Friday, 2 April 2010

Head Teacher re-instated. Commonsense prevails

Remember the tale of Marcus the sheep. It would seem that the majority opinion over his fate has prevailed.

A head teacher who resigned after a row about the slaughter of a school lamb is to return to her post, Kent County Council has said.

Andrea Charman stepped down as head of Lydd Primary School in Romney Marsh in February for "personal reasons".

She was criticised in September 2009 after sending Marcus the lamb - who had been hand-reared by pupils - to slaughter, despite calls to save him.

Kent County Council said she had the community's support and was returning.

'Overwhelming support'

Kent councillor Sarah Hohler said: "I am very pleased that Andrea Charman is returning to Lydd Primary School.

"The community has spoken and made their feelings known loud and clear. There is overwhelming support for her.

"Under her guidance the school made tremendous progress and I know she will relish the opportunity to continue that work and do her best for the children and staff.

"Welcome back Mrs Charman."

Well done for showing the Kids where their food really does come from.

Source: The Filthy Engineer. Your Southern correspondent

Tyranny of the Scientists.

I know this isn't a scientific journal and you lot don't give a stuff about references, but here's where this little tale originated:

New Scientist, issue 2743, 16th January 2010, page 20. 'A UN for science' by Lorna Casselton. She is the Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society. Did you know this scientific institution now has its own foreign secretary? It was news to me.


Obama Says Talk Radio is “Troublesome”

After shooting hoops for the cameras, Harry Smith of CBS asked Obama his thoughts on talk radio. Smith said a lot of people consider him a “socialist” and even a “Nazi” and asked the president if he is aware of this.

Conspiracy, or Must-See TV? Wikileaks to Unveil Secret Video
Wikileaks plans to show classified video of a 2009 U.S. military air strike in Afghanistan that reportedly claimed the lives of dozens of civilians.

Existence of the video is no secret. In May 2009, Gen. David Petraeus, the head of U.S. Central Command, told National Public Radio that the military planned to show part of it in a press briefing. The footage, military officials said, would prove that the Taliban deliberately tried to draw U.S. fire onto buildings crowded with innocent civilians.

That video was never shown. Now Wikileaks claims it has “cracked the encryption” of a copy it obtained. And it says the video will show proof of a “Pentagon murder-coverup.”

Combating the growing influence of climate sceptics
A fascinating new study commissioned by Oxfam and produced by digital mapping agency Profero has shed new insights into the way climate sceptics’ networks operate. The study’s conclusions, as yet unpublished but seen by Left Foot Forward, were presented to a closed meeting of campaigners on Wednesday night.

Profero’s study analysed online coverage of the “Climategate” debacle that broke last November, tracking its progress from fringe blogs to mainstream media outlets over the ensuing weeks and months

The Scariest Jobs Chart Ever

Shocking Admission on Killing Civilians by Top US General Almost Completely Ignored by Corporate Media
"We have shot an amazing number of people, but to my knowledge, none has ever proven to be a threat," says Afghan commander McChrystal.

Metro poll puts Conservatives 10 points ahead of Labour

The Conservatives are ten points ahead of Labour and on course to win an outright majority at the general election, a Harris poll for Metro suggests.

Tory leader David Cameron would move into Downing Street with a 12-seat Commons majority if voters went to the polls now, our survey found.

His party are on 37 points, while Labour have 27 and the Liberal Democrats are on 19, the poll showed.

It is the first time the Tories have enjoyed a double-digit lead – the differene between a hung Parliament and an overall majority – since Harris began polling for Metro in January.

The latest figures would give the Conservatives 322 seats in Parliament, Labour 240 and the Liberal Democrats 56, with 14 going to

nationalist and minority parties. The Tories have gained two percentage points in a week, while Labour have dropped one and the Lib Dems have lost two. Ukip, the BNP and the Greens have all dropped points since last week’s poll.

‘Perhaps a combination of a pending new tiny addition to team Cameron and increased militancy from the unions has served to widen the political playing field in this latest week of polling,’ said Caterina Gerlotto of Harris Interactive. Meanwhile, one in four people said they thought Samantha Cameron’s pregnancy would give the Tories an election boost.

Half of people asked said it would have no effect but 28 per cent said the news will give the Tories a poll boost compared to just two per cent who said it would see them losing votes.

Harris polled 1,133 people nationwide online between March 23 and 29.

Obama to Crush Economy with Massive CO2 Taxes as Early as Next Week
Abandoning all loyalty to the democratic processes this nation holds dear, President Obama has made the decision that getting energy tax legislation through Congress with the approval of the American people is just too much of a pain to bother with. Instead he will have the EPA declare as early as next week that CO2 is a dangerous global warming gas and will start regulating its emissions immediately.

Richard Black has filed his take on the Parliamentary "investigation" into the Climategate emails. Naturally, he thinks it's a wonderful outcome showing the integrity of the climate change community. As a sop, he mentions a couple of important sceptics and that they are not happy with the "whitewash" conclusion. But there's no doubt who's side he's on:

Google Chrome Steals Your Privacy

Source: Fausty.

Business leaders hit back at 'patronising' Labour claims on Tory NI plan
Business leaders who backed Conservative plans to scrap National Insurance rises have angrily hit back at "patronising" Labour accusations that they have been deceived

Public sector cuts point to a bleak future
Cabinet Office cuts to civil servants' redundancy terms will have a devastating impact on the delivery of quality public services

Revealed: the nasty secret in your kitchen cupboard
18 of 20 most popular tins made with controversial bisphenol A in lining

Councils can legally ignore objections to sex clubs, late night bars, under new rules
Neighbourhood objections to new sex clubs, late night bars and controversial planning applications can be legally ignored by councils under new watered-down Government plans.

The Greece Bailout Is Bunk, There's A Loophole That Let's Countries Back Out
Maybe this is why bond markets aren't buying Europe's latest support plan for Greece.
Within the thick vines of diplomatic legalese, there lies an escape clause in Europe's Greece 'bailout'

Three simple steps to stop strikers from ruining our recovery
Nick Seddon offers some practical steps that can be taken to minimise strike disruption.

Business leaders join push to scrap 'jobs tax'
Gordon Brown is under mounting pressure to scrap a planned rise in National Insurance after every major business organisation warned it was a “tax on jobs” that threatened to derail Britain’s economic recovery.

Goldman Sachs Defies Volcker Rule, Purchases Minority Stake In $4 Billion Hedge Fund
Despite calls from Congress to further separate banks from hedge funds via the so-called "Volcker Rule," Goldman Sachs has gone ahead and purchased a minority stake in Level Global Investors LP, a firm owned by SAC Capital alumnus David Ganek.


"The Digital Economy Bill" compromises our civil liberties. This draconian law is opposed by industry experts, internet service providers (like TalkTalk and BT), web giants including Google, Yahoo and Ebay and many other groups. Despite all this opposition, the Government is trying to rush it through quietly just before the election without proper debate without a chance for us to voice our opposition.

Get involved, this is about our rights and our future.

From Offset Media

Our Government Is Planning to Stay at War for the Next 80 Years
Anyone Got a Problem with That?

Without public debate and without congressional hearings, a segment of the Pentagon and fellow travelers have embraced a doctrine known as the Long War

British solder killed in Afghanistan
A BRITISH soldier from 1st Battalion the Coldstream Guards died in an explosion in southern Afghanistan today, the Ministry of Defence said.

Business groups open fire on Labour
Business turned its guns on the Government yesterday in a dispute over national insurance that threatened to tarnish new Labour’s love affair with corporate Britain.

Mandelson tries to cool war of words with business over NI increase
Lord Mandelson has tried to cool Labour’s war of words with business in the row over the Government’s national insurance increase.

Dark side of illegal immigration: bankrupting America
Each year, according the Edwin Rubenstein report at the National Research Center and published at, illegal migration into the United States costs taxpayers a whopping $346 billion across 15 federal agencies. The costs below find sources from many other sites. Costs rise commensurate to the criminal alien population residing within each state.

Top Scientist: Trying to Save the Planet A Lot of Nonsense
BBC News: The man who achieved global fame for his theory that the whole earth is a single organism now believes that we can only hope that the earth will take care of itself in the face of completely unpredictable climate change. The Earth been taking care of itself for Billions of Years!

Global Economic Reform Racing Against The American Powder Keg
Dominique Strauss-Kahn said that nations risk losing a window of opportunity to fix the global financial system in the wake of the credit crisis if they do not push reforms through soon

Cops vs. Kids
It is to be expected that two adults could figure out how to restrain a rampaging 10-year-old without striking or electrocuting him. This feat was beyond the competence of two police officers from Martinsville, Indiana, who were put on paid vacation after they physically assaulted a troubled 10-year-old and then shot him with a Taser

Brown admits 'misusing' immigration statistics
The Tories questioned the figures used by Gordon Brown in his podcast
Prime Minister Gordon Brown has acknowledged that he "misused" immigration figures, after being criticised by the statistics watchdog.

Alistair Darling admits Labour's National Insurance rise will hit jobs
A rattled Alistair Darling admitted today that Labour's looming National Insurance rise will hit jobs

Labour’s higher taxes on jobs mean it is no longer the party of full employment
Labour used to be the party of full employment. How times change

Cable: Labour and Tories will run public finance into the ground
A Labour or Conservative Party victory at the forthcoming general election will see the UK's public finances "run into the ground".

This is the view of Liberal Democrat treasury spokesman Vince Cable, who said that both parties are "as bad as each other".

Row as university bosses' pay soars to £219,000
University heads were paid an average of £219,000 last year as salaries and benefits soared by almost 11 per cent, according to research.

C-6... Under Proposed Law Canada Would Lose Its Sovereignty
Now that the Canadian Parliament is back in session, the rebirth of Bill C-6 looms large on the horizon, bringing with it a threat that belies its benign- sounding formal name, “The Canada Consumer Product Safety Act”. The bill, pushed hard by the government in its last session, but abandoned when Parliament was prorogued, is due to be reintroduced within weeks.

C-6’s language is a constitutional nightmare: within it are eight blatant violations, ranging from warrantless search and seizure to being guilty until proven innocent, in a complete diversion from due process of law, all based on the opinion of a Health Canada inspector, and adjudicated by the Health Minister.

However, as dire the portents of these breaches of the Constitution are, they pale in comparison to the catastrophic effects of Sections 2 and 14, which make Canadians “subject to the dictates of foreign authorities”… authorities which are unnamed and undefined, but may include governments and associations.

Columnist Paul Krugman... 'Death Panels Will Save 'A Lot of Money''
Left-leaning New York Times economic columnist Paul Krugman says the so-called "death panels" established by President Obama's trillion-dollar nationalized health-care plan will end up saving "a lot of money" for the government

MPs' expenses: Margaret Moran likely to keep £50k 'parachute payment'
Margaret Moran, the disgraced MP, is likely to keep her £50,000 “parachute payment” for stepping down from Parliament after an investigation by the sleaze watchdog stalled.

U.S. to impose new airline security measures
The United States will implement new airline security measures this month to replace mandatory screening of air travelers from 14 countries, a step that had angered some allies when it was imposed after a failed bombing on Christmas Day.

Nigerian airports start installing body scanners
Nigeria has started installing body scanners at international airports, a senior aviation official said Tuesday, three months after one of its citizens was suspected of trying to blow up a U.S.-bound passenger plane

Pension scheme shortfalls balloon to £93bn
Funding shortfalls in pension schemes have near tripled to £93bn during the past year.

India begins census of 1 billion people
Every citizen over the age of 15 will be photographed and fingerprinted to create national identity card scheme

Israeli fighter planes scrambled after foreign warplanes approach Israel
No other information at this time only a ticker HERE

20:02 IAF fighter planes scrambled after foreign warplanes approach Israel

Britain 'could lose cherished AAA credit within 12 months'
Investment chief at Pimco warns of disaster facing UK's public finances and banking

The Disintegration of Fractured Democracies

Cuts – the Big Lie

Labour and business's big fall-out
• Peter Mandelson claims bosses 'deceived'
• Support for party falls below 30%

Business leaders join push to scrap 'jobs tax'
Gordon Brown is under mounting pressure to scrap a planned rise in National Insurance after every major business organisation warned it was a “tax on jobs” that threatened to derail Britain’s economic recovery.

Israeli planes and helicopters mount Gaza attacks

"Fabrication" or "Lie" in the IPCC AR4 WGI

UK Parliamentary Report busts all climate scientists
The UK Parliamentary Committee was always going to be a whitewash. They put no skeptics on the committee; they interviewed no skeptics; they didn’t ask Steven McIntyre to speak. They tried to put people on the committee like Phillip Campbell, who had already pronounced it was a done deal and ClimateGate a non-event, but were forced to settle for people who were more covertly sympathetic: “impartial” people like committee chairman Phil Willis, who had already made up his mind in January and announced it in the Telegraph:

Destroying America with the EPA's Carbon Lies
Lisa Jackson, Obama’s EPA director, has just announced the agency’s new auto regulations of gas mileage based on global warming. In addition, the agency asserts the right to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions under the Clean Air Act.

Global Warming hype what's it's for.

The Government Fraud To Collect More Fines: Shorten The Yellow Light Times

AFTER a bashing in the polls, Gordon Brown is also suffering an embarrassing slump in the world of books.

A NEW generation of bin spies will be deployed this month to sift through recycling bins.

THE DAILY Express last night won a legal battle to name the magistrate who tagged a great-grandmother for selling a goldfish to a 14-year-old.

A POLICE force has refused to name a sex offender who has been on the run for 19 months after claiming it would be “inappropriate”.

Excuse for Pushing HPV Vaccinations: Sex Virus Blamed for Rise in Head and Neck Cancers

Mexican Drug Gangs Attack Army Bases Near the Border

Is a US attack on Iran imminent?
In recent weeks there has been a series of press reports as well as statements by military experts that strongly indicate that either the Obama administration or the Israeli government, or both, may be moving toward an attack on Iran.

Obama: Troop move to Mexican border under consideration

Business groups open fire on Labour
Business turned its guns on the Government yesterday in a dispute over national insurance that threatened to tarnish new Labour’s love affair with corporate Britain.

Canada big brother orwellian take over

EPA's Global Warming Regulations: A Threat to American Agriculture
There is little doubt that legislative measures designed to address global warming would greatly burden the agricultural sector. Farming is energy intensive, and cap-and-trade bills--namely the House Waxman-Markey bill, which passed in June, and the Boxer-Kerry bill pending in the Senate--are essentially a massive tax on energy.

Savings fall as Britons turn back to borrowing
Britons appear to be turning back to their pre-recession habits, with savings levels falling and borrowing on the rise once more.

Figures show that by the end of 2009, consumers were borrowing 62p for every pound they saved, indicating that public borrowing and lower savings levels could be a trend throughout 2010.

Climate Catastrophe - A Superstorm For Global Warming Research
Plagued by reports of sloppy work, falsifications and exaggerations, climate research is facing a crisis of confidence. How reliable are the predictions about global warming and its consequences? And would it really be the end of the world if temperatures rose by more than the much-quoted limit of two degrees Celsius?

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From Cartoon4hed

MSPs fly out on £30,000 business-class 'jolly' - to talk about climate change

The Scottish Parliament is to spend £30,000 of taxpayers' money sending six people on a week-long trip to North America to highlight the dangers of climate change.

Record one in four Scots MPs leave Commons

Scotland's exports up by 2.9% in final quarter of 2009

YouGov pollster 'gives Labour an unfair advantage’

Britain's biggest opinion pollster is facing claims that support for Labour is over-represented in its surveys, The Daily Telegraph can disclose. 

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