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  • Obama's Falklands Neutrality A Slap In The Face To U.K.

    04/18/2012 6:29:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 18, 2012
    Special Relationship: As Argentina marshals diplomatic support for its claim on Britain's Falklands Islands, the best President Obama can declare in response is U.S. "neutrality." It's an insult to our top ally — and trouble for us. One can only wonder what an irresponsible Evita Peron wannabe like Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner must think when she sees the shabby way President Obama treats America's leading ally, the United Kingdom. At the weekend's Summit of the Americas, President Obama reiterated U.S. "neutrality" toward Argentina's claim to the Falkland Islands, the Atlantic islands under the British flag for 180 years,...
  • What's with Obama? His Falklands gaffe angers Brits, puzzles others

    04/18/2012 5:25:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 18, 2012 | Andrew Malcom
    OK, picture this: President George W. Bush, he of the cast-iron Texas tongue, at a news conference concluding an international summit. He's asked about a dispute involving Argentina and Great Britain, our closest overseas ally, the one that's lost 408 soldiers by our side in Afghanistan, where we've fought a decade together to prevent a second 9/11. In his answer, Bush refers to the disputed territory by the wrong name, misplacing the islands by some 8,000 miles. Worse than his geographic ignorance, instead of backing Britain, whose prime minister he just buddy-buddied at an NCAA game and White House state...
  • Ashton, Not Obama, in Charge of Iran Talks

    04/17/2012 9:39:11 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 4/17/12 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    Laura Rozen’s account of the behind-the-scenes action during the Iranian nuclear talks in Istanbul undermines the notion that President Obama is in control of the P5+1 diplomatic process that he fiercely defended during the weekend. As Rozen’s reporting makes clear, it is the European Union’s Catherine Ashton who was clearly in charge of the affair, and as long as that fierce critic of Israel is calling the shots, it’s unlikely the Iranians will surrender their nuclear ambitions. Indeed, by championing Iran’s right to nuclear development, which could be ultimately used for military purposes, Ashton may be steering the negotiations toward...
  • Cleric Abu Qatada arrested again

    04/17/2012 7:20:04 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | 17th April 2011 | BBC News
    'Radical cleric Abu Qatada has been arrested and told the Home Office will try to deport him, the BBC understands. He is expected to appear at the Special Immigration Appeals Commission on Tuesday afternoon, when the home secretary will update MPs on his case. The European Court of Human Rights blocked his deportation to Jordan in January, saying evidence obtained by torture might be used against him. Ministers have been seeking assurances from Jordan this will not be the case. The Home Office had previously said it was making "good progress" in obtaining those guarantees from Jordan, where he faces...
  • Cameron in humiliating u-turn on future of Britain's aircraft carriers with return of jump jet

    04/17/2012 5:42:15 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 16 April 2012 | Tim Shipman & Ian Drury
    Cameron in humiliating u-turn on future of Britain's aircraft carriers with return of jump jet David Cameron has agreed to an embarrassing U-turn on the future of the Royal Navy’s aircraft carriers. The Prime Minister has decided to reverse a decision on the type of jets due to fly from the two warships. In doing so he has returned to a plan by Labour that he once derided as an ‘error’. Senior Downing Street sources say Mr Cameron has decided to follow military advice and abandon plans to buy the conventional F-35C Joint Strike Fighter after costs soared by Ł1.8billion....
  • Obsessed ex-pat teenager stabbed parents of pregnant girl to death before raping and killing her

    04/17/2012 3:39:53 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 15 April 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Obsessed ex-pat teenager stabbed parents of pregnant girl to death before raping and killing her too because she spurned his advances A British teenager who slaughtered a girl who turned down his advances has been jailed for at least 35 years after he repeatedly stabbed her and also stabbed her parents to death in their home. Prosecutors said he left the bodies in their 'blood soaked' home after stabbing his victims at least 112 times. Jason Alexander Downie, originally from Kilmarnock, Scotland, emigrated to Australia with his mother in 2006, pleaded guilty to stabbing 16-year-old Chantelle Rowe and her parents...
  • Barack Obama makes Falklands gaffe by calling Malvinas the Maldives

    04/16/2012 5:58:10 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 48 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3:50PM BST 16 Apr 2012 | By Jonathan Gilbert in Buenos Aires
    President Obama erred during a speech at the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, when attempting to call the disputed archipelago by its Spanish name. Instead of saying Malvinas, however, Mr Obama referred to the islands as the Maldives, a group of 26 atolls off that lie off the South coast of India. Cristina Kirchner, the Argentine president, has renewed her country's sovereignty claim to the Falklands in the build-up to the 30th anniversary of the Argentine invasion of the islands, which triggered the Falklands War, on April 2. She has accused David Cameron of maintaining a "colonial enclave"...
  • Women able to delay motherhood through ovary freezing

    04/16/2012 4:42:49 PM PDT · by Coleus · 6 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 04.16.12
    Those in their twenties and early thirties will be able to “bank” their ovarian tissue when it is most fertile, and have it re-implanted years later. The procedure, which could cost as much as Ł16,000, is expected to be available within the next six months. At present only a few countries, including the United States, Denmark and Belgium, offer the option. To date, 19 babies have been born as a result. Yesterday, experts said the controversial treatment will soon become commonplace as it has been shown to be more effective than egg freezing and even IVF. It involves extracting about...
  • George Washington Named Britain's Greatest Ever Foe

    04/16/2012 1:54:03 PM PDT · by gandalftb · 41 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 14 Apr 2012 | Jasper Copping
    The American was voted the winner in a contest run by the National Army Museum to identify the country's most outstanding military opponent.He was one of a shortlist of five leaders who topped a public poll and on Saturday was selected as the ultimate winner by an audience of around 70 guests at a special event at the museum, in Chelsea, west London.In second place was Michael Collins, the Irish leader, ahead of Napoleon Bonaparte, Erwin Rommel and Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. At the event, each contender had their case made by a historian giving a 40 minute presentation.The audience, who...
  • George Washington named Britain's greatest ever foe

    04/16/2012 10:37:35 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 22 replies
    (UK) Telegraph ^ | 4/14/12 | Jasper Copping
    The American was voted the winner in a contest run by the National Army Museum to identify the country's most outstanding military opponent. He was one of a shortlist of five leaders who topped a public poll and on Saturday was selected as the ultimate winner by an audience of around 70 guests at a special event at the museum, in Chelsea, west London. In second place was Michael Collins, the Irish leader, ahead of Napoleon Bonaparte, Erwin Rommel and Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. At the event, each contender had their case made by a historian giving a 40 minute presentation....
  • British Peer Lord Ahmed suspended after 'offering Ł10m bounty on Barack Obama and George Bush'

    04/16/2012 8:58:13 AM PDT · by robowombat · 12 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 1:09AM BST 16 Apr 2012 | Nick Allen and Tim Ross
    British Peer Lord Ahmed suspended after 'offering Ł10m bounty on Barack Obama and George Bush' A controversial British peer has been suspended from the Labour Party amid reports that he offered a Ł10 million bounty for the capture of President Barack Obama and his predecessor President George W Bush. Lord Ahmed has been suspended from the Labour Party Lord Ahmed, 53, who in 1998 became the first Muslim life peer, was reported to have made the comments at a conference in Haripur in Pakistan. A Labour Party spokesman said: "We have suspended Lord Ahmed pending investigation. If these comments are...
  • Pippa Middleton Caught in Gun-Wielding Scandal

    04/16/2012 7:39:08 AM PDT · by bgill · 29 replies
    ABC Good Morning America ^ | April 16, 2012 | KATIE KINDELAN
    Pippa Middleton, the sister-in-law of England's presumptive future king, could face criminal charges after a male companion was reportedly caught brandishing a gun and allegedly pointing it at a photographer following the pair in Paris... Charges could result in prison sentences of up to seven years for all four people in the car, or a two-year sentence if the gun turns out to be a fake, a source told the Sun. "If the evidence points to her involvement, she will be prosecuted. Anybody involved in the illegal use of a handgun in public is liable to arrest and interrogation," the...
  • Sharia Compliancy Forced on Citizens in Britain, Comply or Be Prosecuted

    04/16/2012 6:25:55 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 39 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 4/15/2012 | Paul Wheaton
    The citizens of Britain must comply with Sharia or face procecution and possible prison. Paul Weston, Chairman of the British Freedom Party, speeks about this issue and the terrorizing of British citizens by their own government's compliance to Sharia. Video: Paul Weston on Sharia in Britain and the Istanbul Process In this speech Paul Weston address the issue of the ongoing growth of the sharia state in Great Britain. Sharia law is operating in Britain but it is not calling itself sharia. Today in Great Britain people are going to prison for not being sharia compliant. This will only get...
  • The European Evidence Shows Why the Left’s Real Goal Is Higher Taxes on the Middle Class

    04/14/2012 8:40:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 14, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Why are taxes so much higher in Europe, consuming 46 percent of economic output compared to 32 percent of GDP in America? Is it because nations such as France, Greece, and Sweden have adopted the kind of class-warfare policies that Obama wants for the United States? Surprisingly, the answer is no.As explained by Veronique de Rugy, the United States actually has a more “progressive” tax code than European nations. The corporate tax rate is higher in the United States than in any European country, and the double taxation of dividends and capital gains also is far above the European average....
  • George Washington named Britain's greatest ever foe

    04/15/2012 11:48:38 AM PDT · by AnotherUnixGeek · 92 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 14 Apr 2012 | Jasper Copping
    The American was voted the winner in a contest run by the National Army Museum to identify the country's most outstanding military opponent.
  • 48% of Brits want to get out of the UK

    04/15/2012 5:17:46 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 53 replies
    The Sun ^ | April 15, 2012 | Tim Spanton
    ALMOST half of all Britons are “seriously considering” moving overseas, an exclusive survey for The Sun has found. Australia is top of the relocation wish list followed by the US, Canada and New Zealand. The cost of living, weather, unemployment and crime are the most common reasons for wanting to quit Britain. Pollsters YouGov quizzed 1,650 adults after The Sun told last week about Dave and Jackie Jones who emigrated to Australia with their 12 kids. The family from Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria — who have never claimed benefits — quit in despair at what they see as soft-touch Britain’s emphasis on...
  • Six percent of UK's wealthiest pay less than 10 percent tax - data

    04/15/2012 4:51:53 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Reuters UK ^ | April 16, 2012 | by Fiona Shaikh
    (Reuters) - Some six percent of Britain's wealthiest people used tax reliefs to reduce their tax bills to less than 10 percent, according to data published by Britain's finance ministry on Monday, which it said highlighted the need to make the tax system fairer. In Britain, anyone earning up to 34,370 pounds is liable to income tax of 20 percent, while those earning over 150,000 pounds must pay 50 percent, though that is set to fall to 45 percent from April 2013. The Treasury figures show that 3 percent of people with earnings of between 1 and 5 million pounds...
  • Party suspends British peer over Obama 'bounty' (ROP alert)

    04/15/2012 4:20:43 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies
    AFP ^ | April 15, 2012
    Britain's Labour Party on Sunday suspended peer Nazir Ahmed over reports that he offered a Ł10 million ($15.9 million, 12.1 million euros) bounty for the capture of US President Barack Obama. The Lord also offered a similar incentive for the capture of former US president George Bush in response to a US reward for the capture of suspected terrorist Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, according to Pakistan's Express Tribune newspaper. Saeed, who founded the extremist group Lashkar-e-Taiba, is wanted for the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks in which 166 people were killed. "We have suspended Lord Ahmed pending investigation," a Labour spokeswoman said....
  • Garda wait to quiz shooting victim in farm raid mystery(Ireland)

    04/15/2012 1:04:53 PM PDT · by marktwain
    herald.ie ^ | 14 April, 2012 | Alan O'Keeffe
    GARDAI will interview a man injured in a shooting on a farm in North County Dublin. The 34-year-old man sustained severe injuries to his arm and had emergency surgery. A source said the man, who is known to gardai and was on bail for theft charges, was "lucky not to lose his arm". Today, officers are trying to establish if he had been shot when a farm employee confronted a suspected burglar in a field at Maryland farm in Kilsallaghan on Thursday evening. Truck driver Richard Lowndes Junior, known as Graham, fired a blast from his legally held shotgun. wounded...
  • British pro-Palestinian activists refused Israel flight

    04/15/2012 12:21:41 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 9 replies
    BBC News ^ | 15th April 2012 | BBC News
    'Members of a pro-Palestinian campaign group have been refused travel from Manchester Airport to Israel. Airline Jet2 said Israeli officials informed it 13 people booked on a flight to Ben Gurion airport would not be allowed into Israel. A Jet2 spokesman said: "In light of this decision we were unable to accept them for travel." The head of a Scottish pro-Palestine group, whose members were banned from flying, said it was atrocious. Mick Napier and nine other people from the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign were stopped by the budget airline from boarding flight LS907. They were part of a UK...
  • Briton in China murder riddle 'poisoned by cyanide drops': Sensational new claims....

    04/15/2012 4:53:05 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 04/14/12 | Hazel Knowles and Jonathan Petre
    Briton in China murder riddle 'poisoned by cyanide drops': Sensational new claims about expat's mystery death in hotel Neil Heywood was 'poisoned to cover up adultery and Ł800m wire transfers' Websites claim Chinese official has confessed that he prepared the poison By Hazel Knowles and Jonathan Petre A British businessman found dead in a Chinese hotel was murdered on the orders of a fallen Communist Party chief, according to new reports. The extraordinary accounts – published on respected Mandarin-language websites yesterday – claimed to expose a sex-and-money scandal behind China's biggest political crisis in a generation. The websites described how...
  • George Washington named Britain's greatest ever foe

    04/15/2012 3:20:17 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 57 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4-14-12 | Jason Copping
    The American was voted the winner in a contest run by the National Army Museum to identify the country's most outstanding military opponent. He was one of a shortlist of five leaders who topped a public poll and on Saturday was selected as the ultimate winner by an audience of around 70 guests at a special event at the museum, in Chelsea, west London. In second place was Michael Collins, the Irish leader, ahead of Napoleon Bonaparte, Erwin Rommel and Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. At the event, each contender had their case made by a historian giving a 40 minute presentation....
  • 'Middle-Class Children Are Being Turned Into Spoilt 'little Buddhas'' [Teachers " Spat At"]

    04/14/2012 10:10:17 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 15 replies
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | April 05, 2012 | Graeme Paton
    'Middle-Class Children Are Being Turned Into Spoilt 'little Buddhas'' Middle-class children are being turned into spoilt 'little Buddhas' as a rising number of parents refuse to require that they do household chores, a teachers’ leader has warned. Graeme Paton, 05 Apr 2012 Too many pupils lack proper boundaries because over-indulgent mothers and fathers “wait on them hand and foot” and no longer ask them to help around the home, it was claimed. Mary Bousted, the general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), warned of a marked decline in the number of children expected to do their share...
  • Britain's Christians Are Being Vilified, Warns Lord Carey [Too Late! You Saw It Coming UK]

    04/13/2012 5:34:06 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 30 replies
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | April 13, 2012
    Britain's Christians Are Being Vilified, Warns Lord Carey Christians are being “persecuted” by courts and “driven underground” in the same way that homosexuals once were, a former Archbishop of Canterbury has warned. Lord Carey argues that in 'case after case' British courts have failed to protect Christian values. He urges European judges to correct the balance. By John Bingham 13 Apr 2012 Lord Carey says worshippers are being “vilified” by the state, treated as “bigots” and sacked simply for expressing their beliefs. The attack is part of a direct appeal to the European Court of Human Rights before a landmark...
  • Cigarette packet branding to face consultation

    04/13/2012 4:19:28 AM PDT · by EnglishCon · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | 04/13/2012 | BBC News
    The government is considering plans to strip all branding from cigarette packs sold in England in a bid to make smoking appear less attractive. Health Secretary Andrew Lansley told The Times the government did not work with tobacco companies as it wanted them to have "no business" in the UK. snip ..... Mr Lansley said the tobacco companies used certain colours to trigger memories and their brands constituted a type of advertising. "We don't want to work in partnership with the tobacco companies because we are trying to arrive at a point where they have no business in this country,"...
  • Will the Pirates democratise Europe?

    04/12/2012 10:27:39 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 24 replies
    Die Welt, Berlin ^ | 4/12/2012 | Detlef Gürtler
    Overnight the Pirate Party has become a third political force in Germany, and has become much more than a dragnet trawling protest voters. According to Die Welt, the Pirate Party could be the pioneer of a new democracy in the post-industrial era, and indeed throughout Europe. The jury is still out on whether from the Pirates will prove to be more than a footnote to European democracy. But if the pirates are not crippled by growing pains they stand a good chance of formally transforming democracy in the 21st century, mastering the end of the era of growth, achieving a...
  • EU: Spanish bailout 'impossible' for eurozone, says prime minister Mariano Rajoy

    04/12/2012 10:12:06 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/12/2012 | Louise Armitstead
    The eurozone is not equipped to bail out Spain, the country's prime minister Mariano Rajoy has admitted, as global traders continued to punish the nation's stocks and bonds. Mr Rajoy said it was "not possible to rescue Spain" but insisted his country did not need a Greek-style international bail-out anyway. "To talk about a bail-out for Spain at the moment makes no sense," he told reporters. "Spain is not going to be rescued; it's not possible to rescue Spain, there's no intention to, it's not necessary and therefore it's not going to be rescued." Despite his comments, the Madrid bourse...
  • EU: Spain accused of 'draconian' plans to clamp down on protests

    04/12/2012 10:03:45 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/13/2012 | Fiona Govan, Madrid
    Spain has been accused of planning “draconian” new laws against street protests by curbing the use of social networking. Jorge Fernandez Diaz, the Spanish interior minister announced in Congress on Wednesday that a reform of the penal code was planned to criminalise those involved in organising street protests that "seriously disturb the public peace". Under the laws, a minimum jail term of two years could be imposed on those found guilty of instigating and carrying out violent acts of protest under a new package of measures unveiled on Wednesday. But it has raised fears that the new measures could be...
  • Keith Moon, London Olympics: Organizers Ask the Who's (Dead) Drummer to Perform

    04/12/2012 8:23:07 PM PDT · by xp38 · 49 replies
    Spinner ^ | April 11 2012 | Jason MacNei
    The legend of Keith Moon continues to live on -- but the London Olympic Committee apparently thinks the late Who drummer is still alive, too. British publication Metro reports the Who's manager Bill Curbishley was asked by organizers of this summer's London Olympics if Moon -- who died in 1978 -- "would be available" to perform. "I emailed back saying Keith now resides in Golders Green crematorium, having lived up to the Who's anthemic line 'I hope I die before I get old,'" Curbishley told Metro. "If they have a round table, some glasses and candles, we might contact him."...
  • Lewis Hine: The child labour photos that shamed America

    04/12/2012 11:02:52 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 24 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12th April 2012 | BBC News
    'Lewis Hine is most famous for his photographs of the construction workers who helped build the Empire State Building in 1930. But in the years before he celebrated the heroic labour of these men working high above Manhattan, Hine used his photographs to campaign for social reform. In 1908 the then-sociology professor was hired by the National Child Labor Committee to document how children as young as seven were working in cotton mills and coal mines. Over a decade he took thousands of photographs that helped convince US lawmakers to introduce new industrial regulations to protect children. Alison Nordstrom, senior...
  • As ‘Titanimania’ heightens, Titanic’s ‘Women and Children First’ legacy should rule

    04/11/2012 3:31:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 11, 2012
    BRANSON, Mo., April 11, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In a week dominated by Titanic film specials, tribute cruises, artifact auctions, music extravaganzas, and culinary recreations ofTitanic’s last meal, the organizer of Titanic 100: An International Centennial Event —to be held on April 12-15 in Branson, Missouri—has declared that Titanic’s legacy of “women and children first” should be foremost in focus as the ship’s story is remembered.
 “This year, the Pentagon sanctioned sending women to the front lines of combat —a policy that would have been unthinkable in 1912 when men knew that it was their duty to sacrifice for women...
  • British firm unveils “Carkoon” – the cocoon baby seat

    04/11/2012 3:21:24 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 22 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11th April 2012 | Adam Parris-Long
    'A revolutionary baby seat that deploys a protective cocoon in collisions has been unveiled by a British firm. The Carkoon is a rear-facing baby seat that features a sliding protective shell made from Kevlar and fireproof Nomex, which is capable of keeping a child safe for up to 18 minutes in the event of a blaze. The Carkoon also contains a transmitter that alerts emergency services with the exact GPS location of the child – giving vital extra information for any rescue effort. Added to the design is a rotating base and “quick release” handle that saves messing about with...
  • EU: Spain’s 'lose-lose' struggle reignites euro crisis

    04/10/2012 6:03:29 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/10/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The eurozone crisis has returned with a vengeance after Spain’s mounting woes pushed 10-year bonds yields back to the danger line of 6pc and the Madrid bourse crashed to its lowest level since the 2009. Markets took no notice of fresh austerity pledges from premier Mariano Rajoy, including new cuts worth €10bn in health and education - seen as a belated move to salvage Spain’s credibility after a spat with Brussels over fiscal slippage. Mr Rajoy said the bond attack should dispel the illusions of those who think Spain can muddle through without serious austerity. "Markets can decide to lend...
  • Multiculturalism: When Will the Sleeper Wake?

    04/10/2012 2:35:30 PM PDT · by bayouranger · 12 replies
    takimag.com ^ | 29MAR12 | by John Derbyshire
    London Mayor Boris Johnson spoke the other day about the riots that devastated London and other English cities last summer: The biggest shock for me from the riots was the sheer sense of nihilism—perhaps I should not have been shocked, but in my view literacy and numeracy are the best places to start. In seven particular boroughs in London one in four children are leaving functionally illiterate. In a few schools it is nearer 50%. We have to intervene at an earlier stage, and I think the mayor can help. Here is a thing that The New York Times said...
  • Merits of Sentinel Radar Touted, as Axe Looms (British radar)

    04/09/2012 10:56:46 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    AIN Online ^ | April 6, 2012 | Chris Pocock
    Merits of Sentinel Radar Touted, as Axe Looms Officials from Raytheon UK and personnel from the Royal Air Force (RAF) are emphasizing the excellent performance of the Sentinel R.1 Airborne Stand-Off Radar (Astor) system over Afghanistan and Libya. They are hoping that the UK Ministry of Defence will reverse its 2010 decision to withdraw the ground surveillance system, which flies on five Bombardier Global Express business jets, after most British troops leave Afghanistan in 2014. Operating from Akrotiri airbase, Cyprus, RAF Sentinels flew more than 2,000 hours during NATO’s Libyan air campaign. They collected wide-area and spot-scene moving-target and synthetic...
  • Sentenced to death for being old: The NHS denies life-saving treatment to the elderly, as one man's

    04/09/2012 8:17:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/9/12 | ohn Naish
    When Kenneth Warden was diagnosed with terminal bladder cancer, his hospital consultant sent him home to die, ruling that at 78 he was too old to treat. Even the palliative surgery or chemotherapy that could have eased his distressing symptoms were declared off-limits because of his age. His distraught daughter Michele Halligan accepted the sad prognosis but was determined her father would spend his last months in comfort. So she paid for him to seen privately by a second doctor to discover what could be done to ease his symptoms. Thanks to her tenacity, Kenneth got the drugs and surgery...
  • [UK] Homeowners to foot bill for green improvements

    04/09/2012 11:38:07 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | April 9, 2012 | By Nick Collins, Science Correspondent
    New regulations proposed by the government will prevent people making significant home improvements unless they also pay for energy saving measures such as loft or wall insulation for existing foundations at the same time. Home owners who are unable to afford the additional cost will be told to borrow it under the government's Green Deal, under which the money is paid back with interest via energy bills. The new regulations, which will apply to specified home improvements including loft and garage conversions, conservatory extensions, and boiler or window replacements, could come into effect as early as October when the Green...
  • Meet the world's biggest rabbit who is 4ft 4inches and weighs a whopping 3.5 STONE

    04/08/2012 9:09:55 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 56 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 7 April 2012 @ | Tara Brady
    Meet the world's biggest Easter bunny, Darius the enormous Continental Giant, who weighs a whopping three-and-a-half stone and is 4ft 4in. Darius, aged three, munches through an incredible 12 carrots a day to keep up his strength and fuel his amazing growth spurt. He already held the title of world's biggest rabbit but has now smashed his own record after vets measured him a month ago and realised he had had grown another inch. It is a double celebration for Darius who shares his birthday, on Easter Sunday, with his beloved owner Annette Edwards. Ms Edwards, from Worcester, has bred...
  • Hackers 'shut down' Home Office website (UK)

    04/08/2012 1:06:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    The hacking group “Anonymous” appeared to have shut down the Home Office website on Saturday night, in an apparent protest against extraditions of British citizens to the US and so-called “draconian surveillance proposals.” An apparent “denial of service” attack made it impossible to access the Home Office website for at least an hour. Those trying to access the website were instead confronted by a notice that “Due to a high volume of traffic this page is currently unavailable.” The attack appeared to have been partly in protest at extradition proceedings against Gary McKinnon, 46, who is accused of hacking US...
  • Liberal Democrats threaten to 'kill' online surveillance plans (UK LibDems)

    04/08/2012 1:00:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Sunday Telegraph ^ | 12:15PM BST 08 Apr 2012
    Liberal Democrat President Tim Farron today vowed the party would "kill" proposals for increased monitoring of emails and internet use if they were not watered down. Mr. Farron said he was "prepared" to look at draft legislation, dubbed a "snoopers charter", when it is published, but warned he was "in no mood" to back "authoritarian" laws. Many Lib Dems were "horrified" by the plans, which would allow Government listening post GCHQ to monitor internet traffic—times, dates, numbers and addresses—in real time. … The Government has faced an intense backlash over the plans, with senior Conservatives joining Lib Dems and civil...
  • Robbed and ruined by a British court on the orders of the CIA... By David Rose

    04/08/2012 12:53:35 PM PDT · by sinsofsolarempirefan · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | David Rose
    Despite the years of cruel reality, Margaret Bentham still seemed incredulous as she told her story, a story she once thought she could never share. But with quiet dignity she summed up the ordeal she and her businessman husband Stuart, a former British Army officer, have endured at the hands of the CIA. ‘We were robbed of a business worth millions,’ she said. ‘We were plunged into financial ruin. But the worst thing was, not only were we deprived of justice, we couldn’t tell a soul.’ Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2126696/Margaret-Stuart-Bentham-Robbed-British-court-orders-CIA.html#ixzz1rTq3o4X4
  • Type 26: The future backbone of the Royal Navy

    04/08/2012 9:20:42 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    defence management ^ | 05 April 2012
    Type 26: The future backbone of the Royal Navy 05 April 2012 Brian Johnson, UK business development director at BAE Systems, answers questions about the Type 26 Global Combat Ship Can you provide some detail on the size and makeup of the team involved, their experience levels and the overall working approach to the design process? The team working on the Type 26 programme is currently around 250 strong. The team is centred in Bristol but a large design team is also based at BAE Systems' facility at Scotstoun in Glasgow. The team is a genuine 'rainbow' team comprising of...
  • Religious people are more likely to be leftwing, says thinktank Demos

    04/08/2012 4:35:34 AM PDT · by Winniesboy · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | April8th 2012 | James Doward/James Legge
    Research undermines commonly held view that faith group members are more conservative... ... report by the thinktank Demos undermines the widely held view that members of religious groups are more likely to have conservative tendencies.... The Faithful Citizens report also has implications for the aspiration of prime minister David Cameron for a "big society". It finds that people who identify with a faith are more likely to volunteer, be politically engaged and to become active citizens in their neighbourhoods.... ...report suggests that the example of the outgoing archbishop of Canterbury, who combines deeply held progressive beliefs with his religious convictions,...
  • Why don't black Americans swim?

    04/07/2012 2:43:19 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 317 replies
    BBC News ^ | 7th April 2012 | Finlo Rohrer
    'A month ago, six African-American teenagers drowned in a single incident in Louisiana, prompting soul-searching about why so many young black Americans can't swim. When 15-year-old DeKendrix Warner accidentally stepped into deeper water while wading in the Red River in Shreveport, he panicked. JaTavious Warner, 17, Takeitha Warner, 13, JaMarcus Warner, 14, Litrelle Stewart, 18, Latevin Stewart, 15, and LaDarius Stewart, 17, rushed to help him and each other. None of them could swim. All six drowned. DeKendrix was rescued by a passer-by. Maude Warner, mother of three of the victims, and the other adults present also couldn't swim. The...
  • Catholic cardinal calls on Christians to wear their crosses every day

    04/07/2012 9:46:44 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 4-7-12 | Damien Pearse
    Head of the Scottish Catholic church, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, says symbol shows you 'live by Christ's standards in daily life' Britain's most senior Catholic cleric has called on Christians to wear a cross every day as "a symbol of their beliefs" and to combat the marginalisation of religion in modern society. The plea by Cardinal Keith O'Brien, head of the Catholic church in Scotland, to be made in his Easter sermon, comes as the Anglican archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, appealed for more people to attend church this Sunday – even if they are "a bit vague" about religion....
  • Sentenced to death for being old: The NHS denies life-saving treatment to the elderly, as one

    04/06/2012 8:23:31 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 6, 2012 | John Naish
    When Kenneth Warden was diagnosed with terminal bladder cancer, his hospital consultant sent him home to die, ruling that at 78 he was too old to treat. Even the palliative surgery or chemotherapy that could have eased his distressing symptoms were declared off-limits because of his age. His distraught daughter Michele Halligan accepted the sad prognosis but was determined her father would spend his last months in comfort. So she paid for him to seen privately by a second doctor to discover what could be done to ease his symptoms. Thanks to her tenacity, Kenneth got the drugs and surgery...
  • A society that persecutes Christ is heading for terrible trouble (Essay on atheists, secularists)

    04/06/2012 6:36:04 PM PDT · by Stoat · 17 replies
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | April 6, 2012 | Charles Moore
    This week before Easter, I chanced upon the following two quotations. The first says: “Not for 2,000 years has it been possible for society to exclude or eliminate Christ from its social or political life without a terrible social or political consequence.” The second says: “Religion taught by a prophet or by a preacher of the truth is the only foundation on which to build a great and powerful empire.” The first is by Margaret Thatcher, opening her foreword to a book called Christianity and Conservatism, which appeared in 1990. The second appears in Tom Holland’s outstanding new book...
  • Surgery bans elderly patient over her carbon footprint (Commiecare™ - what did you expect?)

    04/06/2012 4:51:04 PM PDT · by Libloather · 31 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 4/03/12
    Surgery bans elderly patient over her carbon footprintAn elderly woman was ordered to find a new GP because the “carbon footprint” of her two-mile round trips to the surgery where she had been treated for 30 years was too large. By Daily Telegraph Reporter 11:48PM BST 03 Apr 2012 Avril Mulcahy, 83, was told to address the “green travelling issues” over her journeys from her home in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, to the West Road Surgery. The surgery wrote to Mrs Mulcahy, telling her to register with a new GP within 28 days. The letter said: “Our greatest concern is for your...
  • Britain's Royal Air Force considering purchase of Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle

    04/05/2012 8:34:17 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 32 replies
    Haaretz, Israel ^ | 05.04.12 | Anshel Pfeffer
    Britain's Royal Air Force considering purchase of Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle U.K. looking at the Eitan system, also known as the Heron TP - the largest and most sophisticated drone Israel makes. LONDON - Britain's Royal Air Force has been considering the purchase of unmanned aerial vehicles from Israel. The Eitan, also known as the Heron TP, is the largest and most sophisticated drone Israel makes. It is assembled by Israel Aerospace Industries and began operational service in the Israel Air Force two years ago, in a new squadron at the Tel Nof airbase. The Eitan's wingspan is as wide...
  • In defence of Big Brother: I want more snooping, not less (U.K.)

    04/05/2012 11:54:35 AM PDT · by Stoat · 14 replies
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | April 5, 2012 | Dan Hodges
     I want to live in a surveillance state. Big Brother, come cast your watchful eye over me and mine. I love you, bro. Seriously, when I saw the outcry over Government plans to gain access to telephone, email and internet, my initial reaction was: “You mean they can’t do that already?” I assumed, somewhat stupidly, that everything we said, typed or viewed was routinely monitored, and then filtered by some giant, super-secret computer tucked away in a heavily guarded subterranean basement of GCHQ: “Hodges has just said he wants to shoot another Liverpool player, sir.” “Oh, he’s always saying that, Jones....