I, Daniel Blake 773

More space has been devoted by the mainstream media in the last week to the terrible effects of “austerity” on the vulnerable, than in total since the Westminster election. That is entirely in the context of Ken Loach’s Cannes Palme d’Or winning film I, Daniel Blake. The film itself will now get a much greater cinema distribution than it might otherwise have anticipated. I think it is worth highlighting some excellent points made at the winners’ press conference:

Ken Loach:

We talked about finding a style that was absolutely clear and plain and unadorned…there’s a quotation from Bertolt Brecht…”and I always thought the simplest of words must suffice. When I say what things are like, it will break the hearts of all”. And the thing that we tried to do is to say what things are like, because it not only breaks your heart, but it should make you angry.

It is an issue not just for people in our country, but all across Europe. There is a conscious cruelty in the way we are organising our lives now, where the most vulnerable people are told that their poverty is their own fault. If you have no work, it’s your fault you haven’t got a job. Never mind that… throughout Europe there’s mass unemployment and in Britain there’s two million known unemployed but in reality four million. And the most vulnerable people are caught, disabled people are caught. The increase in suicides… in fact in the places where these assessments take place, some people who work there have been given instructions on how to deal with potential suicides, so they know this is going on… It is deeply shocking that this is happening at the heart of our world… the heart of it is a shocking, shocking policy.

Paul Laverty (scriptwriter):

After travelling the country, in Scotland and all the way down to England, travelling round foodbanks, listening to people’s stories, talking to welfare rights organisations, disabled groups, what was remarkable was how many of the most vulnerable people were the ones who bore the brunt of it. Now in this particular instance Daniel is a very competent man who has had a life of work, who’s got friends, who’s smart, intelligent, he’s had a very, very full life. But what really amazed us was talking to experts… the people who work with mental health, the stories we heard about that would just break your heart.

The people who are disabled, they have suffered six times more from the cuts than anyone else, and there was a remarkable phrase by one of the civil servants we heard who talked about the cuts, who said “low-lying fruit”, in other words the easy targets. So this story could have been much harsher, it could have been somebody with mental health difficulties… we could have told a story from someone who is much more vulnerable, much more heartbreaking.

I think it’s very important to remember too the systematic nature of it….talking to whistleblowers, people who worked inside the Department of Work and Pensions… there are several people we met, and they spoke to us anonymously, and they said they were humiliated how they were forced to treat the public. So there is nothing accidental about it, and it is affecting a huge section of the population.

I have inveighed long and hard against the massive increase in the wealth gap between the rich and poor in the UK and in the West in general. It is great to see popular resistance today in France to the extreme erosion of workers’ rights that has facilitated this.

In an indisputable measure of the growing inequality in society, the life expectancy gap between rich and poor is growing for the first time in 150 years. Let me say that again. The life expectancy gap between rich and poor is growing for the first time in 150 years. Our desperately unequal society now becomes more unequal at an exponential rate. The UK has more than 100 billionaires, and it has foodbanks and children crying from hunger, not developing properly due to malnutrition. I sense a true swelling of popular discontent that has the potential to break through the consent manufactured by a billionaire-owned media and billionaire-owned politicians.

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  • giyane

    Crawl back under your stones , you snivelling trolls, sandhopper Jim, gastropod Habba, Nonce 1 and Recidivist insect.
    what a load of absolute drivel you all spin. Like creatures out Roald Dahl James and the giant peach.
    Oh yes I forgot about James. Another specimen of troll lying and liedom.

  • Macky

    @Dim Jim, Unfortunately I’m old enough to remember when Tatchell first came to public attention in the early 1980’s, so my opinion of him is based on many decades of his various activities.

    The only slur here is your one about my comment being homophobic.

    If I stated that Tatchell is warmongering on Syria, and providing links that evidenced that to be so; it doesn’t mean that I also either agree or disagree with whatever else those links may state. However commonsense tells you that if Tatchell is advocating for the illegal overthrow of the legitimate Government of Syria, then yes he is helping all those who seek the same goal.

    So your reply consisted of one non-point, a repeat smear, and another non-point, but hey at least you didn’t make a banana of yourself this time by bringing up Mr Nassar. 😀

    Your non-reply to ROS is also both indicative & revealing of exactly why you are a troll; ROS pointed out that he was linking to the article to highlight the fact that yesterday you were decrying that at a Stop the War meeting, they didn’t allow pro-war voices to be heard (!), yet here was your hero Tatchell being paid-back for doing that sort of censorship himself; you skimp over this by claiming that Tatchell original act of censorship was “utterly absurd” to be considered a crime (!), and so went off on an sidetracking attack on ROS because the actual article was in support of Tatchell, which was/is irrelevant as to why ROS brought it to your attention in the first place.

    Trolls, by their non-answers you will know them !

    • Jim

      Osama Nassar is not a ‘pro-war voice’ you halfwit. And don’t try to tell me your pathetic links in any way convince that Peter Tatchell is a war-monger either. Or an advocate for arming Isis, which I’ve drawn your attention to now twice. And RoS in his delusion linked to an article passionately defending Peter Tatchell from the idiots who’ve been making his life a misery. The point of the article was to show them up for the disgraceful idiots they are, not to praise their idiocy. Your insinuation was blatantly homophobic and unpleasant. And unfortunately for you, on full public display, so no amount of pleading innocence will transform that.

      • Macky

        @Dim Jim, I didn’t state Osama Nassar is pro-war so better get your eyes check; my objection (aside from the dubious source for his story) is that his misery & suffering is being cynically being used by war-mongers like yourself to agitate for military action against Syria, ie another illegal war; surely you can get this simple point into your dimmest of dim minds

        Peter Thatchell is a war-monger; his record on all the recent wars proves it whetever you like it or not.

        The point of the article that ROS linked was is irreverent to the point he was making to you, ie YOUR hypocrisy.

        Repeating a smear doesn’t make it true, but yes fortunately the record is there for people to read & decide for themselves.

        • Ji

          You stated that I was ‘decrying that at a Stop the War meeting, they didn’t allow pro-war voices to be heard(!)’. I said no such thing. Syrian activists like Osama Nassar, who not a few hours ago you were claiming to empathise with (although the evidence for your advocacy is still forthcoming) are now being smeared as war-mongers. Theirs are the voices Peter Tatchell is calling to be given a hearing. Your claims of empathy let alone advocacy are non-existent.

          And again regarding your question earlier as to my ‘intimate relations with’ Peter Tatchell. You now claim to have been aware of his activist work since the ’80s. So you are fully aware of his position as one of the most high profile activists for gay rights. Your slur was transparently homophobic in its insinuation. Your further comments regarding ‘dirty minds’ reveals your distaste for the idea of homosexuality. You truly are an odious twerp.

          • Macky

            @Dim Jim, Given that Tatchall is advocating military intervention in Syria, given that it was a Stop the War meeting, what are the chances the people Tatchell was complaining didn’t get a chance to speak, shared the same viewpoint as himself ? Why else would they have not being allowed to speak ? Answer, Good chance probably because they were known to be either openly or covertly pro-war !

            Your shameless smear gets more shamless ! You dishonestly claim that I wrote “‘intimate relations with’, whereas the record shows that the question was; “Dim Jim, a serious question, are you intimately connected to Tatchell ?” A legitimate question in view of your fierce & passionate defence & extolling of Tatchell as a “superb person”, a stance implying personal knowledge. That you sink so low as to now falsify my words, again proves what a disgusting, smearing, straw-clutching, lowlife lying troll you truly are.

        • Jim

          You can keep on with the smears forever regarding Peter Tatchell the war-monger. His activist history speaks for itself, he is a humanitarian who advocates on behalf of the marginalised and voiceless. He’s become something of a National treasure actually (after years of foul abuse from the right wing press in this country). For a blatant homophobic russbot troll like yourself to dare to even talk about him war-mongering is nauseating.

          • Macky

            @Dim Jim, your head in the sand denial about Thatchell is comical ! 😀

            “On the issue of war, though, he has made a habit in recent years of saying ‘I am anti-war – but here is my pro-war demand, and if the left / anti-war movement don’t go along with it, shame on them!’.

            Here he is basically saying ‘I am anti-war, but the occupation of Afghanistan must continue for the good of Afghans’.

            And here he is basically saying ‘I am anti-war, but Libya must be bombed for the good of Libyans’.

            Even as far back as 2003, he was arguing for a kind of ‘intervention lite’ approach to Iraq, writing that while he was opposed to an outright invasion, ‘The international community should train and arm the Iraqi opposition forces, especially the Kurds and Shias who already have viable armies’, providing ‘tanks, helicopter gun-ships, fighter planes, heavy artillery and anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles’.”


            Your problem is that it’s not just me who has sussed out Tatchell for the fake that he is, there are so many others & I keep coming across more all the time now !;


          • Jim

            I agree with him regarding what you call the ‘intervention light’ approach which would not amount to outright invasion. The Kurds under Saddam would have loved to have been given support by Bush 1 years before. That is about as feeble an accusation of ‘war-mongering’ as your assertion that calling for Syrian activist voices to be given space is advocating for war.

          • Jim

            And the same old links to the no-fly zone stuff. Feeble dissembling as ever. Not to mention the outright lies about calling for Isis to be armed. Still no reply in that one eh?

      • Macky

        @Dim Jim, Yes Thatchell is such an advocate of Free Speech ! 😀

        “Peter Tatchell has little credibility as a free-speech defender.

        Tatchell has a long record of urging that public platforms be denied members of ethnic and religious groups, especially He has called for banning so-called “Islamist” speakers from Universities. He has even demanded mosques apologise “for hosting homophobic hate preachers” and give “assurances that they will not host them again.” Tatchell claims the right to decide who qualifies as a “homophobic hate preacher”; what counts is not inciting violence or any tangible threats to LGBT Londoners, but rather simply expressing religious opinions about homosexual acts. The peculiar urgency with which Tatchell targets Muslims lends credibility to the charge of racial insensitivity.

        Tatchell retaliates harshly against critics of his actions. In 2015, he signed an open letter which appeared to be about free speech but which contained vague but pointed references to “some demands made by trans activists.” When transgender advocates objected – many taking to social media to challenge what they saw as a colleague’s betrayal – Tatchell accused them, collectively and falsely, of threatening him; he called them a “Twitter mob who vowed to kill me.” (The defamatory claim smeared all transgender activists on the basis of one person’s lone Tweet.) Transgender campaigner Sarah Brown faced social-media abuse herself after Tatchell singled her out as a critic. Tatchell also turned to vicious trans-haters in the right-wing media to spread his message of victimhood, seeking support from Milo Yiannopoulos (who says “Transgenderism is a psychiatric disorder”) and Brendan O’Neill (who dismisses the right to change one’s gender markers on identity papers as “Orwellianism”). Those who use transphobes to attack trans people invite the accusation of transphobia.

        Tatchell has also repeatedly assaulted academic freedom – especially ironic in this situation. In 2009, Raw Nerve Press, a small feminist publisher, withdrew a book containing an article critical of his political stances after pressure exerted by Peter Tatchell and his legal team. He compelled the publisher to publish a lengthy apology praising him fulsomely. He also attacked the authors, three scholars of colour, in a broad media campaign, calling his critics “twisted academics.”

        Tatchell used similar threats under the UK’s then draconian libel law to force Routledge to pulp a book containing a peer-reviewed article by Scott Long of Human Rights Watch, critical of Tatchell’s factual claims and methods around Iran. Not content with suppressing the article, Tatchell also pursued Human Rights Watch with legal threats; staffers of Tatchell’s Foundation have harassed Long subsequently. The express aim of Tatchell’s tactics was to suppress public criticism of himself.

        Tatchell censors others. His claims to be a victim of censorship would hardly gain traction – save that they play strategically into a furor over so-called “no-platforming.””


  • Macky

    Wit & Wisdom of Peter Tatchell;

    “The Bible is to gays what Mein Kampf is to Jews.”
    Quote by Peter Tatchell

    “The positive nature of some child-adult sexual relationships is not confined to non-Western cultures. Several of my friends – gay and straight, male and female – had sex with adults from the ages of nine to 13. None feel they were abused. All say it was their conscious choice and gave them great joy.”
    Quote by Peter Tatchell

    • Jim

      So your homophobia even extends to the age old trope of all gay men being paedophiles. Priceless! And not surprising really coming from a place where anti-gay prejudice not to mention laws are by now notorious worldwide.

          • Macky

            @Dim Jim,

            Here you go;

            “Your shameless smear gets more shamless ! You dishonestly claim that I wrote “‘intimate relations with’, whereas the record shows that the question was; “Dim Jim, a serious question, are you intimately connected to Tatchell ?” A legitimate question in view of your fierce & passionate defence & extolling of Tatchell as a “superb person”, a stance implying personal knowledge. That you sink so low as to now falsify my words, again proves what a disgusting, smearing, straw-clutching, lowlife lying troll you truly are.”

            [email protected] https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2016/05/i-daniel-blake/comment-page-5/#comment-600212

          • Jim

            I already answered that and referenced your claim to have known of Peter Tatchell since the ’80s. His fame (notoriety in the sleazy right wing press) was as a gay activist. This made the tenor of your insinuation even more reprehensible, as you can not now claim not to have known. And you also gave away your obvious distaste for homosexuality by the use of the phrase ‘dirty mind’. There you go, all repeated again for you and whoever is going to see it.

      • Macky

        @Dim Jim, I bet you would take a very different attitude to those quotes if they were by stated by a Muslim, or indeed anybody else ! 😀

          • Macky

            @Dim Jim, These quotes O Dim One !;

            “The Bible is to gays what Mein Kampf is to Jews.”
            Quote by Peter Tatchell

            “The positive nature of some child-adult sexual relationships is not confined to non-Western cultures. Several of my friends – gay and straight, male and female – had sex with adults from the ages of nine to 13. None feel they were abused. All say it was their conscious choice and gave them great joy.”
            Quote by Peter Tatchell

          • Jim

            Yes, what had that got to do with Muslims? The bible is very anti homosexual, surely you can’t pretend not to know that? The trope linking gay men to paedophilia is notorious by the way, surely you aren’t unaware?

  • Macky

    This quote about Tatchell applies to his warmongering supporters here too;

    “Tatchell should be on blacklists of neocon war criminals and their media collaborators who hallucinate about their grand liberal responsibility to kill people. It is people like him who have the blood of the Syrian people on their hands, and who have the blood of Iraq and Libya on their hands. Tatchell isn’t morally entitled to open his mouth, much less lecture peace activists.”


  • Macky

    This quote about Tatchell applies to his warmongering supporters here too;

    “Tatchell should be on blacklists of neocon war criminals and their media collaborators who hallucinate about their grand liberal responsibility to kill people. It is people like him who have the blood of the Syrian people on their hands, and who have the blood of Iraq and Libya on their hands. Tatchell isn’t morally entitled to open his mouth, much less lecture peace activists.”


  • Macky

    @Dim Jim, so your support for war mongering against Syria, leads you to defend a man who openly advocates paedophilia, and is prepared to use the Holocaust as a prop to demonise all Christians ?

    You really are beyond just merely being dim !

    • Jim

      My support for voiceless people like Osama Nassar and those who advocate for them leads me to support a good man who you are ceaselessly attempting to smear with your homophobic insinuations. The bible is full of violently anti homosexual imagery, this has zero to do with either Muslims or Christians in the 21st Century.

      • Macky

        Missing the point Dim Jim, Tatchell shamelessly resorts to using the Nazi Holocaust as a prop to promote Gay Rights & to bash Christians. Why do you support such a vile venal person ? Do you think his encouragement of pedophilia is something to overlook also ?!

        • Jim

          It’s an old slur, they were trying to smear Germaine Greer with the same filth when she wrote a book about young boys a few years ago. You need to keep up. If you were a gay person in many African nations with the death penalty for homosexuality (something your political bosses would probably be not too worried about) then the use of the bible as a case against you may very well make you feel somewhat like a Jewish resident of a German city in the late ’30s. Contemptible smearing again. And I’m still very impressed with the speed with which you’ve come on with your Linguaphone course. Congratulations!

  • Silvio

    Some historical background on CIA meddling in Syria and the Middle East from the 1940s until today from Robert Kennedy Jr.

    Syria: Another Pipeline War
    by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

    During the 1950’s, President Eisenhower and the Dulles brothers rebuffed Soviet treaty proposals to leave the Middle East a cold war neutral zone and let Arabs rule Arabia. Instead, they mounted a clandestine war against Arab Nationalism—which CIA Director Allan Dulles equated with communism—particularly when Arab self-rule threatened oil concessions. They pumped secret American military aid to tyrants in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon favoring puppets with conservative Jihadist ideologies which they regarded as a reliable antidote to Soviet Marxism. At a White House meeting between the CIA’s Director of Plans, Frank Wisner, and Secretary of State, John Foster Dulles, in September of 1957, Eisenhower advised the agency, “We should do everything possible to stress the ‘holy war’ aspect.”

    The CIA began its active meddling in Syria in 1949—barely a year after the agency’s creation. Syrian patriots had declared war on the Nazis, expelled their Vichy French colonial rulers and crafted a fragile secularist democracy based on the American model. But in March of 1949, Syria’s democratically elected president, Shukri-al-Kuwaiti, hesitated to approve the Trans Arabian Pipeline, an American project intended to connect the oil fields of Saudi Arabia to the ports of Lebanon via Syria. In his book, Legacy of Ashes, CIA historian Tim Weiner recounts that in retaliation, the CIA engineered a coup, replacing al-Kuwaiti with the CIA’s handpicked dictator, a convicted swindler named Husni al-Za’im. Al-Za’im barely had time to dissolve parliament and approve the American pipeline before his countrymen deposed him, 14 weeks into his regime.

    More at:

    • Resident Dissident

      I look forward to Silvio’s history of KGB meddling in Syria – just who exactly supplied the Assad monarchy with its weapons and the model/training for its security services?

    • giyane


      Throughout the ’70s and 80’s the CIA was working in Iran to catch the disaffected youth of Sunni Kurdistan who were living under Saddam Hussain to the jihadist / colonial cause. They were fed with takfiri tripe about throwing gays of rooftops and blowing up civilians . Most of the CIA’s catch reside in safety in the EU while the actual CIA jihad is carried out by Saudi thugs and recruits from Ex-Soviet satellites recruited by money by Stalin Erdogan.

      If only, if only we could get out to join the Holy War instead of having to drive our 4 x 4 s up the peaceful Fjords for picnics in the Scandinavian sun. It isn’t a Holy War, it’s a USUKIS colonial campaign to stress the Muslims to the limit of their patience. Assad and Erdogan are Hababkuk and Jim, wasters and frauds. Hababkuk posing as a former diplomat and Jim posing as a working James Bond doll which you can fill up with toddler milk and ejaculate all over Barbie doll.

      Assad and Erdogan are Turkey-Syrian border Alawites, posing as Muslims, and the sects of Shi’a and Wahhabi takfirism are exactly the same – nothing to do with Islam.

    • Republicofscotland


      All very interesting stuff, but Britain (and I see some of the British techniques used extensively by the USA post 1950’s) had been doing the exact same thing (effectively, I might add) since and possibly longer, than the beginning of the 20th century.

      I know I’ve mentioned Mark Curtis’s book Secret Affairs on several occasions in here. I can’t urge you enough to read his book, which contain information from many declassified British documents, which proves how Britain operated in the Middle East, and other regions.

    • Alan

      Some historical background on CIA meddling in Southern America:


      The School of the Americas (SOA) is a combat training school for Latin American soldiers, located at Fort Benning, Georgia. In 2001 renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC).

      It was initially established in Panama in 1946 however it was expelled from Panama in 1984 under the terms of the Panama Canal Treaty (article iv) and reinforced under the Treaty Concerning the Permanent Neutrality and Operation of the Panama Canal (article v).

      Former Panamanian President, Jorge Illueca, stated that the School of the Americas was the “biggest base for destabilization in Latin America.” The SOA have left a trail of blood and suffering in every country where its graduates have returned. For this reason the School of the Americas has been historically dubbed the “School of Assassins”.

      Since 1946, the SOA has trained over 64,000 Latin American soldiers in counterinsurgency techniques, sniper training, commando and psychological warfare, military intelligence and interrogation tactics. These graduates have consistently used their skills to wage a war against their own people. Among those targeted by SOA graduates are educators, union organizers, religious workers, student leaders, and others who work for the rights of the poor. Hundreds of thousands of Latin Americans have been tortured, raped, assassinated, “disappeared,” massacred, and forced into refugee by those trained at the School of Assassins.

  • Macky

    Resident Dissident ; “just who exactly supplied the Assad monarchy with its weapons and the model/training for its security services?”

    Pathetic juvenile response; the ecowatch.com link gives a long & scholarly account of how after WW2 the US murderously sabotaged Arab democracy in the Middle East, especially iro Syria, Iraq & Iran, and the best he can come back with is that such countries under constant destabilising seditions attacks sponsored by the US, may have bought weapons from countries he doesn’t like ! 😀

    I think it was Golda Meir who when on a trade tour of Africa to promote Israeli interests, was asked by a opposition leader of a certain country engaged in a independence war with colonial France, as to why they should do business with Israel when Israel was buying most of its weapons from France ? She replied along the lines of “We would buy weapons from the Devil himself to ensure our survival” ; A view point that I dare the hypocrite Resident Dissident to criticise !

    Also if he feels so strongly about supplying weapons to repressive States, what does he say about where the UK sells, and to where it sells most of its weapons according to in this report ?:


  • Macky

    Resident Dissident (iro Peter Tatchell);”He is a genuinely nice and compassionate person”

    Peter Tatchell; ““The positive nature of some child-adult sexual relationships is not confined to non-Western cultures. Several of my friends – gay and straight, male and female – had sex with adults from the ages of nine to 13. None feel they were abused. All say it was their conscious choice and gave them great joy.”

    Peter Tatchell; ““The Bible is to gays what Mein Kampf is to Jews.”


    • giyane

      Macky, darling

      So sorry for intruding, but is it necessary to engage with the troll Jim?

      Peter Tatchell may be a very nice man but unfortunately nothing to do with Tory eugenics class war against disabled people. Would you allow ants in your pants? why do let these invertebrates get under your skin?

        • michael norton

          The real point is:
          Armenia was the first country in the World to declare for Christianity.
          Towards the end of the First World War the Islamists decided to pin the blame ( for loosing their empire)
          on the Christian Armenians – final solution – get rid of the Christians,
          leaving an Islamic Turkey.

          • Laguerre

            “Towards the end of the First World War the Islamists decided to pin the blame ( for loosing their empire) on the Christian Armenians”

            More Christian bigots letting themselves go – it wasn’t at the end of the war, it was in 1915, when the war was not lost. And it wasn’t as though the Armenians were innocent – they decided to side with the Russians against the Turks. That kind of foolish behaviour often leads to massacres. You make your decisions and you take your chances.

      • Macky

        @giyane, no not necessary at all, but I’m only human & sometimes cannot resists grinding Troll’s faces into their own filth; a weakness that I can’t always control ! 😀

        You occasionally suffer from the same affliction I notice ! 🙂

        • giyane

          I don’t discuss or pick up their poops in inverted plastic bags and pocket them for safe disposal at the park gate. Not my job.
          But yes I do turn up here and find them showing off their backsides and hackles as if they owned the place. I’m not saying don’t hit them until they run away like cowards to their GCHQ kennels.

        • giyane

          Wiki – fishermans sorry troll bitch’s friend, covers bad breath from eating GCHQ fermented bonesmeal with added bitchumens for healthy lying.
          One could go on , if like them, on ‘ad the time

          • Jim

            You’re a fan of Meysann’s ‘ouevre’ aren’t you? The French Icke ticks all the requisite credibility boxes.

  • giyane

    Sorry Macky, the new blog format of individual reply makes my Eh? look like a reply to you.
    I noticed the body-language-spooks had run off for their elevenses and I was taunting Jim with his own village idiot ‘Eh?’
    When he opens his cur-like grin to utter Eh? you could slip some liquid turd in like Calpol.
    Probably eat it with relish. You can’t win.

  • Alan

    Modern servitude is voluntary, consented to by the mass of slaves who trudge along the face of the Earth. They themselves buy the commodities that enslave them every day more. Slaves procure alienating jobs that are bestowed upon the tamed. They, themselves, choose the masters whom they will obey. For this absurd tragedy to play-out, it has been necessary to breed in them the ignorance of their own exploitation and alienation. Behold the bizarre modernity of our time. As with the slaves of antiquity, serfs of the Middle Ages or the working-class of the first industrial revolutions, today we bear witness to an emerging class of the totally enslaved. The difference being that they don’t know it or better yet choose to ignore it. They fail to recognize the one weapon available to the enslaved: rebellion. Slaves accept without question the pitiful life that was manufactured on their behalf. Apathy and resignation are the sources of their misfortune.


  • Macky

    @Dim Jim, just self-excusing back-pedaling from Tatchell, trying to distance himself from his crystal clearing previous statements, no wonder he felt obliged to “clarify” his views !

    Anyhow here’s a little message to share with your fellow toy-soldiers pissing about in North Wales, (is the Habba-Clown with you, he also goes likes to go on frequent “Runs” ! 😀 )


  • Alan

    Any mode of production which is contradictory and has reached the limits of its ability to expand, sooner or later is bound to disintegrate and then collapse. However, before the final demise, such modes of production go through periods of convulsion and struggle as those who benefit from them make repeated desperate efforts to stave off the inevitable end of ‘their’ system.


    In the present case the system is the Totalitarian Mercantile Society. AKA Terrorists.

  • Republicofscotland

    Last night I asked our prolific posting humanitarian, (humanitarian in a strictly fictional sense of course) Jim, what he thought of George Galloway.

    Jim replied “He’s beneath contempt” or words to that effect.

    Well Jim, I’m rather surprised at that response, and I’ll tell you why.

    Galloway has accompained many a relief convoy into war torn regions to deliver aid, and on several occasions risked his life to do so. Galloway has practiced Jim, what you can only preach from your keyboard.

    So I find it rather, disconcerting that you Jim, a passionate humanitarian, in the literal sense of course, would be so damning of a fellow humanitarian.

    Still maybe one day you’ll regale us all with your tales of adventure, carrying out humanitarian work, across the high seas, then again, maybe not, seems a more likely outcome.

  • Republicofscotland

    “A 15-year-old girl was kicked out of a speech competition on Sunday for “propaganda” after delivering a winning speech on the rights of Palestinians and Muslims.”

    “Why is it called a ‘Speak Out Challenge’ when I am then silenced?” Mohamad later tweeted, complaining of the litany of abuse she has faced on social media. “Absolutely appalled to receive such hateful messages from adults on Twitter. I’m 15 years old, you should be ashamed,” she tweeted.”


    If the poor girl had been Ukranian and musing over the deportation of Tartar’s from the Crimea, in 1944, that, I’d imagine would’ve been acceptable.

  • Republicofscotland

    “Israel is aiming to build an international coalition to force the world’s leading social media giants to prevent their platforms from being abused to peddle incitement to terrorism.”

    “The move, which was unveiled by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan at Sunday’s cabinet meeting, aims at requiring Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and other social networks to take greater responsibility for such content.”


    It could be that Israel, is attempting to stifle, the voice of free speech on social media, under the guise of hate speech. If that set of circumstances were to prevail, it would be a sad day for social media, and for the vox populi as a whole.

  • Republicofscotland

    I’m beginning to see why the Brexit vote, appeals to some.

    “A local family in the Swedish city of Lidingö has been ordered by the government to leave their home so that it can be given to migrants arriving from a foreign country.”

    “Sweden is not the only European government that is turfing its own citizens out of social housing to accommodate the influx of Muslim migrants.”

    “While migrants are in some cases enjoying all the comforts of good quality hotels, low income Germans are being ordered to leave their homes.
    As the Telegraph reported, Germans are beginning to receive notices of eviction to make way for asylum seekers.”

    “Germany is spending €600 million euros per year housing migrants in upmarket Berlin hotels at a cost of €18,000 per “refugee,” while the city’s 10,000 homeless population will remain on the streets.”


    • Republicofscotland

      Re my last comment.

      I wonder what our resident “humanitarian” Jim, thinks of that Swedish family’s plight. It probably won’t capture his imagination, oh well.

      • fred

        Maybe if you had mentioned that the house the family is in is emergency temporary housing which they took on a six month contract which has already been extended once. It wasn’t meant to be a permanent home, it’s a place for people with nowhere else to go to stay till they find somewhere permanent. The local authorities keep these houses for people like battered wives, families made suddenly homeless and yes, refugees with nowhere else to go until they can find somewhere to live.

  • Republicofscotland

    Pressure mounts on Brazil’s president, Michel Temer, over corruption.


    With the Olympic Games due to begin in August 5th of this year, one wonders what other scandalous, corruption stories will raise their ugly heads, prior to the lighting of the flame. The lighting of the flame commemorates, the theft of fire from the Greek gods, how fitting.

  • Tony_0pmoc

    I have got a complaint to make about Western Technology. Most of it is now getting Worse.

    Take Digital photography for example…

    The quality improved exponentially from 2000 to 2010 – and Peaked about 2011-2012.

    Since then – then manufacturers – have been removing many of the best features, building their cameras with poorer quality materials – so if you drop it – it breaks and you have to buy another (to maximize their profits – but showing they really do not give a shiit – about either quality – or their customers) – because now – in effect – all the companies building these products are a monopoly of elephants. They are effectively the same company – they might have 5 or 6 different names – but they are in effect – a closed shop. They have no competition…

    I could write – the same stuff – except in much greater details about the computer industry…

    If you want to buy the best camera, or the best computer – in terms of not just value for money – but actual pure quality – buy second hand – obviously well cared for – or never really used…that’s 3-5 years old. It will be a 5th of the cost and 5 times better than the shiite they are flogging now…I sent mine back to Amazon – wtf is this piece of shiit you sent? I asked please can I have my money back – cos I asked nicely, and I was telling the truth (exaggerating a bit) they said well cos its you yes – actually she was dead sweet – and I have always found Amazon very helpful when returning goods…

    Well I am obviously useless at slagging off the Americans….but This is The Russians in America Version…

    They are not so polite.


    “Tuesday, May 31, 2016”
    “A Russian Warning”



    We, the undersigned, are Russians living and working in the USA. We have been watching with increasing anxiety as the current US and NATO policies have set us on an extremely dangerous collision course with the Russian Federation, as well as with China. Many respected, patriotic Americans, such as Paul Craig Roberts, Stephen Cohen, Philip Giraldi, Ray McGovern and many others have been issuing warnings of a looming a Third World War. But their voices have been all but lost among the din of a mass media that is full of deceptive and inaccurate stories that characterize the Russian economy as being in shambles and the Russian military as weak—all based on no evidence. But we—knowing both Russian history and the current state of Russian society and the Russian military, cannot swallow these lies. We now feel that it is our duty, as Russians living in the US, to warn the American people that they are being lied to, and to tell them the truth. And the truth is simply this:

    If there is going to be a war with Russia, then the United States
    will most certainly be destroyed, and most of us will end up dead.”

  • Macky

    @Laguerre/Michael Norton, Religion is the convenient pretext that some like to use iro of the Armenian Genocide; the real factor was Turkish Nationalism/Chauvinism, which the conquering Turks always directed towards the original indigenous inhabitants of Asia Minor;

    Following WWI, the defeated Turks, under the leadership of the Young Turks, set about creating a new Turkish nation from the ruins of the Ottoman Empire; they consciously planned for it to be for ethnic Turks only, and deliberately drew up plans to exterminate/remove all non-Turkic minorities. These plans existed, have survived & have been found by scholars.

    This canard about it being because some Armenians sided with Russians, is simply not true, and is the despicable lying excuse that Turkey uses itself to justify some “mistreatment”, ie the “fog of war”, etc; the historical record actually shows that there were regular mass massacres of Armenians (& others) throughout the 19th Century & before.

    There is a huge volume of serious academic work that dissects exactly what happened & what factors were involved, I urge you both to consult some of it, before making cavalier statements about such a serious subject.

  • Silvio

    War mongering, hubris-filled neocons (AKA the US government) caught in a major lie. Hard to believe, I know, but all is fair in love and the cold war.

    Russia’s got a point: The U.S. broke a NATO promise
    by Joshua R. Itzkowitz Shifrinson

    In early February 1990, U.S. leaders made the Soviets an offer. According to transcripts of meetings in Moscow on Feb. 9, then-Secretary of State James Baker suggested that in exchange for cooperation on Germany, U.S. could make “iron-clad guarantees” that NATO would not expand “one inch eastward.” Less than a week later, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev agreed to begin reunification talks. No formal deal was struck, but from all the evidence, the quid pro quo was clear: Gorbachev acceded to Germany’s western alignment and the U.S. would limit NATO’s expansion.

    Nevertheless, great powers rarely tie their own hands. In internal memorandums and notes, U.S. policymakers soon realized that ruling out NATO’s expansion might not be in the best interests of the United States. By late February, Bush and his advisers had decided to leave the door open.


  • Ben Monad

    Digital photography is a joke. If you have digital basketball game software and you think you are actually playing basketball, then this media is for you.

    Film photography is the art that was left behind.

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