This year, I will wear a poppy for the last time

More and more people are waking up to the lies we’ve been told . . . -LW


I will remember friends and comrades in private next year, as the solemnity of remembrance has been twisted into a justification for conflict

'Come 2014 when the government marks the beginning of the first world war I will declare myself a conscientious objector.' Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

Over the last 10 years the sepia tone of November has become blood-soaked with paper poppies festooning the lapels of our politicians, newsreaders and business leaders. The most fortunate in our society have turned the solemnity of remembrance for fallen soldiers in ancient wars into a justification for our most recent armed conflicts. The American civil war’s General Sherman once said that “war is hell”, but unfortunately today’s politicians in Britain use past wars to bolster our flagging belief in national austerity or to compel us to surrender our rights as citizens, in the name of the public good.

Still, this year I shall wear the poppy as I have done for many years. I wear it because I am from that last generation who remember a war that encompassed the entire world. I wear the poppy because I can recall when Britain was actually threatened with a real invasion and how its citizens stood at the ready to defend her shores. But most importantly, I wear the poppy to commemorate those of my childhood friends and comrades who did not survive the second world war and those who came home physically and emotionally wounded from horrific battles that no poet or journalist could describe.

However, I am afraid it will be the last time that I will bear witness to those soldiers, airmen and sailors who are no more, at my local cenotaph. From now on, I will lament their passing in private because my despair is for those who live in this present world. I will no longer allow my obligation as a veteran to remember those who died in the great wars to be co-opted by current or former politicians to justify our folly in Iraq, our morally dubious war on terror and our elimination of one’s right to privacy.

Come 2014 when the government marks the beginning of the first world war with quotes from Rupert Brooke, Rudyard Kipling and other great jingoists from our past empire, I will declare myself a conscientious objector. We must remember that the historical past of this country is not like an episode of Downton Abbey where the rich are portrayed as thoughtful, benevolent masters to poor folk who need the guiding hand of the ruling classes to live a proper life.

I can tell you it didn’t happen that way because I was born nine years after the first world war began. I can attest that life for most people was spent in abject poverty where one laboured under brutal working conditions for little pay and lived in houses not fit to kennel a dog today. We must remember that the war was fought by the working classes who comprised 80% of Britain’s population in 1913.

This is why I find that the government’s intention to spend £50m to dress the slaughter of close to a million British soldiers in the 1914-18 conflict as a fight for freedom and democracy profane. Too many of the dead, from that horrendous war, didn’t know real freedom because they were poor and were never truly represented by their members of parliament.

My uncle and many of my relatives died in that war and they weren’t officers or NCOs; they were simple Tommies. They were like the hundreds of thousands of other boys who were sent to their slaughter by a government that didn’t care to represent their citizens if they were working poor and under-educated. My family members took the king’s shilling because they had little choice, whereas many others from similar economic backgrounds were strong-armed into enlisting by war propaganda or press-ganged into military service by their employers.

For many of you 1914 probably seems like a long time ago but I’ll be 91 next year, so it feels recent. Today, we have allowed monolithic corporate institutions to set our national agenda. We have allowed vitriol to replace earnest debate and we have somehow deluded ourselves into thinking that wealth is wisdom. But by far the worst error we have made as a people is to think ourselves as taxpayers first and citizens second.

Next year, I won’t wear the poppy but I will until my last breath remember the past and the struggles my generation made to build this country into a civilised state for the working and middle classes. If we are to survive as a progressive nation we have to start tending to our living because the wounded: our poor, our underemployed youth, our hard-pressed middle class and our struggling seniors shouldn’t be left to die on the battleground of modern life.

–Harry Lee Smith

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Ted Talk: Magna Carta for the Web

What kind of Internet do you want? -LW


 

Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web 25 years ago. So it’s worth a listen when he warns us: There’s a battle ahead. Eroding net neutrality, filter bubbles and centralizing corporate control all threaten the web’s wide-open spaces. It’s up to users to fight for the right to access and openness. The question is, What kind of Internet do we want?

Truth Frequency Radio Interviews “The Ambassador”

For now, I can’t vouch for the identity of “The Ambassador,” but he brings some interesting opinions about what’s going on in global banking and politics. -LW

Video Description

Have you heard about The Red Dragon Family? The Ambassador of the Chinese Red Dragon family reveals insider plans to take down the Illuminati Cabal, and what he has to say is mind blowing.

This interview is full of information and is a follow up from the show the night before which can be heard here – THE AMBASSADOR: Red Dragon Bloodline Family Vs The ILLUMINATI CABAL!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGu2J…

The Ambassador talks about plans that are underway to bring down the European Bloodlines, the economic system and also covers Ukraine, religion, media, pyramids, occulted knowledge, vatican, space, royal bloodlines, paranormal and so much more.

Could we be about to see a paradigm shift as we move into the new age? The Ambassador says his family are ready to make the changes needed for the betterment of humanity

Then in the 3rd hour of the show, Mrs Joe Joseph then joins the show and we pick up from last weeks halloween special with tales of ghosts and shadow figures.

Million Mask March rallies sweeping the globe LIVE UPDATES

Published time: November 05, 2014 14:53
Edited time: November 05, 2014 15:37

AFP Photo / Saul Loeb

AFP Photo / Saul Loeb

Wednesday, November 5 The Million Mask March is sweeping the globe across Wednesday as demonstrators protest against austerity, mass surveillance and oppression. Participants will obscure their faces to protect their identity.

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DC Protesters have reached the White House. Police are reportedly keeping their distance.

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The mask march has started across Sweden. “Support those that daily promote the values of peace, equality, accountability, redistribution of the wealth of the few to the needs of the many and a right to privacy and anonymity,”the promo video stated.

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Unconfirmed social media reports suggest that one person has been arrested in Washington already, allegedly for carrying a combat knife. Marchers in DC have started heading towards the White House, according to Ruptly’s Paulina Leonovich who attended the march. Demonstrators carried signs demanding“PEOPLE OVER PROFITS”.

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London police are on high alert in anticipation of the demonstrations, with hundreds of riot police on standby. Last year, more than 2,000 people attended the rally.

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“The internet has the power to bring down regimes – that’s why it terrifies them. That’s why they now monitor all of our phone calls, they monitor our emails, and they monitor our free speech. It terrifies them,” one London-based Anonymous member told RT.

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Protesters take to the streets in Sydney, Australia, bearing signs with slogans such as :“The corrupt fear us. The honest support us. The heroic join us.”People also marched in Adelaide demanding that people “wake up”.

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People march in Japan

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The march is organized for November 5 in commemoration of Guy Fawkes Day, and the event, according to hacktivist group Anonymous, has for the past two consecutive years organized “The Largest World Protest” according to a statement on the website.

“It is our aim to shed light on corrupt government in order to set people free from oppression,” the group said.

Activists have shielded their faces to take to the streets of some 481 towns and cities worldwide.

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Anonymous Now: Million Mask March descends on London

The million mask march in London, England, is tomorrow . . .  -LW


Published time: November 04, 2014 15:23

Reuters/Andrew Winning

Reuters/Andrew Winning

 Organized by the global hacktivist group Anonymous, the London protest will march from Trafalgar Square and finish at the Houses of Parliament.The Million Mask March will course through London on Wednesday November 5. The march, in which all demonstrators obscure their faces to protect their identity, is in protest against austerity, mass surveillance and attacks on human rights.

It is unknown how many demonstrators will join the march, as pleas from police for information have remained unanswered.

In 2013 the event gathered crowds of more than 2,500. The Facebook event suggests over 6,000 people may attend this year.

AFP Photo/Will Oliver

AFP Photo/Will Oliver

Speaking to RT, an Anonymous source said the Million Mask March, a tradition began in 2011, was originally called OpVendetta, and initially only gathered a crowd of 50.

Within a year, the following had grown to 2,000, and in 2013 the decision was made to rename the march the “Million Mask March,” the source said.

In 2013, there were over 400 Anonymous demonstrations worldwide, held to coincide with the annual British tradition of Bonfire Night of November 5, the date on which a group of dissident plotters tried to blow up parliament in 1605. Attendants often wear a Guy Fawkes mask, made famous by the 2005 film V for Vendetta, which has become the group’s trademark disguise.

The global protests took place last year in various world cities including Vancouver, Tel Aviv, Dublin, Paris, Chicago and Sydney.

RT’s Anonymous source said: “It’s a night of grievance on a night that’s historically about parliament and how it’s not always working in the people’s interests.”

“We burn an effigy of Guy Fawkes on a fire each year as a warning against standing against parliament so we just felt it would be symbolic,” they added.

In the lead up to the march, Anonymous sent a direct message to global bodies of power.

“To oppressive governments, we say this: we do not expect our campaign to be completed in a short time frame. However, you will not prevail against the angry masses of the body politic.”

The message further addresses the British government, saying they have “made an enemy of Anonymous,” and that they have “angered them considerably.”

This annual protest against austerity comes after a wave of protests and strikes swept through the UK during September and October.

On October 12, National Health Service (NHS) workers staged a strike over an ongoing pay dispute. The four hour strike marked the first time in history in which nurses have taken strike action.

Three days later, on October 15, the Public Commercial Services union (PCS) walked out over a 1 percent pay rise cap – a pay cut in real terms. Some 200,000 public sector workers walked out for 24 hours, causing nationwide disruption to job centers, museums and courts.

More recently, police are alleged to have employed excessive violence against Occupy Democracy protesters in Parliament Square, forcibly removing tarpaulins and belongings and making over 40 arrests.

The Metropolitan Police say they wish to engage with Anonymous so they can“work together to ensure they can protest safely.”

Chief Superintendent Pippa Mills said they are trying to contact Anonymous, but“no one has come forward.”

“We are keen to talk with them to ensure they are able to protest; it is important that they talk to us so that we can work together to achieve a safe and successful event.”

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Paul Hellyer on Shift the Paradigm (Livestream) this Saturday

Time: . . . . . . . . . . 12:00 noon – 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Date:  . . . . . . . . . . Saturday, November first, 2014
Place: . . . . . . . . . . Toronto City Hall, Committee Room #1
LiveStream:  . . . . . http://livestream.com/shifttheparadigm

Come and be part of this rare and informative discussion with Paul Hellyer the former Canadian Defense Minister and Franco DeNicola on the changes taking place and our role in bringing about the changes. The discussion will cover; UFO and what is being hidden, control structures and their agenda, world economies and potential solutions, exotic technologies and energy systems that are available. Action plans will be also reviewed to address some of the current challenges we are facing and ways to redirect our seemingly current path.

Paul Hellyer has much to share with his close ties and past involvement with the military and various governmental bodies.

Hellyer is not only an investigator and reporter with connections within the systems, he is also has the capacity to see and offer solutions. He has written several books, the latest two books “Light at the End of the Tunnel” & “The Money Mafia,” provide great insight.

The discussion is teamed up with Franco DeNicola, which he provides a very expansive view of the current transformation taking place, that transcends the current human perspective and program. Franco brings to the table a Universal and Source Creator perspective and solutions.

This FREE event you do not want to miss, therefore join us at this time for this very unique gathering.

LIVE STREAM http://new.livestream.com/accounts/10072178/shifttheparadigm.

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Attention! If your name appears on this list you can receive Spanish citizenship

Here’s a pretty good sign that things are changing at all levels of government. Spain seeks to remedy action taken as far back as 1492.  -LW


Spain’s government published a list of 5000 names and 220 Jewish name that will be recognized after more than 500 years of being excluded. Days ago, the Spanish parliament began an analysis to restore citizenship to the descendants of the Jews expelled in 1492.

Those who have these surnames prove whether or not living in Spain may obtain dual citizenship. “Those foreigners Sephardic proving that condition and its special link with our country, even without legal residence in Spain, whatever their ideology, religion or beliefs,” says Article 23 of the Civil Code.

See the list.