Special Relationship? Why Britain's Affair With the U.S. Is Over
The End of the Party, an account by British political commentator Andrew Rawnsley of how Britain's Labour government came to squander a huge popular mandate to face possible defeat in the forthcoming parliamentary elections, identifies a multiplicity of contributory factors. Blair's unwavering determination to stand "shoulder to shoulder" with a martial U.S. is prominent among them.
Monday, 29 March 2010
Special Relationship? Why Britain's Affair With the U.S. Is Over
Inflation Is Going To Get Worse
One of my consistent views on this site is “real” inflation is much higher than what the government is telling us. For example, recently the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced February’s inflation number (CPI) was “unchanged” at a 2.1% annual rate. Over the years, the BLS has changed the way it calculates inflation by using accounting gimmicks that understate what most people would consider the true cost of living. So, the government inflation numbers of today make inflation look much lower than it really is for main street America.
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My cyberspace bill of rights As Google has shown in its confrontation with China, we don't need government in cyberspace – we need freedom.
Global warming 'will NOT slow down Gulf Stream and plunge Britain into ice age'Fears that global warming will shut down the Gulf Stream and plunge Britain into a mini-ice age are unfounded, according to a new study.
Climate scientists say there is no evidence that the phenomena - which brings a constant flow of warm water and mild weather to northern Europe - has slowed down over the last 20 years
School apologises after pupils were 'frogmarched' to be fingerprinted so they could eat in Canteen
A school has provoked uproar after taking children's fingerprints without permission from their parents. Pupils were 'frogmarched' to be fingerprinted so they could use touch screens in the canteen to have money deducted from their account, thereby speeding up lunch queues.
Capital City Academy in Brent, north London, was later forced to apologise and wiped all prints it obtained before asking for consent
How the European Parliament is spending your taxes
Here are highlights of the draft budget proposed by the European Parliament for its own building programme:
€40 million for new office space in Brussels to accommodate the 150 new staff members and 66 contract staff
€586 million to renovate and extend the European Parliament building in Luxembourg (you didn’t know that the European Parliament had a building in Luxembourg as well as Brussels and Strasbourg, did you?)
€80 million to provide an additional office for each MEP for the accommodation of a third or fourth assistant
€10 million for a second creche in Brussels
€20 million for a “House of European History”
Although the member states are working to constrain their expenditure, one item in their national budgets keeps rising: contributions to the EU budget. Recession? What recession?
Hedge funds make millions from collapse of the pound Britons visiting the U.S. are paying a heavy price for the fall in the pound, but not everybody is losing out.
Three of Britain's biggest hedge funds have scooped a windfall from the collapse in sterling.
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"UK Music calls for easier digital licensing, less red tape on smaller music venues, and wants a cabinet-level committee to coordinate policy."Therefore, they would get to influence government directly, at a time when our votes barely count.
The intellectual copyright bunch were responsible for giving us the secret ACTA treaty, which spawned the egregious Digital Economy Bill, which allows Mandelson's buddies to curtail your internet connection on the suspicion that you're up to no good.
Now's the time to put worry beads on your MP's forehead. Don't wait until the deal is done. Once the lobbyists have a toe in the door, it's a devil of a job to get rid of them!
Latest Update ==Tobacco, Alcohol,and other Drugs….
Note the order of words in the title!
My, but the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs have been busy little bees today.
No sooner did they appoint the Dentist, to correctly constitute the committee following the resignation of Dr Polly Taylor – than he said ‘open wide’ and they shovelled a freshly minted report into our open mouths.
Not so much as a mention of Mephedrone in the press release, but heavily targeted on Tobacco and Alcohol….
From Anna Racoon
Mephedrone Ban – latest news….
The resignation of Dr Polly Taylor – the veterinary medicine expert whose post is required by law to be filled on the committee – from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs had sparked speculation that the ban on Mephedrone could be delayed.
However, it seems that the government have found a way around this problem.
From Anna Racoon
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Want a passport? Join the National Identity Register
Public sector ICT monitors Kable have revealed that the Home Secretary, Alan Johnson, plans to introduce primary legislation which would require passport applicants to be fingerprinted and enrolled on the National Identity Register.
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The Tipping Point at Zero
The USEconomy is bifurcated, with price inflation advancing on the cost side while price deflation harms on the asset side, to produce a nasty storm that is unlikely to abate. When high pressure zones clash with low pressure zones, hurricanes and tornadoes occur. Calling the resulting near 0% or low 2% price inflation on a net basis a good sign completely ignores the forces pulling the national economy apart... Crisis is now the new normal.
Characteristics Of An Economic Depression - Scary Stats From The Land Of The Rising Debt
Markets proved they could still fall yesterday. After having rallied for 15 of the previous 18 sessions, we were beginning to wonder if it were still possible...
In an interesting turn of events, investors actually succumbed to the harsh economic realities of the day. There's no telling how long this momentary lapse of unreason may last, of course, but we'll take what we can get while we can get it.
The primary catalyst for the relatively minor pullback in stocks was a relatively major slump in the sale of new houses. Figures from the United States Department of Commerce revealed that, during the month of February, new home sales decreased 2.2% to an annual pace of 308,000, a record low. Pundits blamed blizzards, unemployment and foreclosures for the depressing statistic.
Irish reporter tries to place Tony Blair under citizen's arrest for 'war crimes'
An Irish journalist tried to place Tony Blair under citizen's arrest for war crimes on Tuesday night during a visit by the former prime minister to the European Parliament.
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UK's AAA credit rating in danger – S&P
The credit ratings agency could cut the UK's rating following the election if the victor fails to substantially cut the budget deficit.
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"Did you really think we want those laws observed?" said Dr. Ferris. "We want them to be broken. You'd better get it straight that it's not a bunch of boy scouts you're up against... We're after power and we mean it... There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now that's the system, Mr. Reardon, that's the game, and once you understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with." ('Atlas Shrugged' 1957)
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Four more arrests in connection with Victoria station murder
Police detain teenage girl and three boys following attack on teenager Sofyen Belamouadden, who was stabbed to death
Teachers reveal toll of violence against them in schools
Members of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) told of receiving death threats and being groped by students.
Teachers attack Tory 'free school' plans
The Conservatives are facing a showdown with teaching unions over plans to introduce a generation of schools run by parents and private companies.
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"Climategate" blow fragments corporate response to global warming
The corporate response to climate change has become increasingly fragmented in the past year as the combination of the "climategate" scandal, the disappointing conclusion to the Copenhagen summit and the global recession has led some firms to voice scepticism over the need to take action to curb carbon emissions.
That is the conclusion of a major new survey from the Economist Intelligence Unit, which polled more than 540 senior executives, and found that while a number of firms remain fully committed to increasing investment in low-carbon goods and services, many senior executives are unconvinced by the case for climate change policies.
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Pill-popper nation: Prescriptions soar as we pick up more than 16 EACH every year
Britons pick up more than 16 prescriptions a year, says the Department of Health
Britain has become a nation of pill-poppers who turn to tablets to cure every ill, official figures show.
We each pick up more than 16 prescriptions a year on average, twice as many as 20 years ago, Department of Health data reveals.
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Immigration is a real problem
Denis MacShane flings accusations of racism, but the fact is, there are growing population pressures from the third world.
Ambulance service gets £38 for every patient they don't take to hospital
The Ambulance service is being paid bonuses for not taking patients to hospital in a bid to help the NHS hit controversial targets.
TV license man hiding something?
TV license man doesn't want to stay for long when he realises his actions are being filmed... he would rather return to his superiors with a lie in hand..... behold corruption at its base level..... fear and intimidation wrapped in a web of lies and deceit- this is tv licensing!
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UK mortgage approvals fall to nine-month low
British mortgage approvals fell to their lowest level in nine months in February, Bank of England figures showed on Monday, in another sign that the recovery in the housing market is stalling
(Say hello to 'double-dip')
You Don't Mess With The LBMA - Assassination Attempt On Silver Market Manipulation Whistleblower?
The latest development in Silvergate, in which whistleblower Andrew Maguire has exposed the manipulation details in the London commodity market, is straight out of a John Le Carre or Ian Flemming novel: an assassination attempt.
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Two suspected female suicide bombers have killed at least 37 people on Moscow's metro system during the height of rush-hour.
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Libertarian Attacked for Heckling Tea Party Sarah
It probably wasn’t a good idea. A young man who identified himself as a Libertarian and a Ron Paul supporter was brutally attacked after giving Sarah Palin a piece of his mind at a Tea Party Express rally in Mesa, Arizona. The Tea Party Express is a front organization for Republicans who claim they own the Tea Party concept (in fact, they stole it from Libertarians).
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Saudis arrest more than 100 alleged terrorists
More than 100 people accused of planning attacks against police and oil installations have been arrested in Saudi Arabia, an Interior Ministry spokesman told CNN on Wednesday.
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School lessons hijacked to teach Labour's social policy, exam expert says
School lessons have been hijacked by the Government to teach its "faddish and incoherent" social policy, a leading exam expert has said
Belief in climate change tumbles in Germany
Leading German magazine SPIEGEL Online has conducted a representative survey about climate change. The (not so surprising) result is that now only a minority (42%) are afraid of the climate change, compared to 62% in fall 2006.
The same article mentions that the respected German Leibniz research community demands the step-down of IPCC’’s Rajendra Pachauri. Leibniz president Ernst Rietschel sees climate research “in a difficult situation” in the light of the recent errors and mistakes of the IPCC. Rietschel says:
"Rajendra Pachauri should take the responsibility for this and step down"
How Close will the U.K. Come to Running Out of Natural Gas in Storage this Spring?
Compared to previous years, this heating season in the U.K. has called for record withdrawals of natural gas from U.K. storage to balance demand. This drawdown will result in increased demand for natural gas for refilling of the U.K. storage facilities this spring/summer.
CIA Officer- Robert Steele stresses the importance of Blogging
In an era of government worship, the supreme social heretic, that threatens the regime, cannot be allowed the utterance of seditious sentiments. How dare any man write such subversion?
“When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”
Hollie tells police she was abused by sheriff
Grampian Police have reinterviewed a disabled woman who claims she was abused as a child by an Aberdeen paedo-phile ring which included a senior police officer and a leading Scottish sheriff.
Hollie Greig, 29, who has Down’s Syndrome, claims she was abused for 14 years from the age of six, and has given police the names of some of the men she says assaulted her.
Pfizer to pay $142M for drug fraud
Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has been ordered to pay $142 million US in damages for fraudulently marketing gabapentin, an anti-seizure drug marketed under the name Neurontin.
Polish priest checks fingerprints for mass attendance
A report in Reuters and documented on a host of blogs and websites describes the latest tactic employed by priests in keeping their young “charges” in line.
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China Rushes To Bomb Its Clouds As Rice Prices Spike 10% In A Month
Severe drought in Southwestern China is driving up food prices and heightening concerns about the availability of drinking water
WORLD TO WALL STREET: We're Going To Tax The CRAP Out Of You
The U.S. and European governments are moving toward a consensus on taxing large banks to cover the cost of any future bailouts rather than asking taxpayers to foot the bill, as happened regularly in past banking crises.
BROWN IS POSTER BOY FOR TORIES
THE Tories today launch an advertising campaign designed by the firm credited with sweeping Margaret Thatcher to power in the Seventies.
The party’s posters, above, depict Gordon Brown’s smiling face alongside sarcastic slogans such as “I took billions from pensions – vote for me” and “I let 80,000 criminals out early – vote for me”.
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Ron Paul: Healthcare will drive US to bankruptcy
BRITS FORKING OUT FOR EU MIGRANT WORKERS TO HAVE BABIES IN UK
BRITISH taxpayers are paying out millions of pounds for pregnant Polish women and other migrants to give birth in Eastern European hospitals under controversial EU benefit rules.
The EU scheme, adopted in 2007, means the NHS must pay for the maternity costs of migrant workers who have lived or worked in the UK even if they return home.
Obama's Secret Police
How a radical conspiracy theory traveled from the Tea Party movement to the US Congress.
UN rethinks findings on livestock production’s role in global warming
A United Nations report that blames agriculture and livestock production for 18% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions is to be reconsidered amid claims that the figure has been exaggerated and the actual level may be nearer 3%.
Is Alistair Darling on drugs?
Wednesday’s budget continued the tradition of Chancellors raising excise duties on alcohol, with these so-called ‘sin taxes’ being the acceptable face of government paternalism. Mr Darling raised the rates on beer, wine and spirits by 2 per cent above inflation, but the real victims were drinkers of cider and alcopops, which were subject to a 10 per cent hike in excise duties. Ostensibly, this is aimed at making us behave ourselves. As with so many other government attempts to change behaviour, this may have profoundly negative unforeseen consequences.
British People Put Last: Schools, NHS Face Cuts — But Foreign Aid Budget Increases
A careful analysis of this week’s budget has shown that Government spending on essential services at home such as the NHS and schools will be cut next year — while the foreign aid budget continues to grow.
According to the budget, huge cuts are going to be made in infrastructure provision in Britain over the next four years, from £50 billion this year to £22 billion by the 2013–14 financial year.
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Alistair Darling's budget doesnt add up (25Mar10)
After the dust settles on Alistair Darling's budget, the number crunchers find that New Labour's budget does not add up. There's a surprise. New Labour still went on a spending spree with money it does not have, in a further attempt to buy the election.
Recorded from Channel 4 News, 25 March 2010
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WikiLeaks to release video of civilians, journalists being murdered in airstrike
Whistleblower Web site WikiLeaks is planning to release a video that reveals what it's calling a Pentagon "cover-up" of an incident in which numerous civilians and journalists were murdered in an airstrike, according to a recent media advisory.
The video will be released on April 5 at the National Press Club, the group said.
Sell-off in US Treasuries raises sovereign debt fears
Investors are braced for a further sell-off in US Treasuries after dramatic moves last week raised fears that the surfeit of US government debt is starting to saturate bond markets.
Athens bomb blast kills one and badly injures two
Target of bomb, which kills 15-year-old boy and injures 10-year-old girl and her mother outside civil service school, not immediately clear
‘Patriot’ hate groups grew by 244% in 2009
Hatred is getting a lot of press this week as reports of violent harassment against Congressional Democrats continue to surface. It began last weekend with Tea Party activists shouting racist and bigoted comments at House Democrats during the final push for health care reform.
But new research shows the Tea Party may be the nice guys amid soaring numbers of hate groups.
US Marine: I will Fight American Civilians
A US Marine writes a warning to those calling for Civil War in the US. He says it is an article he wishes he didn’t have to write. He wants those calling for an uprising to stop and think.
He says that Marines are ready to defend the Constitution. That those calling for Civil War have no idea how tough the marines are, what its like to be scramble from semi-automatic fire, or to face other weaponry of war. Not only that, he points out those calling for the civil unrest are out of shape. Not like those that will be sent in to kill them.
Biometric identity project in India aims to provide for poor, end corruption
War Games: Israel gets ready to Strike at Iran's Nuclear Sites
Israeli air force have practiced simulated strikes at Iran's nuclear facilities using airspace of at least two unidentified Arab countries, a newspaper published in east Jerusalem reported.
According to Al Manar paper, several Israeli combat jets carried out in late February bombing drills "targeting" known Iranian nuclear sites "in two Arab countries in the Persian Gulf, which are close territorially with the Islamic republic and cooperate with Israel on this issue."
Britain's true toll of violence: A&Es treat five assaults an hour
Seriouss assaults which left victims needing hospital treatment have soared over the past year, dealing a huge blow to Labour's insistence that violent crime is falling.
Junk food 'is as addictive as heroin and cigarettes
Obesity researchers found fatty and sugary snacks trigger the same 'pleasure centres' in the brain that drive people into drug addiction - making them binge on unhealthy food.
The findings could partly explain the soaring obesity rates in Britain and the success of fast food outlets.
Ready Reserve Corps... Obama's NEW 'PRIVATE' ARMY Hidden In The 'Healthcare' Bill!
You read it right... a NEW ARMY!... This monsterous socialized medicine bill that recently passed is full of hidden nightmares and none of it pertains to BETTER health!
Gloom settles over nation’s shopkeepers
Britain’s top retail executives do not expect a consumer recovery until next year at the earliest, a survey has found.
Obama's Road to Economic Ruin
When Obama ran for the presidency I warned that if elected the American people won't know what hit them. Obama supporters immediately responded with an avalanche of abuse. Last June Obama told a wildly applauding congregation of Hollywood celebrities that "You ain't seen nothing' yet!" I observed at the time that "he was speaking the truth. Americans really have seen nothing yet". Even now millions of Americans still cannot grasp the enormity of his fiscal depredations. Nevertheless, it does appear that the majority of Americans are beginning to catch on to this dedicated leftwinger's -- to put it mildly -- intellectual shortcomings.
Gordon Brown GOLD Sale Could Cost Labour the Election
The decision to sell Gold in 1999/2000 at rock bottom prices, was probably one of the worst mistakes by a supposedly sophisticated treasury, the Treasury team of UK. Mr Gordon Brown was the chancellor as he almost single handedly pummeeled his decision to sell Gold even with all the dissenting voice, almost giving an impression if there were other motives
Labour candidate posed topless as a teenager
Labour's election build-up has suffered an embarrassing hitch after it emerged that one of their most glamorous candidates posed topless for a photo shoot as a teenager.
The net is closing around pope Benedict XVI
Now that it has been revealed that the pope failed to act against the sexual abuse by clerics when he could have, he has become part of the problem.
Top Scientists Assess Climate Change Emails
Full Analysis of Global Warming Scandal
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Ousted East Lothian MP Anne Moffat may sue party
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