Inside Track #28 with David Condon & Jason Kennedy – LISTEN NOW!

First broadcast on August 17th, Inside Track #28 is now available for listening in the Mixcloud player below. This show featured a reference to Polish sci-fi movie, Sexmission.

Sexmission

Charlottesville and Trump reaction

Disappointingly for those of us who would rather forget all about him, Trump took center stage again this week after Saturday’s events in Charlottesville, VA, which left one protester dead and many more injured. Ostensibly at issue during the protests was the fate of a statue of Confederate General, Robert E. Lee, one of many hundreds of Confederate statues and monuments that have become key political battlegrounds between activists; with the choice sometimes boiling down to that of ‘museum of dumpster?‘.

At a press conference that was scheduled to focus on infrastructure projects, Trump took questions on Charlottesville, turning in a combative performance against ‘fake news’, while his insistence on blaming both the alt-right and those who opposed them has drawn huge criticism; this Guardian piece probably went furthest with its hyperbole, insisting that Trump is a ‘neo-Nazi sympathiser’.

We looked at what the Confederacy represents to both whites and blacks in the Southern states, and at how one myth; that the North fought the South to end slavery is still propagated, despite clear evidence that Lincoln’s priority was not ending slavery, but saving the Union. Interestingly, the Democratic Party was the party of slavery, a fact that appears to be largely forgotten in today’s political discussion.

Looking at the links between the Confederacy and Nazism, we noted that the Nazis studied the US prohibition on mixed-marriage, and that only the most radical Nazis wished to attempt a direct copy. This question of US-influence on Nazi legislation has been the subject of research by James Whitman and Dinesh D’Souza.

On the relatively new terms, alt-right and alt-left, we discussed their origins, and how they are rather problematic. Some on the left argue that alt-left is a fiction, motivated by the attempt to push the ‘horseshoe’ theory of politics, where the opposite of a fascist is… a fascist. The alt-right, by turn, was given a huge boost by an August Hillary Clinton campaign speech (though she didn’t mention it by name), as this New Yorker piece explains.

BBC, No more boys, No more girls…

Rather than re-educate its own executives over the issue of the corporation’s gender pay gap, the BBC continues, under all manner of pretexts, to show an unhealthy interest in the development of children. While Jimmy Savile’s roaming hands may now be safely beyond use, the BBC’s latest wheeze is a piece of social engineering that entertains the idea of raising children ‘gender-free’.

Inside Track #27 with David Condon & Jason Kennedy – LISTEN NOW!

First broadcast on August 10th, Inside Track #27 is now available for listening in the Mixcloud player below. This show featured a reference to the David Cronenberg movie, The Dead Zone, starring Christopher Walken.

What do you see, Johnny?

We started the show by looking at the escalating tensions between North Korea and the US. This interview from The Intercept with John Feffer threw light on the origins of the North Korean regime and the dubious nature of the claim that China can bring its ally to heel. As for the claims regarding the technical capabilities of the North Korean nuclear program, we referenced the World Socialist Web Site’s words of caution on believing US government claims. We ended by pouring scorn on UK MPs and their willingness to paint a bull’s-eye on the country by announcing their intention to stand with their US ally.

Google censorship, Google workplace tyranny

We reported an important development that has received little or no mainstream coverage, that Google’s changes to its search have had a massive impact on alternative, left-wing news sites. The World Socialist Web Site has been particularly hard hit, and has four reports (Google’s new search protocol is restricting access to 13 leading socialist, progressive and anti-war web sites, Google rigs searches to block access to World Socialist Web Site, Evidence of Google blacklisting of left and progressive sites continues to mount, Google’s chief search engineer legitimizes new censorship algorithm) on the damage done to their internet presence, which they characterize as censorship.

YouTube is also looking to restrict and de-monetize videos it regards as objectionable (but which don’t quite violate their content policy). Right-wing guy, Mark Dice, had a recent rant about this, and we played a clip of him in full flow.

The Google story that has gripped the corporate media this week is the fallout from James Damore’s so-called ‘anti-diversity’ memo (read it in full here). Damore’s career-ending viewpoint was that Google has become a slave to an ideology that promotes diversity over performance and that sidelines/silences conservative opinions. The furious backlash against Damore, from both Google execs and media voices has rather proved his point, with this Guardian denunciation being something of a highlight (commenters tear apart the author’s misrepresentation of the memo).

Barnardo’s and the National Trust, the worst sort of political correctness

Barnardo’s has launched a campaign to raise awareness of FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) that, preposterously, features a white girl to represent the issue. Unsurprisingly, they have been forced to back down.

Meanwhile, The National Trust has decided that its volunteers must celebrate values that it considers mandatory, in this case, gay pride. Those who prefer to answer only to their personal conscience were informed they would be relieved of public-facing duties. When faced with mass resignations, NT spokesperson, Annabel Smith, produced this amazing piece of doublethink:

“Relating specifically to the Prejudice and Pride programme, we do recognise that some volunteers may have conflicting personal opinions.

“However, whilst volunteering for the National Trust we do request and expect individuals to uphold the values of the organisation.”

Madness.

Inside Track #26 with David Condon & Jason Kennedy – LISTEN NOW!

Recorded on July 23rd, Inside Track #26 is now available for listening in the Mixcloud player below. This show featured a comparison between Boris Johnson and Homer Simpson.

100% Duff…

BBC Pay / Periscope

We started off by taking a look at the revelations of what the BBC is paying its ‘talent’. The mainstream media reaction appeared to bypass entirely the question of whether anyone is worth such high pay, and instead focused on three perceived inequalities: gender inequality, which prompted this angry letter from females on the list, racial inequality, which prompted this moaning Guardian column, and, lastly, from Sky News, a piece on the class inequality the list demonstrates.

We then looked at a paedophile-pleasing ‘report‘ the BBC did on an app owned by Twitter, Periscope, which included some godawful dramatization. “I’m only 9!” (shrieks a clearly middle-aged woman drawing the Equity minimum).

John McCain, worst man ever?

John McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer. We took the opportunity to reflect upon the life and career of ‘The Maverick’, beginning with his exemplary behavior at a town hall, where he retrieved the microphone from a deranged woman denouncing Obama as ‘an Arab’ and put her straight.

We then moved on to McCain’s personal life, and the fact he deserted his wife after she suffered an accident that left her crippled, preferring instead to marry a blonde heiress many years his junior.

On the political front, McCain has been an ardent proponent of war all over the planet. Mother Jones has an excellent piece, All the Countries John McCain Has Wanted to Attack, which gives an idea of the scale of carnage McCain desires. And when McCain does speak of attacking other countries, it’s not always in the high-flown rhetoric one might expect from a US senator. Here he is recalling the Beach Boys song, Bomb Bomb Iran

McCain’s antics regarding war have hardly diminished with age. Here he is having to employ an ‘alternate facts‘ defense when faced with the basic fact that the US is providing air support to Al-Qaeda in Syria. After dismissing the journalist on the basis that McCain has been to Syria and the hack hasn’t, the concluding part of our round-up was the issuing (by McCain’s own press team, no less!) of a photo of the Maverick hanging out with terrorist kidnappers.

Trump ends CIA support for Syrian rebels

Rather astonishingly, this CIA support included simply placing jihadists on the payroll. Seems Carol in Accounts will have some angry employees to deal with this week. The CIA program began in 2013 under Saint Obama, and we welcome its being ended, whether by Donald Trump or the Chuckle Brothers.

Tory Leadership latest

While David Davis remains in pole position to take the wheel of the clown car that is this Tory government, and Jacob ‘Lord Snooty’ Rees-Mogg has emerged as a dark horse, we chose instead to play excerpts from the Spectator magazine’s Poshcast, where, in an alternative universe, a gaggle of Tarquins and Henriettas indulged themselves in the collective fantasy of Boris Johnson remaining a capable and charismatic candidate to lead the country.

Loon Watch

We handed out three awards for delusional thinking in our inaugural Loon Watch segment.

The first went to Louise Mensch for her bizarre tweet that Trump and Bannon face execution for espionage.

The second went to Hope not Hate for their hysterical campaign to have Katie Hopkins fired for daring to interview anti-immigrant group, Defend Europe.

The third went to Vince Cable, newly-installed leader of the Liberal Democrats, for his inability to distinguish between 2 and 5 million, despite repeated opportunities, when quizzed on his new public sector pay plans.

Inside Track #24 with David Condon & Jason Kennedy – LISTEN NOW!

Recorded on July 9th, Inside Track #24 is now available for listening in the Mixcloud player below. This show featured references to the classic tale of adventure, Robinson Crusoe.

Robinson Crusoe and his retinue

In the first hour we looked at CNN’s ongoing war of words with Donald Trump; the latest spat broke out over a GIF Trump tweeted of himself body-slamming the network. CNN played up their victim status, even frittering away resources producing this ‘comic’ response [scroll down]. Meanwhile, CNN’s unrelenting campaign to brainwash the American people into believing that bogeyman Russia stole the presidential election from Hillary Clinton continued with their most ambitious effort yet, a 40-minute exercise in historical revisionism: The Russian Connection:Inside the War on Democracy

For those wondering how squeaky-clean the Democrats are re interacting with Russia in a climate where even sharing a sandwich with a Russian can call one’s patriotism into question, here’s John Podesta denying the undeniable on Fox News. “It’s not true!” Here is the leaked email showing in black-and-white that Podesta had 75,000 shares in Joule Unlimited. Dave also referenced the shady uranium deal that Hillary Clinton was involved with, both as Secretary of State and the Clinton Foundation. This Washington Post article seeks to debunk the idea of any Clinton wrongdoing, but still notes:

“Individuals related to Uranium One and UrAsia, including Giustra and Telfer, donated to the Clinton Foundation, totaling about $145 million. The Times reported that Telfer also donated to the Clinton Foundation using his family charity based in Canada. These were donations made to the Clinton Foundation, not directly to the Clintons.”

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Inside Track #4 with David Condon & Jason Kennedy – LISTEN NOW!

First broadcast Feb 16, 2017, Inside Track #4 is available for listening in the Mixcloud player below. On this show, we considered the startling emergence of a new Trump administration super-villain, Stephen Miller.

Trump aide, Stephen Miller

Topics discussed include:

Trump’s war with the intelligence agencies: “He will die in jail”

Chelsea Manning’s disclosures: What Bradley Manning revealed

Racism: UKIP’s Immigration spokesman apologises for ‘If you want a jihadi for a neighbour’ tweet

As ever, eternal thanks are due to those who listen. Feel free to leave a comment.

Inside Track #3 with David Condon & Jason Kennedy – LISTEN NOW!

First broadcast Feb 9, 2017, Inside Track #3 is available for listening over on Mixcloud. This show is perhaps most notable for Jason giggling uncontrollably throughout the Paul Nuttall segment.

UKIP leader, Paul Nuttall

Topics discussed include:

Stoke by-election: Paul Nuttall lying through his teeth

Saying the unsayable: President Trump acknowledges the lethal reality of US foreign policy

Am-dram: Jon Snow goes all Windsor Davies as he announces C4 Fake News Week

As ever, eternal thanks are due to those who listen. Feel free to leave a comment.