No report on today’s big story from me, I’ve been busy making arrangements for my wife to transfer to home care after three months in hospital. She’s a long way from well, but will be happier here, with carers looking in four times a day. So here are some controversial reports on the Notre Dame fire. At this stage I do not believe any of them but I do not disbelieve them, we have no evidence on which to form an opinion.
But coming so close to the main Christian holy day in France, an attack on France’s principal religious centre at a time when attacks on Christian churches in that country are a daily occurrence, does lead those of us with a sceptical frame of mind to think that media attempts to explain away the catastrophe as ‘just an unfortunate accident’ stink of cover – up.
Update 2: Ever careful to watch for false-flags and conspiracy theory concerns, video is emerging of a Gilets-Jaunes in black clothes at one of the two towers half an hour after the start of the fire at Notre-Dame…
One definite way to disenfranchise the yellow vests – as they crush French autocracy – would be to set them up as the fall-guys for this national disaster. Surely that is not possible!
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Update 1: A silver lining – if that’s possible: a Catholic priest was today hailed a hero as it emerged he entered the Notre-Dame last night during the height of the inferno to rescue precious cathedral relics including the Crown of Thorns.
The hallowed artefact, which symbolises the wreath of thorns placed on the head of Jesus Christ at his crucifixion, was stored in the cathedral’s treasury and was brought to Paris by French King Louis IX in 1238. Jean-Marc Fournier, Chaplain of Paris Fire Brigade, was also said to have saved the Blessed Sacrament last night from the 850-year-old Gothic masterpiece.
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Paris prosecutor Rémy Heitz stressed early indications suggest the fire was accidental, as he added:
“Nothing indicates a deliberate act.”
Nothing? How about the surge of attacks on Christian and Jewish places of worship, business premises and individuals in France
and these …
But, as Michael Snyder details below, now that the initial shock of the fire has subsided, the Internet is buzzing with speculation about the origin of the fire. In the end, there are only two options. Either this was an accident, or someone intentionally started the fire. And if the fire was intentionally started, obviously someone had a motive for doing so.
Time columnist Christopher J. Hale set off a firestorm of speculation when he tweeted that a friend who works at the cathedral told him “cathedral staff said the fire was intentionally set”…
Hale deleted the tweet just a few minutes later.
Was he lying about what he had been told?
Coming from a professional journalist, that doesn’t seem likely.
Instead, it is much more likely that Hale quickly figured out that he said something that he wasn’t supposed to say.
A YouTube video that purportedly contains audio of Muslims celebrating the fire at the Notre Dame cathedral has also sparked a lot of speculation. But at this point there doesn’t appear to be any way to verify the authenticity of the video.
But what we do know is that all of this comes at a time when churches all over France are being attacked.
On March 17th, the second largest church in France erupted in flames, and police later ruled that it was not an accident…
While Notre Dame is undoubtedly the most well-known landmark to be affected, Paris’ second largest church, Saint-Sulpice, briefly burst into flames on March 17, the fire damaging doors and stained glass windows on the building’s exterior. Police later reported that the incident had not been an accident.
Overall, a dozen Catholic churches were either set on fire or greatly vandalized during one seven day stretch last month…
A dozen Catholic churches have been desecrated across France over the period of one week in an egregious case of anti-Christian vandalism.
The recent spate of church profanations has puzzled both police and ecclesiastical leaders, who have mostly remained silent as the violations have spread up and down France.
Last Sunday, marauders set fire to the church of Saint-Sulpice — one of Paris’ largest and most important churches — shortly after the twelve-o’clock Mass.
And some of the vandalism that was reported during that seven day period was deeply, deeply disturbing…
In Nimes (department of the Gard), near the border with Spain, the church of Notre-Dame des Enfants was desecrated in a particularly odious way, with vandals painting a cross with human excrement, looting the main altar and the tabernacle, and stealing the consecrated hosts, which were discovered later among piles of garbage.
Likewise, the church of Notre-Dame in Dijon, in the east of the country, suffered the sacking of the high altar and the hosts were also taken from the tabernacle, scattered on the ground, and trampled.
Could it be possible that there is a connection between those attacks and the fire that just erupted at the Notre Dame cathedral?
That is a question that any decent investigator would be asking at this point.
We also know that anti-Christian and anti-Semitic attacks are on the rise in France. Just check out these numbers…
The number of anti-Semitic attacks (541) rose 74 percent from 2017-2018 while anti-Muslim attacks numbered just 100, the lowest since 2010.
Meanwhile in the same period, there were 1063 anti-Christian attacks, a slight increase on the previous year.
Needless to say, radical Islamists are responsible for most of the attacks against Christians and Jews, and the number of Muslims living in the Paris area has greatly increased in recent years…
According to reports, the number of Jews fleeing France for their safety has dramatically increased since 2000.
In one Paris suburb alone – Seine-Saint-Denis – 40 percent of the population is Muslim while 400,000 illegal immigrants also live there.
But in this politically-correct era, we aren’t supposed to talk about attacks against Christians, and this is especially true if those attacks are conducted by radical Islamists.
On Monday, even anchors at Fox News had apparently been instructed that any speculation about who started the Notre Dame cathedral fire must be immediately shut down. These days there is very little difference between Fox News and the other major news networks, and that is very unfortunate.
On another note, I also find it very interesting that at one point on Monday a YouTube algorithm linked the fire at the Notre Dame cathedral with the 9/11 attacks…
A YouTube feature designed to combat misinformation offered some of its own during a major news event Monday: It linked the fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral to the September 11 terrorist attacks.
The company blamed the mixup on its algorithms. It removed the links on all Notre Dame fire posts after the issue was flagged.
In this day and age, the “spin” is often more important than the actual events themselves.
In the coming days, a tremendous effort will be made to get us to feel a certain way about the Notre Dame cathedral fire.
But what would be so wrong with allowing us to think for ourselves and allowing us to come to our own conclusions?
The Internet was one of the last bastions for global free speech, but now the heavy hand of censorship is descending, and our ability to freely discuss global events is eroding a little bit more with each passing day.
This blog and its partners in the Greenteeth Digital Publishing family has never been shy about sharing our belief that the European Union is, and was from the start designed to be, a vehicle for German domination of Europe. Germany is a young nation, until the 1870s it was a collection of Kingdoms, Principalities, Grand Duchies and city states that had cultural links but no political cohesion.
The most powerful of these stakes was the Prussian Empire, a militaristic society run by its aristocrats and headed by despotic Kaisers. When the Prussian Chancellor, Count Otto von Bismarck set about uniting Germany, he had one aim, to create a pan Germanic state to rival France and Britain. Germany, Bismarck and his Prussian colleagues believed, was a nation of superior being destined to dominate Europe (and by extension the world)and that belief apparently still prevails among Germany’s ruling elite. Does all that sound a bit familiar?
Harold MacMillan, British Prime Minister from 1957 to 1963 gave us a chilling warning about the EEC – (European Economic Community) the precursor to the EU – before Britain joined the bloc, claiming that Germany had planned on using the trading bloc, originally called the European Coal and Steel Community, then The Common Market as an instrument to assert its supremacy across the continent once more, it can be revealed. After Britain joined while it was the EEC, another name change had it becoming the European Community, then with the signing of the Maastricht Treaty in 1995 the European Union was formed (not the pattern of progression towards ever more grandiose ambitions in those titles,) and the plan that had been the founders goal from days one, “ever closer integration,” towards the creation of a federal union, The United States Of Europe, was openly declared.
On Wednesday, 3 April, 2019, five days after we should have left the European Union by default having failed to agree mutually acceptable terms for the future relationship with the fledgling Fourth Reich, the UK’s elected representatives, The House of Commons voted in favour of legislation which forces the Government to request another extension for ‘Brexit’, giving our current Prime Minister Theresa May (it rhymes with betray,) more time to trample on the British constitution and show us the comtempt the ruling elite have for the principles of democracy.
Despite Government opposition, the motion passed by just one vote on its third reading, by 313 MPs to 312, and it will now proceed to the House of Lords, which is likely to give its approval. Should this take place, the motion will become legally binding, significantly reducing the chances of a no deal EU exit. May has negotiated what she claims is a good deal, a set of terms and conditions (allegedly dictated to May’s hand picked negotiators by German Chancellor Angela Merkel,) which in reality see the UK become a vassal state of Brussels rather than quit the union and regain all the sovereignty our previous leaders have surrendered.
This betrayal of democracy and of the nation by our elected representatives comes as the Conservative Party descended into civil war over Mrs May’s strategy. Senior figures in both main parties raised the prospect of a second referendum to obtain the British public’s backing for any deal – and to offer the choice of remaining in the EU.
As Britain’s future appears even more uncertain with Brexiteers arguing the views of the 52 percent who historically voted to leave the EU in June 2016 are being betrayed, a newly-resurfaced warning about the bloc by former Prime Minister Harold Macmillan has resurfaced.
In the MacMillan era, the late Fifties, full employment combined with an unprecedented rise in consumerism meant Britons saw their standard of living rise. Wages, exports and investment were strong, and it looked as if the nation was at last recovering from the effects of the century’s two great wars.
Despite the feelgood factor Britons remained suspicious of Germany particularly when the German economy, boosted by American and British money appeared to be in a position to challenge Britain’s.
In 1958, as the Common Market, driven by the rapidly recovering economies of Germany, France and The Netherlands began to look as if it pointed the way forward for Europe to resists the economic juggernaut of the USA, Harold Macmillan issued a chilling warning about the Common Market, a year after its creation.
He said: “Western Europe dominated in fact by Germany and used as an instrument for the revival of power through economic means… is really giving them on a plate what we fought two wars to prevent.”
Mr Macmillan was not the only one who feared Berlin.
According to 2017 report “Euroscepticism and Opposition to British Entry into the EEC” by the French Journal of British studies, a British official similarly warned that the EEC would provide “a means of re-establishing the hegemony of Germany”.
More recently, political analyst Mark Brolin claimed in his 2016 book “A State of Independence: Why the EU is the problem and not the solution” that the Maastricht Treaty, which was signed in 1992 by members of the European Community to further European integration, planted the seed to make Germany the most powerful country in the bloc.
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One thing that more than anything else has hardened attitudes of people who voted to leave is the way supporters of Remain have constantly attacked us, accusing those who wanted out of the authoritarian bureaucratic dictatorship the EU has become, of being stupid, bigoted, xenophobic, old idiots.
In spite of these accusations it has been mainly the Remain supporters who have not been able to argue their case, instead they simply repeat the insults and parrot the EU / Globalist propaganda. Leave supporters, however, tend to be more thoughtful and well informed.
I felt I had to reblog this question from Quora, and the excellent answer to it froman Oxford PhD:
Answer from: , D.Phil in Zoology from Oxford University
I went straight out and bought a bottle of champagne. I have been waiting for this moment for most of my life. I was in high school when it was announced that Heath was taking us into the EEC (without a vote on the matter). In 1975 I was just too young to vote, but I was appalled that people still went for it, even though at the time I did not know about the lies told by Heath and Wilson to get us in and keep us there. Of course, things went downhill after that, when the inevitable happened and the EEC became the EU (without a vote), and then there were further losses of sovereignty with the constitution (hidden in other treaties when it was rejected) — once again without a vote.
I also thought at the time that the fight for freedom from the EU bureaucrats had only just begun. I did not imagine that we would be allowed to leave, simply because we had a democratic vote to do so. The EU does not believe in democracy, it is based on the idea that politicians know best, and the electorate should shut up and do as they are told. I thought the political elites that have most to gain from our membership would do all in their power to subvert that result and keep us in, and such has been the case. We have been landed with a Quisling Prime Minister who bypassed her own Brexit secretaries and handed the job to the EU’s primary agent in Britain (Ollie Robbins), which is exactly what you would expect if you had followed what happened with the Greek negotiations. So, naturally, instead of simply making all due preparations to leave and become an independent country again (like most of the world), the process has been a shambles, with May concentrating on keeping us as much tied to the EU as she could without sparking popular unrest. But the process has started, and cannot be stopped.
We also saw which parts of the press were not actually British press but Brussels press, particularly The Independent, The Guardian, and the BBC, and that has been useful to know. I hope people will remember, as things play out, those that tried to play on people’s fears and attempted to scare people into staying.
Finally, one of the most valuable things has been the chaotic scenes we have seen in parliament, and the machinations that have been carried out by those politicians wedded to Brussels to thwart the will of the majority of Britons. We have now started to see remainer MPs leaving the two main parties and forming a new one that is unabashedly in favour of the EU. This is a good thing, although it looks like it isn’t at first glance. The problem we have always had is that a good number of politicians wanted in to the EEC/EU against the will of the people (in 1970 only 15% were in favour of joining the EEC). However, this difference could not be expressed at the ballot box, because all three major parties were in favour. That only started to change with the growth of UKIP, and it was the threat from UKIP (who ended up with one MP, even though they had more votes than the SNP, which had 20) that finally caused the Conservative party to allow us to vote on who we wanted to be ruled by. A division whereby Labour and the Conservatives (along with a UKIP-like party perhaps) are against and Liberal Democrats and these new Independents are in favour means we can once again express what we want peacefully, at the ballot box.
As far as the Conservative party is concerned, there is also underway a much-needed clean-out. Over the last 40 years, Conservative Central Office has made sure that EU-supporting candidates are selected. Now, we are getting those people ousted and replaced by those that represent their electorate and the UK, not themselves, the political elites, and Brussels.
Ultimately, this makes democracy in the UK stronger, even as it gets weaker on the Continent as ‘ever closer union’ brings more and more power into the hands of unelected and unrepresentative elites.
To further explain: on the one hand, the more one pushes towards equality, the more one has to control the huge variation in human traits and preferences [ … ] On the other hand, the more one pushes towards freedom, the more one has to be content with the aforementioned variation in human traits and preferences leading to some people being extraordinarily successful while others having barely anything.
In theory, you can find reasonable justifications to both approaches; however, one of the above requires active intervention – while the other does not. If both systems lead to a certain form of injustice, I’ll always take the one which isn’t man made.
Daily Express – 28 Dec 2018
EMMANUEL Macron has become embroiled in another scandal after his sacked security aide was accused of using his former diplomatic passport to carry out consultancy work in Africa.
Alexandre Benalla was sacked as the French President’s bodyguard after a video surfaced of him beating a May Day protester. But now questions have arisen about new consultancy work after allegedly using his a diplomatic passport for business trips to at least 10 African countries. The trips included Chad in December, where Mr Benalla met president Idriss deby ahead of Mr Macron’s visit to the country.
A leftist student group at Goldsmith’s Univerity, London, defended Stalin’s Gulag abour camps Tuesday, calling them more “compassionate” than the “western, capitalist notion of prison”.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Plus Society at London’s Goldsmiths University suggested people who question transgenderism are sent to such camps, for up to ten years, for “re-education”. The are of course currently outraged that a transgender chick-with-a-dick who was sent to a womens prison for politically correct reasons must now stand trial having raped and sexually assaulted several female inmates.
“The ideas of [Trans exclusive radical feminists] and anti-Trans bigots literally *kill* and must be eradicated through re-education,” the student group wrote on Twitter before deleting their account.
When Claire Graham, a special education needs teacher, asked if their attempts to silence a list of academics who questioned transgenderism was “a bit fascist”, the account replied: “Na, we’ll just arrange to send you to the Gulag.”
Gulags were brutal labour camps used by Stalin’s Soviet dictatorship to lock up opponents and “enemies of the state”, resulting in the death of an estimated 1.05 million people.
Whenever I come across the particularly nasty version of fascism these people have embraced I am reminded of the words of CS Lewis on tyranny:
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”
Which is why the stupid self – righteous followers of Corbyn and his sidekick, the Stalinist thug McDonnell should never be allowed to have even a sniff of power.