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Liquid Lies Revisited.

By Craig Murray, July 3rd 2014.                 Find Article Here:-

There never was a liquid bomb plot. It was proven in court not to exist. It was a fabrication of the minds governing a Pakistani torture chamber.

It is only a week ago that, as the terrorist industry sought to terrify us with the idea that jihadists from Syria would attack the UK, I wrote that:

“The patent absence of any genuine Islamic terrorism in the UK to fight is an obvious threat to the funding of this huge industry. Hence the current hype about the threat from Birmingham school governors or British residents fighting in Iraq and Syria. We have the usual propagandists for this threat thrust upon the airwaves again – Frank “Goebbels” Gardner and even the utterly discredited “Quilliam Foundation” who have been back on the BBC. At the moment they are peddling the utterly untrue line that 9% of those who travel from the UK to participate in fighting abroad, on return get involved in terrorist activity in the UK. Frank Gardner has been repeating this ad nauseam”

Now the terror industry has moved to ramp up this entirely false fear with worldwide headlines about a new threat of bombs on planes. The BBC and Sky both link this to the great “liquid bomb plot” of 2006. Everybody remembers that massive story that dominated the headlines for weeks. It was described by the British security services as “Bigger than 9/11″. Today BBC News described it as a “plot to bring down seven airliners simultaneously”.

22 people were arrested in Stasi style raids conducted on their hones at 2.30am. These included a 22 year old woman with a young baby. The Home Office proudly proclaimed that the Home Secretary, Dr John Reid, had been awake all night and personally directed those raids on sleeping families with children.

You may recall that the tabloids – directed by Rebekah Brooks and Coulson – ran front page stories about the evil Islamic mother and the liquid explosive in her baby bottles. These evil Muslims are so heartless they are prepared to blow up their own babies!! John Howard, Australian Prime Minister, said “That would be an appalling reflection on the lack of humanity of that child’s parents.”

Except it was all untrue. The chemical traces the police claimed to have found on the baby bottles proved to be Sodium Dichloroisocyanurate, normal baby bottle sterilising solution, from Boots. The woman was found not guilty on all charges. Neither the tabloids, the police, nor Dr John Reid and John Howard have ever apologised. Of the 22 people arrested in those darkest night raids, only eight were ever charged – fourteen were released without charge, there being no evidence against them. Of the eight who were charged, five were found not guilty. Three were convicted as terrorists – but there was nothing in their plans about blowing up aircraft. I am not personally convinced of the safety of their convictions anyway. They may have been unpleasant fantasists, but not much else. These three certainly had no practical plan or method to bring down seven aircraft, despite the BBC repeating that lie continually at the moment. The recent death of Gerard Conlon reminds us all of the horrifying willingness of English juries to convict the demonised other, be they Irish Catholics or Muslims.

This is what I blogged just three days after the story broke. Everything I wrote here proved to be true:

“None of the alleged terrorists had made a bomb. None had bought a plane ticket. Many did not even have passports, which given the efficiency of the UK Passport Agency would mean they couldn’t be a plane bomber for quite some time.

In the absence of bombs and airline tickets, and in many cases passports, it could be pretty difficult to convince a jury beyond reasonable doubt that individuals intended to go through with suicide bombings, whatever rash stuff they may have bragged in internet chat rooms.

What is more, many of those arrested had been under surveillance for over a year – like thousands of other British Muslims. And not just Muslims. Like me. Nothing from that surveillance had indicated the need for early arrests.

Then an interrogation in Pakistan revealed the details of this amazing plot to blow up multiple planes – which, rather extraordinarily, had not turned up in a year of surveillance. Of course, the interrogators of the Pakistani dictator have their ways of making people sing like canaries. As I witnessed in Uzbekistan, you can get the most extraordinary information this way. Trouble is it always tends to give the interrogators all they might want, and more, in a desperate effort to stop or avert torture. What it doesn’t give is the truth.

The gentleman being “interrogated” had fled the UK after being wanted for questioning over the murder of his uncle some years ago. That might be felt to cast some doubt on his reliability. It might also be felt that factors other than political ones might be at play within these relationships. Much is also being made of large transfers of money outside the formal economy. Not in fact too unusual in the British Muslim community, but if this activity is criminal, there are many possibilities that have nothing to do with terrorism.”

Despite the fact I was right and the entire mainstream media was wrong, I was directly attacked by highly paid alcoholic warmonger Nick Cohen in the Observer as a “conspiracy theorist”.

The famous “liquid bomb plot” was used by both the UK and US governments to drive through yet more anti-civil liberties legislation, despite the fact that the plot did not actually exist and the technology of home made portable and easily deployable binary liquid explosives is a myth.

The mass hysteria whipped up by the mainstream media and appalling neo-con politicians over the “liquid bomb plot” did a huge amount to boost the massive budgets of the terrorist industry. The media never carried the news of the non-existence of the plot, so there was never any downward pressure on those budgets as a result. The patent lack of Islamic terrorism in the West is becoming a threat to those budgets now. But, Hell! The liquid bomb myth worked last time, didn’t it? Why not use it again?

That the BBC can recycle as fact the “liquid bomb plot to blow up seven airlines” is sickening enough. But then they did something that was so jaw-dropping as to be unbelievable, even given the total lack of ethics at the BBC. To make sure the “fear” really sunk in, they showed a “reconstruction” of the liquid bomb plot. A section of aircraft fuselage was mounted on the ground, and then an explosion blew out a big hole in it. Text labelled it “reconstruction” underneath.

How can you have a “reconstruction” of something which never happened, and was shown in court not to have happened? I should love to believe that this BBC ploy is so ludicrous it did not work; but I have a sad feeling that 90% of people probably believe the “liquid bomb plot” did exist, as Tony Blair, George Bush, John Reid, John Howard and the entire media told them it existed, and nobody has ever told them it did not.



The UK’s Internet Filters Block Almost 1 in 5 Websites.

By Joseph Cox  July 3rd 2014.   Find Article Here:-

Almost one in five websites are blocked by the UK’s internet service providers’ filters, according to the Open Rights Group. Using an in-house developed tool, the digital rights organisation have tested the top 100,000 sites on the web and found that many of the 20 percent blocked by filters—which are intended to protect kids from inappropriate contentincluded innocuous, inoffensive or educational content.

For example, a website used to sell and service Porsches is blocked by O2, while TalkTalk denies access to a feminist rights blog. Other blocked sites include the political blog Guido Fawkes, whose editor Paul Staines said: “We would really appreciate it if TalkTalk would remove us from their block list. The only people who block us are them and the Chinese government.”

Open Rights Group have launched the tool they used to test sites, which means anyone can check if a website has been filtered and keep track of a running total of blocked sites. At the time of publication, the number of blocked sites had risen since the initial launch to over 22,500.

As for the point of all this, Jim Killock, executive director of Open Rights Group, said: “Through the Blocked project we wanted to find out about the impact of web filters. Already, our reports are showing that almost one in five websites tested are blocked, and that the problem of overblocking seems much bigger than we thought. Different ISPs are blocking different sites and the result is that many people, from businesses to bloggers, are being affected because people can’t access their websites.”

The use of these filters by ISPs is part of a UK government drive to make sure that only over-18s see “adult content” on the web. Prime Minister David Cameron’s “porn filters” have been shown to block a load of other stuff before, from sex education sites to information on hacking, but this Open Rights Group study shows just how widespread the filters have become.

“Obviously some of the sites are just completely mistakenly blocked,”  Pam Cowburn, an Open Rights Group representative told me.

I asked Pam why so many sites that are not hosting 18+ material are being stopped by the filters. Is it the ISPs’ algorithms that are at fault, or overreaching filtering policies in general?

“This is part of the problem,” she said. “There isn’t much transparency about how the filters are being set.”

Indeed, although the ISPs detail what sort of themes they block—such as pornography and drugs—it isn’t made clear how these filters really work, meaning that it can be hard to know why a seemingly innocuous site might have been blacklisted. It can additionally be very difficult to find out how to ‘un-block’ a site that, as a paying adult customer, you want to access. According to the Open Rights Group, mother-of-one Marielle was “humiliated” when she tried to access a post-partum care site on her phone.

“The manager told me that I couldn’t access filtered articles without entering a four-digit pin every time I wanted to read a filtered article because I had a PAYG [pay-as-you-go] plan,” she said. Marielle sent a report to Three, the ISP in question, to highlight that the site had been mistakenly filtered, but didn’t receive a response.

I contacted TalkTalk, the ISP that blocked political blog Guido Fawkes, to ask why that was the case. They didn’t reply in time for publication, but Cowburn admitted that for TalkTalk, “We’ve been testing on a slightly higher default setting than they would normally recommend when you first sign up.” Bearing this in mind, Guido Fawkes and other sites may not be blocked by TalkTalk for all customers.

For BT Broadband, Open Rights Group set their  filtering to “moderate,” which blocks nudity; weapons and violence; and gambling and social networking. When testing Sky Broadband, the settings were turned up to “13,” which Sky says is “suitable for teenagers and above.” This denies access to information about suicide and self harm; anonymisers, filesharing and hacking; and dating.

When comparing the filters across ISPs, which sites are blocked is pretty inconsistent. There isn’t a standard level of protection—or accidental censorship—across the country, which makes it difficult for customers to choose which ISP might have a plan appropriate for them.

But if a parent switches off their ISPs filters, it undermines the whole idea of them in the first placearen’t they then going to expose their children to a wide open version of the web? Maybe, but Cowburn said that, “Parents shouldn’t feel guilt tripped into thinking that they are failing to protect their children if they don’t switch filters on. The best way to keep kids safe online is by giving them the skills and education they need to navigate the web safely.”

Overall, it looks like the UK’s porn filters are much more broken that initially thought, and a lack of transparency from the ISPs makes it difficult to even pin down what the problem is. Until that changes, customers will need to decide between filters that are perhaps either too heavy-handed, or don’t offer an adequate level of protection for their initial purpose—protecting children.

Scientists discover fragment of ‘missing link’ asteroid that led to explosion of life on Earth.

By James Vincent  3rd July 2014.                Find Article Here:-

Sample from a Swedish quarry is thought to be from a ‘bullet’ asteroid that set off a massive meteor shower 470 million years ago.

Scientists in Sweden have discovered a never-before seen class of meteorite that could be the ‘missing link’ between a gigantic collision in the asteroid belt 470 million years ago and the subsequent explosion of diverse life forms here on Earth.

Although it’s usually thought that meteorite impacts are disastrous for species on Earth (the classic example is the colossal impact thought to have killed off the dinosaurs 66 million years ago) there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that these events can also be beneficial to the overall diversity on the planet.

It’s thought that just such an impact – or rather, a string of them – dramatically boosted biodiversity on the planet during the Ordovician Period some 470 million years ago. It’s believed that a collision of two asteroids (or possibly an asteroid and a comet) out in space caused a shower of meteors to rain down on Earth.

Over time fragments of this meteor shower have been found around the planet and dated to 470 million years ago – but until now scientists had not found any evidence of the ‘killer’ asteroid that started this chain of events.

During the Ordovician Period most life on Earth was found in the ocean, with jawless fish, molluscs and insect-like arthropods making up the bulk of the species roll-call. However, a study from 2008 showed that the planet went through a “major phase of biodiversification” at this time shortly after “the largest documented asteroid breakup event during the past few billion years”.

The evidence for this breakup comes from the abundance of L-chondrite meteorites – the second most common meteorite type – fragments of which first started appearing on Earth around 470 million years ago.

“Something we didn’t really know about before was flying around and crashed into the L-chondrites,” said Gary Huss, co-author of the study that analysed the sample (published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters). This newly-discovered fragment is thought to be that very object – the mysterious ‘bullet’.

The composition of the fragment differs from known meteorite samples and its exposure age  – the length of time it sailed through space – places it at the ‘scene of the crime’ when meteors rained down on the planet during the Ordovician Period.

“It’s a very, very strange and unusual find,” Birger Schmitz, the lead author of the study, told Live Science. “I think [it] adds to the understanding that the meteorites that come down on Earth today may not be entirely representative of what is out there.”

It’s not clear exactly why the Ordovician meteor shower led to a greater variety of life on the plane although some more far-fetched theories suggest that life itself was ‘seeded’ by organisms hitching a ride on asteroids.

A more likely explanation is that the impact craters caused by the collisions provided perfect test-beds for developing life. When meteorites hit the surface of the planet they scooped out bubbling pools of minerals and nutrients that served – in Carl Zimmer’s words – as “natural beakers that synthesized new chemicals essential for life”. However, even this is still just a theory – and the impacts might have also fostered life by creating new habitats, like restructured shorelines.

If further geochemical tests on the newly discovered fragment confirm its suspected origins then scientists will have pinned down another piece of the solar system’s history – but figuring out what happened closer to home might be more difficult still.

Steve Bell on George Osborne’s refusal to answer boy’s maths question – cartoon.

Steve Bell 04.07.2014

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Uk Chancellor George Osborne rules out answering simple maths question from 7 year old boy.

By   3rd July 2014.             Find Full Article Here:-

Chancellor boasts of A-level maths but dodges question on eight times table from seven-year-old boy.

George Osborne
Chancellor George Osborne has a rule not to answer maths questions, apparently.

As chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne has faced many a tough question relating to figures but that did not stop him dodging a simple multiplication put to him by a seven-year-old. Sam Raddings asked Osborne what seven times eight equals but the chancellor refused to answer.

“I’ve made it a rule in life not to answer a load of maths questions,” he said. Luckily, Sam, who was part of a child panel interviewing Osborne on Sky News, stepped in to point out that the answer was 56. Osborne’s refusal came just after he had told Sam in response to a question on whether he was good at maths: “Well, I did maths A-level so I have been tested at school.”

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Stephen Gaskin – Obituary.

Posted 4th July 2014.           Find Full Article and Video Here:-

Stephen Gaskin was a teacher who led a caravan of hippies across America to found a commune built on tradition.

Stephen Gaskin in 1969

Stephen Gaskin in 1969 Photo: ALAMY

Stephen Gaskin, was a self-confessed “professional hippy” who became an unlikely presidential candidate.

As a proponent of love, peace and harmony, he co-founded “The Farm” — a spiritual community of like-minded tie-die clad, vegetarian, pot-smoking pacifists — in Summertown, Tennessee, in 1971. It became the largest hippy community in the world and an example of an effective self-sufficient subculture.

As a potential leader of the free world — campaigning in the primary elections of 2000 — Gaskin was a Green Party hopeful with a mission to introduce universal health care, reform financial institutions and legalise marijuana.

Although he failed to win the Green Party ticket for the presidential poll he fought a frank and funny campaign. “Did you inhale?” he was asked about his personal experience of marijuana. “I didn’t exhale,” he answered.

Stephen Gaskin was born on February 16 1935 in Denver, Colorado, and had a peripatetic, eclectic upbringing that, while atheist, was inclusive of various cultures. His father was variously a cowboy, builder, mail clerk and commercial fisherman and Stephen was raised throughout the south west of America, with periods in Santa Fe, Phoenix, and San Bernardino. “I’d been to so many different places I had to learn how to make friends on purpose,” he recalled. He maintained that his freethinking was hereditary, noting that his grandmother was a suffragette and his great uncle helped the longshoreman’s union in San Francisco.

Gaskin served in the US Marine Corps between 1952 and 1955, during which time he fought in Korea. During the Sixties he lived in San Francisco, where he taught English, semantics and creative writing at San Francisco State University, working under the celebrated linguist and semanticist SI Hayakawa.

Gaskin with one of his Monday Night Classes

Gaskin’s formal teaching grew into a more personal and philosophical pursuit through his experimental “Monday Night Class” — an open discussion group involving up to 1,500 students and held in 1969 and 1970 at a huge auditorium in the city’s Bay Area. His classes ranged from “Group Experiments in Unified Field Theory” to “Magic, Einstein, and God”. In these gatherings he discussed “consciousness, the spiritual plane, religion, politics, sex, drugs and current events” — all viewed through the kaleidoscopic lens of the Sixties counterculture movement (and its psychedelic pharmaceutical refreshments). Unified by the hippy sensibility, the classes formed the genesis of the group that settled at The Farm.

In 1970 Gaskin led 250 people in a caravan of “20 or 30 old buses” from San Francisco to Tennessee on a four-month lecture tour of churches and colleges. “The farther we went, the more people there were who joined the caravan,” he said. “Pretty soon there were three or four hundred of us and the police were meeting us every time we crossed a state line.”

Gaskin’s caravan of hippies crossing America to Tennessee in 1971

It’s a record: four days by bus from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

4th July 2014.            Find Article Here:-

Spending four days and £170 on buses, Adam Mugliston beats the record by nearly a day.

Adam Mugliston, who broke the record for the quickest journey from Land's End to John O'Groats by bus

Adam Mugliston, who broke the record for the quickest journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats by bus.

A 16-year-old schoolboy has broken the record for the fastest journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats – by public bus.

Adam Mugliston spent four days and £170 on tickets travelling 1,167 miles on 36 different buses to beat the previous record by nearly a day.

He spent months poring over bus timetables to plan the quickest route and set off on his epic journey to mark the completion of his GCSEs.

Adam said: “I’m pretty knackered and glad to be home now. I got hardly any sleep, getting in after midnight and up again to get the bus before 6am.

“It was all worth it though. It was a great trip.

“My parents were a little worried about it but they were fine. They dropped me off at Land’s End.

“I’m in Year 11 and this is my way of celebrating finishing my exams.”

Adam, of Suffolk, started his journey on the number 1 bus from Land’s End to Truro on Monday (June 23) at 7.21am.

He made overnight stops at Bridgwater, Crewe, Newcastle, and Dundee Premier Inns – because the hotel chain was happy to accommodate a 16-year-old without parents.

Four days, 10 hours and 44 minutes later he stepped off the X97 at John O’Groats.

He came close to missing a bus change on his second day as the number 46 from Stroud to Cheltenham, Glos., was running late.

Adam only had nine minutes to spare when he got off the bus – just enough time to get his bearings and board the 801 to Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire.

The schoolboy has a passion for public transport and hopes to work in the industry after university.

He said: “Buses have always been my thing and I read about people trying the challenge so I thought I’d give it a go but do it quicker. After all, why not?

“I don’t know why, but I’ve always had an interest in buses. I want to go to university to study transport and hopefully get work with Transport for London. I’ve got work experience there this summer.

“I’d love to work in scheduling transport. That has been an issue while planning this trip.”

There is no official Guinness World Record for the feat but Adam’s time is believed to be almost a day quicker than anyone has completed the journey before.

Adrian Cole, membership secretary of the Land’s End John O’ Groats Association, said he had not heard of anyone coming close to Adam’s time before.

Mr Cole said: “Four days beggars belief. His predictions on bus times must have worked out well.

“From my experience on the buses – and I work for a bus company – that is really quite impressive.”

James Aukett, who works for London Buses, completed the journey in five days, seven hours and 25 minutes in 2011.

Steve Gibbs, 74, will be attempting the epic trip in August, but without as much cost as he will use his bus pass. He hopes to raise ?20,000 for Children In Need.

The record breaking route

Monday June 23

7:21 – 1 from Land’s End to Penzance, arriving at 8.30.

9.33 – 18 from Penzance to Truro, arriving at 11.16.

11.45 – 594 from Truro to Wadebridge, arriving at 12:55.

14.00 – 510 from Wadebridge to Exeter, arriving at 16.32.

17:00 – 1B from Exeter to Willand, arriving at 17.58.

18.22 – 22 from Willand to Taunton, arriving at 19.12.

19.55 – 21 from Taunton to Bridgwater, arriving at 20.39.

Tuesday June 24

5.48 – 21 from Bridgwater to Weston-super-Mare, arriving at 7.10.

7.32 – X1 from Weston-super-Mare to Bristol, arriving at 8.41.

9.02 – 47 from Bristol to Yate, arriving at 9.47.

10.15 – 84 from Yate to Wotton-under-Edge, arriving at 10.53.

11.30 – 40 from Wotton-under-Edge to Stroud, arriving at 12.10.

12.50 – 46 from Stroud to Cheltenham, arriving at 13.36.

13.45 – 801 from Cheltenham to Moreton-in-Marsh, arriving at 14.55 (did not arrive until 15.06).

15.15 – 22 from Moreton-in-Marsh to Stratford-upon-Avon, arriving at 16.20.

17.05 – X20 from Stratford-upon-Avon to Birmingham, arriving at 18.37.

19.15 – X51 from Birmingham to Walsall, arriving at 19.47.

20.05 – 2 from Walsall to Cannock, arriving at 20.40.

21.00 – 74 from Cannock to Stafford, arriving at 21.30.

21.53 – 101 from Stafford to Hanley, arriving at 22.47.

23.19 – 20 from Hanley to Crewe, arriving at 00.10.

Wednesday June 25

6.04 – 38 from Crewe to Macclesfield, arriving at 7.00.

7.15 – 130 from Macclesfield to Manchester, arriving at 9.22.

10.28 – 184 from Manchester to Huddersfield, arriving at 12.24.

12.45 – X6 from Huddersfield to Leeds, arriving at 14.07.

14.40 – 843 from Leeds to Scarborough, arriving at 17.37.

18.15 – X93 from Scarborough to Middlesbrough, arriving at 20.23.

20.15 – X10 from Middlesbrough to Newcastle, arriving at 22.23.

Thursday June 26

10.33 – X15 from Newcastle to Berwick-upon-Tweed, arriving at 12.58.

13.55 – 253 from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Edinburgh, arriving 16.08.

18.45 – X59 from Edinburgh to Guardbridge, arriving at 20.27.

21.02 – 99A from Guardbridge to Dundee, arriving at 21.02.

Friday June 27

6.30 – X7 from Dundee to Aberdeen, arriving at 9.01.

9.25 – 10 from Aberdeen to Inverness, arriving at 13.14.

14.40 – X99 from Inverness to Dunbeath, arriving at 16.56.

17.01 – X97 from Dunbeath to John O’Groats, arriving at

18.02. Three minute walk to the John O’Groats sign, arriving at 18.05.

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