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024 The David Icke interview

David Icke talks us through his “awakening”. He goes from being a TV sports personality to the world’s most listened to conspiracy theorist. This interview was first broadcast on Kerrang Radio in an edited form around 2007. Icke’s work is nowadays appreciated by various musicians such as Matt Bellamy, Noel Gallagher and Robbie Williams. The comedian Russell Brand had him on Radio 2 not long after this interview. Icke recently spoke to an audience of thousands for over 11 hours at Wembley Arena.

It’s one of my favourites.

Check out this episode!

Recent Disinfo articles... and my intent to move my blog

Are UFO's from Mars and Ghosts from Venus?
Article about the perception that women love stuff about the supernatural and men are more inclined to like UFO's/conspiracy theory.

Neo-Nazi “Protectors” Fill Power Vacuum Caused by Collapse of EU Superstate in Greece
Opinion piece about the problems in Greece.

Time for Dogmatists to Put their Cards on the Table. 
Opinion piece about the conflict between 'dogmatic rationalism' and people such as myself.

There's a few others on the Disinfo site but these are the ones that jump to mind. My blogging has always been something I do for fun. Feel free to click "like" on these entries. And re-tweet them and stuff. You know the drill.

I have recorded some podcasts, these will be finding a home soon. They're each about 30 minutes long and again from my radio archives. I'm inclined to pay some money to Audioboo to host them. In my imagination they'll end up being self funding but that's a distant vision of the future at the moment.

NICK's NOTE: This blog is gradually dying a death...

I think I'm going to move it to a new host, if you can suggest one for me whack it in the comments section. I'm toying with the idea of using Word Press, they seem quite good. I'll post details as soon as I decide where I'm off to. There's a few hundred people who check here quite frequently so I guess it's worth keeping it up elsewhere. Hopefully they will move across.


Google I dislike the fact google wants me to be part of YET ANOTHER social network. You seem to be trying to crowbar me into Google+ and I'm just not interested. The benefits of a social network that is not online far outweigh those of a ficitonal one provided by the likes of you people. Also, you've changed the posting template AGAIN. It's much too fiddly and feels like change for the sake of it. Sorry google, I'll still use your search engine but my blogging days with you are over I think.

Drugs are baad mkay

“In war, truth is the first casualty” – Aeschylus
An interesting piece from the Reuters news agency:
(Reuters) – The presidents of Mexico, Colombia and Guatemala all called for a vigorous global debate of anti-narcotics laws at the United Nations on Wednesday, raising new questions about the wisdom of the four-decade-old, U.S.-led “war on drugs.”
Although none of the leaders explicitly called for narcotics to be legalized, they suggested at the U.N. General Assembly that they would welcome wholesale changes to policies that have shown scant evidence of limiting drug flows while contributing to massive violence throughout Latin America.
“It is our duty to determine – on an objective scientific basis – if we are doing the best we can or if there are better options to combat this scourge,” Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said.
[My emphasis]
The article in full is here.

Meanwhile UK national broadcaster Channel 4 last week presented two live shows about Ecstacy, with the help of volunteers who are sampling the drug and reporting their (on the whole positive) experiences. The programme is being made with the help of Professor David Nutt.

For those who have not heard of him David Nutt is a scientist who was sacked from his role on the UK Government’s ‘Advisory Council on Misuse of Drugs’ by the politician Alan Johnson. Professor Nutt, after looking at the evidence, had decided in his scientific opinion that the UK had overestimated the harm done by a number of prohibited recreational drugs. His research was published in the highly respected scientific journal The Lancet in 2007 and it begins with the following:
Drug misuse and abuse are major health problems. Harmful drugs are regulated according to classification systems that purport to relate to the harms and risks of each drug. However, the methodology and processes underlying classification systems are generally neither specified nor transparent, which reduces confidence in their accuracy and undermines health education messages.

[The Lancet my emphasis]
Professor Nutt’s scientific approach is impressive but unfortunately the issue of transparency was pushed to one side by the personal opinions of career politician and staunch union man Alan Johnson, who incidentally left school at the age of 15 to stack shelves in a supermarket.

Johnson sacked Nutt and declared in a letter to The Guardian:
“Professor Nutt was not sacked for his views, which I respect but disagree with [...] He was asked to go because he cannot be both a government adviser and a campaigner against government policy.”
It’s an interesting position. Johnson made a point of taking full responsibility for the decision to sack the Professor in an angry and confused interview on Sky News at the time. The issue of transparency and honesty was central to the national debate provoked. The controversy split the Government’s advisory panel with a number of other members resigning from their positions as a result.

It’s tempting to think the time for honesty on this issue might be upon us. The first installment of Channel 4's broadcast attracted just over two million viewers. It had an amusingly named scientist on to unquestioningly repeat the Government’s official position. Step forward Professor Parrott(!) of Swansea University.

Did you watch the shows on Channel 4? Please post your review in the comments section…

This article first appeared on the Disinfo website, it has been slightly re-written to account for the passage of time.

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