‘Now you see it now you don’t. No sooner had Kent Online reported the details of an official Kent county council report linking welfare reform to rises in homelessness, food bank use and violent crime, than the report was suppressed.
Council leader Paul Carter, whose name was apparently on the report even though he hadn’t read it, told Kent Messenger Group political editor Paul Francis that he had he decided to take it down from the council website because he did not agree with its conclusions.
So what was it about the report’s findings that Carter found so disagreeable?’
‘At least 102,000 people have signed a petition calling on the Government to stop welfare reforms for disabled people ahead of the Autumn Statement.
Led by comedian and campaigner Francesca Martinez, the petition has attracted celebrity support from Stephen Fry, Russell Brand, Yoko Ono and Bianca Jagger.
The news comes as World Disability Day kicks off, with campaigners urging the Government review the bedroom tax, arguing it targets the most vulnerable.’
‘Millions of young workers will be unable to retire until they reach 70 under new government rules.
An overhaul of the state retirement system announced on Thursday will mean that people now under 50 will have to work even longer than they had previously thought.
George Osborne, the Chancellor, will announce the new rules and argue that they are one of the “difficult decisions” required to put the public finances on a secure footing in the long term. In his Autumn Statement, Mr Osborne will also tell MPs that despite the recent economic recovery, the job of balancing the Government’s budget is far from over, meaning several more years of spending cuts and tax rises.
While austerity measures to clear the deficit will extend towards 2018, the pension reforms will have much longer-lasting consequences.’
Croydon’s most senior police officer has said people use soup kitchens so they can spend money on alcohol instead.
‘Borough Commander David Musker claims the soup kitchen in Queen’s Gardens, aimed at the poor and homeless, is instead being used by drunks out to cause trouble.
“The reality is that a number of people use the soup kitchen in Croydon in order to spend their money on alcohol rather than food,” he said.
“This, in turn, leads to these individuals committing crime or antisocial behaviour.
“In the long term, soup kitchens are not helping to get people off the streets and turn their lives around.’
‘The controversial sweetener aspartame has effectively been cleared as safe to eat by Government experts following human feeding trials.
Human guinea pigs were fed cereal snack bars, some of which contained the artificial sweetener, by a team of researchers at Hull York Medical School.
The study recruited 50 people who had reported reactions after consuming aspartame in the past, such as headaches and nausea.’
‘Aspartame is the technical name for the brand names NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, and Equal-Measure. It was discovered by accident in 1965 when James Schlatter, a chemist of G.D. Searle Company, was testing an anti-ulcer drug.
What you don’t know WILL hurt you. Find out the dangerous effects of artificial sweeteners to your health.Aspartame was approved for dry goods in 1981 and for carbonated beverages in 1983. It was originally approved for dry goods on July 26, 1974, but objections filed by neuroscience researcher Dr. John W. Olney and consumer attorney James Turner in August 1974, as well as investigations of G.D. Searle’s research practices caused the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to put approval of aspartame on hold (December 5, 1974). In 1985, Monsanto purchased G.D. Searle and made Searle Pharmaceuticals and The NutraSweet Company separate subsidiaries.
Aspartame accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA. Many of these reactions are very serious, including seizures and death. A few of the 90 different documented symptoms listed in the report as being caused by aspartame include:’
‘The problems with aspartame include not only the biochemical nature of this toxin but also it sheds light on the political nature of the players involved. The changes in regulatory policies and regulations resulting from corporate-government ties and the politicians closely associated with these ties.
What I can tell you, regarding toxicology, histology and biochemistry, is that aspartame is neurotoxic. Its components easily transcend the blood-brain barrier, interfering with normal nerve cell function. This affects the glutathione and calcium mechanisms in place, destroying nerve call integrity. The methanol then breaks down into formaldehyde-formic acid components, which denaturizes/mutates the DNA: a known scientific fact. The subsequent result from this interaction and from isolates of genetically modified amino acids, the methanol, is nerve cell necrosis and subsequent organ system degradation.’
‘Consumers face paying millions of pounds too much for solar farms after ministers handed the industry subsidies 10 per cent higher than it had asked for.
Industry body the Solar Trade Association said on Wednesday it “can’t understand why” ministers rejected its suggestion to cut subsidies further – reducing the cost of ‘green levies’ on consumer energy bills.
“From 2016 to 2019 [the subsidies] are actually higher than we asked for,” the Solar Trade Association (STA) said.’
‘A report appearing in the pro-regime China Times brags that China’s launch of the Long March-3B rocket earlier this week is part of a long term plan to turn the moon into a Star Wars-style “death star” from which the PLA could launch missiles against any target on Earth.
It all sounds like something straight out of The Onion, but upon checking the sources it appears that this is indeed what Communist Party officials have been discussing this week following China’s flagship launch of a lunar rover, which is Beijing’s first spacecraft to land on the surface of an extraterrestrial body.
The article appears on the Want China Times website, the English-language outlet of the The China Times Group, which is based in Taiwan and considered to be pro-unification and pro-Beijing. The article cites the Beijing Times, which is affiliated with the People’s Daily, as the source for the original report.’
‘This month, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the Department of Homeland Security must make its plan to shut off the internet and cellphone communications available to the American public.
You, of course, may now be thinking: What plan?! Though President Barack Obama swiftly disapproved of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak turning off the internet in his country (to quell widespread civil disobedience) in 2011, the US government has the authority to do the same sort of thing, under a plan that was devised during the George W. Bush administration.
Many details of the government’s controversial “kill switch” authority have been classified, such as the conditions under which it can be implemented and how the switch can be used. But thanks to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), DHS has to reveal those details by December 12—or mount an appeal. (The smart betting is on an appeal, since DHS has fought to release this information so far.) Yet here’s what we do know about the government’s “kill switch” plan:’
‘According to comments made by Mark Grawe, Chief Operating Officer at EagleRidge Energy (EagleRidge), Denton, Texas residents who object to his company’s reckless operations way too close to their homes, schools and parks are terrorists worthy of inclusion on the Department of Homeland Security’s watch list.’
‘There was a massive presence from Greater Manchester Police today as lorries delivered `exploratory drilling’ equipment to the IGas drilling site at Barton. Tactical Aid Unit riot vans and dozens of officers were deployed to protect the lorries from, at most, two dozen protesters, including one 81 year old lady.
Anne, who is 82 on Sunday and uses a walking stick, was at the front of the protest which, to the beat of drums, walked at a snail’s pace down the lane leading to the IGas site, holding up the trucks by over two hours.’
‘US energy giant Chevron has resumed its search for shale gas in north-eastern Romania after hundreds of riot police reportedly brutally removed a bunch of villagers who had been camping out at the site protesting the company’s plan.
Back in October, Chevron suspended its plans to drill an exploration well for shale gas in the village of Pungesti – which is believed to be sitting on vast reserves of the valuable natural resource.
To prevent Chevron from moving on with the drilling, Pungesti villagers set up a camp in a privately-owned field next to the site where the well was planned to be installed.’
‘Despite a moratorium on fracking in New York State, more than a dozen municipalities have received state approval to spread a fracking byproduct on their roads.
The fluid, called production brine, can now be spread on roads in Wyoming, Erie, Cattaraugus, and Seneca counties, according to state documents obtained by Riverkeeper, a group that advocates for cleanup of the Hudson River.
An additional ten municipalities in Allegany and Steuben counties have received state permission to spread waste brine from natural gas storage.
Nine counties have banned the use of fracking brine on their roads because it contains pollutants, according to Riverkeeper scientist Bill Wegner. They include five along the Hudson River in the last year: Albany, Orange, Putnam, Westchester and Rockland.’
‘Henry thinks you are the third world. We are all members of the third world in the eyes of the elite.
Not a day goes by when we are not reminded that we are nothing but “useless eaters” who have been given the temporary right to exist on this planet by the generous elite. However, our continued existence is predicated on the notion that we have no rights, and as such, we should have no expectations. Through the tenets of Agenda 21, we are constantly reminded that we have no right to the resources on this planet. The elite own the water, the food and all other material assets.’
‘To a crowded courtroom on the late afternoon of November 25, presiding Judge Lamin Mohd Yunus announced the verdict by an international panel of seven jurists:
“The Tribunal is satisfied, beyond reasonable doubt, that the first defendant, (General) Amos Yaron, is guilty of crimes against humanity and genocide, and the second defendant, the State of Israel, is guilty of genocide.”
The landmark ruling against Israel for its genocide against the Palestinian people rendered by the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal is significant for several reasons:’
‘According to the district, the devices, which use infrared technology to map vein patterns in students’ palms, would cut back on fraud by linking students pre-paid lunch account information to their biometric data.
“Efficiency is another reason for implementing this. The accuracy of the scanner reduces human error, reduces fraud, the ability for students to share numbers allows parents to know the money that they’re spending is being spent on their child’s lunch,” said Puyallup School District spokesperson Brian Fox to Kiro 7.
Parents were shocked to receive notification letters only a few weeks before the intended mass roll-out, even after two schools already began using the system. The 71 scanners purchased by the district for all 32 schools totaled $38,695.’
‘The Obama Administration remains desperate to secure the signature of somebody on the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) which will keep them in Afghanistan beyond 2024. They’re getting less and less picky about who that somebody is.
In comments today, Secretary of State John Kerry noted that Afghan President Hamid Karzai is still refusing to sign, and suggested that the US could ask Defense Minister Bismullah Khan Mohammadi to sign instead, or failing him, somebody else in the Afghan government might be asked.
The US seems confident it “could” do any of these things, but the legality of the BSA as an “Executive Agreement” circumventing the US Senate, which is obliged to be consulted on treaties, is already shaky enough with Karzai on board.’
‘In the aftermath of one of the strongest storms to ever strike land, the most dangerous place for children in the Philippines to be right now could very well be the evacuation centers, or living near one.
This past week, the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF began an aggressive program to vaccinate more than 500,000 children with the measles and polio vaccines in the typhoon affected areas of the Philippines. They have already vaccinated more than 30,000 children in Tacolban, one of the worst hit areas.
“It is virtually unprecedented that within two and a half weeks of a disaster of this scale, with this level of devastation and these logistical challenges, that a mass vaccination campaign is already rolling out,” reported Dr. Julie Hall, WHO representative in the Philippines.
The children are being vaccinated for measles and polio, in spite of the fact that measles rates are very low and declining in the Philippines, and that there has not been a single case of polio in the Philippines since 1993.’
‘“The mainstream media has been busy hailing the supposed success of India’s polio vaccine campaign over the past few years, with many news outlets now claiming that the disease has been fully eradicated throughout the country. But what these misinformation puppets are failing to disclose is the fact that cases of non-polio acute flaccid paralysis (NPAFP), a much more serious condition than that caused by polio, have skyrocketed as a result of the vaccine’s widespread administration”’
‘The human energetic body, also referred to as the pranic sheath or astral body, is an intricate network of 72,000 nadis that facilitate the movement of prana, the vital energy of the human body. The nadis, also referred to as astral tubes, astral nerves or meridians, come together in seven energy centers called the chakras which are located along the central canal, the Sushumna, which corresponds to the spine in the physical body. Understanding each energy center and having the ability to heal them can help you consciously control your physical body and hence aide physical and emotional well-being and assist in higher spiritual pursuits.
Tapping into the healing abilities of your chakras can be achieved through various means, such as changing your lifestyle and diet, establishing a meditation practice, taking time for personal exploration, and integrating physical practices such as yoga into your daily life. Below are some specific healing techniques to balance each chakra and help you establish equilibirum.’
‘An extraordinary demonstration has taken place in San Juan, a provincial city in Argentina. In brief, a gathering of 7000 feminists attempted to attack a cathedral, which was defended by 1500 men. The men did not attempt to physically attack the women, but linked arms and formed a barrier. And the feminist women? They spat on the men, sprayed them with aerosol spray paint, performed lewd acts in front of them, draped their underwear over them and generally behaved as if they had been seized by some primitive or savage spirit.
During the attack some men were visibly weeping. None of them retaliated against the abuses heaped on them.’
‘In a surreal turn of events, after days of fighting that left at least five dead and hundreds more injured, Thai police swapped teargas and water cannons for hugs and red roses in Bangkok on Tuesday as the embattled government opened its doors to protesters in a possible truce.
The largely tactical move was seen as an attempt to defuse political tensions ahead of King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 86th birthday on Thursday. But protest leaders said the peace was only temporary, and that fighting would carry on “as long as it takes” until the prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, and her government are ousted from power.
After a night of fighting between demonstrators and police in which rubbish trucks and bulldozers were rammed into barriers and fireworks and rockets were fired at officers, the mood in the capital on Tuesday had turned to jubilant.’
‘The European Commission has fined eight banks – including RBS – a total of 1.7bn euros (£1.4bn) for forming illegal cartels to rig interest rates.
The cartels operated in markets for financial derivatives, which are products used to manage the risk of interest rate movements.
Two of the eight, Barclays and UBS, were excused their financial penalties for revealing the cartels existence.’
‘The way that EU officials are talking about protests in Ukraine, it’s almost if the whole of Ukraine has made up its mind and wants to join the EU, Marcus Papadopoulus, the editor of Politics First magazine, told the Voice of Russia. But that’s not the case whatsoever, he added. The fact that there are EU officials and European politicians going to Ukraine and urging for people to rise up, to oppose the government, “that’s completely a violation of state’s sovereignty,” Dr Marcus Papadopoulus explained.’
‘Tim Burton’s “9″ is a computer animated movie that was released on 9/9/09. While some critics claimed that the movie “lacked substance”, it nevertheless conveyed powerful messages through symbolism. It even defines a “new age” for humanity as seen by occult secret societies. We’ll look at the esoteric meaning of “9″.’
‘Syria’s UN representative, Bashar al-Jaafari, has stated in a press conference at the United Nations headquarters in New York that all Saudis fighting in Syria came to Syria with the knowledge and facilitation of Saudi authorities. Jaafari also said that most of them are members of extremist terrorist organizations such as al-Qaeda; they were prisoners who either received death sentence or imprisonment for long periods, but they were later released by the Saudi authorities in a pardon initiative in exchange for them conducting “Jihad” in Syria by killing Syrians through car bombings, beheadings, kidnappings, and forcing people to get displaced.’
‘Islamist rebels have kidnapped a group of nuns from the Greek Orthodox monastery of St Thecla (Mar Taqla) in Maaloula (north of Damascus). Mgr Mario Zenari, the Vatican nuncio in Damascus, confirmed the information after speaking with the Greek-Orthodox Patriarchate. Through the Vatican diplomat, the latter “calls on all Catholics to pray for the women religious.”
“Armed men burst in the monastery of St Thecla in Maaloula this afternoon. From there, they forcibly took 12 women religious,” Mgr Zenari said, citing a statement from Patriarchate. The group of Islamist rebels has apparently taken them to Yabrud, some 80 km north of the capital. Neither the nuncio nor the church Greek Orthodox Church know reason behind the kidnapping.’
‘A major conference on the future of banking yesterday heard contributions on a European banking union which is being negotiated by Eurozone finance ministers. One of the aspects of that union will be a ‘bail-in’ of deposits when banks fail in the future. Michael Noonan, Ireland’s Minister for Finance confirmed yesterday that bail-ins or deposit confiscation will be used.’
‘Serial hacker Samy Kamkar has released all the hardware and software specifications that hobbyists need to build an aerial drone that seeks out other drones in the air, hacks them, and turns them into a conscripted army of unmanned vehicles under the attacker’s control.
Dubbed SkyJack, the contraption uses a radio-controlled Parrot AR.Drone quadcopter carrying a Raspberry Pi circuit board, a small battery, and two wireless transmitters. The devices run a combination of custom software and off-the-shelf applications that seek out wireless signals of nearby Parrot drones, hijack the wireless connections used to control them, and commandeer the victims’ flight-control and camera systems. SkyJack will also run on land-based Linux devices and hack drones within radio range. At least 500,000 Parrot drones have been sold since the model was introduced in 2010.’
‘Facial recognition has become an increasingly common element in security surveillance, enabling identification of faces in images taken from a distance and in a crowd. But facial recognition is just a step along the way to more and better identification techniques being sought by the U.S. government’s Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA). The agency has challenged top research teams to revolutionize how machines recognize people with a competition announced Nov. 8, according to New Scientist magazine. ‘
‘One of the biggest problems with Western medicine’s reliance on drug-based solutions to disease is that these conventional modalities can interfere with one another, often creating new problems that require even more drug-based solutions, and so on. And a new study published in the peer-reviewed journal Science illustrates this point particularly as it pertains to cancer, the conventional treatments for which are hampered by the use of antibiotic drugs.
Scientists from the National Cancer Institute in Maryland discovered this after testing the effects of two anticancer drugs on mice affected by both skin and colon tumors. Some of the mice had healthy and normal populations of gut bacteria, while others were bred without any gut flora. Some of the mice with otherwise normal flora were also given antibiotics, which effectively killed off their gut.’
‘A new ecovillage in Scotland has utilized an innovative material within its structures – namely, negative carbon hemp. While most environmentally progressive buildings strive for a carbon neutral rank, these houses take eco-friendly a step further, literally pulling carbon dioxide from the air. But smart building materials aren’t the only use for hemp, it’s exceptionally handy in other areas as well. In fact, hemp is a wonder plant that has the potential to alleviate many of our health, financial and environmental problems across the nation, which makes the political resistance to its cultivation in the U.S. all the more perplexing.’
‘Right now, millions of Americans are still struggling to recover from the 2008 financial collapse.
That collapse was fueled by the housing crisis, when Wall Street banksters were running around betting on risky mortgage-backed securities that they could sell to investors and make billions from.
They were able to do that because the Graham-Leach-Bliley Act and the Commodities Futures Modernization Act had blown up rational banking regulations, and, as a result, we saw things like the so-called mortgage “liar loans”.’
‘In this age of nuclear power and weapons, we’re told that the harmless ‘happy atom’ is all around us and might be dangerous but because we can’t see him this then means, “Oh, just relax. There’s really nothing to worry about. It’s all completely safe.”
All we can say to that is, if you are willing to trust your government and nuclear power companies, then you are putting yours and your family’s life in their hands.
From bullets to bread, it’s important to know who is responsible for injecting radioactivity into your personal and community environments…’
‘It will soon be the first anniversary of the school shooting massacre at Sandy Hook. With plenty of family and friend evidence that Adam Lanza had indeed been on brain-altering psychiatric drugs in the recent past and, with the abundant knowledge that such psychiatric drugs can, by themselves, cause aggression, depression, anxiety, mania, sleep deprivation, psychoses, impulsive thoughts, hallucinations, suicidality and homicidality.
There has been a steady obstruction of justice from the Connecticut authorities by the failure to reveal to the public the crucial evidence contained in Adam Lanza’s autopsy report, toxicology report, medical/psychiatric in-patient and out-patient records and his pharmacy records.’
‘The war of words between outgoing President Hamid Karzai and US-NATO forces over the legal conditions of their occupation of Afghanistan is intensifying.
Statements of US government and military officials and press commentaries in the United States have become increasingly critical, after Karzai flatly refused to sign a treaty drawn up after protracted US-Afghan talks that would have kept US troops in the country for at least another decade.
The pact is critical for future US military/intelligence operations in the region, including the Persian Gulf, Caspian Sea and Central Asia–the largest concentration of oil and gas resources on the planet. The agreement calls for nine permanent US military bases in Afghanistan, which borders on China, Pakistan, Iran and the former Soviet republics of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.
On Sunday, Karzai issued a statement claiming that US-NATO forces were withholding fuel and other material support from their Afghan counterparts in an effort to force him to sign the security agreement.’
‘The so-called Begin-Prawer Plan (Law for Arranging Bedouin Settlement in the Negev) is ruthlessly racist. It legitimizes ethnic cleansing. It wants Bedouin land for exclusive Jewish development.
It authorizes destroying Bedouin homes. It calls for dozens of villages to be leveled. It sanctions mass ethnic cleansing on a scale not seen since 1948. Israeli authorities are trampling on the rights of their own citizens.
According to Association for Civil Rights in Israel attorney Rawia Aburabia:
Israel’s plan “will cause the displacement and forced eviction of dozens of villages and tens of thousands of Bedouin residents, dispossessing them of their property and historical rights to their lands, destroying the social fabric of their communities, and sealing the fate of thousands of families into poverty and unemployment.”‘
‘The United Nations has for the first time deployed surveillance drones over the Democratic Republic of Congo to monitor the border with Rwanda and Uganda, officials say.
UN officials deployed on Tuesday two Falco drones manufactured by the Italian defence group, Finmeccanica, in order to monitor threats from local and foreign-armed groups in the east of the country.
“The drones…will allow us to have reliable information about the movement of populations in the areas where there are armed groups,” UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Herve Ladsous said in Goma.’
‘Europe’s top human rights official says austerity measures imposed by the so-called troika of international lenders on member states of the European union have weakened the social and economic rights of people.
Nils Muiznieks, the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, made the remarks on Tuesday while presenting a report on safeguarding human rights in times of economic crisis.
“The crisis is both a context and a constraint on government policy but some responses to the crisis have created much collateral damage to human rights,” said Muiznieks.’
‘Somali parliament has passed a vote of no-confidence on Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon, following months of dispute between the country’s premier and president.
A total of 184 lawmakers out of 250 in attendance voted Monday to oust Shirdon, citing his government’s poor performance over the past year.
The prime minister had disagreed with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud over the formation of a new cabinet, prompting the no-confidence vote.’
‘A court is to probe whether Britain’s heir to the throne Prince Charles has secretly lobbied government ministers for immunity to property laws, local media reports say.
lan Davis, a leaseholder on the Isles of Scilly, is expected to appeal to a judge on Wednesday to rule on whether Prince Charles had lobbied for the Duchy of Cornwall, the £847 million estate, to be exempt from property laws, the Guardian reported.
Davis has been told he cannot buy the freehold to his house because the duchy was exempted from laws that give leaseholders across England and Wales that right.’