…britain, an empire once more…or umpire?…

…where, oh, where is that irascible Jonathan Pie Reporter with his off-camera colourful fulminations?…

Field Marshall George Osbourne of the David Cameron Tory government assures the US that, like Shaft, the UK is one ‘baaad muva’. Indeed, in the year 2015 he reassures all and sundry that the UK has got its mojo (?) back. Mojo? Mojo?

As RT reports on the ‘dood’s baaadness’, ‘Britain’s got its mojo back in Syria, with US in reasserting Western values’ – Osborne. Some unprepared readers to their chagrin will learn to not sip coffee while reading.

Britain’s new bombing campaign in Syria signals a return to its commitment of asserting Western values around the world and shows the UK has got its “mojo back,” according to Chancellor George Osborne.
Addressing the Council of Foreign Relations on Monday, Osborne lauded the overwhelming vote by MPs last Wednesday to extend airstrikes against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) from Iraq into Syria.
Britain has got its mojo back and we are going to be with you as we reassert Western values, confident that our best days lie ahead,” he told audience members at a meeting of the think tank held in New York.

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Somehow reality seems always to anticipate official foolishness. Only couple  days before this stupendous speech by this UK Chancellor of the Exchequer in New York, The Guardian’s cartoonist would forewarn us, Syria and the cigar fug of war – cartoon. Then again ridicule is often lost on the utterly self-absorbed.

While awaiting his medals and ribbons of conquest, ‘Winston Churchill’ Osbourne may learn of a recent discovery known to millions for some time in the UK, known even to a former Tory Prime Minister, a PM who had defenestrated a late US President’s favourite PM, The five charts that prove John Major is right when he bemoans the ‘shocking’ levels of inequality in Britain. ‘Winnie’ may, since his PM is still working at, also discover massive flooding in the country due largely to the government’s skewed priorities.

…may the mojo be with you, bruva chancellor…


…manipulating horrific tragedies…

…for gain – personal, political, military and financial?…

For those savage atrocities committed so routinely in the US, it has become easier to predict who is the decent, lovable person – but for some bad breaks in life – even though the perpetrator of the atrocity. Tragedy with a footnote.

The Guardian provides some context that most US media ‘conveniently’ downplay, San Bernardino shooting victim ‘had argued with killer about Islam’. Some key excerpts, Read the rest of this entry »


…cop21 meets proposed tpp?…

…or, climate conference – photo op or results-oriented?…

As the US President pushes for action at the COP21 in Paris comes news on a report by the Sierra Club. In that news is the observation that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), now to be considered for approval by respective legislatures of the 12 proposed members, seems to have not explicitly shown concern for climate change. Surely, a misunderstanding – on the part of Sierra Club? Or? As Andrea Germanos, staff writer, over at the common dreams blog, New Report Details TPP’s ‘Panoply of Threats’ to Climate. Of note, Read the rest of this entry »


…yet the blood of the innocent flows…

…from barbaric savagery, both crude and sophisticated…

Colonialism. Imperialism. Oppression. Retaliation. The legacy. In that region, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia… And the innocent pay – even at wedding celebrations, courtesy the US or its major Middle Easter arms purchaser. We are ever witness to even tragedy and grief being ruthlessly displaced by the choreographed, the theatre of the absurd marketed for the tv screen.

Yes, that business of weapon sales to ‘allies’. The US, Britain and France sell to whom? The volume of such sales? And what groups does the major weapons purchaser support? And what groups do the weapons sellers support? What groups? From ‘moderate’ terrorists to terrorists, beastly only when so ordered by their Western handlers?

Jim Naureckas, editor of the blog, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, fair.org, wastes no time in getting to the point: corporate media have been remiss, delinquent in, or worse, abidcated, their responsibility in news reporting, Context-Free Coverage of Terror Helps Perpetuate Its Causes

At the time of the attacks in Paris, FAIR’s website led with a piece by Ben Norton (11/13/15) about US reporting on the ISIS bombing in Beirut—noting references to the civilian neighborhood targeted by the bombing as a Hezbollah “stronghold” (MSNBC, 11/13/15), “bastion” (Reuters, 11/12/15) or “area” (NPR, 11/12/15). Given this framing—and the generally limited amount of coverage granted to the Lebanese victims—it’s unsurprising that the Beirut terror failed to provoke the same sorrow, horror and identification among US audiences that the Paris massacres did.

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…a remembrance day to remember…

…as perpetual war is celebrated as ultimate deterrent to war…

The House of Cards seems about to collapse on its own falsehoods, one House in the UK, the other, the US. Whereas in the US where corporate control so far continues to ensure the periodic charades of elections with the sole viable choice being either of the two totally captured parties, things have turned rather awkward in Britain.

There, other political parties have registered their mark in elections, parties only recently such as Liberal Democrats (LibDems) and UK Independence Party (UKIP). Often such have made sufficient ‘noise’ above their actual power to attract media and voters’ attention – in stark contrast to what obtains in the US.

That awkwardness comes from within the Labour party, a party that had turned quite elite, upper class, Blairite, with occasional bland mutterings to calm the ‘working class’. Its recent electoral loss to the Conservatives, from which it had slight difference and with which it had seemingly colluded to thwart that Scottish vote, did present a golden opportunity for change. And change did come, drastic change in the person of Jeremy Corbyn. Voting in such change were totally disaffected Labour members in defiance of the blandishments of the privileged of the status quo.  Read the rest of this entry »


…wall street, his master’s voice…

…and responding accordingly…

David Dayen at The Intercept does some research, as would be expected of serious journalists, and he finds Talk of Criminally Prosecuting Corporations Up, Actual Prosecutions Down

A new analysis of federal data from Syracuse University finds that the Justice Department’s criminal prosecutions of corporations fell 29 percent from 2004 to 2014, even as criminal referrals to the Justice Department from other federal agencies have risen.

The figure shows the exceptional performance of the US President’s Justice Department, with the chief lawman and his sidekick riding off to their now mega-ranches. By now most will have been accustomed to the tiresome, emptiness of the rhetoric, and the ensuing thorough lack of any action on issues that adversely affect the non-one percent of the quiescent and mildly apprehensive US victims.

On the matter of ‘just following orders’ from above, as another pesky journalist would state, Read the rest of this entry »


…the disinfectant of truth and the fading corporate msm…

…as alternative media gain in trust for reliability and accuracy…

The ascendancy of the blogs and other media is due more to integrity and professionalism in practicing journalism. The evidence is overwhelming – especially in the case of the US corporate media, with the establishment newspapers such as NYT and WaPo, and CNN and cable and network TV as prime examples.

In the case of Syria, Prof Gary Leupp over at counterpunch illustrates the amateurish and comical predictability of the media, A Useful Prep-Sheet on Syria for Media Propagandists. An example, Read the rest of this entry »