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Jul 10 02:52

All cars should have 'Catholic converters': The exam howlers that earn an F in annual competition to find the best gaffes

In future, all cars will be fitted ‘with Catholic converters’, if under-pressure students are to be believed.

The statement, written by a University of Ulster undergraduate in a paper on vehicle emissions, is just one of a string of exam howlers identified by academics during this summer’s marking season.

One topical blooper was entered by Verity Brack, information technology programme director at the University of Sheffield, after a student wrote that Google was ‘one of the two main suppositories of data in the world’.

‘Within these coffeehouses, men from all different parts of the world could interfere with each other’, wrote a student in a paper marked by Andrew Rudd, lecturer in English literature at the University of Exeter.

Jul 10 02:35

UK government to rush through emergency surveillance legislation The move has been prompted by a judicial review claim in the high court that current practice is unlawful

The government will announce that it is rushing through emergency legislation underpinning the state's right to keep personal data held by internet and phone companies.

Labour is expected to accept the bill on the basis that it will simply restore what the government believed to be the law before the European Court of Justice ruled in April that an EU directive on privacy retention had over-reached its powers and amounted to an invasion of privacy.

But, as part of the deal, the opposition has won agreement that ministers will launch a review of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act passed in 2000. The act is seen as the source of excessive surveillance by the security services.

It is likely that the legislation will be passed through the Commons next week, but the Labour backbench MP Tom Watson said it would be an outrage for such a fundamental potential threat to civil liberties to be announced to the Commons on Thursday when few MPs are likely to be present.

Jul 10 02:33

Emergency surveillance legislation is stitch-up, campaigners say Plan to require telecoms firms and ISPs retain data is result of 'secret deal between party leaders' and has 'no legal basis'

Emergency legislation to allow surveillance of phone calls, text messages and internet usage is a "stitch-up" that is going ahead without proper scrutiny, civil liberties campaigners have said.

The government claims the laws are needed to catch terrorists but the Open Rights Group condemned the plans that would require internet service providers and telecoms companies to retain communications records.

Jim Killock, its executive director, said there was "no legal basis for making internet service providers retain our data so it is using the threat of terrorism as an excuse for getting this law passed".

Ministers say the legislation is necessary because the European court of justice struck down the data retention directive for breaching the rights to privacy and protection of personal data.

Jul 10 02:31

Emergency surveillance law to be brought in with cross-party support

Controversial emergency laws will be introduced into the Commons next Monday to reinforce the powers of security services to require internet and phone companies to keep records of their customers' emails and calls.

The move follows private talks over the past week and the laws will have the support of Labour and the Liberal Democrats on the basis that there will be a sunset clause and a new board to oversee the functioning of the powers.

Jul 09 22:53

UK Moves to Legalize Mass Surveillance

New bill would reinstate controversial law struck down for invading privacy of citizens.

Jul 09 19:37

Water cannons arrive in London for potential Met deployment

Water cannons have arrived in the UK after being procured by London’s Metropolitan Police for the first time. The three second-hand units were sold to the UK by the German Federal Police, despite a lack of government permission for their use.

London Mayor Boris Johnson spent more than US$370,000 (£218,000) on the water cannons, without waiting for the central government's approval. German police confirmed to the Guardian that the water cannons have now arrived in the UK.

Jul 09 19:33

David Cameron plans to outlaw strike action

David Cameron has announced plans to outlaw strike action in essential services. The announcement comes as as up to two million public sector workers prepare to take part in national strike action.

Jul 09 18:38

Jewish Hate of Arabs Proves: Israel Must Undergo Cultural Revolution

Without a revolution based on humanist values, the Jewish tribe will not be worthy of its own state.

There are no words to describe the horror allegedly done by six Jews to Mohammed Abu Khdeir of Shoafat. Although a gag order bars publication of details of the terrible murder and the identities of its alleged perpetrators, the account of Abu Khdeir’s family — according to which the boy was burned alive — would horrify any mortal. Anyone who is not satisfied with this description, can view the horror movie in which members of Israel’s Border Police are seen brutally beating Tariq Abu Khdeir, the murder victim’s 15-year-old cousin.

Jul 09 16:44

Statin prescriptions treble in ten years to hit almost 60million: NHS spends £100m handing out pills to seven million Britons

And this is set to rise further after next week, when it is thought that the health watchdog will urge GPs to offer many more patients statins to prevent heart attacks and strokes.

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But many leading doctors remain sceptical about their benefits and point out that they could lead to type 2 diabetes and debilitating muscle pain.

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It has also emerged that six of the panel of 12 experts drawing up NICE’s guidelines have financial ties to firms which make statins or similar drugs.

Jul 09 16:36

Ending the “Passionate Attachment” Allies in the Medieval-Modern Struggle

A fairly accurate summary by Harry Clark.

US diplomats, military and intelligence officers, politicians, academics and journalists critical of the US-Israel relationship,in Washington and elsewhere gathered On March 7, 2014 with other critics in Washington, at the Washington DC National Press Club for a “National Summit to Reassess the U.S.-Israel ‘Special Relationship.” The event was organized by the Council for the National Interest, If Americans Knew, Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy, and Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. It was a full day of six panels with a total of 25 speakers. Despite the full program moderators kept the event on schedule. The ballroom of the National Press Club was filled, and the event was broadcast live on C-Span. Video of each panel and separate audio for each speaker, and near-complete transcripts, are at the IRMEP program page and the natsummit.org page. The proceedings survey Israel’s influence and its damage to the US.

Jul 09 16:33

Ex-Home Office worker says taxpayer's money was given to paedophile group

A former civil servant has insisted the Home Office did give grants to a paedophile group - and the payments were sanctioned by the police.

Tim Hulbert, who worked in the department’s Voluntary Services Unit which was responsible for distributing cash awards to community groups, said the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) did receive taxpayers’ money from the Home Office.

He added that the grants to PIE were made on the orders of the Special Branch.

Mr Hulbert’s account raises the prospect of the grants being in some way related to police infiltration of PIE, which was affiliated to Liberty, the civil rights group, and ultimately disbanded in 1984.

It also contradicts an official Home Office report, published earlier this week, which said the department had not “directly or indirectly” funded PIE, even though more than £470,000 was given to groups linked to it between 1974 and 1984.

Jul 09 14:45

Files on UK role in CIA rendition accidentally destroyed, says minister Rights groups say FCO claim records of flights in and out of Diego Garcia missing due to water damage 'smacks of cover-up'

The government's problems with missing files deepened dramatically when the Foreign Office claimed documents on the UK's role in the CIA's global abduction operation had been destroyed accidentally when they became soaked with water.

In a statement that human rights groups said "smacked of a cover-up", the department maintained that records of post-9/11 flights in and out of Diego Garcia, the British territory in the Indian Ocean, were "incomplete due to water damage".

The claim comes amid media reports in the US that a Senate report due to be published later this year identifies Diego Garcia as a location where the CIA established a secret prison as part of its extraordinary rendition programme. According to one report, classified CIA documents state that the prison was established with the "full cooperation" of the UK government.

Jul 09 12:01

Files on UK role in CIA rendition accidentally destroyed, says minister

It also comes at a time when MPs are demanding the Home Office urgently provide more information about 114 "missing" files that could have contained information about an alleged child abuse

Jul 09 11:47

Files on UK Government Involvement in CIA Rendition Program "Accidentally Destroyed"

The government's problems with missing files deepened dramatically when the Foreign Office claimed documents on the UK's role in the CIA's global abduction operation had been destroyed accidentally when they became soaked with water.

In a statement that human rights groups said "smacked of a cover-up", the department maintained that records of post-9/11 flights in and out of Diego Garcia, the British territory in the Indian Ocean, were "incomplete due to water damage".

Jul 09 11:27

UK moves to legalize mass surveillance

NEW BILL WOULD REINSTATE CONTROVERSIAL LAW STRUCK DOWN FOR INVADING PRIVACY OF CITIZENS

Jul 09 11:14

Brother of child abuse inquiry judge Elizabeth Butler-Sloss was accused of 'cover up'

The brother of the judge in charge of the Government’s inquiry into allegations of an establishment paedophile ring refused to prosecute a paedophile diplomat caught exchanging obscene material.

Sir Michael Havers, the late brother of Baroness Butler-Sloss, was accused of a “white-wash” after he backed a decision not to prosecute Sir Peter Hayman.

Jul 09 11:12

Former chair of Paedophile Information Exchange claims he hid material in 'locked cabinets' at the Home Office

A convicted sex offender and former leader of a pro-paedophile campaign group has claimed he stored material at the Home Office.

Steven Adrian Smith worked as an electrical contractor at the offices on Queen Anne’s Gate in Westminster during the 19070s and 1980s.

At the time he was chair of the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) which was set up in the 1976 and lobbied politicians for the effective abolition of the legal age of consent.

Smith was given an indeterminate jail sentence three years ago for possessing indecent images of children.

Jul 09 11:06

Tories hope child abuse inquiry will divert gaze from top

The Tories hope that the announcement of a panel of inquiry into how allegations of child abuse were handled will get them past the election.

Public bodies will be subject to a sweeping investigation into how they dealt with child abuse allegations.

These include the police, schools, churches, BBC and parliament.

Jul 09 07:31

Britain was Syria's only supplier of three chemicals used to make deadly nerve agent sarin

British companies sold chemicals used to make lethal nerve agent sarin to Syria in the 1980s, ministers will admit today.

In the week that the US has started the process of destroy Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons, it has emerged that the UK supplied the country with key elements for making them.

It is a major embarrassment for the British government, after condemning the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime during the bloody three-year civil war.

Jul 09 06:32

Butler-Sloss's child abuse role in doubt as conflict of interest row grows Former high court judge criticised over fact her brother Lord Havers was attorney-general at time of some of controversy

Opposition to the appointment of Lady Butler-Sloss as chair of the panel of inquiry into child abuse is growing at Westminster with lawyers and key MPs, including the new chair of the health select committee, urging her to stand aside.

She has been criticised on the basis that her brother, the late Lord Havers, was attorney general at the time some of the controversy over the failure to prosecute child abuse cases may have occurred.

The former high court judge insisted she had been unaware of reports that her brother tried to prevent ex-MP Geoffrey Dickens airing claims about a diplomat in parliament in the 1980s.

**Government appoints a paedophiles SISTER as the high court judge in charge of the Inquiry - OMG!!

Jul 08 19:17

We're paying for Fred the Shred's £500k legal defence: Taxpayers fork out huge sum on disgraced bank boss despite case having not even reached court yet

Taxpayers have forked out almost half a million pounds in legal fees to defend disgraced former Royal Bank of Scotland boss Fred Goodwin, it emerged last night.

Costs of £400,000 have already been racked up by law firms representing four former directors of the bank against a lawsuit brought by its shareholders – even though the case has still not reached court.

If it does, the final bill will run to millions of pounds.

Mr Goodwin’s legal fees are being paid by the bank, despite the fact he draws a £342,500-a-year pension.

Jul 08 16:35

There may have been establishment cover-up of child abuse claims to 'protect the system', says Lord Tebbit

Ex-Tory party chairman says it was 'more important to protect the system'
Says it was 'spectacularly wrong' because the abuses have 'grown'
Government says 114 secret files on paedophile cases have gone missing

Jul 08 12:21

UK Moves to Legalize Mass Surveillance

The UK government is pushing to pass an emergency law that would allow for storing and tracking the public's phone calls, text messages, and internet use.

The bill, which is set for inter-party reforms later this week and is expected to pass, was created as a response to alleged domestic terrorism threats — although the validity of these threats and the likeliness of an attack are uncertain. Recruitment propaganda and videos of alleged war crimes by British citizens in Syria that surfaced on social media this year have helped fuel speculation and reports of radicalization on the home front. However, former MI6 chief Richard Dearlove said Tuesday that recent fears of extremism in the West have been overblown by governments and media, with most terrorist activity having been refocused into the Middle East.

Jul 08 11:35

1,000 UK workers protest low wages

More than 1,000 workers struck at Argos distribution centres around Britain on Thursday of last week.

The Unite union members are angry at attacks on their terms and conditions.

Jul 08 09:53

Westminster's dirt book: How Government whips covered-up MPs' 'scandals involving small boys' in exchange for loyalty

A senior former Tory MP boasted about how Edward Heath’s government could cover up scandals involving them and ‘small boys’.

Tim Fortescue revealed how the whip’s office, which rules over MPs for the party leadership, would try to ‘get a chap out of trouble’ in return for loyalty. He served as a whip between 1970 and 1973.

Mr Heath himself pioneered the keeping of a ‘dirt book’ about MPs' private lives to turn to his political advantage.

Mr Fortescue's extraordinary comments from a 1995 documentary emerged as Theresa May said political parties would be included in a wide-ranging inquiry into allegations of child abuse in every part of British society.

Jul 08 09:50

Why isn't Labour offering an alternative to Tory austerity?

For four years the Tories have attacked workers’ living standards and devastated public services with cuts and privatisation. They threaten to go even further in the next parliament.

As TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady put it at the Unite union policy conference earlier this month, “They want to finish what Margaret Thatcher started.”

And for trade union leaders such as O’Grady, the way to stop them is to make sure that Labour wins next year’s general election. She argued, “If the Tories win, the consequences will be horrific”.

Jul 08 09:33

Now taxman wants to trawl a YEAR of your bank statements under powers to raid bank accounts goes for unpaid tax

The taxman wants to be given access to 12 months of personal spending under new powers to raid bank accounts for thousands of pounds.

MPs said they were ‘horrified’ by the plans which they claimed would go against the 800-year-old Magna Carta charter.

Bosses from HM Revenue and Customs were savaged by the Treasury select committee for demanding the power to dip into private bank accounts to recoup less than £100million-a-year.

Jul 08 07:40

Macmillan backed Syria assassination plot

Nearly 50 years before the war in Iraq, Britain and America sought a secretive "regime change" in another Arab country they accused of spreading terror and threatening the west's oil supplies, by planning the invasion of Syria and the assassination of leading figures.

Newly discovered documents show how in 1957 Harold Macmillan and President Dwight Eisenhower approved a CIA-MI6 plan to stage fake border incidents as an excuse for an invasion by Syria's pro-western neighbours, and then to "eliminate" the most influential triumvirate in Damascus.

The plans, frighteningly frank in their discussion, were discovered in the private papers of Duncan Sandys, Mr Macmillan's defence secretary, by Matthew Jones, a reader in international history at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Jul 08 07:39

57 Years Ago: U.S. and Britain Approved Use of Islamic Extremists to Topple Syrian Government

BBC reports that – in 1957 – the British and American leaders approved the use of Islamic extremists and false flag attacks to topple the Syrian government:

Nearly 50 years before the war in Iraq, Britain and America sought a secretive “regime change” in another Arab country… by planning the invasion of Syria and the assassination of leading figures.

Newly discovered documents show how in 1957 [former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom] Harold Macmillan and President Dwight Eisenhower approved a CIA-MI6 plan to stage fake border incidents as an excuse for an invasion by Syria’s pro-western neighbours, and then to “eliminate” the most influential triumvirate in Damascus.

Jul 08 05:26

Palestinian Boy Burned to Death

The conflict derives from a military occupation in which thugs on the occupiers’ side of the conflict are allowed to increasingly spin out of control, roaming streets and forests to brutalize a captive population whose only weapons are stones and largely ineffective rockets.

The horrific stories of this past week recall a development in the struggle for justice in Life Getty ImagesApril, 1963, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was confined in the Birmingham city jail. King, (right) and several colleagues had been arrested for demonstrating against racial segregation.

Jul 08 04:48

Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?

Levy believes only one kind of pressure would bring Israel back to sanity and safety:

“The day the president of the United States decides to put an end to the occupation, it will cease. Because Israel was never so dependent on the United States as it is now. Never. Not only economically, not only militarily but above all politically. Israel is totally isolated today, except for America.” He was initially hopeful that Barack Obama would do this – he recalls having tears in his eyes as he delivered his victory speech in Grant Park – but he says he has only promoted “tiny steps, almost nothing, when big steps are needed.”

Levy uses a simple technique. He asks his fellow Israelis:how would we feel, if this was done to us by a vastly superior military power?

Jul 07 11:50

British government planned a 100,000-strong Syrian proxy force

British plans developed in 2012 for the creation of a huge “rebel” army to march on Damascus and overthrow Syrian president Bashar al-Assad have been exposed.

According to an investigation by the BBC’s flagship Newsnight TV programme, the scheme was one of a number of proposals put together by the British military at the behest of the government of Prime Minister David Cameron.

Jul 07 09:20

The Truthseeker: Ukraine Gangster State Calls for ‘Nuclear Strikes’ (E42)

Seek truth from facts with intelligence expert William Engdahl; economist Professor Michael Hudson;former US intelligence officer Scott Rickard; and the prosecutor who put Yulia Timoshenko’s partner behind bars, Martha Boersch:

Parliament moves to quit Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty;
Nazis ‘regular reconnaissance visits to nuclear power stations’;
Billionaire governor, whose Privatbank is top recipient of new IMF bailout, being placed on international wanted list for ‘banned methods of warfare and aggravated murder’.

Jul 07 09:16

Theresa May to announce inquiry into claims child sex abuse allegations ignored: Politics live blog

Amnesty International wants the Belfast Kincora Boys' Home scandal to be covered by the new inquiry. My colleague Henry McDonald has sent me this.

Allegations have persisted since 1981 that paedophiles who abused boys at the East Belfast home were protected by the British state because they were agents.

There have also been accusations that members of the British military, MI5, politicians and civil servants were visitores to the home particulary in the 1970s.

An historic abuse inquiry into homes and orphanages throughout Northern Ireland since the foundation of the state is currently underway. Its remit includes the events concerning Kincora but the inquiry in the region cannot compel the release of files on the scandal from central government in London.

Jul 07 09:11

Emergency snooping laws to be introduced amid growing fears over radicalised Brits returning from Syria

Emergency laws to record phone calls, texts and people's internet history could be rushed through Parliament, amid growing fears over the threat posed by radicalised British Muslims returning from Syria.

Ministers have been forced to act after the European courts ruled that Government powers to monitor people's phone and internet records were illegal.

Jul 07 09:10

Shoplifters are being sent to food banks instead of court as police fear hunger is behind the rise in offences across Britain

Shoplifters are being sent to food banks as part of a crackdown on crime as police raise concerns that hunger is behind the rising number of offences across Britain.

Police chiefs around the country have raised concerns over a sharp rise in the numbers of first-time offenders stealing from supermarkets.

Jul 07 08:24

Ads Against Apartheid ‘ONE WORD’ ad campaign launched in Boston

Boston subway ads are shocking– ‘and so is the reality on the ground’

The ads are currently running in Boston’s downtown State Street Station where they can be seen by upwards of 13,000 riders per day. AAA’s website states they are “challenging Israel’s commitment to peace”.

Ads Against Apartheid is planning to expand the campaign to other cities all across America.The campaign has other hard hitting ads up on their website too. Instructing readers to “Stop Talking, Start Acting” and support spreading the campaigns.

Jul 07 08:20

Child abuse files lost at Home Office spark fears of cover-up

A dossier compiled by an MP detailing allegations of a 1980s Westminster paedophile ring is one of more than 100 potentially relevant Home Office files destroyed, lost or missing, it has emerged.

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They must use the same back up system the IRS does!

Jul 07 08:07

Juncker? UK’s Cameron A Greater Threat To EU Freedom

The real threat to European freedom and independence comes from politicians like Cameron, not Jean-Claude Juncker.

The events in Ukraine and the political spat over who should be the next president of the European Commission might seem like issues far apart. But there is a connection that may seem rather surprising. As European leaders gathered in Brussels last week to decide on whether Jean-Claude Juncker should become the next EC president, despite British objections, the same leaders were also being lobbied by Washington to leverage further trade sanctions against Russia over the crisis in Ukraine.

Jul 07 07:08

Flashback: File destruction doubled ahead of new information act

Some Whitehall departments have doubled the number of files they shred in advance of the Freedom of Information Act coming into force, new figures uncovered by the Conservatives revealed today.

According to research by the shadow cabinet office minister, Julian Lewis, the biggest increases were at the ministry of defence, the department of trade and industry and the department of work and pensions.

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In 1999-2000, 52,605 DTI files were destroyed, but by 2003-04 the number of documents shredded had shot up to 97,020. The MoD had also nearly doubled the number of files destroyed in the same period. But the sharpest rise was at work and pensions where 36,885 files were deleted last year - up from 15,524 four years ago.

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has also stepped up the shredding of thousands of documents.

Jul 06 23:43

REFLECTIONS ON THE ORIGINS AND MEANING OF AMERICA’S INDEPENDENCE DAY

America’s Independence Day: The Founding Fathers saw popular voting as endangering property ownership. Democracy was viewed by most the same way Washington viewed the “scum” who started the Revolution around Boston. It took about two hundred years of gradual changes for America to become anything that seriously could be called democratic. Even now, what sensible person would call it anything but a rough work still in progress.

Why no on should be surprised when America behaves as an international bully

Jul 06 14:00

The Guardian view on sex abuse and cover ups Public confidence, and maybe justice too, demand a thorough inquiry into rumours of a paedophile ring at Westminster

The calls for an inquiry into allegations of a cover up of a paedophile ring that might have included senior politicians in the 1980s are growing louder. The disappearance, revealed in this weekend's Observer, of not one but 114 files relating to possible child sex abuse has added weight to the case originally raised by two MPs, Tom Watson – who a year ago revealed the existence of a file of charges put together by the late Conservative MP Geoffrey Dickens – and the Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk, the man who outed his predecessor in Rochdale, Sir Cyril Smith, as a child abuser. Mr Danczuk told the BBC that he was now so confident of his information that he was ready to name at least one MP, although only under the parliamentary privilege that would protect him from legal action. Then on the Andrew Marr showon Sunday, Lord Tebbit, who was both party chairman and a cabinet minister in the era in question, admitted that he thought it was "likely" there had been an "enormous" cover up.

Jul 06 10:37

Dozens of UK Politicians Investigated in Massive Pedophilia Ring

HOUSEHOLD NAMES FROM EVERY MAJOR POLITICAL PARTY HAVE BEEN NAMED IN THE INVESTIGATION OF A MAJOR PEDOPHILE RING

Jul 06 09:14

Cuban Missile Crisis Redux. Where are the wise men?

For those of us with an historical turn of mind, the rapidly unfolding civil war and international crisis surrounding Ukraine brings to mind both some unnerving analogous developments in the past as well as some remedies which might be applied quickly to prevent further hemorrhaging of the global governance, not to mention some freakish spinning of events out of control.

President Obama has chosen for foreign policy advisers and implementers dyed-in-the-wool ideologists and rights campaigners like Victoria Nuland, Samantha Power and Mike McFaul, so that it is unclear where he will now find the gravitas missing in his entourage.

Expert Panel Contributions to two questions:

Can a persuasive Wise Men commission to defuse the crisis be formed swiftly now?

In addition to the 2008 personalities, who else belongs there to ensure it is forward looking and can be long lasting where the last attempt has not been?

Jul 06 08:14

British student jailed for failing to provide password

A computer whizzkid suspected of trying to hack into police websites has been jailed for refusing to hand over his password in the interests of national security.

Jul 06 07:36

Millions of taxpayers' cash spent on venture capital fund run by Tory donor

Millions of pounds of taxpayers' money is being spent on a venture capital fund overseen by one of the Conservative Party's biggest donors, The Independent on Sunday can reveal.

The British Business Bank, which is run by the Department for Business, has committed £7.8m to the Dawn Capital II investment fund, Whitehall documents show. Dawn Capital II's parent company is Dawn Capital, whose chairman is Adrian Beecroft. Mr Beecroft has donated more than £700,000 to the Conservative Party, making him eligible for David Cameron's "Leader's Group" of top donors who are granted exclusive access to the Prime Minister.

Dawn Capital has in the past invested in Wonga.com, the payday lender which last month was criticised by the Financial Conduct Authority for sending fake lawyers' letters to its customers who owed money.

Jul 06 06:54

Half a million facing 20-mile A&E trip in 'crazy' closure plans drawn up in the face of £30m funding black hole

Half a million people will be left 20 miles from their nearest A&E under ‘deeply worrying’ plans to cut two neighbouring casualty units.

The imminent threats are to the A&Es in Milton Keynes and Bedford, which between them serve at least 500,000 people in an area with a fast-growing population.

Jul 06 06:43

Taxpayers' £1m bill 'for civil servants to hum along to Miley': Royalties paid so civil servants can listen to the radio at work

Taxpayers are footing a bill of nearly £1?million so that civil servants can listen to the radio at work.

Government departments and quangos have been using public money to pay music royalties to allow staff to listen to music in the office.

Some have paid royalties for the banal music played when callers ring switchboards and are put on hold – even though royalty-free music is available.

Since 2009, £848,904 has been spent, according to figures uncovered by The Mail on Sunday using Freedom of Information laws.

Jul 06 06:41

Call for a public inquiry into historic child abuse: Forget the expenses scandal. If MPs have harboured paedophiles, the damage to British democracy will be fatal says MP SIMON DANCZUK

MPs will pay a heavy price for harbouring paedophiles in their midst.

As I was I was making my way from the House of Commons on Monday night after a late vote a Tory minister stepped out of the shadows to confront me. I'd never spoken to him before in my life but he blocked my way and ushered me to one side.

He warned me to think very carefully about what I was going to say the next day before the Home Affairs Select Committee when I'd be answering questions on child abuse.

'I hear you're about to challenge Lord Brittan about what he knew about child sex abuse,' he said. It wouldn't be a wise move, he advised me.

'It was all put to bed a long time ago.'

He warned me I could even be responsible for his death.

Jul 06 06:35

Unveiled: New £200 'smart' meters every household must pay for (but may not work)

A Government plan to put ‘smart meters’ into every British home – costing households £200 each – will be launched this week despite fears they will not work and that they pose a security risk to power supplies.

The £11?billion project, introduced to meet EU green targets, is supposed to cut down energy consumption and reduce bills.

But official reports seen by The Mail on Sunday reveal that: trials show consumers with smart meters save far less energy than predicted; five countries considering such a plan have decided it would cost more money than it saves; the meters do not work in a third of British homes, including high-rise flats, basements and those in rural areas: hackers and cyber-terrorists could break into the system causing chaos in the national grid, or carry out large-scale fraud by fiddling bills.

Jul 06 06:32

New twist in Westminster scandal: 114 secret files on paedophile cases missing, admits Government

The row over an alleged Westminster child sex ring took a new turn last night after the Government admitted that 114 secret files on paedophile cases have gone missing.

And four new cases of alleged child abuse, possibly dating back decades, are to be investigated by police.

The development came as the Home Office ordered a full-scale legal inquiry into claims there has been an Establishment cover-up of a powerful network of child sex abusers linked to Parliament and No?10.

Jul 06 06:22

Leon Brittan 'questioned by police over historical rape claim'

Leon Brittan, the former home secretary, was questioned by police last month over a historical allegation of rape, it was claimed on Saturday night.

Detectives were said to be investigating an allegation that Brittan, who was not an MP at the time of the alleged incident, assaulted a woman at an address in London in 1967. The Metropolitan police said: "A man aged in his seventies was interviewed under caution by appointment at a central London location in connection with the allegation. He was not arrested." The woman was over the age of 18 at the time of the alleged incident.

It is understood that Brittan strongly denied the allegation.

Jul 05 14:17

At least 40 UK politicians complicit in alleged Westminster 'pedophile ring' – report

A whistleblower who kicked off UK police pedophile probe Operation Fernbridge believes as many as 40 British MPs and peers were involved in or turned a blind eye to child abuse.

Peter Mckelvie, a retired child protection team manager, who has spent more than 20 years compiling evidence of alleged child abuse by people in authority, believes ten current and former politicians are on the list and that there is enough evidence to arrest at least one senior politician, reports the Daily Telegraph.

Jul 05 10:09

UK police make one million stop and searches of young people

A report by the House of Commons All-Party Parliamentary Group for Children has revealed that more than one million police stop and searches were carried out on children and young people under the age of 18 in England and Wales over the last five years.

Between 2009 to 2013, 1,136 stop and searches were carried out on children under 10 years old, despite the fact that they are under the age of criminal responsibility in England and Wales.

Jul 05 07:28

Thousands of Barclays and Nationwide customers hit by IT glitch leaving them unable to access their money

Thousands of frustrated banking customers found themselves unable to access their money yesterday after the latest in a series of computer glitches.

The IT problems affected Barclays and Nationwide, which together serve nearly 30million people in the UK.

Angry consumers complained they had been unable to pay mortgage bills, transfer funds to their children or buy groceries.

Jul 05 07:25

Fury at Apple's £11million tax bill on £10billion sales: MPs accuse electronic giant of 'less than honest' behaviour

Apple faced fury last night after it was revealed that it paid just £11.4million in British corporation tax last year – despite sales of a record £10.5billion.

The US technology giant rakes in billions selling its high-end gadgets but funnels its sales through Ireland to minimise its UK tax bill.

Yesterday MPs said the practice, which is also used by Google, was ‘less than honest’ and called on the company to pay more.

Last year, Apple was hauled in front of the US Senate to account for its American tax affairs. It has even been criticised by its own shareholders for hoarding £87billion in offshore accounts – again to avoid tax.

Jul 05 07:20

People who refused to work for free could get £130million benefits payout after court says retrospective laws breach human rights

Human rights lawyers said the judgement was a 'damning assessment' and, if upheld on appeal, could lead to some £130 million having to be paid out to thousands of jobseeker's allowance claimants denied benefits under the schemes.

Phil Shiner, of Public Interest Lawyers (PIL), said: 'This case is another massive blow to this Government's flawed and tawdry attempts to make poor people on benefits work for companies, who already make massive profits, for free.

Jul 05 06:39

Iran representing regional harmony

I would like other readers in the West to carefully consider what I have written, for a moment. Logically, we know a country cannot be simultaneously committed to supporting all Muslims around the world, and simultaneously be pursuing a violent sectarian agenda within Islam. Someone is obviously lying intensively on this issue, urges Harry Bentham.

Western depictions of the violence in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq as sectarianism somehow aggravated by the US’s regional adversary, Iran, are based on ignorance and blindness.

An example of this depiction of Iran can be found in US Senator John McCain’s June 16 statement on Iraq, in which he alleged Iran is pursuing a “narrow sectarian agenda” in the ongoing conflict in Iraq.

This, despite the fact that Iran has been supporting the forces maintaining Iraq’s territorial and social unity.

This is the diametric opposite of a sectarian policy, and Iran has been calling for reconciliation in both Iraq and Syria.

Jul 05 06:34

Ukraine crisis far worse than Cold War

Donald Rumsfeld should rate alongside the vile Robert McNamara as the worst secretary of defense in our history. But even he got at least one idea right. “Stuff happens.” Indeed it does. The most frightful consequences flow from casual, sloppy, reckless decision-making and no major power is ever fully immune from that.

The Cold War was a period of remarkable stability. The *Untied States and the Soviet Union both madly built enormous arsenals of genocidal-capable thermonuclear weapons beyond the imagination of any previous military powers. But after the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis successive leaders of both powers rapidly sobered up. Even during the last spasm of serious tension under Soviet Leader Yury Andropov from 1982 to 1984, the Soviets were driven by fear rather than hate, and U.S. President Ronald Reagan belied his public hardline rhetoric and proved far more wise and cautious than even his own senior colleagues.

Jul 05 06:27

Itching for a Genocide

On Wednesday, the WashingtonPost, which has become the neocons’ media flagship, was virtually rubbing its hands with glee at the prospect of Western Ukraine’s military offensive to crush the ethnic Russians in Eastern Ukraine. In the print edition, the lead editorial had the light-hearted title: “Time’s up.”

Western Ukraine’s “anti-terrorist operation” against rebels in Eastern Ukraine has the makings of what could degenerate from scattered atrocities to ethnic cleansing to genocide. It already is a nasty war to suppress an ethnic minority through the use of military force, complete with references to the targeted population as insects and animals.

Jul 04 20:23

Jailing Of Andy Coulson A 'Damning Indictment' Of David Cameron's Judgement, Says Labour

Disgraced No 10 spin doctor Andy Coulson was jailed for 18 months yesterday on phone hacking charges.

Labour branded the jail term an indictment of Prime Minister David Cameron’s judgement.

Jul 04 17:10

Israel’s SodaStream closes main UK store after 2-yr boycott campaign

SodaStream, which has its main factory in the West Bank and makes home carbonation products, has closed its EcoStream shop in Brighton and one of Britain’s biggest retailers John Lewis will no longer stock its products after two years of protests.

Jul 04 17:09

British Gas forced to pay a sum of £1m for mis-selling energy packages

In the latest scandal to hit the UK Energy sector, British Gas has agreed to pay £1m to customers who were mis-sold energy deals. The compensation package was secured by Ofgem, a regulatory body responsible for monitoring the UK’s gas industry.

Jul 04 15:54

Declaration of the People 2014

We the People have grown accustomed to a government that grows more tyrannical every day. We accept overreaches of our government, breaches of the Constitution, and the decaying of our values because they are not gross in comparison to the last overreach, breach, or decay. Progressives love to be called progressives because they wear their strategy on their name tag and no one seems to notice. It is time we pay attention to what is happening.

Jul 04 15:19

Celebrating Independence from America in England

In the U.S. there are U.S. flags everywhere all the time now, and there’s a military holiday for every day of the year. But the Fourth of July is the highest holiday of holy nationalism. More than any other day, you’re likely to see children being taught to pledge allegiance to a flag, regurgitating a psalm to obedience like little fascist robots. You’re more likely to hear the U.S. national anthem, the Star Spangled Banner. Who knows which war the words of that song come from?

Jul 04 14:06

Palestine’s dead teenagers” Netanyahu's criminal settlement policy put them in harm's way

Stuart Littlewood reminds us of the context of the killing of teenagers in Palestine – essential background missing from the reports of the BBC and other broadcasters, and from the utterances of politicians.>

Jul 04 13:46

The lives of others: the hacking trial and the establishment's corruption

On 15 October 1994 News of the World features editor Rebekah Brooks hid in the toilet dressed as a cleaner at News International’s Wapping printers.

She was stealing the first copy of the Sunday Times newspaper, which contained a serialisation of a new book on Prince Charles.

Both papers were owned by Rupert Murdoch. But that sort of behaviour got promotions.

Jul 04 13:43

It makes us stronger if we all strike together, say activists in run-up to 10 July walkout

Up to 1.4 million workers are set to strike together on Thursday of next week. Teaching assistants, refuse collectors, teachers, home helps, social workers, catering workers, environmental health officers and many more are set to join the walkout.

Local government workers in the Unison, GMB and Unite unions, and teachers in the NUT union have now said they will strike on 10 July.

Jul 04 12:30

Revealed: Britain's secret plan for 100,000 Syria invasion force

Britain was considering the option of training a massive, 100,000-strong army in Turkey and Jordan to defeat President Bashar Assad, according to a plan drawn up by a leading British general. The invasion was later scrapped as too risky.

The strategy, revealed by BBC Newsnight, involved Britain training a 100,000-strong rebel army in Jordan and Turkey over a 12-month period.

Jul 04 12:10

Rolf Harris jailed for only 5 years and 9 months

BBC presenter Rolf Harris has been sentenced to five years and nine months in prison for the sexual abuse of young girls.

Following the sentence pronounced on Friday, the 84-year-old Australian-born entertainer now faces the possibility of spending the rest of his life behind bars.

Jul 04 11:39

HARDtalk — An Intellectual Ambush Masquerading as Truth

Dr. Pappe fortunately is diplomatic, forthright, and capable of avoiding Sackur’s strategy to condemn his work as non-academic and biased toward the Palestinians.

Sakur’s questioning continues to interrogate Pappe as one sided pointing out that after all “stuff happens” in wartime, borrowing a phrase from our own intellectual wizard, Donald Rumsfeld. Pappe’s response is both truthful and honest and it that fractures Sakur’s deflection of the real history Pappe records in his work.

Jul 04 11:27

Questions over Tory donation linked to banker

The Conservative Party are refusing to confirm whether a Russian banker was behind a £40,000 purchase of a portrait of Margaret Thatcher auctioned at the Party’s 2013 summer fundraiser.

Andrei Borodin, former President of the Bank of Moscow, was granted asylum four months before the June event after convincing a British judge that charges of ‘aggravated swindling‘ filed against him in Russia were politically motivated.

Jul 04 10:42

UK cyber-bullying surpasses face-to-face bullying for first time, study finds

Cyber-bullying has spiked to such an extent in the UK that it has been more prevalent than face-to-face bullying for the first time, a major study has found.

The study, Net Children Go Mobile, was produced by the EU Kids Online research program at the London School of Economics (LSE), examining the changes in the internet habits of children from seven European countries over the past year.

Jul 04 10:14

HARDtalk Speaks to Israeli historian, Ilan Pappe

This is a very interesting discussion, which takes the form of an adversarial debate.

Two topics were addressed:

1) “was there premeditated ethnic cleansing in 1948 as opposed to a wartime situation in which the expulsion of the Palestinian population was incidental”, as Benny Morris claims, and

2) “was the evacuation of the Palestinians justified or moral”, as Benny Morris again claims. The adversarial nature of the discussion was essentially a debate between Pappe and Morris, with Mr Sackur playing the role of Benny Morris.

Jul 04 10:11

The Democrats Are Finally Turning Away from Israel And it’s high time they did

Personality explains a lot about how we’ve reached this point. While publicly the two countries have played nice, there is clearly no love lost in Barack Obama’s administration for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Things got off to a rocky start in early 2009 when Netanyahu initially refused the United States’ request for a settlement freeze. They got worse when Netanyahu sought to give Obama a “history lesson” in the Oval Office on the security challenges facing Israel; they plummeted further during the 2012 election when Bibi all but endorsed the president’s Republican rival, Mitt Romney; and they took a major hit when Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon publicly disparaged Kerry.

Jul 04 09:11

Israel’s SodaStream closes main UK store after 2-yr boycott campaign

SodaStream, which has its main factory in the West Bank and makes home carbonation products, has closed its EcoStream shop in Brighton and one of Britain’s biggest retailers John Lewis will no longer stock its products after two years of protests.

EcoStream, which sold recyclable bottles produced by the Israeli-owned SodaStream Corporation, was closed despite reporting running a profit since it was opened two years ago.

Jul 04 08:09

BBC dismisses calls for inquiry after Rolf Harris conviction

Child protection campaigners called on the BBC to launch an investigation for "turning a blind eye" to the the situation with Harris, but the corporation said there was no link between his crimes and the BBC.

Peter Saunders, from the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, told The Sun the BBC's attitude to the Harris case was similar to that taken with jailed TV presenter Stuart Hall and serial paedophile Savile.

He said: "Harris, like Savile, like Hall, was part of a corporation that helped cover up institutionalised abuse. The BBC has to come clean to expose what has gone on."

Mr Saunders said the BBC was "almost aiding the abusers", adding: "They need to lance this horrible boil and get it out there."

Jul 04 08:08

The UK's Internet Filters Block Almost 1 in 5 Websites

Almost one in five websites are blocked by the UK's internet service providers' filters,according to the Open Rights Group. Using an in-house developed tool, the digital rights organisation have tested the top 100,000 sites on the web and found that many of the 20 percent blocked by filters—which are intended to protect kids from inappropriate content—included innocuous, inoffensive or educational content.

Jul 04 07:07

Fury as banks send Wonga-style legal threats to customers: MPs condemn ‘dishonest and distressing’ tactic

High street banks are using Wonga-style bullying letters to chase customers for payments.

Barclays, Lloyds, Halifax, RBS and HSBC are among firms who have sent customers letters that look like they are from outside firms when they are not.

The letters appear to be designed to put pressure on customers by making them believe requests for debt repayments have been passed on to third parties.

Energy giant Scottish Power and Anglian Water, which supplies families in the East of England, are also using the letters.

Jul 04 07:00

Tebbit piles pressure on Brittan over VIP abusers: Tory grandee joins chorus demanding explanation over missing dossier detailing Westminster paedophile ring

More than 130 MPs are now calling for an investigation into allegations that have left former home secretary Leon Brittan facing questions over his handling of the dossier.

Lord Brittan has confirmed he received a ‘substantial bundle of papers’ from MP Geoffrey Dickens in 1983 – which detailed allegations of a paedophile network within Parliament and Whitehall – and passed them to his officials for investigation.

But amid claims of an Establishment cover-up, the Home Office admits the dossier was either lost or destroyed.

Jul 04 06:50

Study maps fracking methane risk to drinking water

The British Geological Survey and the Environment Agency have mapped where key aquifers in England and Wales coincide with locations of shale.

The research reveals this occurs under nearly half of the area containing the principal natural stores of water.

The risk of methane being released into drinking water has long been one of the most sensitive questions over fracking.

Jul 04 04:38

India’s Central Bank Will Sell Gold on the Market in Exchange for Gold at the Bank of England

India’s central bank said on Wednesday it has sought quotes from banks to swap gold in its own vaults for international-standard gold, aiming to improve the management of its reserves.

The Reserve Bank of India said the operation would “standardise the gold available with RBI in India with respect to international standards” and the gold acquired would be delivered to its overseas custodian, the Bank of England.
By holding gold reserves in London, the RBI would gain flexibility to mobilize them if needed to defend the currency.

It appears the Indian government has finally realized they can’t stop their citizens penchant for gold, so they have decided to dump central bank gold onto the market in exchange for gold of the rehypothecated paper variety.

What is incredible to me is that they are justifying this with a so-called “swap” into phantom gold at the Bank of England.

Jul 03 22:46

Can Tony Blair Mess Up Egypt Even Worse? (Hint: Yes)

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has agreed to advise the government of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Blair maintains that he will not be paid to do so, but critics suggest that he will have an opportunity to engage in influence-peddling with British firms investing in Egypt. Blair is rumored to make $30 million a year from consulting and business deals.

Jun 28 09:59

UK urged by human rights groups to tell all on U.S. rendition flights to Diego Garcia

Human rights groups seeking to confirm the use of a British overseas territory as a US secret prison have uncovered evidence previously undisclosed to the government confirming that more planes were involved in the extraordinary rendition of terrorist suspects around the world than had been admitted.

Based on assurances from the US, the British government has consistently denied the claims. However, experts believe ministers’ denials do not square with the testimonies of several of those held by the US, including an opponent of Colonel Gaddafi, Abdul-hakim Belhadj, and his pregnant wife, Fatima Boudchar, who claim they were detained on Diego Garcia in March 2004.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to all world leaders: in light of the fact that the US government routinely lies to its own people (even from one department of the government, the IRS, lying to another, Congress), please be assured that you have been - and will be - lied to consistently by the US government.

"Assurances" mean nothing to these people; if you do not have the ability to verify what they are saying, don't believe those assurances.

Agents of the US government will say whatever they say to get whatever they want, then gloat secretly that they have pulled the wool over the eyes of their allies yet again.

Will there be blowback by the UK when this knowledge becomes public?!? Absolutely.

But what is worse, is that the United States of America tortures, which is absolutely immoral, illegal, by our own legal statutes, and demonstrates to the world that the US government defiles the Constitution and Bill of Rights when it tortures prisoners of war.

Such torture also demonstrates that the rule of law; the values of democracy; and morality are only observed when these values do not "get in the way of doing business."

But I would like to hope that those precious few adults in the bowels of power in DC understand the following; when the US tortures, it gives carte blanche for other countries around the world to torture both American military members, and civilians.

To those of you who have family or friends in the military, please chew on that for awhile, won't you?!?

Humankind has known, since the time of the Inquisition, that torture only gets the tortured person to "confess" to whatever the torturer wants to hear, just to get the torture to stop, but rarely achieves actionable information.

So if the American military and intelligence personnel understand this, why do they still indulge in this barbaric behaviour?!?

Because they can hurt people, and get away with it with impunity, which has to be one gigantic "rush" for those very psychologically maimed individuals who enjoy it.

Jun 26 06:54

The homelessness crisis in England: a perfect storm

Last year, 112,070 people declared themselves homeless in England – a 26% increase in four years. At the same time, the number of people sleeping rough in London grew by 75% to a staggering 6,437. Why? A £7bn cut in housing benefit, welfare reforms and a huge lack of affordable housing

Jun 26 06:45

Historians reveal secrets of UK gun-running which lengthened the American civil war by two years

New historical and archaeological research is shining an embarrassing light on one of the darkest periods of British foreign policy.

Investigations by a leading Scottish maritime historian have succeeded, for the first time, in locating the main secret British headquarters of the American Civil War Confederate government’s transatlantic gun-running operation.

Other research, carried out over the past decade, has revealed the extraordinary extent to which substantial sections of Britain’s business elite were working with impunity to help the slave-owning southern states win the Civil War – despite the fact that Britain was officially neutral and had outlawed slavery almost 30 years earlier.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The reason Britain was assisting the Confederacy had nothing to do with slavery and everything to do with Abraham Lincoln funding the war with a government-issued currency instead of borrowing bank notes at interest from private bankers.

"If this mischievous financial policy, which has its origin in North America, shall become endurated down to a fixture, then that Government will furnish its own money without cost. It will pay off debts and be without debt. It will have all the money necessary to carry on its commerce. It will become prosperous without precedent in the history of the world. The brains, and wealth of all countries will go to North America. That country must be destroyed or it will destroy every monarchy on the globe." -- The London Times responding to Lincoln's decision to issue government Greenbacks.

In 1872 New York bankers sent a letter to every bank in the United States, urging them to fund newspapers that opposed government-issued money (Lincoln's greenbacks).

"Dear Sir: It is advisable to do all in your power to sustain such prominent daily and weekly newspapers... as will oppose the issuing of greenback paper money, and that you also withhold patronage or favors from all applicants who are not willing to oppose the Government issue of money. Let the Government issue the coin and the banks issue the paper money of the country... [T]o restore to circulation the Government issue of money, will be to provide the people with money, and will therefore seriously affect your individual profit as bankers and lenders." -- Triumphant plutocracy; the story of American public life from 1870 to 1920, by Lynn Wheeler

"It will not do to allow the greenback, as it is called, to circulate as money any length of time, as we cannot control that." -- Triumphant plutocracy; the story of American public life from 1870 to 1920, by Lynn Wheeler

"Slavery is likely to be abolished by the war power, and chattel slavery destroyed. This, I and my European friends are in favor of, for slavery is but the owning of labor and carries with it the care for the laborer, while the European plan, led on by England, is for capital to control labor by controlling the wages. THIS CAN BE DONE BY CONTROLLING THE MONEY." -- Triumphant plutocracy; the story of American public life from 1870 to 1920, by Lynn Wheeler

The private banking families of Europe had been horrified at the upstart United States throwing off the slavery of the Bank of England, then darting to shut down the first two attempts to re-enslave them to private central banks (the first such shut down triggered the war of 1812 and the second the attempted assassination of Andrew Jackson).

The banking families of Europe saw in the Civil War a chance to end Lincoln's greenbacks and with a Confederate victory, bring the United Stares back into the clutches of a predatory banking system where all commerce must be carried out using bank notes borrowed at interest from the bankers; the very system the United States had fought a revolution to be free of.

"The refusal of King George 3rd to allow the colonies to operate an honest money system, which freed the ordinary man from the clutches of the money manipulators, was probably the prime cause of the revolution." -- Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father

At one point, both Britain and France considered invading the United States ion support of the Confederacy but were held at bay by Russia, which had just ended the serfdom system and had a state central bank similar to the system the United States had been founded on.

Britain's gun-running to the Confederacy was never about the slavery of the blacks, but about the slavery of all people to the private central banks.

Jun 26 06:17

Iran, Britain Start Measures for Reopening Embassies

Speaking to reporters here in Tehran on Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham reminded that measures to mend the Tehran-London relations started with the step-by-step moves made by the two sides since last September when the two foreign ministers met each other on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting in New York, which eventually led to the appointment of non-resident charge d'affaires.

The spokeswoman expressed the hope that the two states would "promote their non-resident to resident charge d'affaires in a bid to facilitate affairs and start a new phase in mending their ties".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel is not going to like this at all. Get ready for an Iranian "terror" attack (nudge nudge wink wink say no more).

Jun 25 11:17

London Arms Race As Protesters Crowdsource To Buy A Water Cannon To Take On Boris Johnson

"London's has purchased three water cannon for the Met Police's armoury against austerity protesters this year. Surely it's only fair the people had one too?"

This is the question being asked by protesters who are furious at Boris Johnson's announcement that he bought three water cannon for the Metropolitan Police at a cost of £218,000.

Now, London is facing a water cannon arms race, as protesters launched a crowdfunding project on the StartJoin platform aiming to raise £30,000 to buy police-grade riot control weaponry.

Jun 25 09:30

BP to sign US$20 billion gas deal with China

P is due to sign a 20-year Liquefied natural gas supply deal Tuesday worth US$20 billion with China National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC), said BP's head in Moscow on Tuesday.

"BP will be signing a deal with Chinese CNOOC. It will be a 20-year term contract for trading liquefied natural gas (LNG) worth $20 billion dollars," said BP Group Chief Executive Bob Dudley during a press conference at the 21st World Petroleum Congress in Moscow.

In recent years the growth in demand for natural gas has led China to become the third largest LNG importer and to accelerate development of its LNG. China consumed 161.6 billion cubic meters of natural gas in 2013.

News about the deal highlights the country's strong will for greater LNG imports for its urbanization and industrialization without having the environmental impact of China's power generation through coal.

Jun 24 19:29

Royal Navy frigate intercepts Russian vessel in the Baltic after warship strays close to Nato-protected waters

A Royal Navy warship intercepted a Russian military vessel that strayed close to Nato-protected waters in the Baltics in an echo of the Cold War.

HMS Montrose, a Type 23 frigate, was taking part in a multinational exercise off the Danish coast when she was dispatched to investigate an unidentified surface ship picked up on radar.

Despite choppy seas and 30 knot winds, the crew identified the unknown ship as the 104-metre-long Steregushchiy-class frigate RFS Soobrazitelny skirting Danish waters as it sailed west in the Baltic Sea.

Jun 23 06:51

Terror Created by British Intelligence Will Be a Threat for “Many Years”

British intelligence directly responsible for handling and protecting terrorists

Jun 22 06:37

The Bank Of England Lost 755 Tonnes Of Gold In 2013

According to the official 2014 report, the BoE had 755 tonnes less gold in their vaults in February 2014 relative to February 2013.
However, when we look at UK’s net gold trade over this period (March 2013 – February 2014), we can see 1593 tonnes were exported.
GLD’s stock lost 451 tonnes over this period.
This leaves a gap of 392 tonnes (1593 minus 1201), which had to be supplied by additional LBMA or private vaults in London.

Jun 20 07:50

Britain to sign yuan clearing deal with China next week

Britain and China will sign an agreement next week to set up the first clearing service for renminbi trading outside Asia, putting London in a prime position to offer yuan trade business in Europe.

Jun 20 07:40

"De-Dollarization" Continues - China Starts Direct Trade With UK

Following the initial de-dollarization meeting, there has been a slew of anti-dollar moves around the world (including Gazprom's shift of 90% of its clients to non-dollar payments). However, on the heels of the "anti-dollar alliance" discussions yesterday, DW reports that China would start direct trade between the renminbi and the British pound on Thursday. China's Foreign Exchange Trade System (CFETS) confirmed Sterling and yuan would be directly swapped without using the US dollar as an intermediary.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Right now, it would make sense to both acquire small, untraceable amounts of silver coins, and identify those skills you can barter when the dollar goes under.

And right now, it appears to me that this event will be happening sooner rather than later; leadership in Russia and China understand, very clearly, that the one way to drive the US economy, already reeling, morally and fiscally, from these horrific pre-emptive wars,into oblivion, is to do every bit of trade possible without using the US dollar.

I would almost be willing to bet that we will see this trend escalate around the world, and rapidly.

Jun 19 09:47

Ed Miliband - A Shameless Zionist In Our Midst

As the Brits were expressing their disapproval of ‘Red Ed’ and his clumsy politics, the Labour leader found the time to socialise with the Jewish Lobby. The following is Ed Miliband’s speech to LFI (Labour Friends Of Israel), the same Zionist Lobby group that funded Blair’s government as it drove Britain into a criminal war in Iraq.

In his speech, Ed Miliband affirms his deep Zionist affiliation. The verdict on his reign is clear, Miliband should never have been the leader of a major British political party. He would have been better suited for a position as a local Rabbi or a part time job as an Israeli consular.

Jun 17 05:56

British embassy in Iran to reopen as Iraqi crisis deepens

William Hague says diplomatic base in Tehran to be restored as west looks to Iran to help tackle Isis-led insurgency in Iraq

Jun 11 09:09

Revealed: Thousands of Irish orphans were used as ‘drug guinea pigs

Over 2,000 care-home kids were secretly vaccinated against diphtheria in the 1930s in medical trials undertaken by international drugs giant Burroughs Wellcome, Irish media reveal. Among the testing sites was a recently discovered mass grave.

The medical records cited by the Irish Daily Mail show that some 2,051 children and babies across several Irish care homes may have been subjected to the practice.

Michael Dwyer, of Cork University’s School of History, found the data after foraging through tens of thousands of archive files and old medical journals. What he did not find is whether any consent was gained for these alleged illegal drug trials or any records of the effects on the infants involved.

Dwyer discovered that the tests were carried out shortly before the drugs were made readily available in the UK. The homes involved included Bessborough, County Cork, and Sean Ross Abbey in Roscrea, County Tipperary.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As both an Irish American and someone who loves kids, my heart was breaking, upon reading this.

Children need love, tenderness, structure, and a healthy self-worth to thrive into adulthood. These mass graves were a definite testament to the reality that these care homes had something big, and horrific, to hide, which I suspect was the sheer numbers of kids who died from side-effects of the early diphtheria immunizations.

And for all of you parents out there, when you are been "encouraged" to vaccinate your little ones; please do the due diligence.

Read about side-effects, and perhaps, take a look at the least destructive time in a kid's life cycle for a specific vaccination.
Ask your pediatrician if the vaccine they are using contains thymerisol, a form of mercury, which is a poison to young immune systems.

Jun 11 06:42

Trouble for Merkel: Berlin Divided in Spat over EU Commmission

The appointment of the next leaders of the EU Commission has divided Europe, raising the specter that Britain could leave the bloc. London is an important ally to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and it is likely she will seek to broker a deal.

Jun 09 09:09

‘Anti-homeless spikes’ outside London flats spark outrage on Twitter

Metal spikes many believe have been installed to deter homeless people from sleeping in an alcove outside a block of flats in London have sparked outrage on Twitter, after pictures of the building went viral.

Andrew Horton, 33, of Woking, Surrey, took a picture of the studs outside of the block of privately-owned flats on Southwark Bridge Road in the borough of Southwark as he walked to work on Wednesday.

Mr Horton told The Telegraph he believed the studs have been put in place to prevent homeless people from sleeping there.

“I can’t say for certain but it certainly looked like they were placed there to deter homeless people. It’s dreadful.”

Jun 05 09:26

Hundreds Evacuated From Shard After Fire Alert

Smoke was found inside the tallest building in Western Europe, leading to 900 people being evacuated from the London landmark.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Any second that building is gonna collapse, right into its own footprint. Just like World Trade Building 7. Any second. Any second now. Has BBC announced its collapse yet? Any second. Any moment now, gonna come right down... Let's go get a Watney's!"

Jun 05 06:30

Britain offers tanks and 1,000 troops for Nato show of strength against Putin

Britain has offered NATO an armoured battle group including up to 25 tanks to join exercises in Poland as a show of force against Vladimir Putin.

The deployment would see as many as 1,000 British soldiers join Nato forces for war games across the border from Ukraine later this year.

The offer was disclosed as David Cameron prepares to meet the Russian president on Thursday and wrangling over the Ukraine crisis seems certain to dominate world leaders’ visits to the D-Day anniversary events.

The diplomatic storm over Ukraine continued as Barack Obama condemned Moscow’s “dark tactics”, while Mr Putin hit back against American aggression.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These "war games" by NATO appear to be the prelude to a shooting war against Russia.

Just because a war against Russia would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly wrong thing to do to in response to Putin's accepting Crimea's request to align with Russia after the Ukrainian putsch, is absolutely no guarantee that NATO, Europe, and the US won't do it.

NATO, the US, and the West, is encircling Russia in a geopolitical/military vice-grip. And if, once there are US and NATO troops on the ground in Ukraine (and I wouldn't bet against it even right right now), Moscow may feel compelled to respond militarily in kind.

It would not take much to get the fires of war stoked here; one tiny miscommunication; one tiny misperception, and things could escalate completely out of control.

I would like to hope that the adults in the room in Europe, the US, and NATO think very soberly about what their next move should be.

Apr 05 07:19

Surgery bans elderly patient over her carbon footprint

An elderly woman was ordered to find a new GP because the “carbon footprint” of her two-mile round trips to the surgery where she had been treated for 30 years was too large.

Apr 05 06:25

Guenter Grass, German Nobel Winner, Criticizes Israel Over Iran Tensions

"The nuclear power Israel is endangering the already fragile world peace," Grass wrote in his poem titled:

"What must be said"

The 84-year-old Grass said he had been prompted to put pen to paper by Berlin's recent decision to sell Israel a submarine able to "send all-destroying warheads where the existence of a single nuclear bomb is unproven."

"The nuclear power Israel is endangering the already fragile world peace," he wrote. His poem specifically criticized Israel's "claim to the right of a first strike" against Iran.

Apr 04 23:23

Surprise Video Changes Syria “Timeline”

Al Jazeera’s Shaping of the Syrian Story

Of all the myths obstructing the honest portrayal of events in Syria this past year, none has been more fiercely guarded by regime-change advocates than this one stark falsehood:

Myth – the Syrian regime has only been shooting unarmed, peaceful protestors until very recently when opposition groups finally decided to arm themselves in self-defense.

Apr 04 19:36

Britain’s Mad-House Foreign Policy

The best and cheapest way of protecting our national security is simply to eject the madmen from the Foreign Office and stop pimping for the US and its mad-dog protegé.

Let’s see how quickly the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), with Mr Bellingham’s help, can get their skates on and straighten out the simple matter of Palestine’s status so that Israel’s strutting psychopaths can finally be brought to book.

Apr 04 19:11

In Defense of Helen Thomas: What’s Wrong With History?

Helen Thomas’s recent request to purchase a table at the upcoming White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) annual dinner has been rejected.

In a comment on that story I said, “It’s hard to imagine anything more wrong than this.”

I base my opinion on the fact that the 91-year-old Thomas, a former WHCA president, is unique among American journalists, having covered 10 different presidential administrations in a career stretching back to Dwight Eisenhower.

It is because of Thomas as much as anyone else that women were first included at the WHCA dinner since, as the WHCA’s website mentions:

Apr 04 14:51

Britain's mad-house foreign policy

Stuart Littlewood highlights Britain's double standards and contradictory policies in the Middle East: on the one hand irrational belligerence and warmongering towards Iran even though this is contrary to British national interests, and on the other cosying up to and taking its cue from Israel, a criminal, aggressive state whose behaviour contradicts British values and interests.

Mar 14 09:01

London From Above (63 Pics)

London From Above (63 Pics)

Mar 13 16:19

Two 'Israelis' arrested at Heathrow after making 'inappropriate comments about Iran' during flight from Las Vegas

Two men accused of being disruptive on a plane were arrested at Heathrow Airport, police said today.

The pair, who are believed to be Israeli, were passengers on a British Airways flight from Las Vegas to London, flying into Terminal 5.

The men, aged 28 and 33, were alleged to be making repeated comments about Iran.

Mar 13 16:06

Home Secretary approves extradition of student Richard O'Dwyer over pirate TV website

Theresa May has approved the extradition of a British student to the United States for running a website that provided links to pirated films and television shows.

Richard O’Dwyer, 23, a computer science student at Sheffield Hallam University, faces up to 10 years in a federal prison for operating TVShack for three years until December 2010.

Mr O’Dwyer’s mother, Julia, said her son had been “sold down the river by the government” in comments designed to embarrass David Cameron as he arrives in Washington for talks with President Barack Obama.

She warned that Britain’s extradition treaty with the United States meant American authorities could come for the young, the old and the ill “and our government is paving the way”.

Mar 13 15:52

UK Teenager arrested for comments made on Facebook page

A teenager has been arrested for allegedly making comments on Facebook about the deaths of six British soldiers in Afghanistan last week.
According to Sky News, Azhar Ahmed of Ravensthorpe (19) posted comments on his profile page, criticizing the level of attention British soldiers who died in a bomb blast received, compared to that received by Afghan civilians killed in the war.
He was arrested on Friday and charged over the weekend.
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "He didn't make his point very well and that is why he has landed himself in bother."

Jan 15 08:35

Caught on camera: top lobbyists boasting how they influence the PM

One of Britain's largest lobbying companies has been secretly recorded boasting about its access to the heart of the Government and how it uses the "dark arts" to bury bad coverage and influence public opinion. An undercover investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, published in The Independent today, has taped senior executives at Bell Pottinger

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