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By Patrick Van Roy On January 26th, 2020 at 4:21 pm

I put this in the thread last week, but if you didn’t play it it’s worth the listen.

IT’S GETTING WORSE IN CHINA

By Pete Moore On January 25th, 2020 at 7:22 pm

The spread of a deadly new virus is accelerating, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned, after holding a special government meeting on the Lunar New Year public holiday.

The country is facing a “grave situation” Mr Xi told senior officials, according to state television.

That’s the lying Chinese public assessment. If Xi Jinping is admitting to a grave situation you can be sure it’s really bad.

Matt Frei on LBC this morning took a call from an Irishman living in Wuhan (video here). I was about to get out of my car when he came on but stayed to listen to the call. It sounds quite bizarre and surreal out there.

EVERYBODY OUT!

By Pete Moore On January 25th, 2020 at 6:35 pm

I’ve been reading this thoughtful piece by the renowned author and Remainer-turned-Leaver Louis de Bernières:

He makes the case for his conversion to national self-determination, and then he goes further. The reasons for Northern Ireland remaining in the UK (that the neighbors were backward and corrupt) have gone, in his opinion, so he can envisage a united Ireland one day. He also asserts, justifiably in my opinion, that if the ROI was being strictly rational it would leave the EU for an Anglo-Irish economic zone.

He makes the case also for the English seceding from Scotland. That English nationalism is the only variety which remains routinely denigrated and that Scotland appears to have fallen out of love with England, a separation is in order.

I don’t want to see such changes but, if done in an ordered and democratic way, I could live with them. The end point with such things must be something acceptable to a sufficient number of people for it to be a sustainable settlement. That is more important than insisting that a certain flag is raised over a particular piece of land simply because it was that way yesterday. If done properly we would all still be friends and neighbours and get along just fine.

You might find the piece interesting also.

Why the Christian’s don’t care what he tweets

By Patrick Van Roy On January 25th, 2020 at 2:38 pm

Podcast

By Patrick Van Roy On January 25th, 2020 at 2:38 pm

Podcast Link

GMP Grooming Bombshell with Anne Marie Waters and David Vance

Required Reading…..

By Patrick Van Roy On January 25th, 2020 at 12:01 am

As the Clown Show continues over the next week you may want to brush up on what’s coming next. After Trump is Acquitted Forever the real show will begin sometime in March. It has been going on quietly since last February. Indictments have already been drawn up but remain sealed.

2 of the 4 Carter Paige FISA Warrants have been declared unjustified (WSJ) due to lack of probable cause the other 2 are expected to go the same way. But that is just the Tip of the Iceberg. Here is the Iceberg.

 

The FBI Scandal

Donald Trump published the most consequential tweet of his presidency on March 4, 2017. “How low has President Obama gone to tapp [sic] my phones during the very sacred election process,” the chief executive pondered. “This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”

The response from Trump’s opposition was outrage. The Washington Post fact checker gave it four Pinocchios. The director of the FBI, James Comey, rebuked Trump and said such a thing had never happened. James Clapper, Obama’s director of national intelligence, assured NBC’s Meet the Press that no warrants had been issued in 2016 to surveil members of the Trump campaign.

In a narrow sense, the pushback against Trump’s tweet was correct; Trump himself was never personally the target of an FBI wiretap. In any case, the president doesn’t order such a thing; the FBI applies for a warrant to eavesdrop on Americans from a secret court. No such warrant was issued to bug the president’s offices.

But the furious denials were misleading. To paraphrase a cliché from 2016, Trump’s tweet should have been taken seriously, not literally. Obama did not tap Trump’s phones. But his FBI did spy on Trump’s campaign. That fact is no longer in dispute. The question is whether the FBI was justified in treating the Trump campaign itself as a suspect in this crime against the 2016 election.

The answer is messy. A comprehensive survey of all available information about the matter shows there were grounds in the summer of 2016 for American intelligence and law-enforcement officials at the FBI to turn their attention to the peculiar behavior of some Trump campaign advisers. But as the bureau learned more about them, it should have reassessed its theory of the case. Indeed, it was obliged to do so—by law, and custom, and elementary standards of fairness.

Instead, the FBI relied on lurid, sketchy, and sleazy opposition research generated by former British spy Christopher Steele—information so spurious that even liberal news organizations briefed on the so-called Steele dossier before the 2016 election wouldn’t touch it with a 10-foot pole. And it used that information in a specious, circular, and misleading manner to keep that investigation afloat and active into the first two years of Trump’s presidency. Even after the bureau had good reason to doubt its veracity, it didn’t share the exculpatory information it had uncovered—not with the public, not with the courts, and not even with the Justice Department lawyers who were supposed to check its work.

The result was a debacle. What had been teased as the greatest espionage scandal in American history—a U.S. president conspiring with Russia to steal an election—today should be seen as a cautionary tale about the fallibility of our lawmen and spies, the credulity of our press, and the hubris and hysteria of Trump’s resistance.

Here is what happened.

Read the Article HERE

 

It is a long detailed article, but one I suggest you refresh yourselves with. 

The last Paragraph:

That folly has deformed our politics. Now, in 2020, voters are faced with a choice between two parties led by conspiracy theorists and gaslighters. Instead of saving America from Trump, the Resistance may have reelected him.

ATW FRIDAY NIGHT JUKEBOX

By Pete Moore On January 24th, 2020 at 7:26 pm

Because Friday night is Music Night

Another week done at the coalface of capitalism. Blimey, doesn’t January drag? Imagine the nutters who give up booze for the month. They must be suicidal. In a week we’ll be in that pre-1973 world we were warned about. Cannot wait to be honest. Proper coinage, proper comedy and still lots of proper music.

So, I’m a fan of B-Sides and album tracks. A band’s big hits and popular numbers are often the ones which do it least for me. So I’m right at home with the band Cotton Mather. They have no hits. I don’t know anyone who’s ever heard of them. But their 1997 album Kontiki is fabulous, a stone cold classic in my book and one I still play.

Have fun whatever you’re up to this weekend. As always, feel free to share your top sounds down below –

HERE COME THE LIVE FACIAL RECOGNITION CAMERAS

By Pete Moore On January 24th, 2020 at 7:02 pm

Of course there is nothing to worry about. Of course it will go no further than this.

The Metropolitan Police Service announced on Friday, 24 January, that it will begin the operational use of Live Facial Recognition (LFR) technology.

The use of live facial recognition technology will be intelligence-led and deployed to specific locations in London. This will help tackle serious crime, including serious violence, gun and knife crime, child sexual exploitation and help protect the vulnerable.

If serious violence, gun and knife crime and child sexual exploitation are the concerns, then the lenses ought to be pointed at the more “vibrant” parts of the city. In truth nothing is a substitute for having a presence, wearing out show leather and knowing the neighbourhood. But the police haven’t been interested in policing for decades.

HOW MANY?

By Pete Moore On January 24th, 2020 at 6:40 pm

Officials are attempting to trace as many as 2,000 visitors who have flown in to the UK from the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the new strain of coronavirus first broke out […]

Prof Whitty said attempts are being made to trace those who have arrived in the UK from Wuhan – the Chinese city where the virus first broke out – over the last 14 days.

It is understood by the BBC that this could involve as many as 2,000 people.

Two thousand? I can understand thousands from New York and other cities in the Anglosphere and Europe. But two thousand in a fortnight, from a city no-one had heard of till a few days ago?

KILLER SACOOLAS STILL A FUGITIVE

By Pete Moore On January 24th, 2020 at 6:12 pm

Still mocking due process and justice.

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo turned down the extradition request in an email to the UK Government on Thursday evening.

Washington said granting the request would “render the invocation of diplomatic immunity a practical nullity”.

Message received loud and clear, that message being bullshit.

When a Georgian deputy ambassador (not a mere spouse of a spook) killed a girl in Washington the State Department pressured the Georgian government into lifting his diplomatic immunity. Washington had no problem with the idea of lifting diplomatic immunity then, so we can wave aside their excuses now. Sacoolas is a fugitive from justice.

The US does have form here of course. It spirited away, and still harbours from justice, the killer pilots of 20 innocents in the Cavalese massacre. Washington effectively told the bereaved to go screw themselves when extradition was sought. So there is no surprise now. It simply does not give up its own. It simply does not play the game as others do.

Washington is a needy and demanding ally. That’s how Sacoolas came to be on a road in England afterall. I’ve long thought that a little more distance from it would make for a healthier relationship. So the next time the phone rings and Washington wants something it would be timely if it were told to get stuffed.