Monthly Archives: November 2012

What Do The Taliban And The BBC Have In Common ?

Taliban

Before……. and After the Taliban

BBC

Before and……and After the BBC

Yes, that’s right, they both destroy great works of art in pursuit of their closed minded ideology.

Banksy, to my mind the UK’s greatest living artist (and actually, yes, I could justify that statement) created a piece of meaningful art outside of BBC Television Centre in central London which summed up just how disillusioned the British public, especially of my generation, feel right now. It was the poignant image of a young boy dropping his ‘Jim’ll Fix It’ medal into a drain. The BBC sent the workmen in to scrub it away.

Why ? Because it implied criticism of the corporation. All great art speaks, all great art stimulates thought, all great art, from Giotto via Manet’s ‘Olympia’ and beyond Picasso’s ‘Guernica’ to the present day, has been provocative.

The cultural philistines at the BBC can have as many Yentob inspired documentaries as they like but until they put artistic creation above managerial expediency they can never be a Corporation that Broadcasts for the British license fee paying public.

And do they own that hoarding ?

Does the BBC actually own that piece of hardboard that Banksy chose to place this artwork ?

And if the BBC are sued because a precious work of art has been destroyed and they didn’t own the hardboard hoarding opposite BBC Telivision Centre, who pays ?

Not the BBC management on their ludicrously high salaries, but all of us who pay the BBC license fee.

Just like McAlpine’s £185,000.

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Further Press Indications that Rolf Harris Was Questioned Yesterday.

Banksy

I’ve seen a few questions raised online about why I named Rolf Harris as the man that was questioned under caution by police yesterday. Some suggesting that I’ve  maligned a much loved Australian/British Icon. Let me first say that it was with an extremely heavy heart that I named Rolf Harris and I would not have done so without an impecable source like Mark Williams-Thomas. Like for so many others, he was a fond memory from my childhood, unlike Savile who was always a bit creepy. I feel a bit like the boy in the picture above by Banksy, I’m watching my childhood drop into the sewer.

Up until very recently, I could very easily have written a fond and heartfelt article extolling the many and varied talents of Rolf Harris.

But I feel I have a duty to communicate the truth, however disagreeable that is.

I have written that Rolf Harris had his home searched last weekend and was questioned under caution by the police yesterday, and that is only the truth. Anybody who suggests more than that is, in my opinion, stretching the known facts.

While the UK press have avoided giving away any further clues as to the identity of the ‘man in his 80s from Berkshire’, the Australian press are  giving away a few more clues.

 AN Australian entertainer has been interviewed by Scotland Yard detectives in relation to one of the biggest sex scandals to rock the UK, a prominent child protection expert claimed last night.

Leading criminologist Mark Williams-Thomas – whose expose on British  icon Jimmy Savile sparked a major investigation into some of the UK’s  biggest entertainers – last night tweeted the name of the man quizzed by  detectives. But police will not confirm his name.

In Sydney, the entertainer’s brother said he was not aware of the events unfolding in London.

“I haven’t spoken to him, he’s just come back from America,” the brother told The Daily Telegraph.

“I know what (he) did as an entertainer – he didn’t have anything to do with Jimmy Savile.

“He’d been involved with the BBC so maybe they’re talking to him about the fuss with Savile. That could be it.”

Another director of the entertainer’s company said at his city centre office that he knew nothing about the matter.

Operation Yewtree was established in the wake of revelations British  entertainer Savile sexually abused and assaulted more than 400 people,  mostly children, over five decades, in hospitals, schools and BBC’s  London studios.

There are two strands to Yewtree, one directly related to Savile’s  acts and the other, simply called “others”, related to sexual offences  that had come to light during the overall investigation but not directly  related to Savile.

The latest man fell into the latter.

News of the man’s questioning came in a statement from Scotland Yard,  released soon after he left Lewisham Police Station in London’s south  at 5pm where he had attended “by appointment” and was “interviewed under  caution”, meaning he was read his rights before he spoke with police.

He has not been arrested or charged. Police searched his home in  Berkshire in southeast England last Saturday when they arranged for him  to formally be spoken to.

“A man in his 80s, from Berkshire, was interviewed under caution on  suspicion of sexual offences after attending south London police  premises by appointment at midday today,” police said.

“We are not prepared to discuss (the matter) further.”

The entertainer could not be contacted last night, nor could his London agent.

The Telegraph (Australian Newspaper)

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“I haven’t spoken to him, he’s just come back from America,” the brother told The Daily Telegraph. “I know what (he) did as an entertainer – he didn’t have anything to do with Jimmy Savile………….He’d been involved with the BBC so maybe they’re talking to him about the fuss with Savile. That could be it.”

I sincerely hope his brother is correct.

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Perspective and Balance

The Paedoph Isles

Dr Fox

Phil Collins

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All images taken from Brass Eye

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NASA: ‘No Apocalypse This Year.’

Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Horsemen of the Apocalypse by Matt Verges

NASA have waded into the Mayan Calander ‘end of the world’ debate. A move which, ironically, will only re-enforce in the minds of those that do believe in it, that it must be true if NASA are denying it (You understand the logic, right ?)

NASA’s FAQs on  this issue can be found HERE.

I wrote about this a while back and described how this would be about the 50th predicted apocalypse in my lifetime – Apocalypse Mañana

FAQs

Question (Q): Are there any threats to the Earth in 2012? Many Internet websites say the world will end in December 2012.

Answer (A):The world will not end in 2012. Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012.

Q: What is the origin of the prediction that the world will end in 2012?

A: The story started with claims that Nibiru, a supposed planet discovered by the Sumerians, is headed toward Earth. This catastrophe was initially predicted for May 2003, but when nothing happened the doomsday date was moved forward to December 2012 and linked to the end of one of the cycles in the ancient Mayan calendar at the winter solstice in 2012 — hence the predicted doomsday date of December 21, 2012.

Q: Does the Mayan calendar end in December 2012?

A: Just as the calendar you have on your kitchen wall does not cease to exist after December 31, the Mayan calendar does not cease to exist on December 21, 2012. This date is the end of the Mayan long-count period but then — just as your calendar begins again on January 1 — another long-count period begins for the Mayan calendar.

Q: Is NASA predicting a “total blackout” of Earth on Dec. 23 to Dec. 25?

A: Absolutely not. Neither NASA nor any other scientific organization is predicting such a blackout. The false reports on this issue claim that some sort of “alignment of the Universe” will cause a blackout. There is no such alignment (see next question). Some versions of this rumor cite an emergency preparedness message from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. This is simply a message encouraging people to be prepared for emergencies, recorded as part of a wider government preparedness campaign. It never mentions a blackout.

Q: Could planets align in a way that impacts Earth?

A: There are no planetary alignments in the next few decades and even if these alignments were to occur, their effects on the Earth would be negligible. One major alignment occurred in 1962, for example, and two others happened during 1982 and 2000. Each December the Earth and sun align with the approximate center of the Milky Way Galaxy but that is an annual event of no consequence.

“There apparently is a great deal of interest in celestial bodies, and their locations and trajectories at the end of the calendar year 2012. Now, I for one love a good book or movie as much as the next guy. But the stuff flying around through cyberspace, TV and the movies is not based on science. There is even a fake NASA news release out there…” – Don Yeomans, NASA senior research scientistQ: Is there a planet or brown dwarf called Nibiru or Planet X or Eris that is approaching the Earth and threatening our planet with widespread destruction?

A: Nibiru and other stories about wayward planets are an Internet hoax. There is no factual basis for these claims. If Nibiru or Planet X were real and headed for an encounter with the Earth in 2012, astronomers would have been tracking it for at least the past decade, and it would be visible by now to the naked eye. Obviously, it does not exist. Eris is real, but it is a dwarf planet similar to Pluto that will remain in the outer solar system; the closest it can come to Earth is about 4 billion miles.

Q: What is the polar shift theory? Is it true that the Earth’s crust does a 180-degree rotation around the core in a matter of days if not hours?

A: A reversal in the rotation of Earth is impossible. There are slow movements of the continents (for example Antarctica was near the equator hundreds of millions of years ago), but that is irrelevant to claims of reversal of the rotational poles. However, many of the disaster websites pull a bait-and-switch to fool people. They claim a relationship between the rotation and the magnetic polarity of Earth, which does change irregularly, with a magnetic reversal taking place every 400,000 years on average. As far as we know, such a magnetic reversal doesn’t cause any harm to life on Earth. Scientists believe a magnetic reversal is very unlikely to happen in the next few millennia.

Q: Is the Earth in danger of being hit by a meteor in 2012?

A: The Earth has always been subject to impacts by comets and asteroids, although big hits are very rare. The last big impact was 65 million years ago, and that led to the extinction of the dinosaurs. Today NASA astronomers are carrying out a survey called the Spaceguard Survey to find any large near-Earth asteroids long before they hit. We have already determined that there are no threatening asteroids as large as the one that killed the dinosaurs. All this work is done openly with the discoveries posted every day on the NASA Near-Earth Object Program Office website, so you can see for yourself that nothing is predicted to hit in 2012.

Q: How do NASA scientists feel about claims of the world ending in 2012?

A: For any claims of disaster or dramatic changes in 2012, where is the science? Where is the evidence? There is none, and for all the fictional assertions, whether they are made in books, movies, documentaries or over the Internet, we cannot change that simple fact. There is no credible evidence for any of the assertions made in support of unusual events taking place in December 2012.

Q: Is there a danger from giant solar storms predicted for 2012?

A: Solar activity has a regular cycle, with peaks approximately every 11 years. Near these activity peaks, solar flares can cause some interruption of satellite communications, although engineers are learning how to build electronics that are protected against most solar storms. But there is no special risk associated with 2012. The next solar maximum will occur in the 2012-2014 time frame and is predicted to be an average solar cycle, no different than previous cycles throughout history.

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Leveson in Summary

Cameron on Leveson

Milliband on Leveson

Clegg on Leveson

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By- Elections: Disillusionment Is Not Apathy

Before looking at the turnout in the three by-elections which took place yesterday, it seems only fair to see how I did with my predictions on the Rotherham by-election.

Mixed bag would sum it up nicely. I was correct that 10,000 votes would win it and that the top four places would be held by UKIP,Respect, Labour, and the BNP but I failed to predict how well the Labour vote would hold up and how little Respect were able to capitalise on the controversy surrounding the selection of the Labour candidate Sarah Champion and the other cock ups that the local Labour politicians have made recently on UKIP adoption and the failures to tackle paedophilia rings in Rotherham.

‘Donkeys wearing red rossettes’ springs to mind. Labour won the by-election with 9,866 votes, UKIP were second with 4,648 votes, BNP were third with 1,804 votes, and Respect came fourth with 1,778 votes. Let’s wait and see if  challenges over voter irregularity surface………..

The most striking statistic of all in yesterday’s by-elections was the extraordinarily low turnouts. Rotherham had the best, not too surprising given the extra national publicity for that contest, with 33.6%, Croydon North had a dismal 26.4%, and Middlesborough had a ludicrous 25.9%. Do any of these newly ‘elected’ MPs really have a working mandate ?

Of course, you will see in the MSM that the low turnout is all due to apathy. It is so easy for them to suggest that people don’t care which parasitical ‘Yes man/woman’ lounges around the House of Commons at their expense.

But I’d suggest that the low turnout is actually indicative of disillusionment in the system itself.

Why vote when the only thing that your vote will change is the colour of the rossette your MP wears and the vested interests that he/she will pander to?

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Daily Mirror Frontpage 30th Nov

I saw this on Twitter but now I’ve confirmed it from Sky News.

The fact that no MSM outlet has named Rolf Harris as the individual who had his home searched last weekend and was questioned under caution by the police over allegations that he had committed sexual crimes and has since left the police station, leads me to believe that he must have some kind of injunction.

But how can bloggers and Tweeters be responsible for breaking that legal injunction if we are unaware of it ?

And if we are made aware of it, then what would be the point of the injunction ?

I consider Mark Williams-Thomas to be an impecable source and he was catagorical in what he tweeted. He wrote “Would not have tweeted if not certain.”

So, we will end up with a farcical situation where everybody on the internet knows who the MSM are referring to , and yet the MSM can not name him.

How long before someone in the MSM names Rolf Harris ? How long can this farce go on ?

Rolf Harris has not been arrested and he has not been charged. He is innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.

But now I think it is in his own interests to make the facts known publically and end the online speculation.

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