Who to Bless and Who to Blame

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.

Fort Detrick, Maryland is the major US facility for stockpiling biological weapons. The U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command  installation is hosted at Fort Detrick.  Global intelligence agencies currently looking into the origins of the virus have confirmed two Chinese scientists studied live bats in Australia as part of a joint research programme between the Chinese communist government and the Australian government. The “Five Eyes” intelligence agencies of Australia, Canada, NZ, UK, and US are currently examining  the work of senior scientists, Peng Zhou and Shi Zhengli, at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.  We can hope their investigations include Fort Detrick and the University of North Carolina among others, which have all been identified with the original research preceding the Wuhan programme

Luc Montagnier, French virologist and Nobel Laureate, the co discoverer of the AIDS virus, has stated that Covid-19 is a man made virus which originated in a lab.  He told French CNews: “Presence of elements of HIV and germ of malaria in the genome of coronavirus is highly suspect and the characteristics of the virus could not have arisen naturally”  indicating intervention by an external agency.

Dr Francis Boyle, Professor of International Law at the University of Illinois College of Law, drafted the US legislation for the Biological Weapons Anti Terrorism Act of 1989. Professor Boyle has stated his belief that the Covid-19 virus is an offensive biological warfare weapons agent.  He believes Covid -19  to have been genetically engineered from the SARS virus and to be even more infectious and lethal.  He previously condemned the American University of North Carolina Bio Safety Lab Level 3 for using ‘gain of function’ on MERS the Middle East Corona virus which is more dangerous than SARS. (Gain of function refers to experiments which aim to produce additional function in specific viruses where they do not exist in nature). Professor Boyle believes the virus escaped from the Bio-safety Level 4 lab in Wuhan, China which is also a specially designated World Health Organization (WHO) research lab and that the WHO are fully aware of what is occurring there.

The Wuhan Institute of Virology gave grants to US and Australian labs with an agreement to share students. Shared research funded by China was done with the North Carolina lab in Maryland and the Australian Animal Health Laboratory  (now The Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness), a high security laboratory for exotic animal disease diagnosis and research. The University of North Carolina lab obtained their research cells from Fort Detrick.

Professor Boyle states the SARS virus was genetically modified with ‘gain of function’ properties, this can be traced through a paper trail on the development of the coronavirus up until 2015. Three papers are cited by Dr Boyle which show that Covid-19 is the same virus being developed throughout the world.  “My reading of these three articles basically is that they took the technology from this ‘Death Factory’ at North Carolina and the Australian research project and took it back to Wuhan and tried to genetically engineer it all together.”

DR SHI ZHENGLI SUCCESSFULLY SPLICED THE SARS VIRUS,                                        OPENING THE DOOR TO CROSS SPECIES TRANSMISSION

In 2005, Virologist Shi Zhenghalli identified bats in China as the natural reservoir of SARS- like coronaviruses, publishing the research in 2013.

In 2014, Dr Shi Zhengli collaborated on ‘additional gain of function’ experiments led by Ralph S. Baric, distinguished professor of the Departments of Epidemiology, Microbiology and Immunology at the University of North Carolina. 

Research showed two critical mutations that the MERS coronavirus possesses which allow it to bind to the human ACE2 receptor.  Ralph Baric published a study on his team’s efforts to engineer a virus with the surface protein of the SHC014 coronavirus, found in horseshoe bats in China, and the backbone of one that causes human-like severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in mice. The hybrid virus could infect human airway cells and caused disease in mice, according to the team’s results published in Nature Medicine. Fourteen other scientists worked with Baric on this project, which included Switzerland Institute of Microbiology and Harvard Medical School.

Professor Simon Wain-Hobson, a virologist at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, warned that such research is “misleading” and “irrational” stating:  “The consequence of any accident would be anywhere from a handful of infections to a catastrophic pandemic.”

In June 2014, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined that Fort Detrick had unintentionally exposed personnel to potentially viable anthrax. October 16, 2014: The U.S. National Institute of Health announced a pause on funding of the research in order to assess biosafety and biosecurity risks and benefits  of certain gain of function (GOF) experiments with influenza, SARS, and MERS.

The research was continued in China. Two of the team Xing-Yi Ge and Zhengli-Li Shi, worked at the Key Laboratory of Special Pathogens and Biosafety, Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan.

  • Zhengalli  isolated 3 viruses from bats, these included 2 SARS like Corona viruses bat-SL-CoVZC45  and bat-SL- CoVZXC21.
  • One virus had an S Protein which integrated with human ACE2 receptors, demonstrating a capacity for infection of SARS like viruses to humans without the need for an intermediate host.
  • Dr Shi Zhengali became Director at the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

 Dr Paul Cottrell from Harvard University agrees that the structure of the virus cannot have happened zoonotically, (animal to human  transfer) stating that their mechanisms and how these viruses work inside the cell are totally different, indicating genetic manipulation. A retrovirus is a type of RNA virus that invades cells by inserting a copy of its genome  into the DNA of a host cell, which then replicates the foreign material changing the genome of the host. The corona virus is not a retro virus, as an RNI virus it contains DNA strands, most often single strand and has many receptors including ACE2,  and binding receptors DC-Sign and LSign which facilitated bio engineered trans infection. Dr Cottrell describes this as ‘SARS on steroids’.

 Four  bioengineered inserts have been identified in the Covid-19 virus.

  •  HIV Glyko protein 120  spike, the means by which an HIV virus invades cells, was  removed from the HIV virus and inserted into the coronavirus to dock with the ACE2 receptor, enabling transmission to human cells. In addition it docked with the LSign receptor, a major receptor for HIV.
  • GAG (group specific antigen) the major structural protein of HIV-1 and all other retro viruses was inserted. 
  • GP141 the envelope protein from the HIV virus which impairs the immune system. 
  • The ‘gain of function’ programme turbo charged the virus.
  • In addition Nano engineering is believed to have been used to make the virus airborne, increasing the risk of infection.

This might be a final opportunity for citizens of the world to wake up and demand answers. China is denying any involvement in bio engineering and we can confidently expect the same of any other nations who may have collaborated in this evil. It is  likely we will see a cover up of the cover up. Does this mean we should dismiss some of the worlds leading scientists, experts in the field of virology.? Before President Trump uses the situation to impose sanctions on China he might remember the advice ‘He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone’

QUOTE:  THE INDIVIDUAL IS HANDICAPPED BY COMING FACE TO FACE WITH A CONSPIRACY SO  MONSTROUS HE CANNOT BELIEVE IT EXISTS…J Edgar Hoover

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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

There have already been two Covid-19 deaths in Belmarsh prison, the number infected is not known as even very sick prisoners are not being tested. Over 150 Belmarsh prison staff are off work self-isolating and the prison is scarcely functioning. Prisoners who have a cough – any cough – are being housed together in segregated blocks. Julian has a cough and chronic lung condition for which he has been treated for years. There is no question that he is at risk from contracting the virus.

The UK Prison Governors’ Association submitted their recommendations to the House of Commons Justice Committee, advising that 15,000 non-violent prisoners need to be released to give the jails any chance of managing COVID-19. They stated that jails across the country are already severely overcrowded, with two prisoners sharing cells designed for a single person, adding that around 80% of prisoners in Swansea were currently doubled up.”  The former justice secretary David Gauke last week called on the government to suspend short sentences to avoid the virus spreading. “There is a strong case for releasing some of those coming towards the end of their sentence a few months earlier,” he said.

Eighty-eight other UK prisoners and 15 staff have already tested positive for Covid-19, Two prisons in Merseyside, HMP Liverpool and HMP Altcourse, have been told there is a designated area in the region for storing additional bodies, according to one prison source.  Staff at HMP Northumberland, which is run by the company Sodexo, have been told bodies could be removed to nearby army bases.

PRISONS HAVE NEVER FACED AN EMERGENCY OF THIS COMPLEXITY OR DURATION

The Ministry of Justice have said the low-risk offenders released would be electronically tagged and temporarily released on licence in stages, but could be recalled at the first sign of concern. No high-risk criminals — such as those who have been convicted of violent or sexual offences, anyone who is a national security concern or a danger to children — will be considered for release. Nor will prisoners who have not served at least half their custodial term. The announcement follows the news last week that pregnant women in custody who do not pose a high risk of harm to the public, will be temporarily released from prison to protect them and their unborn children from coronavirus. Prisoners in mother and baby units meeting the same risk assessment will also be released with their children. Only 100 prisoners have been released so far.

If released pending trial, Julian Assange would pose no risk as he would be living with his family and be subject to electronic tagging and stringent security monitoring. 

Some countries have already begun releasing prisoners.  Iranian state media announced it would temporarily free about 70,000 prisoners to combat the spread of the disease, pardoning 10,000 inmates “in light of the sensitive situation in the country”. Outbreaks have already begun in U.S. jails, with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio preparing to release hundreds of inmates this week who he said were in “immediate danger” of contracting the coronavirus. The Polish Justice Ministry said on its website that its release plans could extend to some 12,000 convicts.

 

 

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.

Prior to the opening of the lab  scientists had published their concerns  in the scientific journal ‘Nature’  that one of the killer viruses could ‘escape’ and go on to infect members of the public.

Tim Trevan, a Maryland bio-safety consultant, has questioned security effectiveness in the light of China’s cautious  attitude towards mandatory sharing of information. A group of 27 prominent public health scientists from nine countries warn in a statement published online by The Lancet yesterday of the danger of speculation as to the origin of the outbreak. Only time will tell which version is true, meanwhile the best safeguard  to avoid panic is perhaps that the public remain diligent and informed.

  • Xu Jang run is known to be missing after publicly condemning President Ji Jinping for failing to contain the spread of the virus at an early stage. He  had stated that this could be the last message of his life.
  • Chinese doctor Wen liang, also a whistleblower,  warned of the danger of a global pandemic if numbers were being withheld. He was arrested by the government for spreading rumours. He and his family became contaminated and Dr Wen liang later died.

AS ZOOTIC DISEASES, CORONAVIRUSES MUTATE, MAKING IT DIFFICULT TO IDENTIFY THE HOST SPECIES AND TO TRACE PATHOGENS. RESEARCH IS CONDUCTED ON HOST ANIMALS.

The Wuhan lab is located ‘only a few minutes walk away’ from the Wuhan seafood market  where a large cluster of the first cases were initially believed to have been detected. At many wet markets, meat, poultry, and seafood are sold alongside live animals for consumption, undercover video’s have  shown living and dead animals, including wild species, caged alongside each other in appalling conditions.  (On February 24, China’s top legislature banned the buying, selling, and eating of wildlife pending control of the Corona virus outbreak. Whuan market has since closed.)

JUST ONE BLOCK AWAY FROM THE WUHAN MARKET, AT LEAST 19 PEOPLE, MOSTLY SENIORS, DIED FROM THE CORONA 19 VIRUS  IN A SOCIAL WELFARE FACILITY. LOCAL GOVERNMENT INITIALLY ACKNOWLEDGED ONLY ONE DEATH.

 

In 2013, ten years after the SARS outbreak of 2002/2003, Dr. Zhengli Shi, Director of Emerging Infectious Diseases at the Wuhan Institute of Virology Chinese Academy of Sciences,  stated  her team had been able to isolate the live SARS-like virus from bats

 

 

 

Dr. Peter Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance, who has been working in China for 15 years studying diseases that jump from animals to people, said  “Our discovery that bats may directly infect humans has enormous implications for public health control measures,”

It is now understood that the SARS, MERS  and SWINE FLU epidemics were linked to animal/human transmission and influenza research using animal viruses.  Bats are believed to have a unique immune capacity which provides a natural reservoir for viruses. One bat can host many different viruses without getting sick, making them an ideal research animal. In addition to the Corona viruses, they are carriers of ebola and rabies viruses which have caused human disease and outbreaks in Africa, Malaysia, Bangladesh and Australia. Although most human cases of MERS-CoV infections have been attributed to human-to-human infections in health care settings, current scientific evidence suggests that dromedary camels are a major reservoir host for MERS-CoV creating possible animal to human transmission. Similarly the swine flu epidemic of 2009 originated in pigs and the debate as to whether viruses escaped from laboratories or were released continues.

HUMAN INTERVENTION,  NOT ALWAYS  WELL INTENTIONED  IS THE COMMON DENOMINATOR IN VIRUS  CONTAMINATION AND SPREAD. HOW LONG WILL IT BE BEFORE WE REFLECT UPON THE CONSEQUENCE OF OUR CONDUCT AND TREATMENT OF  ANIMALS?

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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

INHERITANCE TAX:  The Queen is not liable for Capital Gains Tax (28% on profit of sale)  or Inheritance Tax (40% of an estate over the £325,000 threshold)  but from 1993 has paid a voluntary payment in lieu. However an obscure “sovereign to sovereign” clause under a 1993 deal with the Conservative government, exempts taxation where a monarch inherits from another monarch. Capital Gains Tax rate for lesser mortals is 18%.

  •  Following the death of her mother the queen successfully applied to the High Court so that details of her mother’s will would be kept secret, the outline was later released in response to public criticism. The Queen avoided paying some £28m in inheritance tax on property in her mothers Will which included works of art, antiques and race horses, estimated at between £50 and £70 million.
  • The Queen Mother gifted jewellery ‘on paper’ to her grandchildren during her lifetime, however the jewellery was found to be still in her possession following her death, representing a loss of millions in taxation due to the government. Under the ‘sovereign to sovereign’ clause no Capital Gains or Inheritance Tax was paid on Clarence House, the former home of the Queen Mother. The property was ‘reallocated’ to Prince Charles  following  her death. Renovations for Charles and his partner Camilla cost the tax payer some £4.5 million  pounds.
  • The 26 year old Duke of Westminster did not pay Inheritance Tax on his £9 billion fortune because it was set up as a Trust.  Britain’s generous trust law ensures that the country’s largest fortunes are kept intact, for generations the wealthiest families have used trusts to pass assets on outside the sphere of inheritance tax .The dukes privately owned property business has £11.8bn in assets currently under management. The 300-year-old Grosvenor estate in London, includes Mayfair, Belgravia  and Eaton Square, built close to Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament. Its holdings include hi-tech office space in Silicon Valley, a science park in Edinburgh and the freehold on the current US embassy in Grosvenor Square.

KENSINGTON PALACE is traditionally the home of senior royals, many royal  residents formerly lived rent free or paid a nominal rental for the prestigious,  prime location, and gated security.  The property continues to provide  expansive accommodation even for minor members of the royal family as they relocate within its walls. Unfortunately each relocation costs the tax payer to ‘make the units habitable’. Prince Harry lived in Nottingham Cottage prior to his marriage to Meghan Markell and their move to Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor  Estate. Princess Eugenie relocated from St James Palace to Ivy Cottage following her marriage. William and Kate live in Flat 1,  formerly the home of princess Margaret and currently under an extensive £4 million pound conversion to extend the property which will  incorporate the  former residence of The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester who are downsizing.

PRINCE MICHAEL AND HIS WIFE PRINCESS MICHAEL OF KENT: In 2002 following scrutiny by the House of Commons Public Accounts committee, the Queen was asked to put the apartments on a more commercial footing or evict certain tenants.The  rent revue revealed that Prince Michael of Kent  ( a cousin of the Queen) and his wife had lived rent free in the grace and favour apartment in Kensington Palace following their marriage in 1978, paying only an ‘amenities charge’ of £69 per week When the offer of alternative accommodation from the queen was refused, Buckingham Palace announced that “The Queen is paying the rent for Prince and Princess Michael of Kent’s apartment at a commercial rate of £120,000 annually, from her own private funds”. In 2006 the couple sold their Gloucestershire mansion,for £5.75 million but did not begin paying the full market rent of £120,000 for their Kensington Palace apartment until 2010, eight years later. The prince  supports a range of charities and manages his own consultancy business; the princess’s own website describes her as a “writer, historian, lecturer, interior designer and art consultant” with an estimated fortune of $£8 million.

ANOMALY OF RELIGOUS RIGHTS AND RIGHTS OF SUCCESSION

PRINCE EDWARD DUKE OF KENT: A  cousin of Queen Elizabeth was 7th in line of succession to the throne at the time of his birth, raising an interesting predicament later when his wife Catherine Worsley who rejected a royal lifestyle for many years, converted to Catholicism. The Act of Settlement of 1701 bars Catholics from the throne and when her son also later converted he lost his right of accession. The Succession to the Crown Act (2013)  amendment ended primogenitor, the system by which males inherited the throne but still bars Catholic royals from the throne.  The couple separated for many years but now continue to reside at  Wren House in the grounds of Kensington Palace with an office base at  at St. James’s Palace.

Prince Charles stated desire for a ‘trimmed down monarchy’ will be welcomed  though for some it does not go far enough. Buckingham Palace, will cost an estimated  £369 million as part of a ten-year project renovation programme, Prince Charles has stated that he will not reside there when he becomes king and suggests it might become a museum… perhaps a potent of the future role of the monarchy.

 

 

 

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.

WITH HER 6.6 BILLION ACRES QUEEN ELIZABETH IS BY FAR THE WORLDS LARGEST LANDOWNER INCLUDING LAND IN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA.

Complex accountancy systems have evolved over 700 years which seek to identify and separate the private and public role of the  monarch and the heir to the throne, assuring public and private income  for both in addition to income from the Crown Estate. As Head of State the queen officially holds ownership of palaces and estates for life, which are automatically bequeathed to her successor. As an example, the Crown Jewels, with an estimated value of between three and five billion pounds are not owned by the State but by the prevailing monarch.

Buckingham Palace, the  official London residence of the monarch  is owned by the Queen as part of the Crown Estate.  It has 775 rooms, 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms.

 

THE QUEEN HAS 2 PRIVATELY OWNED RESIDENCES

BALMORAL CASTLE is the Queen’s Scottish retreat. With over 50,000 acres and 775 rooms  it is valued at  £115 million. The estate was purchased in 1852, no revenues are received by Parliament as the castle was bought in the name of  Prince Albert, the husband of  Queen Victoria rather than in the monarchs name.  As the ballroom is open to the public  her Majesty starts her summer break in the seven-bedroom Craigowan Lodge on the estate  before moving into the main house in August.

SANDRINGHAM a 20,000 acre Estate is the Queen’s personal residence and country retreat, valued at £50 million.

THE CROWN ESTATE

The Queen owns a huge property portfolio called the Crown Estate, which holds £14 billion worth of property in the UK, it includes numerous palaces used as residences by the Queen’s extended royal family. The Crown Estate is managed by the monarch and generates income and revenues of some  £306.32 million ($400 million) per year. Net profit passes to Parliament which is responsible for maintenance and refurbishment of the properties.

THE SOVEREIGN GRANT:  In return for income generated by royal properties, the Queen receives 25% of net profits from the Crown Estate as payment under The Sovereign Grant, to provide an independent source of income for use by the royal household. The major  costs of maintaining the monarchy are met by Parliament.

BUCKINGHAM PALACE. The official residence of the  monarch. Estimated value £2.2 billion. The palace has 775 rooms which include 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms.

 

 

WINDSOR CASTLE: Queen Elizabeth II principal weekend retreat. Built c 1070 it is worth over £181 million.

 

 

Holyrood Palace, the Scottish        residence of the queen where she typically stays in the first week of the summer.            

 

 

Hillsborough Castle, the Northern Ireland residence of the queen during her visits.

 

THE QUEEN AND THE PRINCE OF WALES  RECEIVE PRIVATE INCOME THROUGH THE DUCHY OF LANCASTER AND THE DUCHY OF CORNWALL.,FEUDAL ECONOMIES WHICH HAVE SURVIVED  FOR OVER 700 YEARS.

The Duchy of Lancaster is the private estate owned by the British sovereign, currently valued at £534 million. This  ancient inheritance began 750 years ago, in 1265, when Henry III gifted to his son, lands which had been forfeited by the Earl of Leicester. Henry decreed that the lands would provide a private income for subsequent monarchs through inheritance.

The Duchy of Cornwall owned by Prince Charles has £1 billion in assets. He is  the largest private landowner in England, annual income from the duchy is £21.6m. Created in 1337 by Edward III, as a personal endowment for his son, its lands and revenues have belonged to the male heir to the throne from that time. The Duchy is not designated a Company and so does not pay Corporation Tax. In his capacity as Duke of Cornwall, Charles owns an estate spread across 23 counties, which includes the Scilly Isles and coastal waters.

 

Clarence House: The official London residence of  the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, adjacent to St James Palace, has an estimated value £58.5 million. It was formerly the home of the queen mother and inherited by her grandson on her death.

 

PRIVATE RESIDENCES OWNED BY PRINCE CHARLES

 

High Grove House and Gardens. The main private residence of Prince Charles and Camilla.  A country estate with extensive gardens purchased by the prince under the Duchy of Lancaster.

 

 

 

Birkhall, a 53,000 acre Scottish retreat on the Balmoral Estate, inherited  by Prince Charles from the queen mother.

 

 

 

Llwynywermod a 192 acre estate in Carmarthenshire, is the private residence of Prince Charles and Camilla when staying in Wales.

 

 

 

Tamarisk House, private residence of Prince Charles and Camilla located on the main island, Isles of Scilly, Cornwall.

 

 

HOMES OF THE QUEENS CHILDREN

GATCOMBE PARK. Home of the Princess Royal. Bought privately by the Queen for her and her then-husband, Captain Mark Phillips. Extensively refurbished and renovated prior to the family moving in, back in the late 1970s, funded by the Crown purse.

 

ROYAL LODGE WINDSOR: Home of Prince Andrew, Duke of York and his ex wife Sarah Ferguson. A 30 room residence within Windsor Park. Gifted by the queen mother in 2003. He will continue to reside there after stepping down from royal duties in 2019.

BAGSHOT PARK MANSION:  Home of Prince Edward, Duke of Wessex and Sophie. Mansion House with 51 acres set in Windsor Great Park. Owned by  the Crown Estate, with a 50 year rental lease  to Edward and Sophie at £90,000 pa. Renovations £2.98 million, half  paid by Crown.

ANMER HALL. Home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the Sandringham  state. A wedding gift from the queen, is now the country home of William and Kate and their children. They also reside in a Kensington Palace apartment to cover their royal duties.

FROGMORE COTTAGE on the  Windsor Estate. Home of Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Given by the Queen as a wedding gift. Renovations cost to taxpayer £2.4m. Following their decision to ‘step down’ from royal duties the renovation costs are to be repaid..

 

IT IS SAID ‘AN ENGLISH MAN’S HOME IS HIS CASTLE’  – A RIGHT PRESERVED FOR THE FEW…  A BEDROOM TAX FOR THE WEALTHY MIGHT GO SOME WAY TO RESOLVING THE CURRENT HOUSING CRISIS.

‘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

IRAN – A POCKET HISTORY FOR TRUMP

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

WEALTH, PRIVILEGE AND PEDOPHILES

JEFFREY EPSTEIN:  A SMALL COG IN A VERY BIG WHEEL

Sexual perversion involves an insatiable hunger, exemplified by Jeffrey Epstein. Pedophiles have a propensity to share their experiences, resulting in a hierarchical system incorporating multiple webs of international affiliation enabled via the internet.  In the most extreme examples this feeds into the global trafficking of thousands of children and vulnerable young people. As facts related to the Epstein case emerge it is becoming apparent that his billionaire status was a front which hid his true role as a procurer for the rich and famous. His trafficking network was based on blackmail, designed to lure not only the girls and young women but the social elite who preyed upon them, Prince Andrew has been described by victims as ‘being used as bait’. There must now be legitimate concern about potential blackmail evidence emerging which would prove devastating for the monarchy. 

A VIRTUALLY IMPENETRABLE WEB OF DENIAL AND OBFUSCATION CAN ARISE WHEN A MEMBER OF THE ROYAL FAMILY IS  IMPLICATED IN SCANDAL. WHILE NOT AVERSE TO INTERVENING TO AFFECT A PREFERRED OUTCOME, THEY ARE ADEPT AT EXEMPTING THEMSELVES FROM COMPLYING WITH THE LEGAL REQUIREMENT TO ASSIST POLICE INVESTIGATIONS. 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 FOR TRUMP

‘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

VENEZUELA- A POCKET HISTORY FOR TRUMP


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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SYRIA AND THE GOLAN HEIGHTS – A Pocket History for Trump

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.

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

CELEBRITY PEDOPHILIA

Following release of the harrowing documentary Leaving Neverland, renewed disclosures of sexual abuse by two young men who had previously defended Jackson, force us to separate the man from the music in order to further consider the links between celebrity and pedophilia.  Child molestation is the most abhorrent crime and the most difficult to prove or to accept even when the evidence is clear.  For family, friends and admirers who are deeply invested emotionally, it can prove impossible because public perception is that those who commit sexual abuse are monsters incapable of love or tenderness. Research increasingly shows that children often have no perception at the time that they are being subjected to abuse due to the grooming process. 

Acceptance of such a horrific crime is irreconcilable with the public image of a celebrity who for many, felt like a personal friend for many years. For decades Michael Jackson was not only the most famous recording star on the planet, he was a humanitarian, not just adored but worshipped by a legion of fans for who he expressed a vision of hope.  His generosity was legendary. In 2006 it was confirmed that he donated $300 million to charity, this now exceeds $500 million, he holds the Guinness world record for donating the maximum amount of money as an entertainer. The eternal Peter Pan, he named his home Neverland after the fictional island where children cease to age. As an artist he excelled, inspiring millions and providing the soundtrack to our lives through the decades. Jackson’s childhood was marred by the excessive demands of a bullying father and his own insatiable need to express his creative genius. His attempts to recreate his lost childhood by creating a fantasy world which he shared with young boys, the childhood friends he never had, were indulged by adoring fans and admirers. A unique ability to touch people and to give them a voice, jarred with behaviour which was at best strange and at worst alarming but dismissed as endearingly innocent and understandable as we collectively forgave his ‘eccentricities’. Continue reading

ISRAELI APARTHEID

DEMOCRACY: A SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT WHERE THE CITIZENS EXCERCISE POWER BY VOTING

APARTHEID: A POLICY OR SYSTEM OF SEGREGATION OR DISCRIMINATION ON GROUNDS OF RACE. 

Benjamin Netanyahu stated this week:   “Israel is not a state of all its citizens… According to the basic nationality law we passed, Israel is the nation state of the Jewish people – and them alone”.  By definition this excludes Palestinians. This controversial law passed last summer declared Israel the nation-state of the Jewish people, stipulating that “Israel is the historic homeland of the Jewish people and they have an exclusive right to national self-determination in it”. Continue reading

VATICAN COLLUSION – Continuing the Cover Up

 COLLUSION: SECRET OR ILLEGAL COOPERATION OR CONSPIRACY IN ORDER TO DECEIVE OTHERS

As the Vatican announced in a timely fashion that 88 year old Archbishop McCarrick has become the highest cleric to be removed from the church for sexual abuses, this would seem to be an opportune moment to review the role of  Pope Francis in McCarricks life. The charges against the former cardinal include -soliciting sex during confession, decades of abuse of a minor, sexual abuse of adults, and the aggravating offence of the abuse of power. Continue reading

FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION – CULTURE OF ABUSE

NO VOICE – NO CHOICE – NO CONTROL

How do we differentiate between cultural tradition and what is effectively torture?

MORE THAN 200 MILLION GIRLS AND WOMEN ALIVE TODAY HAVE BEEN CUT (FEMALE CIRCUMCISION) AND THE PRACTICE CONTINUES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD DESPITE LEGISLATION AND THREAT OF IMPRISONMENT.

FGM (female genital mutilation) falls within the definition of abuse under international law i.e. physical,  psychological, emotional, or sexual where the person could not have consented or were pressurised into consenting. It aims to ensure premarital virginity and marital fidelity by reducing the woman’s libido in an effort to resist extramarital sexual acts. Traditionally girls who are cut increase their marriage prospects. FGM is the ritual cutting or removal of some or all of the external female genitalia. Cutting is considered a  cultural ‘rite of passage’ to initiate girls into womanhood and is accompanied by communal celebration with gifts bestowed. The procedure is done without anaesthetic, often performed by traditional circumcisers or ‘cutters’ who do not have any medical training. In some countries it may be done by a medical professional in the belief that the procedure is then safer.

  • The procedure is cultural and not part of any religious tradition
  • There are no health benefits and serious complications often arise
  • It reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women.

FGM  is found in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and within communities from countries in which FGM is common. Girls are at risk of being returned to their home countries for FGM especially during holiday periods to allow for healing to take place.  It is  is mostly carried out on young girls between infancy and age 15, commonly before puberty begins. It is estimated that between 50 and 60% remain unaware that they have been subjected to the procedure if carried out in infancy or early childhood due to trauma memory being suppressed.

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Pope Francis – ‘respecting and listening to one another’ ?

Those ruefully considering expanded waistlines and depleted bank accounts common in the aftermath of Christmas festivities might pause to reflect upon the  ambiguous nature of the Pope’s Christmas message.  Speaking from St Peters Basilica in Rome, Francis urged Christians to forgo the greed, hoarding and materialism of Christmas and to focus instead on its message of simplicity, charity and love. 

SURROUNDED BY THE OPULENT OSTENTATION OF A CHURCH OF UNPARALLELED WEALTH, HE SPOKE FROM A GOLDEN PULPIT, WATCHED BY PRINCES OF THE CHURCH RESPLENDENT IN GOLDEN ROBES, SEEMINGLY OBLIVIOUS TO THE INCONGRUOUS IMAGE OF BABY JESUS IN A GOLDEN MANGER.

 

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PEDOPHILE PRIESTS ABUSING DEAF MUTE CHILDREN

PRIESTS TAUGHT ‘SPECIAL SECRET SIGNS’ TO DEAF MUTE CHILDREN AS COMMANDS FOR SEX ACTS INCLUDING ORAL SEX AND  SODOMY.

Paedophile priests, teachers at the Antonio Provolo Institute for the deaf   in Italy and Argentina  designed  ‘special secret signs’ to initiate sexual abuse of boys, as young as 11 years old. The signs were designed to remain incomprehensible  to those who could understand sign language ensuring secrecy was maintained.The priests had no fear of being caught as  the children were deaf and mute and unable to call for help. Noone could hear the screams of those being abused. Guiseppe, abused for seven years from the age of 11 described how he could not at first understand the meaning of the signs  ‘Then one day it became very clear when one of the priests made the secret sign for fellatio when we were alone, which was followed by him pushing his erect penis into my mouth.’   Priests would make one of the signs to indicate that a boy was taken to appointed rooms under the guise of ‘time out’ or to rest. ‘Sometimes you would see priests coming into the dormitory at night, or you would see friends with tears rolling down their faces and you knew exactly what had just happened. You didn’t need to hear to know.’  Attempts by children to alert parents by writing letters failed because mail had to be given to the abusers making it possible to intercept the letters.

INTERNAL VATICAN INVESTIGATION FAILED TO PROTECT CHILDREN

AND ENABLED CONTINUED ABUSE.

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VATICAN CONCEALMENT AND INACTION

IN A VOTE CARRIED ALMOST UNANIMOUSLY BISHOPS PROMISED THAT THE CHURCH’S DAYS OF CONCEALMENT AND INACTION WERE OVER. CHURCH LEADERS VOTED TO REMOVE ANY PRIEST WHO HAD EVER ABUSED A MINOR AND SET UP CIVILIAN REVIEW BOARDS TO INVESTIGATE  CLERGY MISCONDUCT CLAIMS.

Sadly this vote was taken not in 2018 but in 2002 at a Dallas gathering of bishops. Little it seems has changed. While they imposed new standards that led to the removal of hundreds of priests, the bishops in Dallas specifically excluded themselves from the landmark child protection measures. They contended that only the pope had authority to discipline them, saying peer pressure and  public or private shaming euphemistically called “fraternal correction” would ensure their good conduct. Clearly they were wrong.

Such attempts to maintain internal control through the hierarchical process lie at the very heart of the scandals now engulfing the church.

When a vote was taken at the recent Baltimore bishops conference to recommend the Vatican make public the entire file of the disgraced Cardinal McCarrick, Cardinal Cupich took the floor stating that the bishops should vote down any such measure. Cupich a close supporter of Pope Francis, presented an alternative plan, in line with Vatican policies which would maintain the status quo ensuring any allegation against a bishop would be investigated through the Vaticans’ internal procedures. The surprise proposal is alleged to have been a collaboration with Cardinal Weurl whose resignation the pope was recently forced to accept, due to his alleged involvement in covering up the prolific sexual abuse of McCarrick. Continue reading

POPE SILENCES THE BISHOPS

POPE FRANCIS INTERVENES TO STOP BISHOPS VOTING ON NEW CHILD ABUSE POLICIES  AT  US CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS

Many bishops see urgent reform as the only way to save the church in light of repeated scandals involving sexual abuse by priests. The agenda at the Bishops bi annual conference held in Baltimore on November 12th 2018, included proposals for a code of conduct for bishops and a lay panel to investigate claims of misconduct or negligence by bishops. These were the proposals.

  • A full investigation into how bishops allowed McCarrick to be promoted
  • Archbishop Carlo Viganò’s claims of a homosexual network acting within the hierarchy
  • Opening of confidential channels for reporting complaints against bishops

Under canon law, only the Pope can hold bishops accountable and this proposal was apparently perceived as a threat by Francis who intervened to delay the vote.

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the USCCB, appeared bemused as he announced that the Holy See had insisted at the 11th hour that the bishops should not vote on their own proposals. Instead they must wait until after February when Pope Francis meets at the Vatican with the heads of bishops’ conferences from around the world. Skeptics view this as a further means of delaying long needed action. Continue reading

BISHOPS AID PRIESTS INSTEAD OF VICTIMS

AUGUST 2018: PENNSYLVANIA ATTORNEY GENERAL JOSH SHAPIRO RELEASED HIS GRAND JURY REPORT LISTING MORE THAN 1,000 CASES OF CHILD ABUSE BY MORE THAN 300 PRIESTS  IN SIX PENNSYLVANIA DIOCES DESCRIBING  ‘WHOLESALE INSTITUTIONAL FAILURE THAT ENDANGERED THE WELFARE OF CHILDREN’

The report offered “a window into the conduct of bishops”… “and the crimes they permitted to occur on their watch”.  It included the involvement of Cardinal Wuerl  (mentioned more than 160 times) in covering up his role in allegedly concealing sexual abuse and the transfer of various homosexual predator clergy.  Weurl denied the accusations, however the Attorney General insisted  “Cardinal Wuerl is not telling the truth.’

 

Archbishop McCarrick’s sexual misconduct was first made public in 2008 by Richard Sipe, himself a former priest, psychotherapist and Clinical Mental Health Counselor specialising in the mental health problems of catholic priests. Sipe posted an open letter to then Pope Benedict XVI confirming that  he had knowledge of McCarrick’s misdeeds, including first-person testimonies and asked the pontiff to take action. McCarrick denied the accusation but Benedict placed him under sanction of  ‘house arrest’. When the scandal involving Cardinal Theodore McCarrick erupted in 2018, Weurl  again denied any knowledge or involvement in a cover up. However Robert Ciolek, who left the priesthood and later became an attorney, confirmed that an $80,000 settlement had been reached in June 2005 with three New Jersey dioceses over his allegations against Cardinal McCarrick and a teacher at his Catholic high school and a Pittsburgh priest who Weurl supervised at the time. The first page of the settlement agreement lists Wuerl among the numerous parties to the agreement. Following new “credible” allegations  that McCarrick had sexually abused an altar boy 47 years previously,the scandal surrounding the Pennsylvania Report, the resignation was now formally accepted by the pope.

Wuerl was then accused by former papal diplomat Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, of knowing about allegations that McCarrick had sexually abused seminarians, Wuerl made emphatic denials. Vigano responded:  “[He] lies shamelessly,” “I myself brought up the subject with Cardinal Wuerl on several  occasions”.  Archbishop Vigano also stated that Pope Francis had personallyl ifted the earlier sanctions imposing ‘house arrest’ against McCarrick by Pope Benedict XVI.   Continue reading

PRIEST SLAPS BABY DURING CHRISTENING

WHEN DOES SACRED RITUAL BECOME A CLOAK FOR ABUSE?

Perhaps the most shocking aspect of the following videos is the willingness of parents to subject their children to questionable aggressive behaviour by some priests which would never be accepted in secular life. Parents standing by as their infant is slapped by the priest or obediently queuing in line with their children at the altar to receive the priests ‘blessing in the form of what can only be described as physical assault. Their deference to the priests in question demonstrates the effectiveness of religious indoctrination and goes some way to explaining how the sexual abuse by clergy could have continued unchallenged for so long.

The recent video of the baptism of a baby where an elderly priest slapped the baby has to be seen to be believed and understandably went viral.


The elderly French priest described the assault on French radio as ‘not that severe…somewhere between a caress and a slap’  saying that he was ‘just trying to calm the child down.’  Surprisingly, the parents of the child have accepted his apology for his ‘clumsiness‘. His bishop has  suspended him from all baptisms and marriage celebrations, describing the incident as ‘a loss of coolness that can be explained but not excused’. stating  that ‘a baptism can be long and the baby was crying a lot’...‘it is regrettable but understandable and great age certainly played a part’. Continue reading

“The words Presidents use can start wars or move markets”

Language is social – It is the tool that conveys traditions and values related to group identity, a means of expressing our thoughts, feelings and intentions to those we are talking to. Used respectfully it enriches and enables, used negatively it can demean and even demonize both individuals and social groups.‘Transliteration’ is a particular form used to emphasise something important that a writer or speaker would like to express. It can be framed to be inclusive, i.e. encompassing divergent views or groups, or be divisive, promoting disagreement or open hostility. It requires a certain skill. President Trump is no orator and is limited to hyperbole, devoid of diplomacy and nuance, using the basic principles of repetition, simplistic ideas and short phrases known to appeal  to voters’ emotions, rather than their intellects. This approach encourages the listener’s imagination, transporting them to a scenario in tune with their beliefs, when this is fear based, deep seated emotions are ignited. Energy is magnified by the numbers present, political rallies providing the perfect environment to whip up passions, creating a perfect storm. Continue reading

POWER OF WORDS – To Heal or Harm

A timely reminder of the power of words at a time when President Trumps rhetoric is causing great concern worldwide with many questioning the part this plays in inciting violence.

ELOQUENCE AND DIGNITY OF EXPRESSION PERSUADES AND CONVINCES, ELEVATING BOTH THE SPEAKER AND THOSE WHO HEAR THE WORDS.

Words have power, the voice expresses the Will and can be used as a tool to inspire or as a weapon to wound. Religions and spiritual movements draw upon ancient traditions incorporating a formula of collective repetitive prayer, chanting and singing to strengthen and unify followers.  Examples being the catholic Rosary, Buddhist chants and Islamic prayers recited collectively 5 times daily.

There is an exact formula used throughout time by those who wish to empower or manipulate their followers by reinforcing and heightening their beliefs. Vocal expression can empower and unify or inflame and divide, certain factors induce momentum and the effect is magnified by intention and numbers.  Powerful delivery charged with emotion can be expected to inspire action for that is its purpose.

Formula:

  • The voice must be activated
  • Repetition of short, simple words or phrases
  • Collective expression magnifies effect
  • Acceleration builds energetic momentum
  • Shared focus projects intention

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