We’ve found our stride and we’re on a roll, back with an excellent show – maybe our best yet – utilising our freedom of speech (before it disappears completely) and featuring stories from the UK and around the world that we’re not seeing anywhere else…
But, first, Morgan, the big sausage-muncher, returns from the land of the bratwurst with Germanic tales of bed etiquette and fireworks, before detailing his less pleasant experience in London, capital of the Surveillance State, where he’s had his face scanned and his particulars well and truly checked. NotMorgan, who’s had a far more ‘chilled out’ Christmas, recounts and recommends some Christmas viewing and listening.
Then, using clips from UK rapper Akala and film maker Adam Curtis, Morgs frames this episode and a large part of our raison d’etre: navigating the confusing and often contradictory messages we are fed by elites, politicians and the mainstream media in order to keep us confused, divided and acquiescent.
We start with the US Senate Report on the CIA’s ‘Enhanced Interrogations Program’. Horrific tales of torture on detainees, including at least 26 people held ‘in error’: detainees chained standing for 17 days, waterboarded, ‘rectally fed’ and being left to die on a cold, concrete floor. We thought it was the terrorists who were supposed to have ‘terror camps’? Then, somewhat contradictorily, an ‘unnamed Whitehall official’ gives us the scary headline that “a Jihadi attack on the UK is almost inevitable”, whilst the UK’s ‘most senior Police Officer’ tells Sky that he thinks it’s “unlikely”. I’m reminded of the Kasabian line (possibly paraphrasing the great Bill Hicks) “I am told the world is nearly ending, but when I look outside the birds are always singing”. Not for long maybe, as another ‘top UK cop’ warns that we’re heading to a ‘police state’ run by ‘securocrats’ like himself.
NotMorgan looks at the rapidly worsening situation in Sweden, as a law is passed criminalising ‘insulting’. Bizarrely, though, only immigrants, minorities and Government officials can be insulted… the Swede’s themselves don’t have the same ‘protection’! And protection seems to be what they need as Sweden now has the second highest rape statistics in the world, with the chance of being raped apparently now 1 in 4. Trying to discuss any correlation between the rise in rape statistics and the rise in immigration is a definite no-no however, as Swedish MP Michael Hess found out when he was successfully prosecuted for ‘hate crimes’ for doing just that. A Swedish school takes down its flag, and the whole nation, it seems, is expected to raise another: the flag of surrender, as the Swedish peoples’ rights are further swept away.
Morgan looks at the insanity of Black Friday (not racist) coming to the UK, and notMorgan mentions white Ferguson protestors being told not to join in the cringe-worthy, submissive chant of “Hands up, don’t shoot” because of their ‘white privilege’ (which is racist). The problem, in notMorgan’s eyes, is not ‘white police versus black youths’, but rather an increasingly militarised police force versus all our rights. In a quick ‘racism round-up’, we support Italian striker Mario Balotelli, a man often targeted by racists, and his making an anti-racist, funny post that resulted in him being punished for being… racist, and we look at a ‘potentially racially offensive object’: Cilla, the knitted gorilla. We also have a good laugh as a Fox commentator fervently, and somewhat mistakenly, describes Birmingham (the UK’s second largest city) as a Muslim-controlled ‘no-go’ area.
And then, what’s the price of clean water? A poorly-looking Bill Gates drinks water recovered from human excrement, and notMorgan learns of the Nestle CEO’s position, which appears to be that water being a human right is ‘an extreme position’. Morgs looks at the numbers of UK people on prescription medicine: “Too many medicines and not enough health”, and notMorgs looks at Age UK’s report that predicts that one UK pensioner will die every 7 minutes from cold or, rather, the prohibitive cost of heating. We also look at child abuse in The Scouting Association, and, entirely unrelated, ponder the ‘sounds of sodomy’ ostensibly emanating from County Wicklow.
In the very contradictory world of climate change, we look at two new factors reportedly affecting it: trees taking in more CO2 than first thought, and the role of the arctic ground squirrel (yes, really). How much more data isn’t in the already-under-attack models that we’ve been working with? Like a dog with a bone, Morgan’s back on the ‘FireIce’ news: Japan has a 100 years’ worth of it, and we may be able to use CO2 to reduce the more problematic methane from being released into the atmosphere.
NotMorgan recounts the story of Natalie Rowe, the former dominatrix ‘Miss Whiplash’, her involvement with our unelected Tory Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, and his alleged taking of cocaine. Was her story in the ‘News of the World’ glossed over by then editor Andy Coulson, who went on to become David Cameron’s high-paid Communications Director? Are home-raiding police being used as bullyboys for the politicians and elites? Does having a weird, wide-eyed stare necessarily mean that you’re on drugs? We invite our listeners to make up their own minds in the links below :)
Speaking of drugs: in GM news, as George Soros’ Drug Policy Alliance does much to promote the legalisation of cannabis around the world, we look at his connections with Monsanto, and their access to cannabis data. NotMorgan wonders whether the legalisation movement is being unknowingly manipulated by wealthy backers with dark motives, who stand to make a fortune from genetically-engineered, coded marijuana. We applaud the stance of Russia who, after banning the cultivation of GM products in July last year, have now banned the import of GM products too. Trying desperately to catch up, the US apparently now have an anti-GM petition with over 59 million signatures. And then, as one researcher genetically alters plants to react to the presence of TNT, we look at the possibility of today’s intimidating airport security being replaced by a pleasant walk through a genetically-engineered bomb-detecting plant garden.
Morgan reports on an Equifax-owned company winning the contract to collect B£22.6 in taxes and other funds, despite Equifax using loopholes to avoid paying UK taxes themselves. And, after our reporting on the House of Lords Digital Skills Committee last episode, Morgs finds that the average age of the Lords puts them well and truly into the ‘couldn’t care less about IT’ camp, and reveals that their true interests lie far more in protecting the 4,000 bottle stash of champagne they consume annually at the taxpayer’s expense.
Saturnalia may have been and gone but, in our round-up of tech news, new inventions and gadgets, notMorgan offers four new ‘innovations’ to choose from: DARPA’s EXACTO direction-changing bullet (reminding us of the JFK Warren Commission’s ‘Magic Bullet’), an apparently legal THC-free cannabis e-cigarette, a Pavlovian electric shock wristband (for the wrist or testes!) and another wrist-worn device that allows you to shoot ‘fireballs’ from your hands. We also look at the genetic-analysis company ‘23andMe’ operating in the UK, despite its FDA problems in the US, and ponder the possible negative effects of being told “you have an ‘x’ percent chance of having some particular health problem” in a world where the role of placebos, nocebos and the unconscious mind are largely ignored. We discuss the idea of chopping off the (possibly, one day) ‘bad bits’, compared to listening to your body and caring for your health holistically. Also, building on our earlier reporting of the possible harmful effects of 3D and virtual reality, ANSES (the French agency for food, environment and occupational health) are now recommending ‘only occasional use’ of 3D for the under-13s and a complete ban for those under six. Morgan looks at Canipre, a Canadian anti-piracy company, being caught ‘pirating’ others’ work, and a listener gets in touch to detail receiving their first of the UK’s new ‘you’ve been naughty’ letters regarding sharing copyrighted material.
Even though he doesn’t use it, NotMorgan’s contracted ‘social media sickness’, his version being that he’s sick of the social media companies that invade our privacy, and the short-sighted, self-obsessed users who happily give it away whilst snapping a selfie. Facebook develops a new ‘anti-embarrassing images’ feature, whilst UK MPs want them to simplify their user agreements, be transparent over how they collect, use and sell your data, and to let you know when they’re secretly activating your microphone and camera. They’re asking for a voluntary code which, of course, no-one will abide with. In ‘selfie sickness’, the wife of a UK MP apparently has 900 people waiting for the perfumed selfie photographs she sells on eBay, and an Indian boy ends up electrocuted, with 90% burns to his body. This is as Ohio State University finds that men who post a lot of selfies are more likely to be narcissistic and have more psychopathic tendencies, and a whole host of other potential problems. One reports’ statistics on young children sending naked pictures of themselves saddens us, particularly when 24% of those questioned had had a naked picture of them shared with others without their consent. And, in usual form, someone tweets a poor joke (this time about the Glasgow bin lorry that killed six) and finds himself arrested. All standard fare in the silly world of social media.
As we draw to a close, NotMorgan details the number of safety incidents reported by UK high-security laboratories that deal with viruses and bacteria, including many of the ‘It’s going to kill us all!’ variety. Reports of live Anthrax and other highly-dangerous, infectious diseases being sent in error. And also the latest from Pirbright: all the promises of “it’ll never happen again” following the Foot and Mouth outbreak of 2007 weren’t enough to prevent Pirbright from pleading guilty to eight recent safety breaches, once again involving Foot and Mouth Disease.
And it wasn’t just the miners that Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher wanted rid off – she also apparently wanted to ban sex toys. Now, her modern counterparts have been ‘getting involved’ with UK-produced porn, banning some acts but, bizarrely, not others, in a move which some women are calling sexist. And, finally, notMorgan reads from the UN report on Afghanistan’s opium production, which has risen for the third year in a row. Although the report claims that Afghanistan is responsible for 80% of the world’s heroin, this cultivation and production, right under the noses of US forces, is being entirely actively and officially encouraged by the US, as described in the UN report. Doesn’t that seem a little odd? We close with the dangers of drugs, looking at what happens to reporters who stand ‘too close to the fire’.
All this plus Christians with Santa spoilers; reading for the incarcerated; mushrooms at the Palace; Kazakhstan sleepers; Argentinian werewolves; and Chilean rimjobs. We even manage to find a space for Zlata, the Russian contortionist, to fit into. We end, as always, with creative commons music; this episode’s being chosen from the excellent tunes of ToucanMusic.com.
And there you have it: crazy, contradictory and confusing stories, just as we warned you at the outset. What’s really crazy, of course, is that this is all intentional. We hope that by giving you our take on these stories, and introducing you to others that you might not have been aware of – all hopefully whilst providing a little levity along the way – that we’re doing our part to help you ward off the negative, mind-numbing, confused state that the mainstream media often engenders.
We’ve put a lot of work into this: another four-hour episode, absolutely bursting with humour and the kind of open-minded, questioning reporting on important issues that you’ll never find in the mainstream media. Please show us that you like what we’re doing and want us to continue, by getting involved with the show and giving us some value in return for the value you’re receiving. We discuss the many ways you can help contribute to the show (not just with financial donations) to make it better for you, the listeners. We want every listener to get in touch, so please do!
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Senate Report on the CIA ‘Enhanced Interrogation Program':
The Guardian: Good, detailed introduction and overview
The Guardian: Link to the full report
Red Ice Creations: CIA spent M$40, hacked Senate computers to suppress torture report
The Telegraph: Torture report: CIA lied about series of British terror plots
The Guardian: Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and others call for prosecutions over report
Mail Online: “Jihadi Attack on UK inevitable”…
Sky News: …but Britain’s ‘most senior Police Officer’, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, thinks it’s “unlikely”
The Huffington Post: …and another ‘top cop’, Sir Peter Pahy, warns that we’re heading for a ‘police state’
Red Ice Creations: Sweden passes law to criminalise any criticism of immigration
The New American: New Swedish law criminalises anti-immigration internet speech
Cherson and Molschky: Swedish politician Michael Hess successfully prosecuted for ‘hate crimes’ for connecting increase in rape statistics with increase in immigration
Speisa: Swedish school bans the Swedish flag
What price clean water?:
The Verge: Bill Gates and the Janicki Omniprocessor, selling shitty water to the people of Africa
YouTube: Controversialfiles’s post: Nestle’s CEO Peter Letmathe commenting on whether water is ‘a human right’
Wikipedia: Nestle (linked here for the section ‘Production and consumer issues’)
The Huffington Post: “I can’t breathe” sympathy protest held at London’s Westfield Mall, 76 arrested
Infowars.com: White protesters told not to “Hands up, don’t shoot” because of their ‘white privilege’
Wikipedia: ‘White privilege’
George Osborne, the Dominatrix and cocaine:
Tom Pride’s WordPress blog: George Osborne pictured at Dominatrix’s flat
YouTube: Journeyman Pictures’ post: ABC Australia’s interview with Natalie Rowe, former dominatrix
The Telegraph: Lawyer says that Geogre Osborne ‘owed’ Andy Coulson for ‘glossing over’ News of the World story
Wikipedia: Bullingdon Club (previous members include Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, Prime Minister David Cameron and Mayor of London Boris Johnson)
YouTube.com: Democracy North’s post: ‘Is George Osborne Tripping Balls?’
ENCOD.org: Monsanto, BigPharma, George Soros and genetically-engineered cannabis
GlobalResearch.ca: Russia, having banned GM production, now bans GM imports too
Infowars.com: US anti-GM petition reportedly has 59 million signatures
M – ID and Facial Recognition Systems in London, Capital of the Surveillance State:
Brixton Buzz: Concerns grow over the rise of compulsory ID scanning in pubs, clubs and venues
The Register: ID scanning as a condition of licensing
IDscan: Company Promo Video
The Huffington Post: DARPA’s version of the ‘Magic Bullet': EXACTO, the direction-changing sniper bullet
HuffPost Lifestyle: KanaVape: an allegedly legal cannabis e-cigarette to go on sale in the UK?
Ellusionist.com: Pyro: a wrist-mounted device that lets you shoot ‘fireballs’ from your hands
IO9: Pavlok: a device intended for the wrist ;) that conditions behaviour through electric shocks
The silly world of social media:
The Guardian: Facebook to introduce new feature, warning users who attempt to post potentially inappropriate images
HuffPost Tech: UK MPs want ‘tech’ companies to adopt a voluntary code on simplifying user agreements, data privacy, etc
Metro: MP’s wife, Karen Danczuk, selling selfies on eBay for £10 – apparent interest from 900 people
Mirror: Indian boy electrocutes himself, has 90% burns to his body, after trying to take selfie on top of a train
HuffPost Lifestyle: Ohio State University research: Men who take a lot of selfies have more psychopathic tendencies
Ditchthelabel.org: Report on the number of children and young people sharing naked images of themselves
MyDaily.co.uk: Marital site claims 71% of men, 69% of women have taken images of themselves during sex
The Huffington Post: Man makes Twitter joke about Glasgow bin lorry that killed six people, gets arrested
Nottingham Post: Nottingham firm TDX to help Government chase £20 billion debts
Private Eye Magazine: Equifax uses tax avoidance schemes, yet is contracted to help collect UK taxes
UN Drug Report for Afghanistan shows opium production rising for third year in a row, officially encouraged by the US:
Link to the report: UNODC Afghanistan Opium Survey 2014 – Cultivation and Production
Infowars.com: reporting on the UNODC Afghanistan Opium Survey 2014
Other podcasts mentioned in the show:
TV and movies mentioned on the show:
Charlie Brooker’s ‘Black Mirror’ series – Creating a free 4OD account allows you to view all episodes
Tusk (2014) – YouTube: Official trailer
Predestination (2014) – YouTube: Official trailer
Night Crawler(2014) – YouTube: Official trailer
Sleep Dealer (2008) – YouTube: Official trailer
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