Saturday, April 30, 2005

Give someone a hug

Renee Spitz studied infants in orphanages in the 1930s.

He found that infants deprived of stroking and hugs sink into irreversible decline.

He concluded from his research that we all need strokes / human contact/ intimacy/ hugs.

Animals also need affection.

In orphanages in Ceausescu's Romania more than 150,000 children in orphanages were deprived of intimacy.

When foreign doctors came in 1989 and examined the children, they found "grossly delayed" development of mental and motor skills, a significantly stunted growth-"the children were in the third to tenth percentile for physical growth"-and a tendency to rock and grasp themselves

Some nasty scientists carry out experiments on monkeys. The baby monkeys are deprived of hugs. The monkeys become ill.

Why are some people in third world villages in Nigeria and Indonesia so happy? They are happy because of all the pats on the back, all the holding of hands and all the hugs.

Photos of people hugging:

http://community.webshots.com/user/aangirfan

There is more than one kind of intimacy / physical contact.

There is sleazy intimacy. There is innocent intimacy.

Why are so many American and British people unhappy? Could it be that in Britain and America intimacy is often sleazy? Innocent intimacy is often discouraged.

Doctor Who - Aliens of London

http://prisonplanet.com/articles/april2005/290405doctorwho.htm

Prison Planet, April 29 2005, looked at the script of a recent episode of the BBC's 'Doctor Who'.

The script apparently borrowed ideas from those people who believe that 9 11 was an inside-job.

In the recent episode 'Aliens of London,' a spaceship crashes into Big Ben in a sequence similar to the events of 9/11.

London is put under martial law.

The brains behind the attack are people within the government.

The staged attack gives the government an excuse to launch a war for fuel.

There are false claims of weapons of mass destruction.

The Prime Minister is criticized for his lack of action ("as with Bush in the elementary school on 9/11").

Immediately after the Big Ben crash, a body belonging to a particular race is recovered from the Thames river. This race gets blamed for the attack while the real bad guys organize behind the scenes. According to Prison Planet, "this is symbolic of Muslim hijackers being used as the patsies on 9/11".

Prison Planet reminds us of the Lone Gunmen pilot episode, which carried the plot where a secret group within the government attempt to hijack a commercial airliner and fly it into the World Trade Center. This was made in late 2000 and broadcast in early 2001.

Alex Jones interviewed Dean Haglund, one of the stars of the show back in December. Haglund said that by the time the X-files was coming to an end, the producer Chris Carter (who also produced 'Gunmen') was being approached by government agencies and NASA with script ideas.

"Was this a forewarning from the inside that 9/11 was about to happen?"

Violence in schools

http://jakartass.blogspot.com/

A quote from jakartass:

Theo Toemion, the chairman of Indonesia's powerful Investment Coordinating Board, is, like most parents, passionate about his son's sporting activities.

Just how passionate became evident one recent Sunday when he went on a violent rampage, assaulting a 14-year-old referee and several parents of other children in a dispute over a junior school basketball match.

The assault on the grounds of the Jakarta International School left an American oil company executive, the parent of one child in the game, with a broken nose.

The executive has since been forced to leave Indonesia with his family.

Another oil company employee was hit in the back of the head, requiring several stitches.

According to one witness, Toemion shouted threats that he could have the non-Indonesian parents thrown out of the country.

Among those trying to restrain Toemion were executives from U.S. companies like ExxonMobil, Nike, Unocal and ConocoPhillips.

"The implication was that he could revoke anyone's work permit if he wanted to," the witness said.

Another person familiar with the incident said Toemion had advised those present not to bother calling the police, because he "owned" the local police.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Which celebrities would have backed Hitler?

Asked about his heroes, the young Schwarzenegger, in 1975, was quoted as saying; "I admired Hitler."

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Who's backing whom in the UK election?

Backing Britain's extreme right-wing Labour Party are a number of 'celebrities'. One doubts if any of them are really aware of the true nature of the Labour government. One doubts that they would have been enthusiastic backers of genocide in Iraq, Operation Northwoods or Operation Gladio. Labour backers include:

1. Oasis frontman Gallagher (How much does he know about Operation Gladio?)

2. Liz Dawn ( Coronation Street's Vera Duckworth)

3. Maureen Lipman

4. Richard Wilson

5. singer Beverly Knight

6. director Lord Richard Attenborough.

The Lib Dems have a much more attractive and better educated bunch of people supporting them:

1. Musician and record producer Brian Eno

2. ex-BBC boss Greg Dyke

3. former TV agony aunt Claire Rayner

4. scientist Richard Dawkins

5. writer and broadcaster Germaine Greer

6. rabbi Julia Neuberger

7. Travis frontman Fran Healy

8. Broadcaster Nicholas Parsons

9. film critic Barry Norman

10. epidemiologist Sir Richard Doll

The SNP has the active support of actor Sean Connery, a long-time SNP supporter.

He has appeared in their party political broadcasts.

The Green Party has:

George Monbiot,
comedian Mark Thomas,
Hollywood actor Tim Roth,
Kate Ford - aka Tracy Barlow in Coronation Street.
Director Alex Cox is working on their election broadcasts
Steven Berkoff
Peter Tatchell


Information from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/uk_politics/vote_2005/frontpage/4464557.stm

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Britain's most famous general

Britain’s most famous general, Montgomery, loved young boys.

But he kept this interest in boys hidden from the public.

In 1967, when the House of Lords was considering a bill to legalise gay sex, Field Marshal Montgomery declared : "This sort of thing may be tolerated by the French, but we're British - thank God."

Professor Nigel Hamilton is Monty's official biographer.

'The Full Monty', by Professor Hamilton, claims that Montgomery loved boys, including preteen boys.

Professor Hamilton has drawn on hundreds of letters to and from Montgomery.

There have long been rumours about Monty. In 1976, the biographer Lord Chalfont wrote about Monty's "predilection for the company of young men".

Prof Hamilton became friends with Monty at age 11. Hamilton is sure about Monty's love of boys.

According to Hamilton: "These were quasi love affairs. He became really passionately involved with these ... boys.

"I myself have more than 100 very loving letters from him. My relationship with him wasn't sexual, in the sense that it wasn't acted upon, but I had been through enough years at British boarding schools to know what kind of enormous affection and feeling he had for me.

"And I wasn't alone, this was a consistent pattern in Monty's life."

Montgomery met 12 year-old Lucien Treub, his "little Swiss friend".

Lucien told Hamilton how the general would bathe him and rub him down with a towel.

Monty never showed much interest in women.

Like certain well known politicians, Monty married late, at a point when a wife would help his career.

He was married for ten years.

Monty wrote many impassioned letters to young boys.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Nabokov and Pale Fire and deception

Vladimir Nabokov found boys interesting, and there are gay characters in almost all of his 17 novels.

Vladimir came from a ‘liberal’ family which contained a number of ‘gay’ characters.

When Vladimir occasionally used ‘homophobic slurs’ this did not neccessarily mean that he was not fond of young males.

With Nabokov things are not always what they seem.

Some quotes from Nabokov’s ‘Pale Fire’:

"When he was a dark strong lad of thirteen ... he had several dear playmates but none could compete with Oleg, Duke of Rahl. In those days growing boys of high-born families wore on festive occasions ... sleeveless jerseys, white anklesocks with black buckle shoes, and very tight, very short shorts called hotinguens ...

"Both lads were handsome, long-legged specimens of Varangian boyhood... Oleg ... stripped and shiny in the mist of the bath house, his bold virilia...

"Oleg’s last visit, when for the first time the two boys had been allowed to share the same bed, and the tingle of their misbehavior...

"A secret passage... his soft blond locks ...his golden brows ... the downy warmth of that crimson ear ... dark passageways ... stealthy intrusion ... blind pokings ... penetrations ...dusky odor ...

"Oleg walked in front : his shapely buttocks encased in tight indigo cotton moved alertly, and his own erect radiance, rather than his flambeau, seemed to illume with leaps of light the low ceiling and crowding walls. Behind him the young Prince’s electric torch played on the ground and gave a coating of flower to the back of Oleg’s bare thighs... smooth entrance ...

"You’re all chalky behind," said the young Prince ... Both were in a manly state and moaning like doves...

"He inhaled the hair oil of the pretty page who had bent to brush a rose petal off the footstool...

"The King waded into the damp ...its odor, its lacy resilience, and the mixture of soft growth and steep ground...a bare kneed mountain lad like a tawny angel...

"The boy-handsome tousle-haired girlfriend...

"Some of his predecessors, rough alderkings who burned for boys...

"He saw nineteen-year-old Disa ..She had come in male dress, as a Tirolese boy...

"Gordon ... A slender but strong-looking lad of fourteen or fifteen dyed a nectarine hue by the sun. He had nothing on save a leopard-spotted loincloth... The graceful boy wreathed about the loins with ivy...

"The boy wiped his wet hands on his black bathing trunks... The boy striking his flanks clothed in white tennis shorts... The young woodwose had closed his eyes and was stretched out supine on the pool’s marble margin; his Tarzan brief had ben cast aside on the turf..."

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In the 1950s Nabokov wrote Lolita. For six months it was the number one bestseller in America.

Nabokov liked girls, so long as they looked like boys. Lolita was the girl with the ‘puerile hips’, the girl wearing ‘shorts’.

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A quote from Timon of Athens: "The moon's an arrant thief, / And her pale fire she snatches from the sun."

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With Nabokov things are not always what they seem.

In Pale Fire, the commentator appears to be Charles Kinbote. But, Nabokov reveals in his diary that the commentator is Prof. Vseslav Botkin, a Russian and an academic. Nabokov was Russian and an academic.

According to Nabokov, in Pale Fire :

"reality is neither the subject nor the object of true art which creates its own special reality having nothing to do with the average ‘reality’ perceived by the communal eye."

Vladimir Nabokov's 1962 novel, Pale Fire, is about things not being as simple as they first appear.

Pale Fire, Kinbote, Zembla, Charles II, and Gradus, may be the elaborate creation of the Russian academic. Are any of us what we appear to be?

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Bombay

Bombay airport meant oven-heat, a push through the ragged crowds, and a drive by battered taxi, past endless slums, to a room in a tall block of flats, near Vile Parle.

The room was full of giant cockroaches but there was air-conditioning.

Going out for a meal I passed a heavily-pregnant woman living under a plastic sheet on the pavement. Her ten year old son looked starved and I suggested he join me for a meal in one of the restaurants across the road. The boy agreed. I ate heartily but the boy refused the food offered. It was a Moslem restaurant and the hungry boy was a Hindu. The lad returned to his plastic sheet home.

On my first morning I took a red city bus, past Bombay's sooty blocks and gaudy markets, to the Haji Ali Mosque. This wonderfully exotic building is reached by a long causeway. And this was where I met 15-year-old Muna and 17-year-old Marshall, two of Bombay's many abandoned, or run-away children. They both looked about thirteen years of age and they had both left behind their families in Karnataka State in the South. They earned their living by cleaning taxis for a few rupees. Muna, a Hindu, slept in Mahalaxmi station and Marshall, a Catholic, slept in Bombay Central station.

Muna and Marshall showed me Chowpatty beach, which can be used as a bathroom, the Prince of Wales Museum, the Zoo, the huge Taj Mahal Hotel and the New-York-style skyscrapers around Nariman Point. There, beside immense wealth, we watched ragged children wait beside the foodstalls for the chance to eat the left-over scrapings from plates. Then the sky turned totally black and the monsoon rains burst upon us. My pockets and shoes were filled with water. The streets were flooded up to knee level.

Muna and Marshall took me to a cinema in tumbledown Falkland Road. I did not like the look of the people in the cinema queue. The men had bull-heads and snake-eyes and I imagined they were all pickpockets or racketeers.

After the film, we waded along Falkland Road, trying to avoid the floating human excrement, a humpbacked cow and the muscular arms of the hundreds of girls crowded together in almost every doorway and caged-window. Some of the caged girls looked like sad little primary schoolchildren. Following the example of an Arab, I dodged into a restaurant for a warming cup of tea. In the restaurant's spacious lavatory there was child who had made this dry haven his home.

The following morning I decided I wanted to avoid having a guide. But a young lad called Suresh disagreed. Suresh followed me through the markets and parks. When I hopped on a bus, he followed. When I hopped on a train, he followed. When I took photos of lingams and statues of elephants, Suresh was around there somewhere. When I returned to my flat, Suresh was still trailing me, and the muscular guard at the entrance to the block then threatened him with violence.

When I went out for supper, Suresh was waiting round the corner. I relented and decided to speak to him. He lived with his father in Victoria Terminus Railway station; his father drank too much; tourists were Suresh's only source of income. I gave him a little money and off he sped.

The sun shone next day, and on Juhu Beach I met Sunil, aged thirteen. He lived with other ragamuffins at Vile Parle Sation, but on sunny days he liked to wander along the beach talking to the horses and digging for sea shells.

That evening a middle class Hindu family invited me to a vegetarian dinner in their flat in a tall block.

"How about a trip to Poona?" asked Ramesh, the head of the household. "I've got some business with Poona's Rajneesh Ashram."

"Do you support the Ashram?" I asked.

"No," said Ramesh. "The Ashram is all about sex. It's full of men who've left their wives back in Europe."

Next day I was in Ramesh's car, similar to a Morris Minor, being driven past slums apparently made of mud.

"Filthy devils," said Ramesh, pointing to the shanty town.

Our journey to Poona took us past scores of crashed lorries, bleeding lorry drivers, pot-holes the size of dustbin lids, and battalions of workers out on strike.

The Rajneesh Ashram contained hundreds of beautiful, upper-class, western girls and boys, enjoying a sort of 'Club Mediterranee' existence.

The grinning master, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, was talking on the subject of 'boredom', so I wandered off to look at the bookshop.

Two of the books by the fantastically rich master were entitled 'Blessed are the Ignorant' and 'The Great Nothing.'

One class on yoga had been cancelled as the teacher had a bad case of hepatitis.

Back in Bombay I visited the wonderfully Victorian Bombay Central station. Here I encountered a host of Dickensian characters: a tiny hunchback with bare feet, pencil limbs, an umbrella, and such a sad face; tribal children whose limbs had allegedly been broken and twisted by their beggar masters; little barefoot rubbish collectors with jute sacks over their shoulders; a skin and bones boy too weak to stand up; the dead body of a young man being carried outside by his friends...

On a piece of pavement near Haji Ali I found a shivering and coughing Marshall sheltering under a plastic sheet. I bought him some egg masala and suggested he seek shelter at one of the 'Friendship Homes' run by the Catholic Church for abandoned children.

As we travelled by taxi to Holy Family Church, Marshall told me of his ambitions to become a car mechanic.

At 'Snehasadan :Friendship Home', we were greeted by Eloy Molines, a smiling, middle-aged Spaniard who helped run twelve homes.

Eloy, together with a female social worker, interviewed Marshall and found out his story. Marshall had worked up to his knees in water in the kitchen of a restaurant; he had found his legs growing so stiff that he could not walk; Marshall's father had beaten him because he had refused to continue working; Marshall had run away.

Eloy arranged for Marshall to stay with houseparents Richard, who worked for Metal Box, and his wife Celine. Eloy warned me that more than half of the boys who come to Snehasadan do not stay long, perhaps because they prefer the freedom of the railway station to the restricted life of the homes. Some boys drop into the homes temporarily, when they need a doctor, a new shirt, or shelter from the monsoon.

The boys at the home, from a mixture of religious backgrounds, seemed remarkably cheerful. They sang as they skipped down the corridors. The kids on the swings in the gardens looked tall and well fed.

I left Marshall at the home, but, when I phoned Eloy a few days later, I learnt that Marshall had decided not to stay.

Out at Vile Parle, in the suburbs, I met Michael, a middle-aged little tailor, originally from Kerala. Like so many Keralans he was Christian and highly educated. Michael decided I must visit an orphanage run by Mother Theresa's Missionaries of Charity.

The rooms at the orphanage seemed as big as aircraft hangers and were filled with babies in cots. The sister in charge, a beautiful and calm woman from Bangladesh, pointed out one sickly wrinkled baby suffering from boils. I doubted if it could have any chance of survival, but the sister assured me it would live. One toddler grabbed my hand and kissed it. Another put a razor blade in its mouth, only to have it calmly removed by the sister.

Back outside, Michael gave me a tour of Nehru Nagar, the slum where he lived. We waded through mud past rows of black hovels constructed from bits of wood and palm leaves. We chatted to naked children who scratched their heads as they played with skinny scurvy dogs. As we left, some urchins threw tiny stones in our direction. Michael immediately got them to apologise. (How unlike Britain!)

At Vile Parle station Sunil and his one-legged friend were having breakfast. I gave Sunil one rupee and both he and the one-legged boy danced up and down the stairs of the railway bridge in delight.

The train into the centre of the city was crowded and I discovered too late that some unknown person had slit open my money belt. Fortunately I kept my real valuables in a second money belt hidden by my shirt. However, I decided to transfer to another compartment. It turned out to be a women-only compartment and I was swiftly ejected.

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Hotels: Bombay attracts LOTS of Arab tourists, some of whom come for the girls, and boys. Bombay does not have a surfeit of hotels. So I would strongly advise booking your hotel in advance, if you don't want to end up homeless.

Shopping: Chor Bazaar, off Grant Road, is the place to buy Indian souvenirs.

Taxis : lots of them, except when it rains. Buses: excellent buses, but watch for pick pockets!!!! Trains: lots of trains to the suburbs from Bombay Central.

Health: watch out! Don't drink the water. Take advice before you go. AIDS is a very major problem.

Riots: if there are riots, stay indoors!!!

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Bisexual animals? Bisexual Moslems? Sex with boys?

Http://www.salon.com/it/feature/1999/03/cov_15featurea.html

Biologist Bruce Bagemihl wrote "Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity."

It seems that gay and lesbian geese stay together year after year.

‘Bottlenose dolphins don't form male-female couples, but males often form lifelong pairs with other males. Some are interested only in males, but others are bisexual and happily indulge in beak-genital propulsion and more with male or female alike.

'Male black swans court and form stable pairs... and become model parents, twice as successful as straight parents.’

The animal kingdom seems to be bisexual.

What about people in Moslem countries?

Http://www.qrd.org/qrd/www/world/europe/turkey/islamottoman.htm

During the early years of Islam, homosexuality was seemingly not regarded as a crime.

‘There are even rumors that Ali, one of the members of Mohammed's family had an affair with Mohammed’.

In 1001 Arabian Nights, there are stories about homosexual relationships.

In the Moslem Ottoman Empire, 1299- 1923, sleeping with "boys" was very common.

In the hamams (baths) the "tellaks" (young boys who helped men to have a bath) served as male prostitutes.

In Ottoman Literature there are many poems written by male poets about boys.

Sex with boys was not illegal and the sultans were engaged in sex with boys.

There was a palace for boys in Bursa. In this palace the sultan kept many young boys who served the men in the army.

http://www.globalgayz.com/indonesia-news.html

An Indonesian film featuring gay kissing has become a box office hit in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country.

Playing to packed cinemas in Jakarta, "Arisan!" is all about homosexuality.

Indonesian society is relatively tolerant of homosexuality, but the topic does not usually get a public airing.

There is no mention of homosexuality in Indonesian law and the relatively liberal mass media rarely discusses the issue, despite the presence of a number of gay public figures.

Http://www.glbtq.com/social-sciences/karsch_haack_f.html

Ferdinand Karsch-Haack demonstrated the occurrence of same-sex sexual activity throughout the animal kingdom, among the so-called primitive peoples, and in all non-Western cultures.

http://www2.rz.hu-berlin.de/sexology/GESUND/ARCHIV/GUS/INDONESIA.HTM

There is a long history of same-sex activity in Indonesia.

There were male priestesses among the Dayak, the Buginese and the Toraja, and transvestite male-to-female dancers in Java and at the courts of Aceh and Bali there were young boys who had sex with men.

The origin of AIDS and other diseases

http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/

"AIDS first appeared in regions where extensive smallpox vaccinations took place in Africa; and in the US, it emerged in test subjects of an experimental Hepatitis vaccine...

"Smallpox vaccines during the 50s were manufactured by taking blood from cows with cowpox and culturing the virus on sheep liver. It is worth noting that the human AIDS virus shares features with both bovine leukemia virus and sheep visna virus.

"The Ebola outbreaks in Zaire and Sudan also followed vaccination programs...

"Marburg first appeared in vaccine factories in Marburg, Germany and Belgrade, Yugoslavia, in 1967.

"Now we have a Marburg outbreak in Angola, again associated with a vaccination program...

"Both Marburg and Ebola share a common feature. The genome mutates rapidly between generations, usually an indication of a very new and still-unstable life form.
This indication of a newly created form of virus, coupled with the inability to locate any natural reservoir of these viruses strongly suggests that some part of the process of creating vaccines from biological raw materials may in fact be accidentally creating large strings of synthetic prions and giving rise to these previously unknown pathogens...

"Marburg has INCREASED in lethality from the original outbreak in the vaccine factories (30%) to the current outbreak in Angola (100%). This is not a natural progression. Something else is going on."

Thursday, April 07, 2005

'Kingdom by the Sea' by Paul Theroux

Mr Theroux has that way of describing bits of Britain that make you think : Gosh, that's just how it is .

MARGATE - "Skinheads and chip-shops and rain...."

Theroux walks round Britain's coast (just occasionally taking a train) and describes the places he visits and the people he meets.

The year was 1982, the summer of the Falklands War.

DEAL - "a girl and a boy stopped me...

"The girl said, 'Give me forty-five pence, will you?'"

"... I said no ...

"'He's a poof,'" the girl said, and they both laughed."

HASTINGS - "The town was too poor to be vulgar and it had enough friendly artists to avoid being philistine." Theroux liked Hastings.

BEXHILL - "tea shops; semi-detached houses; pebbledash facades; no fun-fair visible; a largely elderly population of shuffling Tories."

THE EAST SUSSEX COAST - "The English aristocracy had nearly always been recruited from the ranks of flatterers, cut-throats, boyfriends... So it was not so strange that this blue valley on the coast of East Sussex was populated by wine-bibbing lords who had formerly been Marxist union men..."

HOVE - "Hove was low spirits and lawns."

LITTLEHAMPTON - "The sort of place where people did little but water their plants..."

LYME REGIS - "a continuous line of traffic being squeezed between tea shops and coaching
inns..."

CORNWALL - "The loathing for tourists and outsiders was undisguised."

WALES - " ... seemed like an earlier version of England - upright and antique and dusty and church-going, with all the colour schemes wrong."

Theroux likes the Welsh. "Welsh politeness was soft-hearted and smiling. Even LLANELLI's Skinheads were well-behaved, and the youths with swastikas on their leather jackets, and bleached hair and earrings, or green hair and T-shirts saying Anarchy - even they seemed sweet-natured."

BELFAST - "I knew at once that Belfast was an awful city. It had a bad face - mouldering buildings, tough-looking people, a visible smell, too many fences..."

EDINBURGH- "a city of black crags and old solemn tenements... It was the most beautiful city in Britain and one of the most beautiful in Europe."

GLASGOW - Theroux finds Glasgow peaceful, even pretty.

"The city looked dignified."

But, Theroux does notice one less dignified aspect of people and trains in the Glasgow area:

"the men who sat six to a table with a bottle of vodka and twenty cans of Tartan Ale; the families sitting in a nest of newspapers and sandwich wrappers and plastic bags... the children screaming, 'How much farva!' and 'I can hear funda!'...an atmosphere of sour mayonnaise and stale cigarette smoke...."

Theroux like the Scots!

"I was reluctant to leave Scotland; I had liked nearly everyone I had met."

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Theroux is at his best when describing the people he meets.

"'We do bed and breakfast,' Margaret Skeat said.

Vesta Skeat was thirteen and sneaked lipstick when her mother was not looking...

"'Is that all the clobber you have?" she said, standing in the doorway of my room...

"Her mother screamed her name. Vesta said softly, 'Shut up, you silly cow,' and then winked at me..."

Theroux stayed mainly in Bed and Breakfasts.

"I was often warmed by a small thrill in following the younger landladies up four flights to the tiny room at the top of the house."

Theroux stayed in a B&B in Southport.

"Trish likes getting down on all fours. A lot. To shampoo the carpet, or sweep the carpet, or pick up toys from the floor...

"Trish was frequently on her hands and knees when I was sitting in the room...It was as if, in ape terms, she was 'presenting' to me - the bum-show that matters so much in baboon society..."

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Theroux visits Butlins, in MINEHEAD -

"The more I saw of Butlin's the more it resembled English life; it was very close to reality in its narrowness, its privacies and its pleasures....

"electronic games were easier than sports and eating junk food had become another recreation. No one seemed to notice how plain the buildings were....

"I went to the talent show auditions in the Gaiety Revue Theatre. A girl of eight did a suggestive dance to a lewd pop song... Most of the parents were elsewhere- playing one-armed bandits and drinking beer."

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And what does Theroux (an American) really think about the English?

"Person to person, I had found them truthful and efficient and humane..."

"But anonymity made them lazy, dishonest and aggressive.... over the phone they were unhelpful and frequently rude..."

"If I had only one word to describe the expression of England's face I would have said: insulted.

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On occasions, Theroux was forced to stay in large hotels.

"It was hard to distinguish hotels in England from prisons or hospitals. Most of them were run with the same indifference or cruelty and were equally uncomfortable."

Actually, Theroux did like some of the small hotels he stayed in. "The English do small things well and big things badly."

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In Bristol he visits the St Pauls district, where race riots had left streets of gutted buildings.

"In the course of a generation or two the parents' authority had been weakened and the children had stopped submitting. In fact the children had become British," writes Theroux.

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British children?

"one mother (English), looking at the tormented face of her wet baby, grew very cold and sarcastic.

" 'Someone's going to have a warm bottom in a minute!' she said.

"The baby groaned like a starving monkey and tensed its fingers, indicating fear and frustration.

"The Welsh people on the train stared at this behaviour and thought: The English!"

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In Southport, Theroux meets Jason.

"Even Jason, who was 12, was lacking in hope. he was a bright boy but he said he was in the 'B' class. 'All the posh woons are in the 'A' class. Teacher's pets and that. He said he was planning to leave school when he was 16.

" 'What would your mother say about that?'

" 'Me moom don't care.'

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Theroux feels sorry for some of the children of Anglesey. "Anglesey...was all council flats and uncut grass, barking dogs and broken stone walls. I felt sorry for the children, kicking tin cans, their hands in their pockets and their hair blowing, dreaming of being plasterers."

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Theroux worries about the poor. He considers that in Britain "directors were treated absurdly well, and workers badly."

(How true. Not so long ago, The Sunday Times pointed out that the bosses of Britain's top 100 companies earn on average £1,700,000 per year. And are they doing a good job? In recent times BT shareholders saw their shares drop about 60%)

At one point in the book, Theroux makes a prediction about the future of Britain. He believes Britain would become a "a wilderness in which most people lived hand to mouth, and the rich would live like princes."

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Theroux worries about violence. "I no longer felt that place-names like Taunton or Exeter or Bristol were evocative of anything but graffiti-covered walls....

"The graffiti suggested that England was changing into a ....more violent place."

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'Who the heck does Theroux think he is?' you may ask, as your blood pressure rises. Well, he's American, and he admits that all is not well in America! He lived for five years in Africa, working, I think, for the peace Corps. He taught English in Singapore. He did a lot of travelling: China, South America..... He lived for some years in London. And he admits that when he's critical, the problem may be with him!

He writes: "Morcambe was wrapped around the edge of a dirty sea, scowling, its blackened terraces and hotels reminiscent of certain fierce churches - all spikes and shadows... "I imagined day-trippers getting off the train and taking one look and bursting into tears. But of course most people at Morcambe were enjoying themselves in the drizzle, and the fault was mine, not theirs." Well, normal people like drizzle, don't they?

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Theroux LOVED some parts of coastal Britain.

THE NORTH WEST COAST OF SCOTLAND - "This was the most spectacular coastline I had seen so far in Britain - huger than Cornwall, darker than Wales, wilder than Antrim...

"It was a splendid ride to Mallaig - one of the most scenic railway journeys in the world....

"That night I stared out of the window at the freakish mountains of Skye. They were sharp pointed , fantastic and high like peaks in dragon stories...

"Skye...it was a surprise and a pleasure to find a place I wished to return to....I wanted to come here again with someone I loved and say 'Look.'

ST ANDREWS - "There was not a town its size in Britain to compare with St Andrews...the white stone ruins and the brown stone buildings perched on the rocky cliffs of a wide bay....like a lively cloister with the roof off..."

Christian gangsters, the American-trained military and terror

http://archives.econ.utah.edu/archives/aut-op-sy/2000m02/msg00158.htm
http://www.asiapac.org.fj/cafepacific/resources/aspac/maluku.html
http://www.infid.be/kopassus_maluku.html

The rich elite sometimes use terror in order to hold onto their wealth and power.

It is sometimes Christian gangsters, allied to members of the elite, who carry out the violence.

It now appears that Christian gangsters and sections of the American-trained military have been behind much of the terror in Indonesia’s Spice islands/Maluku/Ambon and elsewhere.

Christians have reportedly been responsible for attacking churches.

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The surrender to the Indonesian police of Berty Loupatty, the leader of the Christian Coker gang, has led to revelations about the alleged role of Kopassus, the army's American-trained special forces, in the terror in Indonesia. http://www.infid.be/kopassus_maluku.html

Berty Loupatty claims that most of the terror in Maluku has been stage-managed by the military.

Tempo Magazine gained access to police reports, revealing that Coker was involved in at least 13 incidents, 9 of which included members of Kopassus. [Tempo No. 46, 19 January 2003].

Christian Rahayaan, a lawyer for Coker, told the press:

'During questioning, members of the Coker gang said Kopassus soldiers gave them directives, weapons and bombs to carry out every attack (in 2002). It's clear that the unrest in Maluku is the work of provocateurs. They use the pretext to create the impression that without the military, Maluku won't be safe'. [AFP, 8 January 2003].

"According to police reports Coker was involved in the destruction of a public transport terminal on 27 August 2001, killing 2 persons and wounding 16. A month later the Christian militia group placed a bomb in a minibus, killing one person.

"On 12 November 2001, supported by a Kopassus member called Ridwan, Coker members planted a bomb in an electronics shop killing 3 persons.

"Just before Christmas Day 2001 they exploded a bomb on a ferry carrying hundreds of passengers, heading towards the Galala harbour in Ambon. The ferry sank, 4 people were killed and scores were wounded. The Kopassus member involved was known as Dio.

"Together with Kopassus troops, Coker launched attacks on the villages of Portho and Haria on 10 April and 8 May 2002, with the intention of provoking the villagers to fight each other.

"The most vicious combined operation of Coker and Kopassus was the attack on the village of Soya... 22 houses were destroyed by fire, as well as the historic church of Soya built during Portuguese times and 12 people were killed. The Soya bloodbath created new tensions between Muslim and Christian communities. It is now clear that the attack was not the work of Muslim warriors as was thought at the time but an attack by a Christian militia gang together with Kopassus units."

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'In February 2000 a bloodbath occurred in Tobelo and Galela, in North Maluku. It is estimated that 1,500 Muslims were butchered within a short space of time, which was possibly the highest death toll in a religious conflict in the history ofIndonesia'. http://www.infid.be/kopassus_maluku.html

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George Aditjondro has written that the terror in parts of Indonesia has been triggered and fed by a number of provocateurs, according to monitoring by a sociologist and two human rights organizations.

In Ambon there is a Christian gang called Cowok Keristen (Christian Boys), shortened to Coker, and uses the Maranatha Protestant church as its headquarters.

'In Jakarta, they are connected to two Moluccan Christian youths, Milton Matuanakota and Ongky Pieters. This gang of Moluccan Christian youths dominate the shopping centre, parking area and gambling dens in West Jakarta.'

Communal clashes in Ketapang in Jakarta, November l998, involved Christian gangsters from Ambon. There were rumours that hundreds of Christian Ambonese security guards for a major gambling casino had destroyed a local mosque. Indonesian human rights investigators found evidence that truckloads of youths, some of them paid, had been trucked in to take part in the violence. http://www.hrw.org/reports/1999/ambon/amron-02.htm

The Christian gangs are part of the Jakarta mafia, operating as security guards for illegal gambling dens, night clubs and brothels. From the start, the godfathers of the gangs were military officers. Http://www.infid.be/kopassus_maluku.html

In Jakarta, rivals of the Milton and Ongky group include Ongen Sangaji, a Pancasila Youth activist and coordinator of a Moluccan Muslim university student organization. Many members of this group were recruited into the PAM Swakarsa (civilian security troops) used by General Wiranto to keep protesting students away from parliament in November l998.

Thamrin Amal Tomagola, a professor at the University of Indonesia's Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, suspects that in Ambon the network of provocators can be traced back to people connected to former Armed Forces Commander General Wiranto (Sydney Morning Herald, 19 January 2000).

Allegedly the terror in Maluku may be being funded by the Suharto family and by two Suharto cronies with business interests in North Maluku, Eka Cipta Widjaja and PrajogoPangestu (Jakarta Post, 18 January 2000).

Allegedly Suharto and his generals may also have received funds from another entrepreneur with big business in Maluku, Tommy Winata. (Tempo, 31 May-6June 1999: 39-50).

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Black magic, spies and child abuse

From: 'One Girl's War, personal exploits in MI5's most secret section' by Joan Miller - 1986

Charles Henry Maxwell-Knight, 'M' was head of Britain's MI5 spy agency.

"His first wife Gladys, I learnt, died in the Overseas Club after some sort of occult misadventure in which the notorious Aleister Crowley was involved - certainly I'd never been willing to enquire too deeply into that incident. Black magic was not a subject that held any attraction for me. I accepted M's interest in it, hoping it was purely academic, but, for myself, I preferred to leave it well and truly alone: M understood this. When I tore up a photograph of Aleister Crowley which he had kept, as I believed it to be unlucky, he only laughed."

http://www.bilderberg.org/sis.htm

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http://rigorousintuition.blogspot.com/2005/04/dont-look-now.html
http://rigorousintuition.blogspot.com/2005/04/it-looks-more-like-war-zone.html#comments

Jeff Wells, of rigorousintuition.blogspot.com, has been reading about Peter Lewis, who resigned on 4 April as South Australia's parliamentary speaker.

Lewis had raised claims that there is a "network of 'organised activity' between a group of high society paedophiles in Australia involving politicians, the judiciary and public servants."

Two of Lewis's informants, Robert Woodland and Shaine Moore, 'have recently been murdered'.


Jeff Wells quotes the following: "There is an international cult that believes that the path to illumination and spiritual liberation is through the rape, torture and sacrifice of children. The cult is highly organised and protected by a network of middle- and upper-class professionals, who are either cult members, or access the 'services' of the cult (eg child porn/prostitution, rendering them vulnerable to blackmail). The cult is modelled on Crowley's writings, as is evidenced by the internal pseudo-Masonic 'degree' structure, the existence of OTO-like 'chapters', and the doctrine of 'strength', 'master/slave' and ritualised rape."

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http://www.voxfux.com/features/cia_child_sex.html

According to voxfux.com : "The picture that has emerged is that indeed the major institutions of the United States of America, the CIA, the FBI and the many of our governmental and media institutions are involved in child sexual slavery and ritualistic abuse."

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2004-JUL-15: Italy: In the Catholic magazine Famiglia Cristiana, Fr. Buonaiuto explained that 'a proliferation of cults exists which practice black masses, with the profanation of consecrated hosts, rape and torture.. We know of cases of consensual vampirism, and also the assaulting of young people who have been drugged in the course of ritualistic orgies....Some cults perform rituals with the consecrated hosts while under the influence of LSD or cocaine, led frequently by ex-priests who have offered themselves in the service of Satan'."

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London, 2001: a boy's torso was found in the Thames. Police now believe it could have been a "muti" killing, a human sacrifice practiced in southern Africa.

Dr Anthony Minnar, of the Institute for Human Rights and Criminal Justice in South Africa: "We have children going missing every week from our townships. The assumption is that those missing children are being put into prostitution and also that they are being used for muti murder."

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"From our comfortable seat in life … we never could have imagined that thousands of well-off adults, integrated and even cultured, find pleasure in seeing children tortured and killed.”
From a front-page editorial in Italy’s Corriere della Sera, reprinted in The Irish Times, September 29, 2000

“British detectives are trying to close a website showing pictures of a man eating a dismembered baby … the website, based in California … has been linked with the ritual abuse of children … A second website showing similar scenes of sadistic and ritualistic abuse has been successfully shut.”
Independent, February 21, 2001

Monday, April 04, 2005

Fascist American troops murder children?

http://www.medialens.org/

The journalist Dahr Jamail recently interviewed an Iraqi doctor from Fallujah who describes atrocities committed by US forces during their assault on that city last November.

The doctor, now a refugee in Jordan and speaking on condition of anonymity, insists his testimony is backed up by video and photographic evidence.

According to the doctor, during the second week of their attack US forces "announced that all the families [had] to leave their homes and meet at an intersection in the street while carrying a white flag. They gave them 72 hours to leave and after that they would be considered an enemy.

"We documented this story with video - a family of 12, including a relative and his oldest child who was 7 years old. They heard this instruction, so they left with all their food and money they could carry, and white flags.

"When they reached the intersection where the families were accumulating, they heard someone shouting 'Now!' in English, and shooting started everywhere." (Jamail, 'Stories from Fallujah', 8 February, 2005, http://dahrjamailiraq.com/weblog/archives/dispatches/000196.php )

A surviving eyewitness told the doctor everyone in the family was carrying white flags, as instructed.

Nevertheless, the witness watched as his mother was shot in the head and his father was shot through the heart by snipers.

His two aunts were also shot, and his brother was shot in the neck. The survivor stated that when he raised himself from the ground to shout for help, he too was shot in the side. The doctor continued: "After some hours he raised his arm for help and they shot his arm. So after a while he raised his hand and they shot his hand."

A six year-old boy was standing over the bodies of his parents, crying, and he too was shot.

"Anyone who raised up was shot," the doctor said, adding that he had photographs of the dead and also of survivors' gunshot wounds.

Popes and sex.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1451484,00.html

In today's Guardian, Terry Eagleton, professor of cultural theory at Manchester University, argues that the Pope has blood on his hands.

Eagleton writes: "The Pope's authority was so unassailable that the head of a Spanish seminary managed to convince his students that he had the Pope's personal permission to masturbate them."

When the child sex scandal broke, John Paul rewarded an American cardinal who had covered up the abuse with a 'plush' posting in Rome.

John Paul condemned condoms, "which might have saved countless Catholics in the developing world from an agonising Aids death". According to Eagleton, "the Pope goes to his eternal reward with those deaths on his hands. He was one of the greatest disasters for the Christian church since Charles Darwin".

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http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2002/04/04/1017206239243.html?oneclick=true

Officially John Paul II and the Vatican are opposed to homosexual activity.

The Rev Andrew Greeley wrote in 1989: "Blatantly active homosexual priests are appointed, transferred and promoted ... National networks of active homosexual priests (many of them church administrators) are tolerated. Pedophiles are reassigned."

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http://www.killingthebuddha.com/kama_sutra/pope_converts.htm

Mark D. Jordan, a former Catholic seminary instructor who teaches religion at Emory University, has written 'The Silence of Sodom, Homosexuality in Modern Catholicism'. (The University of Chicago Press, 2000)

Jordan states that “conservative” Catholics who are loyal to the teaching of the Church are closeted homosexuals.

A journalist once charged that Pope Paul VI had engaged in homosexual activity....

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http://www.seemagazine.com/Issues/2002/0425/josey.htm

http://www.adishakti.org/his_human_adversary/the_sixth_commandment.htm

Pope Paul II apparently "spent nights adorning himself with priceless jewelry and frolicking with his numerous boyfriends in the sumptuous rooms of the Vatican".

It was said that Paul died of a heart attack while being sodomized by one of his favourite boys.

Leo X was said to have had banquets "at which little boys jumped naked out of puddings".