Headlines: 13th October 2015
‘Tory plans to scrap the Human Rights Act would be disastrous for victims of abuses and ruin the UK’s otherwise commendable record, according to the UN’s most senior human rights official.
Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said the threat by David Cameron’s Conservative government to replace the act with a British Bill of Rights would leave many people unable to remedy the abuses they suffer.
“If Britain – a key member of the human rights council, a founding member of the UN and a privileged, permanent member of the Security Council – is considering a move that will potentially weaken a vital regional institution upholding fundamental human rights guarantees, this would be profoundly regrettable,” the prince said in a speech at London’s Guildhall on Friday.’
‘A series of planned anti-Islam rallies targeting more than 20 U.S. cities Saturday fizzled out despite extensive social media promotion; morphing instead into a welcomed show of support and tolerance.
In Armarillo, Texas, police department Cpl. Cody Lavery told the Amarillo Globe News “All of these people are supporters of the center. Everything’s been very peaceful so far, and the protestors haven’t shown up yet.” At the Khursheed Unissa Memorial Community Center in Amarillo, more than 100 people opposing the anti-Islam rally came out in an impromptu show of support.’
‘According to state-run Makkah Newspaper in Saudi Arabia, the wealthy Gulf-nation is threatening its citizens with the death penalty for spreading rumors about the government on social media.
An anonymous source within the Ministry of Justice stated only the worst “rumour-mongers” will be sentenced to death, while lesser offenders of the new policy will be disciplined with flogging, imprisonment, travel bans, house arrest, fines and social media bans.
Although the source is not mentioned by name, it should not be assumed that details of the column are any less credible. Human rights organization Reprieve reports that Makkah’s allegiance to the Saudi government is such that the claims should be considered legitimate.’
‘In a stunning move towards the elites’ endgame of ‘banning cash’, Greek authorities unveiled stricter capital controls for civil servants and pensioners this weekend. By drastically limiting cash withdrawals and forcing the more ‘controllable’ compulsory use of plastic money, Greek authorities hope to stop tax evasion through the use of ‘fake cash registers’.
As KeepTakingGreece.com reports,
A shock-measure: civil servants and pensioners will be subject to stricter capital controls than the rest of the Greeks. They will be able to withdraw only €150 per week – with the cash withdrawal cap being €420 per week – that is a total of €600 per month. The rest of their wage or pension they will have to spend by using debit or credit card.
The news fell like a bombshell on Saturday evening and spoiled the weekend of millions of Greeks. It will probably spoil the rest of their lives too.’
‘Federal authorities in Massachusetts have arrested a former Irish banking chief who was at the center of that country’s financial crisis so he can be extradited and face charges in Ireland.
U.S. Marshals picked up former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm on a warrant to extradite him to Ireland, according to the U.S. Attorney’s spokeswoman Christina Sterling. She did not say where Drumm was arrested.
She said Drumm would remain in the custody of the U.S. Marshals until Tuesday, when he will appear at the Moakley Courthouse before Magistrate Judge Marianne B. Bowler.’
‘Planned Parenthood has evoked controversy once again, but this time it’s completely unrelated to trafficking aborted baby parts across state lines.
A whistleblower who worked as a clinic manager for Planned Parenthood in Iowa told lawmakers Thursday that she had “firsthand knowledge” that the “nonprofit” had “billed the federal government for abortion-related ultrasounds and medications, in violation of federal law,” reports The Hill.
Planned Parenthood reportedly overbilled Medicaid by about $28 million, according to Susan Thayer, who worked for the organization for 17 years before she was fired in 2008 after filing complaints about the group’s billing misconduct and objecting to Planned Parenthood’s practice of performing “tele-abortions.”‘
‘Logistics innovator Amazon, which last year announced a robotic drone concept that cuts out the delivery middleman by shipping goods directly from Amazon warehouses to people’s homes via drone, has come up with yet another novel, futuristic concept that will allow people to instantly order the consumer products they need with the quick touch of a button.
Known as the Amazon Dash Button, the pioneering product is a simple, touch-activated device that can be affixed anywhere in a person’s home for quick and easy ordering of things like hand soap, paper towels, processed food, shaving cream, and more. A laundry detergent Dash Button, for instance, might be placed right on the front of the washing machine for rapid access, while a shampoo Dash Button might work best attached to the front of a shower door.’
‘In this 7.5° view of Afghanistan, captured from an Airfield guard tower, we can see several less auspicious elements of the ISAF invasion and occupation:
• Heroin Production
The photograph shows five men harvesting opium a couple of hundred metres from Camp Bastion perimeter defences, seen in the foreground.
Not only was this illegal drug production being carried out in the shadow of ISAF’s Main Operating Base, it was being done under the protection of British soldiers. Her Majesty’s Armed Forces (Army and RAF) were protecting this man’s cash crop from illicit ‘taxation’ by the Afghan National Police or Army.’