John Bull’s Balls [and Chains]

In 1965 a callow youth left a grey Britain on a 24hrs-with-stops adventure “across the British Empire” aboard a Bristol Britannia turboprop airliner that cruised at a stately 357 miles per hour.

In those days propeller powered airliners provided [relatively] spacious [and quaintly named] Gentlemen’s Dressing Rooms and Ladies’ Powder Rooms.

The Bristol Type 175 Britannia was a British medium-to-long-range airliner built by the Bristol Aeroplane Company in 1952 to fly across the British Empire.

The Model 102 began scheduled service on 1 February 1957 with a BOAC flight from London to Johannesburg, flights to Sydney following in March and to Tokyo in July.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bristol_Britannia

Britannia Airways was the largest charter airline in the United Kingdom.

The name Britannia Airways was adopted on 16 August 1964 to coincide with re-equipping with the Bristol Britannia turboprop airliner.

The last Britannia 102 was withdrawn from service in December 1970, and the airline became an all-jet operator.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Britannia_Airways

They were also the days of refuelling stops where passengers would disembarked to stretch their legs in exotic locations that seemed a million miles away from a drab and dreary Britain.

Royal Air Force Station Gan commonly known as RAF Gan, is a former Royal Air Force station on Gan Island, the southern-most island of Addu Atoll which is part of the larger groups of islands which form the Maldives, in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The airfield is now Gan International Airport.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raf_gan

Needless to say these were the fag end days of the British Empire when the “wind of change” was transforming “territories” into independent nations.

Macmillan gave a speech in Cape Town, South Africa in February 1960 where he spoke of “the wind of change blowing through this continent“.

To the three colonies that had been granted independence in the 1950s – Sudan, the Gold Coast and Malaya – were added nearly ten times that number during the 1960s.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Empire#End_of_empire

Paya Lebar Air Base (IATA: QPG, ICAO: WSAP) is a military airbase of the Republic of Singapore Air Force located at Paya Lebar, in the central-eastern part of Singapore, the airbase goes by the motto of “Strength Through Readiness”.

Originally built in 1954 as Singapore International Airport to replace Kallang Airport, control of the airport was transferred to RSAF in 1980 when it was renamed Paya Lebar Air Base, following the relocation of the civilian airport to Changi.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singapore_International_Airport

When I returned to the United Kingdom in 1966 the British Empire soon became a distant memory.

The 1966 FIFA World Cup Final was the final match in the 1966 FIFA World Cup, the eighth football World Cup and one of the most controversial finals ever.

The match was played by England and West Germany on 30 July 1966 at Wembley Stadium in London, and had an attendance of 96,924.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1966_FIFA_World_Cup_Final

The England Winners stamp was a fourpenny commemorative stamp issued in 1966 to mark England’s victory in the 1966 World Cup.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/England_Winners_stamp

By 1981 the process of decolonisation was “largely complete”.

In 1980, Southern Rhodesia, Britain’s last African colony, became the independent nation of Zimbabwe.

The New Hebrides achieved independence (as Vanuatu) in 1980, with Belize following suit in 1981.

The passage of the British Nationality Act 1981, which reclassified the remaining Crown colonies as “British Dependent Territories” (renamed British Overseas Territories in 2002) meant that, aside from a scattering of islands and outposts, the process of decolonisation that had begun after the Second World War was largely complete.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Empire#End_of_empire

And 1997 marked the “end of Empire” when Hong Kong was returned to China.

On 1 July 1997 Hong Kong was handed over to the People’s Republic of China by the United Kingdom.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Hong_Kong

The handover ceremony in 1997 marked for many, including Charles, Prince of Wales, who was in attendance, “the end of Empire“.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Empire#End_of_empire

But in an ironic twist of fate the Empire of Chaos rose to power in 1997 with Tarnished Tony at the helm.

The Empire of Chaos began interfering in British Politics after the Second World War and eventually took power in 1997 after the untimely death of John Smith.

See: https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2017/06/05/between-scylla-and-charybdis/

And within two years the Empire of Chaos was bombing Yugoslavia “without the approval of the UN Security Council”.

The NATO bombing of Yugoslavia was the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation’s (NATO) military operation against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) during the Kosovo War. The air strikes lasted from March 24, 1999 to June 10, 1999.

The bombing killed between 489 and 528 civilians, and destroyed bridges, industrial plants, public buildings, private businesses, as well as barracks and military installations.

It was the first time that NATO had used military force without the approval of the UN Security Council.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NATO_bombing_of_Yugoslavia

It’s been down hill ever since with the Empire of Chaos creating [mostly] failed states.

Since the end of the Cold War, an increasingly international role for the armed forces has been pursued, with re-structuring to deliver a greater focus on expeditionary warfare and power projection.

This entailed the armed forces often constituting a major component in peacekeeping and humanitarian missions under the auspices of the United Nations, NATO, and other multinational operations, including: peacekeeping responsibilities in the Balkans and Cyprus, the 2000 intervention in Sierra Leone and participation in the UN-mandated no-fly zone over Libya (2011).

Post-September 11, the armed forces have been heavily committed to the War on Terror (2001–present), with lengthy campaigns in Afghanistan (2001–2014) and Iraq (2003–2009), and more recently as part of the Military intervention against ISIL (2014–present).

Britain’s military intervention against Islamic State was expanded following a parliamentary vote to launch a bombing campaign over Syria; an extension of the bombing campaign requested by the Iraqi government against the same group.

In addition to the aerial campaign, the British Army has trained and supplied allies on the ground and the Special Air Service (British special forces) has carried out various missions on the ground in both Syria and Iraq.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Armed_Forces

Currently, the UK Government admits to spending about £43,000,000,0000 per annum on “defence” although it’s likely that [something like] half as much again is being spent on covert operations, subversion, intelligence gathering and propaganda for the Empire of Chaos.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Government_spending_in_the_United_Kingdom

The UK Government also admits it’s committed to some very major “defence” investment projects whilst simultaneously implementing “austerity” aimed at reducing the welfare state.

MoD cost estimates for major projects are contested but some figures put the F-35 program at £1.5 trillion, while the tab for replacing the Trident nuclear submarine fleet is estimated at £205 billion and the forthcoming Queen Elizabeth aircraft carriers are expected to cost up to £9 billion.

Britain May Not Be Able To Fight A War Because Weapons Are Too Expensive
RT.com – 26 Apr 2017

https://www.rt.com/uk/386191-weapons-expense-defence-war/

The United Kingdom government austerity programme is a fiscal policy undertaken in response to the Great Recession.

It is a deficit reduction programme consisting of sustained reductions in public spending, intended to reduce the government budget deficit and the welfare state in the United Kingdom.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom_government_austerity_programme

Clearly, there is no “peace dividend” for the United Kingdom following the “end of the Cold War” in 1991 and the “end of Empire” in 1997.

Peace dividend is a political slogan popularized by US President George H.W. Bush and UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the early 1990s, purporting to describe the economic benefit of a decrease in defense spending.

It is used primarily in discussions relating to the guns versus butter theory.

The term was frequently used at the end of the Cold War, when many Western nations significantly cut military spending (such as Britain’s Options for Change defence review).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peace_dividend

The USSR was declared officially dissolved on 26 December 1991.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cold_War#Soviet_dissolution

However, it appears the British Armed Forces are in a state of total disarray because the BREXIT vote [implies] that the [quietly and] drastically restructured British Armed Forces will not now be integrated into the Synchronised Armed Forces Europe.

We have discussed this decision with the French Government and with the United States.

The French confirm that they are satisfied with our commitment to jointly planned carrier operations to enhance European-NATO capability.

The United States, on whose support we would rely in regenerating either type of carrier capability, has been highly supportive throughout the review and I would like to record my personal thanks to the Secretary of Defence, the Pentagon, the navy and the marine corps for their high level of engagement with us.

House of Commons – 10 May 2012
https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmhansrd/cm120510/debtext/120510-0001.htm#12051029000006

Synchronised Armed Forces Europe (SAFE) is a concept for an ever closer synchronisation of the European forces under the Common Security and Defence Policy.

On 20 Feb 2009 the European Parliament voted yes to create “SAFE” (Synchronised Armed Forces Europe) as a first step towards a true European military force. SAFE will be directed by an EU directorate, with its own training standards and operational doctrine.

There are also plans to create an EU “Council of Defence Ministers” and “a European statute for soldiers within the framework of Safe governing training standards, operational doctrine and freedom of operational action”.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synchronised_Armed_Forces_Europe

33:35
We’ve been pointing out gross inadequacies in defence… this is talking about the criminal government regime we’ve got which is procuring defence…

35:31
What he is admitting is, of course, that under David Cameron carrier knowledge, ability, know-how, expertise utterly destroyed and of course the carriers we had, perfectly operational with perfectly operational Harrier aircraft, were simply sent to the scrapyard, ships to the scrapyard, aircraft sold off on the cheap. The whole capability destroyed and here we are now, as he says, having to recreate it…

36:35
The truth of the matter, at the moment, is that we don’t have the maritime patrol aircraft, we don’t have the frigates, we don’t have the air defence capability and we don’t have the nuclear submarine capability to protect those aircraft carriers…

37:03
We don’t have a carrier group unless we’re involved with the Americans and other partners.

37:26
Now we’re down to: we may be able to put one carrier battle group together.

We may be and of course the reality is we can’t. We’re not going to be able to.

The Navy numbers were reduced in order to lock us into the European plan for military unification and BREXIT has thrown the door open on this because, of course, the lies are now being exposed.

So now the United Kingdom is the proud owner of an aircraft carrier without aircraft.

HMS Queen Elizabeth is the lead ship of the Queen Elizabeth-class of aircraft carrier, the largest warship ever built for the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy and capable of carrying up to forty aircraft.

She was named by Queen Elizabeth II on 4 July 2014, and began sea trials on 26 June 2017.

Flight trials with the F-35B are planned towards the end of 2018.

A “full operational capability” will be declared in 2020.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Queen_Elizabeth_(R08)

Eventually, it should acquire some very expensive and “plagued with design flaws” F-35Bs.

Although each carrier can hold 36 F-35B stealth jets and four helicopters, there are concerns the defence budget won’t allow the Navy to put a full complement of fighters on board.

To meet the shortfall, the Royal Navy will allow the US Marines to fly their own F-35Bs from the carriers, though the number is still under discussion.

HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier sets sail for sea trials
The Independent – Samuel Osborne – 26 June 2017

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/hms-queen-elizabeth-aircraft-carrier-sea-trials-royal-navy-launch-budget-issues-a7808056.html

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a family of single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole fighters.

The program is the most expensive military weapons system in history, and has been much criticized inside and outside government, in the U.S. and in allied countries.

Critics argue that the plane is “plagued with design flaws“, with many blaming the procurement process in which Lockheed was allowed “to design, test, and produce the F-35 all at the same time, instead of… [identifying and fixing] defects before firing up its production line”.

By 2014, the program was “$163 billion over budget [and] seven years behind schedule”.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_Martin_F-35_Lightning_II

At which point Britain will be the proud owner of an “easy naval target” and some very big bills.

What is the point of HMS Queen Elizabeth and her sister – what is the vision?

The former first sea lord Baron West of Spithead said in 2004 they were “crucial for expeditionary warfare”.

The present defence secretary, Michael Fallon, says they will enable the UK “to tackle multiple and changing threats across the globe”.

This week a spokesman for the Russian defence ministry, reacting to some boastful remark by Fallon, said that the HMS Queen Elizabeth amounted to “nothing more than a huge, easy naval target”.

Britain’s New Aircraft Carrier May Be A Vast Folly — But It Still Provokes Awe
The Guardian – Ian Jack – 30 June 2017

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/30/new-aircraft-carrier-hms-queen-elizabeth-royal-navy

Critics have also claimed the carriers are too vulnerable to new high-speed missiles, such as the Russian Zircon missile.

HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier sets sail for sea trials
The Independent – Samuel Osborne – 26 June 2017

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/hms-queen-elizabeth-aircraft-carrier-sea-trials-royal-navy-launch-budget-issues-a7808056.html

Zircon or 3M22 Tsirkon is a maneuvering hypersonic missile being developed by the Russian military.

Its last successful launch was on June 3, 2017, almost a year earlier than had been announced by Russian officials.

The missile can travel at speeds of Mach 5–Mach 6 (3,806–4,567 mph; 6,125–7,350 km/h; 1.7015–2.0417 km/s). S

Such high speeds have led to concerns that it could penetrate existing naval defense systems; the Royal Navy’s Sea Ceptor surface-to-air missile is only capable of intercepting targets flying up to Mach 3.

In April 2017, it was revealed that the Zircon had reached a speed of Mach 8 (6,090 mph; 9,800 km/h; 2.7223 km/s) during a test.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zircon_(missile)

Just another everyday clusterfuck narrative from the Empire of Chaos.

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20 Responses to John Bull’s Balls [and Chains]

  1. malagabay says:

    Peter Hitchens clearly articulates the view that New Labour ruined the country ably assisted by the Conservative Party.

    Peter Hitchens suggests the Empire of Chaos actually came to power in the United Kingdom during the premiership of John Major [1990-1997].

    The real problem we face in discussing this matter is twofold.

    There is, first of all, the problem of stupidity and then there is the problem of political tribalism.

    Now I don’t come here as any friend of the Conservative Party.

    I have actually belonged to both the major parties in this country and I’ve left them both in disgust.

    It is a question which of them I am more disgusted with.

    If it were anything to do with me this motion would have an amendment to it saying that the New Labour ruined the country ably assisted by the Conservative Party.

    Which I think probably most people in this room could vote for and I would urge you to do so because it is, apart from anything else, absolutely true.

    Peter Jonathan Hitchens (born 28 October 1951) is an English journalist and author.

    He is a frequent critic of political correctness, and describes himself as an Anglican Christian and Burkean conservative, as well as a social democrat.

    Hitchens writes for The Mail on Sunday and is a former foreign correspondent in Moscow and Washington.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Hitchens

    Unsurprisingly, Peter Hitchens has a very gloomy outlook.

  2. malagabay says:

    Looks like the French military are also in deep merde over BREXIT.

    In the emails, a senior adviser warns Macron that France will be caught between the urge to maintain defense ties with the UK and pressure to fully enact the EU integrated defense plans known as the Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP).

    Beaune responds by saying that France might be tempted to reject the EU plan and strengthen military ties to the UK instead.

    Leaked Macron emails suggest French military ties to UK far more important than EU Army – RT.com – 1 Aug 2017
    https://www.rt.com/uk/398202-macron-british-military-eu/

    The French military chief has resigned after an open conflict with President Emmanuel Macron over spending.

    Pierre de Villiers publicly complained about Macron’s cuts to the military’s budget, reportedly saying that he won’t be “f***ed like that.”

    ‘I won’t be f***ed’: French armed forces chief quits after clash with Macron over budget cuts – RT.com – 19 Jul 2017
    https://www.rt.com/news/396767-macron-military-chief-resign/

  3. TimE. says:

    UK risks being ‘wiped off the map with nuclear counterstrike’ – Russian senator

    The UK, which recently said it could launch a preemptive nuclear strike “in the most extreme circumstances,” runs the risk of being “wiped off the face of the Earth,” the deputy head of a Russian upper house committee said.

    https://www.rt.com/news/386093-uk-nuclear-strike-russia/

    “There is a quite natural question then: what country could be primitively targeted by the UK?” the deputy head of the Federation Council’s Committee for Defense and Security said.

    In case the UK strikes a nuclear power, then “the UK, which doesn’t have vast territory, will be literally wiped off from the face of the earth with a counterstrike,” Klintsevich said.

    In the event of targeting a non-nuclear country, this will remind of the US nuclear attack on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, he added.

    Klintsevich’s comment comes after Fallon on Monday said that the UK is prepared to carry out a preemptive nuclear strike against any enemies, even if Britain is not under attack.

    I had to look up John Bull – OH! I see – it is the equivalent of the Imperial American Empire’s “Uncle Sam” who encourages Men to go to war and enlarge the Empire – be it “Manifest Destiny” or engaging in other Imperial wars of aggression – or adding treasure/tax base as required.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Bull

    Well – they are all Fk’d – because they are all operating on FIAT controlled by… how else would you describe it? The Controllers. But WHO ifs the power behind the POWER?

    Al Jazeera documentary about the history of oil cartels and how geo-political relations are dominated by oil.

  4. oldbrew says:

    ‘Fallon on Monday said that the UK is prepared to carry out a preemptive nuclear strike against any enemies, even if Britain is not under attack.’

    Who is Fallon speaking on behalf of here?

    • malagabay says:

      “Who is Fallon speaking on behalf of here?”

      A very interesting question.

      I don’t know.

      If I had to guess I would respond: The Empire of Chaos.

      I would also guess that when the button is pressed these brave armchair warriors in Government would be securely sheltered underground whilst the UK population is left to the tender mercies of fate.

      I fail to see how this is in the interests of the UK population that is left to Duck and Cover.

      Duck and Cover

    • malagabay says:

      “a preemptive nuclear strike against any enemies”

      Personally, I find the concept of a pre-emptive strike against any enemy very chilling.

      In these days of [escalating] missile warfare I guess any includes non-nuclear nations.

      French and British intelligence also worked to prevent Argentina from obtaining more Exocet missiles on the international market, while at the same time Peru attempted to purchase 12 missiles for Argentina, in a failed secret operation.

      While France overtly backed the United Kingdom, a French technical team remained in Argentina throughout the war. French government sources have said that the French team was engaged in intelligence-gathering; however, it simultaneously provided direct material support to the Argentines, identifying and fixing faults in Exocet missile launchers.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falklands_War

  5. TimE. says:

    The Russians mock you – and your dependence on their energy supplies!

    The origin of gas/oil doesn’t matter – if you can’t extract it fast enough to supply demand due to depletion – then carrying capacity will be limited.

    The North Sea is nearly depleted – then what?

    Europe is being forced to align with Russia – due to their dependence upon their energy supplies.

    ‘We are ready’: If US sanctions hurt European interests, EU can react ‘within days’ – Juncker

    https://www.rt.com/news/398376-eu-us-sanctions-russia/

    It is going to be a COLD Winter.

    • malagabay says:

      Makes me wonder if George Orwell’s dystopian world of 1984 is finally materializing.

      Are the Five Eyes on the cusp of becoming an economic and military super-state that resembles Orwell’s Oceania [sans Southern Africa]?

      The Five Eyes, often abbreviated as FVEY, is an intelligence alliance comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

      These countries, with a similar common law legal inheritance, are parties to the multilateral UKUSA Agreement, a treaty for joint cooperation in signals intelligence.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_Eyes

      Oceania is the name of one of the three super-states in which Earth is divided into the dystopian science-fiction novel by the British writer George Orwell, 1984.

      https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocean%C3%ADa_(1984)

      Is Europe “being forced to align with Russia” to create Orwell’s Eurasia?

      According to the book, Eurasia is made up of all of Europe except the British archipelago, and almost all Asia from Portugal to the Bering Strait, Oceania was founded after the absorption of the British Empire by the United States and its geography comprises all America, all Oceania, The British Isles, the Atlantic islands and southern Africa.

      https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurasia_(1984)

      I guess a lot also depends upon the real intentions of Mother Merkel

      Strangely enough 1984 was the GCE O Level English Literature novel I studied all those years ago in the days of black and white television.

      The O Level (Ordinary Level; official title: General Certificate of Education: Ordinary Level) is a subject-based qualification conferred as part of the General Certificate of Education. It was introduced as part of British educational reform alongside the more in-depth and academically rigorous A-level (official title of qualification: General Certificate of Education – Advanced Level) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ordinary_Level

      Perhaps that [partly] explains my cynicism…

      • TimE. says:

        The future is Technocracy – because Humans always violate rules of altruistic conduct and spoil the Commons.

        http://www.technocracyinc.org/

        Those guiding principles are laid out in the Georgia Guidestones:

        A message consisting of a set of ten guidelines or principles is engraved on the Georgia Guidestones[8] in eight different languages, one language on each face of the four large upright stones. Moving clockwise around the structure from due north, these languages are: English, Spanish, Swahili, Hindi, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian.

        Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
        Guide reproduction wisely — improving fitness and diversity.
        Unite humanity with a living new language.
        Rule passion — faith — tradition — and all things with tempered reason.
        Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.
        Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.
        Avoid petty laws and useless officials.
        Balance personal rights with social duties.
        Prize truth — beauty — love — seeking harmony with the infinite.
        Be not a cancer on the earth — Leave room for nature — Leave room for nature.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_Guidestones

        A “commons” is any resource used as though it belongs to all. In other words, when anyone can use a shared resource simply because one wants or needs to use it, then one is using a commons. For example, all land is part of our commons because it is a component of our life support and social systems.

        A commons is destroyed by uncontrolled use—neither intent of the user, nor ownership are important. An example of uncontrolled use is when one can use land (part of our commons) any way one wants.

        http://www.dieoff.org/page109.htm

      • malagabay says:

        Could it be the EU is morphing into Eurasia?

        Picking up on Juncker’s state of the European Union address, Booker writes in this week’s column (link to follow) that, if ever there was a reason why Britain should leave the EU, it was that blueprint for its future laid out by Juncker, in his speech.

        The moment Britain leaves, he proposed, the EU must take a further giant leap forward to becoming a single state, with a single president, completely controlling the financial affairs of the countries making it up, which will all have to join the euro.

        In fact, writes Booker, there is so little new about this plan that in essence it is merely fulfilling a blueprint first sketched out 84 years ago, in a book called The United States of Europe. It was written by a close ally of Jean Monnet, the man who years later was to do more than anyone else to shape the details of what would eventually become the EU.

        Brexit: A Series of Imponderables – Richard North – 17 Sept 2017
        http://www.eureferendum.com/blogview.aspx?blogno=86607

  6. PeterMG says:

    Good god gentlemen you do have an overly pessimistic view today. No one is going to start a nuclear war as the bombs don’t work as advertised. If you are sceptical of this just ask yourself why they continue the absurd fear of “low dose radiation” going, when eating a banana or living in Cornwell or flying across the Atlantic will get you a bigger dose of radiation than a years holiday in Fukushima or Chernobyl. Our political class are truly stupid in every way, and that is cause for optimism, because they will be cast aside sooner than many think. The young in this country (UK) are starting to realise that something is very wrong. Their problem is they don’t know who to follow and they thought perhaps Corbyn was the answer, as he portrayed himself as anti embellishment, which he is most definitely not, and the young have realised this. In fact none of us have a party to rally around at present. I have never known so many disaffected voters, both Tory and Labour, who see both parties as one and the same. When there is a vacuum something always fills it, we just have to hope we are better judges of leaders than either the French or the Germans.

    Those in the UK that still don’t get it are the age group from 30 to 45-50. They are locked into dept. and it fogs their judgement. They are also some the most useless, not knowing what it was once like, and never having learnt how anything works, except how to use a mobile phone and play a computer game. They are new F1 watchers, never having laid so much as a screw driver on a hose clip on their own cars, but profess to brazenly tell the likes of me (worked for a manufacturer of engines) just how wonderful a hybrid power plant is and how it works (not). They are taken in by all the crap science and just do not know how to challenge authority.

    But never underestimate the ingenuity of man or more specifically our engineers. There are thousands of us like myself who these days sit around in reasonably well paid sedentary jobs in the non productive sector. If a large CME came our way, more likely than nuclear war, the population would suddenly start to starve, and people would instantaneously stop listening to those who focus all their attention on the 0.5% of the population and give power to those who know how things work. The UK can still manufacture a surprisingly wide array of goods and if push comes to shove we stop producing consumer rubbish and switch to essentials. And we don’t need silicon chips to do it, we still have the skills to do it the old way….just.

    And as for hydrocarbon fuel, we could be up and running self sufficient within six months. People wont sit around doing nothing, and those who dare to stop anything will be set upon by those who are hungry. Its not a pretty picture but this country is more ready than many understand.

    • malagabay says:

      Peter: Thanks for your excellent comments and observations.

      I don’t doubt the capabilities of Britain – especially when its back is against the wall.

      It’s the duplicitous politicians that worry me.

      The current negotiation shambles suggests Malevolent May wants the revolting electorate to enjoy BrExit good and hard i.e. without lube.

      I don’t see any coherent planning for a [home grown] Marshall Plan to adapt and re-generate the British economy.

      Malevolent May appears more inclined towards Marshall Law.

      I hope you’re right.

      Unfortunately, hope is not a strategy.

      • PeterMG says:

        You are entirely correct. But May and all the other idiots are going to find things happening in a way they can not control. Its hard to predict, but they are pushing too many buttons just now and people are waking from their slumbers. What will happen is the predicted and engineered hard Brexit just won’t happen because circumstance will force people to take back control.

        I think its the worst nightmare for the elites if the UK hard Brexit fails to materialise. I have long admired Richard North and his research is second to none, but he is still human and he is very set in his view on how the UK needs to leave the EU. But he bases all his thinking on the fact that everyone obeys the rules. But I see the world as chaotic at present, and is reflected in the stupid behaviour of corporate management (that I have to put up with every day) and all forms of our government from elected representatives to civil servants and local government. None of them can be held accountable no matter how stupid their decisions are.

        The elites are deliberately trying to engineer the hard Brexit because they think they control everything. Perhaps they do when everyone is asleep, but they are losing it. Expect more of an attempt to sensor the internet, an area they have completely lost control of.

    • Thx1138 says:

      Hiroshima & Nagasaki were horrible murderous war crimes but it has become clear, they were not ‘atomic bombs’, nuclear weapons have never existed. Even sites like ZeroHedge have started covering this, and the ‘smoking gun’ proving Hiroshima was a hoax, recently came out.

      Hiroshima & Nagasaki were chemical fire-bombing horrors just like Toyko, people burned satanically along with their wooden houses … Swedish engineer & nuclear expert Anders Björkman has provided evidence of this for years … The smoking gun – On Hiroshima bombing day at the same hour, US records log a fleet of 66 bombers, a fire-bombing-size fleet, to ‘bomb nearby Imabari Japan’ … which no longer existed, wiped out in 2 previous raids. That was the fleet that fire-bombed Hiroshima, where wooden flagpoles were intact directly beneath ‘nuclear ground zero’. Both USA & Japanese military & citizens were threatened with the death penalty if they spoke without approval about the incident.

      Mushroom clouds are standard chemical explosion reactions – see photos recently when factories in China blew up. Modern video analysis shows that various of the ‘nuclear explosion films’ of 40s-50s-60s are products of video fakery. The nuke hoax gained further life by being a prop of the Israeli Zionist gangsters, to terrify Arabs & the rest of the world. Recently, there has been a move to wind down the nuclear weapons hoax, with this years ‘UN resolution to ban and destroy all nuclear weapons’ … a ‘great favour’ the coming one-world globalist government will do for us, putting the nuclear weapons hoax to rest. They can claim to dis-assemble all the nuclear weapons like South Africa claimed to do … but the other big hoax they can’t put to bed so easily, is the ‘men walking on the moon’ landings hoax of the alleged 9 ‘trips to the moon’ of 1968-72, ‘6 landings plus 3 moon-orbits-only’.

      The ‘nuclear weapons’ history makes the fraud clear too –

      All 10 alleged ‘nuclear bomb nations’ have played along, in what seems a global scam, trillions for oligarchs owning armaments industries … wealth shared, e.g., with Soviet Union elites in fake ‘Cold War’ over decades, as proven by UK-born economist Antony Sutton long ago in ‘The Best Enemy Money Could Buy’, Israel a key US-Moscow transfer point

      1945 – USA chemically bombs Hiroshima & Nagasaki (like Tokyo, Dresden, Hamburg…), also dumping illness-inducing radioactive rubbish. Witnesses ordered to shut up, chemical-blast ‘mushroom clouds’ in film & photos – USA HAS NUCLEAR BOMBS

      1949 – Soviet Union accepts deal for Russian elites to get wealthy by playing along with Cold War & global nuclear terror – COMMIE RUSSIA HAS THE BOMB

      1952 – UK Brits & London financial centre don’t want to be 2nd class – UK HAS THE BOMB

      1960 – France chafes not to be 2nd class to Brits – FRANCE & DE GAULLE HAVE THE BOMB

      1964 – China upgraded to major league – COMMIE CHINA HAS THE BOMB

      1966 – Israel joins the club in time to terrorise & blackmail Arabs in 1967 & 1973 wars – JEWS HAVE THE BOMB & JEWS ARE READY TO SAMSON OPTION EVERYBODY, later ‘confirmed’ by Mordechai Vanunu to MI6 London Times & then maybe living on Haifa beach, not ‘in Israeli prison’, like ‘not really in Ecuador Embassy’ Julian Assange

      1974 – India accepted as big power, debasing its heritage naming its bomb programme ‘Smiling Buddha’ – INDIA HAS THE BOMB

      1979 – South Africa’s white apartheid gov gets to play – WHITE RACIST SOUTH AFRICA HAS THE BOMB READY TO KILL BLACK PEOPLE … but ‘dismantles bombs’ before Mandela & black government can find out the scam

      1998 – Pakistan becomes central player in new Western anti-Muslim theme – PAKISTANI MUSLIMS HAVE THE BOMB & OSAMA OR TERRORISTS MIGHT GET AHOLD OF IT

      2006 – North Korea, always making deals, gets to upgrade – CRAZY NORTH KOREA HAS THE BOMB

      ‘Nuclear terror’ – A greatly profitable business, and a superbly effective piece of hoax propaganda

    • Thx1138 says:

      Fukushima Radiation In Pacific Tuna Is Equal To One Twentieth Of A Banana

      Tim Worstall, CONTRIBUTOR

      Nov 16, 2013 9:15 AM

      I’ve written several times here about the amount of radiation that the Fukushima disaster has spewed into the environment. And I’m always rather puzzled by a subset of the comments on such pieces. There seems to be a group of people convinced that we’re all about to drop dead from radiation exposure, that there is some vast disaster unfolding. I’m not sure why people want to believe this for it’s most certainly untrue.

      One example of what I mean is the repeated insistence that pacific blue fin tuna have become so irradiated that they dangerous to eat. When actually the Fukushima radiation that would come from a tuna steak taken off a fish caught off the west coast would be around and about one twentieth of the radiation you would ingest from eating a normal banana. Which isn’t something we normally consider to be dangerous really.

      Just as background, yes, the Fukushima reactors have indeed leaked radioactive particles into the Pacific Ocean. Some of these will indeed end up in the fish in that ocean and given that tuna are one of the apex predators in that ecosystem we would expect to see a certain amount of bio-accumulation in said fish. This isn’t something we’re happy about, of course. Even if we subscribed to the idea of hormesis (which is that a little bit of radiation is good for you) we still wouldn’t want to be exposed to it in this random and haphazard manner. But even though we’re not happy about it all we still need to consider how much radiation we’re being exposed to.

      Is it the sort of amount where we all want to run for the hills and keep ourselves several hundred miles from the ocean? Perhaps the sort of amount that might make us reduce our fish intake? Or maybe it’s the sort of amount that we can and should entirely ignore, it being so small?

      Fortunately, someone has done this difficult calculation for us. They went off and tested a whole bunch of pacific blue fin tuna for the signature isotopes known to have been released in the Fukushima disaster. The result was that a standard sized serving of fish would expose you to about the same radiation as one twentieth of a banana. Or about the same amount as one of those dried banana chips they used to sell at Trader Joe’s. Not something to get particularly worked up about in fact.

      The paper is here and here’s the general result:

      Dose to Humans. Consumption of 200 g (a typical restaurant-sized serving) of PBFT contaminated with 4.0 Bq kg-1 dry weight of 134Cs and 6.3 Bq·kg-1 dry weight of137 Cs (mean values for PBFT caught off San Diego in August 2011) resulted in committed effective doses of 3.7 and 4.0 nSv, respectively (Table 1). To put this into perspective, the combined dose of 7.7 nSv from these two Cs isotopes is only about 5% of the dose acquired from eating one uncontaminated banana (assuming 200 g weight) and absorbing its naturally occurring 40 K (28), and only about 7% of the dose attributable to the 40 K in the PBFT (Table1). More strikingly, the dose from both Cs isotopes is only 0.2% of that
      attributable to the naturally occurring 210 Po from ingesting the fish (Table 1). Furthermore, in August 2012, PBFT off California were found to have less than half the levels of radioactive Cs than were found in August 2011 (29), which would result in even lower doses to human consumers.
      Recreational fishermen are generally vulnerable to contaminated fish because they consume more fish than the general population (see SI Text: Dose Calculations for more details). A hypothetical subsistence fisherman in the United States who consumes 124 kg of seafood yearly (95th percentile of recreational fishermen), roughly five times more than an average US resident, would receive a committed effective dose of 2.8 mSv due to a year’s consumption of fish, of which 4.7 μSv is due to 134+137 Cs, assuming only radioactive PBFT with comparable quantities of radiocesium were eaten. This Cs-derived dose is approximately equal to one dental X-ray (5.0μSv), about half of the 7 μSv background dose received by the average person over a normal day (30), or 12% of the dose received from cosmic rays (40 μSv) during a transcontinental flight from Los Angeles to New York (28).

      Another way to put this is that if Fukushima has irradiated pacific tuna to the point where they’re dangerous for humans to eat then we’re all already dead from that banana sundae we had twenty years ago. We can note that sundae shops are not considered to be precursors to cancer hotspots (obesity is another matter of course) and thus take comfort in the fact that the tuna is just as safe to eat as it always was.

      http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2013/11/16/fukushima-radiation-in-pacific-tuna-is-equal-to-one-twentieth-of-a-banana/amp/

    • Thx1138 says:

      Economics 101 teaches that much of life — from gas station lines and international airfare rates to the price of tea in China — is simply a matter of supply and demand. Generally speaking, low supply combined with strong demand means high price. So perhaps it comes as no shock that it’s common practice in some businesses and industries to overstate the scarcity of a certain item in order to spike demand and perceived value. Just which foods, objects and intangibles are more plentiful than it seems, however, may be a little surprising.

      Gas, water, chicken wings: Reports of their demise have been greatly exaggerated, at least according to some experts. Sometimes the confusion is purposely designed to peak buyers’ interests; other times, it’s simply a matter of media hype and the frenzy that comes with it.

      Read on for a look at 10 of the most notable “fake scarcities.”

      “Peak oil” refers to that old saw about how the world is on the verge of running out of the bubbling crude. Alarmists have been floating the idea since the early 1880s. More than 130 years later, worldwide oil demand is expected to grow 840,000 barrels per day in 2013, according to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), the cartel that keeps much of the world’s supply of black gold on a short leash [sources: Rotman, Reuters].

      The continuing rise in oil demand, fueled largely by China, has peak oil theorists fretting once again that the reserves may eventually be tapped out. But detractors say the theory wrongly assumes that there will be no more significant innovations in oil production and new resource development will essentially stop in its tracks. Meanwhile, untapped reserves of Texas Tea have been located across the globe, from off the Brazilian coast to the Canadian oil sands. Even the United States is stepping it up: OPEC says American oil production is set to climb by 490,000 barrels per day as a result of a North Dakota oil boom and increased drilling efforts in the Gulf of Mexico [sources: Rotman, Graeber].

  7. PeterMG says:

    Thx1138 I find little to disagree with, but much I don’t have direct knowledge of. But small Point. The real story of Dresden, is of far fewer deaths than the Russian propaganda and German propaganda has us believe and Churchill’s spineless and cowardly reaction and treatment of Harris has portrayed over the years. Frederick Taylors book published 2004 is the definitive account, an ordinary raid where for once all the ducks lined up for the RAF. In other words everything worked that night on this raid like it never did for any other raid in the entire war. This has to be understood before judging it. Even the German defences and instructions to the inhabitants of Dresden where almost by design on the RAF’s side that night, as were the weather gods. I can safely say they could not have planned this to happen the way it did. Also Harris was directly ordered by Portal via Churchill to bomb the Eastern Cities against his better judgement as he could not see how it would contribute to the war, something everyone conveniently forgets. The over reaction most definitely was contrived. Hamburg was the first fire storm bombing raid, that took place over the space of 5 days. A little rusty on the details but I think only two of the five raids resulted in raging fires. Once more the outcome was not one that had happened to this extent before albeit they did light up a small coastal town some weeks or months earlier. I don’t think either raid was in any way part of a conspiracy within the overall conspiracy of WWII, but the nuclear raids are complete fakes.

  8. TimE. says:

    Nuclear weapons are real – it is that their use has to be properly timed for them to operate as intended. This makes their use in any war subject to certain conditions – and certainly – those who possess those weapons and that knowledge know that – which means that there is more going on behind the scenes than you know.

    The Determination of the Power of a Nuclear Explosion

    In consideration of the power of a nuclear weapon one must consider two primary variables:

    1) The design configuration and efficiency of the Nuclear Weapon itself.

    2) The strength or magnitude of the matter being transferred between celestial bodies that the device taps into upon activation.

    As related in the Lost Age of High Knowledge (Chapter 16), a nuclear bomb as a device is comparable to a musical instrument carefully designed to be destroyed by resonance – specifically, resonant energetic celestial waveforms. The ‘signature waveforms’ that are present upon activation of the device however, one would judge to be indicative of the strength or measure of the matter being transferred between the earth and a given celestial body e.g. the sun. The matter is transferred itself via the sub-domain conduits as noted in the Lost Age (pages 334-336). Given this, one can say in estimate that the greater the matter stream the more powerful the outward nuclear explosion as generated. Or indeed, the more efficient the nuclear weapon is itself in tapping the matter stream, the more powerful the nuclear explosion.

    One key point to note in any given nuclear test or wartime usage of a nuclear weapon is that a detectable earthquake of significant strength generally does not coincide with the nuclear explosion itself when the device is activated. Now, as noted in The Lost Age of High Knowledge, earthquakes generally manifest over a time period of several seconds or even slightly longer in some cases. A nuclear explosion however as an event is something that occurs within a mere fraction of a second.

    As a result of this, one is bound to suspect that most nuclear weapons make use of various low-level matter transfers between celestial bodies, the bulk of which constitute earthquakes of less than 3.0 on the Richter Scale (1.3 million earthquakes out of 1.5 million that are estimated to strike the earth each year, as according to the USGS). That is to say, that the implosion of the plutonium core of a nuclear weapon transforms the energetic state of the core, so as to actively tap into and be vulnerable to resonant disruption by the matter stream flowing through the sub-domain region between the earth and another celestial body at that most critical moment, as is indeed governed by the signature frequencies of the music of the spheres.

    http://www.ancient-world-mysteries.com/nuclear-explosion.html

  9. TimE. says:

    Another piece of the puzzle….

    From popular Imperialist American Empire radio host Michael Savage (J)

    However, the globalists may want a civil war: it’ll give them the chance to “transform” America into an EU-style technocratic tyranny which they control.

    “Unfortunately for individual people living in this new system, it will also require authoritarian and centralized control over all aspects of life, from cradle to grave,” wrote Patrick Wood in his book Technocracy Rising.

    https://www.infowars.com/savage-civil-war-if-trump-taken-down/

    Technocracy = Georgia Guidestones.

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