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Are you an environmentalist or do you work for a living?

A New Leadership

What is Starmer saying? Does he really want to get rid of fossil fuels?

He’s using the language of Greta Thunberg and Extinction Rebellion.

But unlike them he is the leader of a political party who claims to believe in democracy.

Under Jeremy Corbyn Labour made a commitment to cut emissions to net zero by 2030. But is this even possible?

Will Starmer intervene to ‘save the planet’?

Where will the cuts in energy consumption come from?

From what level to what level? Who is going to have to make the sacrifices?

If Starmer’s plan is to move Labour in the direction of environmentalism then why does he have people in his Shadow Cabinet who voted to expand Heathrow?

Angela Rayner, Rachel Reeves, David Lammy, John Healey, Jonathan Reynolds, Jonathan Ashworth, & Kate Green all voted to expand Heathrow in 2018, along with most Tories. Boris conveniently left for Afghanistan that day.

Billionaires Vote Democrat, The Republican Party is for Mere Millionaires

Given the huge majority of MPs who voted for Heathrow expansion, you would have thought the expansion would go ahead.

But anti-expansion campaigners won the appeal and now the case has been heard by the Supreme Court which will deliver its judgment in January.

The case can be watched here

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Heathrow still plan to build a third runway.

But who exactly are Heathrow’s owners?

25% Spanish, 20% Qatari, 12.62% Canadian, 11.2% Singaporean, 11.18% American, 10 % Chinese, and 10% British.

So the majority of MPs have decided to go with foreign capital to build a third runway.

At the same time that the Government is accelerating deportations, increasing anti-immigrant rhetoric, and airlines are going out of business due to the current financial crisis.

So what’s to be done?

Will UK PLC find a way to be awarded the right to build another runway, even as the Government ploughs ahead with COP26 (sponsored by Nat West)?

Mr Starmer himself voted against the expansion of Heathrow Airport, but that’s not to say that every Labour MP who voted against Heathrow expansion is against expanding airports.

My MP Karen Buck told me that she voted against Heathrow because she prefers Gatwick.

Starmer, like former Transport Secretary and current London Mayor Sadiq Khan, is proud to call himself pro-Business.

Can business and environmentalism co-exist?

When ex Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, who will play a prominent role at UN COP26 in Glasgow in November, claims to want to monitor climate risk and avoid climate breakdown I am reminded that he was appointed by the Cameron Government which went from Vote Blue, Go Green, to Vote Blue, Get Real.

Carney also said nothing when Theresa May got rid of the UK Government Climate Change department. May generally voted against measures to prevent climate change.

Are you an environmentalist or do you work for a living?

Richard White is an American historian, the author of influential books on the American WestNative American history, railroads, and environmental history.

This article was written 25 years ago. I’ve never read it but just stumbled across it now. I couldn’t find it when I last searched for it in 2013. I did listen to some of the Richard White podcast above around the same time. Mr White mentions the tar sands in Canada.

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The Money System

COP26 looks like it is going to be a an authoritarian power grab by the banks.

This is Roger Lewis of Moduloft’s recent magazine on the Great Reset.

It will be interesting to see how the Supreme Court rules on Heathrow in January. There will be a ruling on Julian Assange around the same time.

It’s hard not to look at these cases and not feel that British Justice itself is on trial. With the current people in charge, I’m certainly not betting on justice anytime soon, but you never know.

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The Boris Johnson Phenomenon: Kiddy Fudge Pack Special

All that Ernst Rohm-style libertarian fudge packing at Guido must blind it to the optics of backing far right BS artist Alexander “Boris” “de Pfeffel” “Johnson” Kemal.

Kemal is the son of a fellow BS artist who goes by the name of Stanley Johnson.

Stanley Johnson should really be called Stanley Kemal as his own father was called Osman Kemal.

The Kemal, taken from Osman’s father Ali Kemal, was dropped in favour of Osman’s grandmother’s maiden name, Johnson.

All somewhat ironic given the penile note “Boris Johnson” etched onto the leaving book on his last day at Eton College.

That his main goal in life was “to secure more notches on my phallocratic phallus”

For such a great white patriarchy hype figure who puts so much emphasis on his phallus, it is quite telling that he is in such profound denial about his 100% patrineal Muslim bloodline.

Osman Kemal’s grandmother raised Osman as Wilfred and gave him her maiden name so not to appear too Ottoman during WWI.

The Ottomans happened to side with the Germans at that time.

So it’s even funnier still that Stanley Johnson has passed down the “de Pfeffel” onto his son, because that comes from his maternal grandmother’s maiden name — which just happens to be German.

So the PM is not just a shape shifter, he is drawn from a line of multigenerational duplicitous pragmatism.

It was during this period that Lord Mountbatten’s family changed its name from Battenberg to seem less German, the Royal Family too switched from Saxe Coburg & Gotha to Windsor due to anti-German sentiment.

Incest and paedophilia go hand in hand with modern Royalty.

The Queen and Prince Phillip are cousins and The Queen’s husband’s Uncle Louis Mountbatten is alleged to have been a notorious paedophile but who got away with it as he was a top military man.

Mountbatten was also apparently involved in a coup to overthrow the Labour Government in the 1960s.

For now we have Fake News in elections and Boris working to defend the right of Establishment Paedophiles.

I asked the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse if it would look into the Mountbatten allegations re: Kincora, a boys care home in Northern Ireland where many Top Government adults came to rape the boys.

They refused, saying Northern Ireland and Scotland are outside their remit. Who decided that, I wonder?

Boris said on LBC that money spent investigating “Historic Sex Abuse” is money “spaffed against a wall”.

It turns out his Digital PR man Craig Dillon has made videos defending Cliff Richard, Paul Gambacinni, and the notorious alleged paeedophile and convicted sex offender, the Tory Harvey Proctor.

In The Boris Show US writer Michael Wolff got Johnson to say he was “ready to be Vichy-like” in the case that a foreign billionaire bought the Spectator magazine where he worked.

For more evidence of his sycophancy, he referred to his own voice as sheep-like when speaking with President Trump at the G7.

This is deeply humiliating but makes perfect sense when contextualised by his great grandfather’s murder.

Ali Kemal was chopped into bits because he wanted to turn the Ottoman Empire into a British protectorate.

Till now I feared Brexit might mean we become Puerto Rico – a 51st state of the United States of America.

But now I can see that Russia, Iran, Algeria are all way ahead of us.

We will catch them up one day, if we are lucky.

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From Startup to Stasi : The Rise & Rise of CIA man Jeff Bezos

From Secondhand Bookseller to Surveillance Capitalist

In 2013, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the murder of JFK, the filmmaker Alex Cox released a book, The President and the Provocateur, which compared the lives of John F Kennedy and the man commonly referred to as his assassin — Lee Harvey Oswald.

Here it is on Amazon:

Alex Cox in 2013 on the President and the Provocateur

Synchronicity

At 4pm on the day of the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination, I walked into Housmans, a radical peace bookshop on Caledonian Road, near Kings Cross in London.

Staring at me was a copy of Peter Dale Scott’s Crime and Cover Up.

I picked it up.

The man who sold me the book, Tim Gluckman, told me that the author, Peter Dale Scott, had invented the term parapolitics which wasn’t conspiracy theory but Deep Politics — a theory of how the state really works.

I told Tim about my then plans to write a play about the attempted assassination of Oscar LaFontaine the ex-head of the German Social Democrat Party (SPD) in 1990 in Cologne.

Tim said he was in Cologne that night – recalling the hullaballoo.

A couple of days later, I was reading Crime and Cover-Up on a bus when I remembered that it was Sunday 24th November 2013 — the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Lee Harvey Oswald.

I called a friend who had told me about a spoken word event he had tickets for. We attended, thinking the main draw would be the news presenter Jon Snow. It turned out that Alex Cox was speaking – presenting his new book.

The New York Times 2011 Umbrella Man video by award winning director Errol Morris

Alex Cox replies to Errol Morris over the New York Times Umbrella Man video

The New York Times longer 2013 video also by Errol Morris

I have to admit I have a bit of a soft spot for Errol Morris.

I watched his documentary Fog of War about former US Defence Secretary Robert Macnamara several times in the cinema.

I saw it at the London Film Festival with my mum. She had taken me to see Oliver Stone’s JFK at the cinema years earlier.

My mother and Errol Morris both feature in the interview I did with Eric Olsen about how he coped with the CIA murdering his dad, an American biological weapons scientist, in 1955.

Errol Morris had made a six part Netflix docudrama – Wormwood – about it.

Eric fell out with Errol and reporter Seymour Hersh, over compromises he felt they had made.

At one point in our interview Eric referred to his dad’s fateful meeting with brainwashing expert William Sargant.

Eric told me Sargant was MI6 & CIA. Frank Olsen had confided in him but Sargant ratted on him.

Frank Olson was a potential whistleblower. Sargant told the CIA he wasn’t ‘with the programme’.

Sargant himself used deep sleep techniques.

For many years my mother was a psychiatric clinician at the William Sargant ward in Ealing Hospital in West London. But till I met Eric I had no idea what Sargant did .

The Family, a cult that Julian Assange was exposed to, through a step-father, in the late 70s early 80s, were also said to have used deep sleep techniques.

My own father worked for the Arabian American Oil Company (ARAMCO), as a systems analyst on mainframe computers throughout the eighties and much of the nineties. This was in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

It was against everything he stood for.

I believe my father was a former Marxist.

We would likely have given money to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Was that before or after we knew children were being given guns and cyanide pills?

Either way, he told me the Tories had done him more good economically than Labour had, but he could NEVER VOTE TORY.

On the evening of New Years Eve 1999 / 2000 my dad told me that while everyone got all all excited about the millennium, the thing his mind was on was the fortieth anniversary of the Cuban Revolution.

Forty years previously he and his friends crowded round a radio in Sri Lanka listening to how a tiny island had taken on and were beating the regional superpower.

Back to the chase

After Alex’s talk we went to the pub in Camden somewhere. I asked if he’d chosen to do the event because it was the 50th anniversary of Oswald’s murder. He said this was just a co-incidence. His agent booked everything.

Had JFK managed to stay alive, today, May 29th 2019, would have been his hundredth birthday.

His apparent killer, Oswald, born in October 1939, was only 24 when the President was killed.

I’m only halfway through Cox’s book.

At this stage, as Cox makes clear in the first video, it all seems a bit much for one man to have masterminded.

And Oswald doesn’t appear to have been very stable. Hardly sniper material.

There’s plenty of photo-doctoring happening too. At which Oswald himself appears to excel. Oswald has a Zelig-like ability to pop up in all sorts of places. Occasionally in two places at once.

Cox points out that in Cuba and New Orleans Oswald was said to have attended meetings and made inquiries about hiring cars for Cuba – at exactly the same time as he was getting engaged to his new wife Marina in Minsk, Belarus.

This is a photo if Oswald on a boat with John Wayne (or is it?):

Photo and film-tampering is still an issue today Facebook is refusing to take down known Nancy Pelosi Deepfakes.

Big tech appear to be deciding what people get to think about.

Bernard Cohen said in 1963:

The Press “may not be successful much of the time in telling people what to think, but it is stunningly successful in telling its readers what to think about. The world will look different to different people,” Cohen continues, “depending on the map that is drawn for them by writers, editors, and publishers of the paper they read.”

Back to Bezos

As the title suggests, my main motivation for writing this article was to do a rudimentary character analysis of Jeff Bezos.

I would also like to compare and contrast with Julian Assange.

The Richest Man in the USA Vs The Most Wanted

Amazon Vs WikiLeaks

Although the thought experiment seemed a bit weird at the start, the more I think about it, the better it feels.

I remembered what Alex Cox had done with JFK and Oswald.

I also thought of Post-Freudian child psychotherapist author Adam Phillips:

What would he make of JFK, Oswald, Bezos and Assange connections?

In particular their obsessions, their families, their patronage?

JFK

Apparently JFK’s dad, Joseph Kennedy, wasn’t the most likeable of chaps. He bankrolled his son’s political career and had strong Mafia, Union and Democrat connections. He was the first Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and US Ambassador to the UK from 1938-1940.

Taken from Phillip Whitehead’s The Bootleg Politician in the Independent – 1992

JFK’s sister Rose was put into a mental home and had part of her brain removed on the understanding she was “retarded”.

Maybe her dad simply feared she would go ‘off-message’ — thus undoing his investments in his sons John and Robert Kennedy.

Oswald

Oswald’s father died before he was born. He and his mother moved many many times during his childhood and adolescence. This mysterious character appears to have been a bisexual left wing double agent of sorts who had backing from various parties, all of whom seem to have eventually deserted him.

His apparent love of communism and hatred of racism was so out of place in early 1960’s Dallas but for some reason his views appear to have been tolerated by all.

Assange

Assange’s father split from his mother before he was born and, like Oswald, he lived in many towns before settling down in Melbourne as a teenager.

This was used as part of his defence when he was prosecuted by Melbourne police for computer hacking as Mendax in the early nineties.

Taken from Julian Assange’s Wikipedia Page

According to wikipedia between 1979 and 1981 Assange’s step-dad was a member of the Australian cult known as The Family which was later revealed to have starved, drugged and sexually abused many of its members – particularly children.

Such exposure to cults might also explain Assange’s perceived Messiah Complex. The need to construct an image of a figure that can really be trusted in a world of government & media BS & PR.

Bezos

Bezos’s step-father Mike (Miguel) left Cuba for Miami in 1962 aged just 16.

This was part of the CIA’s Operation Peter Pan, designed to create a brain drain in Cuba and supposedly to save children from being sent to the Soviet Union where their families were told they would end up in camps.

Though Operation Peter Pan started before Kennedy became President, he knew about it and fully approved. Peter Pan went on throughout America’s failed Bay of Pigs invasion and during the Cuban Missile Crisis. It was also around this period that Kennedy set up the NSA surveillance agency.

Mike learned English and became an engineer for Exxon – a company that were very big in Cuba before Castro kicked them out.

Mike Bezos adopted Jeff when Jeff was just three years old.

Jeff’s maternal grandfather Lawrence Preston Gise looked after him on his ranch in Texas every summer from when he was four to when he was sixteen.

Gize had been a senior manager at the Atomic Energy Commission and before that at the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) that later became DARPA, frequently referenced as the agency that created the internet.

So Bezos is an extremely well connected creature of the cold war.

This is very well signalled in Plutocratic Mirage of Self Made Billionaires.

It’s funny that Trump hates Amazon and has previously referred to how much he loves WikiLeaks.

At last week’s Amazon Annual General Meeting (AGM) 12 proposals were made by shareholders and employees to improve the way Amazon does business.

Some related to climate change and Amazon’s carbon footprint.

Others were in relation to Facial Recognition.

Amazon have a product called Rekognition which is being marketed to the military, police and border cops.

Proposals were made to have an ethics committee to study the effect of Amazon’s facial recognition on human rights.

Jeff Bezos and the majority of his shareholders, are not particularly bothered about Amazon’s environmental impact or human rights violations.

Although he made that noise earlier in the week about having a dad who is an immigrant / refugee this was just an amazing PR exercise to distract people from the evils of facial recognition.

There is plenty of evidence that the facial recognition algorithms discriminate against non binary, women and people of colour.

This was raised in a committee on facial recognition in the US last week.

Here Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks about gait and voice as well as facial recognition.

She points out that white males are more likely to be correctly identified with this technology – but all other groups are prone to being misidentified.

Amazon defeated the Facial Recognition proposals by a large margin

Some businesses welcome government contracts:

This ex-Facebook exec is completely ok with doing business with the military:

Watch CNBC’s interview with Oculus founder Palmer Luckey from CNBC.

But the Government is definitely being targeted by Amazon too. This piece appeared in Monday’s Financial Times. It doesn’t seem to have sparked much discussion. Public Procurement policies were one of the main obstacles for the large trade agreements that Trump eventually ripped up such as TTIP and TPP. The Buy America policy insisted that every part of every product bought by US states as well as the federal government had to be sourced from within the US. I think it’s good he got rid of the trade agreements but now Jeff Bezos is going to clean up! :

Government-contracts-become-Amazon’s-new-target-market-Financial-Times

There are arrows at the bottom of the article above that you have to press to get onto the next page.

Anna by Ella Hickson is on at the National Theatre in London at the moment. It’s about living in a surveillance state and has plenty of Stasi action. Should it have been called Alexa?:

And what about “Dark Kitchens”?

In conclusion, Assange and Oswald both smart guys, were always on the move as kids and in that sense parts of their emotional “development” may have been affected. Oswald seems a bit more like Chelsea Manning than Assange. Chelsea Manning is current in jail, unlike Hope Hicks, Trump’s former adviser, who is also not co-operating with government enquiries.

Assange’s contact with the Family may have prepared him psychologically for anything the rest of the world can throw at him. If many children that he knew, and quite possibly himself, were drugged, hypnotised and sexually abused when growing up that would also explain his need to right wrongs on a global scale. How could the security services shills at the Guardian, Times, New York Times or Washington Post possibly understand such a motivation. All they see is a white guy who hates them. These journalists have historically put more effort into ignoring government and security services sponsored paedophilia than reporting on it.

Check out the latest development in the Inquiry into Historic Child Sexual Abuse.

Transcript:

The little contact I’ve had with them tells me the thing is a joke. They spend a lot of money on media and television adverts but deliver very little by way of communication or interaction. The main priority seems to be on not inquiring into anything.

Earlier this year the BBC reported that paedophiles were escaping with impunity due to staff shortages at sexual assault referral centres. The problem is that the three day window within which forensic evidence has to be collected so that the CPS could secure a conviction is being regularly breached. This is often due to privatisation.

I contacted the Home Office and the Child Sexual Abuse Inquiry about this. I got nowhere. They gave me a press release from the forensic regulator. But nothing from Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, or Victoria Atkins, the Minister for Women, Sexual Violence, and Safeguarding.

Atkins is a nasty piece of work.

As Women’s Minister she blocked full gender pay gap reporting in this country. That’s right, she put her career first and blocked the Treasury Select Committee recommendations to widen the criteria for gender pay gap reporting in financial services.

She gave no reason for this.

Her husband makes his money selling cannabis for Brtish Sugar but she is the drugs Minister. Theresa May’s husband’s firm is involved in all this too. NHS contracts for purchasing medicinal cannabis have all been allocated and May’s husband is invested in the firm with the monopoly. So rival cannabis producers are criminalised while the profiteers are quids in.

We covered some of this here, as well as hacking vs journalism:

Unsurprisingly Surveillance Capitalist Jeff Bezos’s Washington Post is calling Assange a spy today. Bezos’s relationship with the CIA explains everything we need to know about his paper’s idiotic line.

If you want to click on Bezos’s site you are offered a cheaper subscription is you agree to be tracked / targeted. The guy doesn’t miss a trick.

I think Jimmy Dore covered some of this well a couple of days ago.

So happy 100th Birthday JFK. The more I read about you the less I like.

For anyone who is interested in Assange’s case, there is another hearing tomorrow morning at Westminster Magistrates’s Court:

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From Startup to Stasi: The Rise & Rise of CIA Man Jeff Bezos

From Secondhand Bookseller to Surveillance Capitalist

In 2013, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the murder of JFK, the filmmaker Alex Cox released a book, The President and the Provocateur, which compared the lives of John F Kennedy and the man commonly referred to as his assassin — Lee Harvey Oswald.

Here it is on Amazon:

Alex Cox in 2013 on the President and the Provocateur

Synchronicity

At 4pm on the day of the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination, I walked into Housmans, a radical peace bookshop on Caledonian Road, near Kings Cross in London.

Staring at me was a copy of Peter Dale Scott’s Crime and Cover Up.

I picked it up.

The man who sold me the book, Tim Gluckman, told me that the author, Peter Dale Scott, had invented the term parapolitics which wasn’t conspiracy theory but Deep Politics — a theory of how the state really works.

I told Tim about my then plans to write a play about the attempted assassination of Oscar LaFontaine the ex-head of the German Social Democrat Party (SPD) in 1990 in Cologne.

Tim said he was in Cologne that night – recalling the hullaballoo.

A couple of days later, I was reading Crime and Cover-Up on a bus when I remembered that it was Sunday 24th November 2013 — the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Lee Harvey Oswald.

I called a friend who had told me about a spoken word event he had tickets for. We attended, thinking the main draw would be the news presenter Jon Snow. It turned out that Alex Cox was speaking – presenting his new book.

The New York Times 2011 Umbrella Man video by award winning director Errol Morris

Alex Cox replies to Errol Morris over the New York Times Umbrella Man video

The New York Times longer 2013 video also by Errol Morris

I have to admit I have a bit of a soft spot for Errol Morris.

I watched his documentary Fog of War about former US Defence Secretary Robert Macnamara several times in the cinema.

I saw it at the London Film Festival with my mum. She had taken me to see Oliver Stone’s JFK at the cinema years earlier.

My mother and Errol Morris both feature in the interview I did with Eric Olsen about how he coped with the CIA murdering his dad, an American biological weapons scientist, in 1955.

Errol Morris had made a six part Netflix docudrama – Wormwood – about it.

Eric fell out with Errol and reporter Seymour Hersh, over compromises he felt they had made.

At one point in our interview Eric referred to his dad’s fateful meeting with brainwashing expert William Sargant.

Eric told me Sargant was MI6 & CIA. Frank Olsen had confided in him but Sargant ratted on him.

Frank Olson was a potential whistleblower. Sargant told the CIA he wasn’t ‘with the programme’.

Sargant himself used deep sleep techniques.

For many years my mother was a psychiatric clinician at the William Sargant ward in Ealing Hospital in West London. But till I met Eric I had no idea what Sargant did .

The Family, a cult that Julian Assange was exposed to, through a step-father, in the late 70s early 80s, were also said to have used deep sleep techniques.

My own father worked for the Arabian American Oil Company (ARAMCO), as a systems analyst on mainframe computers throughout the eighties and much of the nineties. This was in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

It was against everything he stood for.

I believe my father was a former Marxist.

We would likely have given money to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Was that before or after we knew children were being given guns and cyanide pills?

Either way, he told me the Tories had done him more good economically than Labour had, but he could NEVER VOTE TORY.

On the evening of New Years Eve 1999 / 2000 my dad told me that while everyone got all all excited about the millennium, the thing his mind was on was the fortieth anniversary of the Cuban Revolution.

Forty years previously he and his friends crowded round a radio in Sri Lanka listening to how a tiny island had taken on and were beating the regional superpower.

Back to the chase

After Alex’s talk we went to the pub in Camden somewhere. I asked if he’d chosen to do the event because it was the 50th anniversary of Oswald’s murder. He said this was just a co-incidence. His agent booked everything.

Had JFK managed to stay alive, today, May 29th 2019, would have been his hundredth birthday.

His apparent killer, Oswald, born in October 1939, was only 24 when the President was killed.

I’m only halfway through Cox’s book.

At this stage, as Cox makes clear in the first video, it all seems a bit much for one man to have masterminded.

And Oswald doesn’t appear to have been very stable. Hardly sniper material.

There’s plenty of photo-doctoring happening too. At which Oswald himself appears to excel. Oswald has a Zelig-like ability to pop up in all sorts of places. Occasionally in two places at once.

Cox points out that in Cuba and New Orleans Oswald was said to have attended meetings and made inquiries about hiring cars for Cuba – at exactly the same time as he was getting engaged to his new wife Marina in Minsk, Belarus.

This is a photo if Oswald on a boat with John Wayne (or is it?):

Photo and film-tampering is still an issue today Facebook is refusing to take down known Nancy Pelosi Deepfakes.

Big tech appear to be deciding what people get to think about.

Bernard Cohen said in 1963:

The Press “may not be successful much of the time in telling people what to think, but it is stunningly successful in telling its readers what to think about. The world will look different to different people,” Cohen continues, “depending on the map that is drawn for them by writers, editors, and publishers of the paper they read.”

Back to Bezos

As the title suggests, my main motivation for writing this article was to do a rudimentary character analysis of Jeff Bezos.

I would also like to compare and contrast with Julian Assange.

The Richest Man in the USA Vs The Most Wanted

Amazon Vs WikiLeaks

Although the thought experiment seemed a bit weird at the start, the more I think about it, the better it feels.

I remembered what Alex Cox had done with JFK and Oswald.

I also thought of Post-Freudian child psychotherapist author Adam Phillips:

What would he make of JFK, Oswald, Bezos and Assange connections?

In particular their obsessions, their families, their patronage?

JFK

Apparently JFK’s dad, Joseph Kennedy, wasn’t the most likeable of chaps. He bankrolled his son’s political career and had strong Mafia, Union and Democrat connections. He was the first Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and US Ambassador to the UK from 1938-1940.

Taken from Phillip Whitehead’s The Bootleg Politician in the Independent – 1992

JFK’s sister Rose was put into a mental home and had part of her brain removed on the understanding she was “retarded”.

Maybe her dad simply feared she would go ‘off-message’ — thus undoing his investments in his sons John and Robert Kennedy.

Oswald

Oswald’s father died before he was born. He and his mother moved many many times during his childhood and adolescence. This mysterious character appears to have been a bisexual left wing double agent of sorts who had backing from various parties, all of whom seem to have eventually deserted him.

His apparent love of communism and hatred of racism was so out of place in early 1960’s Dallas but for some reason his views appear to have been tolerated by all.

Assange

Assange’s father split from his mother before he was born and, like Oswald, he lived in many towns before settling down in Melbourne as a teenager.

This was used as part of his defence when he was prosecuted by Melbourne police for computer hacking as Mendax in the early nineties.

Taken from Julian Assange’s Wikipedia Page

According to wikipedia between 1979 and 1981 Assange’s step-dad was a member of the Australian cult known as The Family which was later revealed to have starved, drugged and sexually abused many of its members – particularly children.

Such exposure to cults might also explain Assange’s perceived Messiah Complex. The need to construct an image of a figure that can really be trusted in a world of government & media BS & PR.

Bezos

Bezos’s step-father Mike (Miguel) left Cuba for Miami in 1962 aged just 16.

This was part of the CIA’s Operation Peter Pan, designed to create a brain drain in Cuba and supposedly to save children from being sent to the Soviet Union where their families were told they would end up in camps.

Though Operation Peter Pan started before Kennedy became President, he knew about it and fully approved. Peter Pan went on throughout America’s failed Bay of Pigs invasion and during the Cuban Missile Crisis. It was also around this period that Kennedy set up the NSA surveillance agency.

Mike learned English and became an engineer for Exxon – a company that were very big in Cuba before Castro kicked them out.

Mike Bezos adopted Jeff when Jeff was just three years old.

Jeff’s maternal grandfather Lawrence Preston Gise looked after him on his ranch in Texas every summer from when he was four to when he was sixteen.

Gize had been a senior manager at the Atomic Energy Commission and before that at the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) that later became DARPA, frequently referenced as the agency that created the internet.

So Bezos is an extremely well connected creature of the cold war.

This is very well signalled in Plutocratic Mirage of Self Made Billionaires.

It’s funny that Trump hates Amazon and has previously referred to how much he loves WikiLeaks.

At last week’s Amazon Annual General Meeting (AGM) 12 proposals were made by shareholders and employees to improve the way Amazon does business.

Some related to climate change and Amazon’s carbon footprint.

Others were in relation to Facial Recognition.

Amazon have a product called Rekognition which is being marketed to the military, police and border cops.

Proposals were made to have an ethics committee to study the effect of Amazon’s facial recognition on human rights.

Jeff Bezos and the majority of his shareholders, are not particularly bothered about Amazon’s environmental impact or human rights violations.

Although he made that noise earlier in the week about having a dad who is an immigrant / refugee this was just an amazing PR exercise to distract people from the evils of facial recognition.

There is plenty of evidence that the facial recognition algorithms discriminate against non binary, women and people of colour.

This was raised in a committee on facial recognition in the US last week.

Here Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks about gait and voice as well as facial recognition.

She points out that white males are more likely to be correctly identified with this technology – but all other groups are prone to being misidentified.

Amazon defeated the Facial Recognition proposals by a large margin

Some businesses welcome government contracts:

This ex-Facebook exec is completely ok with doing business with the military:

Watch CNBC’s interview with Oculus founder Palmer Luckey from CNBC.

But the Government is definitely being targeted by Amazon too. This piece appeared in Monday’s Financial Times. It doesn’t seem to have sparked much discussion. Public Procurement policies were one of the main obstacles for the large trade agreements that Trump eventually ripped up such as TTIP and TPP. The Buy America policy insisted that every part of every product bought by US states as well as the federal government had to be sourced from within the US. I think it’s good he got rid of the trade agreements but now Jeff Bezos is going to clean up! :

Government-contracts-become-Amazon’s-new-target-market-Financial-Times

There are arrows at the bottom of the article above that you have to press to get onto the next page.

Anna by Ella Hickson is on at the National Theatre in London at the moment. It’s about living in a surveillance state and has plenty of Stasi action. Should it have been called Alexa?:

And what about “Dark Kitchens”?

In conclusion, Assange and Oswald both smart guys, were always on the move as kids and in that sense parts of their emotional “development” may have been affected. Oswald seems a bit more like Chelsea Manning than Assange. Chelsea Manning is current in jail, unlike Hope Hicks, Trump’s former adviser, who is also not co-operating with government enquiries.

Assange’s contact with the Family may have prepared him psychologically for anything the rest of the world can throw at him. If many children that he knew, and quite possibly himself, were drugged, hypnotised and sexually abused when growing up that would also explain his need to right wrongs on a global scale. How could the security services shills at the Guardian, Times, New York Times or Washington Post possibly understand such a motivation. All they see is a white guy who hates them. These journalists have historically put more effort into ignoring government and security services sponsored paedophilia than reporting on it.

Check out the latest development in the Inquiry into Historic Child Sexual Abuse.

Transcript:

The little contact I’ve had with them tells me the thing is a joke. They spend a lot of money on media and television adverts but deliver very little by way of communication or interaction. The main priority seems to be on not inquiring into anything.

Earlier this year the BBC reported that paedophiles were escaping with impunity due to staff shortages at sexual assault referral centres. The problem is that the three day window within which forensic evidence has to be collected so that the CPS could secure a conviction is being regularly breached. This is often due to privatisation.

I contacted the Home Office and the Child Sexual Abuse Inquiry about this. I got nowhere. They gave me a press release from the forensic regulator. But nothing from Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, or Victoria Atkins, the Minister for Women, Sexual Violence, and Safeguarding.

Atkins is a nasty piece of work.

As Women’s Minister she blocked full gender pay gap reporting in this country. That’s right, she put her career first and blocked the Treasury Select Committee recommendations to widen the criteria for gender pay gap reporting in financial services.

She gave no reason for this.

Her husband makes his money selling cannabis for Brtish Sugar but she is the drugs Minister. Theresa May’s husband’s firm is involved in all this too. NHS contracts for purchasing medicinal cannabis have all been allocated and May’s husband is invested in the firm with the monopoly. So rival cannabis producers are criminalised while the profiteers are quids in.

We covered some of this here, as well as hacking vs journalism:

Unsurprisingly Surveillance Capitalist Jeff Bezos’s Washington Post is calling Assange a spy today. Bezos’s relationship with the CIA explains everything we need to know about his paper’s idiotic line.

If you want to click on Bezos’s site you are offered a cheaper subscription is you agree to be tracked / targeted. The guy doesn’t miss a trick.

I think Jimmy Dore covered some of this well a couple of days ago.

So happy 100th Birthday JFK. The more I read about you the less I like.

For anyone who is interested in Assange’s case, there is another hearing tomorrow morning at Westminster Magistrates’s Court:

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Tory peer Karen Brady defrauding vulnerable British women with pay rise masterclass scam

The Scam

Tory peer Karen Brady sets out her stall in today’s Sunday Times:

Her masterclasses, which will be called Get What You Want, will be a free series of podcasts and video masterclasses available online from mid-December. They will cover a range of themes, such as getting a promotion, baby-proofing your career, coping after maternity leave and negotiating pay.

Whilst these are all important – it is pay in particular that demands closer scrutiny.

Speaking to The Sunday Times’s Money section, Brady admitted feeling frustrated about workplace inequality.

“It is going to take 100 years to close the gender pay gap if we stay the way we are,” she warned.

Of the gender pay gap, Brady, who is married with two grown-up children, says: “It’s not like you have to wait for some magic fairy. The chief executive has made the choice to have this very different pay gap. They are the only ones who can resolve that.”

The Backdrop

Karen Brady is a Tory peer. She votes with the government on all major legislation. She also has a column in the Sun.

It should come as no surprise that, at this stage, she has said nothing to oppose the government’s decision to overrule the Treasury Select Committee’s recommendations to widen gender pay gap reporting criteria.

If Brady is up to date on gender pay gap reporting that would mean that, by remaining silent about the government’s misogyny, she is directly sabotaging plans to get more women on boards by reporting gender pay gaps in all firms and to genuinely include all employees including partners and part owners.

The government refused to publish their rationale for blocking mandatory across the board reporting.

Perhaps Karen knows the answer.

Hypocrites

Perhaps the biggest hypocrites of all are Helena Morrissey, Penny Mordaunt and Victoria Atkins, who have both been vocal about the need for more women on boards and yet have said nothing about the government’s choice to block across the board mandatory gender pay gap reporting.

Last word goes to Junior Delgado:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weJpiVlMbBE&feature=share

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Nudged in New Cross

Behaviouralist Bants

So I thought Skinner was the bad guy. The really mechanistic one. Or was it Watson?

Who said we are basically all the same and that our feelings and personal stories don’t really matter.

That there is no such thing as experience. That we are all automatons. The one who put his daughter in a box.

These guys were out of fashion when I learned about them in the early 90s.

But then there was a behavioural revival of sorts. Which in turn enveloped economics.

But behavioural economics said we are all predictably irrational. That classical economics is wrong but behavioural economics is right.

But there are assumptions in behavioural economics too.

Such as that we have limited time and limited information.

Gigerenzer shows that lifting the information and time caps leads to bad decision making – even for experts.

He says we all excel at fast and frugal decision making and that overthinking things induces a form of judgment paralysis.

So behavioural economics itself is quite wrong in terms of how it is applied outside the narrowest of conditions.

And refuses to admit it only thrives under controlled conditions.

But it’s about control.

Choice architecture. Avoiding decision fatigue. Favorably automating information flows. Forcing people into certain situations and pretending it’s both logical and exemplifying freedom.

Someone tell Oliver Letwin.

He’s kind of gone now. Still an MP but not quite the eminence grise he once was.

He spoke about his ideas at the institute of government in 2014, I think.

Outlining the Road from Mont Pelerin that his parents and he had trundled. And then he admitted that he now realised that Intervention does work.

What kind of intervention do you mean, Oliver?

Surely not state intervention in markets – not a liberal like you?

Nor QE, where central banks do the heavy lifting that austerity governments ought really to be doing.

Oliver Letwin revealed that he was taking about the nudge unit.

Though he didn’t mention the job centre – he was probably talking about over there too.

His wife Isabel was head of legal services at The Department of Work and Pensions and at the Department of Health. Oliver’s crackpot ideas will have been used on mental health patients and “under” & “unemployed” people who didn’t really need them.

Of course the machinery of government exists to prevent anyone really knowing the consequences of their actions.

Agnatology is another word for ignorance studies. Sociologist Linsey McGoey has a book out on the topic next year. The Unknowers. Watch out for it.

There is always a latest fad via which the old school asset stripping is masked.

Dark Pools

At book club we looked at Dark Pools. The rise of AI and high frequency trading. I couldn’t help but think when presented with these smart idealist insurgent American price scalpers – You Got To Pick a Pocket or Two!!!

So there. From Hangman on the High Street to Richard Thaler’s Nobel 2017 Prize for Nudging.

Cancer research UK has me thinking of the Crick Institute, big pharma and the next Goldman Sachs social impact bond. This a featured big under Cameron, Osborne and Letwin and was just an excuse to privatize the NHS and get volunteers to steer the handover.

Will Davies looks at some of this stuff in Happiness Industry and Nervous States – links between neo-liberal policies, technology, happiness and “well being” discourse. I haven’t seen it yet but I’m sure big pharma has its place in there too.

There’s some great work being done on investigating all this but it’s pretty under the radar.

Let me know if you have any recommendations.

Once you start looking into any of this funny things start happening.

The Road from Mont Pelerin.

I met up with John Christensen of tax justice Network yesterday who told me about The Finance Curse, a new book out by Nicholas Shaxson.

There’s some research accompanying the launch, this Friday, which sheds light on the colossal cost to the UK of the Finance Curse.

Meanwhile check out his film The Spiders Web on YouTube and for updates on what the Tax Justice Network are up to check out the TaxCast with Naomi Fowler.

When discussing Mont Pelerin, I told John I once met Linda Whetstone, whose father, Anthony Fisher, set up the Institute for Economic Affairs (IEA).

John asked me how a man who so frequently invoked freedom could make his money from forcing hens into cages barely big enough for them to even breathe.

The Macron Curse

It looks like Macron is going to copy Blair and go all out for neoliberalism.

God knows what that will do to the environment and the Paris Climate accord!

I’m meeting Chloé Farrand of DeSmogUK tomorrow and will report back where she thinks we are heading.

The finance curse has done nothing to improve the gender pay gap in London. So I wonder what the figures look like in France.

London Conversation

I’m planning on publishing more frequently.

The idea is that with heightened fluency might come some sort of style.

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Adonis slams BBC Regulator – OFCOM – over Collusive Corruption

By Ranjan Balakumaran

Biased Sheila

The deputy head of Ofcom – the BBC’s regulator – Baroness Noakes, has been done for anti-Labour tweeting in the past.

She has consistently voted with the Government for Brexit in the Lords and is therefore too biased to regulate the BBC.

She shouldn’t be allowed to back the Government in the Lords as well as in our living rooms.

Separate questions about her role overseeing the re-appropriation of hundreds of millions of pounds worth of small and medium sized businesses’s assets at the Royal Bank of Scotland also cast doubt on whether she possesses the probity and good judgment required of a media regulator.

Tweets

Here she is, only last week, retweeting the most controversial of characters, Darren Grimes of Vote Leave.
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This young man took hundreds of thousands of pounds from Vote Leave to launder money and the youth vote for the corrupt Steve Bannon’s Cambridge Analytica in the run-up to the Brexit Vote.

RBS Fraud

Noakes is a Non Executive Director at the Royal Bank of Scotland where she chairs the the Board Risk Committee and sits on the Group Audit Committee and the GRG oversight Committee!

For those who are new to the scandal plagued RBS GRG unit, this has been described as an “abattoir” for small businesses and that it may be the “biggest theft ever”.

The bank, state-owned at the time, stole millions from innocent small business customers in what became known as the dash for cash:

This cases are just the tip of the iceberg as so much remains covered up.

This from February:

That’s right, this woman is deeply involved in one of the biggest banking scandals of all time.

Noakes was once described as the country’s top accountant and has lots of experience in PFI both for the government, the audit firms as well as in the private sector.

But sadly, it looks as thought our BBC has been entrusted to a card-carrying Tory Brexit propagandist.

 

Freedom of Information

John Mann sent a Freedom of Information Request to the Bank of England about former Deputy Governor Paul Tucker’s role in getting Barclays to readjust their LIBOR submissions during the crash in 2008. Mann was on the Treasury Select Committee and so the FOI was treated as urgent and replied to swiftly.

I suggest that a Labour member of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee or the Shadow Minister for Culture, Tom Watson, send in an FOI to Ofcom asking to see whether Baroness Noakes membership of the House Lords has ever been considered a potential conflict of interest.

Certainly all of Noakes’s correspondence on the subject of Brexit during the run up to the referendum and ever since are highly relevant at this time. Perhaps a group of Remainer MPs on the DCMS select committee, including Damian Collins, would like to start asking Ofcom these crucial questions.

Collusive Corruption

Anything less would demonstrate a high degree of collusive corruption.

I asked David Whyte if the UK is a corrupt country in the run up to last year’s election:

 

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Theresa May’s Corruption-as-a-Service and the Visit of the Torturing Saudi Prince

PLEASE WATCH THIS 5 MINUTE VIDEO

Bloomberg has just shown that the May Government’s proposals to shut the Serious Fraud Office are part of the UK’s post Brexit offer of Corruption-as-a-Service.

UK territories already include tax havens like Jersey and the Cayman Islands, so why not go the whole way and get rid of fraud prosecution altogether?

Steve Middleton, Financial Adviser and Founder of Bank Confidential, says that if you’re an up-to-no-good financial services outfit, who would you rather be on your case, Hercules Poirot or Inspector Clouseau?

That is the current state of affairs in the UK with the FCA, Bank of England, City of London Economic Crime Police, Audit Firms, Law Firms, SFO and the revolving door with the Banks.

As long as regulators are muzzled and employees afraid to speak out, the culture of Omertà that financial journalist Ian Fraser has said exists in UK financial services will never go away.

A potential whistleblower has to jump through many legal hoops in order to get whistleblower status and all for very little reward.

See it. Say it. Sorted.

The government’s recent “See it. Say it. Sorted.” campaign applies to unattended baggage and foreign looking individuals,

But as pointed out by the Bloomberg Report, the government’s entire post Brexit strategy is premised on suspect packages of cash making their way into the UK financial system with absolutely minimal questions asked.

The “See it. Say it. Sorted.” campaign is run by British Transport Police which reports to the Home Office.

Contrast that with typing  “Speak up”, “Whistleblower” into a UK-based search engine. What you get is a fractured wild west of consulting firms all of whom are competing with each other to get private sector contracts to help companies deal with whistleblowers.

That’s right, containing whistleblowers is a business opportunity in the UK whereas in the US they have their own whistleblowing agency which pays whistleblowers in the case of successful prosecutions.

Hostile Environment

The hostile environment that Theresa May has chosen to create for immigrants in this country does not extend to dirty money, dictators, or the proceeds of massive financial crime.

Senior Saudi Officials are in town this week. The type that hire American mercenary firms to torture their own cousins in American owned Marriott Hotels in order to extract $100 billion and show everyone who’s boss.

This would be equivalent to Amber Rudd hiring ex-Met Chief Phillip Hogan Howe’s new HSBC financed security firm to torture the previous Home Secretary Theresa May for a few months in exchange for her and her husband’s pension and most of their life savings.

Of course all talk of British made bombs being dropped on innocent hungry Yemeni children is off limits.

The UK is still angling for the Saudis to give clearance for Saudi Aramco, the world’s biggest oil firm,  to float on the London Stock Exchange.

Such a transaction would allow for millions in commission to float through to the City of London and to the advisers on the deal – HSBC.

One of the main advantages the UK has over the US is that in the UK no-one will ever bring a lawsuit agains the Saudis for harbouring terrorists.

In New York, lawyers are licking their lips at the chance of winning compensation for 911 victims from Saudi Arabia as 11 of the 19 hijackers were Saudis.

If Gadaffi had to pay for Lockerbie than why not the Saudis?

So UK really is selling immunity as a service. The ultimate form of liberalism. We believe in a form of diversity that takes in acceptance of war criminals and genocide as well as mere guns, drugs and terror.

I interviewed anti-corruption campaigner and HSBC Whistleblower Nicholas Wilson during the last election and he explained the situation nicely:

Nicholas Wilson has blogged, tweeted and spoken about these issues and UK politics in general from an HSBC angle. The data he presents and the power mapping he has done points strongly to the systems that are in place to protect the UK establishment as well as transnational corporations at the expense of much human life and the environment. To those of you who are interested in political puppetry and the revolving door, I strongly suggest following his campaign.

Public Relations

You have to admire the chutzpah of these Tories. It’s all done in plain sight and they only ever lie about it when questioned.

This puff piece in defence of Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) is by an employee of the Islamaphobic Henry Jackson Society and appears in the Independent which is owned by the same Russian Oligarch that employed George Osborne to edit the Evening Standard.

The Standard and Independent’s mission is therefore clear: Oppose Brexit but promote anything which protects billionaires, like money laundering.

Osborne

On Thursday George Osborne, current editor of the Evening Standard and architect of extended austerity policies that inflicted misery on millions, issued a self congratulatory tweet upon the news that the austerity deficit target had finally been met, two years after he was ejected and nearly 8 years after it started.

 

The question i ask myself is whether anyone is going to get the Labour Party to debate these issues openly and vigorously and put clear unambiguous pledges and policy in its manifesto that can stop this sort of thing forever.

Those who wish to contribute, please step forward.

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Mommy, What’s an Endocrine Disruptor?

It was Trade-Related

I first heard the term Endocrine Disruptor three years ago while researching the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) also known as the EU – US trade agreement.

US firms wanted to dismantle EU safety standards and make big money selling toxic food and chemicals to 500 million EU citizens.

The agreement has since been torpedoed by the Trump administration — but its legacy lives on.

The Case against Sugar

In the Case against Sugar, Science Journalist Gary Taubes talks about Endocrine Disruptors, Empty Calories and the link between the rise in diabetes and obesity and the adoption of a western diet.

Endocrine Disruptors increase your family’s cancer risk and can be found in practically everything from plastic wrapping to Monsanto’s controversial Roundup Glyphosate pesticide of which traces can be found in supermarket fruit, vegetables, and processed foods.

In 2016 Germany opposed the renewal of Roundup’s 5 year EU licence — at the behest of their coalition partners, the centre left SPD:

But as there isn’t a fully fledged government in Berlin right now, Chancellor Merkel’s acting Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt was able to vote to renew the EU licence behind Merkel and SPD Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks’ back.

Despite being politically toxic only 18 months ago it somehow sneaked through and so the enormous German resistance to TTIP & pesticides finally came to nothing.

Monsanto’s Roundup Glyphosate is an organophosphate.

It shouldn’t feel that weird to see Germany voting to kill people — when it comes to chemical weapons, they wrote the book.

But that’s not to say no-one else tried :

Better Living Through Chemistry

Du Pont’s Slogan “Better Living Through Chemistry” was co-opted by DJ Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim whose fans popped countless chemicals including MDMA, Cocaine, Ketamine and Ecstasy. .


Bayer

German mega-corporation Bayer are in the middle of buying up US-owned Monsanto.

This transatlantic merger is proving that the renewal of the EU Roundup licence is just TTIP by other means.

And Bayer have form.

They invented Aspirin, and Heroin.

Under the IG Farben label they made Zyglon B, the gas used by the Nazis in the Gas Chambers.

Zyglon B was originally just another pesticide — invented by Fritz Haber’s research group at the IG Farben-owned Degecsh pest control  company.

Fritz Haber was German, originally of Jewish background, and won the 1918 Nobel Prize for chemistry for his invention of the Haber-Bosch process which was used for both fertilisers and chemical weapons.

Haber is known as the father of chemical weapons.

His first wife Clara Immerwahr was the daughter of a well to do chemist who operated a beet sugar factory on his estate.

Immerwahr was the first woman in Germany to obtain a PhD in Chemistry. She contributed to Haber’s work but was a pacifist and woman’s rights activist.

She committed suicide in 1915 apparently upset about the role her husband played in overseeing the killing of thousands of soldiers in Belgium in the first known use of chemical weapons as a weapon of mass destruction.

Many of Monsanto and Bayer’s pesticide products double up as chemical weapons.

The following excerpt is from the early 2000s:

In the 1930s, chemists working for the German company Bayer discovered the highly poisonous properties of organophosphate compounds. By then, Bayer had already merged with BASF, Hoechst and other companies to form
the huge chemical conglomerate I.G. Farben; today Bayer is poised to become the worlds largest manufacturer of herbicides and pesticides and a leading source of genetically engineered seed varietieswith its recent takeover of the biotech giant Aventis CropScience. (Aventis is the company responsible for the Starlink variety of insecticidal GE corn, which was never approved for human consumption and thus forced the recall of some 300 name-brand processed food products during 2000-01.) As all of German industry became absorbed into the growing Nazi war machine, Bayers organophosphate compounds were developed simultaneously
as agricultural pesticides and as nerve gases for military use.

Agriculture — War by Other Means
Back in 1998, the Economist didn’t hide it’s enthusiasm for Better Living Through Chemistry.

France & Italy

France and Italy oppose the Roundup licence renewal and both plan to ban the pesticide :

One Man’s Profit is Another Woman’s Diabetes

According to vegan journalist Jill Ettinger, in her 2012 article From BPA to Glyphosate: What Are the Risks of Endocrine Disruptors?  Endocrine Disruptors are everywhere including the air we breathe.

The EU is still trying to limit its citizens’ exposure to Endocrine Disruptors but given the enormous food and agriculture industry lobby, the path has been rocky.

EU plan to Regulate Endocrine Disruptors

Some progress was reported last week, but it’s far too early to celebrate.

Just a few weeks ago, in October, the European Parliament voted against the European Commission’s steps to regulate Endocrine Disruptors.

So, unlike with Roundup, at EU level, the Endocrine Disruptor situation may be moving in the right direction.

Dire Beets 

Theresa May was diagnosed with type 1 Diabetes in 2014. Sweet tooth?

David ‘Sugar Man’ Davis 

Brexit Secretary David Davis spent 17 years working at Tate & Lyle whose UK sugar processing operations have since been sold to the American ASR Group. 

ASR backed Brexit – for good reason!

Davis himself was in the SAS and has degrees in Computing, Molecular Science and Business from Warwick, London Business School, and Harvard.

But he’s not taking Brexit, British interests or information management very seriously:

All this talk of chemistry, the military, and the clown like approach to information management reminds me of another international laughing stock from way back in 2003: Ali Hassan Al-Majid aka Chemical Ali

Sweet Home Alabama

According to the Times, Tate & Lyle switched out of its historic sugar operation in 2010 and now focuses on developing new products including sweeteners, many of which are made in Alabama and delivered to Mexico to go into soft drinks.

Tate & Lyle diversified into biomaterials in 2007. They currently specialise in plastics, biofuel and processed foods.

It looks as though, as usual, they are using the same chemicals for both purposes. All of which seem to have an endocrine disruption / metabolic disorder inducing aspect.

Maybe David Davis’s old firm has had a hand in giving Theresa May type 1 diabetes, a metabolic disorder that can be brought on by poor diet.

The chemicals mentioned in their wikipedia entry include:

1,3-Propanediol features mainly in bioprocess engineering, which includes the manufacturing of products such as agriculture, food, feed, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, chemicals, and polymers and paper from biological materials & treatment of waste water.

Polylactic acid (PLA) is used in many products including nappies, replacement hips, 3D printers, tea bags, and e-cigarettes.

From where I stand Polylactic acid  has something of the endocrine disruptor about it.

Diabetes is the most common endocrine / metabolic disorder.

This whole Brexit thing is starting to look like a game of Endocrinopoly.

Capital Without Borders

Brooke Harrington’s excellent 2016 book, Capital Without Borders, about the world of Trust and Estate Professionals reminds us that there is more to Brexit than pesticides and sugar.

Brooke Harrington is currently being targeted by the Danish Home Office for sharing her academic work with Danish Policy Makers. Unfair and Surreal.

Heretical Finance

We read her book as part of the Heretical Finance Book Club in April. A real eye-opener.

This was last year’s selection. 2018’s will be out soon.

If you’ve got this far, you could probably do with some Parliament / Funkadelic.

Free your Mind and your Ass will follow!

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Who’s Regulating the post-Brexit Conversation?

For in the hand of Yahweh there is a cup, full of foaming wine mixed with spices. He pours it out. Indeed the wicked of the earth drink and drink it to its very dregs.

Subliminal

A friend and I recently agreed that Naomi Klein’s latest book No is not Enough appeals less to Brits than North Americans.

We have other things going on like Corbyn and Brexit.

Media Hype

I like how the American media are so upfront. They openly discuss their administration’s white nationalism and deregulatory stance on health insurance, tax, guns, & net neutrality.

Here in the UK our deregulation is not so much spoon-fed as subliminal.

Just like with shadow banking, we know it’s naughty, we know it’s happening, but we act as though everything’s above board.

Too much Red Tape, Mate

The Brexit vote of June 2016 was sold as the perfect opportunity to take back control of our borders, recover sovereignty and cut Red Tape.

Click the image below for the original Sun article.

But exactly which regulations we’ll be cutting remains to be seen.

After all we’ll still need to retain the right to trade with Europe.

We’ll also need to keep our rights at work, protect our food, and look after the environment.

Countries will only trade with us if they trust our regulatory standards.

How will that happen if we become a totally unregulated space?

As Tax Justice Campaigner Richard Murphy puts it:

“We need rules. Try playing football without any rules. It doesn’t work.”

Captured Media

The lack of clarity from our journalists and politicians may be part of the problem.

Academics like Daniela Gabor, Prem Sikka, David Graeber, Vickie Cooper, David Whyte, Steve Tombs, and commentators like Frances Coppola, Ann Pettifor, Nicholas Wilson, and Ian Fraser are all reliable.

But few out and out hacks are prepared to rock the boat by asking difficult questions.

Even fewer politicians make meaningful commitments, give straight answers, or admit mistakes.

We don’t need no Education

In the midst of all this emerged Nigel Farage.

While the left and right were playing musical chairs in the centre, a gaping chasm opened up everywhere else.

All anyone had to do to occupy the space was point out the contradictions in the system.

Engineering of Consent

So in a strange social experiment the British public briefly entered an age of demagoguery. One that can’t be undone.

Where Thatcher, Blair and even Cameron got their voters mildly excited, unelected Mr Farage got the nation to  say “No” to the Establishment and  replace it with — the Establishment!

Post-coup nerves

The only problem with all this was that nobody ever thought that the Brexiteers could win. The Brexiteers themselves had no idea what they’d do once they won their coup.

As Hannah Arendt said of the British Empire:

It has often been said that the British acquired their empire in a fit of absent-mindedness, as consequence of automatic trends, yielding to what seemed possible and what was tempting, rather than as a result of deliberate policy. If this is true, then the road to hell may just as well be paved with no intentions as with the proverbial good ones.

Attention Hacker

In the following clip Nigel Farage strategically attacks ‘diversity’ before claiming that English is no longer spoken in many parts of the UK.


He’s our very own Donald Trump. The influence he’s projected over global politics is staggering.

Waistline Firecracker

By relentlessly attacking every MP in sight whilst having never been more than an MEP in Brussels, Farage has become the ultimate spectactor.

Like Lear’s Fool and Donald Trump, Farage has been able to speak populist truth to power without following any of the rules by which normal politicians are bound.

Deregulatory Fork

But just like Trump, he’s a vicious corporatist.

Earlier this year after asking if Trump’s an anarchist,  I asked anthropologist  David Graeber to distinguish between corporatists like Farage and fascists like Marine Le Pen.

It was Auntie wot won it

Before the referendum I asked the BBC how frequently Farage had appeared on Newsnight, Question Time, and The Today Programme — they refused.

I assume someone like Rupert Murdoch was supporting him.

In the wake of the phone hacking scandal and the Leveson Inquiry James Harding moved to manage BBC News after having edited Murdoch’s Times for six years.

Maybe he was leaned on by Murdoch to include Farage on the BBC’s radio and televised debates.

Despite being a fully paid up member of the Metropolitan Elite and presumably a Remainer, Harding knows which way his bread’s buttered.

Amusing ourselves to death

Though humouring his old boss would have been logical, what started out as a joke led to a constitutional crisis.

By attacking the EU and political correctness in the way that he has, Farage has managed to overturn forty years of food, employment, financial and environmental standards.

Farage is currently employed by Rupert Murdoch in the US and by LBC talk radio in the UK.

What happened

Neo-liberal economics was underpinned by a belief in the idea of infinite growth. But the rapid growth of the ‘left behinds’ who under Thatcher had been written off as the acceptable rate of unemployment led to a growing divide.

They had no way out of a life of austerity.

At the same time came the rise of the Metropolitan Elite with their skinny lattés and Polish plumbers

Et Voila!

Plenty of newspapers also told their readers to vote for Brexit.

They weren’t all convinced by Jacob Rees-Mogg, Boris Johnson, Liam Fox and Michael Gove.

The Sun, the Mail, the Express, the Sunday Times, and the Telegraph are all still fervent Brexiteers.

Brexit Bill

But according to those Brexiteers who aren’t in the Cabinet, the Government are making a hash of Brexit.

The potential benefits of a Brexit deal are fast disappearing as the Government commits to paying more and more money to the EU.

What next?

  1. Who is going to stand up for UK regulation?
  2. How will a balance be struck between protecting UK business, UK citizens and non-citizens?

 

 

 

 

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Culture Wars: When ‘Consent’ means Rape

Adultery just made an appearance in the NYT Ethicist Column:

  1. The reader claims although he and his wife love each other, she’s been very ill and has said he can have affairs.
  2. He’s agonising over whether to be honest about his situation with future sexual partners.
  3. He disclosed his circumstances on a dating site and ended up being called an adulterer and a ‘dirty old man’.

Here is the Ethicist’s reply:

Marital vows should not, in ordinary circumstances, be subject to renegotiation. But you have taken your wife’s declaration to mark a departure from ordinary circumstances. What now? Sex requires the consent of all parties involved, and real consent rules out substantial misrepresentation. So you’ll have to find a partner who’s O.K. with your situation. This, as you’ve discovered, may be difficult, given the attitudes of the women on your dating site, most of whom will want at least the prospect of a romantic relationship. (You refer to having your wife’s permission; some of your respondents may have wondered whether she really felt she had a choice. But presumably you’ve decided that her consent was in fact full-hearted and freely given.)

So what is Consent anyway?

This bit:

 Sex requires the consent of all parties involved, and real consent rules out substantial misrepresentation.

Ok, so this is interesting. We’re now talking about full consent and partial consent. Where partial consent would be based on incomplete or unreliable information.

a.k.a. Alternative Facts / Unknown Unknowns.

How many of Weinstein, Spacey or Savile’s alleged victims could be argued to have consented?

On the grounds they were free to reject their alleged assailant’s advances?

It wouldn’t require a particularly skilled lawyer to make such an argument.

Not if the courts put the onus on victims to prove, without evidence, that they refused to consent.

Culture War

November 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther kickstarting the Reformation by nailing his demands to a Wittenberg church door.

Sexual Reformation

The smart people at the Spectator recently found a way to combine the Westminster fallout from the Weinstein Sexual harassment scandal with the anniversary of Luther’s Reformation.

They likened the media frenzy about sexual abuse in Westminster to a witch hunt and painted it as positively Puritan.

Even the Conservative Woman decided to get in on the act and attack the left’s feminism for depriving men of sex.

Yes that’s right – The Conservative Woman!

So what would a real Puritan have to say about all this?

Peter Hitchens attacks the Jihadi Left.

When Rape becomes Consent

Under certain circumstances actual rape, as above, is reclassified as consent.

What about the other way around?

In the British Spycops case several law-abiding UK campaigners ‘consented’ to sex with undercover police who had infiltrated their activist groups by using false identities and lying about the state-funded nature of their motives.

In one case a policeman fathered a child with an activist — before going missing.

One victim has referred to this as Institutional Rape.

Given the seriousness of these crimes and the fact that they were carried out by law enforcement officers following orders, it is staggering that there hasn’t been a full Inquiry launched so as to ensure complete transparency about this chapter of our history and to be able to learn lessons and move on.

Instead we face more cover-ups as our cowardly leaders close ranks once again and teach us that they literally rape with impunity.

 Sex requires the consent of all parties involved, and real consent rules out substantial misrepresentation.

PM Theresa May and current Home Secretary Amber Rudd will both be fully aware of these cases.

But there’s a culture war being played out.

Both have presided over failed Child Sexual Abuse Inquiries again involving Westminster Paedophiles.

The stakes are high and until May or Rudd chooses to end the culture of abuse, the reign of terror will have no end.

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Tory Confusion over Brexit

The Pound looks likely to collapse during the upcoming Tory Party conference

Financial Markets are looking for reassurance.

Instead they have been treated to David Davis.

Amber Rudd will remember her speech about companies having to report the amount of foreign staff on their books.

This policy was a disaster – but the Government don’t seem to have learnt a thing.

As a run on the pound is inevitable, it would be good to hear from Labour how they would react.

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Theresa May decriminalises Bribery, Fraud & Election Rigging

The American satirist HL Mencken famously quipped that no-one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American people.

But here in Britain we have a different maxim:

No Tory ever lost out overestimating the gullibility of the British Voter

I interviewed David Whyte of the University of Liverpool about various aspects of corruption last week.

He called for an investigation into allegations  the Tory party has received funding from laundered HSBC money.

Yesterday the Conservative Manifesto included proposals to scrap the Serious Fraud Office :

Tories are also proposing that all voters provide ID cards to vote – a move which has been criticised by the Electoral Commission which itself recently concluded that the Tories themselves broke electoral rules regarding local spending limits in the 2015 election.

The Tories got away with this and are now seeking to undermine the smooth running of future elections.

This is the sort of thing you expect from Turkey, Russia, or even Iran.

May is very scary. I cannot emphasise enough what  a bad idea it would be to vote for her.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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British media prefer Marine Le Pen to Jeremy Corbyn DESPITE ALMOST IDENTICAL ECONOMIC ARGUMENTS

Rupert Murdoch prefers Marine Le Pen to Jeremy Corbyn as she is, like himself, a racist anti-EU campaigner.

But if you forget about race and look at international trade and financial markets — her views are much more like Corbyn’s than Murdoch’s.

She’s a protectionist.

This is the same direction opportunist Theresa May is now taking when she steals Labour policies.

But May is still a ruthless Tory – paying off her friends in the finance sector while saying she will protect the NHS and public services.

Populism

Nigel Farage was allowed to open the door to ‘populism’ in the UK and, having achieved his aim of getting Britain out of the EU, he is now openly supporting Marine Le Pen.

I wrote about his interview with Le Pen a few months ago which was remarkable because till Brexit he avoided being seen in her company for fear of being called a fascist.

The interview was also interesting because Le Pen referred to how much more similar Theresa May’s policies now are to the Front National’s — and not to Emmanuel Macron’s.

This was even more remarkable for Le Pen because Macron had just been invited to visit Downing Street and she hadn’t.

Downing Street failed to get friendly with Trump before November and now, yet again, they are slow to get to know Le Pen.

But either way, as alluded to in the previous post, Le Pen’s differences with Trump, Farage and Murdoch, and similarity with Corbyn can be summed up in one word: DEREGULATION

Murdoch

Today’s Murdoch-owned Times quotes Marine Le Pen’s father, Jean Marie Le Pen, who founded the Front National, as saying she must act like Murdoch’s friend — Donald Trump.

Mr Le Pen’s anti-semitism is not even mentioned till the eighth sentence.

The very idea that other racism might exist in France is not alluded to even once.

Murdochs and Trumps

Unlike the Blairs before them, we know the Murdochs and the Trumps still get on.

Many Brexiteers love Le Pen as she is anti-immigrant and anti-EU.

Here is Donald Trump Jr retweeting his dad’s friend Nigel Farage:

Here’s the actual video:

Deregulation – The Elephant in the Room

Like Murdoch and unlike Corbyn, Le Pen uses immigration to divide.

Lots of people in the UK are now sceptical about Globalisation – many vote UKIP, Labour, Green, and SNP.

By stealing Labour policies and rhetoric the Tories are picking up plenty of ex-UKIP votes.

With the media’s help they try to convince voters that Blair, Cameron and even Corbyn are far too metropolitan and somehow un-British, and that we  should all get back in touch with our socially conservative inner-Tory.

Many of these voters are against excessive immigration and open borders.

Which Corbyn and Lib Dems are seen as soft on.

We’re constantly told that we want a strong leader. Like May, Trump, or Le Pen.

Now is Le Pen’s time because she goes one further than Corbyn, Sturgeon, Lucas and even Theresa May.

For Le Pen is both fully racist and fully anti-capitalist — wanting total protection of both borders and markets.

She needs to solve France’s unemployment and lack of productivity without acknowledging that the EU has historically protected its borders and markets (often to benefit France!)

Is Le Pen more scared of the Eastern Europeans who’ve used free movement since communism fell; the refugees from US / UK / Coalition operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria; or of immigrants who’ve moved to France not because of the EU but because of France’s own kleptocratic African, Asian and Caribbean  adventures?

Deregulation

Unlike Trump, Farage and Murdoch — and very much like Corbyn — Le Pen is fervently anti-Deregulation.

Farage ran a very confused Brexit campaign that focused on Brussels’ authoritarianism and ignored the degree to which Brussels had been infiltrated and in many ways captured by the City of London’s lobby group.

For evidence of this lobbying just look at the EU -US trade agreement TTIP.

This policy was announced by Obama and Cameron in Northern Ireland at the G7 / G8 meeting in 2013 and would have harmonised food, labour and environmental regulation on both sides of the Atlantic.

It’s precisely that model of Anglo-Saxon style capitalism that Le Pen and Corbyn both reject.

Farage just pretended to hate it. He is actually a big fan of the financial services lobby. It’s where he gets his cash.

But still, lots of Brexit campaigners, including Farage, jumped on the momentum that had been generated by the Anti-TTIP movement to push for Brexit.

In France, Le Pen used TTIP to push for her own election.

This is the most irresponsible manner in the way the French election is being covered here in the UK.

There is not enough parallel context being drawn with the UK political scene..

Is Le Pen being praised by the British press simply because our newspaper owners think she is a bit like Theresa May?

EU debate

The way the European Central Bank is run is severely flawed but little discussion of its policies are permitted to take place at any level.

Therefore even though  many people know there is a problem,  our media and politicians don’t permit us the space to discuss it.

Many Labour and Lib Dems seemed to have swallowed deregulation whole and by aggressively campaigning to remain in the EU didn’t permit debate of its flaws.

Jeremy Corbyn  was an exception to that as he said he was against TTIP and deregulation. But he wasn’t given the platform that he deserved.

He was co-opted by the Remain camp.

His biggest failing on Europe was that he didn’t take more of a stand in public over TTIP.

Despite letting people know his views on Trident and Bombing Syria Corbyn never engaged in a public debate with his party about TTIP and so the deregulation lobbyists captured the entire debate.

They’re doing the same with the NHS and PFI.

So despite having some great ideas about taking back control, Corbyn’s project is being treated as a joke while Le Pen’s is taken seriously.

Corbyn’s patriotism is being rejected by the tax-avoiding foreign-owned media in favour of Theresa May’s lies which are designed to mask the looting of the UK public sector by the financial services sector.

Will Labour come up with a plan to save the NHS by prosecuting bankers for fraudulent PFI?

I asked them that very question this week and have been told Labour’s  PFI announcements are due later in the campaign.

I suggested that we need ideas circulating asap in order to persuade people to ignore the spin. But so far no reply.

It’s now or never. I’m still waiting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Farage openly promoting Marine Le Pen

But since “quitting politics” he’s already backed Trump in the US election and now he’s doing the same for the leader of the French National Front.

Double Standards

In the tenth minute of this 40 minute interview Farage asks Le Pen if she feels British Prime Minister Theresa May snubbed her by inviting her rival Emmanuel Macron to Downing Street.


Farage himself never let UKIP enter Le Pen’s nationalist grouping in the European Parliament.

Theresa’s Judgment

In this 30 second clip Le Pen refers to Macron as not being the sort of person she thought Theresa May would want to meet as, in contemporary French politics, he’s the key salesperson of deregulation and Globalisation.

Marine Le Pen and Nigel Farage bond over Theresa May’s terrible judgment.

They correctly point out that it makes no sense for Theresa May to say she stands for Brexit and threatening immigrants but then roll out the red carpet for Macron and not Le Pen.

Farage points out that Theresa May wanted nothing to do with Trump until some days after he was elected – despite the supposed similarity in their agendas.

Deregulation

Farage and Trump, unlike Le Pen, strongly back deregulation.

They refer to it as cutting red tape.

But Le Pen talks about protecting French workers from deregulation.

Trump and Farage pretend to rail against corporate power but their loyalties lie with the uber-rich.

Could it be a similar story with Le Pen?

A former top lawyer and daughter of a multimillionaire, her party also needs big cheques but courts and delivers a mainly working class vote.

The only things they really agree on are the threat of open borders and Islamic terrorism.

Economic Patriotism

Le Pen shows solidarity with May and Farage against the vindictiveness of the European Union.

She says the EU wants to punish Britain.

Farage asks her about how she wants to protect French businesses and whether there is room for trade with Britain.

Le Pen says her Economic Patriotism means ensuring French Local Authorities buy from local suppliers.

She also says further measures should be taken to protect french industries from ‘dumping’ – where foreign firms sell their products cheaper because they are able to produce more for less due to weaker labour and environmental laws.

I feel China and Germany are being alluded to here but there’s no mention of British and American exporters and the huge deregulation going on in the USA which they plan to use to boost exports to France.

On the other hand she says she also wants France to “conquer the world” and therefore favours trade.

She concludes that for some industries you need protection but not for all.

This is similar to Steve Bannon’s assertion that he is not a White Nationalist but an Economic Nationalist.

America already had a Buy America policy under Obama.

And while France’s local industries obviously ought to be protected, there are massive inconsistencies in Le Pen’s argument.

But Farage doesn’t point them out.

How can global waves of economic nationalism and protectionism help French exporters?

But we can still sell to each other with minimal taxation, right?

Farage asks if by threatening to impose tariffs on Britain, the EU is ultimately making French workers pay to protect the EU project.

Conversation moves on to talk of migration, borders, Calais and suspending the Schengen agreement.

Brits living in France are reassured that they will not be threatened.

Le Pen says many of the French in London will return to France.

Taxes will be cut as unemployment falls and public spending is cut.

Le Pen says being a Muslim in France is not a problem – it is sectarianism she says she objects to.

She says she is against Islamist Fundamentalism.

When asked about anti-semitism in her party Le Pen says she doesn’t tolerate it and would prefer not to be judged by the words of all her supporters.

Farage says he knows how it feels to be judged by one’s supporters.

Conversation then goes to Putin.

Le Pen argues Russia and US are both as important as each other and that Russia has done a lot of good in Syria.

Farage asks if borrowing from Russian banks compromises her.

Le Pen says she couldn’t borrow elsewhere but that her lender doesn’t choose her policies.

On Trump – Le Pen says she too opposed TTIP and is glad he wants to be a President of the US and not of the world.

Global Revolution

Le Pen says there’s definitely a global revolution going on.

She points out that it is funny that the Anglo Saxon creators of neoliberalism are now the ones who reject it.

Farage says that it was Brussels who created this neoliberalism and not the Anglo Saxons.

Le Pen replies that the Anglo-Saxon world implemented Liberalism and the EU has turned it into Ultra Liberalism.

She says that either way, they are both now on the same side. 

This doesn’t feel unlike rival football hooligan firms enjoying a friendly beer before resuming normal service and beating the crap out of each other.

The Raheem Kassam / Tommy Robinson interview on Breitbart is a great insight into the various conflicts and shifting identities at play in some of these manufactured populist movements.

The Spice Girls, The Sex Pistols and even the Jimi Hendrix Experience were all put together by their management teams.

So why not UKIP or the EDL?

Kassam, a self-defining ex-muslim and product of intellectual PC-friendly culture, shifted to the alt-right and now runs Breitbart London which is controlled by Steve Bannon.

Tommy Robinson changed his slightly Irish and double barrelled name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon to head up the English Defence League with an alias taken from a notorious Leeds United football hooligan.

He makes his money running a tanning salon in Luton.

Yes, that’s right.

From people in a multicultural area who pay him money to look less white.

Everybody’s looking for something. And you have to make a living, right?

There’s a beautiful symmetry here.

Where were we?

The French Presidential Election

Farage asks why Le Pen should be French President.

She says because she is profoundly French.

The other candidates just want to represent the Insurance, Banking, and Drug Companies.

Le Pen is asked if, having won the first round, she can win the second round.

She says it is a choice for the French.

It’s no longer a left-right split.

Do we want France to remain France?

She says if voters really want French values such as secularism, equality of race and religion, and not sectarianism, then they will vote for her.

Le Pen says the other candidates have a post national vision.

They want to work for Mrs Merkel.

The election is a referendum on Globalisation.

Farage asks Le Pen if she thinks she will win.

Le Pen says she thinks she will.

 

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US Politics: Healthcare Debate

    Are all Americans deserving of the right to healthcare?

      Yes — Universal healthcare systems should mean free access for all at the point of delivery, focused on protecting public health, and funded via general taxation.
        No — No-one should ever be forced to pay for services they will never use and no-one should be allowed to use services they could never afford.

       

      ACCESS Vs COVERAGE

          The US health care debate on CNBC this morning started with EVERYONE AGREEING that EVERY AMERICAN DESERVES COVERAGE.
          Discussion quickly moved on to whether IMPROVING ACCESS to HEALTHCARE is best achieved by MAKING IT MORE AFFORDABLE.
          It was then pointed out that the only way you could make healthcare more affordable would be to force all taxpayers to subsidise the health system.
          Finally there was talk of the injustice of taking money off citizens whose belief systems prevent them from ever using the health system in the first place.

        When Sqwawk Box presenter Andrew Sorkin pointed out that this was an absurd line of argument his co-presenter stated that though he agreed with Sorkin he still thought the point of view deserved mentioning.

    Check the buzzwords in this recent MSNBC video:

    What is the difference between Receiving Affordable Care, Unaffordable Coverage & Insurance, & Access to Healthcare?

    What is the difference between Classic Republicans, Democrats and Trump’s people?

    Back to the UK

    Looks like Brexit has been brought about to Deregulate the Labour Market and get rid of the minimum wage.

    Here is Dr Bob Gill on what is really happening to the UK’s NHS.

     

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US Meat Industry welcomes UK-US Trade Deal

Shelves could be full of cheap American meat in UK supermarkets within two years.

Was the Brexit vote a vote for growth hormones, genetically engineered food and cloned meat?

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Tories to join forces with UKIP, say Huff Post sources

Tories to join forces with UKIP, say Huff Post sources

The Conservative Party has struck a deal with UKIP and won’t field a candidate in the upcoming Stoke by-election, it was alleged yesterday.

The story, reported by Martha Gill of the Huffington Post, has not yet been fully picked up by bigger media outlets.

John McDonnell’s press secretary James Mills tweeted:

But is it True?

One can understand Mills’s frustration, but is it true the Tories won’t field a candidate?

According to Wikipedia in the 2015 Stoke Central General Election the Tory candidate got just 33 votes less than the UKIP candidate.

And the Chancellor was actually in Brexit-backing Stoke only yesterday to talk about the Government’s new ‘hands on’ Industrial Strategy:

Stoke Conservatives who run the City Council in a coalition with independents tweeted:

Hardly the behaviour of a party that won’t field a candidate.

In fact the Tory Deputy Leader of the Council was out canvassing this weekend :

The Tories will apparently be choosing their candidate tomorrow night – on the same night as Labour:

Esther McVey on UKIP’s Chances

Former Tory Welfare Minister Esther McVey was on Marr a couple of weeks ago talking up UKIP’s chances in Stoke:

But grassroots Tories are unwilling to cede a single vote, let alone seat, to UKIP or Labour:

Despite all this grassroots sentiment would the Tory Party Strategists still gift a seat to UKIP?

To many such pragmatism could be a step too far.

From Nasty to Neo-Nazi

In the eyes of many this could shift the Tories from the Nasty Party to the Neo-Nazi Party

Dramatic Turnaround

As for Stoke Central itself, wouldn’t it be something for them to lose their Old Etonian former shadow cabinet member to the Victoria and Albert Museum and to replace him with a UKIP leader who to many is nothing more than a neo-fascist thug?

Nuttall once stood for the Conservatives in Bootle, his hometown, before becoming a UKIP MEP.

The following story appeared in yesterday’s Evening Standard in London.

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Should you find yourself in Stoke this week the Repertory Theatre is staging : One Man Two Guvnors

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Video: White America rejects American Values

ALEC

The American Legislative Exchange Council are in the ascendant. Most Brits don’t even know who they are.

But they hold the real clout around here.

Trump Aide: Japanese Internment Camps are Precedent for a Muslim Registry

 

White America rejects American Values

Trump voters claim not to be racist but many voted to deport Latinos and target Muslims.

In the following film one educated Trump voter claims rhetoric about rapidly building walls and expelling immigrants is “imprudent” but ultimately in the right direction.

 

 

The women claiming not to be racist refer to ‘rugged individualism’, not accepting ‘handouts from the government’ (Universal Healthcare) and sit next to posters promoting guns while talking about having to be ‘on guard’ around people of other races.

The same types of megalomaniac are now running the UK.

Vice President Elect Mike Pence is a member of ALEC, The American Legislative Exchange Council.

They have links in the UK. Liam Fox and Dan Hannan have spoken at their conferences. Dangerous lot.

Most Brits don’t even know who they are. But they hold the real clout around here.

Speaking of ALEC

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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.