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Mob justice

Thief who ‘robbed pensioner with knife’ is stripped and clingfilmed to a lamppost

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A mob dished out some very sweaty justice to an alleged thief who was spotted attempting to rob a pensioner with a knife – he was stripped naked, then wrapped head to foot in clingfilm and tied to a lamppost.

People took photographs as 32-year-old Valentino Abeyta Barrera sweltered in Chilean capital Santiago’s 27-degree heat, with his underpants around his ankles.

He was left for 20 minutes before police arrived – and the alleged thief refused to explain why he was there, begging the police to free him.

The photographs stirred up discussion online about vigilante justice – and Barrera was freed, as his alleged victim did not make a complaint to police.

I suspect this sort of thing will be on the rise in our new global village. It's a worry really.


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A "black market" of sweets and treats

It's the best story I've read in months. A young lad from Salford starts selling sweets at his school where they've got some New Labour style "healthy eating" policy in place. He was buying stuff in bulk from a wholesalers, smuggling it in, and selling at a profit. The money made was going into a trust fund so he could pay to go to University. Furthermore he employed two of his mates (at £5.50 a day) to help out. He's a business prodigy, clearly. He has initiative and a mind of his own. That's why the establishment have now stepped in and are threatening to suspend him.

Tommie [says] he has his sights set on a top business degree from prestigious Oxford or Cambridge.

Parents Gary, 33, an office worker, and gym manager Tracy, also 33, describe themselves ‘council estate born and bred’ - and say they would struggle to pay £9,000-a-year tuition fees.

Gary said: “He’s a typical teenage boy who saw what he wanted and worked hard for it. He realised that if you want to get ahead in business and in life, you have to start at a young age. At first we thought we should stop him selling the sweets, but then we saw that he was doing it properly, legally and sensibly so we left it to see what would happen. I could only dream of making that sort of money at his age."

“It’s a shame the school are trying to stop Tommie. According to his business model he’d have earned £2-3k by the end of the year, which would have made him the £18,000 he needed to pay for University. He’s always thinking ahead and I think that shows an unbelievable knack at his age.”

What's so wonderful about the story is it works as an innocent microcosm of the nation we live in. Here the teacher makes the argument that this lad's entrepreneurial instincts must be quashed because their healthy eating policy is "for the good of the children". He's an adult, he can tell kids what's good for them and how they should behave. That's his job.

However, the UK's drugs laws are regularly made a mockery of like this. The billions earned illegally trading in them go into the pockets of older and far nastier versions of this kid. The argument our establishment uses though is almost identical. It's for your own good, you're a child we're the adults, do as you're told.
However in our not-so-innocent real world many suspect that by the time this pattern reaches adulthood our Government has done some sort of deal with those who break their laws[1]. Why else would they allow them to become so well funded using a business model even a child can master?

In the real world this "war on drugs" nonsense more than anything else funds organised crime.

Furthermore, we're not children and our Governments are not our masters. They were not selected by some all powerful hidden force but elected by us to do our bidding. Good on this kid, I wish him all the best. Maybe when he's an adult our world will change for the better.
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Emily Thornbury shows how Labour isn't working.

It's 12 minutes past 3 and this politician's career is now over. She just doesn't realise it. What precisely was going on in her mind is impossible to know: Many detect, or maybe project, a smug titter. The replies to the tweet are interesting:

It doesn't take long for people to start retweeting it. Then the Mail Online picks it up as a story and she's giving statements to the media. This only makes the situation worse. People are far too quick to apologise these days.

Meanwhile this tweet sits in Thornberry's twitter feed. It was the 15th of November 2012. Had Labour's PR people been able to discover this tweet in time she could have weathered the storm. Instead, drawn into the immediacy of the moment, Miliband, with challenges over his leadership, stumbles into the situation and gives her a "proper telling off".

"The lady doth protest..."

Then, she resigns.

Just as articles in her defence were being penned: This Picture Shows The Scandal Over MP's Rochester Picture Is Manufactured.  In other words, the stomach for the fight was gone before the loyal counter attacks had even begun. So concerned about the truths being meted out to them online are Miliband and his union mates that they allow social media to dictate the agenda now. This is a political party in absolute shambles, certainly not fit to pretend to Govern.

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128 - A Quest For Gnosis

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Russell Brand - Parklife

The presence of Russell Brand in the media landscape gives me hope. He used to represent all that was wrong in that world, overtly trivial, tedious and inexplicably popular. Now though he's nailing points I've been aching to see in the mainstream for years. The fact he liked David Icke was an early sign he was going to be good value. Now though, as he responds to the internet meme which compares his polysyllabic ramblings to Phil Daniels's performance on the 90's classic "Parklife", he's close to becoming a legend.

The meme began on Twitter. When I first saw it I wanted to ignore it and hope it went away because I'm turning into a fan and I thought witty mockery would be the beginning of the end. The above video shows you how, by embracing it, he's shown it's his critics who are the ones who are taking life too seriously, not him. And thusly, he wins.

I hate the fact I'm about to write these next few words and ask my more astute readers to forgive me, I don't agree with everything he says. I'm just glad he's trying to say something. Fame is a gift handed to people who often have spent so long trying to achieve it that once they do they're lost for meaningful words. The consequence is they end up saying things like "buy Coca Cola", "go to McDonalds", or "this is The BBC", usually because money. Brand is clearly trying to use his position to say and do something worthwhile and trigger a change in human consciousness.

I think fellow Discordians and C.O.N members should try and add to that. It's been a theme of this blog and the podcast for quite some time now.

The line of counter attack from most seems to be that he's not a serious political commentator. That to me is a bonus. I find the demagogues and politicians who people do take seriously quite a worry. Someone who says he cures the desolate awfulness of life with a 'sexy shirt and how it feels on my nipples' is not running the risk of that. Instead his act demands intelligent viewers think for themselves.

In the unlikely event he ever reads this, keep it up and I'm sorry for saying mean things about you when I was on Kerrang.


Question Time on the 6th of November

Matt Forde ex-Talksport
Matt Forde was on it. Most people won't have heard of him but I have because he used to appear opposite me, on Talksport, when I was on LBC overnights[1]. I'm a bit jealous to be honest, I'd love a crack at Question Time. He opened well and did a pretty good impression of Ed Milliband, power thumb point included. Side note, what's with that power thumb point they all do? It annoys me.

The first question was about political parties and the "crisis" in mainstream politics. I can't help but recall the awesome performance put in by Peter Hitchens when answering a similar question, almost precisely a year ago. It's possibly the moment Question Time peaked for me. I've posted it as a YouTube video for you. Watch it and begin to understand why I like him, even though I don't agree with his politics.

The irony of him being interrupted by Owen Jones and then told by a politician to "get with the programme" is surely not lost on most. In doing so they prove his point for him.

There was a nice moment about 17 minutes in when Douglas Alexander took a good old telling from a little lad who looked all of 19. This is what I like about Question Time. The occasional moment when a politician is made to look like an arse. Usually a slapped one.

Told by a teenager 17mins in.
There was a very strong pro-UKIP vibe coming from the audience. This tweet might explain why:

Despite this there was a huge round of applause for the pro-immigration point made by a member of the audience. I've said before that UKIP are making a huge mistake branding themselves as an "anti-immigration" party. It's what snapped me out of my haze of sympathy toward them. If their only focus was to get out of the EU world order they might have tricked me into supporting them. Fortunately they started spurting out other policies.

Or maybe that's unfortunate. When the referendum comes, or perhaps that should be "if", I'll be voting to get out. My reasoning? The political class want to stay in. What I suspect could lose us the vote is UKIP's support for an EU-exit.

Huge applause for pro-immigration question.

Currently I'm on a Twitter break. That's why I didn't watch this episode live. However I decided to review it after I was told they finally covered the CSA Inquiry.

Finally someone is allowed to question the CSA Inquiry
The resulting discussion was pretty dull and, frankly, two weeks to late. Scanning through the #bbcqt hashtag it's nice to see some of my tweets and pictures being used by fellow tweeters who also feel strongly that the BBC's flagship news show should cover this story more often. The most interesting suggestion was that perhaps the UK needs an outsider to look into the problem. An official from Canada or the US. Solid idea I think.
The discussion felt very controlled and uncomfortable. I can't help but think it was allowed because of pressure from Twitter.

They wrapped up with a discussion about devolution. I'm inclined to think my failure to predict the outcome of the Scottish referendum has overshadowed the still likely intent of this divide and rule tactic. In essence I think I was right, the EU does want a divided nation. My misunderstanding was that I assumed the Scottish were going to fall for it.

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[1] The UK talk radio scene is small. The BBC don't really do it. They do "speech" radio and it's, almost without exception, dreadful. The only interesting stuff is commercial radio and due to massive over regulation it's almost impossible to justify financially.

We're putting pictures of our society online that are deeply shameful

90 year old man faces jail for daring to feed the homeless:
"A 90-year-old man is facing jail and a hefty fine for feeding the homeless.
Arnold Abbott was arrested and charged, along with two local church ministers, for giving food to homeless people. They face 60 days in jail and a $500 fine for their crimes.
It comes after the City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where the events took place, recently changed laws around giving food to the homeless."
America and the UK have much in common. A similar incident to this one is likely in our near future. We already put up spikes to make sure tramps have nowhere to sleep.
The bit I don't understand is how anyone manages to rationalise these behaviours. The above picture is taken from an interesting Guardian article about 'hostile architecture'. It highlights the fact that some people make money by thinking about how to make life for homeless people even harder. We're a society, supposed to be a unit, a family of sorts. How can hammering spikes into the ground like this be seen to support that view?

Dehumanising people and treating them as animals is the root cause of inhuman behaviour. I keep thinking people will snap out of it. I've always been an optimist in this sense.
If you were one of the police who shouted "drop that plate right now,’ at a 90 year old trying to feed people, you'd have to have an interesting philosophy to explain yourself. I'm curious as to what it might be:
"Pah, stupid homeless people need to take responsibility for themselves"
"Pah, do-gooding old man, encouraging scum to hang around my city".
"Uh, that made me feel powerful".

Whatever it is it won't stand the test of time.
I believe in people. I have faith in them like a Christian has faith in their invisible God. I think we're essentially good but have no real evidence to support my view. Only faith.
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127 - Vegans, Aliens met the President, face analysis, reincarnation, and kick ass moves!

Rob Jackson the vegan, his web presence is here. He tolerated a lot of nonsense to get his message over back then. Interesting how some of my viewpoints have shifted and some stayed the same here. Good piece. This looks like him:


Manuel Kirklin, a witness to the President's incredible meeting with aliens. At this point I was in my full on true believer mode from the sounds of things. It was an interesting belief system at the time. Curiously close to outright Christianity.


Kristina Powell dives in for a bit of facial analysis. Quite an interesting piece.


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