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Manchester Arena attack: what we know so far
The events around Manchester Arena have been fast moving and confusing. Here is what we know so far.
By Kevin Rawlinson

Manchester Arena attack: what we know so far

The events around Manchester Arena have been fast moving and confusing. Here is what we know so far

Kevin Rawlinson

A suspected terror attack hit a pop concert in Manchester on Monday evening, with many dead and dozens injured. Here is what we know so far:

  • Police have confirmed that at least 19 people were killed in an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena. 
  • Police say the explosion is being “treated as a terrorist incident until we have further information”.
  • Officers said that a further 50 people were injured amid reports of at least one explosion that hit the venue as the concert was finishing.
  • The blast was reported to have hit the foyer of the building at about 10:30pm, British Transport police said. Police say they received a call about the incident at 10.33.
  • Manchester Arena said the incident took place “outside the venue in a public space”
  • Multiple witnesses said they heard an explosion, with one telling the Guardian the blast shook the whole building, before “everyone screamed and tried to get out”.
  • Victims have been taken to six hospitals across the Manchester area.
  • Large areas around the arena have been sealed off and Victoria Station has been closed and is expected to be closed throughout Tuesday.
  • Greater Manchester Police have carried out a “controlled explosion’’ in the Cathedral Gardens area but the item destroyed was not suspicious.
  • Prime Minister Theresa May has said her thoughts are with the victims and
    families of those affected in “what is being treated by the police as an
    appalling terrorist attack”.
  • A meeting of the Cobra government emergency committee will meet at 9am Tuesday
  • Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron have expressed their sympathies for the victims.
  • Around 21,000 people are reported to have been at the concert at the time of the explosion.
  • Police have issued a number for people to call if they are concerned about relatives or loved ones: +44 0161 856 9400

The emergency number is +44 0161 856 9400. 

Both Christy Clark (BC Liberal Leader) and John Horgan (BC NDP leader) were asked to comment on the swastika’s showing up on candidate signs in North Vancouver.

Christy Clark suggests the swastika’s are the NDP’s fault, while John Horgan actually condemns the hateful messages (and vows to restore the BC Human Rights Commission to combat racism like this).

When Pymander had said this, he blended himself before my eyes with the powers. And I, who was now clothed with power and instructed about the nature of the Universe and about the exalted vision, thanked and praised the Father of all things. I began to proclaim to the people the beauty of the Gnosis and of the life dedicated to God.

“Oh, you nations, you men who are born of the earth and who have given yourselves up to intoxication and slumber and to the ignorance concerning God, become sober and stop wallowing in debauchery, enchanted as you are by an animal sleep.”

On hearing this, they came to me with one accord. And I spoke further: “Oh you earthly born, why have you given yourselves up to death, whereas you have power to participate in immortality? Repent, you who walk in error and who have accepted ignorance as a leader. Liberate yourselves from the dark light and take part in immortality by taking leave of destruction forever.”

Some of them mocked me and went away, for they were on the road of death. But others, who had thrown themselves on their knees for me, besought me to instruct them. I raised them up and became a guide to the human race by teaching them in what way they would be saved. And I sowed in them the words of wisdom and they were fed with the water of immortality.

Corpus Hermeticum


Nihigaal bee Iina, or our journey for existence is a prayerful walk orchestrated by fellow Diné youth seeking to address a variety of issues occurring across Diné Bikeyah (Navajo land). As we have walked, we have seen the destruction of resource extraction upon our lands, and our people’s psyche. 

We have also witnessed our people— especially Diné youth— awakening to their original selves. We also experience healing from intergenerational trauma, in which we give back our strength to the community in the form of prayers, presentations, and community exchanges to create a sustainable conscious that will empower communities and remind all of us that our situations are not unique but a result of colonialism’s structural violence. 

As youth, our identity as Diné has allowed us to override our circumstances within each of our very different lives to take the time to walk to each of our sacred mountains. We are slowly realizing cultural revitalization, and the importance and immediacy of fighting despite struggles. Tomorrow will be more beautiful and months preceding will make us grow, and the people will take back their power. 

why wouldn't communists like liberal politicians... leaders of imperialist countries,... i am incapable of coming up with a single answer that doesn't make perfect & obvious sense
Leader's debate- Summary
  • Nigel Farage: Immigrants Immigrants Immigrants
  • Nicola Sturgen: Fuck austerity and fuck you *plays bagpipes*
  • David Cameron: What the fuck, Nick
  • Nick Clegg: What the fuck, Dave
  • Leanne Wood: Fuck austerity and fuck you *plays Tom Jones*
  • Ed Miliband: Please leave me alone

Be wary of liberal leaders who will try to hide their allegiance to DeVos’ destructive education agenda. As soon as he sad he supports “accountable school choice initiatives”, it should be a dead giveaway.

Behind closed doors, politicians like this will be more than happy to help Devos gut public schooling and destroy teachers unions. They try to hide it, but they can’t hide their actions and their records.

I fucking care. Fuck the Guardian for publishing this.

[Image description: Guardian comment piece headline, accompanied by a photo of the author David Shariatmadari. The headline reads “Does Tim Farron think gay sex is a sin? Who cares?” and the introduction says “The Liberal Democrat leader was asking if he takes the Bible literally on homosexuality. So long as it doesn’t inform his poiltics, it doesn’t matter]

****Warning when politicians  get involved in the “movement”****

Malcolm X

The white liberal differs from the white conservative only in one way: the liberal is more deceitful than the conservative. The liberal is more hypocritical than the conservative. Both want power, but the white liberal is the one who has perfected the art of posing as the Negro’s friend and benefactor; and by winning the friendship, allegiance, and support of the Negro, the white liberal is able to use the Negro as a pawn or tool in this political “football game” that is constantly raging between the white liberals and white conservatives.

Politically the American Negro is nothing but a football and the white liberals control this mentally dead ball through tricks of tokenism: false promises of integration and civil rights. In this profitable game of deceiving and exploiting the political politician of the American Negro, those white liberals have the willing cooperation of the Negro civil rights leaders. These “leaders” sell out our people for just a few crumbs of token recognition and token gains. These “leaders” are satisfied with token victories and token progress because they themselves are nothing but token leaders. 

Josef Stalin was a great man; few other men of the twentieth century approach his stature. He was simple, calm and courageous. He seldom lost his poise; pondered his problems slowly, made his decisions clearly and firmly; never yielded to ostentation nor coyly refrained from holding his rightful place with dignity. He was the son of a serf, but stood calmly before the great without hesitation or nerves. But also — and this was the highest proof of his greatness — he knew the common man, felt his problems, followed his fate.

Stalin was not a man of conventional learning; he was much more than that; he was a man who thought deeply, read understandingly and listened to wisdom, no matter whence it came. He was attacked and slandered as few men of power have been; yet he seldom lost his courtesy and balance; nor did he let attack drive him from his convictions or induce him to surrender positions which he knew were correct. As one of the despised minorities of man, he first set Russia on the road to conquer race prejudice and make one nation out of its 140 groups without destroying their individuality.

His judgement of men was profound. He early saw through the flamboyance and exhibitionism of Trotsky, who fooled the world, and especially America. The whole ill-bred and insulting attitude of liberals in the U.S. today began with our naive acceptance of Trotsky’s magnificent lying propaganda, which he carried around the world. Against it, Stalin stood like a rock and moved neither right nor left, as he continued to advance toward a real socialism instead of the sham Trotsky offered.

Three great decisions faced Stalin in power and he met them magnificently; first, the problem of the peasants, then the West European attack, and last the Second World War. The poor Russian peasant was the lowest victim of tsarism, capitalism and the Orthodox Church. He surrendered [to] the Little White Father [the Tsar] easily; he turned less readily but perceptibly from his icons; but his kulaks [rich peasants] clung tenaciously to capitalism and were near wrecking the revolution when Stalin risked a second revolution and drove out the rural bloodsuckers.

Then came intervention, the continuing threat of attack by all nations, halted by the Depression, only to be re-opened by Hitlerism. It was Stalin who steered the Soviet Union between Scylla and Charybdis; Western Europe and the U.S. were willing to betray her to fascism, and then had to beg her aid in the Second World War. A lesser man than Stalin would have demanded vengeance for Munich, but he had the wisdom to ask only justice for his fatherland… The British Empire proposed first to save itself in Africa and southern Europe, while Hitler smashed the Soviets.

The Second Front dawdled, but Stalin pressed unfalteringly ahead. He risked the utter ruin of socialism in order to smash the dictatorship of Hitler and Mussolini. After Stalingrad the Western World did not know whether to weep or applaud. The cost of victory to the Soviet Union was frightful. To this day the outside world has no dream of the hurt, the loss and the sacrifices. For his calm, stern leadership here, if nowhere else, arises the deep worship of Stalin by the people of all the Russias.

Then came the problem of Peace. Hard as this was to Europe and America, it was far harder to Stalin and the Soviets. The conventional rulers of the world hated and feared them and would have been only too willing to see the utter failure of this attempt at socialism. At the same time the fear of Japan and Asia was also real. Diplomacy therefore took hold and Stalin was picked as the victim. He was called in conference with British Imperialism represented by its trained and well-fed aristocracy; and with the vast wealth and potential power of America represented by its most liberal leader in half a century.

Here Stalin showed his real greatness. He neither cringed nor strutted. He never presumed, he never surrendered….He asked neither adulation nor vengeance. He was reasonable and conciliatory. But on what he deemed essential, he was inflexible. He was willing to resurrect the League of Nations, which had insulted the Soviets. He was willing to fight Japan, even though Japan was then no menace to the Soviet Union, and might be death to the British Empire and to American trade. But on two points Stalin was adamant: Clemenceau’s “Cordon Sanitaire” must be returned to the Soviets, whence it had been stolen as a threat. The Balkans were not to be left helpless before Western exploitation for the benefit of land monopoly….

Such was the man who lies dead, still the butt of noisy jackals and the ill-bred men of some parts of the distempered West. In life he suffered under continuous and studied insult; he was forced to make bitter decisions on his own lone responsibility. His reward comes as the common man stands in solemn acclaim.

—  W.E.B. Dubois


Margaret Trudeau [Margaret Joan Sinclair; 09.10.48] 

Margaret Trudeau is a Canadian author and former “First Lady”. When she was only 18 she met Pierre Elliott Trudeau, future Prime Minister of Canada, who caused the phenomenon Trudeaumania. Pierre was captivated by her flower child style and carefree personality. They married in 1971 and had three children; Justin (current Canadian Prime Minister/Liberal Party Leader), Alexandre “Sacha” and Michel. Trudeau was a frequent visitor of Studio 54 and was well acquainted with three of The Rolling Stones; Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger. Shortly after spending a weekend with the Stones in 1977, Margaret divorced Pierre. This caused a lot of controversy and vicious rumours although Margaret denies having any romantic or sexual affair with any of the Stones. 

After the divorce Margaret struggled with stress, depression and bipolar disorder–especially since Pierre won custody of their children and did not pay spousal support. She has since became a spokesperson for mental illness awareness, even publishing a book Changing My Mind

“Margaret Trudeau was twenty-two and [Pierre] Trudeau was fifty-one when they got married. It was a bit like Sinatra and Mia Farrow–the power and the flower child. And now Trudeau’s bride–and this was exactly their sixth wedding anniversary–was seen walking in our corridors in a bathrobe. So the story was that she had left him. She had, in fact, moved into the room next to Ronnie, and they were hitting it off really well, or, as Ronnie put it so nicely in memoirs, ‘We shared something special for that short time.’ She flew to New York to escape the publicity, but Mick flew to New York as well, so it was assumed they too were an item. Worse and worse. She was a groupie, that’s all she was, pure and simple. Nothing wrong with that, but you shouldn’t be a Prime Minister’s wife if you want to be a groupie” - Keith Richards, Life.

“In the eyes of the world my weekend with the Rolling Stones was the freedom trip to end all freedom trips. […] To the journalists and newspapers of the world, my escapade was yet another example of what a wicked wife I had become; flaunting my infidelities in Pierre’s face.”

‘Authentic’ leadership could not come from the outside or above; rather, the people who were most oppressed had to take direct action to change their circumstances. At best, national organizations could offer activists the resources that they lacked: financial support, media attention, and political education.
—  Ella Baker & the Black Freedom Movement by Barbara Ransby 

Momentum shared that story about Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron, and how he’s refused to say that gay sex isn’t a sin, and loads of commenters are saying that this is a distraction and that “now is not the time” because we need all the help we can get to defeat the Tories.

Well thanks guys, I’m glad the issue of a national party leader being a raging homophobe doesn’t matter to you at all. We should definitely climb into bed (poor choice of words) with somebody like Tim Farron, even if we throw people like me under the bus in the meantime. Great stuff. Glad homophobia is still taken very seriously in British politics :)))

“Many Bothans died bringing us this letter.”

“They were killed by the evil Empire?”

“No, they just got to the bit about R2-D1 and died laughing.”