Brendan Cox : Statement following the tragic killing of his wife Jo—(Helen Joanne, Labour MP for Batley and Spen)
"Today is the beginning of a new chapter in our lives—more difficult, more painful, less joyful, less full of love. I and Jo's friends and family are going to work every moment of our lives to love and nurture our kids and to fight against the hate that killed Jo.
A horrific attack unfolded this week when Omar Mateen entered a nightclub in Orlando, Florida before allegedly opening fire killing 50 and injuring scores more. Mateen would eventually be gunned down himself by police.
At face value it appears to be another "extremist" attack—an extension of America’s ongoing "War on Terror." In reality Mateen is instead an extension of America's use of terrorism as a geopolitical tool to fight its enemies abroad and maintain paralyzing fear, division, and hysteria at home.
Yesterday, during an eight-hour car journey from Lancashire down to Dorset, I took the opportunity to listen to Mike Hopkins of Fight The Lies Radio talking about the issue of—and this is my title for it—'Conspiracy Theories and the Christian'. I'm glad I did; I enjoyed it very much, and Mike made a great travelling companion. Speaking much from his own experience, Mike makes many keen observations that I think people might find helpful. So, if you have time, give it a listen!
According to Premier, the Christian charity 'Festive' has confirmed that a UK college of further education has barred a Christian union from meeting on the grounds that it is "prohibited under the government's Prevent scheme." At the moment, there's very little information about this, so I can't say anything definite, but it certainly sounds alarming.
"At the moment you start trying to use the law against opinions then you are moving from a free society into an unfree society. Since the first Queen Elizabeth said, "I do not wish to make windows into men's souls", it's been our principal: You can be punished for what you do, you cannot be punished for what you think, and you can't be punished for what you say unless it is incitement to crime. And as long as you maintain that boundary you are a free country.
When I chatted with the "Nephilim Boys" for the New Year's Day episode of TMR, I thought that Flat Earth Theory couldn't last much longer—and I still suspect it hasn't got enough legs to run for more than a year or two (?)—but videos still seem to be coming out on YouTube at quite a rate. So, it's great to see another couple of good debunking videos from FiveRedPears—straightforward, simply presented and effective.
Our talented friend John Massaria of UniBrowStudioVision YouTube channel has done it again! This time he has turned his production skills to a video version of TMR 125, our interview with Tom Secker on the whole Edward Snowden phenomenon. So far, John has created part one, but part two is on its way. Thanks John for all the hard work you put into this! You're a star!
A highly-recommended conversation between Dan Dicks (of Press for Truth) and James Corbett (of The Corbett Report) on the infamous "28 Pages". What are they really? As the description puts it: "In this episode James and Dan discuss how the missing 28 pages of the 911 investigation is a limited hangout psyop that has been an ace up the sleeve for the perpetrators of 911 for the past 15 years."
Big Brother Watch has helpfully provided a series of PDF factsheets to summarise some of the key snooping powers which the current UK government is pushing for via its Investigatory Powers Bill (the so-called "Snoopers' Charter"). The Bill is currently making its way through Parliament and is continuing to be debated and amended. They want it to be law by the end of 2016. Here's an example of what's afoot:
Just about every major banker and finance minister in the world is meeting in Washington, DC, this week, following two rushed, secretive meetings of the Federal Reserve and another instantaneous and rare meeting between the Fed Chair and the president of the United States. These and other emergency bank meetings around the world cause one to wonder what is going down. Let’s start with a bullet list of the week’s big-bank events:
On this Easter Sunday we invite you to listen to a TMR interview from 2014 with one of the world's leading experts in Resurrection Studies. Dr. Gary Habermas, Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Theology at Liberty University, joined us for an in-depth discussion on the historical case for the Resurrection of Jesus from the Dead.
How might we persuade people of the truth of Jesus' Resurrection? Must we appeal only to the divine authority of Scripture and hope that people will agree? Not according to Dr. Habermas, who explains how his "minimal facts approach" (which relies only on historical data agreed by the vast majority of professional scholars in the field) bypasses such appeals to authority, and has the power to persuade - through logic and historical reasoning alone - that Jesus did in fact rise from the Dead.
Here's some good news that will certainly be music to the ears of one of our previous guests, Ole Anthony. According to Premier, and The Guardian (which has more on the story), a website called "Christian Prayer Center" in the US has been ordered to pay back millions of dollars to its customers. Apparently, they arranged for bogus (and even non-existent!) religious ministers to "pray" for those who sent money to the website—anywhere between $9 and $35 a go.