Once again, political journalist John Rentoul loses out to me, his quite creditable score of 6/10 having been pipped by my 7/10. I did not know the answers to questions 1, 2, and 4.
Almost all liars try to build their structure of lies on a foundation of truth. Thus the “holocaust” farrago (“gas chambers” and all) has been built up on the foundation of the fact that a large number of Jews and others in the German Reich and some surrounding countries were interned and then deported to the East after 1939 (though in fact there were still 900 Jews living in Berlin itself by early 1945).
If someone says “someone woke up, had breakfast, took a bus into a nearby town, then returned the same way, until the bus took to the air and went into outer space”, is that sentence “true” or “untrue”? It is (perhaps) true in part, but the most spectacular part of the sentence is patently untrue.
If you then say “well, the basic narrative happened, but not the bit about the bus going into the air and then into space”, then you are telling the more exact truth, but someone who is trying to sell books based on the “flying bus” might be harsh enough to say that you are “telling lies” or, to put it another way, being a “flying bus denier”, and engaging in “flying bus denial”.
One of the silliest aspects of the UK public’s perception of 1939-1945 is that “the war was won” not by the vast hordes of the Red Army advancing west (fuelled and supplied largely by American industry), and not by the equally-huge American forces committed to the fight after 1941 and actually fighting on the western flank after 1942 (not to mention the secret atom bomb project), but by terribly clever little wheezes dreamed up by terribly clever little people in Whitehall back rooms. Country signposts turned round, or removed, maps of London not published (because the Germans will not have had even one streetmap of London in their possession) etc.
Thus the constant (80 years later) wave of books, TV shows etc about such as the actually shambolic and (overall) pointless activities of the Special Operations Executive [SOE], stabbing the odd German sentry, or vandalizing bits of rail track; or about the (tiny) “Secret Army” of gamekeepers and farmers etc, who were supposed to be ready to set the UK ablaze should German forces invade. Such plans owed more to John Buchan’s books, or those of other authors, than to reality.
Still, just as every lock has a key, so every internet company has a boss, and a cadre of those with the power to ban, unban, restrict etc. At present, it could be said that if they have a Luger at their heads, it is that of the State, or perhaps of the Zionist lobby.
Tweeter “@kieronf2” does not seem to me to merit the label “freethinker”, or even “thinker”…though I am sure that he is generally well-meaning; a retired Metropolitan Police detective, now resident in Minorca.
I would not oppose such a programme if it were voluntary. The population is largely overweight and largely sedentary. I myself am now a prime example, if truth be known. The days when I trekked miles, sometimes dozens of miles in a day, through landscapes such as the African bush, Welsh and English countryside, and the Tien Shan mountains, have long long gone! Ditto the almost daily 1-2 mile swims that I once undertook.
The NHS and society generally is paying out huge sums for treatment for “lifestyle” diseases, and the most widespread of those are caused at least party, if not mainly, by dietary and exercise deficiencies.
The devil here is in the detail. The spending cuts of 2008-2019 have closed large numbers of, not only libraries, but also swimming pools, lidos etc. There should be a programme of constructing swimming pools, as well as other health-leisure facilities, such as athletics tracks. Many parks have been closed or built upon. Britain needs new parks, both for aesthetic reasons and for the gentle exercise of strolling in the park.
I have blogged repeatedly about the 33-year cycle. It brings in huge changes for the succeeding few decades. The last key year was 1989. That ended old-style socialism as a serious force in world affairs. Yes, some actions preceded 1989, and a few remnants of the old world order persisted after 1989; a few still do, here and there: tiny or backward states such as North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela. Yes, China still (ludicrously) labels itself as a socialist country ruled by a Communist party, but the reality is quite other.
Look at the UK. Before 1989, Britain had an avowedly “socialist” (basically social-democratic) party, the Labour Party. After 1989, the “socialist” MPs took a back seat, Clause 4/ Clause IV [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clause_IV] was dropped, and “Labour” just became a label, with a policy overview not very different from that of the mainstream of the Conservative Party.
Indeed, after Labour’s 1997 “landslide” (not really a landslide in terms of popular vote), Labour prime ministers and other ministers started to look not unlike “Conservative” ministers. Indeed, Cameron (Cameron-Levita) and Blair are often called similar in terms of policy.
Now, we see another change about to happen, as the New World Order [NWO] and ZOG seek to tighten their grip on the world, and especially on the West.