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

First broadcast June 29th, Inside Track #23 is now available for listening in the Mixcloud player below. This show featured Michael Fallon being compared to Bumble of Oliver Twist.

Harry Secombe in action

The show began with revelations of more Tory election cheating, courtesy of an undercover investigation by Channel 4 News. Secret footage clearly proves campaigning laws were broken, though the prospect of any action being taken looks, as ever, remote.

The Tory-DUP deal was concluded this week. The deal saw 1.5 billion UKP suddenly materialize, despite the never-ending Tory claims that magic money trees simply do not exist. There will, however, be no extra government funds for councils facing economic ruin over fixing cladding of the sort thought responsible for the Grenfell Tower fire.

Not content with entering a coalition with a political party with astonishingly close links to terrorist groups, the government is apparently also considering keeping MPs dispersed for as long as possible by adding an extra month to their summer holidays.

Fake News / Anti-Russia

Three CNN journalists resigned this week, after being caught red-handed producing a fake news story that sought to link a Trump associate to an ongoing investigation of a Russian bank. Trump understandably reacted with glee, tweeting, quite rightfully, ‘FAKE NEWS!‘ Glenn Greenwald covered the story, and used a wealth of evidence of previous anti-Russia stories that have fallen apart, to contextualize this latest scandal.

On a similar theme, we also noted a Guardian story regarding the recent cyber-attack on the UK Parliament, which was headlined: Cyber-attack on UK parliament: Russia is suspected culpritThe accompanying article, however, contained not a single piece of evidence of any Russian involvement whatsoever, the highlight being a security source’s comment: “The nature of cyber-attacks means it is notoriously difficult to attribute an incident to a specific actor.” Undeterred, the article then recycled past claims of Russia being linked to interference in various other events, all of them equally evidence-free.

Khan Sheikoun

On this week’s show we discussed the events of 4th April in Khan Sheikoun, Syria, and the aerial attack that left 89 people dead. Of interest here is a new article by Seymour Hersh, veteran investigative reporter, that draws upon US intelligence sources to cast significant doubt on the official narrative.

CNN, for example, in its reporting of the attack, produced an astonishing propaganda video and declared the events of April 4th to be, “a sarin attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun, which evidence shows was launched by Syrian government forces”, while a later story claimed OCPW had ‘incontrovertible’ evidence that sarin, or a similar substance, was used.

Hersh claims that not only did US intelligence services know there were no chemical weapons used by the Syrians, this information was presented to, and dismissed, by Donald Trump. Forewarned of the incoming Tomahawk missiles, the spectacular images of US military might that generated a surge in Trump’s approval ratings were, according to one source, merely ‘a firework display’.

If one is wondering why such an important story is being ignored in the Western media, Jonathan Cook has two posts on that theme; the first looks at how Seymour Hersh has been rapidly pushed to the margins, while the second notes how Hersh’s revelations are being ignored, even as two spoilers that seek to trump his claims are given significant attention.

The first of these spoilers was the Sean Spicer statement that, “The United States has identified potential preparations for another chemical attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children. The activities are similar to the preparations the regime made before its April 4, 2017 chemical weapons attack.” Spicer’s statement was greeted with disbelief by officials at the Pentagon and the State Department, who had no foreknowledge of its release.

The second spoiler was a ‘new’ story ‘confirming’ that the OCPW investigation (which was widely reported months back) found evidence of the use of sarin.

Meanwhile, Scott Ritter has brought his expertise to bear on the Khan Sheikoun attack, and in an excellent piece demonstrates, among other things, that the ‘chain of custody’ re samples collected from the scene was broken numerous times, thus rendering the OCPW findings that CNN declared ‘incontrovertible’, moot. His reasoning leads him to the conclusion that the most like explanations is that the White Helmets fabricated the samples to advance their anti-Assad agenda.

Perhaps the most worrying comment on this whole saga is this one, by Jonathan Cook, who notes that these latest US threats re Syrian chemical attacks, “… increase, rather than reduce, the chances of a new chemical weapons attack. Other, anti-Assad actors now have a strong incentive to use chemical weapons in false-flag operation to implicate Assad, knowing that the US has committed itself to intervention. On any reading, the US statements were reckless – or malicious – in the extreme and likely to bring about the exact opposite of what they were supposed to achieve.”

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.

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.