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26-09-2014 10:16
Doomwatch is the best show around

31-05-2014 09:13
Missed you this week.. Happy Birthday Alex for Sunday. you misunderstood my text last week as I meanth a local broadcast audience. ie Local Bar or suchlike

04-11-2013 00:50
Fantastic first show Alex and great to hear Patrick Henningsen again

03-04-2013 21:37
Good guest this week. When is someone going to knock on the Royals' door???

20-03-2013 21:40
pass the parcel lol

Doomwatch 19 - Patrick Henningsen - The Budget and the Malaysian Airline Mystery

Doomwatch 19 - Patrick Henningsen - The Budget and the Malaysian Airline Mystery

Friday 21 March 2014, 6.00pm-8.00pm GMT on Peterborough FM - You are invited to join host alex:g, Text Jockey Lexy Manning and Voice-Of-The-Visuals Tom Mutiny for this 19th edition of DOOMWATCH.

Patrick Henningsen of 21st Century Wire joins us to discuss the likes of the deficit still left in the UK (post-budget), the continuing mystery of Malaysia Flight MH370, the head of Press TV (London) being detained by British Intelligence, the truth behind the TV licence law change, and Cambridgeshire Police trying to turn political activists into informers.

Don't forget, you are now not only able to listen in to DOOMWATCH, but you can also see the show, in-vision, via www.ukcolumn.org/doomwatch



‘Budget Day’ Reveals Britain’s £1.8 Trillion (and Growing) Debt

This year, in order to stave off some simmering public dissent, Britain’s current Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osbourne, offered a few concessions to pensioners and the working poor, but achieved nothing towards addressing the largest economic elephant in the room – spiralling public debt and the steady rise in the cost of living due to inevitable inflation.

The current debt of the British government is around £1.8 trillion and that number is expected to double every two years. It’s a recipe for disaster. For politicians propping up the losing fractional reserve debt-based private banking money regime, there seems to only three tools in their economic tinker chest: cut more and borrow less, or cut less and borrow more – or the current US federal model… spend more and borrow more.

They wilfully ignore the most explosive and viable option available: bypass the international banking syndicate with the issuance of money from the Treasury as credit. There is a historic precedent in the UK, and it’s called The Bradbury Pound.

On Wednesday, the UK Column and a hundred supporters converged on Parliament and Westminster to present their economic prescription to MPs and the people. Although most MPs and staffers shied away from commenting (some appeared genuinely scared at the prospect) on The Bradbury when approached, information was still distributed to thousands of passers-by, mainstream media and law enforcement.

Bradbury advocate and spokesperson Justin Walker explains, “We’re here to issue a writ of mandamus to No 10 Downing Street.  Do they know what happened in 1914, do they know about the Bank for International Settlements, do they know who controls the world’s money supply and Britain’s money supply? These questions they don’t have answers to.”

Brian Gerrish, Editor of the UK Column adds, “We’ve got a tax on people’s bedrooms, we’ve got people who can’t feed themselves because of the lies from the corrupt international banks – and the Bradbury solves it. If you’re worried about the NHS it’s about money, if you’re worried about the roads – it’s about money, if you’re worried about the children – it’s about money. If we solve the money problem, then we solve the whole problem… follow the money. If we deal with the corrupt in the international monetary supply then we deal with all of our problems.”

Britain did it in 1914 with The Bradbury Pound, and the US did it twice, when President Abraham Lincoln did it in 1861 with the Greenback, and again in 1963, when President John F Kennedy broke the private banker monopoly on the creation of money by issuing a tranche of US Treasury notes.

The UK Column explains: “On the 7th August 1914, in order to avoid a run on the banks, the Treasury issued Treasury Notes signed by John Bradbury – a form of national credit backed by the credit of the nation. We require that the Treasury immediately restarts issuing such interest-free money, based upon the wealth, integrity and potential of our country. Such an initiative would completely remove the hold the banks have over the nation, and would kick-start a productive economy.”


Britain posted a larger-than-forecast budget deficit in February as government spending increased at its fastest annual pace for almost a year.  Expenditure exceeded revenue by 9.3 billion pounds ($15.3 billion), compared with 9.2 billion pounds a year earlier, the Office for National Statistics said.


Buried deep in the Budget document, there's a pretty significant HMRC power grab. If officials decide you owe them money, they now have the ability to take it directly out your bank account. No insolvency proceedings, asset freezes or debt collection agencies. Just the government taking out whatever it thinks it's owed. There are restrictions. The power can only be used once you've received a couple of letters and a phone call from enforcement. It only applies to people who owe over £1,000. HMRC must leave at least £5,000 in your account. Once they get the money they put it on hold for 14 days and you've got a chance to get in touch and set up a payment plan. If you don't, or you still refuse to pay up, they go ahead and keep it.



TV licence law change proposal receives strong support from MPs

A proposal to end the criminal offence of watching TV without a licence is being considered for inclusion in a bill before Parliament. Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen's call to make non-payment a civil matter has gained the support of 145 MPs.

Ministers had said they wanted to defer a decision until BBC charter renewal talks in 2016 - but they could seek to gain the power to change the law now. The BBC has said it fears a change may lead to more people failing to pay.

About 155,000 people were convicted of non-payment of the TV licence in 2012 and 48 went to prison for not paying subsequent fines. In an article for the Conservative-Home website, the head of the BBC's corporate affairs department, Andrew Scadding said that the "vast majority" of licence-fee evasion cases were "heard uncontested and in bulk. Average presentation time is only three minutes," he said. "They therefore account for a significantly smaller proportion of court time than their numbers might suggest - 0.3% in the most recent data we have seen."



Saturated fat 'ISN'T bad for your heart': Major study questions decades of dietary advice

Guidelines urging people to avoid fat to stave off heart disease 'are wrong'. There is no evidence of a link between saturated fat and heart disease. Healthy polyunsaturated fats also do not reduce heart disease risk. A dairy fat 'significantly reduces' heart disease risk.



Cambridgeshire police tried to turn political activists into informers

A young anti-racism protester abandoned her campaigning work because she felt intimidated by a covert police officer who tried to persuade her to spy on her political colleagues, she has said. The 23-year-old said the officer, working for a secretive police unit, threatened to prosecute her if she told anyone about the attempt to enlist her as an informer.

The woman, who is a single mother, said the threat had left her feeling "vulnerable and intimidated", worried that a prosecution would jeopardise her young son, her university place and her chances of working in the future. "If I was charged, I could lose everything," she said. The Guardian in November published a secretly recorded video revealing how police had tried to recruit an environmental protester, also in his twenties, to spy on politically active Cambridge students.

Now, three more campaigners have come forward. They have described how police from the covert unit tried to convince them to become informants, and to spy on political groups, such as environmentalists and anti-fascists, in return for cash. The allegations come two weeks after Theresa May, the home secretary, ordered a public inquiry into the undercover infiltration of political groups after revelations that the police had spied on the family of Stephen Lawrence.



Courtney Love Claims to Have Cracked the Missing Malaysian Airliner Mystery

It’s refreshing to know that marginal Hollywood-types are hot on the trail of the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370, but also know that the main job of any Hollywood circus creature is to distract the public away from reality. Enter stage left…

The aircraft first deviated from its set flight path following an entry into its flight computer, and look who’s been busy connecting the dots. The allure of the mystery seems to have attracted a motley cast of investigators, and what started off as an airline incident – has now turned into a bona fide train wreck…

Super groupie, Courtney Love, has apparently found time amid a hectic schedule of facelifts and liposuction treatments – to do her bit in solving the mystery of the century. She claims to have cracked the mystery that has stumped military searches, global satellite networks and the top internet sleuths who’ve been scouring through reams of aerial images.

But don’t laugh too hard just yet. Love also Tweeted: “really? look closer?  check it out @DR24 #MH370  and its like a mile away Pulau Perak, where they ‘last’ tracked it”. The really scary part of this story is that, until the missing jetliner is found – then even Courtney Love treasure map of a theory is still in play. Theoretically anyway, but highly remote in reality. Regardless, we are all meant to feel safe in the knowledge that Hollywood and mainstream sewer pipe media have some of their best minds on the job.






Head of Press TV London Detained By MI5 British Intelligence

The London bureau head of Iranian global news network Press TV was detained by British MI5 agents on Sunday. According to Press TV, Mehdi Mirtaleb, the Iranian owner of a London-based television production company was taken into custody over the weekend. Judging by the lack of any information or additional media coverage of the incident, it is unknown whether or not he is still in custody.                

It is not known what the exact reason for his apprehension is. According the Press TV’s own website news release, British security services moved in following a complaint and possible charges pressed by a UK-based Iranian foreign national and women’s rights activist, Shadi Sadr, aged 40, whose own controversial remarks were the subject Press TV commentators’ backlash. Apparently, Sadr has cited comments made in a 27 February article published on Press TV’s website.

Sadr’s statement that the resource-rich south-western province of Khuzestan should secede from the Islamic Republic of Iran, and “damn Iran” met with fury from a number of Iranian commentators, including accusations that Sadr was ‘a traitor’.

In 2010, Sadr was presented an award by the US Department of State in Washington DC as their ’2010 Woman of Courage’. In response to the move by the British intelligence service, Press TV has accused Sadr of working as a British agent, stating that Mirtaleb was arrested ”over allegations made by a British secret service agent”.

It’s important to point out here that detained owner Mirtaleb doesn’t appear to have any real involvement in the writing or publication of the article in question. It’s also unknown what section of British law Press TV head Mirtaleb is being held under, but if the government has invoked a section of the Terrorism Act, then the Protection of Freedoms Act of 2012 permanently reduced a pre-charge detention period to a maximum of 14 days.




The ballots are in, and it’s a landslide, and no one is surprised, yet, western talking heads are predictably in denial. If only we had these sort of democratic turnouts in the west: 83% voter turnout, with 97% of voters opting for a sovereign, independent Crimean state. Even the arch-globalist and darling of Davos himself, Mikhail Gorbachev, has endorsed the result, stating that it ‘corrects a mistake made long ago by Soviet Union’. From the horse’s mouth:

“Earlier Crimea was merged with Ukraine under Soviet laws, to be more exact by the [Communist] party’s laws, without asking the people, and now the people have decided to correct that mistake. This should be welcomed instead of declaring sanctions”.


It would appear the IMF's dirty little fingerprints are all over this latest piece of legislation in Ukraine. The Ukraine Finance Ministry is proposing to take a very-similar-to-Cyprus approach to bailing in its despositors: *UKRAINE PROPOSES NEW TAX ON DEPOSITS EXCEEDING 100,000 HRYVNIA.  *UKRAINE TAX PROPOSAL WOULD INCLUDE 1.5% OF ALL DEPOSITS This would appear a measure designed to stabilize the budget for potential IMF negotiations and fits perfectly with what the IMF has consistently hinted as the next steps for many nations. This is further to the news last week that a 25% deposit "tax" was being considered...




Washington Post Moscow correspondent Susan Glasser, said that Obama does not view Putin the way that Republican diehards, like John McCain, and the Pentagon do. Obama’s top aides, she says, see Putin as “crazy, calculating and somehow capricious all at the same time. A playground bully who’ll wilt at the first sign of resistance”. Alternatively, showing their own split personalities, the same people also say that Putin “perhaps just wants us to think he is really a master strategist, a latter-day Metternich moving countries and armies around the chessboard of Eastern Europe with a steely determination and an autocrat’s free hand.”

Not surprisingly, she says, aides to Obama in recent days have been adamant that their boss had no illusions whatsoever about Putin. “I hear people say we were naïve about Putin and that the president didn’t understand Putin,” she quotes a top Obama administration official, who added that: “No. We had a very sober, very steely-eyed realist assessment of Putin.”

Do political hacks in Washington and London really understand the game they are attempting to play? Sadly, they do not. Russia is (nuclear) armed and dangerous, for starters. No sane western politician (obviously excluding John McCain) would attempt open military confrontation with Russia, but like McCain they can hope to foment and organize “asymmetric and countervailing” military opposition to Putin. Simply put, this means the West will be aiming towards aiding terrorism inside, and against Russia, especially via Chechnya, Dagestan, Tatarstan and the Balkans.

Perhaps the most schizoid and idiotic part of this never-declared war strategy, Putin is imagined to be both unable to reply with his own sponsored terror attacks inside the US and Europe, and too stupid to know who is organizing the “asymmetric terror war”. The single biggest handicap for Western leaders seems to be their permanent detachment from reality. As history shows, for governments and monarchs, this usually ends up being fatal.



Liz Wahl Russia Today Resignation Was Planned Neocon Think Tank PR Stunt

They say nothing happens in Washington by accident, and new details of the much celebrated on-air resignation of Liz Wahl reveal who she was working with, in what can now be confirmed as a politicized publicity stunt - engineered in part by a leading neoconservative think-tank in Washington DC.




End this obsession over climate change: It stops us tackling floods and storms now say experts

Trying to link all extreme weather to man-made global warming ‘has been a social and policy disaster’, they said. Instead, the focus should shift towards dealing with the impact of fierce weather, which will happen regardless of climate change, argued David Schultz and Vladimir Jankovic.

The academics from the University of Manchester said flood defences must be given greater priority to avoid a repeat of the impact of this winter’s storms.

In a paper published on Wednesday, they said the Government was too focused on cutting  greenhouse gases, which was crucial but would never eliminate devastating floods or powerful tidal surges. Senior politicians have been eager to link Britain’s severe floods to global warming.

The Prime Minister said man-made climate change was ‘one of the most serious threats’ the country faced and that he ‘very much suspected’ it caused the floods in Somerset and along the Thames Valley. Labour leader Ed Miliband has described global warming as ‘an issue of national security’ which would bring ‘more flooding, more storms’. And UN executive Christiana Figueres prompted fury when she said the floods had a ‘silver lining’ as they forced climate change on to the political agenda.

But Professor Schultz, an expert in meteorology, and Dr Jankovic, a climate historian, said that it was almost impossible to link any one weather event to global warming. Trying to do so was ‘a distraction’, they wrote in the journal Weather, Climate and Society. Linking ‘climate change and high-impact weather events, although an interesting scientific question, has been a social and policy disaster’, they added.

‘The over-emphasis on “was this associated with climate change?” distracts from the issue that weather happens whether or not climate change  is occurring. ‘For most purposes, any change due to climate change is a less immediate concern than the impact of the weather itself.


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