Friday, 23 April 2010

UKNN Website

The new blog format is essentially finished and we will carry on posting news links on a daily basis.

We do however want to go much further and a blog simply cannot achieve what we want to do. We want to create a new UK online daily ‘newspaper’ and we will purposely design it so it has a similar format and look to some of the other UK newspapers, perhaps a cross between the Telegraph and the Guardian. We want it to look professional and polished.

We want to not only link to other news sites but eventually create our own news as we believe there must be many ‘would be’ journalists and writers seeking a platform- all we have to do is find them.

Our chief aim will be, while providing news and informing people, is without a doubt, getting more people into the ‘Libertarian’ blogosphere but to do that we are going to have to be ‘crafty’ . Hence the need for a balanced, ‘not in your face’, MSM type news site.

We will work out how to give exposure to the blogs without it being overt or obvious and once we have set it up we’ll link the site here so that everyone can see it and comment on it till we get it right. Once we have done that we will advertise it as a new and truly independent UK online newspaper not tied to any group or organisation, where you’ll get all the important news on a daily basis.

On the subject of being crafty does anyone out there plan on subscribing to the Times when it starts charging in June? If you are do us a favour and copy the best articles and email them to us and we’ll research the source material ourselves, quoting sources, and then publish our own news piece on the site.

If anyone wants to get involved in anyway please email and of course any donations, however small, will help us set up the site and hopefully create a fund for advertised links on other sites. We want to stress again that this project is voluntary and not for profit and we will publish regular account details so that anyone who donates can see what we are doing.

This all might seem a bit ambitious but there’s an old Scottish saying:

“Aim for the stars and you’ll hit higher than a haystack”

And we think now’s the time to start doing a bit of aiming.

Best Wishes

The Network

Parade boosts patriotism on St George's day
St George has been back on horseback for a new quest - to boost flagging patriotism in the nation's capital.

As part of a weekend of nationwide festivities marking St George's Day, campaigners bidding to "reclaim Englishness" revived a traditional pageant last staged in 1585.

IMF cuts UK forecast in blow to Gordon Brown
The International Monetary Fund has delivered a pre-election blow to Gordon Brown, cutting its 2011 UK growth forecasts.

There is literally excrement in your salad: Fecal bacteria contamination widespread
A recent Consumer Reports investigation has revealed that bagged salads labeled "pre-washed" or "triple-washed" may not be as clean as they appear. Of the 208 samples taken from 16 different brands of bagged salad, researchers found that nearly 40 percent of them were tainted with bacteria often found in fecal material.

The latest volcano eruption in Iceland is now being used as an example by the Global Warming fanatics of how thinning ice caps can actually cause volcanoes to erupt. The latest is how thinning ice caps in Iceland are releasing pressure on the ground and creating liquid magma. Freysteinn Sigmundsson, a vulcanologist at the University of Iceland, goes on to say that melting ice caused by Global Warming can influence magmatic systems as seen from the increasing volcano activity at the end of the Ice Age 10,000 years ago apparently because as the ice caps melted, the land rose

Greek strikes, debt crisis intensify fears of economic collapse
Major banks and investors continued to bid up interest rates on Greek government debt in the run-up to tomorrow’s strikes in Greece, prompting renewed fears that joint European-IMF bailout plans might fail. It is widely assumed in financial circles that bailouts will not resolve the underlying economic problems that provoked the debt crisis, and European officials and media are increasingly discussing state bankruptcy or the end of the common European currency, the euro.

Britain: What will a 20 percent cut in public spending mean for workers?
With the international financial institutions demanding that Britain rein in its ballooning debt, all the main political parties are committed to deep-going cuts in public expenditure to pay for the bank bailout and further enrich their corporate backers.

Studies reveal Americans’ declining living standards and increasing anger
A series of recent studies conducted by the Pew Research Center shed new light on the scope of the economic crisis in the US and the level of hostility the majority of the American population holds for the US government

FAT Cat bankers will this year pick up bonuses worth nearly a staggering £7billion, research will reveal today.

City workers will receive an average payout of about £70,000 – almost triple the average salary of workers in other sectors.

THE Tories last night produced a new election poster featuring Gordon Brown’s head superimposed on the body of Little Britain’s Vicky Pollard.

The move came after David Cameron accused Gordon Brown of peddling “lies” to scare pensioners in a series of controversial Labour election leaflets sent to millions of homes.

Gordon Brown warns of 'double-dip recession' as economy falters
Gordon Brown warned of the dangers of a double-dip recession today after official figures showed the economic recovery almost stalling in the first three months of the year

Quieter activity on Sun may push Britain into a modern-day Little Ice Age
Horse racing on frozen rivers? Ice bowling? Activities last seen during Britain's Little Ice Age could once more be seen, researchers believe.
Having just emerged from a bitterly cold winter the experts are warning that Britain could return to the mini ice-age at the end of the 17th century. This is despite claims that global warming is causing Arctic ice to melt and temperatures to rise

Newborn babies to get bar codes instead of handwritten name tags
An NHS hospital has become the first in the country to issue all new born babies with bar codes instead of traditional handwritten tags.

US death toll doubles in Afghanistan
New data from the US government shows that the number of American contractors killed in Afghanistan has increased by more than 100 percent

Public sector job losses 'inevitable', says Alistair Darling
Public sector job losses are ''inevitable'' as measures to halve the deficit take effect, Alistair Darling, the Chancellor, has said

US warms to strike on Iran
With sufficient foreign assistance, Iran could probably develop and test an intercontinental ballistic missile [ICBM] capable of reaching the United States by 2015," claimed a Pentagon report that was declassified on Monday. The almost simultaneous timing of two key recent revelations - this and Israeli accusations that Syria had transferred Scud missiles to Hezbollah in Lebanon - has contributed to a fresh escalation of tensions in the Middle East and to speculation that the stage is being set for a military show-down.

NHS computers hit by voracious, data-stealing worm

The UK's National Health Service has been hit by a voracious, data-stealing worm that's easily detected by off-the-shelf security software, according to researchers who directly observed the mass compromise.

68 percent support English Parliament

According to a new ICM poll for POWER2010, 68 percent of English voters believe that England should have its own Parliament, with similar powers to the Scottish one. An even larger number (70 percent) supported the idea of ‘English votes for English laws’, whereby laws that only affected England could only be voted on by MPs representing English constituencies. Plainly the West Lothian Question, first posed by Labour MP Tim Dalyell in 1977, is long overdue an answer:


Participants in a conference on climate change are demanding 300 billion US dollars in annual compensation from wealthy countries and transnational companies to deal with the effects of global warming.

Nationalists lose fight over participation in TV debate

Cameron accuses Brown of 'lies and scare tactics' over election leaflet campaign
Gordon Brown was forced to disown Labour’s election campaign after his party was accused of publishing ‘lies and scare’ tactics about their policy on elderly people.
David Cameron angrily told the Prime Minister that he should be ‘ashamed’ of claims that the Tories would axe benefits such as free bus passes, TV licences and the winter fuel allowance.

Lib Dem’s UK immigration plan to direct migrants to Scotland
Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats immigration policy proposal for “earned citizenship” for those who have been living illegally in Britain for more than 10 years has earned support from London's mayor, Boris Johnson.

Yet, ANOTHER global warming oops moment .
At the rate the blunders and errors of global warming “science” have been revealed, you have to sooner or later wonder if these folks may be more than just dishonest. They may be just plain stupid

Hung parliament – The dangers to UK plc
Recent opinion polls, driven forward by the Clegg phenomenon, indicate that a hung Parliament is a real possibility. As such, two critical priorities for the incoming Government – cutting the UK’s horrendous public sector net borrowing (PSNB) figure and tackling the UK’s lack of base-load electricity generating capacity – will be downgraded.

Budget deficit at record £163bn
The UK has registered its biggest annual budget deficit since records began in the 1940s, as the political row over the Government finances grows more intense.

Escalating Greek default fears rock Europe's debt markets
Greece's debt crisis has reached a dramatic crescendo after the EU revealed that the country's debt and deficit figures are even worse than feared and leading banks began to talk openly of debt-restructuring.

LABOUR’S failure to crack down on crime is exposed today by figures which show violence soaring on Britain’s streets.

Google had 1,200 requests for data from British authorities
Google was asked by British authorities almost 1,200 times for information about the internet activites of individuals and companies in just six months, the search engine has disclosed.

Iran's military begins large-scale war games
Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard has begun three days of major military manoeuvres in the Gulf and Strait of Hormuz

Public Sector Debt Reaches Historic High of 62% of GDP
The latest economic statistics reveal that not only has Government borrowing soared to unprecedented levels, but also that Britain’s public sector net debt has now reached an incredible 62 percent of gross domestic product (GDP).

According to figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS), Britain slumped even further into the red by another £23.5 billion in March, despite Government claims that we are in “recovery.”

Identity parade: What do flags say about nations – and human nature?
So out it pops today, as always in the last week of April, waving in the wind like some great blowsy red-and-white spring blossom which has suddenly emerged: the Cross of St George. But while blossom is universally welcome, the red cross on white of England, hoisted in its homeland on this St George's Day, 23 April, arouses contradictory and dangerous emotions: enthusiasm on the one hand, contempt and distrust on the other. Can there be a national flag anywhere which is so potentially divisive in the very country it symbolises?

Can you name this man? The many changing faces of St George

England never celebrates St George’s day. Well, not really anyway, as the deafening silence which greeted Boris Johnson’s attempt to drum up enthusiasm for the saint “who had been ignored for too long” showed last year. Despite his “St George’s week” efforts, Londoners barely noticed the 23rd April, except to wonder why their local pubs were full of complimentary red and white party hats.

Five interesting things that happened on today’s date

There are some dates in history that are repeated time and again, producing an odd synergy. For example, the 23rd November is the date on which John F. Kennedy was assasinated in 1963; it was the date British prime minister Margaret Thatcher ended her premiership in 1990; and it was the date on which Angela Merkel became the first ever female Chancellor of Germany in 2005.
Today's date, 21st April, is another such date. It has seen a host of interesting historical events, births and deaths. Here we look at five of the most significant things to happen on this day.

How Dangerous Is the Volcanic Ash?
A flight by the German Aerospace Center on Monday measured the ash plume over Germany and found that the particle concentration was no higher than that of sand clouds from the Sahara desert that sometimes reach Europe. But it is still unclear what kind of effect Eyjafjalljökull's ash particles could have on jet engines.

Playing for time
If North Korea did deliberately destroy a South Korean warship, what next?

Woman firefighter 'slept with her boss to stop him sexually harassing her', tribunal hears
A female firefighter slept with her 'sexist' boss in a desperate bid to end harassment by colleagues, a tribunal heard.

Tory candidate in John Prescott mask arrested for assault on female Labour party helpers after lunge at former deputy PM
A Tory council candidate wearing a John Prescott mask has been arrested after allegedly knocking down two women while trying to disrupt a campaign visit by the former deputy prime minister.

Doctors in Spain claim to have performed world's first full face transplant
A team of 30 Spanish doctors claim to have successfully performed the world’s first full face transplant.

The man who threw away the £100,000 winner
A mail driver today described how he threw away a £100,000 winning scratchcard because he misunderstood the rules of the game.

As foreign affairs enter the debate, so the anti-war protesters make their voice heard
Six people were arrested last night after police clashed with protesters in fractious scenes in Bristol hours ahead of the second leaders' debate.

'Sun' censored poll that showed support for Lib Dems

The Sun newspaper failed to publish a YouGov poll showing that voters fear a Liberal Democrat government less than a Conservative or Labour one.

Burglars break into prison to rob absent inmates
It would make a good gag for a comedy if it weren't actually true: thieves have broken into a Dutch prison to steal the inmates' televisions.

Virgin Atlantic Accused In Price Fixing Probe

Sir Richard Branson's airline Virgin Atlantic will be grilled over alleged passenger fare price fixing with rival carrier Cathay Pacific Airways.

Police Figures Show 7% Drop In Crime

The number of violent attacks, robberies and burglaries have fallen sharply across England and Wales, according to the latest figures.

RAF Hopes To Resume Flights After Ash Scare
The RAF hopes to resume Typhoon training flights today after deposits of volcanic ash in engines sparked a fresh scare over British air safety.

Owners of Marmite seek injunction against BNP after jar appears in video
The owners of Marmite sought an injunction against the British National Party yesterday after it included images of the brand in a political broadcast.

Failed job hunt ends in overdose at 21
A young woman who had left school with ten GCSEs and three A levels apparently killed herself because she felt “humiliated” when she could not get a job.

Newborn babies to get bar codes instead of handwritten name tags
An NHS hospital has become the first in the country to issue all new born babies with bar codes instead of traditional handwritten tags.

British family ‘asked not to be served by hotel’s black waiters’
A family of British holidaymakers were accused yesterday of telling the management of a five-star Florida hotel that they did not want to be waited on by black staff.

'Boastful' killer, 17, detained for four years
A teenager who killed a man and boasted about it on the social networking site Facebook has been detained for four years.

Diabetic boy died after swine flu misdiagnosis
An eight-year-old boy died from diabetes after being misdiagnosed with swine flu by an out-of-hours doctor service, an inquest has been told.

Man jailed for sex with autistic teenager

A man who had sex with a "vulnerable" autistic girl after meeting her mother via the internet has been jailed for more than three years.

Somerset village stands up against 'greedy MPs'
Driving across the Somerset levels, through the village of Burtle, I cannot fail to notice one thing.
Nearly every other house has a black and white poster up saying Vote Against Greed.
It was started by Robin Howell, who said he wanted to send a message to all politicians and parties about greed and corruption in parliament.

Poor 'get less prostate surgery'
Men living in deprived areas are less likely to receive radiotherapy or surgery for prostate cancer than their richer counterparts, a study suggests.

Britain's first-quarter growth eases fears of double-dip recession

Labour relieved as official figures today are tipped to show growth at high end of economists' forecast

Car bomb blast outside police station on Irish border

Police face rise in threat of activity by dissident republicans

Davd Cameron attacks Gordon Brown over 'scaremongering' leaflets

Conservative leader scores big hit during leaders' debate with accusation of 'lies' about policy on pensioners

Stranded BA passengers sent to back of queue

British Airways faced an angry backlash from long-haul customers stranded in India and China today after the airline admitted it is giving them no priority over new paying customers for empty seats.

Minimum alcohol pricing isn't as effective as we thought - scientists

Leading economist warns Scotland to prepare for £35bn in budget cuts

Dog Asbos get go-ahead to tackle 'deed not breed'

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