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  • HMS Hi-tech, the warship of the future: Royal Navy's Dreadnought 2050 has space-age control room

    08/31/2015 2:47:43 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    mail Online ^ | 31 August 2015 | SEAN POULTER
    Sleek and stealthy, it resembles something from Star Wars. In fact, this is what British warships could look like in as little as 35 years. With RAF jets already being replaced by drones piloted by men sitting at computer screens many miles away, the Royal Navy is now investigating how technology will change the fleet. The answer, it seems, could be a generation of largely remote-controlled seafaring beasts with ‘speed of light weapons’ and a hull that can make them invisible to the naked eye. Glimpse of the future: Engineers have unveiled a series of images of the ground-breaking vessel,...
  • [Islamic] Militants posing as migrants? Unlikely, say European experts

    08/30/2015 3:09:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Aug 28, 2015 | 7:15 AM EDT | Mark Trevelyan
    The risk that groups like Islamic State could smuggle militants into Europe under cover of a huge wave of migrants is much smaller than some politicians suggest, according to security specialists with close ties to governments and intelligence agencies. By the end of July, more than a third of a million migrants and refugees had entered the European Union, mainly via Italy, Greece and Hungary, according to EU border agency Frontex. The flow has continued unabated through August. Once inside the bloc’s borderless Schengen zone, the new arrivals—many from countries like Syria and Iraq where Islamic State holds sway over...
  • Angry parents sending death threats on social media to their children's teachers

    08/30/2015 2:39:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | August 29, 2015 | LAURIE HANNA
    Angry parents sending death threats on social media to their children's teachers, shocking survey reveals [ Full title ]. Parents are sending death threats to their children's teachers on social media, a shocking new survey has revealed. Three out of four teachers in in the U.K. have said parents’ behavior toward them has become more obnoxious in the last five years. The poll of 796 teachers in England and Wales also revealed that the parents of younger pupils tend to be more verbally aggressive to teachers. And teachers have been subjected to nasty comments about their appearance, weight and sexuality...
  • Khamenei Aide: Fighting the ‘Zionist Regime’ is Our Policy

    08/30/2015 12:18:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    INN ^ | 8/30/2015, 6:05 AM | Elad Benari
    Iran is continuing its verbal attacks on Israel, with the latest remarks coming on Saturday by a close aide to the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The aide, Seyed Mahmoud Nabavi, was replying to British Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond’s recent remarks that Tehran has changed its policy on Israel, and underlined that fighting the “Zionist regime” is Iran’s everlasting policy. “Fight against the illegal Zionist regime is one of the immutable policies of Iran which has always been maintained,” Nabavi told the semi-official Fars news agency. He blasted Hammond’s comments and said, “Such words are incorrect since one...
  • 'Family woman' Adele will snub £80m world tour to stay home with young son

    08/30/2015 8:32:40 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    UK Mirror ^ | 8/29/15 | Simon Boyle
    Adele is set to turn down an £80 million pay day to tour her new album, because she doesn’t want to travel with her young son, writes Simon Boyle in the Sunday People. The Someone Like You singer has a string of offers from some of the biggest concert organisers all vying to stage her first comeback gigs next year. But she is yet to agree to any gigs at all in 2016 - and has hinted she isn’t prepared to sign up to travel thousands of miles with a young family.
  • Man Claims THIS Drawing Is of a 'Real Yeti he Saw and Sketched Before Reading its Mind

    08/30/2015 2:02:16 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 70 replies
    Sunday Express ^ | Tue, Aug 25, 2015
    AN ARTIST is claiming to have seen a mythical yeti for long enough to sketch the "giant primate".Russian Andrey Lyubchenko says people will think he is "insane", but insists he saw the legendary beast which was happy for him to draw its portrait. He claims the brief encounter was in the mountains of the Kemerovo area of Siberia, in Russia, and he telepathically communicated with the hairy mythological mammal. He said: "It happened so unexpectedly and fast that I had no time to get scared. "There was a clear feeling that this was a thinking creature, I felt he was...
  • Forgotten Facts About Smoot-Hawley for the Stimulus Package Buy American Crowd

    02/05/2009 11:36:21 AM PST · by frithguild · 44 replies · 1,126+ views
    2/5/2009 | frithguild
    The Republican Party of the 1920's swept into power during a financial crisis. Errors in the Fed’s monetary policy in 1919 in kept rates too low to benefit the sale of Victory bonds. The Fed then tightened excessively due to inflation, creating a financial shock and depression from 1920 to 1921. At that time, the Republican Party viewed increasing tariffs as good policy. Thus, during the sixty seventh Congress, the Emergency Tariff Act of 1921 was passed as a temporary measure until a more comprehensive measure could be drafted. Ultimately, Fordney-McCumber passed in 1922, imposing an ad valorem rate of...
  • Muslim mayor refuses to take in refugees ( Italy )

    08/28/2015 9:22:04 PM PDT · by george76
    The Local ^ | 28 Aug 2015
    A Muslim mayor in the Tuscan seaside community of Monte Argentario has provoked a political outcry for refusing to accept any refugees. ... We don’t want refugees here, we don’t have the facilities for them,” Cerulli told The Local on Friday. “We don’t know where to put them, we don’t know what to do with them.” Cerulli, 60, is a former nuclear engineer and aligned with the New Centre-Right party (NCD) of interior minister, Angelino Alfano. During his engineering career he travelled extensively to countries including Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and the US, and is married to an Indonesian woman. He...
  • Mass immigration will DESTROY Britain if we don't act now, blasts DOUGLAS MURRAY ( United Kingdom )

    08/28/2015 6:36:36 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Daily Express ^ | Aug 28, 2015 | Douglas Murray
    IT IS now four years since David Cameron promised to reduce immigration into the UK from the hundreds of thousands to “tens of thousands” a year. “No ifs, no buts”, was what the Prime Minister said. But the latest official figures, out yesterday, show he is nowhere near to fulfilling that promise. In fact in the last year immigration into our country reached record highs with net migration reaching a 10-year peak at 330,000 in the year up to March. Thirteen per cent of people in this country now were born abroad. ... the need to speak out has never...
  • NAME THAT RAPIST - #1 - It Happened at Yale

    08/28/2015 11:39:41 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 32 replies
    This will be the first in a series of vignettes about sexual assault, coverup, and intimidation. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ In 1972, a 22-year-old woman told campus police at Yale University that she was sexually assaulted by a law student at the college. No charges were filed, but retired campus policemen contacted by Capitol Hill Blue confirmed the incident. NAME THAT RAPIST
  • Law of Unintended Consequences: New EU Tax Laws Force Thousands of Businesses to Close

    08/28/2015 11:09:42 AM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 28 Aug 2015 | Donna Rachel Edmunds
    Law of Unintended Consequences: New EU Tax Laws Force Thousands of Businesses to Close in Just Six Months { Full title ]. New European Union tax rules introduced in January have already driven thousands of small companies out of business, with thousands more set to follow as awareness of the change in the VAT law grows. Research has shown that incompetence on the part of collecting agencies has further added misery to the situation. After an eight-year consultation which excluded the voices of micro-businesses, the EU introduced new rules on VAT returns at the beginning of this year, which required...
  • The walls Europe is building to keep people out

    08/28/2015 10:19:20 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 28, 2015 | By Adam Taylor
    After the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, for a while it seemed like border fences and barriers were a thing of the past in Europe. Many on the continent hoped for a new era of integration and receptivity. It didn't happen. Instead, a variety of pressures have led Europe to adopt wall-building projects that would make Donald Trump proud. Right now, in Hungary, for example, the government is rushing to complete a 109-mile-long barbed wire border fence along its southern frontier with Serbia – a project made bitterly ironic by Hungary's 1989 decision to cut its border fence with Austria...
  • Vanity-1973 Book Predicted Downfall of West Through Immigration

    The Camp of the Saints (Le Camp des Saints) is a 1973 French apocalyptic novel by Jean Raspail. The novel depicts a hypothetical setting whereby Third World mass immigration to France and the West leads to the destruction of Western civilization. Almost forty years after publication the book returned to the bestseller list in 2011. Granted the countries of orgin might be a little different but it is quite prescient for something written over 40 years ago.
  • BUILDING AN ISLAMIC STATE IN AMERICA, ONE CHURCH AT A TIME

    08/27/2015 9:55:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 44 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | August 27, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Churches fall, mosques rise. Across Europe, thousands of churches have closed and many of them have become mosques. The St. Mark’s Cathedral in London survived Nazi bombers in WW2, but fell to a new invasion and became the New Peckham Mosque. In France, where there are now more Muslims than practicing Catholics, the Islamic colonists demanded that thousands of empty churches be turned into mosques. The Capernaum Church in Germany has become the Al-Nour Islamic Center. In Amsterdam, the St. Ignatius Church was transformed into the Fatih Camii Mosque. Its name means ‘The Conqueror’s Mosque’. The original Fatih Camii Mosque...
  • U.S. and UK Politics Are Mirror Images

    08/27/2015 9:54:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Cal Thomas
    LONDON -- It's remarkable how often British and American politics resemble each other; often only the accents differ. Following a disastrous defeat at the hands of Prime Minister David Cameron's Tories, the Labour Party appears ready to elect as its next leader one Jeremy Corbyn, a hardcore leftist, self-described socialist and member of Parliament, who recently compared ISIS to the U.S. military and has called the terrorist group Hamas a "friend." Corbyn also wants to renationalize some British industries and increase taxes on "the rich," who are already paying more than half their earnings in income taxes, as well as...
  • UK Immigration at Record High as Topic Is Hotly Debated

    08/27/2015 6:02:31 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 6 replies
    ABC News ^ | 08/27/2015 | JILL LAWLESS Associated Press
    (AP) Britain gained almost 330,000 people through migration in the year to March 31, official figures showed Thursday. It's the highest figure on record and a headache for the Conservative government amid a political storm about immigration. The Office for National Statistics said 636,000 people arrived during the 12 months and 307,000 left. The net total surpasses the previous high of 320,000 in 2005. Eight million of Britain's 64 million people were born outside the country. Prime Minister David Cameron has long promised to reduce net migration below 100,000. Critics say the goal is unachievable, since members of the 28...
  • Rotherham abuse scandal: IPCC working to identify 100 police officers ( United Kingdom )

    08/26/2015 1:53:29 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Guardian News ^ | 26 August 2015
    Police watchdog examining how South Yorkshire force treated complaints of industrial-scale child sexual exploitation in the town, laid bare in Jay report. Investigators looking at how the police treated complaints of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham say they are now working to identify more than 100 officers. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said it was continuing to examine police conduct exactly a year on from the publication of the Jay report, which exposed the scale of child rape, trafficking and grooming in the South Yorkshire town. Professor Alexis Jay’s report described how more than 1,400 children were sexually exploited...
  • Argentine military capability almost all gone

    08/26/2015 12:24:37 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 15 replies
    UK Defence Journal ^ | August 20th 2015 | George Allison
    'After a significant period of decline, the Argentine armed forces have ceased to be a capable military force. In August 2015, the Argentine air force retired its Mirage fighters, with only a handful of them even flyable.'
  • 38 Reasons To Take Ayrshire And Arran Off Your Bucket List

    08/25/2015 3:56:55 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 14 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | August 24th 2015 | Hilary Wardle
    'Ayrshire? Don’t you dare(shire).'
  • 'Clean food' is a dangerous fad

    08/24/2015 10:43:55 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 50 replies
    www.spectator.co.uk ^ | 22 August 2015 | Isabel Hardman and Lara Prendergast
    The trendy nutritional advice that's more likely to make you ill than healthy The supermarket aisle has become a confusing place. It used to be full of recognisable items like cheese and butter; now you find yourself bamboozled by all manner of odd alternatives such as ‘raw’ hummus, wheat-free bread and murky juices. You have to stay pretty alert to make sure you pick up a pint of proper milk, rather than a soy-based alternative or one free from lactose. Supermarkets have become shrines to ‘clean eating’, a faith that promises happiness, healthiness and energy. Food is to be worshipped...
  • [Illegal Muslim Aliens] Migrants halt Channel Tunnel trains for second day running

    08/24/2015 10:39:14 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/24/15 | Harriet Alexander
    Train services through the Channel Tunnel were on Monday halted once again by migrants, who broke through the barriers in Calais to walk along the tracks. Eurotunnel and Eurostar services were both suspended for an hour while the migrants were removed from the train lines. On Sunday the services had been disrupted for three and a half hours, after migrants were spotted clinging to a freight train in Calais. And the delays came as a Sudanese migrant appeared in court in Kent charged with trespass, having walked through the tunnel and arrived in Britain on August 4. Abdul Rahman Haroun,...
  • Migrants pose for selfies the when reaching dry land completing first stage of trek across Europe

    08/24/2015 6:53:38 AM PDT · by dennisw · 16 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 24 August 2015 | FLORA DRURY
    In Greece, these three are among thousands who have landed on the islands in recent days. The Greek government has sent cruiseliners to try and move some of the thousands caught in the bottleneck, bringing them to Athens. But the migrants and refugees do not want to remain in Greece, which is already dealing with a financial crisis. Most people want to reach a northern European country, where they believe they will be able to find work and a better quality of life. The route of choice has been through Macedonia and Serbia, up into Hungary and the all-important Schengen...
  • Jihadi John - ‘I Will Go Back to Britain... and Will Carry on Cutting Heads Off’

    08/23/2015 6:36:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 22 August 2015 | Omar Wahid
    Jihadi John - 'I will go back to Britain... and will carry on cutting heads off': In a chilling new video, man said to be hooded butcher vows to return... and murder all unbelievers Swaggering in the desert and glowering menacingly at the camera, this is believed to be notorious Islamic State murderer Jihadi John – filmed unmasked in Syria for the first time. In a one-minute 17-second video, the knife-wielding fanatic, who has taken part in the gruesome beheadings of at least seven hostages in Syria, including two Britons, vows to continue ‘cutting heads’. He then promises a triumphant...
  • Justin Wilson in coma after IndyCar Pocono accident

    08/23/2015 6:17:10 PM PDT · by BlueNgold · 19 replies
    Justin Wilson, a British IndyCar driver, was struck in the head by debris from another car during today's race. IndyCar reports he is in a coma and listed in critical condition.
  • Barry Matsumori Leaves SpaceX, Joins Virgin Galactic

    08/23/2015 2:30:40 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    Satellite TODAY ^ | August 20, 2015 | Caleb Henry
    Barry Matsumori, formerly the senior vice president of sales and business development at SpaceX, has joined Virgin Galactic's satellite launch team. With Virgin Galactic, Matsumori holds the title of senior vice president of business development and advanced concepts for LauncherOne, the company's small satellite launch vehicle. Prior to SpaceX, Matsumori held a leadership role at Qualcomm as vice president of wireless connectivity where he was responsible for the development of mobile telecom module products as well as satellite communication infrastructure and terminals. He has held positions at Space Systems Loral (SSL) and General Dynamics, and has experience with early-stage technology...
  • Britain paid the repair bill for its ransacked Embassy in Iran (embassy to reopen tomorrow)

    08/22/2015 3:57:16 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 12 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9:00PM BST 22 Aug 2015 | David Blair
    Britain has paid the full cost of repairing the damage inflicted by an Iranian mob on the UK Embassy without receiving a penny from Tehran, the Foreign Office has confirmed. Although Britain is still demanding compensation for the sacking of the embassy, the premises in Tehran will formally reopen on Sunday – and normal service will resume at Iran’s Embassy in London – without any money being contributed for repairs. The British Embassy and a separate residential compound in Tehran were looted by pro-regime demonstrators in November 2011. The crowd, which included members of the Basij militia, set the embassy’s...
  • Plane Crash at British Airshow Causes Multiple Casualties

    08/22/2015 8:21:35 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 20 replies
    NBC News ^ | AUG 22 2015, 10:53 AM ET
    A plane crashed and caused several casualties at an airshow in Brighton, on England's south coast, emergency services said Saturday. The aircraft hit several cars on a main road, the A27, to the north of Shoreham airport, where the Shoreham Air Show is taking place, police said. It happened at around 1:20 p.m. local time (8:20 a.m. ET). "There have been several casualties but we have no further information on these at the moment," Sussex Police said in a statement.
  • Immigration Will Be The Defining Issue Of This EU Referendum Campaign

    08/21/2015 5:45:26 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 7 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | August 21, 2015g | Nigel Farage
    Immigration Will Be The Defining Issue Of This EU Referendum Campaign When the referendum comes, the British people will finally have their chance to reject these open borders by saying No to the European Union By Nigel Farage 21 Aug 2015 The results of Ipsos-MORI’s new poll are astounding - yet unsurprising. They describe the real concern that the majority of British people have for uncontrolled immigration: half of the respondents rank it as one of their biggest worries, compared with just over a quarter who said their greatest fear was the economy. It is particularly interesting that this concern...
  • BREAKING: Secret Obama Letters Found by 2 GOP Senators, Send Obama Admin Into Panic Mode

    08/20/2015 5:43:52 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 92 replies
    conservative tribune ^ | August 20th, 2015 | conservative tribune
    The presidential administration that vowed to be the most transparent since the baptism of Nkuwu Nzinga has once again demonstrated that such vows mean nothing to it. In addition to the secretive manner in which Secretary of State John Kerry conducted negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Iran over its nuclear program — in itself secretive — there was also the matter of secret “side deals” between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency. And now, additional side deals, this time between President Barack Obama and the leaders of foreign governments, have also come to light. Republican Sens. Marco Rubio...
  • Senators: Obama administration hiding secret Iran deal letters

    08/19/2015 8:07:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 8/19/15 | Adam Kredo
    Two leading U.S. senators are calling on the Obama administration to release secret letters to foreign governments assuring them that they will not be legally penalized for doing business with the Iranian government, according to a copy of a letter sent Wednesday to the State Department and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. Sens. Mark Kirk (R., Ill.) and Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) disclosed in the letter to the State Department that U.S. lawmakers have been shown copies of several letters sent by the Obama administration to the Chinese, German, French, and British governments assuring them that companies doing business
  • British Leftists Want Bibi Netanyahu Arrested for War Crimes (over 74,000 sign online petition)

    08/21/2015 2:07:30 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 16 replies
    NRO ^ | August 21, 2015 1:57 PM | Mark Antonio Wright
    An online petition asking the British government to arrest Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on war-crimes charges when he visits London in September has gone viral, garnering more than 74,000 signatures so far. The petition has already passed the 10,000 signature threshold that generates an official response from the government. And it’s likely to pass the 100,000 signature mark that could trigger a debate in the House of Commons. The petition states that “Benjamin Netanyahu is to hold talks in London this September. Under international law he should be arrested for war crimes upon arrival in the U.K [sic] for...
  • Macedonian police fire tear gas to drive back migrants and refugees on border

    08/21/2015 3:11:40 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/21/15
    Riot police in Macedonia fired tear gas on Friday to disperse thousands of migrants and refugees trying to enter the Balkan country from Greece, a Reuters reporter on the border said. Several thousand people from the Middle East, Africa and Asia, many Syrian refugees, spent a cold night in no-man's land after Macedonia on Thursday declared a state of emergency and effectively sealed its southern frontier to migrants and refugees. Riot police behind barbed wire fired tear gas to drive back an angry crowd demanding passage into Macedonia and north to Hungary and the European Union's borderless Schengen zone. Greece...
  • US troubled by Israeli Demolitions of Illegal Palestinian Homes [Zechariah 12]

    08/21/2015 10:56:40 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 18 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 8/21/2015 | TOVAH LAZAROFF
    The United States said Thursday it was concerned by the number of illegal Palestinian residential structures Israel demolished this month in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. “We are also very troubled by the recent escalation of demolitions and evictions, which include the destruction of dozens of structures and the displacement of over 150 people in the West Bank and east Jerusalem this month alone,” US State Department Spokesperson John Kirby said on Thursday. “Such demolitions and evictions are harmful and provocative and indicative of a damaging trend, particularly given settlement-related activity and continued construction in the West Bank and...
  • Russian ruble hits 75 to the euro as slide worsens

    08/21/2015 1:00:14 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 22 replies
    AFP ^ | 20 Aug 15 | Unknown
    Moscow (AFP) - Russia's battered ruble fell Thursday on the back of weaker oil prices to more than 75 to the euro for the first time in over six months, deepening its recent decline. The ruble also tumbled against the dollar to near 67.44, its weakest against the greenback since February. Russia's currency has fallen more than 20 percent against the dollar in the past two months, sparking fears of more instability after a period of relative recovery. Russia's economy has slumped into recession amid lower oil prices and Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.
  • At least six Syrians killed after Israeli military responds to rocket strikes

    08/21/2015 5:26:35 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 14 replies
    THE TELEGRaph ^ | 21 Aug 15 | Robert Tait
    Israeli strikes on Syria left up to six people died on Friday as Israel escalated its military response to four rockets landing on its territory a day earlier. Up to five men were killed in a car after it was struck while travelling near the frontier of the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, the Syrian army said, in what appeared to be a second wave of Israeli retaliatory action following a series of late night raids on Thursday. Syrian state television said the strike had killed "five unarmed civilians", but hte UK-based Syrian Conservatory for Human Rights said the...
  • UK embassy in Tehran to reopen after thaw in British-Iranian relations

    08/20/2015 12:16:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    BBC News ^ | 20 August 2015
    Britain is to reopen its embassy in Tehran, four years after it closed. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond will visit Iran at the weekend with a delegation of business leaders, a senior government source said. The embassy was closed in 2011 after it was stormed by Iranian protesters during a demonstration against sanctions imposed by Britain. The visit comes weeks after Tehran reached a deal with six world powers aimed at curbing its nuclear program. …
  • SURPRISE: Here comes another Greek election ... [Greece's Prime Minister to Resign]

    08/20/2015 9:16:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/20/2015 | Myles Udland
    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is reportedly resigning, and Greece will hold snap elections on September 20. According to Reuters, which cites a Greek government official, Tsipras will hand in his resignation on Thursday. Reuters added that Greece was likely to hold snap elections on September 20, less than a year after Tsipras and Greece's left-wing Syriza party were voted into power in late January. Tsipras is set to make an address later on Thursday. The Greek newspaper Kathimerini had earlier reported that elections would most likely be announced on Thursday. This latest round of elections come as Syriza has...
  • Boot Camp Not Benefits

    08/20/2015 7:19:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 20, 2015 | Cal Thomas
    BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Since his party's impressive election victory in May, Prime Minister David Cameron is moving quickly to fulfill his campaign promise to ensure welfare benefits are no longer a way of life for many of his fellow citizens. Instead of open-ended benefits for the unemployed, the government, beginning in April 2017, will require young people between 18 and 21 who don't have jobs, but are collecting welfare, to attend three-week "boot camps" to prepare them for work in a rapidly improving economy. If they refuse, they will be denied benefits if they are unemployed for six months....
  • How more than 100,000 migrants found their way to Europe's shores in just one month

    08/20/2015 1:05:35 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 12 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | 18 August 2015 | By FLORA DRURY and JOHN HALL
    Greece saw 21,000 migrants and refugees arrive in the last week, while about 107,000 arrived in Europe in July Hungary is planning on sending hundreds of soldiers to Serbian border to help stem the flow of people Meanwhile Turkish tourist shops are now doing a roaring trade selling lifejackets to the migrants risking their lives This morning alone, five refugees died in the sea off the coast of Bodrum while trying to reach the island of Kos Greece has pleaded for help to deal with the daily influx of migrants arriving on its shores as it is revealed more than...
  • What is the F-35B and Why is the UK Buying It?

    08/20/2015 12:04:24 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    GIZMODO UK ^ | 19 Aug 2015 | Rich Wordsworth
    Over the past few years, the F-35 Lightning II – the fifth-generation, Lockheed Martin wunder-plane set to eventually take over from almost every fighter jet in the US and UK militaries – has received a public relations kicking. It’s expensive – the total cost for the programme so far is an incredible, not-even-hyperbolic trillion dollars. It’s had some embarrassing technical stumbles – engine fires, a non-functioning cannon and a half-million dollar helmet that fits comfortably in the cockpit or on a pilot’s head (but reportedly not both). And while it’s designed as a multirole, do-everything plane that will see the...
  • Trump’s Biggest Fan Is a British Scientologist Who Lives in a Castle

    08/19/2015 5:24:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Forget the American electorate. Donald Trump’s biggest fan may be a British businessman who likes to play the odds. John Mappin, a media investor who owns Camelot Castle in Cornwall, has placed more than 15 wagers, totaling more than 2,000 pounds ($3,100), that Trump will secure the Republican presidential nomination, if not win the presidential election outright. Depending on the type of bet (nomination or presidential victory) — and the odds at the time it was placed — the payoffs range from 7-to-1 to more than 30-to-1. If Trump indeed becomes president and Mappin wins every bet he’s made, he...
  • Germany expects record 800,000 asylum requests in 2015

    08/19/2015 10:35:17 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    afp ^ | 2015-08-19
    Germany expects to receive up to 800,000 asylum-seekers in 2015, a new record, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said on Wednesday, as he urged action from the European level on the crisis. "This development is a challenge for us all," de Maiziere told reporters as he announced the new official estimate. Berlin had previously expected 500,000 asylum-seekers to arrive this year. Germany, the EU's most populous country and top economy, has struggled to accommodate a flood of asylum-seekers from war zones such as Syria but also from countries without military conflict in southeastern Europe, including Albania, Serbia and Kosovo. ......
  • French media accused of endangering siege survivor after Charlie Hebdo killings

    08/19/2015 7:49:16 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    A man who hid under a sink from the Charlie Hebdo gunmen for eight hours has accused French media of endangering his life. Paris prosecutors have opened an inquiry into broadcasters' handling of January's police siege of the Kouachi brothers, who had previously killed 12 people at the satirical paper's offices. Graphic designer Lilian Lepère, 26, hid in a cupboard under a sink in the printshop where he worked in Dammartin-en-Goële, near Paris, as police laid siege to Saïd and Chérif Kouachi. ... Lepère's sister Cindy confirmed in an interview with France 2 that her brother was probably inside and...
  • Wave Goodbye to the Argentine Air Force

    08/18/2015 11:24:29 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 33 replies
    WAR IS BORING ^ | August 19, 2015 | David Axe
    After decades of decline, the Argentine air force — once one of the most powerful air arms in South America — has finally given up. In August 2015, the Fuerza Aérea Argentina retired its 16 Mirage supersonic fighters, fewer than 10 of which were actually in flyable condition at the time. That leaves the FAA with just subsonic jet fighters — 25 A-4s and 18 IA-63s. Buenos Aires has made noise about buying new Gripens from the United Kingdom and Sweden via Brazil, JF-17s from China and Kfirs from Israel, but the U.K. vetoed the Gripen idea and the JF-17s...
  • Amelia and Oliver top 62,000 DIFFERENT baby names in Britain ["Muhammad topped boys’ names..."]

    08/18/2015 5:44:35 PM PDT · by familyop · 29 replies
    Express, UK ^ | Aug 18, 2015 | Express, UK
    While Amelia and Oliver were the favourite names nationally, Muhammad topped boys’ names in London. And when spelling alternatives including Mohammed, Muhamad and Muhammet were combined, the traditionally Muslim name even overhauled Oliver as the national favourite boys’ name...The data, released by the Office of National Statistics, revealed that 6,649 boys born in 2014 were called Oliver, with 5,800 were named Jack. There were also 3,588 Muhammads, 2,536 Mohammeds and 1,116 Mohammads – a total of 7,240 babies.
  • EXCLUSIVE: ‘Draw Mohammed’ UK Exhibition Cancelled After Security Service Pressure…

    08/18/2015 5:23:51 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | 8/18/15 | Oliver Lane
    Sharia Watch director and former UKIP candidate Anne Marie Waters has announced today that a forthcoming exhibition of Mohammed cartoons to be shown in London has been cancelled after discussions with counter-terror police.Writing for Breitbart London, Waters revealed the security services believed the event would be attacked, leading to a “very real possibility that people could be hurt or killed – before, during, and after the event”. The organisers of the event had approached over 200 galleries with requests to host the exhibition and were turned down by almost all of them. After the final gallery, which had initially agreed...
  • A flypast to honour The Few: 18 Spitfires and Hurricanes take to the skies

    08/18/2015 12:02:35 PM PDT · by DFG · 30 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 08/18/2015 | EUAN MCLELLAND
    The skies above southern Britain echoed to the sound of massed Spitfires and Hurricanes today as the iconic aircraft took to the skies over south-east England to commemorate 75 years since the heaviest day of fighting during the Battle of Britain. The famous planes patrolled the skies once again after what was known as The Hardest Day, when the Luftwaffe launched a major offensive in a bid to wipe out RAF fighter command and achieve aerial superiority over the Channel. Just 600 RAF and Fleet Air Arm air crew managed to fly 927 sorties in an effort to stop 2,200...
  • Britain’s most popular baby boy's name? Muhammad, survey claims ~ Data blog: Is Muhammad really the

    08/18/2015 10:17:05 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 23 replies
    The Guardian ^ | December 1, 2014 | Staff
    Muhammad has become the most popular name for baby boys in the UK, the website BabyCentre has claimed. While Arabic names are on the rise, TV shows such as Game Of Thrones have also inspired names for the next generation. The list of the top 100 baby names of 2014 showed Muhammad has risen 27 places from last year to claim the number one spot for boys. The baby names chart ranks the names chosen by 56,157 BabyCentre.co.uk members who gave birth in 2014. There is a surge in Arabic names generally, with Nur a new entry in the girls’...
  • Formal farewell for Argentine Malvinas Mirage aircraft, after 40 years service

    08/18/2015 2:46:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    MercoPress ^ | August 17th 2015
    Last week the Argentine Air Force formally bid farewell to the remaining French built Mirage jet fighters, which saw combat during the Falkland Islands conflict in 1982, since in three months time they will be decommissioned after four decades service. The occasion was the 103 anniversary of the Air Force (10th August but celebrated on the 13th). Despite having extended the lifespan and flying hours of the few Mirages left, the repeated problems with the obsolete avionics only allows them to fly during day light with pilots keeping visual contact. Since the current administration of president Cristina Fernandez will be...
  • UK Muslima who wants to behead Christians once lived off church aid

    08/18/2015 1:58:44 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 8/17/15 | Robert Spencer
    No surprise here. We have seen many times how converts to Islam get the idea that they need to turn against their own nation and their own people. This is only news because this phenomenon is so completely ignored and denied that Sally Jones’ actions appear to be anomalous.“ISIS jihadist dubbed ‘Mrs Terror’ who wants to BEHEAD Christians lived on church aid in UK,” by Rebecca Perring, Express, August 17, 2015 (thanks to The Religion of Peace): BRITISH terror recruiter Sally Jones – who once told of her desire to BEHEAD Christians – lived on church handouts in the UK...