Tempting Fate 270


This is the third time I have posted that there is a temporary hiatus in blogging but nothing to worry about, and subsequently ended up in hospital. Just discharged from Edinburgh Royal Infirmary after losing an unexpected argument with a piece of agricultural machinery. Between Eden Festival and that, I have missed the most fascinating fortnight in politics this year. Next time I have a break I shall put up a post asking you to worry a lot, then hopefully nothing will happen.


270 thoughts on “Tempting Fate

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  • quasi_verbatim

    One Brexit Dividend to be relished is the Maysian Executive Hegemony. The progessive sidelining of Parliament, shot through as it is with feminist vacuity, paves the way for a new constitutional settlement.

    May has become the indispensable icon to buccaneering Britain, like Elizabeth I before her.

      • Macky

        It’s been taken down ! That was quick, but not surprised as it was a very powerful & strong speech, made at the Freedom fo Assange Rally in Sydney yesterday; hopefully it will re-surface somewhere soon.

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  • Sharp Ears

    Gaza.

    All Lives Matter?
    by Raymond Nat Turner / June 17th, 2018

    Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind;
    And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
    — John Donne

    Two celebrities died this week
    Pundits pooled barrels of ink coast to coast;
    Kleenex flew from shelves; and
    Facebook filled with philosophical wealth;
    “So sad” trended, looped exponentially…

    123 Palestinians were
    systematically slaughtered…
    Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…
    A moment of silence—
    70 years…

    https://dissidentvoice.org/2018/06/all-lives-matter/

    and

    Will the Slaughter in Gaza Finally Prick the International Conscience for Firm Action?
    by Stuart Littlewood / June 16th, 2018

    “We cannot allow the Israeli Government to treat Palestinian lives as inferior to their own, which is what they consistently do,” David Steel tells the House of Lords.

    I’d like to share with you the speech by Steel (aka Lord Steel of Aikwood) in a recent House of Lords debate, the motion being ‘That this House takes note of the situation in the Palestinian Territories’. Steel himself opened proceedings with as good a summing-up of the appalling situation as I have heard anywhere.

    /..
    https://dissidentvoice.org/2018/06/will-the-slaughter-in-gaza-finally-prick-the-international-conscience-for-firm-action

    • Sharp Ears

      The biographical note for the poet above in which I noticed a performance in Ghana and his association with that wonderful woman, the President the Americans never had, Cynthia McKinney.
      :
      ‘Raymond Nat Turner is a NYC poet privileged to have read at the Harriet Tubman Centennial Symposium. He is Artistic Director of the stalwart JazzPoetry Ensemble UpSurge and has appeared at numerous festivals and venues including the Monterey Jazz Festival and Panafest in Ghana West Africa. He currently is Poet-in-Residence at Black Agenda Report. Turner has opened for such people as James Baldwin, People’s Advocate Cynthia McKinney, radical sportswriter Dave Zirin and CA Congresswoman Barbara Lee following her lone vote against attacking Afghanistan.’

      His website. http://upsurgejazz.com/ See the Frederick Douglass memorial for 4th July.

  • Paul Barbara

    ‘MATTIS: PUTIN IS TRYING TO “UNDERMINE AMERICA’S MORAL AUTHORITY”:
    https://southfront.org/mattis-putin-is-trying-to-undermine-americas-moral-authority/

    Amazing put-down by Caitlin Johnstone of US Secretary of Defense James Mattis and the US regime – must read:
    ‘This would be the same James Mattis who’s been overseeing the war crimescommitted by America’s armed forces during their illegal occupation of Syria. This would be the same United States of America that was born of the genocide of indigenous tribes and the labor of African slaves, which slaughtered millions in Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Iraq, Libya and Syria for no legitimate reason, which is partnered with Ukrainian Nazis, jihadist factions in Syria and Iranian terror cultists, which supports 73 percent of the world’s dictators, which interferes constantly in the electoral processesof other countries as a matter of policy, which stages coups around the world, which has encircled the globe with military bases, whose FBI still targets black civil rights activists for persecution to this very day, which routinely enters into undeclared wars of aggression against noncompliant governments to advance plutocratic interests, which remains the only country ever to use nuclear weapons on human beings after doing so completely needlessly in Japan, and which is functionally a corporatist oligarchy with no meaningful “democratic model” in place at all…..’

    • Paul Barbara

      @ cimarrón June 18, 2018 at 10:42
      It was indeed a very powerful testimony.

    • Sharp Ears

      Thanks. Why was the comment removed? What was wrong with it? Whose comment was it?

      • cimarrón

        Sharp Ears,

        I can’t remember the name of the commenter. It was not a name I’ve seen here ever before. It was a very long name with something like ‘de Malta’, or somesuch, at the end of it.

        • cimarrón

          Sharp Ears,

          As regards content of the comment, as far as I remember, there was some little innocuous preamble, then the video link, and a suggestion that Craig might do a ‘blog’ about it, obviously meaning a ‘post’.

      • Paul Barbara

        PS The idea of asking Craig to do a post on it was also an excellent one; he has covered that sort of story before.

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