‘A Nobel prize-winning economist will on Thursday withdraw his support for the euro saying it has created a “lost generation” unemployed youngsters and should be broken up.
Sir Christopher Pissarides was once a key proponent of a single currency but will on Thursday accuse the euro of “dividing Europe” and say action is needed to “restore the euro’s credibility in international markets” and the “trust that Europe’s nations once had in each other”, according to the Daily Mail.
Speaking at the London School of Economics, where he teaches, Professor Pissarides will say: “The euro should either be dismantled in an orderly way or the leading members should do the necessary as fast as possible to make it growth and employment-friendly.’
‘A future Conservative government will slash the welfare state by “billions” to protect schools, hospitals and investment in science from further cuts, the Chancellor has said.
Mr Osborne hinted he is prepared to further lower the £26,000 cap on the amount households can receive in benefits, in a move likely to put the Tories in conflict with their Coalition partners.
He said he expected any cuts to the benefits cap to be the subject of “fierce debate” ahead of the next election. The Liberal Democrats are satisfied with the current level of the cap.’
‘A U.K. father has been sentenced to life in prison after being falsely accused of murdering his own daughter, who reportedly developed mysterious head injuries just one day after receiving the high-risk measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, more commonly known as MMR. Investigative journalist Christina England reports that the father was basically denied his right to defend himself with evidence and witnesses and instead just assumed by the court to have shaken his baby to death with no real proof to support these allegations or the final judgment.’
‘Child abuse is a terrible crime and the failure to recognize it is unforgivable. An erroneous diagnosis of inflicted head trauma is just as tragic and the resulting destruction of a family is one of the gravest injustices of modern times. Many have recently questioned the existence of the so-called “Shaken Baby Syndrome” and the concept that the last caretaker must have been guilty. Careful reviews often uncover relevant findings that were missed or ignored. Recent pediatric vaccinations have been suspected as precipitating factors. A recent combination of seven antigens is the focus of this investigation.’
‘Over the years, parents have more and more commonly been blamed of child abuse if their child is diagnosed with the “triad” of injuries associated with Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) after receiving a vaccine. The “triad” includes bleeding inside the brain, bleeding behind the eyes and swelling or inflammation of the brain.
When a medical professional suspects that a baby has been violently shaken, they will examine the baby for the “triad” of injuries associated with SBS. These are subdural haematoma (bleeds inside the brain), retinal haemorrhages (bleeds behind the eyes) and cerebral edema (swelling or inflammation inside the brain).’
‘Having lovingly worked the land on their farm for more than 30 years, Kenneth Hicks was looking forward to passing the estate to his sons when the time came for him to retire.
But the former Army officer told last night how that dream has been shattered after he was forced from his home by EU laws that put the ‘rights of birds above humans’.
Mr Hicks, 79, said he and his wife Deidre, 78, had to leave their farm of 30 years with ‘a gun to their heads’ because of European regulations that allow the RSPB to flood the land to encourage breeding of endangered birds.
He said they were ‘devastated’ at having to leave 60-acre Harbour Farm in Bembridge, on the Isle of Wight, and being denied the chance to pass it on to their three sons.’
‘Mike and several of the commenters over at Vox Political have commented on IDS’ evident paranoia and fear of the public as he appeared before the parliamentary Work and Pension’s Committee. Not only did he have a bodyguard, but was also surrounded by several armed policemen. Martha, one of the people in the public gallery, describes the scene:
‘ Hi Mike, I attended the DWP hearing on Monday, IDS didn’t just have a body guard he had several ‘policemen’ with machine guns, maybe 3 or 4 at least. I didn’t dare to count them as it was frightening and it seemed best to ignore them for obvious reasons. The machine guns were raised and pointed at our group which included 3 people in wheelchairs and about 8 disabled and mentally ill people with their carers.
We had all been security checked, bags searched and x-rayed, frisked and had walked through an airport style metal detector. We posed no risk or threat and it is quite normal for the general public to attend debates and hearings in the House of Commons, in fact MPs generally like our presence and encourage us, often coming over to meet us and shake our hands. Is it now acceptable to point guns at the general public when they attend the House of Commons? Who do we complain to?’’
‘The health director who approved the release of President Obama’s long form birth certificate, which some claim was a fraudulent document, has died in an unexplained plane crash in Hawaii, it was announced today.
Was Loretta Fuddy’s plane crash just a tragic accident, or did she have knowledge that the release of the birth certificate was nothing more than a staged PR stunt?’
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‘It is often easy to forget that the battles we face against corporate invasion on American soil are playing out across the planet. It is a global agenda after all. But we rarely see the faces and hear the stories of people similarly affected by the same monstrosity that aims to eliminate national sovereignty and individual rights, while completely disregarding the health of people and the environment.
Fracking has gone beyond a contentious issue as study after study has not only called into question the health and environmental safety of the practice, but studies have even linked fracking to earthquakes and other regional earth changes.’
‘Flush British Gas bosses have splurged £10,000 on a festive Alton Towers ‘jolly’ for staff in charge of cutting off customers who cannot afford to pay their bills.
Warrant officers – who can break into homes to shut off the power – were sent to the Staffordshire theme park to learn how to cope with irate customers after the energy giant’s 9.2 per cent price hike.
In return they were put up in a £60-a-night hotel and enjoyed a three-course meal in a function room decked out in fairy lights and sprinkled with fake snow.’
‘The arguments from the Climate Change camp all seem to be “no matter what happens, it is still evidence of Global Warming.”
If contradictory evidences -like record cold vs. rising global temperatures- can be sited as equally proving the same hypothesis, can it really be called science? Had the lowest temperatures in Antarctica been seen to creep steadily upward, while the ice dwindled quickly away (which were the predictions being made for the past dozen or more years) those happenings would also have been stridently sited as “proof” of Global Warming. Is their any evidence or occurrence, which the proponents of Climate Change will accept as contradictory to their claims?’
‘Late last month former Bank of Canada governor and recently-appointed Bank ofEngland governor Mark Carney surprised many by criticizing the quality of the economic data being provided by the UK’s Office for National Statistics.
Measurement of investment in Britain was one source of discomfort for the former Goldman Sachs insider, who said that “We’re not putting full weight on that data and it has to be said that it doesn’t entirely feel right that investment is, as measured, falling at a time when we see continued strengthening investment intention.” He added that “a lot of work” would have to be done to bring Britain’s flow of funds data up to international standards.’
‘Uruguay’s move to legalise the production and sale of marijuana breaks international law, the world drugs body said Wednesday, warning it would encourage addiction.
“Uruguay is breaking the international conventions on drug control with the cannabis legislation approved by its congress,” said the International Narcotics Control Board, a UN agency that oversees the implementation of international treaties on drugs.
INCB president Raymond Yans added he was “surprised” that Montevideo had “knowingly decided to break the universally agreed and internationally endorsed legal provisions of the treaty.”‘
‘We all know the Zionist banksters control the world money supply. This is NOT news. What is news is that they used to try to hide their occupation of the U.S. American money system by pretending to be Americans.
Now? Screw it! This time they are just blurting it out!
The Vice-Chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve is going to be an Israeli bankster who ran the Bank of Israel Bank; Stanley Fischer. Plain and Simple! Screw You America!
Now what will Americans do when they ALL realize that their banking system is run by Zionists as stated so on the main street marquee? Well, if they remember Andrew Jackson, they will throw this occupiers out on their bankster assess, arrest them, and thrown them all in prison. Or maybe Americans will just again just take up the wazoo and bow to their masters? Hard to say…..’
‘One of the hallmarks of technology is dual-use capability. It is for this reason that we are softened up with all of the benefits, before being introduced to the darker side. Technology has always been a double-edged sword, but we are witnessing a closure in the gap between good and bad as technology is now advancing at a much higher rate of speed in tandem with a growing global police state.
A few months ago, I remember seeing a story about how a new microwave device could see through rubble to detect the beating heart of people trapped under a collapsed building. I immediately thought, wow that’s a good thing … ohhhh, wait a minute. Seeing through rubble; isn’t that the same as seeing through walls?
And here comes the dark side.’
‘Former Pink Floyd front man Roger Waters compared the Israeli treatment of the Palestinians to Nazi Germany on Saturday and decried the “powerful” Jewish lobby in the US.
In an interview with CounterPunch magazine, Waters — a longtime supporter of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement — remarked, regarding the Palestinians, that the “parallels with what went on in the ’30s in Germany are so crushingly obvious.
“There were many people that pretended that the oppression of the Jews was not going on. From 1933 until 1946,” Waters said. “So this is not a new scenario. Except that this time it’s the Palestinian people being murdered.”’
‘Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc will pay $100m (€72.5m) to resolve U.S. probes into the bank’s dealings with Sudan, Iran, and other sanctioned countries, U.S. authorities said on Wednesday.
Between 2005 and 2009, the bank processed around $34m in wire transfers that violated sanctions against Sudan, Iran, Cuba and Myanmar, the Treasury Department said, adding that $32 million of that amount came from Sudan.
The bank also instructed its employees to remove references to the sanctioned locations from payment messages to U.S. financial institutions so that they would be processed, authorities said.’
‘The long-term safety of the popular artificial sweetener Splenda (sucralose) has been called into question by a new review study published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Researchers from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) discovered that sucralose essentially releases cancer-causing dioxins in food when baked or otherwise heated, which is one of its primary marketed uses.’
‘Boeing is America’s Most Wanted Corporation in two senses. First, now that the Machinists’ union in Washington state has refused the company’s contract demands, it is shopping production (h/t Pacific Northwest Inlander) of the 777x aircraft nationwide and lots of states are making offers for it.
Second, it is emblematic of everything the 1% is doing to destroy the middle class: despite being highly profitable, it pays virtually no taxes; it accepts billions of dollars in government subsidies; it is trying to eliminate pensions and cut salaries for its highly skilled workforce; and it is trying to move production away from its unionized workforce, something it has already accomplished in part.’
‘Ireland formally exited its €85 billion (US$117 billion) bailout from the troika of the European Union (EU) commission, European Central Bank (ECB), and International Monetary Fund (IMF) this week. Agreed three years ago at the end of 2010, it has acted as a mechanism for a vast redistribution of wealth from the working class to the financial elite and the recapitalization of the country’s bankrupt financial institutions.
Despite the rhetoric surrounding the formal exit from the programme emanating from the government, trade unions and the media, there will be no let-up in the austerity drive over the coming years. Prime Minister Enda Kenny confirmed that on December 16, the day after the bailout officially ends, his government will present an economic plan for the medium term—above all to reassure the financial markets that they will not let up in cutting public spending, attacking the wages and working conditions of the population and privatising public services.’
‘Sierra Leone police opened fire on a group of protestors who were demonstrating against a palm oil plantation in the southern province of Pujehun. The project is being developed by Societe Financiere des Caoutchoucs (Socfin), a French agri-business giant.
“They opened fire on us just for fighting for our rights to the land,” said Sima Mattia told Reuters.
Sierra Leone, a small West African nation that ranks as one of the poorest countries in the world, is slowly emerging from a brutal civil war that displaced about half of its population between 1991-2002. Food security is a major national problem, and the current government headed by President Ernest Bai Koroma has favored the introduction of industrial farming as a way to meet this challenge” by leasing large swathes of land to foreign investors.’
‘The World Health Organization on Sunday expressed concern over a humanitarian health crisis in the Gaza Strip, as the health infrastructure struggles to cope with severe shortages in basic supplies.
“The accumulation of shortages in basic supplies in Gaza is leading to rapid deterioration in the social determinants of health for the population of 1.7 million Palestinians,” WHO said.
Over 30 percent of medicines and 50 percent of medical disposables are out of stock in Gaza, and large generators used to power hospitals during 14-hour power cuts have frequent breakdowns.
One of the two generators powering the Gaza European hospital burned out last month, WHO said.’
‘Israel would prefer that Bashar Assad hold onto the presidency in Syria, rather than leave a power vacuum that could be filled by Islamic radicals, according to former IDF chief of staff Dan Halutz.
“The regime in Syria kills its citizens every day, but we must acknowledge that the opposition in Syria is composed of Muslim extremists like al-Qaeda,” he said at a fundraising event for Israel’s Tel Hashomer hospital in Moscow on Monday, according to the daily Maariv. “The question ‘what is better for Israel?’ is an important question because we must ask ourselves if we want to trade the bad regime we know for the very bad regime that we don’t know, and this is something that requires serious consideration.”
“At the moment it looks like even in the rest of the world, they understand that they cannot replace the Assad regime as long as they don’t know who will take its place,” he added. “Right now it looks like the alternative is forces that will endanger the stability of the region.’
‘The day after returning from anti-Apartheid leader Nelson Mandela’s memorial in South Africa, Israel’s first Ethiopian-born Knesset member Pnina Tamano-Shata (Yesh Atid), had her blood refused in a government donation drive because she is African. Volunteers at a Magen David Adom (Red Star of David—Israel’s Red Cross) booth set up inside of Knesset told Tamano Shata that she could not give blood because she is has “the special kind of Jewish-Ethiopian blood.”
Tamano-Shata explained that she is a member of Knesset, served in the Israeli army and asked to speak to a manager about her blood’s rejection. She was then told her credentials didn’t matter. The Heath Ministry has a policy against taking blood from people who live in Ethiopia, which they categorize as a high-HIV rate country. Tamano-Shata was born in Ethiopia and at the age of three, moved to Israel in 1984.’
‘One year after its launch into orbit, the US Air Force’s secret space drone continues to circle the Earth as the goal of its mission and its payload remain a mystery.
The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, which resembles a small unmanned version of the space shuttle (one forth in size), was blasted into orbit from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on December 11, 2012.
Air Force officials have offered few details about the mission since its launch, saying that the space plane is merely a way to test new technologies in space, such as satellite sensors and other components.’
‘Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has opposed a UN call to ban parents from smacking their children, saying this could turn Australia into a “nanny state.”
“We often see political correctness taken to extremes and maybe this is another example,” Abbot told the Seven Network on Thursday.
“I think that we’ve got to treat our kids well, but I don’t think we ought to say there’s no place ever for smacks,” he said.
“I was probably one of those guilty parents who did occasionally chastise the children, a very gentle smack,” said Abbott, a father of three, noting that parents know at times “the best thing we can give is a smack.”’
‘The administration of US President Barack Obama has said the deadline for signing a security agreement with the government of Afghanistan could be extended to January despite an earlier ultimatum that the agreement must be signed by the end of December.
“If you’re asking, ‘Does that mean that if they sign it on January 10th, that’s going to be a huge problem?’ Probably not,” Josh Earnest, a deputy spokesman for the White House, said on Wednesday.
“What will be a significant problem is if there is not quick action taken to get this signed,” he told a news briefing.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign the bilateral security agreement with Washington, calling for an end to raids on Afghans’ homes and US drone strikes against civilian targets.’
‘Dozens of students have been injured in a police crackdown on protest rallies at Cairo’s Ain Shams University and near the headquarters of the Defense Ministry.
The violence broke out on Thursday when riot police reportedly fired birdshot and used tear gas and water cannon to disperse hundreds of anti-government protesters in the capital.
Egypt has been the scene of almost daily protests since July 3, when the Egyptian military deposed Mohamed Morsi, the country’s first democratically-elected head of state, suspended the constitution and dissolved the country’s parliament.’
‘The Catalan regional government has agreed to hold a referendum on independence from Spain, on November, 2014, an official says.
The leader of the Catalan regional government, Artur Mas, said on Thursday that separatist parties in Spain’s northwestern Catalonia region had agreed on the wording of the referendum, which is to be held on November 9, 2014.
Mas added that the vote is highly likely to be stopped short by the central government in Madrid despite immense popularity.
The referendum would ask two questions: “Do you want Catalonia to be a State?” and “Do you want that State to be independent,” Mas posited.’