They’ve conspired to do it

I don’t do lists at the end of the year.  You know the thing, ten best books of the year, ten best songs, ten best films etc. You know what’s coming don’t you?  Yes, a but, but if I did, one book that I read this year that would be on the list is David Aaronovitch’s Voodoo Histories.  It convincingly investigated a number of conspiracy theories like the death of Marylin, JFK, Diana, and the events of 9/11 among others and showed them to be junk.  Well this week he would have more material, almost half a books worth in one go.

The first relates to the arrest in the UK of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.  This has led to allegations that the person accusing Assange of rape has ties to the CIA and that his arrest in London is a CIA plot.  This is of course utter nonsense.  The genesis of this story is shown on Harry’s Place, at Reason, and a complete repudiation of it is also in Salon.   I must say that I am surprised that people like Naomi Wolff are standing up and ridiculing a country where more women are likely to report the crime of rape.

Then there are the shark attacks in the red sea off Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt which most recently saw a German tourist killed.  The Egyptian government is investigating what has led to a spate of shark attacks in the area.  Governor Mohamed Abdel Fadil Shousha claimed that the shark attack could have been part of a secret plan by Mossad to harm Egyptian tourism.  “What is being said about the Mossad throwing the deadly shark (in the sea) to hit tourism in Egypt is not out of the question, but it needs time to confirm,” Shousha was quoted as saying by state news site, according to Reuters. The Israeli government went so far as to deny the shark attacks were instigated by the Israeli secret service Mossad, here,  You would have thought people would be more concerned about the recent fraudulent elections in Egypt and the prospect for a decent Presidential election next year.  Still JAWS – JEWS, it’s an easy mistake to make.

Finally.  News was published yesterday that former UK Prime Minster, Tony Blair is to recalled by the Iraq inquiry to be asked further questions in the New Year.  Well that’s the Iraq conspiracy nutters kept busy over the holiday period.

UPDATE: Reading the Keef autobiography and enjoying it a lot.  Tonight I read the following:

“but “Jumping Jack Flash” has nothing to do with heroin.  The myths go deep though.  Whatever you write, somebody is going to interpret it in sone other way, see codes burried in the lyrics.  That’s why you have conspiracy theories.  Somebody croaked.  Oh my G-d!  Who they going to blame this one on?  When the guy just keeled over!  The lifeblood of good conspiracies is that you’ll never find out; the lack of evidence keeps them fresh.”

© Keith Richards, Life (Weidenfeld & Nicholson 2010)

Le Cantique de Noël

That’s enough conspiracy.  The latest Christmas is just released by those Röyskopp boys and is available free to download from the website.  Its their take on what they describe as the ‘old school’ Le Cantique de Noël.  Enjoy.

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