Friday, March 29, 2013

Good Friday, Julian Assange and Bradley Manning

Some 2000 years ago a man was crucified who only did good throughout his life. Christians world-wide choose a Friday (different every year) to remember the suffering of Jesus, who was crucified; a very nasty, painful, torturous and lengthy death. Although innocent of any crime he was persecuted for the influence he had on others simply by teaching some basic truths. It was at a time when the Roman Empire occupied Judaea. Jerusalem had become a city of shame, where usurious money-changers were desecrating the temple with shady transactions that further impoverished the poor. Jesus overturned their tables banning them from the temple because they had transformed God's house into a 'den of thieves'. This act was brought to people's attention and gained Jesus many more followers but it was also brought to the attention of Jewish leaders: Scribes and Pharisees, who plotted secretly to have him slain.

As well as being popular for teaching honesty, integrity and non-violence it was a time when the Jewish nation was looking for a Messiah, whose coming was foretold by numerous old testament prophets. By large numbers of people Jesus was seen to be that Messiah, but the Jewish hierarchy saw his popularity and honesty and straight-talking as a threat, and they were looking for a military king to liberate them from the Roman yoke. The judiciary could find no wrong in Jesus. Nonetheless the Jewish leaders preferred to have a  murderer released than a good man. For an easy life Pontius Pilate, governor of the region, allowed the Jewish nation to crucify an innocent man.

Today there is a parallel in the way Jesus was treated to the way Julian Assange and Bradley Manning are being treated. That is not to say that Julian Assange or Bradley Manning is a new Messiah, though God knows the world could do with one. Assange is nevertheless seen as a threat to the Israeli-influenced US-empire, which occupies most of the world in one way or another. Like Jesus he tells the truth. He releases accurate information while the government prefers to brainwash the majority with lies and misinformation, at the same time as it denigrates people like Assange and Manning.

The money-lenders today are bankers. Again when banks are in difficulty because of the shady deals they have done in the past it is the poor taxpayer who picks up the bill. Bankers are rewarded with bonuses like those in the temple. The big money-lenders are the Rothschilds and Rockefellers and they are in control. They are worried by people like Assange, because, if the truth gets out about bad banking practices they will not have the same influence they have now and their house-of-cards money-empires are in danger of collapse. They are so worried about Assange and his influence that they have already stopped money transactions to Wikileaks. Can you see the parallel? What is more, a large number of people, like Professor Tom Flanagan, of Manitoba university, have called for the assassination of Julian Assange. Can you see the parallel? Today they do not just release a murderer like, Barabbas, but mass-murderers like Tony Blair, Jack Straw, George W. Bush and whole host of others who freely walk the globe and, even worse, are lauded as pillars of society.

2000 years ago a calendar was created which gave mankind a new chance. What has changed? I warn you, do not continue to follow the wrong leaders. They are damned by their own actions. Stand up for people like Julian Assange and Bradley Manning. Anyone who opposes good people is part of the global imperialist plot. Anyone who supports bad people is part of that same imperialist plot. Do not be like Pontius Pilate, Professor Tom Flanagan, Tony Blair or George W. Bush calling for the death of anyone just to pursue their greedy aims. Do not be like the moneylenders: the Rothschilds and Rockefellers whose wicked practices filter through the whole banking system. Pick the people you support wisely.


Thursday, March 21, 2013

A hater of Islam - Theresa May

Theresa May comes from a privileged background. We might once have said she was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. She has never known what it is like to be poor. She has never known what it is like to be a mother. Her loathing of Muslims is baleful. Her pursuit to get Abu Qatada extradited to Jordan has turned into a personal vendetta. Yet she professes to be a Christian.

It is interesting that Abu Qatada, like Jesus, her professed saviour, was born in Bethlehem, and this case has all the hallmarks of anti-Christian behaviour on her part which verges on persecution. I have written to the head of the church, the new Archbishop of Canterbury, the Rev Justin Welby, about her actions being out of compatibility with the teachings of the church and await his response.

Even when not held in custody nearly all Abu Qatada's freedom has been taken from him. He cannot speak to people in the street other than to say "Hello". He cannot use a phone. He cannot use any form of transport, public or private. He cannot use a computer, not even a computer with no connection to the web. He cannot stay anywhere but in his house. He can only leave his house during eight hours a day. He is tagged. He has committed no crime in this country. That is one reason why I am exposing Theresa May for what she is.

Monday, March 18, 2013

The White House

Yesterday I was in London, in wet weather, protesting on behalf of the hunger-strikers at Guantanamo Bay. They have been on strike for more than a month with no coverage in the mainstream media. It was good to hear speakers from a variety of backgrounds weather the pouring rain to deliver a message more people should have been there to hear. Words like those from the poet, Ibraham Sincere, whose poetry was searching and incriminating towards the wicked tyrants of injustice. Ibraham, as well as reciting three of his own poems, also read one from Adnam Latif, who died in Guantanamo after having spent a third of his short life there. It reminded me of when I was writing protest ballads myself.

I wrote the little offering below in 1989 when Ronald Reagan, original mouthpiece of the "War on Terror" phrase, retired. By that time drone attacks were already in the minds of the US hierarchy with a military scheme called 'Star Wars'. The writing was on the wall. Since then the planet has come a long way downhill. 

(Country and Western Ballad on the Retirement of President Reagan)

In the land where the free bald-eagle flew
they built the biggest, stinking loo
the empires of the world had seen,
a perpendicular latrine,
the White House.

With a constipated grunt and groan
an actor-bum came to the throne,
hellbent on this, his greatest role,
to fill the presidential bowl,
the White House.

Now the bowl gets filled with his daily voids,
he holds a donor card for haemorrhoids,
assured if he forgets his words,
he can fall back on this bowl of turds,
the White House.

Its sewerage system spans the earth,
distributing crud for all it’s worth,
one vast fertilisation plan
to shit on every living man,
(and woman too, Mary Lou),
the White House.

It has a privy chamber  with gates galore,
a closed Watergate and a welded door,
Irangate, that’s a sluice-gate, sure,
backing up in the open sewer,
the White House.

With a big, big bundle of stars and stripes
Uncle Sam gets up and calmly wipes
his gerontocratic arsehole clean,
then pulls the chain in the earth’s latrine,
the White House.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Stamping on the pricks

This is an old boot. It replaces the graphic photograph of a woman who sought to bring down a man who has shown how corrupt governments can be.

Originally the photograph was of Anna Ardin, one of Julian Assange's accusers, breaking in a pair of shoes which had phallic heels, and thus spoke volumes about her character. Of course, as with the incriminating texts, she deleted this picture shortly after she posted it. Whether the decision to remove it was on the instruction of her legal team or her own initiative is not known. I made the decision to remove the copy made available to me because after due consideration and advice do not want to leave behind a permanent reminder of one moment of indiscretion.

However, she should never have tried to bring down Julian Assange. It is because of her actions that his life has been ruined. Perhaps she will reflect one day on the damage she has done in the pursuit of a little personal publicity. As she is already a hate-figure of her own creation there is nothing can be done to bring her character down further. Nothing she can do, nothing this blog can do.

Thanks to those who made the original reproduction possible (you know who you are).

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Stick up for the NHS

12 months ago this very day I was drinking copious amounts of water to replace blood loss from a triple heart bypass. What a wonderful thing the human body is and how well it recovers from trauma. I am not back to peak fitness yet but I'm getting there. As the warmer weather arrives I hope to be doing more and more cycling but mostly in recent months I've been jogging, and stopping when I get tired. It's not Usain Bolt but I can manage a hundred yards in about 20 seconds, which is not bad for a 67 year old.

What this post is about is our NHS. It is the best in the world. The BBC and other MSM outlets dish out the opprobrium whenever there is a problem with the NHS. So for the past few weeks we have been hearing about problems with Stafford General Hospital, and the media have dragged this story out ad nauseum. It only needs one blip at one hospital and they make it sound like the NHS overall is in terminal decline. That is what they want us to think so they can get private companies creaming off one of the success stories of the last century, one of the success stories of socialism.

Privatisation attracts doctors and nurses, whose first priority is how much they can earn. Then there are shareholders to pay all of which helps push up the cost of healthcare so that ordinary people who cannot afford insurance cannot afford to be ill. No services are ever better in private hands. You only have to look at Gas, Electricity and Water and the way year on year costs escalate to pay the greedy shareholders out of stagnant wages. Privatisation of the NHS is coming unless we all do something to oppose private healthcare when it replaces NHS services. Make sure they never take away a pillar of society once described as the 'best in the world'.

The NHS has never been safe in Tory hands, but since the Labour Party (New Labour) was turned into another rich person's party it is not safe in their hands either. Be proud of the NHS. It is there for all of us. Fight for it!