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  • Nextus

    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.

  • Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

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

  • Mark Golding - Children of Conflict

    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.

  • Someone

    “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.”

  • Dreoilin

    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.”

  • nosering

    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.

  • Tom Kennedy

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

  • Courtenay Barnett

    @ 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.

  • Flaming June

    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.

  • Komodo

    @ 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.

  • Flaming June

    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.

  • Flaming June

    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

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

    Droit du seigneur does not seem to be applicable AFAIK!

  • Komodo

    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?

  • Fred

    “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.

  • Flaming June

    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

  • Komodo

    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.

  • Flaming June

    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 Freedom

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

  • Mark Golding - Children of Conflict

    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.

  • nevermind

    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.

  • Gary

    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.

  • Flaming June

    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

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