‘Mr Assange could die in prison. There is no time to lose’

25 November, 2019 —  RT

‘Mr Assange could die in prison. There is no time to lose’ – over 60 medics in open letter to UK govt.

A demonstration in support of Julian Assange outside of Westminster Magistrates Court in London. ©  REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Julian Assange may be in real danger of dying in a UK prison, medics from across the world warned in an open letter. He may not even be fit to stand extradition trial, given the years of denial of proper healthcare.

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Lawyers launch $500M class-action lawsuit against Roundup makers

21 November 2019 — GMWatch

Case represents Canada’s largest class-action lawsuit against manufacturers of glyphosate herbicide

EXCERPT: Darryl Singer, the head of commercial and civil litigation at Diamond & Diamond, said the plaintiffs involved in this class-action lawsuit are looking not only for financial compensation, but also what he calls “behaviour modification” so that the same thing doesn’t happen again in the future with other products in Canada.

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Is Corbyn a socialist and does it (no longer) matter if he isn’t?

19 November 2019 — InvestigatingImperialism

By William Bowles

Is this our last chance before the darkness falls?

This is probably the most difficult piece I’ve ever had to write, at least about the Labour Party. My feelings about Corbyn and the Labour Party are on record, here, here, here and here, to name a few. The Labour Party is a party of Imperialism and always has been since its inception, well over a century ago. Even its high point in 1945, with the creation of the welfare state, occurred through pressure from below and just as today, capitalism was bankrupt and in crisis. The Labour government, in return for the Welfare state, saved capitalism from revolution (or collapse). The gains made during that critical period following WWII lasted about thirty years before the lords of capital started taking back what ‘we’ had tried to take from them and by 1975 we were clearly not equipped to resist. In part, the Labour Party was directly responsible, in fact it was party to the attacks on the Welfare state and the working class.

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Brexit News Links 19 October 2019

19 October 2019 • 12:00 — The New Dark Age

There may be some duplication due to cross-posting and may be updated throughout the day, so check back

Saturday’s Brexit votes in Parliament: What’s going on?
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-50095368

Explainer: What’s the difference between Johnson’s Brexit deal and May’s deal? Hint: Very Little
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheCanary/~3/q8YRiruIAhU/

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I’m taking the day off

23 July 2019

A short note. I’m taking the day off today as I’m a birthday boy (74) and off to hang out by the seaside for the day with an old friend, so no updates.

Plus it’s HOT out there and London is not the place to be when in it’s in the 30s, so a sea breeze will be a welcome relief.

Bill

Some like it hot by William Bowles

18 July 2019 — Investigating Imperialism

I am nothing if not an optimist, a trait that most on the Left seem to share. A belief in the future, that there is one that includes us. That things, eventually, get better, if we fight for it. ‘Unrealistic’, I hear you say, what is there to be optimistic about? The planet is going to hell and taking us all with it, and there’s nothing we can do about it! Well, maybe so, then this happened, a small event, minute even, in the scheme of things but somehow it triggered a response in me that I could not ignore and which I had to address:

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The $5,000,000,000,000,000 Question? By William Bowles

28 June 2019 — InvestigatingImperialism

Apparently, if we add up all the ‘values’ that make up Planet Earth, we arrive at the figure of $5 quadrillion [1]! We’ve reduced the irreducible to the level of an accountant’s spreadsheet. Yet, it’s exactly this kind of thinking that’s created the disaster that, forget 10 years, it’s already with us and it’s been building to this since the start of the Industrial Revolution approximately 200 years ago.

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Back in town

24 June 2019

How could I keep away? Let me catch up with things here, mail to read, articles to source and as I’ve been writing once more as things here in this messed up world seem to be reaching some kind of terminal watershed, I think it’s time to start putting out some ideas that I hope will find traction amongst my readers and hopefully, elsewhere.

Think Collective, think Analogue (yes I know it’s a paradox).

Watch this space

Bill

An update

18 June 2019 — The New Dark Age

I won’t be updating the site between the 20th and the 24th June as I will be out of town.

As a point of interest, the site now has 20,770 stories posted since 2010 when I moved over to WordPress. The work posted between 2003, when it first went live, and 2010, is unfortunately no longer part of this site, aside that is, from my own work which extends back to 1987 or so. I have reloaded some of the earlier work (which I still have) but it’s a vast enterprise, it all has to be ‘re-frozen’ to fit this site.

William