An Apology 1901


I am so committed to getting my book finished I really don’t have time or energy to blog at the moment, and realise it has been very desultory the last few weeks. I am well and happy, it is just that writing a properly researched history is incredibly intensive. I realise there is much of great interest happening in the world, but I must sometimes cut myself off from it.

This is why I don’t ask for donations for the blog…


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  • Mary

    Meanwhile…., Teresa has made a wonderful choice. When is she going to get something right?

    High Court Justice Lowell Goddard
    Professional Data:
    2014 Judge Survey Score (1-10): 6.5 Ranking (out of 60): 62nd
    http://www.kiwisfirst.com/judge-file-index/high-court-justice-lowell-goddard/

    ‘New Zealand Judge To Chair Child Abuse Inquiry
    Home Secretary Theresa May reveals the latest head of the troubled inquiry after the two previous chairs resigned.

    New Zealand high court judge Justice Lowell Goddard has been named as the latest chair of the troubled child abuse inquiry.

    Home Secretary Theresa May said in a statement to MPs that a new statutory inquiry will be established, meaning the current panel will be dissolved.

    Current members are expected to be able to reapply for their roles.’

    /..
    http://news.sky.com/story/1421180/new-zealand-judge-to-chair-child-abuse-inquiry

    The airlines should do well out of it.

  • Pete

    The book is important Craig. If politicians read more good history books they might not keep repeating the same mistakes as their predecessors.

  • Porkfright

    Don’t apologise at all. There is always something here of interest. Your observations on Neocons, for instance-a rare and unseen breed or even a non-existent one for very many otherwise intelligent people. I bet your book is published before the Chilcot Report!

  • YouKnowMyName

    as you mentioned Craig “there is much of great interest happening in the world”, did anyone here notice that there wasn’t a coup d’état in a european country this weekend? It specifically didn’t happen in Macedonia (former Yugoslavian republic of…) and the Prime Minister didn’t resign.

    Many other points around the not-a-coup are subject to ‘clarification’

    Stridently, the British government have demanded a few things, so have the USA; Brussels have helpfully pointed out that ‘innocence should be presumed – rather than guilt’ in the non-existent affair. Er, why does UK, USA & EU know about this case? Has anyone here without the intelligence community ever heard of Macedonian politics? (and how it might be a small yet perfectly formed clone of UK/USA politics)

    So what does the BBC have to say?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/search?q=Zoran%20Zaev

    Sorry, there are no results for Zoran Zaev.

    Copyright © 4/2/2015 BBC.

    So, lets go abroad for uncensored propaganda then, or just some background from different news agencies of the non-story
    (which seems to involve externally funded eavesdropping компромат on Politicians – Putin or PRISM? – being defeated by the PM using a Go-Pro and getting his counter-material to YouTube first!)

    http://www.focus-fen.net/news/2015/02/02/362012/dnevnik-opposition-leader-obtained-compromising-materials-from-foreign-agents-says-macedonia-pm.html

    Dnevnik: Opposition leader obtained compromising materials from foreign agents, says Macedonia PM
    2 February 2015 | 11:23 | FOCUS News Agency
    Dnevnik: Opposition leader obtained compromising materials from foreign agents, says Macedonia PM

    Skopje. Macedonia’s biggest oppositional party was plotting a scenario for blackmailing the country. This is what Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski said after the Prosecutor’s Office pressed charges on Zoran Zaev, leader of the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM), accusing him of illegal spying and a coup attempt, Macedonian Dnevnik daily writes.

    Gruevski added that he held four meetings with Zaev at which the SDSM leader asked the Prime Minister to establish an interim government and call snap elections. At the meetings Zaev said that he had materials from a foreign intelligence service, including wiretapped phone calls of almost all state officials. “I do not accept threats and blackmail from anyone,” said PM Gruevski.

    News 03 Feb 15 Secret Videos Fuel Macedonia ‘Coup’ Frenzy

    Macedonia’s government party says a secret video proves the opposition leader is guilty of espionage; opposition says the fact that the PM secretly filmed his discussions is scandalous.
    Sinisa Jakov Marusic BIRN, Skopje

    In a TV address on Saturday, Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski said Zaev have made threats to him

    The opposition Social Democrats, SDSM, have condemned the publication of a video, which purports to show the opposition leader admitting that he obtained incriminating material from foreign intelligence agencies….

    ….In a TV address on Saturday, Prime Minister Gruevski said Zaev had threatened to publish compromising data from conversations involving top state officials unless he agreed to the immediate formation of a caretaker government that would include the SDSM….

    …The case has caused considerable concern abroad. EU spokesperson Maja Kocijancic on Monday said Brussels was worried about “the way in which events over the weekend were handled and the lack of balanced media coverage”.

    She said that the EU would demand “an independent and transparent investigation in case of any wrongdoing”.

    Britain has also voiced concern about developments. “These charges are extremely serious, and the United Kingdom is following developments closely. It is essential that, as in every judicial case, all institutions in Macedonia respect the principles of the rule of law, including the presumption of innocence…

    …eu-and-us-concerned-over-macedonian-coup-case-1 02 Feb 15 Macedonian ‘Coup’ Charges Alarm US, EU…

  • Dreoilin

    There isn’t really an on-topic here, is there …
    Because I wanted to pop this in here

    “Respected German journalist reveals he planted CIA articles under his own name”

    Becoming the first credentialed, well-known media insider to step forward and state publicly that he was secretly a “propagandist,” an editor of a major German daily has said that he personally planted stories for the CIA.

    http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/318-66/28368-editor-of-major-german-newspaper-says-he-planted-stories-for-cia

    (Ray McGovern on Twitter)

  • YouKnowNyName

    @peacewisher

    Bulgaria, all seems quiet. Quiet especially the current discussions around a certain Boyko Borisov who, according to https://Bivol.BG (Bulgarian Wikileaks/Stratfor/Cablegate partner) was named in the “Buddha” files as having ties to organised crime in the 1990’s. That website reported that in 1996 the Central Services for Combatting Organized Crime, CSBOP, recruited Dr. Borisov as an informant under the alias “Buddha”

    Boyko was/is alleged to be Prime Minister of Bulgaria (and a part-time professional footballer)! Who could conceive of a PM of an EU country being an MI5 agent?, I’m shocked, shocked!!
    he did resign in 2013 but still…

    Back to 2015, according to http://www.balkaninsight.com/ (reg) Bulgaria 2015: The Prime Minister faces a testing year, dealing with the fallout of last year’s bank crisis, energy problems and a fractious coalition…

    full background on the PM from the CIA’s point of view here
    http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=128597

    full background on the EU’s 2015 BG + RO view is here http://www.novinite.com/articles/166216/Bulgaria%3A+EU+Commission%27s+2015+CVM+Report+in+Brief

    you’ll be asking about Chinese spying in Norway next
    http://en.people.cn/n/2015/0205/c90882-8846183.html, as Craig said, “interesting”…

    Or even @peacewisher

    Bulgaria, all seems quiet. Quiet especially the current discussions around a certain Boyko Borisov who, according to https://Bivol.BG (Bulgarian Wikileaks/Stratfor/Cablegate partner) was named in the “Buddha” files as having ties to organised crime in the 1990’s. That website reported that in 1996 the Central Services for Combatting Organized Crime, CSBOP, recruited Dr. Borisov as an informant under the alias “Buddha”

    Boyko was/is alleged to be Prime Minister of Bulgaria (and a part-time professional footballer)! Who could conceive of a PM of an EU country being an MI5 agent?, I’m shocked, shocked!!
    he did resign in 2013 but still…

    Back to 2015, according to http://www.balkaninsight.com/ (reg) Bulgaria 2015: The Prime Minister faces a testing year, dealing with the fallout of last year’s bank crisis, energy problems and a fractious coalition…

    full background on the PM from the CIA’s point of view here
    http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=128597

    full background on the EU’s 2015 BG + RO view is here http://www.novinite.com/articles/166216/Bulgaria%3A+EU+Commission%27s+2015+CVM+Report+in+Brief

    you’ll be asking about Chinese spying in Norway next ?
    http://en.people.cn/n/2015/0205/c90882-8846183.html, as Craig said, “interesting”…
    @peacewisher

    Bulgaria, all seems quiet. Quiet especially the current discussions around a certain Boyko Borisov who, according to https://Bivol.BG (Bulgarian Wikileaks/Stratfor/Cablegate partner) was named in the “Buddha” files as having ties to organised crime in the 1990’s. That website reported that in 1996 the Central Services for Combatting Organized Crime, CSBOP, recruited Dr. Borisov as an informant under the alias “Buddha”

    Boyko was/is alleged to be Prime Minister of Bulgaria (and a part-time professional footballer)! Who could conceive of a PM of an EU country being an MI5 agent?, I’m shocked, shocked!!
    he did resign in 2013 but still…

    Back to 2015, according to http://www.balkaninsight.com/ (reg) Bulgaria 2015: The Prime Minister faces a testing year, dealing with the fallout of last year’s bank crisis, energy problems and a fractious coalition…

    full background on the PM from the CIA’s point of view here
    http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=128597

    full background on the EU’s 2015 BG + RO view is here http://www.novinite.com/articles/166216/Bulgaria%3A+EU+Commission%27s+2015+CVM+Report+in+Brief

    you’ll be asking about Chinese spying in Norway next
    http://en.people.cn/n/2015/0205/c90882-8846183.html, as Craig said, “interesting”…

    Or even concerning CIA spies in Norway?
    http://theforeigner.no/pages/news/former-undercover-cia-man-discloses-norway-connection/

    In a recently published biography, “Hale Storm,” Retired Bank of Baltimore Chief Executive and Chairman Edwin ‘Ed’ Hale sr. causes a stir, revealing that he had worked for the CIA. He revealed his tenure at “The Firm” was during the 1990s and early 2000s. Mr Hale installed video surveillance on his 186-acre farm and sleeps with a sawn-off shotgun by his bed and always within reach. In a Q&A in Baltimore Magazine 68 year-old Hale reports that he was recruited in 1992 by Alvin Bernard ‘Buzzy’ Krongard. Mr Krongard was Executive Director of the CIA from 2001 to 2004 and a former chairman of Alex Brown and Sons, a Baltimore investment bank.

    more at http://www.baltimoremagazine.net/2014/10/31/q-a-with-ed-hale

  • Trowbridge H. Ford

    You think that is bad, just consider the case of J, Reece Roth, an expert in plasma technology which was used in hiding from the Chinese its use in the laser satellites which caused the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan, destroying much of China’s ICBM establishment.

    At the same time, Roth had a Chinese and Iranian graduate student at the University of Tennessee, working with him on the development of drones.

    When the spoofs found out about this, they sent him off to prison for at least four years for all the lack of administrative oversight.

    When you work for America’s covert government, you have to make sure that everything is hunky-dory.

  • YouKnowMyName

    I actually only pasted once into the empty comments box, but did this into a mobile device over a dodgy 3G connection (as it’s snowing heavily here in my mountain retreat) after clicking ‘Submit’ there was a very long data connection screw-up & this seemed to triple the length of the post….wierd

    meanwhile, interesting news from NZ, terrorists – sorry scientists detonated multiple 500 kg barrels of explosives all over the North Island and used this to seismically probe the tectonic plate below, then discovered a new slippy ten kilometre thick layer beneath the Pacific plate and Hikurangi Plateau western subduction zone http://phys.org/news/2015-02-dynamite-explosions-reveal-secrets-tectonic.html

  • Trowbridge H. Ford

    Sorry,but I don’t open my checkbook for bloggers.

    They all seem to come from quite comfortable backgrounds, and they should be willing to do what they do for nothing, especially since the difficult position the world is in.

    The last money I received was 75 pounds from Private Eye for a piece on Al ‘Deep Throat’ Haig, and Mark Ian Birdsall paid me nothing for all I did for Eye Spy magazine when it was getting started.

    The internet is the playground for the bored and retired.

  • Resident Dissident

    “Mark at 9.59

    That doesn’t really work, I’m afraid. They send a confirmation email to [email protected], with a link in it to click before you can carry on.”

    It works for them – now they have your IP address

  • Dreoilin

    “It works for them – now they have your IP address”

    Doesn’t bother me, Res Diss.
    I’m sure if anyone wanted it they’d have tweaked it out years ago.

  • Clark

    Resident Dissident:

    “now they have your IP address”

    1) Most people use webmail, and so “they” will get the IP address of your e-mail provider rather than the IP address of the connection you were e-mailing from.

    2) Finding someone’s IP address doesn’t really matter anyway.

    The main utility of knowing an IP addresses is to government. Most home connections get a new IP address whenever the router is switched off and back on again.

    So say someone posts a comment that is of interest in an investigation, such as the link to the Climategate material that was posted on Tallbloke’s blog. The police will will demand the commenter’s IP address from the blog owner. Then they look up which Internet Service Provider (ISP) it had been allocated to – an ISP will have a big block of IP addresses for their customers’ connections. Next the police will contact that ISP and demand to know which individual ‘phone line had that individual IP address at the time and date that the comment was posted.

    So “your” IP address on its own can only reveal which ISP supplies your connection. Legal powers or mass-surveillance capabilities are needed in order to correlate an IP address with a specific ‘phone line.

  • Tarik Toulan

    Dear Sir,

    I’ve had the honour to come across your great website following my reading of the Wikipedia article about your truth-loving character.

    Please keep up your great battle for the truth. Wish you all the best.

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