Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Burglary

Betty Medsger, author of The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI, talked about the events of March 8, 1971, when a group of people broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, and stole every document in the building. Ms. Medsger talked about four members of the group: John Raines, Bonnie Raines, Keith Forsyth, and Bill Davidon. She explained how they mailed her copies of the stolen documents when she was a reporter for the Washington Post in July of 1971, and how her article about the documents revealed a wide-ranging FBI program of illegal surveillance on numerous ordinary Americans. The burglary also exposed an FBI program known as COINTELPRO, in which the Bureau illegally targeted groups such as the Black Panthers.

 The Burglary

Sins of Our Fathers - BBC Scotland

The shocking truth of physical and sexual abuse in one of Scotland's most prestigious Catholic boarding schools.

Mark Daly uncovers the hidden story of Fort Augustus Abbey, the Catholic monks who ran it, and exposes those who turned a blind eye to the horrors within. He hears of stories of abuse that spanned decades and took him to the other side of the world to confront those responsible.


Jimmy Savile photographed in the library at Fort Augustus Catholic school
Another Jimmy Savile connection:

H/T to Silvia's Site

Royal Bank closes 40 customer accounts as Panama Papers Review ends

Royal bank of Canada closed accounts of about 40 clients and bolstered tax compliance following an internal review of offshore accounts tied to last year’s leaked documents from Panamanian law firm.

The bank was named in the so-called Panama Papers.

The Panama City law firm revealed over 11 million documents that showed how lender Mossack fonesca, and other politicians, and business leaders, had set up several offshores accounts using the banks.

At least 625 Canadians were named in the papers, and the documents revealed that the bank set up 370 offshore companies for clients using the law firm.

While the bank stated that there’s no confirmation that any of those organizations were doing anything unlawful, RBC was co-working with Canadian tax authorities while leading its own inner investigation.  (more...)

Left-Wing Economics Is No Match for Alt-Right Resentment

The Democratic leadership, and its leftwing intellectual base, are feeling implausibly smug these days. They figure it this way: the Trump era is going to inspire a blowback. Trump will make a terrible mess, destabilize income security and health care access, and skew social power in favor of fat cats, and all of this will make people angry.

Then the Left will hold all the cards. They will say: told ya so. They will tap into populist impulses with their own plan for greatness, tacking further Left than Obama was willing to go. They offer up vast income guarantees, expanded economic regulation, a puffed-up welfare state, universal health care, a war on rich people like Trump, and then they rule, forever and ever, saecula saeculorum, amen.

They should rethink this. It’s probably not going to work.

It is precisely in reaction to such policies, and the complex demographics of class and race resentment they give rise to, that hard Right movements rose in the US and Europe. There will be no mass regret for turning away from social-democratic policies. On the contrary, sticking to big-government economics will perpetuate far-Right rule here and abroad. The Left has to rethink, and fast, and it means raising fundamental questions about their economic orthodoxies.  (more...)


Saturday, March 25, 2017

The prehistory of the Alt-right

Reading “How I Left the Left” is a solid reminder that there’s not much intellectual heft remaining on that side of the fence. If an ideology sets out to isolate the locus of evil in people’s very identity, it is pretty well spent. This, in addition to the failure of the socialist model everywhere it has tried, explains why the Left has suffered so much at the polls and now faces a serious backlash in campus and public life.

With the failure of action comes reaction, and now the Western world is dealing with something far less familiar to most people: the rise of the alt-right as the alternative. It is attractive to some young people due to its taboo-breaking, rebel ethos that so easily inflames teachers and protectors of civic conventions.

The movement is more than that, however. It has a real philosophical and political history, one that stands in violent opposition to the idea of individual liberty. It has been largely suppressed since World War II and, because of that, most people assumed fascism (and its offshoots) was gone from the earth.

As a result, this generation has not been philosophically prepared to recognize the tradition, the signs, the implications, and the political application of the ideology so many are stumbling to embrace.

Here is a prehistory of what we call the alt-right today, which is probably better described as a 21st-century incarnation of what in the 19th century would have been called right-Hegelianism. I’m skipping over many political movements (in Spain, France, and Italy), and clownish leaders like George Lincoln Rockwell, Oswald Mosley, and Fr. Coughlin, to get right to the core ideas that form something like a school of thought which developed over a century.  (more...)

GCHQ: Top Spy Station Links to BBC & Masonic Sex Criminals

Britain’s version of the NSA is called GCHQ, which is now embroiled in new revelations that link her Majesty’s top spying station to child rapist and millionaire BBC Children’s TV presenter JIMMY SAVILE.

A letter from a man who was a young boy featured on the Christmas Special of the hit BBC TV show JIM’LL FIX IT several years ago was sent to a British newspaper – and it reveals that the BBC millionaire celebrity, Jimmy Savile, conspired to feature a man on his television show who was a senior freemason heading a Masonic Lodge in which many of Britain’s top spies are members – this man’s name is KEITH HARDING – and he – like his friend JIMMY SAVILE – were known to police as sex criminals preying on children long before the BBC broadcast!

The Daily Express newspaper in London describes freemason Keith Harding as one of ‘Britain’s most influential paedophiles’ and the Express goes on to reveal that Harding was the head of the Mercurius  Masonic lodge founded and frequented by GCHQ employees – some of whom are spies.
Keith Harding was former membership secretary of the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) and was made Worshipful Master of the Mercurius Lodge in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, in 2011.  (more...)


London’s 39,353 Anonymously Owned Properties Is Starting To Become A Problem

How many anonymously owned homes is too many for a city? 100? 1,000? 10,000? How about 39,353? According to Transparency International UK (TI-UK), that’s how many anonymously owned properties are in the London area. Anonymous ownership makes it difficult to check if the money used to buy the properties is ill-gotten, or a legitimate investment. To make matters worse, many are empty, and placing excess pressure on housing prices – driving away the locals that actually work in the city.

Researchers are finding an increasing number of prime London properties are owned anonymously through offshore companies. TI-UK analysts found 39,353 properties registered to anonymous companies, and many are sitting empty. Central London, the heart of the city, has the highest concentration – with over 12,202 of those properties located in Westminster. These aren’t tiny homes either, some of them are whole city blocks, left to decay in the middle of the city.

There’s a global phenomenon occurring where investors are buying homes to leave empty, and TI-UK is calling it “buy to leave.” The organization has noted that many of these homes are being purchased from “those seeking to escape corruption, or hide corrupt activity.” They also allege that a number have been purchased by investors fearing corruption in their home country, or are attempting to launder the proceeds of corruption.  (more...)