” to the war in Yemen. As Mark Curtis, a historian and analyst of UK foreign policy and international development, has noted. – Saudi Arabia-Canada spat: Here’s everything to know about the feud – Saudi Arabia crucified a man in Mecca while aggressively calling out Canada over human rights – Red Cross condemns ‘reprehensible’ Yemen attacks that killed 55 civilians – Yemeni government forces backed by the Saudi-led coalition have been conducting an offensive to capture Hodeida from the Iran-backed Houthi rebels.  – Yemen: Dozens of civilians killed in school bus attack Red Cross says many children under 15 dead and wounded after air raid blamed on Saudi-UAE coalition hits bus in Saada. AP Investigation: US allies, al-Qaida battle rebels in Yemen – US Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital: A Travesty of History: Donald Trump was elected on the wave of a populist backlash. Like his predecessor, Barack Obama, he promised to roll back the USA’s global intervention, which does, after all, have more in common with Wilsonian Democratic internationalism than traditional Republican—Robert Taft—“America First” non-intervention. Indeed, Trump’s slogan of “America First” got the oligarchic and liberal cabals very nervous, recalling the non-interventionist movement in the USA prior to the Pearl Harbor. Like Obama’s promises, Trump’s were short-lived. Trump’s supposedly “America First” victory was quickly discarded, as the USA retained its position as the standard-bearer of a messianic mission to impose a global “American millennia,” and overtly “American millennialists” replaced the first rung of Trump appointees in quick succession. With Jared Kushner, an arch-Zionist, not only as the President’s son-in-law but as a nepotistic-type key adviser, “America First” was not going to be an easy choice, especially when Zionists and pro-Zionist so-called “neocons” have bamboozled many into thinking that the destinies of the USA and Israel are synonymous, and the two are joined at the hip. Hence, the Israel First lobbies attained a long-held and primary Zionist dream, to have the USA recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The reaction from Palestinians was of course, predictable, and this is not intended as a critical implication. Why should they, and indeed all Muslims, not be outraged? What should also be asked is: why are Christians also not outraged? The latter can be answered by the generations-old undermining of traditional Christian theology in the conjoining of two normally antithetical words “Judaeo” and “Christian.” – ‘Largest military entity yet’ against elected Assad government in Syria has just been formed by West, as ‘moderates’ merge with ‘extremist’ rebels – The devastating effects of crystal meth: Methamphetamine has been used worldwide for decades, devastating the communities where it is found. – Among these militant groups was a body called the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, known for its links to Al Qaeda. Indeed, in 1996 Britain had secretly supported the LIFG in a bid to assassinate Gaddafi. So the impression is that groups connected to Al Qaeda were effectively Britain’s ‘boots on the ground’ in the war against Gaddafi. Crucially, Ramadan Abedi, father of the Manchester bomber, was a member of this same Libyan international fighting group. Salman Abedi may have fought with them, too. Many people will find it frankly incredible that Britain was linked to fighters who had vowed to wage war and destruction against the West. Yet this is something that has happened in a number of foreign conflicts. – Why has the Turkish lira slumped to a record low? What’s driving it down? And what does it mean for Turkey and others? – Why is President Trump impassioned about the case of an American Christian pastor being held “hostage” in Turkey? Plus, a dire warning from an award-winning novelist who fears Turkey is sliding into fascism.  All this, and much more, from CBN News correspondents Jennifer Wishon, Gary Lane, Ben Kennedy, John Waage and George Thomas as they discuss the plight of Pastor Andrew Brunson and future of US-Turkey relations. Turkey’s president claims the CIA and Mossad, Israel’s national intelligence agency, are planning a rescue mission of American pastor Andrew Brunson. Turkey’s president Recep Erdogan reportedly told A-Haber TV, a channel owned by Erdogan’s son-in-law, that members of the CIA and Mossad are staying in houses and apartments near Mr. Brunson’s home. – Caracas requests arrest of politician accused of involvement in apparent attack against President Nicolas Maduro. Venezuela has requested Interpol to arrest an opposition politician who is currently in neighbouring Colombia and accused of involvement in an apparent attack against President Nicolas Maduro. “We are seeking code red for Mr Julio Borges,” Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez said on Friday, referring to the former speaker of the National Assembly. The request for an Interpol red notice – calling for police in another country to locate and provisionally arrest a suspect wanted in another – follows what Venezuelan officials said was a drone assassination attempt on Maduro. A drone loaded with explosives on Saturday detonated near a military event where Maduro was giving a speech. The president escaped unharmed but seven people were wounded. – Ehud Barak slams justice minister Ayelet Shaked as ‘proto-fascist’ for threat to Supreme Court: Former prime minister insists justices must overrule nation-state law, says Netanyahu has ‘no morals’ and has ‘skewed Zionism’ Former prime minister Ehud Barak on Wednesday slammed Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, saying her “threats” against Israel’s top court were like those of a “proto-fascist” state. Barak, in an interview with Army Radio, criticized Shaked for warning Sunday of an “earthquake” if the High Court of Justice were to overturn the controversial nation-state law, which is accused by some critics of discriminating against Israel’s non-Jewish minorities. “Threats like that are only heard in proto-fascist regimes,” Barak said. – Shaked to Corbyn: Labour needs zero tolerance on anti-Semitism. In comments by most senior Israeli official so far, justice minister urges UK opposition chief to expel those making anti-Jewish remarks. – A Nazi Travels to Palestine: Baron von Mildenstein and the S.S. support of Zionism in Germany from 1934-1936. Jacob Boas | Published in History Today Volume 30 Issue 1 January 1980 – In the spring of 1933 four people gathered on a platform of Berlin’s railway station ready to board a train for Trieste, where they were to take a ship bounds for Palestine. What made this group unusual was the fact that it was composed of two couples, one Jewish, the other Nazi, only two months after Hitler’s appointment as Chancellor of the German Reich and his first legislation against non-Aryans. Yet the two couples were travelling with the sanction of both the Nazi (National Socialist German Workers) Party and the Zionist Federation of Germany. They were engaged in a mission whose invisible fellow-traveller ws the fate of German Jewry. – Hebron shooting: Footage shows ‘settler kicking knife towards Palestinian man’s body’ after soldier killed him The footage was shown in the trial of Elor Azaria, who shot Abdel Fattah al-Sharif dead following an attack – Israel supplies rifles to Azov batallion: Rights Groups Demand Israel Stop Arming neo-Nazis in Ukraine. Human rights activists petition the court to cease Israeli arms exports to Ukraine since some of these weapons reach neo-Nazi elements in Ukraine’s security forces – Documentary about Israel’s Secret Weapon: If Americans Knew: Israel’s Internet Censorship War – An exposé on Israel’s detailed projects – some public, some covert – to influence what people see on the Internet, and what they don’t. From the article, “How Israel and its partisans work to censor the Internet” – Twitter, important: A recent update to the Facebook Platform Policies ended the ability to automatically post Tweets to your Facebook profile or page, but so called fix doesn’t do anything! – Facebook locks out cross-posting from Twitter: The integration between Twitter and Facebook that could allow automatic posting of tweets and retweets to Facebook ended on August 1, 2018. Twitter announced the changes to the cross-posting capabilities urging users to learn new ways of sharing their tweets to Facebook after the lockdown. The changes were attributed to a recent change in the Facebook policies. ‘We’ve learned that Tweets and Retweets will no longer automatically post to connected Facebook accounts due to a recent Facebook update.  ‘A recent update to the Facebook Platform Policies ended the ability to automatically post Tweets to your Facebook profile or page, so your Tweets will no longer show up there,’ Twitter announced early in August. After shutting down the functionality, Twitter users will instead have to copy the link to the tweet they desire to share on Facebook and then move to paste and share manually on the social platform. Initially, you could connect your Twitter and Facebook accounts so that all your Tweets and Retweets are automatically posted to your Facebook wall. This is the feature that will no longer work given previously posts from sister platforms, Facebook and Instagram, appeared as links on Twitter. It was also possible to make automatic updates on a Facebook page you manage straight from your Twitter handle but this has since been halted in the new policy updates made by Facebook.  –  Facebook, Apple, Spotify and YouTube have removed content from radio talk show host Alex Jones, who has called the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary shooting a hoax. Google’s YouTube removed Jones’ InfoWars channel Monday after taking other action in previous months. The move followed similar decisions by Apple and Spotify, which removed Jones’ podcasts shortly before Facebook removed Jones’ fan page and the one for his radio show InfoWars on Monday. “When users violate these policies repeatedly, like our policies against hate speech and harassment or our terms prohibiting circumvention of our enforcement measures, we terminate their accounts,” a YouTube representative told The Hill. YouTube previously banned livestream videos from Jones for three months that contained hate speech against Muslims and transgender people and another video that included an instance of child endangerment late last month. He was also flagged for a violation earlier this year for posting a video in which he claimed Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg was a “crisis actor.” – The Purge: Paul Joseph Watson – Alex Jones Exposed: website has disappeared – here’s a copy of what was on there about links to the CIA and the Israeli state – CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (C.I.A.) OPERATIVES IN ALEX JONES’ FAMILY: etc etc – Former Alex Jones employees and guests speak out about the big problems going on at Infowars. Featuring: Rob Jacobson, Kurt Nimmo, Anthony Gucciardi, Aaron and Melissa Dykes, Luke Rudkowski, Jason Bermas, David Icke, Wayne Madsen and Jack Blood – Matthew Williams’ YouTube channel: The Secret Vault. Matthew Williams exposes some of the UK’s military secrets around RAF Rudloe Manor which is an enormous secret communications hub in Wiltshire dominated by the United States: Rudloe Manor and Corsham sites involvement in UFO investigations discussed here in 2003. This was sourced from SD footage and had a severe flicker in the video projector screen so it has been de-flickered and noise cleaned so as not to induce epilepsyFamed For It’s Underground Military Town – Its 15 Miles Of Underground Tunnels – Rudloe Manor Still Operate In Secret Even Today. Some Sites Serve As Military Command Posts And Were Funded Under Black Budgets. Millions Of Pounds Upkeep Is Still Spent, Each Year, On What The Military Says Are Disused Mines. However The Truth Is Far More Exciting Than That. –  Investigators released a report on missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, saying the Boeing 777’s controls were likely deliberately manipulated to take it off course but they were not able to determine who was responsible. – Malaysian plane: 20 passengers worked for ELECTRONIC WARFARE and MILITARY RADAR firm
A US technology company which had 20 senior staff on board Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 had just launched a new electronic warfare gadget for military radar systems in the days before the Boeing 777 went missing.
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Public art evicted from Bristol ‘Bearpit’ to make way for US style ‘art district’ – Lethal Autonomous Weapons: US, Israel and Russia block UN agreement on banning killer robots

Friday 3rd August 2018

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First hour: news review: Bamboo Club in Bristol – Tony Bullimore who started it has died this week; Bristol Carnival; ‘Some sort of chaos’ – Bristol City Council miss financial accounts deadlinePoor children and pupils with special needs kicked out of Bristol schools ‘to improve results’ – not enough money from Central Government;  Northampton Council runs out of money. Crisis-hit Northamptonshire county council faced angry recriminations at a special council meeting last night to discuss its response to a massive financial crisis regarded by experts as “unparalleled in modern times”. The Conservative-run council, which is technically insolvent and has to make up to £70m of cuts over the next few months to balance its books, has warned that it will in future be able to offer only stripped-back of services to residents. Opposition councillors told the meeting on Wednesday evening that the council was paying the price for years of mismanagement and ideological folly. They warned that the proposed cuts would put vulnerable residents in danger and predicted that the council would face legal challenges to its plans to restrict services. Interest rates hiked slightly this week, economy will start to cool – biggest crash in history is coming The Bank of England has raised the interest rate for only the second time in a decade. The rate has risen by a quarter of a percentage point, from 0.5% to 0.75% – the highest level since March 2009; Bristol Library closures – bringing them up to date; The Bearpit: Other works of art included panels covering historic campaigns against the slave trade, and the city’s prominent role in the Suffragette movement. The first panel on Ayles quotes the former MP’s own words, describing the slaughter in the trenches of the Great War as “cold-blooded murder”, and “crimes against God and man to maintain the honour and glory of the British Empire”. – For more than four years a cube-shaped structure in the Bearpit has displayed a variety of slogans, artwork and information. But on Friday morning the cube was unceremoniously removed by Bristol Waste workers on the instruction of Bristol City Council. It comes after the graffiti in the Bearpit was mostly painted over and one week after it was revealed that the roundabout could be turned into a “food innovation hub”. – Lisa Furness discusses the changes and the closing down of the art space –  In 2016, the food traders working in the Bearpit set up a breakaway group “Bearpit Bristol” and have effectively worked to push out the community-based BIG. Bristol City Council and Bristol Waste have seemingly backed the traders over the community. Following a campaign of fear-mongering in the media by the traders, Bristol City Council announced that the social experiment was a failure. In early 2018 the Council, amid much confusion, said they would take back control of the Bearpit from the community group (BIG). Since then Bristol Waste have painted the inner walls in monotonous grey and brown, removing artworks such as “Bridges not Walls” and “Deeds not Words”, works painted for Journey to Justice in late 2017. Inevitably this has provoked a response from graffiti artists and the grey walls are tagged constantly. Since this oppressive move by the Council, artists have been harassed and threatened with arrest by the police. No clear guidance has been issued or communicated to the community. – Wynwood District in Miami – Wynwood is an eclectic district in the urban core of Miami, Florida. It is home to art galleries, retail stores, antique shops, eclectic bars, artisanal eateries and one of the largest open-air street-art installations in the world. Throughout the mid-to-late 1900s, Wynwood was an enclave for Caribbean immigrants and home to Miami’s Garment District. Following a decade of economic exodus and depression, in the early 2000s, forward thinking developers and property owners rehabilitated neglected warehouses, shuttered factories, and other unused buildings, transforming them into the innovative businesses that are visible today. Air pollution over illegal limit in Bristol;  Peter Mandelson thinks we should have another Brexit referendum: Final Say: Peter Mandelson says fresh referendum could empower Theresa May to ‘stand up against Brextremists’ blackmail’; annual speech by Mayor Marvin Rees; Eleanor Combley, Green leader, says Marvin’s fine words do not match his actions.  Speaking at Full council Green group leader, Eleanor Combley, criticised the Mayor for not delivering on his promises. “We’ve heard a lot of beautiful words today, we keep hearing a lot of beautiful words, but the gulf between those words and the reality of the actions I see, and what people around me experience, is so huge that I can’t be silent,” she said. “I find myself like the child in the nursery story who just can’t help blurting out that the emperor isn’t quite as well-dressed as he thinks and I can’t keep myself from speaking out. Sometimes it feels like the words take priority over the reality, so that it becomes more important that you can put on your election leaflets that you have kept the Children’s Centres open than to actually safeguard the services they provide. So you end up keeping them open as buildings maybe, but with jobs and services cut to the point that they are not necessarily really Children’s Centres any more.

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Second hour: Investigative reports: Interview with Mike Jempson, who runs Media Wise, and started Campaign for Press and Broadcast Freedom in 1978, which is being wound up in November and whose magazine Free Press is stopping:  1978 when Unions were getting a hard time from the press;  print workers and journalists unions – and the introduction of the computer;  Bristol Post and local newspapers – how they have changed with ownership changes; Dennis Payter in the Bristol NUJ oral history project, discusses working on The Evening Post when the hot metal press was still being used; ownership of press and vested interests affecting the news; sources of news stories – from news wires; diversity of press now – including the internet; wealthy people can afford to libel media; transparency about who owns press; fake news: Trump proved correct about mass media fake news today which wrongly accused him of keeping the Queen waiting for fifteen minutes on his recent trip to Britain, According to the official schedule. The president arrived almost exactly on time; better ways press should be run. – Peter Osaro discusses robot weapons: – Peter Asaro, Associate Professor of Media Studies “Saving the World from Killer Robots. And Stupid AI” – also links between Google and companies developing these weapons. Elon Musk says Tesla not to manufacture killer robots: Artificial intelligence (AI) could revolutionise human society and especially warfare. But scientists are concerned about the consequences of robots being able to identify and kill people without human oversight. Demis Hassabis at Google DeepMind and founder of SpaceX, Elon Musk, are among 2,400 people who signed the pledge which aims to discourage governments from constructing killer AI. US investigative journalist Seymour Hersh thinks Bin Laden didn’t do 9/11: We end up ruminating about 9/11, perhaps because it is another narrative ripe for deconstruction by sceptics. Polling shows that a significant proportion of the American public believes there is more to the truth. These doubts have been reinforced by the declassification of the suppressed 28 pages of the 9/11 commission report last year undermining the version that a group of terrorists acting independently managed to pull off the attacks. The implication is that they may well have been state-sponsored with the Saudis potentially involved. Hersh tells me: “I don’t necessarily buy the story that Bin Laden was responsible for 9/11. We really don’t have an ending to the story. I’ve known people in the [intelligence] community. We don’t know anything empirical about who did what”. He continues: “The guy was living in a cave. He really didn’t know much English. He was pretty bright and he had a lot of hatred for the US. We respond by attacking the Taliban. Eighteen years later… How’s it going guys?” The concept of perpetual war is not exactly unintentional. The Truman doctrine hinged on this. His successor Eisenhower coined the term “military-industrial complex”. In 2015, giant defence contractor Lockheed Martin’s CEO stated that the more instability in Asia Pacific and the Middle East the better for their profit margins. In other words, war is good for business.

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Council staff ‘leave SEND assessment evidence emails unopened’ to avoid spending money on statutory special needs pupils – Charlie Rowley’s incredible Amesbury novichok story – Climate change a hoax? Labour leader’s brother Piers Corbyn on hottest week of 2018

Friday 27th July 2018

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First hour: news review: with LibDem councillor for Brislington Jos Clarke: We Care and Repair Jos Clark WE Care & Repair helps people over 60 and disabled people of all ages in B&NES, Bristol, Gloucestershire and North Somerset. Sisters of the Church in St Paul’s Providing food packages and other support to those in need in and around St Pauls. Food is distributed in the Malcolm X Community Centre three times a week and food vouchers are not needed to receive help. Prime Minister’s Questions: Schools are being financially penalised for supporting children with additional needs, David Drew MP tells Theresa May. Schools are being left out-of-pocket if they provide extra support for children with additional needs says Stroud MP David Drew. He’s so concerned about the impact of the National Funding Formula on schools which aim to be inclusive that he raised the issue directly with the Prime Minister on Wednesday. Jos explains that children being assessed for special needs education are being ignored by Bristol City Council’s Education department by not opening the emails so the time limit for processing the claims is not triggered! “Don’t cut my future”, “Hey Marvin, hands off SEND funds” and “I have a right to learn” were just some of the messages angry parents had for Bristol City Council. The Bristol mums have taken the council to court over the authority’s £5million cuts to funding for children with special education needs and disabilities (SEND). They said they did not want other parents to go through what they did, calling the cuts “unlawful” and that it would have a detrimental effect on all children. The court case is the first of its kind in England, with parents all over the country waiting to launch a similar case against their own council. Ahead of the judicial review hearing on Tuesday, July 24, several parents stood outside and chanted for change from the council. Sally Kent, who has a child with special needs, said: “I’ve been through the process of getting an Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP), and we were refused an assessment. The Conservative group is warning Marvin Rees against bringing in a blanket “congestion charge” for Bristol. Tory leader Mark Weston has publicly “put down” his group’s opposition to any future prospect of a congestion charge in the city. Bristol is in the process of creating a ‘clean air zone’ plan which may involve charging private drivers of older or highly polluting cars to enter certain parts of the city. In contrast congestion zones involve charging all cars to enter set parts of the city regardless of their efficiency. Mayor of Bristol’s annual statement to Full Council and responses from political group leaders. Leaders of Bristol’s opposition parties are calling for clarity on the future of the city’s arena. The Green Party’s Eleanor Combley, the Conservative’s Mark Weston and the Liberal Democrat’s Anthony Negus have penned an open letter to Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees asking him to answer key questions about the timeline and decision making process for the project. It comes after the Labour Mayor postponed making a decision on whether the arena should be built in the city centre or Filton Airfield last month to consider new information. Mr Rees claimed Buckingham Group – the contractors for the city centre Temple Island project – and operators Arena Island Ltd had come forward with new offers for the project during a week-long session of scrutiny meetings in to a ‘value for money’ report on the two sites. Both companies claim the Mayor knew about the offers in December. Mr Rees has said a decision on the use of the land at Temple Island will be made before the middle of August, but has remained tight lipped about his current preference. This secrecy has irritated the opposition groups who believe the gravity of the decision warrants the need for “transparent” and “open” discussions. A Labour councillor is calling for Marvin Rees to be deselected if he chooses to move Bristol’s arena project out of the city centre. Councillor for St George Troopers Hill Fabian Breckels also said the Labour Mayor could “kiss goodbye” to his political career if the long-awaited concert venue is not built on Temple Island. The comments were made on social media shortly after Mr Rees gave his annual address to council on Tuesday, July 17. During the speech the 46-year-old gave his strongest hint to date the venue would be moving out of the city centre. Taking to Twitter Mr Breckles said: “If he puts the arena in Filton Marvin Rees can kiss goodbye to his political career, the moves to deselect him would begin immediately. Not joking.” Changes to Bristol City Council’s constitution have been branded a “shameless power grab” that will “effectively neuter local democracy”. The Labour administration insists that the move will make the democratic process fairer and more transparent, as it effectively gives elected councillors from the ruling party more opportunity to make their voices heard on behalf of their constituents. Under the changes, Labour will increase the number of its backbench councillors taking chair roles in committees and decrease opportunities for opposition parties to put forward ‘golden’ motions for debate – which will reflect the proportionality of the chamber instead of working on rotation. All three opposition groups slammed the “constitutional power grab” as an affront to democracy at a full council meeting on Tuesday, with Tory John Goulandris, councillor for Stoke Bishop, likening the administration to a totalitarian regime. “Bristol is not and never should be a one-party dictatorship,” he argued. ‘It’s the lying and the triviality I object to.’ Interview between John Cleese and Emily Maitlis where the Monty Python star explains why newspapers have driven him to the Caribbean. Kevin Cahill: A BBC Spotlight investigation into the man behind the DUP’s record £435,000 donation during the EU referendum has uncovered a trail of illegal activity and foreign money. Richard Cook shipped illegal tyre waste to India in 2009. He presented fake documents to the authorities and left a shipping company with a bill of more than £1m. Prince Charles rued ‘monstrous wrongs’ against bishop later convicted of abuse. Child abuse inquiry hears prince told Peter Ball in 1995: ‘I wish I could do more’. Prince Charles told the inquiry he had been deceived about Ball’s activities. Prince Charles told Peter Ball “monstrous wrongs” had been done to the disgraced bishop and that he wished he could do more to help, the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse has heard. The comments came in a letter sent by the Prince of Wales to Ball in February 1995, two years after the former bishop of Gloucester accepted a police caution for gross indecency and resigned his position in the church. The prince also told the inquiry in a six-page statement that he had been deceived over a long period of time “about the true nature” of Ball’s activities, but denied that he had sought to influence the outcome of police investigations. He said he was unsure whether he was told about Ball’s caution until 2009. In 2015, Ball was convicted of sexual offences against 18 young men and sentenced to 32 months in prison. An independent inquiry last year found that senior figures in the Church of England had engaged in collusion and cover-up over the case. Kevin Cahill has discovered the child sexual abuse files but they’re closed for 100 years. Whitehall child sex inquiry: the 114 files ‘lost’. Home Office admits that it destroyed, lost or could not find ‘potentially relevant files’ between 1979 and 1999. Kevin found 127 childrens home child sexual abuse files just for the London area. Child sex abuse Wanless report: Files concerning Westminster paedophile ring believed destroyed in last few years. Labour campaign: The next Labour government will build things in Britain that for too long have been built abroad because we have failed to invest. Build it in Britain.
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Second hour: Investigative reports: Charlie Rowley exclusive ‘novichok’ interview with ITV. ITV News exclusive: Where did Charlie Rowley find the ‘packaged bottle of Novichok perfume’? The mainstream media are making almost no effort today to fit Charlie Rowley’s account of his poisoning into the already ludicrous conspiracy theory being peddled by the government and intelligence agencies. ITV News gamely inserted the phrase “poisoned by a Russian nerve agent” into their exclusive interview with Charlie Rowley, an interview in which they managed to ask no penetrating questions whatsoever, and of which they only broadcast heavily edited parts. Their own website contains this comment by their journalist Rupert Evelyn: He said it was unopened, the box it was in was sealed, and that they had to use a knife in order to cut through it. “That raises the question: if it wasn’t used, is this the only Novichok that exists in this city? And was it the same Novichok used to attack Sergei and Yulia Skripal? But the information about opening the packet with a knife is not in the linked interview. What Rowley does say in the interview is that the box was still sealed in its cellophane. Presumably it was the cellophane he slit open with a knife. Wiltshire Advertiser: Doctors warn of super-strength synthetic heroin on the streets of Wiltshire. Dawn’s two sons, Aidan, 23, and Ewan, 19, live with their father Andrew Hope, 46, a senior systems engineer also with high-level security clearance who works at Boscombe Down.  How Russia could attack Britain’s infrastructure: targeting power grid, cutting internet cables and fake news. Russia could kill thousands with an attack crippling infrastructure in Britain, the Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has warned. Gavin Williamson warned of the potential damage from attacks on the power grid and communications cables. His comments have attracted accusations he is being alarmist and the Russian government has dismissed his comments as “like something out of a children’s comic or the show ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus”. But Mr Williamson’s comments on the potential for attacks on UK infrastructure echo earlier warnings from military leaders and security officials. Dr Igor Sutyagin, a Russia expert at the Royal United Services Institute, said “It’s not scare mongering. Technically…  Rosenstein: Russian attack on 2016 election ‘one tree in a growing forest’ of cyber activity – (CNN) Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein called Russian interference in the 2016 US election “one tree in a growing forest” of malign cyber activity when he unveiled the Justice Department’s Cyber-Digital Task Force report in his speech at the Aspen Security Forum on Thursday in ColoradoRosenstein unveils report that gets tough on cyber security. Children are being used to spy on terrorists, drug dealers and grooming gangs by police and security services in Britain. The government admitted that the use of children as “covert human intelligence sources” could rise as teenagers are increasingly drawn into extremism, gang violence and “county lines” drug running. A report by a House of Lords committee raised concern about proposals to extend the period – from one to four months – that police and the intelligence services use underage informants. Lord Trefgarne, chairman of the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee, said the change appeared to be founded on “administrative convenience” without sufficient protections in place. Song Guantanamera, The Sandpipers 1966Guantánamo Bay is the oldest US military base outside of the United States. It is the only foreign military base maintained against the wishes of the host government and the only US military base with an indefinite lease. The United States seized control of Guantánamo Bay at the end of the Spanish-American War in 1898 as it was of huge strategic importance for access to the Caribbean and Latin America. The infamous Platt Amendment in 1901 fortified the United States’ control allowing the US to retain its military presence. To Guantanamo Bay or the electric chair? The Home Office has bowed to pressure over two British-raised jihadis facing the possibility of execution in the US by temporarily suspending cooperation with the American authorities over the case, lawyers have said. El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey after their capture in eastern Syria in January. Although it is only a temporary concession, it marks the first breach in the UK government position. The Home Office could be forced to extend the suspension pending the outcome of a judicial review. Gangs and countergangs: More history than counterinsurgency theory, this book highlights the circumstances in Kenya on which Kitson later based his theories of counter subversion and insurgency. Some of the techniques he utilized include mass detentions, population relocation, food control collection of background information, pseudo-gangs (both double agents and false flag), and tactical patience during intelligence collection. Syria’s Assad says White Helmets are terrorists, will be killed if they don’t surrender. Erdogan says new Israeli law fascist, Hitler’s spirit re-emerging. Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday an Israeli law declaring that only Jews have the right of self-determination legitimises oppression and shows that Israel is a fascist and racist country where the spirit of Adolf Hitler has re-emergedIsrael storms Al-Aqsa compound during Friday prayers, shots fired. Piers Corbyn, an Astro-physicist, is also the founder and Managing Director of Weather Action; highly regarded as providing the most consistently accurate long-range weather forecasts in the UK. Weather Action provides an important service to the business community. Piers has strong views on the ‘Climate Change’ Agenda, observing ‘WeatherAction defends evidence-based science and policy making as the ONLY science. WeatherAction completely supports campaigns for GeoEthical accountability and CLEXIT – Exit from UN Climate Change Deals and against data fraud and political manipulation of data and so-called scientific claims now dominating climate and environmental sciences. Evidence shows that man-made climate change does not exist and the arguments for it are not based on science but on data fraud and a conspiracy theory of nature.’
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Rich can gag UK press after Cliff Richard judgement by High Court judge Mr Justice Anthony Mann – America’s Zionist conspirators: the perushim secret society with ‘If Americans Knew’s Alison Weir

Friday 20th July 2018

BCfm’s weekly Politics Show presented by Tony Gosling

At six – discussing the big stories in Bristol, Britain and around the world
After seven –
 straight talking and investigative reports with Martin Summers

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First hour: news review: with LibDem councillor for Knowle Gary Hopkins: 51 bus, Brexit: Fresh pressure on chief whip after claims of foul play over knife-edge vote. ‘Despite repeatedly asking Julian Smith direct questions this afternoon, he has been unable to confirm to me that he did not give instructions to break pairs,’ says Tory MP – May narrowly heads off defeat after caving in to Brexit hardliners – PM provokes rebellion from Tory remainers but wins customs vote in Commons – Vote Leave fined and reported to police by Electoral Commission  – However unpalatable it may be to hear, I think things go on in this country which, if known about, would shock and appal most people. I’m not saying that the British state routinely goes around murdering its own citizens. I am saying that anything inconvenient which gets in the way of the British state might be taken care of in a brutal fashion. No country is immune from this pragmatism, of course, but I think a surprising number of people are prepared to accept the state’s version of events and are under the impression that bad things don’t happen in Britain. I’m not sure that opinion holds as much water these days. – Mark Watts reports on Cliff Richard case – Cliff wins in High Court: Britain sees its culture of secrecy upped hugely by today’s judgment in Sir Cliff Richard v BBC & SYP. It develops privacy law to trample freedom of speech, which hardly gets a look in throughout this 122-page judgment – David Scott at Fresh Start Foundation – Truth for Survivors of Child Abuse

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Second hour: Investigative reports:  A day after Donald Trump met with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, he has sought to reverse comments he made during the leaders’ joint press conference. Citing the transcript of his remarks, Trump said his assertion that he did not see ‘any reason why it would be Russia’ behind election inference should have been: ‘I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia.’ – Russia-gate is becoming FBI-gate, thanks to the official release of unguarded text messages between loose-lipped FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok and his garrulous girlfriend, FBI lawyer Lisa Page. (Ten illustrative texts from their exchange appear at the end of this article.) Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the third presidential debate in 2016, during which Clinton called Trump Vladimir Putin’s “puppet.” Despite his former job as chief of the FBI’s counterintelligence section, Strzok had the naive notion that texting on FBI phones could not be traced. Strzok must have slept through “Security 101.” Or perhaps he was busy texting during that class. Girlfriend Page cannot be happy at being misled by his assurance that using office phones would be a secure way to conduct their affair(s) – Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has raided a space research facility after a suspected leak of hypersonic missile secrets to Western spies. The state space agency Roskosmos said its security staff were co-operating with FSB officers on a criminal case. Russia’s Kommersant daily says about 10 staff at a Roskosmos facility called TsNIIMash are under suspicion. A director’s office was searched. Hypersonic missiles fly at more than five times the speed of sound (Mach 5). On Thursday the Russia defence ministry released video of two new hypersonic missile systems – called Kinzhal and Avangard. Both can deliver nuclear warheads. – FAKE NEWS OF THE WEEK: Police identify Putin’s nerve agent assassins in huge trawl of CCTV COUNTER-TERROR police have identified the Russian hit squad behind the Salisbury Novichok poisonings, it was claimed yesterday – SUDDENLY NEWS CHANGED TO – Britain’s security minister Ben Wallace has dismissed a report that police have identified several Russians who were behind the poisoning of former Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal as “wild speculation”. – Porton Down lies – Porton Down victims awarded £3m. The government has not admitted liability. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is to award £3m in compensation to 360 veterans of Cold War experiments at the Porton Down research centre.Defence minister Derek Twigg said: “The government sincerely apologises to those who may have been affected.” The money is “in full and final settlement” of claims and without admission of liability, Mr Twigg added. Many of those given nerve agents in the trials at the Wiltshire complex have complained of life-long ill health. The servicemen were often told they were helping to find a cure for the common cold. – Poem of the week – A sad, funny story of Sergei and Yulia – not ‘funny ha-ha’, but funny peculiar… One Sunday in March they decided to eat – at a nice little café, then stopped at a seat – where they both felt unwell at the very same minute – now I think that’s quite a coincidence, ‘innit? So an ambulance came for the pair, as requested. But when they were studied, and prodded, and tested, nefarious substances in them were found – and not only there, but spread all around old Salisbury town, up hill and down valley – (the High Street is now known as ‘Chemical Alley’) – Meet Sam Husseini, the Reporter Dragged from Trump-Putin Press Conference for Trying to Ask About Nuclear Treaty –  Hong Kong National Party: Move to ban pro-independence group ‘concerns’ UK – Veterans For Peace VFP-UK members engaged with multiple people on the promenade, discussing militarism and war. We engaged with the public, andpeople is various uniforms. We also looked at what stands the military were running. Most were aimed at recruitment into a branch of the military, with various exhibits. Most disturbingly was a Royal Marine sponsored stand that had a number of weapons on display, including what looked like a Sterling Sub Machine Gun and a variant of the AK 47. What was disturbing about this stand was the personnel in military fatigues (combat trousers, some sort of unit polo shirt, and a Royal Marines green beret) were allowing children to handle these weapons and encouraging their families and friends to take photos of the handling weapons. This included children aiming weapons at people. Something that I was taught in my basic training was the one NEVER points a weapon at a person unless you are aiming at them to kill them – Chlorine used in Syria’s Douma, no trace of nerve agent, Interim OPCW report finds – Pakistan gives army broad election powers at polling stations – Scotland chosen as site for UK’s first spaceport to open by early 2020s – A’Mhoine peninsula picked for vertical rocket and satellite launches to pave way for space flights – Alison Weir from ‘If Americans Knew’ exposes the Perushim secret society behind the original US Zionist lobby and how they brought the US forces to the aid of Britain in World War One – Israel Retaliates, Ferociously, After IDF Soldier Killed by Hamas Sniper – roughly ten Palestinians killed for every Israeli – Google fined £3.8bn by EU over Android antitrust violations

Firm to launch appeal because ‘Android has created more choice for everyone, not less’

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By Panopticon

A sad, funny story of Sergei and Yulia

not ‘funny ha-ha’, but funny peculiar…


One Sunday in March they decided to eat

at a nice little café, then stopped at a seat

where they both felt unwell at the very same minute

now I think that’s quite a coincidence, ‘innit?

So an ambulance came for the pair, as requested.

But when they were studied, and prodded, and tested,

nefarious substances in them were found –

and not only there, but spread all around

old Salisbury town, up hill and down valley –

(the High Street is now known as ‘Chemical Alley’).

A passing D.S. who just happened to be there,

was poisoned like them when he went off to see where

they lived – or did he succumb at the scene?

(His bosses told two different stories on screen).

And while a good nurse who had tended them well

suffered no side effects, ‘far as I can tell,

some thirty-eight people were treated as victims,

but I think that someone was taking the mick, since

a day or two after those numbers were stated

the whole bloody lot of them evaporated.


***  Hmm.  ***


The media descended like swivel-eyed dervishes,

paid no attention to church Sunday services;

campanologists’ melodies had to be quietened,

so BBC viewers could all be enlightened:

“Could you silence those chimes, my parochial friend?”

“Well I could, but at least can we hear the bell end?”

Now Boris mistakenly took that as cue

to appear on the telly, and give us his view

that the case had been cracked by his government sources,

e’en though the police had advised “Hold your horses”;

his bods back at Whitehall had worked round the clock

to identify something called ‘DoorknobichokTM

which he claimed had been smeared on the victims’ front door,

under cover of darkness on March 3 or 4.

‘Twas a devilish stuff that will kill you in seconds,

and was put there by Russkies (or so his boss reckons).

So lethal that only a tenth of a gram

would transport you to heaven, to visit your gran.

“So we have two deceased?” the reporters surmised;

“No, they’re not dead” said Boris, “just hoskripalised!”.


***   I thank you.   ***


Then someone observed something really quite odd –

that the door didn’t seem to have bothered the plod

who was tasked with the duty of guarding the place,

long before it was clear that a poison was traced.

“So how could this be?” it was asked of the Tory,

who conferred with his bosses, and then changed his story:

“No, it wasn’t the handle, but gas-tainted air

in the Skripals’ jalopy, ‘cause Vlad put it there!”

Then when this didn’t wash, he tried yet another –

it was smuggled from Moscow by Yulia’s mother! (in law)

In one last attempt to convince us that Putin

had ordered his henchmen to go put the boot in:

“They may have consumed it at breakfast, you see –

in Ricincles or Special K(GB);

for although it would seem like the plot of a thriller,

I’m convinced that our Vlad is a cereal killer!”


***   Hmmm.   ***


Then a cordon was thrown around Salisbury town,

which was only a bus ride from old Porton Down

(a village connected to our alleged traitor –

for Sergei is he – but more of that later).

The government said that their duty of care,

because of the obvious dangers in there

meant they might have to pull down the café and pub,

so the locals would have to go elsewhere for grub;

And because of the contaminated front door,

their dwelling might need to be razed to the floor.

Well, this understandably raised some concerns

with the Salisbury folk, who took it in turns

to request some advice, because nobody knows

if they’d gotten the stuff on their shoes, or their clothes:

“Should we burn our belongings, or dump them at sea?”

“Nah, just wash ‘em on ‘quick rinse’ at forty degrees”.

“And what of that sinister place up the lane

where your poisons are made, is that whence it came?”

“If you don’t mind me saying, your question’s absurd,

as of Doorknobichok TMay, we never have heard,

except for the stockpiles we keep for ourselves,

and they are all safe and secure on our shelves”.


***   Oops.   ***


The blame was laid squarely on Moscow and Vlad

(as we know from our Bond films that Russians are bad);

expulsion of diplomats worldwide arranged;

accusations thrown, and insults exchanged.

All cultural visits were cancelled or put off,

and Julie Assange had his internet cut off.

Then lo! and behold, our story got murky,

in a village you’ll find in a country near Turkey.

The Syrian leader, one Bashar Assad,

was repelling invaders, which made the West mad;

but just as his victory was nearing at last,

his own population he cruelly gassed –

or so we were told by the Powers That Be,

who strung us a line, didn’t want us to see

that some brave independents were taking a risk,

like Bartlett and Beeley, Stuart and Fisk,

to show us the true situation in Douma –

if the press did its job we’d have realised sooner

that far from Assad being a monster, and hated

by all of his people, he was celebrated

and trusted to stand up as their only true hope,

in the face of attacks from the U.S. and Europe.

And he wasn’t a ‘butcher’, on murderous mission,

but a family man, and a licenced optician.


***   We should’ve gone to Specsavers.   ***


Emotional images filled up our screens,

showing suffering women, and babies, and teens;

they were choking on chlorine, which made us all furious –

but no men affected, which did seem quite curious…

The West didn’t wait, we accepted the claim

that the evil Assad was entirely to blame.

He was guilty of war crimes, as evidence proved –

for the good of the people, he must be removed!

Notwithstanding the signs that the Syrians may seem

broadly in favour of Mr. A’s ‘regime’

and the fact that with Russia they had some protection

from outside attacks, or their own insurrection.

Our Washington friends would insist that they need some

of Uncle Sam’s good ol’ American freedom

which had been so successful, I’m frequently told,

where nations had hardships, and oil, gas, and gold.

The narrative blaming Assad for the crimes

was reported as fact in The Sun and The Times

and most western leaders were keen to appease the

hawkish intentions of Boris and Theresa.

But a doubt did remain that the entire event

might have been a ‘false flag’, with malicious intent –

would our lovable ‘BoJo’ condone such a stunt?

Yes he would, because he’s an untrustworthy cad….




Before we continue I think that we ought’ta

return to the poor stricken father and daughter

whose problems all started when they were infected

with poison – but how this event was connected

to wider concerns internationally,

and the threat of an outbreak of World War III

can be found in the c.v. of old Mister S.,

and the time he was caught and was made to confess

that a Brit double-agent was his part-time job,

with some colleagues betrayed for a few extra bob.

So a jail cell in Moscow was where he would stay,

till a spy swap arrangement took him to U.K.

Here he stayed for a while, but he yearned to go home,

which worried the spooks listening in on his phone.

Was this why the homesick old Russian was nobbled?

Or was it the claim that with help he had cobbled

together a dossier aimed at the POTUS,

that the Democrats hoped would dissuade U.S. voters

And result in the triumph of Hillary Clinton,

with subsequent guaranteed hell, fire and brimstone?

The plot didn’t work, and old Trump was elected,

but whatever the reason the pair were infected,

our government said “It’s clear if you ask us,

that this can be traced all the way to Damascus,

for it shows that the Russians will use any measure

to help young Assad and incur our displeasure;

The agents of Putin can poison to order

And will have no respect for law, life or border.

But nothing must stop the success of our plan

which began in Baghdad and will end in Tehran.”


***   “Highly Likely”   ***


So despite all the evidence proving this crisis

was carefully staged by the West’s friends in ISIS,

these facts were ignored by the Beeb and the papers,

who called for an end to the Syrian’s capers.

This gave our P.M. all the reasons she needed

to mount an attack, with all protests unheeded,

along with her chums in the U.S. and France,

but they thoughtfully notified Vlad in advance;

for this wasn’t a true act of war, but a sham,

to convince all the voters that they had a plan.

A fortune was spent on some shiny new rockets

(replacements would benefit shareholders’ pockets);

so where shall we fire ‘em? Mrs. May scratched her head:

“Well we wouldn’t want anyone injured, or dead,

but we know where he hides his consignment of gases,

to terrorise all of his downtrodden masses,

so we’ll send in these missiles, with shock and with awe,

and we’ll blow the dumps up, which will shorten the war”.

“Won’t those missiles release all the toxins therein,

to kill one and all – a terrible sin??”

A blank look appeared, then Theresa retorted:

“I’d not thought of that, could you please not report it?”


 ***   Jesus H. Christ.   ***


The bombing commenced, on irrelevant target

So the Maybot could emulate her idol, Margaret,

and show that in conflict she was strong and mighty

but meanwhile, something was stirring in Blighty…..



Our young Russian lady, whose certain demise

was expected, suddenly opened her eyes

just as Easter approached, in her hospital prison,

To be greeted with cries of “Christ, she is risen!

And to make matters worse, she had borrowed a phone

and confirmed her good health to her cousin back home

which scuppered the prospect that Yulia could

have been quietly forgotten, or silenced for good.

But what of her daddy, who’d been at death’s door

‘cause he’d got on the outside of A-234?

Well I’m glad to report that, despite the prognosis

that follows ingestion of such fatal doses

both he and the bobby awoke from their comas,

which filled sceptics’ nostrils with fishy aromas;

for what kind of poison, designed to be lethal

has no such effect on these three lucky people?

There were so many questions we needed to ask,

but journalists didn’t seem up to the task;

this global concern that had Doomsday advancing

took a sad second place behind ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.

And the government proved they had something to hide

by imposing a ban on reporting worldwide.


***   Russians can dance too!   ***


So the Skripals survived , but we still couldn’t see them,

the Powers That Be had denied them their freedom

And took them away to location unknown

without access to newspapers, TV or phone.

(I thought that their chances were now slim-to-none –

remember the plotline of ‘Capricorn One’?)

Then just as our hopes had been starting to fade

our Yulie appeared in a green English glade

and read out a statement, author unknown,

that asked if we kindly would leave her alone;

for although she was well  she would like to appeal

that we give her more time to get through her ordeal;

and this sentiment really had nothing to do

with the fact that her kidnappers bloody well knew

that if they could escape from their new adversaries

they’d scoot back to Moscow and sing like canaries.

For if you think that Russia was guilty, I’ll tell you

where we can meet up, there’s a bridge I can sell you…






So that was the last that we saw of the pair

but it isn’t the end of this sorry affair

For although we’re not sure why the Skripals were picked on

It’s clear the official response was pure fiction

and twisted to play to the NeoCons’ plan

to annihilate Syria, to get to Iran

and to demonise Russia, who stands in the way

of a world dominated by U.S. of A.

Who’d support this assault? The U.K. and E.U. did

and lied through their teeth, ‘cause they think we’re all stupid.

But the crimes we commit on behalf of our rotten

regimes to our neighbours, will not be forgotten;

their patience will only protect us so far

then the West will provoke an unwinnable war.

And we’ll wonder how things could have got to the state

where we fear for ourselves and our own children’s fate

but forget that this land, where democracy lives

is now governed by liars, and traitors, and spivs

who will rig the roulette wheel for guaranteed wins

till we find that they’ve played us like cheap violins;

whose fake manifestos fight for our attention

with lies about justice, and healthcare, and pensions;

who’ll cheat, kill and steal, till they’ve conquered all nations

preaching hatred of Africans, Russians and Asians

and throughout their pursuits they’ll accept no dissent

and it’s all on behalf of the great one per cent.


And we’ll ask God how He could allow such a sin

And He’ll say “It was you lot who voted them in”.




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