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DEATH OF THE BIG GREEN GATHERING

George Monbiot often irritates the hell out of me, but this is a classic example of bureaucrats behaving in a stalinist fashion. Conspiracy or cock-up? Not enough evidence to help us decide…but it’s another tightening of the screw against dissent and activism. We’ll all be back in ties and sports jackets soon [and twin-sets and pearls for the female gender] as the bureacrats reimpose the 1950s…yippee!

SHOTGUN OWNERS WARNED OVER THEFTS

Hmmm…is the Met at it again? We did some research on this, years ago, for the British Association for Shooting and Conservation [shotgun owners lobby group]. If only the Met would give regular figures for the provenance of shotguns, handguns and firearms used in crime, we could get an accurate picture of changes. It may be that things have changed, but we just have to rely on “spokespersons” rather than time series data. ah well…who cares about truth, bias and validity in these dumbed down days?

ISRAELI POLICE RECOMMEND CORRUPTION CHARGES AGAINST AVIGDOR LIEBERMAN

I’ve chosen the Guardian article because it includes a list of previous cases against Israeli Ministers. Now if only we had an attorney general that prosecuted politicians rather than declaring it not in the national interest! We shall see what happens in this case, however. Russian-originating organised crime that links to israel and new York must be worth a book by somebody. Go look at Misha Glenny’s recent publication.

THE PROPAGANDA WAR BETWEEN THE TALIBAN AND THE PENTAGON

The original title of this BBC World Service piece is more than a little loaded. It’s all reminiscent of the Chinese and Vietnamese Liberation Wars. Once you have the nationalism card in your hand, foreigners can’t win. End of story.

FORCE FACES “DIRE” CASH SHORTAGE

Policing and crime remain news in Scotland, whereas they have hit the back burner in England where “terrorism” and immigration make bigger headlines. I am willing to wager that the cash shortfalls faced by Strathclyde will be faced elsewhere in the UK before the year is out.

CRB ERRORS LEAD TO HUNDREDS BEING WRONGLY BRANDED CRIMINALS

If youre innocent, youve got nothing to fear…yeah, right. Criminal Records Bureau wrongly gave 1,570 people a criminal record, or gave people who had a record a clean bill of health, or got something else wrong [this is the Telegraph, I’m afraid] last year, up from 600+ the year before. The Home office gives us good old Stalin-style figures…They were 99.6% accurate, compared with 99.8%…oh go clap yourselves, apparatchiki!

CRIMINAL TRIALS FROM 18TH AND 19TH CENTURY GO ONLINE

You might like to look at the first comment. Some friend of democracy wants to reintroduce the death penalty for being drunk under the age of 18…and then would like to do the same for being a member of the Labour party. The moderator of the Times has permitted it to remain.
Otherwise, good news for researchers n historical criminology and ancestry, I think.

CHARLES MANSON FOLLOWER ENDS HER SILENCE

Linda Kasabian interviewed about the deaths of Sharon Tate and others. She was the member of the family who turned State’s evidence, o whatever the US term is. Apparently there will be a programme on Five shortly. Odd business Manson’s Family. was it terrorism, petty criminality or what. Compare Patty Hearst and the Symbionese Liberation Army, almost at the same time.
There are resonances with contemporary charismatic figures in jail for Jihadist acts and their influence on Muslim and other petty criminals.

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