Thursday, 3 February 2011

I'm not alone. Tell me you feel it too.

International rap star and hip hop mogul Sean “Puffy Diddy the Magic Dragony” Combs is being sued for a trillion dollars. The reason? Well according to an article published on Radar Online, it’s not because the music loving universe has banded together and decided to put a stop to his lousy output of records once and for all. Instead a 31 year old woman named Valerie Turks has filed a suit against him, Kim Porter, and Rodney King (Gee Note: Yes. That Rodney King) claiming they were responsible for the 9/11 attacks. She is quoted as saying that Combs “Went through Kim Porter and Rodney King and knocked down the World Trade Center and then they all came and knocked my children down. Set me up to be on disability and disabled my baby. He put my baby in a wheelchair. I won a lot of money at the casino in Mississippi and Sean P Diddy Combs has my chip to my money. I want my chip please help me. It's well worth over 100 zillions of dollars.". Which is, of course, amazingly crazy. However Diddy can take solace in the fact that he’s not the only musician in recent weeks to be linked with a 9/11 conspiracy.

Meet Jim Corr. Corr was born in Dundalk, Ireland on July 31 1964. In the mid 90’s Jim and his sisters Andrea, Sharon, and Caroline, became rather famous in parts of Europe and elsewhere in the world as a folk/rock group called (Gee Note: Wait for it.) “The Corrs”. By the time the year 2000 had rolled around they had amassed five number one albums in their native Ireland, two of which were also chart toppers in the UK, and numerous top ten singles around the globe.

Their success relied on two main factors. One their music was so inoffensive that surgeons were reportedly using it as a cheap alternative to induce general anaesthesia (Gee Note: OK. Not really. But their music is incredibly dull. It’s like the sonic version of a Merchant-Ivory film), giving the radio stations in Europe an alternative to loud mouthed Mancunians and smart arsed pseudo Cockneys. Secondly Andrea, Caroline and Sharon were all strikingly beautiful in a high cheek boned, dark haired, Irish kind of way. Newspapers and magazines practically salivated over the three of them, while every other week glamour rags would publish articles about how you too could look like one of The Corrs. For it’s part Ireland, which as a nation is phenomenally proud of any act that springs from its shores, collectively bought their records in such numbers it was like the second coming of The Beatles. At the height of their success stand up comedian Ardal O’Hanlon quipped “It seems that everyone in Ireland knows one of The Corrs. Sadly the one I know is Jim”.

Alas that gag still works today, albeit for slightly different reasons.

After 2000 the band’s popularity dwindled, mainly due to the sudden realisation that their music was God awful. Indeed during the great British pop music nostalgia wave from 2006 onwards, a time in which the careers of Take That, The Spice Girls, BoyZone, and others were re-launched with varying degrees of success, The Corrs record label hoped to cash in with a compilation album of some of their best known tunes. Called “The Works” (Gee Note: A more accurate title would have been “A three disk snooze-a-thon of all the songs you tried to avoid the first time around”.) it was released solely in Ireland and the UK. Where in both cases it sold so few copies it failed to chart.

With Andrea’s solo career crashing and burning - reduced to picking up the occasional stage acting role here and there - and the rest having disappeared all together, that seemed to be the final note of The Corrs legacy. Another wildly successful pop band, like Steps or Blue in the UK, that were unceremoniously dumped once the music industry realised their power over the brainless single buying masses had waned.

So it was strange then that Jim Corr was booked to appear on Ireland’s leading chat show “The Late Late Show” on 21 January this year, a good decade after his star had faded. I mean, sure, Ireland isn’t overrun with international celebrities. But there’s usually enough of them floating around to fill up the LLS. For example here’s a clip from the show during Pat Kenny’s run as host in 2008.

In this instance you had popular British comedian Jimmy Carr, a well respected stage actor/director Michael Colgan, and freakin’ Dumbledore. That’s not that bad a line up when you think about it. Heck, The Daily Show can go months without getting guests of that calibre on.

Which again begs the question, just what the deuce was Jim Corr doing on the Late Late show less than two weeks ago? I mean it’s a bit like Jay Leno conducting a two hour Tonight Show special interview with Chris Kirkpatrick (Gee Note: Who was the chunky one from *NSYNC if your curious. Remember him? No. Neither did I) completely out of the blue.

Well it turns out dear Jim has been causing a lot of waves himself recently. Most notably by claiming that 9/11 was an inside job. That’s right ladies and gentlemen. You may remember him as the bloke who used to stand behind those three pretty ladies who used to sing about rainbows or something, but tonight Jim Corr is… A CONSPIRACY THEORIST. (Gee Note: Cue dramatic music).

Apparently this all started in 2008 or there abouts, when Jim launched his own personal website Now normally a former celebrities space on the internet is dedicated to such things as which supermarket you can see them opening this coming weekend, and where you can “exclusively” download their latest project because no real retailer will stock it.

Jim’s was a wee bit different however. Rather than talking about how wonderful it was to be in Garbageville judging the local large turnip competition, Jim decided he was going to make a difference. He was going to tell the world about all of its evils. Namely a secretive organisation known as the New World Order hell bent on dominating the globe like it was a teenage girl and they were Roman Polanski.

(Gee Note: For those not in the know the New World Order are a collection of powerful families and executives who wish to control everything that happens for reasons that aren’t entirely ever made clear. They’re a bit like Lex Luthor from the Superman comics. Except they’re not all bald. And they’ve never been portrayed by Gene Hackman on the big screen. And some of them are bloody great big shape-shifting reptiles. So not really like Lex Luthor at all when you think about it).

According to Jim:

I invite you to come with me on a journey, so we can attempt to get closer to what is really going on in the world today behind the movie that's presented to us via the television set. My intention is not to sow fear, but understanding. For fear has been used as an effective tool to manipulate, divide, control and suppress people for long enough. It is essential that we awaken ourselves and our fellow men and women up to what's actually going on in this world today, so as then, we can all move forward in a positive direction. As you will discover with a little research, the lies we’ve been told relating to for instance the current wars being played out in the middle east go way beyond the “Weapons of Mass Destruction” lies.

This becomes evident when one studies 9/11. Indeed that event is the nexus doorway into the bigger picture, being the push towards global governance, the formation of an elite run totalitarian One World Government with the subjugated masses underneath.

Fake terror and phoney environmentalism are being used, to trick you into giving up more and more of your civil liberties, as we are being incrementally herded into a One World Government Dictatorship.

 The light at the end of the tunnel is that millions upon millions of people are waking up to this unfolding Orwellian nightmarish agenda which will be averted once we collectively waken up! (Gee Note: You know I'm not sure "waken up" is the correct way to put it but, sure, I get what your saying. If you want to get rich quick, try selling alarm clocks door to door. It's a cash cow baby).

Now “They out 2 get us!!!1!!!” websites are ten-a-penny, and as they go Jim’s is pretty run-of-the-mill. 9/11 was a black flag operation. The media doesn’t report the real truth. Debunkers are a bunch of meanies. Etc, etc. The difference of course is that most of the time these websites are run by unknown, not very telegenic, weirdo's. Not former international pop stars. Which is where The Late Late Show comes in. Apparently Jim was fronting a conference in Dublin called “The Truth Agenda” that weekend, where like minded fringe thinkers and crackpots can gather and belly-ache about bastards making their life miserable to their hearts content.

Here then is the now infamous interview.

Two things are notable here. One Jim does himself no favours what so ever. Bleating “I want to talk about the financial crisis” again and again while dressed in Woody Harrelson’s hand-me-downs doesn’t endear one to many folks. Secondly when even Lord Christopher Monckton and his crazy ass eyes won’t agree with you, you know your in trouble. Monckton (Gee Note: Who is the deputy leader of the political party UKIP. You know how they say a starving dog is one step away from becoming a wolf? Well UKIP is a bad haircut away from being a full blown neo-nazi establishment), lest we forget, once wrote an article for Time magazine on how to deal with AIDS. "There is only one way to stop AIDS. That is to screen the entire population regularly and to quarantine all carriers of the disease for life. Every member of the population should be blood-tested every month ... all those found to be infected with the virus, even if only as carriers, should be isolated compulsorily, immediately, and permanently.". And while we’re at it, why don't we tie a large stone to their legs and throw them in to a lake to see if they float? I mean, Jesus.

Still, it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter that Lord Monckton doesn’t agree with Jim. It doesn’t matter the American in the audience thought he was talking a load of old bollocks. It doesn’t matter that I think Jim is barking mad. Because as Jim himself puts it:

You will meet people as I do occasionally who are unable to grasp the reality of what's going on. You may even meet them amongst family and friends but don't get frustrated. It is understandably inconceivable for some people to contemplate that some governments at the behest of their globalist puppeteers could be staging terrorist attacks against their own populations, particularly for people whose reality doesn't extend beyond the television set, which is being used highly effectively sometimes as a Weapon of Mass Deception.

So Jim’ll keep going, even though his appearance on The Late Late Show was a PR disaster. Because really it wasn’t a PR disaster at all.

That’s just what they want you to think.

Bring me Solo and the Wookiee. They will all suffer for this outrage.

Floating around the net earlier today I found this little gem on ITN’s website.

Oh come on now.

OK let’s take all this in for a moment. What we have here is two videos reportedly showing the same event on January 28 2011. The setting for this scenario is above the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, the sight where it is believed the prophet Mohammed (Gee Note: Picture not found) ascended to heaven to kick back and have a good old pray with Jesus, Abraham and Moses before returning to Earth.

The cliff notes are, a glowing orb appears in the skyline and slowly descends towards the holy landmark. Eventually it settles and hovers for a bit, before a huge flash of light erupts and it zooms off in to the upper atmosphere. One of the videos shows a series of red dots appearing in the night sky like Christmas lights after the object has disappeared from view.

Now almost immediately this should be a flashing alert on anyone’s hoax radar. Largely due to two things, the heavily religious background and the UFO moving like a goddam firework. Except a lot of people appear to be taking it seriously. Including the above report from ITN, one of the UK’s largest news outlets.

The problem is I don’t buy it. Any of it. Largely because the first video is obviously a load of old bobbins.

You see the thing is (Gee Note: And bear with me on this) I’m a massive Star Wars fan. I always have been. Ever since I was a little kid sitting in my parents front room watching a plucky Luke Skywalker defeat the odds by besting a giant slavering alien monster, I’ve been hooked. When I was about ten years old Return of The Jedi was probably my favourite film ever. Now that I’m older it’s still ranks in my top ten of all time but has been leap frogged by the darker and edgier Empire Strikes Back. And that’s part of the reason I love them. There’s something for everyone in there. Ten year old me loved them for one reason, adult me loves them for completely different reasons.

But when the The Phantom Menace arrived I was disappointed. And for all the talk of midi-chlorians, Jar Jar Binks, and Jake Lloyd one thing stood out to me above all else as to the reason why. It didn’t feel real. The universe it was set in wasn’t convincing. And for me it was to do with the over reliance of CGI (Gee Notes: Or, depending on the era in which you first saw a motion picture, special effects. Or trick photography. Or witchcraft.).

So, with that in mind, here’s that first video by itself:

The first time I saw it there was something that bothered me and I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. In fact it took another three viewings before it finally clicked. From about the 0:58 second mark a wall comes in to view in the foreground. The problem is the foreground images and the background images are ever so slightly out of sync with each other, meaning that one was superimposed on the other. The video is of such poor quality though that it’s difficult to pick up and identify on the initial viewing even if in the back of your mind it’s niggling away.

Of course I would love to demonstrate this by making an additional video to prove the point. But I’m about as technically minded as Genghis Kahn staring at a fridge. Thankfully here’s one someone else made earlier.

I mean even if you ignore the bleedingly obvious questions such as “Hang on a minute. If there was a bloody great big light in the sky how come nobody reported it to the police? How come if there was a sacred site supposedly with an unknown aircraft hovering over it rather ominously, why weren’t there any fighter jets scrambled?” then you can’t really argue with the fact that, if the video was on the level, the perspective of the wall and the horizon should change in unison.

Now in addition to these two videos we also have almost identical scenes allegedly recorded on January 15 2011 in Moscow. Of course these videos may have absolutely nothing to do with each other but they’re similar enough to raise eyebrows. Could it be that we’re under threat of invasion from little green men?

Well, no. Not really. When something like this happens it’s usually a sure sign of some kind of viral marketing campaign rather than anything else. Especially when all three Youtube accounts used to host these videos have nothing else posted on them. Remember those ”news” reports about a giant skeleton that had been washed up on the shores of India by a tsunami a couple of years back? Well a ton of people got excited by that, until it was revealed to be an advert for a video game. I wouldn’t be surprised if this turns out to be something like that.

Which is fine I guess. I mean hoaxers will always be hoaxers. And for some reason marketing men and women are still convinced that getting people excited with one idea only to deliver something completely different will entice folks rather than piss them off. Despite both of these practices being a bit dubious, neither are the real problem.

No the real problem is that this made the national news in the UK without anyone actually looking at the video and, you know, possibly thinking that it might be dubious enough not to include on a serious news website. When it takes all of ten minutes to cast doubt over its content, less time than it would have taken to edit the video and record the voiceover, it begs the question “Does anyone in the media these days actually do their jobs properly anymore?”.

But then I guess the tale of a strange UFO hovering in the skies over Jerusalem is a better story than hoax dupes serious news organisation. Even if it isn’t true.