Progress On All Fronts 62


Many thanks to everybody who sent me advice, texts and illustrations on reformatting The Catholic Orangemen of Togo. Apologies I was unwell again so could not respond for a couple of days – and more than 100 emails were received, including several from people who have done substantial work. It will take me some time to work through. I will send individual replies but please be patient. I am however feeling very much better now and seem to have my energy back!

I am going to speak at the Hope Over Fear rally at George Square, Glasgow on Sunday.


62 thoughts on “Progress On All Fronts

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  • Robert Crawford

    Ben E.

    You are on the Black Sea. I am thinking that big Russian Naval base in Syria is a direct hazard to any direct attack by the West as that would probably be seen as a direct attack on Russia. The West would not want to directly have a go because of Russia’s nuclear capabilities. So, get others to do it for you. Notice Parliament voted not to bomb Syria over the chemical weapons.

    Who me? Not me guv!

    They don’t take on the same or equal weaponry. History has taught them that, can’t win costs too high.

  • Ben E. Geserit Muad'Dib Further Confounding Gender Speculators

    Tartus is the Syrian Port, Robert. Russia has a treaty with Syria (I call it R2P-right to protect) and that’s why US has been careful not to appear to be attacking Assad with words of reassurance it’s about ISIS.

  • Ben E. Geserit Muad'Dib Further Confounding Gender Speculators

    Progress….USdot.gov made $69 million in profits from interest in student loans. It’s time to not just lower the interest rate but write it off.

    ‘Germany has just joined other nations of the Continental European Union to eliminate all university tuition, as a human right. So it is that we find ourself as part of the neo
    feudalist American state that has left Americans, by contrast, mired in $1.2 trillion in student loan debt, in what must be described as state-supported student loan slavery. It should further be noted that the modus operandi of student loan enslavement is consistent with the anti-democratic model of what may only be described as the United States of oligarchy. A recent Princeton university study, that has since gone viral from Princeton, has declared the United States is no longer a democracy, and has in fact become an oligarchy. To which this article notes, it is an oligarchy that has mired the American people in $1.2 trillion of student loan debt. This has become so onerous for the American economy to bear that it is now become a threat to the US economy itself.”

    http://crooksandliars.com/2014/10/germany-eliminates-tuition-while-americans

  • Ben E. Geserit Muad'Dib Further Confounding Gender Speculators

    A four year cost of tuition at the University level in Calif is now $150k.

  • Robert Crawford

    Republicofscotland,

    Are you old enough to remember the Sun putting a light bulb on Neil Kinnock’s head and saying,” last one out put the light out”. That stuffed his chances of becoming P.M.

    Just as a Record reporter laid into Rangers years ago (without justification I was told) I am not a football fan. It is primitive tribal warfare as far as I am concerned. This attack on Rangers had the Protestant Orange Labour voters buying the Express. So much so that the Express started printing in Scotland again.

    They will go back. They know nothing else. I bet they are in with drawl already.

  • Ba'al Zevul

    hronic inflammation often breaks down the immune system. The human body is a dynamic system. If I could suggest to Craig; fresh garlic cloves are a natural anti-biotic and anti-inflmmatory. If you can handle fresh garlic (2-3 coves) every day, it will promote the general welfare.

    Plus, no-one will want to get near enough to give him flu. A centenarian was interviewed on the radio when I was a kid and centenarians were somewhat rarer – what was the secret of his longevity? Apparently he lived on raw onions and cheese. Sound principle. A pet skunk on a leash would be even more effective, I guess.

  • Ben E. Geserit Muad'Dib Further Confounding Gender Speculators

    Actually one will find that fresh garlic is less objectionable than powdered. I have to really overdue it (an entire bulb a day) to construct a shield against anyone invading my space, Ba’al. 🙂

  • Ba'al Zevul

    I can infallibly tell when a Chinese student has been in the elevator, Ben. I could track you upwind for a couple miles.

  • Ben E. Geserit Muad'Dib Further Confounding Gender Speculators

    Asians are known for using tons of powdered garlic. But if your nose is sensitive, true enough. You probably will smell me from a distance.

  • Tony M

    It is a strange article indeed on NewsnetScotland about the Daily Record’s self-inflicted plight. It is of a really low-standard, not in the least bit credible or fitting to be presented to that or any site’s readers, it is self-deluded self-pitying arrant nonsense, immature and purblind, verging on the absurd.

    We should be concerned about their workforce, but not about the entire population of Sotland which thanks in no small part to the Daily Record, though surpassed by that of the BBC, will suffer far greater hardship as a result of the No vote and the Record’s slavish support for the mediocrities and bare-faced crooks and liars of the Labour Party and their fearmongering, smearing and dishonest campaigning alongside the other Tories and those even far more disreputable such as the BNP, National Front and Orange Order. Everyone will be, a whole society and country will be by far the worse off through austerity depressing the economy and people further; though attacks on the benefit system which already strips the sick and disabled, the unemployed, pensioners and low-paid of all dignity and hope; threats from Labour to the Winter Fuel Payment being stopped, promising to be even more austere than the Tories themselves; through astronomical unsustainable UK government indebtedness to private banking concerns who keep blowing debt bubbles through loaning money they do not have to all and sundry, right left and centre for decades; through Scotland’s wealth subsidising a host of projects elsewhere in the UK, such as HS2, grand transport schemes in London and its environs, rebuilt sewers, Tidal Barriers, ever more lanes for the M25 and dozens more things outside Scotland, from which Scotland can derive no benefit; through paying hundreds of billions to hire US-controlled weapons of mass destruction as a status symbol, through uncontrolled fracking introducing up to 600 toxic chemicals into our subsoil and potentially our water supplies, risking everything from our landscape which could become a sea of sludge, to gas explosions, subsidence and earthquakes; continuing rule by utterly corrupt Westminster politicians and an elite clique; return of the Tories ad nauseum; not so much creeping as galloping privatisation of the NHS… and so much more.

    There is no limit to the crap the Daily Record and friends in the mainstream media have almost guaranteed will come Scotland’s way and I do not have the least bit of sympathy, not for one single person employed, paid blood money, to betray Scotland’s people and Scotland’s interests, by these and other establishment tools in either the media or the money-grabbing conscienceless London-based unionist triumvirate and their Scottish sycophants and quislings.

    The BBC too are continuing in the same vein as during years prior to the referendum and are already propagandising blatantly and with extreme prejudice, for unionist parties in the forthcoming UK and Scottish General Elections, hanging on every word of those who lied too and scared witless a large enough section of the population, enough for them to vote against their own and their fellow citizens best interests. They are the enemy within, they have no shame, no morals, are beyond rehabilitation and must, can only be utterly routed and destroyed if democracy is to take root and flourish.

    I do not recognise the UK as anything other than a hostile occupying parasitic and destructive entity, a miserable bogus composite state, killing the host countries of Britain. The stench comes from it and not from us and we will shake off this pestilential affliction, with purgative and disinfectant truth and light.

  • ben

    glad you’re feeling better Craig. when you listed your previous ailments and injuries and experiences, i was gobsmacked!!

  • Robert Crawford

    You hit the nail on the head Tony M.

    I received my “free” driving licence recently, only for 3 years. Do you think they are trying to tell me something I don’t know?

    When I did not get my Independence, I wanted out of Scotland. The new Pension Rules that are coming in next year will leave me £5.00 a week worse off. I am surprised they give us old folk a free flu jab. When they are always going on about the cost of looking after our health in old age. Even my G.P. brought up that very subject when I saw him last Friday. He was wide eyed at what I told him. It will be a while before he does that again. If I had the money I would be away as fast as that “blue arsed fly”. So, what is there for me now? The same old same old poverty creating Laws. Betrayed by the NO voter!!!.

    Good night, this old bugger needs his rest. I did not take my whole bulb of garlic to-day. It is the alincin in it that does you good. I bought 2 new pairs of long johns to-day, they help to keep the energy bills down.

  • Tony M

    At least GPs as a body knew the score and were not afraid to say so:

    http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2814%2961408-2/fulltext

    Our piss-poor dysfunctional trojanned media however did not even give these senior medical figures or the spokespersons so much as a call, much less any exposure to make their grave concerns over the inescapable consequences of a No vote clear to the largest possible audience of the public. All that is left is for the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly to make unilateral or bi-lateral declarations excluding their respective NHS Scotland and NHS Wales from TTIP. Scottish Independence and a written constitution would have guaranteed our NHS in perpetuity.

  • Robert Crawford

    Fighter Body Reviews,

    Are you asking me if I am on Twitter? If so, I signed when I got this computer 2 years ago.

    They always wanted to censor my comments. So I told them to “stick it” and signed out.

    I am flattered if it is me you want to follow. I can’t imagine why anyone would give a damn about what I have to say. They never have in the past. Anyway, The whole Independence campaigne totally took over my life, and I started to look for like minded people on the net. Some like Craig Murray I found by accident, after he made that speech in St. Andrews. I was concerned for his safety when I watched that video. Now, I am hurting so much I can’t stay away from those like Craig and Tony getting stuck in. I need to concentrate on getting out of Scotland, I can’t stand the sight of my friends and neighbours who voted NO. I can’t talk to them. I need to go, and the sooner the better.

    Finally, if it is me you want to follow on Twitter, you have lifted my spirits. Thank you very much.

  • Tony M

    I’m afraid Robert to depress your spirit back down to earth again, but “Fighter Body Reviews” was no more addressing you than addressing the moon. It is typical of spam posts, this and other blogs are besieged with round the clock.

  • Ba'al Zevul

    I saw you equating cold-fusion with geo-engieering, Ba’al.

    I wasn’t aware of it, Ben…was it my aside on chemtrails, perhaps? Please don’t tell me that’s what it was. I want to think well of you.

  • Ba'al Zevul

    Asians are known for using tons of powdered garlic

    Dunno about that – the Japanese are rather contemptuous of the Chinese taste for garlic, though ; it’s part of the dismissive stereotype. The worst case of garlic-infatuation I have come across was the super-posh wife of a moderately wealthy UK farmer at whose annual bash for the peasants every single bloody sandwich was gritted with garlic salt, regardless of content. (This section was added at the insistence of the PC police)

  • John Goss

    Craig, so pleased you are on the mend. I have experienced people at work who took a day off because they had the flu. They might have had some kind of virus but they did not have flu. I’ve only had it once and hope I am immune now. Flu is very weakening and takes days to get over.

    Advice though. Eat less meat. Better none. Animals that predominantly eat meat have short intestines, unlike ours which are a labyrinth of potential blockages. The literary among you will know of Craig Raine’s sonnet “Arsehole” which pay homage to Verlaine and Rimbaud, with a sneaky bit of public-schoolboy humour thrown in.

    http://lit.genius.com/Craig-raine-arsehole-annotated#note-2515896

    In the past I have profited myself (not financially) from responding in like:

    Tongue in Cheek
    (A taeniacide for Craig Raine’s Arsehole)

    Parasitic as the broomrape
    the blind segmented tape-
    worm’s limpet lips hook firmly in our art.
    Overfed on gunk and fart-
    fodder it fattens in the colon:
    self indulgent, proudly swollen;
    just a temporary stoppage.
    For the cauldron boils with vervain,
    hops and arse-smart for an eclipse
    of the blockage in the literary drain,
    conveying to the worm a huge
    senna-seasoned vermifuge
    to ease its passage to those puckered lips.
    ________________________________________________________

    Craig Raine was born in a prefab, the son of a boxer. I am glad he has deservedly succeeded because I think “A Martian sends a postcard home” is quite unique as a poetry collection. When he was sending me rejection letters I already knew that the game was stitched up. It is probably stitched up for boxers too. When I started a very brief collection of autographs at approximately 11 years old there was a boxer in the village called Eddie Clowes (I think that was his name). He lived on Sandymount East. Just as I was setting out to get his signature my dad said “Make sure he doesn’t box your ears. He lived in a prefab too. Of course, straight after the Second World War, there were a lot of prefabs.

  • John Goss

    I’ll try again with the poem:

    Parasitic as the broomrape
    the blind segmented tape-
    worm’s limpet lips hook firmly in our art.
    Overfed on gunk and fart-
    fodder it fattens like a sausage
    blood-black pudding in the colon:
    self indulgent, proudly swollen;
    just a temporary stoppage.
    For the cauldron boils with vervain,
    hops and arse-smart for an eclipse
    of the blockage in the literary drain,
    conveying to the worm a huge
    senna-seasoned vermifuge
    to ease its passage to those puckered lips.

  • mark golding

    Your last paragraph Tony M –I do not recognise the UK as anything other than a hostile occupying parasitic and destructive entity, a miserable bogus composite state, killing the host countries of Britain. The stench comes from it and not from us and we will shake off this pestilential affliction, with purgative and disinfectant truth and light. That fetid entity has laid destitute and tyrannized the ‘Robin Hood’ high minds deep rooted in the British race.

    We have been petrified by shame and paralysed by disgust.

    August 6th 1990 Britain hijacked the United Nations Security Council and imposed punitive “sanctions” on the Iraqi population. It was just before Christmas 1999 when Blair ordered the Department of Trade and Industry in London to restrict the export of vaccines meant to protect Iraqi children against diphtheria and other viruses.

    Blair’s government sanctioned the ‘Oil for Food’ program which UN Humanitarian Co-ordinator in Iraq, Denis Halliday, would say, “I was instructed to implement a policy that satisfies the definition of genocide: a deliberate policy that has effectively killed well over a million individuals, children and adults.”

    My great Australian friend Gideon Polya and a study by the United Nations Children’s Fund, Unicef, found that between 1991 and 1998, the height of the blockade, there were 500,000 “excess” deaths of Iraqi infants under the age of five.

    Blair’s invasion of Iraq in 2003 led to the deaths of some 700,000 people – in a country that had no history of jihadism. The Kurds had done territorial and political deals; Sunni and Shia had class and sectarian differences, but they were at peace; intermarriage was common.

    2014 Now even before the blood has dried the stench of burning children’s bodies permeates the Iraq air again, once more, anew, abandoned, derelict, forsaken, and our spies sabotage Syria while Blair festoons in gluttony and excess while his patrons stifle Chilcot truth and rattle their swords in sociopathic verboseness.

    Yet we English do nothing and Scotland embraces the Union. Just as we enlightened humans came from Africa so will our demise, a bacteria, aptly named ‘perpetual war’ – Ebola…

    Just crack open another tinny.

  • Robert Crawford

    Tony M,

    I can’t sleep now. How do you recognize spam? How do I know you are telling the truth? What had that person to gain? I see it is gone now. What about the little sum at the bottom of the page to block spam, obviously it does not work.

    Definitely time I was away to sit on the beach in another country.

  • Robert Crawford

    Yes Mark,

    All those orphans will want revenge one day. It will not be Blair or Brown’s children who will have to fight them, it will be ours.

  • Tony M

    Robert: It must have been the grammar or the tone, it just had that look about, the link in the name however was to boinc or a related forum, a distributed computing project, similar to seti; boinc I think as I used to run it for a couple of years, doing batches of number crunching in the background to hopefully predict stuff from the chaos of global weather patterns and thereby hopefully mitigate climate change. The bbc (boo! hiss!) were at one time proponents of that particular project, but running on so many computers which would otherwise be near idle, such projects must impact marginally at least on worldwide electrical power consumption, possibly making the cc situation worse. To be honest it could have been doing anything using my cpu, from cracking encryption to passing along unknown data; I always ran it as its own user, then moved it to its own machine, negating the idle computer justification and rationale, but it was at least segregated from my own user data and files; and later stopped altogether processing jobs for it, the novelty had worn off, the brownie points meaningless. I can’t see what such a post could gain, it wasn’t spam as such as there was no seeming commercial gain, but was ‘spammy’ in a heuristic sense. They may have been truly appreciative of the blog owner’s posts on which we just squat, but the content of the message was so generic, it more probably wasn’t addressing anyone or anything in particular. Solving captchas and little puzzles, like the arithmetic spam trap on this site can be farmed out en-masse to armies of enslaved human operators, but the returns or even clicks generated as a result are probably so negligible, as to make the effort wasted.

  • oddie

    for the life of me, i cannot understand how muslims keep working with the Intel Services. it never ends well.

    Foreign Policy: The Curious Case of Moazzam Begg
    The next day the Guardianr eported that MI5 had handed police prosecutors documents that proved Begg had indeed been in frequent contact with the spy agency prior to his trips to Syria….
    His travels had been approved by MI5 and fit with British foreign policy on Syria at the time….
    In the period between Begg’s trips to Syria in 2012 and his arrest in 2014, the dynamics of the Syrian civil war shifted — and so did British foreign policy…
    According to Begg, he was working with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office right up until the time of his arrest in February 2014….
    http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/10/09/the_curious_case_of_moazzam_begg

  • Mochyn69

    @Mary
    10 Oct, 2014 – 3:53 am

    On the other thread about the appalling news that turncoat cowswill is back in the uk parliament but now wearing the dreadful gharish colours of eughkip.

    So just how fucking stupid do Scotland’s naysayers look now .. see what they’re going to get!?

    Devomax? my arse!

    England going to the dogs with the eughkippers mounting a big challenge to the eughnited kingdom establishment parties, who will respond by becoming more and more extreme, little englanders, driving a coach and horses through human rights, traditional ‘liberal’ and ‘radical’ values to assuage the kippers fanatical thirst for extremist english supremacist dogma and looming ever larger the specter of the brexit refferendum.

    Devomax? I reckon you can forget that. If the eughkippers ever get their way, it’ll be bye bye Holyrood, tata Cardiff Bay, welcome back the Scottish and Welsh Grand Committees. Just read the maniffesto.

    Craig was right, fuck you naysayers, fuck you Gordon Brown, especially you, Gordon Brown. I think the Irish had a name for the likes of you ..

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