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The Rise of the Corporatocracy

From:Desultory Heroics

The Rise of the Corporatocracy

Theresa May voted against anti-terror legislation, Jeremy Corbyn signed a motion that condemned IRA violence in 1994

Politics and Insights

The Conservatives have conducted their election campaign with sneering contempt, meaningless soundbites, trivial glittering generalities and barely a veneer of democratic engagement.

The misleading comments, half truths and misquotes that have dominated the Conservatives’ typically authoritarian approach are a disgrace to politics, and the media that has accommodated these deplorable tactics and vapid crib sheet insults  without holding the government to account. Any question the Tories are asked that they would prefer not to answer is met with gossipmongering about Jeremy Corbyn and Diane Abbott. It’s vile. No discussion about the details of Conservative policies whatsoever. Even worse, the Conservatives are so arrogant, they don’t feel they have to discuss their policy intentions or behave in an accountable and transparent manner at all.

A strategy of tension and perpetuated myths

Despite what the Conservatives have been saying to the public, Jeremy Corbyn signed a motion in the House of Commons…

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VIDEO: CNN caught again “enhancing” reality


This is supposed to be a “spontaneous peace group” laying down a floral tribute following the alleged London Bridge attack. But as this video makes clear, it’s basically a movie set with the “actors” being put on their marks and carefully posed for maximum effect.

Scenes like this raise the question we have to keep coming back to – if even genuine expressions of revulsion have to be rehearsed and staged, how much of our consensus reality is actually real any more? Is #fakenews the only news now?

William Casey’s famous aphorism “we’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is a lie”, is, ironically, a possible lie, but one can’t argue with the spirit it embodies. The media and the interests it serves seem to be following the precept that “fiction is easier than truth, and cheaper.” Why bother checking facts when you are…

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Positively False – Birth of a Heresy – HIV AIDS — Joan Shenton & Andi Reiss

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Hat tip to the website: Rethinking AIDS (Related website: Duesberg on AIDS)

Published on Jun 16, 2014

Have we been hoodwinked by the biggest blunder in modern medical history?

Positively False – Birth of a Heresy traces the challenge over the past 25 years to the scientific orthodoxy which maintains that HIV is the cause of AIDS. Joan Shenton reaches back to 1987 through her extensive archive of broadcast and non-broadcast video material and combines it with current footage. She shows how dissident scientists, journalists and activists have voiced their concerns about the way the infectious hypothesis for AIDS took over from the toxic one and highlights the impact the dogma surrounding a viral cause for AIDS has had on people’s lives.

The film travels through Africa, Europe and the United States revealing the way plague terror, financial objectives and scientific skullduggery have led to tragic examples of toxicity…

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The Manchester Bombing as Blowback: The Latest Evidence — Mark Curtis and Nafeez Ahmed | Information Clearing House

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The Manchester Bombing as Blowback: The Latest Evidence

By Mark Curtis and Nafeez Ahmed


June 03, 2017 “Information Clearing House” –  The evidence suggests that the barbaric Manchester bombing, which killed 22 innocent people on May 22nd, is a case of blowback on British citizens arising at least partly from the overt and covert actions of British governments. The British state therefore has a serious case to answer. We focus primarily here on UK policies towards Libya but also touch on some of those related to Iraq and Syria.


In summary, the evidence so far shows that there are six inter-related aspects of blowback:

  1. Salman Abedi and his father were members of a Libyan dissident group – the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) – covertly supported by the UK to assassinate Qadafi in 1996. At this time, the LIFG was an affiliate of Osama…

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The Secret History of ISIS

Intel Today

“The speech supposedly had been prepared in the White House and the NSC. But when we were given what had been prepared, it was totally inadequate, and we couldn’t track anything in it. And when I asked Condi Rice, the national security adviser, ‘Where did this come from?’, it turns out the vice president’s office had written it.”

COLIN POWELL — Secretary of State (2001-05)

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

In a decade-long campaign to change the course of world history through extreme acts of violence, ISIS has been called the most dangerous terrorist group in history. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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Source: John Pilger

31 May 2017


The unsayable in Britain’s general election campaign is this. The causes of the Manchester atrocity, in which 22 mostly young people were murdered by a jihadist, are being suppressed to protect the secrets of British foreign policy.

Critical questions – such as why the security service MI5 maintained terrorist “assets” in Manchester and why the government did not warn the public of the threat in their midst – remain unanswered, deflected by the promise of an internal “review”.

The alleged suicide bomber, Salman Abedi, was part of an extremist group, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, that thrived in Manchester and was cultivated and used by MI5 for more than 20 years.

The LIFG is proscribed by Britain as a terrorist organisation which seeks a “hardline Islamic state” in Libya and “is part of the wider…

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Terror attacks show Theresa May must STOP cutting our emergency services to the bone

Pride's Purge

For the last seven years we have seen drastic cuts by the government to our emergency services:

The police:

Police forces all face major budget cuts

Watchdog says police cuts have left forces in ‘perilous state’


96% of hospitals have nurse shortages

Fire fighters:

Firefighter shortage blamed for shocking number of fire engines out of service


Shortage of paramedics in London

Ambulance services face paramedic shortage this winter

Accident & Emergency:

Almost half of NHS authorities to cut hospital beds and third to close A&E

Yet Theresa May claims there is enough money to give tax breaks to billionaires:

Tories’ £1bn inheritance tax giveaway will help just 26,000 wealthy families

Theresa May also said today after the latest terrorist attacks: “enough is enough”.

I absolutely agree.

Enough of her cuts to our essential services!


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Was the Bolshevik Revolution a Failure? (A Symposium) — Paul Mattick (1938)| Marxists Internet Archive

I’ve yet to revisit all that Marx espoused(though in all fairness, when I read it forty years ago, I thought the concept idealistic but untenable, more to do with human nature than ideology)

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(A post for Susan if and when she has the time . . .)

Source: Marxists Internet Archive

By Paul Mattick 1938

Was the Bolshevik Revolution a Failure?
(A Symposium)

SourceThe Modern Quarterly, Fall 1938, pp. 16-20.
Transcribed: by Thomas Schmidt
Proofed: by Jonas Holmgren

The Questions

  1. Did the Bolshevik Revolution achieve its proletarian objectives?
  2. Is the dictatorship of the proletariat consonant with Party Dictatorship?
  3. Can a proletarian State arise on the basis of the wage system, managed by a Party-State? What constitutes the abolition of capitalism?
  4. Does Lenin’s thesis that in the imperialist epoch the proletariat alone can lead a revolution to complete the “Bourgeois task” claim validity in view of the course pursued by Cardenas in Mexico, Kemal Pacha in Turkey, etc.?
  5. Viewed in retrospect, did the seizure of power by the Bolsheviks retard the World Proletarian Revolution?


I deny the assumption…

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