The Turnout 2 – On Homeopathy, with Michael Marsh

5AgJv6Fn_400x400For the 2nd episode of The Turnout I spoke with journalist Michael Marshall of The Good Thinking Society (as well as the Be Reasonable podcast and others).

Michael was the man behind the 10:23 campaign  which was a …

mass overdose of homeopathy outside branches of Boots UK in several major cities throughout the country, to publicly demonstrate the inefficacy of homeopathic products and protest against their sale.

I asked Michael about the history of homeopathy and what it actually is, or indeed isn’t. I also asked him about it’s availability on the NHS in various parts of the country and what should be done about it.

We also got on to some of the wider dangers of “medicines” that are not based on any solid science.

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Scotland’s Missing Histories – Episode 3 – The 45 (with Maggie Craig)

mcbrolly1forwebsiteWhat do you know about the 45? Not the 45% of people who voted yes, I mean the events of 1745.

We’ve almost been conditioned to believe that a gang of highlanders/catholics (referred to as Bare-arsed Banditti) were led on a fools’ errand by an effete Italian buffoon and that the whole thing ended  in a sort of Scottish civil war at Culloden.

As happens so often in history, the well-worn narrative that we all know doesn’t really get to the heart of the matter.

51ipLr4QmtL._AC_UL320_SR194,320_.jpgTo get a better picture of the events of 1745 I spoke with Maggie Craig, who is the author of two books on the subject. Firstly she wrote Damn Rebel Bitches, about the women of the 45, and then she followed that up with Bare-arsed Banditti, about the men of the 45.

I think after this half hour you’ll have changed your views on those events.

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Saturday Matinee 39 -In The King of Prussia, The Trial of the Plowshares 8

Father Berrigan once said he had been arrested more times than he remembers, but fewer times than he should have.

I’m not a religious man but since Daniel Berrigan passed away a couple of weeks ago, I have wanted to put something with him up on the site.

The only priest ever to get on the FBI’s most wanted list, and founding member of the plowshares movement, his is a life well worth looking at.

This film/documentary recreates the trial of a group of plowshares activists.

They trespassed onto the General Electric nuclear missile facility in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, where they damaged nuclear warhead nose cones and poured blood onto documents and files. They were arrested and charged with over ten different felony and misdemeanor counts.

Martin Sheen plays the judge, who doesn’t come across well, and the activists play themselves.

An interesting note about the film is that the director originally did not want to be involved as he did not share the religious beliefs of the activists but was eventually convinced to make it.

There are image problems and there are image problems…

Formula one people seem to think that the major problem people have with their sport is that sometimes there isn’t enough overtaking.

It may however be that having people like Max Mosley and Bernie Ecclestone involved has something to do with it.

Here is Ecclestone’s recent outburst...


And just in case you had forgotten about it, here is a link to the story of the Ecclestone affair.

Discrimination in Action

TV news makes many sins of omission and other propaganda techniques are in there.

However, you often find much more propaganda, lifestyle propaganda, in other programs on TV.

This lifestyle propaganda is all about showing people what those that control the TV output believe to be acceptable behaviour.

Here we have a truly stunning example, with 4 adults ganging up to bully a 16 year old girl, and her father, who is watching, seems to be happy about it.