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  1. Bill Brown

     /  May 24, 2017

    Sad to see the passing of Sir Roger Moore aka 007.

    • Missy

       /  May 24, 2017

      Indeed, as someone said today, this news should be the lead story in all media tomorrow, but sadly it won’t be.

      I see many say he is the best Bond, I am not qualified to say, but my brother has always maintained that Connery is the only Bond.

      • Gezza

         /  May 24, 2017

        Yes I liked Roger Moore as Bond the most. I’m aware that many say Connery was the best but when I view his early movies I can see that was actually pretty stilted, rubbish actually. The Roger Moore days had the best stunts & special effects – in Connery’s days it was all pretty rudmentary stuff. But whatever – the real stars of Bond movies are always the villians & the Sheilas.

        • Blazer

           /  May 24, 2017

          Viagra won’t make you James Bond…G…but it may make you…Roger…Moore.

          • Gezza

             /  May 24, 2017

            I’ll accept your advice based on your experience there, but luckily I still don’t even need oysters.

      • PDB

         /  May 24, 2017

        Connery was the ultimate Bond – Moore was good but brought a more comedic element to proceedings.

        • Connery IS “Bond, James Bond” for me….. Moore introduced too much levity for my taste but each to their own…

  2. AN OTHER PERSPECTIVE OF RUSSIAGATE
    Foreign intelligence interference in Election 2016 was Saudi not Russian

    Trump has good reason to doubt the intelligence about “Russian hacking” of the U.S. presidential election. What comes from Brennan in the way of intelligence bears the imprimatur of Saudi intelligence. The Saudis, more than any other country in the Middle East, lost out big with Trump’s upset victory over Mrs. Clinton. It took years for the Saudi intelligence service to place an asset so close to a former First Lady, U.S. senator, and presidential candidate. All the Saudi investments crashed with Clinton’s surprise defeat.

    There was no better way for the Saudis to recoup their political losses than by having their chief asset in the CIA, Brennan, concoct intelligence about Russian hacking of Democratic National Committee emails and computer systems to taint Trump’s legitimacy as president-elect. Brennan is known as a difficult, to put it nicely, adversary within the U.S. intelligence community.

    There is little doubt that the FBI director James Comey and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper were pressured by Brennan into agreeing with the CIA’s very dubious assessment that not only Russia but President Vladimir Putin were involved in hacking Democratic Party computers to throw the election to Trump. There is also little doubt that Brennan has been behind spreading malicious insider “gossip” about Trump’s National Security Adviser-designate retired General Michael Flynn, the former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). Flynn was fired by Obama on the advice of Brennan. The Saudis, Brennan, and the Wahhabist cell inside the CIA did not care much for Flynn claiming that Obama and the CIA were nurturing and supporting the Islamic State cadres fighting in Syria and Iraq.

    Obama and Brennan, two jihadist sympathizers, will soon be gone from office

    Flynn as U.S. National Security Adviser represents a nightmare scenario for the Saudis and their jihadist allies in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen, including the Islamic State and Al Qaeda. The Saudis, through their agents and assets in the CIA, CAIR, and other organizations, want to make Trump’s presidency as difficult as possible. That is why Saudi friends like Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham are championing a U.S. commission, on the scale of the 9/11 Commission, to investigate Russian hacking of election-oriented computer systems during the campaign. Brennan, McCain, Graham, and other Saudi fellow travelers have one simple order from their Saudi intelligence masters in Riyadh: keep the investigation of election malfeasance focused completely on Russia.

    A fight between Christianity, now headquartered in Moscow, and Saudi radical Wahhabism

    For the Saudis, Russia represents a threat from Christianity it has never experienced since the formation of the Saudi state. Russia has become the vanguard of protecting Christianity in the Middle East and around the world. It is Russia that has battled against the forces of jihadism in Syria, thus helping to save many Christians and moderate Muslim Alawites from Saudi-provided beheading swords. It is Russia that supports the populist parties of Western and Eastern Europe that are opposed to Saudi- and Turkish-directed Muslim refugee waves inundating Christian cities, towns, and villages. It has been Russia that has helped Iran serve as a bulwark against Saudi and Wahhabist expansion in the Gulf and in Yemen and Oman. Pope Francis talks of accommodating radical Islamic countries like Saudi Arabia while Christian Orthodox Russia rejects any concordats with the misogynists and pedophiles who rule in Riyadh.

    The 2016 U.S. presidential election saw interference from a foreign intelligence agency. It was not Russia’s but the General Intelligence Directorate. Don’t look for the corporate media, which receives its orders from the CIA, to set the record straight any time soon.

    Posted By James Fetzer . Jim Fetzer, is a former Marine Corps officer, he has published widely on the theoretical foundations of scientific knowledge, computer science, artificial intelligence, amongst other things. In other articles he has suggested that Huma Abiden was a Saudi Intelligence officer and he has identified a number of CIA officials who are Muslim, including the recently replaced Head of Counter-Intelligence and DIC Head, Brennan.

    • Gezza

       /  May 24, 2017

      Encyclopaedia of American Loons
      #668 James Fetzer
      http://americanloons.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/668-james-fetzer.html

      • NOT the same person, my Jim Fetzer is not the subject of the referred account from you. Sorry.

        • Gezza

           /  May 24, 2017

          “Fetzer was born in Pasadena, California, on December 6, 1940, to a father who worked as an accountant in a welfare office in Los Angeles County,[12] and grew up in a neighboring city, Altadena.

          After his parents’ divorce, Fetzer moved to La Habra Heights, California, with his brother, mother, and stepfather. His mother died when he was 11, and he went to live with his father and stepmother.

          Following his graduation from South Pasadena High School, Fetzer studied philosophy at Princeton University and graduated magna cum laude in 1962, while his undergraduate thesis, done under Carl G Hempel, won The Dickinson Prize. He then joined the United States Marine Corps, and was second lieutenant in an artillery unit.

          In the early 1960s he was stationed at Okinawa, Japan. During military service in the 1960s, Fetzer married, and divorced four years later, after having a son. He remarried in the 1970s while teaching at the University of Kentucky.

          In 1966, soon after promotion to captain, he resigned to enter graduate school. Having attained a master’s degree from Indiana University, he studied at Columbia University for a year, then returned to Indiana University and in 1970 gained a PhD in history of science and philosophy of science. – Wikipedia”
          ………
          Yes he is. Although I can understand why you wouldn’t now want him to be. Sorry.

        • Gezza

           /  May 24, 2017

          Uggers has gone deep here, colonel, but why not check out his site & see if he can help you out? He’s bound to have something in here that’ll support your particular current-favoured theories.
          http://forum.clonehost.net/category/2/general-discussion

          • Thanks but no thanks Gezza. I follow a different script.

            • Gezza

               /  May 24, 2017

              So, how many of Fetzer’s conspiracy theories do you like, & which of them don’t you like – and why?

            • Gezza

               /  May 24, 2017

              I appreciate you might need a little bit of time to do some more research & get some more intel on Fetzer. No worries, I can wait a day or two before I ask about it again.. Get back to me when you’ve checked them all out.

            • Anonymous Coward

               /  May 24, 2017

              Pizzagate, for a start.

            • Na AC! But…?

            • Gezza

               /  May 24, 2017

              Here’s his blog Bj. Go for it. Seems to like all sorts of conspiracies. Times Square car attack was a fake too, apparently – at least, if he puts that theory on his blog, I’m assuming he must like it.
              http://jamesfetzer.blogspot.co.nz/

              Don’t take this the wrong way colonel but I’ve added you to my list of conspiracy nut followers.

  3. Missy

     /  May 24, 2017

    Well, I have woken to the news that the UK have raised the threat level to critical, meaning a terror attack is imminent. This is pretty serious, and makes me wonder what information has been gained in their investigation of the Manchester bomber. They wouldn’t do this because if the attack, and yesterday many experts were suggesting it wouldn’t be raised as it was on severe – an attack is highly likely – unless the security services had information there could be another attack.

    So, I guess the question is, was the guy a member of a cell that is planning something else? This will be what most are likely to be thinking this morning.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  May 24, 2017

      Seems the police are saying they have too much uncertainty about the cell that did the Manchester attack.

      • Missy

         /  May 24, 2017

        Yes, so it seems. Apparently the bomb was quite sophisticated and they don’t know if he got training or if a technician made it, so until there is more clarity around that there is the possibility his associates could be planning more attacks.

        My initial comment was based on an email I received from MFAT advising of the increased threat level. Not something to be getting when you are about to travel on public transport!

  4. Gezza

     /  May 24, 2017

    Aljaz, The Donald’s meeting with The Francis was described as “pretty sombre, until the gifts came out” when there were smiles. The Prez gave The Pope a box of books on Martin Luther King, and the The Pope gave him a humungous framed medal (said to be something about peace), plus 3 books – one about The Family, one about The Joy of the Gospels and the other about The Environment. 🤔

    • Corky

       /  May 24, 2017

      God and the Pope willing…

      • Gezza

         /  May 24, 2017

        Trump: “Nice church you’ve got. It’s amazing. Love what you’ve done with the ceiling. Can you give me that guy’s cell number?”

      • Gezza

         /  May 25, 2017

        “Don’t forget to read that book on the environment”