Archive for the ‘(All Things) CULTURE’ Category

So, I went back and forth for a few days on whether to even bother writing this article.

Having already written about Kurt Cobain here at length on a number of previous occasions, I didn’t know if there was anything left worth saying.

Among these older pieces, five years ago – on the twentieth anniversary of his death – I wrote a very long piece about that day and its impact both on me personally and those generations culturally. Around the same time, I also wrote this piece on how I viewed Cobain’s real ‘legacy’ and long-lasting impact.

The former was more of a snapshot of a moment in time and that moment’s resonance; while the latter was an attempt to bypass all of the accumulated bullshit around Kurt Cobain that has developed over the years and to somewhat simplify and purify his impact and legacy.

So I don’t know that I have anything to say about Cobain that I hadn’t already expressed.

But then I started thinking again about stuff that’s been added to the Cobain ‘mythology’ in the time even since then. Stuff like the Montage of Heck movie, for example, the Soaked in Bleach movie, and the flood of Murder Theory videos and supporters of those theories. (more…)

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What happened in Christchurch, New Zealand, is not surprising.

An event like that has been coming: and there’s going to be more of them elsewhere. With the extent of the continuous propaganda and brainwashing content (or experiment) being run across the uglier sections of the Internet, it’s actually surprising that something on this scale hasn’t happened sooner.

Whether it’s as a part of the organised psy-op to create the ‘race war‘ or it’s just as a result of the mass conditioning being carried out on vast numbers of people, things like this have been – and still are – very much on the cards.

False Flag? Who knows? Possibly.

I’ve written so much about false flags in the past that, honestly, I’m just bored of it now. But Truthscoop has written up a piece on that subject here.

And Info Hub Blogger has written a balanced piece here, discussing the possibility of a false flag or Deep State operation. He also talks, among other things, about the possibility of the ‘terror threat’ from white supremacists or white nationalists being played up more now, with the implication being that there will be more to come. (more…)

In June 2014, a group of armed militants and extremists made their dramatic journey across the Syrian border into Iraq, quickly capturing Mosul and Baiji and almost reaching the capital Baghdad.

The group possessed convoys of identical Toyota trucks and the kind of arsenal some countries in the region would be envious of. The media was flooded with footage of drive-by shootings, large-scale death marches, mass executions and mass graves. Any Iraqi soldier captured was executed.

That incursion of the Islamic State (IS) brigades into Iraq was part of a planned military-intelligence operation supported covertly by various states.

The jihadists at some point appropriated entire truckloads of American humvees; they acquired helicopters, tanks, and artillery. They photographed and filmed themselves, openly broadcasting what they were doing all over social media. In spite of this, no attempt was made by the US or anyone else to stop them – not until after the group had already taken over entire cities or towns and begun its bloody crusade. (more…)

Leaving Neverland is a very difficult thing to react to.

Because, the way it is constructed, it leaves no real room for any diversity in interpretation. The way it is constructed, there’s only two possible reactions: either you believe it wholly or you dismiss it as a lie.

It’s very difficult to be anywhere in the middle: because the filmmaker Dan Reed has basically eliminated any ‘middle’.

The film asks no questions, but simply – and relentlessly – hammers home a statement: this guy was a sinister paedophile and this is our story. Believe it or don’t.

Again, as I’ve done each time I’ve covered this subject, I’ll say this: I have no idea whether Michael Jackson is guilty or innocent. I don’t have a solid opinion. All of the claims in Leaving Neverland might be true. (more…)

So it’s been practically impossible to avoid all of the coverage and fallout from the Leaving Neverland film, which had its UK broadcast late last week.

I already covered a lot of the allegations and tabloid coverage of Michael Jackson allegations here last week, prior to seeing the film: and also laid out various possibilities for where the truth of the matter may lie. I don’t want to go back over all those same things here now.

I’ve chosen to make some observations about the film itself in a separate post: but here I want to present a few things to provide a different perspective/context to this subject, which the most of the media is entirely failing to touch on.

There’s a broader context to the environment in which Leaving Neverland has emerged: and we need to expand our perspective to take in that broader context in order to properly see where Leaving Neverland fits. Central to that context is the ongoing scandal around Harvey Weinstein, the potential scandals in the entertainment industry, and the #MeToo movement. (more…)

If ever there was a geo-political situation that seemed ultimately hopeless and perhaps destined to one day go very badly, it might be the relationship between India and Pakistan.

A situation that has been going on for decades, and in which it seems like the only ‘best-case scenario’ would be a permanent state of Cold War, in which two sides that might never come to terms with each other have to simply tread on the periphery for all eternity, watching each other like hawks.

On February 14th, a suicide bomber killed at least 40 Indian troops traveling through Pulwama, Kashmir. The militant group (Jaish-e-Mohammed), based in Pakistan, claimed responsibility for the attack.

In response, India carried out airstrikes across the border (for the first time in about 50 years), destroying what were claimed to be terror camps under the control of this Jaish-e-Mohammed. Pakistan shot down two of the Indian fighter planes, capturing one of the pilots. (more…)

This is a follow-up, I guess, to the article I last published here on the Shamima Begum or ‘ISIS bride’ media storm: but asking some follow-up questions and raising some related issues.

In that other article, I asked about why the teenage girl’s situation was being so blown up in the media, while other individuals – including ISIS fighters – had been allowed to return to the UK without any media scrutiny.

I also questioned the role of British intelligence in the exodus of these various kids to Syria in the first place, the role of someone like Anjem Choudary in that same context, and whether Shamima Begum was simply being made a media scapegoat in order to deflect focus from the real ‘controversies’, conspiracies and questions. (more…)

It’s been difficult to ignore or avoid the massive coverage, controversy and debate surrounding the ‘ISIS bride’ Shamima Begum that has dominated British news in the passed week or so.

The massively inflated ‘scandal’ has created differences in opinion over what should be done with her, whether her citizenship should be revoked, whether she should be allowed back into the UK, etc.

I personally have no interest in Shamima Begum: basically a dumb girl who drank the Islamic State Kool-Aid, went to start a new life in the Wild West, and now wants to come home because the ‘adventure’ has crumbled to dust.

However, the entire ‘controversy’ over what to do with British kids who went over to Syria or Iraq to live in (or fight for) the ‘caliphate’ seems to me to be a massive distraction strategy: it’s aim being to get everyone fired up over highly divisive idiots and their dumb decisions or their radicalisation… while completely failing to register the role of the government and the state in the entire misbegotten saga.

In effect, all of the focus and debate is over a nineteen year-old girl who made a shitty decision when she was 15: so that none of the focus or debate is on more important aspects of the equation that she became a tiny part of. (more…)

Everyone will have noticed the sudden explosion of new Michael Jackson stories, claims and allegations, that have hit newspapers and websites in the passed fortnight or so – in the wake of the Sundance Film Festival screening of the film Leaving Neverland.

The claims have all emerged in the wake of the 4-hour documentary detailing the claims of two individuals who claim Jackson abused them over a period of years as children.

My chief question here is why. Or why now, specifically? And is there any truth to these very disturbing claims or is something else going on?

And, just as importantly, how does this relate to the broader question about alleged child abuse in parts of Hollywood and the entertainment industry and in some elite circles? I want to come to that matter, because I have some thoughts on how this whole Michael Jackson saga might relate to it: but I first want to pick through some of the current stories in the media and what we know about the Leaving Neverland film.

My approach here is to be as even-handed as possible. I have no idea whether Michael Jackson did or didn’t do inappropriate things with children. I’ve always been totally 50/50 on that subject.

I’m not a big Michael Jackson fan necessarily. I haven’t listened to his music for many years (I got turned off when he started getting a bit too messianic for my tastes): but I was a huge fan of his when I was a little kid in the eighties, I still love some of that music, and I still find him a fascinating personality. (more…)