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Gaslighting about the realities of “state-sponsored murder”

Theresa May has just semi-officially pronounced the Skripal case a Russian state-sponsored hit. No evidence was presented for this conclusion of course, but we are getting used to that now. Belief is the new evidence. And in this case we do seem to have belief in large quantities.
Russia now effectively is being called upon to prove its innocence by tomorrow (Tuesday) or face Theresa’s wrath.
We’ll see how that goes over.
Of course there’s the immensely handy fact the “nerve agent” allegedly used is “Russian” too. Novichok no less, a Soviet-era toxin from the 1980s, described on Wikipedia as “the most deadly nerve toxin ever made.”
Though it wasn’t only produced in Russia, but in Uzbekistan.
And by the way the US has been “helping” Uzbekistan clean up its chemical weapons sites since 1991.
And of course Russia had destroyed all its chemical weapon stockpiles by 2017.
But the US still hasn’t (see MoA link above).
Still, so, as far as the state machine is concerned the alleged use of Novichok about clinches it for Putin. He dunnit. Verdict pronounced, let’s hurry on to the sentencing. What will it be? More sanctions? A Skripal Act to rival Magnitsky’s? Moving UK troops closer to Russia’s borders? Driving Russian money out of London? Messing with the World Cup?
While the UK establishment shoots its wad fantasising about all these glorious possibilities, let’s take a quick reality check.
Russia has absolutely nothing to gain from initiating the poisoning of Skripal, and even less to gain from leaving a calling card made of Novichok.
This is so obviously true even spokespeople for the UK establishment admit it openly, for example Andrew Wood, former UK ambassador to Moscow, is quoted in the Guardian saying

it’s very hard to see what profit they can get from this

Though of course this hasn’t stopped the same people who admit this to be true also claiming to be absolutely sure Russia did it.
Absent sane motives they have had to invent insane ones instead. Russia are just crazy, bent on vengeance, spoiling for a fight. Their blatant and self-destructive action, says Wood:

advertises the fact that they are vindictive and dedicated to pursuing revenge.

Reliably deluded and fact-defying Luke Harding adds his own pulp spy-thriller spin:

You see? Russia must have done it (even though they had no motive), so they must be driven by crazy notions of revenge or wanting a “row” that defy self-interest.
That’s logic.
The obvious consideration – if they had no motive maybe they didn’t do it has no place in this mad little universe.
This is simply gaslighting.
Motive is a first consideration in solving any crime. Absence of motive is also a primary argument for innocence. Cui bono? is a legal as well as a rational question. But it’s one the Western powers do not want anyone asking in this case.
Because the answer is obvious.
The timing of the alleged poisoning – the day before a prime mover in promoting UK Russophobia, Bill Browder, was due to testify at the Parliamentary Inquiry into alleged Russian “fake news”, and two weeks before the Russian election – is enough of itself to make the UK and its security agencies prime suspects.

And who can deny this tragic event is being fully exploited by the state machine? In just the last three days the poisoning of these two people in still murky circumstances has been used to

  • add fresh weight to the push to have RT blocked in the UK
  • justify moves against Russian holdings in the UK
  • reinforce calls for implementation of new sanctions
  • increase UK defence spending

In contrast, what has Russia or Russia’s narrative gained from this?
Absolutely nothing.
To bring a small amount of balance and sanity to the current situation we’re going to be reminding readers of some of the mysterious and possibly politically motivated deaths that have occurred in the UK. Unlike the Skripal and Litvinenko cases the media never claimed any of them were “state-sponsored murder”, because the only state they could possibly have been pinned on was our own.


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Francis Lee
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Francis Lee

Being the cynic I am all this brouhaha is all a bit to pat for me. An ex-Russian spy meets a mysterious death in a sleepy English town being apparently poisoned by some sort of nerve gas. This event which predictably comes with a hysterical crescendo immediatley prior to the Presidential elections in Russia as well as the football World Cup. Put them all into the mix and you get a virulent Russophobia and a maximum discomfiture for Russia.
Presumably when those ICBMs are flying the MSM will be satisfied.

mail
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mail

Another motivation may be to prevent the construction of Nordstream 2, and potentially grab a market for US expensive LNG worth tens of billions. A basket of things are likely involved – Russian elections, World Cup, revenge for Russian actions in Syria/ Ukraine, revenge for supposed Russian rigging of US elections, Brexit result, Catalonia referendum, Italian/ German/ French/ Dutch/ Austrian/ Bulgarian elections etc etc etc Probably a case of trying to kill several birds with one stone.
I’m expecting another White Helmets gas attack Oscar extravaganza soon, complete with Bana Mk. II and Dusty Boy Mk. II, now that Washington’s pet headchopping cannibal throatslitters are about to be overrun in E. Ghoutta. This may provide the pretext for a direct attack on Russian forces. Something similar seems on the cards in Ukraine. Britain may be about to up the ante with more sacrificial victims “assassinated by Putin’s thugs.” All this will probably be combined with other provocations that cannot be foreseen.

Harry Stotle
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Harry Stotle

Oh, what a surprise, Rex Tillerson has decided to stick his neocon proboscis in.
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/13/nerve-agent-attack-clearly-came-from-russia-says-us-rex-tillerson
So to recap – Russia undermined the US election, poisoned the good rebels and has now launched a dastardly chemical attack on British soil, at least this is what the Guardian would have you believe.
Are they doing it just to torment us, or is it best to go down a few more feet with the DIY air-raid shelter?

mail
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mail

No, it’s because Putin can’t help it, he’s just evil. “It’s in his DNA.”
Like Assad can’t help it. Because he’s an “evil dictator”, and that’s what evil dictators do.

George Cornell
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George Cornell

Harry, you may be pleased to learn Rex has been dumped by Oranguhair.

Jay Q
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Jay Q

The Guardian have reached a lower low than I thought possible, offering favourable publicity to the far-right in Ukraine!
Ukraine’s National Militia: ‘We’re not neo-Nazis, we just want to make our country better’
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/13/ukraine-far-right-national-militia-takes-law-into-own-hands-neo-nazi-links

Thomas Peterson
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Thomas Peterson

I wouldn’t say the article is favourable to them to be honest. A lot of references to Nazis and a condemnation from the Guardian’s favourite Human Rights Watch.

Jay Q
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Jay Q

Good point. I chose the word favourable simply because of the lack of critique and raproach.

Harry Stotle
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Harry Stotle

“The police in our country are ineffective, corrupt or drunk” – I couldn’t work out if ‘Zhenya’ was talking about the Ukraine or Britain?

BigB
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The other thrust of this agenda: is the undeclared intention towards increased militarisation – not on a national, but an international level. As we are still an EU member state: we are involved in the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) – as the recent EU 28 European Foreign Affairs Council proved. I realise people are resistant to this idea: but it is happening. They are at the deployment stage: while the majority continue to remain unaware. The military are pushing for 2.5% GNI – only not for our national forces …for EU-NATO supra-societal integrated forces. This will become the inevitable consequence of the current cross-party collusional rampant xenophobia. The Skripals and others yet to come will no doubt become the justification for this.
https://eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-Homepage/40897/remarks-hrvp-mogherini-press-conference-following-foreign-affairs-council-defence_en

Thomas Peterson
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Thomas Peterson

Novichok can supposedly be made from 2 chemicals harmless in themselves and not subject to OPCW scrutiniy.
It can’t be detected by NATO chemical detectors.
It’s 8 times more toxic than VX,
No such thing exists or can exist. It’s not chemically possible to make nerve gas from 2 harmless chemicals.

M.
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M.

Just in case I will wash all of my clothes, since my chemical protective gear is -now I know- useless.
And I will start researching the possibility of Monty Python being locked somewhere, writing the whole thing.

George
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George

I admit I’m grasping desperately for some optimism but perhaps the one who decided to let that Andrew Wood quote through (the quote highlighting lack of motive) was attempting to get some actual truth out to the readers – before being sacked or possibly whipped.

MichaelK
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MichaelK

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/13/russ-m13.html
There’s some interesting information here and some appalling quotes from parliament yesterday, especially about banning RT, which shows how timely and useful this entire Skripal affair is for the UK government; and how cowed the Labour Party really is whenever national security or defence of the realm issues are raised politically, and that alone should make one wary of jumping to conclusions about the identity of the people responsible for the events in Salisbury. But of course, our ‘free and independent’ media, won’t go anywhere near any of this. We’re being groomed for war.

Fair dinkum
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Fair dinkum

Manufacturing con _ _ _ _no, enemies.
“Vote for me, me, me. I’ll save you from those evil Russians”

MichaelK
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MichaelK

I’m certain, how I wonder?, that not a single journalist in the UK will label the Tory government’s lurid spy-tale… an elaborate conspiracy theory; which, of course it is.
Listening to the BBC their chief North America correspondent, John Sopel, mentioned, with gravitas, that Rex Tillerson, the Secretary of State, had also condemned this Russian act of aggression and they were a source of destabilization in the world. Interestingly, Sopel then wondered aloud what rest of the White House thought. Did they agree with Tillerson? So here one sees them trying to use this episode to question and undermine Trump, implying that he’s ‘soft’ on Russia because they’ve got something on him. That’s the larger perspective.
At the same time, they steer clear of any mention of Skipal’s connection to Christopher Steele who compiled the dodgy dossier on Trump’s ‘sex-trip’ to Russia.
Also, it’s actually getting easier to smear Russia in the UK media, now, compared to the Litvenenko affair, one doesn’t even need to go through the long and expensive ‘public enquiry’ circus anymore. What this shows, I think, is just how tightly the leash is being held in relation to our ‘free and independent’ media. None of which bodes well for the future. We’re being groomed for war with Russia.

BigB
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Michael K: the “Tory government’s lurid spy-tale… “? This is a cross-party collusional lurid spy-tale. Various Labour MPs have pushed the other Buzzfeed dodgy dossier – a “serious journalistic investigation” according to Abbott – into the “other 14 deaths” as though it were fact. The “Magnitsky Ammendment” being pushed by Corbyn et al precedes the “spy-tale”. Labour are trying to make political capital out of this based on delusional lies, xenophobia, and collusion. Their underlying ethics are as empirically challenged as the Tories. I do not believe we are being prepared for war, beyond the undeclared ideo-cultural war we are already in: of which Labour are prime ideological movers (Why would Russia want to maintain an open dialogue based on “fairy tales”? As Putin said: we sort it out at home, then we’ll talk. If Corbyn is serious about dialogue: first he has to challenge the lies …not parrot them.)

MichaelK
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MichaelK

Well, I agree with you, up to a point. Labour, for decades, have always been perceived to have a great big weak spot… national security, also known as ‘defence.’ This is why, for decades, they’ve attempted to become more rabidly Tory than the Tories and thereby push the issue into the long grass. Labour can’t beat the Tories on ‘defence’, unless they break with the entire Westminster/Washington consensus by challenging the very basis of the ‘defence’ argument, but that’s an awfully big ask and would require a very different Labour leadership, with qualities they simply don’t have… knowledge, vision, willpower, intellectual ability and language skills that are simply beyond them.

intergenerationaltrauma
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The level of absurdity of the West’s State narratives have become absolutely “slap-stick” in nature. If the stakes were not so terribly and dangerously high, this nonsense would be laughable. The West’s somber proclamations of – “the Russians did it” and the “Russia is aggressive” narratives are as convincing as Medieval Mother Church accusing “witches” of killing the neighbor’s cow or rendering a local noble or priest impotent. It is just another updated version of nonsense propaganda designed to frighten the Western masses and used to maintain control by institutions which have lost all credibility with anyone who can think at all critically. Mercifully due to endless lies and violence both Church & crown over time eventually lost their credibility with most of us. Today we witness the West’s State structures as they crumble under the weight of their own idiocy, lies, arrogance and violence. The only way for this theatre of the absurd to continue much longer is for Western populations to stubbornly remain mindless “true believers” oblivious to “reality” to the bitter end.

M.
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M.

Good and bad news for the conspiracy types. Here we have no other but a diplomatic and defense editor for the BBC telling us that he has sources which assert that the biochemical lab of the British army (6 miles away from Salisbury) obtained the Russian chemical precursors by clandestine means (not that you could, according to some, buy them in your off-licence round the corner, but that is another story).
Now, you wish there was a way to make that fact a possible/logical line of inquiry, but of course it is not. Because those precursors were obtained clandestinely for our safety alone (and you should feel ashamed for thinking otherwise). And because otherwise the BBC editor wouldn´t be speaking publicly like that, making us believe that they are just as biased as stupid, and that they live in a parallel universe where such connections are not obvious. But, I digress and, perhaps I am conspiracy theorising once more.
https://twitter.com/MarkUrban01/status/972782744366452741

rtj1211
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rtj1211

Mark Urban is well known as MI6 so when he says ‘I am told’ he means ‘this is the Party Line’.
Do not ascribe reliability to a BBC Job Title: ascribe loyalty to Establishment politics…….

mail
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mail

Urban is a Neocon parrot, rabidly Russophobic, with a long history of shilling for more goodies for the military industrial complex.

Thomas Peterson
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Thomas Peterson

‘Tracing constituent chemicals’ is nonsense.
Chemicals arent just mixed to create nerve gas, they are reacted to create an entirely new molecule.
This is utter rubbish aimed at the ignorant.

M.
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M.

Of course it is, which adds to the overall (sad yet) comical effect referred above.

avenir
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avenir

An article here about this. Tracing it from the impurities of manufacture and a bit of isotope analysis.
https://cen.acs.org/articles/90/i6/Tracing-Threat.html

Thomas Peterson
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Thomas Peterson

Impurities of manufacturing what though? The components or the nerve gas that is produced from the components?

Harry Stotle
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Harry Stotle

Nerve agents like Sarin (or breakdown products) are detectable, possibly for up to 30 days
https://s3.amazonaws.com/PHR_other/PHR_Sarin_Fact_Sheet_04-13.pdf
“Nerve agents are extremely toxic compounds designed specifically to kill or incapacitate. Sarin and cyclosarin are organophosphates that permanently inhibit acetylcholinesterase. This results in an accumulation of acetycholine at the cholinergic synapses, causing continued stimulation of the affected organ. The toxic effects of poisoning depend largely on intensity of exposure. The effects range from miosis, or pinpoint pupils, and blurred vision at lower concentrations, to involuntary defecation, nausea, vomiting, muscular twitching, weakness and convulsions, and death at somewhat higher concentrations.”
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK233472/
At least that’s what MI6, sorry I meant Служба внешней разведки tell me.

Paul
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Paul

It fits in with the pattern of a second Syrian war breaking out with Turkey, the US and their regional allies moving on Assad. The US will go it alone they warn today if the Security Council don’t announce another cease fire to save the Gouta rebels. Turkey’s bombing of sovereign territory goes unquestioned. Russia is already unsurprisingly wary of taking on such powerful foes for Assad so a furore of this sort makes it easier to sideline them when the ballon goes up. By remarkable coincidence the US attack on Syria might well take place just before the World Cup. Like the Sochi Olympics and the Ukrainian coup its supposed to be a good time to strike. If they could in some way disrupt the election then they’d seize the opportunity. Breakup of the Russian Federation is a major American policy objective. The Brits have done marvellously in obscuring the issue and are probably ready to support an attack on Assad. (Especially if they really want a half decent Trade Deal!)

Leslie Campbell
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Leslie Campbell

I was astonished at the disinformation and lack of any critical analysis of what has been reported over the last few days in the Parliamentary questions today. Corbyn asked if the local authorities had all the resources necessary to deal with a situation like this. He questioned the, only just announced, need to wash possessions. For this he was repeatedly called out for appeasement, party politics, siding with the enemy, undermining parliamentary unity.
I agree that the narrative has been lost in Syria. The Russian interference in US election and collusion is a dead horse. However the attention was about to be put on Christopher Steele who refused to testify in US. Pablo Miller, Steele and Orbit ( private security services) , lives in Salisbury. Skripal was still active. Was this an opportunity to silence Steeles source? Or to pretend that Skripal was his source. That would explain why daughter was targeted as well. Russian intelligence would never had released him.
And why make such a complete mess of it? If antidotes were available, as reported, Porton Down would have had to make the stuff to test the efficacy of any antidote. It reportedly kills 5-8 times faster than VX. Any journalist could rip this apart in a few hours.

Thomas Peterson
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Thomas Peterson

Novichok does not even exist. It was made up by a defector telling tall tales.

lucdevincke
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lucdevincke

A nerve agent developped and made between 1970 and 1990 in the good old Soviet-Union. With the fall of the country I suppose some, if not all, former member states inherited stocks of the agent or at least knew how to produce it? The same for former Warschau Pact countries. I think in the first place at Ukraine. From those countries it can’ t have been difficult for the CIA to ask for and get some samples of it or even to receive a bigger stock.
For me it is a false flag made up by Ukraine or the CIA. Don’t forget the strange fact that those people survived the attack, had even time to go to a local restaurant for a lunch. That’s a signal for me that the agent had especially been made lesser strong because the intention was not to kill in the first place but to create a false flag to blame Russia.

DavidKNZ
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DavidKNZ

Twitter from Bill Browder: Will be testifying tomorrow at the British Parliament on Russia’s use of fake news and propaganda at 10:30am U.K. time. Lots of examples from the Magnitsky case to educate lawmakers on Putin’s modus operandi
For a detailed (>200 pages) account of William Browder’s real agenda see:
https://dxczjjuegupb.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/TheKillingOfWilliamBrowder_PrintLayout_6x9-1.pdf
The work, by Alex Krainer, has been freely available on the net for months now,
and must have been drawn to the attention of UK MPS.
The fact that they are specifically selecting a purveyor of “False News” speaks
volumes for the “Outcome” they are orchestrating .
There are still descent people in the UK. But rare around Westminster

John Marks
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John Marks

But I bet parliament won’t be allowed to see the film (“The Magnitsky Case”). The European Parliament weren’t either.

Mikalina
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Mikalina

I’m in the process of sending the book to MPs. Whilst I am sure they will not read it, there is a chance that some of their workers (who could be ‘normal’) will.

DavidKNZ
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DavidKNZ

State that its normally 20 British Pounds, But by special arrangement with the publisher will be available free for the next 2 days. Should do the trick 🙂

George Cornell
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George Cornell

Dodgy dossier-land! The timing of all of this is too good. Thank goodness for this website which projects the essential other side of the story. This used to be something trusted papers like the erstwhile Guardian once did.

alaffcreator
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On March 6, 2018 the Russian newspaper “Moskovskiy Komsomolets” published an article in which the “Skripal case” was commented on by the allegedly officer of the GRU.
The article is not too big, so i translated it (maybe will be useful):
Let’s go in order, – begins the GRU officer (his name is not mentioned in the newspaper for obvious reasons). – Is there any reason to eliminate Sergei Skripal? He has long been of no interest to anyone.
If our people would be afraid that he would disclose something, they would find a way to eliminate him in prison and certainly would not exchanged him. British intelligence, immediately after Skripal was transfered to them in 2010, got all the testimony from him. He told the British what he knew and what he did not know (it was even more of what he did not know, because he did not work in the GRU since 1999). So it is a waste material for both sides (i.e. for UK & Russia).
Let’s reason further. Then what could it be? The revenge of the Russian special services eight years after his exchange? Isn’t it funny for you yourself? Moreover, quite a long time ago (I can not name the date, because the document is secret), at the state level in Russia it was decided not to chase traitors who had fled or were transferred abroad. And do not deal with their elimination. This is our state policy…
Veterans of the foreign intelligence service also point to some inconsistencies in the version of Russia’s involvement in this incident. In particular, the fact that the stranger suffered. They say: this is not the handwriting of our special services. And how could you leave witnesses alive (Skripal’s daughter, according to the British media, is in the hospital, and he himself seems did not die either)?
There is one important point about which very few people know.
If there is any serious event or international meeting, the Russian special services try to reduce their activity, maybe even to zero level. Why is this done? In order that in case if something goes wrong, to do not screw a big policy. And now notice: for many years on the eve of all state visits something happens. Often this is some sort of nonsense, usually unprovable and falsified. This is exactly the work of foreign special services.
Now we have presidential elections very soon, so it was absolutely expected that something like this would happen. What happened is beneficial only to them. But in the case of poisoning, they made a slip-up, cuz they worked too traditionally. Everyone who has studied history knows that the champions of poisoning are British. They masterfully poison for centuries, it’s their firm style.
I think foreign intelligies used Skripal at the right time to create noise. Sorry for him. Most likely, he did not know about this production. The fact that he did not immediately die – a luck for him, of course. After all, I repeat, the British are well versed in poisons and doses. Most likely they wanted to stretch the “informational occasion” in time…
link – http://www.mk.ru/incident/2018/03/06/sotrudnik-gru-prokommentiroval-otravlenie-sergeya-skripalya.html

Big B
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Big B

I feel as though I have stepped onto a set designed by Dali; with a script written by Breton; in a film made by Buñuel. The soundtrack loop is of the Pixies:
Got me a movie
I want you to know
Slicing up eyeballs
I want you to know
Girlie so groovy
I want you to know
Don’t know about you
But I am un chien andalusia

Wanna grow up to be
Be a debaser

I’m not really sure just how much more debased and surreal our Parliamentary reality could be? I’m not talking about the mythical ‘newbie’ novichok: or Treason May – I was expecting that; but there was not a single word of condemnation from anybody. Qui tacet consentire videtur (He who is silent appears to consent). Worse than assent: Corbyn used his reply to further push the Labour Magnitsky Agenda:
“But instead they’re currently resisting Labour’s amendments to the sanctions and anti-money laundering bill, which could introduce the so-called Magnitsky powers – so will the prime minister agree today to back those amendments to the sanctions and anti-money laundering bill?”
You’ve got to fear for the sanity of anyone who could not believe that half of Salisbury would have been contaminated if novichok was really used. Power corrupts, apparently in subtle ways. Like novichok: it affects perception first – with an inability to see, or hear, what is apparent before you. Then it affects cognition – of the facts; of the ability to logically perceive and critically assimilate. Only state-sanctioned resources inform the elite echo-chamber of the state -sanctioned mind. Unable to think for oneself; incapable of individual reason; unable to differentiate from the cross-party collusional groupthink; finally, it affects the ability to communicate in anything other than the verisimilitude of consent to the lies, the damn lies of the insidious dictatorship of the mind. Yes, there has been an egregious and indefensible attack on this country: and yes, there has been an pernicious ‘nerve agent’ let loose …though not among the commoners of Salisbury: but in Parliament. Shall we blame Russia for this? Or is the delusion homegrown?

Mikalina
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Mikalina

JC and JD have gone over to the dark side.

Big B
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Big B

What, RT? I thought that was banned! :-))

Mikalina
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Mikalina

But BB, I really believed that if I hung on long enough, the cavalry would come riding over the hill…..
Brilliant article on hope.
https://orionmagazine.org/article/beyond-hope/

BigB
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Ha-ha: that guy Derrick is a fucking Zen master. Hope is delusional: but try explaining that to the Westernised mind (he just did, kudos). Hope is the past masquerading as the future: it’s all our previous assumptions projected forward. Thus, the blank canvas becomes loaded with past meaning: what appears revolutionary is in fact doctrinaire, submissive and already authoritarian. To give up on hope is to give up on self (as Derrick says “naked”): but this is not a communicable philosophical position. The equivalent binary logical position is “hopelessness”: with all its negative connotation. This is why Derrida advocated against all heirarchical binary oppositions. We have to give up hope and hopelessness and just do it, without outside help, acting from the selfless moment …then we can actuate a future free of the philosophically burdened past. Brilliant: thank you.

DavidKNZ
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DavidKNZ

====================
If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumber´d here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream…
A Midsummer Nights Dream, Wm Shakespeare

bevin
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John Marks
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John Marks

Brilliant link.
Uzbekistan-CIA-MI6-expendable Skripal?

alamaine
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” – the Russian government lost control of the nerve agent and let it fall into the hands of others.”
“Since its independence in 1991, Uzbekistan has been working with the government of the United States to dismantle and decontaminate the sites where the Novichok agents and other chemical weapons were tested and developed.”
These statements do not exclude anyone but include many others, more than the one(s) claimed to be responsible. The “45 minutes claim” is appropriate considering that there is no proof of the specific person(s) who MAY (irony?) have effected the supposed attack. How many times will various governments cause their people to be embarrassed by making spurious claims without definitive and substantiated evidence?

kitt6
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kitt6

How on earth can May insinuate this toxin only comes out of Russia. is she stating that there are special chemicals only Russian scientists can make? Interestingly one of the key manufacturing sites for this toxin was Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan has been working with the US government to dismantle these sites since independence in 1991. Funny May never mentioned this.

mail
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mail

Kim Jong Un’s brother was assassinated recently using VX, which was developed at Porton Down.
That must mean the British are responsible for his murder.
The Syrian terror groups have killed people using sarin, which was developed in Germany.
That must mean the Germans are responsible for that.

alaffcreator
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I agree.
But another aspect is even more interesting/characteristic – a fact that T. May actually equalising Russia and USSR. Asserting that “Novichok” was made in USSR, why does she point on Russia? Does she know at all what was the USSR? Today’s Russia – yes… BUT also: Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, Kazahstan, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Moldova & others… A LOT of today’s countries. They ALL were a part of USSR, which means it is logical that ALL these countries could use “Novichok”.
So what makes T. May think that if “Novichok” is a Soviet product then it is today’s Russia who “used it”?
Looks like a banal incompetence, or (most likely) prejudices and intentional use of semantic/mental dirty tricks like “Soviet means today’s Russian”.

Mikalina
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Mikalina

I’ve actually seen neo-soviet written somewhere to describe Russia. Clever, huh.

Jerry Alatalo
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Think for a minute of how a wild animal reacts when cornered, and perhaps then understand just how dangerous the world’s situation is at the moment.

Big B
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Big B

Wise words , Jerry. Our way of life is threatened, but not by external forces: from internal ones. The worm is in the core of the very apparatus of power: only, when will it turn?

George Cornell
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George Cornell

Military grade? That is the adjective widely used to sell cars and flashlights in the US. In this context it is pretty much meaningless but sounds sinister. As if there was homemade craft Novichok. May’s use of this term adds to the aura of scheming manipulation.