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25 May 2011

Due to persistent hacker attacks that began shortly after two of our contributors did some pretty heavy duty research into the activities of several corporations that use their dominant market poosition to manipulate prices in global food and commodity markets, the Daily Stirrer will be taking a few days off until our webmaster has upgraded our security.

This blog gets a couple of thousand hits a day, hardly significant in the great scheme of things, so the attempts to take us offline permanently show how determined these people re that the true nature of their activities is never discussed in the public domain.

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24 May 2011

Wither Euro? How Long Can The Single Currency Survive? by John de Roe

<.H3> After the pantomime of toxic debt, dodgy bankers and Collateralised Debt Obligations, anything the clowns of the credit-rating agencies say about Europe's sovereign debt crisis should be treated with the same indifference as Harold Camping's Apocalyptic prophecies. Unfortunately we have little alternative than to use the ratings agencies as there are few available ways to accurately assess the health of a nation's finances.

Having utterly failed to warn about the risks of burgeoning debt among the poorer eurozone nations, Standard & Poor's has observed custom and practice in the financial reglation business by making a bad situation worse. The influential agency has put Italy on negative credit watch, thereby generating a fresh bout of nerves in already dangerously unsettled markets. There are other factors at work in the current jitteriness of dealers, not least the USA's dire position regarding it's debt ceiling and the deadlock between 'President' Obama and congress but S&P's latest report has not helped.

To repeatedly downgrade the basket casees, Greece, Ireland and Portugal is one thing, but to target Europe's fourth-largest and the eurozone's third largest economy is another entirely. Spain and Italy had been regarded as relatively stable, but both are now being made to look ever more vulnerable. For either of them to be denied access to markets would surely test European appetite for bail-outs to breaking point and possibly lead to insurrection by the German taxpayers who are already bearing the brunt of the financial catastrophe this catastrophically failed experiment in one-worldism has caused

. A rating agency has no business trying to support the euro but Italy makes an odd choice to be put on negative watch. True enough, the country already has very high net public indebtedness at some 116pc of GDP. The crisis of the past three years has all but wiped out the advances Italy achieved in the previous decade in paying down its debt.

Yet if the eurozone periphery crisis is seen as essentially a banking crisis which has transcended the world of finance and now threatens to engulf the political infrastructure of the European Union. Had the problem remained in the banking sector Italy would have little to worry about. Its banking sector is quite small relative both to others and to the size of the Italian economy, the reason for this being nobody in their right mind would trust Italian banks and they therefore find it impossible to expand their balance sheets with the same reckless disregard for risk that others showed in the run up to the crisis. This being the case, private and household debt in Italy is very low by European standards. Taking the two together private as well as public debt Italy is in fact a good deal more solvent than the UK.

Where S&P does have a point is that the chances of getting back to financial stability remain poor as long as economic growth remains almost stagnant.

Few steps are being taken to remedy the imbalances that are holding back growth and political paralysis threatens to hamstring any international efforts to start putting things back together. Last but by no means least, membership of the euro gives Italy limited monetary flexibility, without which the country cannot begin to deal with its problems unilaterally.

This is exactly the situation people opposed to the Euro predicted would exist ten years after the introduction of the single currency.

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Flights Cancelled As Ash Cloud Hits Britain.

BA cancels flights between between London and Scotland as a volcanic ash cloud spreads over Britain for the second time in 13 months.

Here we go again....

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Ryan Giggs Could Have Kept Affair Secret

by Ed Butt

Ryan Giggs would have found it easier to keep his alleged relationship with former Big Brother TV star Imogen Thomas secret if he had not taken out an injunction to protect his privacy, the model's publicist said yesterday. PR guru Max Clifford said that, ironically, if the footballer had not taken out the injunction, then probably no-one would have known about the relationship.

Clifford told media representatives Ms Thomas had never intended to sell her story.

The law on injunctions has been thrown into further turmoil after Giggs was named as the married football star at the centre of one of the controversial privacy case triggered by the so called super injunctions that not only prevent the media from reporting a story but also prohibit and public acknowledgement than an injunction had been granted. Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming used parliamentary privilege to name Giggs as the Premier League player who took out an injunction over his relationship with Ms Thomas.

Max Clifford is due to see Ms Thomas at his London office today to discuss her next move. He told ITV1's Daybreak programme: ''I will see what she wants to do but, because of the previous conversations, I know that she never had any intention of selling her story." Now her name has been made public by revelations about this unnecessary injunction the game rules have changed.

Giles Coren, who works for The Times, was also identified by MP Hemming as the journalist who said he feared a prison sentence for breaking another super injunction. Over the weekend, it had been thought that Coren could be held in contempt of court after using Twitter to name a footballer granted an injunction. The footballer referred to by Coren was not Ryan Giggs, but another player who has obtained a gagging order. The offending comments were removed over the weekend.

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23 May 2011

Football Scandal.

by Ed Butt

So Giggsie has been dobbed in.

Unfair really. It's not as if he's the only one.

Read the Boggart Blog satirical take on this story


Eurozone Debts And Default Fears Panic In The Markets

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/markets/8530469/Global-stock-markets-drop-on-eurozone-debt-fears.html The euro curency and stock markets across Europe have fallen sharply this morning amid renewed fears that Greece will default on its sovereign debt obligations. Fears over the consequences of eurozone debt crisis showing no sign of abating around the world as the crisis goes on.

Borrowing costs for heavily debt burdened governments also rose, with Italy and Spain suffering the biggest hike to their interests charges. Market worries are exacerbated by the fear that debt restructuring by Greece could hit Europe's banks and other governments that are hevily exposed on Greek debt.

The latest batch of bad news for economic managers included weak eurozone economic performance, a local election defeat for Spain's socialist government and a negative credit rating outlook for Italy.

Energy and mining stocks did particularly badly on the news, as oil prices fell back towards recent lows on fears the global recovery may be slowed by debt problems in Europe and tighter monetary policy to counter inflation in China.

Against the Swiss franc - seen as a safe-haven from the debt crisis - the euro hit a new all-time low of 1.2324 francs.

In an interview with German weekly newspaper der Spiegel, the Luxembourg prime minister and head of the Euro group, Jean-Claude Juncker, reiterated his idea that a soft landing could be engineered for Greece if its government met demanding policy targets. Mr Juncker explained that the restructuring would involve deferral of repayments and a cut in interest payments, to be agreed with the country's lenders.

He added it would need to be done in a way that would not be seen a default by the international rating agencies, which would cause an "enormous problem" for Europe's banks, who would then have to include billions of dollars worth of losses on their balance sheets.

He also confirmed that any restructuring and additional financial support would only be forthcoming if Greece stepped up privatisations and painful austerity measures.

Greece's cost of borrowing in bond markets has continued to rise steadily, as expectations of an eventual default rise.

The yield on its 10-year bonds rose another half a percentage point to 16.8% on Monday, up from 15.3% a week ago. Other countries also saw their borrowing costs rise, as markets remain concerned that a Greek default could trigger a broader meltdown. Spain's 10-year borrowing cost increased to 5.6%, its highest level since January.

Italy's government is said to be planning to bring forwards 35bn-40bn euros (30bn-35bn; $49bn-$56bn) of austerity measures to June in response to the country's cost of borrowing rising in financial markets following S&P's move, to 4.87% from 4.77%, before falling back again in morning trading.

21 May 2011

Osama Bin Laden Planned Easter Bomb Campaign

by Ed Butt

In the latest attempt to convince a sceptical world that the man who (allegedly) is the first perfect human being in 2000 years did something really miraculous in personally leading a team of US Navy Seals to a run down apartment in Pakiskan where they killed an elderly man who looked a bit, but not much like the world's most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden, The Obama Administration lie machine information department is putting out bogus intelligence.

In the latest snippet of fear and panic generating fiction released to British Intelligence, information contained in computer files seized by US special forces bin Laden was masterminding a plan to bomb Easter shoppers in Britain.

Easter shoppers? It's understandable that a man who has been dead as long as Osama bin Laden (died sometime between 2002 and 2006) was out of touch but Easter shopping in Britain? At Easter we all pile in our cars announcing a trip to the coast or countryside and spend a day sitting in a tailback on our gridlocked motorways system.

Any attempt to blow up cars in the tailbacks would be futile because holdups are caused by contra flow systems introduced to allow for road maintenance. The Road Transport authority employs crack squads of undercover traffic engineers (far more effective than undercover security agents) to move the contra flows so motorists can never predict where they are and head for another destination or avoid them by taking an alternative route.

No worries. the information that has been passed to our government on the instructions of Barack Hussein Obama, the man who tells God what to do. It is some of the first top-secret intelligence to have been passed back from the bin Laden operation, according to senior Government sources. We should feel honoured. So how real was the threat?

The Manchester based terrorist cell suspected on the strength of the bin Laden data of plotting to blow up landmarks in the city during this years' (2011) Easter holiday was broken and its members arrested in 2009. Police were unable to press charges however because of a lack of evidence and their treatment of the suspects at the time, which violated British and international law became a cause clbre for MPs, lawyers and human rights groups.

An attempt last year to deport the alleged ringleader of the plot then failed on human rights grounds because he claimed he would be tortured if he was returned to Pakistan. Most of the alleged cell members have now left Britain.

So it seems the CIA's discovery of a security thread to 'Easter shoppers' in Manchester was just a tad off target, as was the CIA's claim to have detained 'known suicide bombers' a few years ago. Still, kudos to the Yanks. Once again they have demonstrated that the phrase Military Intelligence is a contradiction in terms.

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20 May 2011

House Prices Predicted To Fall Further

New of a further drop in mortgage lending in March and April 2011 will surprise nobody. The Council of Mortgage lenders reported gross lending fell to 9.8 billion in April, down from 11.4 billion in March, and 5 per cent lower than a year ago.

Industry officials tried to gloss over the poor performance of the property market. A CML economist named Waddac Hunt Bob Pannell, said: It represents an unfortunate temporary loss of signal, at a time when it would be useful to gauge the resilience of house purchase demand to economic uncertainties and the pressure on household incomes. The bank holidays last month including Easter and the Royal Wedding - saw many workers enjoy extended holidays in exchange for taking just a few days annual leave. Levels of activity look set to remain broadly flat over the near-term. It now seems unlikely that interest rates will rise much, if at all, this year and this should help keep the market on an even keel.

Right so. The continuing slup is nothing to do with rising prices, falling incomes and people's fears that their jobs are not secure then?

More objective Market Analysts warned reduced activity in the housing market would translate into falling house prices. The average price of a home in Britain has already dropped to 160,000, down from 200,000 four years ago before the beginning of the second great depression.

Further falls in house prices are likely over the coming months as tighter fiscal policy and the possibility of gradually rising interest rates before the end of 2011 maintains pressure on the housing market. And if you think that sounds bad just wait until the good ol' US of A defaults on its debt which copuld happen as soon as August this year. The Obama administration and the American House of Representatives are currently at stalemate over funding. The legally enforced debt ceiling has been reached, The House want Obama to cut spending, Obama refuses to consider cuts to his loonytoons spending plans and wants congressment to sanction raising the debt ceiling so he can borrow money to pay interest on his loans.

If anybody tells you the recession is over and economies are returning to growth, they are lying. Borrowing money does not represent creating growth in the economy.

Parents To Be Forced To Help With Homework

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/8525274/Help-with-homework-part-of-the-curriculum.html
A government adviser said encouraging parents to discuss lesson topics with children, and requiring pupils to read more widely outside school, could drive the next stage of our development as a nation. Seems to us that well known bureaucrat Waddac Hunt is on the loose again.

Tim Oates, head of the advisory panel on curriculum reforms for England, argued that the best school systems around the world involved significant levels of education at home. Well he's right there, kids get their education at home and in the street and go to school to be indoctrinated with politically correct ideology.

Headteachers have welcomed Mr Oates's idea but his proposal to use the statutory curriculum to prompt more parents to get involved with their children's homework, in effect to make parents legally obliged to help with the homework, drew criticism from family campaigners.

Mr Oates, director of research at exam board Cambridge Assessment, said he wanted to encourage a debate on how the new curriculum might contribute to learning at home, a plan he has discussed with ministers. He told the Times Educational Supplement: The national curriculum could be one of the instruments which one uses to encourage wider reading among younger people. If they are doing it at home it may help us to close the gap between those from well-off and not so well-off backgrounds. "

If we have clarity in the national curriculum, parents from any social background would have a greater chance of understanding what it is that they should be doing at home at any one time which would help childrens attainment, he said. It could be just talking about a topic.

Wewll bureaucratic bullshit like that is really going to help, isn't it?

Mr Oates conceded that ministers had no legal power to set levels of homework, but he continued: one can put things in the national curriculum which obviously require a programme of work which couldnt be entirely covered within normal school hours.

A spokesman for the National Association of Head Teachers said using the national curriculum to give parents a clearer view of what happens in class would be positive. Margaret Morrissey of the pressure group, Parents Out Loud, said: The national curriculum is already extremely clear. Every responsible parent already does the things that [Mr Oates] is suggesting and those that dont will never do them in a million years.

Mr Oates cited Finland, Singapore and Hong Kong as high-performing systems where a lot more learning takes place outside school to support work in the classroom.

Research has shown after-school work in Asian countries is mainly through private tuition. Mr Oates is not keen on that and wants to ensure that changes do not drive more families towards tutors in England. Well he would, wouldn't he. Got to keep compete control of minds in the hands of the Politically Correct Thought Police.

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19 May 2011

A slow news day today, we can't find much of interest at all. Perhps people are waiting for the end of the world which is due to happen on Saturday. End of the world predictions have a lousy track record so don't worry too much, but have a couple of extra drinks on Friday to be on the safe side.

Osama Bin Laden Speaks From Beyond The Grave

by Ed Butt

So a posthumous message from Osama bin Laden has been released to Western media organisations. (read full story)

What a surprise, nobodywould have predicted that would they?

Well we did actually.

You can buy the recordings, which are absolutely genuine, from The Daily Stirrer online shop. Also available: Elvis, the hip hop sessions and John Lennon sings Lady Gaga.

This commenary from The Daily Telegraph sums it up really

Bin Laden's Posthumous Tape Shows He Was Out Of Touch

By Con Coughlin
There is something rather pathetic about the release of a Bin Laden audio tape that was apparrently recorded the week before his death. In it he lavishes praise on the revolutions sweeping the Middle East and called for more tyrants to be toppled. What this shows is just how out of touch bin Laden was with (read all)

18 May 2011

Unemployment Falls - Claiman Count Rises http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/may/18/unemployment-falls-claimant-count-rises Unemployment fell by 36,000 in the first three months of the year despite the economy's lacklustre rate of growth, official figures show, in a rare piece of good news for George Osborne. The Office for National Statistics said the number of people out of work on the government's preferred International Labour Organisation measure fell to 2.46m, taking the unemployment rate to 7.7%, from 7.8% in the three months to February.. Youth unemployment a potential political hot potato for the coalition also declined, to 935,000, although that still means one in five 16-to-24-year-olds are out of work. There was fresh evidence of the labour market's continued vulnerability, however, with a 12,400 increase in the more timely claimant count measure for April, with more than three quarters of the rise accounted for by women, who tend to be disproportionately hit by cuts in public sector jobs. The number of women claiming out-of-work benefits, at 474,000, is now at its highest level since 1996. Howard Archer, of consultancy IHS Global Insight, said the jump in the claimant count in March could signal further weakness in the coming months. He pointed out that while 118,000 new jobs were created in the three months to March, most of those were in January, with just 7,000 new hires last month He said: "We suspect that likely below-trend growth will mean that the private sector will be unable to fully compensate for the increasing job losses in the public sector that will result from the fiscal squeeze that is now really kicking in. Indeed, we believe that private-sector companies will become increasingly careful in their employment plans in the face of a struggling economy and elevated input costs." There is still little evidence of inflation-busting wage rises, according to the ONS report average pay rose at an annual rate of 2.3% including bonuses, or a more modest 2.1% when bonuses are excluded. Chris Williamson, chief economist at Markit, said that was good news for the Bank of England's monetary policy committee as it battles inflation; but bad news for anyone trying to sell goods and services to hard-pressed British consumers. "The advantage of low pay growth is that it will help keep the current high rate of inflation from becoming entrenched. The downside is that, with inflation at 4.5%, this means that real pay is falling at a rate of 2.3% a year, which is going to further stifle consumer spending. This weakness of the household sector may well be a feature of the economy for some time to come," he said

17 May 2011

UK Inflation Soars Again

by John de Roe

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/8518188/Inflation-rises-again-as-CPI-reaches-4.5pc.html Latest figures from the treasury show inflation has risen again, by half a percentage point to 4.5pc. The consumer price index (CPI), the Government's official measure of inflation, accelerated at its fastest rate since 2008, far outstripping economists' predictions of a 0.1 percentage point rise.

This means inflation continues to run at more than double the Government's target of 2pc. The retail prices index, which includes housing-related costs, fell by 0.1 percentage points to 5.2pc, from 5.3pc the previous month but so small a change can hardly be considered good news.

Basic-rate taxpayers now need a savings account paying 5.63pc in order to beat inflation, while higher-rate taxpayers have to earn an interest rate of 7.5pc to beat the CPI. In fact people withn savings find it very difficult to get more than 2.5% interest. According to calculations by Moneyfacts.co.uk, the exponential effect of inflation on savings means that 10,000 invested five years ago, allowing for average interest rates, inflation and basic-tax at 20pc, would have the spending power of just 9,481 today.

And so the financial crisis goes on as The Daily Stirrer has always warned it would.

Only a couple of days ago we reported that the USA was about to hit its debt limit, the level of debt legally set by congress as the maximum the government is allowed to owe. US debt is currently capped at $14 trillion by this legal constraint.

As the President and Congress are deadlocked over the raising of this ceiling, Obama refusing to budge on his spending plans which will increase debt exponentially and congress refusing to counternance an increase in toital debt until the president lays out plans to reduce spending, the world's most powerful nation, the economic powerhouse that drives the global economy, is just two months away from having to default on it's loans.

If you think we have had a tough time economically since 2008, you ain't seen nothing yet.

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Dominic Strauus Kahn taken to New York's Notorious Riker's Island Jail.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/dominique-strauss-kahn/8517759/Dominique-Strauss-Kahn-arrest-IMF-head-taken-to-Rikers-Island-jail.html The head of the International Monetary Fund Dominic Strauss Kahn has been refused bail and remanded in custody by an American court after being arrested in New York following allegations of sexual abuse. Mr Strauss-Kahn was transferred from a detention centre attached to the Manhattan Criminal Court to the notoriosly tough Rikers Island prison on Monday, a spokesman for the New York City Department of Correction said.

The judge who ruled on the bail application said Strauss Kahn, an internationaal known bureaucrat who would be recognised asnywhere in the world, posed a 'flight risk'.

Defence lawyers said they were considering whether to appeal the bail ruling. Should the judge uphold his ruling, Mr Strauss-Kahn could be held at Rikers throughout any trial.

The Daily Stirrer commented yesterday that the whose thing was begining to stink. Alread several conspiracy theiries are in circulation as to why Straus Kahn might have been stitched up and by whom.

COMMENT On This Incident:
The French Attitude To Sex Crime Would Shock The US
The French apparently regard the sight of a powerful politician in handcuffs to be more shocking than the possibility that an African immigrant chambermaid was imprisoned and sexually assaulted. Thats cultural variation for you. As my colleague Ben Brogan points out there may be some legitimate grounds in French legal terms for national outrage over Dominique Strauss-Kahns apparently ignominious treatment

With New World Order Fan Strauss Kahn A Broken Force Will IMF Line On Bailouts Change
One interesting thing about the fall of Dominique Strauss-Kahn is that it has become increasingly clear that IMF technical staff are not fully aligned with eurozone political leaders regarding the eurozone sovereign bailouts, but Strauss-Kahn was (unsurprisingly, given his high-profile role in French politics). The central European political doctrine, since 2008, has been no creditor shall lose.

Germany No Longer Needs Europe - The One Nation Dream Is Over
Thats the motion being debated tonight at the Royal Geographical Society, in an encounter run by Intelligence Squared. Im proposing it, along with the delightful Gisela Stuart and a man called Oliver Kamm. On the other side are Tim Garton Ash, Valry Giscard dEstaing and Dr Michael Strmer. For those who arent coming, heres a rough sense

16 May 2011

IMF Chief Arrested

by Ian R Thorpe

The news that Dominic Strauss Kahn, head of the International Monetary Fund and French Presidential hopeful has been arrested in New York on charges of sexual assault dominates front pages today. Mr. Strauss Kahn was remanded pending medical examination but whether he is charged or not his arrest is likely to destabilise attempts to resolve the Eurozone sovereign debt crisis.

Read the story of the accusation and arrest in The Guardian

Conspiracy theorists have been busy since the news broke, some suggesting the arrest was a stitch up organised by Europeans who want the Eurozone to collapse so the prosperous nations can shrug off their responsibility to the economic basket cases of southern Europe. Others have suggested French right wing organisations are probably involved, hoping to derail the campaign of the man strongly fancied to be chosen as the socialist candidate in the next French Presidential election.

Another possibility circling the rumour mill is that the arrest is a retaliatory move from The White House coming as it does shortly after the IMF issued a very strong warning to the Obama administration about the consequences of faling to address America,s debt problem.

This one obviously has a long way to run.

Was Strauss Kahn Arrest A Stitch Up

Arrest rocks French Presidential race

As if being led from his hotel in handcuffs was not bad enough, the uberbureaucrat was rocked by more allegations of sexual misconduct dating back to 2002.

Strauss Kahn Faces further sexual assault allegations

As far as The Daily Stirrer is concerned, the downfall of Dominic Strauss Kahn can only be a good thing for freedom lovers. Whether or not he is a sexual bully or worse, he has been one of the leading proponents of a global financial system and has spoken many times of establishing a system of global governance.

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Obama Threatens US Debt Default If Government Not Allowed To Borrow Money To Pay Debt Interest

by James Dahlberg

You just have to look on slack jawed that the antics of Barack Obama, putative President of the United States of America, one known as the most powerful nation on earth but now due to several decades of politically correct thinking in high places and just two years of this half - educated clown at the helm a laughing stock internationally and the despair of thinking Americans.

We have a huge budget deficit and are maxed out on the debt ceiling imposed by Congress with the intention of ensuring our nation stayed solvent in the face of demands from do gooders. On one hand we have bleeding heart liberals who think Americans should support he impoverished people of every economic basket case nation in the third world. On the other there is the insatiable appetite for taxpayers money of domestic 'Community Organisers' and civil rights groups claiming to represent the interests of minorities who seem to be more successful at linking their own pockets than helping the people they claim to represent.

Obama warns of new financial crisis if US defaults on debt (If only we saw objective reporting like this in the US media which has become completely government friendly in the past few years)

A debt warning has come from The White House today as the US moves ever closer to a $14.3 trillion debt ceiling, which Congress needs to increase in a matter of weeks to prevent the government defaulting on its borrowings for the first time in history. Is that warning a message from the President telling Americans they must prepare for some very severe austerity measures? No, Obie has signalled that he plans to keep spending at an accelerating rate and that if congress do not approve a rise in the debt ceiling allowing the administration to borrow the money it needs to service its debts the President, The Obamessiah, will allow the USA to default on its debts, thus plunging the world into an even greater financial crisis that we faced in 2008.

This is just the latest demonstration of Barack Hussein Obama's penchant for throwing his toys out of the pram when he does not get his own way.

Given US government debts in the form of bonds, or Treasuries as they are known, are considered the safest asset in financial markets and held by investors and central banks around the world, few people would want to imagine the consequences of a default.

"If investors around the world thought that the full faith and credit of the United States was not being backed up, if they thought that we might renege on our IOU's, it could unravel the entire financial system," President Obama said at a town hall meeting late yesterday.

"We could have a worse recession than we already had, a worse financial crisis than we already had."

The US Treasury has projected that the debt limit will be reached this month, though Timothy Geithner, the Treasury Secretary, has said he can juggle accounts until early August to avoid a default.

The American people must stand firm, Obama's 'loonytoons' spending as the Daily Stirrer calls it has already increased American sovereign debt by a huge amount. Have we any right to saddle future generations with the bill for financing the vanity projects of this jumped up little pipsqueak?

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14 May 2011

Meat and Milk From Clones To Be Sold To The Public - Not Dangerous Just More Science Control Freakery

by Ian R Thorpe

An item that caught our eyes and ears in today's news reported that the Food Standards Agency has published its final recommendation on the controversial issue of whether consumers should be allowed to buy meat and dairy products from cloned animals or the offspring of cloned animals.

It emerged that meat from the offspring of a cloned cow had been sold unwittingly in butchers' shops without a licence being granted by

Read full article on meat and milk From Cloned cattle

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Far From Being A Bastion Of Freedom Twitter Is An Intolerant And Elitist Environment http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/brendanoneill2/100087234/far-from-being-a-bastion-of-freedom-of-speech-twitter-can-be-a-remarkably-conformist-elitist-and-intolerant-arena/ The appearance of a superinjunction flouter, determined to deft the law and out the celebrities who have used the legal gagging orders to prevent publication of embarrassing details of their private lives is causing a stir. The Twitter community have resurrected claims that Twitter is a bastion of freedom of expression. Legal expert Lord Falconer says Twitter has made such injunctions unenforceable, rendering them pretty pointless. Others point out that since Twitter is based in San Francisco, and is therefore outside of British jurisdiction, it is free to ignore

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13 May 2011

Regulator's Concern Over Falling Education Standards.

by Xavier Connolly

The regulatory body Ofqual will shortly announce an inquiry into allegations made by university managers and employers' associations that the examinations taken by hundreds of thousands of secondary school pupils each year are getting easier.

The investigation which will be the the most wide ranging the education watchdog has carried out, is expected to cover annual rises in average grades, the perceived difficulty of of examinations, the range of courses offered and competition between examining boards. The regulator has already been asked to look into the issue of exam how claims that improving grades year on year are the result of better teaching while employers and higher education institutions complain that many young people are going on to the next stage of their life with a wheelbarrow full of high grades passes yet possessing barely adequate basic literacy, numeracy and communication skills. They will also be looking into how the set tests compare with examinations set at the same stage of education in other countries.

Glenys Stacey, the regulators new chief executive said an objective and constructive debate on the state of the exam and qualifications system was needed."

The issue has been highlighted as 800,000 pupils across England, Wales and Northern Ireland get ready to start GCSE and A-level exams next week.

Last year, the number of A* and A grades awarded at GCSE increased to almost 23 per cent the 22nd annual rise and a near tripling in the number of top marks awarded since 1988.

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Taliban Revenge For The Killing Of Osama bin Laden Begins

by Ed Butt

The Pakistani Taliban were quick to claim responsibility for the double bomb attack that killed over 80 people in that country yesterday. Their message to the media said bigger attacks were to follow.

A suicide bomber on a motorbike struck at the gates just as young recruits boarded buses to go on leave after their course. Police in Shabqadar, close to the border with Afghanistan, said a second explosion came seconds later.

The attack, in Charsadda district is the the fist in what is expected to be a wave of attacks in retaliation for the Pakistani government's failure to stop the commando raid in which a crack squad of US Navy SEALS allegedly killed Al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on May 2.

Pictures so far released have show a man identified as the SEALS target but who looked nothing at all like the most recent, verified pictures of Osama. Other inconsistencies in stories put out by the Pentagon and the Obama Administration public relations machine, far from providing proof that bin Laden is dead have fuelled numerous conspiracy theories.

For an example a picture issued to the media that purported to show President Obama and leading members of his team watching the fatal raid live via a web feed from a helmet cam. worn by one of the soldiers was quickly identified as having been photoshopped while a military technology expert revealed that the type of helmet mounted camera worn by personnel to document covert operations is not capable of linking to the internet (a fact instantly known by technically literate people).

Western politicians continue to destroy what little credibility they have left in the eyes of the public by sucking up to the White House and supporting Obama's vain, narcissistic and self serving version of events in which he has tried to milk the very obviously staged publicity stunt for political capital to save his failed Presidency.

William Hague, the UK's Foreign Secretary, this morning condemned the Taliban attacks as "cowardly and indiscriminate", yet only a week ago Hague was praising the American government for an attack which violated Pakistani sovereignty and was in total contravention of international law. What makes Hague's hypocritical position worse is that the UK government knows as well as The Daily Stirrer and has probably known for longer that Osama bin Laden died of kidney failure several years ago.

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12 May 2011

More Graduates Stuck In Low Skill Jobs

by Xavier Connolly

More University graduates, on leaving college are being forced into taking jobs that do not require graduate level educational qualifications due to lack of openings for graduates in the jobs market, according to research published today. The study shows that six months after leaving university, approximately 40% of last year's graduates are unemployed or "underemployed"; working in lower-skilled jobs. This is an increase of about 30% over a four year period.

The figures published by the Association of Accounting Technicians show new graduates to be worst hit by the recession and ongoing financial crisis.

A degree remains a "good investment", says a government spokesman. Well he would say that wouldn't he as the coalition government are hoping to persuade students to take on massive loans to pay for increased tuition fees, loans that only become repayable when graduate level salaries kick in. This means many people, having taken on mortgages or started families will find themselves in a poverty trap, unable to take a job appropriate to their level of education because student loans repayments will plunge them into penury.

The research, carried out by the Centre for Economics and Business Research, forecasts a worsening jobs market for graduates who will leave this summer. It also warns that 55% of the next wave of university leavers will either be working in nongraduate jobs, or will be unemployed, six months after they finish at university.

The report says this raises doubts about the financial value of degrees which when fees and student loans were brought in under the Labour government were sold to pupils leaving school or college as a surefire path to career success and financial security.

"If we are asking people to invest 9,000 a year on tuition fees, they should expect a credible return on that investment," said Jane Scott Paul, the association's chief executive.

The report goes on to conclude "many university subjects are offering very poor returns in terms of improved job prospects". There are variations between different subject areas, with history and philosophy graduates are most likely to be "underemployed". The Daily Stirrer wonders how true this is and what proportion of graduates in graphic design, media studies, art history, social and political science or drama and dance are finding jobs in fields related to their specialist subject.

Graduates in medicine, dentistry and veterinary science are the most likely to be in graduate employment.

The report also looks at graduate unemployment - warning that since the financial crash of 2008 "unemployment among new graduates has risen drastically".

The figure for those without jobs six months after graduating has risen from about 11% in 2007 to 20% for those graduating in 2010.

The study estimates that about 59,000 of last year's graduates have not found jobs, and that unemployment among new graduates is rising to levels not seen since the mid-1990s.

Again The Daily Stirrer has stated many times the target set by Labour and taken up by the coalition government of having 50% of school leavers go on to higher education to graduate with university degrees produces far more graduates than a society needs. Meanwhile we are having to recruit from abroad to fill the need for non professional engineers, builders, plumbers, electricians, mechanics, technicians nurses and all those other vital skills that university cannot equip people for.

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EU To Reform Disastrous Fisheries Policy?

by Ed Butt

Those Eurowankers the European Commission policy committee on agriculture and fisheries, almost wiped out fish stocks around Britain and the northerly coasts of Europe with their gobsmackingly idiotic conservation policy of imposing quotas on fish landed, thus forcing trawler operators to throw back into the water fish that were perfectly healthy when caught but are so damaged by being hauled out of the water, dumped in tanks and sorted by burly blokes they have little chance of survival once discarded. Having tucked that very notable achievement under their belts (if only there was a Nobel prize for stupidity and incompetence these guys would walk it every year.; Now, having go the message twenty years too late this bureaucratic monster is planning to reform the EU's fishing industry by giving vessels quota shares guaranteed for periods of at least 15 years.

The commission will issue a proposal on reforming the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) in July, to take effect in 2013. A draft obtained by BBC News outlines moves the bureaucrats claim are 'conservationist' but that environmentalists are already describing as "virtual privatisation of the oceans".

Under the current system up to half the catch of some species has to be discarded because vessels have exceeded their quota, or because the fish are undersized.

The final decisions on fishing quotas will stay with politicians, not scientists, the conservationists claim. There lies the problem. If there is one group of people more likely to fuck up than politicians it is scientists. It was, was it not, the coneheads who proposed the current quota system as a way of conserving fish stocks. And naturally the objections of people who pointed out that fishing crews have no control of what swims into their nets thus the 'scientific' system of imposing quotas on fish landed at port would result in massive wastage rather than conservation were dismissed as unscientific.

Ask a scientists what is scientific and if you get an answer at all it will distill down to; "Whatever I say is scientific today is scientific. It may change tomorrow of course."

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11 May 2011

Bank Of England Hints At Rate Rise Soon

by John de Roe

The Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee has said its central forecast in updated predictions for the economy is that inflation will return to the 2pc target over the next two years if interest rates ae raised when markets expect. That prepares the way for the Banks benchmark borrowing rate to rise from its record 0.5pc low by a quarter of a percentage point around November and to reach 2pc within two years, according to the rate rises it sees markets factoring in.

"At first sight the inflation report suggests a rate rise at the end of this year is consistent with getting inflation back on target in the medium term," said Philip Shaw, an economist at Investec.

Howard Archer, UK economist at IHS Global Insight agreed. "The May quarterly inflation report suggests overall that interest rates are more likely than not to start rising gradually late in 2011," he said.

Under this central forecast, the headline rate of price rises, currently double the Bank's target at 4pc, will not fall back to the target until early 2013, later than previously expected my mainstream pundits but exactly as predicted by The Daily Stirrer.

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Volunteer Force Of 100,000 To Get Millions More Online

by Ian R Thorpe

Prime Minister David Cameron and the government's information technology adviser Martha Lane Fox and have unveiled a new initiative to extend a network of digital champions to evangelise the joys of the internet and persuade more people to get online to do business, socialise and seek entertainment.

From bingo halls to post offices, from John Lewis to your local Scout hut, a new network of 100,000 Digital Champions is set to encourage more people to use the internet for the first time.

Launched yesterday by serial bankruptinternet entrepreneur Martha Lane Fox and supported by ...

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10 May 2011

A Bigger Constitutional Change Than AV And No Referendum

by Ian R Thorpe

A permanent constitutional change that would alter the shape of Britih democracy more than the the proposed switch to the Alternative Vote system which was defeated in last week's referendum is being forced through the parliamentary process by the Coalition government.

The British people have not been consulted on the change. It is wrong and it must be resisted. That, in essence, is the case that will be made later today by Lord Butler. The chances are however you have heard nothing of this.

Read more in this article by James Kirkuo

It is time to take our democracy back from the oligarchs.


The Left Is In Meltdown All Over Europe

Tempting though it is to blame the weakness of Ed Miliband's leadership for Labours poor performance in the local and regional elections, I doubt Labour would have fared much better under anyone else. As David Goodhart pointed out in The Independent, Labours success has traditionally been dependent on an alliance between the traditional working-class and middle-class liberals and that alliance has collapsed. The working class know middle class 'liberals' despise them and would infantilize them for the sake of advancing an agenda of state control.

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What Differentiantes A Sceptic And A Conspiracy Theorist

In comments on this thread 'The Birthers Become Deathers' many people were complaining about the way 'conspiracy theorist has become an implicit accusation of stupidity aimed by the sheeple who follow herever big govrernment leads at those who ask intelligent questions, point to inconsistencies in evidence and stories (e.g. Video footage claiming to show multimillionaire Osama Bin Laden watching himself on TV actually featuring an elderly middle eastern man who even in the restricted view available looked nothing like bin Laden sitting in a squalid room watching a small, cheap television - just as we would expect a multi millionaire to do).

The consensus in the thread was that 'conspiracy theorist has become a pejorative term used by a new breed of neo - Nazi to demean and discredit anybody who questions the diktat of big government which these people, who falsely call themseles liberals, would impose on everybody, removing from us the basic liberal rights to think for ourselves and hold our own opinions.

As expected the suppoters of that all - American boy Barack Hussein Obama are yelling 'conspiracy theorist' as anybody who questions the very dodgy evidence of the death of Osama bin Laden in a raid carried out by US Navy SEALS. A comment on the linked article puts the whole conspiracy theorist nonesense into perspective.

"The conspiracy theorist pejorative should only be used against those who have irrational beliefs which are not backed up by any form of conclusive evidence."

Conspiracy theory is all about a lot of little details that are presented en masse to try to imply some sort of dirty dealing going on. When one is overturned a whole lot of other little unrelated details are thrown up in response. There is no reasoning with such people, they want to believe that massive governments are up to something and they alone have the wherewithal to see through them.

What is not a conspiracy theory is the question of Obama's elegibility. In fact the real conspiracy theorists there are those who call the sceptics 'conspiracy theorists' and birthers. Barack Husein Obama is on record as claiming he was born a British Colonial citizen by virtue of his father having been born in the colony of British East Africa (now Kenya and parts of Tanzania). Many peope who are not nutter or tinfoil hat wearers but number among them several lawyers with a wealth of experience of U.S. Consitutional law have shown this alone means there is a case to answer.

It is the supporters of Obama who have tried to obfuscate the issue by claiming the whole case rests on a spurious case that Obama was not born in the USA.

The sceptics must keep digging until answers are provided because those who persist in hising behind legal technicalities and photoshopped documents obviously must have something very significant to hide.

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9 May, 2011

Age Timebomb: Britins Need To Save 16,700 a year MORE To Live Comfortable In Retirement

. The country faces a staggering 9 trillion shortfall in the personal pension savings likely to be required to support the next generation after they stop work, according to a report from the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII).

"Currently, many pre-retirees have little savings and carry the burden of significant debts just at a time when their incomes are about to fall," the reports comments

. A spokesman for the CII added: "A lot of people are going to have their assets depleted by parents' long-term care costs or their own."

The report says the average care home costs 26,000 per year and the average stay is two years, although a significant proportion of people stay for more than four.

Those figures will rocket as people continue to live longer. The proportion of very old people will grow the fastest, says the report, with the number of people over 90 expected to nearly treble over the next 20 years.

The Daily Striirer has reported many times on the age time bomb and the futility of research by medical scientists who claim great triumphs in extending the lifespan but overlook the consequences caused by achieving that while not managing to greatly extend a level of health that permits people to earn a living while politicians eagerly pursue policies that destroy jobs instead of creating them.


Prostitute Claims One Man Has Obtained Three Gagging Orders

The controversy over the legal peculiarity that enebles the righ and powerful to escape criticism for their unacceptable behaviour by obtaining 'super - injunctions, court orders that not only prevent publication of certain stories and allegation but prevent the media reporting that the gagging order even exists.

Helen Wood, a prostitute who when she tried to reveal she had slept with a married actor whose success is built on his wholesome, family man image became the subject of one of these orders found her name was made public while the married actor remains anonymous, said: Theres one person in particular that I know has three injunctions going on ... involving three different women. His wifes just had a baby.

Talking to broadcaster Victoria Derbyshires who hosts a current affairs show on BBC Radio 5 Live, Ms. Woods said: Obviously I cant go in to which profession he does. Why on earth a judge with that amount of authority would grant something as barbaric as that when [ a man ] they have seen straight in front of them than on three occasions has been unfaithful and committed adultery?

The prostitute, who has named England footballer Wayne Rooney as one of her other clients, claimed to have been learned of 'three - injunction man' from a contact in the media.

The actor Ms. Woods tried to expose obtained a privacy injunction after cheating on his wife with Miss Wood has found it increasingly difficult to keep his name a secret after she told a newspaper that he had paid her 195 for sex.

Miss Wood said: The same with the actor. He tries to come across with this persona as if hes some fantastic family man. I dont think a fantastic family man sleeps with escorts.


***************** OPINION AND COMMEMT Free Schools, The Stake Through The Heart Of The Collectivist Vampire. by Xavier Connolly
Last night saw the launch of Katharine Birbalsinghs free school in Lambeth, South London. Katherine as you may know, was the teacher sacked by her employers, a local education authority, for speaking out against the politicisation of education. She has since written a bok on the 'progresive agenda' promoted by the state education system, the elevation of education in non subjects like civil rights, gender awareness studies, racial awareness training and multicultural awareness training over traditional subjects like mathematics, language, history and geography.

Many local parents in South London, where the borough coucil is run by a cabal of the most ideologically driven politucal oligarchs ever to get elected very intereswted in Ms. Birbalsinghs venture because at the moment parent have only two options two options when children turn eleven: they can either spend five years in the Maoist indoctrination camp that is a council managed state school or you consign parents can plunge themselves into a life of poverty and debt slavery in order to pay forfor one of the many excellent local private schools.

Despite Killing Bin Laden The Obama Presidency Remains In Decline Toby Harnden In The Daily Telegraph
For the past week Americans of all political stripes have celebrated the historic killing of a mass murdering terrorist, the butcher of 9/11. Osama bin Ladens death has brought much needed cheer to a deeply divided nation, still haunted by the memory of the 2001 Islamist attacks on New York and Washington that claimed nearly

7 May 2011


Five Gallons Of Cheeseburger With Fries Please

by Xavier Connolly

After all those health warnings from finger wagging scientists in the pay of Nanny State we are now told junk food is not only good for us but for the planet too.. One of Britain's biggest green petrol companies has revealed is now reprocessing not just used fat from commercial fryers but chips, burgers pies and pasties, cheese and anything lardy to make fuel for cars and commercial vehicles at a 50m biofuel plant somewhere in Lincolnshire.

Greenergy, which claims it supplies a fifth of the UK's petrol and diesel, (that figure seems very dubious to me) has said production has begun on a process which makes motor fuels from food waste.

The company reports only food that can't be sold, because the products are mis-shapen, past their sell by date or overcooked, is used. The best ingredients are pies, pasties and crisps for their high fat content but other foodstuffs range from taramasalata to oil from fried fish containing breadcrumbs.

Greenergy in partnership with Brocklesby, a specialist in recycling edible oils that would otherwise go to landfill or compost is now converting such waste for biofuel and.

The fuel company initially invested 50m in the biodiesel production facility at Immingham on the Humber estuary to process used cooking oils, which are more complicated to process than "new" oils such as rapeseed.

It already processes more than 20m litres a month of used cooking oil supplied from a range of food producers. Extracting oil from foodstuffs however is a new process. The oils and fats are removed from the food through a system developed by Brocklesby and are then further purified by Greenergy. The finished biodiesel is then blended into the conventional diesel that Greenergy supplies to petrol stations nationally.

Any food solids that remain after processing are currently dried and composted or used to produce energy through anaerobic digestion.

Andrew Owens, chief executive of Greenergy, said: "The quantities of biodiesel that we're currently producing from solid food waste are small, but we're expecting to scale up so that this soon becomes a significant proportion of our biodiesel.

This kind of thing sounds great and makes god copy for newspapers and content for television news programmes. What is never mentioned of course is the huge amount of energy used in extracting and refining the fats and then turning them into biodiesel. My reading on this topic suggests that all critical analysis that is more objective than the maker's press releases and PR material concludes the contribution of such gimmicky products towards solving the world's energy shortfall is negative. We actually have to expend more energy on making the stuff than we get from using it commercially.

Still the gullibility of politicians and the unconscious generosity of taxpayers probably makes it a viable commercial proposition.

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Head Teacher Suspended After Staff Strike Over Pupil's Behaviour

When most members of your Daily Stirrer team were at school if we behaved like little shits we'd most likely get a clip from the teacher. Some would fling a scrap of chalk or the board duster, usually a little bean bag type thing with deadly accuracy to make sure they had our full attention. And even at our most disruptive we were relitavely well behaved. Little angels in fact compared to todays mollycoddled, indulged and over protected children.

Under the politically correct regime that runs our schools now pupils are so out of control that staff at one school, Darwen Vale High in Darwen, Lancashire, staged a one day strike last month to express their anger at the way management and head teacher Hilary Torpey interpret policy so that the school always sides with pupils in any matter involving discipline. Around 70 teachers went on strike on April 7, picketing the school gates with placards.

Teachers were said they lacked of backing from Mrs Torpey and school management when they confronted unruly children. Well we wouldn't want the little darlings to feel oppressed or victimised would we?

School governors have now suspended the head teacher, saying "issues" needed to be investigated. The only issue that needs to be investigated is how the wankers who hold management jobs in the education department were ever employed in positions of responsibility in the first place.

A statement issued by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council on behalf of the chair of governors Don Heatlie-Jackson, said: "A number of issues have been brought to my attention as the chairman of the school's governing body. Brought to his attention? Teachers and dissatisfied parents have been beating the knob around the head with them for a long time only to be fobbed of with weasel words by this bureaucract, this placeman, this self aggrandising, patronising, self serving fool.

Like a cornered rat desperately looking for an escape route management has taken refuge in bureaucratic cliches. The statement says a full and proper investigation, a without prejudice decision has been taken to suspend the head teacher of Darwen Vale.It would therefore be inappropriate to discuss this matter further." What that means of course is the head has been gagged and knows full well any attempt to tell her side of the story will result in her finding herself on the dole. Where she will be joined by most of the pupils turned out by the politically correct 'Progressive Liberal' regime of the education committee's chair and his or her 'on message' cronies.

The unusual move teachers have gone on strike over pay and conditions before but rarely over school discipline came after Education Secretary Michael Gove signalled a new crackdown on discipline in the classroom. The trouble is in areas run by politically correct, leftie Labour councils there is no such thing as discipline in the classroom. Pupils nip outside for a smoke when they feel like it, talk over the teach, make and receerive calls on mobile phones, spent their time texting friends or listen to their MP3 players.

Simon Jones, from the National Union of Teachers, said: "Union members will co-operate fully with the thorough investigation that must now be undertaken into the allegations that have been made.

"Since members took strike action on April 7 2011, intense negotiations have been taking place with senior local authority officers and the chair of governors and considerable progress has been made towards agreeing strategies that, if properly implemented, should lead to the resolution of this unfortunate dispute.

"We remain committed to securing a constructive outcome for our members and the school and look forward to being able to make this work with the interim management team."

More weasel words, more bureaucratic cliches. What happened to men with balls?


Bin Laden: Al Qaeda Vows Revenge On The West - Sky News

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/bin-laden-plotted-attack-us-trains-022222947.html by Ed Butt
From Sky News:
Interesting - and unorthodox - take on the past week by Rush Limbaugh, the high-profile Right-wing "shock jock" and host of the highest-rated talk show on American radio.

He accused the New York Times of exaggerating the importance of bin Laden - in an attempt to make Obama look good for having killed him.

My friends, this is hilarious. When Obama couldnt find Osama, even though he promised he would, we were told Osama was of no consequence whatsoever.

This regime, they cannot keep their lies straight. They cant keep their story straight.

We were told for the last three or four years, Hey, yknow, dialysis. The guys a shell of his former self. Hes not even operationally in control. Weve heard this over and over again from this bunch.

Now, the New York Times, in an effort to build up the smallest guy in the Situation Room, Barack Obama, in an effort to build him up, Guess what, folks. Osama bin Laden has been at the helm this whole time.

Yes, bin Laden has to be built up, has to be amplified, has to be blown up, has to be made the Big Kahuna is order to make it seem like Obama has really pulled off a major coup here.

The Daily Stirrer's Ed Butt comments:

So far nobody in mainstream media has addressed the very credible rumours that Osama was dead years ago.

But let's put him in perspective. Apart from 9/11 which he claimed to have masterminded although there is no hard evidence that he did anything more than incite hatred of the west, he was a failure, an incompetent cock up artist.

It was theDubya administration and the U.S. Security services that built himn into a demon. And once a demo has been created, it cannot simply be killed as anyone familiar with middle eastern mythology would know.

Osama may have been shot or he may have died of kidney failure but his demon will live on.


6 May 2011

SNP Scores Historic Win

Election Details from BBC News

The local council elections in England produced the expected backlash against the Liberal Democrats with the party suffering heavy losses to Labour mainly in the northern industrial cities.

Labour, ironically coul turn out to be the big losers of the night however. As results for the Scottisjh Assembly election came in seat after seat previously held by Labour crashed to the SNP.

At the time of writing the nationalists were well in front and on course for an overtall majority in the Scottish Parliament for the first time.

If this happens the SNP will push for full independence from the United Kingdom. This would mean Scotland would relinquish its seats in the Westminster Parliament.

As Scotland is, for hiostoric reasons, over represented in Westminster, the loss of it's MPs, the overwhelming majority of whom are Labour would make it very difficult for Labour ever to govern the disUnited Kingdom again.

David Cameron, though a long way short of being a good Prime Minister is an asture enough politician to understand this.

It will be interesting to see how the independence issue plays out.

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Bin Laden Death Pics: Pressure Grows On Obama

by Xavier Connolly

Bin Laden Death Pics: Pressure Grows On Obama
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Lindsey Graham, a US senator, has waded into the row over Obama's refusual to release graphic photos of bin Laden's body. He said the decision was a mistake that would prolong rumour mongering that bin Laden was still alive. The whole purpose of sending our soldiers into the compound, rather than an aerial bombardment, was to obtain indisputable proof of bin Laden's death. I know bin Laden is dead. But the best way to protect and defend our interests overseas is to prove that fact to the rest of the world.

The raid on the compound in Pakistan in which the world's most wanted man, Osama bin Laden was killed is rapidly turning into a public relations disaster for US President Barack Obama. As the White House is forced to back off from its initial gung ho reports of bravery by the US President (who tried to give the impression he was somehow directly involved in the action) and the team of Navy SEALS who went into the compound, admitting bin Laden (a) did not die firing an AK47 at the American commandos, (b) did not try to use his wife as a human shield and (c) the American government does not have the video footage of the bizarrely misguided 'burial at sea' they claimed to have.

As with the long running and still ongoing controversy over his elegibility to serve as President of the United States (not because of where he may or may not have been born but because his father was never a U.S. citizen nor even a resident but only there on a student visa,) Obama has once again proved himself the conspiracy theorists best friend by showing he expects the whole world to believe every droplet of verbal diarreah that drops from his lips.

Now we have Arab television news services producing eye witnesses (including one of bin Laden's daughters) who tell a very different story. It is reported, and we recommend you treat these reports with as much scepticism as we treated the initial ripping yarn from the White House fantasy fiction press office, that Osama was led out of the building and killed in a gangland style execution either before or after he had been bundled into one of the helicopters used in the raid.

Other witnesses claim no shots were fired within the compound.

The Daily Stirrer sticks with its view that Osama bin Laden has been dead since 2007.

Who, if anyone was killed by the US Navy SEALS dispatched by President Barack Hussein Obama to stage the publicity coup he hoped would save his Presidency, we will probably never know. Another thing we do know however is the report that stock markets and the value of the US$ had soared on the news. The dollar hardly moved and a slight rise in the Dow Jones index was quickly reversed as realisation sunk in that Osama bin Laden was not the leader of the Taliban and was no longer active in Al Qaeda and his death will not bring to an end the Afghan war or lead to quick settlements of the conflicts in Libya, Syria, Yemen and elsewhere in the middle east.

The lesson here is never trust anybody in a position of authority and never believe anything you read in mainstream media.

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Latest Polls Suggest Britain Will Reject AV


by Ed Butt

Vitriolic campaigning for the referendum on changing the voting system has opened up a rift between the centre-right Conservative party and their smaller partners in the coalition government, the Liberal Democrats just one year after they joined forces in an unlikely political marriage.

Opinion polls indicate a landslide win for the campaign led by Prime Minister David Cameron to keep Britain's long-standing first past the post system, in which the candidate with the most votes wins.

This will not lead to the fall of the coalition as the Conservatives know an early general election would lead to the return of Labour as a minority government, propped up by an unlikely coalition of Scottish and Welsh nationalists, Irish Republicans and a handful of untra left nutters from the political fringe. The Liberal Democrats who have so far taken the brunt of public anger at the failure of the government to stand up to the dictaors of Brussels, the cuts in public spending necessitated by the financial mess Labour's incompetent economic team left behind and rising prices which are a global problem and beyond the control of one party, would be reduced to an irrelevance.

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4 May 2011


UK House Prices Fall In April
by Xavier Connolly

The average home lost 0.2pc of its value during the month, leaving it costing 165,609, according to the Nationwide Building Society.

The fall follows two consecutive months during which prices have risen, although property values have dropped in three of the previous six months, while they have increased during three of them, showing the current unsettled state of the market.

With Ian fully ovccupied trying desperately to link and categorise our posts because The Daily Stirrer has become far more successful than any of us ever imagined, and John de Roe on his retirement leave, all we can say on this is "We told you so."

White House Backtracks On How Bin Laden Died by Ed Butt

Initial claims that the al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had died while firing an automatic weapon at commandos were withdrawn, with President Barack Obamas spokesman admitting he was unarmed. Another claim that bin Laden was 'a coward to the end' and a dramatic description of him using a woman alleged to be his his wife as a human shield and forcing her to sacrifice her life also proved to be false. One of Osama bin Laden's wives was in the compound but in a different room and was wounded but still alive when she was taken into custody with several of the terrorists children.

At first the claim was changed to an anonymous woman throwing herself in front of the terrorist to shield him but then the human shield story was dropped altogether.

In an embarrassing climb-down, Barack Obamas press secretary, Jay Carney, admitted that the previous version of events which came mostly from the chief US counter-terrorism adviser, John Brennan had been put out with great haste. Great haste maybe but we have to wonder about the competence or hionesty of people who, even in the heat of the moment could concoct such a wildly inaccurate story.

The about-turn left the US open to accusations of a cover-up and led to calls for video footage of the attack, allegely watched live in the White House bu Barack Husseing Obama and his cohorts as they sipped chardonnay and passed around trays of nibbles (guess which bit we made up to make the President and his stuipd sidekicks look bad) Also in response to calls for the video to be released a claim that the US military had footage of the burial at sea of Bin Laden's body were quietly withdrawn.

Not surprising really. The Daily Stirrer reported yesterday Osama Bin Ladenm has been dead since 2007.

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How Obamanomics Triggered The Arab Spring
by Ed Butt

And now a clue as to why the Obama Adminitration felt they had to concoct this ridiculous farce or ...How the Federal Exchange triggered the Arab Spring uprisings in two easy graphs

By Andrew Lilico, Daily Terlegraph 04 May 2011
It is possible to join the dots between the Feds second phase of quantitative easing and the revolutions in the Middle East.

CLICK HERE

. One curious aspect of recent events in the Middle East and North Africa is how unwilling most commentators have been to join the dots between the Federal Reserves second phase of quantitative easing and these revolutions. Im less queasy. Of course, all revolutions have many causes, and I dont mean to belittle the achievements of brave non-violent protesters, desperate self-immolators, or saloon-car rifle-wielders. But, as a trigger and driver of these events, the Fed seems very clearly to have achieved more in the Arab world in six months than the Pentagon achieved in decades. RELATED POSTS: Middle East Archive


3 May 2011

Obama Elegibility? You Think It's All Over?

When Barack Obama, vain and arrogant to the end finally produced something he claimed was his long form birth certificate you would think from his posturing that he was the subjec6t of some monstrous imposition.

Sadly the little piece of paper he produced was such a blatant forgery I did not even have to put my scren in hi - res mode to see where the pdf had been crudely pasted together from bits cut from other documents.

A .pdf for those who do not know, is not a scan as a .jpg format file is, but a digital reconstruction of data that could come from one or several sources.

Anyway, even the forgery is incompetent and leaves clearly visible the damning evidence Obama has spent two years and millions of dolars trying to hide.

Follow my link to Obama Birth Cert, scoll down to the facsimilie of the document which is the image that was posted on The White House web site, and take a good long look in the bottom left hand corner.

If your screen is not sharp enough to see clearly, even when the image is enlarged, the printed text on the official form reads:

21: Evidence of delayed filing.

And the typed text which you should see clearly says:

Place of birth, Kenya - per Grandmother. The exact meaning of this is clarified by the fact that the signature of the person registering the birth is Madeline Payne Dunham.

If the Birthers are smart they've got him by the bollocks.

Further reference http://www.rense.com (go to front page and search Obama)


Osama Bin Laden's Death And The Financial Markets

Not a subject we would dwell on other than to say, about time too, but go to this Daily Telegraph report Bin Laden Death open the comments and look for one by Destoyerofworlds who comments.

Benazir Bhutto revealed that Osama Bin Laden had been murdered shortly before her own untimely death in late 2007.

watch You Tube clip of Ms Bhutto Now, it seems the news and photographs of his passing were held back by the US administration for an occasion more to their liking.

And here, for people with a strong stomach are the three pictures the OBL death photo are photoshopped from. Left an anonymouse dead person of middle eastern origin, centre the last photo taken of OBL when we know he was alive and right the composite of the two with the top half being the anonymous dead guy and the bottom half taken from the image of the real Osama.

As the old saying goes Truth is the first casualty of war. Even a phoney war on terror it seems.


American Lawyer Attacked By Obama Supporters For Querying "Father's Race: African" On The Birth Certificate.

The story does not matter. It is just another stereotypical illustration of the hate driven madhouse the United States of America has become.

What the Daily Stirrer wants to get across is the background information necessary to make a value judgement on this issue.

Even now, in these politically correct times there is no such race as African. And Obama Snr's birthplace was not Kenya which did not exist as a legal or political entity until 1962, but British East Africa. Obie Snr. however would have given his race as Luo to distinguish him from the Kikiyu, Meru, Embu, Masai and other tribes in the colony. It would not have ocurred to him to say African.

Some other races found on the African continent, Moors, Tuareg, Bedouin, Nubian, Xosha, Matabele, Mandingo, Somali, Hutu, Tutsi, Ubangi, Ubetcha (sorry, I made that one up,) Egyptian, Arab and Watusi. There are many many more. A tribe or nation is a race of people as Celts, Scots, Finn, Norr, Rus Slav, Goth and the other old ethnicities of Europe demonstrate. All have very different cultures and many different physical attributes.

It is not even correct to give "African negro" as the catch all race because there are two distinct racial types among the people of Sub Saharan Africa, broad skulled like the Yoruba of Nigeria, Ghana and west Africa and narrow skulled like Barry and the Masai and Tswana. Then of course there are The San, one of the last hunter - gatherer peoples in the world. There are only about 50,000 San left now and they are genetically, cuturally and ethnically quite different from any other tribe anywhere in the world.

So questioning these apparently misplaced words is not trivial nit picking. Lift one up and look underneath and you peer into the tribal history and sociology of a continent.

And African societies are very tribal.


28 April 2011


A post from one of our American friends today. We will be taking the wekend off now as the entire Daily Stirrer team are heading for the hills to avoid The Royal Wedding.

Obama Releases Birth Certificate But It Will Not Save His Presidency

by James Dahlberg

US President Barack Hussein Obama has made an unexpected intervention in an attempt to end birther campaign questioning his eligibility to serve as POTUS. The President, after being dogged by doubts about his citizenship status for two years finally released a copy of his original birth certificate which shows definitively that he was born in Hawaii. The move could easily backfire on Obama as people are straightaway asking why it took him so long.

In a speech in which he presented the birth certificate Mr Obama dismissed the long running controversy over his place of birth as ...

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The Tesco Riot Is No Surprise Given How Powerless People Feel


From The Guardian:
Last week's riot in Bristol's Stokes Croft has dissipated, but the debate beneath is still a crackle of irreconcilable assertions: Tesco claims that many residents wanted the store, though the company has yet to announce whether it will reopen. Residents and some councillors insist that they did not want it, and the squatters who were the focus of the police attention say they were never anything to do with the No Tesco lobby in the first place.

But even while we await the truth, there is an interesting conversation to be had about how much influence you can have over the face of your local high street: the short answer is none.

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27 April 2011

Britain On Edge Of A Double Dip Recession?

The eagerly awaited figures for GDP growth in the first three months of the year were published yesterday. The disappointing news was that the UK economy grew only 0.5pc in the first quarter of 2011, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed. This rate of expansion in economic activity does no more than offset the 0.5pc contraction in the final quarter of 2010.

Excluding the impact of the snow in December, the preliminary GDP figures suggest that the economy has flatlined over the past six months, with no underlying growth in output since the third quarter, John Hawksworth, chief economist at PricewaterhouseCoopers, said in a statement to the press. The figures show that the UK is still teetering on the edge of a double dip recession.

The ONS confirmed that the 0.5pc contraction in the final three months last year was entirely weather-related, following Decembers severe snow. It has also explained that in the absence of abnormally poor weather, activity would have returned to its normal level which would result in observed growth of 0.5pc in the first quarter of 2011.

As a result, growth in both the final quarter of 2010 and the first quarter of 2011 was effectively zero. The index value of the UKs total economic output is back at the same level as in the third quarter of last year, at 99.6 well below its peak of 103.8 in the first quarter of 2008, meaning the economy is still 4.2pc smaller than its pre-recession level.

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Syria Sends Tanks Into Daraa

On the day that William (The Mekon) Hague announced with an honesty refreshing in a politician that we are in Libya 'for the long haul' the latest news from Syria suggests that country is moving towards civil war too. Let's hope our politicans have the moust to sense what is happening in the middle east and keep us out of that one.

In addition to the unrest in the city of Daraa - where the uprising began more five weeks ago - Syriahnsecurity forces conducted sweeping arrests and raids elsewhere in the country, witnesses said. The crackdown came as opposition leaders said their "massive grassroots revolution" will break the regime unless Mr Assad leads a transition to democracy.

The statement from an umbrella group of opposition activists in Syria and abroad called the National Initiative for Change said a democratic transition will "safeguard the nation from falling into a period of violence, chaos and civil war."

"If the Syrian president does not wish to be recorded in history as a leader of this transition period, there is no alternative left for Syrians except to move forward along the same path as did the Tunisians, Egyptians and Libyans before them," the statement said.

The relentless government throttling of the protest movement showed no signed of letting up.

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26 April 2011

Central Banks Print Money But Fail To End Crisis

by John De Roe

The world's central banks have pumped 3 trillion into the global economy since the beginning of the financial crisis in 2008. This represents the equivalent of 8pc of the world economy, according to an analysis by Fathom Consulting.

The figures will intensify fears that the extra cash flooding the system is responsible for rising stock markets, rather than any recovery in corporate health or investor confidence.

Erik Britton, a director at Fathom, compared the development to throwing lighter fuel on a barbecue. The question is, he said, "whether the coals are lit".

The warning is the result of the extraordinary measures to prop up the financial system, which have seen central banks resort to strategies such as buying up bonds to keep the flow of money circulating. The central banks have also tried to stimulate economic activity by holding base interest rates insanely low. All that achieve was by enabling banks to borrow from government at 0.5% and by buying treasury bonds, in effect lend the money back again at 3%, was to make matters worse.

With such easy money on offer the banks had no need to take on riskier loans to businesses.

Fathom's economists are worried that last year may have marked the high point of the global recovery. "It remains unclear how much of the equity market rally has been 'genuine', rather than simply a 'mopping up' of that extraordinary injection of liquidity," they warned. "As that stimulus is gradually withdrawn, further gains in equity markets will be harder to achieve."

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Saudi Arabia Oil Price Fears

by Ed Butt

The world's largest oil producer, Saudi Arabia, is concerned about high oil prices and their impact on the global economy, the chief executive of state oil firm Aramco has said. Oil prices fell on Tuesday, in part after the remarks from Aramco's Khalid al-Falih. Brent crude fell 57 cents to $123.09 a barrel by 0153 GMT, but later recovered trading up 44 cents at $124.10 at 10am GMT.

There was no tightness in global oil markets, Falih added. His comments echoed those of Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi, who said last week that the kingdom had cut oil output in March as the market was oversupplied. Unrest and violence in North Africa and the Middle East and strong demand growth in Asia have pushed prices to their highest levels since 2008, triggering a series of warnings from consumers and producers that costly oil would harm economic growth.

Saudi Arabia had enough capacity to meet any spike in demand and plug short-term falls in supply, Falih said. The Kingdom boosted supply in February to more than 9m barrels a day to fill the gap in global markets left by fellow OPEC member Libya, where the ongoing civil war cut exports. This is the usual Saudi line but many independent oil industry experts have said Saudi reserves have been over estimated by as much as 40% Saudi Oil Reserves Overestimated?
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Sony Takes On Apple In Tablet Wars

by Ian R Thorpe

Tablet PCs have become the main drivers of growth for many electronics companies. The Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony is the latest contender to announce a foray into the market, unveiling two new devices.

The gadgets will use Google's Android operating system, according to the company's deputy president Kunimasa Suzuki. Well there's a killer for the product before they even start.

Sales of tablet PCs have been booming globally, led by the success of Apple's latest triumph of hype over substance, the overpriced and overrated iPad, which owes it's popularity to it's having failed totally as an e book readers and thus being rebranded as a 'tablet PC'.

The success of iPad has led to many consumer electronics companies, like Samsung and HTC, to launch their own versions of the tablet PC in an effort to capture a share of the growing market. Tablet PCs however are no more than an updated version of the palm top computers and personal organisers that have been around since the late 1980s.

Despite being a late entrant in the toy computers for really sad geeks tablet PC market, Sony has the experience in the consumer market and the support of long time business partner Ericsson in network operations, they could have a big impact on Apple's dominance. It will be interesting to see what happens if makers of proper computers like HP, Dell, Acer and Compaq get involved in the market although that is unlikely.

Sony has indicated that it is aiming to become the second largest player in the segment behind Apple within one year. Industry analysts say Sony will find that a tough target to hit. Some pundits say that as the tablet PC market evolves over the next few years and the number of players grow, companies will have to find their niche.

Research in Motion (RIM) is big player in enterprise segment, Apple has captured the consumer market and is now targeting the enterprise sector, this is where Sony has a unique advantage. Its gadgets like PlayStation already allow users in different parts of the world to interact and play games with other.

Sony say given their expertise in the consumer market they expect to succeed in their new venture.

Alternatively people could suddenly start to realise that every minute spent online in mutual masturbation with virtual friends is a minute of ther precious and frihteningly short time wasted and choose life instead.

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25 April 2011

Smoke and Mirrors Inflation Statistics


Leading economist Simon Ward has accused The Bank of England of using "smoke and mirrors" to present official forecasts for inflation. With the annual rate of price rises currently double the official target at 4pc and showing signs it will keep rising, the Bank's central projection that the rate should return to 2pc next year is looking like pure fantasy.

Mr. Ward, chief economist of global investment fund Henderson's, thinks the Bank is diverting attention from a far more worrying presentation of how fast it thinks prices will rise in the future.

"Inflation-targeting has become meaningless," he said. "The opacity of the forecasting process and scope for creative interpretation of the remit and presentational manipulation imply that there is no effective constraint on the Monetary Policy Committee's [MPC] 'discretion'."

Arguing that the Bank's most recent quarterly forecasts show its mean forecast the mathematical average of projections is for inflation of 2.48pc two years ahead, if interest rates do not rise he said that as the mean forecast takes account of the skew of risks, it is a useful indicator as to whether the MPC is on track.. He warned that the latest figure was "the largest positive deviation from the target since February 1998 and clearly signal the need for higher interest rates".

Since the numbers lying behind the forecasts are only revealed a week after the report is published, Mr Ward said "the caravan had moved on by the time the numbers are published".

Mr Ward also thinks the Bank is being disingenuous when it refers to the projected path of inflation if interest rates rise as markets expect.

That, he said, allows the doves on the MPC the members who wants interest rates to stay low "to take credit for market-implied tightening without ever delivering."

For instance, when the last set of forecasts were put out in February, the mean forecast looked to be on target two years away, when market expectations were factored in. However, at the time, markets expected a rise to come in the second quarter of this year. Mr Ward said the consensus among economists is that would not now occur.

In addition to these "presentational tricks", Mr Ward argued that MPC members can change the forecast to suit the policy they want, as the process is reliant on judgement. He thinks the Bank should put more emphasis on where inflation will be in the nearer term, such as 12 months ahead.

The Daily Stirrer's economic expert John de Roe has been warning for over a year that inflation was running much higher than official figures showed.

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The scale of the slowdown in US growth this year will be underlined by new figures to ber released this week. The statistics will raise more questions about whether the world's biggest economy can regain momentum. High growth rates in recent quarters have been due solely to the Obama administration's loonytoons economic policy of printing money to try and cover the burgeoining deficit.

Expansion in gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to have slowed to 1.8pc in the first quarter of the year from the 3.1pc seen in the final three months of 2010.. Most economists point out that a combination of higher oil prices, a particularly harsh winter in the US and the earthquake in Japan all proved unexpected constraints on a quarter that in December was forecast to provide further evidence of a strengthening recovery ...

"Things are not looking that good," said Yelena Shulyatyeva, an economist at BNP Paribas, which is predicting that the US will see growth at 2.5pc this year. "The situation has changed."

The consensus for US expansion this year among economists on Wall Street has edged down from above 3pc at the start of the year to 2.9pc, matching last year's figures.

This more pessimistic outlook may be partly due to the warnings given by the International Monetary fund (IMF) and credit ratings agency Standard and Poor's that the US Government must start reducing the deficit or face rampant inflation and the collapse of the dollar. Obama's rather predictable respose was to give his critics the finger. The President is looking more megalomaniacal with each week that passes.

The state of the US economy is important for the rest of the world, not only because of its size and the fact that the US$ is the global reserve currency used in international trade, but because America is one of the few developed economies that has chosen to focus on growth rather than tackling the deficit.

Though expectations for growth have come down, the majority who track the economy do not expect a repeat of last year when a marked deterioration from spring onwards sparked fears of a double-dip recession.

"It is not now the challenge of generating a US private demand recovery," said Dominic Wilson, an economist at Goldman Sachs. "It is that the private demand recovery is more clearly running up against constraints." In plain English that means the government hoped consumer spending would revive the economy but with so many people over mortgages, maxed out for credit and fearing for the security of their jobs that is just not happening.

The biggest headwind for an economy still largely based on consumer spending is the rise in petrol prices, which climbed to the highest level in almost three years last week. Gasoline prices have an almost iconic status in the American national psyche.

Thursday's release of the GDP figures will come just over a week after the ratings agency, Standard & Poor's, warned the US that its prized 'AAA' credit rating was at risk if it failed to tackle its deficit within two years.

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Jobs Boost From Jaguar Some good news from the British car manufacturing industry will be a major boost for the Government. The luxury car maker Jaguar has published proposals to build a new engine plant as demand for its cars booms in Asia. According to sources close to the company, Jaguar Land Rover has identified three areas to potentially base the plant Wolverhampton, south Wales and a site in India which has not been named.

The board of the Indian car maker, Tata Motors, which owns Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), is understood to be discussing the feasibility of the engine plant, with an announcement about the location to be made within the next few months. Tata has already committed more than 1bn to the car maker since acquiring it from Ford in 2007 and a new plant would significantly add to that investment.

The UK is the most likely location for the plant, indutry sources say, which if built it will create jobs for at least 1,000 workers.

The move would be a major boost for the British car industry which has recovered during the past 20 years after collapsing during the 1970s and 1980s. The UK now produces 1.4m vehicles a year, an increase of 20pc compared with 2009, and builds more than 2m engines. More than three-quarters of the vehicles built in Britain are exported, with an annual export value of 5bn a year in the past five years, according to the Department for Business Innovation and Skills. JLR's engines are currently supplied by Ford from plants including Bridgend and Dagenham in the UK.

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22 April 2011

Pollution Health Warning For Easter Weekend
From The Daily Telegraph
Vulnerable people, such as asthmatics, the elderly and heart patients, were advised to be particularly vigilant to any change in their conditions and seek medical help if they experience difficulties.

Officials advised people who suffer from a shortage of breath on hot sunny days to avoid strenuous outdoor activity, especially in the afternoon.

Children with asthma can play outside normally, but might need to increase their use of medicines such as inhalers.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs issued the warning, covering the whole of England and Wales, ahead of what is expected to be the hottest Easter since 1984.

It is the first smog alert in two years, the last being on July 17 2009, but such warnings are normally annual events.

How wonderfuil to us those caring, concerned leftie elitists are to us. Having made smoking a crime almost on a par with genocide they then embarked on campigns to demonise alcohol, tasty food, sex with people you don't know, sex with people you know, straight sex, cars, loud music, quiet music, music made by non ethnic people (i.e. black), anti social behaviour, social behaviour, being working class, Christianity, Christmas and Easter (both might offend non Christians you know) , chocolate and bad taste humour.

Not content with trying to ban or control all that they are now sticking health warnings on the first bit of decent weather we have had in months.

Mustn't go outside kiddiwinks, the air on hot days might poison you.

Ignore them. Do they thung they really most want to ban you from doing but dare not say so. Think for yourself !

Happy Easter.


21 April 2011

EU Demands 400 per family ransom from Britain

David Cameron is under pressure from within his own party to reject a demand from Brussels that British taxpayers stump up an extra 682 million next year to the European Union slush find stuffing bureaucrats Swiss bank accounts Budget

The additional payment if agreed would lift Britains annual EU contribution to more than 10 billion in 2012, the equivalent of 400 for every household.

The demand from the European Commission has kicked off a war of words, with Downing Street calling the request ludicrous and George Osborne, the Chancellor, accusing EU officials of having lost touch with reality. Well it's nice to know Dave and Georgie get there in the end. The rest of us have known for years that to be an EU Bureaucrats you have to be crazy as a shithouse rat and drunk on power

Last night the Government refused to say if ministers were prepared to approve any, increase in Britains contributions , prompting charges that they would eventually roll over in the cause of European Unity and tamely cough up more taxpayers money.

In 2009, Britons paid 5.3 billion to the EU budget, with the payment rising to 9.2 billion in 2010. Have these people not heard we are in a recession?

Last year, Mr Cameron promised to fight for a cut or a freeze in the 2011 EU budget, but was eventually forced to settle for a rise of 2.9 per cent, costing Britain another 450 million so his track record on resisting the Euronazis is not good.


Rise In Retail Sales As Public Borrowing Falls

From The Daily Telegraph
Retail sales rose unexpectedly in March helped by stronger food sales on the month, while public sector borrowing for the fiscal year ending in March came in below the government's target, official data has shown.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said retail sales volumes including automotive fuel rose 0.2pc last month after dropping by 0.9pc the month before.

Analysts had been braced for a weak retail sales number, after a very weak British Retail Consortium survey last week, and the figures may therefore reassure Bank of England policy makers that consumer demand is stabilising.

The ONS said the rise was driven by stronger food sales and non-store retailing, with garden centres and sports good stores helped by dry weather in March.

Year-on-year, retail sales were 1.3pc higher. Economists had forecast a month-on-month fall of 0.5pc and an annual rise of 0.9pc.

On the quarter, retail sales volumes were 0.3pc higher, suggesting the sector is poised to make a modest contribution to first-quarter GDP data due next week.

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20 April 2011

British Taxpayers Face Huge Bill As E U Bueaucrats Reject Calls For Austerity

The unelected bureaucrats of Brussels who control so much or our national life have decreed that British taxpayers must stump up more than 600million in extra contributions to the European Union next year to meet a proposed 5.5billion increase in spending that ignores David Camerons repeated calls for austerity.

The European Commission will today reject pleas from the Prime Minister, Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy for the EU to reduce expenditure in line with national austerity porogrammmes.

Instead of a freeze, or a cut, the EU will later today issue a request for an extra 4.9 per cent (5.5 billion) in spending for 2012 to swell the Brussels budget to 117billion despite the austerity measures being imposed by member states domestically. In other words they are saying the people who live in the E.U. have no rights and can go and fuck ourselves. All that matters is advancing the bureaucrats world domination agenda.

We have opted for investing in areas that contribute to economic growth and development: the EU budget is an anti-crisis package, said one smug, smooth cheeked cunt senior official.

This new campaign of extortion will be seen as a declaration of war against Downing Street and the other democratically elected leaders of the E.U. nationswho last year singed a a pledge to work for an EU spending freeze. These included German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

The government is under pressure to cut soaring British contributions to the EU budget after the publication of official figures last month. These showed that British taxpayers paid a total of 5.3billion to the EU in 2009 which increased to 9.2billion in 2010. The proposed 600 million increase for 2012 will mean British taxpayers will be paying more than 10 billion to the EU, at a time when the British government is making cuts.

Last April, Mr Cameron rejected an EU demand for a six per cent increase and called for a zero per cent EU budget freeze.

He lost a close vote over his austerity demand last July but then teamed up with Germany and France to limit the 2011 EU budget increase to a 2.9 per cent increase.

In December, Mr Cameron signed up the German Chancellor and French President to a statement vowing to cut EU spending in 2012 with reductions stepped up progressively until the Brussels budget stops growing altogether within two years.

Anger is growing among national governments over the rocketing costs of the EU, especially with the creation of the new institutions, such as the new EU foreign service, after the Lisbon Treaty entered into force last year.

We have the anser in our hands. When we vote in local elections, vote UKIP to send a message to Brussels. And vote yes to AV which will give us a chance of putting some UKIP or otherwise anti Europe candidates in Parliament. I am not a right wing sympathiser, I have been a Liberal all my adult life and a Lib Dem voter recently.

But the Lib Dems, along with Labour and the Tories have stabbed the British people in the back by selling out to the bureaucratic dictators in Brussels.

19 April 2011

Life Expectancy Rises By 44 Days In One Year


by Xavier Connolly

This one fell to me because I'm the eldest regular contributor. Cheeky bastards.

Longevity is now accelerating so rapidly experts are talking about humans reaching 'escape velocity', with our life expectancy rising by more than a day for every day we live. A baby born this year will, on average, live for more than 90 years and nine months according to a news study published yesterday.

As a result of us lining longer more than 11 million people alive today (or 17.5% of the population) can look forward to living to be more than 100 years old. Men, who have traditionally lagged behind women in life expectancy, largely because of war, last year saw their longevity increase faster than women by 46 days on average.

The figures published by the Department for Work and Pensions suggest that one in four people now aged under 16 will live beyond age 100. Just 30 years ago, more than a quarter of boys were expected to die before their 65th birthday. Ministers said that the rapid rise in longevity had enormous implications for public policy in a range of areas from health to transport, with taxpayers facing a much bigger bill for looking after an ageing population. The news will also fuel the debate about raising the default retirement age.

Millions of workers who will only have the state pension to rely on after they stop working are already scheduled to see their retirement pushed back to age 66 by 2020 and 68 in 2046. Todays figures, calculated from data produced by the Office for National Statistics, give greater impetus to a government consultation, announced in last months Budget, to link the state pension age to longevity. This could result in the pension age rising to 70 by the mid - century.

There is a risk that by focusing on longevity to the exclusion of data which showed that many people, while living longer were not enjoying a good enough health in old age to consider staying at work. On top of this a significant number of people staying in employment for an extra five years would put more pressure on an already squeezed job market. With new technology replacing jobs and the export of factory work to low labour cost nations in the developing world the future for those seeking employment looks increasingly bleak.

Steve Webb, the pensions minister, said the astonishing figures were too stark to ignore.

What is striking is that while we all know people are living longer, we havent grasped how fast it is going. The speed of change is astonishing. There are big issues for us as a society in all sorts of policy areas, such as social care, employment and pensions, but also in terms of our attitudes to older people.

As well as the state pension, Mr Webb warned that employees with private pensions should plan to save more for their retirement. This year, 10,000 people will celebrate their 100th birthday. By 2026, that figure is due to rise to 500,000. The point Mr. Webb misses is that in a global economoy based on perpetual growth the necessary built in inflation of prices negates much of the value of savings among people who survive well beyond the end of their working life.

Neil Duncan-Jordan, of the National Pensioners Convention, said: Living longer does not equate to being able to dig a road for longer, or even to being willing and able to do a job like teaching into your late sixties. The Government keeps pushing these figures that we are living longer as a means of trying to force us to work for longer but they need to move on from this obsession with longevity and view the issue in a less black and white way.

Michelle Mitchell, of Age UK, said: Average life expectancy figures hide the fact that in many places, predominantly poorer areas, life expectancy is much slower. Before the Government further looks to raise the state pension age it must first tackle health inequalities to ensure that those who have had harder lives do not again lose out through a shorter retirement.

It is not financial hardship however that keeps me working as a part time lecturer at almost 68 years old. I'm just not ready to vegitate yet

Clearly there are not easy answers to this. Fixing one problem seems to create another.

The Father Of Radio Astronomy - The Man Who Made It Possible To Explore The Stars

by Xavier Connolly

Last week, the world celebrated the accomplishments of Yuri Gagarin who, 50 years ago, became the first human to fly into space. Yet it is also an appropriate time to pay tribute to one of Britain's own heroes of the space age Sir Bernard Lovell.

Lovell is the father of radio astronomy, the man who, 60 years ago, began the construction of the great telescope at Jodrell Bank in Cheshire. This is now one of the planet's premier scientific installations: in March, it was shortlisted as a World Heritage Site, and this month, it was announced that it will run the most powerful radio telescope on the planet, the Square Kilometre Array. Its findings will cast light on the greatest mysteries of the universe according to astrophysicists.

Today, aged 97, Lovell is physically frail. His eyesight has almost gone, and he spends much of the day in an orthopaedic chair, with electronic controls. Yet his mind is as sharp as ever; his conversation is witty and charming; and his grasp of detail is nothing short of phenomenal

Read an excellent article on The Father Of Radio Astronomy; The life and work of Sir Bernard Lovell


18 April 2011

Labour Councils Hoarding Cash As They Cut Services

by John de Roe

Conservative ministers in the coalition government have accused Labour councils of cutting local services such as libraries, nurseries, education facilities and waste management while holding onto cash reserves of hundreds of millions of pounds as they blame the coalition for cuts in frontline services. It has also been shown that Labour councils are cutting jobs in frontline services as they protect politically correct non jobs such as obesity councillors, alcohol awareness officers and climate awareness consultants.

While Ed Miliband, the Labour leader, has attacked the Coalition for cutting state spending, a new analysis of council figures suggests that Labours own local authorities are hoarding cash they should be using to provide services. Grant Shapps, the Conservative local government minister, said Labour councils are implementing totally unacceptable financial policies and urged local authorities to spend reserves.

Labour replied by accusing the Tories of attempting to divert attention from the Coalitions plans to hit local communities with the worst cuts in a generation. Reduced budgets for council run services, including road maintenance and street cleaning, are expected to be a key consideration for voters at next months local elections.

According to the Conservative Party analysis, the city authority in Nottingham is increasing its charges for adult social care, reducing highways maintenance and reducing support for jobseekers, while ring fencing cash reserves of 50.7 million. In Liverpool, the councils cash reserves have increasing to 121.7 million while nurseries, libraries and leisure centres are starved of funds.

Labour-run London Borough of Lambeth, is known as one of the poorest boroughs in the country and has announced closures of libraries and nurseries and cutbacks in social care. It has reserves of 93.7 million.

Mr Shapps said it was totally unacceptable for Labour councils to make political cuts while sitting on vast cash reserves.

People will rightly be shocked that Labour councils have billions stashed away when they hear stories of cuts to local services, he said, reminding voters that sound financial management is about setting cash aside in good times so there is a cushion to protect against falls. Mr Shapps added Thanks to Labours deficit, it is now pouring. These reserves exist to ensure councils can react to unforeseen situations like clearing up the economic mess left by the Labour Government.

The deputy leader of Nottingham City Council, said most of the authoritys 50 million reserve was already allocated for services such as education and could not be spent on other areas. Liverpool City Council's deputy leader, Paul Brant, disputed the Conservatives' figures, insisting that the council held a cash reserve of only 16 million which is not earmarked for services such as schools, rather than the 121.7 million claimed by the Tories.

The official Labour Party line is that voters won't be fooled by the Conservatives attempt to distract attention from the Tory-led Government's decision to hit councils with cuts that go too far, too fast.

Tory councils have some of the biggest reserves in the country. Even his own Local Government minister's (Bob Neill) Tory run council in Bromley has refused to spend its reserves, at the same time as carrying out 33m of cuts to local jobs and frontline services. In fact, Conservative and Liberal Democrat councils are making some of the worst cuts in the country.

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AV Will Damage Democracy Says Cameron

by Ed Butt

The Prime Minister will warn voters that saying "yes" to a switch to the AV system for electing MPs will damage British democracy as he reaches out across party lines to share an anti-AV platform with (Lord) John Reid, the former Labour Home Secretary. Nothing less than "the future of our democracy" is at stake in the May 5 referendum on electoral reform, Mr Cameron will declare in his address to an audience in London. His comments come as both he and Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, step up their campaigning on opposite sides of the referendum campaign. Yesterday Mr Clegg accused opponents of AV of "mud-slinging" and "far-fetched claims" about the effects of changing the way we vote. In the Alternative Vote (AV) system, voters rank candidates in order of preference. If no candidate is the first choice of more than 50 per cent of voters, second, third and fourth preferences are distributed until one candidate has a majority of votes. Advocates, who include the Liberal Democrats and some senior Labour figures including leader Ed Miliband, say AV gives a better reflection of public opinion than the current first past the post system. The Daily Stirrer believes if the democracy we have experience in the past thirty years under the first - past - the - post system is the best the current system can offer then it needs to be terminally damaged. RELATED POSTS: Liberate Your Civil Liberties
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Finland Election Result May Hit Bailouts For Europe's Basket Case Nations

by Ian R Thorpe

The next stage in negotiating Portugal's bailout by the EU (aka Greater Germany) start today, but are already in trouble. A strong election performance from an anti-europe party in Finland, the True Finns which has pledged to vote against financial aid to bankrupt EU nations, means whatever bailout deal in agreed could be vetoed by Finland. Unelected bureaucrats from the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund are in Lisbon to set the terms for what would be the eurozone's third bailout in a year and thus decide the immediate economic future of taxpayers in more carefully managed European economies.. Greece and Ireland have already received multi-billion euro deals and all the indicators suggest Spain, with an economy larger that that of the other three basket cases combined, will be next. Meanwhile many other nation, including Belgium, Hungary and heavyweights Italy are in deep trouble with their sovereign debt commitments. Initially the bailout fund is expected to total 80bn (50bn) but experience with Greece and Ireland suggest this amount will be similar to putting a band - aid on a severed limb. The structural debt problems in both Greece and Ireland have turned out to be much deeper than was at first budgeted for. Portugal's interim government, holding power pending elections after the Prime Minister resigned when his austerity plan was rejected, is aiming to come up with a radical economic set of economic reforms including privatisation of state assets, changes to over - protective labour laws and steps to prop up up fragile banks. These proposals are due by the middle of May, just weeks before the government faces an acute funding crunch and voting is due to take place in the election. But regardless of what happens between now and then Portugal now faces a new threat from a fellow eurozone member that lies far to the north (where the black rocks stand against the cold sea - as the introduction to Noggin The Nog stories used to say). That little aside serves to illustrate the difference between the easy going Mediterranean states and northern Europe where life has always been much harder. In Sunday's election in Finland the eurosceptic True Finns party made huge gains and may now be in a position to block Portugal's bailout as early indications suggest the party will be joining the next governing coalition in Helsinki. Counting has a long way to go under Finland's complex voting system and it may be several weeks before the final outcome is known. Only hours after the first results were broadcast showing his party in a neck-and-neck race to win the most votes, True Finns leader Timo Soini was already pledging the party would torpedo the Portuguese deal. "The package that is there - I do not believe it will remain," he said. Any delay in approving the bailout deal beyond the mid-May target could leave European leaders scrambling to find other means of funding for Portugal, a country of 10.5m that has been targeted by investors during the euro zone crisis because of its high debt levels and uncompetitive economy. The success of The True Finns in the election potentially poses a huge risk to Lisbon, which has said it will run out of funds to keep the country running in June when a huge trance of bonds must be refinanced. It also reinforces the message sent to European leaders by the heavy defeats inflicted on Angela Merkel's government in Germany and other regional elections held in Eurozone countries. Bailout talks could be complicated further by what Portuguese weekly Expresso said were disagreements between European officials and the IMF on loan conditions.

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16 April 2011

Labour's Economics Team Left Isolated By Obama's Cuts

by John de Roe

Chancellor George Osborne said on Friday The Labour Party has been left "entirely isolated" in its soft approach to deficit reduction, , after President Barack Obama unveiled a consolidation programme that puts the UK's in the shade. To be fair to Labour, Obama had his arm twisted by the IMF otherwise he would have continued with his loonytoons spending policy.

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls has repeatedly cited the US approach of cutting the deficit gradually to accuse the Coalition of moving too fast and taking a reckless gamble with the economy. But on Thursday Obama unveiled plans to cut the US's $1.65 trillion (1 trillion) deficit over four years, a higher percentage of GDP than Britain's proposed cuts.

"It reinforces the point that Labour are entirely isolated in the international community," Mr Osborne said on the fringes of the International Monetary Fund's spring meeting in Washington. "That has left them in no-man's land."

The US President is aiming for a total reduction of 8pc of GDP by 2015. The UK plans a consolidation programme of 8.4pc, but as Mr Osborne started cutting a year earlier, the average pace of reduction is just 1.6pc a year, compared with 2pc annually in the US.

Mr Balls hit back, accusing the Chancellor of playing "fast and loose with international comparisons to score political points". He said the US was in a stronger position to cope with consolidation as a result of "putting jobs and growth first". US growth was helped last year by further stimulus.

"President Obama now has a growing economy and falling unemployment which is crucial to getting the deficit down," Mr Balls said.

Balls is lying of course. The US economy appears to be in growth only because Omana's loonytoons economic policy sanctioned the printing of money to pump into civil rights, community organising and minority support groups and spend on vanity projects. And as in Britain the number of American's out of work is actually rising but official unemployment figures only count those who are claiming jobseekers allowance. People unemployed more that two years lose that entitlement and go onto 'welfare payments' the US equivalent of Income Support.

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15 April 2011

Google's Rising Costs Send Shares Down

Google shares dropped on the New York Stock Exchange after traders took fright at a sharp increase in costs at the world's biggest search engine, which uber nerd Larry Page took the helm of last month.

Expenses at Google jumped 54pc to $2.84bn (1.72bn) in the first quarter, overshadowing an almost 20pc rise in profits to $2.3bn. Revenue in the quarter climbed to $6.54bn, topping by a significant marginwhat analysts had forecast. Page, who co-founded Google 13 years ago with fellow nerd Sergey Brin at Stanford University in California, has indicated he will accelerate spending on research and staff in an effort to tackle the challenge posed by rivals such as Facebook and Apple. He's not concerned at the inroads being made by Yahoo and Bing into his market share then? Google, which had a workforce of 26,316 at the end of the first quarter, said it would be adding 6,000 employees this year and raising the salaries for non-executives by 10pc as the battle for talent in Silicon Valley heats up. "Larry Page has signalled pretty clearly that he is going to be driving up expenses," said Colin Gillis. The Daily Stirrer has always felt Page and Brin are a couple of world domination freaks who care nothing for running a business so long as they can control all the information in the world. And when they have that they will demand (flips hand and raises pinkie to corner of mouth)

one trillion dollars.

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14 April 2011

Cameron Pulls Vince's Cable Over Immigration Criticism
Yesterday The Prime Minister David Cameron made a speech in which he said mass immigration has led to "discomfort and disjointedness" in many neighbourhoods because some migrants have been unwilling to integrate or learn the English language

. Promising his government would work to cut the numbers entering Britain from hundreds to tens of thousands Mr Cameron said that "for too long, immigration has been too high".

The content of the speech was bound to upset coalition partners The Liberal Democrats from whom Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, described the Prime Minister's words as very unwise and suggested they could fuel extremism over immigration.

The reference to the tens of thousands of immigrants rather than hundreds of thousands is not part of the coalition agreement, it is Tory party policy only, Mr Cable told the BBC before Mr Camerons speech.

I do understand there is an election coming but talk of mass immigration risks inflaming the extremism to which he and I are both strongly opposed.

The Prime Minister later rebutted Mr Cables criticism, insisting he was dealing with an issue of high public importance in a "sensible, measured, serious tone".

He said he had never shied away from addressing the immigration issue throughout his time as Conservative leader.

"The country elected a Government wanting us to roll up our sleeves and deal with some of these issues, Mr Cameron told an audience of party activists in Romsey, Hampshire.

"This speech is, I think, a very good explanation of how we are dealing with them in an extremely fair and sensible way.

"I am very willing to be judged by the British people not only on the content of the speech and the action we are taking, but also the very measured way in which it is being described and put forward.

The Daily Stirrer commented last year that Immigration was the issue that concerned the public most but the one none of the main parties wanted to bring into the election debate. So far the coalition government has not ben winning the battle for hearts and minds. Polls suggest if an election was held tomorrow Labour would return to power. This is in spite of Labour's unpopularity with working class voters in btheir core constituencies.

Traditional Labour voters do not like where the party stands now but feel that nobody else speaks for them. Cameron's move could be a shrewd ploy to wing Labour votes over to the Conservatives. Splitting the Liberal Democrats might also work in his favour and if he is forced into an early election in which the Lib Dems were anihilated the Conservatives would be likely to gain more Lib Dem seats than Labour.

Not long ago Vince Cable boasted he could blow the coalition out of the water. He might be about to torpedo himself in the foot.

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Plans To Phase Out Cheques Should Be Bounced
by John de Roe

Cheques were due to be abolished by October 2018, a move announced by the Payments Council, a trade body representing the banks, card and cash machine industry. Naturally being a bunch of arrogant bankers the did not consider how the public felt about such a move when agreeing this policy.

The Bankers cartel argues that use of cheques is in decline and paper cheques are a more expensive way of paying for goods and services compared to debit cards or cash. What they really mean is if the force us all to use electronic transactions they have greater control over how customers manage their money.

Recently banks have been bullying customers into using the internet to pay bills and manage accounts. Our technology expert Ian Thorpe has written many times that the internet is not secure, fraud, hacking and malware attacks are on the increase and online banking services are simply "Not Fit For Purpose."

I have personally spoken to many people who have been ripped off by their own banks for paying credit card bills by cheque. This scam works by banks delaying the processing of cheques so the payment is received late by the credit card division and a surcharge can be imposed. Even people whose current account and credit card account are with thhe same company have experienced this rip off.

Cheques are still the preferred means of payment for many people, with 64 million cheques written out last December alone, and now MPS have decided to re-open an inquiry into their future. Now the Treasury Select Committee is reopening an inquiry initially launched last year, following a public outcry about the prospect of cheques disappearing for good.

Treasury Committee chairman, Andrew Tyrie MP, said: Since our last inquiry we have been inundated by letters from the public telling us that they rely on cheques.

It is good to report that the government is listening to the public and not the academics, lawyers and consultants who have had far too much influence on policy in recent years.

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13 April 2011

Number Of Jobless Falls But Are Figures True?

by Xavier Connolly and Ian R Thorpe

The total number of unemployed people decreased by 17,000 in the three months to February, according to official figures. The official number unemployed, based on those claiming jobseekers allowance stands at 2.48m. The drop was greater than the 4,000 decrease expected. The unemployment rate for all age groups also fell unexpectedly by 0.1% to 7.8%.

To put the new in poerspective and stop the government making too big a deal of it, the number of 16 to 24-year olds out of work rose to 963,000 over the same period , up 0.1pc from the three months to November 2010. The youth unemployment rate is now 20.4pc.

The number of 16 to 17-year olds out of work increased by 14,000 on the quarter to reach 218,000, but the number of 18 to 24-year olds fell by 2,000 to 745,000, the figures from the Office for National Statistics revealed.

Prime Minister David Cameron said on the Daybreak breakfast television programme this morning: "For youth unemployment, which has actually been going up for years in our country, the real change we need is actually in our education system to make sure we are producing young people at the age of 18 with a real qualification that people need in the modern workplace."

More on unemployment in The Daily Telegraph: Number of Women Claiming Jobseeker's Allowance Reaches A High
The number of women claiming Jobseekers Allowance has reached a near 15-year high as experts expect levels to continue rising amid public sector cuts.

So

Is The Jobs Market Improving


Todays mild improvement in the labour market statistics must be taken with a pinch of salt.

The question mark hanging over the jobs market is still: Can the private sector can pick up the slack from the expected job losses in the public sector this year.

Youth unemployment is on the up compared to the previous quarter and in a few months time, the UK will have a fresh cohort of university graduates looking for jobs in a crowded market place. It is true that many public sector redundancies are expected to be spread over the next four years with the later years taking the biggest hits, but tens of thousands of workers could still lose their jobs in the current financial year.

. Ministers said there were a number of positive signs to be found in the latest statistics. These included total employment rising by 143,000 in the three months to February, driven entirely by growth in the private sector, unemployment falling by 17,000 to reach 2.48m in the quarter from the previous three months.

More good news came from an increase of people in full-time work, suggesting there were fewer employees trapped in part-time work because they could not find full-time hours.

But then there was the big nasty. In spite of people slipping off the unemployment statyistics because their entitlement to jobseekers' allowance had expired and they are no longer considered economicaslly active, the claimant count edged up unexpectedly by 700 to reach 1.45m analysts had been predicting a drop of 3,000

Modest pay growth as inflation though down slighly is still running at 4% also spells bad news for hard pressed faimilies.

As Vicky Redwood of Capital Economics puts it: "The UK labour market recovery is looking a bit healthier but the continued falls in real pay do not bode well for consumer spending."

Howard Archer, chief economist at IHS Global Insight, said forecast unemployment would rise to rise to 2.67m by the end of this year, and peak at about 2.75m in mid-2012.

He said: "Despite the overall firmer tone of the latest labour market data, we retain the view that unemployment is headed up over the coming months.

"We suspect that likely below-trend growth will mean that the private sector will be unable to fully compensate for the increasing job losses in the public sector that will result from the fiscal squeeze that is now really kicking in.

"Indeed, we believe that private sector companies will become increasingly careful in their employment plans in the face of a struggling economy and elevated input costs." The Guardian meanwhile concentrated on Youth unemployment. One In Five Young People Out Of Work
Youth unemployment has remained at near record levels with more than one in five young people out of work, data released on Wednesday showed.

The latest unemployment figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show the under-25s and women workers are bearing much of the pain in Britain's jobs market, while average earnings continued to lag behind inflation. But economists were encouraged by an unexpected fall in the total number of people out of work, which cut the UK's jobless rate from 8% to 7.8%.

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IMF Warns Obama - Cut Deficit Or Else As Bond Traders Short American Bonds

by John de Roe


The International Monetary Fund has warned barack Hussein Obama's administration of incompetents the US should quickly start to make a 'down payment' on tackling its budget deficit, as it emerged that the world's biggest bond investor is shorting the country's bonds.

Though Obama has just beenn involved in a tough battle with the opposition Republicans over the budget for the 2011 / 12 financial year he seems derterminted to press ahead with his loonytoons economic programme of expanding the public sector, pursuing vanity projects and throwing money at 'comunity organising' groups dedicated to subverting American society and creating divisions along racial and religious lines.

America will rack up a budget deficit of 10.8pc of gross domestic product this year, the largest of any of the developed economies, the IMF said in its latest Fiscal Monitor report.

In sharp contrast to Britain and much of the rest of Europe, the US has so far delayed any move to cut its budget deficit. Instead, through a combination of extending tax cuts and a second, $600bn round of quantitative easing, Congress and The White House have focused efforts on trying to quicken a recovery that failed to take off last year. The meltdown of the US economy under Obama's stewardship might be a cause for amusement in Europe and artound the world if it was not for the fact that the collapse of the US$, the world's reserve currency, would cause massive disruption everywhere and lead to chaose in the global trading system.

Bill Gross, head of the world's biggest bond fund, Pacific Investment Management Co (Pimco), said it was the failure of politicians in Washington DC to take the country's deficit - estimated to reach about $1.5 trillion next financial year - seriously that has prompted him to start positioning the $236bn Total Return Fund to benefit from a drop in the value of US currency . In February, the fund sold its US governments bonds, or Treasuries.

"Without attacking entitlements - Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security - we are smelling $1 trillion deficits as far the nose can sniff," Mr Gross told investors in the firm's monthly outlook letter.

President Obama, who is facing increasingly loud calls from Republican opponents to reduce the deficit, is expected to lay out his proposals today. "Market concerns about sustainability remain subdued in the US, but a further delay of action could prove costly. The US should move "sooner rather than later", Carolo Cottarelli, the director of the IMF's fiscal division said in Washington DC on Tuesday.

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12 April 2011

Shock Fall In Inflation To 4%

by John de Roe
Top economic news yesterday was that UK inflation fell unexpectedly in March as a supermarket price war led to a fall in the cost of food that outweighed higher housing and energy costs.

The figures from the Office for National Statistics will strengthen the hand of Bank of England Monetary Policy Committe members who want to hold down interest rates. They will seize in this information to support claims that inflation is not rising out of control. This will mean interest rates are not likely to increase next month.

Annual consumer price inflation (CPI) fell to 4pc last month, the first decline since July last year. Analysts had expected the rate to hold steady at a 28-month high of 4.4pc reached in February.

"It should stave off a rate rise in May," said Philip Shaw, economist at Investec, who called the rise "a very welcome surprise".

CPI has been above the Bank of England's 2pc target since December 2009, and the central bank has warned that it may rise to 5pc this year.

Vicky Redwood, of Capital Economics, said: "Admittedly, this may be only a temporary respite, with recent rises in energy prices potentially pushing the headline rate higher in the coming months. Nonetheless, the fall in the core inflation rate from 3.4pc to 3.2pc is clearly reassuring - and perhaps suggests that retailers are reacting to the recent weakness on the high street."

So far I have not seen this month's figures for the Retail Price Index which is more reflevtive of ordinary people's weekly and monthly budget and is harder for government to manipulate.

Another news item also published this morning reveals the folly of economits hailing this blip in inflation as the turning point in the revovery of our economy.

Sales fell by 1.9pc, the largest monthly decline in the 16 years in which the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and KPMG have collated sales. Like-for-like sales, which strip out the impact of stores that have been open for less than a year, fell by 3.5pc in March.

Sales in every category bar footwear fell, including food, clothing and furniture.

Stephen Robertson, the director general of the BRC, said: "This is the worst drop in total sales since we first collected these figures in 1995. Non-food retailers were particularly hard-hit. This is strong evidence of the pressure customers and traders are under. This year's later Easter is a factor but this fall goes way beyond anything that can be explained by that alone."

Mr Robertson said that "uncomfortably high" inflation and low wage growth have produced the first year-on-year fall in disposable incomes for 30 years.

"Mounting fuel and utility costs, falling house prices, higher VAT and the prospect of more tax rises and job losses left people unwilling to spend unless they really had to. These pressures aren't going away and the arrival of higher National Insurance is likely to compound them in the immediate future," Mr Robertson added.

read full story Retail Sales Record Sharp Drop - The Daily Telegraph

This exposes the false optimism created by the news on inflation. Hard pressed consumers are cutting back to the bone on spending and thus retailers, who must turn over money to pay wages, bills etc., aresaving profit margings to keep things moving.

It is more likely therefore that the inflation blip is a herald of a double dip recession than a sign things are on the way up.

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Gbagbo Deposed By United Nations and French Attack

by Ed Butt
News came yesterday from the African State of Ivory Coast that the Presidential Palace where former President Laurent Gbagbo had dug in after refusing to cede authority following an election he lost. Gbagbo disputes the election result but voting was overseen by United Nations moderators.

A diplomat living near the presidential residence said he could hear the celebrations of people supporting new leader Alessandre Ouattara from his window, a stark contrast to the gunfire that has reverberated around the area in recent weeks.

"People are shooting in the air, they are incredibly happy," he said.

So happy gunfire sounds different to angry gunfire does it? Diplomats always talk crap.

The diplomat warned that Ouattara, who won 54 per cent of votes the election held in November which Mr Gbagbo refused to honour, will struggle to reunite his nation following allegations of mass atrocities in the west. This is something of an understatement. Eye wintesses reported they saw soldiers and militiamen fighting for Ouattara carrying out mass killings and going on rape amd looting sprees.

The power struggle between Ouattara and Gbagbo, both nasty pieces of work from all accounts, reflected deep tribal and religious tensions which have pitted the mainly-Christian south against northern Muslims. Throughout the conflict until now western media have been very coy about mentioning the religious aspect to the civil war.

United Nations talking heads are saying the hard part is just starting for Ouatarra; reconstruction, reconciliation, bringing back law and order and dealing with the grisly, racist events of recent weeks in the west of the country, where there are still Muslim death squads roaming around carrying out summary executions on those they suspect of supporting Gbagbo (i.e. anyone wearing a cross or who has a Bible in the house) are bound to provoke a backlash against Muslims.

In this conflict as in Libya the United Nations, clearly suffering from that plague of wide eyed stupidity known as The Obama Effect, has set a dangerous precedent by not just appeasing Muslims but taking sides and actively getting involved in a civil war. This is a total violation of the UN Constitution and international law (but when did Obama fans ever care about any written consitution or laws or anything that get's in the way of the Obamessiahs plans to create a New World Order?).

We foresee conflicts pitting Christian and Muslim factions against each other spreading throughout Africa, Asia and even affecting Europe.

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11 April 2011
Investment Banks To Be Split From Retail Banks To Protect Savers
A new review of the Banking industry carried out for the government has recommended British banks should have to have to separate their retail (current account) deposit and savings and investment banking arms to ensure that ordinary savers money is not put at risk as it was before the 2008 'toxic debt' crisis plunged the leading economies into the global slump that is still affecting world trade.

The preliminary report published this morning by the Independent Commission on Banking, suggests a separation of the retail and investment sides of banking businesses operations, as well as measures to force future losses on bank bondholders rather than the taxpayers picking up the tab as we did in 2008..

Speaking to BBC news this morning, Sir John Vickers, chairman of the Commission, said the report would ensure taxpayers are off the hook. If a bank got into trouble in future savers money would be ringfenced creating a system for safe failure. As part of the proposals put forward by the Commission, large banks will be required to maintain a minimum equity capital base of 10pc - or 10 of shareholder equity for every 100 the bank lends to business customers. This is 3pc above the level required by the Basel III rules introduced last year.

The report also addresses the need for more competition in UK retail banking. In the wake of the 2008 crisis Lloyds Banking Group, Britains largest retail bank, was elbowed into a merger with the failing HBOS group by the Labour government. This move while grossly unfair to Lloyds shareholders created a high street banking giant able to dominate the UK retail banking market. Under the new rules Lloyds would be required to dispose of some of its branches if the Commissions recommendations are enacted.

In a statement to the market, Lloyds said it was currently assessing the full implications of the report and would provide an update later when it had had the opportunity to review the report in detail.

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Bin Fines Binned By Coalition
The coalition continue to alternatly encourage and frustrate us. One minute they are expanding Nanny State's role in telling us what we can eat, drink, ingest for recreational purposes, who we can have sex with and when and in what position we can do it or handing the sovereignyu of our proud nation over to a bunch of unelected paper shufflers in Brussels.

The next they are showing a willingness to tackle the worst excesses of Labour's Orwellian Politically Correct Thought Police.

The latest assualt on the power of the Thought Police comes in the news that Councils are to be stopped from imposing heavy fines on residents who fall foul of complex and contradictory waste and recycling rules.

Coalition environment ministers will present a bill to outlaw fines for petty infringements of bin rules in a shake-up of local authority powers next month, we hear on the grapevine.

In a major victory for libertarian campaigners, ministers say they will limit local authorities' power to impose unjustifiable charges and penalties for minor infringements to do with recycling and rubbish.

Councils will no longer be able to fine people for failing to close a bin lid; leaving bin bags next to a bin; putting a bin out on the wrong day; failing to move it back inside the boundary of a property; or making minor mistakes relating to sorting waster for recycling.

Only severe cases of fly-tipping will be subject to penalties.

The law change comes after a long campaign against bin charges and repeated promises by ministers that they would act.

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Councils Still Advertising Non Jobs
Meanwhile irresponsible and subhumanly stupid Labour councillors who run most of our big cities and urban areas are pressing ahead with their plan to put us at the mercy of the New World Order financiers by continuing to recruit shitloads of people to fill politically correct 'non - jobs' while pleading the government cuts are forcing them to lay off staff providing front - line services. The first survey of local authorities since the coalition came to power last May has found that town halls created more than 4,000 new posts during the period.
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Our satirical companion Boggart Blog covered this isue in A Career In Substance Abuse. In that article some of the crazier jobs created in the name of politcal correctness are highlighted. Below we show you some of the latest non - njobs dreamed up by tree hugging weirdie - beardie council executives. Most of these were collected from The Guardian public service recruitment supplement published every wednesday.

Community Development & Equalities Officer - Tewkesbury; 24,646 to 26,276
"An exciting opportunity.... to develop and implement the Council's role in community development with a particular focus on communities of interest. You will also be required to assist in the monitoring and other activities associated with the Council's duty to meet appropriate Equalities Standards

Healthy walks co-ordinator - Forest of Dean; 14,733 to 15,444
"Promote and increase physical activity levels through healthy walking ... targeting the socially excluded, the inactive and people living in areas of high deprivation. Work with the Lifestyle Coach to expand the 'Fancy a Walk' scheme. Ensure all duties and responsibilities ... are carried out with due regard to health and safety best practice, equal opportunities procedure and follows financial regulations

Project support worker (Voice of My Own) - Scottish Borders, 19,024.64 to 21,135.84 pro rata (fixed term contract)
"Video empowerment project aimed at, and led by, young people aged between 11 and 25 ... It combines creative film-making with social inclusion aims. Assist in developing fund-raising bids and liaise with participating groups and individuals."

Family Lifestyles Officer - Rugby; 19,126 to 21,519 pro rata
"Reduce childhood obesity in various ways including the provision of evidence-based structured nine-week family-based workshops promoting the benefits of exercise and nutrition. The programmes will support families with overweight and/or obese children to maintain a healthy weight using a holistic approach."

Active villages co-ordinator - Teignbridge, 10,228;
"Provide long term sustainable sports participation opportunities. The Active Villages concept is positioned in the introductory/informal sport segment of the market ...neither as a specific 'public health' initiative to deliver health-based physical activity interventions, nor a 'sports excellence' programme aimed at identifying talented performers who wish to engage in serious competition."

Life Skills and Positive Activities Officer - Ryedale; 19,000 to 21,500 pro rata (fixed term contract)
"Assist the promotion of positive activities and healthy lifestyles to clients of the housing options team, especially those residing in temporary accommodation. Provide practical assistance for basic living skills such as: washing, ironing, cleaning and shopping etc."

Workplace travel plan coordinator - Havant; 20,198 to 22,221, part time, pro rata (fixed term contract)
"Raise awareness of transport issues and the alternative means of accessing and providing services to both staff and customers. This is a new, high profile role within the Council and you will be responsible for the development, promotion and implementation of our Travel Plan."

Gypsy Romany Traveller Community Cohesion Officer - Herefordshire, 22,221 to 26,276

Council's vision is "To create in Herefordshire an environment where different communities, the traditionally nomadic and the traditionally settled, live in harmony and where all have access to the basic needs and benefits which characterise an inclusive society."

New media improvement assistant - Perth and Kinross; 16,086 to 17,587
"Support the development and operation of the council's website and intranet in line with the council's Corporate New Media Strategy. Assist in ensuring the council's website conforms to legislative requirements (Disability and Discrimination Act) and established web standards (W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines)."

Woodfuel development officer - West Sussex; 32,800 to 35,430
"You will be required to operate as a stimulus for the expansion of the woodland products market and to make a substantial contribution to the establishment of a wood fuel supply chain through positively influencing key policy makers, suppliers and end users."

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9 April 2011


Two Thirds Of Universities To Charge Top Fees

by Xavier Connolly

Two Thirds Of Universities To Charge Top Fees The Coalitions flagship policy on tuition fees looked to be descending into chaos yesterday after it emerged that two thirds of universities would be looking to charge the maximum 9,000 a year for degree courses. Ministers were accused of losing control of their higher education reforms as growing numbers of vice-chancellors unveiled plans to almost triple fees in 2012. What is happening in higher education is a closing ranks by the largely Labour supporting academic community with the aim of wrecking the reforms and hoping to bring down the coalition so that Labour could return to power and resume its loonytoons economics. This would mean the government throwing money at the kind of pointless vanity projects so beloved of the academic community. In the biggest survey of its kind so far, 65 per cent of higher education institutions in England were found to be intending to charge the maximum for some courses, with half saying they would charge 9,000 for all degrees. When we looked at some of the degree courses on offer, History Of Feminism In Film is one tht springs to mind, the question why would somebody pay 90 pence for such and idiotic qualification let alone 9,000 a year over three years. For all but a few in highly specialised and highly rewarding subjects to take up a university education is to hang a millstone round their neck. The resultung debt will enslave them for many decades. Yesterday, Keele University in Staffordshire and Londons City University neither of which are ranked in the top 40 became the latest to set fees at the top level. University College Falmouth, a specialist arts institution in Cornwall, will also charge 9,000 across the board. The Government had said fees of more than 6,000 would be levied only in exceptional circumstances. Last night David Willetts, the universities minister, said he now estimated the average fee would be pitched between 7,500 and 8,000. The universities decisions mean the Government may have to provide significantly more money than it had expected to fund student loans. Labour claimed the black hole could be as large as 1billion over four years. Alternatively the coalition could simply refruse to cocoon these waste of space academics any longer, let the uinversities sing and make the professors face up to the harshreality of how little academic qualifications are worth in the competitive environment of business.


US Government Shutdown Averted


With a midnight deadline looming after which funds for the US government's operations would run out and government departmens be forced to close down, the hard-fought compromise reached between Obama's Democrats and opposition Republicans requires lawmakers to approve stopgap funding to keep federal agencies running into next week until the budget agreement can be formally enacted.

A shutdown, as we reported yesterday, would have meant enforced leave for much of the federal work force, suspension of some key government services and the closing of many national monuments and parks, while potentially undermining the U.S. economy.The biggest incentive for a deal however may have been the risks that failure to move forward would have posed both for Obama and his fellow Democrats and for the Republicans who hope to win back the Presidency in 2012. The mood of the American public is ugly, with anti - politics and antu - Washington feeling running high. Public frustration with the rancorous budget fight as the 2012 presidential election campaign gathers steam has increased the people's alienation from government.. Without the compromise, money to operate the federal government for the next six months would have run out at midnight on Friday and agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service would have begun a partial shutdown. Despite the apparent resolution of the impasse, the bitter political fight raised questions about the ability of Obama, whose claim to be the great conciliator already lies in ruins, and a bitterly divided U.S. Congress to deal with bigger issues looming down the road, from raising the federal debt ceiling to reining in budget deficits, coping with inflation and continuing America's role as the world's peacekeeper in times of increasing unrest.. "They've got to be laughing at us right now" in China, said Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry. "How terrific that the United States of America can't make a decision." Other commentators point to the resurgence of Colonel Gadaffi in the Libyan civil war and Obama's efforts to find a loophole in the UN resolution that would have premitted him to arm the rebels who we now know to be supported by Al Qaeda, the avowed enemy of the west. The sum total of this, they allege, is firther proof that Barack Hussein Obama is unfit for office.

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Ivory Coast Civil War Descends Into Tribal Massacres
News organisations with staff on the ground in Ivory Coast and foreign aid workers still in the civil war riven country where Laurent Gbagbo continues to defy attempts to oust him are reporting mass killings being carried out by both sides in the conflict.

Their reports document a trail of death and destruction carried out by rebel forces who have swept through the country and are now fighting on the streets of Abidjan to secure the presidency for Alassane Ouattara. Mainstream media are being very careful to avoid mentioning that Outtara's supporters are predominantly Muslim while those loyal to Gbagbo are predominantly Christian.

As Ouattara, backed by the UN and the international community, is reported by many global media organisations to be close to victory, the left leaning but humanitarian Guardian newspaper has provided evidence of atrocities committed by militias acting in his name. Refugees who scrambled through the rain forest to safety in neighbouring Liberia have described children being burned alive during rebel attacks and bodies littering the streets. People are also talking about systematic rape being carried out by Outtara's supporters. Because of certain primitive tribal beliefs, rape is used as a weapon of genocide in many African conflicts.

Recent civil wars in which rape was deployed as a weapon have ranges right across the continent from Ivory Coast in the west through Congo, Rwanda to Sudan in the east. The term adultery derives from the verb adulterate, to make impure. In African tribal societies tribal purity id afforded great importance. If a woman has been penetrated by any man who is not of her tribe her womb is considered to have been made impure by him and she has no value as a tribal wife. Her children can never be full members of the tribe.

Women who are victims of genocidal rape have little future, if they are lucky they might find work as labourers. Otherwise the only options are begging and prostitution. Their children, should they have any are even more unfortunate as job opportunities are subject to tribalism. The out castes, having no tribal identity, are unlikely ever to be given fair opportunities. HRW is calling for an investigation into massacres carried out by both the rebels sides. It is unlikely there will be any response, whichever side emerges victorious.

Hundreds of non combatants have been killed by forces loyal to Ouattara, according to reports. Human Rights Watch says that summary executions of perceived Gbagbo supporters have been carried out, and reported eye witness accounts of mass rape. Matt Wells, HRW's Ivory Coast researcher, said: "In village after village, Ouattara's forces terrorised civilians perceived as supporting Gbagbo, killing hundreds and raping dozens more. In committing to move Ivory Coast out of its longstanding crisis, Ouattara must ensure that the perpetrators of these heinous crimes are brought to justice."

Pro-Gbagbo forces are also accused of having carried out atrocities, killing more than 100 presumed Ouattara supporters as rebels advanced.

The latest reports on the fighting suggest that Gbagbo loyalists are regaining the initiative as active support of the rebels by UN forces has ceased in the wake of reports about genocidal slaughter.

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8 April 2011

Gadaffi To Unleash A Wave Of Migrants On Europe

Libya is unleashing a wave of migrants against Europe as retaliation for the coalition's military strikes against the country.

Last week The Daily Stirrer reported the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa is being overrun with refugees fleeing the troubles in North Africa. The opening of immigration floodgates came as Italy announced that it would grant travel permits to more than 20,000 Tunisian refugees who have reached its southernmost islands in recent weeks. The Italian government said the temporary permits would grant the refugees freedom of movement within the visa-free Schengen area, but in reality most want to head to France. Paris reacted angrily to the move, with Claude Gueant, the interior minister, saying the country would not tolerate "a wave of immigration" and warning that migrants without appropriate identity documents and sufficient funds would be prevented from entering. The Schengen zone excludes Britain and Ireland, but migrants could attempt to enter the UK illegally from the Continent. The Tunisians are among nearly 26,000 migrants who have managed to reach the tiny island of Lampedusa, Italy's southernmost territory, since January, when president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was toppled by a popular revolt.

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Ivory Coast Civil War: Bodies Pile Up

Ivory Coast Civil War: Bodies Pile Up
Casualties are mounting the the Ivory Coast civil war. While mainsteam media voices are suggesting the regime of President Gbagbo is on the verge of collapse, that is not the way it looks to westerners on the ground in Ivory Coast. Gbagbo is entrenched in his bunker in the capital but while reports said he only had a few loyal troops left, eyewitness accounts tell of fighting going on between rival Christian and Muslim groups all over the city. Gbagbo Stays In Bunker and Will Not Surrender
Ivory Coast's embattled leader Laurent Gbagbo is protected by a rump of just 200 soldiers in his bunker beneath the presidential palace, the French defence minister said, but he is refusing to surrender to advancing forces.

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Factory Gate Inflation Hits Two Year High
The so called 'factory gate index', the price of goods leaing British factories hit its highest rate in more than two years in March, official figures showed, raising fears about inflationary pressures feeding through into the general economy.

Factory gate prices what manufacturers charge for their products rose 5.4pc over the year, the sharpest inflation rate since October 2008, said the Office for National Statistics. The month-on-month jump was 0.9pc, while economists had expected a 0.6pc leap. The data will stoke concerns about spiralling prices for consumer goods and essentials like food in the UK, as the rise in factories output prices is likely to help propel the headline inflation rate, currently well over target at 4.4pc, even higher. Manufacturers are raising their prices in response to the squeeze on their margins as the costs of raw materials and energy prices climb higher. Input prices fo the comodities manufacturers use in their processes, rose 14.6pc in the year to March, just off the previous months 28-month high at 14.9pc, mostly reflecting the rising cost of crude oil. The leap was 3.7pc on the previous month. Chris Williamson, senior economist at business analysts Markit, said: Worse may be yet to come, as oil prices have since hit a record high in sterling terms and supply chain disruptions from the Japanese earthquake could also drive up prices for certain highly sought-after components. The producer price data also underlines the cost pressures on manufacturers. The sector has emerged as the success story of the UK recovery, but the latest monthly PMI survey indicated its growth stopped in February.

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Obama Administration Paralyzed By Budget Deadlock

Obama Administration Paralyzed By Budget Deadlock
Failure to agree a budget for the coming year with the Republican controlled House of Representatives plunged American President Barack Obama's administration into crisis last night. With only hours to go before the deadline at which funding to US Government operations will be cut off the gap between team Obama and it's loonytoons spending plans and deficit economy and the fiscally conservative Republicans look to be unbridgeable.

The shutdown would see as many as 800,000 government workers asked to stay at home because their departments did not have funds to pay them and could cost taxpayers more than $100 million (61 million) a day.

The 'great non - communicator' Obama called for a sense of urgency as America sought to avoid the first such shutdown since 1996 when Bill Clinton was president.

The last time this failure to agre a budget paralyzed Washingtoin was under Bill Clinton in 1996. Rrepublican instransigence then was blamed to the party's humiliation in the 1998 Presidential election when Clinton won a second term. Things are different this time. Public anger about the debt and deficit is much deeper than it was 15 years ago, and many voters who supported the Republicans in the 2010 mid-terms because of its commitment to cut spending might feel betrayed if the leadership compromised that principle too much. Democrats meanwhile are putting their faith in another president with exceptional communication skills carrying the day. Anmd who would that be we wonder. Is Obama's autocure running for the Presidency in 2012?

Failure to reach agreement by midnight on Friday would mean that Washington would essentially run out of money.

The budget battle is a clash between resurgent Republicans, who scored a huge win in last year's midterm elections, and Mr Obama's Democrats over the size of government, debt and deficits. With the country almost bankrupt at the time of his election, Obama went on a cazy spending spree, throwing ridiculous amounts of money at minority groups, his pet causes nd vanity projects.

All-night talks among aides failed to break the deadlock on Wednesday so Mr Obama summoned Representative John Boehner, Speaker of the House of Representatives and a Republican, and Senator Harry Reid, a Democrat and Senate Majority to The White House, for the second time in just over 12 hours.

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7 April 2011

Portugal Asks For Bailout


by John de Roe

Onle days after assuring the financial community that debts could be serviced domestically, Portugal's government has been forged to seek help from the E.U. amd IMF. Caretaker prime minister Jos Scrates said the measure had been taken after the stricken nation had exhausted all its options.

Economists last night put the cost to Brtish taxpayers of UK's involvement in a Portuguese bailout at up to 4.4billion.

After months of existing in a state of denial having about the need to seek relief from its debts, Portugal's government admitted the cost of borrowing to fund its public sector deficit has reached unsustainable levels. Addressing the nation last night Mr Scrates, said: "I have always said that asking for aid would be the last resort but we have now reached that point."

Experts suggest the rescue fund could be as high as 70 billion, or 80 billion.

European shares were up in Thursday's early trading, led by banking stocks. Traders remained wary however ahead of an expected interest rate increase by the European Central Bank (ECB) later today. There were also worries that the latest bailout may not signal the end of Europe's sovereign debt crisis.

Jos Manuel Barroso, the European Commission president who at the end of 2010 was talking about extenting the E. U. to include middle eastern and African economic basket case nations, said last night that Portugal's request for help would be dealt with as quickly as possible. He assured Mr Scrates that Portugal's request would be "processed in the swiftest possible manner, according to the rules applicable". Fuhrer Barroso also said he had "confidence in Portugal's capacity to overcome the present difficulties".

That is typical bureaucratic bullshit iof course, as The Daily Stirrer reported las month German taxpayers are ready to rebel against any further dumping of sovereign debt on their broad shoulders.

Media commentators were last night wondering whether contagion from the Portugese crisis would spread to other eurozone countries such as Spain, whose economy is significantly larger than that of Portugal, Ireland and Greece combined.

Portugal had earlier sold bonds committing them to pay investors high rates to take up government bonds due to be repaid in six and 12 months. It was the second such bond auction in less than a week.

The new economic crisis confronting Europe comes weeks after an EU summit to confirm a new permanent 700 billion euro bail-out facility for eurozone countries in trouble.
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UN Again Abandons Neutrality To Take Sides In A Civil War

by Ed Butt

Only last week The Daily Stirrer was the first news blog to point out that the efforts of President Barack Hussein Obama and the United Nations leaders to find ways of supporting Libyan rebels fighting to overthrow the tyrant Gadaffi were in breach of the United Nations charter and international law. The UN Charter and the the Geneva Convention forbid outside forces taking sides in domestic conflicts yet that is exactly what Omama has tried to do. He may have succeeded had not the US security services warned the Libyan rebels are led by Al Qaeda activists.

Even the anti - western, pro Muslim, terrorist loving, whitely - hating President Barack Husein Obama (real name Barry Soetoro) dare not go as far as to openly support Muslim extremists who want to replace a brutal pro - western dictator with a brutal, anti western theorcratic junta.

Now however another UN Coalition is taking sides against a pro western, Christian dictator and supporting an anti western, muslim unknown quantity in Ivory Coast. We know little about Laurent Gbagbo other than that he disputes the election result in hich he was defeated by an exclusively Muslim opposition. We know little about the people who claim victory in that election.

We should by rights take action only to protect civilians. Protecting civilians does not extrend to providing air support to the people fighting to oust Gbagbo who still refuses to relinquish power.

At last it seems others besides The Daily Stirrer are noticing what is going on with the UN.

Adrian Hamilton, the Independent's comment editor, makes a point today which suggests the blatant infringements of neutrality have ben noticed by the Russian foreign ministry:

"The fact is that Monday's direct rocket assault on Gbagbo's base marked a sharp escalation in the UN mission and one that has effectively made it - as in Libya - a direct participant in the war. France and the UN have been accused by Russia of illegally picking sides in Ivory Coast, by breaking with the terms of the peacekeeping mandate.

A statement from Moscow's foreign ministry said: It is necessary to understand the legal aspects of UN peacekeepers and the French contingent. Russia accused the two peacekeeping forces of getting "involved in an internal conflict, acting in defence of one side when they had to observe neutrality and be acting in strict accordance with their (UN) mandate.

So this is the Obama effect swivel eyed lefties around the world were so excited about, the betrayal of western civilisation, culture and people by our own governments. Well amid all that worship and the iconisdation of his skin colour, some of us did try to warn you what the shit wreally stood for.

Ein reich, ein welt, ein Obama.

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Economic Troubles Linked To Depression Epidemic

The Daily Telegraph
Economic worries are the suspected cause of a rise in the use of antidepressants. New figures showed prescriptions for the drugs have risen more than 40 per cent over the past four years.

The number of prescriptions for drugs like Prozac has risen from 16 million to 23 million since 2006 with many GPs saying patients are increasingly expressing concern about the recession, economic worries and job security.

Figures obtained by the BBC under the Freedom of Information Act found the number of prescriptions for the most common group of antidepressants rose by 43 per cent during the period from the start of the banking crisis and housing crash to the present.

Around one in five people in the UK will be affected by depression at some point and the rise in the number of prescriptions is thought to be partly down to better diagnosis.

But Dr Clare Gerada, head of the Royal College of GPs said some of the rise could also be explained by concern over worsening financial conditions.

She said: Of course in times of economic problems we would expect mental health problems to worsen and GPs are seeing more people coming in with debts racking up, or who have lost their jobs and are cancelling their holidays.

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6 April 2011

Bit boring and rushed today. There have been a lot of connectivity problems in this area and we only got online a couple of hours ago.

Fall In Industrial Output Dents Recovery Hopes

Shock economc news today was a fall in industrial output in the three months to February 2011.

While the decline was led by a 7.8pc fall in oil and gas extraction, due mainly to routine maintenance work, economists were more troubled by the figures for manufacturing which has been leading the recovery and was expected to continue.

"February's stagnation in manufacturing output suggests that GDP growth in the first quarter may not be as strong as currently expected," said Nida Ali, economic adviser to the Ernst & Young ITEM Club.

Manufacturing output - which does not include utilities or oil and gas extraction - showed no growth in February, after January's downwardly revised growth of 0.9 percent, the Office for National Statistics said.

The government and Bank of England were relying on export-driven growth in manufacturing in 2011 to fill the gap created by cuts in government spending and belt-tightening by consumers.

Factory output has also stagnated.

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The Real Story Behind Obama's Job Creation

by Ian R Thorpe
Last week's announcement by the U.S. labour department that the American economy had created 216,000 jobs in March was seized on as cause for celebrations by sychophantic Obamessiah cultists desperate for something to praise "The greatest human being who ever lived" for. Obama cult inhouse newssheets The New York Times, the Washington Post reported that Obama's loonytoons economics had beaten the recession and the economy was storming towards a new age of American prosperity.

. Those who understand how governments manipulate statistics were a bit more sceptical. If the economy sustained March's rate of job growth, sceptics pointed out, it will be more than seven years before the USA is back to pre - 2008 rates of unemployment. But even that is optimistic. Some of the March growth is due to a bounceback from weaker economic performance in the previous two months. The average rate of job growth over the last three months has been just 160,000. At that pace those 'normal' rates of unemployment will not be hit until after 2022.

That's a lot of suffering in the country because the Washington suits who run the economy are shit at their jobs.

In addition to the job growth numbers, the March data also showed that the unemployment rate slipped down by another 0.1 percentage point. It now stands at 8.8%, almost a full percentage point below its year ago level of 9.7%. This, too, was hailed as cause for celebration. It may sound like progress but a more careful look at how the fiures are worked out makes the number less impressive. The percentage of the population that is employed has actually fallen by 0.1 percentage point over the last year.

In order to be counted as unemployed, you have to oficially be counted as looking for work. People who have not had a joib for 99 weeks are considered no longer economically active. The unemployment rate did not fall because of the Obama administration's economic success but because people have 'officially' given up looking for work and dropped off the radar. Only in the cockeyed world of bureaucrats would this be hailed as good news.

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Portugal Pays More For Credit

The credit reating of the Portugese government was lowered by Moody's rating agency yesterday ahead of a bond auction in Lisbon.

Debt due for redemption in June 2012 was issued at an average yield of 5.9%, compared with 4.3% at a sale of twelve month bonds on March 16.

Portugals decision to sell the securities is confusing because the nation could get similar rates for longer-term loans through an international bail-out, said ING Groep financial strategist Alessandro Giansanti commented in an note to the press.

Its difficult to see why Portugal would pay the market yield of 6pc for a one-year loan, when you can have for the same rate on a 7.5-year loan from the European Union and International Monetary Fund, he said referring to the interest Portugal will pay on its government debt..

Portuguese bond yields have climbed to record levels after Prime Minister Jose Socrates resigned on March 23 following a parliamentary rejection of a deficit-cutting plan that aimed to prevent Portugal from following Greece and Ireland in seeking a European Union rescue. After consulting political parties, President Anibal Cavaco Silva yesterday announced early parliamentary elections on June 5. The timing of the election may have something to do with yesterday's sale.

Portugese political commentators have predicted if the country goes to the EU / IMF for a bailout before the election the move may prompt voters to support nationalit parties.

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5 April 2011

This Hopeless Coalition Are Still Takling About Child Poverty

by John de Roe
5 April 2011

In the first weeks of the coalition we hoped we had said goodbye to all Laboutrs ridiculous spin and politically correct nonesense. Sasdly no, Conservative and Liberal Democrat politicians have caught the Political Correctness bug and are talking about emotive mnonesence like abilishing child poverty (they might as well promise to abolish death) and a fair chance for all children.

Clegg & IDS Talk About Fair Starts And Child Poverty

Millions of middle-class children are being denied the chance to get on in life because their parents are not wealthy enough to insulate themselves against lifes misfortunes, senior Coalition figures say today.

Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, and Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, say that many hard-working families are seeing their aspirations for their children dashed because they cannot afford private education and lack the right connections.

Mr Clegg and Mr Duncan Smith pledge to open up the top universities and professions to those on moderate incomes, promising to deliver mobility for the middle, not just the bottom.

The Deputy Prime Minister told BBC Breakfast he wanted to end the culture of people given internships because of "who they know, rather than what they know".

The Liberal Democrats are putting their own internship system "on a much more transparent footing" so that young people have the same opportunities, he added.

He said: "All of them will have a fair chance of getting these internships, and it's not just because someone has met someone in the tennis club or the golf club, and they've had a whisper in their ear."

What we are seeing is the inevitable consequence of allowing people to run the country when after a privileged childhood they have gone from University straight into politics and thus are toitally lacking life experience. Idiots like Clegg and Cameron truly believe the politically correct claptrap spewed by their Marxist lectureres who had also only known the privileged life of those cocooned in academic faculties had something to do with reality.

Poverty is relative. We will never abolish it, nor will we rid the world of privilege, nepotism, bullying and greed. To an African or South East Asian child the poorest British kid has an embarrassment of riches by simply having enough to eat, clean water to drink and a safe bed to sleep in.

To the children of a family earing twice the average income in Britain, the offspring of an oil Sheik and unimaginably wealthy.

To talk about abolishing child poverty if as futile as trying to pass laws commanding a change in human nature. Ah but I nearly forgot, Cameron, Clegg and Co, along with Obama, Sarkozy, Merkel, Blair in his day and many others of this new elite are trying to do that as well.

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4 April 2011

GM Cows Cannot Give Human Breast Milk.

A story in yesterday's Sunday Telegraph outraged us all. Not because we are fanatically anti GM, not because we are medievalists or religious types but because of the sheer dishonesty if the 'science' community that is revealed once again. Scientists breed 300 genetically modified cows to give "human" milk. The Sunday Telegraph

scientists have successfully introduced human genes into 300 dairy cows to produce milk with the same properties as human breast milk.

Human milk contains high quantities of key nutrients that can help to boost the immune system of babies and reduce the risk of infections.

The scientists behind the research believe milk from herds of genetically modified cows could provide an alternative to human breast milk and formula milk for babies, which is often criticised as being an inferior substitute.

They hope genetically modified dairy products from herds of similar cows could be sold in supermarkets. The research has the backing of a major biotechnology company.

The work is likely to inflame opposition to GM foods. Critics of the technology and animal welfare groups reacted angrily to the research, questioning the safety of milk from genetically modified animals and its effect on the cattle's health.

Now I and my friends who contribute to The Daily Stirrer do not suggest there is any health risk here. Babycare companies have been modifying cows milk to make it good for human babies for many decades. There has been a lot of screaming from the rope sandal wearing fringes of the medical professions in recent years about mothers' breast milk being best but the studies supporting that used some, to say the least, questionable techniques to gather data in support of their claims.

Certainly no physical harm has come babies fed on 'formula' milk, dried enriched milk that is rehydrated and it is exteremely unlikely any would come to babies fed on the milk from cloned cows. But cows are never going to give us human milk, what these genetically modified cows will give us is modified cows milk. As ever when assessing another claim of a great scientific breakthrough which will facilitate the interference of scientists where it is not needed we mut ask as Marcus Tullius Cicero did 2000 years ago, "Cui Bono?" Who benefits, who gets rich from this

What must be questioned here is the determination once more of the scientists who want to play God, the neo nazi idiots who wish for the day when the young of every living creature are manufactured in the laboratory rather that by the tried and trusted methods that have served nature for millions of years.

We have no need of cloned cattle. Bulls and cows are perfectly capable of doing the job without interference from control freak scientists. We have no need of cloned humans and the best excuse for carrying on experiments in the genetic modification of human beings, to eliminate hereditary diseases and defects, while specifically a worthy aim, is just a thinly disguised excuse the resume the Nazi eugenics programme.

And apart from those argument which are rather sensationalised I admit but no more so than the unrealistically exaggerated claims of the science lobby, we are allowing these highly politicised, self serving, research grant phishing charlatans use our tax money to make a case for replacing a low cost, highly effective process with a high cost process that offers no tangible benefit to the wider community but only serves to swell the profits of biotech companies and expand the empires of a few biology academics.

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2 April 2011

Armed Forces Serving In Libya and Afghanistan Face Sack

by Ed Butt

Service personnel on acitve duty with the Army and Navy in Afghanistan and Libya will be informed by their commanding officers on Monday that they might possibly be among more than 2,000 people who will be made redundant in September. Those eligible for the redundancy programme which begins next week will include some soldiers presently completing tours in Afghanistan. Seamen aboard warships and submarines in the Mediterranean supporting operations in Libya will also be told they could well be included.

The prospect of making redundant people who are involved in current operations will be highly controversial and will be seized by the opposition as evidence ministers repeated promises to protect the front line are worthless. Although not certain that those deployed in the Mediterranean and Afghanistan will be sacked, commanders fear morale will be seriously harmed if front-line personnel are identified eligible for redundancy.

It is inevitable there will be discontent when you are making targeted sackings, said a Navy spokesman.

Armed Forces Serving In Libya and Afghanistan Face Sack
In view of the pressing need to reduce the military budget it is worrying to hear that another Islamist inspired uprising, this time in sub Saharan Africa is escalating into a full scale civil war.
Islamic discontent spreads to Ivory Coast
Rival forces in Ivory Coast are continuing their battle for power as it emerged that more than 800 people were killed this week in inter-ethnic violence in the town of Duekoue. Soldiers backing the country's UN-recognised president, Alassane Ouattara, clashed with forces loyal to the voted-out president, Laurent Gbagbo, in the country's main city and former capital, Abidjan.

As usual the lily libered bureaucrats of the United Nations and the U.S. State Department of the wimp and allegedly Muslim President, Barack Hussein Obama, have adopted a policy of appeasing the Muslim extremists.

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Hopes Of Recovery Raised By New Job Figures

by John de Roe

Stock Markets and business confidence in the USA received a boost yesterday when it was revealed employers in the private sector hired 230,000 people in March, building on the 240,000 staff taken on in February.

It was the best back-to-back growth in new hirings since early 2006 and proved enough to drive stock markets higher in London, Freankfurt and Paris as well as New York.

Unemployment has so far been the Achilles heel of the US recovery, but the latest figures suggest an upturn in a number of industries which are now are now hiring new staff. Jobs gains were recorded in services, retail, leisure and manufacturing. This pushed the unemployment level to a two-year low of 8.8pc, down from 8.9pc in February.

"Some time will have to pass before one can say a trend has truly developed," Kevin Logan, chief US economist at HSBC commented. He added there "are enough signs to suggest the labour market has reached a turning point and further improvements may continue." The news will be welcomed in the White House and on Wall Street as increases in food and petrol prices have begun to dampen hopes that US growth would show a significant improvement on last year's 2.9pc. The most recent public opinion surveys on consumer confidence which has been the key has been key to a revival in demestic spending, have shown growing concerns about inflation which is running well ahead of growth.

On the downside, as a result of the news Brent crude prices extended gains to $119 a barrel in post-settlement trading on Friday, after ending the day at its highest since August 2008.

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1 April 2011

Schools Failing To Promote Reading Of Classic BooksSchools Failing To Promote Classics Hampers Pupils Education

Less than one in 100 teenagers who took the most popular English literature course and sat the A level examination last year chose to answer questions on novels published prior to 1900, says Michael Gove, Education Secretary in the Coalition government.

Only 1,236 out of 300,000 students read Pride and Prejudice, 285 studied Far From the Madding Crowd and just 187 completed Wuthering Heights as part of their course, he claims ... Read all

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At the same time, more than 90 per cent of answers were based on the same three books Of Mice and Men, Lord of the Flies and To Kill a Mockingbird. How strange that although the political left denies having hijacked the education system in order to use it for the purpose of advancing an anti - western agenda heavy on civil rights so many pupils chose books that areapproved by the people who The Pursuit Of MediocritySATS test, introduced in 1993, were supposed to meaure a pupil's progress through the education system from junior to senior school and ensure every child was fulfilling their potential. Now we see the government constantly lowering standards in order to ensure enough pupils from each school are reaching government imposed targets.

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Fear and Loathing On Lampadeusa
Over 6,000 refugees, mostly Tunisian migrants fleeing the troubles in North Africa have overun the Italian islan of Lampedusa in recent days, transforming the tiny Mediterranean island into a rubbish-strewn refugee camp.

Gathering arounf tiny fires or hunching beneath makeshift plastic shelters, the refugees are the start of what threatens to become a huge exodus of desperate and displaced people fleeing the turmoil sweeping the Arab nations of Mediterranean's southern coast..

"England, France, Belgium, Switzerland I don't care where I go as long as I can find work and earn money. I need to help my family because they don't have enough to eat," said Saber Khadraoui, 29, from Tunisia, as he bit into a bread roll. "I'll do anything I've worked as a painter, a plumber and a gardener."

He is just one of an estimated 18,000 Tunisians who have landed on the island since Tunisia's dictatorial president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was toppled from power by a popular revolt in mid-January.

An estimated 2,000 Eritreans, Ethiopians and Somalians have also arrived from Libya the first influx since the revolt against Col Muammar Gaddafi erupted last month presaging what the Italian government fears could be an exodus of "Biblical proportions" should the Gadaffi regime collapse. Gadaffi had welcomed migrant workers but sub Saharan Africans are intensely disliked by Arabs.

Lampedusa's inhabitants, who live closer to Africa than Italy, say the island's infrastructure is on the point of collapse. The sole refugee centre can only accommodate 850 people. Thousands of migrants have landed but simply been ignored by the authorities and left to fend for themselves.

The inevitable consequence of this is a breakdown in law and order.

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Situation In Yemen Deteriorates

The Foreign Office has advised travellers, "in light of the rapid deterioration in the security situation", people should get out of Yemen while commercial airlines were still flying.

A communique said it was highly unlikely the government would be able to evacuate British nationals in the event of a full scale insurrection.

The statement read: "In light of the rapid deterioration in the security situation in Yemen and likely protests on Friday 1 April which might result in violent clashes, we strongly urge all British nationals to leave the country now while commercial airlines are still flying.

"Given the situation on the ground, it is highly unlikely that the British government will be able to evacuate British nationals or provide consular assistance in the event of a further breakdown of law and order and increased violent civil disorder. British nationals should therefore plan accordingly.

Libya defectors explosive evidence on Lockerbie
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Britons Warned To Get Out Of Yemen. All British nationals have been urged to leave Yemen in the run-up to protests planned for Friday which could result in violent clashes.

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And bearing in mind the date is April 1. Top story for the day must go to The Currant Bun: Planet of the Apps Not quite the same as gibving a million monkeys a million typewriters and expecting them to produce the works of Shakespear, but Gorillas with iPads is a start.

Close behind is the BBC which announces the imminent launch of 3D Radio. Imagine that, The Archers in 3D. Or worse, Chris Moyles.

Royal Wedding goss in the Daily Mail (where else) which has a report on Kate Middleton shopping for baby clothes. Oh dear, has prince William been a careless boy?

Still on the subject of Weddings we learn from the Daily Telegraph that Labour's National Executive Committee have ordered party activists to celebrate the wedding of Ed Miliband and Justin Hawkins Jusine Thornton by putting out bunting and organising street parties.

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Washington is pushing Kiev to military solution of Donbass conflict
The US is inciting Kiev to end the crisis in eastern Ukraine by force, said the Russian foreign minister citing US support of the recent Ukrainian law on the special self-governing status of Donbass, which Moscow says undermines the Minsk-2 deal.

France Moves to Make ‘Conspiracy Theories’ Illegal by Government Decree
Political elites and super-bureaucrats must be very worried. New start up political parties, dismissed as populist byt in reality listening to the concerns of voters are making inroads into the political status quo. New media investigative journalists and op-ed writers are challenging the official propaganda (and gaining an ever bigger audience). It’s becoming harder to control consensus reality.

How the fall of France could accelerate the rise of UKIP Don't hold French stocks says former broker Farage as our Gallic neighbour sinks deeper into the Euroshite
The faltering French economy continues to stall under President Francois Hollande, which is boosting anti-EU sentiment across Europe particularly in Germany, where the efficiency worshipping taxpayers increasingly resent having to bail out their impecunious Eurozone partners.

Riots against police brutality in France after police put down protests against dictatorial Hollande
Another anti-police brutality protest turned violent in the French city of Rennes, with masked youths and police engaging in running street battles. The unrest follows the death of a young environmental activist earlier this week. Not long ago we were reporting riots in Spain as police were overly physical in dispersing peaceful protests against the government's economic policies.

Sharia law or gay marriage critics would be branded ‘extremists’ under Tory plans, atheists and Christians warn>/a>
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It's Labour's Failure To Act On Child Abuse, Not UKIP's Poster That Is Despicable
UKIP leader Nigel Farage cause the politically correct left to throw a collective hissy fit last week when fter UKIP lanuched a new billboard poster poinying to the failures of Labour councils all arounf the nation to act against Pakistani gangs weh were systematically grooming and sexually exploiting girls unfortunate enough to find themselves in the council care system.

Big Brother Is Right Behind You And He Knows What you Are Up To
No doubt the smug complacent bourgeois fools will shouth conspiracy theirist and the emotionally needy leftist Sheeple will

bleat "racist bigot" (they always bleat "racist bigot" but it is not alarmist to say the UK is slowly becoming a totalitarian state. What else can we calli our nation if anti - terror laws are being used prosecute people for low-level offences such as Television licence dodging.

Top Yorkshire cop 'likely' to face investigation over Rotherham abuse scandal
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UKIP Withstands Euro-Attack, Reforms EFDD Group Just Days After 'Blackmail
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Barack Obama: Idiot, Sociopath, Traitor or Does He have Antisocial Personality Disorder?
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Prominent Oncologists says Expensive Cancer Thrapies Are About Profit Not Cures
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The ‘Internet of Things’ 2025: Your life controlled by the smart grid

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Are Publishers Finally Standing Up To Amazon bullies

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Bulgaria Stands Up To EU Over Full Ban On GM Crops

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U2 Celeb Bono partners with Monsanto, G8, to biowreck African farms with GMOs
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The plan is actually set to take effect next year, but EPA administrator Gina McCarthy says the administration has a “moral obligation to act.”

Electronic Neuroweapons Silently Torturing Americans

President Obama has told the nation and the world that America does not torture. President Obama is wrong — and security/military/intel officials in his administration know it. America tortures. Not just Gitmo and Bagram “war on terror” detainees, but its own citizens.

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Psychopaths in Charge – Maybe They’re Not Human

You have probably encountered websites that talk about a race of repitillian shapeshifting superbeings who have ruled the world for thosands of years and even now are manipulating us towards global government and the enslavement of the masses. Nuters, you probably thought. I agree, but there is definitely something not fully human about the psychopaths who are running our planet,
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More On Those Links Between Corrupt Government And Pfizer Monoplists

After David Cameron was criticised for promoting the takeover of British based pharmaceutical company Astra Zeneca and American Big Pharma herdon pill maker and corporate asset stripper Pfize and the leaking yesterday of documents which prove financial links between government officials overseeing the takeover attempt and the American corporation, the whole business has come under further scrutiny.
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The Best foods for protien are not those you have been told.
Another group of scientists proved to be crooks and liars interested more in promoiting the profits or corporations that provide their funding? Well that's the way it looks as evidence mounts that intensively farmed produce, particularly meat and dairy goods are not as rich in nutrients as when our ancestors ate meat and milk or cheese from naturally grazed cattle or eggs from free range hens.

Another Pompous, Arrogant Bigot Slags Off Homeopathy. What Do They Hope To Gain
The argument about homeopathy is raging again. An article in a leading newspapers says oponents of homeopathic medicine must never tire of explaining that it doesn't work. But when these science fanboys come up against an articulate defender of homeopathy, they rapidly descent to trying to shout down any opinion that differs from theirs

Long Term Use of Paracetmol Can Injure or Kill
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Privatization of Water as an Owned Commodity Rather Than a Universal Human Right
Corporate powers and the United Nations are planning on privatising water resources including rainfall, yes you did read that right, privatising the rain. The CEO of food processing bastards Nestlé spoke of the plan last year when he said companies like his had a right to make money from sellling OUR water, now those Stalinisdt shits at the United Nations and The World Bank are planning to steal the stuff life depends on.

Measles Witch Hunt - Propaganda War Against Parents Who Refuse Vaccine
A witch hunt against parents who decline to have their children vaccinated. Who would think such fascist tactics could be used by democratically elected governments in the twenty first century. Well elected (after a fashion) oiur governments may be, but they are not democratic. It is the bankers and corporate entities who hold the real power. And the pharmaceutical companies who make vaccines are among the most anti social of them.

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Back In 1971 Libertarians Were Predicting Debit Cards Would Become A Spy Tool For Authoritarian Governments. In 2013 The Wall Street Journal reported that the Naional Security Agency (NSA) was monitoring the card transactions of American citizens. Following that, two Senators, Wyden and Udall – who both sit on the Senate Intelligence Committee and thus have access to classified information about the government’s digital snooping intelligenece gathering programs wrote ...

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Another 'Scientific Consensus' Turns Out To Be Corporate / Government Scam
So there are no scientists in the world who question the corporate lieOpen Letter from World Scientists to All Governments Concerning Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). The World Scientists Statement dates from 1999. It was superceded by the Independent Science Panel Report in 2003, and by the most recent report Ban GMOs Now in 2013.

War For The middle East - Why Islamic State Is Winning

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Europe In Crisis About The Mediterranean Boat People
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Child Protection Chief Who Failed To Act Against Pakistani Rape Gangs Rehired on £1k a Day
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Gaddafi’s home town falls to Islamic State in anarchic Libya
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After Cigarettes and Alcohol, The Government Plans Sugar Tax
The election may have put a Conservative government in power and consigned the pokenoses and busybodies of Labour and the Lib Dems to the political wilderness, but the bansturbators of the public sector march on, their war against pleasure, laughter, tasty food and anything that might put people at risk of enjoying themselves continuing unabated it seems.

Elderly Sweedish Residents Evicted to Make Way for Asylum Seekers

The latest outrage from Sweden's Politically Correct Fascists is a report about elderly residents of the Millmark center in Sörmark, being served with eviction notices on last week because their group retirement home declared was due to be transformed into a government asylum shelter for 'refugees' (aka illegal immigrants).

Global Warming Is Not Causing Any Polar Ice Cap Meltdown Says NASA
Updated data from NASA satellite instruments reveal the Earth’s polar ice caps have not receded at all since the satellite instruments began measuring the ice caps in 1979. Since the end of 2012, moreover, total polar ice extent has largely remained above the post-1979 average. The updated data contradict one of the most frequently asserted global warming claims – that global warming is causing the polar ice caps to recede.

Brexit - The End Of The European Superstate Dream?
David Cameron, having won the election with a wafer thin majority is now under the cosh from eurosceptics in his own party as well as party managers panicked by the rise of UKIP. He has promised an early in-out referendum on Britain's future membership of the EU but can he win the concessions he needs to secure a yes vote from the punters

How Congressional Republicans Lie to Approve Obama Trade Deals
With opposition to Obama's 'anything-but-free' trade treaties Trans Pacific Partnership and Trans-Atlantic Trade And Investment Partnership strengthening both in the USA and Europe, it is interesting to observe how support for Obama's neo - con inititiative which would grant corporate lawyers the power to overturn national law, is not falling according to the usual political party lines. Billionaires and those on the payroll of global corporations are broadly in support, others are recognising the threat to democracy and personal liberty.

Political, academic and business elite push for introduction of Cashless Society
The ' cashless society' has been a pipedream of technology nerds, control freak politicians and academics who favour global fascism for some years. The technology now exists, the political consensus appears to exist (because the elites have underestimated the strength of feeling against globalism around the world, and the voices raised in support of this latest attack by the technology tyrants on individual liberty and privacy are geting louder.

IMF Attempts to Hide True Cost of Renewables
A new report ffrom the International Monetary Fund (IMF) claims Fossil fuel companies are benefiting from a global subsidy of £3.4 trillion a year. The figure dwarfs that of government handouts aimed at encouraging investors to put money into unprofitable renewable energy sources such as wind turbines. Total subsidies for renewables are stated to amount to £77 billion a year.

Racist Student Union Officer says 'I Can't be Racist'
We have often made points about the hypocroisy of the left, but a Student Union diversity officer from London beats all comers. Having tweeted 'kill all white men' she justifies herself by saying that as an ethnic minority woman she cannot be racist or bigoted.

Adolescent Girl Raped By 60 Men In Asian Grooming Gang
A trial jury atThe Old Bailey, London, heard yesterday the harrowing ddetails of how two schoolgirls were groomed and raped by an paedophile gang based in Aylesbury, Bucks, while aged just 12 and 13. Eleven gang members, accused of carrying out the crimes between 2006 and 2012 face 49 criminal charges between them including statutory rape, child prostitution and creating child pornography, The Daily Mirror reports.

John Kerry Calls For The Internet To Be Placed Under The Authority Of The United Nations
US Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking earlier this week in South Korea, said that the Internet “needs rules to be able to flourish and work properly.” This, according to Kerry, is necessary even for “a technology founded on freedom.” Kerry made his remarks in the context of talking about how international law is applicable to the Internet.

The New World Order?
It is hard to think of another phrase that gets authority worshippers quite so wound up as New World Order. The worlds always prompt a sneerfest among those who are quick to shout 'Conspiracy Theory' and slow to think. The phrase was not coined by a conspiracy theorist, nor was is some secret masonic code used on United States dollar bills to signify the intention to create a global empire (Novus Ordo Seclorum does not even mean 'New World Order' - more below).

The Free Trade Deception Almost No One Understands
More on those evil twins of global trade, the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) which are not about freeing business from bureaucracy but freeing corporations from the tiresome obligation to obey national laws covering trading standards, food quality, workers' rights, consumer protection and the environment. We've written about both treaties many times before.

Moroccan Youths Selling Arse, Hash On The Streets of Stockholm
At least 200 children from Morocco alone are currently roaming the streets of Stockholm, selling their bodies and committing various crimes such as drug peddling, theft, pickpocketing, shoplifting and robbery. It is known that over 11,000 illegal immigrants whose asylum applications were rejected have gone underground in Swedish cities.

Globalization and the Retrun To Serfdom
When the power elites promise something that will benefit people everywhere it can be taken what the world will get is the opposite. Thus when we were told globalisation would make everybody more prosperous, abolish poverty and narrow the gap between rich and poor, only a fool would have failed to regognize what was on offer comprised a return to medieval poverty and servitude for the masses while the rich became richer.

Polar Temperature Data ‘Proving’ Climate Change Nothing More than a Guess
Dr Benny Peiser who heads up the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), has said temperature readings from the Arctic and Antarctic used to estimate the effects of global warming are nothing more than guesswork. GWPF last month announced its intention to carry out a wide-ranging review of the data underpinning claims on global warming.

The Eurozone is a Disaster; Britain Must Leave the EU’ says City Economist
One of the leading City Of London economists has said that the European Single Currency System (eurozone) is a “complete disaster” and that “Britain needs to leave the EU”. Roger Bootle, founder of Capital Economics talking to Money Week about his new book, 'The Trouble With Europe', which he says he wrote to get his thinking straight on Europe, has said that a Brexit would be the best thing for the UK economy.

Has German Finance Minister Given The OK For A Greex EU Exit Referendum?
Comments by German Finance Chief Wolfgang Schaeuble seemed to indicate that the EU's paymaster is ready to let Greek PM Tsipras put continuing Euro single currency membership for Greece to a popular vote. Any such move could affect negotiations with creditors by allowing Syriza to claim it hasn’t betrayed its support base, but a vote also risks plunging the country into turmoil should the gambit backfire

US Senators Block Obama's Fast Track For Corporate Friendly Trade Deals
As the efforts of the European Union to 'fast track' the pernicious and corporate friendly Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) his widespread opposition across the European Union member nations, the far eastern equivalent TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) is being derailed by similar fears about jobs, workers' rights and national sovereignty in the USA.

The West Is Always To Blame For Africa's Troubles
It seems to us that according to the the political left of European and north American nation, we in the west are responsible for all of Africa's racial, economic and it was even the 'evil white man' who instigated tribal wars and genocides that took place before and parts of the continent was colonised. But excusing Africa's endemic problems is a parh to self destruction.

EU Refugee Quota Scheme Unravels

The European Union (EU) faces many battles, from the one to stop the sigle currency system falling apart as nations like Greece, Spain, Italy and Portugal find the costs ofr membership outweigh the benefits, to it's latest, the Mediterranean boat people crisis as more and more people try to cross from North African to Europe illegally, with the help of human tafficking racketeers.

Google: We told you they are evil
Google has managed to boost its revenues by billions of dollars this year by attacking thousands of smaller businesses who make money from affiliate programs. It does this by deliberately favoring large brands in its search results. "This war is largely secret because very few people understand this shift. Google manages to deflect attention through publicity about projects such as Google+, or its self-driven cars — none of which are ...

Lutfer Rahman, Eletoral Fradudster - Labout Can't Live With Him But They Can't Live Without Him

Honorouable and decent members (ahem!) of the Labour National Executive Committee leaped to the defence of Lutfer Rahman, elected mayor of Tower Hamlets who was recently convicted of electoral fraud and a host of other crimes related to electoral fraud. Their evidence of his innocence, "he's a mulim", he has dark skin", people who oppose him are racists.

US Senator Warns America Against Potentially Disastrous Obama Trade Deal

US Senator Jeff Sessionsis ringing alarm bells, warning colleagues and the public about the dangers to democracy, individual liberty, jobs and the health of the nationsl economy possed by the Obama Administration's flaggship policies, the free trade deals, Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), TTIP (Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and TISA tradedeals.

He's Not The Messiah, His Name Is Edymandias - Miliband's slab stunt goes down like a Lead Balloon Only two days campaigning left before polls open for the 2015 general election. Who will win? Opinion Poll show no conclusive trends. But inside information tells us the reason conservative Prime Minister David Cameron has a smile on his face as the campaigning draws to a close. Farage is radiant, clegg liooks chirpy, only Ed Milband is down in the dumps.

Mediterranean Immigrant Crisis - EU plays politics with lives
The story of the migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean from the coast of north Africa to Italy is a humanitarian crisis. But when the British government offered Royal Navy ships to help with rescue operations and in bringing to justice the ruthless criminals who take exhorbitant feees then put hundreds of lives at risk by herding their clients onto unseaworthy, overloaded boats, European Union officials started to attach political conditions to UK help

EU Accused of Using Migrant Boat Crisis to Further Integration
The unelected bureaucrats who run EU stand accused of cynically exploiting the Mediterranean boat people crisis to further it’s European integration program that will result in the national sovereignty of 28 ~(and growing) member states being abolished as they are amalgamated into a single federal superstate.

House battery to store energy will 'change entire infrastructure of the world' - or maybe not


House battery to store energy will 'change entire infrastructure of the world' - or maybe not
Another costly new product hailed as a breakthough in technology, this time a clutching-at-straws exercise from the failing electric car company Tesla, completely fails to live up to the hype under scrutiny. Hailed as a super battery, a mjor advance in battery technology that will change the world to store power for a household, it turns out to be nothing more than a streamined car battery. It will run the average home for about 2 hours.

EU and US talk of war with Russia
The European People’s Party (EPP) is the largest political group in the European Parliament, and they are unerringly supportive of America's efforts to start a war with Russia. “The time of talk and persuasion with Russia is over," MEP and Vice-President of the EPP told a meeting on Tuesday, 21 April, “Now it’s time for a tough policy, and concentration on defence and security ...”

How Mainstream Media And The Major Political Parties Are Making Sure Voters Do not Hear The Voices Of Politics' Most Powerful Critics
As the General Election campaign starts to heat up, we try to shift focus away from the squabbling between Conservative and Labour about who can make the most promises they have no intention of keeping and to the real issues concerning jobs, social breakdown , mass immigration, and loss of national sovereignty.

Tony Blair under pressure to come clean over Labour minister child sex abuse cover-up
Pressure mounted on Tony Blair tonight to answer questions over the Mirror’s revelations that a child sex abuse probe was axed after a minister in his government was named as a suspect. MPs joined forces with a victim of abuse to call on the former Prime Minister to reveal if he knew about the alleged cover up or of any allegations against the politician.

Multi-Cultural England: Are You Feeling The Progressive Diversity That's Enriching Your Life Visit some parts of most British cities with large immigrant populations and you will be hard pressed to recognize it, certainly my granparents would struggle to recognize the towns they knew. Appeasement of foreigners has destroyed the character of our communities but as usual the political left advise solving the problem by doing over again the things that caused it.

Europe is waking up to the threat of globalism and the Transatlantic Partnership
Massive protests in Europe, an issue that unites the bitterly hostile right and left wing politiucal factions in the USA, the Trans Altantic Trade And Investment Partnership (TTIP) must be something quite special. The Daily Stirrer believes it is a corporate power grab, a bid to transfer the lawmaking systems of sovereign nations to bureucrats and corporate lawyers. Learn more below ...

Labour Scourge Of Tax Avoiders Is A Tax Dodger? WTF is going on?
We have often made points about the hypocroisy of the left, particularly those lefties, but surely Margaret Hodge (nee Oppenheim - the diamond people) is the undisputed champ of left wing hypocrites. As a senior Labour MP Margaret was always eager to condemn tax avoidance. Unfortunately like most self righteous Labour millionaires she did not practice what she preached.

The Immigration Problem (part 1)
As Britain, its voters divided between pragmatism and politically correct thinking, heads for political chaos in an election likely to produce and inconclusive result, the big issue that none of the established parties want to talk about looks set to dominate the political debate through the next government's term in office.

The Baltimore Riots: The Verdict Of Baseball Team The Orioles Owner's Son
In the wake of violent protests that left eastern USA port city Baltimore in flames and were triggered by the funeral of Freddie Gray who died after sustaining a spinal injury while being taken into policy custody, American politicians and media commentators are struggling to explain to the public how the events of Monday evening could happen in twenty - first century America.

Labour's NHS Privatization By Stealth PFI Deals Are Killing Hospital Patients
It is really gobsmacking to see every day, Labour supporters blaiming the Conservatives and Lib Dems for the NHS cisis and accusing UKIP of wanting to privatize the NHS,, when in reality UKIP, the only party whose leaders have real world business experience, are the only party that can or even wish to save the NHS. Get wise to LabLibCon corporate piracy.

Massive Protests In Europe Against TTIP - Mainstream Media Blackout
If you read us here, at Boggart Blog or The Daily Stirrer, or is you are among the growing number of people who turn to alternative media to find out what's really going on in the world, you are most likely aware of the 'free' trade deals, TTIP, TISA, and TPP being negotiated in secret, behind closed doors.

How To Help The Poor - A look at how mainstream politics talks of fairness but penalises poverty
All three mainstream parties in the May 2015 General Election are focusing, as they did last time, on fairness, equality and helping 'the poor'. As their senior spokesmen piously pontificate there will be no trace of irony from either Conservative, Labour or Liberal Democrat while the spout such bollocks, even though they know their economic policies will penalise the poor.

SNP: Scottish Nazi Party?
Do you really want a bunch of creepy authoritarians like this pulling Ed Miliband's strings in a Labour - SNP power sharing deal?

I've been trying to warn you for years but would you tech heads and science heads listen?
A facebook friend, Mary Bladley McCaulay writes: Now I know for sure Google earth is following me. Went to the Dentist in Mufreesboro this AM. When I got back to my sons house and got online with my Kindle, first thing I saw was a Dental ad.

PayPal Asserts Copyright Ownership Over All Intellectual Property of its Users
The update comes in the aftermath of the announcement that eBay and PayPalwill split apartinto two separate companies. Under the heading “Intellectual Property,” PayPal announcesthat it is introducing a new paragraph to its agreement, effective July 1, 2015, that will allow the company to “use content that you post for publication using the Services”.

Poldark female star: Obsession with topless Aidan Turner is 'sexist and undermines the show'
The latest outburst has come in response to a few tabloid stories of actor Aidan Turner's 'topless' appearances in the BBC television series Poldark. The screeching sisters can't really complain about male chauvinism as it is women who are lusting for Ross Poldark. So the ladies (?) are upset because they can't go topless too.

BBC scandal – Breast beating, politically correct broadcaster has links to gangters, banksters and the arms trade As news leaks out from the inner sanctums of the BBC about cronyism and corruption in the corporations management structure, people are starting to wonder if the Clarkson fiasco was engineered to deflect attention from the way the BBC has been infiltrated by corporate business, and the linked issue of political bias in its news coverage of the election campaign.

After TTIP Signed, Corporate Sovereignty Will Trump National Laws
News on the anti democracy, anti - sovereignty, corporate friendly TTIP and its sibling TPP, TISA, TAFTA and other treaties that change the meaning of the phrase 'free trade' to mean corporate businesses are free to do as they like without having to consider tedious civil rights, environmental protection and consumer protection laws.

Who Granted The GMO Evangelists The Monopoly On Compassion?

According to the warped world view of pro-GMO individual Paul Evans, who appears to be associated with the ‘allow golden rice’ website and the ‘Galileo Movement’. I happened to respond by raising some of the issues set out below in the hope of having some kind of informed, reasonable debate. With hindsight, there was little chance of that happening.

California’s Mandatory Vaccinations Bill: Big Pharma Lobbyists Call the Shots, Community Opposition Ignored After the historic outpouring of families to halt the passing of SB-277 last Wednesday in California, information has now been made public to further put into question the bill’s credibility. After passing the Sacramento Health Committee vote, the bill was delayed as committee chair Senator Carol Liu wisely told the bill’s author Richard Pan “If I were you, I would not take a vote today.”

Could Corrupt EU-US 'Free Trade' Deal Be Extended To Israel?
There are many reasons to oppose the planned Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), not least because references to 'free' in the text of leaked drafts does not refer to freedom in any conventional sense but to giving global corporations the ability to operate outside the jurisdiction of sovereign governments and override national law.

The Mediterranean Boat People Crisis - How Does Europe Deal With The Mediterranean Migrant Crisis
The numbers of migrants trying to cross from the Libya on the coast of north Africa to one of the EU's southern nations is increasing. Europe's impoverished southern nations can't cope. And in the better off nations of northern Europe immigration is a toxic issue which is fuelling the rise of anti EU parties from France to Finnland in the north and Hungary in the east. What can be done?

It Starts At The Finnish
Conservative, Euro-sceptic party True Finns (PS) have come second in a national election in Finland. They may now be asked to join a ruling coalition with the liberal, anti EU Centrist Party which knocked pro-Europe, pro-federalisation conservative party off the top spot.

If Sturgeon Is Jerking Miliband's Strings, Who Will Be Prime Minister
Since the second division leaders' debate last week, The SNP's Nicola Sturgeon has been leading the news every day. With Labour facing wipeout by the nationalists in Scotland, the possibility of a Labour / SNP coalition along the lines of the Conservative / Lib Dem coalition that has governed since 2010 has become the obsession of the media.

Leaked EU - TTIP document: Destruction of Democracy planned
A new leaked European Commission proposal which if implemented would form part of the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) treaty currently being negotiated in secret between Brussels and Washington, EU member state legislative proposals will be subjected to vetting by corporate lawyers for potential impacts on private business interests first.

Self-Loathing Sweden Should Only Welcome Persecuted Immigrants, Instead They Invite The Persecutors Too.
We have covered immigration problems in Europe extensively, but the European country that demonstrates how wide the gap between ordinary people and the ruling eilte has become is Sweden where the politically correct governing coalition's immigration and social policies seem to indicate the elite are engaged in a genocide campaign against ethnic Swedes

The Greek "White Knight" Emerges: Putin To Give Athens €5 Billion For Advance Gas Pipeline Fees

With Greece teetering on the edge of insolvency and forced to raid pension and most other public funds, ahead of another month of heavy IMF repayments which has prompted even the ECB to speculate Greece should introduce a parallel "IOU" currency, a white knight has appeared out of nowhere for Greece,

The Public Interest to Protect Powerful Paedophiles
The Director of Public Prosecutions has decided that it would not be in the public interest to prosecute serial paedophile Greville Janner, for many years the leader of the Zionist lobby in the UK. I presume that his convenient senility is the reason for non-prosecution ...

Reasons Why This Pagan Will Not Vote Labour, Conservative Or Liberal Democrat.
As we prepare to vote in a General Election that we are told will change British Politucs forever, Ian looks at a choice of three main parties that basically offer the same set of globalist, multiculturalist policies and consideres which way a pagan should vote.

The Truth - Labour Privatized The NHS between 1997 and 2010, Now Their Toxic Policies Are Bankrupting It
In the run up to the 2015 UK General Election, and without doubt beyond, one of the great political controversies will focus on the future of the national Health Service (NHS). While most voters consider The Conservatives to be the party of private profit and thus consider Labour a better choice to look after the NHS, Labour has in fact done more, and more damagingly, to privateize health services

NHS executives 'earn £35 million in pay rises' despite funding crisis
While Labour, Lib Dem and Green politicians accused the Conservatives of starving the NHS of cash,and as many Hospital Trusts faced financial problems and having to cut back on standards of care given to patients, we are learning that NHS bosses awarded themselves over £35 million in pay rises during the worst financial year in the history of the service.

Germany Needs A Revolution, Anti-Islam Campaigner Tells PEGIDA Supporters in Dresden
Dresden, Germany heard controversial Dutch politician Geert Wilders address them last night, as the group rebuilds momentum ground after weathering vicious and untrue attacks from German mainstream media, and physical violence from the usual left wing rent-a-mob thugs who always turn out to deny the right of free speech to those who opposed their views.

Anti-Science – The Church Of Scienceology's Latest Pejorative Term For People Who Think And Question.
We are not the only web site to take exception to accusations of being anti - science and all the other pejorative terms used by the Church Of Scienceology disciples to deflect criticism from independent minded people who are smart anough to ask Cui Bono? Which corporate business benefits.

Corporate Capitalism Has Replaced Democracy In Western Nations.
Although this is about the UK General Election in 2015 it has much wider relevance, concerning what is happening in the democratic societies of the developed nation. For that reason this look at how corporate capitalism is usurping democracy and individual freedom will also be relevant long after that election in May 2025.

World War Three? Kiev Reinvades Donbass, Deliberate Provocation Trashed Minsk Agreement
When America wants to provoke Russia it uses proxies, a rabble in Libya, Islamic fundamentalists in Syria and Iraq and neo - Nazi thugs in Ukraine. So far Russia has resisted the urge to kick Obama in the balls, but sooner or later the Russia - China - Iran alliance will respond.

Who Runs America? US Federal Trade Commission Takes Orders From Google
Barak Obama runs America surely, you might well be thinking. We would argue that no US President since Eisenhower has truly run the USA. But the latest revelation of how cosy the Obama Administration has become with corporate business, to the extent that government departments are taking instruction from Google will shock even the most cynical Americans

Rhodes Statue Defaced As South Africa Slides Back Into Primitive Tribalism
A statue of colonial leader Cecil Rhodes at the University of Cape Town has been removed after students launched an uncompromising campaign to have the British explorer and businessman expunged from history. Protesters poured red paint on the bronze figure and danced on the plinth as the statue was lifted off on Friday.

Punish Climate Change Liars" Demands Climate Change Liar
Over the years my scepticism about global warming and attempts to initiate intellgent discussion of the dodgy science based on mathematical models that forms the basis of the Warmageddonist case, versus much less alarming projections based on data from real world observations haveearned me accusations of being a child murderer. Not only that, some of the lefties who support climate fascism have demanded the death penalty for people who disagree with them. And yet they think it unfair to punish certain child rapists and murderers. Hypocrites.

US Soldiers Forced To Sit Through P C 'White Privilege Presentation. Not Happy Bunnies
The U.S. Army is investigating an unauthorized diversity training presentation on “white privilege” shown to hundreds of Georgia soldiers, USA Today reported, citing an Army spokeswoman. The Equal Opportunity training presentation was shown to about 400 soldiers of the 67th Signal Battalion at Fort Gordon on Thursday, according to Captain Lindsay Roman.

Britain's Racist Future: Labour Set To Throw Selection On Merit Out The Window
With four weeks to go until a General Election that could change the face of Britain forever, the Labour Party, which hopes to be elected to govern this great and proud nation, has unveiled a set of policies that would make minorities into privileged castes and relegate the white Working and middle classes to the status of second class citizens. Could you vote for a party that hates your country, your party and YOU?

Now We Know Why Huge TPP Trade Deal Is Kept Secret From the Public
A key section of the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement has been leaked to the public. The New York Times has a major story on the contents of the leaked chapter, and it's as bad as many of us feared. Now we know why the corporations and the Obama administration want the TPP, a huge "trade" agreement being negotiated between the United States and 11 other countries, kept secret from the public until it's too late to stop it.

Judge Cuts 20 Year Old's Rape Sentence By 15 Years Because 'He Did Not Mean To Hurt 3-Year-Old Victim
It could only happen in the land of politically correct twattery of course, while here in the UK Labour Party supporters and the Islington Screechers corps wail and gnash their teeth over the fact that pedophiles are denied fulfillment and must be given the right to fuck four year olds, in California the judiciary are acting to rectify the situation ...

Teacher Forced To Resign For 'Sharing' Material Critical Of Obama And His Beloved Muslim Terrorists
The supporters of the wannabe King of the American Empire like to describe themselves as 'liberal', 'progressive', and left wing. If they were really any of those things they would not be as fanatically committed to the idea of suppressing free speech as they are.

US Presidents Of The Past warned Against Secret, Shadow Government. By now it should be obvious that peacemake, joybringer and putative aquatic pedestrian Barack Hussein Obama was never really in charge of the US Government. Whatever Obama said would happen, all the American government's policies ensured the opposit would happen. The embedded article thows some light on how the US government really works

Google Meets White House Officials Every Week Why?
... Given the close relationship the company has with the Obama administration, an administration which has shown itself to be severely "truth challenged," in its dealings with the public, this is of some concern.

Indiana pizza shop closes after anti-gay marriage comments; donations pour in


An Indiana pizza shop owner’s anti-gay marriage stance is paying off. Online supporters donated more than $33,000 in three hours to Memories Pizza after the pie maker’s controversial pledge not to cater same-sex weddings spawned a wave of criticism.

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