May hoping Unicorns Will Come Along And Save Her Government

Watch television news (BBC, ITV or Sky) or read the news online or in print and you might get the impression that Theresa May has seen off her critics in the Conservative Party and everything inthe political village and the country is hunky – dory as she heads off to Brussels to sign her sellout deal with the EU and bring to an end 1200 years of British sovereignty – or 1600 years if you count from when the Romans left rather than when we became nations rather than a bunch of squabbling tribes.

It is all fake news of course, well what else would you expect from mainstream media. The so – called Gang Of Five, the government ministers who want her to change the draft agreement with the EU have not given up, the DUP have not meekly fallen into line, the Labour Party have not accepted that being ruled by Brussels as an EU vassal state is the  best outcome. Labour, the DUP, and the Scottish National Socialists have some experienced political players in their ranks and they are waiting to see if the EU accepts the deal (current news is the Bastards of Brussels are now demanding even more concessions, with perfidious Gaul claiming access for their marine environment destroying factory fishing vessels to British territorial waters and Spain expecting May to cave in as she caved in to Dublin over the Irish border issue, and hand over Gibraltar.

And if Theresa the Appeaser does not give in again the EU will not sign the deal, and if she gives in again it can only strengthen the case of those aiming to bring her down. As things stand there is no chance of it getting through The House of Commons.

As her dream of thwarting Brexit flounders (she has always been a rabid remainer,) and moresenior members of her government threaten resignation if major changes to the agreement cooked up by UK civil servants and Brussels bureaucrats according to political sources,  Prime Minister May is reportedly going all in on what one lawmaker described as the “unicorn fantasy island” solution: Replacing the Irish backstop (perhaps the most contentious aspect of her 585-page draft agreement) with a commitment to find a “technological solution” that would avoid the return of a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, according to the Sun and the Financial Times.


Thersea May looking paranoid (picture: The Sun)

According to a Sky News report, the introduction of a commitment to find “technological solutions” might be enough to win over a few Brexiteer Tories by helping to assure them  that the UK would not find itself trapped in the customs union indefinitely following Brexit. However, serious doubts remain about whether the technology even exists to carry this out, the EU having illogically insisted that the solution currently used without difficulty on borders with norway and Switzerland wil not work for Ireland . May reportedly pledged to explore adding the technology clause during talks Monday night with Ian Duncan Smith, Lord Trimble, Lord Lilley and Owen Paterson. In theory, technology would allow the EU and UK to maintain a “soft border” in Northern Ireland even if the two sides fail to agree a trade deal.

May is scheduled to travel to Brussels on Wednesday to finalize the draft plan and also hammer out details of the accompanying political agreement (which is also facing some complications related to France and Spain, which are pushing additional demands (sic) over and above those included in the draft).

If she can’t secure a workable agreement and get it through parliament, it’s likely that a summit set for Sunday will be cancelled, and the European Union will begin contingency planning for a hard Brexit.

Media Transfixed In Horror By Toy Bombs While Destroying Lives With Real Ones

by Caitlin Johnston at Medium

Media headlines have been dominated for the last two days by the news that pipe bombs are being sent to Democratic Party elites and their allies, a list of whom as of this writing consists of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack and Michelle Obama, Joe Biden, George Soros, Maxine Waters, Eric Holder, Robert De Niro, and the CNN office (addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan who actually works for NBC). As of this writing nobody has been killed or injured in any way by any of these many explosive devices, and there is as of this writing no publicly available evidence that they were designed to. As of this writing there is no evidence that the devices were intended to do anything other than what they have done: stir up fear and grab headlines.

And of course it is a good thing that nobody has been hurt by these devices. [ … ]

former British diplomat Craig Murray tweeted:

Apparently some Acme comedy bombs mailed to a number of extremely rich people, which thankfully did not hurt anybody at all, are infinitely more newsworthy than the real bombs which maim and destroy children in Yemen on an industrial scale.

It is good that Barack Obama was never sent anything resembling the 26,171 bombs that his administration dropped in the final year of his presidency, for example. [ … ] People would have been killed and badly injured if anyone had been sent anything like those kinds of explosive devices, their bodies ripped to shreds like the countless civilians killed in the airstrikes which resulted from the Obama administration’s expansion of Bush’s so-called “war on terror”.

President Trump, whose administration has been dropping even more bombs than its predecessor after expanding the use of drone strikes and peeling back regulations on air strikes designed to protect civilians, was quick to condemn the headline-grabbing pipe bomb campaign which did not hurt anyone whatsoever.

“A major federal investigation is now underway,” said the president who continues to assist Saudi Arabia in murdering untold tens of thousands of civilians in Yemen.

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SHOCK (not): Khashoggi Remains Discovered In Garden Of Saudi Consul General’s Home: Sky News

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Shortly after Turkish President Erdogan demanded that Saudi Arabia disclose the where the body of (allegedly) murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s had been dumped, body parts thought to be from the dismembered body of Khashoggi have been found, according to Turkish and Greek sources, though the exact location wasn’t revealed. According to anonymous sources, including one cited by Sky News, the writer had been “cut up” and his face “disfigured.”

One report claimed Khashoggi’s remains had been discovered in the garden of the Saudi consul general’s home. “Why has the body of someone who was officially said to be killed not been found yet?” Erdogan asked during his speech at Turkey’s parliament on Tuesday. He added that the Saudi nationals arrested by Turkish police and security forces in connection with the killing should stand trial in Istanbul.

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In Private Meeting, Top Facebook Exec Threatened News Outlets That Do Not Coperate With Censorship Policy

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During a meeting held behind closed doors last week, top Facebook executive Campbell Brown, acording to several people who were present, warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoth’s efforts to “revitalize journalism” (i.e. ensure nothing that does not concur with the leftist politics of CEO Mark Zuckerberg,) will leave media outlets dying “like in a hospice.”

Initially reported by The Australian under a headline which read Work With Facebook or Die: Zuckerberg,” the story prompted outraged responses which saw vthe social media giant insisting the comments were taken out of context, even though five individuals who attended the four-hour meeting agreed on what Brown had said. And to be honest, the words ‘dying like in a hospice’ leave little room for misinterpretation.

“Mark doesn’t care about publishers but is giving me a lot of leeway and concessions to make these changes,” Brown reportedly said, referring to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. “We will help you revitalize journalism… in a few years the reverse looks like I’ll be holding hands with your dying business like in a hospice.”

As The Guardian reported on Monday, Facebook, a company with a long track record for being economical with the truth, is “vehemently” denying the veracity of the comments as reported by The Australian, referring to its own transcript of the meeting. Facebook, however, has so far refused to release its transcript and tape record of the gathering. Enough said.

Brown’s warning about the dire prospects for news outlets that don’t get on board with a future in which corporate giants like Facebook are the arbiters of what is and isn’t trustworthy news comes as progressives are finally understanding that for all his left wing posturing Zuckerberg is far from liberal and are raising alarms that Facebook’s entrance into the world of journalism poses a major threat to non-corporate and non – conformist news publishers.

As Common Dreams confirmed in July, independents’ fears were somewhat justified when Facebook revealed its first slate of ‘government propaganda approved’ news segments as part of its Facebook Watch initiative.

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British state needs complete online media control and wants to decide which news sites are ‘reliable’ – report

Demanding news websites be ranked on ‘perceived reliability’ by a state-sanctioned body and controlled by ‘impartiality’ rules, as well as suggesting social media firms fund education for citizens on what news to trust, are recommendations included in a parliamentary enquiry interim report.

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, made up of anti-Brexit MPs, believe that satire and parody should be included in the definition of ‘Fake News’.

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Other calls for all political ads to be registered, significant increases in fines for perceived wrongs during campaigns, including holding social media platforms responsible for ‘fake news’ on their platforms, are also in the report.

The remain MPs report also wants all political advertising to be declared in a public register with all ads to come with an imprint so it is clear where they originated.

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Police can’t say Skripal & Amesbury cases linked, or that those responsible will be caught

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Queen Elizabeth Garden in Salisbury, where the Skripals fed the ducks while
The head of Britain’s counter-terrorism operations, Neil Basu, has said the agency cannot positively link the poisoning in Salisbury, Wiltshire, of former Russian agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia to the more recent poisoning of the late Dawn Sturgess and her partner Charlie Rowley in the same town with an as yet unspecified nerve agent. Nor can they guarantee authorities will catch those responsible for the nerve agent poisoning of the Skripals and Dawn Sturgess,

Basu, who heads Counter Terrorism Policing nationally, told residents of Amesbury he would “love to be able to say that we have identified and caught the people responsible and how we are certain there are no traces of nerve agent left anywhere in Wiltshire, but the brutal reality is that I cannot offer you any reassurance or guarantee at this time.”

Sturgess and Charlie Rowley reportedly fell ill after coming into contact with Novichok on June 30, and Sturgess died days later. This is the same nerve agent believed to have poisoned Sergei and Yulia Skripal in March. Public Health England have repeatedly said there is no wider threat to the public arising from the Skripal case.

We can perhaps believe the latter assurance as well respected chemists have confirmed that Novichok, the nerve agent generally agreed to have been used in the bid to assassinate the Skripals would decompose if exposed to the environment for three months. The rest of the official narrative however was always as full of holes as a bagel bakery.

A new development has only added to the confusion:

According to Rob Sloane in The Blogmire.com on 28th March, an article appeared in the Sun, which talked about a 12-year-old boy from Salisbury, Aiden Cooper, who was apparently in a park with his parents, when he saw the Skripals and went over to them to feed the ducks:

“A schoolboy told yesterday how he was caught up in the poison spy drama after assassination target Sergei Skripal gave him bread to feed ducks. Aiden Cooper, 12, was playing in a park with pals when they saw Skripal and daughter Yulia beside a stream. They were handed bread and are among the last people to have had contact with the retired ­Russian military intellig­ence colonel, now fighting for his life.

It is usual when citing The Currant Bun (for U.S. readers that’s rhyming slang,) to have a truckload of salt handy as every other word needs to be taken with a large pinch of the stuff, but in this case not only is there no reason why the people quoted in the article, would make up such stories. In any case, the story was repeated in a number of other outlets (The MirrorThe Mail and Metro for instance) and parts of it at least have been confirmed by police when they were questioned on the story, although they did not volunteer the information in the aftermath of the incident when the media and establishment were focused on blaming The Russians.

The interesting thing about The Mirror, The Mail and Metro pieces is that they are all vague about a quite crucial detail. The Mirror and The Mail both tell us that the incident took place “near the Avon Playground”. And Metro tells us that the incident took place at “Riverside Park”. The Avon Playground mentioned by The Mirror and The Mail is next to the Avon River, and it is also about 50 yards or so from the bench where the Skripals were found (as an aside, this is not the same Avon as runs through Stratford-upon-Avon. Avon is a Celtic word meaning river and there are several river Avons in modern Britain). As for Riverside Park mentioned by Metro, no such named park exists in Salisbury although there is a Queen Elizabeth Garden which is a park on the riverside and is where Dawn Sturgess is alleged to have picked up a syringe part filled with an unknown substance. But the important point is that from the details given in these articles most people would assume that the duck-feeding incident took place in the same park as the bench on which the Skripals were found.

Yet all three of these media outlets are wrong, and in a way that may well be very significant. Turning back to the report in The Sun, we find that it is by far the most detailed of all the reports on the duck incident. In fact, it appeared three days after the others appeared, with The Sun sending a reporter to interview the boy and his parents. From that and from independent reports supplied by people living in Salisbury, we learn that Queen Elizabeth Garden is on the other side of town from locations linked to the Skripal case and the police timeline for the incident does not mention the Russians having been there at all. Yet if police officers managed to contact Aidan cooper’s parents from a photo taken in the park they must have known both he and the Skripals were there.

All this does not by any means prove that Russian agents were not involved in the first poisoning, but it does reveal that a lot of the evidence used to support the government’s accusations was unreliable if not totally fabricated.

So what is going on? Is there any link between the incidents? Do the police or security services have any idea what really happened, let alone who might be responsible? The more we learn about this case the more questions it throws up.