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Contra-Radical Guardian 

So much contradiction

Black lives matter

Nice bit of pigment at the start!

Feels like Black Lives finally Matter

But all lives matter at the Guardian!

Beyoncé’s name’s also on the front – Zadie Smith’s written about her.

A whole range of pigment going on.

We start with the Smiths.

Morrissey, their singer, loves pigment – but just not in humans.

The editor of Vogue gives us her fashion rules.

Great for us Smiths-loving Beyoncé fans.

Hillary & FBI

Hillary’s in trouble for private email usage.

She’s being reinvestigated by the FBI.

I love the caption under the Hillary photo:

‘New emails have been found by the FBI, which the agency is reviewing.

Clinton’s aides are demanding more details of the discovery’.

Superhedging.

Where’s the story?

Takes a special skill to say something without really saying anything.

Don’t get me wrong, I think Hillary could be more evil than your average former first lady.

But even by UK standards, this is a storm in a teacup.

Show me the dirt already!

The headline says ‘Clinton rocked as FBI renews email inquiry’.

But nothing substantial in the story. Really. Nothing .

Could this lose Hillary the race?

The election’s 11 days away.

I haven’t checked the other papers  but it looks like this is a global push to introduce new doubt into Clinton’s candidacy.

John Podesta’s name’s mentioned.

He’s Hillary’s campaign chairman.

I saw his name earlier this week.

Capitalist Democrat ‘Greens’

A pro-fossil fuel activist sent me a story about how the green movement bullies anyone who disagrees with them.

Podesta is that kind of Green.

Forcing everyone to go green so that he can get paid.

Much as Wall Street and the City of London see mis-selling as the business model.

I must say I’ve come across some nutters in the green movement.

I’m sure they’d say the same about me — many were intolerant of debate.

It’s no surprise these types of greens are heading up Hillary’s campaign.

Al Gore is their most prominent member.

Even ten years ago, he was reputed to be making so much money he simply couldn’t afford to run for President.

The capitalist Greens’ sense of entitlement is rivalled only by that of their rivals, the sceptics / deniers like Lord Matt Ridley, who writes for the Times.

Ridley got quite angry this week when I told him that I heard he regularly spikes stories and has headlines changed at the Times to push his ‘hard pollution’ agenda.

After asking me where I’d heard all this (the public domain), and setting his climate-sceptic twitter attack dogs on me, he sent me a link about John Podesta.

To be fair to Ridley he denies being a denier.

Ridley & Murdoch

He says he recognises warming is caused by CO2.

But he doesn’t think this warming is particularly significant.

One of his buddies sent me a video in which Ridley, an Eton-educated hereditary peer, claims burning fossil fuel produces the CO2 which we desperately need to save the planet.

I am not joking.

This happened just a few hours after hearing him deny being a denier.

I was even told that the term climate denier has now been outlawed by Associated Press.

Like a homophobic, sexist, or racist epithet — or even because of its similarity to the term holocaust denial.

A non denier’s denial

The presenter in the following clip forgets to tell America about Ridley being a Tory Lord with substantial interests in fossil fuels.

He refers to him as a science journalist.

Ridley comes in at 9 minutes 30.

That’s right, according to Ridley, just as in John Stauber’s classic 1994 book on PR, “Toxic Sludge is Good For You!!!”, we should be burning more fossil fuels if we are serious about surviving as a species.

When views like these are circulated by  Times columnists and Lords, it is no wonder we are heading straight to armageddon.

(Clarification: Ridley was not ‘awarded’ his title – he is a hereditary peer.)

Another Tory Peer and Times columnist, Lord Finkelstein, usually manages to sound quite sensible on most things but even he told me that Ridley is not a denier:

How confusing.

It’s true that the Times is owned by Rupert Murdoch who has backed Brexit and UKIP in his Sun Newspaper, and done more than any other press baron to bring about the rise of the American Tea Party which has led to Donald Trump.

Should it be a surprise that we are on the road to Armageddon?

Given his animosity toward Podesta and climate ‘alarmists’, it’s obvious that Ridley, like Murdoch, is a Donald Trump and Brexit man.

Knowing that people like this are running opinion forming publications and shaping key legislation, even a child would spot the undemocratic factors that bring megalomaniacs like Trump to power.

We are being run by a suicidal death cult who are quite prepared to take the entire planet under.

In the Mahabharatha the new King Yudhithistra was persuaded to bet the entire kingdom on a rigged game of dice.

The likes of Trump, Murdoch and Ridley have decided that they too will take us under.

Who knows why?

An unresolved sense of inadequacy?

Uber ‘workers’

Next to the Hillary article is a piece on how ‘self employed’ Uber drivers are now ‘workers’ under UK employment law.

Are the Guardian right behind the Uber drivers in their fight for regulation in a deregulated precarious industry?

Or campaigning against the entire Uber business model which pits Black Cab drivers, in London, who have spent 3-4 years studying ‘the Knowledge’ to know their way around London’s streets, against increasingly underemployed deregulated Uber drivers.

The climate angle of having more drivers on the road remains unexplored.

As do the employment implications of driverless cars.

Instead this Guardian story focuses exclusively on employment law.

 

Greenpeace

The bottom of the page contains a Greenpeace fundraising advert.

‘Be coldhearted.’

Encouraging Guardian readers to leave Greenpeace money in their wills.

Not for the first time.

Cutting family out of wills in favour of NGOs and polar bears sounds like a radical left wing  increased wealth tax.

As a trust themselves, the Guardian owe their existence to private wealth.

The back cover of the paper features an advert for a Peugeot SUV.

The SUV is aptly driving through a rather large puddle.

‘CONTROL BUILT IN’ reads the slogan.

As the SUV leaves the back page puddle behind, it is about to smash into the ‘Be cold hearted.’ Greenpeace slogan over on the front page.

(When fully spread out and at ease, just as in politics and banking, the back and front become the left and right, and sit quite comfortably next to each other, agreeing on far more than on what they disagree.)

And then it will career into the Polar Bear itself.

Red gas guzzling French SUV sponsored by Total, another oil company, murders cuddly innocent furry white polar bear.

Shocking stuff.

Like the way Trump has successfully attacked Hillary from the left.

CONTROL BUILT IN vs Be coldhearted.

‘Be controlled by the viagra-popping driverless racist rapist Trump / Clinton machine!’

Greenpeace on the front and Total on the back.

Says it all.

You can’t escape the logic of the game – however creative your imagination.

The Guardian continues to walk the line between climate denial and warmongering ‘green’ colonialism.

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Fallon ignores Brexit to Block EU Army — meanwhile UK Defenceless

Fallon Bypasses Brexit to Block EU Army

Sir Michael Fallon has been unmasked as one of the UK’s biggest security threats.

The FT has dug up a document addressed to the Defence Minister by General Sir Richard Barrons, the recently-retired head of the country’s Joint Forces Command, in which Fallon was told “There is no military plan to defend the UK in a conventional conflict.”

But instead of directly responding to this weekend’s revelations, Fallon has taken the rather bizarre step of claiming the UK will block an EU army for as long as it remains a member.

Surely Fallon knows that to veto the development of an EU army the UK would have to override the recent BREXIT vote and remain in the EU.

As we can no longer defend ourselves in conventional war, the UK may even benefit from the increased presence of an EU army.

 

It’s hard to imagine why Fallon would not be ok with an EU Army that fights ISIS and patrols EU borders.

He says that NATO already looks after this.

It is known that Fallon has had substantial dealings with the private sector over the years.

Questions now have to be asked about Fallon’s judgement, his loyalty to the country, and his personal business interests.

Is he simply feathering his own nest or, like with Zac Goldsmith in the 2016 London mayoral election, could it be that he has gone completely insane?

In this radio interview after the London Mayoral election, Fallon refuses to backtrack on his comments that London Mayor Sadiq Khan is a security threat who ought not to be trusted with Londoners’s safety:

 

Until he addresses these fears, widespread concern that Sir Michael Fallon may have become the single biggest security threat to the UK looks increasingly justified.

 

 

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The Strange Death of Globalisation

Attention

This week Japan wrote an open letter threatening Britain with divorce.

The Japanese government said its firms could quit UK over Brexit-related uncertainty.

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And the Financial Times advised British companies to pay attention.

A Call to ARMs

But despite this, Japan’s SoftBank snapped up Britain’s largest technology firm.

What is going on?

Is ARM so strategic that SoftBank bought it in spite of its own government’s concerns, or is the Pound so weak that SoftBank just couldn’t refuse?

Very mixed signals from the Japanese — do they know something we don’t?

Either way, ARM and SoftBank’s CEOs issued a joint statement via Brunswick, their PR firm, in which they took technocracy to a whole new level:

“Whether it is advanced robotics, 5G networks, green data centers, supercomputers or intelligent connected devices, we can and will help to enable positive change. It is now our collective vision to realize an Information Revolution that brings happiness to everyone”

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 Sovereignty

If ARM really are as world-beating as they sound then surely patriotic Government Ministers like Business Secretary Greg Clark, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox, or even Gaffe-Prone Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson would have intervened to protect hard-won UK sovereignty and stand up for GB PLC.

Think Again.

PM Theresa May, former Business Secretary Sajid Javid, and new Chancellor Philip Hammond have a fondness for referring to Britain as being “open for business”.

But what does this actually mean? Is everything up for grabs? Are there no limits?

Judging by this week’s newspapers, the answer is mixed.

For us cynics who believe the UK government can’t help selling everything and anything — the tide may be starting to turn.

TTIP

Following the BREXIT vote the EU-US Trade agreement also known as The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is said to be floundering.

At the G20 this weekend the official communique stated that Globalisation needs to be sold to the masses. Rising populism threatens Big Business — Marine Le Pen and Donald Trump are a step too far.

G20 globalization & labour & migrationThere is a bit of a paradox at play here.

Businesses and governments are supposed to serve both consumers and citizens.

But has government gotten so into bed with business that it now fears a backlash?

And what of these populist candidates?

Some of them — especially the Tea Party — are funded by Big Business.

Alt-Left

I remember hearing Webster Tarpley in 2008 saying that the only way to get at Obama was to attack him from the left.

That is what we’ve seen played out over the last 8 years.

In the US Big Business has got behind the most extreme side of the Republican Party. The same model has been exported to the UK.

The FT ran an editorial on Monday in which they actually referred to the limits of deregulation. I thought I was hallucinating:

Here is arch-Brexiteer, Conservative MEP, Daniel Hannan in the Sun – note how the article refrains from using the term TTIP :

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ALEC

Hannan is part of a radical right-wing American Republican Party ‘think tank’ called ALEC — The American Legislative Exchange Council.

Their mission is to deregulate and privatise everything from the bottom up. Liam Fox is a member. So is prominent UKIP MEP Roger Helmer.

ALEC have successfuly deployed a coup d’état in the UK by shifting the policy landscape and terms of debate onto their terrain.

This is Hannan addressing ALEC in 2009.

Hannan spearheaded the Brexit campaign from Brussels.

He famously surprised Newsnight presenter Evan Davis the day after the Brexit vote by saying he didn’t think Brexit meant an end to free movement of labour.

Why would a Tory MEP as passionately devoted to both EU-US relations and Brexit be prepared to go on TV straight after an immigration-dominated campaign and say he believes in free movement of labour?

Foreign Firms

And where does this leave us in relation to the foreign takeover of another UK firm?

Foreign firms are obviously in favour of free movement of labour but not that keen on regulation.

So if the UK deregulates even further in favour of corporations and away from employees, then I can’t see the Japanese or any other government complaining.

Here is an article from today by George Monbiot on the current state of play re: TTIP and its ugly Canadian sister CETA.

For anyone interested in finding out more about TTIP & CETA there is a facebook group, a website, and a couple of mailing lists for general trade issues and for organising actions.

 

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Vaz Quits in latest round of Post-Brexit Coup d’état

 

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Vaz Quits

Pillar of the establishment, Keith Vaz, has just resigned his position after being caught paying rent boys to have sex with him in his £2 million North London home.

After the recent “Brexit” coup d’état the May junta has decided to do some housecleaning and give new home secretary Amber Rudd the wiggle room her status demands.

Vaz, as Chairmen of the Home Affairs Select Committee, wielded enormous influence overseeing current Prime Minister Theresa May’s paedophile cover-ups throughout her 6 years as Home Secretary.

Child Sex Abuse

Midlands based researchers and disability rights campaigners first informed me of the wide reaching implications of having Vaz chair the home affairs select committee which was particularly lacklustre in its desire to investigate or protect vulnerable young people from Child Sexual Abuse.

It has long been speculated that there was dirt on Vaz. His defence of Greville Janner in 1992 showed he kept dubious company.

Many find it suspicious that he was a Council solicitor for Margaret Hodge (another Blairite former chair of a sensitive Select Committee) during her controversial time at Islington and at Richmond council during the period of much paedophile activity at Elm House, Barnes.

Brexit

A former Minister for Europe, perhaps his strongly pro-European views counted against him.

Although Amber Rudd campaigned for Remain she bears all the hallmarks of the pragmatist — more so even than Vaz.

Either way, time has been called on Vaz’s tenure. There must be more dirt on him. I wonder when or if it will come out.

Next up

Prepare for speculation on which media-friendly MP will now be brought in next — how much for Chuka Ummuna?

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What happened to that €1.1 trillion ?

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Those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad.

Handing €1.1 trillion of public money to ANONYMOUS bankers with no publicly available audit trail is an act so corrupt as to be beyond comprehension.

Yet that is what has happened to residents of that well known museum — the European Union.

Inventing Money

The European Central Bank, owner of the world’s third biggest money printing machine — behind the Federal Reserve’s and the People’s Bank of China’s — has already printed and distributed the best part of a trillion Euros to private financial institutions in exchange for various bonds over a two year period.

In November 2014 just as they started what became known as their Quantitative Easing (ECB QE) programme, I asked them to publicly state exactly which bonds they were printing money to buy.

Seeing as they were spending billions of euros of public money per month during a time of extreme austerity – it felt normal that EU citizens be told how the money was being spent.

Disclosure

The only information the public had been told at that time was that the ECB were buying repackaged bank loans (Covered Bonds) and Asset Backed Securities (ABSs) in order to stop deflation and maintain inflation at 2%.

Despite the simple nature of my request — I asked for a country by country, bank by bank, product by product breakdown including ‘ISIN’ Codes for what the ECB had been buying — the bank refused to disclose the full nature of its holdings.

Decision

This week, more than a year and a half after I originally asked them, the ECB — and the European Ombudsman — ruled against my appeal for transparency.

Click below for the link to the EU Ombudsman decision on the case:

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But the question remains: What happened to the money?

Groupthink

Bizarrely the woman who runs the European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, has a reputation for being a fair-minded adjudicator.

This week the Irish papers portrayed O’Reilly as a friend of transparency who had rebuked the Irish Central Bank and the ECB for not publishing their correspondence during the Irish Bailouts of 2010.

If only those newspapers had known how O’Reilly has sided with commercial confidentiality and non-disclosure of the multibillion Euro QE recipients.

O’Reilly ruled in favour of the ECB without once consulting me — the complainant — to find out why I had brought the case or to let me challenge the groupthink logic of her flawed judgment.

Too little, too late

Ironically on the date of the ruling (18th July 2016) the ECB itself announced that another slice of its QE programme, the Corporate Bond Purchase Programme, would publish its ISIN codes.

This is a screenshot of the paywalled Financial Times story with the announcement about the new stance on ISIN codes.

ft ISINsHow funny that I had to wait 18 months to get a definitive ‘no’ on receiving the ISIN codes for the Covered Bond and ABS QE programme, only for the Corporate Bond Purchase Programme to publish its ISIN codes on the very same day.

A Pyrrhic Victory perhaps?

Time will Tell.

Corruptissima respublica, plurimae leges

The most corrupt state, the most laws – Tacitus

My feeling is that the ECB don’t want to the public to know how much they are protecting the very same German financiers that benefited from the ECB’s imposition of austerity, deregulation and privatisation policies in southern Europe.

I believe the worst offender is DePfa / Deutsche Pfandbriefe.

Just as the IRA and Baader Meinhoff are known for their politically inspired terror campaigns in the 1970s so has Deutsche Pfandbriefe exported financial terrorism throughout Europe from its tax avoiding, financial engineering Dublin Headquarters as of the early 2000’s when it re-domiciled to save cash.

ECB QE and commercial confidentiality for public money are the very definition of double standards and, in this case, perpetuate the myth that North Europeans are honest and that everyone else is corrupt.

I appreciate that this is not something many people are willing to accept – such is the scale of our programming.

Just as with PPP / PFI in the UK, commercial confidentiality and financial engineering remain the respectable face of corporate fascism and fraud.

For more adventures in Bazookanomics:

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Corbyn ‘delighted’ Remain Camp Boss just two days before EU Referendum

Jeremy Corbyn delighted Remain Boss, Roland Rudd, with his multiple TV appearances & speeches in the run-up to the EU referendum vote.

Rudd admitted this on Bloomberg TV two days before the vote.

The exact quote is at 3m 37s:

Yet Angela Eagle, Hillary Benn, Chuka Umunna, & Seema Malhotra have repeatedly claimed Corbyn did not do enough.

They can’t all be right.

Iraq Cover Up

So many Labour MPs voted for the Iraq war, Tuition Fees, and for airstrikes on Syria — they all wanted Corbyn out of the way before last week’s Chilcot Iraq Inquiry.

Therefore ‘Blairites’ blame Corbyn for their own inability to defend the EU.

Disdain for Democracy

New Labour’s disdain for democracy becomes clearest when nominating successors.

Coming up with a challenger to Corbyn, has put them in total disarray.

Indecision

How ironic that — given their individual ambition — New Labour dinosaurs are incapable of leadership or collective decision-making.

What Next?

What will they do next to persuade the country to vote for them?

More Project Fear?

No Charisma

Angela Eagle is an experienced parliamentarian but has no charisma and was never more than a junior minister.

Stitch-Up

Her wooden PMQ’s performance in December 2015 against the equally wooden George Osborne was obviously stage-managed with both sides’s lines seemingly written by the same team.

Perhaps a clue lies in the fact that Angela Eagle shared the same Pro-EU platform with Roland Rudd’s sister Amber Rudd in the week before the Referendum.

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(B)anal Banter with Blair & Blunt

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It is well known that Tony Blair has friends in high places and that, legally speaking, he knows how to get away with anything.

Teflon Tony

He is known as Teflon Tony because, although bad things are said about him, nothing ever sticks.

His greatest skill is his ability to use the legal system to do bad things — for which the rest of the world must pay the price.

True Cost

The Home Office recently refused to admit the cost of policing Blair despite the fact that it is paid out of public money.

But the authorities have been convinced that the true details of David Kelly’s death should remain secret.

Today Blair will make a press statement following the Chilcot Report. It is highly unlikely that he will act honourably and accept culpability.

Instead he will blame others or beg for sympathy.

There have been at least five known attempts to Arrest Blair

When he spoke at the Libya Inquiry in Parliament, in December, security was high but justice was not delivered.

Come to Popper

Perhaps on the day of Blair’s long-awaited December 11th appearance in Parliament, the chair of the Defence Select Committee, Crispin Blunt, was more concerned with his own views on the then looming Psychoactive Substances Bill, and in particular the statement he was to dramatically made the House in January 2016, in which he outed himself as a parliamentarian with a penchant for soon-to-be-illegal poppers.

The Independent’s Tom Peck wrote a good piece on January’s poppers ban and the pleasures of anal sex with the current chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, Keith Vaz.

If Blunt took more of a stand over things like Brexit, and the bombing of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya — the matter of something as straightforward as poppers might have been far more easily resolved.

Letwin & Brexit

Yesterday Blunt’s Select Committee hosted Oliver Letwin on the subject of Brexit negotiations.

These are interesting times in which the likes of Blunt are supposed to save us from the worst excesses of the Letwins and the Blairs.

We’ll need far more than amyl-nitrate if we’re to stand any chance of surviving.

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Dr Sarah Wollaston — the woman who backed TTIP & BREXIT

Wollaston U TurnDouble U-Turn

Sarah Wollaston, chair of the Health Select Committee, joined the Brexit camp for a few weeks and then left it a few days before the Sun came out for Brexit. 

The government had previously relied on her statements in favour of TTIP in January 2015 before she then U-turned in favour of Brexit.

No newspaper mentioned her U-turn on TTIP at the time. One political journalist told me he remembered the pathetic Demarty assurance she received from the European Commission on how TTIP would not affect the NHS.

Political Pirouette

Wollaston has now performed a perfect political pirouette and gone back to Remain.

Like a blend of Clare Short leaving the Blair administration only after the Iraq War had been declared, and Iain Duncan Smith leaving the government after destroying so many lives through austerity,  Wollaston has jumped ship, on both occasions, after doing the British people much more harm than good.

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Disgraced Brexit Cheerleader for PM?

If the UK votes for Brexit, Dr Liam Fox, the disgraced ex-Defence Minister responsible for getting the UK involved in conflict in Libya and Syria before being sacked for Cronyism in 2011, could become Prime Minister.

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Is this really happening?

Fox & NHS

Tory Leavers now openly refer to Brexit as being our best chance of saving the NHS from privatisation.

But research has shown that most of them have big money invested in private healthcare firms.

Fox is a well known Thatcherite along with his colleagues John Redwood, John Whittingdale, and Oliver ‘Privatising the World’ Letwin.

Brexit & TTIP

TTIP is bad for the NHS as it is designed to open it up to US Health Insurance firms.

And the European Central Bank (ECB) and the European Commission are heavily captured by the City of London Corporation. Liam Fox is right to say that it doesn’t look as though they will change path.

But it would be very dangerous to put the Brexit camp in charge of the country.

The fact that Fox thinks the City of London Corporation and the EU are not Neo-Liberal enough is a fair sign of what he has planned for the NHS.

Attempting to reform the undemocratic EU from within will be hard – but much easier than negotiating with Fox.