It Has Nothing of Value

What are all these people referring to?

It Has Nothing of Value

Compiled by Michael Copeland

Originally published 11 July 2017 at LibertyGB

It has nothing of value to bring.
— Pat Condell, YouTube commentator

It makes life barren and empty. It encourages a savage pride and cruelty. It makes men tyrants or slaves, women puppets…
— James Freeman Clarke (1810-1888) [top picture], American theologian

…a state of permanent hostility…
— Karl Marx

…it is the principal cause of decadence so visible in [their] world today…
— Alexis de Tocqueville

…morally rancid ideology… that brings nothing good whatsoever.
— Fahrenheit211 (website)

…it has violated all ten of the Ten Commandments.
— Nonie Darwish

[It] will never become a part of liberal secularism.
— Mazin Abdul Adhim, imam in Canada

…totally incompatible with Western democracy.
— Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Canada

It is an Arab war pitting an ideology of slavery, violence and submission against an ideology of freedom, humanity, civility and respect for life.
— Dov Berrol (commenter, Jihad Watch)

[It]… never brings wealth anywhere it comes.
— ‘Mike’ (commenter, Jihad Watch)

…building a future where the living envy the dead.
— ‘the thought offender’ (commenter, Gates of Vienna)

For previous essays by Michael Copeland, see the Michael Copeland Archives.

Signs and Portents Everywhere… But of What? (Interlude IB)

Here’s another interlude post in Seneca III’s latest treatise. See the archives link at the bottom of this post for previous installments in this series.

Signs and Portents Everywhere…But of What?

by Seneca III

Interlude IB

Preamble

Mass alien immigration from the Third World into the First and the social and cultural decomposition that followed is now a fait accompli. This same aggressive war on our way of life is also being fought on another front by other means and by members of the same cabal. They plan to control the ways and means that determine the state of human health on a global scale — aided and abetted by the UN and the WHO, naturally — and through that monopoly to eventually control the world itself. They are the wealthy, politically well-connected and anointed disciples of Mammon who are shaping an autocratic global future controlled exclusively by them and for their benefit alone, not for ours.

If by the time you have finished reading this article and, most important of all, watching the video, you are not frightened by thoughts of what the future holds then so be it. If, however, you can see and understand how the globalist plan is unfolding and it is not what you wish for the future of your children and grandchildren then it is time for some serious preparation and then action.

But before preparation, first must come a full understanding of who the enemy is, his methodology and how he operates as an international distributed network with tentacles stretching into every corner of our lives, and finances and thus what his ultimate destination is.

“The social atmosphere is that of a besieged city. And at the same time the consciousness of being at war, and therefore in danger, makes the handing-over of all power to a small caste seem the natural, unavoidable condition of survival.”

— George Orwell, 1984

A short review of the revelatory video

…by Amazing Polly.

The video is 38 fascinating minutes in length. Below are seven snapshots of some of the graphics found therein. In the video there are many more accompanied by full explanations of the lineages and interconnections between the principal players.

This ‘Pledging Event’ lasted two and half hours. Always follow the money — as the video does.

The web of conspiracy starts to develop.

More players arrive…

…and more…

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Signs and Portents Everywhere… But of What? (Part IIB)

This is the latest installment in Seneca III’s latest treatise. See the archives link at the bottom of this post for previous installments in this series.

Signs and Portents Everywhere… But of What?

by Seneca III

Part IIB — A loosely connected miscellany of the darkly disturbing plus a journey into the past

2019 — Another welcome addition, one Claudia Naomi Webbe MP, takes up residence in the Labour Party Parliamentary Zoo.

Claudia arrived from Leicester East — another wonderfully enriched constituency after replacing the toy boy bum’n’coke aficionado and industrial washing machine salesman, a.k.a. Keith Vaz MP (resigned)[1].

Yet it would appear that electing a race-baiting Castro and Lenin supporter (see the pictures on her wall) comes quite naturally to that well-diversified electorate, but — much to Claudia’s credit — she has not been known to sell industrial washing machines or inhale exotic substances.

“Webbe was born and brought up in Leicester and has family members living in the constituency. She studied social science at De Montfort University, Leicester, then later an MSc in Race and Ethnic Relations at Birkbeck, University of London.

Having participated in its development in the mid-1990s, Webbe was the chair of Operation Trident, a community-led initiative to tackle gun-related homicides disproportionately affecting black communities. Webbe was a policy director and adviser to the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone. She was responsible for culture, cultural strategy, sports and tourism, and she was a member of his election campaign team in 2000 and 2004.

Webbe wrote about Livingstone when in 2006 he was found guilty by the Standards Board for England’s Adjudication Panel of bringing his office into disrepute and suspended from office for four weeks. Webbe said that “I have worked with Ken in numerous anti-racist organisations and campaigns including the Anti-Racist Alliance, the National Assembly against Racism and while I was director of Westminster Race Equality Council, he took up cases that I referred onto him for support. His history of work in the anti-racist movement is unquestionable.” [From Wikipedia]

De Montfort University is located in Leicester, England. It was established in accordance with the Further and Higher Education Act in 1992 as a degree-awarding body. De Montfort University has approximately 27,000 full- and part-time students, 3,240 staff and an annual turnover in the region of £168 million. The university is organised into four faculties: Art, Design, and Humanities (ADH); Business and Law (BAL); Health and Life Sciences (H&LS); and Computing, Engineering and Media (CEM). It is a Sustainable Development Hub, focusing on Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, an initiative by the United Nations launched in 2018.

In 2019, the first Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings, a global performance tables that assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, ranked De Montfort University 50th in the world. The university has special arrangements with more than 80 universities and colleges in over 25 countries, including Nanjing University, ranked 120th in the world by the Times Higher Education and situated in Jiangsu, eastern China. The two universities have launched various initiatives, including a scholarship programme for De Montfort students and doctoral study coupled with English language tuition for students from Nanjing.” [From Wikipedia]

That figures, and just 50th? Highly appropriate methinks. It and Leicester deserve each other, and if there were such a ranking, it would probably rate in the top 5% of those turning out career Baristas… or Labour politicians.

2020 — Another heartwarming example of our enrichment — The Curious Case of Nadia Whittome

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Signs and Portents Everywhere… But of What? (Interlude IA)

Here’s another interlude post in Seneca III’s latest treatise. See the archives link at the bottom of this post for previous installments in this series.

Signs and Portents Everywhere… But of What?

by Seneca III

INTERLUDE IA — The Great Cover-up Saga Continues

Whether this latest development is a result of the points raised in the INTERLUDE article (which was posted by GoV on the 4th of May) is impossible to determine, but it remains a possibility as the date of the letter sent by the Petitions Committee to the Home Secretary was the 5th of May following an emergency meeting of the Committee. Things in the time of Covid do indeed move in strange ways.

Furthermore, the letter to the Home Secretary is signed by Catherine McKinnell MP (Labour), the Chair of the Petitions Committee. She represents the Newcastle on Tyne North constituency, one of the nastier epicenters of the violent Muslim paedophiliac rape Jihad against white children. Another consideration is that she did not receive the finest of accolades in the previous article, INTERLUDE, which may have pushed her nose somewhat out of joint or caused a nasty itch somewhere in her political nether regions.

News of this development popped up in my in tray yesterday, the 8th of May:

Dear XXX

You recently signed the petition “Release the Home Office’s Grooming Gang Review in full”:

The Petitions Committee (the group of MPs who oversee the petitions system) have considered the Government’s response to this petition. They felt that the response did not directly address the request of petition and have therefore written back to the Government to ask them to provide a revised response.

You can read a letter from the Chair of the Petitions Committee to the Home Secretary, requesting the revised response, on our website here.

When the Committee have received a revised response from the Government, this will be published on the website and you will receive an email. If you would not like to receive further updates about this petition, you can unsubscribe below.

Thanks,
The Petitions team
UK Government and Parliament

The Letter (emphasis added):

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Signs and Portents Everywhere… But of What? (Part IIA)

This is the third installment of Seneca III’s latest treatise. Previously: Part 1, Interlude.

Signs and Portents Everywhere… But of What?

Part IIA — Signs hiding in plain sight, continued…

1968 to present — Education: The beginnings of the destruction of the tried and true traditional education system began, as far as I can make out, in 1968 with what was presented as a revised syllabus. This syllabus came with radically new formats for GCE (General Certificate of Education) Ordinary level examinations. [Junior High School in the US.]

I only came across examples of this change many years later when I stumbled across copies of the Maths papers I had sat in 1957 at the age of 16. Essentially, the Maths syllabus that I had been solidly grounded and then examined in was somewhat narrower but far, far deeper than its replacement(s) from 1968 onwards.

Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry together with the History of Mathematics were taught in a disciplined way and consequently students ended up with a comprehensive understanding of the subject; the modern system of rote learning within a far broader and much shallower syllabus may impart certain facts but no deep, intuitive understanding of this essential foundational component of human knowledge and achievement.

I also gathered from friends that the History Syllabus and examination had changed likewise, generally devolving to a non-rigorous curriculum whereby instead of learning and connecting facts, genealogies and dates students are now required to parrot revisionist interpretations derived from a distorted modern perspective rather than that of the time and place in which they happened.

This is not education; it is indoctrination. Thus it is no surprise that higher education today is polluted with dons and tutors who squander young minds and churn out butterfly hordes of snowflakes with ‘Studies’ degrees who, being wholly untrained in critical thinking and with no awareness of reality, cower in their safe spaces fully ‘woke’ and terrified of being thrust out into the harsh realities of the world beyond their artificial academic womb.

No doubt all of this well serves the objectives of globalism — millions of useless drones to labour away at non-creative work, pacified with bread and circuses and uncomprehending of their psychological imprisonment, but of no other use whatsoever. You will find one such here…

The original report in the UK was at ‘Order Order’, but they no longer seem to be able to ‘find the article’ for some strange reason (lawyers, perhaps?), which is a pity, because some of the comments were, shall we say, rather pithy, when it came to the inane witterings of a lost generation.

But Order-Order did cite the original offering from this somewhat less than charming misandrist here, so do indulge yourselves in the meanderings of an inadequate intellect, incredible though that semi-literate drivel may seem to the sound of mind. And, in case that for some strange reason the HuffPost original should also go missing, there is a copy and paste of it for your delectation in ANNEX C below.

Overall one may well wonder how this parlous situation came about. In essence, it did so after privatization of the University system, when profiteering replaced rigorous academic disciplines with spurious degree subjects such as Football Management, Tourism etc. designed for those youngsters of limited academic ability, and then ‘Gender’ and many other weird ‘Studies’ which were designed to attract the weak, porous intellects of single-issue fanatics, anti-white racists and the near brain dead:

Our university system was fully privatized only a few years ago. It happened in several steps as the Government withdrew the base funding that most of the population thinks it still has.

People noticed the marketisation, of course — the introduction of tuition fees, the student loans company and a newly competitive “market” for students from home and abroad. Inevitably, this “market” then needed a regulator. Value for money was to be decided by excellence frameworks ranked gold, silver and (fearfully) bronze. Marketing budgets soared.

However, many people failed to notice what had really happened. Our universities had become providers of education and research with the equivalent of zero hours contracts…

[From the Daily Telegraph — 24th April.]

2015 — Foreign Aid: The UK currently spends 0.7% of its Gross National Income on Overseas Development Assistance (ODA). The 0.7% target was first adopted by UN General Assembly resolution in 1970. In 2015 the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition government, formalized on the 20th May under the joint stewardship of ‘Call me Dave’ Cameron and the ‘Klingon’ Nicholas William Peter Clegg, made it a legally binding national commitment.

In 2019 Britain’s foreign aid budget soared £623 million to a record £15.2 billion/$19.2 billion, and such largesse in the time of Covid is now naught but economic suicide. Of the 2019 amount, £4.2 billion was squandered on feminist foreign aid to improve global gender equality and, the year before, Britain had spent millions on a Spice Girls clone in Ethiopia. No, you couldn’t make it up — but it is the epitome of misguided pathological altruism as directed by the UN and at the expense of struggling British taxpayers. This insanity must cease with immediate effect — what one government can enshrine in law a successor government can and must strike down.

2007 — The Great Climate Change Scam

Albert Arnold Gore Jr. is an ex-US Vice President who served under President ‘Damp Cigar’ William Jefferson Clinton and later was a failed Presidential candidate himself. He is an extremely wealthy, self-promoting environmentalist (aren’t they all?) whose work is climate-change activism, i.e. promoting the imposition of carbon taxes and consequently having vested interests in two carbon trading companies on the NY Stock exchange. This earned him (jointly with the IPCC) the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. Yes, that’s correct, the International Panel on Climate Change, dodgy statistics, kleptocracy and empty third-world pockets in need of filling.

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Signs and Portents Everywhere… But of What? (Interlude)

Since posting his first installment of this treatise, Seneca III has acquired new information, and thus is interleaving it here.

Signs and Portents Everywhere… But of What?

by Seneca III

INTERLUDE — Party Politics in the raw, and Islamic angst ‘On Air’ in the time of Covid

In the comments to Part I, ‘K. from Germany’ pointed out an omission I had failed to notice whilst writing and proof-reading that article.

K. from Germany on May 3, 2020 at 2:55 am said:

“And there you will find no mention as to whom these paragons of rectitude are …” —

Follow the link they provided and then “membership” to arrive at this page:

committees.parliament.uk/committee/326/petitions-committee/membership

Not at all suggesting they can’t be corrupted. This whole establishment is rotten to the core. But they wisened up on how to pull one over the public so it won’t be as simple as counting Mohammeds.

To which I replied:

Seneca III on May 3, 2020 at 12:55 pm said:

Thank you for that, K. I will include a correction in the part of the series I am working on at the moment. And, also, if I can find the time, I will have a quick look at each of the members — that could turn out to be very interesting or turn up nothing at all.

Depending on what turns up and if it is politically interesting, I may have to skip including such an analysis in the current work in progress, which is already structured in note form, and save it for a later edition. Rgds, S III.

This I have done, and it was indeed an eye opener.

The Petitions Committee

To begin: The Northern arc of occupied territories stretches roughly and somewhat intermittently from the Manchester-Liverpool conglomerate in the West on the shores of the Irish Sea to Tyneside in the East on the shores of the North Sea.

It is a rich hunting ground for the Paedophiliac Slaves of Allah seeking more gender slaves, or ‘Fresh Meat’ as Islam has been known to refer to white girl children and young Western women as a whole, so let us have a look at this area and the MPs who represent some of the constituencies in those lost lands, and who also serve on the Petitions Committee.

Naturally my first ports of call were to be the Labour MPs whose lucrative parliamentary sinecures rely heavily, in some places predominantly, on the Muslim vote. There are four of these Marxist-Socialist drones out of a total of eleven members on the committee, and whilst they are not a majority, they do constitute a substantial and influential voting bloc, and the ones that do not represent overwhelmingly Muslim constituencies would have no doubt voted with the others out of Party solidarity.

Those latter two outliers are:

1. Kerry MacCarthy, Labour, Bristol East

Demographically, Bristol is not yet a mini-Caliphate but it is quite well and variously enriched, and is so ‘Woke’ and in love with Multiculturalism that it rarely sleeps as it demonstrates how easy it is for a once homogeneous community to commit racial suicide.

2. Chris Evans, Labour, Islwyn

Islwyn is a Welsh Parliamentary constituency that seems to have escaped the attentions of the grooming fraternity. It is, however, one of the safest dyed-in-the-wool Labour seats in the country. It was once held by the party’s former leader Neil Kinnock, who served as opposition leader for nearly a decade until 1992 and then went off to become an EU commissioner and made a personal fortune in the process, as did his wife, Glenys Elizabeth Kinnock, Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead FRSA, who was a Labour Party Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from 1994 to 2009. Nice work if you can get it.

The hard-core vote whoring Dhimmis are:

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Signs and Portents Everywhere… But of What?

Below is the introduction and first section of Seneca III’s treatise on the current civilizational crisis in the West, especially the UK, as brought to full ripeness by the response to the Wuhan Coronavirus.

Signs and Portents Everywhere…But of What?

by Seneca III

Introduction

Caveats

It is said that all writing is plagiarism and I suspect that mine is no exception. I have no doubt that this article contains versions of many phrases and concepts absorbed from my reading of other articles and comments and that have remained in my subconscious until now. To those anonymous authors and thinkers, I offer my thanks and my apologies for being unable to cite or link to you.

This series of contiguous articles focuses on events and developments which, whilst global in nature, primarily reflect happenings and responses in the United Kingdom. Nevertheless, many of the salient points and their variants apply equally in other places across the Western Ecumene.

There will be cases where, because of the delay between the date of writing and the date of publication, events will overtake circumstances. An example being that as I write there are already rumours that the UK government is going to have to ease up on the worst extremes of the lockdown and cast many of its draconian provisions aside because the people appear to have had enough and are now doing so unilaterally anyway.

Preamble

The ChiComBug is not just a newly minted pestilence of yet to be determined virulence but a gift to vested interests at all levels of the establishment and its supporting beneficiaries. It has opened up an opportunity to halt the recent trend across the Western Ecumene[1] to return to the security and comfortable homogeneity of independent countries, with their original culture and traditions being the defining ethos and the determinant of the way the State conducts its business both internally and externally.

This trend is the total antithesis of the punitive, retrograde ‘one size fits all’ regulations imposed upon their victims by supranational organizations such as the EU, avaricious mega-corporations, banking conglomerates, and the now compromised, Islamified and Sinosized UN; it impedes their mad dash to create a divided North-South ‘co-prosperity sphere’ (that phrase being globalist speak for a global dictatorship) which is totally weighted against productive, stable and previously self-sustaining Caucasian nations. This trend bothers the Cabal deeply.

Consequently, Covid has presented them with a heaven-sent opportunity to attack the re-emerging foundational mores of Western culture, the wholesome binding ties of family, of ethnicity-centered cohesion, of connecting across generations, of grandchildren interacting with their grandparents and their memories of freedoms past and lessons learned, of interfamily and wider community socializing — whilst, simultaneously, promoting detrimental social behavior such as prolonged isolation and distancing, hate crimes and institutionalized sexual deviance implemented and carried out to the extreme. The former list is the foundation stone of free representative democracies, the latter of dictatorships.

Much as they intended, it becomes virtually impossible for We the People to discuss face-to-face and understand the threat as a well-informed collective and to co-operate and plan for our defence as a united entity free of electronic monitoring; it is also no coincidence that pubs are scheduled to be the last public venues to be reopened, if there are still any of them left as viable enterprises… this, perhaps, for the same reason as King Charles I when he exclaimed “Close all the Ale Houses, they are hotbeds of sedition!”

[N.B. Small, local breweries across Europe, many of them family businesses hundreds of years old, have already been driven to into closure because of the closure of bars and restaurants and consequently have had to leave their employees to the not so tender mercies of the State who have millions of alien interlopers to support in the manner in which they demand under threat of mass insurrection.]

It is even being mooted that reopening will not happen until it has been determined that there is not going to be a second wave, or until a vaccine is found and administered countrywide, whichever comes first (or on the twelfth of never), as determined by the Scientific Committee led by Professor Chris Whitty [See Annex A]. We in the UK are not permitted to see the data upon which this course of action is predicated as the devious dissemblers in charge will not release the information until whatever they are up to is done and dusted and, one suspects, doctored to protect the inept and the globalist co-conspirators in their midst.[2]

It is as if this whole charade is designed, either with intent or by fortunate happenstance, to further the fragmentation of the Western way of life and cripple any resistance to the permanent imposition and expansion of the embryonic Global Police State.

It would also appear that the primary task of the globalists’ embedded flunkies is now to completely tear apart our moral, social and cultural hearts and minds to the benefit of their personal and political profit without our realizing it until too late.

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I Wanna Hold Your Hand Grenade

A young “British” man named Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary was arrested last week in Spain on terrorism charges. Mr. Bary had been in Syria for several years fighting jihad in the way of Allah before taking up residence in Almeria. He had been one of a crew of lads whom the British police had sardonically nicknamed “The Beatles”.

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this article from El Pais:

The Dubious Intentions of a Self-Sufficient Jihadist

April 23, 2020

Abdel Bary, arrested in Almeria, was part of a group of British combatants nicknamed “The Beatles”

[Photo caption: At left, Abdel Bary. At the right, a photo of the ISIS group he belonged to]

What gave away Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, 29-year-old British rapper and one of the most wanted jihadists in Europe, was his ears. The agents of the General Commissariat of Information, of the National Police, observed him up close during the five days he was staying in Spain before being arrested in an apartment in Almeria, early Monday morning: “The shape of his ears was one of the aspects that allowed us to identify him,” the agents reported. He had been staying, together with two other men, in a tourist apartment near Puerta Purchena Square, in the center of the Almerian capital. Since he was forty kilos heavier and wearing a mask in conformance with the confinement imposed by the Corona virus crisis, the agents had to dig deep to ensure it was him. This Wednesday, he was sent to prison together with two other persons with whom he was found, by the judge of Central Court number 3 (National Court) Maria Tardon, accused of “being part of a terrorist organization” in a cause that remains a secret.

Three months ago the agents running the investigation became aware of the possible arrival of Abdel Bary. “We didn’t know where he might try to enter, but the information indicated that he might try at any time.” It is about one of the “somewhat more than 100” Islamist terrorists that the police follow in order to avoid their return to Europe. Since the decline of the Islamic State (ISIS) and the death of its leader and the creator of the caliphate, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, in October 2019, “the returnees” are one of the principle threats for the Western societies.

Abdel Bary is the son of an Egyptian, Adel Abdel Bari, jailed in the US for participating in the massacres at the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998, with more than 200 deaths, and he answered the call of the Islamic State in 2013. He left his budding career as a rapper and his expensive house in a neighborhood in East London, where he had moved with his mother and two brothers from Egypt when he was a child, to fight with ISIS in Syria. “For two years, he was very active as a member of the Beatles (police nickname for a group of five British combatants), but in 2015 we lost track of him in Turkey,” an agent stated.

He combined a shameless exhibitionism with photos, videos and proclamations in social networks, with a great tendency to submerse himself in the dark Internet. “The next that was known of him was that he returned to enter Syria in December 2019. He was located there after many thought that he had died in the bombardments,” related an investigator. “Afterwards, Almeria,” he concluded.

Sources from the so-called Operation Altepa confirmed that he arrived there using the illegal immigration routes from Algeria, where he presumably spent time preparing his trip. He made the crossing allegedly accompanied by the two Algerian citizens who were sharing the apartment with him. One answers to the family name of Ceddiki, is 22, and is the “getter”. The latter had a false European passport and was the one charged with renting the tourist apartment for a month. He is a specialist in credit card fraud, and with connections in North Africa was responsible for the logistics, say the investigators.

The other detained man is as yet unidentified. The agents have sent his fingerprints to be checked in international police data banks and are awaiting the results, though they suspect that “he could be another returnee since recently, he was in Turkey,” they note.

None of them offered even minimum resistance when arrested, nor showed the slightest surprise: “Total coldness,” the agents described. And the three demonstrated absolute secrecy concerning suspected jihadist activities, both before the police and before the judge. None of them said anything, according to police sources.

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’Arold Decks Enoch

I was going through a box of very old stuff today up here in the Eyrie at Schloss Bodissey, and I found a crumpled political cartoon from the autumn of 1968. I’ve restored it as best I can; it’s a real blast from the past:

It was published in The Manchester Guardian, as it was known then. Now it’s just The Guardian, more popularly known as The Grauniad.

The guy landing the punch is Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson. The man receiving the knockout blow is Enoch Powell of the Conservative Party. The previous April Mr. Powell had delivered his famous “Rivers of Blood” speech about immigration. At the time the cartoon was published, he was in the process of being shunned and shamed for that speech by everybody — Labour, Conservative, and Liberals alike. The latter party held about two seats in Parliament, if I remember rightly. I don’t know if the cartoon had anything to do with Mr. Powell’s speech, but presumably he had just been lambasted by the prime minister, who had chosen to attack him instead of Edward “Ted” Heath, the leader of the Conservative opposition, who is depicted here sitting gormlessly on his stool while ’Arold decks Enoch.

Ted Heath was popularly known as “Grocer Heath”, due to his supposed bourgeois family background, if I remember rightly. The Conservatives won the general election of June 1970, and Mr. Heath became prime minister a few days after I took my A-levels, just before my family moved back to the USA.

The artist who drew the cartoon was Papas, who was my favorite cartoonist at the time. I entered some sort of caption contest that he and the Guardian held that year. I don’t remember exactly what it was, but I found a note of acknowledgement from him in the same dusty box.

There’s no punch line to this post. It’s just a snapshot from a brief political moment in the distant past, almost fifty-two years ago. Tempus fugit.

Panic in the World

I might as well out myself: I’m a COVID-19 skeptic, a.k.a. a Coronaskeptic.

I have to be careful when I talk about the ChiCom flu with my friends and acquaintances. The vast majority of them, both liberals and conservatives, have succumbed to the general hysteria that has been propagated by the television and greatly amplified by social media. Conservatives are slightly less likely than liberals to have joined the mad rush of panic, but most of them have been infected by it to at least some degree.

I don’t think Corona 2019-nCoV, a.k.a. COVID-19, a.k.a. the Chinese Crud, is “the most deadly epidemic in human history”, or whatever hyperbolic designation that is currently being peddled by the media. Rather, it is a pandemic of mass hysteria.

That doesn’t mean that I think that the Wuhan Coronavirus doesn’t exist, or that it isn’t killing people. I’ve simply come to the conclusion that it is no more dangerous than the seasonal flu, and possibly less so.

If I posted the above on social media, it would immediately be taken down, and my account with Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/YouTube would most likely be closed. The major social sites have joined hands with the legacy media and governmental agencies to suppress any opinions that contradict the coronavirus narrative.

I’ve waited this long to post about it because I’ve been patiently collecting data on the disease since long before the hysteria began. The first thing I can tell you is that ALL the models that predicted the trajectory of the pandemic are useless. None of them seems to have remotely reflected the reality of the spread of the disease. As a result I won’t be referring to any of them; there’s no point.

Before I outline my general conclusions about what’s happening, I’ll go over some of the data points here.

The single most valuable resource I’ve encountered thus far is a Swiss site called Swiss Propaganda Research. Yes, they are avowed Coronaskeptics, but they have compiled their data carefully and thoroughly, and they source everything they assert. My favorite quote from them is this one:

Danish researcher Peter Gøtzsche, founder of the renowned Cochrane Medical Collaboration, writes that Corona is “an epidemic of mass panic” and “logic was one of the first victims.”

I recommend their page as a useful source for links to detailed, sober scientific data on the spread and virulence of COVID-19. It is updated frequently.

Peter Robinson’s interview with Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, a professor of medicine at Stanford University, is lucid and informative (hat tip Power Line):

Scott Jensen is a physician and — horrors! — Republican state senator in Minnesota. In the following video he reveals to an astonished interviewer that the state government had given doctors instructions on how to tweak death certificates to overstate the incidence of COVID-19 as the cause of death (thanks to Vlad for uploading this video):

For some interesting analysis of the WuFlu data, see Vlad’s two interviews with former CIA station chief Brad Johnson.

Video #1:

Video #2:

We are far enough into the pandemic now to have ample data on its lethality. At this point it seems to roughly comparable with the seasonal flu — maybe slightly worse, maybe not quite as bad.

The data from Germany have proved particularly useful. According to this article from Reason:

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Quiz: Who is Being Referred To?

Quiz: Who is Being Referred To?

Compiled by Michael Copeland

No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. — Winston Churchill

…utterly incompatible with civilised society. — David Hume

…they beat out each other’s brains from generation to generation. — John Wesley

It is the principal cause of the decadence so visible today in [their] world — Alexis de Tocqueville

…undistinguishing and exterminating war… against all the rest of mankind. The essence of his doctrine was violence and lust: to exalt the brutal over the spiritual part of human nature. — John Quincy Adams, sixth president of the United States

…ferociously intolerant. — George Bernard Shaw

…the most fatal enemies of Civilization, Liberty, and Truth, which the world has yet known. — Sir William Muir

…the enemies of civilization. — Theodore Roosevelt

…unspiritual, concerned to win the empire of the world. —Bertrand Russell

It has always been about hate. It has always been about violence… a militant cult that is based on violence — Amil Imani

[They] refuse our culture and try to impose their culture on us. — Oriana Fallaci

There never was such scum as these people. — Lord Weidenfeld

…their systematic criminalization of free speech; their suppression of inquiry and creativity; and their unending intertribal fights — are the reasons their people have remained in the seventh century. — Uzay Bulut, Turkish journalist

…a unified message of triumphalism, otherworldliness, and religious hatred — Sam Harris

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“I Renounced Islam”

The following article is an updated version of one that was published by LibertyGB in 2014.


Amal Farah

“I Renounced Islam”

by Michael Copeland

I renounced Islam, so my family think I should die” is the heading of the article in the Telegraph by Harriet Alexander. The article illustrates the way readers’ thoughts can be subtly steered towards desired conclusions. Both the journalist and the featured ex-muslim woman she quotes have an interest in not directing the spotlight too strongly on Islam. They both know that this can be the excuse for “repercussions”.

Straight away in the heading there are two influences at work. First the spotlight is put on “my family”, influencing the reader away from supposing that the matter might have something to do with Islam — it is a family thing, you see. This is a standard deflection, often used. Secondly, the wording says, “I should die”. That is a slightly vague and open statement, a whole lot less dramatic than “I should be killed”.

Keeping attention on her family, the article goes on to say,“her family felt she deserved to die.” There you are: it was what they “felt”. The Western reader is inclined to consider that with some loving kind encouragement the family could be influenced to change their feelings. First feelings, then beliefs: “They believe you deserve to die”: the family “believe” this is what she deserves. Silently it is left open to the reader to hope that with the right pastoral care the family could be brought round to more charitable and humane beliefs. Nothing is offered to rule this out.

The pressure is on, though: we next learn that not just the family, but the community shares the same belief about leaving Islam: “within my community, that’s a capital offence,” she said. “They believe you deserve to die.” This is more demanding: there will have to be much more persuasion work done with the whole community to help them modify their beliefs. Steady! There is more detail: “In the eyes of the deeply-conservative Somali community… renouncing Islam was an act potentially punishable by death.” Now we know: it is the “deeply-conservative Somali” community. That is better: we can breathe a sigh of relief: it evidently does not include the presumed modern, fashionable part of the Somali community. Besides, look again, renouncing Islam is only “potentially” punishable by death. More sighs of relief: that really takes the pressure off, doesn’t it? “She is adamant that it is not a problem with Islam…” There you are: of course, it is not Islam: she is adamant. It is that deeply-conservative Somali community with its feelings and beliefs. The only snag is that the phrase “it is not a problem with Islam” has the ring of being a standard untrue disclaimer. As we shall see, this matter is indeed very much “a problem with Islam”.

Now that the pressure is removed we can be fed some handy distractions: “If you look at the Old Testament, there are some shocking things there.” This is another standard technique — “You lot do it, too” — known by its Latin name tu quoque, “you also”. Two observations are called for: firstly, just because certain other people may do the same does not alter the moral unacceptability of the action: it simply means there are others just as reprehensible: no difference is made to the objection. Secondly, in this specific case there is a flaw: the parallel fails to be a parallel. The Old Testament contains many old laws and accounts of killings. To adduce it as evidence is fatuous: it does not form part of British law. The Koran, in complete contrast, is ALL part of Islamic Law, which specifies the death penalty for denying any verse (Manual of Islamic Law o8.7(7)). Every command in the Koran has legal status. Similarly, every speech and action by Mohammed, as recorded in the traditions accepted as reliable, has legal status.

“But Jewish society realises that it’s no longer acceptable to stone someone to death, or to cut out their eyes, or enslave them. And the vast majority of Muslims realise that too.”

This puts the Western reader at ease, but it is another of those we’ve-heard-them-all-before excuses, putting Islam on a par with Judaism. The vast majority of Muslims may have good qualities, but what they realise makes no difference to Islam. Islam is not defined by what the vast majority of Muslims realise. Its teachings are derived from the Koran and the traditions, the Hadith, of what Mohammed did and said. As it happens, stonings, eye-gouging, and enslavements, all of which Mohammed took part in or commanded, do, indeed, continue in the Islamic world. Although not normally reported by the mainstream media, they can be found on the internet. Sometimes, as with the schoolgirls in Nigeria, slave-taking receives some publicity.

Actually, in the reality of Islamic law, there IS a problem with Islam. As the article itself mentions, Muhammad said, “Whoever changes his religion kill him.” His word is Islamic law. As a result the one who has renounced Islam, the “apostate”, has to be killed. This is not something that muslims may opt to “believe” or not. That question does not arise in Islam, which has no freedom of religion. Muslims cannot choose: they are instructed. “It is not fitting for a Believer, man or woman, when a matter has been decided by Allah and His Messenger to have any option about their decision”, says Koran 33:36. Islamic Law indeed commands death for anyone who leaves Islam. “Leaving Islam is the ugliest form of unbelief (kufr) and the worst”, says the Manual of Islamic Law (o8.0): “When a person… voluntarily apostatizes from Islam he deserves to be killed” (o8.1).

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Bureaucrats, Inertia and Desuetude

Seneca III checks in with a report from the coronavirus-afflicted British Isles.

Bureaucrats, Inertia and Desuetude

by Seneca III

“In human affairs there is no certain truth and all our knowledge is but a woven web of guesses.”

— Xenophanes

The inbred inertia of the pedantic British Civil Service, including its Medical Mandarins, is disheartening in the extreme. Their insistence that the use of hydroxychloroquine and zinc is forbidden until normal, peacetime, snail-paced regulatory testing has been carried out reminds me of the attitude of our senior officers at the outbreak of WWl.

They refused to accept — or simply did not understand — that the conduct of war had changed since their last outings in the Zulu and Boer wars, and that with the advent and widespread use of highly efficient, belt-fed, water cooled machine guns, cavalry charges or the slowly advancing thin red line of old were no longer a viable strategy.

In this case history is repeating itself, albeit in a different way in a different theatre of war. As in 1914 onwards it is the troops and the junior officers who lead them into battle and the people they are defending who will pay the price resultant from this institutionalized inertia and lack of critical thinking… thus this current demonstration of an innate inability to swift-footedly change standard practices as circumstances change; they seem to not understand that these are very dangerous times indeed.

Essentially, we are at the beginning of a different war and on a different front. Even if this particular treatment turns out not to work, little or nothing will be lost and the search for a viable form of counterattack will continue unabated.

There are times, and this is one, when career self-serving risk-aversion is dangerously counterproductive, so start field testing now. There will be no shortage of willing volunteers who have nothing to lose either way, and perhaps a life to gain.

— Seneca III, in sunny, quiet part of Middle England this 7th day of April in the Year Zero.

For links to previous essays by Seneca III, see the Seneca III Archives.

Covid in a Time of Turmoil, Part Two

Below is Seneca III’s wrap-up of his two-part essay (part 1 is here) on the coronavirus crisis in the UK, with a particular focus on Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

“The rules of the world-historical game change from decade to decade, and the dogmas that we have now will probably become obsolete.”

— Freeman Dyson Mathematical Physicist, Polymath and Philosopher, 15 December 1923 — 28 February 2020, a sad loss to humanity even after such a great run.

Covid in a Time of Turmoil

Part II. Covid 19 as an inorganic socio-political enzyme.

by Seneca III

1.   A virus is made up of a core of genetic material, either RNA or DNA, surrounded by a protective coat called a capsid which is made up of protein. Sometimes the capsid is surrounded by an additional spikey coat called the envelope (see above). Viruses are capable of latching onto host cells and invading them.
2.   An enzyme is a substance that acts as a catalyst in living organisms, regulating the rate at which chemical reactions proceed without itself being altered in the process.
 

Later, for the purpose of this analysis, let us change ‘chemical reactions’ to ‘human interactions’ but first, in a very simple way, let us look at how the enzyme, furin, enables and accelerates the penetration of a living cell by a virus, followed by a short description of how mutations occur, and then a look at vectors.

First, enzymes. Enzymes have a region known as an ‘active site’ that binds to a protein or other substance during a reaction. The envelope proteins (capsids) of viruses such as HIV, influenza, dengue fever, several filoviruses including Ebola and Marburg virus, and possibly SARS-CoV 2 must be cleaved by furin or furin-like proteases to become fully functional. The human enzyme furin is encoded by our chromosome No. 15, band 15q26.1.

Some proteins are inactive when they are first synthesized and must have sections removed in order to become active. Furin cleaves these sections and activates the proteins. Furin is also known as PACE (Paired basic Amino acid Cleaving Enzyme. (Note: see mutations!)

Second, once the virus has penetrated the cell wall, aided and abetted by furin, it injects its own short-string RNA (ribonucleic acid) or DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) into the cell and supplants the cell’s own reproductive function, replacing it with its own and then reproducing itself using the resources of the original cell, thus rendering that cell dead and depriving the infected body of a part of its essential functionality.

Vector is the word used to describe the way in which infections travel (are transmitted) between living organisms. For example, the vector for Yersinia pestis, the Black Death bacterial strain, was the fleas that lived on rats and transmitted that strain to humans by biting them. The vector for malaria is the anopheles mosquito which carries and injects infected blood containing the plasmodium that causes malaria. The vectors for Covid can be personal contact, contact with surfaces with the virus still alive on them, viruses travelling in airborne aerosols from coughing and sneezing, and also from infected faeces. This is why cleanliness in all respects and social distancing reduces or precludes the chance of cross-infection.

Note: The shorter the genetic string of a micro-organism, the harder it is to kill. The converse is why we as human beings with our huge genome are so vulnerable to micro-organisms such as viruses. The human genome has over 3 billion base pairs and is organized into 22 paired chromosomes, termed autosomes, plus the 23rd pair of sex chromosomes, (XX) in the female and (XY) in the male. These large linear DNA molecules contained within the living cell nucleus are open to a variety of attack vectors and what they carry, and the latter can now be bio-engineered via the use of rRNA (recombinant RNA) techniques and other methods… none of which were invented by bats or pangolins!

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