Headlines: 1st July 2015
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‘Airport security guards at Heathrow banned a young mother from taking a children’s board game onto flight – because it was called Pass the Bomb.
Katy Reilly said the £19.99 board game was confiscated at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 5 in May after security guards said it could pose a security threat.
“I can’t understand it,” Miss Reilly, 28, of West Dulwich, South London, told the Press Association. “It’s clearly not a weapon.”‘
‘Your God-given right as a parent to choose the best and safest medical interventions for your children is under attack by a Democratic congresswoman from Florida. Representative Frederica S. Wilson from Florida’s 24th District (North Miami) recently introduced the “Vaccinate All Children Act of 2015,” which in a nutshell would force vaccinations on all children as a requirement to attend public school.
No longer would parents have the freedom to opt out of this form of medical assault using personal or philosophical exemptions. States would be required under Rep. Wilson’s bill to basically scrap these exemptions in order to continue receiving federal funding, which amounts to the same kind of tyranny our nation’s founders sacrificed their lives to escape.’
‘Uber, the popular mobile ride-finding app, has been at the center of controversy since its launch in 2009. Much of the uproar has been due to the fact that its low-cost ride service poses a direct threat to the livelihood of cab drivers and other professional drivers who claim that the competition is unfair, unethical and downright illegal. In March 2015, Brussels cab drivers went on strike in protest of the Uber service, and since then, there has been increasing pressure on the company regarding its practices.
In June, the debate reached a fever pitch when taxi drivers in France staged anti-Uber demonstrations that turned violent, leading to a raid by police on the Uber headquarters in Paris and the detainment of two Uber executives for questioning.’
‘In a time of reality shows and endless attempts to out-outrage people, now we have a new twist and, a new low: abortion extortion.
According to a report by Headline News, a 26-year-old woman who says she is seven weeks pregnant is threatening to abort her unborn child unless she is paid $1 million to “save” it.
Beginning July 7, individuals will have 72 hours to come up with the money, presumably via crowdfunding, according to her ProlifeAntiwoman.com website, where she posted her threat.’
”Officer Mark Magness is no stranger to police brutality. In 2009, after being on the Federal Heights police department for a year, Magness was convicted of misdemeanor assault after he broke an innocent man’s arm while investigating the popping of illegal fireworks.
Despite pleading guilty to assault, Magness was never fired.
Now, 6 years later, we are witnessing the horrid negligence of this department for allowing a monster like Magness to remain in a position of power.
ABC 7 Denver,obtained body cam footage of two Federal Heights officers. The footage shows nothing short of torture, carried out by one, Officer Mark Magness.’
‘On Monday, New York City took a dramatic step that highlights just how out of control rental housing costs have become in the Big Apple and in many cities nationwide. For the first time, New York froze rents for one-year leases on a million rent-stabilized apartments.
“Today’s decision means relief,” Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters. “We know tenants have been forced to make painful choices that pitted ever-rising rent against necessities like groceries, child care and medical bills.”’
‘Closing the stable door after the horse has bolted is perhaps a somewhat overused phrase. Nevertheless, nothing could more accurately characterise the decision of the Syriza-led Greek government to impose capital controls and shut down the country’s banking system.
The move was not made to take control of the economy, much less to begin the nationalisation of the banks, the financial system and major Greek companies. It was in response to a European Central Bank decision to suspend its funding of the Greek banks at the weekend. As a result, if the banks had opened this week they would have experienced a run that rapidly would have rendered them insolvent.
Billions of euros, held by wealthy Greeks, as well as corporate and financial interests, have already left the country and are now safely parked in Europe and elsewhere. The owners of this cash pile have prepared for a situation where Greece exits from the euro zone and returns to the drachma. If that eventuates, the money can be returned and used to buy up land, companies and financial assets for a song, because a major devaluation against the euro would follow any return to a national currency.’
‘On Sunday evening the governor of Puerto Rico, Alejandro García Padilla of the Popular Democratic Party, announced that the US commonwealth would need to restructure its $72 billion in debt. The island of 3.5 million people has been in a deep economic crisis since 2006, experiencing high unemployment, large-scale emigration and severe austerity measures.
Between 2004 and 2014 Puerto Rico had an average revenue shortfall of $1.5 billion a year, pushing its overall debt to 100 percent of its Gross National Product (GNP). Debt service took up $4.5 billion, or 16 percent of the government’s 2014-2015 budget.’
‘June 28 marked the six year anniversary of the military coup in Honduras – the day that a democratically elected left wing government was ousted by a US-backed, US-trained cabal of generals and right wing politicians and landowners.
It could correctly be called a “Quiet Coup” primarily because it took place with very little fanfare from the corporate media which, to the extent that it covered it at all, did so mostly from a distorted perspective which spread more misinformation than truth.
Today, six years (and many innocent lives, and billions of dollars) later, this shameful moment in recent history still remains largely forgotten.’
UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) Spokeswoman Melissa Fleming said during a press conference in Geneva on Tuesday that the number of the IDPs had increased from an estimated 230,000 recorded last September to over 434,000.
Fleming said data collected by the office of the UN High Commissioner for refugees showed that the number comprises 83,697 families.’