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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Little Bo Peep in the Falklands

Posted in britain, new zealand by Blimp deflator on February 14, 2012

Little Bo Peep in the Falklands
Tom Scott’s cartoon in the February 14, 2012, edition of The Dominion Post. Alas, the former editor of the Falklands’ Penguin News, Tony Curran, is no longer there to bask in the reflected glory. See Tony Curran: Wannabe journalist.

Stand with Israel: Letter to Challenge Weekly

Posted in new zealand, palestine by Blimp deflator on June 30, 2010

Stand with Israel: Letter to Challenge Weekly
You will find Kiwis for Balanced Reporting on the Middle East at kbrm.org.nz. Basically, they frame the debate with their comic-strip version of history, which assumes an acceptance of Zionist hasbara (propaganda), and then argue for “balance” within that distorted structure.

Israel’s bullets have killed its credibility

Posted in israel, new zealand, turkey by Blimp deflator on June 6, 2010

Israel's bullets have killed its credibility
The Dominion Post’s editorial of June 2, 2010. I’m interested to see that the headline writer (not necessarily the writer of the editorial) thinks that Israel, a congenital liar, once had credibility.

Standard says fire ‘exchanged’ on aid ship

Posted in israel, turkey by Blimp deflator on June 6, 2010

Article from Manawatu Standard, June 1, 2010 As Robert Fisk said in The Independent on June 5, 2010, “The amazing thing in all this is that so many Western journalists — and I’m including the BBC’s pusillanimous coverage of the Gaza aid ships — are writing like Israeli journalists…” (see http://ht.ly/1UCTk). Yes, it is amazing. I, for one, was staggered by the blurb above the Manawatu Standard’s main story on June 1, 2010, about the Israeli attack on the Turkish aid ship. Its statement that fire was “exchanged” between the Israeli commandos and the “pro-Palestinian activists” goes far beyond what even the Israelis were claiming. (I have cut off the rest of the headline and article because there is nothing in them that we haven’t read elsewhere. Besides, they are too big to fit into my scanner.)

Coverage of Middle East news by New Zealand media

Posted in new zealand by Blimp deflator on June 1, 2010

@hdpaONENEWS: Thanks for your call today. Sorry I wasn’t able to help you. I see, however, that you have now identified the Kiwi who sailed with the Freedom Flotilla. My sense of frustration, which you may have detected, arises from (a) the frequent failure of the New Zealand media, with perhaps one or two exceptions, to give us any kind of warning of/background information on catastrophic overseas events, even when such events are clearly imminent, and (b) the media’s failure, in some instances, to record extremely serious overseas events.

In connection with Point A: We knew, long before the Freedom Flotilla sailed from Cyprus, that there would be an almighty showdown, even if the flotilla got through to Gaza (which was always extremely unlikely). Yet we saw none of the available footage of preparations for the voyage, interviews with participants, etc., on TV One. As I said, my family watches your channel, so I can’t comment on the coverage, or lack of coverage, of other channels. I did, however, make a search of the Fairfax newspapers — my employers, incidentally — and found that only The Press, in Christchurch, had carried a story on preparations for the voyage. Incredibly, yesterday morning, only hours before the storming of the Freedom Flotilla by Israeli troops, the story of the flotilla’s approach to Gaza didn’t even make the Briefs column on the world news page of the Dom-Post — although this Fairfax flagship did mention the previous Saturday’s Israeli air raids on Gaza. What on earth is going on? Is this sheer incompetence, or what? When I remember that, in 2004, I was relieved of my duties as editor of the world news page of the Manawatu Standard for running “too many stories about Iraq” (major stories about the “insurgency” getting under way), I wonder whether there has been a decision by some news providers to tell us nothing about events in the Middle East unless those events are so big they simply can’t be ignored.

This leads me to Point B. Since 2006, there have been numerous attempts by international humanitarian groups, by both land and sea, to break the siege of Gaza — a siege that is, according to aid agencies, resulting in many Gazan children being stunted by malnutrition. Yet here in New Zealand, you would never know that anything was happening. To the best of my knowledge, no one reported the June 30, 2009, incident in which the Israeli Navy seized the Spirit of Humanity, which was carrying Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire and former US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, despite the fact that this incident also occurred in international waters and was clearly an act of piracy (see http://tinyurl.com/29e548e). Yet while this crime was being committed, and apparently being ignored, both television and press were giving extensive coverage to the activities of Somali pirates. Again, one has to ask: What is going on? Has someone swallowed the Israeli doctrine of exceptionalism, under which Israel is not required to obey the laws that other countries are required to obey? Have we, at some level, accepted the Zionist assertion that all Palestinians are “terrorists”, or incipient “terrorists”, and deserve to be collectively punished for voting the “wrong way” in elections that were accepted by international observers as free and democratic?

Finally, I remember that, for several years in the late 1980s, TV One screened some excellent full-length documentaries on Israel/Palestine. I think the last was the BBC documentary Life Under Occupation, featuring the work of Dr Ang Swee Chai in Gaza. I later heard from someone in TV One that this elicited a storm of protest from the “Zionist lobby”. And as far as I know, that was the last such documentary that TV One screened. Today, if you want to watch such documentaries, you have to go to the internet. There’s almost nothing on television except puff — and the infotainment at 6pm, which might include a few snippets of footage from events in the outside world. Actually, television is so execrable, I gave up checking the programmes long ago. So if something good did come along, I would probably miss it.

An example of Kiwi literacy?

Posted in new zealand by Blimp deflator on May 12, 2009

Who said New Zealanders were literate? The following passage is the opening of an article about a self-sufficient house that came to me for editing. See if you can figure it out:

Yodelling is not out of the question, after all, no one would hear.

Simon and Bronwyn Ferry bought this house under the Tararuas on a whim, and after a temporary departure and welcome return, have settled down to enjoy it thoroughly.

Having energetic and social teenagers when you live in the back blocks is an exercise in patience and good timing, not to mention continuous negotiations. There has been a short stint with a house swap when the family moved back into the city, just until such time as most of the birds had flown the nest.

With only one adult child at home with a car and a licence, life for Simon and Bronnie has taken on a fresh vibration.

Bronnie has an excellent career with Mid-Central Health, commuting daily over a very winding unsealed road. The trip home allows the cares of the day to be shrugged off, to appreciate an excellent home-coming.

For a few seconds, I wondered what on earth I was going to do with this. About an hour later, I had rewritten the entire article. Oh well, that’s my job, I suppose…