Barbaric use of isolation in schools

This Guardian article about the use of isolation in schools in the UK is a case study of docile bodies.

Notice the cynical hand-washing statement from the Department of Education. Notice too the connection with OFSTED. That is – the pressure to produce good OFSTED reports is part of the pressure which drives these kinds of excessive punishments.

Notice too the language in the statement from one of the School Trusts: the students will “self-correct”. They might as well be talking about a self-driving car. The distinction between a machine and a human being is lost. Young people are quite literally being treated and trained as efficient automatons. This is the “freedom” and “democracy” we wage wars all over the world to bring to people?

Obviously it is completely barbaric to do this to young people. Strange that in this world where at every breath the authorities claim to be concerned about the welfare of young people and “Safeguarding” this is passed through on the nod.

And finally, we can say as a matter of certainty that a few parents complaining and getting an article in the Guardian is not going to change anything. This is a vicious country and this is just part and parcel of that viciousness.





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Skirpal – which came first, the ‘training manual’ or the door-knob?

The British government case that Russia was responsible for the poisoning by “Novichok” of ex Russian spy Sergey Skripal and his daughter initially relied on the argument that Russia had the “means, the intent and the motive” to do it and thus must have done it. The public was also told that the substance had been identified as coming from Russia – something which they subsequently had to retract. Subsequently it emerged that Porton Down had not in fact identified the sample they had as coming from Russia.

The government case fell apart. Also – most people can see through the argument that Russia had the means and motive. Yes; they have the means and one can ascribe a motive to them. But many others might have a motive as well. Not everyone who has a means and a possible motive to commit a crime is guilty of that crime. A simple piece of “fake logic”. Following the collapse of their case the government tried to shore it up with a series of placed stories in the press. One of these is that Julia Skripal (Sergey Skripal’s daughter) was under surveillance by Russian intelligence. Of course she was! She is the daughter of one of their major traitors of recent times – and was in touch with her father. Julia Skripal was no doubt being monitored by the British as well. Maybe there was even a hand-over when she arrived on a plane from Moscow? At any event that she was under surveillance by Moscow means zero as to whether or not Russia had a hand in the poisoning (by BZ and/or a nerve agent) in Salisbury of her and her father. Another attempt to fabricate a story out of thin air. [1]

(The fact that the British government is producing all these pieces of ‘evidence’ which any rational analysis can see do not support the claims being made on the basis of them itself shows that something very odd is going on).

The only piece of ‘evidence’ left is the claim that British intelligence has in their possession a training manual from Russia – dated to Russia not the USSR – which specifically discusses carrying out assassinations by smearing a nerve agent of the “Novichok” type on a door-handle – where the nerve agent was allegedly found in Salisbury. It is likely that British intelligence do indeed have some kind of a document which somehow can be construed as a “training manual” and which can somehow be said to be dated from post 1991. It could be anything e.g. a discussion paper of some kind. British intelligence won’t be too scrupulous about the truth.

At any event the question at the heart of this matter is – which came first; the “training manual” or the ‘Novichok’ on the door handle? To spell it out: if you wanted to commit a crime and frame Russia and if you had inside knowledge about this “training manual” and that it mentioned door-knobs – where would you put your (very pure) sample of ‘Novichok’?

See Craig Murry’s post about the British government D-Notice suppressing the key piece of information in this case.






The Nazi bullet

I read somewhere, I don’t know if it’s true, that when the Nazis executed someone they sent their family a bill for the bullet.

In this country if you get a DBS check (an administrative procedure which allows employers in many sectors to bypass the terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, and, in some cases, to also receive police intelligence outside of any judicial process) you are offered the option to put it (your ‘account’) on the update system. This means that future employers can reference information about you without you having to make a new application. The charge for this is currently £13.00 p.a and is paid by the applicant.

This means the applicant is required to pay the cost of the system which puts him under surveillance. He has to pay for his own surveillance! (The system is run by Capita on a government contract).

Worse. The DBS system is a formal disciplinary system (in Foucault’s sense). It is designed to manage and control the aberrant behaviour it targets. The system of surveillance denudes individuals and society of the moral compass which in the absence of the disciplinary system would control the aberrant behaviour in a healthy way. It pushes the idea that all beings are inherently criminals. It makes no distinction between the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’. Like any other disciplinary system the ‘child protection’ system actually fosters the behaviour it manages. That is; in plain English the DBS system promotes child sexual abuse. By forcing people who want to work with young people to pay the subscription fee for this system they are forcing people to be complicit in their system which legitimizes and normalises child sexual abuse.





Bombing Syria was good business

In the recent aggression against Syria Britain used Storm Shadow missiles.

BAE is one of the producers of Storm Shadows.

What has the illegal UK aggression done for BAE’s share price?

On 13th April – when the bombing took place – it was 594 GBX. Today (17th) it is 601.40 – and climbing.

The idea that these obvious rewards do not create a driver for war is an example of the wilful naivety which the corporate and political “elites” in the “free world” cloak themselves in.


Excellent reporting on Syria

Things are not looking good for the British government at the moment. Their flaky story about Skripal cumbling by the day and now apparent confirmation that the “gas attack” in Douma was a hoax too.

This is the report from British journalist Robert Fisk. Robert Fisk doesn’t work for RT or the Morning Star. He has a reputation as a good, independent, journalist. He writes in the Independent. Fisk’s account of the “gas attack” is based on an interview with a doctor in the hospital used in the videos. It wasn’t a gas attack. Rather; people were suffering from smoke inhalation. Someone ran into the emergency room and shouted “gas” – this started the panic; which was then filmed and uploaded to YouTube by the White Helmets.

This account tallies with those produced by Russian state media – using different witnesses. Of course one can posit that Russia has somehow managed to persuade all the 22 eyewitnesses they have produced for the OPCW – some at least of whom are doctors – to tell a coordinated lie. But then: who is talking “conspiracy theory” now?

Fisk is an exception in British journalism. Today’s issue of the Independent carries another story on Douma in which it refers to the White Helmets as a “relief organisation”. The White Helmets are nothing of the sort. They are funded – with millions of pounds – by the Foreign Office. At the start of the Syrian civil war when William Hague was Foreign Secretary it was openly announced that the British strategy on Syria would be to help the “resistance movement” to document human rights abuses by the Assad regime. The White Helmets are the result. There can be no doubt that the White Helmets are managed by MI6/the SAS. This gives credence to Russian claims that the Foreign Office asked the White Helmets to stage last week’s “chemical attack”.  But the British press continues to present the White Helmets – who are fully aligned with the jihadis in Syria – as some kind of humanitarian or relief organisation. It is an example of wilful naivety to believe – as the government and propagandist media does – that in exchange for all these millions from the Foreign Office, handed over no doubt in cash by the SAS, the White Helmets are going to be particularly objective when it comes to reporting “war crimes” by Assad.

There are a number of points which emerge from Robert Fisk’s first-hand reporting:

i) He is allowed to move freely around Douma even though there are Russia military around. This is not consistent with the narrative that the Russians are trying to tamper with evidence in Douma.

ii) He reports that the bombing by Syrian and Russian forces targeted jihadi (in this case Jaish al-Islam, a right wing Islamist group not part of the “free Syrian army” network) positions in the town. And that in  some cases Jaish al-Islam fighters took up residence in civilian houses in order to try to avoid the bombing. This  – eyewitness accounts gathered by an experienced reporter – blows apart the Guardian narrative that Russia and Syria are bombing civilians in Syria.

iii)  The White Helmets all left town with the Islamic militants. Military fatigues were found in their base. (Bought with British tax-payers money?)

iv) Many people in Douma did not leave with the militants and are happy to be back under Syrian government control.

Fisk’s report cuts through the fog of propaganda which normally passes for “news” in papers like the Guardian and Daily Telegraph – and quite probably the Independent too. (This editor doesn’t read it).

But we are now at a point where the British political and media classes automatically believe their own propaganda to the point that anything else is immediately and in all sincerity, apparently, discounted as produced by “Kremlin trolls” and so on. They like to talk about the “Kremlin media bubble” which Russia apparently enforces on its citizens – but they themselves live in a bubble of their own making.


Skripal – wave 2

The first ploy was to tell the public (and possibly Britain’s allies) a lie. Porton Down had indentified the substance used as coming from Russia.

That was exposed as a lie.

What has happened since is exactly what we would expect from Britain’s intelligence services. They have leaked a series of claims to the press.

The leaks (better understood as planted information) concern this persistent claim about a Russian training manual mentioning smearing nerve agents on doors and the claim about a message being sent from Syria to Moscow about “the package has been delivered” and “two agents have made their egress”. (With reference to the latter Craig Murray suggests this is probably just a sexed up translation of “left”).

That is – they are scraping through their records to find anything, no matter what, which can be used to prop up the government line. This – information management – is a primary function of the intelligence services. This is what they do.

No doubt there was some kind of an intercept (by all accounts of an unencrypted communication) from Syria. No doubt there is some document which can somehow be described as a “training manual” and there are some grounds which permit it to be said that it dates from post-Soviet times (which is what they are claiming). But all this is just the usual titbits  – without the details including the source of the alleged ‘training manual’ no one can independently come to any conclusion at all.

All this doesn’t stop the eager press from playing its part. For example, today’s Daily Telegraph has the headline: “Russia hacked Yulia Skripal’s emails for five years and tested Novichok on door handles, bombshell intelligence dossier reveals”. There is nothing “bombshell” about this. As we say above this is routine and the intelligence services are just doing their bit to prop up a government story. – As for the story about Russian intelligence carrying out surveillance into Julia Skripal’s emails – we would expect them to be doing exactly that. If a British spy defected to Moscow and his daughter continued to work in London MI6 would not be hacking her emails? Come on. What is going on here is little titbits of ‘information’ are being released as part of a studied news management campaign to prop up a failing story.

MI6 is doing what we would expect from them. Telling lies (or at least planting massaged information) to prop up whatever the government wants them to prop up.

But it is lamentable to see the “free press” quite so eagerly doing their bidding. We can note the Telegraph breathlessly says “it has been revealed” and “it has emerged”. The “journalist” will get some kind of a payback for further dressing up MI6’s planted stories. But it has zero to do with journalism.