‘Writing to her father-in-law George V from a safari in Africa, the Duchess of York — the future Queen Mother — gave a gripping account of the excitement of the kill.
‘I took to shooting with a rifle, which I hope you won’t dislike me for,’ she wrote. ‘But really there was nothing else to do, and I enjoyed it so much, and became very bloodthirsty.
‘First of all I shot birds as big as capercailzie [grouse] for the pot, and then I shot buck, and by great flukes managed to kill and not wound, and then I shot a rhinoceros, which nearly broke my heart.’’
‘Right on schedule, following a high profile terrorist attack, the government of Australia is now “investigating new security laws” and other methods that can be used to gut the civil liberties, privacy, and general way of life of Australian citizens. Only a day after the Sydney Siege, Australian “lawmakers,” intelligence agencies, legal branches, and other government officials sprung into action in order to discuss the possibility of passing yet another law allowing the collection and housing of telecommunication and Internet data of Australian citizens.
On December 16, the Australian Parliament was hearing testimony by Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin who “warned of ‘grave implications’ for terrorism investigations if telecommunications companies are not forced to keep phone and internet data.”’
‘Iran repeatedly warned Australia about the criminal past of the perpetrator of the Sydney cafe siege and called for him to be kept under surveillance, top officials in Tehran said.
Man Haron Monis, the Iranian-born self-styled cleric who died along with two of the people he had taken hostage, was being investigated over fraud charges when he fled in 1996, police said.
But Iran’s deputy foreign minister for Asia and Oceania affairs, Ebrahim Rahimpour, said Australia ignored the guidance sent.’
‘Israel reacted furiously on Wednesday to the European Court of Justice’s decision to take Hamas off the EU’s list of terrorist organization, rejecting explanations that this was just a technical step that will be overturned before it is implemented.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, before a meeting with Joni Ernst, the newly elected Republican senator from Iowa, called it one example of “staggering” European “hypocrisy.”
Hamas, Netanyahu said, “has committed countless war crimes and countless terror acts. It seems that too many in Europe, on whose soil six million Jews were slaughtered, have learned nothing. But we in Israel, we’ve learned. We’ll continue to defend our people and our state against the forces of terror and tyranny and hypocrisy.”
‘A section of the north-western city was in lockdown after reports emerged of armed suspects being seen entering a building in the Dampoort area of the city.
But police say a hostage allegedly held by the men was released unharmed.
The alleged motive remains unclear but Belgian authorities have been at pains to say it was “nothing political” and not connected to the Islamist militant who is holding staff and customers at gun-point in a Sydney cafe in Australia.’
;Britain was just “days away” from a terrorist attack similar to the Sydney siege before it was foiled by security services, the head of the Metropolitan Police has revealed.
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe revealed that terrorists had been “very close” to “hurting someone badly or killing them” before they were foiled.
He disclosed that five terror plots in London have been foiled in the last four months alone, and demanded an extra £50million to fund counter-terror operations.’
‘British Prime Minister David Cameron has criticized the Labour Party for its policy on Israel, saying the party’s leadership had shown its “true colors” by supporting Palestinian statehood.
Cameron made the remarks while speaking to the Conservative Friends of Israel, a pro-Israeli parliamentary group inside the Commons, at a Westminster lunch session on Tuesday.
The British prime minister added that his Conservative Party would always support Israel and “will always defend your (Tel Aviv’s) right to defend yourself.”’
‘The Home Office has lost track of 174,000 illegal immigrants and is struggling to find them, a report revealed today.
The dossier, which Home Secretary Theresa May has been accused of suppressing, found three-quarters of foreigners refused permission to stay in Britain have vanished.
The scandal of huge numbers of ‘over-stayers’ – migrants who remain in the UK even though their visas have expired – was exposed in a scathing study by the independent immigration watchdog.’
‘Indigenous Brazilians armed with bows and arrows tried to break into the lower house of the Brazilian Congress, battling with police who fired tear gas and pepper spray in response.
Around 30 Indians, many in colourful headdresses and some carrying arrows, clashed with law enforcement outside the building in the capital Brasilia yesterday in protest at a bill which would give parliament powers to demarcate indigenous territory.
One police officer escaped injury when an arrow struck his boot, but four of his colleagues were hurt in the clashes, as the indigenous people tried to force their way into the chamber of deputies.’
‘Claims that British troops murdered, mutilated and tortured Iraqi detainees are “wholly and entirely without merit or justification”, a £31 million public inquiry has found.
The baseless allegations were the product of “deliberate and calculated lies” from Iraqi witnesses and detainees who were driven by a desire to smear the British military.
The devastating demolition of the serious allegations came in the 1,250-page findings of the five-year Al-Sweady Inquiry into accusations troops had killed and mistreated Iraqi detainees after a fierce clash in May 2004.’
‘Yesterday Brighton police would have secured a ‘Christmas Spirit’ entry for sure ~ for arresting a disabled man for feeding street homeless people in New Road.
Presumably in a bid to ‘clean up the area’ for the seasonal shoppers and theatre-goers in town, plod asked the handful of street homeless ~ and the wheelchair-user who was committing the offence of offering them free food ~to move on.
When they refused, the man in question was warned. He pressed the accelerator button on his electric wheelchair and scooted away, ignoring the policeman entirely.’
‘An attempt to scrap the controversial bedroom tax has been foiled after Liberal Democrat MPs failed to vote against the policy. The Government defeated a Labour motion to abolish what Iain Duncan Smith prefers to call the “spare room subsidy” by a reduced majority of 32, winning the vote 298 to 266.
The Liberal Democrats were accused of betraying their members after pledging earlier this year to abolish the policy which penalises housing benefit recipients seen to have a spare bedroom. Campaigners say the welfare reform has pushed many families into poverty, often because there is no smaller property for them to move to.
In a debate over the motion, Labour’s Geraint Davies accused the Tories of “ripping food out of the mouths of the poorest” and forcing people to rely on food banks.’
‘David Cameron’s bid to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with the European Union will be dealt a blow on Thursday when the French president tells the Prime Minister he is “obsessed with his own problems”.
Francois Hollande will block Mr Cameron’s request for a change to the EU treaty to include a new settlement for Britain in Europe, The Telegraph has learnt.
Mr Hollande will tell the Prime Minister today that he is opposed to amending the EU’s treaty on the grounds that change is not needed and might trigger a referendum in France.’
‘Believe it or not, Citigroup announced on Friday that it would move its headquarters from New York to the actual U.S. Capitol Building, in Washington, D.C., in early 2015. Yes! They might as well had since they got everything they wanted… Could you imagine.
Citi outbid JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs to lease thirty thousand square feet of prime real estate on the floor of the House of Representatives.
This is just jumping off the cliff. Not only did these people grease enough palms to repeal Dodd Frank, they are now virtually leasing space right in the Capital Building and managed to increase the donation limitation from $32,400 to $324,000. They own Congress.’
‘Big brother is here, and he has some shocking new technologies up his sleeve that give him unprecedented access to your thoughts, feelings and intentions. Mind control is more sophisticated than ever, and you may not even be aware that your eyes are giving high-tech intruders access to your mind.
Biometrics is the use of technology to measure human characteristics and traits, and at the cutting edge of biometrics is pupillometry, the science of using measurements of the pupil of the human eye to make psychological predictions and gather predictive intelligence.’
‘Chad Chadwick, a Texas man with a clean record, is still trying to live down the multiple nightmares unleashed upon him by a SWAT team three years ago. Because none of those nightmares ended with the lurid and violent raid.
What would precipitate a raid for someone who had never broken the law? A tip, of course. Apparently, a friend reported him to the Missouri City police concerning his emotional well-being. When someone’s down and out – who you gonna call? None other than SWAT – who eagerly went down to business.
They decided they needed some semblance of justification to SWAT this guy. So they unequivocally fabricated a complete lie to a judge in order to get approval.
They said he had taken some hostages…’
‘The man at the centre of the CIA’s brutal interrogation regime has revealed British agents were present at torture sites around the world where detainees were questioned.
The admission by former US Air Force psychologist Dr James Mitchell comes after an explosive report by the Senate Intelligence Committee appeared to go to great lengths not to implicate MI5 or the Secret Intelligence Service in the torture programme.
Mitchell, 62, who went by the alias Grayson Swigert, not only personally carried out countless torture sessions including waterboarding, on detainees, but was also responsible for devising the methods used.’
‘A search warrant affidavit obtained by this newspaper shows that Avila picked up a box containing about 4 to 5 pounds of marijuana from a UPS store on Nov. 25, 2013. Avila then radioed a dispatcher to say that he would file an incident report.
Avila never did so, according to the search warrant. Instead, in what several police sources have said is a violation of Richmond police policy, the marijuana ended up in his Oakley home instead of being placed into a department evidence locker.
The matter came to officials’ attention after an officer was assigned in January 2014 to investigate Avila’s alleged failure to write more than three dozen police reports, the warrant said.’
‘Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro denounced U.S. sanctions on Monday and told a crowd of supporters in Caracas that the recent police killings in New York and Ferguson were a sign of an “imperialist police state.”
Sparking Maduro’s comments at the rally to mark the 15th anniversary of Venezuela’s constitution was legislation passed by Congress last week to impose new sanctions against the Latin American nation. The measure would freeze the assets of and ban visas for “persons responsible for violations of human rights of antigovernment protesters in Venezuela, to strengthen civil society in Venezuela, and for other purposes.”
Speaking in front of a banner that read “Respect Venezuela,” the leftist leader said that “insolent Yankees[...] already know where they need to put the sanctions.”‘
‘The online magazine Mute is “hosting” a call for the boycott of the Zabludowicz Foundation, set up by London tycoon Poju Zabludowicz and his wife Anita.
According to Mute, the document was initially published in the wake of the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict, which killed over 2,000 Gazans and over 70 Israelis. It also caused the displacement of an estimated half-million Gaza Strip inhabitants.
Penned by what appears to be an anonymous collective called Boycott Zabludowicz, the statement points at Poju Zabludowicz’s historical involvement with the arms trade in Israel, and his role as the chairman and major donor to the pro-Israeli lobby BICOM (British Israel Communication and Research Centre).’
‘China has presented Poly WB-1, a non-lethal ray gun that can be used for crowd dispersal, by making its targets feel like their skin is on fire. The US version of the weapon was shelved due to practical difficulties and the potential public backlash.
According to the authoritative Jane’s magazine, the WB-1, presented at the Airshow China 2014 in Zhuhai last month, has a current range of about 80 meters, though it can be expanded to 1 kilometer.
Using a similar principle to a microwave oven it incites movement in the fat and water molecules located just below the skin surface, making the target feel like they are burning from the inside. As soon as the target steps away from the ray, the pain ceases, purportedly leaving no damage to nerve endings and blood vessels, which are located deeper below the epidermis.’
‘At least 15 people have been arrested during raids today in Spain for being part of so-called “anarchist terror organization” in what the Spanish government is calling #OperacionPandora.
At quarter past five, an operation consisting of four Mossos d’Esquadra mobilized to carry out an operation against the Libertario movement. So far, the Mossos have raided the Kasa de la Montanya, the Libertarian Ateneo de Sant Andreu, the Anarchist Ateneo de Poble Sec and several private homes.’
‘From the perspective of the world’s most notable mycologist, there is nothing more dangerous to life on earth than deforestation because it is within the old growth forests of the world that ancient mycelial fungal networks live, providing crucial connections amongst nature that human beings still know very little about.
Paul Stamets, fungal researcher and author of Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World says our biggest ecological concerns stem from the poor management and outright ignorant destruction of the world’s forests. Because of this, he says, we are entering the 6th extinction event, the first mass-extinction event where both the cause and the victim is the same, human beings.’
‘It’s lighting up YouTube and outraging scores of Americans in the process.
In a bid to make a mockery of the Lake Worth, Florida’s city council tradition of beginning each session with a Christian-themed invocation, atheist Preston Smith read a “prayer” that alternately hailed and praised both mythical and anti-religious figures.
But before Smith began to read his invocation, three city commissioners joined Mayor Pam Triolo in leaving the chambers.’
‘At least 124 food and outreach organizations, as well as 26 individual scientists, have signed onto a letter sent to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation protesting ongoing human trials of genetically modified (GM), beta-carotene-enriched bananas intended for Africa.
The GM bananas, which never underwent animal trials, are currently being administered to 12 students attending Iowa State University (ISU), presumably without full disclosure as to the many unknown risks involved.
According to the letter, the trials are taking place under the guidance of Dr. Wendy White, an associate professor of food science and human nutrition. Funding for the trials came from a grant issued by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.’
‘The children of Sierra Leone have only a police state to look forward to this holiday season, with Agence France-Presse (AFP) recently announcing that Christmas is officially canceled in the Ebola-stricken West African nation.
According to the AFP, state officials are prohibiting any public displays or celebrations of Christmas, citing escalating Ebola rates in what has been declared to be the worst Ebola outbreak in history. Citizens of Sierra Leone will be required to stay indoors and will be promptly ushered back into their homes if caught in the streets.’
‘Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) plans a legislative push to break up Wall Street’s largest banks and lift the cap on contributions to Social Security.
“If Congress cannot regulate Wall Street, there is just one alternative,” said Sanders in a speech Saturday. “It is time to break these too-big-to-fail banks up so that they can never again destroy the jobs, homes, and life savings of the American people.”
Sanders, who has signaled he may run for president in 2016 to offer a true progressive alternative, said he would introduce legislation at the start of next congressional session to break up the largest investment banks.’
‘New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration has tentatively said no to the process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the state based on the recommendations of two commissioners who have studied the energy extraction process.
Cuomo met with his top advisers and representatives of the media late this morning, and announced that because fracking is a highly technical field, he required more information and less emotion in his decision-making. So he deferred his decision on fracking to the findings of Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner Joseph Martens and acting state health commissioner Howard Zucker.’
‘Palestinian officials are hoping that a U.N. resolution will receive the votes needed for a Palestinian state. But recent reports on how Washington is reacting to the proposals within the U.N. resolution seem that the dream for a Palestinian state is all but a dream. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says that the Obama Administration is undecided on how they will vote on the proposals put forward by the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the Arab league within the U.N. resolution for a Palestinian state with the Security Council before Israel’s elections take place in March 2015.
Press TV reported that Agence France-Presse (AFP) said that “US Secretary of State John Kerry will try to persuade Palestinians not to rush ahead with a draft UN resolution to end the Israeli occupation” it also said that “this comes as Palestinians are set to submit a draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council Wednesday which calls for the recognition of the Palestinian state and sets a two-year deadline for Israel to end its occupation.”
The report also mentioned a historical fact that “In 2002, the US announced its support for a Palestinian state, opening the way for United Nations Security Council Resolution 1397, supporting a two-state solution.”’
‘Nuclear radiation resulting from the March 2011 Fukushima disaster –which threatens life on planet earth– is not front page news in comparison to the most insignificant issues of public concern, including the local level crime scene or the tabloid gossip reports on Hollywood celebrities.
The shaky political consensus both in Japan, the U.S. and Western Europe is that the crisis at Fukushima has been contained.
The truth is otherwise. Known and documented, the ongoing dumping of highly radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean constitutes a potential trigger to a process of global radioactive contamination.’
‘In June, Shell Oil halted its newly dug shale-gas wells at the Yuzivska gas field in southeastern Ukraine, and gave as the reason the civil war there, though only after Ukrainian Government troops had ousted the local residents (who had opposed fracking) was Shell even enabled to dig the wells, so Shell’s departure was puzzling.
Then, on 19 June 2014, Igor Alexeev at the oilprce blog presented the reasonable hypothesis of “The Real Reason Shell Halted Its Ukrainian Shale Operations”: “In reality, the truth may be closer to the fact that company is disappointed with the economic viability of what it once thought was a large shale deposit and is looking for a way out.”’
‘The United States imposed sanctions on certain companies and individuals that had dealings with the Syrian government, the Treasury Department said Wednesday.
The Treasury slapped sanctions Wednesday against companies based in Syria, the UAE, Switzerland and the Netherlands as well as 11 officials from the firms.
The companies have provided support for the government in Syria and helped procure fuels for the Syrian military.
Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen said that the US “will seek to disrupt” military support for Syria and “increase the financial and economic pressure it faces.”’
‘A senior British energy official says the UK’s oil industry is “close to collapse” due to a recent dramatic fall in crude prices.
“It’s close to collapse. In terms of new investments – there will be none, everyone is retreating, people are being laid off at most companies this week and in the coming weeks,” said Robin Allan, the chairman of the independent explorers’ association Brindex.
He added that the plunge in oil prices pushed the industry into “crisis” and oil companies are cutting staff and investment to save money.’
‘Palestinians have submitted a draft UN Security Council resolution in an effort to end Israeli occupation by the end of 2017.
The draft was presented to the UN by Jordan, said Palestinian envoy to the UN Riyad Mansour at a press conference on Wednesday.
The draft seeks a final settlement deal with Israel in 12 months and an Israeli withdrawal in late 2017.’
‘Israel’s most advanced anti-ballistic missile system, developed jointly with the US, has failed in its first live test to lock on to a target missile fired over the sea.
The Arrow 3 system at Israeli Palmahim Air Force Base failed on Tuesday to intercept the missile fired over the Mediterranean Sea, senior Israeli security officials said.
“There was a countdown to the launch and then nothing happened,” an official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. “A decision was made not to waste the interceptor missile.”‘
Why would these people attempt to damage the work of someone who was at the front line 25 years ago before there was a ‘truth movement’ and has already done more to alert people to the truth worldwide than this lot will do collectively if they live to be a thousand?
Who benefits? The System.
Why would they be so quick to criticise the UK Column which is way further down the rabbit hole than they will ever be prepared to go?
Who benefits? The System.
You can expect some major attempts to discredit me in the next few months which are bubbling in the background at the moment because I am getting far too close to the truth and they know that I won’t be intimidated or silenced.
I take it as a compliment and I’ll just run at them quicker.
Watch this space and all that.