Monday, 5 November 2018

We the Living by Ayn Rand

A HPANWO book review.
Ayn Rand wrote three full-length novels during her life and I've read them in reverse order to when she wrote them. I started with Atlas Shrugged, see:, then The Fountainhead, see:; and now I've finished with her debut novel We the Living. The book hit the shelves in the USA in 1936 after Ayn Rand struggled for three years to find a publisher. At the time she was a penniless Russian immigrant living with her American relatives and, despite her phenomenal intelligence, she had yet to master the English language. The book is fictional and not an autobiography, but it is set in the world she lived in when she was about the same age, in her late teens, as the book's pivotal protagonist, Kira Argounova. Kira is named after a character in a story Rand loved, a man called Cyrus who was a heroic English adventurer and explorer in Africa, a person similar to H. Rider Haggard's Allan Quartermain. Kira is spirited, ambitious, individualist and solitary. She is a brilliant science student at college and longs to be an engineer. Unlike the characters in Rand's other books, such as Howard Roark and Hank Reardon, her professional interest is not explored in detail. There is only one scene about it in which Kira is staring in fascination at a building site. The problem is that Kira is living in a society that despises her qualities. Her home is the city of St Petersburg in 1922, in those days called Petrograd. The Russian Civil War has just ended and the country is devastated. Her father used to run a textile mill, but it has been appropriated and nationalized by the emergent Soviet Union. The same thing happened to the author's father, except with her father it was his chemists shop. Her family have to move into a house with several other families. Luckily Kira's aunt lives nearby with her family. The family is split over politics with Kira's two cousins taking opposite views when it comes to socialism. Their father, her uncle, used to be a furrier and he is a staunch anti-Soviet "white". This leads to the family falling apart, especially when one cousin is sent to a prison camp in Siberia and her husband is sent to a separate one. Their parting is an incredibly poignant scene. The other cousin, the pro-socialist one, refuses to try and overturn the decision to incarcerate them separately. Things are little better for Kira's side of the family. Like almost everybody else in Petrograd, they are extremely poor. There is very little to eat and the staple diet is sunflower seeds, so much so that the shells fill the gutters of the street. All their heat comes from a small mass-produced firebox known as a "bourgeousie" and the only cooking appliance is a portable gas stove called a "perigas". The electricity supply is intermittent and most people don't have it. They also eat millet and linseed oil. Luxury items like makeup and nice clothes are almost unheard of and are coveted fiercely on the rare occasions they are smuggled into Russia. Kira's aunt dies of tuberculosis. Rand describes the cold winter days and nights in the city in great detail. The pavements are covered by wooden blocks. Homeless people freezing, prostitutes on every corner, open fires at every crossroads to try and keep people warm. Things go from bad to worse when Kira ends up in a terrible love-triangle. She meets a handsome young fugitive called Leo and they fall in love. They are both treated very badly by the socialist government because of their pre-revolutionary upper-class backgrounds. Not being "noble proletarians" they are expelled from college. Kira ends up working as a tour guide. Leo is stuck down by tuberculosis and Kira, desperate to get him treatment, manipulates a man called Andrei, an admirer of hers from college, to pay for the treatment. Andrei loves her and she pretends to love him so she can siphon off money to Leo's doctor. However when Leo has recovered, he comes home from hospital a changed man, miserable and nihilistic. He joins a gang of criminals running a smuggling and black market business. When Andrei finds out what has happened he commits suicide. He is buried with pomp and ceremony as a Soviet hero, but it's all a sham with mourners just going through the motions. Only Kira truly grieves for him. After the funeral she then is confronted by Leo announcing that he is leaving her to live with one of the members of his gang, a deceitful and greedy old woman, who interestingly is also a theosophist, a follower of Helena Blavatsky. He knows he means nothing to her and will be just a kept gigolo, but he doesn't care because he is so full of depression and self-loathing. Kira then tries to break out of Russia, but is shot by a border guard. She does not die straight away and carries on walking and then crawling through the snowy landscape at night until she succumbs to her injury. It's a very moving final scene.

We the living is very different to Ayn Rand's other two later novels. To begin with it is much shorter, probably less than a quarter of the length of Atlas Shrugged. It is also a tragedy, very dark and pessimistic, while the other two are triumphal and confident. This must come from Rand's own experience as a Russian exile, her memories of her family's suffering and her passionate opposition to collectivism. On the other hand, Kira's fate could be interpreted as a hymn to the human spirit. She died because she could not bear to live a false and zombified life in a society that hated who she truly was. Her family all ended up surrendering and complying; Kira refused. This explains the title; who really is dead and who is really alive? Her family may well have enjoyed physical existences far longer than Kira's, but these existences were devoid of their true selves, and so were not real lives. So maybe it was the other characters who were in fact killed and Kira who truly lived. Interestingly the book's Italian translation was promoted by Benito Mussolini and the first film adaptation was made in Italy without rights, until somebody pointed out that the book is not just anti-socialist; it is also anti-fascist. After that it was banned and the film only survived on bootlegged reels. Rand herself adapted the story into a play. Like Rand's other books we see a very well-developed and intimately described array of the most hateful antagonists. Nobody can make bad guys like Ayn Rand. There are the Communist Party loyalists like the pompous and corrupt Pavel Syerov and his bombastic and obnoxious wife "Comrade Sonia" who was also a bully at Kira's college. There is Morosov, the weak and stupid gang-leader who flatters and bootlicks his feet under the tables of the Party elite to hawk them black market goods. Rand spends a whole paragraph describing his ugly face with its weird shaped nostrils. We the Living is reminiscent of George Orwell in several ways. The difference between people's real lives, thoughts and feelings and those they are supposed to have as dictated by the Soviet state. We see this especially at Andrei's funeral. Some aspects remind me of Animal Farm, particularly the descriptions of the Communist Party leaders. They are decadent, self-indulgent, hedonistic and wasteful. The ruling classes are surprisingly similar in their behaviour and outlook regardless of whether the state is socialist or capitalist. The difference is that the socialists are hypocrites because the preach compassion and equality. At one point Kira asks Andrei outright: "Where do they get all the opera tickets, that champagne and caviar?" This is when the average Russian in the street is feeling their family with sunflower seeds. Russia is a nation of extremes, as much today as it was when We the Living was set. Now, almost a century after the fictional characters of the book suffered and died, Russia is entering an era of great opportunity and has grown into a powerful force for good in the world. This can be seen in the Ringing Cedars of Russia books, see: and the way President Putin has resisted the dictate of his globalist lords and masters, for example see: During both the early and late decades of the twentieth century, there were two major attempts to harness the world's biggest country to the agenda of the Deep State and both failed. It began with the murder of Grigori Rasputin and the Bolshevik Revolution, see the background links below, and ended with the fall of the USSR and the attempt to turn Russia into a cardboard cut-out Illuminati-occupied Western social democratic republic. Russia would have been in the European Union by now if things had gone to plan. Today the Russian bear is refusing to be tamed and this has resulted in a massive backlash, see: Ayn Rand did not live to see most of this process take place and indeed, she never truly understood the forces that were manipulating her country of origin. However We the Living is an interesting and heartrending insight into the painful shadows of her early life.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016


Apologies for not having written a HPANWO main site article for so long, over a year now in fact. The reason for this is I didn't have time while writing my new novel, see: The concept of the messiah is one of these universal ideas which appear in different forms across the human world. It is so widespread it is virtually an endemic archetype. The best known and most literal manifestation of the messiah is found in Judaism. The word messiah comes from the Hebrew and means "the anointed one". It refers to a person of royal lineage, ie: descended from King David and King Solomon, who has the holiness and power to unite the tribes of Israel and bring about a new age of universal peace, love and prosperity. This age will only come about after a period of extreme hardship and spiralling destruction known as the eschaton, which will end with the crowning of the messiah as the king of the Jews. The future paradise is described in captivating detail in the Book of Isaiah: "They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; no nation will raise arms against another nation and they will no longer study warfare." (Isaiah 2:4) "The lion shall lie down with the lamb, the wolf shall lie down with the goat, the calf and the fox and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the cow. The infant will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child put his hand into the viper's nest. They will neither harm nor destroy on my entire holy mountain, for the earth will be as full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters covering the sea." (Isaiah 11:6-9). Some Jewish traditions date the arrival of the Messianic Age as 6000 years after Creation; that's 2240 in the Gregorian calendar, still over two hundred years to wait. However the Christian vision of the eschaton is more nebulous; it is described in the disturbing abstract imagery of the Book of Revelations, the final chapter of the New Testament. However, there's a catch; we are not told when the Messianic Age will begin. It could happen tomorrow, or in ten thousand years' time. "But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father." (Mark 13:32) The Christian idea of the messiah is developed from the Jewish one, but is different in several ways. Jesus Christ is a messianic king of sorts; in fact Christ means "anointed" in Greek; however he is more than a worldly king, he is the Son of God. Christians differ from Jews because they believe that the prophesies of the Old Testament were fulfilled in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jews are still waiting for their messiah to this day when Christians believe he arrived two thousand years ago and the Jews failed to accept him for who he was. The result of this is one of the most dynamic concepts in theology, the Second Coming. This belief in universal among Christians and is included at the end of the Nicene Creed: "He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. ... We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come." The return of Jesus will by synchronous with a time known as the rapture, which is similar to the Jewish eschaton. Despite what Jesus says in Mark's Gospel, many people believe they have correctly predicted the rapture, very often from studying the Bible in intricate detail, even to the point where the text is broken down and scanned for secret codes. This practice has been going on since the very dawn of Christianity and barely a decade has passed since then which does not contain a date predicted by some new prophet or other as the day of Armageddon. The most recent example was the American evangelist Harold Camping who assured us that the rapture would begin on the 21st of May 2011. I don't doubt some other preacher will very soon foresee another day in the near future. The obsession with the rapture is most common in the United States of America, but can be found all over the Christian world. The popular structure of the "end times" is inspired by the Book of Revelations and has heavily influenced American culture; I'll be saying more about that below. Islam also has a rich messianic mythology that is even more complex than the Christian one. The Holy Quran cites Jesus as the penultimate prophet before Mohammed, the final and greatest Muslim prophet. They call Jesus Isa-ibn-Maryam and he will also play a crucial role in the end times. Muslims believe in the Second Coming but only after the arrival of the Mahdi, the final imam and redeemer of Islam. The Mahdi and Jesus, in his second incarnation, will have to battle the antichrist, known as Masiah ad-Dajjal, literally the "false messiah". When the Day of Judgement comes and the dead rise from their graves, according to the Abu Dawad Hadith: "Jesus will fight for the cause of Islam. He will break the cross, kill the swine, and put an end to war. God will perish all religions except Islam. Jesus will destroy the antichrist, who will live on the earth for forty days and then he will die. The Muslims will pray behind him." What a nasty shock that will be for Pastor Terry Jones.

The messiah meme has spread way beyond the three Abrahamic religions. In their own way, most other faiths have the concept of a saviour who will act as a revolutionary force that will demolish an old epoch and usher in a new one. Krishna is said to be the son of Vishnu in the Hindu tradition who appears as a worldwide avatar at the end of the Kali yuga, the present era, and battles the dark forces until the great upheaval has brought about the dawning of a new and happier world. People of the entire world, whatever their faith, will look to Krishna as their lord and saviour. The Buddha is destined to return after he first achieved enlightenment in the 5th century BC. His new incarnation is known as Maitreya. However Buddhists, along with Hindus, don't believe in a single eternity, only the endless turning over of cycles of ages. Therefore in every kalpa, the largest cycle which includes all the medium sized and smaller ages, there are said to be a thousand Buddhas. That sounds like an abundance, however a kalpa is at least 4.32 billion years long. So if the last Buddha came along as Prince Gautama in 500 BC and if their occurrence is regular, we have over four million years to wait for Maitreya. It could be worse; there are extended kalpa period times at over 1.28 trillion years... you do the maths. There are some faiths that believe the messiah is alive today, or was recently. The Rastafarians believe Emperor Haile Selassie I is the messiah and call him Jah Rastefarai, "God's Haile"; however this is a label the emperor himself denied before he died in 1975. What's more the Rastaferai religion is most popular in the Caribbean rather than in Selassie's native Ethiopia. Another common theme that lies alongside the messiah is its antithesis, a force that appears at the same time as the messiah and works in opposition to it, hoping to derail the dawn of the Messianic Age and instead build an incarnate hell. This antithesis is best known as the antichrist, "the beast." "Let the one with understanding reckon the meaning of the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. His number is 666." (Revelations 13:15–18) As with the calculations for the date of the Apocalypse, many people have striven hard to identify the individual who is the son of Satan based on that little three digit number.

Is there any evidence that the messiah or antichrist is really walking amongst us? There is according to a Scotsman with a strange name, Benjamin Creme. He travels the world giving lectures about how he believes that the messiah has already been born and lives today. Although he calls the anointed one "Maitreya" Creme asserts that he speaks for the whole world and all religions, not just Buddhism. Creme is a Theosophist and this is the terminology they use. From 1945 Creme says he began to receive telepathic messages from God announcing the arrival on earth of Maitreya. He describes a secret meeting in 1959 in which he was given more details. He met with some mysterious people in a parked car in London, summoned by a phone call to a lane near Tower Bridge where the people inside told him Maitreya would be travelling to London soon from where he was born in the Himalayas. In 1982 Creme held a press conference in which he said Maitreya had flown to London from Nepal in 1977 and was living in the city with the Asian community on and around Brick Lane in Tower Hamlets. He was living there incognito, which must have been difficult because he was said to be seven feet tall. I remember seeing Creme's appearance on TV as a small child and being worried. Was I worthy? Creme stated that Maitreya would be going public within the next few months and making his own TV appearances. The programme featured a woman who claimed to have seen Maitreya at a lecture. Nothing happened, but that did not deter Benjamin Creme. He carried on promoting the message that Maitreya was coming, sometimes taking out full-page adverts in major newspapers. This he continues to do today at the age of ninety-three. Amazingly, he has never made any money from his activities and sells his book royalty-free, see: Apparently Maitreya is making the occasional public speech at various places around the world. The best known of these is the most interesting because it includes possible photographic evidence. Mary Sinaida Akatsa is a woman from Kenya who runs an outdoor spiritual retreat at the town of Kawangware, a suburb of the capital, Nairobi. Her congregations can number over a thousand people. During one of her ceremonies on the 11th of June 1988 she suddenly announced that God had given her a message and that there was going to be a miracle. An unusually bright star materialized overhead, one that could be seen even in the daylight. Then the tall figure of a man appeared from nowhere. He was dressed in a white robe and was barefooted. He smiled benevolently and his bearded face radiated love, joy and peace. Many of the onlookers who were sick found themselves instantly healed. He turned to the crowd and said in perfect Swahili: "We are nearing the time for the reign of heaven. But before that I shall come back and bring a bucketful of blessings for all of you." He then turned to Mary Akatsa and told her: "You are doing an important job for God. Keep preaching and don't let anybody stop you." Then the mysterious man left the meeting and asked for a lift to the bus station. One of the people there agreed and showed him to his car, no doubt feeling skeptical at this request. Why would the son of God need a ride in a car? But when the driver dropped the strange man off, he didn't get on a bus; he simply vanished into thin air. As luck, or providence, would have it, one of the witnesses was a reporter for the Kenya Times newspaper, and he had a camera and began taking snapshots of the scene. These are the only known photographs of any alleged messiah, see: Here's Benjamin Creme's website:

The concept of the messiah, the antichrist and the eschaton has been the inspiration for many films and literary works. The Omen is a trilogy of horror movies running from 1976 until 1981 that charts the life of the antichrist, born as a boy called Damien with the number 666 as a birthmark on his scalp. The story ends as an adaptation of the final tribulation in the Book of Revelations with the ultimate conflict between the Second Coming of Jesus and the son of Satan. The adult Damien is close to how I would imagine the antichrist to be; smooth, cold, suave and very high in conventional status. The kind of person we're all supposed to admire and envy. There are a number of other similar dramas. Predictably these include the very American Left Behind series of books and films that are thin and weak and loaded with very Bible Belt superficiality on an epic scale. There are others. Probably the best is The Second Coming written by the Doctor Who producer Russell T Davies. This two part TV movie is an extremely vivid and credible vision of what might well happen if the real Second Coming did occur. The messiah in this case is not a simple carpenter from Galilee, but a similarly simple video rental store worker from Manchester, Stephen Baxter, played by the Ninth Doctor, Christopher Eccleston. Davies and his team came very close to creating a brilliant fantasy drama here, but it is spoilt because the reveal is so theologically and philosophically shallow. It's as if Davies, at the very moment of his literary triumph, just put down his pen and let the management committee of the British Humanist Association write the denouement. Davies is an outspoken atheo-skeptic and humanist, and he totally failed to murder his darlings. The end of the film is an unforgivably preachy and simplistic anticlimax. Judith's final speech is the author talking, not the character. Nevertheless it is still worth watching for its gems; just skip the last twenty minutes, see: There are other more subtle references to messianic themes in some other films. The Lord of the Rings, based on the book by JRR Tolkien, is all about the destruction of the world's evil which is compacted into a tiny Pandora-like package, the One Ring of Sauron. When it is destroyed in Mount Doom by the Hobbits, the "Fourth Age" dawns on Middle Earth and the King is crowned etc. Another piece of fiction I want to discuss in detail is one of the less well-known films by M Night Shyamalan, the director of The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable. The Lady in the Water was a box office flop and received trashing comments from the critics, but it is highly underrated in my opinion. In the story an aetheric naiad, a water nymph, emerges from a swimming pool in order to contact a writer who lives in a home nearby, played by the director in a supporting role, to inform him that the political textbook he is working on will powerfully influence a young man. This young man will grow up to become President of the United States and bring a change for the better to the world. The naiad says: "A boy in the Midwest of this land will grow up in a home where your book will be on the shelf and spoken of often. He will grow up with these ideas in his head. He will grow into a great orator. He will speak and his words will be heard throughout this land and throughout the world. This boy will become leader of this country and begin a movement of great change. He will speak of you and your words. Your book will be the seeds of many of his great thoughts. It will be the seeds of change." There's not much difference in meaning between that and Revelations' description of the New Jerusalem. The only difference is that the saviours are not God, but a writer, a nymph and a boy. The end titles of the movie are scored by a cover of Bob Dylan's Times They are a-Changing. This is a fascinating film because its concept involves the traditional spiritual messianic message, but it also includes a bridge to the secular aspect of the messiah which I will examine next.

You don't have to believe in God, or water nymphs, or even technologically advanced extraterrestrials like the Aetherius Society and Raelians do, to have messianic thoughts. The archetype can affect the most hardened atheo-skeptiko-materialist. The textbook example is Marxism. The economic and political philosophy of Karl Marx states that the driving force of human society is class struggle and since the working class carry out the means of production, they can seize possession of it and run it themselves via a "dictatorship of the proletariat". Therefore Marx urges the workers of the world to "unite". This slogan is even carved on his gravestone, see: The foundational document of Marxism, The Communist Manifesto that Marx wrote with Friedrich Engels in 1848, is one of the most influential books ever published and it states things like: "Society will take all forces of production and means of commerce, as well as the exchange, and manage them in accordance with a plan based on the availability of resources and the needs of the whole society. In this way, most important of all, the evil consequences which are now associated with the conduct of big industry will be abolished. There will be no more crises. Instead of generating misery, overproduction will reach beyond the elementary requirements of society to assure the satisfaction of the needs of all. In this way, such an abundance of goods will be able to satisfy the needs of all its members. The division of society into different, mutually hostile classes will then become unnecessary and intolerable. Just as the peasants and manufacturing workers of the last century changed their whole way of life and became quite different people when they were drawn into big industry; in the same way, communal control over production by society as a whole, and the resulting new development, will both require an entirely different kind of human material. People will no longer be, as they are today, subordinated to a single branch of production. Industry controlled by society as a whole, and operated according to a plan, presupposes well-rounded human beings, their faculties developed in balanced fashion, able to see the system of production in its entirety. The form of the division of labour which makes one a peasant, another a cobbler, a third a factory worker, a fourth a stock-market operator, has already been undermined by machinery and will completely disappear. Education will enable young people quickly to familiarize themselves with the whole system of production and to pass from one branch of production to another in response to the needs of society or their own inclinations." How different is that really to the words of the prophet Isaiah, the Abu Dawad Hadith or Benjamin Creme? It is simply a secular embodiment of the same worldview, and those who read it will develop the same longings as the pilgrim in the temple. I myself was sympathetic to Marxism in my late teens when I started out in hospital portering. It is the ultimate expression of the drive towards a worldly messianic age. There's even an incarnate antichrist in the form of "reactionaries", people who want to stop the revolution and maintain capitalism. The right wing of politics has its own equivalents. Extreme fascist movements have objectives that are as revolutionary and quixotic as those of Marx. More moderate conservative tendencies can also become deeply idealistic and visionary. Both left and right wing politics can regard history as purposive, and leading up to an appointed end. On the other side of that end lies an eternal universal utopia. There is even a book entitled The End of History. That name could easily suit a communist textbook, but it is in fact written by a Japanese-American neoconservative called Francis Fukuyama. After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War, Fukuyama decided that the spreading of liberal capitalism and democratic states represented the final act of human social evolution. The Western lifestyle would eventually inherit the entire world and then a stable global equilibrium would be achieved that could last indefinitely. In this sense Fukuyama sounds astonishingly similar to Karl Marx. His ideas, as well as others like Irving Kristol and Leo Strauss, have been very influential, especially in the United States, and they were the philosophical motive (at least for the uninitiated) for the War on Terror. This could explain why many neoconservatives are former leftists. Christopher Hitchens is a prime example. He began as a Marxist but ended up a fellow traveller of the neocon-ridden Bush administration. His conversion process was a long one; but it was surprisingly smooth, see: The main difference with non-religious ideas is the absence of a God, but sometimes secular messiahs take a far less abstract form. You only have to look at the old films of a crowd listening to speeches by Adolf Hitler or Josef Stalin to see how similar a role these mortal individuals play to the divine saviour of the religions. During the Soviet era, Russians sung adoring songs about Lenin that were very similar to hymns. As I said, the messiah instinct is present in us all; and if we deny the existence of the literal divine, it will manifest in other ways.

This inevitably leads to the need for introspection; in what form does my own messianic feeling take shape? I am a conspiracy theorist, a UFOlogist and a paranormal enthusiast. I have no religion, but I accept spiritual reality. I am not a member of any definitive political movement, but I take a keen interest in politics from the conspiracy/UFO/paranormal perspective. Reading my own words, I can see myself talk about the need to stop the New World Order; and once we've done that a new era can begin without the burden of the Illuminati and their agenda to build an Orwellian global state. I also yearn for UFO Disclosure, the declassification of free energy and the destruction of state secrecy and oppression. This HPANWO TV video in particular illustrates my own vision for the equivalent of the Apocalypse and establishment of the Kingdom of God, see: Some people in the conspiratorial movement are keen on astrology and talk about the "dawning of the Age of Aquarius" and of course we all remember the 2012 phenomenon, see: The main difference is that I don't think anybody in the Truth movement personally represents the messiah... although there are a few people I could name who regard themselves as such. The same goes for the antichrist (No, it's not Prof. Brian Cox). I don't dismiss the possibility that the imagery of the end times could be an actual allegory of real activities by the Illuminati. This worrying thought is addressed in Christopher Everard's very disturbing documentary Illuminati II- the Antichrist Conspiracy. The film claims that the rocket scientist and occultist Jack Parsons conceived a golem child with the actress Margery Cameron in 1945 and the baby was placed in a lead canister beside the Trinity test, the first ever nuclear explosion. The child lived and was female... Personally I think it was Hillary Clinton, see: Whatever the answer, what I find most interesting about the concept of the messiah, in all its forms, is that it is a symptom of a universal part of human existence. People the world over seem to experience a regret, an uneasiness, a dissatisfaction with their life and the world they live in. This might be a distant race memory, or an upwelling of the Jungian collective unconscious, but it is there; as Morpheus said, "like a splinter in your mind". If this disquiet is justified, which surely it is; then what does it mean? I think it means we all have the intuitive sense that the world is not meant to be the way it is. The destruction and injustice we see all around us and are pummelled with every day is neither natural nor inevitable. Some of us can learn to live with it. We even force ourselves to shrug and say: "Well, that's just the way the world is, mate"; but even if we do, we never lose that niggling feeling that this is still the wrong path. The messiah is a personification of that sorrow. I don't believe in literal sons of God; except in the fact that, in a way, we are all sons and daughters of God. Along with the messiah, many cultures also have legends about the "fall of man"; that we humans once lived in a higher state of civilization than we do today and something went wrong; there was a disaster and we descended into barbarism. Eventually we developed a deformed and defective version of what we had previously created. Whether it's the snake in the garden, or Noah and the flood, the destruction of Atlantis or Pandora opening her box, all these tales have the same basic theme. The ancient mysteries researcher Maria Wheatley believes she may have even found archaeological evidence for this, see: Perhaps I have identified the cause of this universal human sadness, the one that makes us fantasize about figures of love and justice who come along, sweep away our antagonists and change things for the better. Like in the powerful poem by CS Lewis which he includes in his classic children or young adult's novel The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: "Wrongs will be right, when Aslan comes in sight. At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more. When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death. And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again." It's also expressed beautifully in the classic Christmas song by Johnny Mathis When a Child is Born, see: If this is true, that we humans have fallen from grace, or whatever terminology you want to put on it, then can we rise again back to grace? I hope so. I sometimes believe so, especially when I hear David Icke and many others talking about a "great awakening", see: Until we do awaken and return to our previous high state of being, we will never be happy. We will continue to create fables about messiahs of all kinds, to console us, because these fables are embodiments of our own eternal aspirations. One thing is for sure, as long as those aspirations exist, the hope of a new Eden will always be there; and they definitely will always exist because they are an essential part of what makes humans what we are.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Bases 2015

The Bases Project was founded by Miles Johnston twenty-one years ago to investigate the claims of several individuals who came forward to say they had been involved with a secret military base which they say lies deep underground beneath the village of Peasemore in Berkshire. These claims are deeply disconcerting; activities on the facility are alleged to include kidnapping and extrajudicial imprisonment, illegal human experimentation, genetic engineering, mind control and covert research into UFO's and extraterrestrial life, see: and: I've investigated Peasemore myself, see: Since then Miles has carried out a large number of interviews and investigations and has produced films he calls the Bases series. The Bases Project, previously when amalgamated with AMMACH, has also hosted a number of public events, see background links below, but the most recent one was by far the most ambitious.

The Bases Project Film Festival and 2nd International Conference 2015 was a three day event held from Friday July the 31st to Sunday August the 1st. It brought in speakers from as far away as Germany and the United States of America, and delegates from locales such as the Netherlands and Switzerland. One man travelled overnight by coach from Oban, Scotland just to be there for the final afternoon session. My good friend Colin gave me a lift from Oxford; he lives in London and therefore I'm about half way there so he often picks me up when we're both attending events in the West Country. He had with him in the car Dr Robert Duncan whom he had to meet at the airport. Dr Duncan had just arrived after a long journey by air from Idaho USA and so was completely doped up with jet lag; he slept in his seat for most of the drive to Wiltshire. I was delighted at the prospect of the upcoming conference. As regular HPANWO readers will know, I never travel abroad and take few domestic holidays, but the UFO/conspiracy/paranormal conference circuit is my equivalent of that. This is despite the fact that they are often working breaks. At the last Bases event I was a speaker, see: This time I was a judge in the Film Festival... as it turned out this was to be just the start of my involvement. The venue for this year's event was again a school, but a very different one to last year's traditional elite Illuminati induction centre with its esoteric ancient mound topped by a tank of polluted water. This time we were in the modern atrium of St John's International Academy, see: It was empty of pupils at this time of year. The conference was to be held in the theatre which had steep rows of folding seats like a lecture theatre, but it had a standard raised stage. As we arrived, Matthew Williams was exactly where I expected to see him, in the makeshift gallery at the front setting up his film and audio equipment. Miles Johnston was stomping around in Bermuda shorts and a tweed jacket with his face flushed and his white hair standing out like a lion's mane. "Where's the feckin' Blu-Ray remote!?" he bellowed in his Ulster brogue. "I left the fecker right here a minute ago on top of the feckin' projector for feck's sake!" Then the sweet anticipation I'd been feeling was satisfied as one old friend after another turned up and we had a happy reunion. The first speaker was David Hodrien ( The main conference wasn't due to start till Saturday, but Friday was the only day he was free so he was slipped into the schedule before the film festival. Dave gave a fascinating lecture about how music has been influenced by the UFO phenomenon. On my HPANWO Radio shows I sometimes play the 1947 song When you see those Flying Saucers, by the Buchanan Brothers, for example see:, and according to Dave it's the first ever certified UFO song. However it was by no means the last and many established artists have written pieces of music inspired by UFO's and alien contact; including David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix and Bruce Dickinson. There are also some bands with a dedicated UFO theme like Element 115 and C.E.IV, whom I've seen playing live at the Weird 11 conference in Swindon. Many musicians have had encounters too, including some household names like John Lennon, see: There's also a story told by Vernon Presley, father of the "King of Rock and Roll" Elvis Presley, that there was a UFO flying above the house when his son was born. There's a tragic element to this story because Elvis had a twin who was stillborn. He expressed grief for his lost brother his whole life and had a shrine built for him at Graceland. It's possible that his feelings contributed to his eventual nervous breakdown and premature death, see: But is it possible there was a "walk-in" situation here, or attempt at one. Sometimes babies initially diagnosed as stillborn emerge alive and occasionally extraterrestrial influence could be the cause of this happy eventuality, as with Jason Andrews, see:
The Bases Project Film Festival was originally due to happen on a different date, but I think it was a good idea to have it consecutively with the main conference. The films began soon after David Hodrien's speech and I settled down with my notebook to watch them. Some of them are available free on YouTube, but I decided it wouldn't be fair to preview any of them unless I could do so for all of them. There were many entries out of which Miles selected ten nominations. The Dutch artist Mirjam Janse designed four beautiful trophies, three of which to give to the award winners, see above. The three categories were amateur, semi-professional and professional. The following is based on notes I made while watching the films. These are running observations based on a single viewing; I sometimes change my mind about a film after I've seen it more than once:
Beyond Apathy. Duration 5 mins 34 secs. Category: amateur. Dir. Anna Bragga.
A short film about the plans to introduce fluoridated drinking water into Bedfordshire. Serves as a good introduction to the dangers of fluoride. Will hopefully encourage viewers to find more details for themselves. Consists mostly of interviews with activists. (
Voice from the Gasfields. Duration 1 hr 1 min. Category: semi-pro. Dir. Ian R Crane.
Ian is a personal friend of mine, but I didn't let this prejudice me. Covers the resistance to fracking in Great Britain and Australia. Sadly Australia is well advanced of the rest of the world and there's a warning that we must learn from the Australians' mistakes or we'll go the same way. Subtitle It started with just One Well indicates that. Good use of music and graphics. Ian has shot hundreds of lecture recordings, but this is his first feature film and that requires different skills. Good first effort. It was moving to hear about how the ordinary folk living in the Queensland forests have had their lives ruined by fracking. (
22 The Light Codes. Duration 34 mins 30 secs. Category: semi-pro. Dir. Jergen van Meeteren.
This was an animation. No narrative and was purely abstract. Featured beautiful graphics and was very dreamlike and hypnotic. Even psychedelic. Its imagery included fractals, crop circle-like patterns and mandalas. (
Daisy Wheel Toruscope. Duration 7 mins. Category: amateur. Dir. Joanne Gray.
Another animation, much simpler this time. Has a lovely score; especially the opening piano solo. Illustration of a new discovery about how sacred geometry connects to the calendar, the hours of the day, astrology and astronomy. Even life cycles and plant seed growth. (
Fight for Justice. Duration 5 mins. Category: amateur. Dir. John Walson.
Another good summary and introduction like Beyond Apathy. It's about a personal ordeal at the hands of organized child abuse by the state and religious institutions. Very disturbing, but dignified. Stylistically it resembles a movie trailer for a longer film. (
Street Eyes. Duration 1 hr 15 mins. Category: pro. Dir. Ollie Marshall.
A fictional feature film. This covers a lot of important concepts rarely seen in Hollywood like Reptilians, demonic and angelic possession, indigo children, black-eyed humanoids, Area 51, zombies, men-in-black etc. The final scene is about the extraterrestrial abduction of unborn babies and was very disturbing. The narrative was slow-moving and tedious with some inept and botched attempts at humour. Acting and characterization were rather poor, but the actress who played Natalie wasn't bad. Technically it was very good. Well-composed score and sound effects, highly atmospheric. Excellent lighting and makeup. Some original and neat stylistic devices like designer crackling and lines on the screen. The ending was truncated, a bit anticlimactic. Could make room for a sequel? One of the minor characters was played by Stephen Bassett! (
Rush, Duration 1 hr. Category: semi-pro. Dir. Jane Clements.
Award winning film already, screened and Monaco and Cannes. All about the remarkable case of the "Fire Burn Doctor". Includes detailed testimonials of many people instantly cured of burns by the helpline. Interviews with Dr Philip Savage, the founder of the service. Amazing idea, but not enough info. Could have been longer and gone into more detail. Hope to see a sequel. (
Walk in Case. Duration 18 mins 29 secs. Category: amateur. Dir. Sandra Daroy.
Fiction. Tackles a lot of vital issues like the Djinn and implants. Mentions the late Dr Rauni Kilde. Very good score. Chilling scenes in the psychiatrist's office. The pub scenes were filled with background noise so the dialogue was hard to hear, but maybe that was the venue's audio. Was one of the characters based on Miles Johnston? (
Mind the Matrix. Duration 2 hr 14 mins. Category: pro. Dir. Christianne van Wijk.
Introduces various conspiratorial elements like GMO foods, vaccines, fracking etc. What's more the "Matrix" continues beyond death in a cycle of birth and rebirth. Interviews with Ian R Crane, Max Igan, Vinny Eastwood. Effective sinister score and sound effects. Resembles Voices from the Gasfields in style. Some of the scenes include different lighting effects within them. (
The Lake Drain. Duration 1 hr 23 mins. Category: pro. Dir. Jerry Griffin.
Another fictional feature film. Like Street Eyes it covers some vital esoteric subjects, including the hazards of CERN and the Large Hadron Collider. Features scenes that might be distortions of spacetime. Parodies of hillbillies. Very strange and offbeat. Surreal in both style and content. There's some humour, but is it intentional? A segment on deep underground military bases and an interview with the real Richard Sauder. The plot was hard to follow. I suspect the score and sound effects were all from a free music library. There are some weird sound effects inserted at odd moments, animal calls, helicopters and thunder claps. Spooky and a bit frightening in places. Intriguing movie. (
In the amateur category Fight for Justice won with Beyond Apathy as a runner up.
In the semi-professional category 22 The Light Codes won with Voices from the Gasfields as a runner up.
In the professional category Mind the Matrix won with Street Eyes as a runner up.
The viewing session was very long because we had short breaks between the screenings and in the end it even overlapped to the following day. Afterwards I got together with the other judges to make our decision. I know it's a bit of a cliché, but I mean it when I say standards were very high at this festival. I can honestly state, I did not dislike any of the films nominated and would happily watch any of them again. None of the films received no votes at all. The award ceremony was hosted by the woman I call "Jenny" in this article: She is now a regular at alternative events and we've become firm friends. The award ceremony was filmed and during it she appears and partly reveals her identity, but I don't know yet whether this footage will be published so I will not. As I say in the link, she is a fairly famous media personality, and we all know what happens career-wise to people like that who stray from the directed conformist norm.
The conference suffered from a number of setbacks. Along with missing remote controls there were a few more technical hiccups, yet Matthew and Miles recovered from most of them and the show went on as it must. However when the main conference began on Saturday we were without a master-of-ceremonies. Danielle la Verité (see here for more details: had originally been booked but she had not turned up. It is no secret that Danielle suffers from agoraphobia, a psychological disorder that means she feels very uncomfortable leaving home. I approached Miles and offered to step into her place seeing I have experience of being an MC, see:, and he agreed. I had some smart clothes in my bag and so got them out and ironed them. I had not put this set on for a few years as I'm not habitually a formal dresser, and to my frustration I found that they'd shrunk... I hope that's it anyway; the alternative is that I've grown! The trousers were completely indecent, but the shirt just went round me. However it left a draught gap at my midriff and constricted my throat a bit. So I wore that with my normal trousers and hoped I didn't look too silly. I also kept a hat on my head because photos and film of me without headgear tend to white out my scalp on camera, a bit like the snooker player Willie Thorne. My hat was white and therefore equally reflective, but I look less ridiculous with a hat whited out. Matthew said next time he'll give me some makeup! I wished Danielle a speedy and complete recovery and then took to the stage. Because of my MC duties I was not able to take notes of the speakers' talks so my reviews below will have to be brief. The first speaker was Daganac'h (!daganach/c1enr) a beautiful Norwegian lady. She describes herself as an embodiment of the divine feminine and somebody dedicated to helping humanity return to divine natural law and order. I had got to know Daganac'h quite well because we were both staying at the home of a mutual friend. She is very likeable and friendly. We helped cook a dinner together after we arrived on Thursday night. She was originally an air hostess with SAS airlines, but had a spiritual awakening which changed her life. I'm glad to say that she is opposed to conventional secular feminism because I'm also a very harsh critic of it, see: As far as she's concerned, liberating women is about creating a spiritual balance and not just supplanting male domination with its female antithesis. Simon Miles ( gave a talk that might make you reconsider if you've decided that you've got crop circles sussed, whatever your personal conclusion. Simon has found that there are symbols encoded into more than one crop circle that appeared in the same area over a period of many years. These include a menorah, a ritual Jewish candlestick with seven heads, the famous "pi" crop circle and a strange decoding of the Bible called "the Bible Wheel". As you can see in the link above, the author Simon draws on has renounced his previous discoveries; would Simon's work make him think again? Unfortunately I had to swap hats during the next session and become a film judge again, so I missed most of the talk by Dr Emma Therese-Lewis ( which is a shame because she looks really interesting. Once I'd introduced her I just popped back in to call her to time and give her an outro. She's an academic and clinical psychologist who runs a private practice locally, so in the West Country perhaps that's not really mainstream and career-threatening. She was running one of the workshops at the event. Maria Wheatley ( was another speaker whose talk I had to miss in part. She lectured with her usual passion and eloquence about the ancient megalithic sites and her research into them. Interestingly, a bit of history here, I once met Maria a very long time ago in 199-something, long before I started HPANWO, when I went on a dowsing course at the Rollright Stones, Oxfordshire. I'd been invited along by a New Age pseudo-friend. She was accompanied then by her late father who shared her interests and skills. Harald Kautz-Vella ( came all the way from Germany for a second visit in just a few weeks; he had shared the stage with me at the Woodborough event, see: He is a prolific author and covers a wide variety of interconnecting subjects from social engineering, cultural Marxism and mind control to chemtrails, the black goo and transhumanism. He believes our "bio-field" has been moved from non-linear empathic forms to binary, egotistical and left-brain centred forms, deliberately. Then after a tea break came the first in a double bill with our keynote speaker Dr Robert Duncan (, now with his circadian rhythm adjusted to British Summer Time. His speciality is transhumanism, the creation of cyborgs and how it relates to mind control. His research ties in well with Harald Kautz-Vella's although he is far less radical. In fact Harald and Dr Duncan had a long and very jargon-dense debate about mad cow disease during the Q and A's on both days. I asked him a question myself because he seemed to be giving out two different messages about transhumanism. During his two addresses he gave us multiple reasons to be concerned about how such high technology could be abused, but then went on to say how positive it was. How can such a subject be in any way positive without a social revolution beyond anything we can imagine? Max Igan puts it very pithily in his film about transhumanism; how much can we be transhumanized without losing our humanity? Especially when we have an elite which has none. The vision the ruling class might have for a cyborg future is likely to be very different to that of naive fools like Ray Kurzweil, see here for more details: Saturday ended very late because the first speaker on Sunday, Dollie Indigostar ( had to be shifted forward to Saturday at short notice. Dollie was certainly the most charismatic speaker. She is a very diminutive woman whose head barely comes above my waist but she is packed with energy. She glided up and down the stage in flowing movements wearing Gypsy pantaloons and lots of unusual jewellery. She talked about indigo children, whom we've all heard of, but also "golden", "crystal" and "rainbow" children. These are all "starseeds", humans with extraterrestrial souls, who are intended to bring healing and spiritual enlightenment to the world. This ties in eerily with David Hodrien's talk where he mentioned Elvis.
After the day's proceedings were over I shed my shirt and tie with relief. Colin and I headed for Knap Hill to watch the sunset and skywatch as we have before, see the links to my coverage of previous Bases events. The sun was shining although heavy cloud was rolling in. We didn't see any UFO's but did wonder at the glory of the full moon rising, tinted blood red by atmospheric filtering. I heard the voice of Douglas Adams, creator of Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy, echoing in my head: "Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?" I don't agree with Adams at all, in fact I think his point is pretty meaningless. I fantasize replying to him: "Is it necessary to disbelieve that there are fairies at the bottom of it in order to appreciate the garden's physical beauty?" I haven't paid Dr Steven Greer his five thousand dollars and so don't know the CE5 protocols, but I played a recording of David Griffin being interviewed on my mobile phone. However the UFO's did not flock to the sound of a familiar voice. While we were on Knap Hill, Colin and I filmed a "fast blast" video for Facebook, see:

The Bases conferences 2015 have taken place in a period of controversy for the organization. After the initial investigation of Barry King's claims related to the Peasemore base another man came forward professing knowledge, James Casbolt aka Michael Prince. He has just been sentenced to twelve years in prison for blackmailing and threatening his ex-wife and her family, and for stalking other women, see: I first met James Casbolt back in 2006 at the Probe conferences. Interestingly he had a girlfriend with him in those days, a blonde American called Haley, although according to the newspaper link the couple met four years later. Was this a different girl? How did a rich heiress like Haley Meijer end up marrying such an unlikely man? What's more his fast-tracked American citizenship papers and enlistment in the US armed forces seems unusually easy. A lot related to this story doesn't add up. Not least because of James' extraordinary personality change. Believe it or not, he used to be a cheery, happy-go-lucky character yet when I bumped into him again at last year's Bases at the Barge, see: and background links above, he was transformed. He was cagey and dour. He seemed almost embarrassed to meet me. On stage he was very aphasic and evasive. Then I began hearing from some of my female friends that he had been harassing women online. It was inevitable that this subject would be tabled during proceedings at the conference. Another piece of news that emerged during the conference was that "Rowdy" Roddy Piper has died. The Scottish-Canadian wrestler turned actor is well known in the Conspirasphere for playing the lead in John Carpenter's incredibly meaningful film They Live, see: I gave a few quotes from the movie from the movie on stage as a tribute to him.
Mirjam Janse ( opened the day's activities. She ad-libbed an uplifting and interesting lecture about healing, crop circles and aliens; and how they relate to our own bodies and souls. Mirjam also had a workshop running in one of the adjoining rooms. She is... if you were paying attention... the artist who designed the Film Festival trophies. Then came David Shayler ( a former British intelligence officer who bravely spoke out against corruption and murder by the UK government. Hopefully this will serve as an example for other agents to follow. He talked about the law and how the UK judiciary is an unlawful institution that has stripped us of our constitutional rights under English common law. He also talked about the wonders of hemp and its predicted suppression. See here for a HPANWO Radio interview with Shayler: Graham Harvey ( gave one of the best talks of the event. His subject is one I am fascinated by and consider one of the most important in the world: farming; because if we have no food nothing else matters. He explains how modern agriculture could be made so much less harmful if it went back to a "mixed" system of arable and livestock together rotated around different fields. Instead we have factory farms producing monoculture produce, toxic chemicals and genetically modified crops on the land. He didn't mention "terra preta", but off stage he and I talked about it, see: Next we had an extended presentation by a couple, Max Spiers and Sarah Adams ( They spoke both together in dialogue and as individuals about many subjects. They gave a bit of their own back story about their own unpleasant relationship with James Casbolt. Max has been involved with elite mind control projects while Sarah has had a spiritual awakening that has helped her deal with the troubles she's had in her life. Max and Sarah are a sweet couple who are very manifestly in love and who both have a vision for a better world.

When I gave my final address as MC, I warned the delegates about what was to come at the end of the conference. As I've said many times before, for example here:, the end of a good UFO/conspiracy/paranormal conference can be a surprisingly unsettling and gloomy affair. The closure of the event is very abrupt. Once we've had all the thank you's and goodbye's the lights go on, people get up from their seats and leave the theatre to begin their journey back to the normal world. After a weekend of being around people who understand and appreciate us for who we are, we all have to go back to our private isolated bubbles where everybody around us thinks we're crazy. It's difficult to describe to an outsider the camaraderie of the UFO/conspiracy/paranormal conference circuit. Events like those organized by Bases are very intense. The emotion, atmosphere and surroundings can be deeply intoxicating. A few of us hung around in the auditorium while Miles and Matthew hastily tidied up their equipment while Roger and Rosemary on reception did the same. I found myself feeling almost angry with these friends of mine, not because I dislike them; on the contrary, it's because I love them so dearly. I was angry because being separated from them made me feel the way it did. Angry that the conference couldn't just carry on indefinitely and we could just stay together. Some of them talked about heading down to the pub for a drink before going home, but I just wanted to get the painful parting over with and set a course for Oxford right away. In the end Jenny persuaded Colin and me to go to the pub. Once I was there I was glad I'd come and my spirits lifted a bit. The others were staying for a big organized dinner, but not me and Colin. We said a heartfelt goodbye to Jenny and left Marlborough. We were accompanied on the drive home by a jolly and talkative man whom I'll call "Tom" (not his real name). He lives in Kidlington, just outside Oxford, so he is one person on the scene I can stay in touch with locally. He wasn't going straight home though; we dropped him off at a lovely pub called the Gardeners Arms, one I used to go in regularly, where he was taking part in a pub quiz. He was very enthusiastic about us joining him for a "swift half" before leaving. However as I stood in the pub full of people hunched over their quiz sheets talking loudly I felt my surroundings closing in on me. I hinted to Colin that I wanted to get out of there right away. Tom meant no harm and I don't blame him; it was just the mental state I was in. I may be a big tough ugly ex-hospital porter, but I'm not invulnerable; I have my limits. Thank you very much to Miles, Matthew, Roger and Rosemary, and everybody else who made the Bases Project Film Festival and 2nd International Bases Conference 2015 happen. That includes all the speakers and delegates. I enjoyed every minute of it. The good news is that in a few weeks it's the Warminster 50 event, see: and a lot of the people at Bases are also going there, so we'll meet again very soon. Watch the HPANWO space for a report on that.

Friday, 3 April 2015

Richplanet 2015 Tour

Richard D Hall is a solo maverick in the truth movement. He is fiercely independent and the only events he ever organizes are his own. I've been to his live shows before, for example see: (See links column for Richard's website). I'd heard some reports from others who'd attended his shows in the previous few days, but I knew that his format could change at the last minute. His work is based around current affairs so you never know what you're going to get untill you're literally sitting in front of him. The 2015 Richplanet Tour is subtitled "as NOT seen on TV" which is appropriate because Richard has had no end of trouble from the television network related to his programme; they forbid him from broadcasting all his best material and a few months ago they banned him because of his episode with Nick Kollerstrom about the Woolwich incident, see: Showcase TV are not as "controversial" as they profess. It costs Richard £600 to buy the airtime and he wonders "Is it worth it?" The good news is that all his shows are available, completely uncensored, on his website viewer, see link above. Ustane and I were familiar with the venue, as we trudged up towards it we recalled the 2013 AMMACH conference which was held there, see: Also some years earlier we had seen the late Lloyd Pye give a lecture there. The Belgrave Rooms are the city's Masonic centre and are covered with the Brotherhood's occult symbolism, see: However they have the cheapest function suite to hire in Nottingham, which makes it quite understandable that Richard and other would choose to book it. I was keen to pick up Richard's latest DVD releases from his stall; two full-length films. I was delighted to meet up with lots of my old friends; some I knew would be there, with others it was a nice surprise. Some of them had never met Ustane and it was nice to introduce them to her; the social side of these events is equally important as the lecture content itself.
Richard D Hall bounded onto the stage in his trademark dark brown suit to thunderous applause from the audience, some of whom were standing at the sides beside the packed seats. The first part of his talk was entitled: Subversion in the UK, although strictly speaking a large part of this subversion relates to an incident that did not happen in the UK, but in Portugal. It was the subject of one of Richard's new films, the second part of his expose of the Madeleine McCann case, called Buried by Mainstream Media, the True Story of Madeleine McCann- The Phantoms. The film opens with the same music that the first one does. I can't recall who Richard gets to compose his theme tunes, he did tell me once, but they're excellent at their job. Ustane and I find the score very poignant and we've started calling it "Madeleine's Requiem". Madeleine McCann was three years old in May 2007, the time she allegedly disappeared from a holiday villa at an Algarve resort in Portugal. According to her parents they left her sleeping in a bedroom with her brother and sister while they went to a restaurant for a meal just a short walk away. They nipped back to the villa regularly to check on the children and on one of these checks they found that somebody had broken in and abducted Madeleine. There was a huge international media storm and campaigns to "find Maddy now!" which raised millions of pounds. This second part of Richard's investigation provides lots of new information and maybe even some answers. The only evidence of any abduction of Madeleine comes from a few eyewitness accounts which are very dubious in themselves. One of the McCann's friends, Jane Tanner, says that she saw a man carrying a young child in his arms, yet the forensic artist's depictions of the man, whom Richard calls "Tannerman", are very vague; they even look a bit like Richard D Hall himself! What's more Ms Tanner never mentioned him at the time. Strange how one would fail to tell the police about a man seen carrying a child away from the apartment after knowing there's been an abduction of a child there. Three other suspects were seen in the area. In one case a man reported to the police that one of them had attempted to abduct his daughter, yet for some reason he only came forward after Madeleine's "abduction" had been publicized. The footprints of conspiracy lead on to where the body of Brenda Leyland was found in a hotel near Leicester, see: Richard managed to track down a former employee of the McCanns who says that nothing in Jane Tanner's story makes sense. It makes even less sense when Ms Tanner added more and more details to Tannerman's description, some of them, at least, clearly imaginary. The second supposed suspect Richard christened "Sagresman" because he was said to have been seen on the beach near the village of Sagres on Cape St Vincent, about sixteen miles from Praia da Luz where the McCanns and their friends were staying. It's chilly and windy there in April and few people would have been on the beach, yet a father claims that a man tried to kidnap his daughter there in late April, the 27th or 29th (which!?). Yet for some reason this man didn't report it to the police until after Madeleine's disappearance; he also sent the authorities on a wild goose chase across Europe to question a polish holidaymaker and his wife. The father gave his name as Nuno Lourenco and Richard suspects his story is a fantasy invented to support the idea that there was a dangerous paedophile at large in the area who was intent on abducting a young girl; this would make him an accomplice of the McCanns and their friends. Another phantom suspect, "Smithman", crops up from a report in Ireland by the Smith family from Drogehda. They claim to have seen a man walking down to the beach just after Madeleine's disappearance; he was carrying a young girl in his arms and he closely resembled Tannerman. However similar criticisms can be made of their statements that were made of Jane Tanner's. The Smiths didn't report their sighting for thirteen days, even though Madeleine's disappearance had been on the headlines across the world since then. The confusion and incompetence the Portuguese investigation suffered seems to have been the product of a spanner in the works thrown by the English translator Robert Murat; was he a mole working as part of the conspiracy too? He was eventually set up as another suspect, one more red herring to thwart police progress. Despite the disintegration of the Smithman farce, the story was promoted by Scotland Yard and even thrown together into a superficially plausible "new lead" that was included in a special report on Crimewatch UK. The McCann team also propped up Smithman in their personal publications, and it's covered by Kate McCann, Madeleine's mother, in her book. The plot is thickened even more when, unbelievably, a fourth phantom is revealed; he came forward to the police after over three years had passed and claims to be Tannerman. He was a local father carrying his daughter home from a creche. The Scotland Yard Crimewatch photographs of "Crecheman" blur his face so he's not been revealed in his full identity. Luckily Wendy Murphy, a legal expert on crimes against children, has spoken publicly about her doubt. Another is the famous TV crime reporter Shaw Taylor (sadly he's just died). I thought this odd at the time; why was Madeleine McCann's case getting so much publicity when, sadly, children disappearing like this is not unusual; in fact similar events happen literally every day. Richard thinks Madeleine died in the apartment and her parents and their friends disposed of the body, and they are covering up her death. The evidence comes from searches of the scene by sniffer dogs which picked up the smell of blood and dead bodies there. Also the McCanns' stories are full of contradictions and very imprecise information. The McCanns' "charity" is connected to some extremely untrustworthy people including high diplomatic officials, media spin doctors from Tony Blair's government, fifth column psychological mind-controllers and also supposed private investigators with links to fraud, espionage and organized crime. Even the Pope offered his moral support. The question is, did the parents murder Madeleine or did she die of natural causes? If it's the latter then why didn't they just say so? They were on holiday with a group of about seven friends, with children of their own, "the Tapas Seven" as they've been christened, and it looks as though they're involved too. Did one of the friends kill Madeleine? If so why are the parents collaborating with them? If the parents are the culprits then why are these friends collaborating with the McCanns? The entire group of people surrounding the McCanns even tried to frame somebody for kidnapping Madeleine; it's totally "Bob Lazar" as Richard himself would say. Why has Madeleine McCann's supposed kidnapping been made such a cause celebre involving such high profile people, front-page headlines and official institutions? There are no certain answers yet. Richard speculates that it might have something to do with organized child abuse and MI5 involvement in it, like at Kincora Boys Home. Possibly, we know MI5 were involved in that, see: The DVD of this film can be purchased here:
Richard D Hall's second new production is called An Independent Investigation into the Cumbria Shootings- Patsy Driver; it is a new viewpoint on one of the worst firearms offences in British history. The official story goes that Derrick Bird, a mild-mannered taxi driver from Rowrah, Cumbria who had been behaving perfectly normally up to that point, suddenly got up one morning in June 2010 and went on a killing spree; he shot dead twelve people and injured eleven others before driving to an isolated rural lane and turning his gun on himself. However, as is often the case, the truth behind the news is more complicated, and it's deliberately hidden by the authorities. It does seem as if Derrick Bird did carry out some of the attacks, but the evidence for the party line, that he was the only killer, simply isn't there. Like Lee Harvey Oswald, Sirhan Sirhan and Mark Chapman, he is a "patsy", somebody manipulated into taking the blame for the secret crimes of others. In fact I think the Derrick Bird incident has remarkable similarities to the Port Arthur shooting in which a young man called Martin Bryant supposedly gunned down people at a tourist cafe in Australia; but the evidence doesn't match, see: In the case of Chapman, who allegedly shot John Lennon, and Sirhan, who is supposed to have killed Robert Kennedy, the patsies were in a trance state and probably under mind control, see: The same possibility emerges in the Derrick Bird case, although Channel 4's documentary on the subject was a typical pathetic primetime whitewash. As far as the witnesses to the shootings go, not all of them saw the gunman and of those only a few got a good look at his face. The witness who got the best look at him describes him as somebody who is totally different to Bird in appearance. As with 9/11 and 7/7, the CCTV evidence which has been released to the public, is scant, ambiguous and, so it seems, specifically selected to conceal and mislead. Richard's research is thorough and systematic; he retraces the route supposedly taken by Bird that day and interviews some of the witnesses himself. The region is a close-knit community and many of the residents knew Bird personally; they all say that he was not somebody they would ever suspect of being a mass murderer. There are also discrepancies in their testimonies. The gunman... or gunmen's taxies were Citroen Picassoes, but in some cases it's reported as greyish blue, on other cases maroon. In Whitehaven the killer shot out his left quarterlight, yet in other places the witnesses say that all the car's glass was intact. Some of the CCTV shows a vehicle with a taxi sign on the roof, in others this is absent. Some of the people involved with the victims are very reluctant to speak to the media, and one of them called the police when Richard approached them. The people who live in the inland areas in the later part of Bird's supposed rampage are the most cagey of all and Richard says: "It's like drawing teeth to get them to make a statement after Seascale!". I had a similar reception in Nottingham when making inquiries about Helen Duncan, see: Neil Sanders is featured in the film in a few scenes describing how "Manchurian candidates" can be programmed using the methods developed many years ago during the CIA's MK Ultra project (see here for more information on Neil's work: Was Derrick Bird one of these hypnotized assassins? Were other operatives driving different cars used to carry out some of the other killings? Was bird murdered? He might have been shot by somebody else, like Oswald was by Jack Ruby, or programmed to shoot himself. Either way the end result was that there were no suspects to try for murder and the legalities of the case were dealt with by a coroner's inquest. These are much easier to rig than criminal trials. If the official story is true and Derrick Bird was the proverbial "lone nut" then why would he do it? The papers have tabled a whole array of motives, that he was angry over financial issues, even though he had £22,000 in the bank. He also supposedly had woman trouble and issues at work. Also apparently the taxman was after him, even though he was not eligible to pay tax. His first alleged victim was his own twin brother, although there's little evidence to link Bird with the killing; the same goes for his solicitor Kevin Commons. All in all the official story of Derrick Bird makes no more sense than the official story of Madeleine McCann. If something else was going on, and that multiple killers were used along with the mind controlled Bird, then why? If we assume that the government or elite were behind this incident then there is definitely a cast iron motive to kill one of the individuals on Bird's inventory of death: the second victim, Bird's solicitor, Kevin Commons. This is because Commons was attempting to prosecute United Utilities, the company running the local waterworks. The allegation was that the company had mismanaged the nearby reservoirs causing them to overflow into adjoining rivers. This had resulted in massive floods which caused millions of pounds worth of damage and caused many people to lose their homes. A policeman was drowned in the torrent bravely keeping people away from a bridge just before it was destroyed by the deluge. Mr Commons was leading a class action lawsuit against the company; powerful people were in danger of losing millions and even ending up in jail for criminal negligence. Interestingly, two senior executives of the water company resigned around the time of the Derrick Bird shooting and Commons' replacement solicitor was investigated for fraud, perhaps on trumped-up charges. The other eleven victims might have been an attempt to camouflage their real objective by burying it under a pile of shock and horror. The media seemed to react very quickly, suspiciously so. The BBC presented their regional news programme from Whitehaven; which means they must have been planning to do so before the shootings even took place; how is that possible? An Independent Investigation into the Cumbria Shootings- Patsy Driver can be purchased here: The fifth anniversary of the incident is coming up in a couple of months so this film is an opportunity to cut across the propaganda.
Richard has been approached several times by mainstream media and in the London lecture last year (see link above) he explains how he was asked by Plum Pictures to take part in The Great UFO Conspiracy while they were in preproduction. He wisely told them where to go, as did I; the end result has completely vindicated us, see: However the word has not got round yet because a lady called Jenny Kleeman asked him to take part in a "documentary" she is making about alternative views on the fate of Madeleine McCann... you can guess what Richard said. Then lo and behold, she turns up at the event! Actually she just hung around outside hoping to get a vox populi on Richard's talk (if you ask me I think she fancies him!). Richard talked more about the media, highlighting something I've noticed myself, but not given much thought to. Because newspaper sales are dropping, newspaper stands are found in places they would not have been a few years ago, like supermarkets and department stores. Also more free papers are coming out, most notably Metro, a paper that people can just pick up and read from free racks on busses and trains etc; it makes all its income from its ad pages. Another trick the media use is to create false role-models and Richard asked his viewers to vote on who they thought was the biggest of these. I voted for Russell Brand; I said: "Russell Brand, a man who is being very highly promoted in the mainstream for his supposed anti-establishment views.  Brand used to be a friend of David Icke and knows about the idea that 9/11 was an inside job, but will not say so publicly. David told him: 'Walk the talk or walk away!' and they haven't spoken since. Brand is being led along by his giant ego and his puppet masters feed it to make him do whatever they want him to." Brand is bringing out a film very soon about bankers, but will it be anything other than controlled opposition? Doubt it, but we'll find out; I'll review it. However, Brand was beaten into second place by the man anybody who knows me will have thought I was going to vote for, that smiling Simeon of the small screen, Prof. Brian Cox. I've written about Cox an awful lot, maybe too much, but I stand by what I've been saying; His Royal Coxness is playing a very important and unique role in media mind control and disinformation, see: Other nominated media reaction agents include Stephen Fry; he presents a comedy quiz show called QI and it has a very Skeptic-based theme. He recently appeared on Irish TV presenting some rather theologically weak arguments for atheism; and his co-host on QI is none other than Dan Schreiber, presenter of The Great UFO Travesty, see: Jeremy Clarkson was also nominated by a few of the voters. Clarkson has been in trouble many times at the BBC, for instance he once described a very dark place as: "dark as Lenny Henry in a cave!" Lenny Henry being a well-known black comedian. That metaphor is completely benign as far as I can see yet there was uproar; black celebrities came on TV to say how disgusted they were and "race relations" groups lambasted him. Clarkson doesn't care and I respect him for that. Interestingly it's in the news at the moment that Clarkson has been sacked from his job at the BBC; therefore somebody with the initials "JC" is being crucified at Easter... you have to credit the Loomies for their sense of humour! I got into a heated argument with somebody over Clarkson because this person I know thinks that anybody who so much as mentions Clarkson has fallen for a simple distraction psy-op; I disagree. I think there is an agenda over Clarkson; but it's not distraction, it's cultural Marxism. Jeremy Clarkson has failed to abide by the political correctness rules of society and therefore he has been pilloried as a warning to the rest of us. Appropriately, Richard then went on to discuss the work of Yuri Besmenov, a former KGB agent and defector from the Soviet Union during the Cold War. He has revealed the psychological warfare tactics used by communist agents who infiltrate and corrupt an enemy state in order to make it become communist itself. What he reveals is deeply chilling because it's exactly what I see in the world today being carried out by cultural Marxist fifth column organizations like Common Purpose, the Fabian Society and the Frankfurt School. These methods include sewing discord and confusion, breaking up relationships and families, and destroying a sense of cultural identity. Things such as feminism, so called "anti-racism" and the abuse of white, straight males are a part of that, see: and: A lot of people make the mistake of seeing Marxism as an anti-authoritarian idea, a quest for freedom; this is how it presents itself. It's an easy trap to fall into, especially if you're young and naive. I myself was seduced by it for a short period in my late teens when I became an active trade unionist; luckily it was a phase I quickly got over.
Richard talked some more about the media and about how minor issues are blown out of all proportion to cover bigger issues; the MP expenses scandal and phone hacking inquest are examples. The real stories lie underneath. I myself have always said: when a story like that breaks out on page 1, look and see what's on page 15! According to Richard, the globalists probably have their eyes fixed on Malaysia right now. This is because it's predominantly Muslim, it has natural resources and it has recently held a war crimes tribunal against Tony Blair and George W Bush; it also doesn't currently owe any money to the World Bank and has not sold off its gold at discount prices like most other countries. Could this be why Malaysian Airlines have had such bad luck lately, losing two aircraft in the space of a few months? Richard has calculated the odds of that happening by chance and they're staggeringly small. However Skeptics will still say this is "just a coincidence!" And this brings us on to the coincidence fallacy. Nothing physically possible is so unlikely that you can say: "This can NEVER happen!" therefore a Skeptic can use a coincidence call to debunk almost anything. There needs to be a discussion about what "level of likelihood" would become the universally agreed cut-off point between what is to be considered random and what is to be considered intentional, a statistical ceiling. This so far has never been done and therefore coincidence has become something of a trump card for Skeptics, an unfalsifiable wreaking ball that they can drive into any debate, see here for more details: Richard paused the footage of the Malaysian trial of Blair and Bush and pointed dramatically at the screen where Alfred Webre can be seen on the presiding panel. Actually this is not a scoop by Richard; Alfred has said several times himself how he took part in that war crimes tribunal.
However this was a good segueway into the subject of controlled opposition in the Truth movement. I think it's fair to say that Richard regards much of the rest of the Conspirasphere with suspicion and disdain. Sometimes he is unfair, as I said in my review of the London event, see above. This may be one of the reasons he has remained such a lone wolf. He has never openly made unfounded accusations, but he has implied many times that certain individuals within the UFO/conspiracy/paranormal community are compromised. He is no doubt correct in some cases, but I caution him against being overzealous. I've explained in a recent HPANWO TV production how excessive and hasty shill-shaming can do far more harm than good, see: One of the few people Richard does trust and works closely with is Andrew Johnson who has also suggested several people as possible candidates for cointelpro. A lot of Andrew's frustration comes from a very legitimate and justified gripe: why has the 9/11 Truth movement been so reluctant to accept the definitive research of Dr Judy Wood? In his book Andrew relates how 9/11 Truthers, who themselves have been misrepresented and ridiculed by believers in the official nineteen hijackers story, go on themselves to misrepresent and ridicule Dr Judy Wood and her discoveries when they really should know better, see: I myself have fallen into conflict over this, see: Andrew is correct when he says that the "thermitically correct" brigade is a controlled response to 9/11, but I suspect that most of the antagonists he describes in his book are not knowing agents who are purposively corrupting the 9/11 Truth Movement; they have merely come down with a failure of nerve. They are frightened to step outside the norms created by the masters of deception who are running the show. A good example of this is the aforementioned Alfred Webre. Webre was interviewing Leuren Moret one day when he interrupted her and told her not to mention Dr Judy Wood; why? The answer might lie in my own experience with the "stop Kevin Annett!" cult; see the link above to my film The Shill Squad. Did Alfred join those people because he was rationally and politely persuaded? I doubt it; based on their usual conduct I suspect he was bullied and browbeaten into accepting their dogma. If so then this would mean he is not very resilient when targeted by "truth mobs" and there have been some really nasty examples of those truth mobs tying to chivvy and chase people away from Dr Judy Wood. There are other kinds of norms in 9/11 Truth. In the UK the "official" 9/11 Truth Movement is very sensitive about its image; it is affiliated to the Stop the War Coalition... although I suspect that this affiliation is one-way and the StWC doesn't reciprocate. However UK 9/11 Truth portrays itself as very middle class and centre left. It eschews anything it considers too "far out" for their shop window, which is why Dr Judy Wood is so unwelcome. Whenever they even bring up the subject of Dr Judy Wood, or "Judy Wood" as they insist on calling her, their line tends to be more: "but what will people think of us!?" instead of: "She's wrong because..." UKT-9/11 wants to be seen as distinctly separate from the rest of the Conspirasphere, which is why I didn't fit in there. I really must one day write a piece on my own experience of my involvement with them, but my general unspoken feelings were well worded by Joshua Blakeney, a British researcher based in Canada: "Do these people really think that if they just spend enough time wearing suits and voting for the Green Party then eventually The Guardian will agree to investigate 9/11 Truth!?"
At the moment Richard awaits his challenge to engage our Fearless Leader David Cameron is a live public debate... which would be hell of a lot more exciting than the election debates that are on TV at the moment. However his eyes have also turned skywards as questions are coming in about Mars. At the moment there are several spacecraft on Mars, including mobile rovers; however Richard is wondering if these missions are faked and the images we see of the Red Planet are just pictures of remote locations on Earth; this is similar to the notion that the moon landings were faked, see: It's perfectly possible, after all if NASA can fake men on the moon, robots on Mars shouldn't be a problem; they don't even have to worry about private individuals with telescopes any more. Why would NASA fake data from Mars? Perhaps because they're trying to cover up evidence of life there. Richard is also changing his strategy to one much more proactive than reactive and he wants to set up his own free energy research project, see: There are a few existing ones of these like Dr Steven Greer's, but this is not to be trusted, see: Michael Tellinger has just emailed his list with an announcement of a free energy discovery; hope it's the real thing, but either way the more people who research this subject the better.

Richard received a well-earned cheer at the end of his lecture. At the time of writing his tour is still underway so do go and see him if you can: Although we have definite differences of opinion, Richard is somebody I really respect and we need more like him if we're going to see the end of this New World Order... and we are. It was getting late by the end of the event and Ustane and I had to catch a bus so we couldn't stay around to talk to Richard, Andrew or any of our other friends who had travelled there. As we left the Belgrave Rooms we saw Jenny Kleeman interviewing a member of the audience. We walked quickly on by.
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