Have They Started?

The Nazi Games, that is. Or maybe, after reading this, they should be called the Commie Games.

I’m married to a former Moscow correspondent. He is incandescent at what he considers the Sovietisation of Britain. Most obvious, during these Olympics, are the Games Lanes: just as in Soviet Russia, the nomenklatura can roar down a specially-designated lane to their destination (be that the women’s volley ball finals or the five bedroomed house in Notting Hill); while ordinary people (or peasants) inch their way to and from work through traffic.

I wonder whether, when the games are over, they’ll keep these new Zil lanes for use by VIPs like government ministers and Members of Parliament and town councillors. It would fit in completely with their complete contempt for everybody.

Anyway, don’t tell me if they’ve started. I don’t want to know anything about them. And since I don’t have a TV set, and I no longer listen to radio, and don’t buy newspapers, I’m unlikely to find out.

I suppose that, the way I see them, they’re the flip side of modern eugenics/healthism. On the one hand, the healthists launch wars on everything they consider ‘unhealthy’ – smoking, drinking, ‘obesity’, sugar, fat, etc. But with the Games they are promoting everything they consider healthy and right: lots of slim, young, muscular men and women running round in circles and jumping over things.

It’s an utterly vacuous utopia. In fact it’s a dystopia. It’s one in which humans have been reduced to being dumb animals.

And this is probably exactly what they’re aiming at. The ‘athletes’ are really prototype slaves, that will be kept running on treadmills all day, and brought out every few weeks and given a medal to keep them happy.

The eugenicist/healthists aren’t really in the least bit interested in ‘health’, of course. They want to create a race of toiling slaves, and thereby replicate Greece or Rome. Complete with Zil lanes for the ruling classes.

Actually, I tell a lie about never buying newspapers. I bought one a couple of days back. The Times. I bought it because I wanted something to spread on the floor when I re-pot my tobacco plants. But since I’d bought the darn thing, I thought I may as well leaf through it.

It was even worse than I imagined it would be. There was lots of stuff about the upcoming games (which I wasn’t interested in, obviously). And not much else.

It reminded me of how it used to be, when the Times had small ads covering its front page, and the real meat was buried deep inside. The famous Letters’ page, for one. And columns by brilliant writers like Bernard Levin. I still remember one column of his in which he described how the empty head of one of the government ministers (I forget who) might best be boiled up with onions and carrots and potatoes, and served as a soup or consommé. But (and this was the final, damning barb), even then it would probably lack any nutrient content.

Stuff like that was heady, intoxicating reading. The modern publication is just an empty rag. Which is exactly what it’s going to be used as.

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33 Responses to Have They Started?

  1. magnetic01 says:

    For those not familiar with the physicalist foundation of eugenics, see comments section:

    http://cfrankdavis.wordpress.com/2011/06/23/the-nazi-antismoking-legacy-1/

    The Olympics was very important for the Nazi philosophy. It was an opportunity to showcase the primacy of the physical and, more particularly, the supremacism of the Aryan body (although Jesse Owens threw a bit of a spanner in the works). It was also the Nazis that introduced the torch relay, still used today:

    The modern convention of moving the Olympic Flame via a relay system from Greece to the Olympic venue began in 1936. Carl Diem devised the idea of the torch relay for the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin that was organized by the Nazis under the guidance of Joseph Goebbels. Krupp armaments company produced the torches in wood and metal, inspired by an olive leaf. The Olympic Flame was lit by a concave mirror in Olympia, Greece and transported over 3,187 kilometres by 3,331 runners in twelve days and eleven nights from Greece to Berlin. Leni Riefenstahl later staged the torch relay for the 1938 film Olympia. The film was part of the Nazi propaganda machine’s attempt to add myth and mystique to Adolf Hitler’s regime. Hitler saw the link with the ancient Games as the perfect way to illustrate his belief that classical Greece was an Aryan forerunner of the modern German Reich.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympic_Flame

    • churchmouse says:

      Thanks for this — it’s important that people know this is not a classical Olympics thing. Yet, our local newspaper has featured dozens of articles on what locals were part of the torch carrying relay, where we could see it and so on.

      I didn’t know until a couple of months ago that this originated with the Nazis. So, the more we’re reminded of it, the better. People were honoured to have been asked to participate in the torch relay, but few know how and where it started. If they had, most would have said no thanks.

      • truckerlyn says:

        “People were honoured to have been asked to participate in the torch relay, but few know how and where it started. If they had, most would have said no thanks”

        You really think so? Most, I believe, would still have been happy to have their few minutes of ‘fame’! Sadly, anything originating with or relevant to the Nazis these days doesn’t mean a lot to most people. When I was at school in the late 60’s/early 70’s our history lessons never even got as far as the 1st World War, never mind the 2nd! I did, however, have the opportunity to talk to my grandfather, most youngsters today won’t have anyone to talk to who was actually involved!

  2. magnetic01 says:

    Frank, I think my previous post may have been ushered to el trash can. :)

  3. Tony says:

    Not entirely with it at this time of day. But after watching some of the eugenic/pharma fest earlier, one thing did stand out. Kenneth Branagh appeared as Isambard Kingdom Brunel and was shown posing with cigar. Unlit of course because those smoking chimneys (also on show) and fireworks were fine for the audience because only tobacco is uniquely dangerous.

    I do wonder if Kenneth put his foot down and insisted on historical accuracy? Because I doubt logoc would have allowed it otherwise.

  4. Tom says:

    Oh, they’re showing it again. KBS, Korean Broadcasting System, news tonight – they keep showing opening ceremonies of the Olympics, then every so often it goes to a blank blue screen with a notice in English and Korean both, apologizing that they cannot show this scene but it is due to copyright issues. Then the blue warning screen disappears, back to some Olympic shots, then back to blue warning screen regarding copyright issues. Gee, I thought it was a news event, but apparently it is only a corporate and government sponsored propaganda device – and a highly copyrighted one at that, to make sure only the investing parties profit every single dime from it and nobody else, thus censorship of anything that the investors and government wants total ownership of, in order to come out with the official money-maker video later on, with “exclusive” scenes, “not seen anywhere else”. I’m certain all those No-Smoking signs ringing the Olympic Village and stadiums gave it that same look and feel the Berlin Olympics had with the Nazi flags draped all around it nearly 70 years past.

  5. Tom says:

    “But with the Games they are promoting everything they consider healthy and right: lots of slim, young, muscular men and women running round in circles and jumping over things.”

    There is an ad on TV that comes on quite often. I don’t watch TV but a few times per week and day on a limited schedule, only a couple select things I bother following. But because of limited viewing, if I have noticed this ad enough times now, it may be it is running a long heavy campaign.

    And I don’t even know what it is for – if it is for a movie, for auditions for a movie or just eugenicist/healthist propaganda to get youngsters engaged at an early age in materialism/physicalism and begin obsessing over their health and bodies.

    One of the slogans on the TV ad that stood out to me was having little kids, after showing them incorporated into some animated sequences as super-heroes, saying to effect that they are better and “different” than other generations and people need to start listening, to them (which I thought very strange and weird when I heard them say it that way).

    Here is the link – it’s odd and seems part like a real movie audition yet part some kind of propaganda campaign to get young children to start concerning themselves with exercise and diet and developing healthist, materialist, physicalist attitudes – almost like promoting eugenics and superiority of whoever follows this website/TV-Ad’s advice – over any generation that came before.

    It is at http://www.actionheroalliance.com – maybe it is a legitimate, normal, reasonable but weirdly put together site for registering children to audition for a movie. But to me, it sounds something more peculiar going on behind the scenes, like maybe a propaganda device instead to install eugenics ideology among youth.

    Or, maybe it’s about exercise and good eating and I’m just reading too much into it – but nowadays, one can never be sure.

  6. Walt says:

    I will heartily recommend to all anti-fitness freaks a novel by Harry Crews called “Body.” I think it’s from the early 90s before Healthism was holy scripture and could still be sent up. Here, I’ll even link you to a review that was written by the friend of mine who turned me on to the book:

    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1990-08-27/features/9003120101_1_harry-crews-weird-things-bodies

    :

  7. roobeedoo2 says:

    You may be surprised to hear that there are smoking areas in the Village and quite heavily used by the athletes and people working there. My nephew who is working there (and smokes) has met and engaged with lots of athletes from around the world in the designated smoking areas.

    I wasn’t going to but I did watch it. The first part of the show was Tolkienisque but ingeniously staged. Bond and Maj parachuting out of the helicopter was VERY LOL (try and watch it on Youtube because it was really funny). Mr Bean is a Great British export and again was LOL. Neon Beckham racing down the flame down the Thames in a speedboat was tres sexy. British pop romance with Dizzy Rascal singing ‘Bonkers’ live (in fact all the live singing except Paul McCartney) was superb. The lighting of the cauldron inspired, just gorgeous (again, try to watch this on Youtube as you’ll enjoy the engineering involved). The pyrotechnics were great, too.

    Worst bits – the Healthist Fascist overlords, nanny and nursie banishing the smoking (yes smoking – that wand puffed smoke) demon and kissed the boo boos away. The global warming dance by cooked and dusty beings, with the father figure keeping something from his son mime (how selfish of the older generations are!). The son/new generation prevailed, natch. The overt use of NWO symbolism and the political slant was there for all to see from the people chosen to carry Olympic flag to the heavily use of mixed raced/black actors, semi-important actors representing represent modern Britain.

  8. Jay says:

    The opening ceremony lived down to expectation. Lots of children and ethnic minorities, neither of which represent the majority of the population. I’m not anti children and ethnic minorities but loathe both being used for propaganda. I’d had enough when the choir of children in pyjamas sang and signed the National Anthem. Then there was the bizarre – highly praised – sequence with Daniel Craig and the Queen, reduced to celebrity status. She subsequently looked embarrassed and as if she was desperate to be anywhere else but in that stadium. The whole thing screamed look how multicultural, diverse and happening we are and how we celebrate toleration which is then depressingly and predictably gainsaid by calls for the resignation o fthe MP who dared to voice a negative opinion. It made me want to weep.

  9. Rose says:

    From the moment the Queen looked up from her desk and said “Good evening, Mr Bond”, I was quite prepared to forgive anything.

    But if you missed it you’ll have to find it for yourselves, the video I watched an hour ago has been blocked by the Olympic Committee and I can’t find another copy of the whole thing.

    James Bond Escorting The Queen
    “This video contains content from International Olympic Committee, who has blocked it on copyright grounds.
    Sorry about that.”

    I was suitably amazed when the smoking chimneys of the industrial revolution came up out of nowhere and lead to the forging of the rings and though I didn’t understand what they were about, I loved the winged birds on bikes.

    • Rose says:

      Bother, I forgot to break the link, Frank could you dispose of that blank video for me, you don’t need that bit of meanness cluttering up your blog.

      • Rose says:

        Thank you Frank.
        It does seem rather churlish not to let people share their favourite bits, when millions of people around the country and possibly across the world,will have recorded it on their PVRs and can watch it again whenever they like.

  10. Woodsy42 says:

    In addition to Brunel’s cigar one of the cricketers shown near the beginning was smoking a pipe while batting. I suspect there were a few flashes of such non-conformity here and there, but of course the BBC would have avoided them.

  11. Rose says:

    They’ve got it on Libdem Voice – quick, before the Olympic Committe catches up with them.

    http://www.libdemvoice.org/james-bond-escorts-the-queen-to-the-london-2012-olympic-games-bbc-29622.html

  12. Mr A says:

    Great show all in all, despite a few leftyisms. Although the NHS bit was truly, truly awful.

  13. Gary K. says:

    You Brits should watch some of the Games, just to get a little return on your money.
    The venues and Park costs are met largely by public money.

    The original budget for the games was £2.4 billion, but this was increased almost fourfold to about £9.3 billion ($14.46 billion) in 2007.

    That is about $200(UK) from every man, woman, and child in the UK.

    Propaganda is expensive.

  14. Rose says:

    London 2012 Olympics: Here comes the rain… with perfect timing the heavens open on stadium

    http://www.standard.co.uk/olympics/olympic-news/london-2012-olympics-here-comes-the-rain-with-perfect-timing-the-heavens-open-on-stadium-7982443.html

    See comment from Piers Corbyn.

    I’m very glad it dried up later.

  15. smokervoter says:

    Hey Bill Gates and your billion dollar lovey-dovey, save the world foundation. Hey Gro and your WHO gang spreading The Word of a peaceful, more healthful world to every corner of the Third World. Look what you’ve spawned.

    If Only Smokers Would Vanish in a Puff

    Can’t you just feel all the love!

    • churchmouse says:

      Thanks for the link. Have read and digested. That guy is a tool.

      • smokervoter says:

        I noticed The Tool used the the ever present “I have nothing against smokers, but…” qualifier followed by a litany on how they stink, they’re murderers, they belong in jail, they should be fined, etc, etc.

        During Jim Crow you’d hear “I’ve got nothing against Negroes just as long as they know their place”. As in other side of town, the other side of the street and at their own restaurants and bars.

        Apparently we’re a step below that. It’s OK only if we live in single-family detached homes without children and smoke outside (but not on the patio). It’s not OK on either side of the street.

        The restaurants and bars are the strange part. We want Smokers Only bars and restaurants and they won’t even grant us those.

        BTW, I’m learning lots about the vastly complicated UK/Euro political scene from you over at your site.

        I meant to continue the conversation from your excellent “Little Englander” answer the other day. I’ve got oodles more UKIP questions for you floating around in my head.

        Do you backtrack and check if there’s a response to older posts?

        • churchmouse says:

          Yes, always, so feel free to continue the discussion on that particular post, if convenient (or any other, if not). Keeping them all with the same post might help other readers with the same questions.

          Would be delighted to hear from you on politics and get more of your questions! Glad that you have found my perspectives helpful — thanks!

          Back to the Tool from Malaysia, though. (Yes, what he said reminded me of Jim Crow and ‘negroes to the back of the bus’, too. Ugh.) His ‘smoke filled chamber’ idea is fallacious, though, because smoke freely circulates. Even when smoking was allowed, there were very few bars that were smoky enough to cause patrons to choke. (Outdoors isn’t even a consideration; it dissipates instantly.) So, logically speaking, he’s on a losing wicket there.

          I wonder if the Tool was a hall monitor in his youth. ;)

    • Tom says:

      I think this is common practice, to have someone post a hate-article in a MSM rag in a location, prior to anti-smoking coming in wanting to do some major bans. In SF for example, prior to outdoor bans coming in, we had an attorney printed up in the SF Chronicle (which in the 1930’s printed Hitler’s personal letters to Hearst advocating Nazism for the US) saying that people should begin violently attacking smokers in public on the streets and as attorney she would be willing to stand up for the attacker in a court of law, as attorney and assured everyone that “no judge in his right mind” would find anything criminal about the person who attacked and physically bashed a smoker. Then they began extending the outdoor bans to nearly everywhere, since that article set off a fire-storm in local internet bulletin boards and smaller papers, making it totally acceptable, fashionable even, to advocate violence against outdoor smokers.

      Then, when they wanted to enforce greater control over 80 and 90 y/o grandfatherly and grandmotherly like elderly Chinese were were still seen smoking in Portsmouth Square in particular, even the local Asian newspaper was happy to get someone to write up an article entitled “Filthy Asian Smokers” and have it go on with prescriptives on how to rampage against outdoor smoking in the Chinatown district.

      So I am certain, for Kuala Lumpur, if this is where this article originated, the anti-smoking people are preparing to invade soon – and like the article is demanding, may include jail time for the crime of smoking. Or, maybe they will simply come in and ban smoking nearly everywhere, but after the tone set by this article, smokers and non-smokers alike will simply be glad that they did not go so far as to include prison terms, only fines, and then will oblige and agree to the bans and to pay the fines if caught commiting the crime of smoking, the idea being the hate-story is so impressionably frightening, that anything less than that, in reality, would be acceptable by everyone, thus no fuss when the draconian bans and fines come into effect.

      • smokervoter says:

        Ah yes, the San Francisco Comical as we called it. Oh, the headlines I’ve stared at in disbelief in that rag over coffee and cigarettes in the foggy Santa Cruz morn. Dan White killing Harvey Milk, the Jim Jones Temple mass suicide, and (third page) guitarist extraordinaire Mike Bloomfield found dead in his car.

        There was a popular column written by Herb Caen, the title of which escapes me, wherein he always referred to SF as Baghdad by the Bay. He was a Barbary Coast leftover who began complaining frequently in the mid-70’s about how the do-gooder, born again and now ultra clean-living hippies were destroying the wild character of the city.

        Does that attorney have a name? She should be exposed worldwide, she’s nothing short of Lester Maddox in my opinion. And on the rare occasion that I visited SF during my 13 years in Santa Cruz, I always ate in Chinatown. Unbelievably tasty food to be had there, especially the smoked duck.

        • Tom says:

          A lot of my old saved articles have since been cleaned off the hard-drive to make room but it may still be residing in back-up CDs somewhere. But yes, she gave her name and was damn proud of what she said at the time too. So was the editor for the Asian Times on his spiteful story.

          Santa Cruz was much nicer prior to Loma Prieta when the original old historical buildings were all still standing downtown. Since then it’s all been rebuilt and a lot of historical buildings, like the Octagon House are gone forever. I used to drink espressos in the Octagon House, second floor, indoors and smoking was part of the ritual. There was another indoor/outdoor coffee house built into what was once a house three blocks down the street from a foreign cinema which name escapes me that was itself a block off the main drag, not Ocean but the downtown main street that lead eventually to the wharf and boardwalk and that was a very nice place to sit, drink, smoke and chat. But sadly, it’s all smoke-banned, even outdoors, and coupled with the gentrification after the quake, it’s not much appealing to me anymore, and being 60 miles away now, I haven’t gone down there in ages. I don’t even get to Silcon Valley much anymore and it’s much closer.

          They named one of the rebuit piers just north of the Ferry Building in SF after Herb Cain a little after he died. I don’t remember his column’s name anymore either. But that was back during a time when, like in the 1980s and workplace bans first came in, then restaurants were next, some of the SF long-timers of wealth and influence still had some b*lls and the restaurant on Columbus Avenue owned by that film-maker out of Marin, his name escapes me at the moment, too late at night, but he refused to honor the smoking ban and smoking continued in his famous little restaurant until SF threatened him with closure before he gave up on it.

          I noticed a few weekends ago down in North Beach, several restaurants now must be leasing the parking spaces on a long term basis from the city and have built these platforms out there and put dining tables beyond the curb sticking out into the street. And, smoking is permitted outdoors if it’s along the curb next to traffic. But at the same time, it’s banned for all outdoor seating areas, including all bars and restaurants. So I wasn’t sure if they were trying to manufacture an exception to the outdoor smoking bans or they are keeping them dull and smoke-less, like everywhere else. I didn’t see anyone smoking though and didn’t see any ashtrays. But maybe for out of area tourists, they turn a blind eye and hope the cops don’t come along, I really don’t know.

          The city has been “greening” all the streets and closing down traffic lanes, trying to force everyone to walk, bus or bicycle lately. Market Street downtown has gone from two/three lanes in each direction with some limited parking to no parking, the curbside lane painted in green (solid green) for bicycles only, the center lane for cars and the lane next to the center line for buses/streetcars only. As a result, traffic is constantly backed up and that is exactly what the city wants apparently. No smoking outdoors is tied in with all this “greening” ideology of theirs also.

          Parking meters just got repriced up to $7 per hour and independent parking garage owners were told a while back that they are going to ban competitive pricing at parking garages, including banning early-bird one-day pricing, forcing everyone to charge identical what the city owned garages charge, so that there is no competition against the government for earning parking fee revenues.

          If it’s liberal-progressive-fascist and by dictating it, they can do it, then in SF, they will – with everything, not just smoking bans.

      • highstump says:

        Tom, if they really want to get organized about this whole thing It seem to me that these mobs that are hunting down smokers need a way to set themselves apart. Maybe they should have Billy-Bob and Jimmy-Jo bring some robes and hoods to the next smack down. Actually, one of these times two or three of these folks are going to take on the wrong individual and get their collective asses kicked.

  16. smokervoter says:

    Rose, that NewsNow link you put up the other day is handy-dandy to the max. I bookmarked it and will put it to good use in the future, thanks so much. You’re a super-searcher that is for sure, and now some of your trade secrets are out.

    One of the stories it picked up was a very, very draconian set of smoking bans, including passenger vehicles, in Rwanda. Rwanda! That Rwanda? The one that had the hellacious massacre.

    They’re worried about second-hand smoke and the health of their citizenry?

    I didn’t see where they banned machetes though. Might be a better place to start. So are the non-smoking Tutsi’s and the smoking Tutsi’s now going to attack the non-smoking and smoking Hutu’s now.

    Great, the perfect setup for a four-way killing orgy next time around.

    I sure hope the W.H.O. with their god damned FCTC dictate are pleased with themselves.

    • Rose says:

      Smokervoter

      Glad you like the link, I first read it on a blog around 2007 and I have used it several times a day since, it’s always helpful to know what kind of new lunacy is brewing somewhere in the world, it gives you time to prepare.

      An article I found positively inspirational, given in full because the original is now behind a paywall.

      The British are the masters of deceit

      “No weapon is more effective in war than the lie. No one has deployed military deception, over the years, more effectively than the British. And there are few better examples of the successful British War Lie than Operation Kajaki, the transportation of a giant turbine through 100 miles of hostile Afghan territory carried out by British troops this week.

      That operation relied in part on a very simple, very old and very effective ruse: we pointed one way, and then went the other.

      For weeks, military engineers have been seen working on Highway 611, the most obvious route from Kandahar to Kijaki, preparing the road and clearing explosive devices. In the end, the convoy took a completely different path across the desert, mapped out by a secret reconnaissance team and codenamed Harriet. While the Taleban waited on Route 611, the main convoy trundled safely along Harriet while a decoy column of Danish troops took the main road.

      That deception is only the latest chapter in a long and noble history of military con artistry. As Nicholas Rankin writes in his forthcoming book Churchill’s Wizards: The British Genius for Deception: “The British enjoy deceiving their enemies [and] acting is a long-established area of British talent.”

      We like to pride ourselves on playing with a straight bat and a stiff upper lip, yet concealment is also part of the British character, allied to a natural love of theatre. When the British put their minds to lying for King, Queen and Country, nobody does it better.

      The First World War brought numerous stratagems for fooling the enemy – camouflage, snipers hidden in fake trees, booby-trapped corpses and so on – but military deception truly came of age in the Second World War, when bamboozling the Nazis was elevated to an art form by a vast secret army of deceivers.

      Victory was won by force of arms, but it was also a triumph for eavesdropping, forgery, fraud and mendacity of the highest order. British agents spread false rumours and propaganda, technicians created bogus wireless traffic from non-existent armies, engineers assembled dummy tanks and airfields for invasions that never took place.

      The Nazis sent over waves of spies, all of whom were intercepted (the one known exception being the delightfully named Engelbertus Fukken, a Dutch agent who shot himself in an air raid shelter when he ran out of cash). Offered a choice between execution and co-operation, many understandably agreed to act as double agents, sending false information back to Germany.

      This golden age of military deception owed much to one man’s appetite for subterfuge. Winston Churchill looked back with pride on the web of deceit that had helped to win the war. “Tangle within tangle, plot and counter-plot, ruse and treachery, cross and double-cross, true agent, false agent, double agent, gold and steel, the bomb, the dagger and the firing party, were interwoven in many a texture so intricate as to be incredible and yet true.”

      Military men are not always natural lateral thinkers; Britain’s secret war was fought with a remarkable array of academics, artists, scientists, lawyers and, in significant numbers, novelists and would-be novelists. The unit within MI5 responsible for running double agents included an industrialist, an historian, an artist, a poet and a circus owner.

      A few major British deceptions were revealed after the war, such as Operation Mincemeat, the brilliant tactical coup that convinced Hitler the Allies would invade Greece in 1943, rather than Sicily, by planting a corpse with false papers on a Spanish beach. Echoing this week’s successful operation in Afghanistan was Operation Fortitude, the astonishingly elaborate ruse to persuade the Nazis that the D-Day landing would target the Pas-de-Calais rather than Normandy.

      Many of the practitioners of British deception remain largely unknown and unsung, such as Sefton Delmer, the journalist who masterminded black propaganda, and the gadget-maker Charles Fraser-Smith, the “Q” of wartime Britain. Fraser-Smith’s greatest contribution to the war, in my view, was garlic-flavoured chocolate, which secret agents could chew while parachuting into occupied France to ensure their breath smelt convincingly French on arrival.

      The most remarkable wartime conjuror was, in fact, a conjuror, Jasper Maskelyne, a magician and inventor who founded the “Magic Gang” with the aim of baffling the enemy by artifice. Maskelyne’s gang built fake submarines, trucks and planes, concealed part of the Suez Canal from the air with giant mirrors and, most famously, deployed 2,000 dummy tanks in the North African desert before the Battle of El Alamein.

      The sheer scale of British wartime deception is still emerging. Just last week MI5 released documents in which spy chiefs discussed using pigeons to spread false rumours before D-Day: the War Office intelligence section had noted that only 10 per cent of pigeons dropped into occupied France ever came back, most having presumably fallen into enemy hands. If enough pigeons could be dropped in the Pas-de-Calais, this might reinforce the mistaken impression that the landings would take place there.

      Britain’s success in the darker arts of war was kept secret for many years, in part because the information might be of use to future enemies, but also because skilled dishonesty is not a trait we like to see in ourselves, however vital in time of war.

      Force wins wars, but so do subtle lies, an area of warfare at which we have long excelled, but seldom celebrated. Anyone can deceive, but it takes a peculiarly British cast of mind to realise the tactical advantage to be won by garlic chocolate, a lost homing pigeon or filling in the potholes on the road to Kajaki.”

      http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=117_1220443006

      Formerly

      http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/ben_macintyre/article4662940.ece

      Of course the fun part is first spotting the lie, so you can go on to find out the truth.

      “artists, scientists, lawyers and, in significant numbers, novelists and would-be novelists” “industrialist, an historian, an artist, a poet and a circus owner.”

      “Military men are not always natural lateral thinkers”
      So the people who visit Frank’s international pub would seem to be ideal.

      • Tom says:

        It seems like some of that innate British know-how in the arts of deception and manipulating the enemy would be in high demand right now, only to deceive and manipulate the league of anti-smoking that has taken control and needs brought down out of power. Certainly, it was a confidence trick and con job that was used by the anti-smoking industry that craftily brought in the smoking bans and related hate campaigns in the first place. One can only hope something similarly clever can one day be thought up and used back against them.

        Winston Churchill. I read another cute quote of his earlier today somewhere, I wish I remembered where and the exact quote, but he said (to paraphrase) on the subject of “tact”, that tact is being able to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they believe they will enjoy the trip – and I thought that was another funny and clever description for him to have come up with.

        We could do with another Winston Churchill and CS Lewis type during this day and age, but sadly there is nobody yet on the scene that heavy a hitter. Maybe enough repression and it will cause one to be created.

        • Rose says:

          Tom

          The unfortunate thing is that the British talent for deception was in right at the start of the current wave of anti-smoking. Thats why it’s so fascinating to go back right to the start and try to unravel what really happened.
          “Tangle within tangle, plot and counter-plot, ruse and treachery,”

          You have to admit that Sir George Godber was an absolute master of the art.

          1975
          “Sir George [Godber] surrounded himself with an all-North American group of section chairmen who huddled with him until the wee hours of adjournment morning to prepare conference recommendations. Something went awry, however, because the ‘recommendations’ turned out to be ‘conclusions’…….Sir George guessed between 150 and 200 [conclusions]. He declared them acceptable without debate, and forecast their appearance in the proceedings he thought might become available ‘likely sometime early next year’.

          Among the conclusions:
          – Research to find out if smoke harms nonsmokers;
          – “Elimination of smoking cigarettes”;
          – Include quit-smoking assistance in health insurance;
          – Create ‘a social environment in which smoking is unacceptable;
          – Ban all smoking in all schools;
          – Classify tobacco as addictive and smokers as drug-dependent;
          – Preempt 5% of tobacco sales revenues for antismoking ‘education’;
          – Raise tobacco prices enough to discourage sales;
          – Ban all forms of tobacco advertising and promotion;
          – Set up committees of sophisticated politicians and economists in every country to help pursue stated goals.”

          http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/kub2aa00/pdf

          Thank heavens that the Tobacco companies kept notes.

        • Tom says:

          “… Sir George guessed between 150 and 200 [conclusions]. He declared them acceptable without debate,…”

          And then he went on to list all the anti-smoker pogroms, including declaring SHS “harmful” and harassing smokers anyway they could as a result. He put the cart before the horse, declared the conclusion long before the machinery was put into place to manufacture his conclusions – the same way the Anti-Smoker Industry puts the outcome before the “study” and it is all fraudulent fake-science and in reality, social engineering.

          But here is the ironic part that seems to be lost on the Anti-Smoker Industry. The source of these documents is the same UCSF document library trying to use them to nail smokers to the cross – when in fact if they were to reveal these documents in their entirety, not just pick out select bits and sound-bites out of context – then their very same documents saved up would also prove – as you have done above – they are in fact liars and deceivers, from the get-go, with Godber’s historical exact documented words living proof – that the Anti-Smoker Industry is entirely built upon – a lie. And people like UCSF only continue the deception by “pick and choose” document research.

          Would be nice to see Godber and others at the root of anti-smoker social engineering be exposed in the MSM one day – a full page expose on the front of the Guardian for example, with blazing headlines, Anti-Smoking Based On A Lie.

          Then we’ll have gone full circle.

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