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20 Articles From Around the World : Skyscraper Building Paradigms take Quantum Leap In China (though inaccurate overdramatisation of terminology is still a spoiler), Penalties for Negligent Pet Owners and Reparations for Postmen, Best Way to Remove Yingluck the Farcical Thai PM (and symbol of nepotism), Illogical (woo woo) Article On Grey Goo, Robotic Drone-Cars On Highways, Premptive Banning on ‘Dangerous’ Robots (A Golf Club is As Dangerous), Megaupload : Kim Floundering And Opportunistic – USA State Looking Dangerous, Bestiality And Determinig Who Should be Allowed , 2 Articles : Gaza Location Untenable , Food Issues Fining Rampantly For Non-Issues, Funerary Paradigms, Porn Subculture Sex Positivism, Nudism Takes Off in China , Private Bank Ideas, Banking Destroys Nations and Societies, Middle East Afflicts Thai Medical Tourism? LGBT Hating Islamists Put LGBTs in Danger in Thailand, Bioterrorism From The Middle East?, Nail Houses In China – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 4th December 2012

In assassin, banks, best practices, better judgments, better laws, Democracy, Freedom of Expression, freedom of travel, Nepotism, nudism, sex positivism, Sexuality, sub-culture advocacy, subculture persecution, technofascism, Technology, terrorists on December 1, 2012 at 7:57 pm

ARTICLE 1

Sky City: China to erect world’s tallest tower in 3 months, building 5 stories a day – Published: 25 November, 2012, 19:00

Sky City One

Proposed Sky City One – 220 Stories

China has embraced the challenge of putting up the world’s tallest building in only 90 days. The 838-meter skyscraper, dubbed Sky City, is set to house 17,400 people as well as a hotel, a hospital, several schools, offices and apartments.

­Construction workers from the Broad Sustainable Building company are expected to build at a rate if five stories a day to meet the deadline. To speed the process up, they will reportedly use the ‘prefabrication’ technique in which blocks of the building are constructed offsite and then pieced together.

The skyscraper, located in Hunan Province’s capital Changsha, will feature over 100 high-speed elevators, and is expected to be able to withstand a magnitude 9.0 earthquake.

When completed, the building will be 10 meters taller than the Dubai landmark Burj Khalifa, the world’s current tallest building, which took five years to build. China’s Sky City is set to cost half as much as the Burj – about $630 million.

China-based Broad Sustainable Building will employ several thousand workers for the ambitious project. The company has already built 16 structures in China, including a 30-story hotel constructed in 15 days.

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Half the price at 20 times the speed. What will the building stats look like in another 20 years? Double the height, quarter the price at 200 times the speed? Thats 9 days at $315 million at double height  . . . one can imagine high tech light weight reconstituted materials straight from landfills being used by then . . . so if a superhighway connected EVERY single states’ tower . . .

The floorage and ‘balcony-age’ of the pic doesn’t look very impressive though. Perhaps higher ceilings and more balcony space would be more city like, vehicular access via connected ramps right up to the top would then truly mean ‘City’. Without vehicle (or at least some kind of golf cart sized internal vehicle) access, or massive multistorey high ‘green lungs’, and massive multistorey high sky-lobbies the ‘City’ name for any building is but a misnomer.

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Royal Mail to step up action against dog owners after more than 3,000 attacks on postal workers in a year – by Daily Mail Reporter – PUBLISHED: 01:54 GMT, 24 November 2012 | UPDATED: 02:00 GMT, 24 November 2012

The Royal Mail pledged today to take more action against owners of dogs that attack postal workers after a new report called for tougher legislation.

The postal group said it will actively pursue legal action against the owners of dangerous dogs and take a more ‘robust’ approach to suspending deliveries to addresses where attacks take place.

The moves follow publication of an independent inquiry into dog attacks on postal staff, which the Royal Mail said numbered more than 3,000 in the year to April.
Sort it out: Royal Mail are pressing for action after thousands of attacks on its workers by dogs

Sort it out: Royal Mail are pressing for action after thousands of attacks on its workers by dogs

Former High Court judge Sir Gordon Langley recommended that new legislation should be introduced to provide tougher legal sanctions against owners of dangerous dogs.

The report pointed out that action cannot be taken if an attack takes place on private property, limiting legal protection available to postmen and women.

Guilty of cruelty but not even fined: Circus owner who let Anne the elephant be chained and beaten walks free

The Communication Workers Union (CWU), which has criticised the Government for failing to take action on dangerous dogs, said today’s report should be the catalyst needed to bring action.

The union said the number of postal workers suffering dog attacks was nearer 5,000 a year.

Sir Gordon’s report called on the Government to repeal current legislation and provide a new statute so that legal action can be taken against dog owners, wherever an attack takes place.

New laws have already been introduced in Scotland and Northern Ireland, with legislation planned in Wales.

Making a stance: The Royal Mail has said it will take legal action against owners of dogs who have attacked postmen and women

Sir Gordon said: ‘It is a matter of real concern to learn of the extent and frequency of attacks on postal workers and to find that for a considerable time there has been almost general agreement not only on the inadequacies of the present law in England and Wales but also on the nature of the reforms required to address it, but to date it remains unchanged.’

Royal Mail chairman Donald Brydon said: ‘Dog attacks cause injuries and terrible trauma to our staff. Nobody should have to endure this and our staff are at an increased risk of such attacks simply because of the job they do.

‘We welcome the findings in Sir Gordon Langley’s independent report, especially his call for an urgent reform of the laws in England and Wales. We have also taken on board his comments that Royal Mail should take a more robust approach with customers whose dogs attack postmen and women. We will adjust our policies immediately.’

CWU general secretary Billy Hayes said: ‘Sir Gordon’s recommendations take on board our own long-standing campaign objectives of securing new UK-wide laws which apply on private property, moving away from breed-specific legislation, introducing microchipping and getting serious when it comes to prosecution and punishment.

‘England will soon be the only part of the UK without updated dogs laws as Scotland and Northern Ireland have already introduced new improved legislation and Wales is legislating in the current session.

‘This Government has procrastinated and steadfastly refused to act on the issue of dangerous dogs while people continue to suffer serious injuries and lose their lives in dog attacks.’

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Suspension of services for the period required for the same postman to heal up, and compensation of paid leave if needed and hospital bills, perhaps temporary replacement staff or payment of double shifts for those taking over from the injured postman, should make the owners of vicious dogs cautious to keep their home gate shut at mail delivery time for both their own pocket’s, and the postman’s health. If your dog bites the postman, you pay for leave, replacement staff, or medical expenses. At the same time, the post service needs to have a sort of schedule as well so that owners who do let their animals out can take the effort to keep the animals in at the right times.

ARTICLE 3

Thailand police fire tear gas at anti-government protests

Saturday, November 24, 2012 – 09:23 AM

Anti-government protesters calling for Thailand’s Prime Minister to step down launched a rally in Bangkok today that authorities feared would grow into the biggest demonstration the country has seen since she took office last year.

The rally, which was expected to draw tens of thousands of protesters, was mostly peaceful in its early stages.

Police, however, fired tear gas to disperse between 50 to 100 people who tried to break through a line of concrete barricades erected on a street near the protest site.

Earlier in the week, premier Yingluck Shinawatra ordered nearly 17,000 police to deploy and invoked a special security law, citing concerns that the rally could turn violent.

She also accused demonstrators of seeking to overthrow her elected government.

The demonstration underscores the still-simmering political divisions that have split the country since the army toppled Ms Yingluck’s brother Thaksin Shinawatra in a 2006 military coup.

Today’s protest was organised by a royalist group calling itself Pitak Siam – Protect Thailand.

Led by retired army general Boonlert Kaewprasit, the group accuses Ms Yingluck’s administration of corruption, ignoring insults to the revered monarchy and being a puppet of her brother.

Addressing several thousand protesters on the rally’s central stage, Mr Boonlert vowed the demonstration would remain peaceful. But he said: “I promise that Pitak Siam will succeed in driving this government out.”

He then led the crowd in a chant: “Yingluck, get out! Yingluck, get out!”

The rally was being held at Bangkok’s Royal Plaza, a public space near parliament that has been used by protesters in the past.

Police allowed protesters into the site, and two roads leading to it were open. But in an effort to control access, security forces erected concrete barriers on another road leading to Royal Plaza.

When between 50 to 100 protesters tried to break through one of the barriers, a contingent of around 500 police fired tear gas and beat them back with batons.

While Pitak Siam is a newcomer to Thailand’s protest scene, it is linked to the well-known Yellow Shirt protesters, whose rallies led to Mr Thaksin’s overthrow.

The same movement later toppled a Thaksin-allied elected government after occupying and shutting down Bangkok’s two airports for a week in 2008.

Mr Thaksin remains a divisive figure in Thai politics. The Yellow Shirts and their allies say he is corrupt and accuse him of seeking to undermine the popular constitutional monarch – claims he denies.

Ms Yingluck was taking Saturday’s rally seriously – her cabinet invoked the Internal Security Act on Thursday in three Bangkok districts around the protest site and she later addressed the nation to explain the move, citing concerns of violence.

The security act allows authorities to close roads, impose curfews and ban use of electronic devices in designated areas. Measures began taking effect on Thursday night, with police closing roads around Ms Yingluck’s office, the Government House, and placing extra security at the homes of senior officials, including the prime minister.

In a nationally-televised address Ms Yingluck said protest leaders “seek to overthrow an elected government and democratic rule … and there is evidence that violence may be used to achieve those ends”.

National police chief spokesman Maj Gen Piya Uthayo said yesterday that 16,800 police officers had been called in from around the country to provide security for the rally.

Mr Boonlert, the protest group’s leader, is best known for his role as president of the Thailand Boxing Association. His name is unfamiliar in the anti-Thaksin protest movement, but his message appears to have resonated with Yellow Shirt supporters who have laid low in recent years after Ms Yingluck’s party won the last elections.

Analysts said they did not view the protest as an immediate threat to Ms Yingluck’s government, but were watching it closely.

“Any time you have tens of thousands of people converging, assembling in a central Bangkok location, it becomes a government stability concern,” said Thitinan Pongsudhirak, a political scientist at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University.

But he added: “I think it’s a serious concern more than a serious threat.”

Thailand has been gripped by bouts of political instability since 2006, with Thaksin’s supporters and opponents taking turns to spar over who has the right to rule the country.

The most violent episode came in 2010, when Thaksin’s Red Shirt supporters led a two-month occupation of central Bangkok to demand the resignation of an anti-Thaksin government.

The protests sparked a military crackdown that left at least 91 people dead and more than 1,700 injured.

Mr Thaksin has lived in self-imposed exile since 2008, when he jumped bail to evade a corruption conviction and two-year jail term. He retains huge popularity among the rural poor, who want to see him pardoned and returned to power.

But he is reviled by the urban elite and educated middle class, who see him as authoritarian and a threat to the monarchy.

Buoyed by Mr Thaksin’s (ill gotten) political cash machine, Ms Yingluck was elected by a landslide victory in August 2011.

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Don’t bother rallying. GET THE MPs to remove Yingluck in a simple vote. Ralliers, don’t blocakade the Capital, instead, blockade the homes of MPs who wont get rid of Yingluck instead.

ARTICLE 4

Researchers Produce Self-Shaping Nanomachines That Can Be Mass Produced

Once again, the natural world has inspired the scientific world.

This time, it was the dandelion that inspired researchers to create a self-shaping nanomachine that can be reproduced through an automated process.

The ability to mass produce these microscopic machines opens the door to a multitude of applications from medicine to military. However, like with any great discovery there is a dark side.

Many people believe that if the nanomachine is successfully created and mass produced, it will be the cause of Armageddon in a scenario that theorists call the Gray Goo.

Researchers from the University of Washington in the U.S. and Aalto University in Finland discovered that these nanomachines could in fact be massed produced with a trick they observed in nature with a dandelion.

The researchers realized that building most machines, including nanomachines, begins with the shaping of metals. Exploring this fundamental of fabrication and hoping to find some sort of cue in nature, the researchers discovered that dandelion stems (when cut into small strips) were placed in water, they would bend and curl.

The different shapes were dependent on the amount of water absorption on the two sides of the strips. The key was to replicate these formations with metal, and use some sort of catalyst that would trigger the bending.

Self-Shaping Metals

The team discovered that the same results occurred with the nanoscale metal materials when an ion beamed was used. Like the dandelion strips, the microscopic metals began to bend and curl.

Then, the researchers were able to use the ion beam to create specific and even complex shapes.

They were able to start with a three-dimension hexagon shape. Then, they applied the ion beam to the metal shape, which caused it to open, or bloom like a flower. The researchers were even able to construct microscopic cubes using the same technique.

However, the structures also possessed characteristics that the researchers were not expecting.

According to the team, the resulting nanostructures were also quite resilient. It appears that the structures were able to withstand harsh conditions, such as extreme heat and electrostatic discharge. Furthermore, the nanostructures were also able to capture and hold particles that are roughly a micrometer in size.

Even though the research is promising, it is still in the preliminary stages. The team asserted:

“However, we believe that we are just scratching the tip of the iceberg: a comprehensive theory of ion-assisted self-assembly processes is yet to be reached.” (1)

Will a Nano-Future Trigger Armageddon?

As promising as the possible applications are, there are some who believe any self-assembly process on a nanoscale would be the beginning of the end: a scenario commonly referred to as the Gray Goo.

The phrase was coined in 1986 by Eric Drexler, an American engineer and nanotech pioneer. The term refers to result of nanorobots self-assembling to the point where they appear to be this massive gray ooze that consumes everything in its path.

The “consumption” involved in this scenario is the process of the nanorobots turning organic material into more nanorobots. Even though this scenario makes for fantastic science fiction reading, it does not really make for great science.

There are several aspects of the gray goo scenario that make it implausible. One theory is that any self-assembly /self-replicating process would have checks and balances in place to prevent an out-of-control replicating process.

Furthermore, the system proposed here, like most, is more akin to a factory assembly line than reproducing bacteria, which is how the gray goo is often described.

Think of it as an automobile factory. Much of it is automated, but it does not have the means nor the resources to produce at an out-of-control pace that would overtake the world.

Finally, the gray goo would need massive computing power and complex chemistry to even survive the environment. (3) Most scientists agree that the gray goo scenario is an outdated premise that is better left to science fiction.

With that in mind, the discovery made by the researchers from the University of Washington in the U.S. and Aalto University in Finland is very much a breakthrough that should be celebrated, not feared.

References & Image Credits:
(1) Daily Mail
(2) Discover Magazine
(3) CRnano.org

Dennis Dufrene is the resident historian and technical writer. With this background, Dennis brings insight and accuracy to the stories published here at Top Secret Writers. Dennis has 379 post(s) at Top Secret Writers

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i) There are several aspects of the gray goo scenario that make it implausible. One theory is that any self-assembly /self-replicating process would have checks and balances in place to prevent an out-of-control replicating process.

There are none, if the hacker of the AI controlling the nanobots has no scruples. We all know that code can be changed depending on the user/hacker.

ii) Furthermore, the system proposed here, like most, is more akin to a factory assembly line than reproducing bacteria, which is how the gray goo is often described. . . .

Wheres the logic in that statement?  Eh? Wot? That makes no sense at all. The article writer needs to make sense or study grammar. SO WHAT if ‘gray goo’ is described as ‘factory assembly line’? Whats to stop the programmer or hacker make the nanobot swarm behave like grey goo regardless of how the nanobot is created? See below article for how the AI controlling the nanobots are more important in determining gray goo behaviour than how the individual nanobot is created. Nanobots are fatal weapons if used on Nuclear Plants. So unless a nanomite-wall is already possible, all likelihood that containment areas are being perforated by nanomites chewing their way into the Nuclear facility, so keep building more Nuclear plants and enjoy your terrorist nanotech irradiators, any plant could go boom or crack up and collapse from within from ‘nanomite undermining’ of super structures, and not a terrorist would have to even be near the piece of sh1t irradiative eco-disaster in the waiting . . . Ostrich burying head in sand alert anyone?

ARTICLE 5

Freeway Drones for a Futuristic Highway Patrol – November 24, 2012 6:05 pm – by PHIL PATTON / The New York Times

IT’S a future far from Ponch and Jon, the Los Angeles-based motorcycle officers of “CHiPs,” a TV series that rose to popularity in the 1970s. In this take on the California Highway Patrol of 2025, patrol cars and motorcycles would be replaced by computerized drones; chips take over CHiPs.

Here, the highway patrol vehicles of the future will be mostly self-driving, if you accept the solutions offered by the entries in this year’s Design Challenge, an annual competition organized in conjunction with the Los Angeles auto show. For the last nine years, the Design Challenge has invited automakers’ advanced design studios to dream up proposals for sci-fi automotive futures tied to specific themes, including cars that weighed less than 1,000 pounds or that were destined for Hollywood roles. This year’s competition asked designers to envision the highway patrol car of 2025.

By coincidence or destiny, designers at several companies came up with concepts for robotic, autonomously driven vehicles on ground, water and air. These future police cruisers — usually presented as story boards rather than actual vehicles — recall today’s Predator and Global Hawk drones, stars of the anti-insurgency efforts. They may give new meaning to those signs that read “Speed limit enforced by aircraft.”

In the future, as the organizers outlined it, “the vehicle should empower highway patrol officers to meet new demands and effectively both ‘protect and serve’ the public while considering not just enforcement needs but emission concerns, population growth and transportation infrastructure.” The world of 2025, the participants seem to agree, will be a place where traffic has grown exponentially, infrastructure has deteriorated, environmental constraints have increased — and highway patrol budgets have been reduced.

As envisioned by Honda R&D Americas’ advanced design studio in Pasadena, Calif., the future Honda CHP Drone Squad includes four-wheel Auto-Drones, like cars, and two-wheel Moto-Drones, like motorcycles. The proposal offers a future where the Auto-Drone functions as something of a command vehicle — manned or unmanned — that deploys Moto-Drones, even while on the move. The Moto-Drones could be rigged for a variety of different response or rescue tasks. While such vehicles might be decades from reality, the flexibility of this strategy could offer companies that built both types of vehicles an advantage in securing government contracts.

At the BMW DesignworksUSA studio in Newbury Park, Calif., designers dreamed up the E-Patrol (Human-Drone Pursuit Vehicle). In this arrangement, the officer and drone would work in harmony, like today’s officers and their K-9 partners. The BMW drone team would be able to deploy a flying drone, which resembles a high-tech Jet Ski cruise missile, or one of a pair of unicyclelike robotic vehicles to chase lawbreakers. And if the suspect doesn’t pull over? In the E-Patrol vision, the BMW designers say, their drone would disable the vehicle with an electromagnetic impulse.

The Subaru Highway Automated Response Concept vehicles, developed by Subaru Research and Development in Japan and designed specifically for Hawaii, are powered by renewable energy — and they have aquatic capability. “The cutting-edge SHARC patrol vehicles will provide an innovative, affordable and environmentally conscious solution for 24-hour highway monitoring,” the designers say.

The Volt Squad, dreamed up at General Motors’ Advanced Design Center in North Hollywood, Calif., is a set of future patrol vehicles that would take advantage of the propulsion system engineered for the Chevrolet Volt. The squad is composed of three different types of vehicles that still contain human officers. Each type is specially designed to observe, pursue or engage — the last term left menacingly undefined.

Judges for the Design Challenge include Tom Matano, director of the industrial design program at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco; Imre Molnar from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit; and Stewart Reed, chairman of the transportation design department at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. The winner will be announced on Thursday at an event in conjunction with the auto show.
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.
First Published November 24, 2012 6:01 pm

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1) And if the suspect doesn’t pull over? In the E-Patrol vision, the BMW designers say, their drone would disable the vehicle with an electromagnetic impulse.

Won’t work if your vehicle is wholly non-electronic. I can see a whole new generation of non-electronic manual gear based modders, who will keep any electronics away from the engine or gearbox, signal lights.

2) Each type is specially designed to observe, pursue or engage — the last term left menacingly undefined.

Engage? Unless walking robots are involved, all a criminal needs to do is get off the road, climb a tree (or a staircase), or hijack a car to confound the entire system. See below link for a better or auxillary robot that could be attached to the ‘car-bot’.

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Human Rights Watch urges international ban on ‘killer robots’ – Wed Nov 21, 2012 7:19PM

These kinds of weapons would make it more likely that a state would go to war…shifting the burden of conflict away from the military, those who are trained to fight, to civilians who will bear the brunt of any mistakes that these killer robots make. And they will inevitably make mistakes,” Stephen Goose, the arms division director of Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch has called for an international ban on ‘killer robots’ – autonomous machines that independently decide their targets, Press TV reports.

“They’re weapons where there is no human intervention. That is, the armed robot itself makes the decision about what its target should be and when it should pull the trigger,” Stephen Goose, the arms division director of Human Rights Watch told Press TV.

“Killer robots are the shorthand name for fully autonomous weapons. These are something we think of as being beyond drones,” Goose said, adding that “the farther down the road this gets, the harder it’s going to be to stop it.”

The expert said an international ban, as well as prohibitions in each country, must be started before these robots become the future of war.

“The more money that’s poured into it, the more time passes, the more they’re going to get integrated into future war plans and into the doctrine of various militaries. We think the only way to approach this is to nip it in the bud and to have a prohibition now,” Goose added.

Goose criticized the role of the United States military in the “secretive and classified” development of these deadly weapons.

The US Pentagon has begun a contest, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Robotics Challenge, to advance its efforts to develop robotic soldiers to fight the wars of the future, focusing on testing the robots’ abilities to work in difficult situations designed for humans that “simulate conditions in a dangerous, degraded, human-engineered environment.”

He added that these weapons would violate the proportionality test, which is required under international humanitarian law to weigh the advantages of an attack against possible civilian casualties.

“These kinds of weapons would make it more likely that a state would go to war…shifting the burden of conflict away from the military, those who are trained to fight, to civilians who will bear the brunt of any mistakes that these killer robots make. And they will inevitably make mistakes,” Goose concluded.

GMA/SZH

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Don’t take away Robocop’s 2nd Amendment Rights . . . though being a cyborg, Robocop shouldn’t be affected (organic components and human origins).

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Dotcom says he could sue US government for $2.6 billion – by Kim Schmitz – Monday 26 November 2012, 12:45

MegaUpload founder Kim ‘Dotcom’ Schmitz has threatened to sue the US government after the revelation that some of the pirated content listed as being on his former company’s servers by prosecutors had been left there at the request of the American Department Of Justice.

MegaUpload, of course, was shut down at the start of the year by the US authorities amidst allegations of money laundering, racketeering and copyright infringement against the company and its management, four key members of which, including Dotcom, are living in New Zealand and are currently fighting efforts to extradite them to America.

Amongst other things, prosecutors claim that MegaUpload operated a deliberately shoddy takedown system for removing copyright material once made aware of it, whilst also encouraging users to upload unlicensed music, movies and TV shows, because doing so ensured the wider Mega platform had a constant supply of popular content, driving traffic, ad sales and subscriptions, even though rights owners were never paid a penny.

But Dotcom and the Mega team insist their company operated within US copyright law, removing unlicensed content in line with America’s Digital Millennium Copyright Act. And even more than that, it was revealed earlier this month that the company itself occasionally assisted the DoJ when it was investigating other companies accused of piracy which stored and distributed illegal content via the Mega platform.

One such piracy operation was NinjaVideo, and, now say Mega’s legal team, some of the content prosecutors have listed in their case against Dotcom actually belonged to that venture, and was not deleted by MegaUpload because of a request from the DoJ, which wanted the unlicensed files to remain accessible while it continued to investigate Ninja’s activities.

According to reports, prosecutors say that’s no excuse, because some of the content stored in NinjaVideo’s locker on MegaUpload was also available elsewhere on the Mega platform, and, now knowing for certain that that content was unlicensed because of the Ninja investigation, the digital firm should have removed the additional copies. But Mega’s lawyers say that their clients were cautious of doing platform-wide deletions of that content, in case it impacted on the NinjaVideo content that formed part of the DoJ’s case.

Quite how relevant the NinjaVideo content is to the wider MegaUpload case isn’t clear, but that didn’t stop Dotcom telling his Twitter followers that the DoJ was “a gang of rogue US attorneys out of control”, before revealing that he’d been advised: “We can sue the US govt or MPAA members for $2.6 billion in damages for the destruction of our businesses”.

Although access to MegaUpload’s fortune has been frozen since the US government shut down the Mega business in January, Dotcom says he soon hopes to have financial backing to allow a lawsuit against America.

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Focus on democracy and at very most demand formal apologies (for what could be domestic terrorism), and equitable damages probably in the tune of a few 10Ks for inconvenience and living expenses or the few months lost etc.., instead. The US govermnent could hide behind the department concerned, and a single department cannot be liable to 2.6 billion in compensation. Besides, given the state of the economy, no way will payouts of this level be possible. 2.6 billion cannot even be given to Middle Eastern military contractors on the US’s side, so for certain Kim cannot expect this sort of compensation as well. Be reasonable Kim, public apologies by the department and sums reasonable that the department gets in yearly allotments could be demanded (I doubt they get 2.6 billion), but the government would be untouchable. I’m on your side Kim, but if I were the US government and had to pay 2.6 billion when US finances were this bad, might as well call in an assassin and avoid court expenditures and payout. This is not an apartheid case, but more like an abuse of power case . . . strike a spiritual blow for freedom and demand AMENDMENTS TO LAW instead of monies that don’t change anything, money can be taken away or the owner of the money killed, LAWS cannot be taken away, and if the people are educated, laws can prevent extreme powers by the state. Forget about the payout thing. Won’t work.

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Megaupload Boss Kim Dotcom Offers To Surrender, Face Trial In U.S. Without Extradition

Megaupload founder and accused piracy king Kim Dotcom has offered to forgo his delayed extradition trial and come to the U.S. to fight the charges against him and three others.

Dotcom said on Twitter that the Department of Justice must meet certain ground rules first, however.

“Hey DOJ, we will go to the US. No need for extradition,” he wrote on the micro-blogging site. “We want bail, funds unfrozen for lawyers & living expenses.”

The offer comes a day after a New Zealand court delayed an extradition hearing until March due to ongoing legal hearings regarding the seizure of evidence from an illegal raid on Dotcom’s mansion.

“We are not expecting to hear back regarding the offer and I remain committed to fighting extradition in New Zealand,” he added.

Dotcom and three others — Finn Batato, Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk — were charged with racketeering, copyright infringement and money laundering, however they haven’t admitted to any wrongdoing.

Despite the charges against him, Dotcom has vowed that Megaupload will return.

BGR

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Thaksin could learn from Schmidt. Thaksin should go back to Thailand and face the court with whatever foreign monitors in tow instead of using Yingluck as a proxy to disrupt Thailand.

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THE German government is about to reintroduce a ban on bestiality, after pressure from animal welfare groups.

Newspaper die Tageszeitung reports that the governing coalition are soon to amend the country’s Animal Welfare Act to make sex with animals punishable with a fine of up to 25,000 euros ($31,000).

Bestiality was legalised in Germany in 1969, the same year that gay sex was also removed from the criminal code. After that, sex with animals was only punishable if the animal was severely injured.

However animal welfare groups have pushed for the ban to be reinstated, in an advertising campaign that used dramatic examples of “animal rape”.

Agriculture minister Ilse Aigner has agreed to change the law to make it illegal for people to “use (animals) for their own sexual activities or sexual acts of third parties” – which also bans the ‘pimping’ of animals to others.

However the move has aroused the ire of zoophile group ZETA.

Lobbyist Michael Kiok, who lives with his dog Cassie, told the newspaper there were more than 100,000 zoophiles in Germany.

“Mere morals have no place in law,” he said.

Mr Kiok said he was worried that if the law took effect the authorities would try to take away his dog.

The amendment to the law will be debated in the German parliament in mid-December.

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Good work to a point. 3rd party definitely applicable, but for personal use, there should be a panel who will judge if the animal is ‘happy’ or ‘suffering’, which is quite easy to do given the advanced brain scanning technologies they have today. While most of us wouldn’t indulge, always remember Voltaire and expand on the logic! Not just freedom of speech, but FREEDOM TO LIVE AS ONE WILL . . .

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Israel’s Barak, architect of Iran policy, quitting politics – by Dan Williams and Jeffrey Heller – JERUSALEM | Mon Nov 26, 2012 3:16pm GMT

(Reuters) – Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak, a leading strategist in confronting Iran over its nuclear programme, said in a surprise announcement on Monday that he would quit political life after the January 22 national election.

Some commentators speculated Barak was trying to duck a trouncing for his tiny centrist party in the ballot, after which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who heads the front-running, right-wing Likud, might return him to defence and military headquarters as a professional appointee.

But others said 70-year-old Barak, who has served as prime minister and armed forces chief, may have had enough of campaigning and wanted to focus on resolving the Iranian issue before leaving his post.

“I stand before you to share my decision to resign from political life and not to run in the coming election for the Knesset,” Barak told a news conference, adding he would stay on as defence chief until a new administration is sworn in.

Speaking five days after an eight-day Gaza offensive ended in a ceasefire with the enclave’s Hamas Islamist rulers, Barak said he wanted to spend more time with his family and that politics “has never been a passion of mine”.

Should Barak’s resignation prove permanent his successor would likely come from Likud ranks. He might even be replaced by the current foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, the Likud’s more hawkish coalition partner.

Few doubt that this would affect the tenor of a ministry that oversees everything from armed conflict to administration of occupied Palestinian territory to liaising with regional power-broker Egypt.

Danny Yatom, an old army comrade of Barak’s who went on to serve as head of the Mossad spy agency, described him as a “moderate anchor” for a Netanyahu government whose sabre-rattling on Iran has often raised the hackles of the United States and other Western countries.

Yet Yatom, who served under Netanyahu during his first term as prime minister in the late 1990s, said the Israeli leader appeared to be patching up his testy ties with Barak Obama since the U.S. president’s re-election three weeks ago.

“I would think and hope that this relationship will provide the main guide for government policies” on Iran, Yatom said.

With Netanyahu, Barak has been at the forefront of Israel’s campaign for stronger international sanctions against Iran to halt what Israeli and Western leaders fear is a drive to produce nuclear weapons, allegations Tehran denies.

Raising speculation Israel could defy its main ally, the United States, and attack Iran on its own, Barak has cautioned that Tehran was nearing a “zone of immunity” that would put deeply buried and fortified nuclear facilities out of reach of Israel’s military capabilities.

But last month, he told Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper that an immediate crisis was avoided when Iran chose to use more than a third of its medium-enriched uranium for civilian purposes earlier this year.

The decision, he said “allows contemplating delaying the moment of truth by eight to ten months”.

“LEADING ADVOCATE”

Dennis Ross, a veteran U.S. envoy and former Obama adviser, called Barak “perhaps the leading advocate for military action against Iran”.

“He has had very close relationships with his U.S. counterparts, and while that has had an influence on his readiness to act militarily against Iran, he has been prepared for a unilateral Israeli strike if he thought that would be necessary,” Ross told Reuters.

“Whoever would replace him in the next government will be hard-pressed to have the same stature or influence both with the prime minister (Netanyahu) and with us,” he said.

Barak is both Israel’s most-decorated soldier and embraced abroad since his breakneck peacemaking campaigns during a brief tenure as prime minister in the mid-1990s. He has lent public credibility to Netanyahu’s veiled threats to attack Iran should diplomacy fail to curb its disputed uranium enrichment.

But after Netanyahu, in a September speech at the United Nations, said Israel’s “red line” on Iran now fell in mid-2013, Barak signalled that any war with the Persian power could wait.

Israeli officials say contingency plans for Iran have been in place for months, awaiting a green light from the government.

Such open discourse over a showdown that would stretch Israel’s military capabilities to the limit suggested a possible bluff – or at least, that Netanyahu and Barak, both former commandos schooled in subterfuge, hoped to achieve some kind of tactical surprise when the time came to pull the trigger.

Some might see a ruse in the show of retiring Barak who, on the eve of Israel’s shock 2008-2009 war in Gaza, made an unannounced live appearance on a top-rated Israeli television satire, seemingly to help drop the Palestinians’ guard.

With two months remaining until the election and several more weeks for the new coalition government to be formed, Barak said on Monday he would continue to deal with “many challenges” on the national security front, leaving open the possibility he would be part of fresh military actions in the interim.

Vice Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon of the Likud appears to be a front-runner to replace Barak after the election, should Netanyahu, as expected, form the next government.

He has sword-rattled about Iran more volubly than Barak and, while the defence minister spoke in favour of U.S. President Barack Obama before his reelection this month, Yaalon had accused the Democratic administration of being soft on Tehran.

Other candidates to succeed Barak, according to defence officials, include Avi Dichter, a former security chief who is now the Likud minister in charge of preparing the homefront for war, and Lieberman, currently foreign minister.

As the only centrist member of the governing coalition of right-wing and pro-settler parties, Barak has frequently visited Washington for talks with top U.S. officials and had criticised Netanyahu for airing differences with the United States.

In a statement, Netanyahu said he “respects Defence Minister Ehud Barak’s decision and thanks him for his cooperation in the government and highly appreciates his long-standing contribution to the security of the state”.

The Hamas movement ruling Gaza saw Barak’s decision to quit as proof that this month’s Israeli assault on the enclave was a disaster.

“This is evidence of the political and military failure that the government of Netanyahu and his defence minister suffered,” said Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum.

Israel has called its offensive a success, saying it destroyed most of Hamas’s long-range rocket arsenal and killed the Islamist group’s top militants.

(Additional reporting by Maayan Lubell and Ari Rabinovitch, Editing by Crispian Balmer and Tom Pfeiffer, Ralph Boulton)

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If Israel cannot even annexe Gaza (though also return other lands not theirs) to the effect of having what effectively is a second Palestine, few would believe that Israel is going to fight Iran which has not been attacking Israel outright. Gaza conversely keeps attacking Israel with rockets but still exists. If Iran attacks Israel with rockets, Israel would go full scale against Iran. What gives? Proof of capability should be by annexing Gaza with as little casualties as possible. THEN Iran would take notice and take Israel seriously. If Israel cannot handle 100s of times smaller Gaza after decades, Israel sure as hell cannot handle 10s of times larger Iran.

JERUSALEM-ON-THE-LINE – November 27, 2012

“Many are rising against me; many are saying of my soul, there is no salvation for him in God. But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory and the lifter of my head. I cried aloud to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy hill.” Ps 3:1-4

ISRAEL SUCCESSFULLY TESTS DAVID’S SLING’S INTERCEPTOR: Israel has successfully conducted its first test of the David’s Sling’s Stunner interceptor missile, the Defense Ministry revealed Sunday night. David’s Sling is a missile defense system currently under development in Israel and the US. The system would defend against Iranian missiles such as the M600, the Zelzal, Fajr and Fateh 110 deployed heavily in Hizbullah hands in Lebanon as well as other missiles with a range between 43 miles and 186 miles. It is to become operational in 2014. (J.Post) “You are my hiding place and my shield: I hope in your word.” Ps 119:114

SATELLITES SHOW IRAN MOVING QUICKLY TO REARM HAMAS: Israeli intelligence satellites have spied the loading of rockets and other materiel believed to be destined for the Gaza Strip. According to the Sunday Times report, Iran began preparing the weapons shipment around the same time Israel and Hamas negotiated cease-fire understandings late last week. The shipment is said to include Iranian-made Fajr-5 medium-range rockets, the same model that was fired into the Tel Aviv and Jerusalem areas during Operation Pillar of Defense. Last month, following an air attack on a weapons plant near Khartoum, the Defense Ministry’s director of policy and political-military affairs accused Sudan of acting as a transit point for weapons shipments to Gaza. Amos Gilad accused Khartoum of aiding and abetting terrorism, and said the Sudanese regime was “supported by Iran” and was used as a route to transfer weapons to Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip, via Egypt. Sudan accused Israel of attacking the military plant. The report also cited Israeli officials speculating that Iran could be moving longer-range ballistic missiles into Sudan, which could be aimed at Israel from the African country. Meanwhile, reports in Gaza said the Rafah smuggling tunnels, pummeled by the IAF over eight days, are already being rebuilt. (J.Post) “As a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool returns to his folly.” Prov 26:11

AHMADINEJAD CONGRATULATES HAMAS ON ITS ‘VICTORY’: Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Saturday congratulated Gaza’s Hamas chief, Ismail Haniyeh, on a “great victory” over Israel. Haniyeh in turn thanked Iran for its military aid and support. Haniyeh’s office said Ahmadinejad called late on Friday to praise Gaza’s “victory after eight days of Israeli aggression,” referring to Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense which targeted Hamas’ terror infrastructure in Gaza. “We stand beside the Palestinian people,” the Iranian president added. Parliament speaker Ali Larijani confirmed Iran had supplied military and financial aid to the Hamas terrorist group, which controls Gaza since taking power in a bloody coup in 2007. Iran’s Revolutionary Guards chief General Mohammad Ali Jafari added that Tehran had provided the technology for the Fajr 5 missiles used to target Tel Aviv. He said they were now being rapidly produced in Gaza. Iranian officials confirmed Iran will continue to support terrorist groups in Gaza and elsewhere that fight Israel. (INN) “He, that being often reproved hardens his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.” Prov 29:1

IDF CHIEF: DON’T WORRY, QUIET WILL LAST: IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz assured Israelis on Sunday there would be no more rocket fire from Gaza – “or else.” Speaking to new recruits Gantz recapped the recent Pillar of Defense counter terror operation in Gaza. He also described the ceasefire agreement that followed, pointedly assuring them the measures carried out a few days earlier would have a lasting effect. “The quiet will continue, and if not, we will resume our operations on whatever level is necessary,” Gantz said bluntly. In addition, Gantz addressed the apprehensions Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization may re-arm itself with newer rockets. The concern comes on the heels of an official confirmation by Iran that it has been exporting its missile technology, as well as “financial and military assistance” to terrorist groups in the region. The issue of Hamas attempting to increase its power is important, he said, but it is far from new. The IDF will continue to work towards disrupting the terrorist organization’s attempt to re-arm, Gantz said. (INN/Israel Today) Government and military decisions to agree to a premature ceasefire with the ruling Hamas terrorist organization in the Gaza Strip has severely shaken the confidence of Israel’s people in its leaders. As one Jerusalem news commentator pointed out: “There’s every possibility Hamas will recover and even enhance its military strength, and with the premature ceasefire having given the group a major boost of confidence, many Israelis are wondering what was the point of the limited aerial campaign their nation waged.” Pray for a truly deep and enduring shift to take place in the nation – one that will turn Jewish hearts to the only source of wisdom, help and deliverance that can be trusted – that of the God of Israel. “Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses.” Ps 107:6

MORE RIOTING ON GAZA BORDER: There was more rioting on Sunday by Arabs near the fence separating Gaza and Israel. Voice of Israel radio reported that young Arabs approached the security fence near Khan Younis in the early evening, and that IDF soldiers fired warning shots in the air, as well as rubber-coated bullets toward whoever came too near to the fence. Three of the rioters were reportedly injured in the clashes. One Arab was killed on Friday in a similar incident along the Gaza fence. (Arutz-7) Pray these prowling Palestinian gangs along Israel’s security fence will be broken up and permanently dispersed, without achieving any of their destructive aims against the Jewish state.

HIZBULLAH SAYS IT COULD STRIKE ALL OF ISRAEL IN A FUTURE WAR: Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah warned Sunday that thousands of rockets would rain down on Tel Aviv and cities across the Jewish state if it attacked Lebanon. Speaking four days after the ceasefire which ended a week of conflict between Israel and the Islamist Hamas rulers of Gaza, Nasrallah said Hizbullah’s response to any attack would dwarf the rocket fire launched from Palestinian territories. The Lebanese-based terrorist group, Hizbullah, which fought Israel in a 34-day war six years ago, says it has been re-arming since then and has a far deadlier arsenal than Hamas. Nasrallah has said Hizbullah could kill tens of thousands of people and strike anywhere inside Israel if hostilities break out again. The movement has warned any Israeli attack against the nuclear facilities of its patron Iran, which has armed and funded the Lebanese terrorist group as well as Hamas, would inflame the Middle East (Reuters) “The multitude of your foreign foes shall be like small dust, and the multitude of the ruthless like passing chaff.” Isa 29:5

EGYPT’S POLITICAL FOES DIG IN THEIR HEELS: Supporters and opponents of Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi, on Sunday grew more entrenched in their potentially destabilizing battle over the Islamist leader’s move to assume near absolute powers, with neither side appearing willing to back down as the stock market plunged amid the fresh turmoil. Clashes between the two sides spilled onto the streets for a third day since the Islamist president issued edicts that make him immune to oversight of any kind, including that of the courts. A teenager was killed and dozens of people were wounded when a group of anti-Morsi protesters tried to storm the local offices of the political arm of the president’s Muslim Brotherhood in the Nile Delta city of Damanhoor. It was the first reported death from the street battles that erupted across much of the nation on Friday, the day after Morsi’s decrees were announced. The tensions also dealt a fresh blow to the economy, which has suffered due to the problems plaguing the Arab world’s most populous nation both prior to and since Mubarak’s ouster. (AP)

SYRIAN WAR SPILLS OVER INTO ISRAEL TWICE IN ONE DAY: The civil war in Syria spilled over into the Golan Heights in two separate incidents on Sunday. Residents in a religious Zionist town less than a kilometer from the border, reported on Sunday evening they heard explosions nearby, perhaps a result of a mortar shell that had been fired from Syria. The IDF said no evidence of a mortar had yet been identified. In a second incident on Sunday night, an IDF vehicle was hit by bullets fired from Syrian territory into Israel during the fighting between the sides. There were no injuries or damage. The IDF changed the rules of engagement along the northern border after the fighting in Syria spilled over into Israel more than once. The new orders instruct soldiers to respond if fire from Syria is dangerous and persistent. More than 40,000 people have been killed in 20 months of conflict between Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces and those fighting for his overthrow. About half the fatalities were civilians. (INN/J.Post)

ABBAS WARNS UN BID IS LAST CHANCE FOR PEACE: Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas claimed Saturday the entity’s renewed bid for UN membership is the “last chance” for Arab peace with Israel. The PA is hoping to create an independent, sovereign state in Judea, Samaria, Gaza and parts of Jerusalem that were restored to the Jewish capital in the 1967 Six-Day War. Previous efforts to evade the necessity of final status talks with Israel through application for membership in the UN have been stymied by Western nation, led by the United States. As head of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), which represents the PA to the United Nations, Abbas plans to apply for status as a non-member state. Such a designation would create a de facto recognition of the PA as an independent, sovereign country. It would also successfully circumvent the final status negotiations with Israel mandated by the internationally-recognized 1993 Oslo Accords signed by both parties. The PA chairman said Saturday he would submit the PA request for the status on November 29. (Arutz-7) Pray against this deceptive, manipulative, and entirely illegal scheme on the part of the Palestinian Authority to achieve statehood, via the UN, while sidestepping negotiations with Israel.

Blessings from Jerusalem,

Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff

As international speakers and messengers of the Good News through music, Barry and Batya Segal are at the forefront of what God is doing in the present day nation of Israel. With strong ties in both the nations and Jerusalem, the Segals are weaving the deepest roots of our biblical heritage together with the fresh Spirit-filled worship of today to create their rich harmony of Scripture and song.

The Segals have a vast vision for God’s purposes in the nations and to the people of Israel. In fact, their longing to help rebuild Israel both spiritually and physically inspired them to pioneer the non-profit charity organization, Vision for Israel and The Joseph Storehouse. This arm of their ministry focuses on assisting the poor and needy, widows and orphans, and reaching out to the new Jewish immigrants coming into the land of Israel. Vision ‘s most challenging project to date is “The Joseph Storehouse®”, humanitarian aid center, located in the hills of Jerusalem. The Joseph Storehouse functions as a channel of blessing to all of Israel, Jewish and Arab, through the gathering and distribution of emergency medical supplies, food, clothing, and other basic life necessities. USA office contact info: Vision for Israel, PO Box 7743, Charlotte NC 28241, 866-351-0075. The Segal’s web site is

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. . . HIZBULLAH SAYS IT COULD STRIKE ALL OF ISRAEL IN A FUTURE WAR . . .

Hear that Israel? Annexe the Gazan bastards before doing anything else. Respond like so, ‘ . . . on the 7th day from the day Hizbullah threatened to attack Israel, Israel took back Gaza from the Muslets . . . ‘ Talmud 2.0 . . . Gaga? Gaza? NLP? Where’s that gat . . .

ARTICLE 11

Former boxer, 48, who ‘hammered nail through pig’s head’ in front yard and cut carcass into chops is convicted of cruelty – by Steve Robson – PUBLISHED: 12:00 GMT, 28 November 2012 | UPDATED: 12:10 GMT, 28 November 2012

A man who inhumanely slaughtered a pig in his front yard before butchering it has been convicted of animal cruelty charges.

A shocked RSPCA officer found former boxer Ricky Clarkson, 48, cutting up the animal on a table in the front yard of his house in May this year after being called to the property by a neighbour.

He initially said he had killed the pig by hammering a nail through its head before later changing his story and telling a court he had slit its throat.
Butchered: After catching Ricky Clarkson butchering the pig in his front yard, RSPCA officers found parcels of pork chops in his freezer when they returned with a warrant to search his property

Butchered: After catching Ricky Clarkson butchering the pig in his front yard, RSPCA officers found parcels of pork chops in his freezer when they returned with a warrant to search his property

When RSPCA officers returned 10 days later with a search warrant, they found parcels of pig meat stored in a freezer, the remnants of a carcass in a recycling bin and several knives in a shed.

Mr Clarkson, of Bradmore Way, Coulsdon, south London, then denied having killed the pig with a nail and said he had ‘slit its throat, Halal-style’, Bromley Magistrates Court heard.

He said he was unaware of laws stipulating that pigs should be shot with a stun gun prior to being killed.

Andrew Wiles, prosecuting, said: ‘You are allowed to home-slaughter if you follow the regulations. You did not do that. You are coming up with your story today now you know what those regulations are.’

Cruelty: Officers found several knives in Mr Clarkson’s shed when they returned to search the property

Mr Clarkson, defending himself, said he had used a captive bolt gun to stun the pig before killing it but had lied to officers because he feared prosecution for possessing the gun.

He said: ‘I kill animals law-abidingly and honestly.’

He said he planned to eat the pig and had also shot kangaroos in the past.
Saved from the chop: The RSCPA rescued this pig from Mr Clarkson’s house after he was banned from keeping in animals for a year

Saved from the chop: The RSCPA rescued this pig from Mr Clarkson’s house after he was banned from keeping animals for a year

He denied causing unnecessary suffering to an animal by killing it in an inhumane manner, failing to prevent suffering to an animal that was his responsibility and killing a pig without prior stunning.

But magistrates found him guilty of all three charges and banned him from owning pigs, sheep or chickens for a year.

He was also fined £150 and ordered to pay £1,000 costs.

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Change the law for ownership of bolt guns. Every meat eating person should learn how to slaughter their own food. There is if course the option to wait for natural death of the food animal, but the costs would rise tremendously, though spiritually this would be as as good as vegetarianism (died of natural causes) if the animal had lived in generally pleasant (non-battery-like surroundings). BTW, the chicken meat eater does more harm than a dog meat eater simply by virtue of the living conditions of the animal before slaughter! Dogs probably were wandering freely as opposed to battery chickens!

This is a disgrace!! …..how can someone be convicted for making yummy chops? …..the RSPCA should be shut down!

– Rich T , London, 28/11/2012 14:02

Haha at the ‘Halal-style’ slaughter. It’s a pig for goodness sake, anything but halal! – SarahIslam , Blackburn, 28/11/2012 12:29 ===== Yes, Sarah, we all know that pigs are haran – but other animals are killed halal-style or, indeed, kosher-style. The method of killing is still the same.

– Guto Nythbran 44 , Roving, 28/11/2012 13:43

ARTICLE 12

Warning issued on illegal tomb, grave building
(Xinhua)
16:36, November 20, 2012

An official from the Ministry of Civil Affairs warned on Monday that it might take compulsory measures to ensure the dead were buried in accordance with regulations, following ongoing incidence of illegally-built tombs and graves.

The Regulation of Funeral Management, was issued by the State Council on Nov 16, stipulating that tombs and cemeteries should not be built on arable farmland, in forests, or at scenic spots.

He Qingxun, director of the funeral management section of the Ministry of Civil Affairs, said in an interview with xinhuanet.com that the civil affairs authorities could apply to the courts to take compulsory measures if tombs were illegally built.

Law of Land Management rules stipulate that those who build tombs on arable farmland can be punished.

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Single tombs OR family cemeteries could be built on PRIVATELY OWNED AND FREEHOLD arable farmland (private residential properties also should be allowed, provided the graves do not occupy more than 50% of the land area, for arable farmland, no more than 25%). As for public forests, or at public scenic spots the prohibition is reasonable. This SAVES citizen funds which could circulate in the economy than being given to already wealthy cemetary running company people, and helps in preventing extreme sequestration of wealth by any licensed cemetaries especially those which only lease cemetaries which need to be paid for with very high premiums after a period of several decades.

See Article 18 Response for some issues :
https://malaysiandemocracy.wordpress.com/2012/08/18/16-articles-from-around-the-world-cnn-demogogues-against-rlds-rlds-in-malaysia-for-civilisation-and-alpha-jocks-badly-needed-tsa-solution-still-unmet-by-neglectfulselfish-time-for-the-entertai/

Trump Wants To Be Buried On Golf Course – Tuesday, November 20, 2012 3:55 am

When it comes to Donald Trump, everything is exaggerated.

So it should come as no surprise that Trump wants to build a luxurious, three-acre cemetery on one of his golf courses for himself, his family and members of his country club.

Still, it’s somewhat jarring to read about Trump’s ambitious plans.

The Bedminster Township Committee will consider Trump’s application to construct two lots of cemeteries at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. One lot will be .28 acres and have 82 cemetery plots, while the other will be 2.65 acres and have 942 plots. The cemeteries are intended for the Trump family as well as lifetime members of the country club. According to NJ.com, membership fees for the club can be as much as $300,000.

And if you think that is over-the-top, this is actually a scaled-down version of what Trump originally wanted. In 2007 he applied for a family mausoleum to be built alongside the course’s first hole. According to NJ.com, the plans called for a 19-foot tall stone structure with four obelisks surrounding its exteriors and a small altar with six vaults inside. Local officials nixed that plan, calling it “gaudy and out of step with the town’s rural character.”

Trump also owns golf courses in Puerto Rico and Scotland, but the course in Bedminster is perhaps the most luxurious.

“I wanted to build this course to the absolute highest standards in golf,” Trump said in May. “If the choice is ever made to [hold the U.S. Open here], I know it would do fantastically well. If that should happen, it would be a great honor.”

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Unlike the high density acloves in Columbariums, 3 Acres should be more than enough for after Trump passes on for a comfy haunting space.

ARTICLE 13

I want to be a porn star – November 26, 2012

NOV 26 — At least, that’s what seems to be on some people’s minds.

Internet porn is so prevalent that they are creating .xxx domains for porn sites. All the .com domain of porn sites will move to the new .xxx domain — which just goes to show how large this industry has become.

At the time of writing, the controversial news of the blog entitled “Sumptious Erotica” is no longer in the headlines but people still talk about it.

By now, everybody knows that the couple — one was an Asean scholar (but since his blog made the news, his scholarship has been revoked) studying at the National University of Singapore while the other is his girlfriend — posted pictures and videos of their sexual exploits on their blog.

Just because anyone can post online, this couple decided to post sexually explicit content on their blog site. Although Alvin Tan has since apologised to NUS for bringing disrepute to the university, we can see how the Internet exposes us to pornographic materials.

According to the DailyTech website, one-third of the Internet is filled with pornographic material. Meanwhile, TheWeek.com reports there are 28,000 Internet users viewing porn every second, and that there are 1,536 websites that distribute child pornography (according to Internet Watch Foundation), and one in seven youths reports being solicited for sex online and 43 per cent of Internet users view pornographic materials online.

While porn used to be associated with dark, dingy establishments that only sleazy men seem to enter, today any Tom, Dick and Harry can have access to pornographic material online.

The Forrester Research published a report on the online adult content industry and pegged it at US$75 million (RM232 million) to US$1 billion. That’s the equivalent to some Third World countries’ GDP and that research is outdated. No one has tried to estimate the value of the online porn industry as it has become difficult to track buying habits of porn fans.

But what does this mean to young adults?

Youths increasingly think sex is nothing and have no qualms displaying their bedroom antics in public. After all, Alvin boasted he was getting offers to star in porn movies.

Pray tell, what hot-blooded young man wouldn’t want his day job to require him having sex all day — and getting paid for it? Okay, some men actually dream of changing the world but that’s another story.

And what about young women?

Porn actress Sasha Grey said on “The Tyra Banks Show” that her porn films are “sex positive” and encouraged women to explore their sexuality. The question running through my head is this: if an Asean scholar can be proud of being offered a part in porn movies, what hope do mere mortals have?

* The views expressed here are the personal opinion of the columnist.

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. . . offered a part in porn movies, what hope do mere mortals have? . . .

This has nothing to do with ASEAN scholars who tend to be apparatchik linked bureaucrats’ children and cronies of government colluding suppliers and contractors who do not need to compete with the non-scholars even in this area. Any uneducated person with the looks and sexuality will be no mere mortal. At least the beautiful people of the world have an additional option barring ‘ugliness/freaky’ porn which also enables a better life from sheer volume.

ARTICLE 14

Female porn stars have higher self-esteem and better quality of life than other women, according to new study – by Lucy Waterlow – PUBLISHED: 16:34 GMT, 26 November 2012 | UPDATED: 16:38 GMT, 26 November 2012

Positive outlook: Adult film stars like Jenna Jameson, pictured, were found to have a better quality of life in a recent study

A study published this week has debunked the stereotypical portrayal of porn actresses as ‘damaged goods’ who enter the adult entertainment industry because they suffer from low esteem or have been victims of childhood sexual abuse.

The report in the Journal of Sex Research found that porn stars are not more likely to have psychological problems than other women.

In fact, they discovered those in the sex entertainment industry had a more positive outlook on life with higher self-confidence and more flattering views on their body image.

‘In terms of psychological characteristics, porn actresses had higher levels of self-esteem, positive feelings, social support, sexual satisfaction and spirituality compared to the matched group,’ the report summarises.

Researchers at Pennsylvania’s Shippensburg University, Texas Woman’s University and the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation said they found no evidence to support the ‘damaged goods hypothesis’ that all porn actresses have come from backgrounds of sexual abuse.

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‘Some descriptions of actresses in pornography have included attributes such as drug addiction, homelessness, poverty, desperation and being victims of sexual abuse.

‘Some have made extreme assertions, such as claiming that all women in pornography were sexually abused as children,’ the report states.

But ‘there were no differences in incidence of childhood sexual abuse’ between the porn actresses questioned and the cross section of ‘average’ women, according to their findings.
High self-esteem: Porn actresses had more self-confidence and were happy with their body image compared to the other women questioned (posed by model)

The report, entitled Pornography Actresses: An Assessment of the Damaged Goods Hypothesis, adds these stereotypes have been embraced by anti-porn campaigners even though they found no evidence to support the view that porn actresses are less psychologically stable then other women.

‘Stereotypes of those involved in adult entertainment have been used to support or condemn the industry and to justify political views on pornography, although the actual characteristics of actresses are unknown because no study on this group of women has been conducted,’ the report explains.

‘In terms of psychological characteristics, porn actresses had higher levels of self-esteem, positive feelings, social support, sexual satisfaction and spirituality’

For the study, the researchers compared 177 adult entertainment actresses aged from 18 to 50 with women of the same age, ethnicity and marital status who are not in the porn industry.

The average time the women questioned had spent working in the sex entertainment industry was three-and-a-half years with all of them being paid to work on at least one X-rated movie.

More than one-third were either married or in a serious relationship, while 44 per cent were single.

The study compared their sexual behaviour and attitutes, self-esteem, quality of life and drug use with the ‘average’ women.

The adult entertainers were found to have higher self-esteem with more positive views on their body image.
Protesters: The researchers said they didn’t find evidence to support anti-porn campaigners views that women in the industry are more likely to have a background of childhood sexual abuse

Protesters: The researchers said they didn’t find evidence to support anti-porn campaigners views that women in the industry are more likely to have a background of childhood sexual abuse

They also had greater levels of spirituality and were rated as having a better quality of life because they slept better and had more energy.

Almost 70 per cent said they had a fulfilling sex life compared to 33 per cent of the other women.

In terms of their sexual history, the report found that the porn actresses had more sexual partners, were more likely to be bisexual and had become sexually active at a younger age – the average being 15 years compared to 17 for the non-porn industry workers.

While the report challenged the stereotype of porn actresses as drug addicts, drug use was found to be more prevalent among the entertainers. They were more likely to have tried ten different types of drugs compared to the control group.

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Do differentiate between non-GMO ORGANIC drugs which most of humanity used before the industrial era and SYNTHETIC DRUGS which do not break down naturally.

ARTICLE 15

Bare necessities – By Raymond Zhou ( China Daily) – – Updated: 2012-11-27 17:22

A group of naturists admire the view from a hilltop on the outskirts of Beijing. Photos provided to China Daily

China’s naturists often fantasize about baring it all in the sun and the wind, but secluded and safe places are hard to find and public acceptance is equally lacking. Raymond Zhou takes a closer look at the bare facts.

Autumn offers the best weather for Beijing. In 2009, a group of six people took advantage of the golden autumn days and drove 120 kilometers to a far suburb of the capital city in search of a place where they cannot be seen.

They were naturists, who go with the intention of strolling about in their birthday suits in the embrace of Mother Nature.

One of them had discovered a mountain in Huairou, to the northeast of central Beijing. There were no tourists, and they picked a trail with no traces of other humans. After climbing up for half an hour, they came to a giant flat rock. It seemed ideal for sunbathing au naturel.

Before they could totally relax, however, they were visited by a large swarm of wasps. The insects seemed especially attracted to the two female members of the group. While fending off the winged invaders, the naturists found to their dismay that they themselves had trespassed. There were two hornets’ nests beneath the rock.

As they left the place and trekked deeper into the mountain, they stumbled onto more wildlife — a swarm of butterflies and a lone snake. Finally, they settled on a spot under a chestnut tree. Using twigs as a temporary fence so that insects would climb up rather than sneak in, the group put towels on the trodden grass and started taking off their clothes.

The best thing about this spot was, they could see people coming up, but not vice versa. The worst thing: It was too cramped for comfort.

This episode is typical of the dilemma faced by China’s growing numbers of naturists.

Bare necessities

In a country with more than 1.3 billion people, it is not easy to find a public space that is naturally secluded. Wherever you go, you are likely to run into someone who is not ready to accept social nudity, or worse, who is prone to interpret such acts as hooliganism, a vague term in China that may encompass anything from sexual harassment to graffiti.

According to Fang Gang, an expert on sex and gender issues, it is impossible to estimate the number of naturists in China, but he speculates the potential is massive.

For Chinese naturists, finding a public space that is naturally secluded is always a challenge. Photo provided to China Daily

“Anyone who went skinny-dipping while on an overseas excursion is basically a naturist,” he says. Likewise, nobody knows how many naturist groups China has because none has been officially registered.

In online forums, there are many groups with a proclaimed interest in naturism. But Fang explains that most of them only talk about it. Nothing will come out of it, he says.

A few would organize meetings, not the clothing optional type, but fully dressed, for more talks about the possibility of arranging something. Out of those, a very small fraction may truly do something like the autumn getaway described above.

Fang Gang, whose recent book on naturism is the first in the country to tackle the phenomenon, argues that existing Chinese laws do not make this kind of public nudity illegal.

The most frequently cited law says: Anyone who molests others or intentionally exposes oneself in a public place and causes bad consequences will be subject to detention of more than five days but less than 10 days.

Fang interprets it as a law which targets exhibitionists who expose their private parts to harass another person.

“Naturists care only about their own state of dressing and do not intend to target any outsiders. They do not have an object for violation,” he says.

As a matter of fact, China’s naturists go out of their way to avoid what they call the “textile public”. That is why it is so troublesome for them to find a natural enclave where they can rest or play sports stark naked.

Usually when a naturist bumps into a non-naturist in the wilderness, he will cover himself with his backpack and let the other person pass. The clothed person, who might be startled, ideally understands what’s been encountered and moves on.

It only becomes a problem when the police or media get alerted, says Fang. The cops may come and drive away the naturists if it is a regular hangout; or the media may report on it, eliciting derision and outcries from the public.

“Anyone who went skinny-dipping while on an overseas excursion is basically a naturist,” he says. Likewise, nobody knows how many naturist groups China has because none has been officially registered.

In online forums, there are many groups with a proclaimed interest in naturism. But Fang explains that most of them only talk about it. Nothing will come out of it, he says.

A few would organize meetings, not the clothing optional type, but fully dressed, for more talks about the possibility of arranging something. Out of those, a very small fraction may truly do something like the autumn getaway described above.

Fang Gang, whose recent book on naturism is the first in the country to tackle the phenomenon, argues that existing Chinese laws do not make this kind of public nudity illegal.

The most frequently cited law says: Anyone who molests others or intentionally exposes oneself in a public place and causes bad consequences will be subject to detention of more than five days but less than 10 days.

Fang interprets it as a law which targets exhibitionists who expose their private parts to harass another person.

“Naturists care only about their own state of dressing and do not intend to target any outsiders. They do not have an object for violation,” he says.

As a matter of fact, China’s naturists go out of their way to avoid what they call the “textile public”. That is why it is so troublesome for them to find a natural enclave where they can rest or play sports stark naked.

Usually when a naturist bumps into a non-naturist in the wilderness, he will cover himself with his backpack and let the other person pass. The clothed person, who might be startled, ideally understands what’s been encountered and moves on.

It only becomes a problem when the police or media get alerted, says Fang. The cops may come and drive away the naturists if it is a regular hangout; or the media may report on it, eliciting derision and outcries from the public.

“But after the police and the media are gone, the naturists will come back. Local authorities turn a blind eye,” he says. “The nude beach in Sanya was shut down in 2008 when it made headlines, but there’s a lot of clothing-free activities there now.”

He also visited the famous nudist park on Harbin’s Sun Island. It turned out to be a very isolated patch inside the mammoth park that takes great effort to locate.

Fang says, to his knowledge, no one in China has ever been punished for naturist activities.

“The most the police would do is to banish a naturist from a public premise.”

There have been several reported incidents involving artists, who use streaking or other forms of nudism for artistic creation, but these were officially banned. The online public tends to label them “strange”, “crazy” or “perverse”.

The biggest misconception about naturism, insists Fang Gang, who has written some 50 books on sexology, is sex.

While the public predominantly sees naturism as a precursor to sex, naturists contend that pure naturism is anything but sex.

Fang Gang argues that nude is a natural state. Except for the most physically attractive among us, he says, clothing enhances sexual appeal while total nudity would do the opposite.

Those who want to use social nudism for sexcapades are in for a rude awakening.

A Beijing naturist with the nickname Piggy has participated in a few clothing-optional outings. He says the kind of group atmosphere is not inductive to sexual fantasy.

“Everyone knows where the line is, and nobody wants to cross it. People may tell a few dirty jokes, but that’s not different from a regular group trip.”

However, in online bulletin boards, one of the most frequent questions that pop up is about sexual arousal: “What if I have an erection in front of others, especially females?”

Naturists interviewed for Fang’s book claim this is extremely rare. Most have never encountered it. For those few who have witnessed it, they say it’s usually handled by temporarily covering oneself with a towel.

“It quickly goes away,” they add.

Naturist forums strictly ban the posting of photos of a sexual nature. In a nudist colony, one is not supposed to leer at another person or say anything provocative.

No sexual activities are allowed in public, not even between couples. Some groups even prohibit dancing or alcohol drinking for fear that they may lead to fondling.

Many approach naturist groups with sexual curiosity. For example, many men would inquire about female members in a group. They would back away once they find out no female has signed up for a group gathering.

On the other hand, the appearance of a pretty young woman would invariably attract a lot of attention.

A 24-year-old Beijing woman named Xiu-xiu went to a group spa, her first nudist event, and disrobed while eating. Some men noticed this and joked that she was “burning with sexual desire”.

“Nothing is pure,” she says afterwards. “It is human nature. But why can men walk around bare-chested and women cannot?”

Among those who lean toward nudism but balk at taking it all off are people uncomfortable with their own bodies. “I’d do it if I’m physically fit,” some would say.

In a larger picture, Chinese society, unlike the ancient Greeks, does not celebrate the human body. While some can accept the aesthetic beauty of the supermodel type in artistically tasteful arrangements, most tend to treat a regular nude as an ugly sight, something to be covered up.

There is essentially no tradition in China of enjoying the nude for what it is — other than a sexual object.

There are occasions where public nudity is accepted, such as in public bathhouse where people of the same gender shower or bathe together without any awkwardness. But with widespread indoor plumbing and private bathrooms, this, too, is dying out.

“Most people believe nudism has to be associated with sex,” says Fang Gang. “Deep down, we still adopt an attitude of mystery and sexual objectification toward nudism. And beyond that, we tend to paint sex in a negative light.”

Li Yinhe, another renowned sexologist, says that Chinese culture has always been conservative toward nudity with the possible exception of the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907) with its sexually suggestive fashion and dance moves.

“Whether you regard the human body as beautiful or ugly, it should not be used as a moral guide for nudism.

The bottom line is whether such an activity infringes on others. If nudism does not hurt others, it is not immoral.

Even if 99 percent of the population may not like it, they should still respect the choice of the 1 percent,” Li says.

Meanwhile, many Chinese naturists admit they are made to “feel like thieves”, either in private homes or stripping just long enough in nature to take a photo or two.

All they want, says Fang Gang, is a natural environment that is relatively private, maybe an uninhabited island.

Contact the writer at raymondzhou@chindadaily.com.cn.

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Ok, USA seriously needs to keep up with the Chinese Human Rights Joneses now. The ‘Nudist Challenge’ simply is to zone spaces (probably natural settings, but even urban settings could work if the preference is there) in appropriate size to the registered communities. The ‘Morally Affluent’ in USA have been terming nudists as ‘Human Form of Vermin’ long enough. Time for ‘Barry Stark’ to take over appropriate districts in all state capitals if ‘Iron Man Suits’ are to have any chance of besting China based on per capita number of nudists, so pay attention boffins, heres your fine example of ‘Chaos Physics’ . . .

ARTICLE 16

Powerball jackpot dreams: Buy a house, help others – by Allison Linn, TODAY

Yes, we all know that we’re more likely to be struck by lightning or attacked by a shark than to win one of the lottery’s biggest jackpots.

But the bad odds didn’t stop readers this week from dreaming about what they would do if they had been the biggest winners of the $580 million Powerball drawing on Wednesday night.

A post this week on how you could amend your holiday shopping list if you raked in the big jackpot got readers talking about how they could improve their lives – and the lives of others –  with hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Of the nearly 20,000 people who took our survey, more than half said their No.1 goal would be to buy a really nice house.

“A new home for my parents to move in with me in their old age then remodel my old home and donate it to homeless veterans,” one reader wrote.

Many readers said their first impulse would be to help others, in addition to themselves.

“I’d make sure every kid in my county had a good meal, decent clothes, supplies, and something fun–just for starters,” one reader wrote.

Others said they’d like to give back to organizations that have helped them in the past.

“My gift would be to donate a majority to Children’s Hospital -Wisconsin. They saved my kid’s life and I will never be able to repay them,” one grateful reader wrote.

Many readers had modest dreams, involving the things and people they loved.

“Nothing too fancy. I would like my ’66 Chevy truck fully restored, a decent house with a shop, and then a historic tour through Europe,” one reader wrote.

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Try this one. Set up a string of banks in USA’s largest cities based on the next article’s response (ARTICLE 17). Prestigious and helpful to set up, and also a much needed and long overdue slap in the face of the greed minded extremist-Capitalists. USA is not about Capitalism and enriching CEOs. USA is about freedom.

ARTICLE 17

Sen. Sanders: Wall Street CEOs are the ‘Faces of Class Warfare’ – Common Dreams staff – Published on Friday, November 30, 2012 by Common Dreams

Incredulous that Wall Street investment bankers and billionaire CEOs have descended on Washington in the midst of ongoing budget talks to tell Americans that they should “lower their expectations” when it comes to the security of their retirement and future health care, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders took to the Senate floor Thursday to call out the audacity of corporate-minded millionaires and billionaires, calling them the new “face of class warfare” in the United States.

“I find it literally beyond comprehension, that we have folks from Wall Street who received huge bailouts from the people of our country—from working families in this country—because of the greed and recklessness and illegal behavior, which Wall Street did to drive us into this recession, and now these very same people are coming here to Congress to lecture us and the American people about how we have to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid while they enjoy huge salaries and retirement benefits.”

Sanders specifically called out CEO of Goldman Sachs, Lloyd Blankfein, who has recently been making both the media rounds and consulting with lawmakers regarding the ongoing tax and budget debate in Washington during the current lame duck session. Blankfein, one of the highest paid executives on Wall Street and worth hundred of millions personally, made the comments about ‘lowered expectations’ in a recent evening news interview with CBS and said that average Americans should understand that the US simply can’t “afford” to maintain programs like Social Security and Medicare.

The facts of such sentiments, as many economists repeatedly point out, are false, but Sanders said that Blankfein delivered the familiar rightwing trope “with all the sympathy for someone struggling to get by on $14,000-a-year retirement that you’d expect from a Wall Street banker paid $16 million last year.”(Background image via New York Magazine)

Blankfein is also a member of the CEO cabal that has come together under the banner ‘Fix The Debt’ to protect the historically low tax rates of the nation’s wealthy elite while simultaneously calling for the slashing of social programs. As the Huffington Post reports:

CEOs including Blankfein have been warning that the fiscal cliff could hurt business investment, hiring and the economy as a whole, and they have been calling for cuts to the social safety net to avert it. Dozens of major CEOs, including Blankfein, are members of the CEO council of the campaign Fix the Debt, which calls for cuts to Medicare and Medicaid and vague Social Security reform to address the deficit. More than 80 CEOs, including Blankfein, also signed a recent letter calling for deficit reduction.

But as a recent report from the Institute for Policy Studies aimed to show, the ‘Fix the Debt’ campaign, which has raised $60 million to lobby for a debt deal that “would reduce corporate taxes and shift costs onto the poor and elderly,” is really just a Trojan horse designed to use an invented debt crisis to achieve long-held agenda goals.

“Think about the arrogance of these guys on Wall Street who were bailed out by the middle class of this country when their greed and recklessness nearly destroyed the financial system and now they come to Capitol Hill to lecture Congress and the American people about the need to cut programs for working families.” — Sen. Bernie Sanders

The CEOs involved in the group, including Blankfein, are trying to “pass themselves off as noble leaders who are willing to compromise in order the save America from financial ruin,” explain co-authors of the report Scott Klinger and Sarah Anderson. But the reality is that these CEOs are “leveraging the ‘Fiscal Cliff'” in order to push age old attempts to avoid paying taxes at the expense of those in need, they say.

And, as Ezra Klein points out in a recent Bloomberg op-ed, the US has an ‘austerity crisis’ not a ‘debt crisis’. Klein argues that employing the much-used term “fiscal cliff” mistates the nature of the financial and policy realities. Worse, he says, the term “provides no hint of how to solve it.”

He says, “I prefer the term ‘austerity crisis,’ which at least describes the real issue — too much austerity, imposed too quickly.”

Called by its true name or not, the CEOs behind ‘Fix the Debt’—with Lloyd Blankfein and Honeywell’s David Cote leading the charge— are using the generated panic around the talks as a way to impose their own interests and have proven unafraid to speak boldly and use their fast resources to make their case.

However, what Klinger and Anderson call ‘leverage’, Sanders simply called arrogance Thursday.

“Think about the arrogance of these guys on Wall Street who were bailed out by the middle class of this country when their greed and recklessness nearly destroyed the financial system and now they come to Capitol Hill to lecture Congress and the American people about the need to cut programs for working families,” he said

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Banks take your money and return you 1-3% in FLAT interest in most areas of the world. But what most people fail to connect is that the bank takes the money you deposit and lends THE SAME MONEY to a loan taker at up to 20% COMPOUND interest. This means banks get a 10 times the premium on what you get in interest ON YOUR MONEY. So 99%ters please do yourself a favour and either :

– NOT deposit your cash in the bank
– store in actual gold which does not drop in value – any respectable country should have that facility for state protected gold sales
– do not buy from banks PASS BOOK Gold ‘ON REPUTATION’, the government has colluded even while selling actual gold in many cases (in most cases and the bank will act as if they can deliver the actual gold which they do not have)
– OR set up a people’s cooperative bank in your local community

A people’s cooperative bank in your local community that REWARDS the depositors with at very least 50% of what the bank makes YEARLY in redistributed interest from loan profits (no loans given out means no profits btw) AND NOT give massive bonuses to CEOs or Exec staff more than 1% of the bank’s profits instead. (That same money could have been given as high INTEREST RATES for all depositors but instead the idiot 1% CEO gets the payout)

While a cooperative’s poorer paying bank (this is a bank for degree holders with a conscience) might not attract ‘brand name’ CEOs, financially the DEPOSITORS get the better deal and the bank will not be BILLIONS in debt while propped up by the state. Any private bank may set up any rules or rates, and the first rule should be that the any GOOD/HONEST BANK should apply/ackhnowledgge before setting rates is that THE DEPOSITOR’S CAPITAL IS THE BASIS OF THE BANK’S ABILITY TO LEND.

The base required capital for a bank to be set up is generally a few million, nothing a bunch of 401K citizens could set up in several man band (rebels of the banking system no less much like the difference between punk bands out of a back of a van as opposed to 950 sterling seat ticket concerts), though the cooperative must be fully prepared for saboteurs taking loans and all other dirty tricks INCLUDING government collusion in preventing setting up of the bank to protect collusive interests between term limitless bureaucrats and term limitless politicians. Finally public listing means a bank is a gambling machine with overinflated value that can disappear as fast as stockholders run and is liable to sabotage. A stock listed bank is far more dangerous than a non-stock listed bank due to false flag acquisitions and ‘majority stockholders’ (who doubtless will use the red ocean mindset on the bank’s assets), though the branch issue could be a problem unless similarly structures cooperatives begin cooperating worldwide.

Vermont – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia : en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vermont
Vermont is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. Vermont is the 6th least extensive and the 2nd least populous of the 50 United States of America … (low density  means a good life that allowed the people living there to retain high ideals, as for lest extensive that might foster community awareness . . . the environment colours the citizens, and as opposed to NTDBF (no prizes for the acronym) Singapore, – in Penang, guess what colours this writer learnt . . . but greener pastures await if Lynas doesn’t destroy one of the last rainforest reserves in the world first from the city out . . .)

ARTICLE 18

KPJ Healthcare acquires stake in Thailand hospital – November 29, 2012

JOHOR BAHARU, Nov 29 – KPJ Healthcare Bhd, a member of Johor Corporation (JCorp) Group, continues its aggressive expansion in the regional healthcare market by acquiring a substantial stake in a Thailand hospital.

Its Chairman Kamaruzzaman Abu Kassim said KPJ forked out RM63 million to buy 23 per cent of multi specialty private healthcare provider, Vejthani Hospital, in Bangkok.

The 500-bed hospital is famous for its specialty in orthopaedic treatment.

“The stake acquisition in a Thailand Hospital will expand KPJ’s reach within Asean’s healthcare market. The potential profit contribution from Vejthani Hospital is expected to enhance KPJ Group’s earnings in the future,” said Kamaruzzaman, who is also JCorp President and Chief Executive, to reporters after attending KPJ’s extraordinary general meeting.

He said the stake acquisition would be fulfilled via internal-generated funds but the transaction was expected to increase the company’s gearing by about six per cent by the second quarter of next year.

KPJ bought the stake from a private equity fund.

According to Vejthani Hospital’s website, it handled about 300,000 patients annually, with its share of international patients coming from 40 different countries worldwide.

He said efforts to grow KPJ’s medical tourism segment was continuing, with the company targeting to raise the revenue contribution from the segment to as high as 25 per cent by 2020.

“Today, KPJ’s health tourism patients are mainly from Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Somalia, Singapore, India and the Middle East,” he said.

Besides Malaysia where it owned 22 private specialist hospitals, KPJ also has a presence in Indonesia with two hospitals in Jakarta and a retirement and aged care resort called Jeta Gardens in Brisbane, Australia.

Meanwhile, Managing Director Datin Paduka Siti Sa’diah Sheikh Bakir, who was also present at the media conference, said apart from local parties, KPJ also received enquiries from foreign parties wanting the company to have a presence in their countries.

Today’s EGM was held to discuss three resolutions – proposed acquisition of 80 per cent equity interest in PT Khidmat Perawatan Jasa Medika (PT KPJ Medika) by Kumpulan Perubatan (Johor) Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of KPJ from JCorp.

The acquisition’s total cost was RM15.8 million, said Kamaruzzaman.

The second resolution was on the proposed disposal of two pieces of land in Johor Baharu by KPJ’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Puteri Specialist Hospital (Johor) Sdn Bhd, to Al-’Aqar Healthcare REIT for a total cash consideration of RM3.6 million.

The last resolution in today’s EGM was on the proposed acquisition of a parcel of vacant commercial land in Mukim Tebrau, Johor Baharu, by Renalcare Perubatan (M) Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned unit of KPJ from Johor Land Bhd for RM45 million.

The purchase of the land in Bandar Dato Onn was to enable KPJ to build a 150-bed private hospital, costing RM100 million, by early next year and be completed by 2015.

KPJ’s Bandar Dato Onn Hospital was one of the six hospitals the company planned to build throughout the country, which was under the ambit of the government’s Entry Point Projects (EPP). – Bernama

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Guess those white (or any well informed) VIPs won’t want to go to Thailand anymore. Knowing what some Muslets are like, every VIP who steps into that Thai hospital (or any hospital with strong funding from certain regions) will have their brains scanned and their souls converted to Islam (not very effective but mostly mind control form – that is why there are suicide bombers only in Islam IMHO . . . 3rd world types brainwashed into violent natures and terrorism . . . ). We can imagine the form this will take, the committee will give face by allowing in Muslim medical personnel and well, we all know where that goes from here don’t we? Subverted citizens haplessly unaware of Muslet involvement in medical industry in Thailand. Guesss India or even China will take over or medical tourism here on. Poor Thailand, not very careful and this could be LGBT hate inspired in a very chilling manner, with inhumane intent! One thing we have learn from living in a Muslim country (look into the soul of this one specifically to know the dangers of a Muslet riddled medical institution), much less medical tourism or something scarier in the article below . . .

ARTICLE 19

Novel Beta Coronavirus Mecca Linkage Raises Concerns – Recombinomics Commentary 20:00 – November 28, 2012

He was a previously well 49 year-old man who developed a mild undiagnosed respiratory illness while visiting Saudi Arabia during August 2012, which fully resolved. He subsequently presented to a physician in Qatar on 3 September, with cough, myalgia and arthralgia, and was prescribed oral antibiotics. Five days later, he was admitted to a Qatari hospital with fever (38.4 °C) and hypoxia, with oxygen saturation of 91% on room air. A chest X-ray showed bilateral lower zone consolidation. He was treated with ceftriaxone, azithromycin and oseltamivir. After 48 hours, he required intubation and ventilation and was transferred by air ambulance to London. During transfer, he was clinically unstable, requiring manual ventilation.

Mounts says when the first two infections with this virus were spotted, in June and then September, both men had been in Mecca, Saudia Arabia, before they got sick. As such the chance existed that the source of infection — which is currently unknown — was only found there.

But the newest infections show that isn’t possible. Some of the Saudi cases had not been to Mecca before they got sick. They live in and fell ill in Riyadh, the capital. And the most recent case from Qatar lives in Doha and had not recently travelled outside the country.

The above comments raise questions about a Mecca source for the novel betacornavirus reported in the past few months.  The first set of comments (in red) is from a Eurosuveillance report on the first confirmed case (49M) from Qatar.  Although the patient developed a severe illness more than 10 days after returning from a visit to Saudi Arabia, a mild respiratory illness developed while in Saudi Arabia, raising concerns that the coronavirus isolated after transfer to London caused the mild disease in Saudi Arabia and then caused the more severe symptoms when the patient relapsed.

The second set of comments (in blue) cite a WHO technical representative, who notes that both of the initial confirmed cases had traveled to Mecca prior to symptoms, raising concerns that these initial cases were linked to infections in Mecca that were linked to preparations for the Hajj which includes visits to Mecca and Medina by pilgrims who journey to Saudi Arabia from many countries outside of the Middle East including Indonesia, Pakistan, and India.  The brother of the surviving case 49F indicated his brother went to Mecca for Umrah week.

This linkage of the Qatar case to the Hajj may have precipitated the curious comments in an October 22 ProMed report by Dr Ziad Memish who is the Deputy Minister of Public Health for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) as well as Director for WHO Collaborating Center for Mass Gatherings.  Memish was concerned that ProMED was reporting notifiable diseases outside of normal channels and noted that there was more of a story to tell.  Although KSA reported the two cases above, the reports on subsequent cases lacked detail.  The third case was hospitalized in Riyadh and was recovering, but no age, gender, or dates were released.  The same was true for the fourth case, which was also in Riyadh and media reports indicated the KSA MoH noted the cases had no serious consequences, yet two relatives of the fourth case had died after renal failure.  Renal failure was also reported for the first two confirmed cases as well as about 5% of SARS cases in 2003.  Most of the SARS CoV cases with renal failure died.

Similarly, WHO described the recent cases from Saudi Arabia as well as the second case from Qatar, while withholding age, gender, and dates.  The WHO report did indicate that two of the confirmed cases were epidemiologically linked to each other as well as two additional symptomatic family members.  The untested family member (70M) died after developing renal failure as did his son, who tested positive for the novel betacornavirus.  The fourth family member was symptomatic, but tested negative.  Some media reports suggest he may be retested.  Media reports also indicted the son was hospitalized after his father died, suggest a gap in disease onset dates signaling human to human transmission.  Media reports also indicate the cluster was in October, but not reported until November 23.  The height of Hajj activities were in October, which is also when the second Qatar case was infected, although he did not travel outside of Doha prior to his illness.

Media reports indicated all six confirmed cases and the two probable cases were male, which may have affected testing or may have been related to religious ceremonies which limit interactions between genders.  The linkage of the first two confirmed cases to Mecca raises concerns that the novel coronavirus may have spread among Hajj attendees, who subsequently spread the virus to other locations, including Riyadh and Doha.

More information on the Riyadh cluster, include ages and disease onset dates as well as sequences from the associated coronavirus, would be useful.

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Bioterrorism perhaps (and this could be from either side . . . )? Those hapless subverted pilgrims especially from any Western (or even ASEAN) country could be (and have been) now carrying a dusting of anything terribly dangerous, some of which will not be ‘activated’ until the warm season etc., nanomites etc.. Every nation with pilgrims had better give all Hajj returnees a good hazmat treatment and quarantine when they return . . .

ARTICLE 20

Chinese tycoon must reapply for approval on Iceland resort – December 02, 2012

REYKJAVIK, Dec 2 – A Chinese tycoon who wants to build a major tourist resort in a remote corner of northeast Iceland must reapply for permission to go ahead with the project, Icelandic media reported yesterday.

Cabinet ministers, led by Industry Minister Steingrimur Sigfusson, said they were unable to make a final decision on Huang Nubo’s application as much information remained unavailable, state radio RUV reported.

His plans have been highly controversial, with some commentators saying they raise questions about regional security because of Iceland’s strategic location in the Arctic where several nations are competing for resources.

Huang has already agreed with municipalities in the area to lease 70 per cent of a 300-square-km farm, where he plans to build a golf course, hotel and outdoor recreation area.

State radio said Huang’s Iceland-registered firm Zhongkun Grimsstadir had in mid-November asked for more time to supply further information, and that it could take a few more months.

In a letter to architect Halldor Johannsson, Huang’s Icelandic representative, the government said Huang should submit a new application which would be reviewed by a government committee.

Huang, who is chairman of Beijing-based Zhongkun Investment Group and was 161st on the Forbes list of the richest Chinese in 2010, plans to reapply as soon as he has gathered the information needed, RUV reported.

Iceland is recovering from its worst-ever financial crisis after the complete collapse of its top banks in 2008, and it is keen to lure foreign investment.

RUV says there would be investment of about 20 billion Iceland krona (RM482 million) in the project and that 400-600 jobs could be created.

The government’s decision was seen by observers as a sign the cabinet wanted to postpone the matter until after planned parliamentary elections in May next year. – Reuters

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How about giving the nail house another look? Perhaps someone else would like to build on the space where the title is. One would never know who their friends were and China should leave lasting symbols like nail houses in place. China is a disappointment here, or the will of the house owner for love of human rights is not strong enough. Let there be nail houses throughout China!

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ARTICLE 1

Serena Williams: Two Wimbledon championships in a day – by Pritha Sarkar, Reuters / July 8, 2012

Serena Williams won the women’s singles title, then won the Wimbledon doubles championship with her sister, Venus. For Serena and Venus it was their fifth Wimbledon doubles title.

Serena Williams of the United States celebrates with the trophy after defeating Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland to win the women’s final match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Saturday, July 7, 2012. Later the same day, Serena and Venus Williams won their fifth doubles title at Wimbledon.

Serena Williams capped off yet another successful day at Wimbledon for America’s premier tennis family as she followed up her singles triumph by winning the doubles title with sister Venus on Saturday.

Six and a half hours after lifting the Venus Rosewater Dish for the fifth time, Serena teamed up with her 32-year-old sibling to down Czech sixth seeds Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 7-5 6-4.

Venus, a first-round loser in singles, fired an ace to complete the 78-minute victory on a floodlit arena just 10 minutes before the 11pm (2200 GMT) cut-off time for Centre Court play.

It was a fifth All England Club doubles title for the duo, and 13th overall.

After watching Serena, 30, win her three-set battle against Agnieszka Radwanska in the singles, Venus was delighted to play an active role on court and at one point produced a stunning volley despite falling on to her bottom.

“I felt I played a match with her earlier so I felt like it was my second match too,” a beaming Venus said after accepting the doubles trophy in the Royal Box. “It was a great day for all of us.”

“If anyone knows what that (winning the singles and doubles here on the same day) feels like, it’s me. It’s an amazing feeling.”

She was born a fighter and on Saturday Serena Williams proved she is the ultimate survivor as she completed her “unbelievable journey” from a pit of despair to win a fifth Wimbledon crown.

Seventeen months after a being diagnosed with a blood clot in her lungs which almost ended her glittering tennis career, Williams blotted out the mental and physical scars to climb back into the grand slam winner’s circle by snuffing out Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1 5-7 6-2.

Almost everyone but those closest to her thought the days when Williams would be holding aloft one of the four major trophies were all but over.

But at the age of 30, the American, who grew up practicing on cracked public courts in Compton surrounded by drug dealers and drive-by shootings, showed the world what she was still capable of as she blazed a backhand winner to win her 14th grand slam trophy.

It was little wonder she collapsed on to her back in her moment of glory and still lying on the ground, she covered her face for several seconds, no doubt thinking about all the injuries, illnesses and surgery she has had to endure in the past two years.

“I can’t even describe it. I almost didn’t make it a few years ago. I was in hospital but now I’m here again and it was so worth it. I’m so happy,” a beaming Williams, with her voice quivering, told the crowd as she hugged the Venus Rosewater Dish.

“I never dreamt of being here again, being so down,” added the American, whose tale of woe started when she sliced her foot on a piece of glass in a Munich restaurant soon after winning her 13th slam at Wimbledon in July 2010.
“I didn’t give up (even when I had the clot). I was just so tired at that point.
“Gosh, right before that I had the blood clot, I had lung problems…. I had two foot surgeries. It was a lot. I just felt down, the lowest of lows.”

On Saturday, she enjoyed the highest of the highs as she matched her sister Venus’s haul of five Wimbledon trophies by becoming the first 30-something to win the title since Martina Navratilova achieved the feat in 1990.

“Coming here and winning today is amazing because literally last year I was ranked almost 200. It’s been an unbelievable journey for me,” said the world number six.

That journey almost took a backward slide just five weeks ago when Serena lost in the opening round of the French Open, the first time she had exited so early from a grand slam tournament.

But just as many started writing Serena’s tennis obituary, she roared back to stop Radwanska from becoming the first Polish grand slam winner.
Radwanska’s title hopes had already looked rather bleak as not only had she never won a set against Serena before, but as she prepared for the biggest match of her career, she was already battling respiratory problems which she blamed on the rain and blustery winds of the non-existent British summer.

Saturday’s damp, chilly and gloomy conditions on Centre Court would have done little to lift Radwanska’s mood and it was not long before she was being blown away by a gale force named Serena.

As Serena moved within one point of blanking out Radwanska from the first set, it led one fan to tweet “this final will be over before you can put a kettle on”.

Radwanska could have done with a hot drink herself as she sniffled and coughed during the changeovers and she got a chance to warm her throat when the players were briefly forced off court at the end of the first set when a slight drizzle started to fall.

The short respite did nothing to halt Serena’s charge as she steamed to a 4-2 lead. But just when it seemed that Serena would be wrapping up one of the most one-sided Wimbledon finals, Radwanska’s game suddenly caught fire and she levelled for 4-4.

The 23-year-old Pole drew Serena into lengthy rallies and when the American netted a backhand to surrender the second set, the crowd erupted into wild applause.

Serena, though, is not one for cowering and one 49-second blitz summed up her intentions. She fired four thunderbolt aces to win the fourth game of the third set, and from then on, her opponent never got a look in.

Serena followed up her 102nd ace of the tournament with a screaming service winner to bring up matchpoint, and seconds later it was all over.
“I’m still shaking so much. I think I had the best two weeks of my life. She was too good today, but I’m just so happy to be here in the final. I think it was not my day but I’ll try again next year,” a sobbing Radwanska said during the presentation ceremony.

Serena then rounded off a successful day for the Williams clan as she and Venus joined forces to capture a fifth Wimbledon doubles title, beating Czech sixth seeds Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 7-5 6-4.

While Serena was off to sort out her outfit for the champions ball, Roger Federer was getting ready to strike a double blow for the 30-somethings when he takes on British hope Andy Murray in the men’s final on Sunday.

A Serena-Federer triumph would mean it would be the first time since 1975 when both Wimbledon singles titles have been won by the over 30s.
Jonathan Marray kicked off what could be a weekend of national euphoria for British tennis when he became the first home player since 1936 to

win the Wimbledon men’s doubles title with Danish partner Frederik Nielsen.

Just a day before near-namesake Murray hopes to end Britain’s 76-year wait for a men’s singles champion, wildcards Marray and Nielsen sent the Centre Court crowd into a frenzy after downing fifth seeds Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau 4-6 6-4 7-6 6-7 6-3. (Editing by Toby Davis)

(Editing by Alison Wildey)

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How many times? Once a sports person has won a top title, they do not need to play anymore. Becomes quite dull, and being a 1 on 1, is even less variable than if a team of many members on each side was involved. A separate category could be played among title holders and fresh title challengers once enough formers are present), though people watching the same players over and over again, excepting making bets behind the scenes, is not very interesting either for non-punters or even punters.

Every year should have new winners from a new crop of competitors, more so due to the extreme wealth in prizes that ends up as wealth sequestration (a very bad thing that causes inequality in society as well as a false sense of entitlement for those sportsmen inclined) when a single player wins again and again and again instead of that money spread out evenly over 1 prize per player.

Expect a spate of building from the fame lovers after reading the next line . . .

Lets say that to gauge who are REAL sportspersons, do a casual check and see which plutocrat multiple prize winners have set up a court or arena for their favorite sport commensurate with the love of sport – those using 1% of theor wealth or a single token sports facility instead of 95% and many facilities (instead of endorse sports products to cynically draw in ‘on the back of sports for coolness’/’sports enthusiast consumers instead of trying to mass produce the cheapest and best equipment) . . . show the level of passion for their selected sports. Those who merely bought mansions and drank champagne whether they kept winning or not are not REAL sportspersons and just in sports for the money and fame – aka attention whores too prudish to get into porn!

ARTICLE 2

Are you the Last of the Mohicans? Philip appears delighted as he meets community worker with extreme haircut by Rosie Taylor – PUBLISHED: 22:29 GMT, 11 July 2012 | UPDATED: 22:32 GMT, 11 July 2012

It might have received a prickly reception from some gentlemen of his generation – but the Duke of Edinburgh appeared delighted to meet a man with a bright red Mohican yesterday.

Ian Betterton was invited to a lunch with the Queen and her husband because of his contribution to community work and chatted with the 91-year-old Duke about his eye-catching style.

Mr Betterton, 42, said: ‘He asked me if I support local hairdressers.

‘I told him I do it myself and that’s why it’s a bit wonky.’

The Duke of Edinburgh joins community worker Ian ‘Spike’ Betterton, for lunch at the Guildhall in Worcester

The sun shone for the royal couple’s visit to the west midlands, where they arrived in Hereford on a 79 year old steam train named in the Queen’s honour

The royal couple were at the Guildhall in Worcester for lunch with 150 guests as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour.

The spent the morning in nearby Hereford, after arriving in the city aboard a steam train named in the Queen’s honour in 1933.

Queen Elizabeth II receives flowers from wellwishers as she attends the Herefordshire Diamond Day

Wearing a light pink tweed coat and dress, the Queen began her visit to Hereford by unveiling a plaque and receiving a gift during an engagement at the city’s 12th century cathedral.

The royal couple then travelled to the King George V playing fields where thousands of residents were lined up waiting to greet and cheer their arrival.

Among the attractions at the Herefordshire Diamond Day parade were a 90-piece band, a procession of dancers, a cider company’s horse-drawn dray, a trailer carrying Ryeland sheep and 2009 Grand National winner Mon Mome.

After arriving in Worcester by helicopter, the Queen and Duke were greeted by a long line of well-wishers waving flags outside The Hive, a new £60 million library and history centre, and collected posies from the crowd.

The centre, which opened last week, brings books, documents and archived items from Worcester University and the services of Worcestershire County Council together under one roof.

The Queen was given a tour of the centre by the Vice Chancellor of Worcester University, Professor

David Green, and the leader of Worcestershire County Council, Adrian Hardman.

A group of schoolchildren then danced for the Queen, who smiled as they performed to the theme of the Pink Panther and recited from Shakespeare’s Romeo And Juliet.

The couple will travel to Birmingham today.
Hundreds of balloons are released in the sky as the royal couple arrive at Hereford’s 12th century cathedral

Commentator comments :

I understand that the Queen and Price Philip appreciate meeting unusual people and seeing a little something that surprises them after 60/365 of meet and greets.

– Mrs Whit, USA, 12/7/2012 04:29
Rating   35

Of course the Duke was delighted – he was just excited to be chatting with someone interesting and different. It must be crushingly boring for him to have to make small chit-chat with the same type of people all day long.

– Susan, Auckland, 12/7/2012 04:07
Rating   49

It’s a mohawk!

– Pauline, Perth, Western Australia, 12/7/2012 03:52
Rating   15

Ha !! I always thought Philip might be a cool guy !!

– Computer Says No, New Jersey, 12/7/2012 03:45
Rating   32

There comes a time in every man’s life when he should set aside foolish things…….I think it’s 42.

– JG, Somewhere PC does not exist, 12/7/2012 03:35
Rating   2

Looks like that punk made his day…

– Doomsayer, Southend on Sea, Essex, 12/7/2012 03:12
Rating   39

Amazing! It takes work to look like that! and Bravo for the Duke’s sense of Humor 🙂

– annie w, Los Angeles USA, 12/7/2012 02:06
Rating   30

Once again the numpty of a reporter calls this hairstyle a Mohican instead of the correct term Mohawk (this is a stylised version of a Mohawk I hasten to add). These were two totally different native american tribes. Look it up before you write about it and get your facts straight.

– Thomas the Cat, Tropics, Australia, 12/7/2012 01:44
Rating   17

For some reason, I kind of feel that Prince Philip would totally get a red mohawk if he had enough hair; he just seems like that kind of grandad. In my head, Harry and Zara would be the ones spiking it; Princes Charles and William would be reservedly chuckling off to the side; Camilla and Kate would be pointing and laughing; and the Queen would be sitting on her throne (in my head, she sits on her throne 24/7), burying her head in her hands and laughing just a little. As for the rest, the Yorks are off doing what they do, the Earl and Countess of Wessex are off to the side, slightly uncomfortable with the spectacle and the Princess Royal doesn’t really find it that funny, but Tim kind of does.

– Linda, TN, US, 12/7/2012 01:00

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A convincing poseur. You know who is truly punk? Try those (if not a contrived strawman scenario) people who did NOT look like punks but did try to trash the ‘Royal Car’ (10 Dec 2010 – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1337478/ROYAL-CAR-ATTACK-Blunder-left-Camilla-cowering-hit-ribs-protestors.html) types who had no makeup or ‘mohawk hair’ but very much the heart of punk AND anarchy.

Hate to sound barbaric but a real punk would have not have played ‘sit down’ and ‘roll over’ or even turned up at all unless intending to make a dramatic statement of some sort. Should have tried for ‘street cred’ by doing something unpleasant (if not lethal – flick some their own freshly cut blood or blue paint or something) – missed opportunity you poseur! That girl who hit Prince Charles with the flower (http://articles.cnn.com/2001-11-08/world/prince.latvia_1_baltic-independence-britain-s-prince-charles-british-throne?_s=PM:WORLD)  was more punk than this sod will ever be, no matter how punk they look right down to the safety pins though in a monkey suit! Punks would gate crash as many ‘toff’ parties to simply get into prison to not work (though fashion wise they might be less happy and this is the main deterrant of not being able to wear liberty spikes or ‘mohawks’ – for the more aware among punks – NOT fear of prison . . . )!

Punks are by essence NOT grown up in some ways and HATE authority, only accepting equality, but would become redundant the instance society sorted all problem issues out (not so soon, so punk’s definitely not dead). Heck even merely writing about how the Royalty owns 6.6 billion acres of land and being selfish while Englishmen starve or are homeless is more punk than the poseur here asking about barbers, a semi-effete affectation (more LGBT propaganda is not bad, but using a punk along side royalty to lob NLPs is terribly cynical) in choice of subjects if anything.

Punk is more than a look, punk is a MINDSET. This ‘punk’ is a socially moulded poseur . . . and heres this writer’s punk moment of the day –

REMEMBER : Due to the land sequestration, ” people die or are homeless still while 6.6. billion acres of land are sequestered by the half-German ‘English’ Royal family this very day . . . more punk than this leashed and collared fake!

Finally there are real Mohicans (among other Indian ‘states’ from before the English, French, Spanish and other Europeans butchered and cheated their way into controlling and near destroying culture and language – see map-diagram below) but the English colonies still occupy the sovereign territories of the Red Ameri-Indians in the form of USA.

The Actual Mohawk and Mohican areas which would be sovereign countries if not colonized and butchered when ‘America’ was discovered . . .

Back to punks . . . example : In a country with Royals/Capitalists that  have grown too big, punks hate the monarchy/banksters. Conversely, in a country where a Monarchy/Communism was deposed or frowned on, punks will support the monarchy/commies.

Punks are contrarian and counter-culture, also anti-mainstream and will exist until the pendulum swings too gently (perhaps punks seek a balance despite all the bad rep. by the establishment) for punks to see no need to react by being punk. Punk is youth spirit! – (Excerpt from @Vonneleth’s as of yet written ‘Punk Philosophy 101’.) Some ideas on ‘Punk Fashion’ (specifically Cyberpunk Fashion) follow below  . . .

ARTICLE 3

Cheap tickets harm consumers and airlines (People’s Daily Online) 16:30, July 11, 2012 (Photo from caacnews.com.cn) – Edited and translated by Ma Xi and Liang Jun, People’s Daily Online

In recent years, some illegal websites lured consumers with cheap tickets against regulations and they frequently got trapped. But do these unlawful websites only harm the interest of consumers?

The recently issued report on China’s online ticket prices will help more people to know about the mystery and hazard behind the cheap tickets.

The lower the prices, the more the problems, and the greater the risks, according to the report jointly issued by Ctcnn.com and Grassroots Consulting.

The tickets prices varied widely at the same time and the same flights, according the report based on 500 flights, on 142 randomly selected routes, with their prices 10 percent lower than the published. Majority of these routes are from Qunar.com, a well-known travel search engine in China.

The report also shows among the top ten sources of cheap tickets, 90 percent of them are illegal sales, including resale via fare increase, non-normal accommodation sale with higher prices, stealing the customer agreement pricing and more.

Online travel service providers, represented by ctirp.com, elong.com, mangocity.com, carry out B2C business model—buying tickets, hotels, leisure products and guide service from suppliers, therefore they are more responsible for their products and have more complete consumer service system, according to Wang Tingting, analyst of IRsearch, an online market research company.

The travel search websites, represented by Qunar.com, provide platform to consumers to know about, compare and select tickets and hotels. They have no close links with suppliers and this kind of loose cooperation provide loopholes for some suppliers.

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Travel, especially public transport, should in fact be free and supported by plutocrats and government institutions. ‘Ticket Scalpers’ or fake ticket sellers are bad. BUT cheap tickets DO NOT harm consumers and airlines and benefit the poor immensely.

The title ‘Cheap tickets harm consumers and airlines’ does say something about the contributors and not something very good, though prevailing ‘thought-trends’ probably affected the contributors’ (recidivist?) mindsets . . .

Lowering some profits for better morale and security of transport (i.e. disallowing more than 15% of salary to be applied against all citizens who may travel freely after the 15% limit of expense has been spent will allow for a happier society where not just the rich can have access t6o unlimited travel but also the poor have the same right. Having one’s travel rights curtailed simply because of poverty is untenable. Socialist China which SHARES the wealth should understand this point. The 15% limit on travel expense and subsequent subsidies act as a form of wealth distribution that Socialists should understand, and travelling per se should not be something that is denied any simply because of lack of wealth issues. The costs average out as richer people will subsidise by their flat percentage charges or higher taxes om private vehicles though still at a maximum of 15% for unlimited access to transport.

http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90882/7872296.html

ARTICLE 4

Wanted… for crimes against decking: Mother returns from holiday to find garden platform torn down – and has arrest warrant issued because it is ’12 INCHES too high’ – By Leon Watson PUBLISHED: 09:25 GMT, 11 July 2012 | UPDATED: 15:05 GMT, 11 July 2012

Lesley Cherry, 46, was told her details were on the police national computer
While she was in Turkey, council demolished decking at her Stockport home
Magistrates fined her £110 for failing to comply with enforcement notice
She must also pay £1,500 council bill for the cost of removing the decking

A mother-of-three returned from holiday to find she was wanted by police – because her garden decking was too high.

Lesley Cherry, 46, was shocked to discover a warrant had been issued for her arrest and her details were on the police national computer.

Furthermore, while she was away in Turkey, council workers came round and demolished the £4,500 decking in the back-garden of her Stockport home.

Now Stockport Council has fined Mrs Cherry £110 by magistrates after she admitted failure to comply with an enforcement notice. She must also pay the £1,500 bill from the council for the cost of removing the decking.

Lesley Cherry, 46, from Stockport, was told a warrant had been issued for her arrest and her details were on the police national computer

Mrs Cherry and her estranged husband Simon, 41, had put up decking without planning permission in their steep back garden last year to give their three children a flat surface to play on.

But Stockport council said he decking as ‘completely un-neighbourly’ because it was raised more than 12in above the ground and took action against the couple giving them four months to take it down.

Mr and Mrs Cherry were due in court on June 13 but neither showed up – both saying personal problems meant they were unaware of the hearing date.
Lesley Cherry’s decking under construction in her back garden

Lesley Cherry’s decking under construction in her back garden. The council tore it down and have sent her the £1,500 bill for its removal after a hearing before magistrates today

Warrants were then issued by police, which Mr Cherry, who was not on holiday, managed to respond too.

Mrs Cherry said: ‘I was gobsmacked when I found out about the warrant. I’m just glad I wasn’t stopped at the airport.

‘It is pathetic, a bit of decking – I wish we hadn’t bothered now. We didn’t have planning permission but didn’t realise we needed it.

Stockport council said he decking as ¿completely un-neighbourly¿ because it was raised more than 30cm above the ground and took action against the couple

‘I thought the matter had been sorted out and didn’t know I had to be in court on that day.’

The couple, who have three children – Daniel, 13, Kayleigh, nine, and Liam, seven – appeared before magistrates today where Mrs Cherry was issued with her fine. Mr Cherry was fined £1,336 plus prosecution costs of £437.04.

Prosecuting for Stockport Council Miss Karen Hillen said: ‘It was a considerable and substantial decking area, and elevated post decking being built to the rear.

‘The officer was satisfied that planning permission was needed and had not been applied for and it was likely that would be un-neighbourly.

‘It caused serious overlooking of the adjacent garden and looked into the adjacent rear bedrooms.’

The court heard the council repeatedly wrote to the couple telling them to remove the decking before an enforcement notice was served. No appeal was received.

Mrs Cherry and husband Simon, 41, had put up decking without planning permission

Miss Hillen added: ‘The council said that it was detrimental to the amenity and was so severe that they exercised powers to remove the decking. The council is going to charge in the region of £1,500 for the removal of the decking.’

In mitigation Mr Cherry said: ‘We had no idea when we initially set up the decking that it would be infringing the planning policy. The ground at the back is split on five levels and if we had built on the lower levels then it would have complied.

‘When we first got the letter we had not had any contact from the council and they had not come round to explain. There was no discussion. We spoke to them three days before the deadline and they were under no wish to consider it.

‘I accept that it does overlook next door’s garden, there is no dispute in that. He saw us putting up and then made a complaint because we didn’t put fencing up.’

Lesley Cherry, 46, was told that failure to contact the warrants office could result in her immediate arrest

Passing sentence the magistrates told the couple: ‘We accept that you made some attempt to contact the council and that you attempted to take the decking down and that you had been burgled. Clearly by failing to comply with the issue is detrimental to the neighbours.’

Councillor Iain Roberts, executive member for economic development and regeneration, said: ‘Mr and Mrs Cherry didn’t comply with the notice despite several attempts by the council to get them to comply.

‘As the harm caused by the development was so severe, we had no option other than to carry out the steps required by the notice. The decking was removed and the council will recover its costs from Mr and Mrs Cherry.

‘Any decking, raised platform or veranda over 30cm in height requires planning permission.’

Commentator Comments :

Decking is made of wood and I thought that wooden structures counted as temporary (e.g garden sheds) so planning permission was not required?

– Simon Knowles, Thatcham, England, 11/7/2012 16:35
Rating   16

At least the planning office took notice of the neighbours, unlike councils in a lot of the country who say you have no right to privacy or light, nd allow building to get lanning permission to build twenty foot behind a house, and 6 stories high.

– Liz, South of the Watford gap, southwest FLorida, 11/7/2012 16:33
Rating   15

So getting down to the nitty gritty. She built it without permission OK. But then she was told it needed permission and then did nothing for 4 months (hoping it would go away no doubt) Even when issued with an enforcement notice she did nothing!!! Even failed to appear at court. Stupid woman. As far as the Police involvement they would have been given the warrant to arrest her by the magistrates for ‘failing to appear’ at the first court hearing, again stupid woman!! She deserves all she gets.

– philipspain, chester, 11/7/2012 16:33
Rating   22

Too many council officials with too much time on their hands. It’s the same all over the country.

– Scotty, Cambs., 11/7/2012 16:33
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Now Stockport Council has fined Mrs Cherry £110 by magistrates after she admitted failure to comply with an enforcement notice. She must also pay the £1,500 bill from the council for the cost of removing the decking_____________She also failed to aquire planning permission. What did she expect to happen? The council to let her off and turn a blind eye? Why should she subject to a different law than the rest of us?

– karen, Stoke England, 11/7/2012 16:31
Rating   17

Typical stasi tactics many councils now employ, if a warrant was issued, has it been signed by the magistrate? if it has no wet signature then the warrant cannot be served which means that under common law, the council have committed criminal damage and trespass. She should consider legal action against the council even if the warrant was signed. The reasons for demolishing the decking are farcical, and common sense has been abandoned to the wind. Yet it is acceptable to allow so called travelers to run rough shod over planning laws and if you try to remove them, you are arrested and fined! Welcome to the Peoples Republic of The United Kingdom!

– Rebecca, West Sussex, 11/7/2012 16:28
Rating   5

A pity that our local council did not take the same view when a developer built a 3 story block of flats looking straight into the lounge windows of a row of bungalows where I live.

– Anon, Anon, 11/7/2012 16:28
Rating   25

The council repeatedly wrote to the couple telling them to remove the decking before an enforcement notice was served. They were given four Months to take it down and didn’t. They failed to turn up at court when summonsed. The arrest warrant will not be for erecting decking without planning permission but for the much more serious offence of ignoring the legal system multiple times.

– Paul, East Yorkshire Patriot, 11/7/2012 16:19
Rating   13

The council apparently has authority to do what it damn well pleases, but to all those castigating this couple, who says the house they live in is a council provided one.

– Bill Mann, UK, 11/7/2012 16:18
Rating   1

It’s strange how the council can act so quickly when a member of the Council Tax paying public makes a mistake over some decking and yet take years to act against members of the travelling community when they bring in heavy plant to clear a green field site to create an ugly caravan park.

– Snottbucket, Thurso, 11/7/2012 16:14

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Fight for your freedoms. In Malaysia the same abuse is happening caused by the DAP party (Gambier Threat). Still no amendments here nor updates on what happened, though there haven’t been any high profile abuses reported by media thus far (probably buried or bribed into oblivion). English law is the worst. Try for abolishing Eminent Domain and implementing Allodial Title options. Your home is your castle, and none may trespass much less for 12 inches of height or even 12 feet if quite sturdily built. 2nd Amendment rights should also be sacrosanct for nations that disallow carrying arms around, at one’s home at least weapons should be allowed. Run for election AGAINST that MP with intent to amend these sorts of ‘Council Powers’ or laws that allow the Councilmen to abuse homeowners like that. At very least SUE. Conversely look at the below article but do know that the individual is responsible for themselves not ‘nanny state’ and abusive laws . . .

http://www.dailyfreeman.com/articles/2012/07/21/blotter/doc500a09b1e9231905526062.txt

ARTICLE 5

Wealthy socialite and top Democratic donor Denise Rich renounces her U.S. citizenship – saving her tens of millions of dollars in taxes – By Reuters Reporter PUBLISHED: 14:43 GMT, 9 July 2012 | UPDATED: 18:00 GMT, 9 July 2012

Songwriter also has Austrian citizenship through her late father
Former husband Marc Rich fled the country when indicted on charges of tax evasion – but was pardoned by President Clinton in 2001
House of Representatives committee later found Denise Rich had swayed the decision through donations to Clinton campaign
Comes as the latest wealthy American to denounce citizenship

Denise Rich, the wealthy socialite and former wife of pardoned billionaire trader Marc Rich, has given up her U.S. citizenship – and, with it, much of her U.S. tax bill.

Rich, 68, a Grammy-nominated songwriter, top Democratic donor and glamorous figure in European royalty circles, renounced her American passport in November, according to her lawyer.

Her maiden name, Denise Eisenberg, appeared in the Federal Register on April 30 in a quarterly list of Americans who renounced their U.S. citizenship and permanent residents who handed in their green cards.

Wealthy: Denise Rich, a songwriter who was married to pardoned billionaire trader Marc Rich, has denounced her American citizenship and will save millions in U.S. tax bills

By dumping her U.S. passport, Rich, who was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, likely will save tens of millions of dollars or more in U.S. taxes over the long haul, tax lawyers say.

She also has Austrian citizenship through her deceased father, said Michael Heidt, a lawyer in Hollywood, Florida, who represented her in a recent lawsuit. She plans to live in London.

Rich, who wrote songs recorded by Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige and Jessica Simpson, is the latest bold-faced name to join a wave of wealthy people renouncing their American citizenship.

Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin gave up his U.S. passport to become a citizen of Singapore, an offshore tax haven, before the company’s initial public offering in May.
Moving on: Her lawyer said she gave up her U.S. passport to be closer to her family and partner, Peter Cervinka, pictured

Moving on: Her lawyer said she gave up her U.S. passport to be closer to her family and partner, Peter Cervinka

Nearly 1,800 citizens and permanent residents, a record since data was first compiled in 1998, expatriated last year, according to government figures.

Heidt said Rich had dumped her U.S. passport “so that she can be closer to her family and to Peter Cervinka, her long-time partner.”

AVOIDING TAX: LIVING AS A ‘NON-DOM’ IN THE UNITED KINGDOM

On leaving the U.S., Rich will have to pay ‘exit tax’ on property she owns across the world.

But, as an Austrian citizen, she will get tax breaks. While Austria generally taxes its citizens on their worldwide income, it has generous breaks for citizens who spend half the year abroad.

Rich will fulfill this criterion as her main residence will be in London, her lawyer said.

But while in the United Kingdom, she can claim ‘non-domiciled’ status, the coveted tax status of the international private jet set.

Being a ‘non-dom’ means you do not have to pay income and capital gains tax on earnings made outside the United Kingdom.

Those earnings will only be taxed if they are remitted to the U.K.

This is at odds with the U.S. which generally taxes its citizens on their worldwide income.

Rich’s two daughters live in London; Cervinka, a wealthy property developer, is an Austrian national. Rich plans to make London her main residence and does not intend to acquire other passports, Heidt said.

Rich’s ex-husband, commodities trader Marc Rich, fled the United States in 1983 when indicted on charges of tax evasion, fraud, racketeering and illegal trading of oil with Iran. They divorced in 1996.

Marc Rich received a presidential pardon in 2001 on President Bill Clinton’s last day in office.

Federal prosecutors and Congress investigated the pardon, and in 2002 a House of Representatives committee concluded Denise Rich had swayed the action through donations to the Clinton library and campaign.

Dubbed “Lady Gatsby” by Yachting magazine, Rich owns multiple properties, including a mansion in Aspen, Colorado.

She is a frequent habitue of Cannes, Monte Carlo and St. Tropez with celebrities and singers aboard her 157-foot yacht, Lady Joy.

Rich will escape future U.S. taxes but possibly not all current ones. In 2008, Congress imposed an expatriation tax on persons with a net worth of more than $2 million who dump their U.S. citizenship or permanent residency.

Famous friends: Rich, left, with Michael Jackson, Hillary Clinton and President Clinton pictured in 2000. Rich is also a citizen of Austria and will live full time in London

Pardon: Rich’s ex husband received a pardon from Bill Clinton on his final day in office in 2001 after Marc Rich fled the country on accusations of tax evasion, fraud, racketeering and illegal trading of oil with Iran

Pardon: Rich’s ex husband received a pardon from Bill Clinton on his final day in office in 2001 after Marc Rich fled the country on accusations of tax evasion, fraud, racketeering and illegal trading of oil

Privilege: A committee found Denise Rich had swayed the pardon with donations to the Clinton campaign

Under the law, those people owe an “exit tax” on their worldwide property, computed at a fair market value the day before they leave.

But tax lawyers say the tax can be reduced or avoided by structuring asset holdings through foreign annuities.

While Austria, like the United States, generally taxes its citizens on their worldwide income, it has generous tax breaks for citizens who spend half the year abroad.

In January, Rich put her 5th Avenue penthouse in New York on the market for $65 million, according to the listing agent, The Corcoran Group.

Denise Rich

Career: Rich wrote songs recorded by Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige and Jessica Simpson

Former flame: She was married to trader Marc Rich until 1996. He is worth around $1 billion

New York property records show Rich acquired a 100 percent stake in the apartment, described by Corcoran as “the epitome of luxury and grandeur,” for $200,000 in 2006.

Bonnie Evans, the Corcoran broker for the property, declined to discuss details.

The recent lawsuit against Rich was filed on behalf of Lee Goldberg, the former protector of a Cook Islands trust of which Rich is a beneficiary, in February. The case was dismissed in April, court records show.

The Cook Islands, a South Pacific tax haven, offers Swiss-style secrecy for wealthy investors.
Life of luxury: In January, she put her 5th Avenue penthouse in New York on the market for $65 million

Opulent: The 12,000 square feet property has seven bedrooms and eleven bathrooms

High life: The property, which also has a recording studio, has a stunning view over Central Park

The lawsuit accused Rich and Richard Kilstock, a British real estate entrepreneur who is married to Rich’s daughter Daniella, of “transferring, moving or secreting trust assets, in violation of the trust’s guidelines and without the knowledge or permission of Goldberg.”

Rich and Kilstock denied the charges and accused Goldberg of altering trust documents, court filings show.

Both Goldberg and his attorney, Donald Thomas, declined to discuss the case. Rich recently dismissed Goldberg, one of her long-time lawyers, as protector of the trust.

Heidt, who also represents Kilstock in the case, declined to discuss the lawsuit. Kilstock did not return calls requesting comment.
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This is how USA ends? After fostering conditions for illegal and unethical wealth acquisition through bad tax and legal loophole practices or laws, the same people who were allowed to plunder USA or grow wealthy during fair weather, now leave the USA in USA’s moment of need, enmired in the same fiscal debt and even military industrial complex that enriched these same people . . . USA could still invoke some UN extradition laws against such people citing ‘Profiteering off Loopholes in Unethical Laws’ (actually citizen ‘escape’ during such financial crises or even war time could come under TREASON – fiscal treason in this case that the UN could need to apply or ratify, perhaps up to a limit of requisitioned wealth of a certain level that will not affect the social standing and *GENERAL* lifestyle – leave the billionaires 20 million, leave the 100-500 millionaires 5 million for example, but under no circumstances should these people be allowed to up and leave just like that . . .

UN could penalize BOTH the receiving country and offending citizen . . . ) but that would mean that the lawmakers and politicians of the last 3-5 decades who allowed this sequestration to take place would also be found guilty of something. This is no longer about just guts but also fixing USA’s moral compass, finance system, understanding of ethics AND legal system. Obama ready to show American exceptionalism (not tyranny ‘healthcare penalty’ though – maybe the penalty could be applied to all ABOVE earning above 50K rather than EVERYONE without exception??? . . .)

ARTICLE 5.5

Meat Loaf Impersonator : Take Your Stupid Site … I’m Not Fat Anymore! 7/11/2012 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Meat Loaf can finally snatch control of his website from a Meat Loaf impersonator who says he’s lost too much weight to continue copying the big man — but it’s gonna cost him.

As TMZ first reported, OG Meat Loaf is suing Meat Loaf 2.0 — Dean Torkington — claiming he’s cybersquatting on MeatLoaf.org and misleading Loaf fans.

Torkington tells TMZ the real Meat offered him $2,000 for the site, but he wants something closer to $10,000. Torkington says he’s only willing to part with the site because he’s dropped about 168 lbs. … hardly “Bat Out of Hell” shape.

Torkington says he wants the cash to promote his new gig — Bruce Springsteen and Steven Tyler impressions.

Meat Loaf’s reps haven’t commented yet.

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Heres a back handed back hand insult on Meatloaf’s behalf. You can’t do Meatloaf without being fat, though all parties mentioned are ‘grungy’. If Meatloaf slims down though, any fat Meatloaf impersonater could very well pose a serious challenge to the real slimmed down Meatloaf. The name Meatloaf (being an unhealthy food) IS ‘fatness’ as well! Much like a star named ‘Slim’ can’t really connect if fat in real life . . . congruity builds the meme and personae . . .

ARTICLE 6

Scranton mayor slashes pay for all city workers—including police and firefighters—to minimum wage by Dylan Stableford, Yahoo! News | The Lookout – Tue Jul 10 2012

Cash-strapped Scranton, Pa., has slashed pay for all city employees—including police and firefighters—to minimum wage, sparking furor among unions that now say they plan to sue in federal court.

A lawyer representing three unions told Scranton’s Times-Tribune he will file several motions, including one to hold Mayor Chris Doherty in contempt of court for violating a judge’s order to pay full wages.

The lawyer, Thomas Jennings, said he also expects to file a pair federal lawsuits on behalf of the unions—International Association of Firefighters Local 60, the Fraternal Order of Police E.B. Jermyn Lodge 2 and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local Lodge 2305—alleging the city failed to pay proper wages and overtime, and cut benefits for disabled police and firefighters without a proper hearing.

“Pick a law,” Jennings told the Times-Tribune. “They violated it.”

[Also read: As Scranton officials quibble, it’s the residents who suffer]

Last week, Doherty abruptly cut pay for all 398 city employees to $7.25 per hour, saying it was the only way to keep Scranton solvent.

According to the paper, Scranton—which faces a $16.8 million budget deficit—had $133,000 in cash on hand as of Monday, but owed $3.4 million in various vendor bills, including health insurance.

Roger Leonard, a city employee, told NPR he typically gets a $900 check for two weeks of work. On Friday, it was $340.

“I have two children and a wife, and my wife is a stay-at-home mom,”  Leonard told NPR. “If the savings gets drained, we won’t be OK.”

The mayor, meanwhile, blamed the City Council for Scranton’s financial woes.

“If they’d gone with my budget, we wouldn’t be having this discussion,” Doherty said. “The taxes would have been raised. The bills all would have been paid because we would have had a dedicated revenue stream.”

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Minimum wage for uniformed groups make government workers more relatable and normal to Joe Publics. On top of that the uniformed person still has authority and access to state apparatus to compensate, that Joe Public worker does not. Life isn’t all about money and discontent from minimum wagers cannot be ignored or separated from minimum wage jobs for uniformed groups. Conversely those cuts could have seen salaries added marginally (5%?) to the minimum wagers (who now have the same 5% more salary) not employed by government to further make a point as well.

ARTICLE 7

Anger as man responsible for HALF of all crime in one town is spared jail – by Anthony Bond – PUBLISHED: 02:09 GMT, 11 July 2012 | UPDATED: 06:51 GMT, 11 July 2012

Thomas Cato stole a meat pie and pair of rubber gloves while on a suspended custodial sentence for burglary
23-year-old is responsible for 50 per cent of all recorded crime in Dolgellau, North Wales
A petty thief is responsible for half of all the recorded crimes in his hometown – but was still spared jail following his latest offence.

Thomas Cato, 23, was caught pilfering a meat pie and a pair of rubber gloves – while on a suspended custodial sentence for burglary.

A court heard Cato was responsible for 50 per cent of all recorded crime in his hometown of Dolgellau, North Wales, with a population of 3,000 people.
Shocking: Petty thief Thomas Cato, 23, is responsible for half of all the recorded crimes in his hometown – but was still spared jail following his latest offence

Shocking: Petty thief Thomas Cato, 23, is responsible for half of all the recorded crimes in his hometown – but was still spared jail following his latest offence

Criminal Cato pleaded guilty to stealing the pie and pair of Marigolds, valued at just £2.29p, from his local Co-Op store.

But his solicitor Nicola Jones told the court yesterday it would be ‘disproportionate’ to receive a jail sentence for shoplifting.

She said Cato had mental health problems which had only recently been diagnosed.

Miss Jones said: ‘It will be to the town’s benefit if my client stops offending.

‘Six months ago I spoke to the police who told me that my client was responsible for half of the recorded crimes in Dolgellau.’
Controversial: Cato was caught pilfering a meat pie and a pair of rubber gloves – while on a suspended custodial sentence for burglary. But he was still not sent to prison

Controversial: Cato was caught pilfering a meat pie and a pair of rubber gloves – while on a suspended custodial sentence for burglary. But he was still not sent to prison

Magistrates gave him 20 hours unpaid work for the breach and 20 hours unpaid work for the shoplifting charge.

No court costs were imposed after it was heard he still owed £3,000 in unpaid fines and compensation dating back to 2009.

Speaking to the Daily Express, Tory MP Philip Davies criticised the court’s decision.

‘These magistrates are fools to themselves and are making a fool of the British justice system.

‘What on earth is the point of giving someone a suspended sentence if it’s not invoked when they go on to commit another crime? It makes a mockery of the system.’

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Philip Davies is either a vicious hearted toff or wants to enrich the ‘Prison Supplier-Contractor Complex’. For 2.29, 20 hours of cleaning beaches (10 sterling per hour? x 20 = 200 sterling) is already 100 times too excessive. Philop Davies deserves only half an hour of cleaning time to pay back this particular theft . . . Even if imprisoned for 1 month, that could cost the taxpayers easily up to 2000-4000 sterling for the stint of which probably only 20% goes to lighting and food and water for this Philip Davis person! Unjustified! Anger as man responsible for HALF of all crime in one town is spared jail is out of context when you consider the quantum of offense and how much the jail term might cost the taxpayers. How do people feel about golden parachute bonus execs when the company and have been going down since the last decade or two? How many millions lost and no punishments? They fat cats would end up cleaning beaches for the 1000 years and might not be able to repay the taxpayer!

ARTICLE 8

Why single-sex education is spreading across the US

An estimated 500 public schools across the US now offer some all-boy and all-girl classrooms. But the American Civil Liberties Union is involved in a battle against single-sex learning.

By Heather Hollingsworth and Jessie L. Bonner, Associated Press / July 8, 2012

Middleton Heights Elementary Principal Robin Gilbert holds a baby chick while visiting an all-girls classroom of first- and second-graders at her school in Middleton, Idaho. Middleton is believed to be the only public school in Idaho offering all-boy and all-girl classrooms.

Middleton, Idaho

Robin Gilbert didn’t set out to confront gender stereotypes when she split up the boys and girls at her elementary school in rural southwestern Idaho.

But that’s exactly what happened, with her Middleton Heights Elementary now among dozens of public schools nationwide being targeted by the American Civil Liberties Union in a bitter struggle over whether single-sex learning should be continued. Under pressure, single-sex programs have been dropped at schools from Missouri to Louisiana.

“It doesn’t frustrate me,” Gilbert said of the criticism, “but it makes the work harder.”

While Gilbert’s school is believed to be the only one in Idaho offering single-sex classes, the movement is widespread in states like South Carolina, which has more than 100 schools that offer some form of a single-gender program.

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Single-sex classes began proliferating after the U.S. Education Department relaxed restrictions in 2006. With research showing boys, particularly minority boys, are graduating at lower rates than girls and faring worse on tests, plenty of schools were paying attention.

In 2002, only about a dozen schools were separating the sexes, according to the National Association for Single Sex Public Education, an advocacy group. Now, an estimated 500 public schools across the country offer some all-boy and all-girl classrooms.

Proponents argue the separation allows for a tailored instruction and cuts down on gender-driven distractions among boys and girls, such as flirting. But critics decry the movement as promoting harmful gender stereotypes and depriving kids of equal educational opportunities. The ACLU claims many schools offer the classes in a way that conflicts with the U.S. Constitution and Title IX, a federal law banning sex discrimination in education. Researchers also have weighed in.

Diane F. Halpern, a former president of the American Psychological Association, co-authored a review of studies last fall in the journal Science that found research doesn’t support the benefits of single-sex education. Additionally, there are lots of problems whenever you segregate people into groups, Halpern said.

“Stereotyping increases so we really do have lots of data that says it’s just not supported,” she said.

However, proponents have put out their own studies, showing the benefits of separating students. Middleton Heights Elementary cited the research when it first piloted single-sex classes in a few grades. The goal was to address the struggles boys were having in reading.

The idea proved so popular that single-sex classes have expanded throughout the school. Parents can opt out, a choice required by law, if they want their kids in a traditional coed classroom.

In the single-sex classes, teachers use microphones that allow them to electronically adjust the tone of their voice to match the level that research suggests is best for boys. When preparing for a test, the boys may go for a run, or engage in some other activity, while the girls are more likely to do calming exercises, such as yoga.

On a recent tour, Gilbert peeked into a classroom of third grade boys, who had decorated their walls with a camping theme, complete with construction paper campfires and a sign that read “fishing for books.”

Next door, the third-grade girls opted for an “under the sea” motif. When they spotted Gilbert in their classroom door way, a few of the girls jumped from their seats and ran to give her a quick embrace.

They learn the same curriculum, they still lunch and play at recess together, but the differences in their learning environments are apparent, from the blue chalkboards in the boy classrooms, to the red paper hearts that decorated the wall of one of the girl’s classrooms.

These environments are driven by student interests and what they’re learning at the time, Gilbert said.

Dr. Leonard Sax, the founder of the Pennsylvania-based National Association for Single Sex Public Education, contends the movement is about breaking down gender stereotypes, not promoting them.

“We want more girls engaged in robotics and computer programming and physics and engineering,” Sax said in a telephone interview. “We want more boys engaged in poetry and creative writing and Spanish language.”

For advocates like Sax, the increase in this form of learning is exciting, but it’s troubling for others.

The ACLU launched a national campaign, Teach Kids, Not Stereotypes, in May and sent cease-and-desist letters to school districts in Maine, West Virginia, Alabama, Mississippi and Virginia. The group also asked state officials to investigate single-sex programs in Florida, while sending public record requests to schools in another five states, including to Gilbert’s school in Idaho.

Doug Bonney is legal director of the ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri, where he successfully challenged single sex classes in Missouri’s Adrian R-III School District. He argues there’s no proof single-sex classrooms work while there’s plenty of evidence they actually enhance gender stereotypes and lead to sexism.

“This isn’t the right step to address higher dropout rates by boys,” Bonney said. “They promote false stereotypes about sex-based differences that don’t exist. Promoting sex stereotypes can harm both girls and boys.”

Both sides agree the idea is not new and has a long history in private schools. But Galen Sherwin, staff attorney with the ACLU Women’s Rights Project, said its history in public schools is much darker and has roots in the South, where it was broadly instituted in an effort to evade the desegregation requirements of Brown v. Board of Education to try “to prevent black boys from being in the same room as white girls.”

“In the wake of Brown, many schools in the south integrated racially but segregated on the basis of sex,” Sherwin said.

Nancy Levit, a law professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, addressed this issue at a meeting of the Association of American Law Schools: “Think about it, in terms of race,” she said. “What would people say if the state paid for an all-white school or an all-black school? As long as there was a racial element nobody would have a problem seeing a constitutional difficulty.”

The analogy drew a heated reaction from Sax, who argues that a federal judge in Kentucky debunked this notion when ruling last year against parents who tried to block single-sex classes at a Breckenridge County school. Critics like the ACLU are out of line when they draw parallels to Brown v. Board of Education, Sax said.

“Either they’re really stupid and not able to grasp what the judge is saying in the ruling, or they’re being deliberately misleading,” he said.

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Hollingsworth reported from Kansas City, Mo.

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Hegelian dialectic again! The job of government and the politicians (2 term limits!) is **not** to enforce preferences, the job of government is to ensure that ALL parties minority or majority get the appropriate funding for what ANY group wants, no matter how small or large (i.e. ‘Gandhi’s Minority of 1’ democratic concept). So there should be :

a) Single Gender Schools (Uniformed)
b) Single Gender Schools (Un-uniformed)

c) Mixed Gender Schools (Uniformed)
d) Mixed Gender Schools (Un-uniformed)

e) Ambiguous Gender Schools (Uniformed)
f) Ambiguous Gender Schools (Un-uniformed)
(Try Thailand’s enlightened/futuristic advanced mini-take on gender : http://articles.nydailynews.com/2008-07-30/news/17904404_1_transsexual-bathroom-students)

;though specifically, real political leaders (2 term only) should eventually be only those able to deal with all disparate focus groups, or even were not from any such group. Single Gender schools should also have chances to associate with single gender schools of the opposite sex, AND also associate with mixed gender schools. Un-uniformed and/or Uniformed elite schools will need to also communicate with or without the other types (perhaps through extra-curricular club activities on weekends etc..), though choice to NOT associate (even by individuals) should also be given to any schools though this should be attached with a non-discriminatory ‘warning’ or marker about persons choosing to dissociate with any.

An introvert student group could be again formed out of a all ‘odd men out’ among all schools in the entire district or state region (i.e. unincorporated community and Census-Designated Places) that may again be relocated to a new ‘school’, possibly for ground breaking educational paradigm studies that would otherwise be lost if left incognito and unable to participate in the above mainstream groups. This way the best or the worst could be identified instead of the kicking out all who do not fit ‘one-size-fits-all-schools’ that become generally malcontent gangs that form out of drop-outs from simply being unable to fit in that the Prison-Supplier Complex profits off. Perhaps ‘one-size-fits-all-schools’ are designed to enrich the Prison-Supplier Complex, more collusion to be rooted out by whatever honest civil servants who deserve those Governors or MP’s seats instead of term limitless colluders . . .

ARTICLE 9

Taking part in a riot can be an ecstatic, spiritual experience, says senior Church of England bishop – by Steve Doughty – PUBLISHED: 23:31 GMT, 8 July 2012 | UPDATED: 06:51 GMT, 9 July 2012

The Right Reverend Peter Price said taking part in a riot could be a ‘spiritual experience’

A senior Church of England bishop declared yesterday that rioting could be ‘an ecstatic, spiritual experience’.

The Right Reverend Peter Price said rioters in last summer’s deadly disturbances found spiritual escape as they looted and burned.

He spoke out as the Church’s parliament, the General Synod, approved a report that blamed last August’s four days of disorder on Government spending cuts, inequality and ‘structural sin’ in the rest of society.

Dr Price, 68, the Bishop of Bath and Wells, said it was important to ‘sound a clear warning note about the social consequences of austerity measures which hit the most vulnerable hardest and leave the very rich unscathed. When the nation tightens its belt, inevitably the least resilient are those who suffer most.’

He continued: ‘I have no intention of being sentimental about the people, mainly young people, who took to the streets last August and destroyed property, ruined other people’s lives and walked off with looted trophies.

‘Riots embody appalling evil and criminality and those who get drawn in often display great wickedness.’

But he added: ‘Rioting can be, literally, an ecstatic, spiritual experience. Something is released in the participants which takes them out of themselves as a kind of spiritual escape.

‘The tragedy of our times is that, once again, we have a large population of young people who are desperate to escape from the constrained lives to which they seem to be condemned. Where hope has been killed off and with no prospect of escape, is it surprising that their energies erupt in anti-social and violent actions?

‘In a consumer society, is it surprising that lusting after high-status goods is seen as a way to find meaning?’
The riots caused five deaths and scarred cities. There was also widespread looting from shops of goods such as trainers, mobile phones and TVs

Buildings were burned during the riots in Tottenham last year. Dr Price said he prayed that there would be no outbreaks of disorder this year

Dr Price said he prayed that there would be no outbreaks of disorder this summer, but warned that ‘social tensions will not go away’.

The riots caused five deaths and scarred cities. They saw widespread looting from shops of goods such as trainers, mobile phones and televisions, and in some areas shops and homes were burned in arson attacks.

More than 3,000 people were arrested, while more than 1,000 were jailed for offences including burglary, violent disorder, and theft, receiving sentences that were far harsher than those typically handed down for those offences.

The Church report on the riots, which was produced by Dr Price with the CofE’s Mission and Public Affairs Council, was not criticised by any member of the Synod and they voted overwhelmingly to accept it. It raised the concept of ‘structural sin’, which is based on the idea that society at large is responsible  for wrongs that leave some oppressed or degraded.

The report said that clergy have been ‘working with the concept of structural sin which recognises how people on all sides of conflicts can face moral choices that are not between what is clearly right and clearly wrong but which are necessitated by circumstances in response to situations where much has gone wrong already’.
Climbdown on women bishops

The report added: ‘Christian beliefs about sin prevent them [churchgoers] from stereotyping others and from dividing the world between good and evil in ways which ignore the complexity of moral contexts.’ It cited Government spending cuts, inequality and family breakdown as causes of the trouble, which were beyond the control of the rioters and determined their behaviour.

The report angered Philip Davies, Tory MP for Shipley. ‘This is complete drivel,’ he said.

‘Public spending is higher now than it was in the last year of the Labour government. There were a lot of fairly well-off people involved in these riots, and the authors of this report appear to have ignored that too.

‘If the Church spent more time persuading people to take responsibility for their actions and less trying to make excuses, they would find themselves more popular than they are.’

s.doughty@dailymail.co.uk

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Glad to see this article. At times the COE (in fact too many religions with well fed clergy and laymen) looked like all the COE only knew and was enmired in material acquisition and material matters, this fetting of spirit (even that which animated physical bodies to destroy property) over property losses is a sign of spritual relevance of the people running COE at least. What IS physical matter or the physical person when the spiritual version is unwhole, torn apart by the vicious spiritual cannibals using wealth as a weapon?

And the riots were indeed a catharsis of sorts, sacrificing the physical for the spiritual. The commentators and naysayers among MPs for the most part have not reached the level of reflection by Dr. Price and COE here. Better than nothing, though truly nothing less than an Inquisition and Socialism applied in strength of the remainder of the Church specifically at this angle is the only thing that COE can do to remove plutocrats and ‘bankers’ along with all the corrupted greedy people in government. Run for election against any naysayer MPs, COE might yet be able to break the bonds of matter over the English and perhaps even get QEII to return everything stolen by her barbaric ancestors during the colonial era.

Incidentally, note Singapore’s COE and the NLP links. Ingrate trying to destroy ‘the West’ with NLPs? Bad backstabbing allies and corrupted minds abound in Singapore! Everytime someone BUYS a COE in Singapore, the English COE is diminished ‘plutocratically’??? Think deeper all you fundo-farts, and Celtism or Druidism is the REAL faith of the Isles before the outcast among Germans (blue eyed, blonde haired) butchered their way into the (green eyed red haired) native peoples of the Isles, Welsh, Scotts and Irish (all sovereign peoples who did not speak a word of ‘English’ or worship ‘Christ’) . . . then try NAZA Malaysia and NASA USA . . . Malaysia truly hateful?

What utter ‘Drivel!’ …Just goes to show what sort of people hold these positions in society these days.

– D-MAC, Brisbane Australia, 09/7/2012 09:27
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I’m sure the Bishop won’t mind if next time they loot and burn the churches as a sign of their spirituality.

– Jack, London, 09/7/2012 09:19
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I wouldn’t be surprised to see him rioting next time.

– Steven, Surrey, 09/7/2012 09:10
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The Right Reverend Peter Price !..The right Reverend Peter Pillock!!!

– Jim , Leyland, 09/7/2012 09:04
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I daresay that defrocking is also an ecstatic, spiritual experience.

– Alan, Devon UK, 09/7/2012 09:03
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So stop complaining when the lead gets stripped from church roofs, it’s just somebody having an ecstatic experience.

– DG, Manchester, 09/7/2012 09:01
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Bring on the women Bishops. We might get some sense out of them.

– james, wetbridge, 09/7/2012 09:00
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Another misfit finds solace in a dog collar. There is no hope for the eccentric Church of England 🙂

– james, wetbridge, 09/7/2012 08:56
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Is it not time that senior clerics undertook an annual check-up to assess their mental fitness ?

– SeaBee, London, UK, 09/7/2012 08:55
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The C of E can longer be described as The Conservative Party at prayer………..What about then as—— “Lucifer’s walking parody of stupidity and blind evilness?

– Tony Hemphill, bristol UK, 09/7/2012 08:53

ARTICLE 10

We’re powerless to get truth about bankers, says key MP

Diamond faces recall to Parliament – but Select Committee member says inquiry isn’t working – Andy McSmith Author Biography , Oliver Wright – Monday 09 July 2012

Politicians have been virtually “useless” so far at getting to the truth behind the banking scandal, one of the MPs responsible for investigating the affair has admitted.

Andrea Leadsom, whose forensic questioning of the former chief executive of Barclays, Bob Diamond, led to his only uncomfortable moments during last week’s cross-examination by the Commons Treasury Select Committee, said: “I don’t think we felt we did a fantastic job. It’s a fair criticism to say, ‘You guys were useless’.

“We had great weaknesses in that we didn’t have email trails. We didn’t have recordings of the morning meetings where you could point to what had been said. All we really had were the regulators’ reports, what we’d seen in the media.”

Her frank remarks, in an interview with The Independent, will raise doubts about whether the larger parliamentary inquiry being set up to investigate the banking scandal will be able to uncover the whole truth. David Cameron has rejected Labour’s calls for a judge-led inquiry, arguing that it would take too long. Several of the MPs who questioned Mr Diamond last week are now considering calling him back for a second bout because they are dissatisfied with his answers.

Paul Tucker, the Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, will be questioned by the same committee today about the now-infamous telephone call he had with Mr Diamond at the height of the banking crisis in 2008. Any clash between his evidence and Mr Diamond’s will add to the pressure for the former Barclays head to be recalled.

One of the committee members, Pat McFadden, who was a business minister under Labour, said: “I can see that happening [Mr Diamond being recalled] after we have talked to other witnesses. There were some inconsistencies in what he told us. We’ll ask Tucker if his version of the phone call tallies with Bob Diamond’s.”

Ms Leadsom complained that she found parts of Mr Diamond’s evidence “simply unbelievable”, while John Mann, another Labour member of the committee, said that he “may not have been entirely honest in his answers”.

The Labour leader, Ed Miliband, will today promise to introduce major reforms of the banking industry in an attempt to improve competition and change its culture.

Tomorrow the Treasury Select Committee will ask the outgoing Barclays chairman, Marcus Agius, about the state of mind of executives who thought it was acceptable to rig interest rates. He can also expect to come under pressure not to allow Mr Diamond his full pay-off, reputed to be £17m. The Business Secretary, Vince Cable, told the BBC yesterday that the public would regard it as an “outrage”.

The shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, added: “It’s outrageous that somebody should stand aside because the board decides that there’s a problem and then get a payout which is sort of off the scale for anything normal people will earn in their lifetimes. How can that be?”

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Sit down with the Judiciary and draft a new law specifically targetting what has occured here! Stupid or pretending to be helpless? Vote these MPs out for new MPs who will do the necessary – Draft NEW LAWS. Obviously criminal actions that harmed the nation and citizens occurred. Write and amend laws! Helpless? Foolish or pretentious, collusive more like.

ARTICLE 11

1,000 innocent victims of Big Brother Britain: Families were spied on wrongly because of blunders by officials – by James Slack – PUBLISHED: 00:48 GMT, 14 July 2012 | UPDATED: 15:12 GMT, 14 July 2012

Eyes everywhere: David Cameron has called for greater accuracy when ‘spying’ on supposed suspects

Almost 1,000 entirely innocent people were wrongly spied upon using anti-terror powers last year following blunders by officials, it emerged last night.

In two shocking cases, two members of the public were arrested and accused of being serious criminals.

Details of phone calls and texts by genuine crime suspects had wrongly been attributed to the pair in a terrible mix-up between police and an internet company.

Sir Paul Kennedy, the Interception of Communications Commissioner, said the mistakes had ‘significant consequence’ for the victims.

The internet provider involved was slow to report the errors and initially gave unsatisfactory explanations as to how they occurred or what was being done to stop it happening again, Sir Paul said.

He also revealed details of a council going beyond its legal powers to use snooping laws to spy on a family suspected of cheating school catchment area rules.

The council obtained details of phone calls and texts to seek to establish if the family lived where it said, the first known case of a town hall spying on a person’s phone records over school catchment areas.

The unnamed council was not acting within the rules, which say officials must be seeking evidence for use in a criminal prosecution. Instead, the council wanted only to withdraw a school place offered to a child in the family.

Anger of primary school parents banned from photographing their own children appearing in play because of just ONE complaint

The hundreds of errors made by police, town halls and the security services will raise fresh doubts about the Government’s plan for a new ‘snoopers’ charter’.

Currently, public bodies have access to details of when and where phone calls, texts and emails were sent and, in some cases, to whom. But under proposals before Parliament, this will be extended to a person’s every internet click and the details of phone calls made on Skype.

They’re watching you: How the Mail reported the government’s spying

The details will be supplied by internet firms – which were responsible for around a fifth of the mistakes made last year. Most commonly, the wrong digit was attached to a phone number or internet address by police, spies or the internet firm. This leads to data on the wrong person being investigated. It is destroyed once the mistake has been identified.

Last year, there were 895 cases where communications data – details of texts, emails and phone calls – was obtained in error.

There were also 42 errors by the security services – MI5, MI6 and GCHQ – relating to undercover operations, and 42 blunders by police and other law enforcement bodies asking for warrants to intercept the details of phone calls or other data.

David Cameron said he was concerned by the errors made by organisations using the controversial Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act.

It was passed by Labour ostensibly to fight terrorism, but was then extended to cover a string of other public bodies, including town halls. Councils have been accused of using the powers to spy on those accused of putting their bins out on the wrong day or allowing their dog to foul the pavement.

The number of applications to obtain communications data was 494,078, which was down by 11 per cent but is still 1,350 every day.

Of these, 2,130 were made by town halls. This was up from 1,809 in 2010, despite repeated promises from ministers to curtail the use of surveillance by the so-called ‘Town Hall Stasi’.

The Home Office said: ‘Surveillance powers are a vital tool for police and security services, enabling them to catch criminals, prevent terrorist attacks and protect children. But they must be used proportionately – that is why we have blocked local authorities for accessing data for trivial purposes.’

Campaign group Liberty said the scale of surveillance revealed was ‘alarming’ and called on the Government to ‘think again about turning us into a nation of suspects rather than citizens’.

Here’s what other readers have said. Why not add your thoughts, or debate this issue live on our message boards. The comments below have not been moderated.

DM website comment blockers are well into the Big Brother game. POT/KETTLE/BL@ACK

– Ronnie, liverpool, ENGLAND (NOT UK or EU), 14/7/2012 23:13
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Every time you leave home you should THROW ROCKS AT THE TYRANNY CAMERAS

– Lord Vader, Death Star, 14/7/2012 21:17
Rating   19

What is the fuss about? The first duty of Government is to ensure the nation is secure and crime reduced. These powers inadequate as they are should be used to achieve that aim. If after investigation people are shown to be innocent fine, but the real question is what were they doing that brought themselves to the attention of the authorities and security forces in the first place. – pieter van der byl, rhodesia nottinghamshire, 14/7/2012 18:03 ______________________________________________________________________ The first duty of government is to protect the powerless against the powerful.

– I might be right, but then I might not, 14/7/2012 20:36
Rating   33

What is the fuss about? The first duty of Government is to ensure the nation is secure and crime reduced. These powers inadequate as they are should be used to achieve that aim. If after investigation people are shown to be innocent fine, but the real question is what were they doing that brought themselves to the attention of the authorities and security forces in the first place. If you behave and dont break thelaw then you will have nothing to fear. If however you misbegave or act in a way that brings suspicion upon you then dont be surprised if you are investigated. We need people to be vigilent as the public spirited person who reported the mystery goings on aboard the coach on the M6. They did the right thing as did the Police. Behave and you have nothing to fear.

– pieter van der byl, rhodesia nottinghamshire, 14/7/2012 18:03
Rating   87

They will still do it, it is not a blunder we will always be watched. NWO.

– ron weezy, englandddddd, 14/7/2012 17:59
Rating   50

This is big brother, will Mr & Mrs innocent please come to the diary room.!!

– John H, Manchester, Lancashire, 14/7/2012 17:35
Rating   35

This seems to conflict with an earlier article and has me confused…. From what I understand, councils allow unvetted jobsworths to spy on, photograph, video, and phone tap my family and I. But the same councils say I am not allowed to openly photograph my granddaughter taking part in her school play???

– Charlie, Portsmouth, 14/7/2012 17:34
Rating   58

Here’s an idea, get rid of CCTV and get rid of those Community Beat Officers. After getting rid of those two, get proper and civilised Police Officers back on the beat in our local communities!

– NUFCDave, Tyneside, 14/7/2012 17:20
Rating   57

Cant anybody get anything right in this Country anymore.

– wind, in the willows, 14/7/2012 11:59
Rating   112

I can’t believe that the clever terrorists haven’t got email accounts in fake names and addresses and then use internet cafes or public libraries when they use them. How will all this intception help then?

– mike, london, 14/7/2012 11:52

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Compensation should be directly out of the pockets of the officials NOT taxpayer funds. Public apologies by officials on television and media funded by their own funds as well. Any loss of income at reasonable amount should be compensated. But NOT millions. Emotional anguish should be returned in similar form, the mechanism for repeating misery inflicted over an equitable period by whatever state apparatus available. This is not a place where a false flag crony pretends to be aggrived then receives payout from court at taxpayer’s expense.

ARTICLE  12

A Sapphire Hard Disk Can Last One Million Years – Posted on July 14, 2012 by Soren Dreier

A sapphire hard disk can last one million years and resolve a problem worrying archaeologists. Thursday, Patrick Charton of the French nuclear waste management agency ANDRA, presented a way out of data storage problems, an information-engraved sapphire disk using platinum.

The disk is being called the ultimate, if not ultimately unaffordable, HDD. The disk was announced at this week’s Euroscience Open Forum, a pan-European event drawing researchers, as a way to provide information for future archaeologists.

The solution is in the form of two thin disks of industrial sapphire, molecularly fused, with a thin layer of inscribed platinum. The disks were immersed in acid to test their durability and to simulate aging.

With the sapphire disk, up to 40,000 miniaturized pages of text or images etched can be inscribed in the platinum. The information would be read with microscope.

A key application would be as a solution for how future societies will be able to identify areas of buried nuclear waste. Nuclear reactors produce radioactive waste that needs to be safely stored for up to one million years.

Once a disposal method is determined, future societies will need to know where the waste is buried. According to Science magazine. Finland, France, and Sweden are the furthest advanced in the process of finding a geologically suitable site. While designers of such repositories are confident the waste can be buried safely, the fear is that future archaeologists may dig in t he wrong places. Markers would be a way to allow them to know the sites where they should not dig.

With a sapphire disk, the warning message could be encoded into varied forms of written human communication, including words, pictograms, and diagrams, and in turn linguists and artists are involved in the project. The researchers say thus far they have no idea what language to use.

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. . . The disk is being called the ultimate, if not ultimately unaffordable, . . .

Unaffordable? Rubbish. Almost all mid tier brands of watches use artificially lab grown ‘sapphire’ for the dial panels. 1 full ounce of platinum costs no more than USD$2000, and only 2-3 grams are likely needed for such a disk
, making that less than USD$200 (if nano-scale, perhaps less than 0.1 gram meaning USD$20 or less). Why the lies? Or could Soren be misinformed about prices of things?

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Teenager dies after shooting himself in the head playing Russian Roulette – by Paul Thompson – PUBLISHED: 15:15 GMT, 1 July 2012 | UPDATED: 15:29 GMT, 1 July 2012

Fatal: Thorin Montgomery,17, was the first to hold a loaded .38 caliber handgun to his head and pull the trigger

A teenager has died after shooting himself in the head during a game of ‘Russian Roulette’ with three friends.

Thorin Montgomery, 17, was the first to hold a loaded .38 caliber handgun to his head and pull the trigger.

The teenager collapsed in front of his horrified friends who called paramedics.

Montgomery was airlifted to hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Russian Roulette is a lethal game of chance in which a player places a single round in a revolver, spins the cylinder, places the muzzle against his or her head and pulls the trigger.

The game originated in Russia and featured in the one of the most famous scenes in cinema history in the film The Deer Hunter with Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken.

It is estimated that up to ten people a year die from playing the risky game.

Police in Largo, Florida, said Montgomery was with three friends, aged 19,18 and 16, on Friday night when they decided to play the deadly shooting game.

The teens were sitting on the back porch of Montgomery’s home when the fatal shot was fired.

A neighbour, who doesn’t want to be identified, told 10 News he saw an ambulance arrive at the house and then neighbors started running towards there as well.

Scene: Thorin Montgomery and three teenage friends were on the back porch of his house along 111th Way North in Largo

He described the scene as ‘crazy’ and said he was surprised to hear the teens were playing such a dangerous game.

‘I’m shocked to find out they’re stupid enough to play that game,’ said the neighbor.

‘Kids nowadays, with them playing with guns the way they do, there’s no reason for that.’

A spokesman for Pinellas County Police said the investigation was continuing and they were focusing on how the teens obtained the gun.

Investigation: As police probed the scene neighbours spoke of their shock at what happened

wtsp.com: Largo teen dies after game of Russian Roulette | wtsp.com

Why would you do something do stupid , the poor family which is left behind will be devastated

– lizg, Bracknell, 01/7/2012 20:24
Rating   108

interesting that “Russian Roulette” is not really Russian – it originates from some outcasts in US wild west in 19 century, but because it was assumed that Russians were weird it got its russian name, the same about “Russian Hills” attraction which originated from Switchback Railway at Coney Island in USA and was the first roller coaster designed as an amusement ride.It was designed by LaMarcus Adna Thompson in 1881 and constructed in 1884 and also had nothing to do with Russia.

– Ron, St.Petersburg, Russia, 01/7/2012 20:21
Rating   4

I just think…what a waste.

– I would do anything for love, But I won’t do THAT, 01/7/2012 20:17
Rating   28

Doh !

– Neil., Spain., 01/7/2012 20:14
Rating   38

A schoolmate of mine died from this game when I was in middle school. I didn’t understand why anyone would want to play it then and 40 years later I don’t understand why people play it now. My heart felt condolences to the boy’s loved ones.

– the donna, USA, 01/7/2012 20:09
Rating   81

Why?

– Sweezy, USA, 01/7/2012 19:56
Rating   52

A six shooter. Playing with 3 friends. I don’t like those odds. Hardly surprising.

– Sean Boon, Hampshire, 01/7/2012 19:43
Rating   61

To be frank it was an absolutely crazy & dangerous game to play…you take the risk & unfortunately you pay the consequenses.

– Bill, London, 01/7/2012 19:42
Rating   79

I feel sorry for the family but really how STUPID can you be ??

– Monique, United Kingdom, 01/7/2012 19:39
Rating   102

But that’s Russian roulette. Tragic he died but what did they think would happen?

– Nick, Lincoln, 01/7/2012 19:36

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To guarantee 100% survival rates, try putting the gun against the EAR, or for more pain to the cheek with jaw open to result in flesh wound. If lucky, and with the right ammo, the bullet can be spat out . . .  (closed for even MORE PAIN maybe broken teeth, and at very most for non fatal results at extreme angle not directed at the center of the head (will fracture skull at worst, richochet off skull at best leaving a flesh wound though potentially with messy scars).

Continue placing flat against the skull for fatal and original version called Russian Roulette. Of course the other variants suggested above should not be called Russian Roulette but something less fatal. Which countries take the honour where people do not die from playing this sort of game. Gaza Roulette? (people do get injured in Gaza but have as much chance escaping with just some injuries that can heal . . . )

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Madonna puts gun to her head in on-stage stunt

Madonna pointed a gun at her head during a Tuesday performance in London’s Hyde Park as part of her MDNA act. – by Natalie Finn, E! Online

The Material Girl keeps pulling out the props on stage. While Rome caught an eyeful of her backside, and Paris was treated to a nipple the other night, Madonna and her dancers flashed big shiny guns on stage in London’s Hyde Park, during Monday’s stop on her increasingly controversial MDNA tour.

And when we say guns we don’t mean their arms.

MORE: Madonna just as hot, attention-seeking as ever in “Turn Up the Radio” video

Obviously the uproar over Lindsay Lohan’s recent girl-next-door-with-gun photo shoot wasn’t foremost on Madonna’s mind when she pressed her revolver to her temple.

Sigh…

Packing presumably unloaded heat is nothing new for the pop icon, who brandished an AK-47 assault rifle during a show in Tel Aviv in May and brought out the smaller gun for effect while performing “Gang Bang.” (Ironically, she brought out the rifle during “Revolver.”)

But, what do you know, making gestures suggestive of self-harm aren’t really in favor these days.

After Lohan’s second photo shoot this year featuring her and a gun (but the first in which she pointed it toward her open mouth), the national suicide hotline Hopeline told E! News, “When a celebrity uses suicide and specifically the means to do it as a joke, it is grossly irresponsible and is a disgrace. It also must be met with an immediate rebuke from the mental-health community. This is no joking matter. Lives are at stake.”

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I’d say they supported and were reminding USA about the 2nd Amendment, if not averting bad karma from the insane ‘anti-fans’ with half a mind to kill them.

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UPDATE: Suspect agrees to serve 6 years for stabbing – 11:04 AM, Jul. 18, 2012  |  – by Pacific Daily News

A 24-year-old suspect who is accused of stabbing a teenager with a butcher knife about a year ago has agreed to serve six years in prison.

Ninton Hauk has signed a plea offer — agreeing to plead guilty to third-degree felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon — said defense attorney Jeff Moots.

If the plea is accepted by a judge, Hauk would serve one year in prison for the assault charge and five years for a special allegation of use of a deadly weapon. The suspect would be given credit for the year he has already spent behind bars.

Superior Court of Guam Judge Judge Vernon Perez has set a hearing to accept the plea on July 31. Hauk was originally scheduled to go to trial next week, but the plea deal has made that trial unnecessary.

Hauk and his brother, a 15-year-old boy, were arrested last July after two teenagers were found stabbed in Dededo last March. Both suspects were originally charged with attempted murder.

Ninton Hauk allegedly wounded a boy across the face with a butcher knife, and when another male minor tried to intervene, the 15-year-old suspect allegedly stabbed him in the back, according to court documents.

The 15-year-old suspect was originally charged as an adult, but it there is no longer a public record of his case in Superior Court, which mean the case has most likely moved to juvenile court, which is held behind closed doors.

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Unless Ninton is unwilling to be on probation with perhaps a 3 times? daily reporting to police with night curfew AND disallowed from drinking (people get drunk and violent due to lack of impulse control), how about the below with daily reporting to probation officers :

1) Allow the victimised teen, a relative, or a state ‘Punishment Officer’ to stab back as deeply.
2) Make the victim help (ONLY if apologetic) alternate teenagers (not the same attacker’s victims) at a level and time requitred to heal equitable, or to the level of medical bills required based on minimum wage.
3) Or 3 times the amount of time as above (thats for being such an insensitive beast but the state does not need to punich excessively either), doing menial or clean up work in a different state for no wage

No jail terms (enriches prison contractor-suplier complex) or fines (enriches state, allows the rich to effectively have impunity) involved. Overall, most menial or clean up work (perhaps the worst criminals who still do not go totally insane being in public be assigned to sewer cleaning duties) would be done by chain gangs or probation types. The state can save on BOTH running of prisons as well as have a ready source of labour. In all cases in public, probation workers should be allowed to wear masks to allow them to re-integrate into society without being unduly shamed UNLESS their crime was a crime related to shaming – just to be equitable and ‘eye for eye’, ‘tooth for tooth’. General gradation of punishment work, with period of time being punished deteremined by damage caused :

Serving Positions in State Cafeterias etc.    DUI Type offences / Temporary Insanity cases that happened to cause no damage – luck was on BOTH parties’s sides
Gardening                Repeat DUI Type offences / Premeditated cases that happened to cause no damage – luck was on BOTH parties’s sides
Cleaning of Surfaces other than Ground    Minor Crime/Temporary Insanity cases causing light injuries
Sweeping                Major Crime/Temporary Insanity cases causing moderate few month to recover injuries
Canal Cleaning            Non-Violent Society Destroying Crime (Bankers/Nation Destroying Policy Writers i.e. Crony Capitalism) / Temporary Insanity cases causing serious few years to recover injuries / Premeditated cases causing moderate few month to recover injuries
Sewage Cleaning            Violent Society Destroying Crime (Bomb Terrorists / Cultists releasing Sarin Gas / ) Premeditated cases causing permanent injuries or Manslaughter death

Intent is one thing. Actual harm is another.

Article 16

NFL Star Elvis Dumervil – Untucked & Cuffed – 7/17/2012 2:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has obtained a photo of Denver Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil … taken WHILE he was being arrested for allegedly flashing a gun at another motorist during a road rage incident in Miami.

The photo is interesting because it shows the front of Dumervil’s shirt untucked and hanging over his shorts … relevant because the alleged victim had told police Elvis and another man both approached her car and lifted their shirts to show they had guns tucked into their waistbands.

According to the police report, Dumervil had been driving a Land Rover on Saturday … and following his friend who was driving a Mercedes … when a woman in an Impala merged between the two cars … upsetting both Dumervil and his friend.

The men allegedly got out of their cars … approached the Impala and threatened the female driver while flashing their guns.

Dumervil — a two-time Pro Bowl D end — told police he didn’t have a firearm … but cops say they recovered a weapon in the glove compartment of the Land Rover.

28-year-old Dumervil was ultimately booked on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

A rep for Elvis had no comment on the story.

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They did not shoot, so aggravated assault with a deadly weapon can’t count, though criminal intimidation charges could stick. Actually they do have a right to flash weapons, but if the victim stands ground, even the charges of criminal intimidation would fail. In this case the motorist was sufficiently frightened (make sure this is not vexatious reporting of a non-case – IF the motorist  was not frightened but intentionally made a report).

In the second scenario,  Elvis could actually sue the police department AND the motorist for loss of reputation due to being detained in public in this manner. In the event the motorist was truly frightened, then criminal intimidation charges could stick though I do not recommend jail terms or even a fine but perhaps a private apology at most (no need for public apology as the embarrassment already means that Elvis has already paid for making themotorist fear for life). This is not a court case worthy police report. Any senior officer could think the above through and remind Elvis to be less reliant on flashing guns tin lieu of talking (which are mainly for defence if attacked) and tell the motorist to get a grip and report the damage and claims rather than report for being frightened. Just like the ombudsman style sheriffs in the old westerns. See? Not a cent of taxpayer money spent!

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Hard Rock Calling 2012: England a ‘police state’, says Bruce Springsteen guitarist – Steven Van Zandt, a guitarist in Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street Band, has accused England of becoming “police state” after “The Boss” and Sir Paul McCartney were silenced for breaching a council curfew at Hard Rock Calling. – by Andrew Hough – 10:30AM BST 15 Jul 2012

Van Zandt, 61, who has also stared in cult US drama series The Sopranos, aired his frustration at the gig’s premature ending at the concert in Hyde Park, central London on Saturday night.

Organisers said it was “unfortunate” that the performance was stopped at the end but insisted the curfew was put in place for to help protect “public health and safety”.

Sir Paul McCartney with Bruce Springsteen on stage at the Hard Rock Calling festival, Hyde Park, London (Giovanni Canitano/Rex Features)

The decision, however, sparked outrage amongst fans while Van Zandt took to Twitter to accuse England of becoming a “police state”.

Sir Paul had joined Springsteen, 62, and his E Street band on stage at the Hard Rock Calling music festival following a performance by the American rock star that had lasted more than three hours.

The US singer greeted the former Beatle, 70, by saying “I’ve been waiting for this for 50 years”.

Sir Paul McCartney joind Bruce Springsteen on stage to perform The Beatles’ Twist and Shout and I Saw Her Standing There (Giovanni Canitano/Rex Features)

Springsteen, known for his long performances, had exceeded the curfew by half an hour.

After belting out hits such as Born In The USA and Because The Night, he welcomed Sir Paul to the stage to sing Beatles hits I Saw Her Standing There and Twist and Shout.

But after singing two Beatles hits both performers were forced to leave the stage in silence after their sound equipment was turned off – meaning they were unable to thank the audience.

Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt on stage during the Hard Rock Calling in Hyde Park, London (Getty Images)

The band had stood for some minutes, bemused and bowing, before speaking their thanks into switched-off microphones to growing jeers.

In a series of angry tweets from @StevieVanZandt, Springsteen’s guitarist said: “One of the great gigs ever in my opinion. But seriously, when did England become a police state?

“We break curfews in every country but only English cops needs to ‘punish us’ by not letting us leave until the entire crowd goes.

“Is there just too much fun in the world? We would have been off by 11 if we’d done one more. On a Saturday night! Who were we disturbing?”

He added: “The cops got nothing more important to do? How about they go catch some criminals instead of f****** with 80,000 people having a good time?

“English cops may be the only individuals left on earth that wouldn’t want to hear one more from Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney!

“I’m sorry but I have to be honest I’m p*****. Like I said, it didn’t ruin the great night. But when I’m jamming with McCartney don’t bug me!”

He continued: “If it’s a public transport issue I’m sorry but people are adult enough to go get a train if they need to without the cops pulling the plug!”

“Ha! @raindogs70 just reminded me how the Beatles’ rooftop concert ended. Not much has changed in 43 years!”

He was referring to the afternoon of January 30, 1969 when The Beatles surprised a central London office lunch crowd with an impromptu concert on the roof of their Savile Row Apple headquarters.

But the outing was abruptly cut short by police who objected to the noise.

Several hours later on Sunday he posted further messages on Twitter in support of the event:

“Very proud of our association with Hard Rock Calling and Hard Rock in general and what they’re doing for Rock music.

“Hard Rock would have let us play all night.”

“There’s no grudges to be held. Just feel bad for our great fans. Hard Rock is cool. Live Nation is cool. It’s some City Council stupid rule.”

Springsteen had earlier invited Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello on stage to perform two songs, and singer John Fogerty had joined him for one.

Bruce Springsteen performs onstage at the Hard Rock Calling Festival in London’s Hyde Park (AP)

Boris Johnson also waded into the row, saying the musicians should have been allowed to continue their set.

“It sounds to me like an excessively efficacious decision,” he told LBC Radio in London.

“You won’t get that during the Olympics.

“If they’d have called me, my answer would have been for them to jam in the name of the Lord.”

Audience members and fans reacted angrily to the concert’s abrupt end.

Stephen Merchant, the comedian, wrote on the micro-blogging website: “Ashamed to be British right now. Springsteen and McCartney playing Twist & Shout in Hyde Park and council pulled the plug cos of curfew.”

Simon Pegg, the comedian and actor, added: “Can’t believe they pulled the plug on Springsteen and Macca last night in Hyde Park. What joyless, bitter killjoy made that decision? ?#shame.”

While Springsteen did not write about the curfew row himself on his official Twitter page, he “retweeted” several posts about it including from Van Zandt. In one tweet he described the concert as “epic”.

“Sir @PaulMcCartney joined Bruce and the E Street Band on stage last night at London’s @hardrockcalling. ?#EPIC”, before posting a picture of themselves on stage.

Last week fans took to Hard Rock Calling’s official Facebook page to urge the singer, known as ‘The Boss’, to defy the restrictions.

One, Thomas Messenger, said: “Only 3:15 for Bruce? Looks like it’s curfew-breaking Boss time”

A spokesman for Live Nation, which organisers the event, said: “Last night everyone had a fantastic time, in the excellent weather conditions, with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band giving 65,000 people an incredible performance of 29 songs with special guests John Fogerty, Tom Morello & Paul McCartney joining him onstage.

“It was unfortunate that the three hour plus performance by Bruce Springsteen was stopped right at the very end but the curfew is laid down by the authorities in the interest of the public health and safety.

“Road closures around Hyde Park are put in place at specific times to make sure everyone can exit the area safely.”

Leith Penny, Westminster Council’s strategic director for city management, also defended the decision.

He said: “Concert organisers, not the council, ended last night’s concert in Hyde Park to comply with their licence, which allows them to run the concert until 10.30pm.

“Licences are granted until certain times to protect residents in the area from noise late at night.”

On Sunday singer Paul Simon closes out the three-day event.

The number of concerts which can take place in Hyde Park will be reduced from 13 to nine from next year following complaints about noise.

The crowd limit will also fall from 80,000 to 65,000, and in some cases 50,000 from 2013 after the decision by Westminster Council’s licensing sub-committee last February.

The number of concerts to be held came into question after residents in well-to-do Knightsbridge and Belgravia complained about noise.

There were 109 complaints from residents in 2011, around twice as many as in 2010.

Boris Johnson waded into the row this morning, saying the musicians should have been allowed to continue their set.

Speaking to Kay Burley on LBC radio, he said: “It sounds to me like an excessively efficacious decision.

“You won’t get that during the Olympics.

“If they’d have called me, my answer would have been for them to jam in the name of the Lord!”

Spokesmen for Springsteen and Sir Paul were unavailable for comment.

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Pretend situation inspired by moi. BS (bullshit) and PC (politically correct) are working to make the ‘saviours’ look good. Watch our for the plutocrat, GLC linked or poorer relatives of the establishment suddenly make a meteoric rise to politics. After a GENERATION or 2, Orwell hitts back harder than ever. Know how to vote now 99% voters? Capish? No plutocrats, no nepotists, no term limitless oligarchs.

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French demand Crown Jewels from the Queen to compensate for 1499 murder of Edward Plantagenet – by Peter Allen – PUBLISHED: 12:10 GMT, 15 July 2012 | UPDATED: 13:02 GMT, 15 July 2012

A French city which produced 14 English kings is demanding the Crown Jewels as compensation from the Queen for the murder of its last pretender to the throne.

Angers, which is in the Loire Valley west of Paris, was once the capital of the Anjou province and the House of Plantagenet.

It ruled England from 1154 until 1485, providing some of the greatest monarchs in British history, including Richard the Lionheart and Henry V.

The French city of Angers, France, have said they want to be compensated for the ‘murder’ of Edward Plantagenet

They have claimed that the Crown Jewels would be a sufficient payment for the death of the Earl of Warwick

But when Edward Plantagenet, the Earl of Warwick, was murdered in the Tower of London in 1499 the house’s legitimate male line came to an end.

‘As redress for the execution of Edward, Angers today demands that the Crown Jewels of England be transferred to Angers,’ reads a petition posted on the city’s official website.

Recalling 25-year-old Edward’s ‘unfair and horrible death’ at the hands of henchmen working for Henry VII, England’s first Tudor king, the city believes it is owed an apology – and 513 years’ worth of compensation.

This would amount to billions in today’s currency, but Angers is prepared to accept the coronation jewels to cover it all.

The Queen will receive a petition from the town in September during a celebration of Angers’ history

The petition, which has already been signed by hundreds of so-called Angevins, as well as sympathisers around France and other parts of the world, is directed at the Queen.

It describes a ‘state crime’ against a noble line which played a huge role in making Britain great, and wants the jewels to be put on public display at the Saint Aubin tower in Angers.

The Queen, who speaks good French, will be sent the official petition at the beginning of September, during the Accroche-Cœurs, an annual cultural festival in Angers in which street artists conjour up the city’s rich history.

The fabled Plantagenet name was made popularly famous by William Shakespeare, but many remain unaware that many of those who ruled in its name were more French than English.

Richard I, the iconic Lionheart who led the Third Crusade, was born near Oxford but barely spoke a word of English.

Instead, he spent much of his life on his Aquitaine estates in south west France, where he died in 1199.

Part of Richard’s remains are in Fontevraud Abbey, near Angers, while particles of his heart are in Rouen Cathedral, in Brittany.

Henry V, the hero of the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, spent the latter part of his life trying to reunite his country’s throne with France’s before his death in the Château de Vincennes, in the Paris suburbs, in 1422.

The current Crown Jewels, which are considered priceless, only date back to the coronation of Charles II – long after the Edward, the Plantagenet pretender, was killed.

Originals coronation jewels which date back further were melted down by Oliver Cromwell following the execution of Charles I in 1649.

A spokesman for Angers council admitted that the petition had ‘little chance of success’ but said the ‘crime’ against the Angevin monarchs was worth highlighting.

He encouraged British people to visit Angers, which has medieval buildings including a magnificent castle which recall the glory days of the Plantagenets.

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I believe that the French do know that some of the jewels were also taken away in violence from India, China Africa, Persia, Arabia and Scotland and cannot fairly be part of the compensation though France could on behalf of the listed countries return the same colonized or violently obtained treasures. Would do the EU proud to acknowledge and return the jewels to the rightful owners.