‘LONG TO REIGN OVER US’ ?

Whatever our opinions about the role and value of a Constitutional Monarchy few UK citizens would argue that Queen Elizabeth ll has not fulfilled her duties to an exceptional degree. As the nation looks forward to the Jubillee celebration of her 70 year reign the reality is that this ushers in a new phase, raising many to question how long the monarchy can survive the continuous and cataclysmic events of recent decades.

The role of the Sovereign is to act as a focus for national identity, unity and pride; to give a sense of stability and continuity; officially recognising success and excellence; and supporting the ideal of voluntary service. In all these roles the monarch is traditionally supported by members of their immediate family who are meant to uphold the qualities of nobility and service and for which they are amply rewarded by wealth, status and privilege. While perfection is not anticipated, the highest standards are expected of those who claim an unelected right to rule by virtue of birth.

The royal family reflects society and we see our lives mirrored in theirs. The pain of unhappy marriage and divorce, the impact upon mental health and the loneliness and desperation of entrapment and estrangement inherent in enforced roles. A dilemma arises when the public is forced to acknowledge the reality that wealth and position do not always imbue the nobler traits.  Childlike we cling to the need for an archetypal family to provide a reassuring pattern of stability, buying into the virtual reality, Disney world of ‘happy ever after’ rather than accept a flawed Institution.

As the Queen comes to the final part of a long life of service there will be little criticism of her or of others who have shown dedication to service, Princess Anne comes to mind. Others may perhaps be judged more critically.          

Prince Charles who lied as he took his marriage vows and continued to lie to the public as he attempted to meet the obligations of the role while fulfilling his personal desires. Diana a loved and remembered princess was humiliated and ultimately usurped by Camilla now Duchess of Cornwall, who will eventually wear both the crown and the title of ‘Queen’, bequeathed to her by no less a person than the current monarch.

Andrew Duke of York, a prince who cavorted with convicted paedophiles before paying £12 m to escape testifying in court on a charge of battery and sexual abuse. Many watched the memorial service for Prince Phillip, stunned to see the Queen escorted into Westminster Abbey on the arm of Prince Andrew. Despite concerns raised by Prince Charles and Prince William, the Queen was adamant that this was “her wish and final decision.’  In this she sent a clear message of support. The councillors of the City of York, however, do not share the view of the Queen and on April 28th  in an unprecedented move, councillors unanimously voted to strip Andrew, Duke of York, of the honour of Freedom of the City of York. There were also calls for him to relinquish his title, saying that if he failed, the queen or the government should remove it.

Sarah Duchess of York, has been embroiled in numerous scandals over the years.  In 2010 she was filmed taking £40,000 away in a briefcase related to a 500,000 ‘cash for access to Prince Andrew’ scam. In 2012 the Turkish Ministry for Justice issued an International arrest warrant for Sarah for having trespassed into a Turkish Government institution (an orphanage) and invading the privacy of children, charges carrying a prison sentence of up to 22 years. The trial was adjourned to negotiate an ‘out of court settlement’.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duke and Duchess of  Sussex: –  Harry was the only senior royal not to attend the Memorial service for his grandfather Prince Phillip on 29th March at Westminster Abbey. Despite her health problems the queen joined a congregation of 1,800, many representing the charities Prince Phillip had supported throughout his long life.  Harry remained in his new home in California on the grounds that he does not feel safe without personal protection – withdrawn after he stepped down as a working royal in 2020.  Harry and Meghan did however attend the Invictus Games held on April 16th in the Netherlands, which he founded and of which he can be justly proud. A Netflix camera crew accompanied them throughout their trip as part of the production of a coming documentary, the first part of their $100m (£76.5m) deal. This will be launched by their recently launched television company Archewell Productions. Only media approved by their Archewell company were allowed to photograph their interaction with athletes at the Games. The couple found time for a 30 minute visit to Windsor to see the Queen after staying overnight at Frogmore Cottage, their former home on the Windsor Estate. They received a Special Escort Group (SEG) protection detail when travelling outside, this is a mobile armed protection unit provided to royals and government ministers and now likely be provided to Harry, Meghan and their children on any future visits. The Home Office confirm that Met Police Security can not be approved for private funding so this would be funded by the British tax payer.  During media interviews following the visit, Harry stunned everyone by describing his ‘really special relationship’ with the Queen, saying that she tells him things she feels she cannot tell anyone else…”I’m just making sure that she’s protected and got the right people around her”. Such comments are puzzling and do little to heal the ongoing family estrangement as Harry has not seen his grandmother in person since Prince Philip’s funeral in April 2021 and the Queen has yet to meet their daughter Lillibet, now 10 months old. Harry and his father have rarely spoken over the past two years and it is believed Harry and Meghan did not meet with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their 24 hours in the UK. Despite Harry calling for his family’s privacy to be respected he has negotiated a ‘tell all’ publishing deal alleged to be in excess of $20m with a memoir due out in the year of the Queen’s Jubilee.

A series of letters  written by Prince Charles to Jimmy Savile before he was revealed as Britain’s worst child abuser has just been published. Savile responsible for unimaginable crimes against children is also known to have performed sex acts on corpses in hospital morgues. Savile used charity work as a cover for his paedophilia, raising millions to build the new Stoke Mandeville Hospital for spinal injuries which Princess Diane opened in 1983. He was given  24 hour access to all wards, it later emerged that Savile had sexually abused numerous patients at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, many of them paralysed.

In 1989 Prince Charles requested Jimmy Savile’s help in improving the Royal Family’s image after a comment was made by the Duke of York on a visit to Lockerbie, where 270 people died, stating “Of course it only affects the community in a very small way.’ On December 22, 1989 Charles also asked Jimmy Savile to help the Duchess of York with her public relations saying, ‘I can’t help feeling that it would be extremely useful to her if you could. I feel she could do with some of your straightforward common sense.’

Charles also asked Savile for advice on improving speeches and helping him with public visits to charities. On July 4, 1991he wrote from Highgrove House: ‘Dear Jimmy, I can’t tell you how grateful I am for the most useful assistance you have provided for my speech in the Guildhall the other day. ‘I t was really good of you to take the trouble to put together those splendid notes and provide me with considerable food for thought. ‘Whether you think the final result is in any way worthwhile is another matter. With renewed and heartfelt thanks, Charles.’

In 1989 in answer to requests from Prince Charles, Jimmy Savile drew up a five page PR guide on how the royals should respond to significant incidents, this was sent to Prince Charles at his request and adopted in part.

Savile told Charles: ‘There must be an ‘incident room’ with several independent phone lines, teletext etc. The Queen should be informed in advance of any proposed action by Family members’. This crisis unit should be run by ‘a special person with considerable experience in such matters’, adding that he (Savile) could speak with confidence on such matters, saying: ‘I get into St James Palace and Buckingham Palace on a regular basis’.

The prince replied to Savile: ‘I attach a copy of my memo on disasters which incorporates your points and which I showed to my Father. He showed it to H.M [the Queen].’

 

 

In a time of unprecedented global change, Institutions which fail to adapt will die. Monarchy as the oldest system of government has much to commend it but is dependent upon the will of the people to allow a hereditary system to prevail, for monarchs rule only with the consent of the people they serve. The passing of Queen Elizabeth ll  will be the point of transition…Will we welcome King Charles….King William or the birth of a Republic?

BLAIR PETITION DENIED

Following the New York court decision that Prince Andrew must answer to charges related to sexual abuse of a minor, the news that Andrew has been stripped of his honorary military titles and will no longer be referred to as ‘His Royal Highness’ was greeted with wide approval. He remains a ‘Knight Companion of the most noble Order of the Garter’ the highest Order of chivalry in the UK and retains numerous other titles.

THE NEWS THAT TONY BLAIR IS TO JOIN PRINCE ANDREW AS KNIGHT COMPANION OF THE ORDER  WAS MET WITH A PETITION SIGNED BY ONE AND A HALF MILLION PEOPLE REQUESTING THE KNIGHTHOOD BE RESCINDED. THE PETITION HAS BEEN DISMISSED BY PARLIAMENT WHICH IT SEEMS HAS NO AUTHORITY OVER HONOURS BEQUEATHED..

What conveniently short memories there are for some, millions despise Tony Blair for his lies and duplicity over Iraq.The distinguished investigative journalist John Pilger, recipient of multiple awards  and numerous honorary doctorates commented: “The contempt in which Britain’s elite holds the public has never been more eloquently expressed than in the decision to award Tony Blair the highest order of knighthood. One million Iraqis dead, three million dispossessed, a trail of blood to 7/7.  Rise Sir Tony!”

The first priority of monarchy is to serve the people rather than to elevate its members to preserve its own position. The Order of the Garter is awarded for life unless a knight or lady companion offends against certain “points of reproach”.  We might be forgiven for asking exactly what constitutes ‘points of reproach’ for those who ‘reign over us’. As Prince Andrew refuses to answer to accusations of sexual abuse and his involvement with not one but two convicted  sex traffickers, some may also question  the new appointment of Camilla Duchess of Cornwall as a Royal Lady of the Garter for ‘services rendered to the Crown’. Camilla almost did a better job than Wallis Simpson in once destabilising the monarchy. A potential constitutional crisis is anticipated by many when the true feelings of the public are tested regarding the future accession of Prince Charles to the throne.

While it is easy to believe that ceremonial spectacle is no more than a  gesture it is in fact an impressive reminder of the centuries old hierarchical power structure still intact in the UK in 2022. Each year Royal Knights and Ladies of the Order of the Garter gather at St George’s Chapel in Windsor dressed in blue velvet mantles, red velvet hoods, black velvet hats with white ostrich plumes, for a colourful procession and ceremony. The Garter is worn on ceremonial occasions around the left calf by knights and around the left arm by ladies.   Founded in 1348 by Edward III, the garter is awarded by the sovereign for outstanding public service and achievement. It is said to have been inspired by events at a ball in northern France, attended by the king and Joan, Countess of Salisbury who it is believed dropped her garter, causing laughter and some embarrassment. The king, however, picked it up and wore it on his own leg, uttering the phrase “Honi soit qui mal y pense” – “Shame on him who thinks this evil” – now the order’s motto.

In 2003 the voices of millions who marched to protest about the pending invasion of Iraq were ignored as once again it is ignored in the petition request. Times however are changing. For the monarchy to survive it must reflect the attitudes and behaviour of the majority of the people.

 

SHOW ME THE MONEY

ONE TRILLION POUNDS IS £1,000 BILLION – ENOUGH TO PUT A VERY LARGE DINT IN GLOBAL POVERTY AND PUT SMILES ON THE FACES OF EVERY UK CITIZEN.

The Church of England is thought to hold assets in excess of £15bn. Its church commissioners have an £8bn investment portfolio, it also has £4.7bn in dioceses, £1bn in cathedrals and an estimated £1–10bn in parish church councils. In reality the actual total wealth of the church is estimated at almost £17.12 trillion sterling.  ($23.5 trillion in US dollars). The Church of England may be wealthy but the churches are empty.

In January 2021 a Church of England multi-trillion-pound investment scheme  was unveiled. A somewhat incongruous image showed Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury and head of the global Anglican community opening the London Stock Exchange on July 2nd 2018 . The purpose was to publicise his address to delegates of the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) in a call for global partnership to address climate change issues. Welbey’s enthusiasm for partnering with international bankers, hedge funds and the London Stock Exchange are well known, perhaps a legacy of his past as an oil  executive. The TPI has since boasted that £10 TRILLION  has been amassed by the Church of England.

Warnings against avarice, the desire to accumulate more and more wealth, are given throughout the bible. Usury, charging exorbitant interest rates on a loan, has been expressly forbidden in Christian doctrine since the 4th Century BC, while the Law of Moses states:  “If you lend money to My people, to the poor among you, you are not to act as a creditor to him; you shall not charge him interest”  Ways to circumvent this inconvenient Commandment have always been found. In the late Middle Ages the problem of financing the royal exchequer and setting up capitalist institutions in the face of the Christian ban on usury was resolved by allowing Jews to act as bankers.

While Jesus Christ famously overturned the tables of the money lenders in the Temple, the Archbishop, it seems, is willing to eat at their table, no doubt believing that the end justifies the means. It seems we have learned nothing from the global financial crash of 2008 or the words of Saint Paul that “the love of money is the root of all evil”

While few would argue the urgent need to address climate change, many would hope the same urgency might be applied to the plight of the hundreds of thousands currently living in crisis in the UK. Over two and a half million people now rely on food banks, almost one and a half million children require free school meals and more than 300,000 are officially recorded as homeless, these figures do not include those sleeping on a friend’s sofa or facing impending eviction due to pandemic restrictions.

In 2018, Archbishop Welby railed against poverty, harshly criticising payday lenders, however it then emerged the church held an indirect investment in the now defunct Wonga Pay Day lending company. Pay Day Loans typically charge 400% interest and more, the Church of England Ethical Investment Advisory Group (EIAG) states that investments should exclude: “Any company, whose main business activity or focus  is the provision of home-collected credit (‘doorstep lending’), unsecured short-term loans (‘payday loans’) or pawnbroker loans, directly or through owned-subsidiaries.”

Welby also attacked Amazon for not paying a living wage and leaching off the taxpayer saying:  “they don’t pay for our defence, for security, for stability, for justice, health, equality, education.”  The media then discovered that The Church of England held substantial investments in Amazon, it has since said it will keep its shares as it considers the most effective way to seek change was to be “in the room with these companies” as a shareholder.

A 2021 pay freeze for C of E clergy means the archbishop of Canterbury who has two grace-and-favour homes including Lambeth Palace (below) will continue to receive an annual salary of £85,070. 

 

 

 

The salary of a diocesan bishop will continue at £46,180  while the stipend for a parish vicar will remain at £27,000. Three thousand  “self-supporting” ministers are not paid at all. Some vicars, many of them supporting families, are tens of thousands of pounds in debt and reliant on charity handouts or forced to use high-interest payday lenders. Clergy Support Trust – a centuries-old charity which supports destitute Anglican vicars, assistant or associate priests and curates-in-training gave £1.8m worth of grants to 459 needy clergy in 2019.

  • In 2017 the Church of England’s Head of Investments earned £515,000, more than six times the Archbishop of Canterbury’s pay, an increase of more than £50,000 on 2016.
  • In 2020 Archbishop of York, the Most Revd Stephen Cottrell, the Church of England’s second most senior clergyman, was criticised for “sending out the wrong message” by advertising for a new £90,000-a-year Chief of Staff on the Charity Job website.  He later welcomed government recommendations for the rise in the “real living wage” from £8.36 per hour to £9.50, an average £29,600 annual income.
  • Meanwhile diminishing congregations of elderly parishioners sit in cold churches pondering on the state of the church roof, wondering how best to raise funds locally to help pay for vital repairs as volunteers give up their spare time to help maintain buildings. A £1.8 million grant to stop crumbling churches and other places of worship falling into disrepair somehow seems less than proportionate given church assets.

In 2018 The National Secular Society investigated the true wealth of the C of E and the church’s fragmented financial structure which makes assessment of the true value of its assets difficult. The government was asked to take the Church of England’s vast wealth into account before handing out any more tax payer funded grants to assist with building repairs for its 16,000 churches, since it has sufficient assets to meet the need. Applicants requesting taxpayer support must show financial need, which includes not only income but also savings and investments.

THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND IS EXEMPT FROM PAYING TAX UNDER THE CHARITIES ACT 2006.  IT IS THE BIGGEST UK CHARITY BY FAR WITH AN INCOME THREE TIMES THAT OF OXFAM. IN ADDITION IT CAN CLAIM BACK 25% IN BEQUESTS AND GIFT AID DONATIONS.

While tax evasion is illegal, tax avoidance to benefit an individual or an organisation is lawful, it relies on effective accountancy to ensure a favourable  assessment. A centralised financial system allows the church to operate as a complex set of charities with each diocese registered as a charity in its own right. This provides entitlement for full tax relief while taking full advantage of all the public services providing a pretence of accountability while exerting assumed authority. Fudging the closing-to-opening balances from one year to the next and delaying publication of adjusted accounts is considered creative accounting. The Charity Commission for England and Wales continues to allow the Church of England to audit its own accounts due to “lack of staff” at the Charity Commission, not an advantage extended to most of us.

A centralised model of management and oversight diminishes the partnership relationship with parishes while ensuring financial control. Buildings become collective assets with financial outgoings reduced.

  • Churches are denuded of the capital asset, the building is no longer theirs, while the maintenance liability remains.
  • The local congregation’s responsibility to be self-funded as costs escalate, ensures that congregations cannot maintain their independence and accountability.
  • Centralised accounting prevents local congregations from holding sufficient reserves to buffer unforeseen expenses in a responsible manner.
  • Beneficiaries and windfalls granted to local congregations, are payable centrally further reducing available resources.

It is not money which is the root of all evil but the love of money, the need for    more. Money is the energy of life, when shared it is multiplied, when hoarded it impoverishes the soul and makes the rich poor. The Church of England may be wealthy but  we must ask why the churches are empty.

 

 

 

WHO DECIDES?

IN A WEEK WHEN FREE SPEECH AND THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE WERE FURTHER  TRAMPLED, RFK WAS BANNED FROM YOU TUBE AND INFORMATION ON VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY IN COVID WAS SUPPRESSED.

You Tube states it will allow “scientific discussion” videos about vaccine trials, results and failures and continue to permit personal testimonies. Apparently this does not extend to virologists, professors and Nobel prizewinners who have expressed caution with regard to the Covid vaccine. Facebook will now ban ‘anti vaccine accounts and take stronger measures to combat vaccine hesitancy.

MEANWHILE THE ROLE OF THE STATE IN ERODING PARENTAL RIGHTS IS USED UNDER THE GUISE OF EMPOWERING YOUNG PEOPLE.

Alcohol is commonly illegal before age of 18 (21 in US) yet we allow minors as young as 12  at a stage of emotional and mental vulnerability to give informed consent to invasive medical treatment with lifelong consequences 

In most countries minors must have parental approval for most types of medical procedures yet in the EU, UK, US and elsewhere, doctors can prescribe contraception and abortion to girls under the age of 16 without their parents’ permission or knowledge. Under 13, a Child Protection Officer may be required but not necessarily a parent.

  • Most countries allow minors to seek abortion without parental consent, while some require that one parent is notified, parental authority is not required. Termination is allowed up to 6 months gestation with later terminations possible in rare exceptions.
  • The  US Centre for Disease Control states that of 40% of minors having an abortion in 2017, neither of their parents were aware.

This is surely an anomaly in a country which recently banned abortion 6 weeks into gestation i.e. once a heartbeat has been detected, before many women even realise they are pregnant.

GENDER REASSIGNMENT FOR MINORS: There is a reluctance by many clinicians and psychotherapists to express their concerns regarding the capacity of vulnerable young people to give informed consent to gender reassignment in what remains a complex and contested medical arena. The long-term impact of hormone therapy is so far unknown in treatments and procedures which require lifelong medical intervention. The psycho-therapeutic approach to gender dysphoria has now shifted to a medical model, often involving complex invasive surgery. Impressionable adolescents are inevitably influenced by pressure groups with no training in child psychology yet cognitive decision making related to an unknown future may include  ineffectual hormone therapy, loss of genitalia and infertility, with an indeterminate capacity for sexual fulfilment. Regret and a wish for reversal is therefore a considerable risk.

Patrick Mitchell an Australian schoolboy diagnosed with gender dysphoria, began hormone replacement therapy at age 12 to transition to female with his mothers support. Two years later he has changed his mind and now feels comfortable with his birth gender. Patrick has stopped the medication and is currently awaiting surgery to remove breast tissue to reverse the effects of the hormone therapy.

In 2020, Keira Bell, a 24-year-old woman, sued The Tavistock, England’s only NHS gender identity development service for children and won her case.  Keira began taking puberty blockers when she was 16 as  gender re-asignment therapy before her subsequent change of mind and decision to de-transitionThe Court agreed with her that children under the age of 16 considering gender reassignment are unlikely to be mature enough to give informed consent for prescribed puberty-blocking drugs. The Tavistock appealed the decision, arguing that the High court ruling had interfered with the entitlement of children to make decisions for themselves. In September 2021 the UK court of appeal overturned the judgment.

THE IMPOSITION OF GENDER NEUTRAL LANGUAGE IS NOW BEING MANDATED, NOT BY RIGHT WING EXTREMISTS BUT INCREASINGLY BY AUTHORITARIAN PSEUDO LIBERALS. The ME culture borne of self love, has created a new convoluted ideology founded in narcissism led by the illusion of a superior academia. This has inevitably fuelled the victim consciousness now prevalent in universities and halls of learning where so called ‘safe spaces’ and ‘trigger warnings’ ensure young people are denied the opportunity to develop the resilience essential for life.

Today gender fluidity is under scrutiny with vocabulary amended in an effort to be inclusive. She, her, hers and he, him and his are the commonly used pronouns, these are surreptitiously being replaced to accommodate minority views (just 0.6 percent of U.S. adults identify as transgender, according to a 2016 UCLA report).  Hard though it is to imagine, gender neutral language is now being mandated in law, dictating that we use a selection of invented pronoun replacements in an effort to comply with the personal preference of the one addressed. Inventive pronouns now include the unintelligible  ZE, HIR, HIRSELF, ZEM, ZIR, ZIRSELF, EY, EM, EIR, EMSELF, XE, ZEM, XYRS, XYRSELF, PER, PERSE, PERSELF. We are informed that it is also permissible to use the name only or no pronoun at all. A translation and instruction manual will presumably be offered to those who foolishly attempt to manoeuvre this minefield of idealogical nonsense.

THEYBIES: While the imposition of gender neutral pronouns by the minority on the majority is unacceptable, gender neutrality imposed upon babies, referred to as ‘theybies’ is an example of consequence when questionable perceptions extend to ‘gender open’ parenting. The debate on  whether nature or nurture has the greatest influence on gender will continue. Ignoring the anatomy of a baby at birth in order to allow the child to decide its preferred gender in early childhood will not determine gender. The stance taken by opinionated parents who believe that gender is simply a social construct, will ensure their offspring become the object of gender scrutiny on a daily basis, inevitably inviting bullying. The first responsibility in parenting is to protect the child, the second to prepare them for independence, it will be interesting to see how soon we see the first court action for child abuse to defend the rights of a minor.

LANGUAGE REFLECTS IDENTITY AND HAS LONG BEEN THE BEST INDICATOR OF ACCRUED WISDOM AND CULTURE.

Rita Mae Brown said “Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.”  The richness of language has long been regarded as the marker of those who command respect, demeaning language demeans the soul of the nation. The age of oratory is long gone, the remnant of once vibrant expression is being insidiously and purposefully eroded by those previously responsible for instilling awareness and respect. The impact of derogatory language is well understood, and not least when used against people struggling with genuine gender dysphoria, we would do well to avoid replacing inappropriate pronouns with language which however unintentional is itself belittling.

Jordan Peterson, a Canadian professor of psychology and clinical psychologist has led the way in loudly resisting his governments legislation, receiving harassment and abuse while accruing a following of millions on social media.

 

VACCINES AND THE PURSUIT OF LIBERTY

Those who accept vaccination believe they are contributing to herd immunity and protecting others while those who refuse or defer vaccination for whatever reason are seen as selfish, uneducated, naïve and dangerous. The unvaccinated are  now increasingly and vociferously portrayed as antisocial, endangering others. Social engineering is essential in order to achieve the objective of mass vaccination, by stereotyping and dehumanising those for whom the jury is still out. Humanity responds to emotional triggers whether at a personal or a collective level when significant events trigger our unresolved fears. The current pandemic is creating vulnerability as conscious and subconscious fears arise, we must have a care not to allow our understandable concerns to be exploited by those with questionable motives.

The public’s ready acceptance of blatant censorship under the pretext of “controlling misinformation” has shocked many by its speed. Only one voice is now allowed to be heard,  as websites with millions of followers seeking information are censored and social media accounts are blacklisted or removed. Science is in a dilemma as eminent professors, virologists and scientists who dare to warn of the need for caution risk losing funding, jobs, licenses and reputations in any attempt to provide information which conflicts with the mainstream line. Latest data shows that those who were previously infected with Covid have robust, long lasting immunity to variants while vaccine induced antibodies are temporary and specific to each variant and so will require “boosters” against endless new variants.

In the Middle Ages ‘heresy’ (an opinion which rejects the orthodox view) was defined as a crime, punishable by imprisonment, torture and death for millions. Today the unvaccinated have become the heretics of our time, assumed, often wrongly,  to be anti vaxxers they are increasingly viewed as pariahs, a sub class to be denounced, shunned or worse. Social media and newscasts are replete with comments describing the unvaccinated as ‘super spreaders’ with the American President accusing Facebook of ‘killing people’ by disseminating perceived misinformation about vaccine safety.

The mantra of science is repeatedly invoked by the mainstream, forgetful that science has been found to be on the wrong side of history on many occasions, not least through the rise of the pharmaceutical industry. We have learned to our cost and too late that antibiotics are known to result in higher mutation rates in bacteria due to adaptive evolution, leading to antibiotic resistance and a current dilemma in health care. Similarly vaccines can push viruses to mutate and it will be years before the long term effects of genetic modification and the novel mRNA vaccine are known.

THE WEST REPEATEDLY CRITICISES REGIMES WHICH DO NOT ALLOW DISSENT OR FREE SPEECH, WHILE FAILING TO SEE THE HYPOCRISY OF A MEDIA WHICH HAS STIFLED ALL OPPOSING VIEWS.

 

The goal of a mass vaccination programme raises the question: How to influence the population in order to gain the required response? Whether the social program is engineered or opportunistic, a successful outcome is assured by following the historical precedence of ‘Divide and Conquer’.

  • Prejudiced information is widely disseminated.
  • Opposing views are discredited along with the professionals who offer them.
  • Censorship is widely employed utilising the media, publishing, journalism…
  • Threats used of essential restriction, job loss, social interaction, education and travel
  • Mental confusion and emotional conflict is created through conflicting advice
  • A target group is identified to focus blame.
  • Dehumanising language is used to isolate and separate.

We live in worrying times and have seen examples in this century of what can occur when individuals or regimes demonise those perceived to be a threat. Propaganda and censorship go hand in hand and are achieved by stealth unless opposed.The term McCarthyism which required American citizens wrongly accused of being members of the Communist Party to submit to loyalty tests to gain or keep employment began with censorship and ended with thousands of innocent workers blacklisted. Homosexuality was classified a psychiatric illness in the 50s and became framed through propaganda as a dangerous, contagious disease which posed a threat to society, and family values, resulting in thousands being harassed and even imprisoned.

When the Nazi regime came to power in 1933 the German Constitution guaranteed freedom of speech and freedom of the press, the Nazis abolished these civil rights, destroying German democracy almost overnight. Censorship was used to control  magazines, books, art, theatre, music, movies, and radio, closing down or taking over newspapers and dictating what appeared in the news. Complacency is the disease which results in blind obedience and kills democracy.

Dynamics of mass consciousness: Creating and targeting an under class deemed to be subversive is but one step away from inciting actual violence perpetrated upon the perceived enemy. The masses are always led by a vocal minority, a vociferous portion inflame the passions, while the majority remain silent and conform in seeming agreement. Majority support is not required, the appearance of support is enough, the silence of the majority is taken for consent. Declaring someone or something to be an acceptable target has a predictable outcome, first verbally and then physically. Once a tipping point is reached, the dynamic cannot be controlled, it is never passive; anger and concern erupt as action. In the event of civil unrest any government is required to step in…

“All that is required for evil to flourish is that good men stand by and do nothing”

Our current worship of the ‘god’ of technology is herding us towards technological authoritarianism, ably used and accepted as an effective tool in ‘managing the pandemic’.This coupled with unwillingness to accept personal responsibility for our well being and the future of our children has led to dependency, a lemming like belief in those we have given authority to. We await instruction, believing whatever we are told, collectively racing for the cliff.

This is a moment in which humanity will decide its future, we are sleep walking towards extinction while having greater access to knowledge than ever before if we choose to listen. When we hear we can each decide what to believe… why would we fear any message which might change our mind?   

 

SEXUAL ABUSE AND ROYAL CONNECTIONS

WHY SHOULD LAWS APPLY WHEN SOME ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS?

Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Earl of Inverness, and Baron Killyleagh, born in Buckingham Palace, the third child and second son of the Queen, was for the first 22 years of his life second in the line of succession to the British throne behind Charles Prince of Wales. Following the scandal related to his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein and personal allegations of sexual assault and sex trafficking by Virginia Giuffre, Prince Andrew made a strategic withdrawal from public life. He lives comfortably among the horses and dogs in the Royal Lodge at Windsor, former residence of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Virginia Giuffre meanwhile has no such protection and has for 20 years sought justice in the courts against powerful people who manipulate the Justice system.

4/8/2021  AFTER REPEATED REQUESTS BY HER ATTORNEYS TO INTERVIEW PRINCE ANDREW WITH REGARD TO THE EPSTEIN/MAXWELL ENQUIRY WERE IGNORED, VIRGINIA GIUFFRE FILED PAPERS WITH THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT COURT OF NEW YORK UNDER THE ‘CHILD VICTIMS LAW’. CHARGES INCLUDE ‘RAPE IN THE FIRST DEGREE’ ‘SEXUAL BATTERY’ AND ‘SEXUAL ABUSE.’

The file states:  5.Plaintiff was regularly abused by Epstein and was lent out by Epstein to other powerful men for sexual purposes. 6. One such powerful man to whom Plaintiff was lent out for sexual purposes was the Defendant, Prince Andrew, the Duke of York.

The lawsuit went on: ‘In this country no person, whether president or prince, is above the law, and no person, no matter how powerless or vulnerable, can be deprived of the law’s protection’.

Under the Hague Convention, lawyers must serve papers in person within 120 days. Hours before her suit was  filed in New York, legal staff for Ms Giuffre waited in England for the Duke to go on his regular horse ride at Windsor Palace. They planned to hand him the documents in person before the news broke but Andrew foiled them and left for Balmoral Castle, where Queen Elizabeth II is currently spending the summer.

Requests from the criminal prosecutors of the Southern District of New York to “come in” and share information about what Andrew may know of Epstein’s sex trafficking network have fallen on deaf ears. Attorneys state: “We’ve reached out to Prince Andrew’s legal team a number of times over the last five years, we’ve made an attempt to engage with him to give him an opportunity to tell his side of the story, to provide any explanation or context, that he might have for his actions to try to resolve this without the necessity of litigation.The request, similar to issuing a subpoena, was made under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty, an agreement between the two countries to share evidence and information in criminal cases. “They have totally stonewalled us just like they’ve stonewalled the criminal prosecutors in the United States. Every effort has been rebuffed”.

August 14th was the deadline allowing Ms Diuffre to sue under US legislation. As a result her attorney stated ” He’s going to be held to account…We can proceed with the suit, or proceed with a negotiation of a settlement. Unless previously settled the case will now go to jury trial. If he were to try to ignore the court the way he’s ignored us, there would be a default judgment entered against them,” he said. “That could be enforced in the United States or in England or elsewhere in the world.

As Ms Giuffre’s suit is a civil rather than a criminal matter there is no power of extradition to the US however Prince Andrew can make a statement under oath, or appear in an English Court to defend himself.  If he fails to respond within 120 days this can be viewed as Contempt of Court and  Miss Roberts’ could ask the US court to find in her favour in his absence without the need for a trial. This raises the possibility of the ninth in line to the throne being branded a sex offender and in view of his wealth, could result in compensation of millions of dollars. After looking at any potential US assets,  the courts could apply to claim assets in Britain through the UK courts.

Virginia Roberts Giuffre, now an advocate for survivors of sexual abuse through her nonprofit organisation ‘Victims Refuse Silence’, has courageously detailed her many years of abuse by Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislane Maxwell. She has stated “I did not come to this decision lightly…As a mother and a wife, my family comes first – and I know that this action will subject me to further attacks by Prince Andrew and his surrogates – but I knew if I did not pursue this action, I would be letting them and victims everywhere down.”

Dame Cressida Dick the head of Scotland Yard has revealed that a third review into the claims that Jeffrey Epstein trafficked a 17-year-old girl to the UK for sex with Andrew is underway. Stating that ‘No one is above the law’ and that British police are ready to help foreign detectives  into the Duke of York’s sex abuse allegations, declaring:  With one of the sex abuse claims made by Ms Roberts allegedly taking place in London any judgment against Prince Andrew in the US could put pressure on UK authorities to take action.  Legal experts have said such a civil case could drag on for years with profound implications for the monarchy.

The pending case against Ghislane Maxwell has international implications, involving paedophile power networks of politicians, heads of State, royalty and those charged with administering the legal system. Ghislane Maxwell is trying to get out of jail while others in her orbit are hoping never to go in. Due to stand trial in November on a charge of sex trafficking, Ms Maxwells choice of whether or not to co-operate with federal prosecutors to provide more information about all of the individuals (including Prince Andrew) whose names were written in his little black book, remains a  keen focus of interest for many.

THERE COMES A POINT WHERE THE REPUTATION OF THE ROYAL FAMILY IS GREATER THAN THAT OF ANY ONE MEMBER, AT SUCH TIMES THE STRATEGY IS TO CLOSE RANKS.  UNLESS  HE  IS  WILLING  AND ABLE TO CLEAR HIS NAME, IT WOULD SEEM THAT ANDREW  WILL  BE QUIETLY AND PERMANENTLY RELEGATED TO  A   SUBORDINATE  POSITION, WHILE  STILL  BENEFITTING  FROM  THE  LIFE  OF  EASE AND PRIVILEGE  INTO  WHICH  HE  WAS  BORN.

Within hours of the news breaking Prince Andrew arrived at the royal Scottish retreat of Balmoral with ex wife ‘Fergie’ Duchess of York, Princess Eugenie their daughter and her husband, for what was euphemistically described as ‘a few days holiday with the Queen’. Along with Prince Charles and Camilla senior members of the royal family will hear options from legal advisors as they confront the unimaginable crisis about to engulf the monarchy. We can perhaps predict a less lenient response  from the future monarch than that shown to Andrew by his mother. As Head of State and Supreme Governor of the Church of England we might assume that the Queen has the authority to compel her son to comply with legal requirements on either side of the Atlantic. After a lifetime of devoted service the Queen presides over a fragmented and some would say discredited House of Windsor during what is now viewed by many as the inevitable demise of the British monarchy.

An archaic UK law governing precedence states not only that the sovereign cannot commit a legal wrong and is immune from civil or criminal proceedings but also that no arrests can be made in the presence of the monarch or within the surroundings of a royal palace, whether or not the monarch is present. This raises an intriguing possibility – would voluntary ‘house arrest’ be an acceptable alternative in the current stand off between the House of Windsor and the US legal system?  A cynic might anticipate a sudden ‘virtual’ change of residence for the Prince, to one of any of the royal castles and palaces… Balmoral, Sandringham, Windsor…? 

The enduring historical threads of monarchy and church ensure these Institutions are always defended, for this is where the power structures lie. Sadly this is not the first time that a member of the British royal family has resisted requests by the Courts to give an account of royal patronage for a convicted paedophile.

See: Friends in High Places – Royalty Protecting Paedophiles (published August11th 2018)

 

 

 

 

COVID – FOLLOW THE MONEY

INVESTIGATORS SEEKING EVIDENCE TO CLARIFY ANY WRONG DOING LOVE A PAPER TRAIL….

Dr David Martin is Chairman of EMCAM Risk management, Underwriters of the world’s intangible assets in 168 countries, track and  trace Patent applications, Federal grants and government e records around the world, to monitor financial and corporate responsibility. Dr Martin has shared US  Patent records with the scientific community, recording the twenty year history leading up to Covid-19. This is a long video, if even part of it is true there are profound implications. Key points are below.  See video  

September 2000 – EMCAM was part of the investigation into the origins of the anthrax outbreak in the US and the unusual behaviour around ciprofloxacin, the drug manufactured by Bayers one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, used as a potential treatment for anthrax. In the Fall 0f 2001 EMCAM began monitoring an enormous number of bacterial pathogens being patented through government agencies NIH, NIAID, AMRAD (US Armed Services Infectious Disease Programme) and other international agencies who collaborated with them. There were concerns that corona virus was being seen not only as a potential manipulable agent for use as a vaccine vector but was also clearly being considered as a biological weapon candidate.

The US Patent Office is responsible for safe-guarding intellectual property to inventors and businesses, providing a verifiable public record. Documentation in the records of Spring 2020, show 120 pieces of evidence proving a programme of research and development into Corona Virus existing over more than 20 years. Records show that the reported gene sequence stated as ‘novel’ is not in fact new at all, for the Corona virus is not new to the human condition and has for a long time been part of the sequence of proteins that circulate, associated with the common cold. Records also show that SARS, the viral respiratory disease caused by the corona virus is not a natural progression of a zoonotic modification of a corona virus,  in other words it was made in the laboratory.

In 1984, Anthony Fauci was appointed Director of NIAID (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) The malleability of Corona virus was found to be a potential candidate for HIV vaccines.

  • 1999, Fauci funded the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill laboratory research programme, creating a NIAID built infectious replication of defective corona virus, specifically targeted for human lung epithelia.
  • January 28th, 2000 – US Patent 6372224 was the first vaccine application for Corona virus, made by Pfizer specifically for the S Spike protein. This was a Spike protein vaccine for a canine. (Ralph Berrick Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill worked on 2 target candidates, rabbits and canines.)
  • April 19th 2002 – US Patent Application 7279327 clearly lays out very specific gene sequencing, demonstrating that we knew that the ACE 2 Receptor, the ACE 2 binding Domain, the S1 Spike Protein and other elements of what we have come to know as Covid -19 was not only engineered in the laboratory but could be ‘synthetically modified using gene sequencing technologies, taking computer code and turning it into a pathogen or an intermediary of a pathogen.’  Gene technology to harness corona virus as a VECTOR to distribute HIV vaccine was funded exclusively in the early days.
  • April 2003 – Patent Application 7220852 filed by US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  The entire gene sequence of what became known as Sars Corona virus was filed under this application, justified by their PR team as “so that everyone would be free to research corona virus.”  This was disingenuous and a violation of US Code 35 Section 101 which states that ‘You cannot patent a naturally occurring substance’. The Patent Office rejected the application twice as un-patentable because the gene sequence was already in the public domain having already found 99.9% identity with the  existing corona virus recorded.
  • Patent 46592703P and Patent 776521  included and covered a series of derivative patents of multiple subject matter covering not only the gene sequence of Sars Corona virus but also of the means of detecting it using RTPCR, (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction, the most sensitive technique for mRNA detection and quantitation currently available.)
  • Moderna received the spike protein sequence by phone from the vaccine research centre NIAID prior to the definition of the subclade . (a subclade is a  genetic subgrouping)
  • APRIL 2003Patent 7151163 was filed three days later by Sequoia Pharmaceuticals on anti viral agents, treatment and control of infections by corona virus.

THE QUESTION ARISES – HOW COULD THERE BE A TREATMENT FOR SOMETHING ONLY INVENTED 3 DAYS EARLIER?  Answer: The Sequoia Pharmaceuticals patent was issued and published before the initial CDC Patent number 7220852 on corona virus was approved. Patent Office records  available in the public archive office, show that after the initial  CDC Patent was rejected twice, an Appeal fine was paid the Patent Office to keep this information private, patent approval was not given until 2006/7.

‘If you own the patent of the gene itself and you own the patent on its detection you have a cunning advantage of being able to control 100% of the provenance of not only the virus itself but also of its detection: You have entire scientific and message control.’ 

      RICO PATTERN

The RICO Act is a United States federal law defining criminal conspiracy, racketeering  and collusion. Rico provides for extended criminal penalties and a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization, causing some to query the  possibility of a future RICO action. ‘This is the very definition of criminal conspiracy, racketeering and collusion – it is evidence. The degree to which that information could have been known to anyone  except for  insider information is zero, not physically possible. You cannot have information in the future informing something which does not yet exist.’

5TH June 2008  –  DARPA  the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency responsible for the development of emerging technologies for use by the military, actively took an interest in corona virus as a biological weapon.

  •  5th June 2008- Ablynx (now a part of Sanofi a French multinational pharmaceutical company) filed a specific number of patents in sequence for the novel feature of the SARS COV 2 virus. They specifically targeted what was called the Polybasic cleavage site, for SARS COV, the novel spike protein and the ACE 2 receptor binding domain allegedly novel to SARS COV 2 .
  •  May 2014 – The part of the NIAID headed by Fauci, awarded a $3.4 million grant to the New York-based EcoHealth Alliance working in partnership with Wuhan bio security lab China. This was later withdrawn.
  • November  24  2015  – Patent application 9193780 was made after the ‘gain of function moratorium’ of 2014 when funding was paused due to concerns by leading scientists regarding unacceptable risks of creating a pandemic.

Moderna then began negotiating with Arbutis Pharmaceuticals and Acuitas, two Canadian companies who owned the patent on the lipid nanoparticle required to deliver the injection of the mrna fragment.

  • November 2015 Moderna entered into a cooperative research and development agreement with Chapel Hill North Carolina University with respect of using the lipid nanoparticle to facilitate delivery of the spike protein. A potential candidate vaccine before a pathogen release had supposedly occurred.
  • 2016  Ralph Berrick published his paper stating that SARS Corona Virus was poised for human emergence, stating in a speech  ‘You can make a lot of money with this’.
  • 2016/17/19 – A  series of patents all covering not only the rna strands but sub components of gene strands, were all issued to Ablynx and Sanofi.

The Bidol Rights Act states that if the US government has paid for research it is entitled to benefit from the research as their right or at their whim. So why in 2017/2018 does NIAID  have to take ownership of the patent that they already have rights to and file a certificate of ownership? Perhaps due to the complexity of 73 Patent applications which existed by 2016 from multi national pharmaceutical companies, morphing and vying for commercial exploitation.

Sequoia Pharmaceuticals  is engaged in the discovery and development of antiviral therapeutics, focusing on combating drug-resistant viruses and Ablynx Pharmaceuticals is engaged in the discovery and development of nano-bodies. Ablynx is a subsidiary of Sanofi the fifth largest  pharmaceutical company in the world.

SEQUOIA AND ABLYNX BOTH ULTIMATELY BECAME ROLLED INTO

PROPRIETARY HOLDINGS OF PFIZER AND JOHNSON AND JOHNSON

  • 2018 – Patent 7279327 on the recombitant nature of lung targeted corona virus was transferred from the University of N Carolina to NIH, the US National Institute of Health.
  • March 2019 – Moderna  suddenly revitalised and amended 4 failed Patent filings to specifically make reference to ‘a deliberate or accidental release of corona virus’  to begin the process of vaccine development.
  • November 2019 – University of Carolina and Moderna began the sequencing of a spike protein on the single patent required to develop the Vaccine Research mandate.
  • August 2020 – Funding of  $7.5 million was reinstated for Echo Health Alliance with  stringent precautions. Peter Dazsak, the Chairman stated “we have an ongoing collaboration, we have data that we’ve gathered over 15 years of working in China — 5 years under a previous grant from the NIH — which haven’t been published yet”

Peter Dazsak was also part of the World Health Organisation team investigating the source of the Covid-19 outbreak. He is  quoted in 2015  We need to increase public understanding of the need for medical counter measures such as a pan corona virus vaccine..a key driver is the media and the economics will follow the hype. We need to use that hype to our advantage to get to the real issues- investors who will respond if they see profit at the end of the process”

The old adage comes to mind

CREATE THE PROBLEM AND PROVIDE THE SOLUTION

 

Listen to: ‘Wake up Ye Sleepers’ – Clann Destiny Macwestie

 

See also:

Censorship- Silencing the Covid Whistle Blowers

Covid Vaccine – A ‘Clever Trick’?

 

CANADA’S ‘pedophile playground’

Updated 28.6.21

A FURTHER 700 BODIES MOST OF THEM CHILDREN, HAVE BEEN LOCATED IN UNMARKED GRAVES IN SASKATCHEWAN IN THE UNFOLDING STORY OF CANADA’S CULTURAL GENOCIDE OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES.

  • June 24th:  700 Bodies in unmarked graves  found at The Marieval school formerly run by the Catholic Church. Members of the Cowessess First Nation and Canada’s Federation of Sovereign Indigenous First Nations (FSIN) said that the unmarked graves were found  in Saskatchewan province, using  ground penetrating radar, close to where the Cowessess now reside.The school was founded in the 1890s by Catholic missionaries, the Canadian government funded the school from 1901 and took over management in 1969 by which time headstones had been removed by representatives of the Catholic Church. The school closed in 1999.
  • ‘A pedophile playground’: Survivor details experiences attending Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan’

  • June 4th 2021: The remains of 215 children, some as young as three years old, discovered in the grounds of the former Kamloops  Catholic Residential School.  Chief Rosanne Casimir of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc community confirmed that the remains had been located using ground-penetrating radar and that these were former residents of the Kamloops Indian Residential School. “To our knowledge, these missing children are undocumented deaths.”  Kamloops was the largest in the Indian Affairs school system implemented the government assimilation policy aimed at integrating Indian children into the dominant white colonial settler community. Canada’s Cultural Genocide of Abuse: posted 2018

In a predictable carefully worded statement, Richard Gagnon, Archbishop of Winnipeg and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops had expressed “our deepest sorrow for the heartrending loss of the children at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.” Psychologists speak of ‘distancing language’ used by abusers (in this case the Catholic church) to distance themselves from the consequence of their crimes. The 215 children are symbolic of the true ‘loss’, the lost 1st Nation who were systematically abducted, persecuted, neglected, abused, even tortured and killed in an effort to obliterate their cultural and religious traditions.

From the 19th century until the 1970s, more than 150,000 First Nations children were required to attend state-funded Institutions, church schools most of which were Catholic.  and  forced to convert to Christianity. Those who refused suffered the most extreme penalties, many concealed in unmarked graves to ensure parents and the authorities could never discover the truth.

IN 2014 THE TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION HAD DEFINED THE GOVERNMENT POLICY AS CULTURAL GENOCIDE AND MADE 94 ‘CALLS TO ACTION’, ONE OF WHICH RECOMMENDED A PAPAL APOLOGY.

In 2016 Canadian bishops issued an invitation to Pope Francis to deliver an apology on Canadian soil. The outgoing president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops urged caution, stating “the matter had to be considered carefully because it can be really expensive…. “. We must assume he was alluding to potential compensation claims. In May 2017, Justin Trudeau the Canadian Prime Minister repeated the request during an official visit to the Vatican.  In March 2018  it was announced that Pope Francis would not be delivering an apology: ‘after carefully considering the request and extensive dialogue with the bishops of Canada, he (the pope) felt that he could not personally respond”

The implications of generational trauma is now understood. Indigenous leaders have cited the legacy of abuse, separation and isolation as the root cause of epidemic rates of mental health issues, alcoholism, drug addiction and suicide on Reservations. The  discoveries will inevitably reignite trauma memories and PTSD for many. Chief Harvey McLeod of the Upper Nicola Band attended the Kamloops residential school for two years as did both his parents, and his eight siblings. Following the discovery on May 27th, he recalled the two years that he attended. “I know that there were incidents happening there because I went through a lot of experiences myself. I know people that just disappeared, and we assumed that they ran away and got away and are at home somewhere, but never did see them again,” said McLeod.“It’s going to take a lot of strength to walk with our people while they remember the hurt and pain from that school.  He describes how the residential school system scarred generations in his family. The physical and sexual abuse he suffered at the school in Kamloops terrorised him, his family and his classmates. ” In 1966 I was a person that didn’t want to live anymore, it changed me,” he said, comparing the trauma to that of a prisoner of war.

The Report by the Commission had estimated that more than 6,000 children died while at residential schools over a period of several decades, but acknowledged it was impossible to know the true number
In 2019, PierreTrudeau and his government publicly accepted that the harm inflicted on indigenous peoples in Canada amounted to genocide as defined by the United Nations and apologised publicly. The papal apology is yet to materialize.

See also:

Canada’s Dark Secret:

My auntie survived Residential school

 

 

 

 

Vatican Cover Up

November 2020: After two years, publication of the  Vatican internal investigation into former Cardinal McCarricks sexual abuse, has revealed a cover up by bishops, arch bishops and 3 popes.

By the 1990s, there was growing evidence pointing to Mc­Carrick’s misconduct: A handful of seminarians confided in a New Jersey bishop, describing how McCarrick would devise ways to share a bed with them involving explicit sexual activity. Anonymous letters were also sent to various prelates, including Cardinal John O’Connor of New York, warning of McCarricks  “proclivity for young boys.” O’Connor, in several sympathetic notes, alerted McCarrick, apologizing for sending the information saying: “This stuff drives me crazy but I would want you to do the same for me.” The Vatican’s then-ambassador to the United States then “destroyed” his copies of the letter.

Pope John Paul ll  not only knew about and overlooked sexual misconduct claims against McCarrick but promoted him. Although informed in writing that McCarrick shared a bed with young seminarians over whom he had authority, the pope chose to believe Mc Carricks written denials in a letter in which he stated that he  had never had “sexual relations with any person”.  McCarrick was then appointed arch bishop of Washington in 2001.

A  formidable church fundraiser,  McCarrick gave hundreds of thousands of dollars in church money to powerful Catholic clerics over nearly two decades, including those in the Vatican charged with assessing the misconduct claims against him. From 2001, McCarrick sent checks totalling more than $600,000 to clerics in Rome and elsewhere, including Vatican bureaucrats, papal advisers and two popes, according to church ledgers and former church officials. Several of the more than 100 recipients were directly involved in assessing misconduct claims against McCarrick. Meanwhile speculation continues, regarding McCarricks involvement in the $200 million Papal Foundation, which apparently served as a secret slush fund for corrupt Vatican enterprises, to the tune of tens of millions of dollars. Predictably, the report states there was no evidence “that Mc­Carrick’s customary gift-giving and donations impacted significant decisions made by the Holy See regarding McCarrick during any period.”

Archbishop Viganò, former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, warned Pope Benedict in 2006, concerning McCarricks activities. The Vatican vacillated and no penalties were levied, instead “the decision was made to appeal to ­McCarrick’s conscience and ecclesial spirit,” requesting that he keep a low profile and reduce travel in the church’s name.  Benedict requested that McCarrick “spontaneously” withdraw as archbishop of Washington after he reached the standard retirement age of 75. McCarrick ignored the request  amassing power and prestige and travelling the world. In 2008 Vigano again wrote to Benedict and included a letter from Richard Sipe, a former monk and practising psychotherapist, specialising in clerical sexual abuse. Sipe confirmed that McCarrick’s activities “had been widely known for several decades.” In 2009 or 2010 according to Viganò, Pope Benedict XVI then placed severe restrictions on McCarrick’s movements and public ministry, not allowing him to travel beyond the grounds of the seminary where he was living and not permitting him to say Mass in public. Referred to as “one of a number of senior churchmen who were more or less put out to pasture during the eight-year pontificate of Benedict XVI,” he found himself put “back in the mix” with the election of Pope Francis in 2013.

In 2018 Archbishop Vigano stated publicly that Francis subsequently removed Benedict’s sanctions and made McCarrick “his trusted counsellor,” even though Francis “knew from at least June 23, 2013 that McCarrick was a serial predator. He knew that he was a corrupt man, he covered for him to the bitter end.” In May 2014, McCarrick travelled with Pope Francis to the Holy Land, to Armenia to discuss Syria with Eastern Orthodox clerics, the Philippines to visit typhoon victims, China for discussions on religious freedom, Iran for talks on nuclear proliferation and also served as a Vatican intermediary for the U.S.-Cuba talks. The  state-approved Chinese newspaper reported that McCarrick travelled to China in Feb. 2016 quoting McCarrick as saying that the similarities between Pope Francis and Xi Jinping could be “a special gift for the world.”

McCarrick was only officially removed from public ministry by Pope Francis in 2018, when the position of both became untenable due to credible allegations of abuse, dating back to the 1970s and acknowledgement by several diocese, of previous out of court settlements. These required claimants to agree to gag orders. McCarrick, was defrocked by Francis after Vatican officials found him guilty of two charges: “Soliciting sex during confession and committing “sins” with minors and adults… “with the aggravating factor of the abuse of power.” Pope Francis  ordered him to adopt a life of prayer and penance, he was provided with accommodation at a Capuchin Friary in Kansas with fees paid by the Catholic church. Following the failure of his Appeal, he relocated in 2020  to an undisclosed “secluded address away from public attention…to be closer to his family”.

THE LATEST INVESTIGATION INTO CLERICAL SEXUAL ABUSE  HAS THE POTENTIAL TO DAMAGE THE PUBLIC IMAGE OF THREE POPES, JOHN PAUL ll, NAMED A SAINT IN 2014, BENEDICT WHOSE DECISION MAKING IS CALLED INTO QUESTION AND THE MOTIVATION OF FRANCIS  IN THE REINSTATEMENT AND ELEVATION OF McCARRICK.

 

Predictably the report limits the culpability of Pope Francis, who instigated the investigation in 2018. The report states that Francis knew of rumours surrounding sexual conduct between McCarrick and adults but received no documentation of sexual impropriety until 2017 and was not aware of accusations of sexual abuse against minors until 2018. This is at odds with archbishop Viagno’s testament that Pope Francis removed sanctions and made McCarrick “his trusted counsellor,” even though Francis “knew from at least June 23, 2013 that McCarrick was a serial predator.”

Whichever may be true, responsibility for rectifying past errors surely rests with the appointed head of any organisation, government or in particular a church which claims its popes to be divinely appointed.

POST SCRIPT: A new lawsuit has been filed this year, alleging that McCerrick sexually molested an underage boy at a beach house on the New Jersey shore, that other priests groomed the young man and then introduced him to the bishop for sexual encounters at the property owned by the diocese of Metuchen. Jeff Anderson, the attorney for the plaintiff identified in court papers only as John Doe 14, said there were other boys who were abused, referring to “McCarrick’s sordid beach house child sex ring.”

For further details see:

Covering up the Cover Up – Cardinal Depravity

Bishps Aid Priests Instead of Victims

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘IN IT TOGETHER’ ?

Billionaires are partying hard as the US election looms ever closer. The single day record for positive testing in America was broken on November 29th as  88,452 new Corona-19 cases were reported, with spikes in every swing state.

The inconvenience of Covid lockdowns and closure of national borders has forced the privileged few to become inventive to minimise interruption to their excessive lifestyle.  With recreational events cancelled and favoured nightclubs closed in the capitals of the world, they are using their not inconsiderable resources to re-imagine leisure space. Pool houses and out houses are being converted and refitted with tennis courts dug up to create private underground nightclubs. Many of these invitation-only live events, exclusively for the wealthy, can accommodate several hundred people. It is difficult to imagine that social distancing and masks would be a priority.

Billionaires are flying entertainers and guests in to provide personal concerts aboard super yachts equipped with heli pad, state-of-the-art sound system, DJ equipment and smoke machines. The less fortunate who do not own a yacht can charter a substantial one from $300,000 to $400,000 a week. Owners are resorting to extended sailing periods to escape lockdown inconvenience at a cost of $2 million or more. For those owning lavish properties and gated estates who may prefer a more intimate gathering, artists can be booked to perform live from their own base, with  direct online streaming of concerts to the client. A price tag of over a million dollars can include a personalised message from the star during the brief encounter.

Spending is normally a spectator sport for the elite, allowing the privileged an opportunity to flaunt their excesses; self indulgence during a global pandemic demands a degree of sensitivity however and is currently hidden behind closed doors in nightclubs or offshore on yachts and islands.

IN THE FIRST MONTHS OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, 40 MILLION AMERICANS BECAME UNEMPLOYED WHILE BILLIONAIRES SAW THEIR WEALTH RISE.

  • Between March and June 2020, Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos’ wealth increased by an estimated $73.2 billion.
  • Teslo Founder Elon Musk saw a 273% increase in personal wealth by $67.4 billion.

The total net worth of 643 of the nation’s richest people rose from $2.95 trillion to $3.8 trillion between March 18th and September 15th 2020 as Covid-19 killed 195,386 Americans.  Furloughed workers and the unemployed continue to await a decision by Congress to enable them to feed their families and pay their rent as the nation sinks into the deepest recession since the Great Depression.

THERE IS AN OMINOUS SENSE OF DEJA VU

 In 2007, home prices fell 21% and roughly 3.1 million homes were foreclosed on in the US when the housing bubble burst. The stock market dropped by over 50%.  In 2008, the Emergency Economic Stabilisation Act was signed into law, creating a $700 billion programme to purchase devalued assets from banks. President Obama directed $75 billion in funds to help reduce interest payments for homeowners.  Homeowners received $75 billion while banks and corporations received $700 billion.

By the end of 2009, 8.8 million Americans had lost their jobs while the world’s wealthiest individuals had recouped nearly all of their losses in a single year, increasing their share of global wealth by 19% to $39 trillion. The top 1% of the population captured 95% of the income gains made from 2009 to 2012. By 2020, the combined wealth of the billionaire class in the United States had increased by over 80%.

TAX LAWS AND LOOP HOLES WHICH FAVOUR THE WEALTHY CONTINUE TO SECURE THE POSITION OF BILLIONAIRES. TAXES PAID BY THEM HAVE DECREASED BY 79% SINCE 1980.

Tax rules allowed Amazon to pay zero dollars in taxes for two successive years, then paying only 1.2% of the company’s income in 2019. A study in 2012 found that as much as $32 trillion was being held offshore by the world’s wealthiest people using shell corporations to hide their income. An estimated $200 billion is lost in the US annually in tax revenues to offshore havens.

With the onslaught of the Covid pandemic in 2019 $349 billion was made available to small businesses under the Paycheck Protection Programme. But as in 2008, $243 million of this was snapped up by large, publicly traded corporations, some valued at over $100 million. Hedge funds also submitted claims to access what they saw as free money. Five days after Covid-19 was declared a global pandemic the Dow experienced the biggest fall in its history. True to form the Fed lowered interest rates and the Stock Market rebounded. By June 4th seven of the richest people in the world saw a 50% increase in their fortunes, making America great again for the lucky few in a system designed to favour the rich.

 

 

 

 

COINCIDENCE, CONSPIRACY OR CORRUPTION

For some, synergistic events are coincidental. Albert Einstein said “Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.”  In 2013 within hours of the resignation of Pope Benedict XV1, lightning struck the Vatican. The resignation is thought to be in response to the sexual abuse scandals about to engulf the church on the heels of  the recent financial scandals involving the Vatican Bank.

On May 13th 1981 St Peters Square Rome was filled to capacity as the faithful gathered to celebrate the 64th anniversary of the appearance of Mary, the mother of Jesus to three children in Fatima, Portugal in 1917,  which predicted the fall of the church due to the corruption of its priesthood. At the exact time the messages from Mary were being read out in Fatima Pope John Paul entered Vatican Square and was hit by 4 bullets in an attempted assassination.

So what were the Fatima messages and what was with held? Continue reading

HEART OF THE MATTER – Human/Pig..Monkey/Pig

A CHIMERA IS AN ORGANISM OR TISSUE WITH AT LEAST TWO SOURCES OF DNA. GENETIC MODIFICATION IS CREATING LABORATORY DESIGNED ANIMALS TO MEET HUMAN NEEDS

An international team of researchers has created embryos containing both human and monkey cells (July 2019) Spanish scientist Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte of the Salk Institute in San Diego  is spearheading the project with scientists from his own lab and those from the Murcia Catholic University in Murcia, Spain. The purpose of the experiment is to use chimeras to investigate ways of using animals to grow human organs for transplants. The research was conducted in China “to avoid legal issues”,

Monkey-Pig: New Scientist reported the birth of two chimera piglets in December 2019. Tang Hai State Key Laboratory of Stem Cell and Reproductive Biology in Beijing conducts research into the growth of human organs in animals for human transplantation. The piglets had been  injected with genetically modified monkey cells five days after embryo fertilization.  The piglets died but were found to have DNA from macaque monkeys in their heart, liver, spleen, lung and skin. The scientists aim to repeat the experiments ‘to create healthy animals with a higher concentration of monkey DNA, eventually reproducing a ‘pig’ with an organ containing only monkey DNA.’ The research paper, published in Protein and Cell, said the results brought the team “one step closer to producing tissue-specific functional cells and organs in a large animal model.” Continue reading

A STEP TOO FAR?

In the 1920s, Ilya Ivanovitch, a Soviet Biologist Professor of Zoology, developed a method of Artificial Insemination for livestock to improve horse breeding stock. The method allowed 1 stallion to inseminate up to 500 horses and became the basis of livestock breeding today. Inadvertently it also became the fore runner of IVF (Invitero Fertilization) Ivanovitch went on to cross breed species, the zhorse a combination of zebra-46 chromosomes and horse-64 chromosomes and created further animal Hybrids:

 

Cross bred animals included:

Zebra/donkey = Zonkey

Mouse/Guinea pig – Muinea pig

Rat/Mouse – Rouse

Antelope/Cow – Zubron

 

HE  WENT ON TO CONDUCT RESEARCH INTO IMPREGNATING APES WITH HUMAN SPERM, SUPPORTED BY SOME OF THE MOST RESPECTED SCIENTISTS OF THE DAY. Continue reading

Who to Bless and Who to Blame

 

First published May 3rd 2020:

A GROWING NUMBER OF CONCERNED VIROLOGISTS HAVE WARNED THAT SCIENTIFIC RESEARCHERS GENETICALLY ENGINEERED THE COVID-19 VIRUS  FROM THE SARS VIRUS TO MAKE A BIOLOGICAL WEAPON.  IF TRUE THIS HAS MAJOR IMPLICATIONS FOR HOW TO MANAGE THE PANDEMIC.

Leading scientists believe Covid-19 is an engineered virus adapted over 30 years as part of a global bio weaponry programme through shared international research labs.  Bio-engineering does not necessarily indicate bio-weaponry, however engineered viruses can be used as a weapon. Offensive biological warfare, including mass production, stockpiling and use of biological weapons, was outlawed by the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention (BWC).  Many countries, including signatories of the BWC, currently pursue bio weapons research under Defence initiatives which is not prohibited by the BWC. Biological warfare  is not limited to any one country, those currently suspected of having biological weapons programmes include: Canada, China, Cuba, France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Libya, North Korea, Russia, South Africa, Syria, the United Kingdom and the United States. Continue reading

PRISONER ASSANGE – A risk to who?

THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION HAS WARNED PRISONS TO EXPECT ‘HUGE MORTALITY RATES’ UNLESS THEY ACT TO PREVENT THE DISEASE FROM INFILTRATING JAILS.

 Andrea Allbutt  head of  UK Prison Governors Association has said  that prisons are “facing unprecedented risk”. The UK Ministry of Justice have suspended all visits to prisons, with inmates confined to their cells in an effort to prevent the spread of Covid-19.  Overcrowding and staff shortages mean Covid-19 could overwhelm the system,  the release of some prisoners would help prevent disorder, slow the spread of the virus and avoid further burdening the NHS.

JULIAN ASSANGE a non violent prisoner awaiting trial as a whistle blower, remains in Bellmarsh prison despite the risk to his already fragile mental and physical health. Following dismissal of the  previous bail application magistrate Vanessa Baraitser,  was rebuked by the International Bar Association for her decisions having entered the court carrying pre-written judgements before hearing oral argument. The Kangaroo Court continues Continue reading

CORONA VIRUS – CAUSE AND CONSEQUENCE

CORONA VIRUSES ARE ZOOTIC DISEASES, MEANING THEY JUMP FROM ANIMALS TO HUMANS. SCIENTISTS HAVE STATED THAT THE LATEST STRAIN OF CORONA VIRUS, COVID -19 MUTATED TO INFECT PEOPLE THROUGH ANIMAL – HUMAN CONTACT.

The Wuhan Institute of Virology in China has a laboratory at the highest security level—Biosafety level 4.  Its researchers study coronaviruses from bats, including the one that is closest to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.  (The SARS coronavirus – SARS-CoV  identified in 2003 was believed to be an animal virus originating in bats, which spread to other animals (civet cats). It was first stated  that human spread occurred when contaminated civet cats were eaten in the Guangdong province of southern China in 2002.This has been disputed.

THE SARS VIRUS WHICH INFECTED 8,096 PEOPLE AND KILLED 774 BETWEEN 2002 AND 2004 HAD ESCAPED MULTIPLE TIMES FROM A RESEARCH LAB IN BEJING.

After the  laboratory leak incident of SARS in 2004, the former Ministry of Health of China initiated the construction of Bio safety  laboratories for high-level pathogens such as SARS coronavirus, and  pandemic influenza virus. The Wuhan Institute of Virology lab opened in 2015. Researchers working in the lab must wear specialised Hazmat suits confined to ‘cabinet’ work spaces which confine viruses and  bacteria. Picture: Wuhan Institute of Virology.

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HOW THE ROYALS GET RICHER

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE ROYAL?  THE DICTIONARY DEFINITION IS ‘RELATED TO A KING OR QUEEN’ DENOTING NOBILITY AND IMPLYING SERVICE. 

The most recent episodes of scandal and controversy resulting in the demotion of not one but two royal princes of the British monarchy provides an opportunity for reflection to consider the privilege and inequality inherent within an outmoded class system.

Under increasing public scrutiny moral and ethical standards are repeatedly revealed as flawed. Domestic scandals have long dogged the royal family but now US  lawyers representing victims of international sex trafficking by Jeffrey Epstein have  turned their attention to those who may have enabled his crimes. Prince Andrew has been notified of possible subpoena action due to his  ‘zero response’ to their requests for his cooperation in assisting with their enquiries.

TAX AVOIDANCE or TAX EVASION?

  • The Paradise Papers leaked in 2017 revealed the millions of dollars invested by the Queen and Prince Charles in off shore tax havens including Bermuda and The Cayman Islands

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UNDER THE CROWN – The Poverty Gap

1% OF THE POPULATION OWN HALF  OF THE LAND  IN THE UK

MINISTERS RECENTLY ADMITTED ENGLAND’S HOUSING MARKET WAS ‘BROKEN’ Home ownership in England has fallen to its lowest level for 30 years with almost half of all people in England aged 25 to 34 living in rented accommodation. Home ownership is out of reach for young people with many forced to remain with parents, the average age for first time buyers is now 32.  ‘The unemployment rate (the proportion of the economically active population who are unemployed) for 16-24 year olds was 11.2% in August-October 2019’  (House of Commons Library).  ”For 16-24 year olds, the basic rate of Unemployment Benefit is £57.90  ($75.62) a week, for those 25 and over, it’s £73.10  ($95.47) with reductions for any hours worked or for any pension. In 2013, the Department for Work and Pensions introduced the ‘Bedroom Tax’ setting a target to ‘encourage’ 30%  of tenants with an ‘extra’ bedroom, living in social housing, to move home by 2017.  Where a property has a 2nd bed room this is taxed, tenants have their Unemployment Benefit reduced by some £14 per week and by up to £25 for a third bedroom. No exemption is given for separated or divorced fathers  attempting to provide accommodation for their children.  

LAND OWNERSHIP  HAS ALWAYS CONFERRED WEALTH AND POWER, DICTATING PROPERTY OWNERSHIP.  Today, most of UK land remains in the hands of the descendants of the French nobles and soldiers who became the aristocracy after being gifted land  from 1066 by William the Conqueror, in return for service. Successive monarchs continued the practice of granting land in exchange for duties and today 70% of Britain’s land remains in the hands of 1% of the population, highlighting  an ever widening poverty gap. Continue reading

‘SUSSEX ROYAL’ – THE BURDEN OF WEALTH, POWER AND PRIVILEGE

Prince Harry, once the most admired member of the royal family has caused shock and dismay through his decision to ‘step back’ from the royal family and relocate to North America. Whatever the motives, questions arise as to the  way in which Harry and Meghan have conducted themselves, widely viewed as a lack of respect for the Queen and the monarchy itself. There is true affection for Harry and  sincere acknowledgement of the trauma caused by his mothers death at such an early age… who can forget him walking with his brother behind her coffin. Whatever the true cause, the total breakdown of the relationship between Harry and William is viewed as collateral damage arising from the marriage of Harry and Meghan. Continue reading

A POCKET HISTORY OF IRAN

IS HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF?

1953 CIA SUPPORTED COUP IN IRAN:  The removal of Mossadegh  (the leftist Iranian Prime Minister in 1951) was, in my estimation, a tragic mistake on the part of the United States. We caused, in effect, the Khomeini revolution by doing that. But essentially, the seeds of that revolution were planted then, because we insulted the Iranians nationally, as a nation. So we interrupted the normal course of Iranian history… Iran would have gone its own way, and we would not have become the scapegoat, the great Satan, or whatever.      David Nalle, Director, Bi-National Center, Tehran, 1960-1963

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BEWARE THE WRATH OF THE PEOPLE

THE POLITICAL SPLIT NOW REPEATEDLY DEMONSTRATED IN ELECTION RESULTS, REFERENDUMS AND OPINION POLLS  IS A GLOBAL PHENOMENON, A FURTHER EXAMPLE OF THE DUALITY OF CONSCIOUSNESS  IN THE CURRENT TRANSITION TOWARDS UNITY OR CHAOS

A key committee of the United States House of Representatives on Friday approved two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, charging him with abuse of power and obstruction of justice. A trial in the Senate will follow within days, if found guilty the president would be removed from office. The bipartisan split with Republicans holding the balance of power in the Senate,however, ensures that this vote will fail.

Interestingly both parties are quoting the intention of the Founding Fathers when framing the Constitution of the United States. Democrats focusing on the criteria for Impeachment while Republicans emphasise the principle that any Impeachment must not be bi-partisan. Whatever the outcome, either the 62,984,825 who voted Republican or the 65,853,516 who voted Democrat in the previous election wiill remain very angry.  However just, the removal of President Donald Trump will do little to quell that anger and may act as a trigger for the 63 million who voted for him in a manifestation of divisive energy as the expression of the Will of half of the people. Continue reading

EPSTEIN – JUSTICE DENIED

IT IS A MEASURE OF THEIR EGO AND ARROGANCE AND A BELIEF THAT THEY ARE ABOVE THE LAW WHICH MAKES CURRENT DENIALS  RELATED TO SEX TRAFFICKING BY THE RICH AND FAMOUS, EGREGIOUS.

Sexual abuse of minors remains a universal social taboo, the effects are lifelong and often catastrophic, leaving victims powerless with families destroyed. Perpetrators skilfully target victims, deploying a panoply of grooming techniques to ensure their silence is maintained. Sexual abuse is universally the most under reported crime, it is almost impossible to secure a rape conviction.  In the United States the  FBI estimate that 31% of rape cases are reported to police. Of these  only 5.7% lead to arrests, 1.1% are referred to prosecutors with  0.7% convicted and 0.6% incarcerated. In England and Wales despite rape claims rising from 35,847 to 57,882 during the last four years, the number of people prosecuted has fallen to an all time low with only 3.3%  ending in a conviction. Where the perpetrators enjoy celebrity status, wealth and privilege the odds of prosecution are further diminished. Continue reading

AN HONOURABLE MAN?

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ARE WE JUDGED BY THE COMPANY WE KEEP?

There is every indication that Prince Andrew’s involvement in the Epstein scandal is more far reaching than many would like to suppose, causing some to question whether the otherwise inexplicable interview he gave to BBC television was a final act of desperation in light of what may be about to be revealed.  Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘Black Book’ contains the names and numbers of over a thousand high profile, people, including politicians, princes and  presidents, judges, lawyers, professors, philanthropists and benefactors, media and entertainment personalities with more than a few billionaires.  US lawyers are keen to interview them to help with their enquiries. Epstein’s homes were fitted with audio and video recording equipment believed to be for the purpose of blackmail and extortion with reports of audio and video tapes in the posession of law enforcement officers. This week a judge ordered the unsealing of documents related to the previous court case, among them are the flight logs recorded by Jeffrey Epstein’s six pilots. Their content will confirm who flew on Epstein’s private jet, to where and how often. If the old adage ‘We are judged by the company we keep‘ still holds true, Prince Andrew’s feeble defence against accusations linking him as a potential co conspirator to a convicted pedophile are both alarming and insulting to the intelligence of any fair minded person. Continue reading

EPSTEIN – SEX TRAFFICKING – Victim to Co Conspirator

JUDGE ORDERS  HUGE CACHE OF COURT DOCUMENTS RELATED TO THE SEX TRAFFICKING COURT CASE BROUGHT BY VIRGINIA ROBERTS  GIUFFRE AGAINST JEFFREY EPSTEIN IN 2015 TO BE UNSEALED.  HOURS LATER EPSTEIN WAS FOUND UNRESPONSIVE IN HIS MANHATTAN JAIL CELL, THE DEATH ATTRIBUTED TO SUICIDE.

The papers are expected to reveal the names of numerous men in powerful positions including politicians, academics, financiers and royalty.  There is reason to suppose that some people wanted Epstein dead, causing the suicide verdict  to be questioned. The FBI have opened an investigation into the long list of reported irregularities and  system failures inside the Manhattan jail which include malfunctioning security cameras, guards falling asleep and screams coming from Epstein’s cell prior to his body being found.. Continue reading

A POCKET HISTORY OF CENTRAL AMERICA

‘WE ARE HERE BECAUSE YOU WERE THERE’

As Americans currently grapple with the sense of being overwhelmed by a sea of immigrants,  the refrain “We are here because you were there” reminds us of the cause and inevitable consequence of colonisation and uninvited incursion into other lands. The safety of its citizens is the primary responsibility of every government and few would argue that this should not include the security of its borders. The question of how they are secured and why, is the factor now dividing America. 

It is no coincidence that many seeking refuge are coming from Central American countries, the Northern Triangle of  Guatamala, El Slavadore and Honduras, followed by Nicaragua, Panama, Costa Rica and Belize. These countries endured colonisation under the Spanish from the 1500s with the British and the Spanish later fighting for control until the British  turned their attention to colonisation of North America and Canada. In 1823 the United Provinces of Central America (Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador) gained independence from Mexico, each achieving independence  in the 1830s. Theodore Roosevelt in 1904 declared the U.S.’s right to exercise an “international police power” in Latin America, the US has influenced the region ever since.

Successful immigration is entirely dependent upon acceptance and assimilation and this takes time. Opposition to immigrants includes numbers, timing, employment prospects, ethnic differences, race and religion and political ideology.  Any of these can be used to instil fear, the threat that the host community will be overwhelmed and irrevocably changed, because social change is an inherent aspect of immigration. When viewed positively this is seen as enriching communities through diversity, with cultural traditions maintained and encouraged. In general people prefer to remain within their home countries if basic needs are met and opportunities are available. Mass migration is always triggered by a threat to survival. Continue reading

BLAMED, SHAMED AND SILENCED – SEXUAL ABUSE OF NUNS BY PRIESTS

1994  A VATICAN COMMISSIONED REPORT CONFIRMED SEXUAL ABUSE OF NUNS BY PRIESTS IN 22 COUNTRIES…. IT WAS COVERED UP.

Sister Maura O’Donoghue, an Irish nun and medical doctor with 45 years experience, compiled a report into nuns being sexually abused by priests. The report based upon reliable disclosure by priests, doctors and others was never released.  Sister O’Donoghue had documented that sexual abuse of nuns by priests was taking place in Botswana, Burundi, Colombia, Ghana, India, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Tonga, Uganda, the United States, Zambia, Zaire and Zimbabwe.  Cardinal Eduardo Martinez Somalo, Prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Religious Life was briefed on its content February 18th,1995 by Sister Donaghue. Details of that meeting and her report appear in the US weekly the National Catholic Reporter.

  • In the report she linked the alleged sexual abuse of nuns in Africa to the AIDS epidemic there, quoting one religious superior who was approached by priests requesting that sisters be made available for sex. When this was refused, the priests said they would have to go to local women and could get AIDS.
  • She referred to a 1988 incident in Malawi where 29 nuns in one congregation had been made pregnant by diocesan priests; when the women complained to the Archbishop, they were replaced.
  • A priest who took a nun for an abortion during which the sister died, officiated at the nun’s requiem Mass.

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FRANCIS RULES – Failing the ‘Zero Tolerance’ test

“HISTORY HAS TAUGHT US THAT THE VATICAN, WITH ITS SELF PROCLAIMED LAWS AND PROCEDURES, IS INCAPABLE OF PROTECTING INNOCENT CHILDREN FROM BEING SEXUALLY ABUSED”

In what may prove to be the final  lost opportunity to demonstrate his much vaunted ‘Zero tolerance policy’,  the new rules announced by Pope Francis to deal with sexual abuse by clergy, fall short of requiring that police be informed of any  allegation. Mitchell Garabedian, the lawyer whose efforts to expose predator priests was dramatized in the Oscar-winning movie ‘Spotlight’, has commented:   “The new Vatican laws concerning the reporting of sexual abuse, continue the secrecy which has enabled clergy sexual abuse to exist, allows the Catholic Church to continue to ineffectively self-police and basically discourages victims from just calling the police,”  Anne Barrett Doyle, a co-director of BishopAccountability.org  stated “We would have been far more impressed if this new law required church officials to report to police and prosecutors instead,”  The new law does nothing to enact zero tolerance for child sexual abuse or for cover-up.” The problem, according to advocates, is that bishops remain as the investigators when local law enforcement should be in charge of the reporting process, as they are for all other alleged crimes. Continue reading

A POCKET HISTORY OF VENEZUELA


OVERT AND COVERT US INTERVENTION HAS TOPPLED A SERIES OF LEGITIMATE GOVERNMENTS IN THE LATIN AMERICAN REGION SINCE THE 1950s. GUATEMALA, PANAMA, NICARAGUA, HONDURAS AND EL SALVADOR HAVE ALL BEEN INVADED BY THE UNITED STATES  WHICH IRONICALLY IS NOW ‘INVADED’ BY HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DISPLACED PEOPLE FLEEING THEIR RAVAGED COUNTRIES.

The political manoeuvring by the most powerful nations on the world stage as they align with and against Venezuela should remind us of the self interest and the all too familiar strategy of divide and conquer previously witnessed in the Middle East and currently being  played out in Latin America.  Russia, China and others jostle for position to ensure their stake in that country’s natural mineral wealth and oil, as America attempts to grab the world’s greatest source of oil in its “backyard”, 

Comparison of current oil reserves

  • Venezuela –     300,878 million barrels
  • Saudi Arabia –  266,455 million barrels. …
  • Canada –         169,709 million barrels. …
  • Iran –               158,400 million barrels. …
  • Iraq –               142,503 million barrels. …
  • Kuwait –          101,500 million barrels. …
  • UA Emirates –   97,800 million barrels. …
  • Russia –            80,000 million barrels. …
  • Libya –              48,363 million barrels. …
  • United States – 39,230 million barrels.

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A POCKET HISTORY – ISRAEL, SYRIA and GOLAN HEIGHTS

March 25th 2019

IN FORMALLY RECOGNISING ISRAELI CONTROL OVER THE  GOLAN HEIGHTS  DONALD TRUMP HAS ACHIEVED THE IMPOSSIBLE – UNITING VIRTUALLY EVERY NATION IN THEIR OPPOSITION AND CONCERN FOR THE OUTCOME.

Israel seized the Golan Heights from Syria in the closing stages of the 1967 Six-Day War.  Israel continues to flout the UN directive which forbids the building of settlements in what is internationally regarded as occupied territory.  Syria wants a full Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 border, this would give Damascus control of the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee which provides Israel’s main source of fresh water through the now occupied territory.

The Golan Heights is now to be renamed ‘TRUMP HEIGHTS’ providing a timely reminder of the strategy behind the unseemly Trump –  Netanyahu alliance and their open contempt for a just settlement of Palestinian rights.  This  latest move follows the audacious decision in March by President Trump to relocate the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,  changing the disputed status of Jerusalem without consultation and in the face of complete opposition from world leaders. Such a move suggests either a degree of ineptness or a callous disregard for the deepest feelings of those concerned. King Abdullah of Jordan, currently Custodian of the Holy Sites in Jerusalem, warned of the potential dangerous repercussions.

In the 1940s, Britain secretly advocated the creation of a Greater Syrian state that would secure Britain preferential status in military, economic and cultural matters. France and the United States opposed British hegemony in the region, which eventually led to the creation of Israel on 14 May 1948. 

  • 1948 The  First Arab–Israeli War, was fought between the newly declared State of Israel and a military coalition of 5 Arab nations which rejected the establishment of the Jewish state in Palestine. Israelis call it “the war of independence”; Arabs call it the “nakba” or the catastrophe.
  • 1956 The second Arab-Israeli war broke out when Israel, Britain and France launched a joint attack against Egypt aimed at regime change and deposing Abdul Nasser the country’s leader.
  • 1967 Israel launched preemptive attacks on Egypt, Jordan and Syria, unleashing the June War, that resulted in the Israeli occupation of what remained of historic Palestine. Israel subsequently captured and occupied the West Bank and Gaza, capturing East Jerusalem from the Jordanians and the Golan Heights from Syria. The displacement of civilian populations resulting from the war had long-term consequences, as 300,000 Palestinians fled the West Bank and about 100,000 Syrians left the Golan Heights. Israel began to settle the occupied Golan Heights almost immediately, directly flouting international law.
  • 1973 Syria tried to retake the Golan Heights during the ‘Yom Kippur ‘war.  Egyptian and Syrian armies, with advanced Soviet weapons, launched a two-front offensive on Israel, from the north and the south. Despite inflicting heavy losses on Israeli forces, the surprise assault failed. Both countries signed an armistice in 1974 and a UN observer force has been in place on the ceasefire line since.

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CHECKLIST: SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN FROM SEXUAL ABUSE

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Decades of experience as a trauma therapist working with survivors of sexual abuse confirmed the  many misconceptions which exist.  In order to better protect children against sexual predators it is essential to accept that  abusers are frequently known to parents or the child. They may be a neighbour or friend or someone in a position of trust, a teacher, a doctor, or a priest.  Where accusations involve those in privileged positions of power such as politicians or celebrities, this must never cloud perception or judgement.

DISCLOSURE AT THE TIME OF THE OFFENCE IS OFTEN WRONGLY PERCEIVED AS MORE CREDIBLE THAN  THAT MADE AFTER ANY DELAY, ESPECIALLY A PROLONGED ONE. IF A DISCLOSURE IS WITHDRAWN FOR ANY REASON, CREDIBILITY IS OFTEN FURTHER DIMINISHED.

Parents often believe they would know if their child was being sexually abused as their  children would tell them. This is rarely the case. Very few children disclose sexual abuse at the time that it is occurring and for many reasons. Sexual abuse takes many forms and does not always involve acts of physical violence; when it does it is more easily  recognised by the child and  is more likely to be disclosed at the time of the offence. Abuse is often the result of patient grooming over time which may not be perceived as such by the child. Threats of consequences if the relationship is discovered i.e. prison sentences or the child being removed from the family, are frequently used to deter disclosure. Continue reading