Blimp deflator: Letting out the gas

Mecca: The ‘silence’ on the destruction of history

Posted in saudi arabia by Blimp deflator on November 30, 2012

The Ruin of Mecca

The above article was published in The Dominion Post on November 6, 2012. My reply, published on November 13, 2012, is below:

The Ruin of Mecca 2

Two women: A study in contrast

Posted in united states by Blimp deflator on November 25, 2012

Two women: A study in contrast

Aboard Air Force One, November 22, 1963. From a photograph by Cecil Stoughton.

One thing is immediately noticeable, when you look at this photograph: Jackie is completely alone. Her husband, President John F Kennedy, has just been assassinated, but no one comforts her. No one puts an arm around her. All those aboard the plane either smirk or remain impassive. Basically, they don’t give a damn.

Britain today: ‘We don’t wanna know the truth’

Posted in britain by Blimp deflator on November 18, 2012

The following comment, by “xmasdale”, is from the forum Fate of Miriam Hyman (a victim of the 7/7 London bombings), and is dated November 27, 2007. I think it says a lot about the collective mentality in Britain today. It’s not merely that people don’t know what is going on, but that they don’t want to know. Perhaps, in the recesses of their minds, they realize that knowing too much can be hazardous to one’s health in the surveillance state.

I am reminded of the reaction of certain grieving relatives to a demonstration in front of the US Embassy [in London] by people from the 9/11 Truth Campaign on 11th Sept 2006. The relatives expressed hostile emotions to the demonstrators. One demonstrator responded:

“All we want is to know the truth.”

A grieving relative angrily replied:

“We don’t wanna know the truth.”

See The Fate of Miriam Hyman at http://hardcaw.com/2012/11/17/the-fate-of-miriam-hyman/

Reel it in at Reel News

Posted in britain by Blimp deflator on November 15, 2012

Reel News

Armchair counter-espionage

Posted in china, new zealand by Blimp deflator on November 3, 2012

Are the Chinese spying on us?
Cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of October 10, 2012. The cartoonist is Malcolm Evans.

Afghan interpreters face dicey future

Posted in afghanistan, new zealand by Blimp deflator on November 3, 2012

Afghan interpreters stuffed

The New Zealand Government has indicated it will give political asylum to some Afghans who have worked as interpreters for the New Zealand forces in Afghanistan.

The cartoon is from the Manawatu Standard of October 9, 2012. The cartoonist is Malcolm Evans.

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Posted in united states by Blimp deflator on November 3, 2012

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Cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of October 5, 2012. The cartoonist is Malcolm Evans.

Cloak-and-dagger stuff Down Under

Posted in new zealand by Blimp deflator on November 2, 2012

NZ's new security law
The “new security law” is presumably the Search and Surveillance Act 2012, which provides for “warrantless entry to prevent offence or respond to risk to life or safety” — which means, as far as I can see, that the police can break into your house whenever they like. (See Part 2, Subpart 4.) The legislation also provides for “entry without warrant to find and avoid loss of evidential material relating to certain offences”. The cartoon is from the Manawatu Standard of October 2, 2012. The cartoonist is Malcolm Evans.

Click on the “search and surveillance bill” tag to read earlier comments on this legislation.