by Mary W Maxwell
Gumshoe received some lovely presents in 2016 – new contributors, and new visitors, putting more life into our enterprise. Early in the year Mal Hughes joined us — he of “Return-to-Sender” fame. I refer to the letters he wrote to officials, over many years, in an attempt to get some action on the Port Arthur case.
Mal, who comments as “Aussiemal”, has also helped us with coverage of the Lindt Café Inquest, especially the bullets-or-pellets issue, and the Holsworthy mock-up (or non-mock-up as the case may be).
Now he is deep into the Great Australians Series (so far: John Stuart, Jack Absalom, and Wendy Scurr — and Mal is waiting for your entries as well).
Montse Alarcon Flix joined us from “Barthelona” in April, writing “The End of Fiction” – that end having been caused by media fiction, such as the Boston Marathon story. She came to us when I made an idle remark about the need for Spanish translations of Jahar’s case, given the now-substantial Hispanic population of Boston. Recently she opened her heart to Bashar al-Assad, which made us think twice about a few things!
Another newcomer to the main blotter, though a long-time commenter, is Phil Hingston. He slayed us with the news that 700 Sydneysiders would die (but luckily only for an hour or so) in a “crisis-actor” type deal. This had to do with a NSW police-sponsored fictitious plane crash into Sydney Cove. He then gave us an important retrospective on Carroll Quigley and a prospective on Australia’s Reserve Bank. I was comforted by Phil’s presence at the sentencing hearing of Amirah Droudis.
We were pleased that Terry Shulze let us re-publish his “Gun Runner” article of 1999 – (not the least bit out-of-date!). We divided it into a three part Gun-Control series, calling the first one “Yes, it’s UN-Led.”
New writer Mark Wilhelm, long-time activist, sent us the piece on the recent floods with connection to cloud-seeding. Cherri Bonney, of change.org endeavor, produced a very insightful piece on the “confessions” of John Avery.
On November 14, we ventured to ask our readers how they came to know about 9-11, and when. This resulted in revelations by our regular writers, including Cheryl Dean and Josée Lépine, plus Martin Jackson, Brae Antcliffe, David Andresen, and Elias Davidsson.
For my Yom Kippur article, Elias Davidsson allowed us to take an item from his website juscogens.org. It’s a letter he wrote to German Chancellor Helmut Kohl in 1991.
Other guest writers of 2016 were Teresa Conrick, a first-rate autism researcher with her questioning of the role of pesticides, and Moti Nissani, asking if Gladio was on duty during the Marathon deception.
Guest interviewees included a book – I mean the book was the interviewee – Stewart Beattie’s A Gunsmith’s Notebook for Port Arthur. Didn’t even have to serve coffee to “it.”
Plus, for two interviews, we welcomed Alan Cantwell, MD — on cancer and on the man-made origin of AIDS. This was preceded by a Cantwell article on the bacterial cause of cancer.
Dee (“Her Bossness”) went away on quite a few trips this year, allowing me to sneak in some poetry of an elegiac nature and a Biblical tale. (I labeled the David and Goliath story “Gumshoe versus the MSM.”) I wish Dee would go away again soon as I have some more fab poetry.
We also had musical interludes at this website in 2016. One featured Jessica Lorraine, a new singer, performing “Ghost” with a haunting melody – pun not intended. Jessica is the daughter of our writer Christopher Brooks. Yay!
Brahms’ “Ye Now Are Sorrowful” (and who isn’t?) was sung by a boy soprano who later died in the Twin Towers, resulting in a very moving visual of St Paul’s Cathedral, London.
Speaking of Chrissie pressies, I received an “Irish-Christmas” gift this year, consisting of an engraved invitation (well not exactly) to the Lindt Café Inquest
This led me to be awarded eleven special bracelets at the John Maddison Tower that I will bequeath to future generations — should there be any future generations, at the rate we’re going.
From Gumshoe’s own free-gift department there are two downloadable books by Dee McLachlan and meine Wenigkeit: Truth in Journalism (oh, the things we say!) and Port Arthur: Genug Ist Genug. So to speak.
During 2016 we managed two Fringe shows, albeit with infinitesimally small audiences. The first, in Adelaide, was called “A Pardoner’s Tale for Our Era,” based on Chaucer — but you know that was only a front for a Port Arthur type thing. I read the “fodder note” which describes the cruelty shown to Marin Bryant, by covert agencies, when he was 21.
Dee added her 9-11 stuff. We stopped in at the Adelaide Police media office and were not given the world’s best welcome. In September I did a one-man show at the Melbourne Fringe, called “Podstava.” There was quite the delay at the airport so the star arrived only by the skin of her (my) teeth. Awful.
On March 5, 2016 at Gumshoe we had a Bingo game for Martin Bryant. “Any port in a storm” is our motto. In July I spoke to the Conservative Club in Launceston, kindly hosted by Olga Scully. The subject matter was my petition for a Writ of Coram Nobis in the Bryant case.
You may recall that on that visit to Tassie I was able to vote as a South Australian in the federal election. You can do this, too, next time we have one. Or you can actually reside in the Island State and vote for their Sex and Hemp Party.
Thanks for your gifts of Comments to my articles — especially my “nemesis” Paul, my “admirer” Nedski, Eddy who mans the anti-war desk, my “twinette” Cheryl (i.e., we have a twin approach to the Assachusetts situation), and that wielder of dagger, Berry.
I don’t want to get too maudlin here, but you have all been my sustainers. I am majorly grateful.
Now for a Christmas song written by our editor’s bro in South Africa, Grant McLachlan: “Come Colors Rise.” (He is the composer, not the conductor pictured here.) Why does it end with: “Let truth and freedom reign?” Cuz it’s genetic. Yay!
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