by craig on May 23, 2014 10:47 pm in Uncategorized

When I watch the news I flick from channel to channel.  At the moment, if you asked me which channel comes closest to an ideal of good quality and unbiased journalism, I would probably say none, but the best is France24.  It is always fascinating to compare and contrast all the different viewpoints and techniques of news management.

I normally hover very briefly on Fox.  But just now Fox were running an item on a New York bar that has banned weapons – which the Fox commentators thought outrageous.  First they opined gleefully that the bar would get shot up in consequence.  Then one of them said “Most mass shootings actually occur in weapons free zones like schools.” They all happily concurred that schools would be safer if firearms were allowed in.


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  1. Leon Friederichs

    23 May, 2014 - 10:49 pm

    Yes. It is well known that most rape happens outside brothels.

  2. Fox Media is insane.

    Terrifyingly insane.

  3. Good yin Craig

    Jives is correct of course…Terrifying what they get away with…and the consequences of LYING Bstds…. this vid is a good example.


  4. Yeah, the world needs more guns. And more people to own those guns.

  5. Last man/women standing wins. maybe

  6. the important thing in life is to find your heart of gold, and then if you are incredibly lucky you may find your soul. i do not have an instruction manual, and i can’t describe it.



    24 May, 2014 - 1:26 am

    Here’s a makeshift manual, Tony.




    So I was sat outside the pub about an hour ago, just waiting for her, as she says goodbye to everyone, and well Sharon was you know- she was with Tracey..

    The band were completely effin brilliant…

    I just wanted to walk home with my wife…and I was determined not to talk to them, but I was getting bored waiting for her…so we got talking like you do…and after probing I told them the truth…

    She says – you ain’t – I don’t believe that…I said yes I am and gave her the year of my birth…

    She says you look 31 years old…I said if I was 31 years old..I would be sat next to you and chatting you up…

    Craig Murray eat your heart out…

    Its my own original hair too…

    I am somewhat older than you…

    My wife said to me whilst walking home – No They are just winding you up…I replied maybe – but she made me feel Really Good.

    the light shines through


  9. we have known him a few years now, and he has always insisted he is a musician – a drummer actually…i thought he said he came from preston – a few years ago..but no he insisted…salford…i asked you must know him – then..the most famous musician from salford – about the same age as you…i asked its not you is it…???

    he replied…nah mate…never heard of him ..and i’ve never heard of the band…

    You Really Are Not Going To Like This…

    No one Actually Likes Mark. E. Smith..Of The FALL…well except me.

    “blindness the fall”



  10. Sofia Kibo Noh

    24 May, 2014 - 2:46 am

    Which enemy has the Ukraine army more to fear from?


    Will the corporate media have to start preparing minds for chaos among the disparate players in Kiev’s Anti Terrorist Operation ?

    What if enough people work out that this isn’t a tidy battle between Kiev’s democracy-loving warriors and revolting ethnic Russian terrorists?

    Have I got all the players here?

    There’s the ultra-right gangs who form the Neanderthal Guard.

    There’s several armed oligarch goon-squads.

    There’s the US mercenaries who aren’t quite sure where they are on the planet and the people sure sound weird, until you shoot them.

    Finally, pushed by a junta which even the slowest knows, seized power in a violent and illegal coup, there’s the Ukrainian army. Generally unwilling and demoralised, the rank and file are being set against people just like their own families. Every day, people just like their fathers and mothers are asking them “What are you doing here with all those weapons and who are you fighting?”

    If they didn’t know this morning they know now.

    How long can US / Kiev hold it together?

    Imagine… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLgYAHHkPFs

  11. There was nothing else I could do. My mate – who no one likes apart from me too…had turned up in our house – and my wife welcomed him in…He had all these CD’s with him…that he had got at the charity shop – paid 50p for the lot…so I went through them…and there was just this one I borrowed – and put it on my Zen…

    I took my Senheiersers with me…and sometime later…it was really late – and everyone had gone to bed…

    I think it was Naxos, though it might have been India…

    I just had to run for miles – and jump and dance like a complete and utter loonie..running along the beach

    The Fall are just so good – They Break All The Rules…With Attitude.

    So I just had to listen to them again…

    No one likes them

    CLASS from up north

    you wanna curl it?


  12. Craig, join me and others like me in removing yourself from the world of television. My (old) TV sits behind me, and has no signal. I hardly watch TV now at all, and this is good. I do go to the pub and watch some footer sometimes, and I download TV shows, but that’s it. And when you do this, the rare occasions you watch the news, at someone’s house, or a train station bar, are enlightening. For example. I was in the UK for a few weeks, and ‘Libya’ was all over the news (bbc, where else), and it was so manifestly pro-intervention that I just had to laugh.

    Kill Your Television people. It’s just wasted hours.

  13. We all scoff at the Americans and their attitude to guns, but I’m not sure that it is not a good thing in stopping those who are working hard to get the weapons away from the law abiding citizen.
    In the UK our Bobbies were very integrated into society until the legally held guns were removed. Now we see, and fear, paramilitary police walking around armed to the teeth. The only people they interact with seem to be the well armed criminal gangsters.
    Police Scotland now have armed police on the street, it started out with airports, then train stations. now there are a minimum of about 300 armed officers on patrol at any given time. Like rats, there is always one close to you.

  14. Rob Royston, ordinary police aren’t especially intelligent people. Arming them changes their mentality and therefore their personality in dealings with the public. You know about that concept whereby you give a badge or uniform to an idiot and suddenly he’s turned into an annoyingly arrogant control freak. Just add the gun and he gets worse and so do public relations.

    The US is mired in a gridlock of civil insecurity in which ordinary people must arm themselves in order to protect their interests against criminals who steal their guns and use them against other ordinary people thus driving a domestic arms race that has probably nearly reached saturation point.

    A casual day at the flea market

  15. Very sad about the fire at the Rennie Macintosh Glasgow School of Art which like many, I have visited. A most beautiful and unique building. Glad that the Scottish firemen were able to save so much of it. The minister for culture Fiona Hyslop has just been on BBC News and she was impressive both for her response and her obvious knowledge and command of her portfolio. I could not imagine Miller or her ambitious replacement Javid being so capable in a similar situation in this country.

    This link for the amazing photos. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2637430/Firefighters-tackle-major-blaze-listed-building-leading-European-art-school-started-projector-exploded.html



    Je ne peux pas voir la France 24. Je ne vais pas payer un sou Monsewer Murdoch!

  16. Have you noticed how many TV screens there are on walls in public buildings and spaces usually running Sky News with subtitles?

  17. Damn, I got up especially early to read Craig’s post on Knox, Pistorius and the McCanns, and so far nada!

  18. Is it true that UKIP wants to allow people to carry guns?

  19. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    24 May, 2014 - 9:46 am


    re France24 – how do you pick that up? Ordinary digital aerial or free-to-air with a satellite dish? Or do you subscribe to the French bouquet with the special decoder (TRT)?


    PS I liked the Monsewer Murdoch; old, very old, but still funny. Monsewer Merd’och better.

  20. Did the 40+ million humans slaughtered by Bolsheviks have guns?

    Did the millions in Ukraine who were slaughtered have guns?

    when you have mass slaughter is is usually carried out by the government like in Cambodia.

    The gun is a guarantee against government slaughter.

    ps. which channel on sky is France24?

  21. As we all know ‘Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun’ as Chairman Mao once said.


  22. Vatican defends Palestinian sovereignty ahead of papal visit

    VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s Secretary of State on Thursday defended the Palestinians’ right to a “sovereign and independent” homeland and said he hoped Pope Francis’ upcoming visit would lead to “courageous decisions” for peace.

    “We know that the Pope is going to a particularly suffering land,” Cardinal Pietro Parolin, whose role is equivalent to that of a prime minister, told Vatican television ahead of the Pope’s three-day visit starting on Saturday.

    “I really hope that the fruit will be to help politicians and all people of goodwill take courageous decisions on the path to peace,” Parolin said in the interview, which was posted on the website of Vatican Radio.


  23. Re:GSA If the students had simply put the small fire out with a wetted bandanna or something instead of fiddling with their mobiles, texting each other, photographing themselves and then fleeing to save their designer donkey-jackets and chic ripped and rip-off cult clothing from Flip in Queen St., from the smoke, and if the whole ghastly crew hadn’t rushed outside and set up their easels in the street to sketch the scene in still-hot locally sourced scorched charcoal, then, but for such heroic devotion to their art, the fire wouldn’t have been able to take hold at all; but in the days and months ahead, for their credibility, many will seek to fake that woodsmoke odour on their entire wardrobe.

    Spineless prevaricating arty-farty, airy-fairy, totally impractical and lacking even a shred of commonsense, much less talent: a definition of art students the world over but of GSA’s sallow spawn of Glasgow’s west end boutique owners and southside entrepreneurial and professional classes especially fitting.

    The problem for the school of art is the students, these people could not be inspired whatever their surroundings, it and they have produced nothing of even ephemeral worth for the latter part of its existence, the GSA fodder nothing but the precious pretentious scions of the middle-middle classes: Coltrane, had an edgy feel only through appearing in some politically-charged works of John “Chuck blocking ma light, Shorty” Byrne, otherwise a very expensively privately edumacated pillar of the grey establishment, who’s sorry fate was to become an indifferent children’s entertainer. Franz Fredinand, what a name for a band, like some 12 year-old 2nd year plook-ravaged school pupil flicked through a copy of ‘Hugely Simplified History for Morons and Small Children’ – way out of their league – and plucked the name out of a bullet point framed in a cartoon television’s oblong belly, with no understanding of its utter insignificance and irrelevance, but with a veneer of
    bogus sophistication enough to appeal to enough other shallow precious pretentious scions of the middle classes, the din they create a merit-less by-product of the underlying money-making endeavour. From the current batch of students. and the past alumni who are never far away from there, if not hanging out at the BBC – as like Hotel California, no-one ever leaves – we can now look forward in horror to at least the next fifty years being filled with smoke-laden “I was there” introspection in their narcissistic ‘work’.

    It was in the year of two-thousand and fourteen when, far off I heard a wailing siren
    Though the timourous flame licked the ornate banister, Imperative Now, I must text Alistair: ‘shld I buy, that new app, or is it crap?’

  24. This morning, we received the sad news that the 10th victim of Israel’ brutal attack on Freedom Flotilla I has died.His death is covered in an article from IMEMC http://www.imemc.org/article/67911 May he rest in peace.

    Below is the short announcement from IHH:

    Dear Freedom Flotilla Passenger and Friend,

    It is with deep regret and sorrow that we inform you of the martyrdom of our dear Brother Uğur Süleyman Söylemez, who died this evening (Friday 23rd of May 2014) after four years spent in a coma because of his injuries during the Israeli attack on the Mavi Marmara. His family has not communicated yet any information regarding when and where his funeral will be. We shall update you later.

    May his soul rest in peace. We pray that Allah grants him Mercy and Heaven. Ameen.


    Greta Berlin, Co-Founder, the Free Gaza movement
    Editor, Freedom Sailors

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  26. Mary
    24 May, 2014 – 11:08 am

    “Vatican defends Palestinian sovereignty ahead of papal visit”

    Yes Mary but that means the Vatican recognising Israel as a Jewish state run by Jews for the benefit of Jews; not for the benefit of all its people; an apartheid state.

  27. Israel to annex most of West Bank

    “Hanan Ashrawi said unilateral moves by the Tel Aviv regime to set permanent borders for the occupied West Bank and bypass further negotiations will only “form the basis for a new conflict.”

    “[Netanyahu] said Israel was considering various proposals to disengage from sections of the West Bank that are heavily populated by Palestinians.”


    If this goes ahead will we see US/UK/EU sanctions on Israel?

  28. Meanwhile business as usual at the US Department for Regime Change in Latin America

    “Opposition University Strike Coincides with Fresh Violence in Venezuela”


    “Venezuela plans to convene a summit of South American leaders to condemn the United States for interfering in its internal affairs, says Foreign Minister Elias Jaua.”


  29. Sad about the fate of the sailors crossing the Atlantic. We are as nothing against the force of nature.

  30. “Damn, I got up especially early to read Craig’s post on Knox, Pistorius and the McCanns, and so far nada!”

    Me 2


  31. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    24 May, 2014 - 3:33 pm

    Mr Scorgie

    ““Vatican defends Palestinian sovereignty ahead of papal visit”

    Yes Mary but that means the Vatican recognising Israel as a Jewish state run by Jews for the benefit of Jews; ”

    Doug, are you putting that idea forward as an opinion of yours of as a fact?

    If the latter, could you please supply a link or links.

  32. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    24 May, 2014 - 3:41 pm


    Three comments of yours today are entirely off-topic, with two of them referring to the Mavi Marmara episode, and, therefore to Israel/Palestine.

    I must therefore again advise readers of those comments that you are someone who has, on this blog, said that Israel has no right to exist; and that you are also a Jew-hater.


    La vita è bella, life is good!

  33. ‘Thank you for adding your voice to the many people coming from so many different faith traditions, and yet united in our quest for justice. Please tell others to go to http://org.salsalabs.com/o/301/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=15716

    If you want to learn more about the Pope’s visit to Palestine and Israel, here is his detailed itinerary.

    These two fact sheets provide important background for his trip:
    Discrimination & Hate Crimes Against Christian Palestinians in the Holy Land


    Bethlehem & East Jerusalem: Cities Under Siege.

    Just days before the Pope’s visit, the Israeli army destroyed between 1,500 and 2,000 fruit trees at the Tent of Nations – the Nassar family farm located south of Bethlehem. We stand in solidarity with Daoud Nassar and his family. Click here to learn more and take action.


    In hope,

    Sydney Levy
    Jewish Voice for Peace

  34. So Israel was trying to bribe its way out of being draggged in front of an international court for its murderous thuggery? not a surprise.

    BDS BDS BDS until the pips squeak, may our houses become baegel and matzon nomansland.
    So what are the zionist Apartheid sup[porters saying about the intended annexation of the West bank? Is that a new way of making piss, or how do they write peace in Israel, or is it just another flagrantly illegal step to steal land, against accepted UN specified borders.

    Should this behaviour now accelerate the return of the occupied Golan Heights to Syria? as Israel has so obviouisly no intent on negotiating a return. This step has made the annexation of the Golan a fact.

    Since Israel is flouting UN decisions it can’t possibly have any complaints should Syria help itself to its land, ideally with the protection of the UN. The world can’t possibly let this Apartheid outrage carry on.

  35. ‘The world can’t possibly let this Apartheid outrage carry on.’

    It will Nevermind. They have got it all sewn up.

    There has been a outrage in Belgium today.

    Three people dead and one injured. Who did it and for what reason? It certainly won’t help the Palestinian cause as there will be the usual retribution.

  36. Had forgotten about this from 2007

    Prince Charles thrust into row over Israel

    Prince Charles has been thrust into a row over the Royal Family’s attitude towards Israel
    Prince Charles went to the funeral of assassinated PM Yitzhak Rabin in 1995
    By Richard Holt

    16 Nov 2007

    Leaked emails between senior staff Clarence House have put Prince Charles at the centre of a row about the Royal Family’s attitude towards Israel.

    Exchanges between Sir Michael Peat, the Prince’s principal secretary, and Clive Alderton, Sir Michael’s deputy, contained apparently disparaging remarks about the Jewish state.

    Earlier this year the Israeli embassy invited the two senior aides to Israel for a four-day visit as guests of the Knesset, the Israeli parliament.

    Sir Michael initially replied enthusiastically, saying: “The invitation is hugely appreciated and Clive and I would love to come.”


    Peat left the royal employ. £250k pa from the royal purse, eg our taxes in 2011. Charles and Fawcett stuff within.

    It gets even funnier in 2013.
    Mystery surrounds the identity of the lenders who paid as much as £2.7 million to get Sir Michael Peat’s new stockbroking firm, M C Peat & Co, up and running. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/10084685/Mystery-over-Sir-Michael-Peats-pals-in-the-Virgin-Islands.html

    It’s called keeping it in the (Royal) family.

  37. America has world’s highest murder cases as result of family feud, fight over girl-friend, robberies and police shooting Blacks for fun.

    Organized Jewry in America is the top campaigner against gun possession.

    So, why organized Jewry support gun control? The best answer I have come across, is from the welknown White House convict, Elliott Abrams. He acknowledged in his book ‘Faith or Fear: How Jews can survive in Christian America’ – that the mainstream Jewish community in America clings to what is at bottom – a dark vision of America, as a land permeated with antisemitism and always on the verge of antisemtic outbursts. Abrams also admits that due this dark vision, Jews have taken the lead to secularize United States. Jewish groups have played a major role in anti-Church campaign and subvert Christmas.


  38. Rehmat, this is what murdered ex-cop Christopher Dorner had to say about LA cops killing people and attending fatal crime scenes.

    “Citizens/non-combatants, do not render medical aid to downed officers/enemy combatants. They would not do the same for you. They will let you bleed out just so they can brag to other officers that they had a 187 caper the other day and can’t wait to accrue the overtime in future court subpoenas. As they always say, “that’s the paramedics job…not mine”. Let the balance of loss of life take place. Sometimes a reset needs to occur.”

    “Don’t honor these fallen officers/dirtbags. When your family members die, they just see you as extra overtime at a crime scene and at a perimeter. Why would you value their lives when they clearly don’t value yours or your family members lives? I’ve heard many officers who state they see dead victims as ATV’s, Waverunners, RV’s and new clothes for their kids. Why would you shed a tear for them when they in return crack a smile for your loss because of the impending extra money they will receive in their next paycheck for sitting at your loved ones crime scene of 6 hours because of the overtime they will accrue.”

    “They take photos of your loved ones recently deceased bodies with their cellphones and play a game of who has the most graphic dead body of the night with officers from other divisions. This isn’t just the 20 something year old officers, this is the 50 year old officers with significant time on the job as well who participate.”

    From here :

  39. Jemand

    In August 2013, US District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin slammed the New York Police Department (NYPD) for its controversial ‘stop-and-frisk’ program. She called it “uncostitutional” and “policy of indirect racial profiling” that led officers to routinely stop “blacks and Hispanics who would not have been stopped if they were white.”

    New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, an Israel-Firster and favorite of New York Mayor Michael Rubens Bloomberg (Jewish), defended the ‘stop-and-frisk’ program during an appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday morning. Kelly claimed that more New Yorkers would have died without the program in place.


  40. Tony M,11.11am,

    What a bitter post.

    And far more pretentious than those you are attacking.

    You must drink in The Chip.

    Or have one.

  41. Jives, nowhere have I said I wasn’t saddened by the event, damage to any of Glasgow’s few remaining architectural marvels and with this, loss of irreplaceable contents too, is hugely regretted. At the end of the day though, it is just stuff lost, thankfully, future landfill, like us, like everything; nothing is above a bit of a sending up and art-school pretentiousness and other-worldliness particularly so. I was hoping someone would rejoinder with a sound rebuttal, details of what took place and how it got out of control and spread so fast, of the School’s and its student’s achievements, pointing out anything and everything I might have overlooked and filling in details which might change my opinion and offer hope that unlike much of higher education since the early-90s, there is still an emphasis on quality and not quantity. At the end of the day Mackintosh’s primary influence was Stonehenge, and there is much mileage yet in the humble rectangle.

  42. @ TonyM I did giggle at your earlier post, many a truer word said in jest…

    Looking at those DM pictures earlier though and the fireman merely pissing at the fire with their puny hoses, I though how more effective they would be with one of those helicopters used to put out forest fires in Australia or USA. One big whoosh of Clyde water and job done.

  43. Tony M,

    Ok,understood,no worries.

    All good :-)

  44. Is the Teflon peeling away?

    Intelligence services tried to withhold reports from Tony Blair after WMD fiasco
    Book claims 2003 ‘dodgy dossier’ convinced the Joint Intelligence Committee that the Prime Minister ‘could not be trusted’


  45. I did not hear the actual programme only the end credits. The silken tongued Paddy O’Connell was thanking Aaronovitch for his contribution. Must listen later to see what Ziocon messages Aa was giving out today.

    Broadcasting House (from the Hay Festival)
    Have just skimmed the timer Aa 37 mins in on the election results apparently.

  46. Plus a review of the Sunday newspapers. O’Connell actually invited two members of the audience to give their views! Shock horror. Unheard of.

    Craig: Aa does manage to get in a knock at a Yes vote in Scotland.

    Sickly bonhomie throughout.

  47. YouKnowMyName

    26 May, 2014 - 9:25 am


    There has been a outrage in Belgium today.
    …. Who did it and for what reason?…

    one of the ever-changingWikipedia pages on the atrocity has alleged Belgian internecine politics, with one group pointing generic responsibility to an ugly “antisioniste” party and the Belgian MP from this party referring to events in French on his Facebook page as “le false flag”

    At least the UK parliamentary elections, Scottish referenda etc don’t often (yet) involve “le false flag”

    Another item to watch in Belgian/European politics is will the ex-Luxembourgish Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker be elected to head of the European Commission? (he famously didn’t criticise the LU intelligence agencies for their alleged off-mission actions in Iraq, Cuba and Libya) J-CJ resigned as LU-PM a couple of years ago as revelations about the false-flag GLADIO linked Bommeleeër bombing campaign were deepened.

    Full details are here [wikipedia in untranslatable Luxembourgish!]

    A summary in French is however available here: power-masts, gas-works, cheese-factory!, offices, homes, swimming pool, heads of state meetings.. FALSE FLAGS the lot of them!?

  48. Last night Alex Salmond told Dimbledore that there has been a bias for UKIP by the BBC in their reporting of the Scottish elections and that a complaint had gone in.

    Dimblebore went a bit red and laughingly said, ‘Complaints to BBC Glasgow then Mr Salmond’ to which Salmond said ‘No. That’s the trouble. It is being controlled from London’. Dimblebore shuffled his papers and quickly moved on.

    Silly Mr Vine was still strolling around a map, Europe this time, and playing with his computer graphics. Ms Maitlis, displaying her black stockinged legs and designer dress and jewellery, was stationed well away from the talking heads (mostly male) and waving her left hand towards a large screen with yet more computer graphics.

    Lady Ashton’s hubby, Peter Kellner of You Gov, was one of the talking heads. One of the founders of You Gov Nadhim Zahawi was recently found out for claiming for the heating of his stables.


    Must have all cost mega euros.

  49. Thanks for that You Know My Name. Very interesting. One for Clouseau maybe!

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