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29 November 2006

Liberal Democrat MP in ASBO-behaviour shocker!

Via Guido, Liberal Democrat AM Mick Bates in anti-social behaviour shocker!! Seen holding up his middle finger during a debate in the Welsh Assembly chamber yesterday.

This is the sort of behaviour that, if Bates was working class, would see him thrown onto the streets and his home and children confiscated at the express order of the Home Secretary.

"Our way of life"? Only if you're one of the privileged few.

Ludicrous Diversion - J7 does LD

Back in September 2006 an anonymously produced video documentary dealing with the events of 7th July 2005 was released via Google video. Since its release the film, Ludicrous Diversion, has been watched over 80,000 times and attracted a lot of high praise from most of the people who bothered to leave comments. There have also been one or two disparaging comments, but these stick out like the sorest of all thumbs and their presence in the comments thread defines the word 'dissonant'.

Alongside the Ludicrous Diversion video upon its release was a brief introduction to its contents:
On the 7th of July 2005 London was hit by a series of explosions. You probably think you know what happened that day. But you don’t.

The police have, from the onset of their investigation, chosen to withhold from the public almost every bit of evidence they claim to have and have provably lied about several aspects of the London Bombings.

The mainstream news has wilfully spread false, unsubstantiated and unverifiable information, while choosing to completely ignore the numerous inconsistencies and discrepancies in the official story.

The government has finally, after a year, presented us with their official ‘narrative’ concerning the event. Within hours it was shown to contain numerous errors, a fact since admitted by the Home Secretary John Reid. They have continuously rejected calls for a full, independent public inquiry. Tony Blair himself described such an inquiry as a ‘ludicrous diversion’. What don’t they want us to find out? Contact ludicrousdiversion@hotmail.com

If you haven't read the official Home Office report into the events of 7th July 2005 referred to above, you should, and can do so by clicking here. It takes minutes to read and you won't learn anything from it about the events of 7th July 2005 because, as the Home Secretary has graciously addressed on more than one occasion, it is full of errors.

What you might learn from the Home Office report, however, is the sub-text behind where State policy and policing in the UK has been headed for long enough to get even the right-wing libertarians a little hot under the collar. Essentially the UK policy of the State Vs. the people (yes, that means you, dear reader) in recent times boils down to:

  • No protests, unless you've got express permission from the people against whom you're protesting;
  • No flag burning, because flags are symbols of States and people might think that both the symbols and the states they represent are worthy of such treatment;
  • No headgear - not a hoodie, nor baseball cap, nor niqab, nor jilbab, nor facial covering of any sort because every working-class person -- now affectionately known as 'criminals', 'terrorists' (there is little, if any, distinction, as Sir Ian Blair told us) and occasionally, still, the 'underclass' -- must now be identifiable and trackable at all times so the large gangs of real, provable, organised criminals, terrorists and the 'overclass' can go about their daily criminal business of being responsible and unaccountable for the greatest crimes against humanity the world has seen for generations, and terrorism that kills innocent lives through the perpetration of 'mass murder on an unimaginable scale' ((c) Herr Doktor John Reid, President Minister Blair, et al), except we don't have to imagine the terror of these criminal gangs for it is very real and it happens every day of the year, not just days with catchy, memorable dates that rhyme like 9/11, 3/11, or even 7/7;
  • No chanting - thanks to the ingenuously clever trick of making the most fascistic of all police officers a man of Asian descent, Tariq Ghaffur, the cops' new and vocal mouthpiece, there must definitely be no chanting of chants at the protests you're not allowed to have.

    Especially not allowed would be chants from the days when working class people could still afford to go and watch 11 local lads play football against 11 local lads from somewhere else and have a sing-song at the same time in honour of working class heroes such as Harry Roberts.
Reference (to the tune of London Bridge is Falling Down):
Harry Roberts is our friend
Is our friend, is our friend
Harry Roberts is our friend
He kills coppers

Shoots the bastards with a gun
With a gun, with a gun
Shoots the bastards with a gun
Harry Roberts

Shoots the bastards two by two
Two by two, two by two
Shoots the bastards two by two
He kills coppers

Harry Roberts is our friend
Is our friend, is our friend
Harry Roberts is our friend
He kills coppers

Let him out to kill some more
Kill some more, kill some more
Harry Roberts

More of Harry's story later as, even though Harry Roberts' story is over 40 years old and still ongoing, it is perhaps more relevant now than at any point in its 40 year history. However, The Antagonist digresses, albeit not in a ludicrously diversionary sort of way, from the original point - the film, Ludicrous Diversion....

If you haven't seen Ludicrous Diversion yet, you should, and can watch it on Google Video, in three parts on YouTube, via SmallFish Online, or using the video window below.

As a consequence of its anonymous release, Ludicrous Diversion has raised a lot of questions from a lot of people about who is behind the film's production, their motivations for making the film, and what they were endeavouring to achieve by doing so. It is perhaps interesting that the same people weren't asking the same questions about the provenance of the anonymously penned Home Office account of the events of 7th July 2005 which, despite it being the official version of events that took ten months to produce, contained far more verifiable errors than an anonymously produced documentary on the Internet.

In order to try and tackle some of the questions about the film, the July 7th Truth Campaign, never being a group to be hindered by the lack of information about something in the public domain, took it upon themselves to find out more about the film, its producers and their intentions.

You can read the results of the exclusive J7 interview with the makers of Ludicrous Diversion here on the July 7th Truth Campaign web site.

Making the headlines

The Antagonist writes Mathaba News' straplines, without even knowing about it.

Taken from the front page of Mathaba News on 24/11.

All of which happened in much the same way as 'London 7/7: How to Be Good - Part 1" - first published one year ago today and part 2 of which is long overdue - was picked up by rinf.com, but incorrectly attributed to mparent7777, who mirrored the article shortly after it was first published.

Gotta love the Internet new economy of community!

28 November 2006

Oyster Card - the transport policeman in your pocket

Still think Oyster Cards are innocuous, convenient time and paper saving devices? Think again, especially if you're working class, poor, or are otherwise somehow classified as the policeman's favourite pastime, the underclass, and would like your child to be able to use London's oxymoronically named 'public' transport system.

Quoting directly from a 14-15 Oyster Photocard application form:

Section 2: Signature (Parent/Guardian's consent) (Mark [x] where appropriate)

I consent to the Metropolitan Police Service and other police forces in areas where TFL services operate transferring the information set out in Section 3 paragraph 5 (see page 4) for the purposes specified.

If you do wish to give such consent, mark [x] here [ ]. If you do so, the applicant will be eligible for the free travel concession on London's buses and trams.

If you do not wish to give such consent, mark [x] here [ ]. By doing so the applicant will not be eligible for the free travel concession on London's buses and trams.

To what Faustian pact does Section 3 paragraph 5 consign the souls of your children?
Section 3, Paragraph 5

If you have been granted the free travel
concession on London's buses and trams and your parent/guardian has given consent in Section 2 overleaf, the Metropolitan Police Service, British Transport Police, City of London Police and other police forces in areas where TFL services operate may transfer to TFL details of any criminal convictions, warnings or reprimands, and the circumstances relating thereto, issued in relation to offences committed by you on the TFL public transport network. We will use this data for the purpose of ticket administration, including the possible withdrawal of the photocard and/or free travel concessions.

Draw your own conclusions.

17 November 2006

Muslim Student Tasered at UCLA

Still think the War OF Terror isn't a War on People? Forgotten your ID card today? Expect 30,000 volts delivered via taser not once, but five times.

Picked up via Europhobia and Crooks & Liars, the latter of which carries more information about the incident, as does this report from Channel 9 News.

Other students who tried to intervene were also threatened with the taser treatment. Daily Bruin has a report, complete with subtitles and comments from a bunch of kids who obviously think it couldn't happen to them, which seems to suggest that the police stopped the student from leaving, as instructed, as he was on his way out.

The Antagonist is guessing that the cops abusing their power and position in the above clips have forgotten the name Rodney King.