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  • Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    Another year has passed without our species becoming extinct….Huzzaaaaaahhh!

    May your year proceed, swimmingly, with you and yours enjoying the good health and happiness which should accompany Life.

    Trolls, included !

  • Vronsky

    “which is not the massive must-get-it-done super-important economy-wrecking disaster being portrayed by the lazy, ignorant hacks in the news media.”

    I thought it was the massive must-get-it-done super-important economy-wrecking disaster which the media hacks knew nothing about or had been instructed to leave unmentioned.

    Vamos a ver.

  • thatcrab

    I dont feel sentimental this NYE, im saving my juices for Burns maybe.

    Sorry for some pigheaded comments from me this year, especially to Dreolin.
    Much appreciation for everyone’s fine efforts to keep a light here and in this Time, in this wild World.

    To Everyone and Craig -inspirations.
    Look with hope, Love to do!

  • Mary

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Kerala-cops-blacklist-pro-Palestine-activist/articleshow/17825645.cms

    India are comfy bedfellows with the US/UK/’Israel’ axis and smart on suppressing speech but not so hot on prosecuting rape. Incidentally, that young female medical student would have suffered terribly. She was brought back from Singapore where she was sent to be hidden and then returned to her home for almost immediate cremation. Any post mortem?? Probably not and due process was again mangled.

    I have seen this man, the Prime Minister, toadying around the western criminals at the G20 meetings. He usually wears a blue turban.
    http://pmindia.nic.in/

    Manmohan Singh – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manmohan_Singh
    Manmohan Singh’s government has also been especially keen on expanding ties with Israel. Since 2003, the two countries have made significant investments in …

    Manmohan Singh Israel, Jewish & Israel News | Algemeiner.com …
    http://www.algemeiner.com/tag/manmohan-singh-israel/Cached
    You +1’d this publicly.
    Post Tagged with: “Manmohan Singh Israel”. Top 10 Non-Jews Positively Influencing the Jewish Future 2012 August 9, 2012 See No 4

    Israel and India move toward free trade pact – Globes
    http://www.globes.co.il
    10 Oct 2010 – Economic relations between Israel and India are set for a significant … Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh accepted Israel’s proposal for a …

    etc. for Israeli Indian ties.

  • Mary

    The mood in India is very sombre tonight.

    India gang rape: New Year celebrations scaled back
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20873462

    ‘The Indian government was heavily criticised for its response to the attack, which many called “slow” and inadequate.

    According to official figures, a woman is raped in Delhi every 14 hours, while women across the country say they are frequently subjected to sexual intimidation and violence.

    Officials have since announced a series of measures intended to make the city safer for women.’

    “Clearly, many Indian women face threats to life at every stage – violence, inadequate healthcare, inequality, neglect, bad diet, lack of attention to personal health and well-being”

    Soutik Biswas
    India correspondent

    Poor girl. You are unnamed. RIP. Poor women.

  • Jon

    Happy new year to everyone here, and to Craig and family. Warm hugs to all, especially the trolls. Trolls need good hugs most of all!

  • technicolour

    Felt: like early Cure. Listened to: Screamadelica. Together as one, brothers & sisters. Happy Twenty Thirteen to all.

  • Villager

    “Ev’rybody’s talkin’ ’bout
    Bagism, Shagism, Dragism, Madism, Ragism, Tagism
    This-ism, that-ism, ism ism ism
    All we are saying is give peace a chance
    All we are saying is give peace a chance

    (C’mon)
    Ev’rybody’s talkin’ ’bout
    Minister, Sinister, Banisters and Canisters,
    Bishops, Fishops, Rabbis, and Pop Eyes, Bye bye, Bye byes
    All we are saying is give peace a chance
    All we are saying is give peace a chance

    (Let me tell you now)
    Ev’rybody’s talkin’ ’bout
    Revolution, Evolution, Masturbation, Flagellation, Regulation,
    Integrations, mediations, United Nations, congratulations
    All we are saying is give peace a chance
    All we are saying is give peace a chance

    Ev’rybody’s talkin’ ’bout
    John and Yoko, Timmy Leary, Rosemary,
    Tommy Smothers, Bobby Dylan, Tommy Cooper,
    Derek Taylor, Norman Mailer, Alan Ginsberg, Hare Krishna
    Hare Hare Krishna
    All we are saying is give peace a chance
    All we are saying is give peace a chance”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwNg4lHFj7I

    Will we ever get beyond the ‘ism’s? I wonder…..

    I’ve lost the meaning of the words happy new year…they are just words. Ineffectual.

    May our lost civilisation find its way. Compassion and love is the answer, but there isn’t enough in this world.

    Good health to everyone here.

  • Anon

    Happy New Year All!

    Craig – where the Fuck are you?

    hope all is well

    Have a good one 🙂

  • John Robertson

    “and that her 3D specs in the trailer were diamond encrusted.”
    Mary, like Dame Edna’s?

  • doug scorgie

    From BBC Online:
    Pregnant US woman Caitlan Coleman missing in Afghanistan with husband
    Caitlan Coleman, 27, is due to give birth in January and needs urgent medical attention, her father told the Associated Press news agency.
    [Her father] James Coleman said she had been travelling with her Canadian husband across Central Asia.

    There are fears they were abducted, but no ransom has been demanded.
    The couple last contacted their family on 8 October from what Mr Coleman described as an “unsafe” part of Afghanistan.
    It is not clear how they entered Afghanistan and what exactly they were doing there – they had also travelled through Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

    WTF is a heavily pregnant US woman doing in an “unsafe part of Afghanistan” with her Canadian husband? Sightseeing?

  • nevermind

    Health and happiness to you all, may everyone get what they wish and work for.
    My chickens have finally overcome their moving stress and are now laying, bless.
    India’s internal struggles, political as well as sociological, will eventually tear it apart and make space for a real democracy.

  • doug scorgie

    Keep your eyes on Venezuela it looks like Hugo Chaves may not last much longer; he is still in Cuba and suffering “complications.”

    Venezuelan cabinet ministers have gathered at the presidential palace to pray for his recovery. If Chaves does not attend the inauguration ceremony on 10th January there may have to be another election. If so you can guarantee the CIA will be working overtime with the opposition and media to influence the outcome. There may even be another coup attempt.

  • Arbed

    Message for John Goss: John, there’s a couple of posts with extra info on an area of the Swedish Assange case I know you’re particularly interested in that have just been added to the “Why I’m Convinced Anna Ardin is a Liar” thread:

    http://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2012/09/why-i-am-convinced-that-anna-ardin-is-a-liar/comment-page-6/#comments

    Love your suggested method (yesterday, 3.02pm) for running rings round the fuckers. Sorry, I mean “putting the dormouse back in the teapot, ha ha”. 🙂

  • Yonatan

    Fred wrote: “Avoid people who hate, they are emotionally unstable, no telling what they will do. If they hate Nazis chances are they hate Jews as well.”

    What about those who hate the Palestinians and Arabs? Are they emotionally unstable and to be avoided?

  • Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    Thanks for the memories, Villager. I had forgotten how closely I identify the Holidays with that awesomely human event.

  • nevermind

    Have some proper bells with that Fred and three hail Mary’s, forgive Mary.
    How do you think the Spartans won against all odds? surely not their fancy haircuts and oiled loins?

    From 5.18 minutes onwards.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vbe3CwBeOfA

    Its exactly those human emotions, the propensity to not think clearly, the impotency when faced with economic situations out of our control, which makes untrained, and trained, for that matter, individuals unfit to bear arms.

    But that should not stop anyone getting angry, use the 2013 May county council elections to change the equation.

    ‘Who needs a Party to follow a mandate’

  • Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    Has anyone talked to Clark, lately. Please send him Happy New Year wishes.

  • mike

    The Russians now have the upper hand in Syria. They’ve put some serious missile kit in there over the last few weeks and, if its used, the Free Syrian Army won’t be able to gather in any large numbers in a country that’s 3/4 flat (unlike Afghanistan).
    Now is when we’ll see two things: how strong are the democratic credentials of the opposition, and how wise are Assad and his inner circle. Both sides will have to compromise (apart from the savages Qatar and Saudi have paid for, who seem to enjoy killing). Russia’s agenda setting is the best option for keeping Syria as a functioning nation state (unlike Lybia). Let the talks commence.
    Meanwhile, Iraq descends further into authoritarian rule. Ah, I love the smell of bullshit in the morning!
    Happy New Year.

  • Kempe

    Russia has continued to supply Syria with weaponry, it’s an important market for Russian military equipment which they don’t want to lose, but they don’t appear to have much confidence in Assad’s prospects.

    Launching tactical ballistic missiles at one’s own people, with the inevitable civilian casualties, is a pretty desperate strategy and one not likely to win Assad much support at home or abroad. It might even provoke the UN or NATO into actually doing something.

  • MJ

    “Launching tactical ballistic missiles at one’s own people, with the inevitable civilian casualties, is a pretty desperate strategy and one not likely to win Assad much support at home or abroad”

    Well no. A pretty pointless exercise and not very tactical either. But what about using them to disrupt and destroy the supply lines through which weapons and “rebels” are entering the country? Now that really would provoke the UN or NATO into actually doing something.

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