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Wrapping Up the Year, A Feast of Gifts for Gumshoe


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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We were pleased that Terry Shulze let us re-publish his “Gun Runner” article of 1999 – (not the least bit out-of-date!).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!

Photo credit: Suncoastcommunitylegal.org


  1. This is for James
    (supposedly found in Xmas crackers):

    How will Christmas dinner be different after Brexit? No Brussels

    How do snowmen leave the EU? They trigger Icicle 50

    Who might cook the turkey at Number 10 this year? Teresa May

    Why did Santa’s helper see the doctor? He had low elf-esteem

    What do you get if you cross Donald Trump with a Christmas carol? O Comb Over Ye Faithful

    What did workers at Walmart get for Christmas dinner? About five minutes

  2. Just a short note and prayer for poor Martin Bryant and his family. I trust the ‘fight’ for justice and to free this innocent man will be the case in 2017. Cant imagine 20 years of life in Risdon Prison, no family or freedom let alone the 25th and birthdays etc….My thoughts are with the people who suffer cruel injustice! Martin is one of them. My prayer goes out to you Martin, the ‘fight’ goes on……..

  3. A very merry Christmas to our gumshoe, Ms. Marple and all other genuine sleuths particularly, our Dee and other oddbodds. Christmas s not Christmas without the odd uncle…… or the strange grandpop challenging all the fake.

    • You mean you want us to put the sleuth back in Christmas.
      Well, Ok, Jesus did have a few things to say about tax collectors.

      Still, look what happened to poor Aaron Russo when he went off on the IRS kick. One must apply caution occasionally.

      Ned, this coming Monday in Adelaide,Dec 26, on the the Feast of Ste-ven, the snow will not lay round about, deep and crisp and even, as the temparoo is to be 40 or 104 on the old scale.

      • Mary,
        Not sure about tax collectors, he had a saying; render to what is Caesar’s to Caesar.
        Problem may have been that the Pharisees collecting at the temple for BS sacrifices were pocketing Caesar’s coin in exchange for sacrificial tokens.
        Perhaps Jesus understood the banking scam?
        So Caesar knew how to handle bankers and that he did.

        • Ned, you are fun. Here is Luke 19:1-10

          He entered Jericho and was passing through. And there was a man called by the name of Zaccheus; he was a chief tax collector and he was rich. Zaccheus was trying to see who Jesus was, and was unable because of the crowd, for he was small in stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a [a] sycamore tree in order to see Him, for He was about to pass through that way.

          When Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to him, “Zaccheus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” And he hurried and came down and received Him gladly. When they saw it, they all began to grumble, saying, “He has gone to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.”

          Zaccheus stopped and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, half of my possessions I will give to the poor, and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will give back four times as much.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”


  4. Berlin attack. presumed suspect anything but Muslim, leaves ID in convenient location, now shot dead I’ve just found.

    They are making it so obvious its almost silly.

  5. To Mary and Dee, yes you’ve received some nice gifts, but you’ve also given lovely gifts. Like a place for many to hear the truth on so many important topics, and a place for many to voice their opinions. I thank you wholeheartedly. May you both have an inspiring and peaceful Christmas.

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