(Well, I'm back... more or less.  Before I get on to today's blog, a word of thanks to everyone who sent well wishes and prayers and so on, and also to all of you who kept the articles coming in. You'll note that there have been no blogs since last Thursday, but that doesn't indicate how long I had this stuff. It actually began a week ago today.  The pre-scheduled blogs ran until they ran out. In any case, I'm back, more or less, though I'm still not 100%.)

If you've been following the Skripal spy case, then you'll know that things have taken a turn into the surreal. I'm reminded of the old television situation comedy Green Acres with Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor, which was something of a twisted mix-up between Hee Haw and Salvadore Dali; the plots and storylines were so self-evidently absurd that one kept watching just to see what sort of nonsense would follow. Lisa - played with remorselessly chic and stupid elegance by Eva Gabor - was often so confused that she would notice the "credits" at the beginning of each episode, and sometimes read them.

That's the feeling I get when I'm watching the May Government "handle" the Skripal spy case: Lisa is reading the credits and other prompts in her already badly-written screenplay: "No, Minister, those lines in parentheses are what you're supposed to do, not say... Take two!" Mrs. Thatcher could and would occasionally go off script and she could get away with it because whatever else one thought about her, she was not stupid. Watching Mrs. May, I have to wonder if she even knows what a script is.

Why am I bothering you with all this? Well, consider the latest developments(and I have to thank so many of you who found and sent various versions of these updates):

First, Britain's major chemical and biological weapons facility, Porton Down, has not been able to conclusively prove that the alleged "nerve agent" used on Skripal is from Russia:

BREAKING: UK Porton Down Lab UNABLE to Identify Russia as “Source” of Novichok Poison

Salisbury poisoning: UK experts cannot prove novichok nerve agent used on Skripals came from Russia, MoD says

But never mind, because the "case" against Russia, we were assured, was absolutely air tight and compelling, even though the central feature of the story linking the whole affair to Russia can't be proven. One senses, perhaps, a bit of double entendre in the Ministry of Defence's quip about letting the Government "piece together the conclusions."

Wait, it gets better: Secondly, Yulia Skripal is now apparently not only still alive, but awake from her deadly nerve gas attack, which turns out not to have been so deadly (and maybe not even nerve gas, but we'll get back to that):

Yulia Skripal Is Awake and at the Center of a Russia-U. K. Confrontation

Now, just in case you missed it, the screenplay writers at the New York Times were kind enough to point it out:

Russian television broadcast a telephone recording on Thursday said to be of Yulia Skripal, who was poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent a month ago and is at the center of an escalating confrontation between Russia and Britain.

In the recording, which the Rossiya 24 news announcer emphasized could not be verified, Ms. Skripal tells her cousin Viktoria that both she and her father, Sergei V. Skripal, are healthy, and that neither of them has suffered long-term health damage from the poisoning. The recording contradicted public statements by the British authorities, who have described Mr. Skripal’s condition as “critical but stable” and said that only Ms. Skripal was conscious.

Within hours of the program’s broadcast, the British police released a statement on Ms. Skripal’s behalf, in which she said that she “woke up over a week ago now” and that her “strength is growing daily.”

Now, whether or not the telephone calls actually occurred, the important point here is to note that the U.K. appears to agree with the Russians that Yulia Skripal is alive, and more or less "well" and "conscious."  And this raises a few questions:

The Three Most Important Aspects Of The Skripal Case... And Where They Might Be Pointing

On the first two points we are now told that Yulia Skripal’s condition has significantly improved to the point where she is said to be recovering well and talking. However, although this provides something of an answer to these questions, it also raises a number of others. Is she finally being allowed consular access? Is she being allowed to speak to her fiancé, her grandmother, or her cousin by telephone? Most importantly, how does her recovery comport with the claim that she was poisoned with a “military-grade nerve agent” with a toxicity around 5-8 times that of VX nerve agent? (Italicized emphasis added)

This is precisely where my problems with this whole story began, for why would Russia choose such a method to kill a spy that it once had in its possession and traded to Britain? If Russia wanted Skripal dead, he would be, by now, well and truly dead, no ifs, ands, or buts. But now we have survivors of a toxic nerve gas attack, which suggests that the "attack" might not have been a nerve gas attack - or any other kind of attack - at all. Indeed, Viktoria Skripal - in the most Green Acres aspect of the story to come out - went so far as to suggest that the whole episode may have just been a case of food poisoning and "bad fish."

Russia spy SHOCK: Sergei Skripal and daughter ‘might NOT have been poisoned’, claims niece

So what's the high octane speculation here?

From the outset, this story has been like a mackerel on a moonlit beach: it both shines and stinks. Nothing about the story made sense when it broke, and it makes even less sense now, and as it appears to be falling apart, one senses that Mrs. May and U.K. Secretary of State Boris Johnson are becoming a little camera-and-microphone shy. Mr. Johnson is not a stupid man, and his unequivocal statements to various western media that the nerve agent was definitely from Russia have me wondering something that no one appears to be asking; Russia, for example, has recently floated the idea that this was all a bungled operation of British intelligence, with the subtext (Yes, you can read these subtitles Lisa): Mrs May and Mr. Johnson are lying. But given Mr. Johnson's repeated, and unequivocal statements to various Western media, I have to wonder if, rather, he and Mrs. May were lied to. To what purpose? I can only speculate, but very little of this, I suspect, has to do with Russia. As a crisis of opportunity, it certainly could be and was used to expel Russian diplomats whom the various western Governments probably wanted to expel anyway. The story presented itself as a crisis of opportunity to do so. Nothing more. The real fallout of the episode now appears to be reaching out to engulf the May government, to weaken it substantially and perhaps even to topple it. In other words, the whole thing was, as they say, a "set up."

To what end? Again, I can only speculate, but if this whole bizarre scenario is to make any sense at all, then there is one big issue that, perhaps, certain sectors of Europe would not want Mrs. May or Mr. Johnson "poking around" and asking "too many difficult questions" at "this difficult time" when "Mrs. Merkel has so many issues on her plate," like the looming European banking problems, the Italian election results, and so on. The big issue looming in the background of all this is, of course, BREXIT. The last thing, the very last thing that Frau Merkel or her faithful lap-poodle Jean-Claude Juncker wants right now is a strong government in London. Solution? Create a distraction for the May government, which, with any luck, may even weaken it. In other words, in the Skripal case, all roads may lead, not to Moscow, or to London, but to Brussels and to Berlin.

I wouldn't put it past them, and neither should you...

See you on the flip side...

Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. charleswatkins on April 10, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    In spy swaps, freed agents are supposed to be allowed to live out their lives. Killing Skripal would show that Russia could not be trusted, which not only would impair their ability to recruit spies, but also undermine other Russian spy swaps. So is there a high-profile spy swap in the works? If so, is there someone who would want to stop it by politicizing it and demonizing the Russians?

  2. Harvey's Barn on April 10, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    The Brits have been well known to hold animals in high regard, especially their dogs and horses. I guess the same sentiment doesnt apply to ex-Russian spies, their immediate family or their pets.

  3. basta on April 10, 2018 at 7:21 am

    No, it’s not the Germans (Nazis). It’s the Brits being total arrogant prats and going one too many times to the false-flag well and thinking that the Mighty Wurlitzer would be enough to cover for such shoddy work. The UK ain’t what it used to be either, and more and more people are on to all these ops, and this was such an obvious move in the West’s rapidly escalating and no longer believable isolate Russia game that no one bought it whether they bothered to dig into the damning details or not.

    Rest and get well, Joseph!

  4. zendogbreath on April 10, 2018 at 12:31 am

    amazing the skirpals haven’t been found floating face down in a river in atlanta georgia along with all the health care and first responder professionals that attended them. is the wet works of mi5 or mi6 or mi whoever slacking off these days?

    is it me, or the internet, or is the vampire squid getting progressively more obvious in the murderous rampage of any and all folk who pose any kind of threat to information containment? obvious enough to make efforts at containing information ironically pointless?

  5. FiatLux on April 9, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    Interesting point–that May and Johnson may have been lied to . . . On the other hand, I have to wonder: If Gizars (and anyone else with half a brain, plus a basic grasp of European history and current geopolitics) could easily see how transparently ridiculous the official story was, then would we not expect that prime ministers and foreign secretaries could see the same? If we grant that the leaders were lied to and that they believed the lie and therefore repeated it, then what on earth does this say about the leaders?

  6. Hawkeye Lockhart on April 9, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    The usual suspects of course. Surely those whose agency motto and modus operandi is “by way of deception, thou shalt do war” have a hand in the deed…
    CIA Stages Syria Poison Gas Attack, Pretext for Escalation of US-led War. Preparations for Stepped-up Military Operations?
    The US media has seized on the latest claims by CIA-backed groups of a poison gas attack on civilians to demand a further escalation of the US-led war for regime-change in Syria and an increased confrontation with Russia.

  7. Hawkeye Lockhart on April 9, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    Seems they need to hire a Script Supervisor to keep continuity together in this badly written and poorly directed/acted sham of a production. Plenty (and well-deserved) healthy skepticism out there. Check the tweets and comments.
    Twitter Explodes as UK Prof Claims Skripals’ Awakening “Miracle”

  8. goshawks on April 9, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    Emperor Ming: “You want to destroy me.”
    Flash Gordon: “lt’s the only way to save Earth.”
    EM: “What if l granted you a kingdom?”
    FG: “If you what?”
    EM: “Ming the Merciless, ruler of the universe, offers Flash Gordon of Earth a kingdom of Mongo, to rule over as his own.”
    FG: “You’re crazy. Why would you do that?
    EM: “Because l’ve never before met your like. You’re a hero; don’t you see that? Who better to rule a kingdom? Your moon is very close now. Earth’s end might come within hours.”
    FG: “You’d call off the attack?”
    EM: “l could.”
    FG: “Everyone would be saved?”
    EM: “Yes… and no. After the earthquakes and tidal waves, they won’t be the same human beings. They’ll be more docile. Tractable. Easier for you to rule, in the name of Ming.”
    FG: “You mean they’d be slaves.”
    EM: “Let’s just say they’ll be satisfied with less…”

    • Robert Barricklow on April 9, 2018 at 8:56 pm


  9. Enrico on April 9, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    Excellent comments from all my favorite Gizars!
    Very interesting and perceptive.
    I am delighted that our Joseph is recovering!!!

  10. marcos toledo on April 9, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    Anyone here remember the bathtub saran attack in Japan by a local cult leader. Five thousand sickened and about fifty killed and they had the money but not quite the tech to pull it off. Other than that this has all there something rotten in Denmark to me.

  11. goshawks on April 9, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    (Joseph, glad you’re feeling better…)

    Reposting an Anonymous comment from Saker website (Apr 9):
    “LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is considering offering poisoned Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia new identi ties [hah!] and a fresh life in the United States in an attempt to protect them from further murder attempts, the Sunday Times newspaper reported.”
    “As the Skripals are apparently alive and well, the British government has a problem. When they talk and tell the world that it was actually food poisoning and not a chemical weapon attack that hit them, the government of Theresa May is toast. The Skripals have to be kept isolated and eventually vanished. The CIA might give them a new identity or lock them into one of its black sites. The Skripals house and the Zizzy restaurant are to be destroyed. (Who will kill the hospital doctors?)”
    I would say the poor Skripals are in more danger than ever…

    • Nidster - on April 12, 2018 at 11:48 pm

      My 1st thought when I heard about the Skirpal’s unfortunate event on ‘fake news’ sites was this was possibly an attempt by the Clinton Kabal to ‘tie-up’ loose ends. And, I agree with your thoughts “the poor Skripals are in more danger than ever.”

  12. Dag from Ringerike on April 9, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    I have been following ukcolumn for a couple of years with Brian Gerrish, former Naval Officer and editor Mike Robinson. They have covered the incident in Salisbury, both from a political angel, but also from a scientiific and judicial angel very deep. Last Thursday, about a 45 minute program, released on youtube, they were covering the subject. They were joined by Alex Thomsen, from Eastern Approaches. He is living in Holland and have been working at GCHQ in his former career. There were two points I noticed from his talk.

    1. At about 12.50 minutes, his contacts and screening what he could read on the web, the Austrian, the Chechs, among others, e.g.”the highly likely” statement from Theresa May was ragarded as a kind of “horsepoo”. No evidence was brought forward, an they rejected the term.

    2. At about 19 minutes, I would guess Webster Tarpley will love this, The Royal Marines Special Task Force for chemical weapons, 40 commanders, had been doing a 3 weeks exercise around Salisbury prior to the event and was closed a day or two after. Some videoclips show them at work. This was confirmed by the Defence Department last week.

    Alex Thompsen put up an article the of Mars at UK column, “Skripal: A Russian web or a RUSI web.” He is having a high esteem of the people working in the field of CERN, chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear field at Porton Down. He also explain the system have it is working upwards and downwards abou intelligence information. But, I noticed someting odd. Scroll down the article, there came up acronym. ACPO, a private company. Well, here is the thing, I have been through this privatisation debacle at company level in the 90thies. When you get shit in, you get shit out. My question is, the incompetence level that is showed when the basic story had to be changed 5 times, either it is a moron on the top that do not know have intelligence work, or is it that the “young turks”, the powerpoint class or idiots that is running the show. Because, I know, when we had shutdowns, the complex planning for 500 men and woman to work for a week, the devil is in the details, to avoid delayes or a catasthopy.. A sidestep here, I think this was the reason Landsdale was on the spot in Dallas as Flelthcer Proudy told. A complex situasion demands one to have the oversight and also to know the details that could make the operation to fail.

    This i my thought when “the animal go in by three by three, hurray, hurray”. Incompence at the top level, or an incompence at the excecuting level.

    I will not say All the Best, because someone has to be start learning. The credibility of the ruling class is falling apart when this bad crap of incompetence occur. And I think, fortunately, theirself esteem is to high to realize this. More crap is coming.

    And now I will concern about my tomatoes an peppers. Three weeks late spring here in Norway is a challenge.

  13. DanaThomas on April 9, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    Contrary to the conclusions of the Zerohedge article, ostensibly weak governments like May’s often have a knack of hanging on. In the background is a fierce but almost silent struggle (like sumo wrestlers) between the pro- and anti-Berlin/Brussels factions in the UK oligarchy. Is there something to the rumours about intergenerational infiltration of the British establishment by GERMAN interests (and their allies)? They have the motivation and the means. Motivation is to preserve the Berlin-dominated EU until Berlin says otherwise. As for means, running a Cold War disinfo op is child’s play, after all today’s Germany has inherited the State apparatus of both East and West.
    And the expulsion of diplomats from certain countries, not necessarily the UK, may be a spinoff benefit or even the main goal of this phenomenally feeble farce.

    • Robert Barricklow on April 9, 2018 at 8:46 pm

      Reminds of a Shakespeare quote:
      Hell is empty and the devils are here.

    • Katie B on April 10, 2018 at 5:05 am

      Couldn’t agree more. And infiltration of the US military and Italian mafia. They are all the same entity: nazi philosophy.

      • Katie B on April 10, 2018 at 5:06 am

        p.s. I have been listening to a lady called Kay Griggs, an ex wife of a high up in Us military, she’s outstanding and really pieces everything together. Youtube her, she’s highly credible.

        • Harvey's Barn on April 10, 2018 at 12:57 pm

          Hey Katie!
          Ive watched about half of her interview, and cant say Im surprised by anything she has to reveal (unfortunately).

          • Katie B on April 10, 2018 at 1:18 pm

            Hi Harvey

            I find her really credible, I don’t think she could interview for all those hours and make all that up, I’ve been doing a quick bit of research on everything she says and so far, I can’t find any holes. I have part 4 to listen to but so far, she’s pieced a lot of things together

  14. Robert Barricklow on April 9, 2018 at 11:41 am

    A House of Cards built on funny money & intelligence[in all aspects of the word]; and an extreme lack of moral foundation.

    • Robert Barricklow on April 9, 2018 at 1:39 pm

      Beneath the veneer of this all is a purposed product
      that is designed to arrive at a manufactured solution.

      • goshawks on April 9, 2018 at 5:56 pm

        My thoughts exactly, Robert :
        Problem -> Reaction -> Solution

  15. Ramura on April 9, 2018 at 10:09 am

    And now we have more (fake, I presume) reports of Assad using chemical weapons against his own people and even Trump shouting “Russia, Russia, Russia!” and “Animal Assad!”

    Followers of “Q-Anon” feel this is all Kabuki theatre and that Trump is not fooled, but “some deception is necessary.” There is no doubt he has been lied to, but has he taken the bait? Or will we see another bombing of Syria only to hear later that the site was deserted and no deaths occurred.

    It is deja vu, all over again.

    • Tommi H on April 9, 2018 at 1:08 pm

      I hope he didn’t take the bait, I’m sure Kreml’s patience and good will is coming to an end.

  16. Enigma3 on April 9, 2018 at 9:43 am

    Just as in so many false flags, we have been given no proof to back up the official story. Not a dust mote of proof. We have no idea what the Skripals were harmed with. As VX kills in less than 2 minutes, we do know that novichok is not the culprit.

    I will say until I am blue in the face – If there is a public event, an assassination of one person or a mass shooting, and no independent investigators are allowed to look at the evidence, no EMT’s are allowed to go on scene to help out, the crime scene is quickly destroyed, and we are given a story by the authorities, that story is a lie. Lots of lyin’ goin’ around.

    • Hawkeye Lockhart on April 9, 2018 at 10:00 pm

      As the global dollar/debt hegemony sham unravels, ALL options are on the table to save the Empire. War is the ultimate cover-up. Panic button has been pushed in many locations.
      Emotional Propaganda 101: Chemical Attack in Syria Appears to be a False Flag to Justify Regime Change
      Unless you are sociopathic, watching videos of children in distress who have allegedly been struck by a chemical agent (in an incident where women and children have also allegedly died) is going to upset you, yet it must be remembered that these videos are being used as propaganda instruments, intended to elicit an emotional response.

    • FiatLux on April 9, 2018 at 10:39 pm

      An excellent good rule of thumb, Enigma.
      I would add:
      – if the perpetrator is announced all over the press within hours (or some other amount of time so short that an investigation wouldn’t even have been possible); and
      – if there’s no credible evidence offered to the public, yet the authorities make a point of insisting they know who did it;
      then it’s probably a lie.

  17. Tirion on April 9, 2018 at 9:04 am

  18. anakephalaiosis on April 9, 2018 at 7:10 am

    Witches’ Drowning Street.
    Giza gas chamber early spring.
    Aslan in Narnia.

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