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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 22 - Brian Gerrish and Mike Robinson - UK Column

Doomwatch 22 - Brian Gerrish and Mike Robinson - UK Column

Friday 18 April 2014, 6.00pm-8.00pm UK on Peterborough FM - join host alex:g, Text Jockey Tom Mutiny and Voice-Of-The-Visuals Matthew Kisby for this 22nd edition of DOOMWATCH - Brian Gerrish and Mike Robinson of THE UK COLUMN join us to discuss the latest news from the last two weeks.

Rest assured this will be a huge catch-up show, where we separate the reality from the 'false flags', the truth from fiction. We look at Labour's newly imported Election Campaign adviser, Allotments being sold by Councils against the rules that are in place for such, the GMO bubble bursting worldwide, Aspartame study puts it on the ropes, a new book exposing the inconvenient truths about the war in Afghanistan, and French scientists admit to 'losing' SARS virus vials...

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



Labour hire Obama campaign chief David Axelrod

The Labour Party has appointed US election strategist David Axelrod as a strategic adviser on leader Ed Miliband’s 2015 election campaign. Mr Axelrod was a key architect of Barack Obama’s victory over John McCain in the 2008 presidential race. He will work alongside shadow foreign secretary, Douglas Alexander, who is to run Labour’s general election strategy. Labour will also call on Mr Axelrod’s consulting, firm AKVD, in its bid to win power, BBC Newsnight revealed.

Mr Axelrod said he had been struck by the power of the Labour leader's ideas and the "strength of his vision".

In August last year, the Conservatives confirmed they had recruited former Obama campaign manager Jim Messina to work on its 2015 election team.


City Minister used controversial trusts to reduce her potential inheritance-tax bill

Andrea Leadsom, the new City minister, used controversial trusts to reduce her potential tax bill and took advantage of offshore banking arrangements for her buy-to-let property company – in an apparent contradiction to George Osborne’s attempts to crack down on tax avoidance. The former Barclays banker, who was appointed to the Treasury by the Chancellor this month, is facing questions after it was disclosed that  she had placed her shares in the property company into trusts for the benefit of her children – a move that is commonly used to avoid inheritance tax.

Bandal – the buy-to-let firm created by the former City high-flyer, 50, and her husband, another ex-banker – also created charges over two of its buy-to-let properties in favour of the offshore branch of an investment bank. The move indicates Ms Leadsom obtained loans from the Jersey-based wealth-management operation, secured against the buy-to-let properties. The revelations are particularly embarrassing as Ms Leadsom now has overall responsibility for the Government’s controversial Help to Buy property scheme – which has faced accusations of creating another house-price boom and pushing property ownership out of the reach of lower-income families.



Cyril Smith 'protected by a high-level Westminster paedophile ring' claims MP

Labour’s Simon Danzcuk said the Liberal grandee was part of an “informal” network of perverts who stalked the corridors of power. He said: “Had he been prosecuted, then the house of cards would have fallen, in terms of that paedophile network, and it could have brought the government down. Once he became a member of Parliament in 1972, I think he joined an, obviously informal, network of paedophiles that existed in and around Westminster.”

The claims came as fresh doubt was cast in Nick Clegg’s instance that no Liberal Democrats knew about Smith’s activities. Police have said Smith attended Elm Guest House in South West London, where underage rent boys and youngsters from a children’s home were reportedly brought to have sex with adult men. Other high profile figures are said to have been visitors including senior MPs, a high-ranking policeman and an MI5 officer. Mr Danzcuk, MP for Smith’s former constituency Rochdale, says that police received at least 144 complaints about Smith but MI5 and Special Branch pressured them into backing off.



Allotments being sold off for development despite government pledges

Allotments across the country are being destroyed and sold off for development, despite government pledges to protect plots. About 3,000 plots, two per cent of the national total, have been destroyed since 2010, according to official figures, with the final decision being taken by Whitehall in each case. Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, has rejected just two out of 83 applications by councils to sell sites for development.

The number of plots in England has fallen from a peak of 1.4 million in 1949 to around 150,000 today. In 1996 there were four people waiting for every 100 plots, but that has risen to 57 today, as the economic downturn and television programmes such as Gardeners’ World and The Big Allotment Challenge have encouraged people to try self-sufficiency. Under the law, any sell-offs must be approved by the secretary of state and local authorities must prove that the site is unnecessary because no one is using it or on a waiting list or that it is not “reasonably practicable” to keep it.



U.S. Taxpayers spent $1.4 billion on Obama family last year

U.S. Taxpayers spent $1.4 billion dollars on everything from staffing, housing, flying and entertaining President Obama and his family last year, according to the author of a new book on taxpayer-funded presidential perks. In comparison, British taxpayers spent just $57.8 million on the royal family.

Author Robert Keith Gray writes in “Presidential Perks Gone Royal” that Obama isn’t the only president to have taken advantage of the expensive trappings of his office. But the amount of money spent on the first family, he argues, has risen tremendously under the Obama administration and needs to be reined in.

Gray told The Daily Caller that the $1.4 billion spent on the Obama family last year is the “total cost of the presidency,” factoring the cost of the “biggest staff in history at the highest wages ever,” a 50 percent increase in the numbers of appointed czars and an Air Force One “running with the frequency of a scheduled air line.”

“The most concerning thing, I think, is the use of taxpayer funds to actually abet his re-election,” Gray, who worked in the Eisenhower administration and for other Republican presidents, said. Specifically, Gray said taxpayer dollars are subsidizing Obama’s re-election effort when he uses Air Force One to jet across the country campaigning. When the trip is deemed political, it’s customary for the president to pay the equivalent of a first class commercial ticket for certain passengers. But Gray says that hardly covers the taxpayer cost of flying the president and his staffers around on Air Force One.



Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs Refuses to Advise

They are a committee formed by the government comprised of experts in the field. There are social workers, former law enforcement professionals, and medical advisors. It is their job to engage in fact-finding concerning the impact of drug misuse, then report back to the Home Office with recommendations presumably geared to protecting the public health and safety.

You don’t have to agree that the ACMD provides useful advice, engages in effective fact finding, or even serves a genuine purpose to give a damn about what has happened. This isn’t a question of their motives or efficacy anymore; because where cannabis is concerned the facts just got swept right off the table.

Council Chair Professor Les Iversen said in a public meeting on 11 April that cannabis was no longer an issue for the ACMD because the issue had become “politicized” and thus was out of their hands. This is a very disturbing statement, but it is also a tacit admission of what is really going on in the United Kingdom regarding drug policy. They are stating, albeit in bureaucratic doubletalk, that the government is motivated entirely by politics and will not be accepting fact-based advice from the Council. It’s actually a very bold admission, and has garnered surprisingly little press.



France bans all GMO cultivation

The French National Assembly has made a sweeping declaration with a new bill, effective immediately. No more genetically modified crops. On Tuesday, the French lower house of parliament adopted a law immediately banning cultivation of any GMO corn, due to environmental safety concerns. Recently, they also made a halt decree to prohibit planting the only GM crop allowed in the EU - Monsanto's MON810 corn, with built-in insect resistance.

Meanwhile, Russia will not import GMO products, the country’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said, adding that the nation has enough space and resources to produce organic food. Moscow has no reason to encourage the production of genetically modified products or import them into the country, Medvedev told a congress of deputies from rural settlements on Saturday. “If the Americans like to eat GMO products, let them eat it then. We don’t need to do that; we have enough space and opportunities to produce organic food,” he said.

Also, GM cotton produced by Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company (Mahyco), a collaborator with international biotech kingpin Monsanto, has officially been banned from the Indian state of Karnataka, a major cotton-producing region of India, after the heavily hyped transgenic crop failed to deliver on both pest resistance and yields. Hailed by Mahyco as the answer to higher yields and improved pest resistance, the crop turned out to be a complete dud, leading to about 54,000 hectares - around 133,000 acres - worth of failed cotton crops. For the farmers who planted all this fake cotton, this translates into a financial loss of 230 crore rupees, or the U.S. equivalent of nearly $38.1 million. According to the Bangalore Mirror, the Karnataka government made a bold move on behalf of the farmers involved by quickly moving to ban and blacklist the company from the region after learning of the crop failures. Rather than slap the company on the wrist with a simple fine, which is what Mahyco requested, authorities decided to defend its farmers.







Ministers 'covering up secret meetings with GM food lobby': Owen Paterson refused a Freedom of Information request about talks over 'Frankenfood'

Ministers are trying to cover up secret briefings with GM companies. Owen Paterson has refused FOI request to supply details about talks. Has encouraged public to accept GM crops being sold in supermarkets. Has also been lobbying EU to let Britain grow crops banned elsewhere  He is working in partnership with the Agricultural Biotechnology Council.



New Study Could Spell the End for Diet Soda and Aspartame

In a new study done over ten years and sampling 60,000 women, it was shown that women who drink two or more diet drinks a day have much higher cardiovascular disease rates and are more likely to die from the disease. In the largest study done of its kind, The University of Iowa concluded:

“… compared to women who never or only rarely consume diet drinks, those who consume two or more a day are 30 percent more likely to have a cardiovascular event [heart attack or stroke] and 50 percent more likely to die from related disease.  This is one of the largest studies on this topic, and our findings are consistent with some previous data, especially those linking diet drinks to the metabolic syndrome,” said Dr Ankur Vyas… the lead investigator of the study.

Another important note is that, as the overall sales of soda are going down, it also means that less people are now being exposed to (mostly GM) high fructose corn syrup which carries a whole host of health risks as well.



French scientists say they’ve lost SARS vials

France’s Institut Pasteur, which was among the first to isolate HIV in the 1980s, admitted on Monday that it has lost some 2,349 vials in 29 boxes, containing samples of the deadly SARS virus. During a recent inventory researchers realized the vials were unaccounted for and so called in France’s drug and health safety agency “l’Agence nationale de sécurité du médicament et des produits de santé” to help with the search, according to a statement from Institut Pasteur.

The drug and health safety people spent four days, from April 4th-12th, doing an ‘in depth’ investigation at the unnamed lab in question and came up empty handed as well. SARS is not the kind of virus you’d want floating around. You may remember the outbreak of SARS, which stands for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, in the early 2000s in Asia which killed some 775 people and sickened thousands more. It kills roughly 10 percent of those are found to be infected.



Contactless payment that scans the VEINS on a shopper's palm is trialled in Sweden

More than 1,600 Swedish shoppers have signed up to make payments with a simple swipe of their hand, using new technology that 'reads' the patterns of their veins. The developers hope hand scanning will become an alternative payment method if it is a success during trials in the city of Lund in southern Sweden. The vein-scanning terminals have been installed in 15 shops and restaurants after an engineering student at the local university came up with the technology two years ago while waiting in line to pay. The plan is to patent the system and expand it around the globe.



The spooky world of the 'numbers stations'

At the apex of the Cold War, radio lovers across the globe started to notice bizarre broadcasts on the airwaves. Starting with a weird melody or the sound of several beeps, these transmissions might be followed by the unnerving sound of a strange woman's voice counting in German or the creepy voice of a child reciting letters in English.

Encountering these shortwave radio messages, many radio hams concluded that they were being used to send coded messages across extremely long distances.  Times have changed and technology has evolved, but there's evidence that this old-fashioned seeming method of communication might still be used. Shortwave numbers stations might seem low-tech but they probably remain the best option for transmitting information to agents in the field, some espionage experts suggest.

A former GCHQ officer, who does not wish to be named, whose duty was to intercept signals towards the UK and search for these numbers stations in the 1980s is adamant that these were broadcasts to agents in the field or in residencies or directed to embassies.

It was "one-way traffic" - the transmitters broadcast numbers to the recipient. The recipient did not reply. In the 2010 raids on a Russian spy ring in the US, court papers alleged that they had used "coded radio transmissions and encrypted data", a hint that they might have received their orders via shortwave numbers stations. Despite all the clues, no government has ever officially admitted or denied using numbers stations, nor have intelligence agencies.

Enthusiasts might be fighting sceptics about the stations' real purpose, but what is certain is that they aren't a pure product of imagination.



UK government tries to stop soldier revealing jaw-dropping truth of the Afghanistan war

Last week, the Ministry of Defence attempted to block the publication of “An Intimate War – An Oral History of the Helmand Conflict 1978-2013”, on the grounds that it breached the Official Secrets Act.  What makes this so extraordinary was the fact that the book was written by Dr Mike Martin, a former captain in the Territorial Army, who was commissioned three years ago by the army to write a study of British military operations in Helmand.   That study became a Phd dissertation, which the MoD has had in its possession for 14 months.  Yet it was only in February that it raised objections to its content, to the point when Martin resigned his ten-year commission in order to be able to publish the book.

Martin’s publisher Hurst & Co has gone ahead with publication, even though it was reduced to handing out flyers instead of hardbacks at the presentation of his book at Kings College London last Thursday.  

One of the recurring themes about this time in history was that the Marines in Helmand were in Afghanistan in order to protect the population against ‘the Taliban’. Martin effectively destroys these simplistic representations.  His meticulous study, based on 150 interviews conducted over four years, and his own experience as a serving officer in Helmand, presents a view of the war that is radically different from the one the British public has been hearing ever since Tony Blair ordered British troops to deploy in Helmand in 2006.

At various times over the last eight years we have heard from politicians and army spokesmen that British troops were engaged in counter-terrorism and counter-narcotics, that they were building democracy, providing security to the local population, ensuring development and protecting women’s rights, or – most fatuously of all – that they were there ‘to keep us safe.’ This last trope rested on the assumption that our troops were fighting ‘Taliban insurgents’,   allied to al Qaeda, who needed to be defeated in order to ensure that Helmand did not become a ‘terrorist base’ or a ‘springboard’ for 9/11 attacks.   During those years it was rarely, if ever, explained who the Taliban were or where they came from or why they were fighting.   We simply assumed, as so many soldiers did, that they were killable ‘terrorists’ and ‘bad guys’ motivated by fanaticism and evil.

What Martin reveals, in painstaking – and from the military’s point of view – painful detail, is that British politicians and army officers did not have the remotest idea what they were doing in Helmand, and that the war was conducted with staggering naivety and ignorance.

Martin shows again and again that neither Britain, the United States, nor the various international institutions involved in the Afghan war really understood Afghanistan’s complex local politics, and that this incomprehension resulted in a series of mistakes and misjudgements that made the conflict worse. In Helmand, it meant that the British were often manipulated by local warlords and politicians, to the point when they did not actually know who they were fighting against and on whose behalf.  In some cases, British troops took part in opium eradication programmes only to find that they had been steered by opium growers connected to the Afghan police towards the destruction of crops owned by their rivals.

At other times air strikes or raids were carried out on ‘Taliban’ villages on the basis of intelligence supplied by elements within the Afghan police who were using the ‘Angrez’ – as Helmandis call the British – as instruments of an inter-tribal feud or clan vendetta. Rather than protecting the population, the British army effectively became allies of a predatory Afghan police that was despised and feared by the local population, and whose depredations were instrumental in driving Helmand is to seek support from the various ‘Talibans’ in the province.  Rather than making things better, providing security, or reducing violence, Martin argues, the presence of the British army actually increased the level of violence from the moment it was deployed.



FORTHCOMING ON DOOMWATCH - On 25 April we have Sir Graham Bright, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire live in the studio. Then, on 2 May, joining us for his usual first Friday of the month slot is Patrick Henningsen of 21st Century Wire, who will be talking about international events from an alternative perspective.


The Alternative View 5 - Humanity Versus Insanity. Friday 16th May to Monday 19th May 2014. Staverton Park Hotel, Daventry, Northamptonshire, NN11 6JT.

Confirmed Guests include Brian Gerrish (Common Sense: The antidote to the Common Purpose), Patrick Henningsen (Bending Reality: Countering Media Manipulation in the 21st Century), Mike Mitcham (The 'SMART' Agenda ... 'SMART' for whom?), David Boyle, Simon Welsh, Neil Sanders, David Lim (Geo-Engineering, HAARP, Trans-Humanism and Health) and Ian R Crane. And stand by for news of a major guest announcement that will make this a be-there weekend - www.alternativeview.co.uk


This edition of Doomwatch is dedicated to the memory of Michael C Ruppert



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