We’re Not Dead Yet

by craig on July 15, 2013 11:08 am in Uncategorized

Many thanks for all the very kind messages.  I appear to be back on full  fighting form again and will resume blogging shortly.

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  1. Great news and have a swift recovery Craig!

  2. Great news!

  3. Great news! Relax and enjoy the sun!

  4. Much to the chagrin of the plutocrats, oligarchs, and the coattail hangers thereof, you have made it and comeback. Glad to hear you are OK. Wish you a full recovery and good health.

  5. Beeston Regis

    15 Jul, 2013 - 11:40 am

    Get well soon n all that!

  6. Glad you’re OK and thanks for letting us know.

  7. Excellent news Craig. You have been sorely missed.

    (btw in the replay of Murder in Samarkand on Radio 4 Extra, I was reminded that you had an injury to your calf muscle when you were in Tashkent. Hope that it never recurred.)

  8. Excellent – hope you recover quickly and this treatment really does fix whatever the problem was.

  9. Glad you are back, and I hope we have a discussion about the Anglo-American disposition matrix in all its ramifications.

  10. Uzbek in the UK

    15 Jul, 2013 - 12:40 pm

    Glad you are back Mr Murray. Take good care of yourself.

  11. Congrats!! I’m looking forward to it as I am sure are many others.

  12. Uzbek in the UK

    15 Jul, 2013 - 12:43 pm

    While you were away:

    It is reported that diplomatic immunity was removed from Gulnara Karimova by Uzbek Foreign Affairs Ministry. This is something that puzzled many as this would not have happen without authorisation from her father.

  13. Well done, Craig. You’ve passed the first test of survival – ie not dying. Don’t worry about the blog, I’ve found a backdoor in your system that allows me to delete posts as if by Jon.

  14. Thanks, Jemand. That explains it.

  15. Excellent news.

    Noli spurios te contundere!

  16. Oh good. I’d only just blundered in here and I was beginning to enjoy it in an indignant kind of way.

  17. Good to have you back in circulation again. Take time to recover fully.

  18. Uzbek:

    Her immunity comes with the job she’s just been removed from:


    I’d guess she was kicked out by / at the request of the UN, rather than her old man.

    Moral, perhaps – whoever else you rip off, don’t screw with Russians?

  19. Analysis of Karimova’s possible fall from grace:


  20. [Mod/Jon: commentary about contributors wishing to censor the comments aren’t helpful, please keep it constructive]

  21. Alhamdulillah.

  22. Quite poor censoring, Jon, as Jemand said it allows him to delete posts as if he were you – something he has apparently done – not that he was just wishing to do so.

  23. Trowbridge, in retrospect I probably didn’t need to remove your comment, but it’s worth noting that Cracker Jemand was joking :)

    Good to have you back, Craig.

  24. Glad to hear you are recovering well, Craig! :)

    Quick question: have you ever come across a state which runs a consulate at its own airport?

    That’s what Russia does at Sheremetevo airport in Moscow.

  25. Some actions are not to be joked about, like the names of the Asiana pilots involved in the crash at SFO.

  26. Don’t rush it… get better properly before you throw yourself back into your hectic life.

  27. A good day just got even better!

    Great to hear you’re on the way back to us Craig. I’ve missed your observations and can’t wait to see you posting again.

    But be sure to take it easy, let the healing take root and enjoy good company.

    No danger of us all falling silent in the meantime.

  28. What a stretch Trowbridge. If the pilots had been able to stretch even fractionally to yours, it would’ve been an ordinary smooth landing.
    Health is everything Craig. One takes it for granted until one becomes ill. But then in recovery a new inner intelligence of listening to one’s body can come into being. Stay well now.

    I’m starting my own new stage of a health-kick at 7am tomorrow. Famous last words.

  29. sorry to hear you havent been so well. You were certainly on good form at the Musselburgh meeting. Hope its one of many still to come.

  30. Uzbek in the UK

    15 Jul, 2013 - 3:51 pm

    I am afraid this could be more serious than ‘not screwing Russians’. Gulnara has many powerful opponents inside Uzbekistan but they were dormant until quite recently. It is rumoured that Gulnara and her father have different views on succession (of her father). She wants to be become next on his throne whereas he (quite rightfully) understands that her power comes with his presidency and on her own she will face many challenges and will ultimately fail to preserve balance of power in clan politics.

  31. Trowbridge, I’m sorry that I deleted your post, but I had to because it was too controversial. You do realise that all of ‘Jon’s’ posts explaining deletes, are mine, don’t you?

    Anyway, thanks Komodo for the links to news of Gulnara Karimova’s descent into political obscurity. Hopefully she will be able to avoid an unfortunate car accident before releasing her next album, tentatively titled “Rainbows and Cotton Fields”. One dollar from every million album sales will be donated to a worthy charity administered by Googoosha herself and deposited in a safe Swiss bank account to ensure compliance with financial regulations.

  32. Uzbek in the UK

    15 Jul, 2013 - 4:00 pm


    I do not think that assassination of Uzbek princess is on the table. Not at least until her father is on the throne, and least likely after that. It is unlikely that she will succeed him and it is very likely that she will emigrate (after her father is removed from Ok-Saroy legs forward) and live peacefully in one of her many multimillion mansions.

  33. I’m not the one stretching, Villager. Jemand said he was censoring what appears here – a most destructive claim for the site, if true.

    Asiana is taking the Fox TV station in Oakland to court for damaging it and its pilots – what is bound to reveal who gave the word to the NTSB intern in Washington to corroborate the vile rumor, and if it is his boss, its report will require only stretching.

  34. Oh, I see, Jemand, engaging in more of your so-called joking.

    Either you are gone, or I am!

  35. Jemand:

    I trust you can see what I just deleted here. Urgently, please. The NSA is getting impatient.

  36. Good God, what a weird site….

    Wait for the advertising to subside for a less publicised activity of the fragrant Gulnara:


  37. Komodo, you are either serious, or you are joking. I’m assuming that you are somewhere in between – seriously joking or joking about being serious. Either way, the deletions you claimed to have made are, in actual fact of reality, very very real and this is no joking matter, as Trowbridge has correctly observed. Seriously! Forget the NSA, that’s just a front for something much much bigger. I’ll reveal more when it’s safe to do so. I’m assuming Craig uses an encrypted line and Norton Home Security.

    On this topic of being serious, inter alia Craig’s irregular attention-seeking on health matters that we have all agreed are too expensive for the NHS, I want to raise the subject of quantum field lensing of naturally occurring cosmic rays, used by the US military to disrupt telegram communications in India. Google it, it’s real.

  38. Re Gulnara’s yoga poses. Hmmm, yes. Now if she would just bend her knees to the floor, that would do the trick.

  39. Ahh, yes.. No sooner said than done.


    I hope this comment survives my current round of deletions.

  40. “Not dead yet”…

    Welcome back Craig – woefully missed.

    ATOS and austerity.


  41. lucythediclonius

    15 Jul, 2013 - 4:59 pm

    excellent will this get through the spam filter

  42. great news Craig is getting better and the Canaries have signed Leroy Fer, a Dutch under 21 champion, can’t be bad.

    The cat with no name is still in limbo, stuck here in Rockland departure lounge without a visa. I asked Putin, but he says he has just got a cat to cheer up Ms. Kabayeva’s children.
    Its not that I’m desperate, but I did mention that I did not want a cat and rather have lots of other stuff on my mind recently.

    Shall now join Cryptonym for a holiday, anybody feeling able to look after an animal, get in touch with Clark please, I’m off

  43. Flaming June

    15 Jul, 2013 - 5:36 pm

    Hope Google Translate got this correct for me Nevermind.

    ‘Frohe Festtage und sichere Fahrten’

    Sorry I can’t help with that poor unwanted cat. My dog does not like cats.

  44. @ Craig,
    Pleased to hear that you are bouncing back.
    I can but ask:-
    What is your take on the Martin case in the US and how, if at all, might one relate the US case to that of Stephen Lawrence in the UK?
    For my part I have thought for a long while about this case:-
    1. America is not what it ought to be – coming from genocide against the Native Americans.
    2. America is not what it should be – advancing on the backs of the free labour of the Africans.
    3. America might be what it could be – integrating the brightest and the best from around the world along a path of global justice.
    And , I now lament the result of this case.
    I am not a lawyer qualified in, nor called to the Bar in the US. I am British trained and twice over qualified to practice law under British jurisprudence. That is what I know and do.
    I am aware that the US shares and has inherited the British Common Law system of justice. I have worked with American lawyers on cases and been in US courts and interfaced with experts and US lawyers over decades. Again – I am not a US trained attorney.
    However, my simple questions are:-
    – Night watchman told by 911 dispatcher to leave the youngster?
    – Night watchman, in cross-examination by the prosecution, found to have fabricated a story and is caught multiple times in his lies?
    – Night watchman pursues the youngster and makes comments that are recorded which reveal his preconceived notions about the youngster being a criminal ?
    – Night watchman makes claims about the incident and circumstances and provides video taped recounting of the events to the police, then is found to be significantly inconsistent in relation to his overall statements.
    – Night watchman pursues and stalks and confronts the youngster.
    – There is an altercation, that never would have happened if the dispatcher’s instructions had been followed.
    – Night watchman has, under US law, limited powers, and had been properly instructed by the 911 dispatcher.
    – Night watchman shoots and kills the unarmed 17 year youngster – and night watchman is a 28 year old man with martial arts training and weighs over 200 pounds relative to a “threatening” 160 or so pound kid?

    Well – American justice? – NOT GUILTY?

    Over to you.


  45. I hope you’ll recover and reeturn to shining your light on the injustices in our world. Thanks!

  46. Flaming June

    15 Jul, 2013 - 8:17 pm

    This, written by a Canadian I assume, chimes with some of what you say Courtenay.

    The (Florida) Law, Sir, Is an Ass
    by Bill Annett / July 14th, 2013

  47. @ Flaming June,

    “ Flaming June” – what a novel and attractive pseudonym.
    “ Flaming June” rides with Wild Bill Hicock on the blog trail. Great thought.
    Ha….just kidding.
    Read it – thanks for sharing.

  48. Glad to hear you’re back. I wish you a speedy recovery – it’s always more speedy when surrounded by loved ones – and look forward to your next full post.

  49. Thanks be. Been looking for news, and am so glad to see this. Rest and be well.

  50. Flaming June

    15 Jul, 2013 - 9:22 pm

  51. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    15 Jul, 2013 - 10:23 pm

    Craig, it’s good to hear that you’re improving/improved. Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery.

  52. “I appear to be back on full fighting form again”

    Excellent news, Craig.

    May the road rise up to meet you.
    May the wind be always at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face,
    and rains fall soft upon your fields.

    And all that jazz …

    Take it easy

  53. Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    15 Jul, 2013 - 10:30 pm

    Glad to hear you’re fit as a fiddle, Craig….Give us a preview.

    On the Zimmerman trial, I’m afraid the jury had to find NG because of prevailing self-defense laws in Florida. When the prosecution and LE investigators screw the pooch there is nothing, other than jury nullification, for the jury to do except follow the elements of ‘reasonable doubt’. It’s a tragedy.
    However, the jury system is one part of the legal morass that I find little fault with.

  54. From the link I sent to Courtenay.

    ‘And yet the nonsense of George Zimmerman’s deliverance — like some junior grade St. John XXIII — goes much further. It’s the triumph of man-made law over god-given Justice.

    “Not guilty,” pronounced the six white (one possibly hispanic) female jurors, two of whom were married to lawyers and a third was the mother of a lawyer. (We might have guessed.) They might just as logically have declared George Zimmerman the best-dressed dude in the courtroom.’

    And Zimmerman’s Dad is a retired judge.

    This is a new piece about the case by Randy Shields on DV. http://dissidentvoice.org/2013/07/a-perfect-symmetry/

  55. Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    15 Jul, 2013 - 10:50 pm

    The jury selection process and voir dire are quite fair as both parties can exclude jurors with a profile which may hinder their side. I don’t know about 6 jurors. It’s supposed to be a unanimous 12. That part bothers me, but the prosecution has many more tools and unlimited funds for their cause. It could be one of many mistakes the public prosecutor made.

  56. Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    15 Jul, 2013 - 11:05 pm

    Some details on the jurors. Haven’t found why only 6. Probably austerity demands as many courts are going to digital recording of the trial to save money over court reporting.


  57. I do not know the US law but thought the number was strange.
    Would the alternate jurors have been there to replace any of the main jurors going off sick or for some other reason?

    ‘The prosecuting and defense attorneys referred to the jury members as five white women and one black or Hispanic woman. CNN does not have access to the juror questionnaires and cannot confirm the ethnicities of the jurors.

    Four alternate jurors — two women and two men — will hear the case as well. Nelson asked Zimmerman if he agreed with the jurors selected to serve on the panel, and he said he did.’

    All-female jury to try Zimmerman

    Off now to attempt some sleep on a hot and humid night. Quite unusual in the UK these days!

  58. Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    15 Jul, 2013 - 11:12 pm

    One selected juror was dismissed for unknown reasons, and yes they had alternates.

    This is the reason for 6….only in Florida.

    Williams v. Florida, a Supreme Court ruling in 1970, it was decided that at least six persons is “large enough to promote group deliberation, free from outside intimidation, and to provide a fair possibility for obtaining a cross-section of the community.”

  59. Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    15 Jul, 2013 - 11:41 pm

    The light of day has always been an antiseptic. Why would anyone argue it isn’t good to air our Security State laundry? Go Edward….geevum.


  60. Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    15 Jul, 2013 - 11:45 pm

  61. Many welcomes back, Craig! That was a brief sojourn indeed. (The longer your absence between posts, the more likely that dry rot sets into your blog, courtesy of the incessant Flaming Nora and her caustic adversaries. Back in the nick of time :-)

    You’ve often exposed examples of clandestine international bullying by hegemonic states, wrt Uzbekistan, Gitmo and Wikileaks. But now that the Snowden affair has completely pulled the pants off the intentions of the US administration, we can see that Obama has a stonking world-domination boner. It’s no longer a case of whether people recognise it, but whether they can smack the bloody thing back to flaccidity. I reckon Putin is playing a canny game by ignoring it. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts.

  62. Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    15 Jul, 2013 - 11:54 pm

    Yes, Craig, you have been rather quiet about the SnowWald affair. Is this the first time you’ve heard this?

  63. A source has explained to me the close links between Israeli and Saudi intelligence. President of the Council of National Security Bandar bin Sultan is known to hold regular meetings with Israeli security chiefs in Riyadh, Tel Aviv, Arab and European capitals.

    Prince Bandar has a fat wallet with around $180,000 paid to British SAS trained mercenaries for terrorist training activities in Lebanon and Syria. (operating out of Dubai)

    The Bandar account was useful we remember for payments between January 2000 and the September 2001 to Saudi intelligence operatives al-Bayoumi and Basnan, handlers for September 11th 2001 hi-jackers Nawaf Alhazmi and Khalid Almihdar.


  64. “Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland instructed Police witch-hunt against media leaks.”


    “Department of Justice memo codifies spying on the press”


    “Under conditions of deepening social inequality and with social tensions rising, Britain’s ruling elite are trampling on fundamental democratic rights like their counterparts in the United States and across Europe.”


    “Like serfs in the dark ages, American citizens can be picked up on the authority of some unknown person in the executive branch and thrown in a dungeon, subject to torture, without any evidence ever being presented to a court or any information to the person’s relatives of his/her whereabouts.”


  65. National Sheriff’s Association Releases Statement on Florida Neighborhood Watch Tragedy

    NSA has no information indicating the community has ever even registered with the program.


    “The Neighborhood Watch Program fosters collaboration and cooperation with the community and local law enforcement by encouraging citizens to be aware of what is going on in their communities and contact law enforcement if they suspect something – NOT take the law in their own hands,” continued Executive Director Kennard. “The alleged participant ignored everything the Neighborhood Watch Program stands for and it resulted in a young man losing his life. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Trayvon Martin during this terrible time.”

  66. The world is doing a decent job keeping the pressure on in Craig’s absence, preparing for the US government’s imminent disgrace in the most public forum in the world. The HRC’s preeminent independent legal experts are going to carve the US regime up like a turkey, in calm and dulcet tones, and everybody in the world can watch the video stream. The US government will go all out to keep the subject population unaware but the outside world will be watching very closely.

    Mobilizing shame. It dismantled the Warsaw Pact, and it will dismantle the NATO bloc.

  67. Great news, such a relief to hear that you are back in good health Craig.

  68. @ Flaming June and Ben Franklin,
    One said:-
    “One selected juror was dismissed for unknown reasons, and yes they had alternates.
    This is the reason for 6….only in Florida.
    Williams v. Florida, a Supreme Court ruling in 1970, it was decided that at least six persons is “large enough to promote group deliberation, free from outside intimidation, and to provide a fair possibility for obtaining a cross-section of the community.”
    Interestingly the historical jury base from England was 12. The larger the jury pool, the better the chance for a just verdict, was the original formulation.
    The lesser and halved in Martin’s case seems to have been manipulated for a conviction. We might contrast the verdict with the one below:-
    What a fucked up and unjust world we live in.

  69. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=SUJtMlEwd6Q#at=872

    Hey Craig, your book Murder in Samarkand got a mention on RT by Richard Stallman, about the case phone listening hacking.

  70. willyrobinson

    16 Jul, 2013 - 7:00 am

    Speedy recovery – w

  71. Great news.

  72. Flaming June

    16 Jul, 2013 - 7:33 am

    See the provenance of P Charles’ private secretary who appeared before Mrs Hodge’s committee yesterday attempting to justify the fact that no capital gains or corporation taxes are paid by the ‘Duchy’ which is a £847m enterprise.

    Note his previous in the National Security Secretariat in the Cabinet Office. What is that Orwellian sounding office?


    ‘Top Charles aide William Nye defends Prince’s tax-exempt status
    William Nye claims Duchy of Cornwall’s £847m property empire is a ‘force for social good’

    The most senior aide to the Prince of Wales denied on Monday that the landed estate which pays the heir to the throne £19m a year is a “medieval anomaly” and insisted its tax-exempt status was not “unfair”.

    William Nye, the private secretary to Charles, told the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee that the Duchy of Cornwall, which presides over a £847m property empire, was a force for social good and could not be compared to a conventional corporation or commercial entity.

    The scrutiny of the Prince’s tax status, under which he voluntarily pays income tax on the Duchy’s annual surplus but the estate itself is exempt from capital gains and corporation taxes, follows stinging criticism by the same committee of tax avoidance by companies such as Amazon, Google and Starbucks.

    In a rare clash between the legislature and the Crown, Mr Nye was repeatedly asked to justify the status of the Duchy, established in the 14th century by Edward III to provide an income to the heir to the throne, as a “private estate”, despite being immersed in complex investments and property deals.

    The Independent revealed last month that among the Duchy’s recent and confidential investments on behalf of the famously aesthetic Prince Charles is a sprawling £38m supermarket distribution hub used by Waitrose in Milton Keynes.

    Research by Channel 4’s Dispatches programme shows that his mother, through the Crown Estate which holds land on behalf of the monarch, also owns an adjoining warehouse on the same industrial estate used as a distribution centre by John Lewis…..


    We are not ‘all in in together’. We are the idiot serfs still doffing our forelocks.

    The council and advisory committees of the ‘Duchy’ consist mostly of the great and the good, landed gentry, bankers including Lord Rothschild, farmers and lawyers amongst others.


  73. Good to see you up and about again…

  74. @ Nevermind:

    Its not that I’m desperate, but I did mention that I did not want a cat…

    I’m sorry to have to tell you this but your wishes are irrelevant. The cat is satisfied with its treatment and has graciously condescended to join you. You are now a cat- “owner”. Note the quotes.

    Now break out the quail-and-avocado Whiskas, bitch.

  75. Flaming June

    16 Jul, 2013 - 8:37 am

    Remember Obama posing in a slave prison and at Robben Island?

    He should go down to Louisiana to the State Penitentiary which is called Angola Prison and inform himself of what is happening there under his watch.

    Two men have been locked up in solitary confinement for 36 years for crimes they did not commit. They are now confined in a maximum security dormitory. One of them Herman Wallace is 71 and has cancer.



    And we won’t mention Guantanamo.

  76. Flaming June

    16 Jul, 2013 - 8:52 am

    Yes Komodo when you visit and get into conversation with the locals, you know that his name and that of the ‘duchy’ are dirty words. There is a feudal set up there with one of his bods installed in a fine house on St Mary’s.

    Totally feudal. See Bona Vacantia http://www.duchyofcornwall.eu/latest/

    and they bunged back a load of pdfs in answer to this FOI request.

    Droit du seigneur does not seem to be applicable AFAIK!

  77. From a quick tour of the web, I’m getting the impression that Nye did a pisspoor job in front of the PAC – he’s on very shaky ground in continuing to maintain the Duchy is simply a private estate. He’s trying to dodge the right hander – if it’s not an estate, it’s a corporation and should pay tax – but the left hook is yet to come – if it is a private estate, why the fuck isn’t it subject to English law? And how come Charlie can veto Parliament?

  78. “From a quick tour of the web, I’m getting the impression that Nye did a pisspoor job in front of the PAC – he’s on very shaky ground in continuing to maintain the Duchy is simply a private estate. He’s trying to dodge the right hander – if it’s not an estate, it’s a corporation and should pay tax – but the left hook is yet to come – if it is a private estate, why the fuck isn’t it subject to English law? And how come Charlie can veto Parliament?”

    Don’t you know?


    It’s called Nationalism.

  79. Flaming June

    16 Jul, 2013 - 9:28 am

    Saw this in the Guardian.

    David Kelly 10 years on
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    The Guardian, Monday 15 July 2013 21.00 BST

    Tomorrow it will be 10 years since the suspicious death of the biological weapons scientist, Dr David Kelly. His death is a matter of continuing public and professional concern.

    Ten years after the Hillsborough disaster, the truth was still deeply concealed. Only recently, with the publication of the independent panel report, has the extent of the cover-up become recognised.

    Ten years after Dr Kelly’s death the truth is similarly concealed. As doctors, we have multiple serious concerns about the medical, forensic and other evidence supporting the official story that Dr Kelly committed suicide. We believe that there are serious deficiencies in the investigation of Dr Kelly’s death by Thames Valley police.

    In the interests of justice, both an inquest into Dr Kelly’s death and an Independent Police Complaints Commission investigation into what we consider to be a deficient and dishonest investigation by Thames Valley Police are required.

    Dr Andrew Watt, Dr Stephen Frost, Dr David Halpin, Dr Christopher Burns-Cox

  80. Fred, old son….granted the nationalists would like Cornwall to be independent, and given they’re under a feudal regime at the moment, they’ve got a case (Fred: -No they haven’t. They’re horrible antiEgnerland racists and should be put up against a beached whale and shot) given all that too, there’s a major anomaly here which affects the UK’s constitutional integrity. If it is to remain part of England , it should be subject to English law, or formally, as in the Isle of Man, conceded its own law, on a democratic rather than feudal basis. Even you should be able to see that having what is in effect a Norman hereditary despot running part of the UK on his own behalf isn’t quite the ideal for which our forefathers bled and died?

    Angarrack, linked by FJ above, is evidently a nationalist (yeah, yeah, Fred. You said that already. Probably an alcoholic too) but this point is valid from whatever POV you adopt, except, obviously, the Duke of Cornwall’s:

    In the Bruton v Duchy case, the judge dismissed out of hand representations made by the duchy to the effect that it was a private estate, even going so far as to say that duchy officers were “confused and unclear”. Having examined the circumstances of the duchy for a mere six weeks, even he could see that this patently false stance was untenable.[xvii]

    However, In spite of the court ruling that the duchy is an emanation of the state, the duchy and HM Government are both still insisting upon it being a ‘private estate’[xviii]. We cannot leave unchallenged a situation where the existence of a powerful constitutional component of the British Isles is strenuously denied in public but vigorously asserted in private.

  81. Flaming June

    16 Jul, 2013 - 9:40 am

    It goes without saying that the ‘bean bag rounds’ being used by the LA Police that I reported about earlier have been used by the IDF in the ‘West Bank’.

    A report from 2011

    Tear Gas In Oakland Connects The 99 Percent To The West Bank’s Struggle For Freedomhttp://thinkprogress.org/special/2011/10/28/355372/tear-gas-oakland-west-bank-struggle/?mobile=nc

    The manufacturers are Defense Technology of Casper, Wyoming.
    ‘We Are Your Force Option’. HQ Jacksonville, Florida. Quite so.

  82. Flaming June

    16 Jul, 2013 - 9:42 am

    Totally agree with Komodo on Cornwall etc. Off for a swim.

  83. Dr David Kelly – Thanks Mary – a comment took my attention:

    Dark actors are still at large and committing horrendous crimes whether it is against the Iranians, Syrians, Egyptians or other nations. Apart from their fatal and devastating part in the biological weapons they very willingly provided to Saddam to use against the young Iranian soldiers and a large community of Iraqi Kurds (Halabja), they are still committing devastating crimes against the whole population of Iran by starving them on daily basis with their criminal and inhumane sanctions using the pretext and convenient lies about Iran’s non-existent nuclear weapon program.

    David Kelly R.I.P.

  84. Sorry to have to break my silence already.

    Last night a prominent Norfolk anti incinerator campaigner had some problems with the police and some heavies, not all has come out yet. He had a heart attack after being beaten up and had his phone swiped and computer confiscated.

    If its of any interest I shall keep you informed.

    Now break out the quail-and-avocado Whiskas, bitch, Komodo wants you for breakfast, once you had yours.

  85. Look forward to Criag’s return.

    I am not sure if anybody has caught any recent statements from President Karimov. They are quite delusional. I think there will be quite a power struggle when he goes. It is certainly true that greed has caught up with Gulnara and her options are narrowing faster than her pop career is crashing.

  86. Nothing in your paper Nevermind except this about a cover up.

    Revised plan drawn up for Norfolk incinerator

    What does Ms Chloe Smith have to say about it? Just imagine that Craig was the MP.

    I see that the usual gangsters-in-charge have their hands on Cory which was originally a coal and waste carrying company working on the Thames.

    In 1972 Ocean Group plc bought Cory.[33] In 1979 Cory bought Thames and General Lighterage, making Cory the largest waste carrier on the Thames.[33] In the 1980s Cory withdrew from coal and oil distribution to concentrate on waste transport and disposal.[47] In 1981 two Cory group companies were merged to form Cory Waste Management.[47] Cory Environmental Municipal Services Ltd was formed in 1989 and the two companies were merged as Cory Environmental in 1990.[47] In 1997 Cory Environmental grew by buying Local Authority Waste Disposal Companies from Essex County Council and Gloucestershire County Council. In 1999 Cory bought Parkhill Reclamation, increasing Cory’s presence in the West Midlands and North West England.[47]

    In 2000 Ocean Group plc merged with NFC plc to form Exel plc, which in 2005 sold Cory to Montagu Private Equity.[48] In March 2007 Montagu sold Cory to a consortium of investors consisting of ABN Amro Global Infrastructure Fund, Finpro SGPS and Santander Private Equity.[48]


    Cory Environmental http://www.coryenvironmental.co.uk/page/Seniormanagementteam.htm

  87. Flaming June

    16 Jul, 2013 - 1:00 pm

  88. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    16 Jul, 2013 - 1:11 pm

    “Second question. Has she walked him down the aisle yet?


    How trivial. Surely this is an item for “Hello” magazine and not this blog?

  89. Flaming June

    16 Jul, 2013 - 1:38 pm

    Perhaps it is not known by some here that Ms Smith was the successful candidate in a by election in which Craig also stood. We like to keep up with news about her such as her disastrous showing on a Newsnight programme and her previous employers Deloittes. The latter receive large amounts of remuneration from the ConDems. They are also Tory donors.

    City firm Deloitte picks up Government contracts worth nearly £7m after bankrolling the Tories


    and that was two years ago. Probably a lot more is now going into their coffers with the NHS privatisation etc.

  90. That’s unionism for you (Fred)

    ok, it’s not funny, but couldn’t resist.

  91. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    16 Jul, 2013 - 2:39 pm

    @ Flaming June re. Chloe Smith :

    “We like to keep up with news about her such as her disastrous showing on a Newsnight programme and her previous employers Deloittes.”

    Perhaps so, but your squib about her getting married is just tittle-tattle, isn’t it, and of no conceivable relevance to her as a politician.

    It’s the sort of “comment” which – multiplied by the dozen – cheapens this blog and is likely to have the normal reader scratching his or her head.

  92. “Fred, old son….granted the nationalists would like Cornwall to be independent, and given they’re under a feudal regime at the moment, they’ve got a case ”

    It pleases the Cornish nationalists to pretend that the County of Cornwall and the Duchy are one and the same and that this should grant Cornwall some special status but in the meantime places them under the well polished jackboot of the Heir to the Throne.

    The truth is that the Duchy actually owns very little of Cornwall and most of it’s properties are outside the county.


  93. The case of Michael Bruton -v- Information Commissioner and the Duchy of Cornwall and the Attorney General to HRH the Prince of Wales is also relevant to the Duchy’s claim to be providing a social benefit (see earlier posts).

    Bruton sought information under the Environmental Information Regulations,2004, regarding his concerns for a marine conservation area: “First, to ascertain whether
    consents or permissions had been given to the Fishery in the SAC. Second, to ascertain whether an environmental assessment had taken place before consents or permissions were given so as to ensure that there would be no detrimental environmental effects on the SAC. Mr Bruton feared that the Fishery was cultivating and harvesting predominantly non-native Pacific oysters of both the fertile diploid and triploid variety and he was concerned that it might have already introduced stocks to the SAC. Mr Bruton also believes that the oyster fishery involves dredging activities which may harm the site’s nature conservation objectives.”

    The oyster farm was operated by a tenant of Charles’s. The request (to the Duchy of Cornwall) was refused. On spurious grounds, as it turns out. Even HRH’s own personal Attorney-General, Jonathan Crow QC couldn’t make the Duchy’s case stand up.

    Crow – legal heavyweight -:

    The tribunal’s judgement:


  94. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    16 Jul, 2013 - 3:12 pm

    I should place these recent posts about the Duchy of Cornwall under the rubric of the anti-Monarchy tendency which I think it’s fair to say is one of the articles of faith for most of the people who comment on this blog.

    I would however assume that most of those commenters would agreed on the need for some Head of State or other. If this is so, I’d be interested to hear their thoughts on how the Head of State should be chosen in the UK : should it be by direct universal suffrage (case of, eg, Vth republic France, USA) or should it be by Parliament (case of IIIrd and IVth republic France,Greece, Italy, etc)?

  95. Good news Craig, I wish you a swift recovery!

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