The home of former Conservative MP Harvey Proctor is being searched by police investigating historic allegations of child sex abuse.
Detectives from the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Midland are carrying out the search of his home, which is within the 16,000-acre grounds of Belvoir Castle, in Leicestershire near Grantham.
Mr Proctor, 68, works for the Duke and Duchess of Rutland, who live on the estate with their five children.
Operation Midland was launched by the Met last November following allegations that boys were sexually abused by a VIP paedophile ring centred around Westminster more than 30 years ago. Some of the parties are said to have taken place at the Dolphin Square apartment complex which is home to many MPs.’
‘Even with a sustainable ceasefire active in Ukraine, the US top brass is nursing schemes of arming Kiev troops with lethal aid, while the US president has prolonged anti-Russian sanctions introduced a year ago in connection with the Ukraine crisis.
It’s the first time that the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, has spoken out in favor of supplying Kiev troops with American weapons.
“I think we should absolutely consider lethal aid and it ought to be in the context of NATO allies because [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s ultimate objective is to fracture NATO,” AFP cited Dempsey, speaking to the Senate Armed Services Committee.’
‘The anti-Russian ‘news’ organization Bloomberg, owned by the former Mayor of Wall Street, Michael Bloomberg, says in a March 3rd editorial about Ukraine, that “Only swift and radical debt relief can help the country out of its economic quagmire,” and that since such debt relief can’t likely be negotiated, “a complete write-off is what creditors will have to consider as their best alternative to a negotiated agreement.”
However, “The first obstacle is Russia,” says Bloomberg, because “Putin expects to be paid in full” (as if his country shouldn’t be “paid in full”).
They recommend “a several-year moratorium on debt payments,” in order to “give Ukraine’s leaders the time and resources they need to right the economy.”’
‘The world has not reacted well to Netanyahu’s war mongering diatribe. Now, Iran’s President has offered a response to the world via Twitter.
This series of tweets was posted by Rouhani’s official English language account:’
‘BBC journalist Jeremy Bowen has come under fire after accusing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of ‘playing the Holocaust card’.
The Middle East editor posted his comments on Twitter during the politician’s speech at the U.S. Congress.
His tweet sparked outrage, with critics labelling the veteran journalist a ‘slime bag’ and calling his statement ‘deplorable’.
But the senior journalist has responded to his attackers and said claims he is anti-Semetic are ‘untrue and offensive’.’
‘For the first time ever, the head of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee has been fired. It happened on Tuesday, March 3rd.
Thorbjorn Jagland, chairman of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee, and former Norwegian Prime Minister, said, on the way out the door, that it would be “really nice” if President Barack Obama were to return the prize.
The White House had no immediate comment. (This reporter just now, at 1:47 PM Eastern time, specifically asked the White House whether there yet is a comment, and still there is none. Maybe he will volunteer to return it?)’
‘Stage 2 of the Hillary email scandal has been achieved, as yesterday’s “confused old lady who didn’t understand how email works” defense utterly collapsed with the Associated Press’ discovery that Clinton’s mail server was located in her house (her estate in Chappaqua, to be exact — the one she had to settle for because she was “dead broke” after Bill left office) and was registered under the name of a man who does not appear to exist.’
‘A squirming George Osborne yesterday refused to answer SIX times if he had discussed the HSBC tax scandal with former trade minister Lord Green.
The Chancellor was asked repeatedly if he had raised HSBC’s collusion in tax evasion before appointing the bank’s former boss as a government minister.
But he refused to give a straight answer despite persistent questioning from Radio 4’s John Humphrys.
David Cameron also ducked the question when quizzed by Labour at Prime Minister’s questions.’
‘This was never said officially before! “They gave money to save German and French banks, not Greece,” Paolo Batista, one of the Executive Directors of International Monetary Fund told Greek private Alpha TV on Tuesday. Batista strongly criticized not only the euro zone and the European Central Bank but also the IMF and the Fund’s managing Director Christine Lagarde for defending Europe much too much..
He urged Greece to directly negotiate with the IMF and favored the restructuring of the Greek debt that is been hold by the European partners.’
‘A top policeman told his officers to ‘go away and gather evidence’ so they could blame drunken fans for the Hillsborough disaster, a court has heard.
Former inspector Clive Davis claimed police were ordered to look for beer cans by the side of a motorway and talk to locals, off licence owners and pub landlords about the behaviour of Liverpool supporters at a ‘call to arms’ meeting of top brass just two days after the tragedy.
He said Chief Superintendent Terry Wain, who lead the briefing at the headquarters of South Yorkshire police, told his officers: ‘We are going to put the blame for this disaster where it belongs: on the drunken, ticketless Liverpool fans.’’
‘Global restaurant chain McDonald’s is to begin reducing the use of antibiotics in its chicken products.
It will focus on removing those antibiotics that can have an impact on human health, but keep those necessary for poultry welfare.
Chicken served in its US restaurants will be free of such antibiotics within two years, it said.
In Europe, McDonald’s is also phasing out the use of certain “critically important” antibiotics.’
‘Statins prescribed to guard against heart attacks and strokes could increase the risk of diabetes by almost 50 per cent, a major trial suggests.
A six-year study from Finland on almost 9,000 men found that those prescribed the cholesterol-lowering drugs were far more likely to suffer from poor blood sugar control, and signs of diabetes.
Researchers found that after results were adjusted for age, body mass index, family history of diabetes, and smoking, alcohol and exercise habits, those on statins were 46 per cent more likely to develop diabetes.’
‘It’s a familiar tale, as Elijah Thurston became just another in a long list of children to be punished for innocent imaginary play.
The boy allegedly made the gun shape with his hand and said, “You’re dead” while pointing at another child in his class.
Elijah was given a one day suspension for “threats against peers”, and was forced to undergo a lecture from a school administrator at Stratton Meadows Elementary School, regarding “what it means to be dead.”
The reeducation also consisted of ensuring Elijah no longer confuses “make-believe” or things in games with reality, according krdo News. The incident could be permanently logged on the boy’s behavior record.’
‘The Conservatives are considering limiting child benefit to three children, BBC Newsnight has learned.
The Treasury is “softening” to the idea and is examining the details, Newsnight political editor Allegra Stratton said.
It would save an estimated £300m a year – but Tory MP Dominic Raab said it was not purely about cost but could “send a message about personal responsibility”.
Labour MP Dame Anne Begg said people did not have children for child benefit and asked “why pick on” large families.’
‘A woodland trust has today been forced to deny it is ‘anti-fairy’ after it launched a crackdown on the number of doors being nailed to trees as homes for the tiny ethereal beings.
Fairy control has had to be brought in at Wayford Woods in Somerset because it has been overwhelmed by hundreds of sprite homes.
Families with children flock to the woodland to nail doors to trees and leave notes for the fairies at the beauty spot near Crewkerne – but critics say it has descended into a fairy ‘free-for-all’.
Wayford Trustee Steven Acreman said: ‘We’ve got little doors everywhere. We’re not anti-fairies but it’s in danger of getting out of control.’
‘Mobile phones didn’t just arrive in Pakistan. But someone could be fooled into thinking otherwise, considering the tens of millions of Pakistanis pouring into mobile phone stores these days.
In one of world’s largest efforts to collect biometric information, Pakistan has ordered mobile phone users to verify their identities through fingerprints for a national database being compiled to curb terrorism. If they don’t, their service will be shut off, an unthinkable option for many after a dozen years of explosive growth in mobile phone usage.’
‘Police have arrested more than 500 parents in and around the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar for not allowing their children to get the polio vaccine, an official said Tuesday.
Peshawar Deputy Commissioner Riaz Khan Mehsud told CNN that the 513 arrests took place Monday and Tuesday as part of a government campaign to administer polio vaccines in parts of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
Those arrested will be released on bail if they sign an affidavit stating that they will let their children get vaccinated, according to the deputy commissioner.’
‘The rate of executions in Saudi Arabia has reached “unprecedented” levels, a charity has warned, as the kingdom killed four criminals in two days on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Amnesty International said the latest state-sanctioned deaths took its tally of executions for the year so far in Saudi Arabia to 39 – almost three times the equivalent number for this time last year.
Local media say the Saudi authorities have attempted to hail the killings as an example of the government’s commitment to “maintaining security and realising justice”, a crackdown in response to the rise of extremism and the threat of Isis.
But Amnesty’s Saudi Arabia researcher Sevag Kechichian said the growing number of executions was all the more worrying because of the lack of “rhyme or reason” behind it.’
‘Oxford Dictionary defines a trial balloon as “a tentative measure taken or statement made to see how a new policy will be received.”
That’s a bland description. The measures taken aren’t always tentative. In fact, some may be quite aggressive: criminal prosecutions of the innocent; drone strikes; pronouncements of fake epidemics; bills curbing freedom; wars.
In other words, all intelligence ops and important government/corporate actions always include the trial-balloon aspect.
A war going on overseas? Analysts at home are put to work assessing public reaction, levels of public resistance, and so on. Depending on their verdict, new propaganda strategies are launched to gain public support.’
‘Last November Tanzania’s President Kikwete tweeted his promise that the evictions of indigenous Maasai people and their villages near Serengeti National Park would stop. But now another round of evictions is under way: thousands of Maasai have been evicted at gunpoint and their homes burnt to ashes. The Maasai say: ‘We need your help!”
‘Climatologist John Casey, a former space shuttle engineer and NASA consultant, thinks that last year’s winter, described by USA Today as “one of the snowiest, coldest, most miserable on record” is going to be a regular occurrence over the coming decades.
Casey asserts that there is mounting evidence that the Earth is getting cooler due to a decline in solar activity. He warns in his latest book, Dark Winter that a major alteration of global climate has already started and that at a minimum it is likely to last 30 years.
Casey predicts food shortages and civil unrest caused by those shortages due largely to governments not preparing for the issues that colder weather will bring. he also predicts that wickedly bitter winter temperatures will see demand for electricity and heating outstrip the supply.’
‘Last year, Russia agreed to build eight new nuclear power plants in Iran, and now the Russians are going to work to produce nuclear fuel in Iranian territory. Four of the new plants are planned to be built at the Bushehr site, while the other four will be constructed elsewhere.
Moscow constructed the first plant at the Bushehr site, which reached its maximum power capacity a few backs in 2012. Nuclear power is necessary to be considered a developed country, as it generates immense amounts of power, is low cost once established and incredibly reliable; unlike ‘green’ forms of energy – such as wind and solar power.’
‘A federal judge recently decided that a $10 million dollar lawsuit against the Lansing Police Department can proceed.
The judge’s decision comes after officers were cleared for killing a young girl as she was hiding from them, resting on her knees repeating “I’m sorry, I’m sorry.”
In 2011, 17-year-old Derrinesha Clay broke into a local Bank of America branch and ended up hiding in one of the offices inside the building.
Family members said that the teenager was going through some trouble and was possibly dealing with issues relating to bipolar disorder.
It is assumed by police that she was attempting to rob the bank, but no one will ever know why she actually entered the building because she was shot and killed as soon as she was found.’
‘Oklahoma has suspected for years that fracking caused earthquakes, but they stayed quiet about the connection under pressure from the oil industry.
The Oklahoma Geological Survey (OGS) finally admitted a possible link more than a year ago between oil and gas extraction and the recent outbreak of earthquakes in the state – which last year experienced 1.6 quakes per day of magnitude 3 or greater.
That’s three times as many as California.’
‘They are among the British moneyed elite: the head of the nation’s largest bank, a billionaire hedge fund manager and the owner of some of London’s most luxurious nightclubs.
Yet for tax purposes, they are not entirely British.
Thanks to a law from when Britain had an empire, a growing number of the rich and internationally mobile here do not have to pay tax on their foreign income or assets, only on the money they earn in Britain. They are the “non-domiciled,” or non-doms.’
‘The US government is still unable to explain around five per cent of UFO sightings in its archives.
Now one team of ‘alien hunters’ has dug up some of the best images to see if the public can shed light on the eerie glows, mysterious orbs and flying objects from the last few decades.
Among them is a remarkable 1957 photo taken by a test pilot near Edwards Air Force Base in California, allegedly showing a UFO following a B-47 jet.’
‘Giving five doses of tetanus vaccination every 6 months is not usual or the recommended regime for tetanus vaccination. The only time tetanus vaccine has been given in five doses is when it is used as a carrier in fertility regulating vaccines laced with the pregnancy hormone – Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) developed by WHO in 1992.
When tetanus is laced with HCG and administered in five doses every 6 months, the woman develops antibodies against both the tetanus and the HCG in 2 – 3 years after the last injection. Once a mother develops antibodies against HCG, she rejects any pregnancy as soon as it starts growing in her womb thus causing repeated abortions and subsequent sterility.
WHO conducted massive vaccinations campaigns using the tetanus vaccine laced with HCG in Mexico in 1993 and Nicaragua and Philippines in 1994 ostensibly to eradicate neonatal tetanus. The campaign targeted women aged 14 – 49 years and each received a total of 5 injections.’
‘It’s one thing to know and exercise your rights when a police officer pulls you over, but what rights do you have when a private cop—entrusted with all of the powers of a government cop but not held to the same legal standards—pulls you over and subjects you to a stop-and-frisk or, worse, causes you to “disappear” into a Gitmo-esque detention center not unlike the one employed by Chicago police at Homan Square?
For that matter, how do you even begin to know who you’re dealing with, given that these private cops often wear police uniforms, carry police-grade weapons, and perform many of the same duties as public cops, including carrying out SWAT team raids, issuing tickets and firing their weapons.
This is the growing dilemma we now face as private police officers outnumber public officers (more than two to one), and the corporate elite transforms the face of policing in America into a privatized affair that operates beyond the reach of the Fourth Amendment.’
‘The general population is getting sick of the same old, same old. The people are fed up with the mainstream media’s fear-driven narrative about how everyone is deficient in vaccines, how disease is right at the doorstep, how the whole world is falling apart because everyone isn’t obeying authorities.
People are starting to realize that they are their own authority, and can take responsibility for their self, embracing their liberty (and dignity) to make their own decisions when it comes to their health and well-being.’
‘A scientific report linking endocrine-disrupting chemicals to a myriad of health effects was reportedly blocked from being published by European Union (EU) officials, according to new investigation by The Guardian.
Endocrine disruptors are foreign substances found in many products, including pharmaceuticals, pesticides, plasticizers and cosmetics, that interfere with the human endocrine system. Disrupting the human endocrine system may result in developmental, reproductive, neurological and immunological complications.’
‘Emulsifiers approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are commonly added to processed foods to improve texture, increase shelf life and prevent oils and fats from separating. You’ll see them listed on ingredient labels as polysorbate 80, lecithin, carrageenan, polyglycerols, xanthan and other gums in everything from bread and cookies to salad dressings, ice cream, non-dairy milks and more.
Emulsifiers are also used to reduce or remove trans fats and gluten from low-fat, dairy-free and gluten-free items marketed as “health” foods and can appear in organic and non-GMO labeled foods as well.
As pervasive as they are in packaged foods, could emulsifiers be causing health concerns?’
‘It was a rowdy crowd, and there was a heavy police presence. The people were there to protest the construction of a citywide surveillance center that would turn a firehouse in downtown Oakland into a high-tech intelligence hub straight out of Mission Impossible — a federally funded project that linking up real time audio and video feeds from thousands of sensors across the city into one high-tech control hub, where analysts could pipe the data through face recognition software and enrich its intelligence with data coming in from local, state and federal government and law enforcement agencies.
Residents’ anger at the fusion surveillance center was intensified by a set of internal documents showing that city officials were more interested in using the surveillance center monitor political protests rather than fighting crime: keeping tabs on activists, monitoring non-violent political protests and tracking union organizing that might shut down the Port of Oakland.
It was an incendiary find — especially in Oakland, a city with a large marginalized black population, a strong union presence and a long, ugly history of police brutality aimed at minority groups and political activists.
‘The Pentagon has announced that depleted uranium (DU) munitions have not, and will not, be used by US aircraft in the conflict against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The policy U-turn contrasts with statements made over previous months, where Pentagon officials claimed that DU would be used if needed; the decision reflects a growing stigmatisation of the controversial weapons.’
‘It is common knowledge that at end-January 2015 the global movement Amnesty International published a report, titled “Breaking the conspiracy of silence: USA’s European “partners in crime” must act after Senate torture report”, which throws further light upon the information gathered within the US Senate investigation into torture methods, applied by the Central Intelligence Agency, by referring to media reports on the way CIA-operated secret detention sites were run in Europe – in particular, on the territory of Lithuania, Poland and Romania.
As a matter of fact, it was several years ago when it first became known that CIA tortured terror suspects not only in these countries but also on the territory of another EU Member State – namely, Great Britain. According to the Lawrence Wilkinson, former Chief of Staff to the US Secretary of State, after the terror attack of 11th September 2001 the CIA used the US military base on the island of Diego Garcia, located in the British Indian Ocean Territory, to conduct interrogations and torture terror suspects who had been abducted from various countries without any court order whatsoever.’
‘Several thousand Cypriots have staged a protest rally in the capital, calling on the government to end austerity policies they say have driven many in the bailed-out country to poverty.
The Wednesday protest, organized by a platform of nearly 20 Cypriot groups, dubbed the Society Reacts and Demands, including left-wing and student organizations, was held on the eve of a meeting by the European Central Bank (ECB) on the island.
The rally started at three meeting points in Nicosia and demonstrators marched to the city’s conference center to protest the harsh austerity cuts, urging the government to spend more on job creation.’
‘Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has denounced a decision by the Israeli “gangster” regime to withhold Palestinian tax revenues, worth more than $100 million a month.
“How are they allowed to take away our money? Are we dealing with a state or with a gangster?” he asked at the opening of a two-day meeting attended by officials from the Palestinian Central Council in Ramallah on Wednesday.
In response to Palestinian efforts to finally attain membership at the International Criminal Court (ICC), Tel Aviv announced a freeze on the revenues transfer in January.’
‘Israeli settlers have broken into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound for Talmudic rituals.
Amid tight security measures by Israeli forces, some 25 settlers stormed the mosque on Wednesday morning, the Palestinian Information Center reported.
Palestinian worshipers tried to push them out of the courtyard of the mosque after they approached al-Rahmeh Gates, but the worshipers failed as there was a large number of Israeli police protecting the settlers.
Moreover, Israeli police prevented Palestinians from entering the mosque to perform their daily prayers.’
‘Latest documents leaked by US whistleblower Edward Snowden have revealed that New Zealand is conducting mass electronic surveillance on its South Pacific neighbors, and then passing the information on to a US-led intelligence alliance.
The material shows that the New Zealand Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) intercepts phone calls, emails, Internet browsing sessions and online chats of government ministers and senior officials in Pacific island nations, included Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, the Solomons Islands, the Cook Islands, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Nauru and France’s overseas territories New Caledonia and French Polynesia.’