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 #18 with David Condon & Jason Kennedy – LISTEN NOW!

First broadcast May 25th, Inside Track #18 is now available for listening in the Mixcloud player below. This show was chiefly reaction to the Manchester terror attack and included a clip from the movie, V for Vendetta.

Who will prevail?

Something of a blame game has raged since the terror attack on Manchester. Katie Hopkins tweeted that a ‘final solution’ was now required, and, despite her attempts to wriggle free, this has now ended her career at LBC. The Sun went for something from left-field, with a Corbyn smear that may see Manchester become the second city to show them the door. The Intercept chose a different path, choosing to jab an accusatory finger at Tony Blair, who was warned by the intelligence services that the 2003 invasion of Iraq would increase, not decrease, the risk of terror attacks on the UK. For those seeking a set of ideas to blame, rather than an individual or a billion muslims, the World Socialist Web Site saw the Manchester attack as being, ‘a by-product of the endless series of imperialist wars waged since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 and escalated since the 2003 invasion of Iraq.’ Over at Counterpunch, John Wight highlighted the indisputable hypocrisy of continued Western support for Saudi Arabia, the primary worldwide sponsor of Islamic terrorism. And if all that reading is too much for you, Metro helpfully provided a guide to ‘updating your Facebook profile with the Manchester heart‘.

In the parallel universe that is The Guardian, their latest astonishing scoop continued the paper’s downward trajectory since the Snowden leaks, as they splashed repeatedly on a leaked copy of… Facebook’s… moderation policies. Stay tuned, as next week they reveal the shocking truth about the password recovery system of Friends Reunited.

Inside Track #17 with David Condon & Jason Kennedy – LISTEN NOW!

First broadcast May 18th, 2017, Inside Track #17 is now available for listening in the Mixcloud player below. The show featured a reference to pop duo, The Communards.

Richard & Jimmy

Spycops: In the spycops segment, we mentioned the COPS and PSOOL campaigns, the Undercover Research Group, and the Pitchford Inquiry that are all connected to the issue of undercover political policing in the UK. Rob Evans and Paul Lewis’ book, Undercover, provides a history of the undercovers, and we discussed the latest cop to have their cover blown, Andy Coles, brother of Richard Coles, now of the C of E, formerly of The Communards.

Inside Track #1 with David Condon & Jason Kennedy – LISTEN NOW!

First broadcast Jan 26, 2017, Inside Track #1 is available for listening in the Mixcloud player below.

Boeing B-52 Stratofortress

Topics discussed include:

Fake News: Facebook and its corporate partners pledge to save humanity from ‘fake news’

Empire: The US dropped an average of 3 bombs an hour throughout 2016

Worshiping the Pentagon: US public continues to place more trust in the military than any other institution

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