Peaky Blinders Series ReviewSeason Six

The series begins in 1919 Britain, a mixture of despair and hedonism in the aftermath of the Great War. Returning soldiers, newly minted revolutions, and criminal gangs are fighting for survival in a nation rocked by economic upheaval. One of the most powerful gangs of the time is the Peaky Blinders in Birmingham, run by returning war hero Thomas Shelby and his family.

Thomas has bigger ambitions than just running the streets. When a crate of guns goes missing, he recognizes an opportunity to advance in the world because crime may pay but legitimate business pays better. Trying to rid Britain of its crime is Inspector Chester Campbell, who arrives from Belfast to try to achieve that goal.

The series ends with Tommy Shelby, who has been a gangster, an entrepreneur, a captain of industry, a spy, and ultimately a Member of Parliament and OBE. In the course of this odyssey, he has taken on numerous criminal organizations, business adversaries, foreign insurgents, and the British Establishment itself. Now, in the 1930s, as the clouds of the coming storm gather, he faces the consequences of his experiences and his actions.

It should have been a good closing season, but it was a disappointment. The whining music and dark mood may have been where the show-runner wanted to take it, but whereas I enjoyed the series, I didn’t enjoy the last season. The acting was good, and the plot line was average but it really didn’t work the way the first three seasons in particular did.


Gimme Shelter

(Memorable movie soundtrack)


Consider Putin

Claudio brought this RFE/RL interview to my attention. It’s a very good take on the situation in regard the war in Ukraine and a possible pathway to ending the war, allowing face saving. There are elements to the interview that could have been expanded upon. Edward Luttwak’s take on Putin as a man is 100% spot on in my opinion.


Party politics in America today is a race to the boxcars. The first team there gets to make the other team ride.


How Many Biolabs did USGOV fund in Ukraine?

Even though the mainstream media is closely focused on Pride Month and the necessity of disarming honest citizens, the question remains. Does Uncle Joe have a personal financial stake (10% for the Big Guy) in any of them? I can’t give you clear answers but I’m just this guy who lives in Arizona.

Ok, I can give you a few clear answers because they come from the US Department of Defense (June 9 statement) “The United States has also worked collaboratively to improve Ukraine’s biological safety, security, and disease surveillance for both human and animal health, providing support to 46 peaceful Ukrainian laboratories, health facilities, and disease diagnostic sites over the last two decades. The collaborative programs have focused on improving public health and agricultural safety measures at the nexus of nonproliferation.”


  1. Very interesting interview with Mr. Luttwak. What he says seems to make sense, realistically that scenario where Ukraine holds a plebiscite on whether Donetsk and Luhansk separate from Ukraine and either become separate republics or some sort of satrap of Russia is probably the best outcome possible at this stage.

    I am sure that all 46 of those biolabs were working on projects that only had peaceful applications with no chance of being repurposed for war. And I have a bridge to sell, cash or precious metals only.

  2. um, i told you so seems appropriate….and apologies are in order as well from the media, mitt romney et al, and more than a few internet generalissimos. conspiracy theories are becoming fact at an alarming yet satisfying rate. latest is that patriot front is an fbi front. one member was holding a bullhorn, with “property of fbi” right on it. it looks like an academy class project to me. putin, well its funny that after all the talking head experts proclaimed putie wants to “rebuild the soviet union” over and over, now they’re saying he hates the soviet for what they did to mother russia and wants to rebuild greater russia and quoting the whole rat in a corner thing that i said months ago. sometimes it seems like they’re listening to me. nah, that would be paranoid….but if they are, let’s go brandon!

  3. I think that the final season is always difficult, particularly if it has been superb all the way through. How can one not be disappointed? I thought there was a lot of loss concerning Polly, and of course the fact that her death was a reality. I found it a bit ethereal; Tommy and his demeanour, but at the same time perhaps fitting. Arthur was weak and I love him. They ruined the music trying to be too clever and giving it a spiritual feel. No. Still, acted superbly and I found the part of him near the gypsy caravan with his horse looking out across the valley absolutely beautifully moving. I think it was a little bit art house, wasn’t it?

  4. That’s a long way from the initial denial re: the biolabs. It’s almost like you can’t trust anything put out by government/the media (as if they’re not the same thing anyway).

  5. Jagger said in a 1995 interview with Rolling Stone magazine:

    Well, it’s a very rough, very violent era. The Vietnam War. Violence on the screens, pillage and burning. And Vietnam was not war as we knew it in the conventional sense. The thing about Vietnam was that it wasn’t like World War II, and it wasn’t like Korea, and it wasn’t like the Gulf War. It was a real nasty war, and people didn’t like it. People objected, and people didn’t want to fight it … That’s a kind of end-of-the-world song, really. It’s apocalypse; the whole record’s like that.[11]

    • Yes, Viet Nam wasn’t like WW2.

      WW2 was much, much, worse.

      The only reason people don’t understand this, is that in WW2 the “press” ran a propaganda campaign for the war, and in Viet Nam the “press” ran a propaganda campaign against the war. Additionally, media technology was much better in the latter conflict.


  6. This is all a bit weird, isn’t Russian so called strong man Putin deathly sick with blood cancer?

    Maybe your photo’s a body double. Typical GRU trickery.

    • With Putin, it’s smoke and mirrors. Slow Joe contents himself with stewed prunes and a solid dump in his diaper.

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