Every few Christmases, I tend to re-read Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, as the book has always had a hold on me ever since I first read it as a child.

When I read it as a child, I had no real social conscience or understanding, of course – I simply enjoyed it as a Christmas story. As time has gone on, however – and particularly in the last several years – it has become more obvious how socially and morally relevant Dickens’ story still is.

It was reinforced again a few days ago when I was walking down my nearest high street.

The shops were really busy, the streets were crowded and there were Christmas lights and stuff everywhere. But there was a particular point at which I had a vivid moment of perceptual clarity, where it freshly occurred to me just how unmeaningful and fake so much of this milieu was. Read the rest of this entry »

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Alright, so I’ve neglected to touch on this subject for a very long time.

I did cover it in March 2015 when the catastrophe started (and sporadically since then), but I’ve generally neglected it. Not because I don’t care: but because I find this subject so upsetting, so dispiriting, that I can’t bring myself to look at it.

But… Yemen. How the hell is that situation still going on?

I mean, it’s a massacre, right? That’s been going on in plain sight for over three years at this point.

Where is the international community? What’s the UN doing? Where’s the emergency session of the UN Security Council to discuss the situation? Read the rest of this entry »

Just looking ahead to 2019 a little, and wondering what fresh bullshit is on the horizon, I can see the months ahead being dominated by a few (related) things: all of it centering on the meme of ‘rising up’ against the ‘elites’.

The ‘Yellow Vest’ movement, which started in Paris, and has apparently been catching on elsewhere, is probably going to continue into 2019: and the question, as I raised here, is what form or direction it is going to take.

Moreover, a question of what influences, idealogies, agendas or parties are going to be co-opting or trying to harness it.

Again, to reiterate: I’m in no way questioning the protesters in France and their motivations, which seemed pretty much spot-on. But once the ‘Yellow Vest’ brand is transferred out of France to other countries, it is no longer idealogically under the control of those French protesters.

And something freshly occured to me that’s been occuring to me on-and-off for over a year now. Given the parallel timing of many different strands – the ‘Populist’ wave, the migration unrest, the Trump/MAGA phenonemon, and now also the big protests, etc – I keep wondering if the Powers That Be have deliberately rigged a series of explosives to rip through society and the political order: and are just waiting to trigger those explosions. Read the rest of this entry »

Test Post: No Article 2…

Posted: December 26, 2018 in Uncategorized

This is a test post.

A fair amount of new music comes my way on a fairly regular basis: and most of the time now I decline to post reviews.

This is partly because this website juggles a bunch of different content subjects/genres and I get less time than I’d like to focus on music (I really did primarily want this to be a music blog at one point in time); and also partly because I don’t like to write negative or critical reviews of fellow musicians – meaning that I tend to only post about music I genuinely like.

So when Phantom Sun‘s album Caldera came on to my radar, I was happy – because I genuinely really liked what I was hearing. Read the rest of this entry »

A recent announcement in the press says an ancient ring found in Bethlehem ‘belonged to the man who crucified Jesus’.

The man they refer to is actually the Prefect or Governor, Pontius Pilate – so, strictly speaking, not ‘the man crucified Jesus’, but the man who okayed the crucifixion.

The article also added the caveat ‘scientists believe’: as in ‘belonged to the man who crucified Jesus, scientists believe’.

I’m always a little wary of phrases like ‘scientists believe’: it’s a little vague. But maybe I’m getting too hung up on semantics.

In fact, even the idea that Pontius Pilate had Jesus crucified is disputed (there are entire books on that – which I might attempt to touch on again in another post): but that’s a diversion for some other time.

I usually publish a Christmas-related or Christmas-themed article here in the lead-in to Christmas: but I ran out of time this year to think of something good enough, so I’ve just gone with this. Not just the Pilate object, however, but a few other items of Gospel-related archaelogy that have recently cropped up. Read the rest of this entry »

The Lockerbie bombing in 1988 was perhaps the 9/11 of its time: and today marks 30 years since it happened.
While it didn’t result in the kind of phony Global ‘War on Terror’ that was conducted after 9/11, it did give the US and Britain the platform for beginning a targeted downfall of a particular nation and society, this being Libya.

This was accomplished the same way in Libya as it was accomplished in Iraq: first by years and years of crippling sanctions and forced hardship (via the UN),then by all-out destruction against a nation that is no longer able to defend itself (Iraq in 2003, Libya in 2011).

There are essentially two ways to look at Lockerbie.

One, the most important, is as a criminal investigation of an act of mass murder. The other is as a prolonged political or geo-political tool serving multiple purposes. Both are worth revisiting; particularly as the ghost of Lockerbie (and all of its victims) has reappeared in news media in the last few weeks.

Revisiting the subject of Lockerbie is important both as a study of geo-politics and the place of political terrorism within that arena and as a study in history and how it relates to contemporary events.

I want to take a broad overview of the Lockerbie subject here, touching on all of those areas: this article will cover (1) the reasons why the ‘official’ story of Lockerbie is so problematic and disputed, (2) the release of the ‘Lockerbie Bomber’ from prison in Scotland and why it happened, (3) the political and geopolitical motives and consequences of the Lockerbie trial and verdict, and finally (4) the many different theories as to who really did carry out the Lockerbie bombing and why. Read the rest of this entry »

Aaaand so the Tommy Robinson shit-show just goes on. And on. And on and on.

I give credit to Nigel Farage for jumping ship before the Shit Show really gets going. He writes: “The very idea of Tommy Robinson being at the centre of the Brexit debate is too awful to contemplate…”

Actually the very idea of ‘Tommy Robinson’ is almost too awful to contemplate.

I suspect Farage thinks ‘Tommy’ is being inserted into the Brexit game to deliberately tarnish or undermine the Brexit momentum further. And he is probably right. Speaking even as someone who never cared about Brexit anyway (but who nevertheless sympathises with it), ‘Tommy’ is going to help sink that ship – at precisely the same time as a serious likelihood is now being discussed in political circles of a second Referendum to try to resolve the Brexit problem (and won’t that be fun?).

So, I’ve covered ‘Tommy’ here a bunch of times already: see here, here and here. The last time being upon his ‘release’ from jail earlier this year (reality check: ‘Tommy’ was probably never in jail) and the #FreeTommy psy-op that thousands of useful idiots took part in.

The Useful Idiot demographic is really spiralling – and ‘Tommy’ and his sponsors must be very happy. Read the rest of this entry »

So the shooting/attack in Strasborg at the Christmas Market.

It doesn’t really need much thinking to go into this, but I’m giving it a go partly for Mark from Truthscoop: because he pointed out that hardly anyone appears to have spoken about this particular ‘act of terror’ in any sceptical terms.

He’s right: but I’ve noted this before too (in regard to the Westminster ‘attack’ a few months ago, which seemed to barely register a blip in the news cycle or even in online alt-media and which most of us have completely forgotten about) – people who used to be all over this stuff a few years ago no longer seem to care.

I suspect this is partly because a lot of those people have shifted their interest from Objective Observation to instead joining in the divide-and-conquer programme itself, taking their lead from the mass hijacking of ‘alternative media’ that calls itself the ‘alt right’. For them, supposed Islamist-related terror attacks are best left unrefuted – because it serves the interests of the Alt-Right brainwashing programme and the divide-and-conquer psy-op.

That’s why – at the higher end of that equation – people like Alex Jones and Paul Joseph Watson no longer acknowledge the existence of false-flag operations: and this is why a majority of self-styled ‘truther’ bloggers or video-makers also do the same, because they take their lead from the big ‘influencers’ in the hijacked ‘alternative media. Read the rest of this entry »

I’ve been a little late focusing on the ‘Yellow Vest’ protests or strikes in France.

But it seems to me, given a cursory reading of various sources, like a legitimate, mass expression of dissatisfaction with the French establishment politicians. A lot of people in France are fed up and have decided to group together to make their discontent heard.

There have been conspiracy theories flying all over the place (aren’t there always?): ranging from the protests being led by Le Pen supporting fascists to a theory that it’s a Color Revolution being orchestrated by Trump and the US to unseat Macron or a Russian-influenced movement to further destabilise the West.

None of the ‘theories’ or unnecessary add-ons to the narrative that I’ve seen are convincing.

And there’s one particular strand of Deliberate Misinformation that is particularly sinister – which I’ll focus on shortly.

Because, as much as this is an article about the Yellow Vest protests, it is also an article about the sinister information war – which weaves through all of the idealogical divide, ‘culture war’ and socio-political crisis occuring in Western nations.

My purpose here is not to question the French protesters, but to debunk the lies of the people who are deliberately misrepresenting the protests.

From what I can tell, it looks like the Yellow Vest protests are just people in France being genuinely fed up. There are probably elements in there who inserted themselves into the situation just to cause trouble or create violence – but that’s always what happens. In reality, it seems simply that a lot of ordinary, dissatisfied people in France have had enough of taking the hit for elite 1% interests: and that a protest like this has been building for a long time.

So, to be clear, nothing in this article is calling into question the motives or intentions of the actual French protesters themselves – who seem to be in solidarity with each other and against the corrupt, elite interests dominating France.

However (and unfortunately, perhaps), ever since the ‘Arab Spring’, I do get suspicious of sudden eruptions of mass protests that come packaged with a symbol or slogan. Read the rest of this entry »