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Footsteps of the fallen
Suvla - catastrophe in the salt marsh

Footsteps of the fallen

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 22, 2023 69:56


In today's podcast, we make a welcome return to the battlefields of Gallipoli and look at the fighting at Suvla.  It was a disaster that spelled the end of a disastrous campaign.Ian Hamilton, the commander of the British Mediterranean Force had been dealt a bad hand by the British Government.  Short of trained soldiers and supplies, and forced to fight on a battlefield defended with almost fanatical idealism by Turkish soldiers under the inspirational command of Mustafa Kamal, the campaign was flawed from its inception.Our podcast looks first of all the wider Gallipoli campaign, examines the plan and logic behind the offensive, and discovers some of the problems that senior command had in fighting in such an inhospitable landscape.  Hamilton wanted new blood for the campaign but was provided with a Corps Commander with little to no battlefield experience, Lt General Frederick Stopford.  Stopford was an indecisive man who allowed the plan to be diluted by the machinations of his staff.We look at the landings at Suvla and discover a litany of command failings that cost the British thousands of casualties for no material gain.  We also hear about Fred Potts VC, who remarkable exploits earned him the nickname of the "Shovel VC"Support the podcast:https://www.buymeacoffee.com/footstepsbloghttps://www.patreon.com/footstepsofthefallen

Léargas: A Podcast by Gerry Adams
British Government STUPIDITIES

Léargas: A Podcast by Gerry Adams

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 22, 2023 14:19


BE PREPARED FOR MORE STUPIDITIESI considered ignoring the British Government's exclusion of the Sinn Féin President from the recent talks. Then I thought why should I? Stupidity like this needs highlighted. For me it is proof, once again, of what democrats here are up against. This column could analyse the statements from the current British Secretary of State and the Foreign Minister - With – The – Wonderfully – Inaccurate - Surname. But I will let you do that yourselves if that is your want. Suffice to say that every statement was even stupider than the one which preceded it. FRANCIS JOSEPH BIGGERFor the last few months I have been revisiting many of the oul words that used to be in common usage in times past. My source for many of these was a copy of a book of Montiaghisms written by William Lutton in 1923. The title of the book comes from a district close to Lurgan – the Montiaghs – where Lutton picked up many of the Ulster dialect words. He wasn't alone in this. Other writers of the period – especially  Francis Joseph Bigger also had an interest in and made use of words that today are no longer used.

Going Viral: The Mother of all Pandemics
How Many Deaths Are Too Many?

Going Viral: The Mother of all Pandemics

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2023 67:34


From the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic, the British Government made it clear that a baseline level of mortality from Covid was being “priced in” to its decision making: on March 12th 2020, Boris Johnson stopped short of ordering the sort of lockdowns seen in other countries and warned that, “many more families are going to lose loved ones before their time.” This approach belied a series of value judgements and trade-offs where people's lives were set against other values, such as personal liberty and the economy. Today Mark and his guests Anjana Ahuja, Martin McKee and Dominic Wilkinson, reappraise this approach. With Ceinwen Giles and Matt Fowler. Produced in collaboration with the UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator. Presented by Mark Honigsbaum @honigsbaum With: Anjana Ahuja  Contributing writer on science for the Financial Times and co-author of the bestselling ‘Spike: The Virus Vs The People' - the inside story of the Covid-19 pandemic with Sir Jeremy Farrar. https://www.ft.com/anjana-ahuja  /  @anjahuja Ceinwen Giles Co-CEO of Shine Cancer Support, member of the General Advisory Council of The King's Fund and Chair of the Patient and Public Voices Forum for the NHS England Cancer Programme. www.shinecancersupport.org / @ceineken Professor Martin McKee Professor of European Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Martin is Research Director of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and he's published many scientific papers and books on health and health policy, with a particular focus on countries undergoing political and social transition. www.lshtm.ac.uk/aboutus/people/mckee.martin / @martinmckee Matt Fowler Co-Founder of Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice. www.jrct.org.uk/covid-19-bereaved-families  / @CovidJusticeUK Professor Dominic Wilkinson Professor of Medical Ethics and Director of Medical Ethics at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics. Dominic is also a Consultant Neonatologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital and a Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College. He is one the editors of a forthcoming book with Oxford University Press on pandemic ethics. www.jesus.ox.ac.uk/about-jesus-college/our-community/people/professor-dominic-wilkinson/ / @NeonatalEthics Series Producer: Melissa FitzGerald @Melissafitzg Co-producer: Kate Jopling  @katejopling Cover art by Patrick Blower. www.blowercartoons.com Follow us on Twitter: @GoingViral_pod     Follow us on Instagram: goingviral_thepodcast  This episode of Going Viral on trust in the pandemic, has been produced in collaboration with the UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator. The Ethics Accelerator was funded by the UKRI Covid-19 research and innovation fund.  https://ukpandemicethics.org/   /  @PandemicEthics_ If you enjoy our podcast - please leave us a rating or review.  Thank you!  

RTÉ - Morning Ireland
Statement on NI Protocol expected today from EU and UK

RTÉ - Morning Ireland

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 16, 2023 3:52


Tony Connelly, Europe Editor, discusses an expected statement from the British Government and European Union on the Protocol.

Accidental Gods
Being the Change: Journeys in Service to Life with Gail Bradbrook

Accidental Gods

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2023 63:30


This week's guest is a friend of the podcast, Dr Gail Bradbrook.  Best known for her role in co-founding Extinction Rebellion, Gail is one of our nation's (and our world's) deepest thinkers on radical change: what will it take to shift the juggernaut of predatory capitalism from the orgy of extraction, consumption and destruction that has brought us to the edge of crisis, and instead turn it towards a celebration of life in all its forms? Gail is also a leading beacon of practical activism - how can we bring the collective conversation to bear on the existential crises of our time? In our conversation, Gail honours the teachers that have helped her to find balance and insight, and to find practical, clear-eyed hope amidst all the potential for despair.  We go on to explore her work in BCAN (see below) and, particularly, to explore the nature of horizontal organising.  In a world where half the (western) population is wedded to the old hierarchical, patriarchal structures of top-down dominance, what happens in the other half when we experiment with other, less culturally familiar ways of being? Extinction Rebellion was one of the biggest, and most public expressions of horizontal organising in the modern contemporary world. A great deal of theory was put into practice and the results were often visible in newspaper headlines.  Recorded a mere handful of days after the 'We Quit" press release from XR, we look at some of the lessons learned, and how we might do things differently next time. BIO:Dr Gail Bradbrook has been researching, planning, and training for mass civil disobedience since 2010 and is a co-founder of Extinction Rebellion (XR). Since its launch in October 2018, XR has spread around the world so that now, there are more than 1150 XR groups in 75 countries. Gail has trained in molecular biophysics, and her talk on the science of the ecological crisis, the psychology of active participation, and the need for civil disobedience has gone viral and been inspired many to join XR. She is from Yorkshire, the mother of two boys, the daughter of a coal miner, and was named by GQ as one of the top 50 influencers in the UK, and honoured in the 2020 Women's Hour Power list for her part in instigating a rebellion against the British Government.More recently, she is one of the cofounders of the Be the Change Affinity Network of XR activists exploring ways to shift our cultural rigidity into something regenerative and distributive by design.  Gail is a genuine visionary leader - one of one of the deepest, most enlightened thinkers we know; living at the leading edge of change and exploring radical answers to the questions of our time. She's also deeply spiritual and emotionally thoughtful, and it's always an enormous joy to explore with her the big questions of our time: what are we here for and how can we shift the entire nature of our culture in practical ways? TED Talk - My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor https://youtu.be/UyyjU8fzEYUGail's Telegram link: https://t.me/+i4zNgXH_oDc4YjM0Amanita Dreamer https://www.amanitadreamer.net/Seed Sistas - https://seedsistas.co.uk/3 Horizons model - https://www.boardofinnovation.com/blog/what-is-the-3-horizons-model-how-can-you-use-it/Netflix How To Change Your Mind - https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80229847 

Letters From our Founding Fathers
Episode 84 - Conspiracy to Commit Murder : B. Franklin 1774-1775 Part 4

Letters From our Founding Fathers

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 8, 2023 72:31


In this episode we get further information from Dr. Franklin as to why the war started, and how it was planned by the British Government.  We Read a letter from Dr. Franklin to his son Willian Franklin; Also, a brief guest appearance from Samuel Adams.  

Highlights from Lunchtime Live
Should catcalling be made illegal in Ireland?

Highlights from Lunchtime Live

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2022 25:16


Catcalling and street harassment is set to be made punishable by up to 2 years in prison in the UK. The newly proposed law is part of the British Government's attempts to crackdown on public sexual harassment. Should catcalling be made illegal in Ireland? Andrea was joined by listeners to discuss…

London Calling
The Odd Couple

London Calling

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 12, 2022 56:26


James takes enough time off from gathering wood to burn in his Rayburn cast iron stove (so he and his family won't freeze to death when the World Economic Forum cuts off the power this winter) to let Toby read out an extract from ‘An Odd Couple For Our Odd Times', a glowing article about our little show in The National Review (which, unfortunately is behind their paywall) and they both agree with the author that the debate between #TeamToby and #TeamJames is “the most relevant ongoing conversation on planet Earth.” Toby then tells James about a new report from the Conservative Way Forward group documenting the enormous sums the British Government spends on politically motivated campaigns every year; they briefly discuss Harry and Meghan's Netflix documentary series, focusing on Harry's slightly Plebeian accent. In Culture Corner, Toby urges people to stick with Andor, the only good Star Wars TV spin-off and sings the praises of the action scenes in Gangs of London, while James enthuses about his latest discover, Hot Skull, a Turkish series about a world plunged into chaos by a pandemic; and, finally, Toby confesses to having given up on Barry Lyndon and started listening to Hell's March, the second book in Taylor Anderson's Artilleryman series. Opening sound this week is Piers Morgan on Sky Australia reviewing Harry & Meghan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The FS Club Podcast
Employee Share Schemes, Levelling-Up & Social Mobility

The FS Club Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2022 47:24


Find out more about this event on our website: https://bit.ly/3Pov2QD David Craddock examines the role that employee share schemes can play in contributing to the levelling-up agenda in the context of the commitment given by the British Government to the electorate in the regions, whether urban, rural, or coastal. David identifies the unique characteristics of employee share schemes in reducing inequality, addressing the deficiencies in industrial management, marrying individual motivation and the entrepreneurial mindset with business development, and restoring cohesion to local communities. He explains how employee share schemes, when properly implemented, can contribute to both formal education as well as self-education, and raise aspirations by opening the channels for social mobility and life fulfilment, with implications for economic growth, regional policy, the housing market, local self-help groups and sustainability projects. Speaker: David Craddock is an independent consultant specialising in employee share ownership and reward management. A recognised authority on the subject, he is the author of The Tolley's Guide to Employee Share Schemes , along with many other essential books and courses. David's clients range from major public limited companies with international considerations to smaller private companies where the requirements are for Enterprise Management Incentives, tax-unapproved share scheme arrangements and market-making employee share trust structures. David has successfully established employee share schemes and employee benefit arrangements worldwide and to date has travelled to over 30 countries to personally facilitate their introduction. He enhances his service through a long experience in share reconstructions and share valuation. Chairman: Ian Harris, BA (Hons) FCA FBCS FIBC CMC, Managing Director, Z/Yen Group. Ian specialises in strategic planning and systematic performance improvement in both the civil society sector practice (which he leads) and also commercial sectors. Ian regularly leads award-winning work, such as Charityshare's partnership award, Ideal Hardware's HR Award for its rewards framework and the Marine Stewardship Council's Best Practice award for its strategic planning and governance review. He designed and manages Z/Yen's employee incentives and share ownership programme. Ian is a former chair of the judging panel for the National Payroll Giving Awards and of BCS The Chartered Institute for IT's Ethics Group. His third book, The Price of Fish: A New Approach to Wicked Economics and Better Decisions, written jointly with Michael Mainelli, won the Independent Publisher Book Awards Finance, Investment & Economics Gold Prize.

Too Tired to be Crazy
I Saw A UFO w/ Nick Pope

Too Tired to be Crazy

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2022 63:59


Hey Besties! We are officially kicking off mentor month! There's no better way to end the year than with words of wisdom from icons to send us into the new year right, so let's get into it!This week on Almost Adulting Violet is joined by Nick Pope. Nick Pope is a journalist, media commentator, and former lead of the British Government's Ministry of Defence, where he was responsible for investigating UFO phenomena. The two talk about EVERYTHING UFO's! From places with the most sightings, why the government may or may not be hiding their findings from the public, and how soon we may find out the truth about extraterrestrial life and what that means for us. Although it may not be like the movie ET, there is definitely something out there. Besties, put your thinking caps on and tune in!Advertise with Almost Adulting at Gumball.fm What to Listen For:00:00 Introduction00:51 Is there life outside of Earth?04:02 The amount of information that can be disclosed05:15 What was the project trying to accomplish?06:26 The place with the most UFO sightings07:25 The silliest questions/concept about UFO10:32 Wildest conspiracy theories13:10 Is there a time difference between planets?14:24 Parallel universes20:07 Potential attacks from aliens23:18 What would they look like?28:10 Media's perception of UFO's31:11 Alien abductions?35:16 How does collaboration work between countries?38:02 There is life elsewhere41:35 Most famous UFO sighting44:43 Proudest life accomplishments48:32 What's the smartest thing you can ask?51:00 Would you live on an alien planet?55:24 What are you currently passionate about?Check out Nick's books:https://www.amazon.com/Nick-Pope/e/B001KISGAC https://www.ancientalienslivetour.com/ http://nickpope.net/wpte19/https://twitter.com/nickpopemodGet more content on:@almostadulting on Instagram@violetbenson on Instagram@daddyissues_ on InstagramYouTubeSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

The Mariner's Mirror Podcast
How to Map the Ocean Floor: The Challenger Expedition 1872-1876

The Mariner's Mirror Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2022 27:00


On 7 December 1872 the Challenger expedition set sail from Sheerness. It's purpose was conceived just two years earlier, in 1870, by Charles Wyville Thomson Professor of Natural History at Edinburgh University. Thomson had managed to persuade the Royal Society of London to ask the British Government to furnish one of Her Majesty's ships for a prolonged voyage of exploration across the oceans of the globe….a voyage of deep-sea exploration, unique for its scale of ambition and scope. Their job was to do nothing les than map the ocean floor and search for life in the abyss.This remarkable expedition was made possible by extraordinary technological and scientific developments, international co-operation on an unprecedented scale and also large-scale co-operation between civilians and naval personnel. Its results did nothing less than change the way that we think about the maritime world. To find out more Dr Sam Willis spoke the with Erika jones, Curator of Navigation and Oceanography at Royal Museums Greenwich. Erika's work focuses not only on the Challenger expedition but more broadly on nineteenth-century science and the development of modern oceanography. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Cambridge Law: Public Lectures from the Faculty of Law
'Has the UK Supreme Court stopped Scottish Independence?': Alison Young (audio)

Cambridge Law: Public Lectures from the Faculty of Law

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2022 15:31


On the 23rd November the UK Supreme court decided that the Scottish Parliament did not have the power to enact legislation to hold a second independence referendum in Scotland. In this short video Professor Alison Young explains the backdrop to the case, sets out how the Supreme court decided the case, and explores possible future paths to Scottish independence. Alison Young is the Sir David Williams Professor of Public Law at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Robinson College. She teaches constitutional law on undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the University of Cambridge and is the author of Turpin and Tomkins’ British Government and the Constitution (8th Edition). For more information about Professor Young, please refer to her profile at https://www.law.cam.ac.uk/people/academic/al-young/77940 Law in Focus is a collection of short videos featuring academics from the University of Cambridge Faculty of Law, addressing legal issues in current affairs and the news. These issues are examples of the many which challenge researchers and students studying undergraduate and postgraduate law at the Faculty. This entry provides an audio source for iTunes.

Cambridge Law: Public Lectures from the Faculty of Law
'Has the UK Supreme Court stopped Scottish Independence?': Alison Young

Cambridge Law: Public Lectures from the Faculty of Law

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2022 15:40


On the 23rd November the UK Supreme court decided that the Scottish Parliament did not have the power to enact legislation to hold a second independence referendum in Scotland. In this short video Professor Alison Young explains the backdrop to the case, sets out how the Supreme court decided the case, and explores possible future paths to Scottish independence. Alison Young is the Sir David Williams Professor of Public Law at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Robinson College. She teaches constitutional law on undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the University of Cambridge and is the author of Turpin and Tomkins’ British Government and the Constitution (8th Edition). For more information about Professor Young, please refer to her profile at https://www.law.cam.ac.uk/people/academic/al-young/77940 Law in Focus is a collection of short videos featuring academics from the University of Cambridge Faculty of Law, addressing legal issues in current affairs and the news. These issues are examples of the many which challenge researchers and students studying undergraduate and postgraduate law at the Faculty.

Ready. Set. Podcast!
#59: How Corporate Media's Cozy Relationships Could Be a Threat To National Security!

Ready. Set. Podcast!

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2022 52:30


The British Media's failure to report on the Crown had a detrimental effect on the British Government leading up to WWII. Could this happen here in America? Is a journalist a "journalist" when the person they cover is someone they are clearly very friendly with?

PRmoment Podcast
Victoria Dean, chief executive officer of Portland, on the PRmoment Podcast

PRmoment Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2022 36:35


Welcome to the PRmoment Podcast.This week we're chatting to Victoria Dean, chief executive officer of Portland about her career story. Portland has 350 employees globally and 270 in London.It has offices in Brussels, Paris, Berlin, Washington, Nairobi, Singapore, Doha and London.Victoria's career has been a fascinating journey - she has spent the majority of her career working for The British and Commonwealth Foreign Office, in various non-communications roles including head of the political team at the British Embassy, Washington, the British High Commissioner of Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean and the head of strategic finance.She was also the global head of public policy at Google before taking up the global CEO role at Portland earlier this year.On the show today we're going to talk to Victoria about her time at The British and Commonwealth Foreign Office and Google, she'll be talking to us about what a modern public policy role looks like and how it overlaps with the world of public relations and communications.Victoria will also no doubt tell us why she left what I would say is one of the top 5 public policy roles globally to return to Portland earlier this year.Before we start the PRmoment Awards 2023 are now open for entries - do check out the awards site PRmomentAwards.comThanks to the PRmoment Podcast sponsors, The PRCA.Here's a summary of what Victoria and PRmoment founder Ben Smith discussed:2.30 mins Victoria worked in The Foreign and Commonwealth Office for the British Government for 16 years - what are the good and bad things about working for the government?“When there's less money about you have to be more thoughtful about recognition”“The other big thing about working for the government is - Politics… You have to be aware of that and be apolitical”“The very best secretary of state I worked for was William Hague”7 mins Is there a sweet spot about how long a secretary of state should serve?8.30 mins Victoria has had multiple roles in The Foreign and Commonwealth Office - what were her favourites and how did these prepare her for a second career in communications and public relations?“Diplomacy is PR”9.30 mins Victoria's first comms role was as the UK Government's spokesperson for Europe in Brussels for the Blair government.13 mins Victoria talks about her time as the High Commissioner of Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.15 mins Victoria left her role as the  High Commissioner of Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean because she had lots of experience in Brussels and the UK government was in a panic as a result of the Brexit referendum - she was the 3rd employee of the Department for Exiting the European Union“For the first time in my career, the advise I was giving was unwanted and not really listened to”“In papers, I wrote in those early days ‘the situation with Northern Island will be very difficult and here we are 7 years later”19 mins Victoria reveals the reason she left the Foreign Office was that she feared the UK would make a mess of Brexit.19.30 mins Victoria talks about her first stint at Portland - learning the ropes of agency life.20 mins Victoria talks about her time as global head of public policy at Google.“The reality is there is no business operating anywhere in the world that isn't increasingly affected impacted by government, politics, regulation (or) legislation.”“How we, collectively, regulate the internet is one of the biggest questions of our time"

Anomalous Podcast Network
Dr. David Clarke - Condign Report (Deep Dive)

Anomalous Podcast Network

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2022 84:29


Project Condign was a secret UFO study undertaken by the British Government's Defence Intelligence Staff (DIS) between 1997 and 2000. The results of Project Condign were compiled into a 400-page document titled Unidentified Aerial Phenomena in the UK Air Defence Region that drew on approximately 10,000 sightings and reports that had been gathered by the DI55, a section of the Directorate of Scientific and Technical Intelligence (DSTI) within the DIS. It was released into the public domain on 15 May 2006 after a September 2005 Freedom of Information Act request by Dr David Clarke. Dr David Clarke is one of the UK's leading authorities on contemporary legend and folklore. He is a co-founder of the Contemporary Legend research group at SHU and combines his interests in folklore with his teaching and research in journalism and media law. He is an experienced broadcaster and has acted as a consultant for The National Archives and the BBC. David Twitter: https://twitter.com/shuclarke David blog: https://drdavidclarke.co.uk/ THE CONDIGN REPORT: https://webarchive.nationalarchives.g... DI55 documents and additional materials: https://drive.google.com/drive/folder... !! SUPPORT DISCLOSURE TEAM !! Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/disclosureteam Buy me a coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/disclosu... Disclosure Team Merch: https://disclosureteam.bigcartel.com/ Disclosure Team Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/disclosure_... Disclosure Team Twitter: https://twitter.com/disclosureteam_ Disclosure Team is part of the Anomalous Podcast Network: https://audioboom.com/channels/5069292 Vinnie Adams is an abassador for UAP Society: https://uapsociety.com/ DISCLAIMER: FAIR USE NOTICE: This video MAY contain copyrighted material, the use of which has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Disclosure Team distributes this material for the purpose of news reporting, educational research, comment, and criticism, constituting Fair Use under 17 U.S.C § 107.

London Calling
Cryptomaniacs

London Calling

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2022 44:39


Lou Pearlman... Bernie Madoff... and now, Sam Bankman-Fried. "SBF" joins a long list of Ponzi scheme artists in modern times and Toby and James open the show with the collapse of FTX and the fall from grace of its 30 year-old founder. Toby's just back from Hungary, a nation that he says provides a glimpse of what Britain might look like if our side had won the culture war, why the British Government has no right to ask the taxpayer for even more money (given it's profligacy in the past two-and-a-half years) and, in Culture Corner, we put a bow on SAS: Rogue Heroes, The Bastard Son and the Devil Himself, Sharpe's Enemy and Dostoevsky's The Devils (also known as Demons or The Possessed). Or do we? Opening sound this week: Larry David's prophetic FTX advert produced for Super Bowl LVI.

ShadowTalk by Digital Shadows
Weekly: British Government Scanning UK Devices, Twitter's Verification Process, Latest Emotet Return

ShadowTalk by Digital Shadows

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2022 27:28


ShadowTalk host Chris alongside guests Kim gives you the latest in threat intelligence. This week they cover: -British Government Scanning UK Devices -Twitter's Verification Process -Latest Emotet Return Get this week's intelligence summary at: https://resources.digitalshadows.com/weekly-intelligence-summary/weekly-intelligence-summary-11-nov ***Resources from this week's podcast*** Cyber Threats to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 https://www.digitalshadows.com/blog-and-research/cyber-threats-to-the-fifa-world-cup-qatar-2022/ Dark Web Recruitment: Malware, Phishing and Carding https://www.digitalshadows.com/blog-and-research/dark-web-recruitment-malware-phishing-and-carding/ Subscribe to our threat intelligence email: https://info.digitalshadows.com/SubscribetoEmail-Podcast_Reg.html Also, don't forget to reach out to - shadowtalk@digitalshadows.com - if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for the next episodes.

Manchester Green New Deal podcast
Pakistan Floods and COP 27 with Asad Rehman

Manchester Green New Deal podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2022 59:44


This summer immense flooding struck Pakistan and devastated the landscape and its people.  31 million people have been displaced and the country is a long way from recovery. Today COP 27 starts in Egypt. Loss and Damages are right at the top of the agenda and the fight continues for reparation  for those already affected by climate breakdown.  This week we welcome back on the show Asad Rehman from War on Want.  We discuss the cataclysmic flooding in Pakistan, how colonialism exacerbated the flooding  and how the global south is left defenseless through debt . Asad also talks us through COP27, what's on the line and how mass movements from Africa and round the world are fighting for change in Egypt and against the Egyptian government. LinksWalter Rodney: How Europe underdeveloped Africa Naomi Klein in the Intercept "from Blah Blah Blah to blood,blood blood"War on want - https://waronwant.org/Cop27 Coalition -https://www.cop27coalition.org/Shout outsVia Campesina- the global coalition of farm workershttps://viacampesina.org/en/Refugee Council- for speaking out against the Home secretary  https://www.refugeecouncil.org.uk/RNLI - who continue to rescue refugees in the English Channel against the will of the British Government. DJ Pro P for bringing the heat at the working class voices eventSupport the show

Anomalous Podcast Network
Dr. David Clarke - Operation Mainbrace UFOs

Anomalous Podcast Network

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2022 55:07


Dr David Clarke is one of the UK's leading authorities on contemporary legend and folklore. He is a co-founder of the Contemporary Legend research group at SHU and combines his interests in folklore with his teaching and research in journalism and media law. He is an experienced broadcaster and has acted as a consultant for The National Archives and the BBC. 1952 marked a turning point in terms of the British Government's interest in the UFO enigma. In the previous year the final report of the Flying Saucer Working Party had recommended that no further investigations of aerial phenomena should be undertaken by the MoD “until some material evidence becomes available.” David's Blog on Operation Mainbrace UFOs - https://drdavidclarke.co.uk/secret-fi... Interviews with Michael Swiney - https://drive.google.com/drive/folder... David Twitter: https://twitter.com/shuclarke David blog: https://drdavidclarke.co.uk/ !! SUPPORT DISCLOSURE TEAM !! Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/disclosureteam Buy me a coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/disclosu... Disclosure Team Merch: https://disclosureteam.bigcartel.com/ Disclosure Team Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/disclosure_... Disclosure Team Twitter: https://twitter.com/disclosureteam_ Disclosure Team is part of the Anomalous Podcast Network: https://audioboom.com/channels/5069292 Vinnie Adams is an abassador for UAP Society: https://uapsociety.com/

War Studies
Compassion or control? Britain and the abolition of slavery with Dr Maeve Ryan

War Studies

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2022 44:52


The HMS Derwent arrived in Freetown harbour, Sierra Leone in March 1808, escorting two captured American ships carrying 167 enslaved people. What made them unusual was that their journey was interrupted — they were not simply captives, but “recaptives.” No longer bound for the Americas, these “liberated Africans” were instead bound to the British Empire: one of the first groups of survivors of the Atlantic slave trade to be brought to a British colony under the newly operational Slave Trade Abolition Act of 1807. But what happened to these former slaves as they fell under the “protection” of the British Government? The freedom into which they had been delivered—as they would learn—was not intended to mean anything more than freedom from being legally owned as chattel. Former slaves were expected to repay the debt of their salvation. In this special Black History Month episode of the War Studies Podcast, Dr Maeve Ryan joins us to discuss her new book, which seeks to deepen our understanding of the conceptual origins and implications of British policies to manage and control liberated slaves, and its consequences for British foreign policy and the rest of the world throughout the 19th century. She discusses the series of imperial experiments set up to resettle and integrate former slaves, with extremely variable and frequently tragic results. She examines how liberated slaves were argued over as resources, as labour units to be distributed or as objects of paternalistic concern and contempt, and as instruments in diplomatic confrontations. She also shares how throughout, the liberated people found ways to disrupt and resist refusing to be a blank canvas onto which imperialist goals, ambitions, and fantasies could be imprinted. As such, they presented successive governments and generations of abolitionists with a complex series of moral, political, ideological, and practical challenges. Find out more about Dr Maeve Ryan's new book: https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300251395/humanitarian-governance-and-the-british-antislavery-world-system/ Find out more about the Centre for Grand Strategy Maeve co-directs in the Department of War Studies: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/research/kcl-centre-for-grand-strategy

The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show
Gift Grub: Dermot Bannon Leaves Michael D Higgins Flabbergasted

The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2022 3:01


Michael D Higgins was on the line for Gift Grub this morning, but it wasn't to talk about the chaos going on in the British Government. The President was left absolutely flabbergasted when a news story about the housing crisis was followed by Dermot Bannon flouncing around mansions in an ad for Dermot Bannon's Incredible Homes.

Seize The Moment Podcast
Andy Moffatt - 2Pac, Hip Hop's Evolution, UK's NHS | STM #148

Seize The Moment Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2022 68:25


On episode 148, we welcome Andy Moffatt to discuss the evolution of hip hop, Andy's interview with Treach of Naughty by Nature and his close relationship with 2Pac, interviewing Wendy Day and how she facilitated Eminem's deal with Dr. Dre when he was close to quitting making music, interviewing Swifty McVay of D12 and his experiences on the road with the group, the NHS and how chronic underfunding of it by the British Government sparked protests in the UK, the differences between healthcare in the US and UK, branding in the social media age and the ability to move past industry gatekeepers to control your own narrative, and why British citizens became disenchanted with politics in general. Andy is the host of the Heart of an Outlaw show where he interviews entertainers in the hip-hop music industry. He's also a musical journalist writing for HipHop24, having interviewed Treach, Swifty Mcvay,Mopreme Shakur and Angie Thomas.  Andy Moffat | ► Website | https://hiphopxxiv.com/podcast/ ► Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/AndyO4l ► Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/andyo4l ► https://www.instagram.com/heartofanoutlawshow ► Twitter | https://twitter.com/AndyO4l ► https://twitter.com/hoaoshow ► Youtube | https://www.youtube.com/c/HeartOfAnOutlawShow Where you can find us: | Seize The Moment Podcast | ► Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/SeizeTheMoment ► Twitter | https://twitter.com/seize_podcast ► Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/seizethemoment ► TikTok | https://www.tiktok.com/@seizethemomentpodcast ► Patreon | https://www.patreon.com/user?u=32208666

Marketplace All-in-One
Battle between Bank of England and British government intensifies

Marketplace All-in-One

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2022 8:37


From the BBC World Service: The Bank of England’s short-term rescue plan to stabilize the government debt market ends today, and it appears to have worked. But while bond yields have fallen, the political drama has continued with Prime Minister Liz Truss expected to backtrack on her plans for unfunded tax cuts. Plus, with China’s President Xi Xinping in line for an historic third term at the Communist Party Congress, we hear from an area in the north of the country said to have been lifted out of poverty.

Marketplace Morning Report
Battle between Bank of England and British government intensifies

Marketplace Morning Report

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2022 8:37


From the BBC World Service: The Bank of England’s short-term rescue plan to stabilize the government debt market ends today, and it appears to have worked. But while bond yields have fallen, the political drama has continued with Prime Minister Liz Truss expected to backtrack on her plans for unfunded tax cuts. Plus, with China’s President Xi Xinping in line for an historic third term at the Communist Party Congress, we hear from an area in the north of the country said to have been lifted out of poverty.

Mysterious Radio
The Secret Serial Killer: The True Story of Kieran Kelly

Mysterious Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2022 59:44


Tonight, my special guest is Robert Mulhern who's here to discuss his book about a low key serial killer in the city of London snatching the lives of the homeless like nobody's business. Get his book The Secret Serial Killer: The True Story of Kieran Kelly on Amazon. Robert's Twitter This true crime investigation into the notorious case of Kieran Kelly reveals “new twists that add further intrigue to the mystery” (Irish Post).   On the evening of August 21,1983, Metropolitan Police detectives raced to London's Clapham Police Station to find a prisoner dead. His cellmate sat quietly in the corner. Kieran Kelly, a laborer from Ireland, calmly confessed to strangling the prisoner—and then stunned officers by confessing to dozens of unreported and unsolved murders over the previous 30 years.   Kelly may have been Britain's most prolific serial killer, yet he was convicted on just two of his admissions. In 2015, a former police officer who worked on the case made a bombshell accusation: that Kelly' crimes were covered up by the British Government.   Strangulations, murders on the London Underground, an internal Metropolitan Police review—as the story's elements whipped the international news media into a frenzy, journalist Robert Mulhern set off from London to rural Ireland on a methodical search for the truth. Could Kieran Kelly really have murdered 31 times? xRequest To Join Our Private Community Visit our home on the web: https://www.mysteriousradio.com Follow us on Instagram @mysteriousradio Follow us on TikTok mysteriousradioTikTok Follow us on Twitter @mysteriousradio Follow us on Pinterest pinterest.com/mysteriousradio Like us on Facebook Facebook.com/mysteriousradio Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Fighting Terror
Eye on Islamism: What is Islamism?

Fighting Terror

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2022 39:50


“What is Islamism? Are there any overlaps between the religion Islam and the term Islamism? Who are the Islamists and how do they view the West? What constitutes a good policy response to Islamism? The first podcast episode in our mini-series on Islamism will explore what the term Islamism means and how to respond to the Islamist challenge.In this conceptual episode Lucinda Creighton talks to Sir John Jenkins, a former British diplomat and currently a Senior Fellow at Policy Exchange. Sir John Jenkins has enjoyed a 35 year career in the British Diplomatic Service where he has lived and worked in several countries in the Middle East, such as Kuwait, Malaysia, and the UAE. Amongst other things, he was the director for the Middle East and North Africa in the Foreign Office in London from 2007 to 2009 and was asked to be the lead author of the British Government's Muslim Brotherhood Review in 2014.”

The Stand with Eamon Dunphy
Ep 1549: Is the under-pressure British Government set to do business with the EU?

The Stand with Eamon Dunphy

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2022 29:33


Journalist Newton Emerson talks to Eamon about the DUP and its positions on the NI Protocol, the Tory Party and a return to Stormont. Newton Emerson writes for The Irish Tiimes, The Sunday Times and The Irish News.Recorded on 10th October 2022. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/the-stand-with-eamon-dunphy. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

The Hearing – A Legal Podcast
EP. 106 – King Charles III's role in British government: how much power does he really have?

The Hearing – A Legal Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2022 39:41


THE CROSS-EXAMINATION – In this episode, Becky explores the unique role the monarch plays in British government, and considers what changes may come now that King Charles III has ascended to the throne following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. Becky talks to Sir Jonathan Jones KC, a consultant in constitutional law at Linklaters, and Robert Hazell, a professor of government and the constitution at University College London. They discuss the formal and informal powers the UK monarch has to influence legislation, and how Queen Elizabeth approached the role during her historic reign. What powers does the monarch really have? And which limits on the monarchy are based on convention rather than the constitution? Guests: – Sir Jonathan Jones KC, Senior Consultant in Public and Constitutional Law, Linklaters – Professor Robert Hazell, Founder of the Constitution Unit, UCL Find out more at tr.com/TheHearing

Then and Now History Podcast: Global History and Culture

(Bonus) Operation Banquet was a British Second World War plan to use every available aircraft against a German invasion in 1940 or 1941. After the Fall of France in June 1940, the British Government made urgent anti-invasion preparations as the Royal Air Force (RAF) engaged the German Luftwaffe in a struggle for air superiority in the Battle of Britain. In May 1940, the Air Ministry had realized that beyond the normal reserves of the RAF, it may be necessary to throw every serviceable aircraft into the battle. On 17 May, an Air Ministry meeting outlined ambitious plans to use various aircraft in the event of an invasion.

RNZ: Morning Report
UK and NZ tax situations different - Christopher Luxon

RNZ: Morning Report

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2022 7:34


The National Party leader says the situation in New Zealand is different to the UK where tax cuts have contributed to market turmoil. The British Government's tax cut plans, funded by a hike in borrowing caused the pound to plunge last week. On Tuesday UK Chancellor of the Exchequor Kwasi Kwarteng announced the plan to cut the top tax rate had been axed in response to the furore. National has proposed its own tax package in New Zealand if elected next year, which includes reducing the top tax rate. Christopher Luxon told Morning Report says the situation here is different and National would reduce government spending while cutting taxes.

880 Extras
British government dropping plan to cut taxes for highest earners

880 Extras

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2022 3:08


CBS News Business Analyst Jill Schlesinger 

World Business Report
Pound recovers after British Government U-Turn

World Business Report

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2022 27:10


The pound rose against the dollar after the UK government announced it was scrapping plans to cut taxes for top earners, get the latest from London with Gemma Tetlow, an economist at the Institute for Government. Former OPEC official Jorge Leon discusses fears the group of oil producing countries could reduce supplies, leading to brent crude prices rising 4%. A BBC Investigation has found that the owner of the UK's biggest power station, Drax, is cutting down key forests in Canada. We speak to reporter Joe Crowley who's been investigating the story. We get the latest from the Brazilian elections with Bruno Carazza, a professor at Dom Cabral Foundation, who told us what to expect in the second round of votes between Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and incumbent Jair Bolsonaro.

Today with Claire Byrne
British government goes back fracking

Today with Claire Byrne

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 11:39


Oisín Coghlan, Director, Friends of the Earth

Beyond the Forbidden
Nick Pope | Full Spectrum Disclosure: UAPs, PsyOps and The Rise of UFO Culture

Beyond the Forbidden

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 61:22


Nick Pope ran the British Government's UFO project. From 1991 to 1994 he researched and investigated UFOs, alien abductions, crop circles and other strange phenomena, leading the media to call him the real Fox Mulder. His government background and his level-headed views have made him the media, film and TV industry's go-to guy when it comes to UFOs, the unexplained and conspiracy theories.Nick Pope has consulted on, and helped to promote a number of alien-themed movies, TV shows and video games. He has hosted, consulted on and contributed to numerous TV shows, has written six best-selling books, and lectures all around the world. INTERVIEW TALKING POINTS:- UFO Disclosure- UAPs and Tic Tac UFOs- Pentagon UFO Program- New York Times UFO Articles- Apollo Moon Landings- Whistleblowers- Deepstate- Government Apologies- Black Budget Money- Meta Materials- Government PsyOps- UFO Government Narrative Control- ExtraterrestrialsSEARCH FOR AND FOLLOW ME ON:FACEBOOK: Beyond the Forbiddenfacebook.com/beyondtheforbiddenINSTAGRAM: @beyondtheforbiddenTWITTER: @forbidden_tv Twitter: @BADW0LF66

RTÉ - The Business
David McRedmond Chief Executive of An Post

RTÉ - The Business

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2022 7:58


We spoke earlier about the likely impact of the British Government's mini budget, it's a lot more uncertainty added to the uncertainty that already exists because of Brexit. It seems Brexit is still causing ructions with our own post. Chief Executive of An Post David McRedmond joins us to look at Brexit and a few other issues.

Kings and Generals: History for our Future
3.14 Lin Zexu vs Big Opium

Kings and Generals: History for our Future

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 62:34


Last time we spoke, the British government was walking a tight rope between getting their tea fix and not being banned from trade with China. When Britain ended the East India company's monopoly over the China trade, they assumed they could not be implicated in the illegal opium trade and they were soon proved very very wrong. Britain had managed to fix their silver problem, but at the cost of draining China's silver and that tight rope they were walking, well they fell. China was becoming chaotic again, revolts were likely to be on the horizon. The Qing dynasty had had enough of the situation and began to crack down in the 1830's more and more so. Now China is sending one man who had proven he knew how to stop the opium trade and soon he would wage war on the illicit trade.   This episode is Lin Zexu vs big opium   Welcome to the Fall and Rise of China Podcast, I am your dutiful host Craig Watson. But, before we start I want to also remind you this podcast is only made possible through the efforts of Kings and Generals over at Youtube. Perhaps you want to learn more about the history of Asia? Kings and Generals have an assortment of episodes on the history of asia and much more  so go give them a look over on Youtube. So please subscribe to Kings and Generals over at Youtube and to continue helping us produce this content please check out www.patreon.com/kingsandgenerals. If you are still hungry for some more history related content, over on my channel, the Pacific War Channel where I cover the history of China and Japan from the 19th century until the end of the Pacific War.   Lin Zexu gave the strongest and swiftest voice of approval and he was no ordinary official. Lin Zexu was the son of a schoolteacher and proved to be a great student. He passed the brutal competitive examination in Beijing in 1811 at the age of 26 emerging top of his class. Working as a judge in the 1820's he earned a reputation for fairness and the nickname “Lin, Clear as heaven” or “Lin the Clear sky” which was a testament to his incorruptibility. Over the years of his work he earned great renown as a pragmatic administrator deeply versed in how to deal with water management and flood relief. He was a rare official who could be relied upon to put the welfare of the people ahead of his own gain. He was frankly, incorruptible and because of this, in 1838 he was Emperor Daoguangs favorite minister and reached a rank comparable to Deng Tingzhen in Canton while being 10 years younger than him. He was a beacon of honesty and virtue in a time when the Qing government was full of corruption. One and a million as they say.    Lin Zexu's primary concerns had always been domestic, he had no dealings with foreigners as that was exclusively a Canton issue. Foreign relations were very far from his mind and this shaped his way of thinking. His main concerns were with the Chinese, not the foreigners when tackling the problem of opium. Lin Zexu was quite conservative and his support for suppressing opium was based on his abiding faith in moral suasion. When Huang Juezi made his proposal it marked a turning point for Lin Zexu. He seized on the proposal almost like a religious crusade and immediately offered the Emperor a detailed action plan. He recommended the confiscation and destruction of opium pipes and other equipment for using the drug. Local moral campaigns, education campaigns to teach the evils of opium to the people and active suppression of opium dens and corrupt officials. He also recommended medical treatments to help addicts wean off opium. He described various elixirs used to combat opium addiction.   One thing of interest to me as my first degree is in neurobehavioral science, Lin Zexu talked about giving patients a mix of small amounts of opium combined with herbs that would make the patients sick. This idea has been used in the field of addiction and can be effective. The Idea is based on operant conditioning, by linking to the act of taking opium with a negative stimulus you might get the patient to be more and more reluctant to take the drug. I will attest this in practice is a hit or miss depending on the drug or action. Anyways Lin Zexu's action plan was quite formidable and was hitting the issue at the source at multiple angles.    After sending his action plan to the Emperor, Lin Zexu took the initiative to test it out in his provinces of Hunan and Hubei. In august of 1838 he launched the campaign first setting out to hospitals to treat addicts. Then he jailed dealers, issued proclamations condemning the use of the drug and ordered local officials to round up and destroy whatever opium or opium using equipment they could find. Reports began to pour into Beijing about the success of Lin Zexu's plan. Tens of thousands of pipes were and ounces of opium were confiscated. Mind you 10 thousands ounces of opium was around 10 chests worth, during a time when 30,000 chests were coming into China annually. The pipes and opium were burnt publicly, which was a crucial element to the plan as they needed to prove to the public they indeed were destroying the substance, otherwise the public would assume they were taking it for themselves! Lin Zexu's reports to the Emperor were increasingly triumphant and their tone pressed the urgency to unleash the action plan outside Hunan and Hubei. In September of 1838 Lin Zexu declared opium to be the largest problem the Qing dynasty was facing. “Before opium was widespread, those who smoked it only harmed themselves. The punishments of canning and exile were enough to keep them in line. But when its evil influence has penetrated into the whole country, the effect is tremendous. Laws should be put into rigid enforcement. If left in a lax state, then after a few decades, there will be no soldier in this Central Empire to fight against invaders, nor money to bear the military expenses. I have the fear, that if the evil be suffered to grow at this critical moment there may be no more chance for remedy”.    In October of 1838, the Daoguang Emperor was leaning heavily towards initiating the suppression campaign while some of his officials still believed he might legalize opium. Those same officials were feeding Charles Elliot stories that at any moment the substance would be legalized and this influenced his actions. Then on November the 8th a Manchu official named Qishan who was the governor general of Zhili province reported the largest drug bust in the history of the Qing empire to that point. The confiscated opium was found in Tianjin, not too far away from Beijing. Qishan stated the opium had come from Canton through the Cantonese traders who managed to ship it north through various means. The major drug bust indicated to the Qing court, perhaps they needed to perform the same action in Canton. Emperor Daoguang then made the decision to summon Lin Zexu to Beijing in December of 1838. After the meeting, Emperor Daoguang tasked Lin Zexu with a mission to obliterate the opium trade in Canton. Lin Zexu would travel south as an imperial commissioner, holding the power to act on behalf of the Emperor, answerable to no other local officials. He would have command over all naval forces at Canton and Deng Tingzhen would give him support. Thus in early January of 1839, while Charles Elliot expected legalization of opium to be declared at any moment, Lin Zexu made his way to end the illicit trade once and for all.   Charles Elliot was being fed false information about the ongoing court battle over the opium question in China and he worried about his lack of authority over the British subjects in Canton. If the opium smugglers provoked a crisis under his watch, he was placed in quite a predicament. The British traders and Chinese did not actually know what Elliot's authority was and on many occasions tried to pry the information out of him. The English newspapers for example repeatedly asked him to clarify what his authorization was, but he refused to ever answer.  Elliots became increasingly concerned with British sailors getting into fights with local chinese and organized a naval police force to deal with the issue. Yet when he began doing this he was scolded by Palmerston for overstepping his authority. “You have no power of your own authority to make any such regulations. The establishment of a system of police at Whampoa within the dominions of the Emperor of China was in violation of the absolute right of sovereignty enjoyed by independent states”.    By the early winter of 1839 it seemed governor general Deng Tingzhen's ongoing efforts to crackdown on the Chinese opium smugglers was working. As noted by William Jardine “Not a broker to be seen, nor an Opium pipe; they have all vanished. The authorities are seizing smokers, dealers and shopkeepers innumerable. We must hope for better times and brisker deliveries”. Up to this point Deng Tingzhen limited his actions towards the Chinese and did not target any foreigners. Occasional shots were fired between government boats and foreign smuggling vessels, but nothing had gotten out of hand. Then on December 3rd, a small drug bust was performed and 2 Chinese workers were caught smuggling opium for a British merchant. In response to the incident, Deng Tingzhen decided to make an official statement to the foreign community. On december 12 a small force of Qing soldiers went to the gates of the foreign factories and hammered a wooden cross on the gate indicating they were about to execute a convicted Chinese opium dealer. The site of the execution was to be in front of the foreign factories, obviously Deng Tingzheng was sending a message to the foreigners, that they were responsible for the man's execution.    Its hard to know who acted out first. Elliot was at Whampoa and did not witness the event to come and those involved on the British side said they had no involvement. Its been theorized British sailors may have perpetuated it, regardless some foreigners decided that the execution in front of their homes was too distrubed and began to tear down the gallows being erected. The local Chinese soldiers did nothing to resist, some even began to help tear it down. A crowd of Chinese formed to watch the event and its remained peaceful, until some rowdy British began shoving their way through the crowd. These British hit several Chinese with sticks and some threw rocks, as you can imagine soon fights began and a full riot burst. Several thousand Chinese came and began pelting the foreigner with rocks prompting the Chinese soldiers to intervene and escort the foreigners back into the factories. In the end the gallow was torn down, but the convicted Chinese smuggler was executed elsewhere.    Palmerston demanded to know what had occurred, he was furious the British subjects had the audacity to get involved in Chinese affairs. “On what grounds did the traders imagine themselves entitled to interfere with the arrangements made by the Chinese officers of justice for carrying into effect, in a chinese town, the orders of their superior authorities”. Elliot was quite shaken by the situation. He knew he had to do something to thwart any further incident, but he had no real authority to do anything. He wrote back to Palmerston “that the danger and shame of the opium trade had reached a point where it was falling by rapid degrees into the hands of more and more desperate men”. Elliot then decided to take firm action, on december 18 he issued a proclamation ordering all British vessels carrying opium to depart the inner waters of Canton immediately. He had no authority to confiscate their cargoes, nor to arrest them and thus he fell back on the authority of the Qing government. If any British vessels refused, he would personally turn them over to the Chinese “Her Majesty's Government will in no way interpose if the Chinese Government shall think fit to seize and confiscate the same”. Simultaneously he wrote the governor of Canton pledging his support for the campaign against opium.    The opium traders were all very very pissed off. The superintendent, Elliot was supposed to protect them! James Matheson complained to the British press “that Elliot had adopted the novel course of assisting the Qing government in this, against his own countrymen! It appears to be the intention of Captain Elliot to offer himself as a kind of chief of the chinese preventive service”. Another execution of a convicted chinese opium smuggler took place in february of 1839, this time it was done much faster and with a large guard. William Jardine left Canton in late January of 1839, leaving Matheson to watch over the business. Enroute to Canton was Lin Zexu who was being counseled by many Qing officials. Qishan warned Lin Zexu not to start a war against the foreigners. Another official Gong Zizhen who was prolifically anti opium, advised that if Lin should try to shut off the source of opium directly at Canton, then both the foreign and Chinese dealers might start a revolt and China might not have sufficient military power to control them both. He recommended a gradual approach, first take action to reduce imports and only against the Chinese merchants and consumers while simultaneously increasing the military defenses at canton. He argued that China's existing naval forces could not possibly match the British and that efforts should be made to increase coastal and inland defenses. With all that being complete, in time they would be able to shut off the foreign merchants completely. Enroute to Canton, Lin Zexu visited Bao Shichen a official who had written since the 1820's on the subject of shutting down foreign trade to prevent the drain of silver from china. Bao Shichen told him “to clear a muddy stream you must purify the source. To put a law into effect you must first create order within”. Lin Zexu took this to mean he should first begin arresting all the government officials who had violated the ban on opium. Then he must completely shut off the flow of foreign opium imports coming into Canton. Bao Shichen would later state that Lin Zexu misunderstood him completely and that shutting down foreign trade was too dangerous.    In March of 1839, Canton was anxious about Lin Zexu's arrival. Everyone knew the great powers invested upon him, but nobody knew how he would use them. He arrived on March 10th and immediately struck hard. He began with mass arrests of the known Chinese smugglers and put up proclamations announcing his mission was to destroy the opium trade in its entirety. He ordered marchants to abandon the trade and for users to hand over their pipes to be smashed. Thousands of pounds of opium and tens of thousands of pipes were confiscated. In 3 months after his arrival, he would arrest 5 times the amount of people that Deng Tingzhen had done in his 2 year reign. As things were going along successfully with the Chinese affairs, Lin Zexu then decided to address the foreign merchants. On march 18 he issued an edict ordering the British merchants to surrender all of their opium to him and gave them 3 days to comply. The Hong merchants as the traditional mediators between the foreigners and the Qing government bore the heaviest blame and Lin Zexu began interrogating them all. Many were brought before him on their knees under threat of execution if they should lie.    The foreign merchants initially made no efforts toward surrendering their opium, they all wanted to see how far Lin Zexu would actually go. Lin Zexu was not accustomed to being disobeyed and quickly lost his patience. By March 19 he announced that no foreign merchants would be allowed to leave the Canton factories until they gave up their opium and signed papers stating they would never trade the drug again in China under penalty of death. Boom. If they continued to defy him after the 3 day, he would execute Houqua and other Hong merchants on the morning of March 22. The Hong merchants all panicked and pleaded with the British merchants to help. The British caved in someone and agreed to hand over 1000 chests of opium on the morning of march 22. Word came that the amount of chests would not be enough and thus the British simply held back.    Houqua and some other Hong merchants were paraded around the Canton square with iron collars and chains. Lin Zexu threatened to execute them if British merchants did not hand over the opium, but the deadline had passed and many were suspicious if Lin Zexu was bluffing. One person who did not think Lin Zexu was bluffing was Elliot who was in Macao when he heard of the situation. Elliot feared the British merchants would all be put on trial and executed. Elliot resolved to save them by standing up to the imperial commissioner, but also while trying to appease him. Elliot wrote to Palmerston “to save the merchants a firm tone and attitude was all that he needed to efuse the unjust and menacing disposition of the Imperial commissioner, but that he would also appease him by using his best efforts for fulfilling the reasonable purpose of the Qing government”.    Elliot arrived at the Canton factories at sundown of March 24 in a rowboat in full captain's uniform with a cocked hat and his sword in hand. He proclaimed to the merchants “given the imminent hazard of life and property and the dark and violent natures of Lin Zexu's threats, they should begin immediate preparations to evacuate the Canton factories. If Lin Zexu refused to grant them passage from Canton to Macao within 3 days, Elliot would conclude that the Chinese intended to hold them hostage. So long as their proceedings were moderate, defensible and just I will remain with you to my last gulp!”. That night Lin Zexu ordered all the Chinese staff in the factories to leave. The cooks, linguists, porters, servants and such all packed up and left. Then Lin Zexu shut off all supplies from entering the factories and surrounded them with soldiers. The foreign factories had become a prison for roughly 350 people, not all of whom were British. There were Americans, Parsis, some Dutch alongside the British. Lin Zexu was careful to order all guards to not provoke nor molest the foreigners, he wanted everything to be peaceful. Nobody was going to starve however, provisions were plentiful in the factories, however the merchants found cooking for themselves disastrous. One report came from the Americans who said Robert Frobes attempt at ham and eggs came out a hard black mass approximating the sole of a shoe.    Elliot was terrified they were all going to starve or be executed. Elliot resolved that they had to cooperate with Lin Zexu and hand over all the opium for if they didn't, he feared they would all be executed. In the name of her majesty, Elliot ordered everyone to surrender the opium to him and in return he would sign a promissory note guaranteeing that the British government would pay them its fair market value. The offer seemed too good to be true to the merchants. The Qing authorities could at any moment seize all the opium by force and with it their tremendous losses. James Matheson said “our surrender is the most fortunate thing that could have happened”. Throughout the afternoon on march 27th, the merchants brought Elliot statements of the amount of opium under the control of their firms and he in turn signed notes of guarantee payments by the British government. All told the amount was 20, 283 chests with a market value of roughly 10 million dollars. There was one glaring problem with this solution, Elliot had absolutely no authority to do it.   Elliots decision would turn out to be the crux of many events to come. Elliot had no authority nor any instructions to do what he did. It seems in hindsight it was a rash decision made in panic. From Elliots point of view he had to immediately save the lives of the British subjects and the overall trade relations between Britain and China. After making the choice he wrote to Palmerston “I am without doubt, that the safety of a great mass of human life hung upon my determination”. All the merchants who went along with it knew full well Elliots did not have the authority to purchase 10 million dollars worth of opium on behalf of the Crown, but because he had been so ambiguous in the past about his authority, they could all play coy that they went along with it believing he did have the authority. The signed document would give them a strong case against the British government for compensation if and when it came to that. Facing the choice of having their contraband seized by Elliot or Lin Zexu, it was a no brainer they had better chances dealing with their own government to get reimbursement. Both Elliot and the traders assumed there would be a compensation of sorts and with it the termination of the Indian Chinese opium trade for good. They had no idea how events in Britain would unfold as a result of all of this.    And so Elliot wrote to Lin Zexu informing him he would be surrendering all of the opium, which would be the single largest seizure of opium recorded in Chinese history up to that point. Lin Zexu wrote to the emperor on april 12 1839 after the seizure detailing how enormous the success was. He got them to seize all the opium in a short time and they made little conflict over it, hell no military force was really necessary “naturally they were cowed into submission”. Lin Zexu recommended they show benevolence towards the foreigners, to forgive them of their past crimes and send them a large gift of livestock, since he imagined they were starving and they no longer had their trade to support them. Yet Lin Zexu did not immediately release them, Elliot was livid! Lin Zexu told Elliot they could only be granted to leave once ¾'s of the opium had been collected a process that would take weeks, possibly months. Elliot sent a secret dispatch to Palmerston begging him for a naval fleet “it appear to me, my lord, that the response to all these unjust violences should be made in the form of a swift and heavy blow, prefaced by one word of written communication”. Elliot further argued for naval blockade of Canton and the Yangtze River, the capture of Chusan island all followed up by a northern expedition to demand the “disgrace and punishment” of Lin Zexu and Deng Tingzhen. Emperor Daoguang should be forced to apologize for the “indignities heaped upon the Queen and to pay an indemnity to satisfy British losses. The Qing government must be made to understand its obligations to the rest of the world.    It would take 6 weeks for all the opium to be collected and the Qing officials expected the opium to be sold off to reimburse the countless Chinese traders that had lost out. Emperor Daoguang however ordered Lin Zexu to destroy it all, and that is just what he did. I would like to mention at this time, I covered what is to come, the first Opium war on my personal channel, its a 45 minute or so documentary so please check it out it would mean a lot to me. But what I also want to let you know is there was a British/Chinese movie made on the Opium war called…the Opium War haha, which came out in 1997. I won't sugar coat it, not a amazing film by any measure, but the scene where Lin Zexu destroys the opium is quite impressive and does more merit to the story then me narrating it, so check it out if you would like! Over the course of 3 weeks in June, Lin Zexu destroyed the opium at a specially built site near the Tiger's Mouth. An american missionary named Elijah Bridgeman witnessed it and there are artist renditions of the event. In rectangular pools around 7 feet deep the opium balls were crushed and tossed in. Chinese workers would stir the thick opium filled water into a froth then cover it all with lime and salt for a few days before casting it out to sea.   Lord Palmerston learnt of the confiscated opium from the traders themselves before Elliots letter arrived. The letter that informed Palmerston was from James Matheson who was launching a campaign to make the government pay up. Suddenly petitions from all the merchants poured into Palmerstons office. A bunch of drug dealers were shaking down the British government to pay for their lost drugs. There was another major problem, since march of 1839 all trade with China had halted and there was no way to tell when it would open back up. Ships full of cotton textiles were stuck at Macao and tea shipments were stuck in Whampoa. All the non opium traders were petitioning Britain to do something and fast. Collectively the domestic manufacturers of goods that went to Canton held significant political power, much greater than the opium claimants. They demanded “prompt, vigorous and decided measures to reopen Canton and put the regular China trade on a more secure and permanent basis”. What they wanted was a treaty, done via force if necessary.   William Jardine arrived in Britain in September right as the news from Canton was spilling in and began a lobbying campaign. For the british government the talk of the opium trade was embarrassing and they wished to make the entire matter disappear as quickly as possible. However the amount of money owed to the opium traders was enormous and the Treasury of England was in no state to compensate them. Palmerston was in a terrible situation and he brought the issue of China to a cabinet meeting at Windsor castle on October 1 of 1839. He was being bombarded by business lobbyists demanding action, Elliots letter pleading for help and the English press. Britain was involved in a war in the Ottoman Empire against Russia, with a dispute between Maine and New Brunswick and an invasion of Afghanistan thus all the ministers did not want to distract themselves too much with the China problem. Palmerston offered a quick solution, he tossed in front of the cabinet several maps of the Chinese coast and explained how a small British squadron could blockade China's crucial ports and rivers to force the Qing government into submission. The plan was almost identical to a plan formulated by James Matheson in 1836 after Napiers death. The Prime minister Lord Melbourne was not so much concerned with the military aspect of the plan, but how were they going to pay the 10 million to the opium merchants, they had no financial resources to spare. They did not want to take on anymore government debt, the debt was already high after the Napoleonic wars. Also it was going to look terrible bad that the British government was paying off drug dealers. Then the solution came, the brand new secretary at war, Thomas Macaulay made a suggestion to Palmerston, a rather out of the box idea. Why not make China pay for it all.   Palmerston put forward Macaulay's idea and the cabinet agreed boom. The matter was settled, a naval squadron, not too large would be dispatched to obtain reparation from China for Lin Zexu's taking of Elliot and the other British subjects hostage. On may 21st of 1839, Lin Zexu finally allowed the foreigners to leave Canton and Elliot ordered all British subjects to abandon the factories and go to macao. Despite this more tense events would follow.    In early July there was a drunken melee in Hong Kong harbor. The comprador of the British ship Carnatic was arrested and the sailors of the Carnatic demanded his return, but the Chinese refused. Thus 30 sailors on July 12th from the Carnatic and Mangalore, both ships owned by Jardine Matheson & Co went ashore and to the village of Jianshazui on the Kowloon Peninsula. They all proceed to get drunk off Samshu, a fortified rice wine and vandalized the local temple and beat to death a man named Lin Weixi. Elliot was livid when he heard the news, he was trying to bide time in the hopes Britain was sending reinforcements. He immediately tried to rush to Jianshazui to bribe the family of the victim, but the bribery was to no avail. When Lin Zexu heard of the affair he demanded that the culprits be handed over for Chinese justice. At this time Lin Zexu he had just received new regulations from the Emperor that formully mandated the death sentence for opium users in China and for the first time also for foreigners who sold opium.The British assumed it was a death sentence to give the men up. Lin also put up postings that if any Chinese killed a foreigner unjustly they would be executed. Instead of giving up the men, Elliot called for a court of inquiry and charged 5 British sailors with riot and assault, but brought no murder or manslaughter chrages. Lin Zexu accused the British of denying China's sovereignty by issuing a court of their own.   Elliot then invited Lin Zexu to send government officials to observe a new trial for the said sailors, but Lin Zexu refused and promulgated an edict that forbade anyone from giving food or water to all the British citizens in China under penalty of death. The situation was growing more and more tense and Lin Zexu tossed Elliot a rope. On August 17 he ordered Elliot to hand over the murderer without specifiyng the perpetrators identity. Thus the idea was that Elliot could simply send whomever he wanted and the matter could be settled. From Elliots point of view however, to handover any British citizen would cause an uproar back home and he refused to do so.     On August 24, an English passenger aboard a boat near Hong Kong was attacked at night. The Chinese stripped the man naked, cut off his ear and stuffed it in his mouth. Rumors began to spread that Lin Zexu was amassing thousands of soldiers to invade Macao. Then the Portuguese governor general of Macao, Don Adraio Accacio a Silveira Pinto told Elliot he had been ordered by the Chinese to expel the British from the colony. He also told Elliot that the Chinese were secretly forming a military force to seize all the British in Macao. That very same day 2 ships belonging to Jardine Matheson & Co arrived to Macao, the Harriet towing the Black Joke. Living up to its name, the Black Joke was covered in blood all over her decks and her crew was missing. The crew of the Harriet reported that unidentified Chinese had boarded the Black Joke as it passed the island of Lantao and massacred the entire crew except for a single sailor they had rescued. Governor Pinto was so alarmed by this development he simply ordered the British to leave immediately.   Elliot finally took action. Elliot ordered all the British women and children to depart aboard some merchant ships and sail to Hong Kong Island. With no more hostages at stake Elliot now felt free to make a counterattack if necessary, but for now he would bide his time hoping that Britain was sending a squadron. His hopes were raised when a warship from India arrived, the Volage which held 26 cannons, she also brought with her news that another warship, the Hyacinth and 18 gunner was on its way shortly. Thus Elliot and all the men boarded the ships and sailed to the Kowloon peninsula and set up a flotilla just above Hong Kong island.   Lin Zexu got a report of the exodus of Macao and felt he had finally won and wrote to Emperor Daoguang “no doubt they have on their ships a certain stock of dried provisions; but they will very soon find themselves without the heavy, greasy meat dishes for which they have such a passion”. On September 1 the Emperor sent Lin Zexu a letter asking if the rumors were true that the barbarians had purchased female children and used them in diabolical rites. Lin Zexu replied that the foreigners employed Chinese adults as plantation workers and miners and a few children, but he did not believe that any black magic was involved in their employment. The Emperor also asked if the confiscated opium contained human flesh which he theorized might explain the illicit drugs preternatural addictive powers. Lin had heard these ridiculous rumors before, but he could not contradict the Emperor as it amounted to Lese Majeste, so he replied that the opium may have contained flesh of crows that second handedly eat human flesh.   After dealing with the Emperor letters which said a lot about the perspective of Beijing on the matter, Lin went to Macao to thank the Portuguese governor for his help. Then Lin Zezu learnt of the British flotilla at Hong Kong. Lin Zexu began to issue orders forbidding the supply of food or water to British ships under the penalty of death. Again the Chinese staff were removed and Chinese war junks began to surround the kowloon peninsula and Hong Kong harbor. Signs were raised stating that the wells and streams had been poisoned.   Elliot tried one last ditch effort at diplomacy and took 3 ships, the 14 gun cutter Louisa, the 6 gun schooner Pearl and the 18 gun Volage to Kowloon to demand provisions. They soon ran into 3 anchored Chinese war junks who were blocking them from landing. Elliot sent an interpreter to demand they be allowed food and water. The Chinese captains refused to comply and Elliot said if they did not comply by 2pm that day he would be forced to bombard them. 2pm came with no indication of provisions being sent and no response from the Chinese. So Captain Henry Smith of the Volage fired on the nearest Chinese war junk and the first shot of the First Opium War had been made.   According to Adam Elmslie a young superintendent clerk was witnessed the event Henry Smith ordered the volley and “The Junks then triced up their Boarding nettings, and came into action with us at half pistol shot; our guns were well served with grape and round shot; the first shot we gave them they opened a tremendous and well directed fire upon us, from all their Guns (each Junk had 10 Guns, and they brought all these over on the side which we engaged them on) ... The Junk's fire, Thank God! was not enough depressed, or ... none would have lived to tell the Story.—19 of their Guns we received in [the] mainsail,—the first Broadside I can assure you was not pleasant.”   Thus the outdated cannons aboard the Chinese war junks were aimed too high completely missed all the British ships. The ships continued to exchange fire and the shore batteries opened fire to support the war junks. By 4:30pm the British had used up almost all their ammunition and made a getaway with the war junks in quik pursuit. Adam Elmslie had this to say when the fire fight recommenced.  “The junks immediately made sail after the Louisa and at 4:45 [pm] they came up with the English vessels. We hove the vessel in stays on their starboard Beam, and the 'Pearl' on the larboard [portside] Bow of the van Junk, and gave them three such Broadsides that it made every Rope in the vessel grin again.—We loaded with Grape the fourth time, and gave them gun for gun.—The shrieking on board was dreadful, but it did not frighten me; this is the very first day I ever shed human blood, and I hope it will be the last”. During the second engagement the Chinese war junks retreated to their previous positions and the 3 British ships returned to the flotilla causing a stalemate. The captains of the Chinese war junks sent word to Lin Zexu of a great naval victory over the British claiming to have sunk a number of enemy ships and inflicting 50 casualties. The truth was there were no British casualties and no ships sunk however, in fact the Chinese had 2 killed and 6 wounded. Captain Henry of the Volage bagged Elliot to let him attack the Chinese war junks near Hong Kong harbor certain of victory, but Elliot refused fearing the outbreak of a wider battle and wanting the foreign ministers approval first before escalating things anymore. Despite the reported victory of the Chinese war junks, food and water was sent to the British ships. Lin Zexu was facing a personal and painful problem, an excruciating hernia. Chinese doctors were trying to help him to no avail, so Lin Zexu visited the office of one Dr. Peter Parker, no not spiderman, this was a Yale educated missionary. Parker fitted Lin Zexu with a truss that helped with the pain. After this Lin Zexu began reviewing the military situation at hand, at this time he wrote a poem about the battle of Kowloon “A vast display of Imperial might had shaken all the foreign tribes/And if they now confess their guilt we shall not be too hard on them.”. The Chinese began to war game while at Hong Kong the Hyacinth arrived to reinforce Elliots Flotilla. Lin Zexu continued to demand the surrender of the sailors who killed Lin Weixi, but as time went on the anger caused by the event had dissipated. Then a sailor allegedly drown from one of Jardine Mathesons & Co's ships and the Chinese volunteered to let that dead sailor be identified as the murderer, case closed.  Yet trade between Britain and China did not resume and Lin Zexu kept demanding all those who wished to trade in China sign the contract promising not to deal opium under penalty of death. Elliot told the traders not to sign the waivers and to simply sit tight for the time being as he waited for a British fleet. Some of the traders undercut his orders however and went ahead and signed the waiver and thus were allowed to trade legal cargo. One of these traders was Captain Warner of the British cargo ship Thomas Coutts and Lin Zexu was so impressed by the man he asked him to take a letter back to Britain for Queen Victoria. The letter was a remarkably frank document that explained the situation in Canton. It described all the evils of the opium trade and how it was hurting China and the response the Qing government was making to the opium crisis. It also stipulated how they could amend the situation to get rid of the opium menace and resume legal trade. Captain Warner alleges he made good on the promise to bring the letter, first to Lord Palmerston, but his office refused to receive the letter, and there is little evidence Queen Victoria read the letter in question. The Times of London did publish the letter however, it seems Captain Warner must have simply given it to them in the end. When Lin Zexu found out another British warship had joined the Flotilla he took action. He suddenly proclaimed the corpse of the drowned sailor was no longer sufficient for the murder of Lin Weixi and renewed his demands for the murders to be handed over. Failure to comply would result in the expulsion of the entire British colony. In the fall of 1839, 38 British trading vessels and 28 trading companies aboard them remained in Hong Kong harbor. Elliot begged the governor of Macao to let them come back, but he refused fearing the Portuguese would be dragged into what looked like an impending war. Then on October 20th, Elliot received a letter from Palmerston informing him that early next summer, 16 British warships with 4000 men were enroute to rescue the flotilla and to sit tight. However in the meantime more captains were signing the waiver and at the end of October Lin Zexu ordered all British ships to leave within 3 days time. Elliot set sail aboard the Volage with Hyacinth backing him up, for the Bogue as the British called it, it is also known as the Humen, it is a narrow strait in the Pearl River Delta. When Elliots ships reached Chuanbi near the mouth of the river on November 2nd, they came face to face with a Chinese fleet consisting of 15 war junks and 14 fire ships commanded by an old and revered Admiral named Guan Tianpei. Elliots ships came to a halt when he ran into Guan's fleet and they began to exchange a series of messages trying to ferret out the intentions of the other. Guan threatened to seize either ship if it was holding the murderer of Lin Weixi “All I want is the murderous barbarian who killed Lin Weixi. As soon as a time is named when he will be given up, my ships will return into the Bogue. Otherwise, by no means whatsoever shall I accede”. Elliot failed to persuade Guan that he was no threat and the admiral fleet began to maneuver into a position to attack the 2 British Warships. As this was occurring, the Royal Saxon arrived on the scene on its way to Canton. Elliot was anxious to not allow another Captain to sign the opium waiver and fired a warning shot across the Royal Saxon's bows to prevent the ship from entering the river. Guan proceeded to anchor hit ships in between the British warships and the Royal Saxon. Captain Smith pleaded with Elliot to allow him to attack before it was too late and Elliot gave in. The 2 British warships closed in and began to fire their broadsides. The stationary guns aboard the Chinese war junks could not be aimed effectively and fired right over the British masts. One lucky British volley hit a war junks magazines causing it to explode tremendously and sink. This caused the Chinese captains to panic as the Volage continued to score hits at point blank range. 3 more junks were hit and sunk and some of the crews aboard other ships literally jumped overboard. The entire Chinese fleet baegan to scatter and flee, all except for one ship, Admiral Guan's which suicidally stayed to return fire. Guan's ship posed a minimal threat and Elliot impressed by the old Admiral's courage, ordered Smith to stop the barrage and allow the damaged flagship of Admiral Guan to sail off. The Chinese fleet had 1 junk exploded, 3 sunk, countless damaged and the Volage sustained light damage to its sails while Hyacinth's mast received a hit from a 12 pound cannon ball. 15 Chinese sailors were dead with 1 British wounded. The battle of Chuanbi was over and the way to Canton was now open. News of the sea battle reached England and the government remained in denial about the cause of the conflict IE: the opium trade. A group of lobbyists led by William Jardine began to pelt the British press to save the opium trade while simultaneously demanding the British government reimburse the opium merchants. Parliament began to debate how to go about the situation and there emerged an anti-war camp and a war camp. One anti war advocate, Sir William Ewart Gladstone said   “Does he [Macaulay] know that the opium smuggled intoChina comes exclusively from British ports, that is, from Bengal and through Bombay? That we require no preventive service to put down this illegal traffic? We have only to stop the sailing of the smuggling vessels…it is a matter of certainty that if we stopped the exportation of opium from Bengal and broke up the depot at Lintin [near Canton] and checked the cultivation of it in Malwa [an Indian province] and put a moral stigma on it, we should greatly cripple if not extinguish the trade in it. They [the Chinese government] gave you notice to abandon your contraband trade. When they found you would not do so they had the right to drive you from their coasts on account of your obstinacy in persisting with this infamous and atrocious traffic…justice, in my opinion, is with them [the Chinese]; and whilst they, the Pagans, the semi-civilized barbarians have it on their side, we, the enlightened and civilized Christians, are pursuing objects at variance both with justice and with religion…a war more unjust in its origin, a war calculated in its progress to cover this country with a permanent disgrace, I do not know and I have not read of. Now, under the auspices of the noble Lord [Macaulay], that flag is become a pirate flag, to protect an infamous traffic.” Palmerston blamed the purchasers of the opium and not the sellers and that the effect of halting the opium exports to China would just drive Turkey and Persia to sell it instead. “I wonderwhat the House would have said to me if I had come down to it with a large naval estimate for a number of revenue cruisers…for the purpose of preserving the morals of the Chinese people, who were disposed to buy what other people were disposed to sell them?”   After 3 days to debate the house of commons voted on April 9th of 1840 271 vs 262 to proceed for war. On 20 February 1840 Palmerston sent 2 letters, 1 to Elliot and 1 to Emperor Doaguang. The letter to the Emperor informed the Qing dynasty that Britain had already sent  a military expeditionary force to the Chinese coast. These measures of hostility on the part of Great Britain against China are not only justified, but even rendered absolutely necessary, by the outrages which have been committed by the Chinese Authorities against British officers and Subjects, and these hostilities will not cease, until a satisfactory arrangement shall have been made by the Chinese Government. Palmerston's letter to Elliot instructed him to set up a blockade of the Pearl River and forward the letter from Palmerston to Emperor Daoguang. After that Elliot was to capture the Chusan Islands, blockade the mouth of the Yangtze River, start negotiations with the Qing officials. Palmerston also issued a list of objectives that the British government wanted accomplished, with said objectives being Demand to be treated with the respect due to a royal envoy by the Qing authorities. Secure the right of the British superintendent to administer justice to British subjects in China. Seek recompense for destroyed British property. Gain most favoured trading status with the Chinese government. Request the right for foreigners to safely inhabit and own private property in China. Ensure that, if contraband is seized in accordance with Chinese law, no harm comes to the person(s) of British subjects carrying illicit goods in China. End the system by which British merchants are restricted to trading solely in Canton. Ask that the cities of Canton, Amoy, Shanghai, Ningpo, and the province of northern Formosa be freely opened to trade from all foreign powers. Secure island(s) along the Chinese coast that can be easily defended and provisioned, or exchange captured islands for favourable trading terms. It was left to Elliot as to how these objectives would be fulfilled, but noted that while negotiation would be a preferable outcome, he did not trust that diplomacy would succeed, writing; To sum up in a few words the result of this Instruction, you will see, from what I have stated, that the British Government demands from that of China satisfaction for the past and security for the future; and does not choose to trust to negotiation for obtaining either of these things; but has sent out a Naval and Military Force with orders to begin at once to take the Measures necessary for attaining the object in view.   And so because of a drug cartel, run by some ruthless characters like Jardine & Matheson, Britain choose to go to war with the Qing Dynasty and begun a century of humiliation for China. I would like to take this time to remind you all that this podcast is only made possible through the efforts of Kings and Generals over at Youtube. Please go subscribe to Kings and Generals over at Youtube and to continue helping us produce this content please check out www.patreon.com/kingsandgenerals. If you are still hungry after that, give my personal channel a look over at The Pacific War Channel at Youtube, it would mean a lot to me.  The incorruptible Lin Zexu was the perfect man for the job of putting an end to the opium problem. However the nefarious opium dealers would not go down without a fight and in the end this all would result in the first opium war. Buckle up it's about to get messy.   

Letters From our Founding Fathers
Episode 72 - History Repeats Itself: Government and Total Power

Letters From our Founding Fathers

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 68:05


In this episode we return to Benjamin Franklin and his reports from London;  The British Government and its determination to war with the colonies, despite the damage to the economy.  Parliament is set to use force against the colonies to exert total power over all the colonies.  

Crosstalk America
Latest News on COVID Shots

Crosstalk America

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 53:00


Barbara Loe Fisher is President of the National Vaccine Information Center -NVIC-, a non-profit charity she co-founded with parents of DPT vaccine injured children in 1982. NVIC is a national grassroots movement and public information campaign to institute vaccine safety reforms and informed consent protections in the public health system. She has researched, analyzed and publicly articulated the major issues involving the science, policy, law, ethics and politics of vaccination to become one of the world's leading non-medical, consumer advocacy experts on the subject.--Controversy continues to swirl around the COVID shot. Just recently the FDA updated their COVID-19 booster shots to target the omicron variant. They are authorized without undergoing human trials. It's under an Emergency Use Authorization.--Further, as children have gone back to school, the school system in Washington DC put policies in place stating students who are not vaccinated may not attend. The British Government has recently begun paying large sums for those who have been damaged by the COVID-19 shot. And just recently Moderna has brought a lawsuit against Pfizer. What's going on-

Crosstalk America from VCY America
Latest News on COVID Shots

Crosstalk America from VCY America

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2022 53:00


Barbara Loe Fisher is President of the National Vaccine Information Center -NVIC-, a non-profit charity she co-founded with parents of DPT vaccine injured children in 1982. NVIC is a national grassroots movement and public information campaign to institute vaccine safety reforms and informed consent protections in the public health system. She has researched, analyzed and publicly articulated the major issues involving the science, policy, law, ethics and politics of vaccination to become one of the world's leading non-medical, consumer advocacy experts on the subject.--Controversy continues to swirl around the COVID shot. Just recently the FDA updated their COVID-19 booster shots to target the omicron variant. They are authorized without undergoing human trials. It's under an Emergency Use Authorization.--Further, as children have gone back to school, the school system in Washington DC put policies in place stating students who are not vaccinated may not attend. The British Government has recently begun paying large sums for those who have been damaged by the COVID-19 shot. And just recently Moderna has brought a lawsuit against Pfizer. What's going on-

Humans at Work with Michael Glazer
Making Inclusion Work

Humans at Work with Michael Glazer

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 48:59


Recognizing the importance of DEI is not a goal. It's one point on the critical path to true workplace inclusion. Advocates are now focused on how to solve the tough, complicated challenges that get in the way of making that a reality. This episode is packed with practical advice from a globally recognized diversity, inclusion and leadership expert. Stephen Frost is the Founder and CEO of Included, and his background includes serving as the Head of Diversity and Inclusion for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games as well as the head of D&I at KPMG. He's taught Inclusive Leadership at Harvard Business School and advised the British Government, Royal Air Force and the White House. His latest book is called The Key to Inclusion: A Practical Guide to Diversity, Equity and Belonging for You, Your Team and Your Organization.

James Bond & Friends
0141: Debrief: Quantum of Solace

James Bond & Friends

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2022 68:18


In this mission debrief for QUANTUM OF SOLACE, we identify the iconic elements we would use to describe it as "the one with", shake the Bond cocktail and pick this film's most potent ingredients, toot the horn for underappreciated elements, round up our favourite trivia tidbits, and give our final top/middle/bottom rankings.  Agent 007 and M's interrogation of Mr White proves no one can be trusted on James Bond's newest action adventure, "Quantum of Solace". Fueled by the betrayal of Vesper, the woman he loved, Bond's determination to track down the mastermind behind White's sinister organisation leads to Haiti, where he finds an unlikely ally in Camille, a beautiful but feisty stranger. The trail quickly leads to Dominic Greene but with the British Government and the CIA working against him, Bond must kill or be killed on his mission to uncover the truth and destroy 'Quantum'. The recording took place on August 26th, 2022 in the USA and UK. James Page is a co-founder of MI6-HQ.com and the magazine MI6 Confidential  Bill Koenig runs the Spy Command at hmssweblog.wordpress.com Sean Longmore shares his artwork @ThatTallGinger  Ben Eslinger (@CICSpypod) is co-host of the Central Intelligence Podcast  This podcast is copyright Pretitles LLC © 2022

#WithChude
Pastor Tobi sits #WithChude: Davido, Lamborghinis & fighting the British government

#WithChude

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2022 10:43


Exclusive Patron-only Content Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

UK Column Podcasts
UKC Interview - Lock Down- British Government's Psychological Attack On The Public

UK Column Podcasts

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2022 25:04


Following Rishi Sunak's recent attack on the UK Government's COVID-19 lockdown policies and his claim that scientists had too much influence, Brian Gerrish interviews psychotherapist Dr Christian Buckland, who warns of the dangers of the use of applied psychology for political purposes. His vital analysis covers the dangers of created fear in the public mind, the dangerous use of fear and guilt messaging, three word slogans, the adverse impact of psychology on informed consent and the back room policy makers in SAGE and SPI_B who acknowledged risks, but appear not to have taken steps to mitigate them. Dr Buckland highlights key documents exposing the government's malicious use of applied psychology and suggests there is a need for a full public inquiry into the political use of psychology during the COVID-19 pandemic and during the subsequent drive for widespread vaccinations.

TLDR Daily Briefing
August 11: Johnson's Missing & the British Government is Collapsing?

TLDR Daily Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 8:28


Sign up for a CuriosityStream subscription and also get a FREE Nebula subscription (the streaming platform built by creators): http://CuriosityStream.com/TLDRdailyWelcome to the TLDR News Daily BriefingThe UK's crisis of leadership, as well as the charging of a Beatle, Trump pleads the 5th and Disney overtakes Netflix.

Dubious
The Queen's Mother In Law: Princess Alice and Her Incredible Life Story

Dubious

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 51:04


Born congenitally deaf and wrongly regarded as “slow” on account of her disability,  Princess Alice of Battenberg chose a life of service to the poor and marginalized.Despite the many tragedies in her life she volunteered to help the wounded in WW1 and WW2, she almost got arrested by the Gestapo for saving Jewish families during the Holocaust, became a nun, was sterilized by Sigmund Freud after erroneously being diagnosed as a schizophrenic and died poor, after selling all her jewelry and possessions to help those less fortunate. If you like our content, please become a patron to unlock our premium episodes ad-free. Princess Victoria Alice Elizabeth Julia Marie of Battenberg of Greece and Denmark was the mother of Prince Philip, and mother-in-law of Queen Elizabeth II. A great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, Alice was born in Windsor Castle on Feb 25th 1885 and grew up in Great Britain, Germany and Malta. A Hessian princess by birth, she was a member of the Battenberg family, a morganatic branch of the House of Hesse-Darmstadt. Despite the stigma attached to her illness, she learned to lip-read and speak in English, German and French by the time she was 8 years old. After her marriage, Princess Alice became involved in charity work, while her husband Prince Andrew continued his career in the military. In 1908, she visited Russia for the wedding of Grand Duchess Marie of Russia and Prince William of Sweden. While there, she talked with her aunt Grand duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna who was at the time working on plans for the foundation of a religious order of nurses. In 1913, King George V awarded her the Royal Red Cross in for her service helping the wounded. Princess Alice and her children were forced to shelter in the palace cellars during the bombardment of Athens by the French on 1 December 1916. They had to escape unrest in Greece twice, very traumatic experiences for her. 1 In France, Princess Alice became active in a charity organization for Greek refugees. She became deeply religious and, in October 1928, converted to the Greek Orthodox Church. Then her mental health started declining and Princess Alice was forcibly removed from her family and placed in an asylum, Sigmund Freud recommended “X-raying her ovaries in order to kill off her libido" and induce early menopause as treatment for “schizophrenia”. During WW2 she sheltered Jewish refugees, including the Cohen family, and helped them escape death, and for this she is recognised as “Righteous Among The Nations” by Israel's Holocaust memorial institution, Yad Vashem. In 2010, the Princess Alice was posthumously named a Hero of the Holocaust by the British Government. Her nursing order of nuns was named Christian Sisterhood of Martha and Mary. Princess Alice was also a chain smoker and played canasta. She passed away at Buckingham Palace on December 5 1969. She left no possessions, as she had given everything away to the poor. Initially her remains were placed in the Royal Crypt in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, but before she died she had expressed her wish to be buried at the Convent of Saint Mary Magdalene in Ghethsemane on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem near her beloved aunt Elizabeth who was made a Russian orthodox saint, we think Princess Alice should be made one too. 2 1. Philip Chrysopoulos. Princess Alice, Philip's Mother, and Her Life of Philanthropy in Greece. Greek Reporter. July 2022. ⇤2. Timeline Documentaries. The Other Queen Mother: The Forgotten WW2 Hero: The Queen's Mother in Law. Youtube. August 2018. ⇤

Artpop Talk
What did we miss?

Artpop Talk

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 56:57


APT is finally back from Summer Break and ready to get into everything we missed while we were away. This episode is MEGA ART NEWZ as we dive into the hot topics of the summer from climate change protests in museums, to being teased by the British Government over the repatriation of the Parthenon Sculptures, replica making robots, and a bit of light art trafficking. We've also got some big housekeeping updates. We're so excited to talk to you think Tusday! For all of Artpop Talk's resources, click HERE.

Homicide Worldwide Podcast
Graham Young "The Teacup Poisoner" Ep 080

Homicide Worldwide Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2022 92:15


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaGraham Frederick Young (7 September 1947 – 1 August 1990), best known as the Teacup Poisoner and later the St Albans Poisoner, was an English serial killer who used poison to kill his victims.Obsessed with poisons from an early age, Young began poisoning relatives and school friends by lacing their food and drink with thallium and antimony. He was caught when his schoolteacher became concerned by his interest in poisons and contacted the police. In 1962, at the age of 14, Young was charged with administering poison to his father, sister and schoolfriend and detained at Broadmoor Hospital. Young would later claim responsibility for the death of his stepmother, although he was never charged with this crime. The presiding judge stipulated that Young should not be released without the Home Secretary's authorization for 15 years.In 1971, Young was deemed rehabilitated and released from Broadmoor. He found a job as a storekeeper at a factory in Bovingdon, Hertfordshire, where his duties including making tea for his colleagues. Soon afterwards, Young began poisoning his workmates, resulting in two fatalities and several others left critically ill. The deaths were initially attributed to a mysterious bug, but Young's odd behaviour and his penchant for showing off his considerable knowledge of poisons aroused suspicions and he was arrested. Large quantities of poison were found in his bedsit along with a diary detailing his poisonings. In 1972, he was convicted on two counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. He served most of his sentence at HM Prison Parkhurst, where he died of a heart attack in 1990.The Young case made headlines in Britain and led to a public debate over the release of mentally ill offenders. Within hours of his conviction, the British Government announced two inquiries into the issues it raised. The Butler Committee led to widespread reforms in mental health services. The outcry over the ease with which Young was able to obtain deadly poisons led to the passage of the 1972 Poisons Act. Young's life story inspired the 1995 film The Young Poisoner's Handbook.Here's how and where you can find Homicide Worldwide Podcast.To help support the show, find us on Patreon: patreon.com HWW is now on Discord: https://discord.gg/F9cMyf7JFJTo our amazing listeners. If you are listening to us on apple podcasts? (and even if your'e not) Please! take few minutes and leave a 5 ⭐️ review. It'll really help out the show. If you have a show suggestion? please email us at: homicideworldwidepodcast@gmail.comAnd you can always find us on twitter: https://twitter.com/HWWP10Thank you for your continued support of Homicide Worldwide PodcastSupport the show

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The Propaganda Report

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2022 42:28


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