Andy Myles

by craig on March 26, 2014 11:18 am in Uncategorized

One of my oldest and dearest friends has gone public on his support for Scottish Independence. I am greatly cheered by this. More thoughts later.

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  1. DoNNyDarKo 8 Apr, 2014 – 4:51 pm

    “Many unanswered questions. Perhaps independence will re-open the file.”

    I doubt it. This one is deep-rooted in the Scottish establishment. These dark forces are north of the border. Independence will lock the door with them on the inside ……..

  2. The video the Yanks don’t want you to see. Made by the good US citizens.

    Einstein said something to the effect that “the man who marches to the tune of military bands falls below my contempt. His great brain was given him by mistake, the spinal cord would have been sufficient.” At the beginning and end of this video Henry Kissinger is quoted as saying something similar.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQ2VXJpQ2Uw&feature=youtu.be

  3. “Thanks, Fred, very interesting”

    Robert Green’s blog makes interesting reading too.

    http://robertgreensblog-holliegreigcampaign.blogspot.co.uk/

  4. “they just attack the person with snide insults like calling us a low-life.”

    And how else do you think your unsubstantiated comments on Robertson should be interpreted? Even he is entitled to be defended when he is smeared.

  5. ‘It should also be noted that an element of pay-at-the-point-of-use in fact already operates in the UK – when you take your prescription to the pharmacy.’ Habbabkuk

    No mention there of the exemptions.

    ‘You can get free NHS prescriptions if, at the time the prescription is dispensed, you:

    •are 60 or over
    •are under 16
    •are 16-18 and in full-time education
    •are pregnant or have had a baby in the previous 12 months and have a valid maternity exemption certificate (MatEx)
    •have a specified medical condition and have a valid medical exemption certificate (MedEx)
    •have a continuing physical disability that prevents you from going out without help from another person and have a valid MedEx
    •hold a valid war pension exemption certificate and the prescription is for your accepted disability
    •are an NHS inpatient

    You are also entitled to free prescriptions if you or your partner (including civil partners) are named on, or are entitled to, an NHS tax credit exemption certificate or a valid HC2 certificate (full help with health costs), or you receive either:

    •Income Support
    •Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
    •Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, or
    •Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
    •Universal Credit

    Find out more about the NHS Low Income Scheme (LIS).’

    http://www.nhs.uk/nhsengland/Healthcosts/pages/Prescriptioncosts.aspx

  6. According to the BBC 6pm news, Mrs Miller feels she has let her constituents down and is ‘devastated at what has happened’. SO ARE THE TAXPAYERS!

  7. ESLO (or whoever) you called me a low-life. I did not call George Robertson a paedophile. There is a big difference! I doubt you are capable of seeing the difference.

  8. “Robert Green’s blog makes interesting reading too.”

    Thanks again. I’ve been following poor Hollie’s story for a long time, but I wasn’t aware that Green had been arrested again. The poor guy is just a journalist who investigated a story about abuse, then had his life ruined for refusing to abandon the victims. Green should be honoured rather than persecuted.

    The same names and societies crop up, the same silencing tactics. It’s a testament to the full spectrum power of our controllers that this story is better known in the rest of the world than in the UK.

  9. Mary

    ‘You can get free NHS prescriptions if, at the time the prescription is dispensed, you: ….”

    …. live in Scotland

  10. technicolour

    8 Apr, 2014 - 6:46 pm

    Or Wales

  11. ‘ ‘ ‘ if you’re under or over a certain age.

  12. But what you say is right Mary. We used to have a national health service that was free and for the benefit of all. Along came Milton Friedman and we have to pay through the nose for everything, health and education, which ought to be free, included.

  13. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    8 Apr, 2014 - 7:38 pm

    Mary

    “‘It should also be noted that an element of pay-at-the-point-of-use in fact already operates in the UK – when you take your prescription to the pharmacy.’ Habbabkuk

    No mention there of the exemptions.”
    _____________________

    I’m fully aware of the exemptions, Mary. And you may recall that I’ve already mentioned that the Continental healthcare systems (which involve an element of “pay at the point of use”)also provide for exemptions for low-income/disadvantages users.

    You should read carefully before knee-jerking.

  14. Unbelievable.

    Stop calling Tony Blair a war criminal. The left should be proud of his record
    From Northern Ireland to the NHS, Blair left a real progressive blueprint. But the left has allowed it to be obliterated by Iraq

    Zoe Williams
    The Guardian, Tuesday 8 April 2014
    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/08/tony-blair-labour-pride-war-criminal-iraq

    She used to review the papers on Sky News.

    She has put Craig’s back up once or twice.
    http://www.craigmurray.org.uk/?s=zoe+williams

  15. Nothing wrong with my knees thanks. Can still give a good kick!

  16. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    8 Apr, 2014 - 7:43 pm

    Tovarish Goss

    “But what you say is right Mary { of course! It’s Mary! We used to have a national health service that was free and for the benefit of all. Along came Milton Friedman and we have to pay through the nose for everything, health and education, which ought to be free, included.
    ______________

    Make up your mind, Mr Goss. Is the NHS free at the point of use – as your fellow-Eminences have been bellowing on this thread in defence of the current financing model – or is it not?

    Never let the truth get in the way of a good rant, eh?

  17. Sofia Kibo Noh

    8 Apr, 2014 - 7:43 pm

    Kempe. 3 56pm

    “…the Russians could possibly be driving things behind the scenes…”

    So they could.

    If they are, then we have a chance to observe how it goes for the poeple stuck in the middle of it all.

    How about we keep count as this episode of interference in Eastern Ukraine unfolds. of the amount of high explosives detonated and the body count These are measurable and would provide a good indication of the level of flesh and blood human distress among the people who are on the receiving end.

    Week by week we can compare it with the same indicators in places, like Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya, all of which have received the benefit of good, up front, Western interference.

    I doubt it would take long to get a good idea of who you would choose to be interfering if the place you, your family and friends lived in was to be subject to foreign interference.

  18. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    8 Apr, 2014 - 7:46 pm

    Mary

    “Stop calling Tony Blair a war criminal. The left should be proud of his record
    From Northern Ireland to the NHS, Blair left a real progressive blueprint. But the left has allowed it to be obliterated by Iraq

    Zoe Williams
    The Guardian, Tuesday 8 April 2014
    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/08/tony-blair-labour-pride-war-criminal-iraq

    She used to review the papers on Sky News.

    She has put Craig’s back up once or twice.”
    ____________________

    You forgot to tell us who she is married to, Mary!

    Deplorable slackness on your part.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++=

    La vita è bella, Zoe’s a nice name!

  19. We never used to have to pay for prescriptions. It’s the drug companies to blame. They believe in profit. They live by profit.

  20. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    8 Apr, 2014 - 7:50 pm

    “I doubt it would take long to get a good idea of who you would choose to be interfering if the place you, your family and friends lived in was to be subject to foreign interference.”
    ___________________-

    Nor might it take long to get a good idea of where you choose to live even under foreign interference.

    As a matter of interest, where have you chosen to live? Any plans to emigrate any time soon? :) LOL

  21. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    8 Apr, 2014 - 7:52 pm

    Any intention of leaving that fascist hell-hole under American interference, otherwise known as the UK?

    LOL

    Better to shut your trap and count your (undeserved) blessings.

  22. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    8 Apr, 2014 - 7:54 pm

    Mr Goss

    “We never used to have to pay for prescriptions. It’s the drug companies to blame. They believe in profit. They live by profit.”
    ______________

    Could you – or anyone else – just remind us all when prescription charges were first introduced and by whom?

  23. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    8 Apr, 2014 - 7:58 pm

    Mr Goss

    Anyway, I’m sure you can afford to pay them. Or would you prefer to be a freeloader, consuming public funds would would be better spent on people in real need? If son you’re a hypocrite.

    Go on two demonstrations or sit-ins less a year and I’m sure your finances won’t even feel the prescription charges for a whole year.

  24. I see someone clocked on rather late tonight. What time is it in Warsaw?

  25. Maria Miller’s PPS.

    Note the CV. Accenture and ABN Amro the Dutch bank whose takeover brought down HBOS. I see she got a job in the transition. Oh and some royal connections and military ones too. Smooth operator.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Macleod

    http://www.marymacleod.com/about-mary
    What a busy lady.

    She is defending Miller by going on the attack. http://news.sky.com/story/1239138/miller-aide-defends-witch-hunt-text-to-mps

  26. technicolour

    8 Apr, 2014 - 8:17 pm

    Kwame Ture, formerly known as Stokely Carmichael:

    “…a man is poor for one reason and one reason only: ’cause he does not have money – period. If you want to get rid of poverty, you give people money – period.

    And you ought not to tell me about people who don’t work, and you can’t give people money without working, ’cause if that were true, you’d have to start stopping Rockefeller, Bobby Kennedy, Lyndon Baines Johnson, Lady Bird Johnson, the whole of Standard Oil, the Gulf Corp, all of them, (applause) including probably a large number of the Board of Trustees of this university. (applause)”

    http://voicesofdemocracy.umd.edu/carmichael-black-power-speech-text/

  27. Voting Summary http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/24913/mary_macleod/brentford_and_isleworth

    Voted strongly for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits
    Voted strongly against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability
    Voted very strongly for encouraging occupational pensions
    Voted very strongly for university tuition fees
    Voted moderately against a referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU
    Voted moderately for more EU integrationDetails

    See our much more detailed, easier-to-read analysis of votes on health, welfare, foreign policy, social issues, taxation and more.

  28. Ben-Scot NON-collaborator

    8 Apr, 2014 - 8:32 pm

    “And how else do you think your unsubstantiated comments on Robertson should be interpreted? Even he is entitled to be defended when he is smeared.”

    Yes, and Crawford will defend hisself by informing all of his duplicitous nature, as soon as he retires.

  29. “We never used to have to pay for prescriptions.”

    Since 1952 there have only been three years, 1965 to 1968, when prescriptions were free.

  30. Ben-Scot NON-collaborator

    8 Apr, 2014 - 8:59 pm

    “Since 1952 there have only been three years, 1965 to 1968, when prescriptions were free.”

    Which makes it so much better than the US. Exemptions for cancer is a big one. Be grateful for what you have.

  31. “Which makes it so much better than the US. Exemptions for cancer is a big one. Be grateful for what you have.”

    Don’t you worry Ben, every morning I get out of bed and thank the Lord I don’t live in America.

  32. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    8 Apr, 2014 - 9:33 pm

    ““We never used to have to pay for prescriptions.”

    Since 1952 there have only been three years, 1965 to 1968, when prescriptions were free”

    ________________________

    Thank you for that, Fred.

    Another bit of Gossian nostalgia demolished!

    John Goss(and Mary) take note.

  33. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    8 Apr, 2014 - 9:37 pm

    Two hours ahead of leafy Surrey, dear Mary.

    But houses in leafy Surrey – for those lucky enough to own one – are MUCH more expensive than in Warsaw.

  34. Ben-Scot NON-collaborator

    8 Apr, 2014 - 9:38 pm

    ” every morning I get out of bed and thank the Lord I don’t live in America.”

    LOL! Now you know why I transport myself here so often.

  35. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    8 Apr, 2014 - 9:39 pm

    Mary

    You are over 60 and comfortably off.

    Do you think it’s reasonable that you should be exempted from paying prescription charges? If so, for what reason(s)?

  36. Ben-Scot NON-collaborator

    8 Apr, 2014 - 9:45 pm

    Some people just don’t get it. There is something beyond narcissism, believe it or not.

    Mary may be well, but empathy (look it up) transcends oneself, and she has shown compassion treated as though it were a weakness by those who can’t comprehend what genuine strength is made of.

    Now toodle off to the Convention of Atavism where comprehension of the word ‘devolve’ may indirectly be discussed.

  37. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    8 Apr, 2014 - 9:57 pm

    “Mary may be well, but empathy (look it up) transcends oneself, and she has shown compassion”
    _________________

    I may be wrong, but I should have said that her posts distinguish themselves by a singular lack of compassion. Unless of course you see anger and bitterness as signs of compassion. Not that it’s especially important, though….

  38. Ben-Scot NON-collaborator

    8 Apr, 2014 - 10:02 pm

    Maybe the Kaleidoscope needs adjusting, or perhaps a touchstone of reality wherein you can plumb the depths or shallows of your own sense of compassion?

  39. technicolour

    8 Apr, 2014 - 10:07 pm

    Prescriptions have been free in Wales (still part of the UK) since 2007

  40. I don’t, not until after the eighties ever remember having to pay for a prescription. So it may be nostalgia to some extent. And before 1952? I was too young to pay then. I must be thankful for a relatively healthy life.

    Dentistry is even worse. Don’t get me going on dentistry! Dentists unnecessarily drilled and filled, pulled and gassed, went right into the nerve of teeth that obviously did not need treatment. The only teeth that have broken and had to be pulled were those with fillings. The fillings fall out the teeth crack. There’s nothing better than what God gave you. And now after all that unnecessary work we have to pay for getting the former cocked-up work of incompetent dentists! Don’t get me going on dentists! Birmingham University dentistry department is like a production line for dentists. God knows where they all go. But anyway it’s not free. Not like it was back in the USSR!

    “Life is getting better, life is getting merrier!” (J. Stalin, ca. 1932)

  41. @Mary on Maria Miller

    I remember that Rebekah Brooks was also devastated. Of course such people will be devastated… they’ve been caught out!

  42. ” I doubt it would take long to get a good idea of who you would choose to be interfering if the place you, your family and friends lived in was to be subject to foreign interference. ”

    Well obviously no interference at all would be best but to wheel out the tired old (non) argument that Russian action in Ukraine is somehow preferable or even acceptable because it has so far been accomplished with little violence is nothing short of pathetic.

  43. Sofia Kibo Noh

    9 Apr, 2014 - 12:10 am

    Kempe

    8 Apr, 2014 – 11:31 pm

    “Well obviously no interference at all would be best but to wheel out the tired old (non) argument that Russian action in Ukraine is somehow preferable or even acceptable because it has so far been accomplished with little violence is nothing short of pathetic.”

    I suggested we observe, measure and compare. I thought one of the advantages of a reductionist approach is that anyone can observe what is measurable and then draw conclusions from the data.

    Can you explain why my suggestion that we gather data on Russian interference in Ukraine and consider how it would feel to be on the receiving end of different varieties of foreign interference makes you wriggle so much?

    The you can explain why, in your opinion, it is acceptable for the West to bring democracy by means of industrial scale violence and fascist thugs, but it seems it is unacceptable for Russia to respond to the US backed coup in Kiev by supporting Ukrainians who wish to vote their governments into power.

  44. Have tried to post this on Wingsoverscotland website but keeps telling me I can’t, so will just add it here after Robertson’s ridicuous ‘forces of darkness’ speech on Monday in the US:
    Robertson may be a fool, or at least dismal at predicting what happened re: the Scottish Parliament, but he is senior director of a big US/UK defence company, ex Sec’y of Defence, NATO high heid-yin etc. His choosing (or being chosen) to speak at the Brookings Institute, an influential right-wing US defence think-tank to deliver his ‘forces of darkness’ speech is not casual – he is alerting the powers that be in the US that a situation in the UK that Westminster thought they had under control (i.e. the referendum) is spiralling in popularity, and out of Westminster’s control, and that the vote that Westminster thought would be a jokey, pretendy vote is actually turning serious. The fact thay they’re drawing out the ‘apocalyptic’ language is indicative of how unprepared they are – the fact that in the US Robertson is drawing on the ‘apocalyptic’ language (so beloved of US Republican war-mongers), before that language is openly used here, is indicative that they expect the US to ‘help’. Faslane is THE most important NATO base in the North Atlantic, full stop. In the early 1980s, the newly elected Labour gov’t in New Zealand declared itself a nuclear-free zone and tried to stop nuclear-armed and/or powered ships, including US ships, from visiting NZ ports, and the CIA helped overthrow that gov’t. What would they do now, if Scotland tries to oust the most important NATO naval base in the North Atlantic? Robertson’s ‘forces of darkness’ speech to one of the most powerful US defence think tanks is the beginning of what we need to get ready for, cause it’s going to be a very rough five months.

  45. Peacewisher

    9 Apr, 2014 - 1:04 am

    I was very pleased to hear a radio 5 presenter making light of the “forces of darkness” of George Robertson’s speech. Hope she doesn’t lose her job over it. He may be a pawn, but if you are correct, Falloch, he must be in a very important position on the chess board.

  46. BrianFujisan

    9 Apr, 2014 - 1:42 am

    Falloch…

    i’ll try that for you .. i have them on Fbook too…

    i’ll let ya know how it goes.

  47. Someone who shall be nameless should refrain from making generalisations about geographical locations and monetary wealth of the inhabitants. And as I keep saying, many parts of Surrey are far from ‘leafy’.

  48. Kerry is at it again – winding up the cold war against Russia that is. He is just an appalling old war monger.

    ‘The US secretary of state, John Kerry, described recent developments in eastern Ukraine as “more than deeply disturbing” and repeated threats of western sanctions against Russia, which he said would be extended to the country’s energy, banking and mining sectors.

    Kerry blamed pro-Russian protests in eastern Ukraine on “special forces and agents” sent by Moscow in a move he said “could potentially be a contrived pretext for military intervention just as we saw in Crimea”.’
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/08/us-moscow-crimea-style-intervention-eastern-ukraine

    Russia counters with accounts of American mercenaries planted in Eastern Ukraine.

    ‘Russia claimed Tuesday that 150 specialists from an American private military group are in eastern Ukraine, the region where pro-Russia protesters are clashing with government forces.

    A woman who identified herself as an employee of the group, the security contracting company Greystone, declined comment. She also declined to provide her name.

    Greystone, on its website, identifies itself as a “provider of aviation and protective support services and training” formerly part of Xe Services, the security contracting company once known as Blackwater.’

    http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ukraine-crisis/russia-claims-american-mercenaries-are-eastern-ukraine-n74571

    It was not a very imaginative move for BLACKwater to change its name to GREYstone. Is Erik Prince still in charge? No. He sold out and is now in ‘private equity’.

    ‘As of 2013 Prince heads a private equity firm called Frontier Resource Group, operating in more than a dozen African countries serving as an adviser to Israeli and Chinese investors in Africa. He created an investment fund of $100 million for this purpose. He “is building an oil refinery in South Sudan, owns a cement factory in Congo, conducts aerial gas and oil surveys across the continent, and is looking at taking over idle oil wells damaged by insurgents in Nigeria.”’
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erik_Prince

    The $billions he took off the US taxpayers were obviously insufficient for his purpose.

  49. More on the multi tentacled Academi, Blackwater, Prince, etc

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackwater_USA_businesses#Greystone_Limited

  50. BrianFujisan

    9 Apr, 2014 - 3:21 am

    Mary…

    Up late tonight.. thanks for sharing the wee story of the the Tai Chi girl… i love Tai Chi… did it myself for a couple of years… i think because the Sifu ( teacher ) knew i was a jui jitsu expert..he showed me the applications….EVERY move that girl makes is a Martial art defense move..Cos Like Jui Jitsu..Tai Chi is a Martial art.. many of the rest are Sports…

    Anyhoo… more to you’re thing is this….

    Appeals court upholds dismissal of anti-BDS lawsuit against Olympia Food Co-op

    The Olympia Food Co-op, based in Olympia, Washington, was the first US grocery store to publicly honor the Palestinian boycott call in 2010. A year later, the resultant legal attack became the first anti-BDS lawsuit. In Feb. 2012, the lawsuit was dismissed as a violation of Washington State’s anti-SLAPP legislation, which prohibited lawsuits strategically designed to inhibit free speech—a ruling now affirmed in the court of appeals.

    Although the five plaintiffs still have the right to appeal to the state supreme court, it is unlikely to produce a different result, as the supreme court had already refused to hear the case prior to the court of appeals decision.

    For the duration of the court case—in which the plaintiffs claimed that the lawsuit was not a defense of Israel but a procedural challenge—several pro-Israel interests became involved, ranging from the multimillion-dollar Israel advocacy group StandWithUs, to the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and most recently the Lawfare Project.

    Nice one eh.

  51. BrianFujisan

    9 Apr, 2014 - 3:24 am

  52. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    9 Apr, 2014 - 7:27 am

    BREAKING NEWS – CULTURE SECDRETARY MARIA MILLER RESIGNS

    You read it in Habbabkuk first!

  53. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    9 Apr, 2014 - 7:32 am

    “Someone who shall be nameless should refrain from making generalisations about geographical locations and monetary wealth of the inhabitants. And as I keep saying, many parts of Surrey are far from ‘leafy’.”
    ___________________

    Err, I was making a specification (or should I say, being specific). About someone who should remain nameless. (Clue : that person keeps complaining about well-off people).

  54. Yes awful Brian. The Olympia case was quite famous. It is all bad publicity for the Israeli lobby. A little like this runner who was not allowed out of the open air prison to take part in a race in Bethlehem.

    Medialens

    You couldn’t make this up ‘ High Court rejects Gazan runner’s appeal to race in Bethlehem
    Posted by Jackie on April 8, 2014, 8:27 pm

    While looking at this, I tried to use Google Earth to find the distance between Gaza City & Bethlehem, Gaza & Bethlehem, Gaza & Tel Aviv, Bethlehem & Tel Aviv. No dice – “We do not understand your search”. But Tel Aviv & Jerusalem – oh yeah, that works fine.

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.584478

    ~~~~

    btw Mrs Miller’s gone. She said she should not be a distraction from Agent Cameron’s ‘vital work this government is doing’. We know what that is.

    Breaking news

    Maria Miller quits as culture secretary after expenses row

    Maria Miller has resigned as culture secretary, Downing Street has said, following a row over her expenses.

    In a letter to the prime minister, she said the controversy “has become a distraction from the vital work this government is doing”.

    David Cameron said he was “sorry” to receive the letter, but accepted her decision.

    Mrs Miller was cleared of funding a home for her parents at taxpayers’ expense, but was told to repay £5,800.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-26951464

  55. No one survives a mauling from Betty Boothroyd.

  56. Someone who shall be nameless should also be careful of making assumptions about other people receiving prescriptions FOC. He has no idea about their medical status and/or whether or not their doctors prescribe medications for them!

  57. John Ref dentistry.

    Remember this? Another one of his lies.

    Blair: NHS dentistry for all

    Prime Minister Tony Blair has promised that everybody will have easy access to an NHS dentist within the next two years.

    /..
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/459949.stm

  58. Sofia Kibo Noh

    9 Apr, 2014 - 8:14 am

    Kempe
    8 Apr, 2014 – 11:31 pm

    Let’s compare some body language.

    Here are some images of the effects on people in Iraq of US use of high explosives.

    http://mindprod.com/politics/iraqwarpix.html#IRAQWARPIX

    Here are some images of the effects on people people in Crimea of Russian use of high explosives.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2586559/Streets-Crimea-erupt-celebration-residents-gather-celebrate-independence-referendum-world-condemned-illegal.html

    Again I ask you. If you had the luxury of choice, would you choose for the place where you, your family and friends live to be interfered with by the US or Russia?

  59. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    9 Apr, 2014 - 8:22 am

    “Again I ask you. If you had the luxury of choice, would you choose for the place where you, your family and friends live to be interfered with by the US or Russia?”
    _________________

    An interesting question!

    If the countries of Eastern Europe had had the choice after WW2, I wonder whether they would have preferred to receive Marshall Aid from the US or be occupied by Soviet armies and have dictatorial Communist governments imposed on them for the next 45 years?

    Just askin’.

  60. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    9 Apr, 2014 - 8:24 am

    “Someone who shall be nameless should also be careful of making assumptions about other people receiving prescriptions FOC. He has no idea about their medical status and/or whether or not their doctors prescribe medications for them!”
    __________________

    Which assumptions would those be? Links and quotations, please.

  61. Loss of short term memory??

    ‘Mary

    You are over 60 and comfortably off.

    Do you think it’s reasonable that you should be exempted from paying prescription charges? If so, for what reason(s)? ‘

  62. @Falloch

    I think there will be strong feelings on both sides of the argument and I don’t see Robertson’s claims as being any more fanciful than much of what Salmond says.

    Nor indeed your claims that the CIA overthrew the government of New Zealand.

  63. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    9 Apr, 2014 - 9:14 am

    “Loss of short term memory??

    ‘Mary

    You are over 60 and comfortably off.

    Do you think it’s reasonable that you should be exempted from paying prescription charges? If so, for what reason(s)? ‘”
    __________________

    Sorry, Mary. You are over 60. Therefore you are exempted from paying prescription charges (you gave the list of exemptions yourself – memory loss?). Hence my question was entirely reasonable.

  64. Mary 9 Apr, 2014 – 7:43 am

    In Birmingham today there are plenty of NHS dentists straight off the production line of Birmingham University Dentistry Department. Perhaps I should be faithful to my alma mater particularly when I know someone training to be a dentist there but I think we should go back to the days when barbers pulled out your bad teeth. That is not to say we should ignore oral hygiene or cleaning our teeth. What is wrong with dentists is they start on children, practising to see what evil they can perform once their milk teeth have gone. I have very good evidence that leaving teeth alone is good for them.

  65. Sofia Kibo Noh

    9 Apr, 2014 - 9:44 am

    Mary
    8 Apr, 2014 – 4:38 pm

    ‘The decision by the President Michael D Higgins’s wife to visit her old friend in a “private and personal” capacity has been hugely controversial because it could be interpreted as a PR coup for the Shannonwatch group, which has been campaigning to end foreign military use of Shannon Airport.’

    Margaretta D’Arcy. What a woman!

    Here she is the day after her release from prison. (1min 20 secs)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vl9zKxkEIlU

  66. Sofia Kibo Noh

    9 Apr, 2014 - 9:52 am

    Re Margaretta D’Arcy.

    What brilliant life-force for a woman of 79, with cancer, just out of prison.

    http://www.thepotato.ie/2014/01/15-things-need-know-margaretta-darcy/

    Inspiring!

  67. Sofia, as you say, Margaretta D’Arcy, is a brilliant peace campaigner. Women are so much stronger than men. It was the women of Greenham Common that embarrassed our government warmongers. It was Lindis Percy who brought attention to Menwith Hill with her individual arrests and imprisonments. And you know, they are not bitter. They realise that what they are doing is for the public good. Anybody who can help get rid of unnecessary Yankie military bases anywhere in the world is doing the planet enormous good. Mahatma Gandhi lost a lot of protests before changing the way the collective mind of India thought. God bless people like Margaretta D’Arcy and Lindis Percy.

  68. Sofia Kibo Noh

    9 Apr, 2014 - 10:08 am

    True John.

    While were celebrating women, here’s another one with more balls than the whole abject Irish political and media classes combined.

    Clare Daly in the Irish Parliament: Obama war criminal & hypocrite…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GF5PChW5WDY

  69. Dentistry. Glad you asked about the evidence.

    I used to do work with four former asylum seekers who had their own cleaning business. They were from Somalia. All of them had perfect teeth. Somalia is an impoverished country where I suspect only the very rich have access to a dentist. Anyway, not one of them had a filling. All of their African friends likewise had perfect teeth. Dentists are responsible for nearly all dental problems and I think we would be better going back to the days when barbers pulled teeth – cheaper and quicker and you can get your hair-cut at the same time. Dentists are responsible for nearly all the problems with teeth in the world. And did I mention there is a production line at my university? Get rid of dentists and you get rid of dental problems – by and large.

    But Somalians and others are not my only evidence regarding leaving teeth alone. When I write leaving teeth alone that does not mean people should not pay attention to oral hygiene, that is regular brushing is necessary to combat all the overkill of sugar in our diets. Be sensible. But I’m thinking dogs. I have two and over the years have had quite a few. None of them has ever been to the dentist. When I have talked to other dog-owners about this they tell me the same. They keep their teeth all their lives.

    All that evidence and they still have the production line.

  70. H 9.14 today and 9.39pm last night

    There was a clear implication by you that I receive free prescriptions in yet more of your stupid remarks. You would probably like a list if there was one but there isn’t.

    I and my late husband paid NI contributions to the Exchequer over many years in the expectation that the NHS would provide care and treatment, free at the point of need.

    FYI matey.

    http://www.sochealth.co.uk/resources/national-health-service/access-to-health-care-and-charges/prescription-charges/

    I am now out for the day and therefore do not propose to discuss the matter further however many rejoinders you care to post.

  71. As regards Clare Daly I recall the first speech during Obabma’s visit and thought at the time how much the UK parliament needs parliamentarians like her, people who are not there because corporations have bought their souls, but people with guts, who call a spade a spade, who are not fearful of what their sponsors might say, because they are not bought. How much does the world need people like Clare Daly?

  72. Sofia Kibo Noh

    9 Apr, 2014 - 10:23 am

    Mary.

    Try Habbabreak

    It really works!

    You don’t even need a prescription.

  73. BREAKING NEWS – CULTURE SECDRETARY MARIA MILLER RESIGNS

    You read it in Habbabkuk first

    Straight from our newly crowned tabloid socket here, next story

    BREAKING NEWS and far more important than Ukraine Syria ( whats that) and or our relatiobns with Europe.

    OSCAR PISTORIUS forgot that he had no soap to steal in his bathroom!

    you are a pisstaker Habbakuk and a coward for carrying on as you are.

  74. Mary 9 Apr, 2014 – 10:12 am

    Thank you for that, Mary.

    Another bit of Habbabkukian ridicule demolished!

    Fred take note.

  75. Thanks for that excellent and real news on Margharetta’s release Sofia, maybe you could lenf it to your dad to read, he seems well hooked on tabloidal excretions these days.

  76. ‘lent’ doooh

  77. “Fred take note.”

    What the fuck are you rambling on about now?

    FYI I rarely read anything he writes, I’ve far more sense.

    So please leave me out of your paranoid delusions.

    Play your silly games with the other silly people if you like but leave me out of it or I start flaming.

  78. Sofia Kibo Noh

    9 Apr, 2014 - 10:57 am

    Nevermind.

    Hapilly, Dad and I are no longer on speaking terms.

    This is due to my having become a Habbabreak* user.

    Oh, and I sacked him too!

    A year of being his daughter would wear anyone down, even Margaretta D’Arcy.

    * IT REALLY WORKS!

  79. Sofia Kibo Noh

    9 Apr, 2014 - 11:34 am

    It seems not everybody in Germany is convinced.

    “President Putin in his speech at the re-integration of the Crimea from the 18th March 2014 once spoke directly to the German people. This appeal earned positive response that corresponds to the real feelings of the Germans, as expressed these days in opinion polls. The one-sided anti-Russian statements of many of our mass media and politicians together with the escalating diplomatic manoeuvres in Berlin do not represent the German population and their increasing distance from the bellicose policies of the EU and NATO. Therefore, here is an open letter to President Putin, which is to be delivered on Thursday to the Russian Embassy in Berlin…”

    http://www.nrhz.de/flyer/beitrag.php?id=20163

    Is there anyone left in Germany who didn’t sign this?

  80. Sophia,

    A bit more background to your story:

    “Popular Discontent Grows with German Media Lies in Ukraine Crisis”

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/popular-discontent-grows-with-german-media-lies-in-ukraine-crisis-2/5376623

  81. Habbabkuk has gone. I thought it was a spoof program being introduced so close to April 1st. But Habbabreak really does work. I’m using it now. It’s got rid of that irritating itch in an unmentionable place, sometimes referred to as a pain in the Wenger, and life is so much better.

    “Life is getting better, life is getting merrier!” (J. Stalin, ca. 1932)

    Thanks so much afrend. Sofia thanks so much. Thanks too for letting us know that the German people were just as hoodwinked by their media as we were with ours. I have noticed and even mentioned that the BBC and MSM had started to be more responsible in its broadcasting, as with the Kiev thugs battering other parliamentarians yesterday. Perhaps real stories from the internet have worked. MSM cannot tell lies forever.

    When are we in the UK sending a letter to Putin. I can think of a lot of people who would just love to sign it.

  82. Ba'al Zevul (Thin Red Line)

    9 Apr, 2014 - 12:34 pm

    I am wondering if Putin isn’t giving a message which the West cannot bring itself to acknowledge. Namely, that if we stir the shit in marginally-Russian spheres of influence (Syria), he will stir the shit in marginally-Euro (-American) spheres of influence (Ukraine). If so, what are needed are some clear and agreed lines of demarcation, since neither side, it is to be hoped, is prepared to escalate to a major, possibly nuclear, war.

    And though this might happen with Kerry, he’ll have trouble getting any agreement past the knuckle-draggers in Congress; our own Hague and still-vocal Blair show us what their chums the neocons are saying. Kerry’s served in the forces – he knows better.

    Nevermind – please allow me to juxtapose to your Einstein quote another, by Rudyard Kipling; there are two sides to this, as any other discussion –

    We aren’t no thin red ‘eroes, nor we aren’t no blackguards too,
    But single men in barricks, most remarkable like you;
    An’ if sometimes our conduck isn’t all your fancy paints,
    Why, single men in barricks don’t grow into plaster saints;
    While it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, fall be’ind”,
    But it’s “Please to walk in front, sir”, when there’s trouble in the wind,
    There’s trouble in the wind, my boys, there’s trouble in the wind,
    O it’s “Please to walk in front, sir”, when there’s trouble in the wind.

  83. Ba'al Zevul (Thin Red Line)

    9 Apr, 2014 - 12:51 pm

  84. Ba'al Zevul (Thin Red Line)

    9 Apr, 2014 - 12:59 pm

    Blair sounding off again on behalf of the Africa Governance Initiative (prop: A.Blair) –

    Tony Blair: Supporting Good Leaders Can Help Make this Africa’s Century
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-urFwHF-fg

    The AGI has contracts not only with Rwanda’s distinctly dodgy Kagame (see above) but also with Guinea’s Teodora Obiang Nguema Mbusogu, or Obiang for short.

    Last elected for his fourth 7-year presidential term in 2009, with 97% of the vote, in a country with no newspapers, government owned or controlled media, etc, etc (see Wikipedia), Obiang is probably the nearest thing to Kim Jong-Un that Africa has to offer.

    Supporting good leaders, eh, Tone? Well, by your standards, it maybe makes sense…

  85. Sajid Javid replaces Miller. Nice one Israel.

    8 July 2013 – View full entry

    6. Overseas visits
    Name of donor: Conservative Friends of Israel
    Address of donor: 45b Westbourne Terrace, London W2 3UR
    Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): travel and accommodation with a value of £1,700
    Destination of visit: Tel Aviv, Israel
    Date of visit: 27 May – 1 June 2012
    Purpose of visit: Fact finding political delegation to Israel and the West Bank.
    (Registered 21 June 2012)
    Name of donor: American Enterprise Institute
    mentions of Israel in his speeches
    http://www.theyworkforyou.com/search/?q=israel&pid=24854

    He has only been an MP since 2010.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sajid_Javid

    American Enterprise Institute. Old, but you get the gist.

    http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/american-enterprise-institute

    Current, lots of old friends, Dick Cheney, Carlyle:
    http://www.aei.org/about/board-of-trustees/

    On top of us is a vast mafia.

  86. Ba’al Zevul

    You mention Guinea there in connection with Blair. The WHO are having difficulties dealing with the outbreak of Ebola virus in that country.

    Ebola outbreak ‘most challenging’ as Guinea deaths pass 100
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-26941698

  87. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    9 Apr, 2014 - 3:32 pm

    From Monsieur Goss

    “Habbabkuk has gone. I thought it was a spoof program being introduced so close to April 1st. But Habbabreak really does work.”
    __________________

    Wrong as usual, Mr Goss. You musn’t equate your not being able to deal with me in discussion with me “going”.

    Still very much here and read by all those visitors with a mind somewhat more open than yours.

    In fact, probably those same visitors who don’t bother to read your own two blogs :)

    **************

    “Life has become better, life has become merrier!” (J. Stalin, ca. 1934)

  88. Ben-Scot NON-collaborator

    9 Apr, 2014 - 3:33 pm

    Ba’al; The misdirection is nearly complete. From a comment in the Telegraph;

    “The British Air Investigations Board lied about the Inmarsat signal analysis. The satellite handshake signals would show merely the satellite footprint in which the aircraft was flying which would be a very large area. They spoke of only one satellite being involved. The AIB said that a sophisticated Doppler shift analysis had been carried out to calculate the position of the aircraft. That would not have been possible as the RF signal is not recorded, only the demodulated data from the signal, ie the aircraft identity. The eight RF “pings” had come and gone. Even if the RF pings had been available, it would still not have been possible to calculate the aircraft position.

    Inmarsat refused to appear at a briefing. The AIB were not at the briefings either. So we have been fed lies. What are they covering up?”

  89. Ben-Scot NON-collaborator

    9 Apr, 2014 - 3:36 pm

    It’s time to round up the kitchen knives and boxcutters.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/04/09/pa-school-stabbings/7498911/

  90. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    9 Apr, 2014 - 3:36 pm

    “Some hope still of finding MH370, apparently. Pings detected again…”
    ______________

    Tisk, tisk, Ba’al Zevul. Surely you must know that the airplane was hijacked to Diego Garcia by the CIA and is still there while the passengers are being tortured into revealing their secrets?

    Conspiracy theorists 1, Ba’al Zevul 0.

  91. Ba'al Zevul (Thin Red Line)

    9 Apr, 2014 - 3:36 pm

    Re the AEI, Mary – you didn’t know? Now google ALEC (and see threads passim re Fox-Werritty)

  92. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    9 Apr, 2014 - 3:38 pm

    Mary

    “There was a clear implication by you that I receive free prescriptions in yet more of your stupid remarks. You would probably like a list if there was one but there isn’t.

    I and my late husband paid NI contributions to the Exchequer over many years in the expectation that the NHS would provide care and treatment, free at the point of need.”
    ____________________

    It was hardly an implication, more of a fact. You are over 60 (you’ve told us that yourself) and therefore you are exempted from paying prescription charges (you yourself kindly supplied a list of the exemptions).

    The narrow point I was making was to question whether it is reasonable to exempt people(including the over-60s) from prescription charges if they are well able to pay the modest charge (about £6?) otherwise levied.

    The broader point would be that it could also be argued that most people (I do not say everyone, obviously) could well afford to pay either a small monthly charge as suggested by Lord X or alternatively pay a small charge at the point of delivery for all kinds of healthcare services as and when recourse is made to them. This is the system used in continental countries.

    As to Mary’s point that she and her late husband paid N.I. contributions (which, of course, do not go exclusively towards the cost of healthcare) during their working lives is not really germane to the discussion. Continental systems – which are not US-style systems, by the way – are funded through a combination of (1) (general)social security contributions, (2) in some countries, contributions to compulsory schemes often called “mutuelles” (these are non-profit making institutions) and (3)a charge to the patient at the point of delivery of the various services. So the idea of doing something similar in the UK is hardly off-the-wall.

    On the more general point of affordability, no-one – least of all I – would attempt to claim that there are not people whose financial situation is so precarious that even a small charge for visiting a GP (for example) would cause hardship of an unacceptable kind. But, surely, provision should and would be made for such situations. It is however important to remember that the great majority of people are well able to afford such minor charges: it is enough to examine for a moment current patterns of expenditure – the 1000 and 1 items of froth on which people spend (too much of)their disposable income – to see the truth of this. The cost of foregoing three Starbucks caffé lattes would pay the monthly charge suggested by Lord X, and the price difference between an adequate smartphone and the latest “must-have” model would pay for a whole year’s worth of such a charge. Which is a long-winded way, I suppose, of suggesting that a certain prioritisation of expenditure would be entirely feasible.

    All for now on this.

  93. @Goss

    “ESLO (or whoever) you called me a low-life. I did not call George Robertson a paedophile. There is a big difference! I doubt you are capable of seeing the difference.”

    I never said you did what I said was

    “Don’t think that by changing George Robertson’s name to Robinson that you are excluded from a potential libel action – though you may be by being a worthless low life who Lord Robertson doesn’t think is worth the bother.”

    What you said was

    “A Node the Guardian report is the tamest I’ve read about George Robinson and his association with the alleged paedophile ring run by Hamilton – having his child removed from a club!”

    You made an insinuation, your sort rarely have the courage to say things directly. Perhaps you might also wish to explain what you were inferring by the use of the exclamation mark.

  94. That incredibly destructive backdoor called heartbleed was inserted by German student Robin Seggelmann and GCHQ cutout Stephen Henson here in the UK.
    http://blog.fefe.de/?mon=201404
    http://www.drh-consultancy.demon.co.uk/contact.html

  95. Ba'al Zevul (Thin Red Line)

    9 Apr, 2014 - 3:54 pm

    Inmarsat…it’s just about plausible that measuring the delay times between the arrival of a timestamped signal at two satellites could give a picture of the aircraft track. Last I heard, Inmarsat runs three equispaced, geostationary, equatorial satellites, and the coverage of two of them overlaps effectively in the eastern Indian Ocean area. However, the final transmission was probably beyond the coverage of the one over Africa (EMEA).

    This was not their original claim, however, as reported in the MSM. The MSM don’t always get technology right, either, so an element of doubt there.

    But I don’t think that’s the whole story, and I think their reticence probably has to do with input from military sources. The current MSM (handout) map of the search area indicates that this is the seventh version of the model coming from God knows where; the expensive search for debris in an ocean full of debris, and quite a way away from the modelled track, suggests also that minimal credence was attached to the model.

    Still, good luck to them. It’s 3000 metres deep where they’re looking. I note Trowbridge H Ford has absented himself from the discussion, anyway. That’s a plus…

  96. Ben-Scot NON-collaborator

    9 Apr, 2014 - 3:58 pm

    Immarsat is infrared capable, Ba’al. The twaddling about Doppler is more misdirection. Doppler is only a factor in the VISIBLE band of light.

  97. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    9 Apr, 2014 - 4:06 pm

    Conspiracies : Ben rushes in where Trowbridge fears to tread…..LOL

  98. “your sort rarely have the courage to say things directly.”

    Your sort rarely have the courage to write anything under their own name (though they use other socks). Stop addressing me unless you can do so politely. Otherwise I’ll introduce a ESLOBREAK.

  99. John Goss,
    Judging by the escalating number of troll hours spent on you, you must be doing something right.
    Please keep on doing it.

  100. Ben-Scot NON-collaborator

    9 Apr, 2014 - 4:16 pm

    Well, they can put a flashlight up my arse to see what I had for dinner, but they can’t find a 777.

    LOL.

  101. Ben,

    The Doppler analysis appears valid to me. Inmarsat has released some technical information on the frequency shifts they recorded and the modelling they used and this has been discussed on various technical forums. The maths and the physics all looks good.

    Also Inmarsat do use a “Software Defined Radio” (SDR) implementation to downlink and then record the received RF at the satellite. The comment in the Telegraph is wrong on that point.

    Commercial aircraft satellite comms do some Doppler corrections themselves but this particular 777 had an older model satellite terminal which actually made it easier for Inmarsat.

    Police speed guns use the Doppler effect with reflected radio waves to work out how fast your car is going. It’s well understood.

  102. “Well, they can put a flashlight up my arse to see what I had for dinner, but they can’t find a 777.”

    I don’t think it’s likely to have been there anyway.

  103. Ben-Scot NON-collaborator

    9 Apr, 2014 - 4:29 pm

    “I don’t think it’s likely to have been there anyway.”

    The trap was set for others, but I should have known. :)

  104. Ben-Scot NON-collaborator 9 Apr, 2014 – 4:29 pm

    Hoist by your own petarse, Ben.

  105. Ben-Scot NON-collaborator

    9 Apr, 2014 - 4:44 pm

    AA; Does Beers Law have any relevance?

  106. Ben-Scot NON-collaborator

    9 Apr, 2014 - 4:46 pm

    John; I need to be more cautious with y’all. :)

  107. Not in this case Ben.

  108. doug scorgie

    9 Apr, 2014 - 4:51 pm

    Ben-Scot NON-collaborator
    9 Apr, 2014 – 3:58 pm

    “Immarsat is infrared capable, Ba’al. The twaddling about Doppler is more misdirection. Doppler is only a factor in the VISIBLE band of light.”

    Sorry Ben Doppler is a factor in all electromagnetic waves and even sound.

  109. Ben :)

    Off topic. Eco-tourism stamps over the rights of indigenous islanders of Ile a Vache. Island peasants are beaten and one of the island’s policemen has been imprisoned without hearing or trial. An excellent thought-provoking analysis by Dady Chery.

    http://newsjunkiepost.com/2014/04/08/human-rights-organizations-widespread-abuse-and-police-brutality-in-haitis-ile-a-vache/

  110. Glenn,

    I wouldn’t worry about this blog being vulnerable as it is set up incorrectly for https and you can’t get a secure connection to the blog in the first place.

    If you got to https://craigmurray.org.uk/ (and accept the security certificate warning) you will get the message

    “Welcome to craigmurray.org.uk
    To change this page, upload a new index.html to your private_html folder”

    As the blog operates totally unencrypted even for Craig’s access and moderators then it should be assumed that Craig’s password and those of the mods are in the possession of multiple agencies but they wouldn’t need the heartbleed bug for that

    It used to be possible to access this blog via https but that has been broken since the server problems several months ago.

  111. Ben-Scot NON-collaborator

    9 Apr, 2014 - 5:03 pm

    This may be classified, but all they have to do is wait for the magnetosphere to act out. :)

    http://hipknowsys.blogspot.com/2014/03/s0-news-march-7-2014-arctic-storm-space.html

  112. Listening to 5 Live radio just now, a report about Greece being allowed to borrow money again. The tenor of the report is that this is a cause for celebration, the purse strings are loosened, Greece is being rewarded for sticking to its austerity measures.

    Why did Greece get into trouble? Because it couldn’t repay its debts.
    Has its economy recovered? No, it’s in tatters.
    Unemployment? 28%.
    Ability to repay this new debt? Zero.
    Likelihood that Greece will fall deeper under the control of bankers? Certain.
    By what logic is it good for Greece that it is borrowing more money? Banking logic.

  113. By the way as of last night people were actually using the bug to download user email passwords direct from then unpatched Yahoo email servers

    http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/04/critical-crypto-bug-exposes-yahoo-mail-passwords-russian-roulette-style/

    For an idea of the type of information that remains available to anyone who knows how to use open source tools like this one, just consider Yahoo Mail, the world’s most widely used Web mail service. The images below were recovered by Mark Loman, a malware and security researcher with no privileged access to Yahoo Mail servers. The plaintext passwords appearing in them have been obscured to protect the Yahoo Mail users they belong to, a courtesy not everyone exploiting this vulnerability is likely to offer. To retrieve them, Loman sent a series of requests to servers running Yahoo Mail at precisely the same time as the credentials just happened to be stored—Russian roulette-style—in Yahoo memory.

    https://www.schneier.com/

    Catastrophic” is the right word. On the scale of 1 to 10, this is an 11.

  114. Ben-Scot NON-collaborator

    9 Apr, 2014 - 5:10 pm

    “When signals from a ground-based VLF transmitter travel through the magnetosphere and arrive at a low-altitude satellite in the conjugate hemisphere, they may undergo a spectral distortion due to Doppler shift by the satellite velocity. The paper presents a VLF ray tracing study of published VLF Doppler data samples. It is shown that the density structure of the plasmasphere leaves its imprint or signature in the observed Doppler shift pattern. Large positive and negative Doppler shifts (about 100 Hz) are reproduced by a strong decreasing electron density gradient interacting with the magnetic field curvature gradient between L roughly 2 and L roughly 3. VLF Doppler signatures can detect whether short-scale gradients dominate the density structure or merely perturb the long-scale gradient. The ray path calculations also allow one to map the signals observed by the satellite back to their excitation point in the lower ionosphere and thus estimate the effective transmitter coverage in the excitation hemisphere.’

    http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1976JGR….81.3327E

  115. Ben-Scot NON-collaborator

    9 Apr, 2014 - 5:22 pm

  116. Ben,

    That paper is about VLF radio effects and isn’t directly relevant to this case. Inmarsat uses frequencies in the Gigahertz range. VLF is in the Hertz to Kilohertz range.

  117. Ben-Scot NON-collaborator

    9 Apr, 2014 - 5:31 pm

    AA; Which makes it LESS sensitive to magnetic disturbance, or more?

    http://portalsafety.ucoz.com/news/magnetic_storm_march_5_2014_weather/2014-03-06-119

    What is the predictive window…2-3 days?

  118. A Node 5.06pm I expect you heard that the IMF, a member of the triumvirate that brought down the Greek people and others bordering the Mediterranean to penury, gave a gold star to Gideon and Agent Cameron yesterday. Gideon was seen in Brazil crowing and as pleased as punch.

    IMF upgrades UK growth for 2nd time this year

    8 Apr 2014

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) upped its forecast for U.K. growth on Tuesday to 2.9 percent this year—its second upgrade to the country’s outlook in 2014.
    http://www.cnbc.com/id/101563398

    YCNMIU.

  119. Thanks AA.

  120. doug scorgie

    9 Apr, 2014 - 5:40 pm

    No sense of irony:

    “Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Victoria Nuland said on Wednesday that Washington has no doubt that Russians were behind the takeovers of government buildings in eastern Ukraine this week.”

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/09/us-ukraine-crisis-usa-buildings-idUSBREA381AA20140409

  121. Ben-Scot NON-collaborator

    9 Apr, 2014 - 5:54 pm

    “As described by the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA):

    The US and her allies tried to legitimize their military occupation of Afghanistan under the banner of “bringing freedom and democracy for Afghan people”. But as we have experienced in the past three decades, in regard to the fate of our people, the US government first of all considers her own political and economic interests and has empowered and equipped the most traitorous, anti-democratic, misogynist and corrupt fundamentalist gangs in Afghanistan.”

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/from-afghanistan-to-syria-womens-rights-war-propaganda-and-the-cia/5329665

    As an aside, I’ve heard allegations GR is a LaRouche operation, but I don’t see substance so far.

  122. Ben-Scot NON-collaborator

    9 Apr, 2014 - 6:34 pm

    “The book presents a bleak picture of British and American involvement, claiming that troops failed to grasp that it was primarily a tribal civil war. “This meant that we often made the conflict worse, rather than better,” Martin wrote, according to the Times.

    The book is scheduled for launch in London on Wednesday.”

    http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/apr/09/territorial-soldier-resigns-book-afghanistan

  123. John Goss

    Since you are not taking the matter seriously and refusing to apologise to Lord Robertson, who to my mind at least is a decent public servant, I am minded to forward details of what you have said to his office so that he can consider whether you are worth taking action against – you should be aware that he has already had successful libel cases in this area.

  124. Ben-Scot NON-collaborator

    9 Apr, 2014 - 6:53 pm

    Of course if Doppler allows them to see…http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7435324.stm

    ============

    Early warning
    One study looked at over 100 earthquakes with magnitudes of 5.0 or larger in Taiwan over several decades. The researchers found that almost all of the earthquakes down to a depth of about 35km were preceded by distinct electrical disturbances in the ionosphere.
    The analysis was carried out by Jann-Yeng Liu, from the Center for Space and Remote Sensing Research in Chung-Li, Taiwan.

    A satellite warning system could monitor for quake “precursors”
    Though full details have yet to be released, the BBC understands that scientists also observed a “huge” signal in the ionosphere before the Magnitude 7.8 earthquake in China on 12 May.
    The team at Nasa has also been working with Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) in the UK, to investigate the feasibility of a satellite-based early warning system.
    Stuart Eves, head of business development at the company, told BBC News: “The evidence suggests we’re now crossing the boundary in terms of technology readiness.”
    He added: “What we don’t know is how big the effect is and how long-lasting it is before the earthquake.”
    Minoru Freund believes other earthquake “precursors” could feed into this system. These include enhanced emission of infrared (IR) radiation from the earthquake epicentre, as well as anomalies in low-frequency electric and magnetic field data.

  125. ESLO 9 Apr, 2014 – 6:49 pm

    <blockquote"John Goss

    Since you are not taking the matter seriously and refusing to apologise to Lord Robertson, who to my mind at least is a decent public servant, I am minded to forward details of what you have said to his office so that he can consider whether you are worth taking action against – you should be aware that he has already had successful libel cases in this area."

    I also think that the Guardian report is the tamest I’ve read about George Robinson and his association with the alleged paedophile ring run by Hamilton – having his child removed from a club!

    Please report me to Lord Robertson too.

  126. ESLO, you can be minded to do what you want.

  127. ” Can you explain why my suggestion that we gather data on Russian interference in Ukraine and consider how it would feel to be on the receiving end of different varieties of foreign interference makes you wriggle so much? ”

    It doesn’t make me wriggle at all it’s just that the refusal to condemn one party, in this case Putin, on the grounds that another party, usually the US, UK or Israel, has done something worse is vacuous, hypocritical and wearing a bit thin.

    ” The you can explain why, in your opinion, it is acceptable for the West to bring democracy by means of industrial scale violence and fascist thugs, but it seems it is unacceptable for Russia to respond to the US backed coup in Kiev by supporting Ukrainians who wish to vote their governments into power. ”

    Ignoring the fact that there is no sound evidence that events in Kiev were instigated by the US where have I ever backed the use of violence in such circumstances? I condemn interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state by any other nation and if you really think Putin is acting for the benefit of Ukrainians, Russian speaking or not, I think you might be in for a bit of a shock.

  128. ESLO; “refusing to apologise to Lord Robertson, who to my mind at least is a decent public servant, I am minded to forward details of what you have said to his office so that he can consider whether you are worth taking action against”

    What a nasty threatening comment. No surprise this is so similar to the threat issued to report this Blog to the Police because of anti-Semitic posts; never did believe RD’s excuse for trawling through that race hate site where he just happened to have stumbled upon a Post under Mary’s name, as a sock-puppet specialist it must have been quite tempting to visit such sites & pick-up some anti-Semitic comments to use here.

  129. Ben-Scot NON-collaborator

    9 Apr, 2014 - 8:12 pm

    Crawford insists you understand how humanitarian he is or he’ll sue your arse. :)

  130. Resident Dissident

    9 Apr, 2014 - 8:57 pm

    Macky

    I daresay you would disbelieve any excuse or explanation that I might give on anything but at least get the “excuse” I gave at the time correct. One could ask why you are so keen to rewrite history on this matter? Luckily for you I am not as keen as ESLO in involving libel lawyers.

  131. Resident Dissident; “One could ask why you are so keen to rewrite history on this matter?”

    No “rewriting history” at all, instead recent events indicating likely explanations for many suspect going-ons iro this blog;

    http://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2014/03/andy-myles/comment-page-5/#comments

  132. Javid is a traitor to his country. to his Muslim heritage and to his Palestinian brothers and sisters.

    Muslim Tory MP: After Britain, Israel is best
    By Martin Bright, December 13, 2012

    It is not often that the Prime Minister is upstaged when he is guest of honour at an official function. It is even more unusual when it is one of his own MPs who is responsible. But this is just what happened when Sajid Javid, the Economic Secretary to the Treasury and MP for Bromsgrove, spoke at the Conservative Friends of Israel “business lunch” on Tuesday.

    This annual jamboree has grown from humble beginnings to become one of the key events of the year for supporters of Israel. And each year one of the MPs who has been on a CFI delegation reports back to the gathering of funders and fellow parliamentarians. Usually this is a rather bland “what I did on my holidays” routine, but this year it was different.

    Mr Javid, who described himself as a “proud British-born Muslim”, announced that if he had to leave Britain to live in the Middle East, then he would choose Israel as home. Only there, he said, would his children feel the “warm embrace of freedom and liberty”. For him, only Israel shared the democratic values of the UK.

    /..
    http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/94117/muslim-tory-mp-after-britain-israel-best

  133. “Javid is a traitor to his country. to his Muslim heritage and to his Palestinian brothers and sisters.”

    Because he holds a contrary view on Israel? Dear me..

    “Mr Javid, who described himself as a “proud British-born Muslim”, announced that if he had to leave Britain to live in the Middle East, then he would choose Israel as home.”

    Well it would be the obvious choice. I’m quite happy in Haifa.

  134. Come to think of it, there is something slightly revolting about a white middle-class Surreyite, thousands of miles away from the action, pontificating about what a Muslim should or should not support. Almost a kind of inverted racism, wouldn’t you think?

  135. Resident Dissident

    9 Apr, 2014 - 10:28 pm

    Macky

    Whatever

    “This above all: to thine own self be true,
    And it must follow, as the night the day,
    Thou canst not then be false to any man.
    Farewell, my blessing season this in thee!”

  136. Sofia Kibo Noh

    9 Apr, 2014 - 10:29 pm

    Kempe
    9 Apr, 2014 – 7:45 pm

    “…the fact that there is no sound evidence that events in Kiev were instigated by the US…

    Which planet have you been visiting these last few months? If only you’d hung around on Earth you would have heard the recording of Victoria Nuland plotting the coup.

    http://nsnbc.me/2014/02/10/us-ukraine-nuland-comes-clean-dirty-language/

    You would also have read about her boasting to US journalists about the US having spent $5 billion “bringing democracy” to Ukraine.

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article37599.htm

    So even when it comes from the horse’s mouth you refuse to accept it as evidence because it doesn’t fit your fantasy. No wonder you think it is pathetic to compare the human cost of Russian compared to US interference.

    Sweet dreams.

  137. 10.23 and 10.26 not worthy of a response. The author obviously wishes to remain oblivious to the crimes committed daily by the Israelis against a people whose land they stole by force and then occupied.

  138. Ben-Scot NON-collaborator

    9 Apr, 2014 - 10:38 pm

    ‘Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker’

    my limerick for the day.

  139. Re the new Habbabkuk-blocking tool – what a sad bunch of cowards you are. Of course, you already have such a tool at your disposal – it’s called not reading his posts. But the fact that you do read them, and can’t help yourselves – and furthermore can’t answer them – just shows that you are merely looking for a way to block dissent that highlights the inadequacies of your arguments. A real loser tool for the inadequate!

  140. “10.23 and 10.26 not worthy of a response.”

    Why did you bother with one, then?

  141. Ben-Scot NON-collaborator

    9 Apr, 2014 - 10:46 pm

    ” and furthermore can’t answer them ”

    Oh, I thought they were rhetorical. If he wants answers, he should answer. He provides little info except snark-based. Maybe it’s his style; see Strunk and White’s elements.

  142. The last sentence of that JC piece about Javid by Martin Bright ends:

    ‘But, in terms of support, it is Mr Javid’s that will lodge in the memory. One MP on my table whispered that the Bromsgrove MP was being touted as a future prime minister. “Of Britain or Israel?” someone quipped.’

    Oh yes. So funny. We all fell about.

  143. Another YCNMIU.

    So what’s changed in the interim then? It is most likely that there are no other outfits the ConDems can outsource to.

    ‘Security firm G4S cleared for government contract bids

    The government has not considered any G4S bids since the tagging row

    Security firm G4S will be considered for government business again after it was barred from bidding for new contracts in a row about overcharging.;

    /..
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-26958650

    I call this fraud.

    ‘After an audit by accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, it emerged that G4S – which insisted it had asked for the review itself – and Serco had overcharged the government by “tens of millions of pounds”.’

  144. “A real loser tool for the inadequate!”

    No. It’s a tool for avoiding constant abuse.

  145. Has anybody come across Craig’s post “The Feminist Defence of Blowing Out the Brains of Small Children”?

    I never saw this, and it was not available on my computer until tonight. It seems to have take about 36 comments. But now it heads the Andy Myles comment page. Anybody else got this problem?

  146. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    10 Apr, 2014 - 12:17 am

    Anon

    “Come to think of it, there is something slightly revolting about a white middle-class Surreyite, thousands of miles away from the action, pontificating about what a Muslim should or should not support. Almost a kind of inverted racism, wouldn’t you think?”
    ____________________

    Entirely agree.

    And I too, for that matter , would rather live in Israel than in Syria (even when under the incontested stewardship of Assad the Son), Lebanon, Jordan or Egypt. Not to mention Iran or Iraq (as is and as was).

    ***********************

    Buy dollars, pounds and shekels, ditch rubles!

  147. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    10 Apr, 2014 - 12:24 am

    ““A real loser tool for the inadequate!”

    No. It’s a tool for avoiding constant abuse.”
    _______________

    No, it’s not. It is a device for the weak-willed, who, although they could simply scroll past my posts, are in practice unable to do so unaided; they return to my posts like unwilling moths to the flame, in guilty but delicious anticipation of getting their wings singed.

    I guess poor old John and a couple of others have just got tired of getting their delicate little wings singed…and crashing to the ground…

    LOL

  148. Screwed again

    G4S has been told it can bid for Government contracts again having paid back back £109 million to our government.
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/g4s-allowed-to-bid-for-new-government-contracts-after-tagging-scandal-9249215.html
    Let’s do a back of a beer mat calculation and see if it “represents a good deal for the taxpayer”as Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has announced.

    In 2013, a whistleblower within the G4S company which had the contract for electronic monitoring revealed G4S has been systematically defrauding the government. Faced with overwhelming evidence, G4S admitted that they had been doing it “since at least 2005″. In those 8 years, G4S were paid £400 million. They paid back £109 million which had been overcharged.
    So they earned £291 million but charged £400 million. This equates to a 37% overcharge.

    Here’s a F.O.I. document from 2012 supposedly detailing all the governments contracts with G4S.
    http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CC0QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.justice.gov.uk%2Fdownloads%2Finformation-access-rights%2Ffoi-disclosure-log%2Fcorporate-services%2Ffoi-77849.doc&ei=2MVFU-vHJInD7AbI0YDIDA&usg=AFQjCNE51pW8bIAQBa6BZ_Hd5V-3khqGZw&sig2=gtgLhFSjtxZT2lv8RVcGKw&bvm=bv.64507335,d.ZGU
    I don’t see any mention of the Olympics or their asylum escorting services, but never mind. Just totalling the the taxpayers money paid to G4S up to 2013 for it’s other contacts comes to: £1929.8 million.

    Bearing in mind that the only reason we found out about the fraud on the electronic monitoring contract was because of a whistleblower, it is not unreasonable to assume that it was going on in the other contracts too. If G4S have been overcharging their other contracts by 37%, they’ve stolen another £526 million from us.
    So they’ve paid back a small amount of what they stole to get their noses back in the trough. And although they were temporarily barred from bidding for new contracts, they still continued all the other existing ones which will add up to billions by the time their 25 year deals run out.

    A good deal for the taxpayer, Mr Grayling? I’ll be watching out for which company boards you end up on when you leave office.

  149. “I don’t see any mention of the Olympics or their asylum escorting services ”

    Can’t find any figures for for the asylum business but G4S lost £88 million on the Olympics fiasco.

  150. Ben-Scot NON-collaborator

    10 Apr, 2014 - 3:02 am

    ” they return to my posts like unwilling moths to the flame..”

    Responding to your dogberries directly is more akin to a dog returning to it’s vomit.

    It’s homogenous vomit however, lacking nutrition with no useful industrial-sized chunks so Hazmat doesn’t need to be called to dispose of the environmental non-event.

  151. Serco committed fraud in their contract for providing the out of hours doctor service in Cornwall. Mrs Hodge had a session with their unconvincing management. They lied too.
    But who do you see still running prisons and detention centres and prisoner transport.

    ‘Disgraceful’ Serco falsified GP out-of-hours figures
    A FTSE-100 company that provides out-of-hours GP care for the NHS faked records hundreds of times to mask serious short-staffing, a damning report by the National Audit Office has found
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9913780/Disgraceful-Serco-falsified-GP-out-of-hours-figures.html

    Wonder where G4S’s Nick Buckles ended up. A few of their capos fell on their swords.

    ‘Richard Morris has handed in his resignation with immediate effect, a company spokesman said. Eddie Aston, who joined only three months ago from Deutsche Post DHL as chief operating officer, is taking on the role.

    Mr Morris will not be receiving any special severance compensation, the spokesman added. He rose through the ranks to the top UK job after his predecessor, David Taylor-Smith, was forced out in the aftermath of its Olympics security debacle.

    His departure comes just days before G4S’s crucial strategic update with investors on November 5. New chief executive Ashley Almanza, parachuted in following Nick Buckles’ exit in the wake of the London 2012 fiasco, is aiming to restore investors’ faith after a series of disasters.’

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/supportservices/10403542/G4S-UK-chief-executive-Richard-Morris-resigns.html

    No problems for Buckles. He does not need to ever work again.
    G4S boss Nick Buckles to walk away £16m richer after quitting Olympics security fiasco firm
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/money/city-news/g4s-boss-nick-buckles-walk-1901939

  152. Back to the greedy Big Pharma boya and girls.

    Tamiflu: Millions wasted on flu drug, claims major report
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-26954482

    £600 million to be exact. One of the relics of the NuLabour legacy. Think what the NHS could do with that sum.

    ‘The Cochrane Collaboration claimed the drug did not prevent the spread of flu or reduce dangerous complications, and only slightly helped symptoms.

    The manufacturers Roche and other experts say the analysis is flawed.

    The antiviral drug Tamiflu was stockpiled from 2006 in the UK when some agencies were predicting that a pandemic of bird flu could kill up to 750,000 people in Britain. Similar decisions were made in other countries.

    Hidden data

    The drug was widely prescribed during the swine flu outbreak in 2009.

    Drug companies do not publish all their research data. This report is the result of a colossal fight for the previously hidden data into the effectiveness and side-effects of Tamiflu.

    It concluded that the drug reduced the persistence of flu symptoms from seven days to 6.3 days in adults and to 5.8 days in children. But the report’s authors said drugs such as paracetamol could have a similar impact.

    On claims that the drug prevented complications such as pneumonia developing, Cochrane suggested the trials were so poor there was “no visible effect”.’

    More lies.

    What the Tamiflu saga tells us about drug trials and big pharma
    We now know the government’s Tamiflu stockpile wouldn’t have done us much good in the event of a flu epidemic. But the secrecy surrounding clinical trials means there’s a lot we don’t know about other medicines we take
    http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/apr/10/tamiflu-saga-drug-trials-big-pharma

    The Independent front page today.
    http://www.thepaperboy.com/frontpages/archive/The_Independent_10_4_2014.jpg

  153. Ba'al Zevul (THank God Tomorrow's Friday)

    10 Apr, 2014 - 8:48 am

    “Mr Javid, who described himself as a “proud British-born Muslim”, announced that if he had to leave Britain to live in the Middle East, then he would choose Israel as home. Only there, he said, would his children feel the “warm embrace of freedom and liberty”. For him, only Israel shared the democratic values of the UK.

    I’d missed that. British democracy must be in worse shape than I’d thought. As far as I can gather (and I welcome correction) Javid would not be able to become an Israeli citizen unless he converted to Judaism.

    His kind words to CFoI suggest that he might be prepared to do that, and no doubt his entry would be smoothed by the Quartet representative (Blair International Adviceco LLP), but it would perhaps be more honest if he stopped trading on being a Muslim if so. There’s really no need to, Javid. Bromsgrove is one of the safest Tory seats in the country and describes itself thus –

    A total of 93.6% of the population in Bromsgrove District are white and Christianity is the largest religious group representing 68.9% of the population.

    http://www.betterbromsgrove.com/about-bromsgrove/economics-demographics/

  154. Nice short Wiki biog for Buckles. Another Thatcher acolyte I see and look what happened to him.

    Biography[edit]

    Early career[edit]

    He was born on February 1, 1961.[3] At the age of sixteen, he got his first job as a Christmas postman in Essex.[3][5] He then went on to study business at Lanchester Polytechnic.[7]

    Securicor and G4S[edit]

    He joined Securicor in 1985 as a project accountant.[1] He served as Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer of G4S plc from May 2004 to July 2005. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of G4S from 2005 to 2013.[1] He initially kept his job, despite the fiasco at the 2012 Summer Olympics,[4][8][9] but stood down on 31 May 2013 and was succeeded by Ashley Almanza, formerly of BG Group.[6] He was also Chairman of the Ligue Internationale des Sociétés de Surveillance, the international association of leading security companies.[2][3]

    He has said his hero is Margaret Thatcher because “she led the biggest economic turnaround in recent history”.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Buckles

  155. G4S have a particularly nasty record in Israel.

    Stop G4S
    G4S is a British private security company that plays a key role in Israel’s apartheid system, providing security services and equipment to Israeli prisons, checkpoints, the Apartheid Wall and the Israeli military and police.
    http://www.bdsmovement.net/activecamps/g4s

    And Bill Gates’ foundation is heavily invested in G4S.

    http://www.bdsmovement.net/2014/bill-gates-slammed-over-links-to-israel-prison-torture-11944

  156. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    10 Apr, 2014 - 9:10 am

    Ba’al Zevul thunders:

    “Mr Javid…announced that if he had to leave Britain to live in the Middle East, then he would choose Israel as home…. For him, only Israel shared the democratic values of the UK….As far as I can gather (and I welcome correction) Javid would not be able to become an Israeli citizen unless he converted to Judaism.”
    _________________

    Another good example of sloppy thinking and diverting from the essential point.

    You do not have to become a citizen of Israel in order to benefit from the democratic values of Israel if you chose to live there. Very much in the same way as a foreigner living in the UK does not have to become a UK citizen in order to benefit from British democratic values.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Like Mr Javid, I would, if I had to, rather live in Israel than in those havens of democracy called Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt (to say nothing of Iran and Iraq) – whether as an Israeli or not.

    Very much in the same way that I – and the Eminences of this blog – would rather live in the democratic UK than in those havens of democracy called Russia, China, Venezuela….should I go on?

  157. For reference for those uninformed in the matter.

    Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby: My Father, the Jewish Bootlegger
    http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/archbishop-canterbury-justin-welby-father-secret-life-408442

  158. ZBC under orders of its Zionist leaning (even openly supporting in Purnell’s case) directorate.

    “BBC misreports John Kerry on talks failure”:
    Nureddin Sabir detects the hands of Zionists behind the BBC’s misreporting of US Secretary of State Kerry’s statement, to downplay his blaming of Israel for the failure of talks with the Palestinians.”
    http://wp.me/p2HBz8-23Lhttp://www.redressonline.com/2014/04/bbc-misreports-john-kerry-on-talks-failure/

  159. Talking of ZBC …..

    I watched the final episode last night of ‘W1A’, a spoof fly-on-the-wall documentary about working in the BBC. One of the storylines was about an image consultancy firm modernising the BBC logo. They explored replacing the three letters B,B, and C with various symbols and eventually decided that a triangle was the most effective, but still lacked energy, an edge. Then they had the bright idea of adding a 2nd triangle, upside down on top of the first for added dynamism. The scene faded away in embarrassed silence as they triumphantly revealed the culmination of their deliberations …. a Star of David to represent the modern BBC.

    Brilliant.

  160. So funny A Node. Thanks.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b040hvvy/W1A_Episode_4/ 20 mins in,

    There is a running gag with a bouquet of flowers. You have to say you are over 18 and a member of Hasbara to see it. Only joking on the second!

    David Tennant narrates. He played Craig in the radio adaptation of Craig’s book Murder in Samarkand.
    http://www.craigmurray.org.uk/?s=david+tennant

  161. Glad Mary and A node enjoyed W1A as much as I did – so healthy when a broadcaster is able to send itself up! – perhaps one of the Eminences could point us to similar signs of health at RT and Press TV and other of their favourite broadcasters?

  162. At last, we agree on something, ESLO.
    Of course, the joke about the BBC’s logo being replaced by the Star of David was funny because the BBC really does seem to be controlled by Zionists, yes?

  163. Ba'al Zevul (Thank God Tomorrow's Friday)

    10 Apr, 2014 - 1:16 pm

    “…and other of their favourite broadcasters?”

    I’m told Fox News is riotous when it’s sending itself up. Which is all the time – it’s one long self-parody.

  164. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    10 Apr, 2014 - 4:03 pm

    A Node

    “Of course, the joke about the BBC’s logo being replaced by the Star of David was funny because the BBC really does seem to be controlled by Zionists, yes?”
    _____________

    No.

  165. Read The Times when out today. Javid, Miller’s replacement, sees the BBC as being unable to survive on the licence fee alone. He would like to adopt the American system where rich donors subsidize the arts. What an awful prospect. He came to this view when working in the US for Deutsche Bank where he took home (won’t say earned) £3m pa. He has taken a big drop in income by becoming an MP. He was elected in 2010 so has had a rapid rise to power. He joined the Tory partei when he was at Exeter University reading politics and economics at the age of 21. Such fervour. I bet he was tapped like Obomber and that he is a member of one of those firms.

    He is Gideon’s golden boy apparently and it was Gideon who demanded Miller’s sacking.

    Referring to that JC article about him speaking at a CFoI lunch, I came across these extracts. He is quoted speaking of Israel – ‘Only there, he said, would his children feel the “warm embrace of freedom and liberty”. For him, only Israel shared the democratic values of the UK.’ Good Javid. And how exactly was that freedom won, you snake?

    http://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2014/03/andy-myles/comment-page-7/#comment-451771

    ‘But Mr Cameron did not avoid the difficult issues. He urged Israel and its supporters to embrace the Arab Spring and the democracy it brought with it, touched on the thorny issue of settlements and reiterated the UK government view that the time was not right for an Israeli military strike on Iran.’ Oh good! WW3 is delayed a tad longer.

    ‘Despite the UK government’s anger at the Netanyahu government over settlement building (pull the other one), the relationship between the Israeli establishment and the Conservative Party remains strong.’

    When did Javid become more traitorous? MI5/6 hunt for bright and twisted sparks in Oxbridge so probably do the same at other universities. I have noticed before that Exeter is a similarly fertile ground for such servants. He joined the Tory party aged 21. Such fervour. I bet he was tapped like Obomber and that he is a member of one of those firms.

  166. It is being denied that the BBC is Zionist.

    Some facts.

    Apologists for Israel take top posts at BBC
    23 April 2013
    http://electronicintifada.net/content/apologists-israel-take-top-posts-bbc/12395

    BBC editor urged colleagues to downplay Israel’s siege of Gaza …
    30 Aug 2013 – The Electronic Intifada … The new Middle East online editor for BBC News has been praised by a pro-Israeli website for … Both emails were originally posted onto the Zionist website Biased BBC on 21 November 2012 by a …

    BBC finally admits bias over pro-Israel commentator | The Electronic Intifada…
    5 Feb 2014 – The BBC has finally admitted that it breached its own impartiality guidelines … pro-Israel politics to viewers, the BBC has spent over a year denying that ….

    and so on, and on and on. Dozens of similar links come up when googling
    bbc zionist electronic intifada

  167. Power jets and brooms needed to clean out the Augean stables aka the Houses of Parliament.

    Sexual harassment culture in parliament exposed

    ‘Channel 4 News has been investigating sexual harassment in Parliament. We spoke to 70 people hailing from all political parties and sexual orientations, and found that this is something that’s really part of the fabric.

    Researchers from Firecrest Films discovered that a third had personally experienced sexual harassment which they saw as an abuse of power. A further 21 per cent told us they had witnessed someone else being sexually harassed, or that a friend had confided in them. And less than a half (46 per cent), said they had no first or second-hand knowledge of such behaviour.

    Scared to speak out

    The people we spoke to didn’t want to talk on camera, because they were too fearful of blighting a nascent political career. But here’s what they told us. “At an event for young political activists I was asked to go to the gents by a certain MP who had always been a nice guy. I just brushed it off. The MP suggested I go to the toilets with him at about 1am, but then at 3am I saw him going back to his hotel room with a guy who looked about 18,” one said.’

    [..]

    ‘The lack of an HR department, and the inadequacy of grievance procedures were both issues highlighted in the wake of the Lord Rennard story, and indeed the Lib Dems admitted failing to deal with the allegations properly over a period of years.

    And yet despite all political parties promising to treat sexual harassment seriously, behind the scenes it’s clear that senior MPs have failed to grasp the nettle. We’re told one Tory MP expressed the view just last week that those who believe themselves to be victims of unwanted sexual advances should toughen up – or as the MP put it: “Grow a pair”.

    Clearly, the culture won’t change until serving MPs not only recognise that there’s a problem, but also decide that something must be done about it.’

    /..
    http://www.channel4.com/news/sexual-harassment-culture-in-parliament-exposed-westminster-commons

  168. The Tory partei managers did not waste much time before getting the man of the hour on QT tonight. Non-cynics will say his appearance was already planned.

    10/04/2014
    Image for 10/04/2014Duration: 1 hour

    David Dimbleby presents Question Time from West London, with Conservative culture secretary Sajid Javid MP, deputy leader of the Labour Party Harriet Harman MP, leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats Kirsty Williams AM, singer-songwriter Billy Bragg and chief executive of the global advertising company WPP Sir Martin Sorrell.

  169. Ba'al Zevul (Customer-Focused and Market-Driven)

    11 Apr, 2014 - 9:17 am

    Known Unknowns dept…

    http://www.independent.co.uk/incoming/rupert-murdoch-tells-of-shock-over-wendi-dengs-admiring-notes-about-tony-blair-9252724.html

    Strangely, the Telegraph seems to have pulled this story from its site today, while the Indy has the very bald disclaimer:

    “Mr Blair has denied having an affair with Ms Deng and there is nothing to suggest that he did.”

    No doubt inserted at the insistence of someone with legal training, if not a former PM.

  170. This is how the establishment works and closes the ranks.

    Baron Black of Brentwood appeared today at the Old Bailey as a character witness for Stuart Kuttner, Rebekah Brooks’ co-defendant.

    ‘Former Press Complaints Commission (PCC) director Lord Black, also appearing as a character witness for Mr Kuttner, said his “very good friend” was “a man of the greatest integrity”.

    Lord Black said that, during his time as PCC director from 1996 to 2003, he often turned to then News of the World managing editor Mr Kuttner for help and he “never did let me down”.’
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26989809

    Following a career in the Conservative party structure, ‘Black returned to the media after the 2005 general election, joining the Telegraph Media Group in September that year. In September 2009, be became Chairman of the Press Standards Board of Finance (PressBof), the body responsible for funding the PCC and overseeing the industry’s system of self-regulation. He also sits on the Advertising Standards Board of Finance (ASBOF),[8] which performs a similar role in funding the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

    Black is Chairman of the Commonwealth Press Union Media Trust,[9] which seeks to preserve and enhance media freedom throughout the Commonwealth. He was appointed a Trustee of the Imperial War Museum in July 2007, and reappointed in July 2011.[10] and was appointed a member of the Council of the Royal College of Music in 2009.[11] In 2010, he became a member of The Guild of St Bride’s, Fleet Street. He was a Trustee of the Sir Edward Heath Charitable Foundation until he resigned in January 2009.’
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Black,_Baron_Black_of_Brentwood

    His civil partner is Mark Bolland who when working for P Charles helped with the rehabilitation of Camilla Parker Bowles. Bolland became a PR consultant to P Charles and then formed his own consultancy.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Bolland

    So one of them is close to the Conservative party. Cameron is a friend of Rebekah Brooks.

    Craig Oliver Cameron’s spin doctor ‘was named in documents submitted to the Leveson Inquiry into media standards as being one of eight Downing Street advisers to have had contact with News Corporation lobbyist Frédéric Michel. Oliver and Michel dined together in July 2011 after news broke concerning the News of the World phone hacking scandal, but Oliver did not have to declare the dinner on the register of interests as they split the bill.’
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craig_Oliver_(British_journalist)

    We await the verdicts for Brooks and Kuttner.

    Black in his ermine.
    http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/41359000/jpg/_41359156_bolland_pa.jpg

    and his register of interests
    http://www.parliament.uk/biographies/lords/lord-black-of-brentwood/4171

  171. Lord Black is a Board Member of Albany Associates.

    From ‘What we do’

    Media Regulation & Development

    Fragile countries face complex problems when it comes to balancing the right to freedom of expression with the need for modern regulation and a properly functioning independent media. These are difficult and delicate issues that require expert guidance. Albany has an enviable track record introducing media regulation, public sector broadcasters and media outlets in Iraq, Somalia, the UAE, Kosovo, Bosnia and Jordan. Working with governments and media professionals, Albany assists with digitalisation, convergence, licensing, codes of conduct and a host of other issues. Our objective is international best practice while understanding that every country has its unique political, cultural, social and economic fabric which calls for flexible strategies and sensitive implementation.

    For examples of our Media Regulation and Development work see our Afghanistan, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Rwanda and Iraq projects.
    http://www.albanyassociates.com/what-we-do/media-regulation-development

    Client list includes DfID, FCO, USAID, Unesco, UNOps ??, EU and so on
    http://www.albanyassociates.com/about-us/client-list

    Lord Black is described as a Board Member on the Albany Associates website but he does not appear on this directors list. The address of the company in Chiswick is the same as that for the London office on the Contact Us button.
    http://companycheck.co.uk/company/05256920/ALBANY-ASSOCIATES-INTERNATIONAL-LIMITED/directors-shareholders#people-tab

    There is a book review about Iraq on the blog and a piece about press regulation where Black has an attribution as Advisory Board Member.

    Book Review: The Struggle for Iraq’s Future by Zaid Al-Ali
    Posted on March 12, 2014
    Corruption, incompetence to blame for Iraq’s failure, says author Zaid al-Ali
    http://www.albanyassociates.com/notebook/

  172. Kamm was right about Cyril Smith.

    http://timesopinion.tumblr.com/post/35705574839/the-small-mind-of-sir-cyril-smith-paedophile

    Clegg was not. From Kamm’s piece above.

    ‘When Smith died in 2010, cloying tributes ensued. Nick Clegg said: “Rochdale and Britain have sadly lost one of their great MPs.” I believe that the sole critical remarks were made by Kevin Maguire of The Mirror and me. It’s long past time for a proper evaluation of Smith’s life and crimes.

    In making a speech in Parliament opposing European regulation of the asbestos industry, Smith asked for and received the help of an asbestos company in his constituency. He made no mention to Parliament that he was a significant shareholder in the company. He thus dishonestly sought to protect his financial interests in a deadly industry.’

    Those Smith abused at a special school in his constituency are coming forward. Poor children.

    12 April 2014
    Cyril Smith abuse school claims: Seven allege abuse
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-27001067

    There was some footage of him on the lunchtime news. I had forgotten how vast he was. 30 stones in 2010. He could just about walk. Pickles look slim in comparison.

  173. If true, absolutely disgusting. That applied to David Steel too.

    “MI5 and Liberal party covered up MP Cyril Smith’s four decades of abusing children”

    “Politicians, police and M15 covered up former MP Sir Cyril Smith’s sexual abuse of vulnerable boys as young as eight for four decades, it has been claimed.
    Police received at least 144 complaints by victims about the late Liberal MP Sir Cyril, but MI5 and Special Branch put pressure on officers to drop investigations, according to a new book.

    The 29st MP for Rochdale was able to continue his abuse while the authorities blocked prosecutions, and the Liberal Party even put his name forward for a knighthood in 1988 in spite of the rumours of his activities circulating around Westminster, it has been alleged.

    Former Liberal party leader David, now Lord Steel, nominated Sir Cyril for the honour despite knowing of the allegations about the MP, it was reported.

    Lord Steel’s involvement only emerged in recent weeks after a Freedom of Information battle.”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/liberaldemocrats/10762182/MI5-and-Liberal-party-allegedly-covered-up-MP-Cyril-Smiths-four-decades-of-abusing-children.html

  174. Not half so sad as those he abused.

    Cyril Smith abuse claims: Family ‘saddened’ by new book
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-27008791

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