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Get near some loudspeakers with a cone bigger than an ice cream, wind the bass to 11 and join me as I open this week’s show with a 12 minute tribute to the best ever blues and rock bass guitarist; Jack Bruce who died last weekend.
Photo: Get near some loudspeakers with a cone bigger than an ice cream, wind the bass to 11 and join me as I open this week's show with a 12 minute tribute to the best ever blues and rock bass guitarist; Jack Bruce who died last weekend. I then follow that with a musical tribute to Jack from Eric Clapton that he recorded this week as it gets it first worldwide radio play. And memories of bluefest at the Royal Albert Hall this week - get it now with a right click at http://traffic.libsyn.com/raven/rnb4414.m4a


Get near some loudspeakers with a cone bigger than an ice cream, wind the bass to 11 and join me as I open this week’s show with a 12 minute tribute to the best ever blues and rock bass guitarist; Jack Bruce who died last weekend. I then follow that with a musical tribute to Jack from Eric Clapton that he recorded this week as it gets it first worldwide radio play. And memories of bluefest at the Royal Albert Hall this week – get it now with a right click at
— with Ian Siegal, JW-Jones,Robert Cray, Paul Jones, Becky Tate BabaJack, Big Boy Bloater, Dudley Ross – Guitarist & Composer, Eric Clapton, Matt Woosey, 24PESOS, Marcus Bonfanti,Jack Hutchinson and Katie Bradley Band.

 

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Russell Brand Must Be Doing Something Right because he is getting up the noses of the troglodytes.

Russell Brand has stepped into the political arena and is being made to pay a heavy price for it. Ever since his first and by now legendary Newsnight interview with Jeremy Paxman a year ago, the comedian and entertainer has come under attack from all and sundry, with words such as ‘irresponsible’, ‘naive’, self aggrandising’, ‘incoherent’, and even ‘bumhole’ being thrown at him like verbal hand grenades.

His second and recent Newsnight interview with Evan Davis has resulted in a similar furore, uniting voices of the left, right, and right-on in condemnation. No matter how you cut it this is a remarkable feat for one leather-trousered comedian and entertainer.

Indeed such is the level of anger and indignation levelled at Russell Brand for ‘daring’ to publicly articulate his disenchantment with the status quo, with the political and economic system, and worse daring to write a book with the provocative titleRevolution, you would think he’d just committed some heinous crime. The criticism that has attached to him over his reinvention as a political activist, writer and campaigner says more about those throwing barbs than it does about him, however, echoing perhaps Oscar Wilde’s assertion that, “Ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by the mediocrities”.

When it comes to Brand’s dim view of voting, which he articulated in the Paxmaninterview, he was challenging the received truth that serious politics begins and ends at the ballot box – a ritual that takes place ever few years to elect a government of in the main privately educated, privileged, white men to continue where the previous lot left off in abasing themselves before the market with policies near indistinguishable from those of their predecessors. The point Brand makes is that the political class, establishment, elite – however you choose to describe them – is hopelessly disconnected from the mass of ordinary people and their needs. How else to explain a housing crisis in Britain that is a badge of shame for any industrialised country? Or what about the culture of low pay, under employment, zero hours contracts that exists alongside the obscene executive salaries, bonuses, and tax avoidance enjoyed by a tiny minority? We can trace it all back, via an unbroken thread of Tory and Labour governments, to Thatcher and the war she unleashed to destroy the social justice, solidarity, and collectivism underpinning both the very concept and creation of the NHS and welfare state.

The outcome in 2014 is a British political class wedded to the interests of the rich to an extent not seen since the age of the US robber barons in the 19th century.

When it comes to Brand’s statement about being ‘open minded’ when it comes to 9/11, I disagree with him. But, here again, the very reason such conspiracy theories manage to gain the traction they do is the breakdown in trust in the political class. This mistrust is well placed when you consider the exposes of Wikileaks and Edward Snowden in recent years. But while I may disagree with Russell Brand over 9/11, this doesn’t invalidate everything else he says or the questions he is asking about the current political and economic system.

Indeed Brand does not assert that he has the answers to the present crisis in representation and the crippling inequality and social injustice that is the new normal in society. What he’s doing is asking questions, and it those very questions that are obviously striking fear into the hearts of the political class and professional commentariat. This is a good thing and more power to the man for stirring things up.

Among the chorus of shrill voices that have denounced Brand in recent weeks, John Lydon and Polly Toynbee stand out. Lydon would seem to have reinvented himself as a professional contrarian, continuing where he left off with the Sex Pistols in embracing form over content. His shrieks of disdain directed at Brand have been notably lacking in anything more than ad hominem attack. Perhaps the real problem Lydon has with the comedian turned political campaigner is more to do with his own personal issues than Russell Brand. I don’t know. What is clear is that Lydon comes over as decidedly unpleasant, whose stock in trade is vitriolic abuse.

As for the Guardian‘s Polly Toynbee, this is someone who extended herself in laying into Tony Benn upon his passing before the man’s body was cold in the grave, intent on rubbishing his legacy. In this she was carrying on her feud with the Labour Party she left way back in 1981 to form the breakaway SDP, paving the way for Thatcher’s re-election in 1983. As such her criticisms of Russell Brand merely validate the man.

I like Russell Brand. I believe him to be sincere, passionate, and committed to fighting the corner of those who have been marginalised, disregarded, and alienated by the status quo. When it comes to the eruption of criticism he’s attracted in the process, the inimitable words of Lance-Corporal Jack Jones of Dad’s Army spring to mind: “They don’t like it up ‘um”!

 

 

tomie jones- ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by the mediocrities. oscar wilde my gay drug taking genius said this and the cap fits exactly on the head of a blogger  in his uneducated vitrolic opinion of russell brand .

the current politic mess in britain can be traced back to thatcher, her,” i am all right jack” policies caused the destruction of a caring society.To a policy of every one for themselves.

9/11 false flag theory keeping an open mind is having mistrust for the current politicalgovernments and realising just how far they will go to get to the means justifing the end.

Those that are against russell don,t put forward a civil arguement more a a barage of vitriolic abuse.

They all just don,t like it upthem !

Mosque Closure by Israeli police Is ‘Declaration Of War’

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has condemned the closure of Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque as a “declaration of war”.

The mosque, in the Al-Aqsa complex which contains sites holy to Muslims and Jews, was closed by Israel following the shooting of a Jewish activist.

Speaking hours after the closure, Mr Abbas said: “This dangerous Israeli escalation is a declaration of war on the Palestinian people and its sacred places and on the Arab and Islamic nation.

“We hold the Israeli government responsible for this dangerous escalation in Jerusalem that has reached its peak through the closure of the Al-Aqsa mosque this morning.

“This decision is a dangerous act and a blatant challenge that will lead to more tension and instability and will create a negative and dangerous atmosphere.

“The state of Palestine will take all legal measures to hold Israel accountable and to stop these ongoing attacks.”

Minutes after the comments, the Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered a hike in police numbers.

He said: “I have ordered a significant increase in forces as well as in means (available to them) so we can both ensure security in Jerusalem and also maintain the status quo in the holy places.”

American-born activist Yehuda Glick was shot by a gunman on a motorbike as he left a conference, in an incident that has seen tensions rise in Jerusalem.

He is a well-known ultranationalist and advocate of greater Jewish prayer access at the Al-Aqsa complex.

His attacker was described as speaking in “heavy Arabic-accented Hebrew”, according to Moshe Feiglin of the Likud party.

Mr Glick, 48, is in a serious condition in hospital and his shooting comes after days of clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said police surrounded the home of a man suspected of the shooting on Thursday. The suspect, identified as Muataz Hijazi, 32, then opened fire before police shot back and killed him.

Residents said hundreds of Israeli police and special units had been involved in trying to capture Hijazi, an Islamic militant recently released from prison.

Afterwards, local youths began throwing stones at police and dragged a rubbish skip into the middle of the road as police fired back with rubber bullets and tear gas.

Sky News Middle East reporter Tom Rayner said: “This is a very explosive situation and there will be great concern about whether or not the security forces here can keep a lid on this.”

He said the closure at Al-Aqsa was the first in 14 years, adding: “It sits right at the heart not just of arguments and conflict in Jerusalem but at the very heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict altogether because sovereignty of that area defines what could be a two-state solution.

“Any attempts to block off access to that holy site are inevitably read as attempts to take sovereignty over the wider area of Jerusalem. That is why it is such an explosive issue when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a whole.”

Iran Heartbreaking last message of hanged Iranian woman Reyhaneh Jabbari to her mother.

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Heartbreaking last message of hanged Iranian woman Reyhaneh Jabbari to her mother.

Reyhaneh Jabbari, the Iranian woman who was hanged by the Iran on Saturday, had released her will in a voice message.

She was executed in Iran’s Evin Prison, northwest of the capital Tehran for the 2009 murder of an intelligence officer with a penknife, who she claims tried to rape her.

The voice message, which has been translated by National Council of Resistance of Iran, she says the following in an apparently calm voice:

“Dear Sholeh, today I learned that it is now my turn to face Qisas (the Iranian regime’s law of retribution). I am hurt as to why you did not let me know yourself that I have reached the last page of the book of my life. Don’t you think that I should know? You know how ashamed I am that you are sad. Why did you not take the chance for me to kiss your hand and that of dad?
The world allowed me to live for 19 years. That ominous night it was I that should have been killed. My body would have been thrown in some corner of the city, and after a few days, the police would have taken you to the coroner’s office to identify my body and there you would also learn that I had been raped as well. The murderer would have never been found since we don’t have their wealth and their power. Then you would have continued your life suffering and ashamed, and a few years later you would have died of this suffering and that would have been that.

However, with that cursed blow the story changed. My body was not thrown aside, but into the grave of Evin Prison and its solitary wards, and now the grave-like prison of Shahr-e Ray. But give in to the fate and don’t complain. You know better that death is not the end of life.

You taught me that one comes to this world to gain an experience and learn a lesson and with each birth a responsibility is put on one’s shoulder. I learned that sometimes one has to fight. I do remember when you told me that the carriage man protested the man who was flogging me, but the flogger hit the lash on his head and face that ultimately led to his death. You told me that for creating a value one should persevere even if one dies. You taught us that as we go to school one should be a lady in face of the quarrels and complaints. Do you remember how much you underlined the way we behave? Your experience was incorrect. When this incident happened, my teachings did not help me. Being presented in court made me appear as a cold-blooded murderer and a ruthless criminal. I shed no tears. I did not beg. I did not cry my head off since I trusted the law.

But I was charged with being indifferent in face of a crime. You see, I didn’t even kill the mosquitoes and I threw away the cockroaches by taking them by their antennas. Now I have become a premeditated murderer. My treatment of the animals was interpreted as being inclined to be a boy and the judge didn’t even trouble himself to look at the fact that at the time of the incident I had long and polished nails.

How optimistic was he who expected justice from the judges! He never questioned the fact that my hands are not coarse like those of a sportswoman, especially a boxer. And this country that you planted its love in me never wanted me and no one supported me when under the blows of the interrogator I was crying out and I was hearing the most vulgar terms. When I shed the last sign of beauty from myself by shaving my hair I was rewarded: 11 days in solitary.

Dear Sholeh, don’t cry for what you are hearing. On the first day that in the police office an old unmarried agent hurt me for my nails I understood that beauty is not looked for in this era. The beauty of looks, beauty of thoughts and wishes, a beautiful handwriting, beauty of the eyes and vision, and even beauty of a nice voice. My dear mother, my ideology has changed and you are not responsible for it. My words are unending and I gave it all to someone so that when I am executed without your presence and knowledge, it would be given to you. I left you much handwritten material as my heritage. However, before my death I want something from you, that you have to provide for me with all your might and in any way that you can. In fact this is the only thing I want from this world, this country and you. I know you need time for this. Therefore, I am telling you part of my will sooner. Please don’t cry and listen. I want you to go to the court and tell them my request. I cannot write such a letter from inside the prison that would be approved by the head of prison; so once again you have to suffer because of me. It is the only thing that if even you beg for it I would not become upset although I have told you many times not to beg to save me from being executed.

My kind mother, dear Sholeh, the one more dear to me than my life, I don’t want to rot under the soil. I don’t want my eye or my young heart to turn into dust. Beg so that it is arranged that as soon as I am hanged my heart, kidney, eye, bones and anything that can be transplanted be taken away from my body and given to someone who needs them as a gift. I don’t want the recipient know my name, buy me a bouquet, or even pray for me. I am telling you from the bottom of my heart that I don’t want to have a grave for you to come and mourn there and suffer. I don’t want you to wear black clothing for me. Do your best to forget my difficult days. Give me to the wind to take away. The world did not love us. It did not want my fate. And now I am giving in to it and embrace the death. Because in the court of God I will charge the inspectors, I will charge inspector Shamlou, I will charge judge, and the judges of country’s Supreme Court that beat me up when I was awake and did not refrain from harassing me. In the court of the creator I will charge Dr. Farvandi, I will charge Qassem Shabani and all those that out of ignorance or with their lies wronged me and trampled on my rights and didn’t pay heed to the fact that sometimes what appears as reality is different from it.

Dear soft-hearted Sholeh, in the other world it is you and me who are the accusers and others who are the accused. Let’s see what God wants. I wanted to embrace you until I die. I love you.

Raonic survives toilet incident to keep London hopes alive

We’ve all been there – away in a foreign land, desperate for the loo, but unable to find a bathroom up to the standards we’d expect.

Not a pleasant experience by any means, but imagine having to hunt for a suitable toilet in the middle of a gruelling tennis match at the Paris Masters?

Well that’s what happened to Canada’s Milos Raonic who had just dropped the second set to Jack Sock of the United States when nature called.

“Whoever the escort who took me was, took me into a bathroom that had no seats on the toilet,” the seventh-seeded Raonic, who won 6-3 5-7 7-6(4) explained.

“So I didn’t want to squat, so I kept saying, ‘let’s go to another one’, and we ended up going to the locker room.”

Of course the Paris fans were unaware of his turmoil, and so booed Raonic on his return to court.

Then again, had they known what he was going through, they may have been equally unsympathetic – after all, this is a country which popularised the seatless lavatory:

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A French squat toilet

A French squat toilet

 

Outrage As Mum’s Breastfeeding Photo Of Tiny Premature Baby Is Removed From Facebook

tomie jones Though this is about the extreme puritanical attitude of facebook . It is about life not death ,survival not genocide and has an upbeat ending as in the baby survived and should live a normal life . As posed to our Zionist friends who seem to only wish death destruction and extermination of all else, except the Zionist Jews .

A new mum was left astounded when Facebook deleted a picture she had posted of herself feeding her tiny premature baby, after an anonymous user reported it as ‘offensive’.

Emma Bond’s daughter Carene was born 12 weeks early and the 24-year-old and partner Ashley Kitchen, 30, were warned that she wouldn’t survive. So when her baby breastfed for the first time, Emma uploaded a snap on the social network in celebration.Emma Bond originally had her breastfeeding picture removed for nudity (SWN)Emma Bond originally had her breastfeeding picture removed for nudity (SWN)

But  the young mum was told in a message from Facebook that it had removed the image “because it didn’t follow the Facebook Community Standards regarding nudity.”

The black and white photo then went viral after Emma uploaded it to a pro-breastfeeding group – where it attracted 166,000 ‘likes’ and  22,000 “shares”.

But when other mums shared it to Facebook, they found their links were also deleted.Emma's photo of Carene breastfeeding was reported by an anonymous user (SWN)Emma’s photo of Carene breastfeeding was reported by an anonymous user (SWN)

Carene was born prematurely on October 3 weighing just 2lbs 2oz.

Emma “Carene was born by emergency caesarean section. We were told to get the priest in, she wasn’t meant to last past her third day.

“Premature babies are prone to bleeds on the brain and she had a bleed on her lungs also.

“She was born with an infection, she had a lot going on.

“We don’t know the outcome of the brain damage but she is able to move and open her eyes and look around and feed which we were told would be unexpected.

“The original photo was only viewable by my friends and family who have followed my story.

“Everyone was aware it was touch and go so I was sharing the special moment with people to show them how far she had come.

“It was the first time she had breastfed so there was a reason for me posting that particular particular.

“It was a magical moment and to have it removed the same day for breaching nudity policies was really rubbing salts in the wounds.

“The picture represents more than just me breastfeeding my newborn baby. Carene is very poorly and we fought very hard to get to this point.

“I was upset when it was reported. It is something very natural and special and should be promoted.”Emma in hospital with baby Carene (SWN)Emma in hospital with baby Carene (SWN)

Emma and Ashley, who owns a children’s soft play centre, are still travelling to the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford, every day to see baby Carene.

After receiving hundreds of complaints from angry mums, Facebook performed a U-turn and reinstated the tastefully-shot photo.

The full-time mum – who has received hundreds of messages of support from around the world – said she was pleased the social media giant had now updated their policy.

She added: “It’s something very natural, very special, and something that should be promoted.

“The thing for me is that I see so many animal cruelty or beheading or child abuse images on Facebook and report them myself but nothing gets done.

“But something as precious and natural as this is removed instead.

“I know they have put the image back up but it shouldn’t take thousands of people to make a stand for that to happen.

“I still haven’t got an explanation or apology.”Emma with baby Carene and dad Ashley (SWN)Emma with baby Carene and dad Ashley (SWN)

A spokesperson for Facebook said breastfeeding photos have never been against the firm’s Community Standards, but nipples had to be covered or concealed.

In a message to Emma, Facebook said: “The image that you shared was removed in error – it has now been republished.

“The policy has been updated, Facebook modified the way it reviews reports of nudity to better examine the context of the photo or image.

“As a result of this, photos that show a nursing mothers’ other breast will be allowed even if it is full exposed, as will mastectomy photos showing a fully exposed other breast.”

[Baby born weighing less than 2lbs survives against all odds]
[Two children = happiness. Three, not so much