93 thoughts on “A Day Off Politics

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  • Mary

    Jemand You can surely ascertain that it was taken down for a reason. Have you heard how many threats of legal action Craig has withstood over the years?

  • Scouse Billy

    Craig, very much looking forward to it.

    The McCann case stinks to high heaven – if you’re a blood dog or a cadaver dog, that is.
    As for a double bluff – the PR route takes on a life and fund of its own, so there’s no shying away from the ongoing publicity.

    Tony, you’re not alone regarding the Apollo story…

  • Jemand

    The car that the McCann’s used was a hire car which, quite obviously, had an unknown history which could have included the transport of a deceased person. It is therefore of no value in the absence of further direct evidence.

  • Jemand

    “And the apartment, Jemand?”

    Rented too.

    Scouse Billy, people don’t always die conveniently in hospital or at home. And objects contaminated with minute traces of a corpse will probably register positive with a cadaver dog.

    Crime mysteries aren’t mysterious for having an easy explanation for everything. They are mysterious because of a puzzling convergence of unlikely factors that remain inexplicable.

    If you understand probability, then you understand that it is highly improbable that a complex scenario will be comprised of the most probable factors. The most probable scenario therefore is likely to contain one or more improbable factors and maybe an exceedingly improbable one that renders a correct explanation implausible.

    Have you ever heard of “a series of unfortunate events”? Most of us have had some really bad days where everything goes wrong. Some people have had really bad days where everything goes wrong plus someone either dies or disappears. How prepared are you to accept a suspect’s story that describes a series of unlikely events?

  • Scouse Billy

    You haven’t researched this thoroughly, have you?

    And having spent spent half my working life as a professional statistician, I have more than a grasp of understanding probability.

    As a psychologist, by academic background, I don’t “buy” the McCann’s behaviour either.

    There are many aspects to this case that defy coincidence theory and I await Craig’s post with interest in case he has information that I have not yet seen.

  • Jemand

    Well, Mr Billy, that is the reason why some innocent people need to lie in order to save their hides – because people like you sitting on the jury are not prepared to accept the truth if it sounds anything like a series of unlikely events. But lying carries a risk that, if the lie is exposed, the truth is even less credible. Now that’s justice for you.

  • Abe Rene

    @Craig: I am surprised at the surprise. I have posted on the McCanns before.
    Indeed, Ex-Excellency. Any sycophant worth his salt should be shocked, shocked that anyone would question the pronouncements of an ex-Ambassador.

    As for me, I’ll let the South African judge decide whether Pistorius is guilty. Knox was certainly found guilty, but the American tradition of double jeopardy may prevent her extradition. As for the McCanns – I don’t know. Let the police investigations take their course.

  • Jemand

    Mark Golding, give us a couple of dozen for that pic of Kate McCann. Because to me, it looks like a pic of an ordinary person walking.

  • Scouse Billy

    Interesting – “The McCann case stinks to high heaven…”, is what I said.

    A little girl went missing – unsupervised by the parents according to same.

    They are not exactly “innocent” by any standards – the only question is for what and to what extent are they guilty.

    A thorough investigation by the Portuguese authorities was not carried out/permitted.

    I reiterate, I look forward to Craig’s post.

    If you’ll pardon my French, what the fuck’s your beef?

  • Scouse Billy

    Jeez, Sherlock, do you think it’s probable or just coincidence?

    No, feel free not to bother answering – I’m bored with you and looking forward to Craig’s, no doubt more enlightened offering.

  • Clark

    Jemand and Scouse Billy – brilliant! Perhaps they’ll annihilate in a puff of opposing contradictory illogic.

  • Jemand

    Well isn’t this interesting.

    Mr Billy, let me reintroduce you to an old nemesis or yours, Clark. He might be able to teach you something about the long standing and civilised principle of “presumption of innocence” versus the common practice of vulgar gossip. But don’t count on it. Your mutual intolerance of each other and history of irrational and hostile exchanges speaks volumes for the prospects of intelligent debate here – which is, of course, almost always none.

  • Jives

    Clarence Mitchell spooked up to the max.

    And why were MI5 in attendance at PR strategy meetings?

    Does every missing child get this attention?

    I think not.

    Whole case stinks to high heaven.

  • Scouse Billy

    Yes, Mark, I have seen it and read the book.
    I have also seen the transcripts of the interviews by Leicester police of David Payne and the couple that alleged the offensive interaction between Gerry McCann and Payne on a previous holiday. Leaves an unpleasant taste, so to speak.

    On another note, are you by any chance familiar with Lars Drudgaard?
    I won’t post a link because his research is not for the faint-hearted but his talk at the Open Minds Conference 2012 in Denmark is very interesting. You are one of the few I have come across that I think could handle it.

  • mark golding

    Warm regards Scouse Billy – Interestingly mind conditioning i.e. to suppress strong negative emotions by certain frequency waves from RF or other implants is a blunt reality. As is the little divulged experiments in brain transplants.

    We have moved on from ‘Cadavers for Sale’ to something much more sinister.

  • Jives

    Mark Golding ^

    Indeed.

    MK-Ultra is flourishing these days.

    Not too mention Targeted Individuals,Gang-Stalking,Zerzetzen,Psychotronics and No-Touch Torture.

    These are all,also,flourishing these days too.

    Word.

    I sense you know this Mark-and others here do too.

  • Mary

    Charlie Bean, the bean counter at the Bank of England is preparing the citizens for bank rate rises to a probable 3%. But only in ‘baby steps’. Have you ever heard anything so stupid. Anyway, prepare for the next crash as mortgages go unpaid.

    ‘It as if 2007 never happened’ as one of the comments says below.

    Outgoing BoE policy maker Charlie Bean warns of ‘potholes’ ahead
    By Sam Fleming

    Financial markets bear worrying similarities to conditions that prevailed before the crash of 2007-09, a senior Bank of England policy maker has warned.

    Charlie Bean, a deputy governor at the BoE, used his final speech in the post to raise concerns about the low levels of volatility in markets and the renewed search for yield among investors.

    “Taken in isolation, this is eerily reminiscent of what happened in the run-up to the crisis,” he said.

    Mr Bean said the fleeting effects of the Federal Reserve-induced “taper tantrum” that briefly roiled markets last year could add to the sense of “complacency and an underestimation of market risk by investors”.

    He warned that there may be “potholes” ahead as central banks prepare to exit from ultra-easy monetary policy.

    In a speech at the London School of Economics, Mr Bean said: “It is inevitable that at some stage market perceptions of uncertainty will revert to more normal levels.

    “That is likely to be associated with falls in risky asset prices and could be prompted by developments in the Ukraine, the faultlines in the Chinese financial sector, monetary policy exit in the advanced economies, or something else. But it will surely come at some point.”

    Mr Bean argued that there had been positive developments in recent years that should help financial sector resiliency.

    These included the higher levels of capital in banks, lower leverage, and stronger visibility of counterparty exposures, which should mean that the risk of major financial problems in advanced economies was much lower.

    Mr Bean is due to retire from the BoE after almost fourteen years on 30 June. He leaves as central bankers continue to debate the correct role of monetary policy in heading off future financial crises.

    Mr Bean said he accepted that monetary policy ought to take greater account of stability concerns, but that it would be a “brave” central banker who deliberately plunged the economy into recession in order to prevent a future financial crash.

    He said so-called macroprudential tools – such as varying capital requirements or levers such as loan-to-income or loan-to-value caps – would be better suited to restraining the build-up of “dangerous financial imbalances”.’

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/ded28ae0-e04a-11e3-b341-00144feabdc0.html

    ~~

    If he wants to see potholes he can come to Surrey!

    That’s the first I have heard of a ‘macroprudential tool’!

  • Scouse Billy

    Thank you, Mark, and please accept mine too.

    Did you know any transplant, even blood transfusion, “implants” aspects of the donor’s psyche?

    It is something surgeons generally do not talk about but nonetheless is true.

    Does the body rule the mind or the mind rule the body? I don’t know…

    I once worked for a mind control organisation (a la Alan Watt, you could say). Of course, they did not purport to be anything of the sort. Before they let me go, I was warned by the head that I was “dangerously intelligent” – flattering and sinister. I recount this not from an egotistical motive but to emphasise that they don’t want “wise guys”, rather the proverbial useful idiots that can’t see through them, i.e. self-fulfilling compartmentalisation.

  • Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    Scouse Billy

    “Before they let me go, I was warned by the head that I was “dangerously intelligent”

    ___________________

    Yes indeed, it shines through every comment you make. There’s no mistaking it.

    One day you might consider applying that dangerous intelligence to replying to questions put to you.

  • Scouse Billy

    I was talking to, Mark – not you, troll-lite.

    I am not the point – it is the phrase dangerously intelligent.
    An odd combination and from a former senior US military man btw.

    Meanwhile, got anything intelligent to add yourself?
    No, thought not.

  • Enoch

    You’re a self-righteous hypocritical shit, Craig.
    If you post anything further that libels Mr and Mrs McCann you’ll be keelhauled though the courts, quite rightly.
    Recently someone was jailed for doing just that.
    Your turn soon.

    Wanker.

  • Jemand

    Some of us have posted tirelessly on the fact that Julian Assange has not been charged with any crime and is therefore entitled by legal tradition to the presumption of innocence. Craig has made many comments, i believe, in support of that position. So it is fitting to remind folks commenting on this thread that neither of the McCann’s has been charged with any offence, let alone murder or interference with a corpse, and are thus equally entitled to the same principle that Craig would enthusiastically endorse for the benefit of Assange.

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