Poster by Aaron Calland
‘The government has been asked to investigate whether BT is aiding drone strikes with a specially built military internet cable connecting US air force facilities in Northamptonshire to a base for unmanned craft in Djibouti on the Horn of Africa.’
‘Outsourcing giant Serco is embroiled in a fresh misuse of public funds scandal after a company it set up overcharged NHS hospitals millions of pounds, The Independent can reveal.’
‘Britain is still ‘deeply elitist’, with privately-educated pupils and Oxbridge graduates continuing to dominate the top roles in society, a new report warns.
Many of the nation’s judges, politicians, armed forces chiefs, journalists, TV executives and public officials attended fee-paying schools before studying at Oxford and Cambridge.’
‘The United Nations sparked fury today after launching an unprecedented inquiry into Britain’s treatment of the disabled.
The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities launched a formal probe into whether this country has committed ‘grave or systemic violations’ of the rights of disabled people.
Tory MPs tonight branded the investigation ‘politically motivated’ and said Britain’s record on help for disabled people was among the best in the world.’
‘Rotherham’s police commissioner has refused to resign over the failure to confront 16 years of horrific sexual exploitation in the town that affected 1,400 children.
Shaun Wright, the Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire, was a Labour councillor in charge of safeguarding the town’s children before being elected to the role in 2012.’
‘Not one council boss or police chief was prepared to shoulder the blame yesterday for their failure to stop the horrific abuse of at least 1,400 vulnerable children.’
‘Bad memories of past trauma can leave people emotionally scarred for life.
But now neuroscientists believe they can erase feelings of fear or anxiety attached to stressful events, in a breakthrough which could help treat depression or post-traumatic stress disorder.’
‘Documents uncovered through a public records request reveal that a Wash. state police department has concealed its use of a Stringray cellphone surveillance device for the last 6 years.
The documents, uncovered by Phil Mocek of the Seattle Privacy Coalition and Center for Open Policing, detail the Tacoma Police Department’s 2008 purchase order as well as several invoices and contracts.’
‘According to the new book Rich Food, Poor Food, ingredients commonly found in up to 80 percent of all pre-packaged foods on grocers shelves in the U.S. have been banned in other countries. As alarming as such information is, our food safety outlook becomes even bleaker when we consider other banned and toxic food items.’
‘Four former security guards for Blackwater Worldwide ‘took something that didn’t belong to them, the lives of 14 human beings,’ in September 2007 when they fired on civilians in a Baghdad traffic circle, a U.S. prosecutor told jurors on Wednesday.’
‘The economic policies of the United States during the last two decades have been an ‘unmitigated disaster’ for middle class working Americans, a political commentator in Phoenix says.
The federal government has attempted to ‘mask’ the economic troubles by ‘printing massive amounts of money,’ instead of changing the failed polices to ‘cure the underlying structural problems within the US economy,’ said Mike Harris, financial editor at Veterans Today.’
‘Britain’s response to the rise of Islamic State may look like a mess of ambivalence, hesitation and all-round cluelessness – for which the prime minister’s antics with that surfboard probably stand as some kind of grim metaphor.’
‘A letter sent by a prominent Dutch Professor to Russian president Vladimir Putin has attracted much media attention in Europe. The letter was written by Professor Cees Hamelink and signed by dozens of Dutch intellectuals and professors. Below is the letter in its entirety.’
‘William Thompson, the CDC whistleblower, has yet to step into the light and make a full and definitive statement about the CDC concealing MMR-vaccine dangers.
Mothers of autistic children are now preparing a class-action suit against the CDC for covering up the MMR vaccine-autism connection. They will undoubtedly want Thompson as a witness.’
‘An F-15 military jet crashed in western Virginia early Wednesday, according to local media reports.
In Deerfield, Virginia, multiple news outlets have reported already that an aircraft crashed shortly after 9:00 a.m. local time in a wooded part of the region near Staunton, VA, around 180 miles west of Washington, DC. By 10:30, the Staunton News Leader had confirmed that a spokesperson for the National Travel Safety Board identified the aircraft as a military jet, and that a police scanner dispatch suggested one person had been on board.’
‘Cardiff city centre has been turned into a high security ‘prison’ with 10 miles of fencing – which is being dubbed the ‘ring of steel’ – ahead of the Nato conference next week.
Police have erected the nine feet high security fencing around Celtic Manor resort in Newport where Barack Obama, David Cameron and other world leaders will meet in Wales on September 4 and 5, as well as the city centre.’
‘Argentina defaulted for the second time in 12 years after hopes for a midnight deal with holdout creditors were dashed, setting up stock and bond prices for declines on Thursday and raising chances a recession could worsen this year.’
‘The background of a key negotiator in the battle over a Senate report on the CIA’s use of interrogation techniques widely denounced as torture has sparked concerns about the Obama administration’s objectivity in handling the study’s public release.’
‘Surveillance video shows an Ohio man talking on a cell phone, leaning on a toy gun, and facing away from officers moments before police shot and killed him in a Walmart store, according to an attorney for the man’s family.
John Crawford III died Aug. 5 after police were called to Walmart in Beavercreek, near Dayton, by another shopper who reported a man carrying what appeared to be an AR-15 rifle.’
‘A pair of researchers have a handy tip for those Americans still attached to the notion that we live in a representative democracy: Get ready to kiss that notion goodbye.
Princeton University’s Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page of Northwestern University have released a study, ‘Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens,’ and let’s just say the lattermost group in that title comes in last place in the pecking order in contemporary American politics, too.’
‘Taking a fish out of water may seem like a recipe for disaster.
But scientists have proved that some fish can adapt to terra firma and even begin to develop an efficient walking stride to help them manoeuvre on solid ground.
Researchers at McGill University in Canada carried out an experiment on a group of polypterus, a type of African fish which has lungs and can breathe air and can move on land to reach water.’
‘A young mother diagnosed her four-year-old daughter’s blood cancer using the internet after a doctor dismissed her illness as an ear infection.
Little Alia-Grace Birch was confirmed with leukaemia last month and now faces two years of gruelling chemotherapy and radiotherapy.’
‘A man accused of going on a terrifying killing spree in southern California, shooting seven people over a period of five days and leaving four of them dead, is in custody and is expected to be arraigned later today on charges that will include capital murder.’
‘The California State Senate has approved a bill that will drastically restrict how law enforcement agencies from San Diego to San Francisco can use unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, for policing purposes.
On Tuesday, the Senate voted 25-8 in favor of the legislation, AB 1327, setting it on course to go before the State Assembly once more for final approval of new amendments tacked on since lawmakers in that chamber last saw the bill in late January and passed it by a margin of 59-5.’
‘Every public institution in the United States and most private ones are corrupt.
To tell this story would be a multi-book task. Lawrence Stratton and I have written one small volume of the story. Our book, The Tyranny of Good Intentions, now with two editions and multiple printings, documents the corruption of law in the United States and has been cited in rulings by Federal District and Appeal Court judges.’
‘IMF chief Christine Lagarde has confirmed that she is being investigated for alleged ‘negligence’ in a corruption probe when she was French Finance Minister in 2008, she told AFP.
‘The investigating commission of the Court of Justice of the French Republic has decided to place me under formal investigation,’ Lagarde told AFP.’
‘U.S. surveillance flights over Syria have started with President Obama’s go-ahead, a step that will provide potential targets if airstrikes against Islamic State militants are approved.
The Associated Press reported Tuesday that an unnamed U.S. official said the flights had begun. USA TODAY reported Monday that the flights will provide information on potential targets for strikes in Syria if Obama approves.’
‘Remember the guy who dressed up in a blue shirt, khaki pants, and blue gloves and impersonated a TSA agent in San Francisco last month? He succeeded in leading two victims into a curtained booth and groped at least one of them. Well, we don’t know exactly what he did, since he was hidden. We only know that he got away with it, and that if he had been an actual TSA clerk, whatever he did, including sexual molestation, would’ve been legal.’
‘The U.S. Government installed in February 2014 the current Ukrainian Government, which started Ukraine’s civil war against the residents in Ukraine’s southeast, who reject this Government. The U.S., and the Ukrainian Government that the U.S. installed, call the residents there ‘terrorists,’ for refusing to be ruled by the people that the U.S. imposed in February to lead Ukraine.’
‘As the world marks the centennial of World War I, the guns of August are again being oiled by comfortable politicians and the fawning corporate media, both bereft of any sense of history. And that includes much more recent history, namely the deceitful campaign that ended up bringing destruction to Iraq and widened conflict throughout the Middle East. That campaign went into high gear 12 years ago today.’
‘Victims and witnesses of a northeast El Paso collision involving an El Paso Police Department cruiser claim the officer caused the crash, and that police fabricated statements in the accident report to blame an innocent woman.
That woman is named Allyson. Her attorney asked us that we do not use her last name.’
‘Weighing in on a case that will significantly impact expression on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks, The Rutherford Institute has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the conviction of a Pennsylvania man who was charged with making unlawful threats (it was never proven that he intended to threaten anyone) and sentenced to 44 months in jail after he posted allusions to popular song lyrics and comedy routines on his Facebook page.’
‘An African-American film producer in Beverly Hills for an Emmy pre-party was handcuffed and detained for around six hours on Friday night as police believed he fit the description of a suspect in a nearby bank robbery.
Charles Belk said he left a restaurant alone to refill a parking meter when he was suddenly surrounded by six police cars ‘handcuffed very tightly, fully searched for weapons, and placed back on the curb,’ he wrote on his Facebook page with an accompanying photo of him sitting on the curb as two police officers stand close by.’
‘British resident Shaker Aamer has reportedly been beaten at Guantánamo Bay, in evidence of a new crackdown on prisoners protesting their detention without charge.’
‘Britain’s Metropolitan Police commissioner has been forced to apologize to a group of protesters for the use of excessive force by one of his officers.
Bernard Hogan-Howe, the country’s most senior police officer, gave the apology on Wednesday after admitting that police constable (PC) James Kiddie unlawfully sprayed CS gas into six protesters’ faces at close range during a demonstration.’
‘The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has raised its estimate for this year’s federal deficit to $506 billion, while slashing its growth forecast for the US economy.
The new estimate is $14 billion more than the budget office’s last report in April which had projected the deficit for fiscal 2014 to hit $492 billion on September 30. The US government’s fiscal year runs from October through September.’
‘A year ago, when it became abundantly clear that all of the Fed’s attempts to boost the economy have failed, leading instead to a record divergence between the “1%” who were benefiting from the Fed’s artificial inflation of financial assets, and everyone else.’
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.
‘Sitting just below the world’s cellular networks is another, hidden network—one that, among other things, makes it possible for you to roam between cell towers, carriers and countries with ease.
But in order to deliver calls and texts while you’re on the move, the network keeps track of your location too. And it shouldn’t come as a surprise that this feature can be used against you.’
‘As the acting cybersecurity chief of a federal agency, Timothy DeFoggi should have been well versed in the digital footprints users leave behind online when they visit web sites and download images.’
‘Many of the domes, which can cost small towns anywhere from just under a million dollars to more than $10 million, will ideally be outfitted with generators, trucks and emergency supplies, and can hold anywhere from 1,000 to 4,000 people depending on the circumstances. They will also double as community centers and gymnasiums while they’re not being used for emergencies.’
‘The Fukushima District Court ruled Tuesday that Tokyo Electric Power Co. was responsible for a woman’s suicide following the March 2011 nuclear disaster, ordering the utility to pay ¥49 million in damages in a landmark ruling that could set a precedent for other claims against the utility.’
‘Like most old soldiers, my father Jim would never talk about the horrors he witnessed in the Second World War. He served as a signals officer with the Royal Navy on convoy duty in the treacherous waters of the north Atlantic, on the bridge of the admiral’s flagship on D-Day, and in operations to search and destroy enemy submarines in the Indian Ocean and off the west coast of Africa. It was dangerous work, and the sight of men drowning in torpedo oil as merchant ships were sunk in freezing waters was too painful to recount.’
‘We may eventually know the actual facts in the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown by policeman Darren Wilson in the Missouri town of Ferguson, but the widely publicized full-scale war on protesters there by the police has finally begun to alert Americans of all backgrounds to the militarization of law enforcement in many areas of our nation.’
‘Austrian intelligence has concluded the European country figures prominently in a five-year game plan of the Islamic State, formerly called ISIS or Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham, as evidenced in the map above, said to show the group’s blueprint for expanding its self-proclaimed caliphate into Europe, according to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.’
‘The 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I seems like an ideal opportunity to spread a message of peace and economic cooperation; sadly, 2014 has so far been a year of new and renewed conflict far more than one of reconciliation.’
‘The killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed young black man shot at least six times by police officer Darren Wilson, and the resulting protests in Ferguson, Missouri, left the right-wing media machine in something of a conundrum. Days ticked by and still there was no viable right-wing narrative.’
‘More than 2,500 people filled the sanctuary of Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis for Michael Brown’s funeral. Another 2,000 packed into overflow rooms. Speakers included Rev. Al Sharpton, attorney Benjamin Crump and Brown’s cousin, Ty Pruitt. ‘America is going to have to come to terms with, there’s something wrong that we have money to give military equipment to police forces, but we don’t have money for training and money for public education and money to train our children,’ Sharpton said.’
‘The killing of James Foley by Isis caused an upsurge of international revulsion and condemnation with harsh words from the US defence secretary and others. But the Obama administration is trying hard not to be sucked into a war that could be more serious than the US invasion and occupation of Iraq between 2003 and 2011.’
‘Research on how Edward Snowden’s explosive leaks were shared on social media has found using Twitter and Facebook may actually encourage self-censorship.
The Pew Research poll finds that contrary to the hype, people may share less on social media when it comes to hot topics.’
‘After more than sixty years of being paralysed into silence by the Zionist venom — the stigma of anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial — that prevented condemnation of incalculable cheating, lying, stealing, murdering, and ruthless violation of the legal and natural human rights of the Palestinian people by a nation devoid of conscience, humanity, or any of the noble principles of the religion to which it claims to belong, the world in general and the West in particular have once again been witness to Israel’s latest arrogant, barbaric, and contemptuous assault on international law and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.’
An American anti-Zionist Rabbi has harshly criticized Israel’s latest ‘bloodshed’ of civilians in the Gaza Strip, saying Zionism is the ‘root-cause of suffering’ in Palestine.
‘A major change of all the senior officials of Iraq – the president, prime minister and the speaker of parliament sparked controversy among the experts on the Middle East around the globe. There’s a number of questions that are to be answered – who benefits from this, who was interested in this change and most importantly will the new authorities be able to save the country from a total collapse and counter the main threat – the Islamic caliphate? Answers differ depending on the camp experts belong to.’