May 24

Cameron’s New Thought Police (Acting Man, May 20, 2015):

You May No Longer Think Wrong Thoughts, Citizen

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May 21

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Britain’s anti-terror law and the global assault on democratic rights (RINF, May 21, 2015):

(WSWS) – In the year marking 800 years since England’s Magna Carta, which asserted that kings could not simply impose their will without oversight and freemen could not be punished unless they violated the law of the land, Britain’s new Conservative government is preparing a massive assault on civil liberties.

The Tories are set to enact new legislation targeting “extremists” that poses a fundamental threat to political opponents of the government and to the working class. The claim that the new law is aimed simply or primarily at Islamic terrorists is a lie.

Under the legislation’s provisions, the authorities will be able to punish anyone engaged in “harmful” behaviour, ranging from public disorder to threatening the functioning of democracy. Individuals or groups subject to “extremist disruption orders” and “banning orders” will be compelled to submit to the police all material they intend to publish, including on social media. Individuals may also be prohibited from attending public gatherings and speaking at demonstrations or protests.

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Prime Minister David Cameron indicated the sweep of the government’s intentions when he proclaimed that Britain has been a “passively tolerant society for too long, saying to our citizens: as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone.” Freedom from persecution by the state will no longer be guaranteed, even to those who obey the law. Continue reading »

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May 21

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May 20

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The British Royal Navy’s submarine HMS Victorious

​ Ex-Royal Navy sailor to RT: Trident whistleblower’s security allegations true (RT, May 20, 2015):

As Royal Navy whistleblower William McNeilly remains in military custody for criticizing Trident nuclear safety procedures, an ex-Navy sailor who backs many of his allegations has spoken at length to RT.

Euan Bryson, 25, served in Britain’s Royal Navy for 4 1/2 years as a communications and IT specialist. Among his leading roles were positions onboard the UK’s ex-Royal Navy flagships HMS Ark Royal and HMS illustrious.

The former sailor also served at the Faslane nuclear submarine base where McNeilly was working before publishing his 18-page report, which argued that the Trident nuclear program posed serious safety and security risks to Britain. Continue reading »

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May 20

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Over 1,400 suspects investigated in UK historical sex abuse inquiry (RT, May 20, 2015):

Over 1400 individuals are under investigation by British police as part of an inquiry into a historic VIP sex abuse network believed to include celebrities and politicians.

Information released by Operation Hydrant, the group of police officers tackling the alleged ring, said that the 1,433 suspected offenders included 76 politicians, 43 musicians, and 135 from film, television and radio.

A further 216 were revealed to have died.

Chief Constable Simon Bailey, chair of Operation Hydrant, said that referrals to new suspects “are increasing on an almost daily basis.” Continue reading »

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May 20

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Inequality Street: UK most unequal country in EU, worse than US (RT, May 19, 2015):

Britain has been labeled the “European capital of inequality” after a report found it is the most unequal country in the EU.

As part of a progressive study, the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) analyzed wages across the EU.

The report, titled Recent Developments in the Distribution of Wages in Europe, scrutinized data from 2004 to 2011 – the period before and after the onset of the Great Recession. Continue reading »

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May 18

BP hires former MI6 boss John Sawers (The Guardian, May 14, 2015):

Appointment to the board of Sawers, who has more than 35 years of experience in international affairs and security, highlights relevance of geopolitics to oil firm

BP has hired the former head of MI6 as it seeks to capitalise on his top-level diplomatic experience while dealing with some of the toughest political environments around the world.

Sir John Sawers, who was head of the Secret Intelligence Service between 2009 and 2014, has joined the oil company’s board as a non-executive member.

BP’s chairman, Carl-Henric Svanberg, said the former spy chief “brings extensive experience of international affairs and geopolitics”. Continue reading »

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May 18

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Submariner who attacked Trident safety to hand himself in (BBC News, May 18, 2015):

A Royal Navy submariner who criticised safety procedures around the Trident nuclear-armed submarines has said he will hand himself in to police later.

William McNeilly, 25, went on the run after alleging the Trident nuclear missile programme, based on the Clyde, was a “disaster waiting to happen”.

Able Seaman McNeilly said: “Other people need to start coming forward.” Continue reading »

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May 17

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UK Government Quietly Rewrites Hacking Laws to Give GCHQ Immunity (Ars Technica, May 17, 2015):

The UK government has quietly passed new legislation that exempts GCHQ, police, and other intelligence officers from prosecution for hacking into computers and mobile phones.

While major or controversial legislative changes usually go through normal parliamentary process (i.e. democratic debate) before being passed into law, in this case an amendment to the Computer Misuse Act was snuck in under the radar as secondary legislation. According to Privacy International, “It appears no regulators, commissioners responsible for overseeing the intelligence agencies, the Information Commissioner’s Office, industry, NGOs or the public were notified or consulted about the proposed legislative changes… There was no public debate.” Continue reading »

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May 17


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In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the 26 most terrifying words in the English language. They also discuss vigilante governments and bond vigilantes. In the second half, Max interviews Harry Cole (Twitter: @MrHarryCole) about the Conservative party victory in General Election 2015. They also discuss Scotland, the EU referendum and the TTIP trade deal.

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May 17

From the article:

“Threats to free speech can come from lots of places. But right now, the greatest threat by far in the West to ideals of free expression is coming not from radical Muslims, but from the very Western governments claiming to fight them. The increasingly unhinged, Cheney-sounding governments of the U.K., Australia, France, New Zealand and Canada – joining the U.S. – have a seemingly insatiable desire to curb freedoms in the name of protecting them…”


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The Greatest Threat To Free Speech Is Not From Terrorism, But From Those Claiming To Fight It (The Intercept, May 13, 2015):

We learned recently from Paris that the Western world is deeply and passionately committed to free expression and ready to march and fight against attempts to suppress it. That’s a really good thing, since there are all sorts of severe suppression efforts underway in the West – perpetrated not by The Terrorists but by the Western politicians claiming to fight them.

One of the most alarming examples comes, not at all surprisingly, from the U.K. government, which is currently agitating for new counterterrorism powers, “including plans for extremism disruption orders designed to restrict those trying to radicalize young people.” Here are the powers which the British Freedom Fighters and Democracy Protectors are seeking: Continue reading »

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May 16

Only 22 Countries Have Never Been Invaded By Britain (For Now) (ZeroHedge, May 15, 2015):

While America may have troops in around 150 countries around the world, it still has not ‘officially’ invaded as many as Britain managed throughout its history… but there’s still time.

Only 22 Countries Have Never Been Invaded By Britain

Source: @MaxCRoser

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Time to step up the American Empire game…

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May 16

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The Mindset of UK Prime Minister David Cameron – It’s Not Enough to Follow the Law, You Must Love Big Brother (Liberty Blitzkrieg, May 14, 2015):

It’s not just those domestic extremists and crazy “conspiracy theory” kooks who took serious issue with UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent overtly fascist language when it comes to freedom of expression in Great Britain. For example, in a post published today, the UK Independent describes the quote below as “the creepiest thing David Cameron has ever said.”

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This statement, and others like it, are a huge deal. This isn’t how the leader of a major civilized Western so-called “democracy” speaks to the citizenry. It is how a master talks to his slaves. How a ruler addresses his subjects. I think the following tweet by Glenn Greenwald earlier today sums up David Cameron’s attitude perfectly well:

Those of us who are in disbelief over David Cameron’s recent language, don’t have to just point to the quote above. There’s a lot more to it than a simple quote. For example, the Guardian reports: Continue reading »

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May 16

“Ghost towns in UK are a real problem.

People shoring up their pension funds with nice properties in quaint or popular locations have been depriving communities of continuity and business for decades, but the failure of Local and National Government to address the issue and its Social consequences has resulted in an exponential growth.

Where we live, in a picturesque part of the country, small villages have really become ‘holiday villages’ due to a large portion of the properties being let to people on vacation.
But, out of season, there’s just no one there….reminiscent of THE SHINING.”


 

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On one London street, seven out of 10 properties are second homes – and the area is rapidly becoming a ghost town

The one figure that shows the scale of London’s housing crisis (Independent, May 15, 2015):

The realities of London’s housing crisis have been made even more clear, after it has been found that seven out of 10 properties on one Kensington street are second homes.

On the 300 metre length of Ashburn Place in Kensington, West London, which has 131 residential addresses, 70 per cent of the homes are not classed as a main home, according to Kensington & Chelsea Council.

The council’s figures were obtained via a Freedom of Information request by The Steeple Times. Continue reading »

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May 14

 –    London Housing Bubble Watch: $630/Month For A Bed “In” A Shared Kitchen! (ZeroHedge, May 13, 2015):

You know it’s a bubble when… A listing has appeared online advertising a single bed in a house in London where the mattress is located in the kitchen.

 

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May 13

H/t reader squodgy:

“And now it starts. Free speech is now officially under scrutiny.”


 – David Cameron to unveil new limits on extremists’ activities in Queen’s speech (Guardian, May 13, 2015)

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May 10

H/t reader squodgy:

“Ha ha ha ha ha ………bureaucratic incompetence and military industrial complex greed makes one useless but very expensive cocktail.”


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The UK considered buying 150 F-35s from the US, but not one plane is combat ready as costs soar

New US fighter jet on course to becoming ‘one of history’s biggest white elephants’ (Independent, May 10, 2015):

A plane so technologically advanced that it would give Britain and the US air superiority in any future conflict and billed as the world’s most advanced stealth fighter jet, could be one of “the biggest white elephants in history”, according to a former defence minister.

And while costs of the F-35 spiral and delays run into years, another commentator has warned that “our skies and seas are vulnerable”.

The aircraft, manufactured by Lockheed Martin, was designed to replace the Harrier jump-jet, which went out of service in 2011. The UK once envisaged ordering 150 F-35s, to be ready by 2012. Three years on, the F-35 is still far from ready to fly in combat and the cost of a single jet has risen from £33m to £87m. The UK has ordered only eight to date. Continue reading »

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May 09

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Britain: A Functioning Democracy It’s Not (ZeroHedge, May 8, 2015):

The system can certainly be given some sort of name, but a functioning democracy it’s not. If anything, a democracy is “A system of government in which power is vested in the people”. Makes us wonder how many clients of the 421 foodbanks and counting have voted Conservative and figured they were proudly doing their democratic duty. Continue reading »

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May 05

NATO & allies stage thousands-strong drills across Europe (RT, May 4, 2015):

Three sets of military exercises kicked off in Europe on Monday, involving thousands of servicemen from a variety of NATO nations and their allies, amid a wave of similar action across the area.

Estonia is holding its largest-ever military drills. Named Siil-2015 (Hedgehog), the maneuvers involve about 13,000 personnel. The number includes about 7,000 reservists, along with members of the volunteer Estonian Defense League.

Siil-2015, scheduled to last until May 15, also involves forces from the US, the UK, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Belgium, Poland and the Netherlands. American troops, who are staying in Estonia as part of the massive training operation Atlantic Resolve, will bring four Abrams main battle tanks to the exercise. British, Belgian and German air defense units, as well as several NATO warplanes, will also take part. Continue reading »

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May 04

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The Cancer Stage of Capitalism: From Crisis to Cure


Planning Chaos in the Middle East: Destruction of Societies for Foreign Money Control (Global Research, April 27, 2015):

Scott Scottdale interviews Prof. John McMurtry for Canadian Challenger

John McMurtry is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and his work is published and translated from Latin America to Japan. He is the author and editor of the three-volume Philosophy and World Problems published by UNESCO’s Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), and his latest book is The Cancer Stage of Capitalism/from Crisis to Cure.

SS/CC: You have said that “the trick of the endless US-led wars in the Middle East is to control both sides so as to ensure against sovereign states able to defend the common interests of their peoples”. Please explain. Continue reading »

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