mesnipMy name is John Ward, and I am a 68 year old Brit living in France.

I was educated from 1953-1969 in a free education system that was, for much of that era, the envy of the world.

I studied History & Politics at Liverpool University, and social anthropology during a career in marketing communications research spanning thirty years. This extended education taught me that the vast majority of economists, politicians, civil servants, lawyers, accountants and business leaders prefer belief systems, process, numbers and money to the study of What People Need.

I live in France because I’m a francophile, I can’t afford (or find) the sort of life I’d like to lead in Britain any more, and the weather here is better while the booze is cheaper.

Like an estimated 25.6 million Britons and 128 million Americans, I don’t vote any more because I feel disenfranchised by leaders that look down on me – while I find it impossible to look up to them.

So I am far from being a lone nut.

I have been blogging in one form or another since 2003. In 2010 I founded The Slog, a site that has grown slowly but steadily to a situation where, six years later,  3.2 million readers have ever been here, 1.3 million people visited in 2015, and in an average month the content reaches 56,600 medium frequency regulars.

To date, The Slog has largely focused – outside of occasional Saturday Essays and the wonderings of At the End of the Day – on the symptoms of a world addicted to the rigidly bad science more commonly known as ideology.

That policy gets me high hits, because Homo sapiens is obsessed with tribalist news…and thus distracted from species analysis. However, The Slog not being “monetised”, I’m very happy to keep seeking out influential thinkers rather than meaningless numbers.

I don’t want this site to become a souce of chest-prodding didacticism: it is the isms that have turned our world into a mess. The level of humour will be maintained, and the focus on agendas behind the news will continue.

But day by day from here onwards, I will aim to link the events to the malady. News is only rarely random: most of it is created by the tiny minority of power-freaks and belief system priests who try to tell the rest of us what to do, say, and believe.

The only thing required for the 3% to triumph is for the 15-20% of intelligent, decent citizens to look the other way. I would like them instead to come here, and rethink their approach.

My philosophy is an update of Jeremy Bentham’s approach. I believe the purpose of government is to aim for the greatest fulfilment of the greatest number of its citizens.

John Ward, August 2016

182 thoughts on “About

  1. Irrespective of belief or otherwise in the benefits of the new High Speed Rail is there any further evidence / bollocks as to how the business case is constructed


  2. Don’t want to post a comment, would just like to get emails of your blog posts – like the look of your beliefs, came here via DT


  3. I’m curiously intrigued by the banner photograph.
    Very well designed.
    Only issue for me is that through some bizarre neuro-connections it makes me think of the poor old Dr David Kelly.
    Careful, John. Hopefully you have left a sealed envelope somewhere safe with your last missive in case you have visitors!


  4. You might want to consider using a WP plugin like Subscribe2 to allow subscriptions on a per post/weekly basis without having to leave a reply. I think you’d get quite a few subcribers quite quickly. Keep it up.


  5. I can’t say I agree with everything you write, but the bollocks you spout is more palatable than most. Agree with Cassandra – where can I subscribe?


  6. Very glad I found this site (Via DT) and have added to my Facebook

    Have subscribed to emails – can I suggest turning on RSS as well – more people should be reading this blog – a breath of fresh air



  7. 19th April 2011: For the life of me, I cannot discover any way to e-mail you! Just wanted to forward this article to you. It’s not precisely Murdoch-related, but interesting anyway.

    Keep up the good work!


  8. New to view, but like your intellectual orientation.
    May your thoughts lead us to a promised land of “Real”.


  9. Yes Derek, real would be good.

    I started scoping out a social tract two years ago, working title The Age of Escape. I had so many notes by the end, I realised the book would run to 2,500 pages.


  10. Swung by via the DT. Like your attitude, wish more people would question what the hell is going on then we might have more of a chance. J’habite aussi en France et ça me plaît beaucoup. C’est la galère en angleterre! Keep ranting.


  11. Found this Bog purely by chance when Browsing WordPress. I have spent a good afternoon reading your Posts. How refreshing ! From someone who looks at the Whole Picture and can think outside of the Box.
    Thank you for John Ward.


  12. Interesting. I find myself half in agreement, and half despairing. You seem to point the finger at the symptoms, such as out-of-control investment banking and money in politics and not the cause, which I believe is an unrecognised form of socialism that pervades and interferes with too many of our establishments, most especially the BBC. If the market were truly allowed to behave properly then such symptoms would not exist. You also mention you disapprove of TESCO which I cannot understand.

    One of the worst words used in politics today is the word “fair”. I will continue to read your blog as long as I am happy that you do not fall back on such nonsensical notions and you do not engage in the sort of rhetoric that the liberal left use when complaining about the very situations they themselves have created.


  13. Hi John
    Fantastic site and great thought provoking stuff – but whats happened to The Strauss Kahn Waltz ? Has she been dumped? Everybody wants to dance.


  14. An avid reader here too now. Your writing has been a rare ray of insight in the swamp that constitutes “news” nowadays. Looking forward to your views as the Greek tragedy unfolds.


  15. John , I found The Slog tagged on to a reply to the Telegraph . Thank You for a refreshing change of pace . Bob.


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  18. Dear John-brave and standing on foundations of yore , you provide a signal service to those genuinely curious about the world’s state of affairs and though bitterness maybe your reward for ‘keeping it real’ , true knowledge of the world is the cake you get to keep as well as eat-do go through http://www.globalresearch.ca -another bunch of brave souls refusing to buckle to the pervasive cynicism of an uncaring global elite.


  19. You ask the question “What’s it about?” It’s an easy one for me to answer, as I am a Christian, and Jesus Christ always said that the answer is Love. Love for your fellow human beings, that you aren’t even related to, or at least don’t seem to be, unless you remember that actually we all are thye same species so we are all really related to each other. Love is what keeps a man like you going, because you have a big heart as well as being very clever and you don’t like to see your fellow men tramped on. Thats what makes your blog so good.


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  21. John, I can’t remember how I discovered your blog, but I am so glad I did. I love it. Your performing an outstanding public service for everyone who believes the world has become dysfunctional and is run by egoist incompetents. And thank you for making clear for me the Eurozone mess.


  22. Thank you, John. I don’t know how I discovered The Slog but it’s since I bought a new computer in August. It’s my first and top Bookmark and I come here very day. Who needs the MSM when you can get the ‘real truth’ here!


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  24. I find I am agreeing with most of your “About” it must be a retirement thing as I retired last year, only major difference is I am a Socialist.
    I find I am spending a lot of time trawling the news and political sites and now I even started to leave comments on Twitter, mainly to relieve my own frustration.
    Keep it up.



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  30. been following you for a while, like what i read and enjoy your humourous insight. Some comment-makers are rude (and needlessly so) so i’m glad you’ve introduced “the foul twice and you’re out” rule.

    I’m looking forward to your new chapter regarding solutions to the current woes of the world. – bring it on!

    and cheers, for what you do


  31. John I know you will have researched the NWO thing, but nevertheless:
    “The Council on Foreign Relations, another member of the international complex, financed by the Rockefeller and Carnegie Foundations, overwhelmingly propagandizes the globalist concept. This organization became virtually an agency of the government when World War II broke out. The Rockefeller Foundation had started and financed certain studies known as The War and Peace Studies, manned largely by associates of the Council; the State Department, in due course, took these Studies over, retaining the major personnel which the Council on Foreign Relations had supplied.” –Rene A. Wormser, Chief Counsel to the Reece Committee

    “… the powers of financial capitalism had another far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent private meetings and conferences.” –Dr. Carroll Quigley, “Tragedy and Hope,” 1966

    “In the economic-technological field, some international cooperation has already been achieved, but further progress will require greater American sacrifices. More intensive efforts to shape a new world monetary structure will have to be undertaken, with some consequent risk to the present relatively favorable American position.” –Zbigniew Brzezinski, CFR member and founding member of the Trilateral Commission, and National Security Advisor to five presidents

    “The technotronic era involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled society. Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values. Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen and maintain up-to-date complete files containing even the most personal information about the citizen. These files will be subject to instantaneous retrieval by the authorities.” –Zbigniew Brzezinski http://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/argument_transcripts/10-1259.pdf

    “[There must be] some dilution of sovereignty, to the immediate disadvantage of those nations which now possess the preponderance of power … the establishment of a common money, might be vested in a body created by and responsible to the principal trading and investing people. This would deprive our government of exclusive control over a national money.” –John Foster Dulles, CFR founder, former Secretary of State, 1939


  32. Really pleased to have found this site. I’ll just add to the plaudits. You bring such a deal of clarity to a world that is rapidly becoming utterly incomprehensible for old folks like me. Thank you – and especially for the humour. I do so agree with your policy of banning abusive “contributions”. I’ll just reiterate what others have said: watch your back me old son – its a rough old world out there.



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  35. Excellent Work Mr Ward. I discovered your blog via the DT a couple of weeks ago. I’m in my 4th month of unemployment and The Slog along with learning Persian and the odd bit of rabbit shooting (for the pot) has proved to be just the tonic to keep the black dog at bay. I know you believe we would be better off outside of the EU,but with a national debt in the trillions, bugger all manufacturing and the Chinese stealing the majority of our innovations before they go into production. Is that a viable option? I’m not sure myself.



  36. JW I came across your blog whilst I was doing some research into the murder of a distant relative with a flat iron in the 1920’s. I very much appreciate your well researched and insightful analysis.
    Thank you for your efforts.


  37. Great blog John, expose them all for what they!
    A paradigm shift in thinking is required to remove the corrupt sleaze bags that pervade soceity. The challenge is too educate the masses in order to achieve it, we need more articulate bloggers like yourself. Spread the word people.


  38. Wasn’t sure where to post this, didn’t want to derail a thread, so here is the news: Megaupload was just closed. It’s pretty big…well actually enormous at roughly 4% of the entire internet. This will be a very interesting developing story, encompasses many issues of government over-reach, and sickeningly synchronistic with the largest ever online protest against SOPA yesterday.

    You probably have already seen this, but it is trending on reddit with about 2,500 comments in two hours:


  39. Always thought there were others like myself out there but have never managed to find them.Thankfully I stumbled upon your site via the Daily Telegraph. I feel like a member of the Maquis, hiding out, thinking about Martin Niemollers famous quotation. But wait a minute we’re British! It all seems overwhelming but the one thing we need to do is to fight back. Really fight back. The printed word is a beginning but what we desperately need is action to bulldose the mountain of crap before it completely engulfs us. Nigel Farage for PM perhaps.


  40. Hello John,
    When I read your personal intro I thought, ‘ Hang on there is a place where things are pretty much in order and a reasonable standard of living is possible. It’s called Die Schweiz’.
    But then, having a deep and long time relationship with same, I recovered some sanity, some may say cynicism, reread Candide for fun and A Time of Gifts by Leigh Fermor for a refresher course on what is forever lost when Europe closes in on war, and then visited longtime friends in Kanton Zuerich. All of whom comment upon the burgeoning influx of wealthy Germans and Russians eager to enjoy what is on offer. In a ‘pay to play’ country like Switzerland you need, depending upon the kanton, $ 750 K to get in, so clearly chump change to them, but a severe dent in personal resources for the rest outside, looking in. So I resolved to stay where I currently live and upgrade my security.

    This leaves me with personal responsibility and the need to protect myself, those near and dear to me, and to ensure my assets are real and readily convertible. Above all I contrive to present a picture of questioning modesty, and for that I find your blog to be the perfect antidote to the blizzard of uninformed pap emanating from spin doctored politicians and sinking ship Journalists.

    Count me in.



  42. I’ve seen you, and your link to this blog, on various DT blogs for some time.
    As a rule, I don’t follow links to new sites unless others I trust, on sites I trust, also put in a link.
    Soo – here I am … looking forward to some more bollocks destructions!



  43. Thank you.
    We all know its bollocks, we just lack the time to find the evidence, your ability to deconstruct it or your eloquence to explain it to others.

    Just keep doing what you are doing.

    Thank you again.


  44. Thanks for this Blog John I have been an avid reader for about six months.

    I was a little dissapointed to find that you could not continue the discourse regarding Asian Paedophiles. As a Christian I find it hard to take that the Catholic Church is villified for allowing paedophiles amongst priests as it should be but we cannot even talk about the problem in Muslim men. A few years ago I was defrauded by a gentleman in business, and I had proof of such. I went to the police but they were unwilling to take action. When I and others posted on a forum to warn others about his activities the blog admin had to take the posts down because he was threatened with libel. What has happened to this country that you cannot tell the truth.


  45. Dear Mr. Ward, in your post “REVEALED: Angela Merkel – Rigid
    serial conformist….. …and ruthless career technocrat”, you wrote about Angela Merkels husband Jochaim Sauer. In this context you mentioned a “Washington source”. I am a german journalist an author and research on this topic. Can you tell me: Do you know the source? Can I get in contact with him or her? Do you know anything else about Sauer?
    Hoping for a responce, Günther Lachmann


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  47. I’m a visitor from Taiwan and I’m really amazed and interested in the materials you put in the slog. Just so you know that I appreciate your work and thank you very much.


  48. Ye Gods — you sound more like me than I do! Thank heavens I’m not the only cuckoo in the clutch …

    Just found you, now to read more. Good luck!


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  50. I had the good fortune to stumble onto your blog by virtue of a link in The Telegraph to your take on the latest charade in Brussels. I find your writing style and analyses first-rate and appreciate what you do to lift the B.S. clouds thrown over the truth by the pols and bureaucrats in EU-land. This Yank is grateful for true journalists like you on Britain! We are in short supply.


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  52. Wow, what an excellent commentary in the about section…
    I especially like the policy of allowing posts to remain if reasonable. I’m exhausted at trying to post support for methanol on energy blogs in the USA which never appear, and only conflict with the blogger’s biased views. On the global financial structuring game plan, I often wondered where I could find the information that few could access…let alone be able to use to predict future events with a reasonable degree of certainty. Thank you John…I think I found my home. I would love to see you add in global energy and it’s impact on the future financial banker road map of our world.

    Also, do you see any credibility in the Youtube video entitled, “$15,OOO,OOO,OOO,OOO FRAUD EXPOSED in UK House of Lords”?

    Is there an investigation story there, or a rabbit trail going nowhere?


  53. Very intriguing and intelligent writings Mr. Ward. I’m brand-new to your Slog am looking forward to more precision reporting.


  54. Dear Mr. Ward,

    your articles are indeed enlightening with respect to what has been going on here in Greece. In fact most Greeks are now both psychologically and materially, preparing for the big bang.
    The majority of Greeks are convinced that this has long been an assasination plot of our country, and that it appears pretty much clear now that superior geostrategic interests are lining up .
    My personal estimate of these developments – and only recently expressed by a significant number of opinion leaders in Greece – is that the whole story is going to end up so very ugly; and by ugly I mean war with neighbouring Turkey !!!! this is a conclusion that takes into account many different variables but still a very rational one !
    I assume that you perfectly well understand how serious that is for British interests among others; and what sort of a mess can emerge for the stability in the western world out of all this !!
    Let’s hope I am wrong
    Panos P.


  55. Dear John,
    love your work and your blog for its unique insights, writing style and a good measure of fine british humour. Please do keep it up & never stop the rants – they are so refreshing to read. It helps me a lot to understand and cope with the nonsense all around us!
    kind regards from Germany,


  56. being American and speaking a much limited form of English I’m afraid the concept of bollocks is lost on me. Does it simply mean ‘lies’?


  57. John please keep publishing the Greek tragedies. People need to hear what most Greeks already know about the graft and corruption and where it stems from. The Greeks have a saying, ‘A fish starts rotting from the head down.’

    Many here seem to agree that age brings us the time and wisdom to appreciate blogs such as yours. May you enjoy many more years and followers.


  58. removed legally and without violence ? unfortunately , this would never happen.
    it is an impossibility, the history must have taught us a few lessons by now!


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  62. brilliant! just came across The Slog. heartening to find out that there are more like-minded individuals out there.


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  64. John,
    I have been following your blog for nearly 2 years. Though I would have loved to contribute more I am just too deprived to do so.
    Family & earning a crust is what I do. Current state of affairs rob me of any energy.
    What you do is a public service and a voice of reason. I am so happy that there is an empathic and considerate soul out there!!!
    Ironically you do have a mission though you may have not realised. The mission to awake our sense for event deconstruction. By been a bit factual and a bit opinionated you have managed on many occasions to foresee chain of events.
    Now need to mutualise that further;
    Within corporations, financial institutions, government functions, educational & medical establishments etc.
    We have to be legal & respectful. They are abusing the very laws they tell us to abide. Let that be tracked, recorded, registered & advertised. In this way I hope we can build a better & human oriented future for us & future generations
    Man is the measure of everything !!!

    John you are a hero & a tremendously insightful character. Teach us your craft.
    Let it grow.
    My gratitude for all you stand and are sir !!!
    Keep it up … We are catching up slowly as you leading the way ;-)


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  68. Well, Johnny Ward, what a find! Had a reunion on Saturday night with some old school friends and received an update from Jasper on his heretical findings on global warming. I googled this morning to remind myself what our old friend Lol McGinty had been saying on the subject (he couldn’t make the evening) and came across your blog. Your comments resonate so much with our evening’s conversations – including Sue Hall’s (now Palmer) rants about our failing society. You are yet another example of the strong minds produced by that time and place. More power to your elbow – am following when my wage slave programme permits.


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  82. excellent site. i am a frequent visitor and have shared the site and contents with many of my awakening friends.


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  84. Meh…Tim Worstall does the whole bollocks deconstruction thing a lot better. (http://timworstall.com/). (And no, I’m not Tim Worstall.).

    In the memorable words of Monty Python: JW is NOT the messiah! He’s just a grumpy old man with too much time on his hands.


  85. If you come to the comment threads on my blog – WHICH I OWN SO I’M IN CHARGE – to correct my factual errors or expose me as a socialist, you will be censored banned. Banning folks for such things is not censorship, it’s culling. I know that’s true because I just made it up. Remember, I’m an old ad-man and I know all there is to know about wrapping up shit and selling it on as a bunch of roses. Dispute my dodgy and incomprehensible “facts” with real provable facts of your own or solid logical opinions, or disagree with my naive assessment of complex global affairs, and you will not get a hearing if I’m in one of my bloated-ego moods, which is most of the time nowadays. Expose me for not really knowing WTF I’m talking about and not having a clue about politics, geo-politics or any other politics, let alone football, and I will hit the spam button straight away. Chips cost extra.

    The Slog is meant to be a site where reasonable, civilised people can coalesce around MY opinions, agree with MY assessments of events and point up MY tissue of blatant lefty lies, notwithstanding the latent dissembling that I am fed 24/7 by people of all right-wing politicals, civil servants, implicated MSM titles, bankers, multinational headcases, right-wing zealots and anybody who believes in globalisation and the 13th Imam. Also from MY secret sources. Socialist fluffies always tell the truth. I know that too because I am a champagne socialist and among the richest 10% in Britain. Beat that.

    It is a site looking for new lefty ideas, especially Radical Realism and old prejudices (of which I have plenty), bitter resentment (that too), rude insults (those too and I don’t charge) and unfounded allegations against anybody who disagrees with my opinions. Anyone who marrs the overall concealed Progressive Lefty ‘feel’ will disappear very quickly. The spam button. Chips cost extra.

    Remember this and you will probably avoid being censored banned: SYCOPHANTS and YIP-YIP-YIP YES-MEN ARE WELCOME HERE.
    Anybody who has opinions which differ from mine better watch out. Doggy biscuits are in good supply now that coco has been put to sleep.

    Thank you.


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  88. I agree with you on almost all of this.

    One thing you must be aware of is that there are venture capitalists and ‘venture capitalists’.

    Venture capitalism is an honorable way to fund early-stage risky businesses (no, not Tom Cruise’s teenage whorehouse) which will not produce profits for a few years to repay loans but, if they are successful, create more than 10 times the investment for the VC fund. Because many of these ventures fail and the VCs lose all their money, they need to charge a high overall cost of capital and get a very good return on their winners. Commercialisation of university research often needs VC funding, notably in life sciences where you may need to spend £100m upfront to bring products to market.

    ‘Private Equity’ is a somewhat different beast. Manchester Utd is perhaps the classic ‘wrong’ case of VC funding. Man Utd was a highly profitable, organically growing business whose sole reason for listing on the stock market was Martin Edwards wanting to liquidate his investment and being too lazy to find a good trade sale buyer. That led the club to be open to ‘corporate raiders’, namely the luverly Glazer Boys. Let us be clear, they did not have the money to buy the club, they mortgaged their other assets to raise the initial cash, then dumped their mortgage onto the club. In other words, they got the supporters to pay to buy the club that was debt-free upon purchase. Don’t get me wrong, the Glazers have driven the business globally very well, but they could have done that without loading £500m+ of debt service repayments onto the club. They could have done a JV with the Club for commercial development and generated a lot of cash toward buying the club outright. Then the supporters wouldn’t have been fleeced.

    There are good venture capitalists and right crooks too.

    All in all, you don’t usually find a homogeneous bunch anywhere.


  89. Well said…Bravo! Your points on the EU are spot on – I would just like to elaborate a bit on the FED-backed ECB which is orchestrating this depression as we speak while controlling lackey politicians in both the States and EU.

    The Common Market was created in the 1950’s as just that: a trade association, but somehow the name EU or European Union slipped in along the way! It was never intended to be a monetary union or an open border situation as it is now. I would wager that private banking in the form of the FED-backed ECB has been the major player in this “false union” which only benefits the bankers with their “thin air” fractional reserve lending policies that are orchestrating this depression.

    Private Banking is having a good laugh that we are fighting amongst ourselves as to who is Liberal and who is Conservative! The same thing is happening in the States as to who is Democrat or who is Republican – when the real problem is staring us in the face. Private banking is printing the world’s currencies and controlling the money supply – this depression is being orchestrated just like the FED orchestrated “The Great Depression” of 1929-40.

    The trouble though is that none of the EU nations, including Britain, have been given a fair paper-ballot referendum as to whether they want to stay in the EU or not. That says to me that the FED-backed ECB and their lackeys in Brussels are afraid of what the answer would be. The EU was started in the 50’s as a platform for economic cooperation between the various states – not as a monetary union or an open-border situation as it is now. We see now that both of these changes to the original platform have gotten out of hand with the beaurocrats in Brussels.

    The monetary union has led to a credit squeeze and austerity that has allowed private banking to control entire sovereign nations and buy up their assets for pennies. The open border situation has allowed multinationals and drug /white slave cartels/gangs to import cheap impoverished labor and huge quantities of drugs into Europe. Nations need to withdraw this power from Brussels and restructure it as a trade association only as it was originally intended to be.

    Since everything anyway is based on “fractional reserve lending” or “thin air” debt, then why are interest rates up and money tight in both America and Europe? This is the cause of the economic crisis – not because some Greek or Spanish café owner didn’t give out a receipt to a customer! The FED did it in 1929 to cause the Great Depression: raise interest rates and tighten the money supply just when they should be doing the opposite according to Keynes to get out of this slump. Private banking is orchestrating this depression and it is getting worse and worse every day leading to more nations slowly falling under their total control.

    It is ironic that Greece and Spain are the first victims of this multi-headed Hydra from Greek Mythology composed of the IMF, the FED, the ECB, the NCBs, and others! Even Hercules would have a hard time with this one as there are too many heads working in concert this time to enslave the world in debt. Whenever nations or empires printed or coined their own money that was debt and interest free the world prospered. The Romans with their bronze coins, England with her Tally Sticks, and Lincoln with his “Greenback Dollars” printed directly by the US Treasury. Many would argue that money would be worthless if we cut out private banking to print our money, but just the opposite would happen. If a country can issue a debt-laden interest bearing bond on good faith to a private bank to print its money, it can also issue a debt free paper legal tender note to the public directly!

    Bismarck cried when they shot Lincoln because he knew that the banks had won!


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  93. John Ward – thank you thank you thank you. Your Slog is brilliant and a real eye opener to a wage slave who knows we are being led up the garden path. May you deconstruct bollocks for many years to come.


  94. Fantastic blog! Thank you for continuing the truth searching. I’m grateful to finally be reading no nonsense insightful information without a lizard in sight. Please keep this up, it’s very much appreciated.


  95. ” If the market were truly allowed to behave properly then such symptoms would not exist.”

    Utter crap. Markets are dynamic and change every second. They are inherently unstable and in a constant state of flux. The ONLY reason for putting up with them is that they guarantee political ‘freedom’; they clearly don’t do this. Try and read beyond Economics 101


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  100. John, Great blog!

    FALSE FLAG: a fact-based narrative w/fictional characters about the 9/11 cover-up

    Can serious-minded fiction play a role in creating a better understanding of critical contemporary social/political issues like 9/11? Is there a body of 9/11-related fiction? This seems to me a subject worthy of editorial inquiry.

    Thanks to the Internet and an increasing number of enterprising and courageous individuals, the information now available on a 9/11 cover-up is voluminous and convincing. But my perception is that Americans’ understanding of this wealth of evidence, or willingness even to consider it, is a small fraction of what it could and needs to be in a nation requiring “eternal vigilance” by a responsible citizenry to remain free. The choir is being preached to with brilliance and passion, but it’s time to enlarge the congregation. Exponentially.

    All this evidential intelligence needs to be presented in such a way that it permeates the cultural equivalent of the blood-brain barrier. How can we bypass that impregnable human defense system known as denial? Story-telling, fiction, is certainly one way. As I state at the end of my novella False Flag, “Although its central characters are fictional, the story you have just read is based on the tragedy we all know so well – or, more correctly for many of us, not so well.”

    Following is a link to my investigative narrative w/fictional characters which draws heavily on two primary sources to tell the story of a 9/11 cover-up. One is the brilliant “Miracles” essay by David Ray Griffin, who read my screenplay, from which this version of the story is adapted, and provided additional invaluable feedback. The other is the heavily researched and footnoted 2-part essay by E.P. Heidner which “ties together many previously unexplained threads in the 9/11 mystery that are most compelling,” in the words of Fred Burks, on whose website wanttoknow.info the essay appeared. Having received much positive feedback as well as suggestions for further research, I’ve also recently added fact-based scenes exploring the possibility that 9/11 was a nuclear attack.

    Synopsis: FRANK lost his 26-year-old daughter LISA. ANNA lost her husband ARTURO, a cook anticipating promotion to sous-chef at Windows on the World. ANITA’s husband ALEX was one of 658 employees of Cantor Fitzgerald who lost their lives in the controlled demolition of the Twin Towers. Through the eyes and the stories of these and other fictional characters, we gain new compassion for the victims, and new perspective on the events, of 9/11.

    I hope that you or someone on your editorial staff will take a moment to glance at this. If it has the narrative drive intended – and previous readers assure me that it does – that glance could well become a read which, with your favorable mention, could help bring additional clarity and comprehension to a global crisis.

    (Note that the ms. has a Creative Commons license giving anyone the right to download and share it with others for free.)

    Dick Croy


  101. New lay out is hard to read. Don’t know what is is about the typeset. The font is really annoying. Or is it the fact that you’re really annoyed, hence the font.


  102. Interesting to see you reckon that you “deconstruct bollocks uttered by the pompous” and think that people who “deny reality” should be removed from power. You claim to be an investigative journalist who uses hard data, and humour. You’d like to stop “arrogance based on ignorance”. None of this fits with your dismissal of first hand experience and suggestions of reliable websites where you could easily begin to check your story. I also dislike bollocks and denial of reality which is why I wrote to you with first hand knowledge, only to be told to “go away”!


  103. How does one register for your site? I came via the DT site where, especialy woth the looming 15 month electoral campaign coming, I have now grown tired of indulging my almost compulsive tendencies of winding up the readership. The only reason I was doing this was due to how consensual and mediocre the Guardian’s CiF was and how it so easily distracted me from my own writing. Keep up the good work. Very intersting and refreshing views here.


  104. Im a 31 year old Irish male who stumbled across an article you wrote on Ched Evans case which peaked my interest due to his case bring reviewed. I have no real care for the outcome nor any of the parties involved, as serious as it is, but I just felt compelled, as someone who would haved loved to pursue a career in journalism, how much I enjoyed how you wrote/ write and im looking forward to reading some more of your stuff.


  105. Just caught up on some postings and saw switch notice to no comments.
    Fair do’s, I don’t know how you could keep up with all the admin anyway, but pity all the same.
    I would be interested to see what you would write in a post about how the word will get spread. I can’t imagine re-tweeting is the real medium de nos jours.
    Best regards, excellent work


  106. Hi, John, I keep getting your emails and can’t but marvel at the wit and ‘eloquence’ with which you string words and thoughts together. I was amused to see your pic replaced and in particular the PS, after you didn’t really update the Pedofile. I instead have become not only the whistleblower of the http://www.whistleblowerkids.uk but am also hounded by the UK authorities and just wondered why you didn’t keep the pedofile more up-to-date. Do you feel you’ve accomplished your mission?


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  108. have I been blocked?
    Of course your privilege, but don’t know what I’ve done other than to change my email address when I closed a BT broadband account. (but I might have said something about Microsoft / Windows I suppose)


  109. Read your RSS feed daily. While in many ways it’s too easy to sit outside and have a go at those inside, I do like the way you do it and find I agree with you more each day. I, too, have opted out. Retired 20 years ago and lived now in mainland Europe for 14 years – in a narrowboat. – currently in south-west France. Perhaps a natter over a glass of Minerois is called for!


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