We’re back with it all: length and girth, light and dark, and the good, the bad and the ugly, as we go beyond the mainstream media and look at stories from the UK and around the world, asking serious questions without taking ourselves too seriously ;)
Having successfully battled computer problems and the dreaded lurgy (without dubious vaccine ‘help’), your hosts are back (and on time!) with a show covering an eclectic mix of headline stories and those that don’t make the headlines. We look into claims of alleged cover-ups of VIP paedophile groups, and analyse the accuracy (or not) of the current ‘hate crimes’ and ‘anti-Semitism’ stories we’re being bombarded with. Similarly, we look at the ‘War on Terror’ and the role of fear in ensuring that three-letter agencies maintain their budgets. Stories of politics, technology, consciousness and conspiracy – some weird and wonderful, and some downright absurd – all presented by your questioning (not in that way), well-intentioned and sometimes irreverent hosts.
Before that, though, reflecting back on the previous show, notMorgs corrects his comments on the number of Muslims in Birmingham (which is actually higher than he thought, but still a far cry from Fox’s ‘no-go zone’), gets obsessive with 23, and confirms his earlier suspicions of Equifax (and other credit agencies) being contracted to snoop on benefits claimants. Morgs recounts ‘Yes Men’ antics and India’s model for electricity tariffs, and we discuss the role of intention, belief and the collective unconscious in possibly effecting physical change. NotMorgs doubtfully eyes a Vice piece on David Icke’s supposed net worth, and recounts some first-hand experiences of David, intending to hopefully debunk a few negative and false myths.
Then, we’re into the news: contrary to the ‘global warming’ claims that UK children would soon never see snow again, it’s been a cold and miserable winter with loads of the stuff. Last show’s ‘Age UK’ predictions seem to be bearing out, with recent deaths being 32% higher than the previous five years, and the highest death toll in 15 years predicted by spring 2015. The ONS thinks freezing temperatures and the flu virus could be to blame – maybe the fact that this year’s flu vaccine has been found to only work in 3.4% of cases could also be contributing? In the UK and Canada, statistics show that you were more likely to catch the common strain of flu if you did have the flu vaccine against it. And there’s far worse to come, according to apparent ‘former NASA consultant and climatologist’ John Casey. He’s predicting 30 years of extreme cold, mass numbers of people dying and starving as 50% of the world’s food supply fails, and ‘super earthquakes’ and more volcanic eruptions. Fear not though, as Al Gore has recruited ‘happy’ Pharrell Williams to ‘harmonise humanity’ and show us what we can do together to make a difference. Back in the real world, however, an Adam Curtis clip demonstrates the harm our good intentions can have when not carefully managed, with a sobering comment on the possible harm caused by the unintended appropriation of some ‘Live Aid’ funds.
The mainstream media, on the other hand, remains preoccupied with the ‘War on Terror’, which has somehow morphed into a focus on apparently ‘unprecedented anti-Semitism’, ‘hate crimes’ and ‘hate speech’. UK MPs want ‘internet ASBOs’ for ‘determined perpetrators of hate speech’, and Pope Francis just wants to punch them. The ‘European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation’ puts forward legislation that will ‘restrain freedom of expression on the grounds of tolerance and in the interests of security’ – they want to criminalise xenophobia, holocaust denial and banning the burka, and create a new law against libel to groups. We examine the solutions they proffer and the impact they’d have on free speech and free expression. With excellent analysis, Morgan digs deep and finds that things are far from how they’re being presented. A journalist’s claim that “95% of hate crimes in the UK are against Jews” is thoroughly debunked, with the true total being closer to 5%, and Morgs investigates the Guardian’s piece on ‘over 50% of the UK public is anti-Semitic’. This absurd claim comes as a result of a questionnaire, which the Institute for Jewish Policy itself finds dubious. Morgs pokes holes in the questionnaire, demonstrating the inherent bias and statistical worthlessness of ambiguous questions that require simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers, and wonders what conclusions could be erroneously drawn from seeing Jewish persons’ responses to the same answers.
Then, in this ‘War on Terror’, we must, of course, think of the children. North-west Pakistan is seeking to protect their children by arming its teachers and putting snipers on rooftops around schools, but we, here in the UK, are viewing ours as suspects and potential terrorists, as new legislation is put forward which would legally require nursery school teachers and childminders to report toddlers showing signs of ‘radicalisation’. The absurdity of this thinking is reflected in two brief stories – all eyes are on an innocent French toddler named Jihad, whilst a Chinese OAP tries to detonate an antique stick grenade on a bus. And in this ‘War on Terror, rather than finding ourselves in the bullet-ridden, battle-torn landscape of where ‘real war’ happens, is our experience more one of fear and massive restrictions on our individual freedoms and rights? The (in this instance) wonderfully-named ‘Institute for Strategic Dialogue’ stumbles over “everyone should be persecuted’, and Former Assistant FBI Director Thomas Fuentes says it better than we ever could: if you want to keep your budgets, “keep fear alive”.
Whilst the mainstream media obsesses over aging entertainers convicted of sexual abuse against children, notMorgan looks into something far more sinister: the allegations, entirely unreported by mainstream media, of the organised sexual abuse of children by VIP paedophile rings, members of which are reported to include well-known public figures, police and MI5 officials, and Members of Parliament. As former Conservative Home Secretary Leon Brittan passes away, the mainstream media focuses only on his possible involvement in a Dickens dossier relating to paedophilia going missing in the 1980s. That’s one of apparently three Dickens’ dossiers that got ‘lost or destroyed’ – at least 114 paedophilia-related files suffered the same fate. However, as with Jimmy Savile and former MP Cyril Smith, far more disturbing allegations are now emerging that Brittan, too, was a paedophile who sexually abused children – and that many people, including media organisations, knew about this whilst he was still alive, but did nothing. Looking at the many ongoing UK police operations investigating organised child abuse and murder, paedophile rings and the involvement of establishment figures, notMorgan looks at the Elm Guest House ‘parties for men’, their well-known attendees and a police raid that failed to follow-up on evidence of abuse. Chris Fay, formerly of ‘The National Association of Young People in Care’ details his meeting with Carole Kasir of Elm Guest House, and seeing photographs apparently incriminating Brittan. This was shortly before the photographs were stolen and Kasir died in an apparent suicide, believed by some to be murder. Fay also details being threatened by the Police’s Special Branch, which makes us wonder: with these sorts of claims and the high-profile nature of the people involved, could this all be an intelligence-gathering operation, designed to control and manipulate the influential? Whatever it is, the people involved need to be caught, stopped and punished.
Speaking of politicians and elites behaving badly, Morgs talks about the 2014 movie ‘The Riot Club’, based on Oxford University’s elite drinking club ‘The Bullingdon Club’, and also reports on comedian Al Murray standing against UKIP’s leader, Nigel Farage, for the seat of South Thanet. The House of Lords has voted against the Government’s plans to decriminalise non-payment of the TV licence, despite 10% of Magistrates’ time being taken up with these cases and 180,000 appearing in court each year, 70 of who are imprisoned. This, as many criminals continue to avoid imprisonment for far more serious offences, including violent assaults. One of UKIP’s General Election candidates offers a purported ‘common sense solution’ to overcrowding on the UK’s roads: banning anyone claiming benefits from driving, and making cyclists ride on the pavement. Also, a UKIP policy paper from 2013 shows them in lockstep with the Conservatives over electronic cards for benefits claimants, which would prevent them from buying alcohol and nicotine products. Not wanting to be outdone in terms of ridiculous, ill thought-out policies, the Tories look at removing Housing Benefit from unemployed 18-21-year-olds, raising the prospect of more young homeless people on the streets.
Morgan’s hometown of Wirksworth is identified as a haven for “new-agey, latte drinkers and chamomile tea-ers”, and he does nothing to dispel this assertion by dismissing a Humanist video’s claims that ‘there is no evidence … that our minds can survive the end of our bodies’. Challenging this with the evidence from Sam Parnia’s published studies, we try to reassure atheists and certain scientists (‘science deniers’?): don’t worry, accepting what Parnia’s study and other science is telling us about consciousness doesn’t mean that you have to believe in God and become one of ‘those religious people’ ;) NotMorgan stays with the mystery of consciousness, looking at the story of Nazih Al-Danaf, a very young Lebanese boy giving extremely detailed information of his apparent past life, confirmed by the family and wife of the man he says he was. We look again at communication and the unconscious mind, as a team from the University of Bedfordshire manage to create false memories in 71% of their participants – including those participants committing an assault with a weapon – in just three 40 minute sessions.
As we said, it’s definitely a weird and wonderful ‘mixed bag’ of stories today, including some that are definitely not ‘safe for work’: the Bondi Hipsters tell us what to do to banks and owls, and a sexual deviant “sweating profusely and smelling of horses” gets ‘four years good, two years bad’. NotMorgan ‘treats’ his co-host to a highly suspicious game of ‘Guess the Maker’, before Morgan lowers the tone even further by green-lighting our reporting of a new, slightly unsettling sex toy.
All this plus botched ‘anti-terror’ exercises; Skinny Puppy suing the DoD; the strange and disturbing case of Elisa Lam; crocodile bile beer; and a girl born already pregnant with twins. We’re also very happy to be able, for the first time, to thank our Patrons and contributors for their support of the show. As always, creative commons music plays us out, this show’s choice being picked by Morgan. There’s far more in the show (and show notes below) than what’s summarised above, so please dive in to be informed and entertained!
Thank you to our Patrons, contributors and those who get in touch. To everyone else: please do get in touch, get involved and let us know what you think! Enjoy!
Is the FBI setting up people to keep us in fear and maintain their budgets?
(No Agenda’s ‘six week cycle’):
YouTube: RT America’s piece: ‘Parents of capitol bombing suspect accuse FBI of illegal setup’
Infowars.com: Former FBI Assistant Director Thomas Fuentes says “keep fear alive”
The Guardian: European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation’s legislation to ‘restrain freedom of expression’
The Guardian: ‘Almost half of the UK have anti-Semitic views’ YouGov poll suggests
BBC More or less Podcast: Is anti-Semitism widespread in the UK? (23 Jan 2015)
Home Secretary Leon Brittan and the alleged cover-up of VIP Paedophile rings:
Wikipedia: Elm Guest House child abuse scandal
Daily Star Sunday: Leon Brittan allegations
Express: Police Special Branch allegedly threaten investigators and abuse victims
Mail Online: Was Carole Kasir murdered over Elm Guest House VIP paedophile ring?
Mail Online: Are the accusations against Leon Brittan an MI5 smear plot?
aangirfan.blogspot.co.uk: Blog with links to other articles
UK Vicar ‘banned’ from using social media after linking to ‘9/11: Israel did it’:
BBC News Surrey reporting: notice no mention of how he was ‘banned’…
Surrey Mirror reporting: …because he wasn’t ‘banned’, he just agreed with his superiors to not use it
Before It’s News: John Casey predicts 30 years of winter, mass die-offs, ‘super earthquakes’ and volcanic eruptions
motls.blogspot.co.uk: NASA and NOAA: 2014 was probably not ‘the warmest year on record’
The strange and unsettling mystery of Elisa Lam:
Metro.co.uk: Aspiring actress missing for 11 months found dead in apartment block’s drinking water cistern
Wikipedia: The death of Elisa Lam
The Ghost Diaries.com: more on the Elisa Lam case, including the elevator video and associated strange coincidences
‘The Riot Club’ (2014) movie based on elite Oxford drinking-club ‘The Bullingdon Club’:
Wikipedia: The Bullingdon Club
YouTube: Colman’s Mustard ad appears to mock the Bullingdon Club and former member (now Mayor of London) Boris Johnson
Other podcasts mentioned in the show:
TV and movies mentioned on the show:
‘The Yes Men’ (2003) – YouTube: Full Movie
‘The Yes Men Fix the World’ (2009) – YouTube: Full Movie
‘Adam Curtis: Bitter Lake’ (2015) – BBC iPlayer: Full Movie – YouTube: Full Movie
‘Dark Water’ (2005) – YouTube: Official trailer
‘The Riot Club’ (2014) – YouTube: Offical trailer
‘The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz’ (2014) – YouTube: Full Movie
Books mentioned on the show:
‘Punk Science: Inside the Mind of God’ by Manjir Samanta-Laughton
– ISBN-13: 978-1905047932
‘The Robots’ Rebellion: The Story of the Spiritual Renaissance’ by David Icke
– ISBN-13: 978-1858600222
‘Dark Winter: How the Sun is Causing a 30-Year Cold Spell’ by John Casey
– ISBN-13: 978-1630060350
‘1984’ by George Orwell – ISBN-13: 978-0141393049
Music mentioned on the show:
(NSFW) Bondi Hipsters ‘Fuck the Banks’ – YouTube: Music Video
Copyright and Creative Commons Licences:
The Reflective Air Podcast is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International Licence with the exception of the material (and its relevant copyright law) detailed below:
Audio clips featured in the show are used in accordance with ‘fair dealing’, as defined in Sections 29 & 30 of the ‘Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1998’.
The music sampled for our intro music is:
Introview (con Jim Raing) by Nuerma Pópulis Chicla, found on Jamendo
released under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Licence.
The music played for this episode’s outtro track is:
We would like to thank the artists who make their music freely available for others to use.
Find out more about Creative Commons Licences and help transform the way we create and share media.