Cannabis in the UK

Whilst giant leaps in freedom and basic human rights are being made in places Like Uruguay, Washington, and Colorado, UK attitudes towards cannabis seem to still be dragging their knuckles through the proverbial stone age.

Under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, cannabis is currently an illegal ‘Class B’ substance and carries sentences of up to 5 years in prison for possession, and up to 14 years for distribution.

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Substance Class
Amphetamines including dexamphetamine (Speed) B
Cannabis B
Synthetic Cannabinoids (Spice/K2) B
Codeine (Prescription Painkiller) B
Methedrone (MCAT/Meow Meow) B
Methylone (bk-MDMA) B
NRG-1, NRG-3, Naphyrone (NRG or Energy) B

The following are statistics of reported drug poisoning deaths from Class B Drugs, as well as some more familiar prescription drugs

Drug Poisoning Deaths 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
           
All amphetamines 99 76 56 62 97
Cannabis 0 0 0 0 0
Methadone 378 408 355 486 414
Other opiate (including Codeine and Dihydrocodeine) 381 418 418 418 348
MDMA/Ecstasy 44 27 8 13 31
PMA / PMMA 0 0 0 1 20
Novel psychoactive substances 25 26 22 29 52
Cathinones 0 0 6 6 18
All benzodiazepines 230 261 307 293 284
Diazepam 133 160 186 179 207
All antidepressants 383 406 381 393 468
Tricyclic antidepressants (BNF 4.3.1) 229 219 194 200 233
Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (BNF 4.3.3) 116 113 136 127 158
Other antidepressants (BNF 4.3.2 and 4.3.4) 50 83 74 84 104
Paracetamol4 260 255 199 207 182
Tramadol 83 87 132 154 175
Other opiate (including Codeine and Dihydrocodeine) 381 418 418 418 348
Helium 12 21 33 42 58
           
  2804 2978 2925 3112 3197

Nobody has ever died as a result of smoking cannabis.  It is not a toxic substance. Something isn’t quite right here…..

What are the true dangers of cannabis and prohibition?

To tell you the truth, the true dangers of cannabis are mostly social.  But before we get in to that, let’s address two common myths often stated as the prime focus for cannabis prohibition.  Psychosis/Schizophrenia and “super strength” weed.

There is absolutely no concrete evidence to support the fact that cannabis causes mental health problems. None.  It is possible however, that cannabis abuse hastens the onset of mental illness in those predisposed to it in much the same way that alcohol does with alcohol induced psychosis but the evidence is not conclusive.  From Wikipedia

Alcohol is a common cause of psychotic disorders or episodes, which may occur through acute intoxication, chronic alcoholism, withdrawal, exacerbation of existing disorders, or acute idiosyncratic reactions.[4] Research has shown that alcohol abuse causes an 8-fold increased risk of psychotic disorders in men and a 3 fold increased risk of psychotic disorders in women.[5][6] While the vast majority of cases are acute and resolve fairly quickly upon treatment and/or abstinence, they can occasionally become chronic and persistent.[4] Alcoholic psychosis is sometimes misdiagnosed as another mental illness such as schizophrenia.[7]

They like to keep that one quiet don’t they?

Furthermore, of all the studies done, none rule out environmental factors. For instance, you are 6 times more likely to develop mental healths problems if you live in a big city, and the bigger the city, the bigger the risk.  None attempt to address any link between personality types, cannabis, and mental illness. Could it be that those who are more likely to have mental health issues are more likely to search for a chemical escape?  The “evidence” is too circumstantial, and too many factors are allowed to weigh in to the conclusion without being acknowledged.  The research is heavily flawed. One might think there was a specific agenda behind such poor research.

Professor David Nutt had this to say

The role of cannabis in causation of schizophrenia is still controversial – the ACMD in their 3rd cannabis review estimated that to stop one case of schizophrenia one would have to stop 5000 young men or 7000 young women from ever smoking cannabis. Some studies are now suggesting cannabis may help patients with schizophrenia.

Super strength weed:

Weed of different strengths has always been available. Always.  Back in the day, Panama Red, Columbia Gold, or Thai Stick was always better (stronger) than any bag of Mexican crap you could pick up.  These days, there is just more variety and stronger weed is easy to get hold of than it was years ago.  THC profiles are not pushing unheard-of  levels.  You had your good stuff that was hard to get hold of and you had your bad, much like you do today.  Today’s Cheese strain for instance, available everywhere, not particularly strong.

That said, so what if you smoke the stronger stuff?  Its like comparing beer with wine.  Just because you drink two pints of beer, does not mean you’re going to drink two pints of wine.  That’s ridiculous. You smoke enough until you’re high and then you stop.  It makes no difference what you are smoking.

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Incredibly inaccurate that Mr Cameron.  Cannabis is not toxic (poisonous), nor damaging,  nor does it lead to mental health problems. In fact, caffeine is much more toxic than cannabis.

The true dangers of cannabis lie with prohibition itself.  The fact is, it is just plain irresponsible for a modern political system to continue to outlaw cannabis, and I’ll tell you why…

Prohibition is irresponsible

People are going to smoke cannabis no matter what its legal status is, this is a fact evident by the increase in users year on year.  It is quite clearly a law that the majority of people now see as unjust, and if a police force enforces an unjust law, respect for the law goes out of the window.

Prohibition feeds average people in to the criminal justice system, and as more people use cannabis than ever before, so, are we seeing record numbers of people fed in to this system.  A criminal record is for life, Young people who are being fed in to the criminal justice system over an unjust law are having their futures guided by this policy.  Job opportunities are being lost, so are lives, futures, dreams, ambitions, and trust towards authority.

Prohibition can efficiently be seen as a lack of regulation.  Lack of regulation means many things.  It means there is no quality control over the products being sold.  Many of which contain harmful chemicals not flushed from the plant by inexperienced growers.  Much cannabis comes with added glass, as reported here and is a serious health risk. Then there is the gateway drug theory.

Gateway Drug

Cannabis is not a gateway drug. I’ve never heard such nonsense in my entire life. 2,000,000 people in the UK smoke cannabis. 1 in 4 of them, went on to try cocaine, and 1 in 90 of them used it regularly.  The fact is, that whilst cannabis use is on the incline in the UK, class A drug use is on the decline.  If cannabis in itself was a true gateway drug, class A drug use would correlate would it not?  The only ‘gateway’ part about cannabis is its prohibition.  The irresponsible stance that the UK has taken in not regulating cannabis has meant that they are forcing many people who want to smoke cannabis to buy it off a dealer who sells other much more dangerous and truly toxic drugs. (I’m not talking about paracetamol or SSRI’s either).

This puts good money in to bad pockets at an ever increasing rate. It is well known that it is the dealers who push harder drugs on to their customers. A dealer out of cannabis looking to make money of his other wares is going to suggest alternatives to his customers, that’s just common sense. I very much doubt that someone flogging smack for a living would really care about the age of the person wanting to by their goods either.  This is another reason that the criminalization of cannabis is just plain irresponsible. It is the prohibition of cannabis itself that is the gateway.

Medicinal Uses

Cannabis as a medicine has been around in Britain for 100’s if not 1000’s of years. The scale of cultivation was enormous and cannabis is even documented in the surviving text of an early Anglo-Saxon herbal.  Queen Victoria used to get a hemp prescription to alleviate period pain.  It was available in the UK on prescription as late as 1971 (although banned for recreational use since 1928) , yet for some reason the UK’s top politicians will ignore the advice from some of their top scientists and tell you that cannabis has no medicinal value whatsoever.

Interesting then, that numerous studies have shown cannabis could be an effective treatment for the following:

  • Cancer
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Chronic Pain
  • Dementia
  • epilepsy
  • Tourette’s
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Glaucoma
  • Anorexia

There are many, many others. In fact, it has been said that cannabis offers the most amount of treatments per medicine than anything currently on the market.

Still, we’re told cannabis has no medicinal use and as such medical research in to cannabis is being stifled by the law.

Sativex

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Meet Sativex, currently available for prescription in 11 countries including Spain, UK, Italy, Germany, and Canada.  It has also been approved for use in a further 13 countries.

Sativex is described as a ‘cannabinoid based’ medicine.  In actual fact, what it is, is a cannabis tincture. GWPharma in Kent, produce tonnes of indica/sativa hybrid cannabis plants and process the bud using ethanol which is then evaporated leaving behind concentrated cannabis oil.  This oil contains all of the constituent cannabinoids from the cannabis flower without any of the green plant matter. It is then poured in to a pretty little bottle and packaged in to some official medical looking packaging and prescribed for various conditions.  Interestingly, this medication is far more potent than cannabis bud as it is not bulked out by plant matter.

If cannabis has no medical value whatsoever, how do explain this, Mr Cameron?  Your policy on cannabis seems pretty irresponsible from a medical point of view as well.

Environmental uses for cannabis

The hemp plant also has some pretty solid environmental uses too. It can be used to produce:

  • Fibre for rope
  • Clothing
  • Paper
  • Plastic
  • Building materials
  • Cellulose
  • Fuel
  • Food

From hempbasics.com

On an annual basis, 1 acre of hemp will produce as much fiber as 2 to 3 acres of cotton. Hemp fiber is stronger and softer than cotton, lasts twice as long as cotton, and will not mildew.

Cotton grows only in moderate climates and requires more water than hemp; but hemp is frost tolerant, requires only moderate amounts of water, and grows in all 50 states. Cotton requires large quantities of pesticides and herbicides–50% of the world’s pesticides/herbicides are used in the production of cotton. Hemp requires no pesticides, no herbicides, and only moderate amounts of fertilizer.

On an annual basis, 1 acre of hemp will produce as much paper as 2 to 4 acres of trees. From tissue paper to cardboard, all types of paper products can be produced from hemp.

The quality of hemp paper is superior to tree-based paper. Hemp paper will last hundreds of years without degrading, can be recycled many more times than tree-based paper, and requires less toxic chemicals in the manufacturing process than does paper made from trees.

Hemp can be used to produce fiberboard that is stronger and lighter than wood. Substituting hemp fiberboard for timber would further reduce the need to cut down our forests.

Hemp can be used to produce strong, durable and environmentally-friendly plastic substitutes. Thousands of products made from petroleum-based plastics can be produced from hemp-based composites.

It takes years for trees to grow until they can be harvested for paper or wood, but hemp is ready for harvesting only 120 days after it is planted. Hemp can grow on most land suitable for farming, while forests and tree farms require large tracts of land available in few locations. Harvesting hemp rather than trees would also eliminate erosion due to logging, thereby reducing topsoil loss and water pollution caused by soil runoff.

Hemp seeds contain a protein that is more nutritious and more economical to produce than soybean protein. Hemp seeds are not intoxicating. Hemp seed protein can be used to produce virtually any product made from soybean: tofu, veggie burgers, butter, cheese, salad oils, ice cream, milk, etc. Hemp seed can also be ground into a nutritious flour that can be used to produce baked goods such as pasta, cookies, and breads.

Hemp seed oil can be used to produce non-toxic diesel fuel, paint, varnish, detergent, ink and lubricating oil. Because hemp seeds account for up to half the weight of a mature hemp plant, hemp seed is a viable source for these products.

Cannabis prohibition seems pretty irresponsible from an environmental perspective to me, too.

Economics of cannabis prohibition

I’m not going to skirt round the issue.  The UK economy is in the toilet.

The Tory Government are currently spending an estimated £2bn trying (and failing I might add) to police cannabis.  For every 1 cannabis ‘farm’ that gets busted, 4 spring up in its place.  This is probably a direct result of growers getting caught in the first place. No matter what type of business you’re in, it makes sense to protect your investments.  The more operations you have, the less likely you will be to lose them all.

£2,000,000,000 is an awful lot of money that could be better spent. But the plot thickens.  Where cannabis to be legalised, some economists predict that it would generate tax payments alone of over £1.25bn. That’s an extra £3.25bn in the public purse, without the need to ruin lives, and police resources can be used on issues that really matter.

The GDP of the UK is pretty poor, we are no longer a producing nation.  The difference a small change in the law could make to our economy is enormous. Not only would have a massive small business boom for those wanting to trade cannabis, but we would have a fantastic increase in tourism, and sale on all hemp products.

Seems then, that cannabis prohibition is irresponsible for an economic point of view as well.

So just why is cannabis illegal in the UK?

Quite simple really. Money.

In 1928 cannabis became illegal in much of the world.  At a meeting of the League of Nations, as a sort of ‘afterthought’ an Egyptian businessman and timber merchant (supported by Turkey) put forward a proposition to make a new drug from Mexico illegal, and this drug was known as “Marihuana”.  At this time, cannabis was not known as Marijuana and was usually referred to as cannabis or hemp. Not realising the impact this little addition would make, it was added to the list of banned substances.  Cannabis was already banned in Egypt as its use was in contravention to interpretations in Islamic law.

Many timber merchants were struggling with the direct competition that hemp gave them in terms of paper production and they’d been putting politicians under pressure for quite some time to outlaw hemp for their own financial gain.

The issue was never debated in parliament, there was no domestic reason to ban hemp, no lobbying or protest had taken place.  Recreational hemp use was very much acceptable in Britain up until this point. It was still possible to grow industrial hemp for fibre and whatnot but that required a license, and getting one, easier said than done.  The timber industry had succeeded in doing away with their major competitor, the hemp plant.

In 1971, as I mentioned before, cannabis was available on prescription for certain ailments.  Unfortunately two GP’s prescribed cannabis for non-medicinal purposes and this led to complete outlawing of medicinal cannabis. This seems like a mighty overreaction, to completely outlaw a medicine so effective and cheap as cannabis. No doubt the exchange of a big brown envelope was involved. An industry fell to the ground overnight, and big pharma made a lot of money pushing their non-natural alternatives. 

To this day we are under the cosh of timber and big pharma companies, at the expense of our youth, economy, health, and planet.

It’s about time we get things sorted and our government stop being so damned irresponsible. We all smoke weed anyway.

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Syria

Such a simple title for a very, very complex situation.  This article is to serve as an introduction for those new to the conflict in Syria, who might now be questioning what’s going on, and also as a platform for further developments and discussion on key areas in the middle east…

How the conflict came to be and the key players

The Syrian population is made up predominantly of different sub-sects of Islam. The majority of the population are Sunni Muslims, and we also have the Shi’ite Muslims, the Alawite Shi’ite’s (a subset of Shiite’s), and some Syrian Kurds.

The current president is Bashar al-Assad

Protests against Assad started in 2011, as the Sunni majority had various political issues over Assad’s Alawite Shi’ite focused policies. As protests tend to do they turned violent. Assad’s handling of the situation was poor to say the least and he ordered his Syrian military to fire on unarmed protesters in an attempt to contain the violence.  A number of military squads refused to do so and broke away from the governments Syrian Army to form the Free Syrian Army, who are now part of the opposition, their core goal is to topple Assad in favour of a more secular Syria. A group of mercenaries named Al-Nusra and ISIS make up the other part of the opposition. Al-Nusra and ISIS are both forks of Al-Quaeda. As you’d expect, the FSA and Al-Nusra/ISIS (Al-Qaeda) don’t exactly see eye to eye and regularly have bloody disagreements. Another party named Hezbollah who are a political and militant group from Lebanon have also entered the equation.

The ongoing conflict has led to a couple of million refugees fleeing Syria in to neighbouring countries.

Who supports who

Neighbouring Iran – Iran have always been allies of Syria, they support the Syrian government and have vowed military support should Syria be attacked by a neighbouring country.

Russia – Russia also support the Syrian Government, and have pledged defensive support

China – China watch on from afar and have condemn use of chemical weapons on either side, they are however, allies of Russia.

Hezbollah – Crossed the border from Lebanon in support of President al-Assad’s Syria

The US – The US claim to have remained neutral (they have not) and they support the opposition, Al-Quaeda (yes that’s right),

The UN – The UN are a sort of independent referee (apparently)

Who controls what

They say a picture paints a thousand words, and this one tells us all we need to know. As you can see, its a bit of a mess.

Something worth noting is that the Government now control Al-Safira.  Last year the Syrian army lost control of Al-Safira to the rebels, and it has a significant stockpile of chemical weapons, as does Aleppo.

Chemical Weapons, the UN, and the US

In August 2013 (while the “opposition” had control of Al-Safira) on the outskirts of Damascus, a chemical weapons attack took place that killed anywhere from 300-1700 civilians as rockets were fired that contained serin gas (a chemical agent that attacks the nervous system). This was an illegal act condemned by the international community.  The US were quick to pounce on the situation claiming that they had intel that suggested the attack came from a government controlled area and namely that Assad was gassing his own people.  Obama also condemned the assault, stating that a red line had been crossed that the international community must not tolerate. The US were ready to mob in to Syria (anyone would think they’d been waiting for an excuse), this caused tensions between the US and Russia who supported Assad as he professed his innocence.  As you’d expect my own country, the US’s little lapdog the UK supported such action and this was voiced by Prime Minister David Cameron. He quickly received fierce backlash for the proposition and soon dropped the idea. The UN were brought in to the area to perform forensic analysis to find out what agent was used, what the attack method was and were it came from.  Assad and Putin (the Russian President) urged the US to await the results of the UN report, and although they did not want to, amid international tensions and a lack of support the US relented and agreed to wait.

The results are now in, and the UN’s report states that the attack was carried out by Syrian rebels. Shock, horror.

But -I hear you ask- where did the chemical weapons come from?  The weapons were manufactured in-house but the chemicals to make such weapons were supplied by the west, who seem to have a habit of supplying nasty weapons (or the means to make them) to nations, and then claiming an “evil regime” has such weapons and should be invaded in the name of peace.

To prevent future attacks of this nature, an agreement was reached between the US and Russia and put forward to the UN that the Syrian Government must hand over all of its chemical weapons in to international hands to be destroyed. A wise move.

It is worth noting that it is widely speculated that the US has been supplying the rebels with small amounts of military aid for some time now, although they are now distancing themselves from the support they once provided to Al-Quadea which I suggest kicked off the whole situation. But, why the distancing? Well, a couple of members of the UN were kidnapped by the US sponsored terrorists and it seemed they were getting out of hand and could no longer be controlled.  Thankfully, nothing came of the kidnapping and the members were swiftly returned. It mattered not to the US, for  groundwork had now been laid and so they could begin to distance themselves from the situation.

More on the US

Why do the US have such an interest in Syria? One word, Iran.

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The US have been attempting to provoke a reaction from Iran for quite some time now, part of their strategy for conquest in the middle east.  The previous Iranian President, Ahmadinejad, did not take the bate.  Knowing Iran’s loyalty to Syria, the US has instigated this civil war off the back of peaceful protests in order to capture the oil of both nations. Though, they have not been able to spark conflict between either nation and it isn’t through a lack of trying. Since diverting their direct efforts away from Iran, the country has had a change in leadership. It was first thought that the US may have a fairly easy ride in obtaining Iran’s oil via Ahmadinejad’s successor President Hassan Rouhani, who’s mandate includes repairing relations with the west.  Thus far, conquest on a political front has not been achieved and it remains to be seen how they are going to enter Iran.  Some false flag terror attack no doubt.  But back to Syria….

UN peace talks

“Peace talks” are set to go ahead this week in the hope of restoring order in the country by introducing a ‘transitional government’.  I’ll let that sink in for a second.  President Obama, backed by the UN are planning to remove Assad from power (it’ll be a step down or we’ll remove you by force job) and install their own government much as they did in Libya. Iran initially had an invitation to attend the talks but the schoolyard bully of nations (the US) threw a wobbler as they say, and their Al-Quadea attack dogs were not happy either.  This led to the UN removing aforementioned invitation much to the anger of Iran.  More provocation.

How significant it is at this point that President Assad plans stand in the new elections I don’t know, and this is because as a Westerner, it is difficult to tell how much public support Assad actually has.  Not that it matters, of course, because the US get what they want eventually.

Come back to my blog from time to time to see how the situation develops.

If you found this story interesting, you may want to bring yourself up to speed on what’s happening with Obama’s drone program in Pakistan, accidentally killing thousands of innocent Pakistani citizens (a large number of these children) as they target the US’s sworn enemy and close friends Al-Qaeda remotely from the air.

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They gave this man the Nobel Peace Prize, don’t ya know.

Shining a light on David Icke

My, how public opinion has changed. Let’s take a look shall we…

In order to understand this shift in the public perception of David Icke, we must first examine the beliefs that Icke held in 1991, and the beliefs he holds today.

Icke’s early views can be obtained by reading the following publications by Icke:

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The basic jist of it is that Icke channelled a spirit named Rakorski, whom we know to be the son of God.  Rakorski told Icke about the Solar Logos, the spirit of our sun, and that the Solar Logos transmitted 7 rays throughout the solar system, with each ray corresponding to a different colour and “power” of sorts, and it is these rays that are going to bring about our spiritual evolution.

Sounds a bit whacky and new ageist to me.

Interestingly, Icke’s early beliefs mirror that of the Theosophist Alice Bailey, who’s description of the 7 rays is below.  You might be interested to know, she also outlined the plan for the New World Order and Lucis Trust, philosophy of the UN.

First “Will or Power”[42][43] “The basic Reservoir of Power”[42] Red ManuMorya[43]
Second “Love-wisdom”[43][44] “Magnetism”[44] Blue Christ,[43] Koot Humi, and Djwhal Khul[45]
Third “Adaptability”[46] or “Active Intelligence”[43] “Instinct”[46] Yellow Mahachohan[43]
Fourth Beauty or Harmony[44][47] or “Harmony through Conflict”[48] “Uniformity of Colour”[44] or “Experience. Growth.”[48] Green Serapis[49]
Fifth Concrete Knowledge or Science[47][48][50] “Intellect”[48] Orange Master HilarionPaul of Tarsus(158)[49]
Sixth “Devotion”[44][46][47] or “Abstract Idealism”[50] “Intellect”[48] Violet Master Jesus[50]
Seventh “Organisation and Ritual”[47] or “Ceremonial organization”[42] or “Ceremonial Magic or Order”[50] “Radioactivity”[42] Indigo Master Rakoczi[50]

His general view on consciousness and suchlike, is also directly inline with Theosophy.  Icke took Bailey’s views, and passed them off as his own. [Note above the master of the 7th Ray]

So what about today?

Icke still holds true his beliefs in Theosophy and the raising of vibrations.  One of his later theories regarding the moon also mirrors that of Alice Bailey.  He claims that he was sat at his desk writing and “the energy in the room changed”.  He felt then, or was being told, that the moon isn’t real. It was in fact an alien spacecraft that was placed there by evil reptilian beings.  What’s interesting here is that Icke has always held the same basic view, just rehashed or reworded.  This is taken from Truth Vibrations:

Satan incarnated on the moon and helped to create fantastic negativity. The imbalance was such that the Moon Spirit left, and Lucifer, now rejoined on the light levels by Satan, used all the power of the negative energies and those created at the moment the spirit left to direct the dying, spiritless planet towards another planet. The light levels had known that Lucifer was planning on using the moon to create havoc, because his thought forms were passed directly to the Archangel Michael through the Devic information system and vice versa. Lucifer was thus aware of this, and found a way to prevent the Godhead and Michael knowing exactly what he intended to do with the moon. He formed a very large number of plans in his mind, but did not decide which one he would go for until the last possible moment, when he sent out one surge of negative energy that directed the dying moon towards earth, The Archangel Michael said: There were a great number of possibilities and we were in a waiting situation.

Again, a rehash of Alice Bailey’s beliefs which can be found here

We’ve established then, that Icke holds the same beliefs he always has.  Hell, you can even tell he still believes in the power of colour by what he wears, be it love-wisdom or adaptability and intelligence. So why then, the lack of ridicule?

David Icke v2.0

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One belief that Icke certainly still holds true is that he wants money, and this has meant he’s had to become much more subtle in the preaching of his beliefs in order to sell his books and by extension, brand “Icke”.

Notice in the 2006 interview, that Icke never actually mentioned his own views (which aren’t really his views, they are those of Alice Bailey).  What he did do, as he has done this past decade, is ally himself with real truth. Hanging off the coattails of true research, which he has seamlessly integrated with “his own work” as part of a bigger picture.  A sensible move for brand Icke. Talk of the NWO, Orwellian states, and fascism. I think the only addition he has personally made is the notion of “Problem-Reaction-Solution”, which brings me neatly to my next point.

Icke has a habit of taking the mundane, common sense workings of the world at large, and turning them in to something which sounds profound and knowledgeable, and maybe to a man who failed his 11+, they are.  But not to me.

There is nothing profound about Problem-Reaction-Solution, its the way the world works, it always has (long before Icke came on the scene) and it always will.  Every single one of us do it every day.

Problem: I need to get in the house but I have no keys.

Reaction: Shit! Where are my keys?!?

Solution: Ask another member of the household to let me in so I can find my keys.

Now obviously that’s a basic example, and the more manipulative amongst us, have and do use “Problem-Reaction-Solution” for their own manipulative ends.  There’s no great conspiracy or profound knowledge on show here. Its a life lesson. Manipulative people, manufacture situations to get what they want.  Lets look at another one of Icke’s insights….

The Body Computer

The backward-ass logic behind this one really does make my teeth itch. David  Icke’s “body computer”. *sighs*

He equates the human body, to that of a computer, as seen in this video:

Talking of the British hypnotist, tv personality, and self-help guru Paul McKenna, he states that hypnotism is basically reprogramming the body’s hard drive.

Another one of his “body-computer” comparisons is “What do we say when our computers don’t work? We say they have a virus! Thats exactly the same for our own body” Or words to that effect.

What Icke fails to realise, is that of course our bodies mimic computers in certain aspects and terminology.  We coined the term computer virus after our understanding of a medical/biological virus.  Namely, a self replicating parasitic file with its own agenda not welcome in terms of the whole machine. It should be no great revelation that the concept of a computer is based around our theoretical understanding of the nature of our bodies.  Computers need a facility to store and recall information much like our brain does.  No surprise then, that they have that capability, much like our body does, and both can be described in a similar way.

Icke manages to pass off this “wisdom” as it is often presented alongside inspirational quotes of true insight, much like he presents his crackpot theories alongside more plausible, near-provable theories. If you’ve not seen my report on NLP in he mainstream media, it may be of interest to you, because Icke uses the same techniques.

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Another favourite quote of Icke’s to try and give him some credibility is that cutting edge quantum physics is backing up his idea of a holographic universe, and at first glance this appears to be true.  But lets delve a little deeper.

It is well known to anyone who follows David Icke, that he believes that we are living in some sort of virtual reality hologram, and our bodies are receiving some sort of signal that is being broadcast from the planet Saturn and sort of “retweeted” by our moon. Our bodies decode this “vibrational information field” and manifest the world around us.  Sort of like a cross between the movies The Matrix, and They Live (which I highly recommend you see).

One of his claims of ‘proof’ that this is the case is a story detailed in Michael Talbot’s book “The Holographic Universe”, in which a hypnotist reprograms a volunteers hard drive (see what I did there) to believe his daughter is invisible.  He then goes on to hold a watch behind the body of the man’s daughter, and asks the man to see straight through his daughter and read the inscription on the watch. Which the man does.  Icke claims that the man is simply not decoding his daughter’s vibrational information field and hence can see right through her.  That’s all well and good Mr Icke, except it didn’t happen.  Mr Talbot is the only person to have reported such an event and all other reports are just a rehashing that can be traced back to his book.  Do you really believe that any hypnotist worth his salt would not have this as part of their act?  Of course they would.  Are you telling me there has only ever been one hypnotist ever to do it but he’s only done it once and was never heard from again?

But I digress…

Anyways, in steps this man, Charles Thorn:

 Thorn was one of the leading minds in tying together string theory leading to the Holographic Principal.  When studying the event horizon of a black hole, Thorn realised that the vector of space (size/contents) could be seen as being encoded in it, in much the same way that any part of a hologram contains all the information of the whole. When modern science refers to the holographic nature of the universe, this is what its referring to, the storage of information.

David Icke’s comparison is far, far different.  Modern science does not support the theory that our reality is actually a decoding of vibrational information sent from Saturn and retweeted by an alien spacecraft masquerading as our moon in any way, shape, nor form.  They are two completely separate comparisons tied together with a common word, hologram, which is interestingly another technique used in NLP.

In short the David Icke of today is just as he was in 1991.  He has the same core beliefs but is using (and tainting) the hard work of others to make him look like he has some credibility.  Cherry picking bits of our reality and mashing them together to form his own, which he writes down and sells to you.

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If you have the time, I highly recommend you watch the following video from David Icke Debunked

NLP in the mainstream media

Just what is Neuro-Linguistic Programming?

Well, it depends on who you ask.  Wikipedia defines NLP as:

Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is an approach to communicationpersonal development, and psychotherapy created by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in California, USA in the 1970s. Its creators claim a connection between the neurological processes (“neuro”), language (“linguistic”) and behavioral patterns learned through experience (“programming”) and that these can be changed to achieve specific goals in life

Another way of phrasing that would be that NLP is a tool similar to hypnosis that has the ability to manipulate our current beliefs and thought processes to align them with specific viewpoints or aims.

The method uses subtle body language and speech patterns that talk to our subconscious minds. This ranges from simple eye-contact, to specific gestures (known as anchors), and distraction techniques all used to guide our thought process in a particular direction.

Some NLP Techniques

Anchoring – Anchoring is a form of programming based on repetition. Repeating an action, word or phrase to induce a thought or feeling.  For instance, if you tug on your ear every time you are happy, eventually tugging on your ear will induce a feeling of happiness.

Pattern Interruption – Pattern Interruption involves creating a certain pattern of expected behaviour, and abruptly interrupting this created pattern which gives a jolt to the subconscious and leaves us in a state of limbo.  Confused, the subconscious mind carries out any further instruction as part of the expected pattern.  Ever seen a conman take someone’s watch or wallet?  This is usually how its done.

Swish – Swish is a form of emotion replacement, it is used to change your feelings. Turning a negative association in to a positive or vice versa.

Loop Break – Loop break is a distraction technique used to break your bodies natural emotion escalation.  If an argument is getting heated lets say, it can be used to diffuse the situation through distraction.

Presupposition – Presupposition is the subtle use of language to influence someone’s opinion.  For example, if I said to someone “Have you stopped beating your wife?”, it would give the impression to anybody listening that the person did/still does assault their spouse.

These techniques can be used in conjunction with one another, so carrying on from my last example…  The natural response would be “What are you talking about! I have never beaten my wife”.  If I happened to use a pre-implanted anchor or some pastern interruption to disrupt this sentence, the reply would never get said and the audience would believe the man to have not defended himself and hence does beat his wife.

Do the mainstream media actually use it?

Unfortunately, yes.  What’s worse, because its an art that deals with our subconscious, most people never realise that they’re being manipulated.

The following video has been made by Jonathan Adampants, who does an excellent job of pointing out Fox News using NLP in relation to 9/11.

Before we go on, at about the 15 minute mark, Adam proposes that the “issue at hand here” is really about the numbers 666.  I really don’t believe this to be the case.  What the anchor is doing, is telling the viewers at home that everything is OK, everything is fine re: 9/11, don’t look up from the newspaper its all ok.

In general though, it makes it pretty difficult to refute the argument that watching TV is akin to hypnotising yourself doesn’t it?  The implications here are huge.  Not only do we only get our world view from TV stations owned by 5 or 6 people, but those 5 or 6 people employ presenters who will directly influence our subconscious minds in line with whatever views those 5 or 6 people have, who usually happen to have the same views anyway.

Distrust in the media is right to be high, but the hypno-wheel goes round and round nonetheless.

Nothing to see here. Move along.

Obama ‘reforms’ NSA & Private smartphone to preview

President Obama is currently preparing a reform package in relation to the spying activities of his National Security Agency.  His aim is to legitimatise the NSA’s currently illegal spying programs, and protect them from future whistle-blowers like Edward Snowden.

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President Obama is set to unveil his erosion of freedom reform plans at the US Justice Department later in the week, so watch this space.

Some people may see it as a good job then, that smartphone producer Geeksphone have teamed up with the encryption boffins at Silent Circle to offer the Blackphone.  A new smartphone that boasts secure and encrypted communications and web browsing and has been described as:

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Blackphone is unlocked and works with any GSM carrier. Performance benchmarks put it among the top performers from any manufacturer.

It has the features necessary to do all the things you need, as well as all the things you want, while maintaining your privacy and security and giving you the freedom to choose your carrier, your apps, and your location.

The tools installed on Blackphone give you everything you need to take ownership of your mobile presence and digital footprints, and ensure nobody else can watch you without your knowledge.

You can make and receive secure phone calls; exchange secure texts; exchange and store secure files; have secure video chat; browse privately; and anonymize your activity through a VPN.

The phone is due to be previewed next month in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow. Phil Zimmerman the company’s co-founder and inventor of PGP said:

I have spent my whole career working towards the launch of secure telephony products. Blackphone provides users with everything they need to ensure privacy and control of their communications, along with all the other high-end smartphone features they have come to expect.

I’m on the fence with this one to be honest, whilst in principal the concept is good, there are a couple of caveats, Firstly is the nature of the encryption, in order for it to work, you must be connected to the user of another Blackphone, so if you don’t know anybody else that’s going to get one, its pretty much useless to you.  I’m also not so sure that people may want to purchase a product that begs the question “Do you have something to hide?”.

Its a tricky situation, Obama cannot go on to continue eroding personal freedoms unchecked, yet it seems that encrypted communications may not be the answer.  How secure can these encryptions be, when the NSA is already talking of quantum computers capable of smashing today’s greatest privacy techniques within minutes?

US: Legalizing cannabis is reckless and irresponsible

Following Colorado’s move this month to become the second US state to completely legalise cannabis, James L. Capra, the chief of operations at the US Drug Enforcement agency had this to say in response to a question posed by a senator on Wednesday:

I have to say this…going down the path to legalization in this country is reckless and irresponsibleI’m talking about the long term impact of legalization in the United States. It scares us.

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Despite the local laws of 23 US states which allow cannabis to be prescribed for medical use, it still remains a schedule 1 drug (illegal with no medicinal value) at a federal level.  President Obama seems to have given up on the cat & mouse game that was the DEA vs local states and no longer wishes to enforce the law in those states where cannabis use has been decriminalised.

That said it wants to make its position clear, and Capra went on to say this:

This is a bad experiment.It’s going to cost us in terms of social costs.

If the results of Portugal’s stance on drugs is anything to go by, this won’t be the case. Taking away the ‘naughty’ factor of drugs saw a 50% reduction in drug addiction across the country, with current estimates at a below average addiction rate when compared to the rest of Europe.  As a result, drug related crime also fell dramatically.  Now of course I’m not comparing cannabis to harder drugs (that’d be silly, to classify cannabis in the same region as heroin and speed. Wouldn’t it, US & UK governments?), but what I am saying is that if you allow complete freedom of choice, the correct choice is usually made, as decriminalisation in Portugal has shown us.

Now with a name like SilvaRizla, I’m sure you can all guess what my stance is on cannabis.  This is just the DEA trying to save face and not admitting defeat.  They know full well the war on drugs has failed and is in direct opposition to public opinion, with even more states now considering decriminalisation. With a crippled economy, and an illegal, yet comparatively safe cash cow, there isn’t much of a decision to make.

Are you listening, Mr Cameron?