Friday! Wheat- Changes Is

I love me some Wheat (no intolerance) since Hope & Adams, this is from their new album White Ink Black Ink, the video is a bit self consciously indie. I like when they wander off on their albums into their own haltingly, chaotically melodic world. Spotify (sorry to those geolocked out) link to my fave song off the last album (Every Day I Said A Prayer For Kathy And Made A One Inch Square) What You Got. And if you are in the mood for a lot of a kissin’ & a cuddlin’ the classic Don’t I Hold You vid.

PS. Massive Attack, Manchester, 26th Sept – 2 tickets available due to illness – collect from N Wales area, leave a comment or email HAL and I’ll pass it along.

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Tories, Thugs & Cheats

If you are in the practice of investigating and exposing naughty business, investigate reporting, it helps to have an organisation supporting you, not just from a financial or institutional point of view but once your work is published the people who are exposed will come after you, it’s good to have back up. Thus it takes a certain amount of courage and tenacity for individual bloggers to engage in exposing fantasists and frauds in the ‘anti-terror’ industry, when they come after you either directly or through proxies there is not the institutional protection a newspaper or TV station can provide, rather solidarity between bloggers becomes important. Tim Ireland @Bloggerheads exposed Glen Jenvey as having written terror threats under the name ‘Abu Islam‘ then reporting these same threats to create front page news gleefully propagated by Murdoch’s Sun that disgracefully played upon anti-Semitic memes. This has all now been exposed, The Sun even printed a tiny wee apology on an inside page (who knows, one day the press will get regulated –the PCC do not count– and have to give equal prominence to their mistakes and lies). But the Tory MP Patrick Mercer connected to Jenvey and the conservative bloggers (that includes that curious phenomenon ‘the -faux- libertarian’) whose elastic notion of blogging ethics is instructive, are rather relaxed now that anonymous people are publishing Tim Ireland’s home address on the web, there is no other reason to publish someone’s private details other than intimidation and incitement to violence, as Tim Ireland notes @Bloggerheads

Patrick Mercer not only knows that his office (at the very least) fumbled the ball on the Sugar matter, he also knows that I have as a direct result of my attempts to bring this to light been the subject of three attacks by two of his former associates…. and he still hasn’t stepped in to take charge.

Worse than that; he’s hiding behind un-named sources!

He is doing this even though he knows that the attacks have now escalated to a stage where (oh, you’ll love this) my home address has been repeatedly published online by an unknown number of anonymous attackers, and deliberately broadcast to supporters of Alisher Usmanov, Paul Staines [Guido Fawkes], Iain Dale and now Nadine Dorries.

This is the culmination of him beingsmeared, to have his mental health impugned, to be accused of being a paedophile, lied about, vilified, stalked. To those of us old enough to remember the previous Tory regime this bullying and dishonesty are not a surprise, but this is an exciting 21st century world, the new arena afforded by the web is uncharted territory and it is up to us to make it a place where such retarded behaviour is not the norm nor does it become acceptable. And there is the very practical matter of Tim Ireland and his family needing to be safe in their own home! I believe the police are involved and it is now up to bloggers (and responsible media) to tell this tale and to contact their MP’s and make them aware of the case and to ask what they think of Patrick Mercer’s dishonourable conduct.

There is a lot more detail on this saga on Bartholomew’s Notes on Religion, Bloggerheads and this Spinwatch article.

Guardian Employs Judith Miller

In a CiF piece entitled Keep Gitmo open. No I’m not linking because the reason they do this is to spark ‘controversy’ which equals hits and discussion which equals revenue and public profile. Now pointing out may be construed as playing that game but really Judith fucking Miller in the Grauniad? Fuck off! A neocon apparatchik and disgrace to journalism with blood on her hands defending a concentration camp where torture occurs and kangaroo courts beyond the law operate. Just for the other journos on the paper isn’t this an insult? Not big, not clever. In a time when they are panicking from revenue loss this does not endear them to people who might otherwise support the paper.

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G20 Shindig

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War Never Ends

The number of former servicemen in prison or on probation or parole is now more than double the total British deployment in Afghanistan, according to a new survey. An estimated 20,000 veterans are in the criminal justice system, with 8,500 behind bars, almost one in 10 of the prison population.

The proportion of those in prison who are veterans has risen by more than 30% in the last five years.

The study by the probation officers’ union Napo uncovers the hidden cost of recent conflicts. The snapshot survey of 90 probation case histories of convicted veterans shows a majority with chronic alcohol or drug problems, and nearly half suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or depression as a result of their wartime experiences on active service.

Those involved had served in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. They are most likely to have been convicted of a violent offence, particularly domestic violence.

The study provides the strongest evidence yet of a direct link between the mental health of those returning from combat zones, chronic alcohol and drug abuse and domestic violence.

In many cases the symptoms of depression or stress did not become apparent for many years and included persistent flashbacks and nightmares.

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