Blimp deflator: Letting out the gas

Boston bombings editorial deserves award for ignorance

Posted in new zealand, united states by Blimp deflator on April 30, 2013

Standard editorial
My reply to the paper, published on May 1, 2013, was as follows:

It wasn’t a case of George W Bush responding inappropriately to 9/11 by invading Afghanistan and Iraq (editorial, April 26). It was a case of 9/11 enabling GWB to implement a programme of aggression that was already in place. Indeed, 9/11 was eagerly anticipated by the neocons, who stated in Project for the New American Century that their hopes would be difficult to realise “absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event — like a new Pearl Harbor”.

According to General Wesley Clark, former commander of Nato forces in Europe, the plan was to “take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran”. Give or take one or two countries, and one or two changes in their order, that programme is still in place.

It’s too early to speculate about the aim of those behind the Boston bombings. Suffice it to say that there is no shortage of anomalies in the official narrative. Some of these become apparent in a frame-by-frame scrutiny of a film of events at one of the crime scenes, which initially shows no blood — despite what purports to be a severe injury.

Another interesting feature of the Boston bombings is that, as in the case of 9/11 in New York and 7/7 in London, a terror drill “coincidentally” scheduled for the same place at the same time, and “coincidentally” constructing the same scenario, somehow managed to go live. (Letter ends here.)

Note the confidence with which Acting Editor Rob Mitchell says the “masterminds [of 9/11] lived beyond America’s borders”. He evidently hasn’t read what Nicholas Rockefeller said to Aaron Russo in 2000 — 11 months before 9/11:

There’s gonna be an event, and out of that event we’re gonna invade Afghanistan to run pipelines from the Caspian Sea. We’re going to invade Iraq to take the oilfields and establish a base in the Middle East, and to make it all part of the New World Order…”

After quoting Rockefeller, Russo says: “In my relationships with some of these people, I can tell you, that’s as evil as it really gets.” So, Mr Mitchell, who are the real “bad guys”?

Sources: At the time of writing, Russo can be heard speaking (to Alex Jones) here. See also Prison Planet.

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Same-sex marriage: Just a joke?

Posted in new zealand, sex by Blimp deflator on April 30, 2013

Same-sex marriage
I have never involved myself in this issue, but believe in treating it seriously — without the locker-room jocularity of this cartoon by Manawatu Standard cartoonist Evans. It was published on April 18, 2013.

Lesson time at the Bush-Blair Library

Posted in new zealand by Blimp deflator on April 30, 2013

GCSB saga
The GCSB is the (New Zealand) Government Communica-
tions Security Bureau, which has recently been accused of spying illegally on New Zealanders. The cartoon is from the Manawatu Standard of April 17, 2013.

Invasion of Afghanistan wasn’t legal

Posted in afghanistan by Blimp deflator on April 21, 2013

Invasion not legal In an article headlined “Afghan war troubling for Clark, Key”, published in the Manawatu Standard on April 6, 2013, reporter Tracy Watkins quotes former prime minister Helen Clark as saying:

I didn’t have any qualms about the legality [of Afghanistan]. It was absolutely legal. But it was also just the knowledge that Afghanistan as it was had been a failed state and, in failed states, very bad things can happen, including what are obviously terror groups like al Qaeda being able to move around with impunity.

Watkins continues: “She is comfortable she can look the families of all our combat casualties in the eye in the belief New Zealand did the right thing.”

I would say that without hesitation. Just as I would say to families who lost loved ones in World War II, the cause was right.

MY NOTE: So if a country is a “failed state” (as defined by us), it’s okay to invade it, and kill thousands, possibly hundreds of thousands, of people? And no doubt, like the criminal Tony Blair, she’d “do it all again”. See Helen Clark on Afghanistan in 2001 at hardcaw.com.

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The North Korean ‘juggler’

Posted in korea by Blimp deflator on April 20, 2013

North Korea
Meanwhile, the United States threatens Iran with nuclear annihilation (“all options are on the table”) on a daily basis. The cartoon by Tom Scott is from The Dominion Post of April 9, 2013.

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When only ‘selfish busybodies’ opposed smoking

Posted in new zealand by Blimp deflator on April 20, 2013

Stubbing out ciggy habit

Above: My letter of April 6, 2013, to the editor of the Manawatu Standard. The two doctors mentioned above were Charles Noble and David Chrisp. They deserve to be named and shamed. (Their names were in my original letter, but were removed by the editor.) Below: The 1978 Manawatu Standard article by then-editor John Harvey. During the next few years, he and tobacco industry groups tried to turn the “right to smoke” almost everywhere into a civil rights issue.

Anti-smokers warned

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Take me with you, please

Posted in afghanistan by Blimp deflator on April 20, 2013

Goodbye Afghanistan
As in the case of Vietnam, the local collabora-
tors are desperate to leave with us. Cartoon by Malcolm Evans from the Manawatu Standard of April 6, 2013.

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Way to crucifixion barred

Posted in israel, palestine by Blimp deflator on April 20, 2013

Separation barrier
If the Berlin Wall was an obscenity, why isn’t the Palestine Wall an obscenity? Cartoon by Malcolm Evans from the Manawatu Standard of March 28, 2013.

10th anniversary of the Iraq War

Posted in iraq by Blimp deflator on April 20, 2013

Iraq War anniversary
Cartoon by Malcolm Evans from the Manawatu Standard of March 20, 2013.

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We’ll do almost anything to please our masters in Washington

Posted in afghanistan, new zealand, united states by Blimp deflator on April 1, 2013

War graves
Yes, that’s the long and the short of New Zealand’s “involvement” in Afghanistan. The cartoon, by Malcolm Evans, is from the Manawatu Standard of March 18, 2013.

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