Blair and Kanye West are Prostitutes

by craig on September 2, 2013 2:00 pm in Uncategorized

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The Tony Blair House Journal (editor Alan Rusbridger) reports on Kanye West’s disgusting private performance for the Kazakh dictator and his family, and takes a sideswipe at David Cameron for visiting that country.

But peculiarly they fail to mention that Tony Blair receives US $4 million a year as a consultant to the worker murdering Kazakh dictator, and that Alistair Campbell and Jonathon Powell as well as Blair visit to give this support – which has included a behind the scenes campaign to help Nazarbaev win the Nobel Peace Prize, fortunately with no result to date.

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  1. Actually the heading is pretty unfair to prostitutes…

  2. The article reports that Sting refused to appear at the Astana Day festival in 2011 because of human rights’ violations in Kazakhstan. Not the Sting then that performed for Gulnara.

    http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/lostinshowbiz/2010/feb/22/sting-uzbekistan

    There’s hope then for Kanye West becoming politically aware, though money is probably the main driving force behind decisions he makes. Blair and Cameron are beyond help.

  3. There are many Guardian articles strongly critical of Blair for his relations with Nazarbayev. I recall that Nick Cohen’s was particularly forceful.

  4. I was always of the opinion prostitutes provided a useful service

  5. £4m? The Wail thinks it’s £8m…

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2238071/Kazakhstan-dictator-axes-paper-critical-Blairs-8million-job-adviser.html

    Mandelson of Sewer is in there as well.

    But, hey,
    Model Lara Bingle gets wild on the beach for new swimwear photoshoot (pic of obscure Australian woman displaying mammary glands), so it probably doesn’t matter.

  6. A bit harsh on Rusbridger methinks. He’s a puppet of his masters. At least he has Glenn Greenwald writing one of the biggest exposés this year (century) with the NSA revelations released by Edward Snowden.

  7. Tony Blair can only be catergorised as a limpet enately positioned on a say Sperm Whale that is the current global system.

    I think we ain’t killing this system we have really got send echos through to all parties and get this Whale we have got off the beach and swimming in clear water.

    Who knows we may mate and continue swimming in these great waters!

  8. If I were in the Nazarbaev league, I’d cheerfully cancel the new palace conservatory and pay £3m not to have Kanye West on the same continent. Or any other rapper. Nazarbaev is being ripped off by a posturing talentless tool….fine by me.

  9. Always amusing to see a Murrayista condemning the “Wail” whilst linking to it.

  10. John, yes I noticed that part about Sting. At the time, he rather angrily rejected the notion that he was providing cover for the Karimov regime, but he may well have quietly changed his mind on such things. If so, good for him – it is better to allow people to make dreadful mistakes than to condemn them permanently, imo.

  11. Anon, stop being a pain in the arse. I’ve often linked to the Wail. Shit paper, neanderthal editor, but some very good journalism on occasion. And capable sometimes of acknowledging that all was not for the best in this best of all conservative worlds. I don’t expect you to understand this from your standpoint – namely: “me and my mate* Rubbaduk founts of all wisdom, Murrayistas lefty conspiracy theorists. ”

    If you don’t like Murrayistas (and even I will admit the devotion gets a bit slavish at times) WTF are you doing on Murray’s blog at all?

    *the blue glasses cult?

  12. Komodo “some very good journalism on occasion”. I agree. No paper has so religiously campaigned for an inquest into the death of Dr David Kelly and Miles Goslett’s investigative journalism on that topic has been superb.

  13. Sofia Kibo Noh

    2 Sep, 2013 - 3:32 pm

    The statesman Blair wants us to believe, international action is required to prevent the country from becoming a “breeding ground for extremism….
    What’s to be done to help the Syrian people?
    …we have collectively to understand the consequences of wringing our hands instead of putting them to work… ”
    …contemplate the future consequence of inaction and shudder: Syria mired in carnage between the brutality of Assad and various affiliates of al Qaida*, a breeding ground of extremism infinitely more dangerous than…
    … a nightmare scenario” for the West …
    …I know as one of the architects of policy after 9/11 the controversy, anguish and cost of the decisions taken….
    …the forces that made those interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan so difficult are of course the very forces at the heart of the storm today…
    …they have to be defeated. We should defeat them, however long it takes because otherwise they will not disappear…
    …they will grow stronger until, at a later time, there will be another crossroads and this time there will be no choice…

    Well thanks Tony, Let me get it straight. There’s a job of work to be done in Syria and the only possible tools are bombs and weapons supplies to those he freely admits are affiliates of al Qaida .
    The fact that he’s the one who lied us to war in Iraq doesn’t seem to register with him or the Telegraph. It’s as though we’ve obediently “moved on” and are looking to him to explain to us why we should loyally swallow another killer fishy tale”.
    When he finally is called to answer for his actions, and there’s probably plenty of time since he looks a like healthy enough 60 year old, I do hope he isn’t imprisoned. I think it would be far more appropriate for him to have to do Community service in one of the Iraqi towns that his actions blighted.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/10267283/Tony-Blair-military-intervention-in-Syria-vital-to-prevent-breeding-ground-for-extremism.html

    *Not to be bombed I suppose even if it transpires, as seems ever more likely, that it was their gas all along.

  14. Sofia Kibo Noh

    2 Sep, 2013 - 3:34 pm

    Oops!

    Here are some “”””””””

    Add where appropriate.

  15. Was it you Komodo who originally posted this link from the Mail (which was since taken down)? A good piece of journalism. The email exchange from Britam Defence cannot be denied, so the chemical attack on Syria was planned by the US with our complicity all along.

    http://web.archive.org/web/20130129213824/http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2270219/U-S-planned-launch-chemical-weapon-attack-Syria-blame-Assad.html

    These government leaders of the west are just as bad as Karimov and Nazarbayev. I have to live in this country which brings shame on my good name.

  16. Prostitutes sell the only asset they have; their body. bLair and co sell their; conscience, principles, humanity for money they do not need. As seen in the photo bLiar is akin to a grinning gremlin who knows he has messed up yet another chance of a better quality of life for a different group of people, albeit foreign, nonetheless people.

    This gremlin is only happy when he is causing misery, death, and destruction, whilst tea leafing all that is left unattended, and is not screwed down.

  17. Krishnamurky

    2 Sep, 2013 - 3:39 pm

    As this is a “truth” blog, may I raise an issue that baffles me. So how come the Scottish have an overall propensity for truth,etc but the scotch-irish “orangemen” (blair,paisley,mccain,mccormick,etc) have turned out different? Or is it just a specific clan of scot banshees that migrated into Ireland? Or that perception simply has no truth in it?

  18. John – don’t remember if I posted that, but the story appears to have been untrue (It originated at Infowars). The Mail retracted it:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/article-2311199/Britam-Defence-David-Goulding-Philip-Doughty.html

    However, I have to say it would fit my understanding of the circumstances (see mine, Troodos Conundrum, 9.31 am) exactly as well as a regime rocket would.

  19. Just to highlight this: we have collectively to understand the consequences of wringing our hands instead of putting them to work… ”

    Who’s this “we”, then? Unless he’s decided to dispense with them, Blair has a taxpayer-funded security team to ensure that he never gets within a distant whistle of a bullet. And it’s his mouth he works with, not his hands.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/labour/7870784/Tony-Blairs-security-team-cost-the-taxpayer-250000-a-year.html

  20. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    2 Sep, 2013 - 4:11 pm

    @ Komodo (talking to Anon)

    “If you don’t like Murrayistas (and even I will admit the devotion gets a bit slavish at times) WTF are you doing on Murray’s blog at all?”
    _____________________

    Well, it could be that Anon finds (at least some of) Craig’s posts interesting but is distressed by some of the nutters, obsessives and West-haters Craig unfortunately seems to attract and so wishes to show the wider readership that there are a few sane posters here as well. He may also – as I am – be attempting to educate some of the said nutters, obsessives and West-haters; a difficult, perhaps even hopeless task but one for the undertaking of which Anon deserves our gratitude.

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

    La vita è bella, life is good! (no bombs yet, no WW3…)

  21. Now let’s be honest. Isn’t envy an important motive behind this hurling of vitriol against people lefties love to hate?

    Some people are born lucky, and by whatever combination of background, talent and work, become wealthy.

    The rest of us – let us be thankful that we don’t live in countries from which people might wish to migrate here, by legal means or otherwise!

  22. La vita è bella, life is good! (no bombs yet, no WW3…)

    I suspect you didn’t notice Obama upgrade the Syrian problem from a humanitarian response to a National Security issue.

  23. “He may also – as I am – be attempting to educate some of the said nutters, obsessives and West-haters; a difficult, perhaps even hopeless task but one for the undertaking of which Anon deserves our gratitude.”

    The only obsessive I’ve seen round here is yourself, Rubbaduck. And all you’re doing is enjoying some kind of mental masturbation. A few facts, or even opinions backed by credible sources, would perhaps change my view of you. Which would be a necessary prerequisite of any actual “education”, it seems to me.

    F’r instance, what, in your superior opinion, would be the best/any solution to the Israeli – Palestinian dispute? Now it could be argued that I am obsessive on this point, and no doubt will be. But is it any less obsessive to evade the question for what must be the 12th – or more- time of asking?

    And when did you last beat your wife?

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

    2 Sep, 2013 - 5:16 pm

    “I suspect you didn’t notice Obama upgrade the Syrian problem from a humanitarian response to a National Security issue.”

    For public consumption, AA. It’s been in the drawer all the time. But they will insist the two are the same. It would be a tragedy if they missed an opportunity to exploit International Law.

  25. Komodo I see the Mail’s apology but it may have been leaned upon by the Zionists the way they leaned upon Hague when he said the Israeli response of killing 1000 civilians and soldiers in retaliation for the death of 6 Israeli soldiers was ‘disproportionate’. The email has a ring of authenticity about it. The apology comes on 18 August for an alleged email of December 25th just before the chemical attack. That was peculiar timing, just 3 days before the attack took place. There’s more to this than meets the eye.

    My guess would be that the Yanks would not have used Britam after Infowars revealed the email, assuming it is genuine. So another defence contractor probably got the dosh. 25th of December seems an odd day to be sending such an email but perhaps the Yanks promised the dosh as a Christmas present. It fits in with the kind of sick world we live in.

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

    2 Sep, 2013 - 5:28 pm

    “Indeed, unprecedented weapons distribution started in all opposition camps in Hatay Province on Aug. 21-23. In the Reyhanli area alone, opposition forces received well in excess of 400 tons of weapons, mainly anti-aircraft weaponry from shoulder-fired missiles to ammunition for light-guns and machine guns. The weapons were distributed from storehouses controlled by Qatari and Turkish Intelligence under the tight supervision of U.S. Intelligence.”

    http://www.worldtribune.com/2013/08/28/mounting-evidence-raises-questions-about-syrian-chemical-weapon-attack/

  27. “The only obsessive I’ve seen round here is yourself, Rubbaduck”

    You are joking, right? What with yourself, the self-righteous obsessive poster Mary and various others clogging up the threads with your anti-Western drivel backed up by mountains of copy-and-paste that no one ever reads “credible sources” the only thing Habbabkuk and I obsess about is that the good name of our host is not dragged down by the hardcore of sad obsessives whom he has the misfortune of following him.

    And you have the gall to call for a measured opinion about the best way to achieve a lasting peace in Palestine! Whatever next, Komodo? A discussion about how best to end the conflict in Syria? You’re on the wrong blog, mate. The comments on this blog say, “Israel and its Western puppets are responsible for all evil, to claim anything less makes you a Zionist shill/Hasbara wanker/troll/paid agent of Israel”.

    As for your earlier reply, can we agree that the Daily Mail does “very good journalism” only when a particular article can be used to support your warped anti-Western outlook?

  28. “I see the Mail’s apology but it may have been leaned upon by the Zionists”

    More likely they got it wrong, John.

    “25th of December seems an odd day to be sending such an email but perhaps the Yanks promised the dosh as a Christmas present. It fits in with the kind of sick world we live in.”

    More an indicator of the odd world you live in, John.

  29. The shower of shills instead of criticising decent people who see the picture as it is should settle down and watch this documentary by the late Jewish filmaker Aaron Russo, who could see things as they were.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNNeVu8wUak

    Please do not comment on this comment until you have watched all of the documentary, by which time, God-willing, you will be educated.

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

    2 Sep, 2013 - 6:01 pm

    More educational TeeVee for the neophytes and adepts (save it for later-quite long, but worth it)

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

  31. Educated on what, John? What bearing does the late Jewish filmmaker Aaron Russo’s documentary have on your wild theories of 5:24pm?

  32. Mary - for Truth and Justice

    2 Sep, 2013 - 6:18 pm

    The content of the first sentence is easily applicable to Kazakhstan’s dictator.

    The Disease of Detention
    Julian Assange’s Thousand Days

    by Binoy Kampmark / September 2nd, 2013

    Police states quaffing the blood of victims have an excuse: they wish to oppress in order to justify the status quo, keeping the fires burning, their subjects scared. They deceive because they know that truth is another country. States that possess some constitutional worth, those that front a democratic chamber, elected by an enfranchised electorate prefer more subtle techniques, resorting to indefinite detention, without charge.

    The breakdown of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s confinement for 1000 days reads as a resume on how authorities can dilute legal obligations with corrosive effect. 10 days were spent in solitary confinement in Wandsworth prison; 550 days were spent under house arrest; and 440 days have been spent at the Ecuadorean embassy in London being denied or guaranteed safe passage by the United Kingdom.

    /..
    http://dissidentvoice.org/2013/09/the-disease-of-detention/

    PS Why didn’t Craig include another frequent visitor to Kazakhstan, Prince Andrew?

    ‘Mr Kulibayev and Prince Andrew are thought to be good friends. They are said to hunt and play golf together on the prince’s occasional visits to Kazakhstan and even share a taste in women.’
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/theroyalfamily/7782958/Prince-Andrew-and-the-Kazakhstan-connection.html

    Kulibayev is the son in law of Nazarbayev.

  33. Mary - for Truth and Justice

    2 Sep, 2013 - 6:20 pm

    @ 5.44pm ROTFLMAO as they say. :)

  34. Sent to the Blair foundation – c/o the lip server, two faced con artist wolf in sheep’s clothing.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07Ci7nNc4B0

    The power of intention guarantees your demise Mr Blair, before the rooster crows…

  35. “You are joking, right? What with yourself, the self-righteous obsessive poster Mary and various others clogging up the threads with your anti-Western drivel backed up by mountains of copy-and-paste that no one ever reads “credible sources” the only thing Habbabkuk and I obsess about is that the good name of our host is not dragged down by the hardcore of sad obsessives whom he has the misfortune of following him.

    Oh, you are obsessing are you, concerned with Craig’s good name, what a shame that your input here is marked by denigration.

    Why can you not contribute some more? to re establish the balance so to speak. But. if you are too busy with beating yourself up, maybe a change of hands will give you the impetus to do something.

  36. “ROTFLMAO as they say.”

    Or rather, “ROTFLMAO” as you say, Mary.

    What makes me “ROTFLMAO” is how you keep coming back having told everyone you’ve left for good!

  37. I used to think that Tory poster of Blair with the red devil eyes was unfair.

  38. Daniel Rich

    2 Sep, 2013 - 7:26 pm

    @ Craig,

    Q: Actually the heading is pretty unfair to prostitutes…

    R: It sure is. I don’t think there’s any scientific evidence as to what would happen if there weren’t any venues for men to unleash their groins’ thrust into the vaginal regions of any such women, but these men [Tony et al] are lost ‘hookers.’ The kind that love to sink their hooks, their dull meat cleavers, into the derailment of true justice. Tony’s the antichrist, the lawyer of Beelzebub in a never ending rerun of ‘Do I have “#$%& News 4 U!’

  39. doug scorgie

    2 Sep, 2013 - 7:32 pm

    John Goss
    2 Sep, 2013 – 3:35 pm

    “The email exchange from Britam Defence cannot be denied, so the chemical attack on Syria was planned by the US with our complicity all along.”

    http://web.archive.org/web/20130129213824/http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2270219/U-S-planned-launch-chemical-weapon-attack-Syria-blame-Assad.html

    John, every time I try that link the article comes up but then disappears before I can read it or copy. It says “Page invalid”

  40. The outing of Blair (from an economic perspective)

    From the ‘closing bell’ CNBC Blair prattles:

    “.. so my view, very strongly here is, playing the blame game continually, on, you know – the banks or – well, in the end we need banks to lend…

    I present for your indulgence, Prof. Jeffrey Sommers on austerity, security at work, declining social cohesion, kindness and respect for the will of the people.

    These words describe the frustration and more importantly the anger of the common people, a resentment and irritation that will soon detonate, transform and flower into a better way forward:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89cDj3CIEB0

    Paramount for the open-minded – essential for the aware.

  41. Do take your pills, Anon, of chop some wood and get that Angst out of you.

  42. Doug at 7.32. It still works for me. Could it have anything to do with where you are based?

    https://web.archive.org/web/20130129213824/http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/01/29/article-2270219-173CAE5E000005DC-457_634x269_popup.jpg

    I’ve tried above just copying the picture link to the email which says:

    “‘Phil… We’ve got a new offer. It’s about Syria again. Qataris propose an attractive deal and swear that the idea is approved by Washington.
    ‘We’ll have to deliver a CW to Homs, a Soviet origin g-shell from Libya similar to those that Assad should have.
    ‘They want us to deploy our Ukrainian personnel that should speak Russian and make a video record.
    ‘Frankly, I don’t think it’s a good idea but the sums proposed are enormous. Your opinion?
    ‘Kind regards, David.'”

  43. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    2 Sep, 2013 - 8:13 pm

    Komodo thunders (16h31) as follows:

    “A few facts, or even opinions backed by credible sources, would perhaps change my view of you. Which would be a necessary prerequisite of any actual “education”, it seems to me.

    F’r instance, what, in your superior opinion, would be the best/any solution to the Israeli – Palestinian dispute?”
    ______________________

    I attach, dear Komodo, as little importance to your view of me as my great-great-grandfather would have attached to the views of his valet on the Schleswig-Holstein question.

    For the rest, I believe that Anon has already given your comment the answer it deserves.

    And now go away and find another conspiracy (by the West, of course)

    ______________________

    La vita è bella, life is good!

  44. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    2 Sep, 2013 - 8:29 pm

    @ AlcAnon

    “I suspect you didn’t notice Obama upgrade the Syrian problem from a humanitarian response to a National Security issue.”
    ___________________

    You are correct, but that’s unimportant in the greater scheme of things.

    You must get it into your head that President Obama (if I may use that term, rather than the more popular Obomber) is not going to do anything and – in my opinion – never intended to do anything. This is just talk from a second-term President who doesn’t need to appease anyone. And, for what it’s worth, I believe that David Cameron and George Osborne are very happy that the HoC vote went against him.

    Having said that, I should be happy if anyone were to offer a convincing explanation (I repeat, convincing) of why a failed UK party leader, the failed leader of the Liberals and a not particularly distinguished former Foreign Secretary are barking so loudly. Not that their voice counts for very much of course.

  45. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    2 Sep, 2013 - 8:36 pm

    @ John Goss

    On a pyrotechnical point of information : could the “showers of shills” be the reason why your thunderbolts so often turn out to be damp squibs?

    Just wonderin’, as Ben might say.

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

    Ma vita è bella, life is good!

  46. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    2 Sep, 2013 - 8:58 pm

    Has bLiar had botox?

  47. “I attach, dear Komodo, as little importance to your view of me as my great-great-grandfather would have attached to the views of his valet on the Schleswig-Holstein question.”

    Enjoy the remains of the day, habby.

  48. Habba,

    http://www.timesofisrael.com/peres-backs-obamas-syria-policy-says-hes-sure-the-us-will-strike

    Peres backs Obama’s Syria policy, says he’s sure the US will strike

    President Shimon Peres told Army Radio that he was “certain that the United States will respond on Syria” for crossing Obama’s self-styled red line and killing what US Secretary of State John Kerry has said were more than 1,400 Syrians with the carefully planned use of sarin gas in attacks on eastern Damascus on August 21.

    Peres defended Obama from criticisms that his eleventh-hour change of heart — opting Saturday to seek approval from Congress for an attack, when he had been planning an immediate strike until the previous day — showed hesitancy or confusion. “Weighing how to proceed is not the same as stuttering,” Peres said in an hour-long Rosh Hashana interview with the radio station. “Better to analyse before the event rather than after it.”

    …In an implied critique of Obama, former foreign minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu), now the chairman of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, later Sunday lamented what he called the world’s “unprecedented” inactivity in the face of Assad’s brutality. “One hundred thousand people have been slaughtered in a country called Syria, and the world just keeps talking.” Liberman said numerous players were trying to draw Israel into the Syria conflict and that Israel was well-prepared. “We have all the answers. We know where Damascus, Brussels and Moscow are, and where Beirut’s Dahieh neighborhood (a Hezbollah stronghold) is, too.”

  49. James Mason

    2 Sep, 2013 - 9:10 pm

    The ‘indefinite dentition’ referred to above is a situation of the indivudal’s choice. And the status of ‘without charge’ is because the individual is evading the charge. Denial of safe passage is not a valid assertion in totality. Safe passage cannot be awarded to someone when law requires an arrest. Though I would argue that arrest is not per se a denial of safety when there is no presumption of guilt, only a requirement to answer the charge.

  50. Craig it’s soo good to see the best blog on the web back!

    John Goss – thanks for really intersting posts.

  51. Daniel Rich

    2 Sep, 2013 - 9:33 pm

    @ AlcAnon,

    Q: “We have all the answers. We know where Damascus, Brussels and Moscow are, and where Beirut’s Dahieh neighborhood (a Hezbollah stronghold) is, too.”

    R: The Apartheid’s states most moral army on the planet, also knew where Hezbollah’s TV signals came from [5767 מבצע עופרת יצוקה ], nevertheless, they failed to shut it down.

    Words are just words, on a stage where anybody can be somebody, but in the end, it will be a man’s deeds by which he will be judged [PC version includes women, children, teenagers and transgenders as well].

  52. Mary - for Truth and Justice

    2 Sep, 2013 - 9:34 pm

    Excellent news. People are getting it. Soon the invitations for him to speak will dry up.

    Tony Blair greeted with protests in Thailand over accusations he was due to be paid £400,000 to talk

    •Former prime minister gave speech at peace forum in Bangkok today

    •Protestors retaliated amid claims Thai government offered 2million baht

    •Thai people fear amnesty bill is a ruse to reinstate exiled former premier

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2408869/Tony-Blair-causes-Thailand-protests-accusations-paid-400-000-talk.html

  53. i have met mr blair and i am sure he gets very sad by all this gutter sniping.
    why an honest broker is treated like this causes us great offence.
    he lives here he brings in much needed wealth.
    brings a kings ransom into a spent and tired country.his taxes are being used to protect are safety from the terrorists,hospitals and also the unemployed.
    alas this economic failure is camoron and cleggs mess,this ill feeling for a true great british success is rather disturbing.

  54. Mary - for Truth and Justice

    2 Sep, 2013 - 9:46 pm

    Due to changes in tax legislation in 2002 instituted by B.Liar’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, namely Gordon Brown, no tax will be paid by Vodafone on the £84 billion sale of their Verizon Wireless shareholding. How scandalous is that?

    ‘Vodafone says its US stake is owned by a holding company based in the Netherlands, and so will not be liable for tax in Britain. It will pay £3.2bn in tax in the United States.

    Even if the US shareholding were held in the UK, the firm would not be liable to tax on its gains under rules on shares sell-offs introduced by the then Chancellor Gordon Brown in 2002.’

    Vodafone’s £84bn tax avoidance bonanza: Nothing for taxpayers in Verizon deal but bankers share £500m in fees
    Treasury under pressure to review rules as public spending watchdogs claim UK-based phone company has a moral duty to hand over some of its gains to taxpayers

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/vodafones-84bn-tax-avoidance-bonanza-nothing-for-taxpayers-in-verizon-deal-but-bankers-share-500m-in-fees-8794169.html

    The usual suspects. http://www.vodafone.com/content/index/about/about_us/board.html

  55. Mary - for Truth and Justice

    2 Sep, 2013 - 9:52 pm

    The whine is now… ‘What makes me “ROTFLMAO” is how you keep coming back having told everyone you’ve left for good!’

    It’s none of your business Anon. Perhaps you could actually impart some useful information or comment here.

  56. Anon “Educated on what, John? What bearing does the late Jewish filmmaker Aaron Russo’s documentary have on your wild theories of 5:24pm?” You commented without watching the documentary. When you have a chip under your skin, instead of on your shoulders, because you wanted to be a slave instead of a free person, you might suddenly realise that the wild theories might have saved you, and who was responsible for your enslavement.

    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=6aa_1357718703#ddxhWiyxRh84y22b.01

  57. Tony is just DESPERATE to have enough money to buy a yacht to call his own one day.

    Did you you know that the evil psychotic murderer Bashar al-Assad has 42,427 likes on Facebook, whilst Tony Blair is not far behind on 41,505.

  58. “i have met mr blair and i am sure he gets very sad by all this gutter sniping.”

    Not as sad as a load of orphans in Iraq.

  59. “i have met mr blair and i am sure he gets very sad by all this gutter sniping.”

    That fuckwit gets sad? The little fucking prick should be the bell of the ball in some fucking jail, for his crimes against peace, crimes against humanity, and crimes against decency, honesty and truth.

    If he does not fucking steal our money he brings fuck all back, and whatever he does bring back he can shove up his arse, first let him pay for the fucking Iraq war bill and the banking fuckup, that happened due to his fantastic leadership!

  60. “Debunking the “U.S. Government Assessment of the Syrian Government’s Use of Chemical Weapons on August 21, 2013″”

    http://landdestroyer.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/debunking-us-government-assessment-of.html

  61. I suspect “m.mccabee” is in fact an old poster “Tony Roma”, who appears to have switched to a new handle. Here’s a posting history. Best ignored, imo.

  62. O/T

    Here’s hoping Obama gets a little surprise during his visit to Stockholm on Wednesday…

    Today Wikileaks announced that it is filing a lawsuit in Sweden demanding an investigation into illegal FBI/intelligence activities against Wikileaks, and will be filing a further three similar lawsuits in other jurisdictions. There’s an 186-page affidavit by Julian Assange, of which so far they’ve made public the first 50-odd pages (without the appendices):

    http://wikileaks.org/Press-Release-WikiLeaks-Launches.html

    Affidavit:
    Pdf: http://wikileaks.org/IMG/pdf/Swedish_Unlawful_Seizure_Complaint2013.pdf

    Online: http://wikileaks.org/IMG/html/Affidavit_of_Julian_Assange.html

    Only managed a brief skim through as yet, but at the end the affidavit requests Swedish police to use the opportunity of Obama’s visit to question him and/or US Govt officials in his delegation about the illegal intelligence operations. Hah! Now that’s what I call chutzpah.

    There’s also explosive stuff about the Swedish investigation in it. I’ll put the most obvious bit (well, obvious to me after a brief look, anyway) in a separate post on 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-8/#comment-427251

  63. Sofia Kibo Noh

    2 Sep, 2013 - 10:59 pm

    @Phil. 30 Aug, 2013 – 2:13 pm

    Thanks for the medialens link. “Massacres That Matter Part 2”

    “We ought to find it astonishing that the corporate media can flip direction with such discipline – instantly, like a flock of starlings – between such clearly self-contradictory positions.

    In truth, it takes a minimal capacity for rational thought to see that the corporate ‘free press’ is a structurally irrational and biased, and extremely violent, system of elite propaganda.”

    There follows a detailed deconstruction of UK newspapers news-speak relating to Egypt, Lybia and Syria.

    Some samples here (cut and pasted for the delight of the occupation). It’s easy enough to work out which countries are being referred to:

    …’ousting’ and ‘removal’ of the elected government.

    … described the mass murder in Egypt on August 14 as a ‘tragedy’.

    …killing in Syria is routinely described as a ‘massacre’, but in Egypt often as the less pejorative ‘crackdown’.

    …incontrovertible evidence…

    …stands exposed as an outlaw regime…

    …the legitimacy of Egypt’s interim regime hangs by a thread after yesterday’s killings.

    …Gaddafi’s ‘outlaw regime’ had to be forced ‘out of power’…

    …Egypt’s ‘interim regime’ somehow retained shreds of ‘legitimacy’.

    …it is too soon to give up on progress…

    …humanitarian intervention…

    …success in Libya…

    …or will the sickening fate of these innocent children make you very, very angry…

    …the Obama administration made its displeasure felt yesterday by cancelling joint military exercises. Yet Washington still refuses to call a coup a coup, preferring the influence that goes with $1.3bn annual aid to Egypt’s military.

    …the transition from autocracy to democracy was never going to be easy…

    …the west can’t let Gaddafi destroy his people…

    …It won’t be too long, at this rate, before Benghazi itself is threatened. And be equally clear what will happen when it is: there will be another bloodbath, this time a slaughter of men and women who dared to stand against a vile regime. Who’ll sit comfortably through what will doubtless be dubbed another Srebrenica?

    …a common position which brooks no more argument…

    …because it was a close argument, there should be no point-scoring now…

    …Democracy in Egypt is on the brink of collapse… (Telegraph leader after the coup, and even after the August 14 massacre)

    …if order collapses, or can be maintained only by a state of emergency, then the prospects are bleak for democracy in Egypt…

    …should the West take military action? Alas, ‘we are powerless to intervene’, but using economic levers ‘we must seek to bring pressure to bear where we can…

    …there is next to no doubt that chemical weapons were used in Ghouta in eastern Damascus,. nor is there much doubt about who committed the atrocity….”

    Well worth five minutes to read.

    Habba and Anon, I invite you to discuss the differing language used in these cases. Carry on with your accusations by all means but please give us some reasons for the views you hold.

    Habba, despite your constant , and recently increasingly desperate accusations that most contributors here are a pack of “nutters, obsessives and West-haters”, if you paid attention, you’d notice that what bothers those you attack is simply the barbarity of the actions done daily in the name of the West.

    Anon, how do you expect anyone to respond to your absurd assertion that “…the only thing Habbabkuk and I obsess about is that the good name of our host is not dragged down by the hardcore of sad obsessives…”?

    Please give your reasons for always defending the West but seldom explaining why its policies and actions are justified, humane or legal.

  64. OT.

    “Abe at Ground Zero: the consequences of inaction at Fukushima Daiichi1”

    http://japanfocus.org/-Christopher-Hobson/3991

    “Oliver Stone on Okinawa – The Untold Story”

    http://japanfocus.org/-Jon-Mitchell/3992

  65. “It’s none of your business Anon.”

    It is our business Mary when Flaming June makes a public display and issues shameful threats at the Moderator on Hot August Nights. Also on whether you are at all capable of keeping to your word. Further you earlier announced, with great drama (as if anyone cares) that you weren’t going to change your name till November. In fact i half-expected you to return as ‘Come September’ or something.

  66. If anyone here is a member of the excellent “The Oil Drum” energy website, just a little note that it is now in its last few days if you didn’t know.

    Anyone wanting to say goodbye, the last Drumbeat ever will be posted by Leanan on Wednesday.

    http://www.theoildrum.com/

  67. Sofia, do you really expect to be read? Easier for you to sell me the Evening Standard or something. Learn from Fred on how to make a point (good one on Blair and the Iraq orphans earlier).

    Good night.

  68. Sofia Kibo Noh

    2 Sep, 2013 - 11:33 pm

    @Villager. 11:17 pm

    “Sofia, do you really expect to be read?

    I’d rather you read Medialens rather than my samples. How about we engage on the issue of narrative and how it is manipulated?

    Always good to have your endorsement.

  69. Doctors, Ghouta residents, rebel fighters and their families have confirmed, in rank and file local knowledge, that Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan supplied Saudi militant and battalion leader, Abu Ayesha with tubes and gas bottles filled with dare-say sarin nerve gas with a military grade signature. (Porton Down?) The militants involved confirmed their salaries came from the Saudi government.

    Prince Badar has attempted to blackmail President Putin with threats, oil and money.

    Ingersoll referred to an article in the U.K.’s Daily Telegraph about secret Russian-Saudi talks alleging that Bandar offered Russian President Vladimir Putin cheap oil in exchange for dumping Assad.

    “Prince Bandar pledged to safeguard Russia’s naval base in Syria if the Assad regime is toppled, but he also hinted at Chechen terrorist attacks on Russia’s Winter Olympics in Sochi if there is no accord,” Ingersoll wrote.

    “I can give you a guarantee to protect the Winter Olympics next year. The Chechen groups that threaten the security of the games are controlled by us,” Bandar allegedly told the Russians.

    Nefarious no-good sheik Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is adept at ransom. SPEAK OUT MI5 we pay your wages!!!!

    Tell the British people the details of the link to Saudi intelligence and how you now conceive that very same link can work the opposite way.

    MI5 – MI5 – MI5 – MI5 – MI5 mutasis mutandis..

    http://www.mintpressnews.com/witnesses-of-gas-attack-say-saudis-supplied-rebels-with-chemical-weapons/168135/

  70. Re: Prince Bandar bin Sultan

    Both PressTV (Iran) and Debka (Israel) reported him dead last year. Very strange to see DEBKA and PressTV reporting the same story at the same time. Apparently he is alive again according to both now.

  71. Thanks AlcAnon – Dead or Alive eh? 😉 – My ‘file’ on Bandar is huge. He would try to extinction – if only he could see me.

  72. Sofia Kibo Noh

    3 Sep, 2013 - 12:01 am

    @Mary.

    It’s great to see you back to your old, informative, link gathering form.

    In fact, I should say, “in better form”. I see you’re even managing more inverted commas, in the right place than me. For one who has so publicly scorned the humble “” that’s impressive!

    No wonder the attack dogs are on your case. Funny how it’s always you, rather than the issues you raise, that gets attacked.

    You’re clearly barking up the right trees. Thanks.

    May you be blessed with a thick (but comely) skin.

    Finally, a special treat for those who don’t like reading my posts. Some pictures of an undefeated people:

    http://electronicintifada.net/content/month-pictures-july-2013/12658

  73. http://www.ablxboston.com/national/14332-the-image-john-kerry-won-t-want-you-to-see-u-s-secretary-of-state-pictured-dining-with-assad-and-his-wife-at-damascus-restaurant-before-war-broke-out-in-syria.html

    The image John Kerry WON’T want you to see

    This astonishing photograph shows U.S Secretary of State John Kerry having a cosy and intimate dinner with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.

    Don;t know what all the fuss is about. Have lunch one day. Kill ’em the next. What’s the problem?

  74. Daniel Rich

    3 Sep, 2013 - 1:31 am

    @ Sofia Kibo Noh,

    A bit off topic – the press, through the ages, has been responsible for a lot of disinformation and lies and through its wording/phrasing always tries to implement something more than they’re actually saying. For example:

    1) Shiite cleric and nationalist firebrand Mutada al-Sadr. In other words, he’s a nutter.

    2) car bomb explodes in Hezbollah stronghold. In other words, it’s a military/terrorist target and not a Lebanese suburb.

    I’ll leave it at that, because the list is [unfortunately] endless.

  75. Drudge Report Poll
    http://drudgereport.com/ (Poll in right column)

    GIVE OBAMA AUTHORITY TO CONDUCT MILITARY OPERATION IN SYRIA?
    YES 8.05% (4,318 votes)

    NO 91.95% (49,354 votes)

    Total Votes: 53,672

  76. Oooh Errr… Queen meeting Assad now top photo on Drudge Report – http://drudgereport.com/

  77. The heading maybe unfair to prostitutes.
    What about “Blair and Kanye West are soulless, venal, avaricious, mercenary, cocksmoking crack whores”

  78. http://my.telegraph.co.uk/debatableopinion/debatableopinion/16/u-s-intelligence-agencies-involved-in-chemical-attack-in-syria/

    Meanwhile, the media has spread new proofs of the U.S. intelligence involvement to chemical attack near Damascus. Hacker got access to U.S. intelligence correspondence and published U.S. Army Col. ANTHONY J. MACDONALD’s mail. Macdonald is General Staff Director, Operations and Plans Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence the Army Staff. It’s about chemical attack in Syria.

    In the message August 22 Eugene Furst congratulates Col. on successful operation and refers him to Wasington Post publication about chemical attack in Syria. From the Anthony’s wife dialog with her friend it’s clear the video with the children killed in the chemical attack near Damascus was staged by U.S. Intelligence.

    Published data indicate Washington is willing to do anything to achieve its goals in the Middle East. Support for the Syrian opposition with political means and weapons hasn’t brought the expected results.

  79. A muddle of images AlcAnon reflects the uncertainty of timing – some say this journey stops at the equinox… nice digging dude.

  80. Quite probably the latest “hacked” emails will be proven “fake”. But it’s out there.

  81. Mark,

    Autumn Equinox is my dad’s birthday. Then mine not long after that.

    Any man-made, natural or supernatural force intending to end my journey before then can go fuck itself.

    :-)

  82. BrianFujisan

    3 Sep, 2013 - 2:14 am

    Great Sluething Alcanon.

    O.T are you certain the missing asteriod is due in on 2nd october

    I get you when you say they don’t want us to know, But something is deffo on ..BIG time …( Solar Activity Aside )

    FEMA has been frantically preparing for a large-scale disaster. Yes, that’s their supposed role, but the uptick in recent activity cannot be ignored, especially in light of the string of warnings bubbling beneath the surface. There’s been a sudden surge in solar flare and EMP warnings as well as cyber threats that have the potential to take down the electric grid in America and around the world.

    Outgoing DHS secretary Janet Napolitano issued grave warnings to her successor that they should expect to deal with a massive cyber attack and/or a natural disaster of unprecedented size and scope. Many alternative researchers believe these warnings and preparations are related to the approaching comet ISON. Regardless of the trigger, there’s enough evidence to suggest that some kind of disaster is approaching.

  83. Brian,

    Surprisingly, despite the press solar activity has actually been anemic for solar max – so far anyway.

    Yes the odd CME has come our way but nothing like what was thrown at us during the last two solar maxes and which did cause real damage. So far anyway…

    I’ve followed everything on Ison. Wonder if it could be a distraction sometimes. Dunno though.

    I keep checking for any updated tracking info on that other mysterious object – nothing so far.

  84. Well AlcAnon according to the legend a current planetary shift is moving consciousness into another dimension, completing the process anytime after the last equinox cycle.

    So your birthdays will without doubt be wonderfully beautiful.

  85. 2+4=6

    :-)

  86. BrianFujisan

    3 Sep, 2013 - 3:11 am

    Cheers AlcAnon.

    I remain worried at whats going on in U.S. area 3..

    need to dig some more .

    off to bed

  87. Krishnamurky

    3 Sep, 2013 - 5:13 am

    OT-To gas 1429 and injure 3600 at night over the space of only one hour, over a wide are (they were presumably all sleeping in their homes), would require a MASSIVE barrage of chemical rockets of the kind Kerry mentioned in his “brilliant” speeches, over less than one hour. And all to be done 15km away from UN Inspectors in their Damascus Hotel. Sorry, not just physically possible, the gas chemical was ALREADY on the ground in the rebel held areas. So, “Utter nonsense” said Putin. But we had propagandist Comical Shlomo (its a semitic rivalry, this competition, who is more ludicrous, Comical Ali of Baghdad fame or Comical Shlomo of Mavi Marmara, IDF to Turkish crew “auschwitz” communication fame) Rifkind spinning otherwise, on the floor of the Commons no less, as JIC Chairman. With a very cunning get out clause (“I was misled”), a secret “telephone intercept” by a friendly intelligence agency that cannot be divulged to the public, that confirmed the YouTube evidence JIC saw (BTW-George Lucas is looking for the video editor who rushed out the YouTube clips in such record time, Putin will probably give a private showing of this evidence which the Russians have, at the G20 Summit – and watch out which leaders have the glum faces then!).

    And it has been interesting then to see Cameron dodge the MP requesting the “intercept” information instead be divulged specifically to security vetted MPs (seeing as Rifkind was unable to divulge to the general public). Really, the devils are all in it together.

  88. Mary - for Truth and Justice

    3 Sep, 2013 - 7:57 am

    What is that behind B.Liar’s head in the photo? Ectoplasm?

  89. Mary - for Truth and Justice

    3 Sep, 2013 - 8:10 am

    Thanks Sofia. I had a nasty bout of illness in the middle of August (it started on my birthday!) so I gave it a bit of rest here after some of the nonsense in the multiple comment pages on the Belfast thread. I see that it is still open and that Villager has been testing it.

    At the moment, I find it difficult to see or hear the ‘news’ ie propaganda for more war coming out from the corporate media.

    Villager Have you not heard that it is a woman’s right to change her mind? I was fed up with the ‘flaming’ handle anyway and it seemed to inflame you and others. You know the reasons for the change. Get used to it and stop your petty obsessing.

  90. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    3 Sep, 2013 - 8:37 am

    @ Mod/Jon

    I notice you think that Mccabee is Tony Roma, which prompts me to ask you whether you ever found out who misappropriated my handle a few days ago? One of the regulars?

  91. Did you watch the documentary Anon.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNNeVu8wUak

    I know you don’t mind commenting from a position of ignorance. But I urge you to educate yourself. What is one hour and three quarters if it can give you an insight in to world affairs, something you and the other shills need more than anything.

  92. And you have the gall to call for a measured opinion about the best way to achieve a lasting peace in Palestine! Whatever next, Komodo? A discussion about how best to end the conflict in Syria? You’re on the wrong blog, mate. The comments on this blog say, “Israel and its Western puppets are responsible for all evil, to claim anything less makes you a Zionist shill/Hasbara wanker/troll/paid agent of Israel”.

    Transference. Your chum/clone Rubbaduk has evaded this question for some time. It was originally asked by Doug Scorgie. His inability to provide opinions of his own, backed by anything more convincing than florid English, confirms that he has only one objective here – intentionally to disrupt discussion and to irritate posters. His reluctance to answer one single question regarding his own opinion invalidates any claim he may have to interrogate anyone else, which he tries to do all the time. Interesting to see your mutual defence, though.

    As for your earlier reply, can we agree that the Daily Mail does “very good journalism” only when a particular article can be used to support your warped anti-Western outlook?

    No. I don’t think we can agree on anything, do you? Seriously? Now run along and find a neocon website on which you can be as daringly radical with other peoples’ lives as you like.
    Tool.

  93. @John Goss

    Not having an hour and three quarters to spare I settled for reading a review.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/31/movies/31russ.html?_r=0

  94. Meanwhile, back at the topic….

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/sep/02/ministers-face-questions-chemicals-syria

    Interesting one, this. Sodium and potassium fluoride can be feedstocks for any fluorine-based chemical, including Teflon. They are on the list of compounds not for sale to Syria, not because they are CW precursors, but under the general embargo of manufacturing supplies.

  95. Sofia Kibo Noh

    3 Sep, 2013 - 9:14 am

    @AlcAnon. 1 48am

    Thanks.

    http://my.telegraph.co.uk/debatableopinion/debatableopinion/16/u-s-intelligence-agencies-involved-in-chemical-attack-in-syria/

    “…new proofs of the U.S. intelligence involvement to chemical attack near Damascus…”

    @Daniel Rich. 1 31am

    Yes, ”…the press, through the ages, has been responsible for a lot of disinformation and lies and through its wording/phrasing always tries to implement something more than they’re actually saying.

    I’ll leave it at that, because the list is [unfortunately] endless.”

    The lives, society and home place of millions of Syrians now hang on the ability of a bunch of proven liars to convince the world of yet another false narrative.

    The constant efforts of the corporate media to mold the inner landscape of the millions of people, whose support or acquiessence is required for these latest episodes of Crusading to continue, is well set out in “Newspeak”. In the book the editors of Medialens describe with great clarity the ways the MSM have shaped the perceptions of people in the UK over the last few years.

    There are funny moments when they show the reader the furious responses they have received from editors for their polite, but critical questioning.

    ”… the list is [unfortunately] endless.”

    My long post of 10 59pm yesterday certainly slipped into that territory. This was in response to the accusation of cutting and posting that oozed from Habba regarding the antics of posters here who bother him.

    Staying with the theme of lists, it would be an interesting exercise to list those key-words and phrases implanted in us all through constant repetition which evoke an instant association.

    I’ll kick off with my favourite one…..”Palestinian”

    Take your pick out of,” militant”, “gunman” and “terrorist”.

    I must go. Stuff to be out there.

    Maybe when I return the enforcers will have engaged on the issue of false narratives rather than perceived personal failings. I’m not holding my breath.

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