Mar 152014
 
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World War 1 All Over Again
The same fools play the same game

Paul Craig Roberts |  Source: Author’s site

What are the crazy fools in Washington thinking?

What are the crazy fools in Washington thinking?

If you reduce the lie to a scientific system put it on thick and heavy, and with great effort and sufficient finances scatter it all over the world as the pure truth, you can deceive whole nations for a long time and drive them to slaughter for causes in which they have not the slightest interest.” — Chief French Editor, Behind the Scenes in French Journalism, describing the organization of World War 1 propaganda in France. Continue reading »

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Mar 072014
 
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Coming Soon to Ukraine
by CURTIS FJ DOEBBLER
Ukrainians rally round an image of Yulia Tymoshenko, a rightwing politician and crooked oligarch until recently incarcerated for crimes against the people.

KIEV—Misguided Ukrainians rally round an image of Yulia Tymoshenko, a rightwing politician and crooked oligarch until recently incarcerated for crimes against the people.

The Russian intervention in Ukraine has caused American lawyers and diplomats to raise their voices about the legality of Russian military action in Ukraine. These complaints, however, are based more on political rhetoric and posturing than on an understanding of international law. Continue reading »

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Jan 262014
 
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Winstanley’s Ecology

Plaque commemorating three Levellers shot by Cromwell, who represented the bourgeois middle class component of the English Civil War and feared radicals.

Plaque commemorating three Levellers shot by Cromwell, who represented the bourgeois middle class component of the English Civil War and feared radicals.

, Monthly Review

Daniel Johnson is a historian and assistant professor in the Department of American Culture and Literature at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey.

Beginning in 2011 a festival in honor of the seventeenth-century radical Gerrard Winstanley has been held annually in the town of Wigan, in northwestern England. Through poetry, music, film, and other activities, the celebration commemorates the life and ideas of Wigan-born Winstanley, leader of the Digger, or True Leveller, movement of the English Revolution (1640–1660). Continue reading »

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Jan 042014
 
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For all their outwardly splendor, fox hunts are cold-blooded, highly choreographed acts of cowardice and distilled sadism against helpless animals.  The moral imbeciles who ride to these hunts should be the hunted.

For all their outwardly splendor, fox hunts are cold-blooded, highly choreographed acts of cowardice and distilled sadism against helpless animals. The moral imbeciles who ride to these hunts should be the hunted.

Prefatory note:
As some in our audience know, critics of fox hunts have been campaigning hard on British newspaper websites and various forums about bloodsports in England.  Every Boxing Day the hunts ‘traditionally’ ride out to kill foxes.  The Countryside Alliance (an association of “gentlemen devoted to the sport”—you know this type of rich, fatuous buffoon) is a very powerful body in England and Prime Minister David Cameron used to ride with three foxhunts in Oxfordshire.  His government cabinet is mainly made up of CA people, hence the slaughter of Britain’s badgers to placate the farmers (who are really responsible for the cause of tb as they move their cattle around and change name tags on their animals).—Patrice Greanville

THE SORDID TRUTH ABOUT FOX HUNTING
By Andrew Tyler (Originally written in 1997, but currently being posted 
through thousands of doors before the next UK 2015 election.)

INTRODUCTION

For more than two decades, Clifford Pellow served as a professional Huntsman with several packs of fox hounds in England and Wales. The last eight years of his hunting career were spent with the Tredegar Farmers Fox Hounds in South Wales. Always a stickler for the rules, Mr Pellow became more and more outraged at the abuse of foxes ordered by his Hunt Master in breach of hunting codes of conduct, until, unable to stomach it any longer, he protested. As a result he lost his job. Continue reading »

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Nov 172013
 
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UNIONISM AND THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
SUGGESTED BY PAUL CARLINE

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600full-george-orwellBy Christopher Silver

But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought. A bad usage can spread by tradition and imitation even among people who should and do know better.—George Orwell, Politics and the English Language

Bad language is becoming a recurring theme in the referendum debate. Yet  it is not so much the predictable vitriol and smearing that we need to worry about. Nor is it about how we define ‘Scottishness’. Rather, it’s the fact that so much of today’s political lexicon is almost entirely devoid of meaning. Continue reading »

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