‘Thirty-six student protesters were arrested in London last night, with many more kettled, during a ‘Cops off Campus’ demonstration over police presence on university campuses.
Between 200 and 300 students gathered outside the University of London Union to protest over alleged police brutality on Wednesday, which included video footage appearing to show a policeman punching a student.
Two of those arrested were held on suspicion of assaulting a police officer and 34 people for suspected breach of the peace and affray, all of whom were taken to stations across south London.’
‘Back in the mid-2000′s, when jobs were plentiful and everyone was concerned with buying zero-interest homes, new cars and taking luxury vacations, Mike Maloney from the Hidden Secrets of Money was warning of the financial and economic destruction to come. In his assessment, a crisis was imminent:
First the threat of deflation (1), followed by a helicopter drop (2), followed by big reflation (3), followed by a real deflation (4), and then followed by hyperinflation (5),
We now know that Maloney was right.
In 2008 we saw asset valuations from stocks to commodities lose significant value. It was a deflationary impact so threatening that the U.S. government was on the brink of a collapse which subsequently led to members of Congress being warned that if nothing was done there would be tanks on the streets of America. This was followed by an unprecedented bailout package, which included an astronomical infusion of cash by the Federal Reserve under the direction of Chairman Ben Bernanke. Since then we’ve seen a massive reflation in a system where the economic fundamentals have only gotten worse – stock markets have hit all time highs, home prices have seemingly re-stabilized and personal debt is approaching 2007 levels.
Mike’s first three stages have, without a doubt, now come to pass.’
‘Expect Obama to use your hard-earned confiscated tax dollars to pay for an expensive trip to South Africa where he will attend Nelson Mandela’s funeral.
The chief teleprompter reader for the banks and corporations that control the government has already ordered flags be flown at half mast. This 17th century ritual is usually reserved for members of U.S. government officialdom, but Mandela is a special case.
Nelson Mandela stands atop a hallowed pedestal in the pantheon of political correctness. His struggle against the scourge of apartheid – government sanctified racism – was fashioned into a human rights struggle by the establishment and its propaganda media. The distorted image of Saint Mandela has been dutifully scrubbed of its dark side. There is no room for truth or historical fact as the tribute to Saint Mandela unfolds and will continue to do so well into next week and beyond.
Here’s what you won’t hear. Nelson Mandela was a terrorist. His Umkhonto we Sizwe, the military wing of the African National Congress, targeted civilians.’
Announcing the death of the man known worldwide as Madiba, or Grandfather, South African president ‘Jacob Zuma said ‘let us recall the values for which he fought… Let us reaffirm his vision of a society in which none is exploited, oppressed or dispossessed by another. Let us commit ourselves to strive together — sparing neither strength nor courage — to build a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa.’
That same person spent £12.4million of taxpayers’ money on his own home, including a helipad and tuckshop, then tried to ban newspapers from photographing it . That same person says gay marriage is ‘a disgrace to the nation and to God’. He rails against ‘white culture’. While on trial for rape he offered to marry his accuser, who his lawyers said provoked the incident by wearing traditional clothes.
That same person, now the leader of a nation with six million people infected with HIV, told the court he thought you could avoid the disease by showering after sex. As Mandela faced his last struggle, Zuma sat by his bed, held his hand, and ordered photographs be taken.’
‘Following major Election Day victories for anti-fracking campaigners in Colorado last month when four cities voted to ban the controversial oil and gas drilling technique, fossil fuel industry players have refused to accept defeat and are initiating legal battles that could potentially see those voter-approved referendums overturned.
As Al Jazeera-America reports, the Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA) filed a lawsuit this week against the towns of Lafayette and Fort Collins, arguing that voters violated a state law they say protects the fracking industry when they passed their respective referendums.
“It’s not a surprise that the Colorado Oil & Gas Association would take this position,” Laurie Kadrich, director of community development and neighborhood services for the city of Fort Collins, told Bloomberg.’
‘After a media investigation revealed that federal regulators quietly approved at least four fracking projects off the Santa Barbara coast without environmental review, a national environmental group is calling for an immediate end to the practice.
“Oil companies are fracking California’s beautiful coastal waters with dangerous chemicals, and federal officials seem barely aware of the dangers,” said attorney Miyoko Sakashita, oceans program director for the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD). “We need an immediate halt to offshore fracking before chemical pollution or an oil spill poisons the whales and other wildlife that depend on California’s rich coastal waters.”
The publication TruthOut revealed Thursday that federal agencies gave permission in four separate instances for the oil company DCOR to start fracking in the Santa Barbara Channel without any environmental review.’
‘The Environmental Protection Agency said this week that chemicals from “fracking,” a controversial method of extracting natural gas from the ground, have polluted groundwater in Wyoming.
The findings represent the first time in the heated debate over fracking that the agency has drawn such a connection, which has long been claimed by environmental activists.
In a statement released on Thursday, the EPA said a study had found that groundwater in an aquifer around Pavillion, Wyoming, contained “compounds likely associated with gas production practices, including hydraulic fracturing.”‘
‘A coalition of academic researchers in the United States is preparing to shine a rigorous scientific light on the polarized and often emotional debate over whether using hydraulic fracturing to drill for natural gas is hazardous to human health.
Some five years after the controversial combination of fracking and horizontal drilling in the gas-rich Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania and surrounding states got under way, a team of toxicologists from the University of Pennsylvania is leading a national effort to study the health effects of fracking.
The university’s Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology has organized a working group with researchers at other top universities including Columbia, Johns Hopkins and the University of North Carolina to investigate and analyze reports of nausea, headaches, breathing difficulties and other ills from people who live near natural gas drilling sites, compressor stations or wastewater pits.’
‘The chancellor has promised “thousands of jobs, billions of pounds of investment and lower energy bills” today as he announced plans to boost Britain’s fledgling shale gas industry by cutting in half taxes on fracking.
The shale gas tax cut – from 62 per cent to 30 per cent – was part of a well-trailed series of measures announced today that are designed to reduce energy bills while boosting the fracking industry.’
‘On Nov. 19, 2013 the Hawai‘i County Council adopted Bill 113 Draft 3 adding a new article relating to Genetically Engineered Crops and Plants, and on Nov. 21, 2013 delivered the bill to me for my consideration. After careful deliberation and discussions with members of my administration and the public, I am signing Bill 113.
Our community has a deep connection and respect for our land, and we all understand we must protect our island and preserve our precious natural resources. We are determined to do what is right for the land because this place is unlike any other in the world. With this new ordinance we are conveying that instead of global agribusiness corporations, we want to encourage and support community-based farming and ranching.’
‘Glenn Broadnax, a 35-year-old black man from Brooklyn, was unarmed on the night of September 14 when NYPD officers shot at him in the middle of Times Square, striking two bystanders.
Instead of apologizing, the New York Times reports that the city has charged Broadnax ”with assault, on the theory that he was responsible for bullet wounds suffered by two bystanders.”
Broadnax was emotionally disturbed and dodging cars in the middle of the street when officers say he reached into his pocket to grab what they believed was a weapon, prompting them to open fire. His lawyers says he was reaching for his wallet.’
‘Understand this: There are those within military ranks who would turn on their oaths and forcibly seize the very rights our Founders fought so hard to preserve.
The following opinion piece, penned by Lt. Col. Robert Bateman, shows in stark detail exactly what we’re dealing with and argues in no uncertain terms that the American public must be disarmed in order for the United States to survive.
The ideas proposed by Lt. Col. Bateman in It’s Time to Talk About Guns and the Supreme Court are nothing short of shocking.
This is coming from an active military commander, and though not officially sanctioned by the administration, his work is obviously a propaganda piece designed to give the gun grabber initiative direct support from military leadership.’
‘Workers incensed by rumors of a co-worker’s death in a police firing burned down one of Bangladesh’s 10 biggest garment factories supplying to major Western brands on Nov. 29:
According to authorities, factory workers were enraged after a loudspeaker from a mosque announced a worker’s death during a police firing to disperse a road blockade by factory employees earlier that day.
Six months’ worth of supplies for U.S. brands, including Gap and Wal-Mart, were burnt in the fire. Other burnt garments included those from huge global brands such as American Eagle Outfitters, Marks and Spencer, Sears, Uniqlo, and Zara. A Standard Group official estimated that the firm could lose well over $100 million in the fire.’
‘What would you do if you logged in to your bank account one day and it showed that you had a zero balance and that your bank had absolutely no record that you ever had any money in your account at all? What would you do if hackers shut down all online banking and all ATM machines for an extended period of time? What would you do if you requested a credit report and discovered that there were suddenly 50 different versions of “you” all using the same Social Security number? Don’t think that these things can’t happen.’
‘NatWest and RBS online banking today stopped working for the second time in a week thanks to an apparent cyber-attack, in the latest blow to the State-owned financial giant.
Thousands were left unable to pay for their purchases on ‘Cyber Monday’ four days ago after the group’s cashpoints and online services suddenly crashed.
And today customers were again shut out of their accounts when the Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest websites seemed to become inaccessible.
The company blamed the error on a so-called ‘DDoS attack’, which occurs when hackers deliberately overwhelm a site by sending millions of requests for access all at the same time.’
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‘With evidence growing that training the mind or inducing specific modes of consciousness can have beneficial health effects, scientists have sought to understand how these practices physically affect the body. A new study by researchers in Wisconsin, Spain, and France reports the first evidence of specific molecular changes in the body following a period of intensive mindfulness practice.
The study investigated the effects of a day of intensive mindfulness practice in a group of experienced meditators, compared to a group of untrained control subjects who engaged in quiet non-meditative activities. After eight hours of mindfulness practice, the meditators showed a range of genetic and molecular differences, including altered levels of gene-regulating machinery and reduced levels of pro-inflammatory genes, which in turn correlated with faster physical recovery from a stressful situation.’
‘Sixteen percent of the Republic of Ireland’s population, 734,120 people, now live in poverty.
Since the financial and economic crisis engulfed the country in 2008 there has been a huge redistribution of wealth from the working class and poorer sections of society to the very wealthy ruling elite. Successive austerity budgets introduced by the ruling Fine Gael/Labour coalition and the previous government led by Fiana Fail have impoverished whole sections of society who depend on social protection.
To alleviate some of the worst aspects of the vicious social spending cuts introduced in the last five consecutive budgets, a huge number of impoverished families have turned to relief from one or other of the 40 religious charities, even though state funding to charities has been cut by over 30 percent.’
‘A scene in the 2004 film “I, Robot” involves an army of rogue NS-5 humanoids establishing a curfew and imprisoning the citizens of Chicago, circa 2035, inside their homes. That’s not how Knightscope envisions the coming day of deputized bots.
In its far less frightful future, friendly R2-D2 lookalikes patrol our streets, school hallways, and company campuses to keep us safe and put real-time data to good use. Instead of the Asimov-inspired NS-5, Knightscope, a Silicon Valley-based robotics company, is developing the K5.
Officially dubbed the K5 Autonomous Data Machine, the 300-pound, 5-foot-tall mobile robot will be equipped with nighttime video cameras, thermal imaging capabilities, and license plate recognition skills. It will be able to function autonomously for select operations, but more significantly, its software will provide crime prediction that’s reminiscent, the company claims, of the “precog” plot point of “Minority Report.”’
‘Britain is in talks to join a growing international military coalition to intervene in the Central African Republic, after the United Nations unanimously authorised increased force to stop a religious war spiralling into genocide.
French defence sources said Britain had offered to send military transport aircraft, which would most likely be used to ferry French and equipment to the country.
International troop numbers will nearly double from the current 2,500 to 4,500, including 1,200 French soldiers whom President Francois Hollande ordered last week to be sent to the impoverished former French colony.’
This desperately poor former French colony in central Africa is known to French for its former dictator – ‘“Emperor” Bokassa – who before being overthrown provided a large gift of diamonds to “his friend”, French president of the day, Giscard d’Estaing for helping organize the 1977 ceremonies enthroning the “Emperor” with a robe by Pierre Cardin and 100 000 pieces of gold and silver plate decorating the “imperial” palace. Although today’s white expatriate French population is small, estimated at no more than 600 – 1000, deaths among these expatriates would be as“unseemly” as in the imperial days of the colony. More important in fact, apart from the very small amount of diamonds and gold produced by the CAR, the country was promoted by many players – especially French, Canadian, Chinese and British – to hold impressive, or possibly huge quantities of uranium.
The French state-owned geological bureau, the BRGM, alongside Swiss and German mining interests (notably Uranio AG) had since the 1970s identified the Bakouma region in north central CAR as holding “potentially large uranium resources” at low depths, easily mined by open pit techniques. Relatively nearby coal or lignite resources might also theoretically be developed to provide cheap (if not “low carbon”) energy to operate uranium yellowcake conversion, before export.’
‘A street ministry in Olympia, Washington focused on feeding the homeless is currently fighting attempts to have their work criminalized by the city.
Ben Charles, founder of Crazy Faith Ministries, has fed the area’s homeless population every Thursday and Saturday from the same parking lot for the last two years, handing out as many as 5,000 meals per month.
“As anyone who works with the impoverished will know, the best and sometimes the only way to help them is to meet them right where they are, rather than expect them to come to you,” said Charles.’
‘The American Legislative Exchange Council’s war on green protections is poised to expand over the next year, taking aim at the Environmental Protection Agency, state regulations, and even solar panels installed in individual homes.
Alec’s policy agenda will, among other things, seek to penalize individual homeowners who use solar power.
This is according to internal documents revealed Wednesday by The Guardian and supplemented by interviews that expose this corporate lobbying powerhouse’s vast anti-green agenda.
The revelations come in the midst of a three-day ALEC policy summit in Washington, DC bringing together 800 legislative and corporate leaders from around the country.’
‘Since June of 2012 I’ve been talking about Iran circumventing SWIFT and though it hurt their economy, initiating devastating inflation and great harm to the Iranian people, Iran has taken the hits from the sanctions but founded what could now be called the PETRO GOLD system. It’s allowed Iran to sell oil to China, India and Japan for gold.
Iran was able to ship oil in shadow tankers, GPS turned off, receiving wheat, edible oils and gold in exchange. Dubai was a laundering point for the gold along with Turkey as a transhipment point the gold payments.
Iran proved this system worked and it dovetails nicely into China’s plans. This may have been one of the most important puzzle pieces that came out our sanctions.
The jailer may find he is a prisoner of his detainees when sanctions reverse course and bite the US in the ass.’
‘Some New York City taxpayers are angry over the announcement that outgoing police commissioner Ray Kelly will have his own private security team slated to cost New Yorkers $1.5 million.
Kelly previously requested that six detectives serve him and his family as bodyguards once he leaves office next month, saying he will remain a “high profile target.” The outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg will take the 17 officers who protected him during his term.
Building on Kelly’s request, the NYPD’s Intelligence Division is recommending that he instead take 10 officers to protect him at all times in New York and when he makes trips out of town. That group is expected to cost between one and two million each year, according to DNA Info New York.’
‘A mother of three has met the brutal hand of the insanely powerful biotechnology industry, which recently sent a duo of thugs to literally beat her relentlessly after earlier threatening to murder her. GM Watch reports that Sofia Gatica, who has successfully spearheaded campaigns to block plantings of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in her home country of Argentina, was targeted by two men on motorbikes who very likely would have killed her if it were not for the intervention of her neighbors.
Reports indicate that the men approached Gatica near her work, just 72 hours after she received a terrifying death threat. An outspoken activist on issues relating to GMOs, Gatica led the charge back in 2012 to require that chemical companies first prove the safety of their poisons before gaining official approval for their use in Argentina. She is also currently leading efforts to prevent the establishment of a new Monsanto facility in the Malvinas region of Argentina, where she helped set up blockades to impede construction.’
‘It has been a common household name in over-the-counter pain relief for more than 50 years. But the popular painkiller drug Tylenol is getting a major labeling makeover following a string of personal injury lawsuits. According to the Associated Press (AP), so many Tylenol users these days are suffering major liver damage or dying that the drug’s manufacturer, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, has decided to put a large, red warning label on the cap that informs users about the drug’s risks.
Even when taken at recommended doses, acetaminophen, the primary active ingredient in Tylenol, can cause major damage to the liver, potentially leading to liver failure and even death. In fact, acetaminophen is currently the leading cause of sudden liver failure in the U.S., as its toxic metabolites have been shown to kill liver cells. The drug is so toxic that as many as 80,000 people are rushed to the emergency room annually due to acetaminophen poisoning, and another 500-or-so end up dead from liver failure.’
‘Call it the Jason Bourne strategy.
Think of it as the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) plunge into Hollywood — or into the absurd. As recent revelations have made clear, that Agency’s moves couldn’t be have been more far-fetched or more real. In its post-9/11 global shadow war, it has employed both private contractors and some of the world’s most notorious prisoners in ways that leave the latest episode of the Bourne films in the dust: hired gunmen trained to kill as well as former inmates who cashed in on the notoriety of having worn an orange jumpsuit in the world’s most infamous jail.
The first group of undercover agents were recruited by private companies from the Army Special Forces and the Navy SEALs and then repurposed to the CIA at handsome salaries averaging around $140,000 a year; the second crew was recruited from the prison cells at Guantanamo Bay and paid out of a secret multimillion dollar slush fund called “the Pledge.”’
‘The current wave of protests in Ukraine bears the label “Made in Germany,” “Made in the EU” and “Made in America.” The Western media has gone to great lengths to portray the demonstrations in Kiev as a struggle for democracy and the rule of law. In fact, they are part of a conflict over geostrategic issues. The aim is to repel Russian influence and subject Ukraine to the domination of Germany, the European Union and NATO.
Nine years ago, the Orange Revolution was organized with massive political and financial support from the US government and American NGOs such as the Open Society Institute of billionaire George Soros. These forces were able to annul the presidential election and ensure that the pro-EU and pro-US tandem of Viktor Yushchenko and Julia Tymoshenko took over as head of state and head of government in place of Viktor Yanukovich, who was considered to be in the pocket of Russia. The duo quickly fell out, however, and Yanukovich was able to assume the post of president in 2010.’
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‘Haiti’s minimum wage will nudge up 12% on Jan. 1, from $4.65 to $5.23 (or 200 to 225 gourdes) per day. Calculated hourly, it will go from 58 to 65 cents, before taxes.
But the raise will not affect Haiti’s 30,000 assembly factory workers, who are supposed to already be receiving about seven dollars for an eight-hour day – about 87 cents per hour. Recent studies have found rampant wage theft at almost two dozen of the factories that stitch clothing for companies like Gap and Walmart.
The wage hike comes almost five years after the Haitian parliament asked for a 200-gourde minimum wage, then worth $4.96 a day, but failed to overcome Washington-backed industry opposition.’
‘There’s nothing like a glass of cool, clear water to quench one’s thirst. But the next time you or your child reaches for one, you might want to question whether that water is in fact, too toxic to drink. If your water is fluoridated, the answer may well be yes.
For decades, we have been told a lie, a lie that has led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans and the weakening of the immune systems of tens of millions more. This lie is called fluoridation. A process we were led to believe was a safe and effective method of protecting teeth from decay is in fact a fraud. For decades it’s been shown that fluoridation is neither essential for good health nor protective of teeth. What it does is poison the body. We should all at this point be asking how and why public health policy and the American media continue to live with and perpetuate this scientific sham.’
‘Americans who fight federal drug charges in court but lose after a trial are likely to spend nearly three times as long in prison compared to those who accept a guilty plea deal, a new Human Rights Watch study of federal prosecutions and sentences has found.
“Prosecutors give drug defendants a so-called choice—in the most egregious cases, the choice can be to plead guilty to 10 years, or risk life without parole by going to trial,” said Jamie Fellner, author of the 126-page Human Rights Watch report. “Prosecutors make offers few drug defendants can refuse. This is coercion pure and simple.”’
‘An ancient archaeological site is being developed into a tourist attraction in Nabi Samwill, a small town located just north of Jerusalem in the seam zone – the area between the 1949 Armistice Line and the Israeli Separation Wall. The tomb of the Prophet Samuel, from which the town gets its name, is housed in a 12th century stone fortress repurposed as a mosque during the Mamluk period.
Nabi Samwill is also home to about 250 Palestinian residents whose security and livelihoods are constricted by repeated demolitions of buildings in the town and Israel’s legal designation of the area as a national park.
In 1971, 46 houses were destroyed by the Israeli army, pushing town residents toward a hill east of the archaeological site. According to Samiyeh Barakat, an inhabitant of Nabi Samwill, many townspeople fled to Jordan after waves of displacements during the Six Day War and the following series of displacements in 1971.
Since the evictions of 1971, Israeli authorities have renovated the ancient mosque to be used as a space of prayer for Jewish as well as Muslim worshippers. Jews use the basement level of the building, where the tomb itself is located, and Muslims the ground floor.’
‘For over eight months, more than ten prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have been on hunger strike. The hunger strike steadily grew to include over 100 prisoners until July, when the number involved in the strike started to drop. It may have been a result of forced feeding with a tube which the facility was using on a record number of prisoners.
On December 5, Miami Herald journalist Carol Rosenberg, who had been painstakingly tracking the number of people on hunger strike (as well as which prisoners were being force-fed), reported the United States military would no longer be releasing data for media.
It was apparently the decision of US Southern Command commander, Marine Gen. John F. Kelly.’
‘When US Congressional Representative Duncan Hunter advocated on Wednesday that the United States attack Iran with nuclear weapons, he was speaking on something he was more than familiar with.
He may well have been involved in the illegal use of nuclear weapons before while serving in Iraq.
Hunter’s threat to use nuclear weapons against Iran, made as a member of America’s government, constitutes not only a war crime but a probable violation of US law, i.e. conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction.
Hunter’s rationale, if we can use such a term, was not only unsupported by any evidence, but ran clearly against the policies of the government he is generously paid to serve.
A question one might well ask is, “Paid by whom?”’
‘Britain is to blame for the potential welfare-related problems that may arise from an influx of migrant workers, a European Union (EU) official says.
EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding described the UK’s welfare system as over-generous, saying potential problems from the surge of migrants is the fault of the British authorities.
“It seems that some national systems are too generous. Don’t blame the [European] Commission or EU rules for national choices and national regulatory systems,” Reding said at a meeting of EU home affairs ministers in Brussels on Thursday.
She also ruled out restrictions on the EU’s freedom of movement rights, demanded by the British government amid concerns over a possible surge in the number of Romanians and Bulgarians in January.’
‘US Representative James Sensenbrenner Jr. says the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, should be prosecuted for lying to Congress about the nature of massive US spying programs.
“Lying to Congress is a federal offense, and Clapper ought to be fired and prosecuted for it,” the Wisconsin Republican said in an interview with The Hill newspaper.
“The only way laws are effective is if they’re enforced,” Sensenbrenner said. “If it’s a criminal offense – and I believe Mr. Clapper has committed a criminal offense – then the Justice Department ought to do its job.”‘
‘Greek police have raided the homes of three lawmakers from the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, days before they are due to stand trial on charges of being members of a criminal organization.
The police searched the homes of Stathis Boukouras, Giorgos Germenis and Panayiotis Iliopoulos on Thursday, in which they confiscated electronic devices, such as mobile phones, hard disks and data storage sticks, according to the party’s website.
This comes as the Greek parliament lifted the lawmakers’ immunity in October following a police crackdown after the killing of Pavlos Fyssas, a leftist musician, by a suspected Golden Dawn member outside a café in Keratsini, western Athens.’
‘The European Parliament (EP) has expressed concern over inadequate press freedom in Turkey, criticizing the limited media coverage of anti-government protests in the country earlier this year.
In a draft report by EP Foreign Affairs Committee, the European Union’s legislative branch raised concern over restrictions on Turkish media, describing an independent press as “crucial” to a democratic society, Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily reported on Thursday.
The report slammed the dismissal of Turkish journalists who were critical of Ankara’s handling of mass protests, which erupted in the country after police broke up a sit-in at Istanbul’s Taksim Square to protest against a proposal to demolish the Gezi Park on May 31.’