Blimp deflator: Letting out the gas

Sorry, I’m not going to remember anyone

Posted in history, new zealand, turkey by Blimp deflator on April 22, 2015

Anzac Day appeal

There is a deplorable campaign in progress to “rehabilitate” World War I — to make us believe it was fought with a purity of purpose by gallant young men who wanted nothing more than a land “fit for heroes to live in” (in the words of Lloyd George). In reality, it was a squalid conflict that set the stage for World War II and created bitter rivalries in the Middle East that continue to this day.

It should be obvious to everyone that the claim that those who died at Gallipoli “laid down their lives” for our freedom is ludicrous. The Ottoman Empire never threatened our freedom in New Zealand, and its foolish alliance with Germany during World War I is neither here nor there. So those who died at Gallipoli — those who initially assumed the war would be a spiffing, four-month adventure — really did die for nothing. I see no more point in remembering them than in remembering those who died in the Crimean War.

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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.

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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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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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.

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.

McCully mouths ‘humanitarian’ claptrap at UN

Posted in new zealand, syria by Blimp deflator on October 23, 2012

Murray McCully at the UN
“McCully” is Murray McCully, New Zealand’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. The cartoonist, Evans, observes that the UN is little more than a tool of US foreign policy — and that the US either “protects” or punishes civilians entirely in accordance with its strategic aims. The UN would, of course, have intervened in Syria, under the banner of R2P (“Responsibility to Protect”), if Russia and China, stung by the US-facilitated regime change in Libya, had not vetoed the resolution that would have ensured the Syrian regime quickly met a similar fate. The cartoon was published in the Manawatu Standard on October 1, 2012. The cartoonist is Malcolm Evans.