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In a 2009 cable from Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, US diplomat Tatiana Gfoeller reports on her meeting with Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yannian. They discuss Manas Air Force Base, which the Americans hope to keep in Kyrgyzstan. Note how casual the Americans are about giving billions to Kyrgyzstan, while the Chinese are 'horrified' at the suggestion they'd do the same, seeming more worried about what their population at home would think than the Americans are about their own poor people, in whose name they give millions to the Kyrgyz.The shock of the Chinese Ambassador and candour of the conversation is...

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'The Times story said the newspaper had made the decision not to publish "at the request of the Obama administration". That meant that its readers could not compare the highly- distorted account of the document in the Times story against the original document without searching the Wikileaks website. As a result, a key Wikileaks document which should have resulted in stories calling into question the thrust of the Obama administration's ballistic missile defence policy in Europe based on an alleged Iranian missile threat has produced a spate of stories supporting the existing Iranian threat narrative.' Read 'Russians Refuted U.S. Claim...

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The North Korean angry rock tune, "Fucking USA", apparently broadcast on a news programme. The song begins about 30 seconds in. Bizarre state-sponsored punks or what?

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A rather typical story these days, when it's nearly impossible to find real terrorists. The FBI has to keep busy somehow: 'The United States' Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) claims to have thwarted their own car bomb Friday, November 26, 2010 at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon's Pioneer Courthouse Square. A 19 year old man, Mr. Mohamed Osman Mohamud, was in contact with undercover FBI agents since June of 2010... Unlike the supposed Pakistani terrorist Mr. Mohamud was in contact with, the FBI actually supplied him with a bomb.' The full story is in the activist post....

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Few accounts of grave robbing pass the all-seeing eye of Blather without us linking to them for your delectation. The Independent of 26 November 2010 reports: 'Grave robbers arrested after raid on China's terracotta tomb...Nine people have been arrested in China after grave robbers targeted the tombs of the ancestors of the country's first Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, whose resting place is guarded by the famous Terracotta Army.' Read the full story.

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It's class war at Blather HQ, as we lay off more staff and servants in order to pay the interest on our massive loans from that blasted bank in Zurich, Odessa-Bormann-Eichmann-Mengele or whatever it's called. Or so the desperate lawyers are telling me on my answering machine. I am nowhere to be found at Blather HQ - I am comfortably ensconced in a tower of solid ivory at an undisclosed Arctic location, sitting at the roaring fire in my slippers, with a glass of port in my hand, poured to me lovingly by my Japanese-manufactured chrome robot slave, now gliding...

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Image by Wally Glenn. Used under a CC licence. We've featured Jim Corr's conspiracy ramblings on here before. Self-appointed moral guardian of the nation, Corr has re-surfaced to explain to us how 'they' are engineering the Irish financial collapse. As you watch, keep an ear out for some of the classic tropes of a conspiracy theorist. Here's your checklist: Claim that the conspiracy theorist was right all along - when no-one would listen Claim that attacking the speaker is an attack on all free thinking people Reference to shady, unnamed forces working to destabilise the country - without any specification...

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"It's not him," said a Western diplomat in Kabul intimately involved in the discussions. "And we gave him a lot of money." Blather's ImpostorWatch service found the story in the New York Times, 22 November 2010. Update: Mr Reliable, Hamid 'forged a million votes' Karzai, is quoted in Haaretz as saying the whole thing never happened. Yeah right. Update: Karzai's chief of staff isn't denying it happened, and he blames the British for it. "Sometimes Nato doesn't know one bearded, turbanned Taleban leader from another" says MI6. Update: US general McChrystal approved peace talks with fake Taliban leader - American...

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Back in 1990 the United Nations started measuring 'human' development as opposed to economic development, and publishing an annual Human Development Index (HDI). The 'real wealth' of a nation lies not in its gold or money but in a human being's actual experience of life. The HDI has many indicators, including the adult literacy rate, carbon dioxide emissions per capita, expected years of schooling, gender equality, the homicide rate, life expectancy at birth, maternal mortality, the robbery rate and under-five mortality. In 2010, Ireland according to the HDI is the fifth best place to live in the world, the second...

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A short video on the CIAs' alleged mind-feckery during the 1970s. Ready? Here we go: Monday Conspiracy See all articles Hat-tip to Foolish People