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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.
New World Order
Climate Change Corruption and the politicisation of science
The Great Green Power Scam
G20 deficit crisis
24 May 2011
Wither Euro? How Long Can The Single Currency Survive?
by John de Roe
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 Ė private as well as public debt Ė 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.
Euro Uber Alles - Will Frau Merkel's efforts to save The Euro drive voters away?
The Euro bailout fund - EU leaders agree to make a bigger basket for the basket case PIIGS nations.
Spain's deepening sovereign debt crisis.
It's the sovereignty, stupid. Putting the Euro before the interests of voters in sovereign states could hasten the disintegration of the single currency zone
National sovereignty versus one - nation federalism and bureaucratic dictatorship in the E.U.
more posts on Europe's debt Crisis
Bond villain targts Britain. The world's biggest bond trader gives some inight into the occult world of bond trading
The future is cancelled. Structural deficits will cause stagnation for decades in developed nations.
Interesting times. As deficits increase, economic growth stagnates and sovereign debt interest rises we truly do live in interestng times.
The whole kit and kaboodle on The Debt Crisis
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....
from The Daily Stirrer around this time last year:
Aircraft and the risk from volcanic dust
Volcanic dust: Scientist blames pagan goddess
A Job For Bicycle Repair Man
Climate Change Science Scam
Coal Pollution Hype
Government By Fear and Panic
We're All Going To Die WTF?
23 May 2011
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
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 cťlŤbre 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.
Posts on the Middle East
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: ďIt 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 Ė 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.Ē
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
A government adviser said encouraging parents to discuss lesson topics with children, and requiring pupils to read more widely outside school, could drive ďthe next stage of our development as a nationĒ. 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: ďThe 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. "
ďIf 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 childrenís attainment,Ē he said. ďIt could be just talking about a topic.Ē
Wewll bureaucratic bullshit like that is really going to help, isn't it?
Mr Oates conceded that ministers had ďno legal powerĒ to set levels of homework, but he continued: ďone can put things in the national curriculum which obviously require a programme of work which couldnít be entirely covered within normal school hoursĒ.
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 ďpositiveĒ. Margaret Morrissey of the pressure group, Parents Out Loud, said: ďThe national curriculum is already extremely clear. Every responsible parent already does the things that [Mr Oates] is suggesting and those that donít will never do them in a million years.Ē
Mr Oates cited Finland, Singapore and Hong Kong as high-performing systems where ďa lot moreĒ 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.
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
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 ďtyrantsĒ to be toppled. What this shows is just how out of touch bin Laden was withÖ (read all
18 May 2011
Unemployment Falls - Claiman 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 Ė a potential political hot potato for the coalition Ė 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 Ė 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
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.
Inflation Is A Tax
Another Increase In Inflation
Inflation Is A Threat To Recovery
More posts on Debt Crisis
Dominic Strauus Kahn taken to New York's Notorious Riker's Island Jail.
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. Thatís 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-Kahnís apparently ignominious treatmentÖ
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 ďno creditor shall loseĒ.Ö
Germany No Longer Needs Europe - The One Nation Dream Is Over
Thatís the motion being debated tonight at the Royal Geographical Society, in an encounter run by Intelligence Squared. Iím proposing it, along with the delightful Gisela Stuart and a man called Oliver Kamm. On the other side are Tim Garton Ash, Valťry Giscard díEstaing and Dr Michael StŁrmer. For those who arenít coming, hereís a rough senseÖ
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.
G20 Witch Hunt
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?
The Two Faces Of The Politics Of FailureWhat a mess the modern way of doing politics based on a politically correct consensus and social engineering has produced. The daily stirrer looks at how the bipolar left - right divide stops things getting better rather than helping get the developed world back on track.
Printing Money Failed - Now What?
Posts on The Debt Crisis
Debt Threat To Civilisation
Obama and the deficit
Another Economic Headache For Obama
14 May 2011
13 May 2011
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.
Bin Laden Revenge Attack Kills 80 The Guardian.
Taliban Suicide Bomb Attacks In Pakistan: - The Daily Telegraph
Afghanistan - War Without End
David Swanson: Obama promised no open-ended occupation Ė and to draw down forces from July. A 2.5% cut is hardly an encouraging start ...
The West Could Be Helping Al Qaeda In Libya
Will America Cope With The Fall Of It's Middle East Empire
American Surge Hits The Armco In Afghanistan
Syria Sends Tanks Into Daraa
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.
ILO warns global employment situation is 'alarming'; Eurozone in crisis:
The International Labour Organization (ILO) has reported that the global employment situation is "alarming" and unlikely to improve soon. The agency said that austerity measures, especially in advanced economies, were hurting job creation and the situation was likely to get worse amid slowing global growth and more people entering the workforce. They have a point of course but it is just not feasible to keep borrowing money to pay for ...
Free Schools Are Needed To Save British Education But Labour Are In Denial
We told you so, University Degrees Are The Daily Stirrer has been saying it for years, now a leading British businessman has come out and said it too. University Degrees are worthless.Self-made multimillionaire Simon Dolan left school at the age of 16 and went on to form a business empire which now turns over close to £100m a year, putting him 703rd on the Sunday Times Rich List. Mr. Dolan also criticised the designer degree business that is responsible for creating such oddball courses as waste management with dance. He described these and even the less insane courses like ...
Globalisation can work, but only with a unified international plan says Will Hutton. WRONG!We need global economic and social institutions working across national borders economist Will Hutton who now appears to have been re educated and started working for The New World Order argued recently. If only it were that simple. Unfortunately globalization is the enemy not the trigger of the kind of economic recovery we need.
Devaluation by Degree
Is higher education oversold?
Lack Of Jobs For Graduates
Greaduate Tax a Non Starter
Higher education disaster
University Is Not For remedial Education
The blight of higher education
more Education related posts
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."
Freaky Frankenstein Fish
Food Cisis Control Freakery
The Many Catastrophe's Of Science
more posts on Europeean bureaucratic insanity
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 Bankís 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.
Food Prices: Inflation and Rip Offs
Smoke and Mirrors Mask Real Inflation
More posts on Money and Finance
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 Labourís 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, Labourís 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.
Read all: Left In Meltdown
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
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.
Don't Call Me A Conspiracy Theorist
The Patriotism Conspiracy
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: ďThereís one person in particular that I know has three injunctions going on ... involving three different women. His wifeís just had a baby.Ē
Talking to broadcaster Victoria Derbyshireís who hosts a current affairs show on BBC Radio 5 Live, Ms. Woods said: ďObviously I canít go in to which profession he does. Why on earth a judge with that amount of authority would grant something as barbaric as that Ė when [ a man ] they have seen straight in front of them than on three occasions has been unfaithful and committed adultery?Ē
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: ďThe same with the actor. He tries to come across with this persona as if heís some fantastic family man. I donít think a fantastic family man sleeps with escorts.Ē
OPINION AND COMMEMT
Free Schools, The Stake Through The Heart Of The Collectivist Vampire. by Xavier Connolly
Last night saw the launch of Katharine Birbalsinghís 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 Ladenís 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 nearlyÖ
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.
Iceberg Alley Blues Or Why We Must Drill For Oil In The Arctic
Oil Shale Will Not Be Our Energy Salvation
The Madness Of The Carbon Accounting System
Wind Turbines less effficient than claimed
Climate Change Fear and Panic is so passe
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 Ė teachers have gone on strike over pay and conditions before but rarely over school discipline Ė 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
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 couldnít 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 canít keep their story straight.
We were told for the last three or four years, ĎHey, yíknow, dialysis. The guyís a shell of his former self. Heís not even operationally in control.í Weíve 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, ĎGuess what, folks. Osama bin Laden has been at the helm this whole time.í
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.
Liberal Democrat Reality
Liberate Your Civil Liberties
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5 May 2011
Bin Laden Death Pics: Pressure Grows On Obama
by Xavier Connolly
Bin Laden Death Pics: Pressure Grows On Obama
DAily Telegraph Live blogging: Latest ...
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.
Obama's Loss of Credibility
Obama The Real Danger To The West
Obama and the Lockerbie Bomber
more Middle East posts
more Politics and Economy posts
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.
Liberate Your Civil Liberties
Liberal Democrat Reality
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 Obamaís spokesman admitting ďhe was unarmedĒ. 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 ďhuman shieldĒ 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 terroristís 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 Obamaís press secretary, Jay Carney, admitted that the previous version of events ó which came mostly from the chief US counter-terrorism adviser, John Brennan ó had been put out ďwith great hasteĒ. 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.
Pakistan and US War Of \Words Over Bin Laden Death (The Guardian)
Beards of Terror
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 Fedís second phase of quantitative easing and the revolutions in the Middle East.
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 Reserveís second phase of quantitative easing and these revolutions. Iím less queasy. Of course, all revolutions have many causes, and I donít 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.
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.
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 ďbirtherĒ 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.
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.
ďExcluding 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,Ē John Hawksworth, chief economist at PricewaterhouseCoopers, said in a statement to the press. ďThe figures show that the UK is still teetering on the edge of a double dip recession.Ē
The ONS confirmed that the 0.5pc contraction in the final three months last year was entirely weather-related, following Decemberís 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 2011Ē.
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 UKís total economic output is back at the same level as in the third quarter of last year, at 99.6 Ė well below itís peak of 103.8 in the first quarter of 2008, meaning the economy is still 4.2pc smaller than its pre-recession level.
Things are no better elsewhere but we should not take comfort in that.
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Debt Crisis Posts
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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more posts on The Middle East
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%
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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 Ė the mathematical average of projections Ė 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 Ė the members who wants interest rates to stay low Ė "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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New Economic Headache For O' Bummer
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 Ė 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.
Electric Car Mini Adventure
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 !
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
The additional payment if agreed would lift Britainís 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 ďludicrousĒ 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 Britainís contributions , prompting charges that they would eventually ďroll overĒ in the cause of European Unity and tamely cough up more taxpayersí 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 ďcut or a freezeĒ 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
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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.
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 Cameronís 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.
ĒWe have opted for investing in areas that contribute to economic growth and development: the EU budget is an anti-crisis package,Ē 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 ďstepped up progressivelyĒ 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 Ė 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. Todayís figures, calculated from data produced by the Office for National Statistics, give greater impetus to a government consultation, announced in last monthís 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 ďastonishingĒ figures were too stark to ignore.
ďWhat is striking is that while we all know people are living longer, we havenít 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.Ē
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: ďLiving 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 Ė but they need to move on from this obsession with longevity and view the issue in a less black and white way.Ē
Michelle Mitchell, of Age UK, said: ďAverage 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.Ē
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 Ė 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 Labourís 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 Coalitionís plans to hit local communities with ďthe worst cuts in a generationĒ. Reduced budgets for council run services, including road maintenance and street cleaning, are expected to be a key consideration for voters at next monthís 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 councilís 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 ďtotally unacceptableĒ for Labour councils to make ďpolitical cutsĒ while sitting on vast cash reserves.
ďPeople will rightly be shocked that Labour councils have billions stashed away when they hear stories of cuts to local services,Ē 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 ďThanks to Labourís 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 authorityís £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 ďwon't be fooledĒ by the Conservativesí attempt to distract attention from the ďTory-led Government's decision to hit councils with cuts that go too far, too fastĒ.
ďTory 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.Ē
Millions Not Saving
The Debt Threat To Our Way Of Life
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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.
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Cameron and Labour's John Reid To Present Case Againt AV - The Guardian
Cameron Claims AV Would Damage Democracy - The Daily Telegraph
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 Ä80bn (£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.
Portugal bailout could be affected by election gains for anti-euro Finns
Gambling At The Eurovegas Casino
Death Of The Eurozone
Euro Uber Alles
The Euro Bailout Fund
It's The Sovereignty, Stupid
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.
IMF Warns Obama - Cut Deficit Or Else As Bond Traders Short American Bonds
The Debt Threat To Our Way Of Life
Obama Deficit Reduction
When The Cutting Begins
Chinese Credit Agency Downgrades U.S. Bonds
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15 April 2011
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.
Google algorithm scam
Google surveillance society
Internet threat to our way of life
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 ďvery unwiseĒ and suggested they could fuel extremism over immigration.
ďThe 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,Ē Mr Cable told the BBC before Mr Cameronís speech.
ďI 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.Ē
The Prime Minister later rebutted Mr Cableís 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,Ē 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.
Immigration, The Elephant In The Political room.
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: ďSince our last inquiry we have been inundated by letters from the public telling us that they rely on cheques.Ē
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.
Future Of Medieval Serfdom
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 Jobseekerís Allowance has reached a near 15-year high as experts expect levels to continue rising amid public sector cuts.
Is The Jobs Market Improving
Todayís 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 Ė 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%.
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.
Obama Gets The Message On Deficit Reduction
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.
More opinion and comment:
Drop In Inflation Is Only A Temporary Reprieve - Jeremy Warner, Daily Telegraph
Inflation; The Cruellest Tax
Inflation The Big Threat To Recovery
Factory Gate Inflation Hits Two Year High
Shock inflation numbers ahead of UK Budget
When Less Was More
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.
Now come the hard part for Ivory Coast nation builders
A Significant Piece Of Shit
Indian Mosque Controversy
Halal In Harrow
Hate Crime Law
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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 ďoff the hook.Ē If a bank got into trouble in future savers money would be ringfenced creating a system for ďsafe failureĒ. 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, Britainís 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 Commissionís recommendations are enacted.
In a statement to the market, Lloyds said it was ďcurrently assessing the full implications of the reportĒ and would provide an update later when it had had ďthe opportunity to review the report in detailĒ.
Inflation Is The Cruellest Tax
Inflation A Threat To Recovery
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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.
Puss In Bin
Pity The Poor Binmen
Finger Wagging Nanny Points Way To Big Brother and 1984
Politically Correct Culture
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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.
Read the full post Councils Still Creating Non Jobs in a new window
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 Coalitionís 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 Londonís City University Ė neither of which are ranked in the top 40 Ė 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 ďexceptional circumstancesĒ. Last night David Willetts, the universities minister, said he now estimated the average fee would be pitched between £7,500 and £8,000.
The universitiesí 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.
US Government Shutdown Averted
Obama Administration Paralyzed By Budget Deadlock
The Wisdom Of Urgent Deficit Reduction Reaches Obamaville
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.
Libyan Civil War Will Unleash A Wave Of Migrants On Europe
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Libya: NATO Air Strikes Hit Rebel Tanks
LIVE: Nato admiral says accidental strikes on rebel forces were because they had been unaware that they had equipped themselves with tanks.
And in the other war ...
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 Ė what manufacturers charge for their products Ė 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 factoriesí 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 monthís 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: ďWorse 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.Ē
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 ďsense of urgencyĒ 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 Josť Sůcrates 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 bailĖout 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 Sůcrates, 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 Ä80 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.
Josť 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 Sůcrates 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.
Will Portugese Disease Spread To Spain
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.
Gbagbo Under Seige
Libyan Rebels Should Get Training
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: ďOf course in times of economic problems we would expect mental health problems to worsen Ė 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.
Big Inflation Rise Precedes Budget
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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.
The 99ers - America's Hidden Jobless
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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.
Portugalís 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.
Itís difficult to see why Portugal would pay the market yield of 6pc for a ďone-year loan, when you can have for the same rate on a 7.5-year loan from the European Union and International Monetary Fund,Ē 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.
Portugese Bailout Edges Closer
Death Of The Eurozone
Euro Bond Crisis Deepens
Euro Uber Alles
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 ďinsulate themselves against lifeís misfortunesĒ, 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 ďmobility for the middle, not just the bottomĒ.
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 ministersí 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.
ďIt is inevitable there will be discontent when you are making targeted sackings,Ē 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.
Hopes Of Recovery Raised By New Job Figures
US Jobs Data Boosts Wall Street
No real jobs in the new economy
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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
At the same time, more than 90 per cent of answers were based on the same three books Ė 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 Ė 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 Ė 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 Ė the first influx since the revolt against Col Muammar Gaddafi erupted last month Ė 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.
The West Could Be Helping Al Qaeda In LibyaThe long reign of Colonel Gaddafi in Libyan staggers on. Fortunes of the rag tag army of rebels ebb and flow as the official army, loyal to Gadaffi, better trained and equipped than their opponents and able to choose their ground where they will stand and fight sure that their efforts will not be curtailed by western air strikes, easily push back every rush by those who would overthrow the Colonel. Many western leaders and opinion makers, foremost among them ...
Libya and Bahrain Crisis Threatens Weestern EconomiesOil prices rose sharply on when msarkets in the west opened on Monday morning. Air strikes on Colonel Gaddafi's military sites in Libya and news of increasing unrest from Bahrain and Saudi Arabia have increased fears of a supply disruption ...
John Major Supports Call For military Intervention In Libya As the uprising against the rule of Muammar (Mad Dog) Gadaffi looks increasingly likely to turn into full scale civil war and a humanitarian crisis former UK Prime Minister Sir John Major has joined current leader David Cameron and other European leaders in calling for military intervention ...
Will America Cope With The Fall Of It's Middle East EmpireAmerica has suffered a second traumatic blow to its global political hegemony as the regimes it has propped up for decades in the middle east crumble. Mubarak in Egypt and Gadaffi in Libya were unsavoury tyrants to be sure but they were pro America and willing to collaborate with the west. Now on the heels of the financial meltdown we face a global oil crisis.
The Downfall Of Lybian Tyrant Poses Another Threat To The WestAnd as Gaddafi's 40 year rule draws to an end in what increasingly appears to be a bloodbath we offer a roundup of the best comment from foreign correspondents in the national press about the world's reaction ad particularly that of the man in the White House who only two weeks ago was preening himself as he posed as a liberator of the ...
Food Price Crisis
Food Crisis Control Freakery
Trouble Brewing In Egypt
Crisis In Egypt As Murbarak Regime Crumbles
US Says Obamanomics and Quantitative Easing Is Not To Blame For Food Prices Rising
Middle East Peace Process Endangered By Egypt Crisis - The Daily Telegraph
Egypt Crisis Beginning Not Ending
Egypt's Military Rejects Swift Transfer Of Power - Leaders Resistant To Change
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
David Cameron under pressure to ensure Libyan defector co-operates with authorities investigating the Lockerbie bombing, the murder of Pc Yvonne Fletcher and potential war crimes.
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.
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.
Spock's Ear To Be Auctioned
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France‚Äôs President Hollande Says 'Non' To Obama‚Äôs Demand for Corporate Global Oligarchy
The embttled French President has become the first national leader to state categorically his country will not sign the Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership being pushed by the USA's Obama Administration. Hollande's government is already the most unporular France has ever had and the President know to give away French sovereignty to US Corporate businesses would be political suicide.
Arrogance, Intolerance, Snobbishness and Corrupt, Self Interested Practices. It's modern science.
The world sems to be waking up the the fact that while in the past scientists tended to be rather detached, slightly obsessive people not driven by material goals, the modern science academy has been very largely corrupted by political patronage and corporate money. The academic field of climate science it especially notable for this.
14 Somali Men Convicted of Raping and Pimping Underage Girls In Bristol
In the latest outrage involving the systematic abuse of underage girls by immigrant males, a court in Bristol has delivered verdicts on the sickening activities of a gang of Somali men in the city who groomed underage girls, repeatedly raped them and forced them into a life of sex slavery and prostitution. Thirteen Somali men men abused girls as young as 13 and tricked these vulnerable children into thinking they were the girlfriends of their abusers.
Climate Change: Study shows carbon dioxide dangers are OVERSTATED
That old demon Carbon Dioxide is in the news again today, not because the scaremongering science screechers have come up with a new lie to sell their 'tax-the-rich' globalist agenda but because yet another group of sensible scientists have found that carbon Dioxide levels in the atmosphere are overstated. Hardly a surprising result when you consider the global figure is derived from measurements taken on the slopes of Mauna Loa, an active volcano in Hawaii.
The Hard-Core Nazis Who Rule In Kiev Were Put There By EU and USA
"Their children will hole up in basements!" screeched Ukrainian "President" Poroshenko, the oligarch and "Chocolate King." "This is how we will win this war!" He was talking about the children of the people of East Ukraine, whose cities are being bombed from the air by the US-supported Ukrainian military. Thousands have been killed, mostly civilians: Ukraine‚Äôs war on its own people has displaced nearly a million people ...
Obesity now costs equivalent of one third of entire NHS budget
According to one of those sensationalist headlines that lefties would ridicule if it was in The Daily Mail but will treat as a commandment handed down on a tablet of stone if it appears in The Guardian or (as it actually has been) is published in a piece of official propaganda, obesity now costs the UK more than armed violence, war and terrorism.
Obama‚Äôs TTIP Trade Deal Would Be Disastrous for Europe, Says Independent Study
On November 14th, Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten (German Economic News - the German Financial Times or Wall Stret Journal) published two articles in print and on the Internet , covering the first independent study of probable short and long term impacts of the Obama administration's pet American hegemony project, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
Fracking Truth: Mainstream media reports only corporate lies and government propaganda.
The government, energy companies and their poodles in the science academy have been trying to sell us fracking as the cheapish, cleanish but ultimately more reliable than wind and mirrors way of meeting future energy needs. Nobody believed them of course, only a complete idiot would believe that nonsense. Unfortunately the idiots believed themselves.
Aid Organisations Using Ebola to Line Their Own Pockets
Just a couple of days ago The Dily Stirrer was slamming charities managers for using our money to line their own pockets. Now in a devastating attack on the charity sector, a Liberian official accuses charities of exploiiting ebola for gain.
Bassetlaw MP John Mann's campaign to expose Westminster child abuse
Bassetlaw MP John Mann is spearheading a campaign to investigate rumours of child abuse involving Westminster politicians. Mr Mann and two other Labour MPs, Rochdale‚Äôs Simon Danczuk and Rotherham‚Äôs Sarah Champion, say they will pressure home secretary Theresa May to act on evidence they have passed on to her. Mr Mann alleges that there has been systematic abuse of under-16s by MPs dating back decades which he believes has been covered up by successive governments.
Anyone threatening US petrodollar is public enemy No.1 - Gorbachev
As the world becomes more unstable and nations form themselves into geopolitical blocs, as the USA under its former rent boy President, Barack hussein Obama provokes a return to cold war conditions by trying to drag UKraine into NATO and the EU while simultaneously treading on China's toes in the far east, one former leader speaks out.
TTIP Trade Deal Will Be A Disaster For Democracy And British Economy
Analysts looking at the far reacing effects of the Trans Atlantic Trade And Investment Partnership (TTIP) have concluded that the controversial agreement negotiated between US and EU officials in conditions of such complete secrecy that even elected representatives of voters in EU member nations have not beel allowed to know what it provisions contains could become an absolute disaster for the British economy.
UN IPCC Climate Change Report Will Warn Of 'Severe, Pervasive' Effects Of Global Warming
After various leaks of draft version showed the latest IPCC Climate Change report had at last admitted that the real world behaviour of the global climate showed the mathematical modelling based scaremongering of the climate science lobby to be at odds with the real world evidence, the final published report seems to have been rewritten line by line by the Warmageddonist lobby and their political and corporate masters. Unfortunately the cat is out of the bag and nobody trusts the buggers any more.
EU Cuts Growth Forecasts as Big Economies Falter
The EU has cut its optimistic forecasts of economic growth for all member states in 2014 and 2015 to less than 1% of GDP per annum. No surprise there to those of us who understand all the positive economic data we are fed is fake, and even if the figures meant anything at all, growth of less than one per cent when inflation is running at four to five per cent according to the most cautious estimates. In real terms the EU economy is contracting. Here's why.
Virtual ID has arrived ‚Äď why you should resist taking it up
We told you some years ago when our publication appeared under a different name that the then Labour Government's plan for compulsory electronic ID cards was the step that would take us over the line from a seblance of liberal democracy into oligarchic fascism. Labour's plan was derailed by public opposition but now it has been rehashed and is presented with fluffy window dressing. A vote for Labour, Conservative Or Liberal Democrat is a vote for fascism. You have been warned.
Where Are Grandstanding FUKUS Axis Leaders As Libya Descends Into Oblivion
Remembering a time not so long ago when Libya was being held up by the French, UK and US governments as a striking example of benign and successful military 'humanitarian' intervention? The tyrant Gaddafi had been overthrown by a FUKUS Axis bombing campaign in support of a bloody revolution fought by Islamic Fundamentalists, Tribal Warlords and Common gangsters armed with American, British and French weapons paid for by western taxpayers.
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 ‚Äėextremists‚Äô under Tory plans, atheists and Christians warn>/a>
New Extremism Disruption Orders proposed in The Conservative Party manifesto for the 2015 General Election would class secularists or evangelical Christians alongside Islamic state or Boko Haram, campaigners claim.
Anyone who criticises Sharia law or gay marriage could be branded an ‚Äúextremist‚ÄĚ under sweeping new powers planned by the Conservatives to combat terrorism,
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
Shaun Wright, the police officer who tried to wriggle out of taking responsibility for his role in the Rotherham sex abuse scandal but was forced to resign three weeks after the release of the Jay Report into the sexual exploitation of 1,400 children in the town is now likely to be the subject of a criminal investigation we learned today.
UKIP Withstands Euro-Attack, Reforms EFDD Group Just Days After 'Blackmail
Just a few days after an underhanded and undemocratic move to sideline the European Parliament (EP) anti-federalist group, the eurosceptics have outflanked neo - Nazi EP boss Martin Schulz by signing a new member. Formerly independent MEP Robert Iwaszkiewicz said he had joined in protest against undemocratic EU leadership.
Barack Obama: Idiot, Sociopath, Traitor or Does He have Antisocial Personality Disorder?
from The Daily Sheeple
‚ÄėIf you‚Äôre looking for our president to truly be repentant, or even penitent, when accusations of mistakes or wrong doing are flying at him from all directions, it‚Äôs just not going to happen. That would mean that he has to take responsibility for ...
Prominent Oncologists says Expensive Cancer Thrapies Are About Profit Not Cures
Tullio Simoncini (1951) is a doctor based in Rome who specialises in oncology, diabetology and in metabolic disorders (cancer research and treatments to us laymen). Dr. Simoncini has a track record for opposing the type of intellectual conformity demanded by the academic community and enforced by the media, which, he says, is often based on suppositions without foundation or worse, on lies and falsities.
The ‚ÄėInternet of Things‚Äô 2025: Your life controlled by the smart grid
Among the tasks we set ourselves at The Daily Stirrer (which is put together by volunteer contributors and funded out of the site owner's pockey) is to keep enlightened people aware of what the super wealthy and corporate elites have planned for we the people. And from debt stavery to transhuamism, not muchj of it is good.
One of the major areas of concern, for many years now among us contributors, and for many more people in the wake of the US and UK governments' obsessive collection of personal data by security agencies such as the NSA and GCHQ and more recently because it has ...
Leading Academic Defends Role Of Universities As An Alternative To Going On The Dole
Britain's leading university official has dismissed the idea that going to university is all about getting a well-paid job. Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, president of Universities UK, defended the idea of education for its own sake and criticised those trying to promote higher education for placing too much emphasis on vocational skills to make money. He spoke out as it emerged that complaints by students had risen to record levels, with ...
Are Publishers Finally Standing Up To Amazon bullies
The death of independent bookshops has caused a lot of controversy over the past decade as first the entry of supermarkets and their limited ranges of heavily yped best sellers, and next the rise of online sales which focused attention on the authors that were promoted on television and print media steered book buyers away from the kind of purchases made on the strength of a catchy title and attention grabbing blurb. These sales were the the bread and butter of the independent booksellers and the way new ...
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Ed Miliband Sounds Like A 'Public Schoolboy' Says Traditional Labour Voter.
With two and a half months still to go until polling day, the election campaign is well and truly underway. Ed Miliband kicked off Labour's effort with what could turn out to be his bigotgate monent, as he stopped only a nanometer short of telling an aircraft electrician that ordinary people were not intelligent enough to understand politics and should stick to talking about the soaps.
Turning Libya into a lawless hellhole ‚Äėwas the right thing to do‚Äô, says Rothschild Zionist David Cameron
De-Dollarization Accelerates: Russia Launches SWIFT-Alternative Linking 91 Entities
Remember when President Obama's favourite arse licker was cheerleading for the bombing of Libya, back in 2011? Britain and France then led a coalition that intervened ostensibly to protect the people of the eastern city of Benghazi but in reality to overthrow the country‚Äôs leader, Muammar Gaddafi. Addressing the UN Cameron in September 2011 Cameron he bragged of the lifesaving and humanitarian aspects of his intervention ...
Among the information revealed in The Great Leaks of 2013 were the documents that exposed the extent to which NSA and GCHQ had been secretly 'monitoring' the SWIFT payments system and recording details of cash flowing between nations and organisations. It appears the revelation was the last straws for Russia, China, and other sovereign nations ...
Robot revolution improves efficiency ‚Äď but there's a price for human society
Since making a media debut in Fritz Lang‚Äôs cinema classic Metropolis, the idea that robots will replace humanity has obsessed the kind of scientists who make your average fruitcake look suitable fare for people with nut allergies. In the same way that computers with superhuman intelligence would surpass humans, it has been predicted with boring regularity that robots would replace their creators as more efficient and diligent exponents of human activity
Italy To put 5,000 soldiers On The Streets Amid Fears Of Islamic State Attack
Islamic militant websites have stepped up threats against Pope Francis and the Roman Catholic Church and threatened to overrun Italy in recent weeks. The threat of attack on mainland Europe is being taken seriously following the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris and the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians by terror group ISIS fighters based in Libya.
Anti UKIP media gives Kippers another boost
As far as UKIP is concerned, thE media seem to be following the old Joseph Goebells mantra of " If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it."The problem is that they have forgotten there is a second part of the mantra which is "The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie ...
‚ÄėGreek revolution spreads 'like wildfire‚Äô across Europe
The poularity of Anti - EU political movements has surged all around Europe in the wake of the Syriza victory in the recent Greek general election. It seems that prior to the European Parliament election las may most European voters had been resigned to their political elites dragging them closer to a ferderal European single state, with the progressive loss of civil liberties, cultural homogenization and losst of national sovereignty and identity that would entail.
As Migrants Pour Into Italy ISIS Say: Overrun Europe with Immigrants and "Turn it into Hell‚Äô
Western intervention in Libya resulted in the North African nation going from the most prosperous and modern nation in Africa to a lawless failed state in the space of three years. Now we learn that ISIS aka Islamic State, the terrorist army that plans to establish a caliphate, has gained a hold on the country. And it gets worse ...
Kiev Breaches Minsk Agreement Within Hours
We all knew the ceasefire agreed by Angela Merkel, Francoise Hollande, Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian Nazi leader Poroschenko would not hold. The people whose country stands to gain most from war, that is of course Barack Obama and John Kerry, President and secretary of State of the USA, the country that wants and needs perpetual war, were trying derail the fragile deal while the four leaders were still negotiating.
¬£600k Payoff For Council Boss Who Refused To Resign Over Child Grooming
Oxford County Council chief executive Joanna Simons, who refused to resign after the failure of her children‚Äôs services department to act on well supported allegations that grooming gangs throught the county were preying on young girls who had been taken into council care, is likely to get a ¬£600,000 pay-off. The disgraced official will get the package for leaving her post early, in a move the council insist is unrelated to the scandal. (Are they having a laugh?)
Millie Tant, Tatchell's Transphobia and Germain Greer's Big Hairy Smelly Vagina
The well of hypocrisy from which the left, champions of freedom, democracy, equality and free speech in their own estimation, draw their dishonest, self rightoeus views on the world is bottomless, it will never run dry. How else could it have continued to flow during this latest two-faced display of authoritarianism from the lovers of all minoities even when those minoritites hate each other. It is the multual hatred of minorities however that is fragmenting the left.
The Climate Bollocks Of Bill Nye The Stupidity Guy
Nothing feels quite as goodf these days as exposing the idiotic pomposity of another self styled 'scientist'. We have reported before on the sutpid, uninformed, politically correct bollocks disseminated by American TV scientist and Z list celebrity 'Bill Nye The Science Guy', but recently he has surpassed himself by putting the politically correct agenda above the facts.
Reasons To Believe Are Wearing Thin: The Benefit Of The Doubt Is Cracking
Those of us who pursue change, positive change rather than hope-and-change are often frustrated by the cosmetic tinkering that is passe. We sed off as changee. The necessity of changenyone who has been in business is all too clear. The elites have screwed up, bankers are thieves, politicians are rent-seekers, lawyers are shysters, academics are data fakers, corporate bosses are debauchers and corrupters and the whole sack of rogues are crooks and liars.
Technology Taking Over Your Life? Just Say No. Omnibus post
When our editor, Ian, wrote his first computer program over forty years ago, it was loaded from punched paper tape. Primitive stuff you may smirk but even then, for some years scientists had been babbling excitedly about machines with true intelligence surpassing and replacing humans. All these years later computers have become smaller, faster and capable of storing much more information. But basically they are no more intelligent.
Pink Van Woman In Trouble Again
The Labour Party deputy leader, Little Hattie Harperson, the paedophiles friend, cannot to anything right at the moment. Hattie has of course always been an electoral liability on a par with the racist posh boy Chukka Ummuna, a hot tip to replace Ed (Bacon Sandwich Man) Miliband until Chukka, in a rare moment of honesty said he believed all white people should be killed (or something like that)...
It‚Äôs not just smart TVs. Your home is full of gadgets that spy on you
Smart television sets connect to the internet and it is both way data exchange. This blatant invasion of privacy is sold by claiming that on your spoken command your set can download programmes and films from content providers such as Netflix or catchup services BBC iPlayer. What the makers and network operators are not saying is that if the internet can be used to bring information into your TV, it can also be used to take it out.
India's Ruling BJP Party Crushed In Regional Poll
India gets it own UKIP and they are already winning elections as The Common Man party shocks the establishment by tapping into the anger about institutuionalised corruption in the world's biggest democracy
Artificial Intelligence: Hawking's Fears Stir Debate
Professor Stephen Hawking warned the rise of artificial intelligence could see the human race become extinct. Prof. Hawking told a BBC science programme: 'The primitive forms of artificial intelligence we already have have proved very useful. But I think the development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race ...'
Social workers allowed convicted paedophile unrestricted access to five-year-old girl
This report concerns a case that so far as we know does not involve grooming and organised abuse by members of ethnic minority communities but is included in this page because it shows yet again that an overriding cluture of political correctness has rendered social services departments, particularly those responsible for the care and protection of vulnerable children, are not fit for purpose.
Child Sex Exploitation - Abuse Scadal Spreads To Chelmsford
Essex police have issued an apology over bungled child abuse investigations. In the last 12 months a "shocking" level of child sexual exploitation (CSE) has been reported to police and cases of abuse had been hidden for too long, a senior officer has acknowledged. His comments were echoed by Fleur Strong, director of Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (Pace), who said acts of child abuse were taking place "in every town".
DSK Trial: Former IMF Boss And Pimp Provides Fun
Former future French President and IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn faced some tough judicial questioning at his trial for aggravated pimping, The elitist sex addict was ordered to explicitly detail his history of "libertine‚ÄĚ sexual practices ...
Why are people sceptical about climate change?
Forget the leftie hate mobs for the moment, ignore their claims that 'the science is settled' and any talk of 'the scientific consensus, there is a lot more to the debate than simple minded science worshippers will admit. Which explains of course why they are so desperate to suppress open discussion of the issue.
Rotherham sex abuse victims 'ferried to gangs and abused by taxi drivers paid by council staff
Taxi drivers provided by Rotherham Council's child care service took advantage of their contact with young girls to drive them to the vice dens set up by the town's notorious gangs who often subjected their young victioms to gang rape and worse, a whistleblower has said following the publication of the Casey report ...
Dr. Offit, Vaccine Pusher in Chief is exposed as a liar.
Some time ago my editor-in-chief was the target of hate attacks by left wing sheeple for questioning the effectiveness of vaccines as anything but profit drivers for Big Pharma. Well Ian has thick skin so he was quite pleased to have provoked a few death threats. One of his targets howver was Dr. Offit who had famously said new born babies could have 10,000 vaccines at the same time without suffering harm. He has not fared so well, having become an object of ridicule.
Europe Fractures: France Pivots To Putin, Cyprus Offers Moscow Military Base and Germany-US Splinter On Ukraine
Yesterday‚Äôs news reports did the usual whitewash job in reporting the the Minsk Summit which aimed to thrash out a Ukraine ‚Äúpeace‚ÄĚ deal. Mainstream media gives the impression that the US / EU / NATO alliance are solid in their defence of Ukraine following the CIA engineered coup last year, in reality the various parties involved appear to be flying apart faster than the fragments of shell casing from missiles exploding at they strike targets on Donetsk.
America Is Being Destroyed
A guest post today from USA based writer and poet, Vic Damico. We have written many times of the harm being done to the cultural and social structure of Western Europe's developed nations by the determination of the elites to crush true cultural diversity and replace it with a politically correct monoculture in which differences in skin colour and sexual preference replace diversity of ideas, philosophies and lifestyles.
Thanks To The Dishonest Climate Scientists, the Public Doesn‚Äôt Know Water Vapor Is Most Important Greenhouse Gas.
Yet another exposure of the lies that have propped up the scientific dishonesty and corporate greed behind the global warming scare. Climate change is real, but the climate has changed constantly for millions of years and whatever the final outcome of what is going on now is not likely to be catastrophic. Very minor changes over the last hundred years have been amplified by data manipulation and the likely effects overstated.
A Monster From The Past Wreaks Havoc - Cthulhu? Yog Sothoth? Snow?
Putin Isolated? What about his new best mates France and Germany
It was a thing from the past they said, a monster from the paleo - darkness that by 2010 would be made extinct by the downside of progress and never return to afflict children growing up today. It would die because of climate change, they said, and the world would be as if it had never existed. And the Ice Dragon would be slain and disappear from ...
perhaps most significantly is France's continued apparent pivot towards Russia... Following Francois Hollande's calls for greater autonomy for Eastern Ukraine, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has come out in apparent support of Russia (and specifically against the US), "we are part of a common civilization with Russia,‚ÄĚ
The Death Of The Petrodollar Was Finally Noticed
Three months ago, Zero Hedge reported "How The Petrodollar Quietly Died, And Nobody Noticed". It has to be said that my articles for The Daily Stirrer have been telling you about the terminal illness of the Petrodollar for two years. Both I and the excellet Zero Hedge have explained in forensic detail why
Multi-Cultural England: Are You Feeling The Progressive Diversity.
As racial and sectarian tension increase on the streets of britain while politicians gear up for the election campaign, we take a look at the state of Britain today, Imigrant child abuse gangs, Clerics of alient faiths dictating moral strictures, and everywhere we look, foreigners being given provieged status. Is it any wonder the voters are angry?
Labour politicians wilfully ignored sex abuse, former MP reveals
Young girls who were being sexually abused by Asian men were ignored by officials because of Left-wing political correctness, Labour figures say. The culture of politically correct thinking which has spead like a cancer throughout the establishment led politicians, public officials, news reporters and media commentators to wilfully ignore the plight of young girls who were being sexually abused by Asian men, Labour figures have warned.
Elite abuse scandal: Former MI6 agent admits giving big names to sex dossier MP
Tony Holland, a former British secret service agent has admitted passing names of ‚Äėsexual deviants‚Äô to Geoffrey Dickens, the Conservative MP who compiled dossiers on the paedophile activities in Westminster, which were inexplicably lost after being passed to Leon Brittan, who was Home Secretary in the Thatcher's government.
Another Convenient Death - Hollywood Could Not Have Done Better
The Police officer who was being investigated as part of probe into Rotherham child sex scandal after allegations that he had behaved improperly towards one of the abuse victimes, has died after he was hit by a car as he crossed the street ...
Syriza Official Vows to Kill EU-US Trade Deal as 'Gift to All European People'
An official with Greece's newly elected Syriza party may have killed a proposed EU-U.S. trade deal that has faced opposition from civil society. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), now facing its eighth round of talks between negotiators this week in Brussels. The TTIP, which would be the biggest trade deal ever, has been criticized as a corporate-friendly deal that threatens food and environmental safety under the guise of "harmonization" of regulations.
Last Year's Flu VCaccine Does Not Work Against This Years Flu.
News reports today, following up the revelation that this year's massively hyped flu vaccine only works for three per cent of the people who received it, we learn today that the government Ministers reponsible may have known for almost a year ago there was a strain of influenza emerging which the flu vaccine did not protect against ...
Boko Haram attacks town inside Niger - Where Next
Boko Haram fighters from Nigeria attacked Niamey, a border town inside the neighboring country of Niger, marking the third attack on a foreign country attacked by the Nigeria based Boko Haram group in several days. The Islamic extremists are also reported to have launched attacks in Camerooon and Benin. The expansion of Boko Haram aggression came as ...
Paedophilia normal in human males? Is it really Professor?
Regular readers of this blog will not need to be reminded that we don‚Äôt have much time for academics. For the most part they tend to be useless individuals who couldn‚Äôt hold down jobs as shelf stackers or burger flippers were they forced to live in the real world. Due to the bizarre way our education system assess human intelligence however,
Labour's Multicultural, Utopian Paradise?
Boggart Bloggers had a good idea what the Rotherham sex abuse report, published yesterday, was going to contain for quite a while. Rotherham had long been one of the Labour flagship councils that the party's propaganda machine liked to portray as a multicultural utopian farmyard in which all the cultures were equal.
Another Conspiracy Theory Becomes Fact: Oil Collapse Is All About Obama's Proxy War With Russia.
While we are distracted with sex scandals at home and terrorists rampaging through the middle east and Africa, the US / EU / NATO confrontation with Russia / China / Iran is geting into a very dangerous state. While the Chinese led move to dump the US dollar as global reserve currency is causing economic chaos, the USA attempts to provoke armed conflict with Russia are getting more reckless and desperate.
Will Benghazi Flush Hillary's hopes down the karzi
Washington Times‚Äô publishes expose that could sink Hillary Clinton's Presidential hopes. Tapes Confirm Citizen Commission‚Äôs findings on Benghazi screw up that cost American lives. Hillary Clinton has once again delayed formally announcing her intention to run for the White House in 2016, after more embarrassing information about the part the former Secretary of State played in ...
Rotherham Scandal Spreads as Police and Local Councillors Accused of Child Abuse
As we predicted when this composite page was opened last August, after the publication of a damning report authored by Dr. Alexis Jay, on how police and municipal officials turned a blind eye to organised sex abuse in the town of Rotherham, South Yorkshire, the story of sexual perversion and corruption of local officials had a lot more secrets to yield. In the latest development ...
GM babies? How About The Frankenstein Lobby Try A Bit Of Honesty And Call It Eugenics
Thatcher stopped Peter Hayman being named as paedophile-link civil servant
As the British Parliament debated legalising the use of techniques to create three parent babies and the dishonest champions of scientific fascism claim is is a perfectly safe development to remove faulty genes from humanity and in no way similar to programs with the same aim carried out in Nazi Germany, we challenge them to be honest and admit what they propose is Eugenics, a morally repugnant quest to create a master race. And all three main political parties support it.
Margaret Thatcher was adamant officials should not publicly name Sir Peter Hayman, a senior diplomat connected to a paedophile scandal, even after she had been fully briefed on his activities, examination of formerly secret papers released to the National Archives shows.
Obama Lubes Up And Bends Over To Service The Worst Corporate Tax Dodgers
Obama was always the corporate candidate. It is any wonder then that under his presidency, in spite of promises to redistribute wealth from rich to poor, the wealth gap between rich and poor has grown immensely wider? Is it any wonder that under his presidency the anti democracy trade deals TTIP and TPP are being pushed on the world, even though they will benefit the worst corporate tax dodgers?
Google Driverless Car Project - there are still a few snags to be ironed out
We said when it was first announced nearly a year ago that the Google driverless car was a non starter. It was not just the fact that Mercedes are miles ahead, nor Google's lack off attachment to reality. It was not the obvious (to those who have worked in the industry) tchnical problems, but the fact that people don't like giving control to machines that will scupper it. Oh and the insurance problems.
High Class Prostitutes Are Used As Bribes In Business Deals.
Shock, horror! In the wake of elitist child abuse scandals and with the trial of International Bureaucrats Dominic eight-hookers-at-a-time Strauss Kahn under way in France (he's accused of pimping) mainstream media have just discovered what an immoral and self indulgent sack of rogues the elite really are.
Medical experts furious that doctors will be paid to dole out 'risky' statins
DOCTORS are set to get extra payments to hand out controversial statin drugs to patients who face a low risk of ever developing heart disease. It could mean four in 10 adults, including most of those in late middle age, are put on regular doses in a move that ‚Äúmedicalises‚ÄĚ healthy people, leaving them at risk of side-effects including diabetes and memory loss..
If You Believe Mainstream Media You Probably Think Russia Is On Its Knees - WRONG!
Barack Obama, David Cameron and other western leaders have been schlepping their anti Russia schtick around the gatherings of the global elite. The brave talk does not scare the Russian leaders at all, the neo Nazi regime shoehorned into power in Ukraine is losing its war against pro - Russian separatists.
Terrifying experiments are conducted on animals so that you can eat cheap, tasty meat, conducts experimetsn in breeding and performs surgery on farm animals.
The United States government and the Big Ag and Big Food Corporations are behind a program of cruel and inhumane experimentation on farm animals, according to a new report by the New York Times.The Times says that a little-known agricultural and veterinary research facility, the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center
OH NO MEASLES, WE‚ÄôRE ALL GONNA D‚ÄĒ Wait, How Many People Died Of Measles Before Vaccinations?.
The vaccine controversy erupts again as governments, politicized scientists and profit hungry corporations step up the bullying of parents about getting children vaccinated against minor illnesses or problems that will never afflict them (vaccinating boys against cervical cancer for example). Scaremongering involving health and particularly children's health is a very potent weapon in the battle to suppress dissent however ...
The Pain In Spain - Will This Be The Next country To Rebel Against EU Tyranny
With society breaking down because of austerity measures imposed by the EU, Greece recently elected a government that will cancel the debt and leave the EU if Greeks are not released from the onerous constraints of Euro single currency membership. Spain looks as if it will bring about the next Euro zxone crisis.
Swiss Decoupling Sets The Euro Adrift, Triggers Vast Losses For Banks, And Currency Traders
Nobody is shedding any tears over the news that the deciusion by the Swiss central bank to sever the link that kept The Euro single European currency from the Swiss Franc, it is just another example of really important news you will never read of hear of from mainstream media. It is however bad news for all of us.
The Death Of Democracy - Lobbying For TTIP
For some years now I and my libertarian friends in the blogosphere have been warning that democracy in the west is under threat, elected governments having been infiltrated by lobbyists working for a corporate elite. These lobbyists, who have no official status but plenty of money available for 'hospitality' (graft, payola, slush, bribery, incentivizing, call it what you will) ...
Secret ‚ÄėBADASS‚Äô Intelligence Program Used To Spy On Smartphones.
Unelected Bureaucrats Are Signing Away Our Civil Rights In Secret TTIP Negotiations
Oh what a laugh, what a grin, those kool dudes who strut around with their iPhones clamped to their ear to show us that they paid $500 for a phone they could hsve bought for $150 had they been willing to do without the little Apple logo, and those who bought smart phones because, well everybody who is anybody has one, have been well and truly had.
For some years now we have been warning that democracy in the west is under threat, elected governments having been infiltrated by lobbyists working for a corporate elite. These lobbyists, who have no official status but plenty of money available for 'hospitality' to help them enlist the support of corrupt officials ‚Äď but more and more often these days, prominent scientists, 'special advisers' and former politicians who are happy to sell their reputation.
Decapitation Strategy‚Äô Claims Another Victim as Left Targets Leaders of PEGIDA
A week after Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West founder Lutz Bachmann was forced to resign over old Facebook posts, his replacement Kathrin Oertel has also resigned along with four colleagues, citing harassment and threats. Last weeks's protest in Dreden was also cancelled on police advice after ...
The NHS doctors who get cash from healthcare firms for patient referrals
Open Letter to the New Finance Minister of Greece Yanis Varoufakis
An investigation revealed incentives, often worth tens of thousands of pounds, have been offered to doctors by private healthcare companies in exchange for referring patients to their hospitals. The British Medical Journal reported claims that the doctors‚Äô regulator, the General Medical Council (GMC), failed to act on a warning in 2012 that the practice of offering incentives was ‚Äúwidespread, particularly in London, and significant in value‚ÄĚ.
(This letter ran on the following notable blogs: David Stockman's ContraCorner, Dmitry Orlov's Blog, and The StealthFlation Blog: Dear Yanis, As an ardent admirer, with the utmost respect for what you have put forward and accomplished to date, I humbly offer my thoughts for your consideration.
When Politicians Don't Have A Clue How To Deal With A Problem They Pretend It Does Not Exist.
Mass Immigration, Islamification of European Societies, extremist terrorism, the creation of ghettos in western cities and widespread civil unrest. And yet the political, media and academic elities still resuse to acknowledge that their 'open door' immigration policies are causing major problems.
Regulatory Cooperation‚Äô and TTIP: Opening The Floodgates For Corporate Plunder
A new leak concerning the talks around the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) indicates that the floodgates could be opened even further for corporate influence. The leak has been analysed by the corporate watchdogs CEO and LobbyControl and shows that corporate influence on EU and US policies might dramatically increase via the chapter on so-called ‚Äėregulatory cooperation‚Äô.
The European Union May Be on the Verge of Regime Collapse
Europe won the Cold War and looked set to become the global superpower. So where did it all go wrong?
Not long after the Berlin Wall fell a quarter of a century ago, the Soviet Union collapsed, the United States squandered its peace dividend in an attempt to maintain global dominance, and Europe quietly became more prosperous, more integrated, and more of a player in international affairs. Between ...
The age of financial privacy is over
Yes you read that right. The fascist regime in the USA has usurped to itself the right to raid bank accoutns anywhere is the world. At the moment they are only stealing money by way of tax demands from people who were born on US soil even if those people have not lived in the USA since childhood and have never be employed by a US business.
Climategate, the sequel: How we are STILL being tricked with flawed data on global warming.
Daily Stirrer occasional contributor Graham Lear returns to one of our favourite themes, the climate change hoax, part of a program of scaremongering being engineered by enemies if freedom and democracy in the higher echelons of scoiety. This about it, who is pushing the myth of catatrophic climate change being caused by Carbon Dioxide from human activity?
Transhumanism - Elitist and Mad Scientist Collaboration To Turn Us Into Automatons.
Transhumanism: there are two definitions, the production of human animal hybrids with the aim of producing superhuman creatures and the merging of humans with machines as a shortcut to creating programmable decives with human instinct, logic and congnitive skills. Neither promises any benefit to humankind in the view of those of us who believe only the natural human being can fulfill individual potential.
From Keynesian Shangri-La To Outright War
Over the last few weeks drum beats could be heard signalling the coming of troops from abroad to lay waste to any foe ahead of them. However, unlike what we first conjure up as troops from an opposing force made up of men and weapons. This battlefield is being waged in the either of the currency markets.
Everything You Need To Know About The Greek Crisis.
Those people who think I have suddenly become a right wing extremist because I have been supporting UKIP's anti - EU, anti - Global Government stance and their resistance to the political mainstreams war on European cultures by be surprised to know that I was hoping for the Greek General Election to deliver a convincing victory for left-wing party Syriza.
Greece Votes On Whether Its People Have Any Future
The voters of Greece will choose today, whether their country, the cradle of democracy, has a future of not. They are voting in a general election which could result in Greece trying to renegotiate the terms of its bailout with international lenders and even quitting the EU if the expected victory for hard line left wing party Syriza.
The leader of Syriza, Alexis Tsipras, has pledged to write off much of Greece's huge debt and revoke austerity measures ...
Democracy: Does It have A Future Or Has Global Totalitarianism Won?
The General Election in Greece (January 2014) could have much wider effects than most elections in small nation, the vote could decide the future of the European Union and have a major breaing on whether democracy can survive the push towards government by a global, corporate oligarchy. It look like being an interesting few months if the anti - EU party wins as polls suggest they will.
People Are Waking Up To The Fact That The European Union Is On The Fast Track To Fascism.
Greece has a General Election and it looks as if the anti - EU, extreme left Syriza party will win comfortably. In previous elections that went against the Euronazis in Brussels, the democracy hating bureaucrats simply told the sovereign government of the member nation that the vote was not acceptable. If their try to overturn the Greek result in the same way it will trigger massive civil unrest.
German Anti-Islamisation Marches: What the Mainstream Media Doesn‚Äôt Want You to Know
For people who rely for news on mainstream media, what is increasingly known in Germany as the ‚Äėliar press‚Äô (Luegenpresse), the narrative that the racist, anti Islam protestors have turned nasty might stick. And when the reports throw in salacious details about the former leader of this movement and his colourful past, or the tragic death of an immigrant man who was killed shortly after a demonstration in Dresden last week, the pro immigrant propaganda starts to look like the voice of reason.
So Who's Making Up Innuendos About Leon Brittan
The rumor mill has gone to warp speed following the death of alleged dossier - shredder Leon Brittan. Bizarrely his friend Lord Deben seems to think the various allegations raging from Brittan's role in covering up the activities of a Westminster paedophile ring, to his actual involvement in sexual abuse of children only originated recently.
The Death Of Democracy - Are The Elites Running Scared From Public Opinion
When did democracy go out of fashion. I don't remember voting on whether we wanted to give up our civil liberties or be ruled by a dictatorship of unelected bureaucrats from Brussels, but that is where we are heading, along with the other free nations of Europe. And the USA, so-called land of the free is further along the road to fascism than Europe.
Google‚Äôs Eric Schmidt Greases Skids For Internet Brain Chip Google CEO Eric Schmidt greased the skids for an Internet brain chip during a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland earlier today when he predicted the end of the world wide web as an external concept. Asked how he saw the Internet developing in future years, Schmidt responded, ‚ÄúThere will be so many IP addresses‚Ä¶so many devices, sensors, things that you are wearing, things that you are interacting with that you won‚Äôt even sense it.‚ÄĚ
Why the war on CO2 has done far more harm than good
Warmageddonists send a lot of time screeching and scaremongering about the potpentially catastrophic outcomes of increased atmospheric CO2 levels, exaggerating their claims wildly in order to frighten people into supporting their war on the oil and coal industries. Policies formulated to tackle the imaginary threat of anthropogenic climate change have ...
Researchers Discover How to Use Living Plants to Generate Electricity.
Most of the hyped green energy solutions to generate electricity from wind or sunshine are so obviously flawed the only thing that makes them economically viable is that governments offer huge subsidies to generators. This in turn makes the sustainables so expensive that consumers cannot afford the intermittent energy they produce.
Top anti-GMO scientists band together in film exposing threats and secrecy.
The debate within the scientific community about the safety for humans and the environment of the widespread replacement of natural crops with genetically engineered plans is hotting up. On one side is the pro - GMO lobby, mainstream science, the political and business establishment and the big money campaigning of the biotech industry...
Je Suis Saussice (in defence of your right to eat pork sausages)
Just as we showed solidarity with the publishers of Charlie Hebdo magazine after twelve staff were murdered by religious extremists and defended the right of citizens in democratic nations to criticize religion by saying "Je Suis Charlie" so we are now making a stand in support of the freedom to eat sausages (which is an abomination to Allah apparently,) by saying "Je Suis Saussice".
Trade Treaties Fast Track Not A Done Deal, The People Will Stop It
The fast tracking of two trade treaties, TTIP and TPP that the corporate gofor, President Barack Hussein Obama, is pushing in the hope that the deals, will enable him to complete the task he was shoehorned into office for by transferring control of national laws from elected governments to corporate lawyers, looks to be stalling.
Prescription painkillers‚Äô overuse has become ‚Äėsilent epidemic‚Äô in USA, UK and Europe.
The United kingdon's Office Of National Statistics regularly publishes disturbing figure on the overuse of prescription drugs in the UK. Abuse of prescription painkillers by patients, overprescription by medical professionals and illnesses related to taking prolonged high doses of prescription painkillers are getting worse every year, to the extent that BBC Television has screened features and documentaries on the topic.
More Political Ineptitude Stirs Secterian Tensions
Amid the surfeit of scaremongering about Islamic extremist terrorism and attempts to secure immunity from attack by appeasement we have seen Oxford University Press ban all pig related words from its publications because pigs are an abomination to Allah and references to them will offend Muslims ...
More Global Warming Hot Air, As Climate Fundamentalists Continue Inflating a False Reality
We‚Äôre told this week that Washington‚Äôs National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration‚Äôs National Climatic Data Center (NOAA) had finally crunched its numbers for 2014, and Al Gore is a very happy man, as are the armies of amateur climate experts who take government scientific announcements as gospel.
Could 'DNA editing' lead to designer babies?
Designer babies, human / animal hybrids, these things have been in wet dream territory for scientists for a long time. But now due to techniques such as DNA editing, they are getting worryingly close to reality. And as has been demonstrated many times, scientists have zero uderstanding of where the ethical boundaries lie.
We said 2014 was the warmest year on record‚Ä¶ but we‚Äôre only 38% sure we were right - NASA
Prince Andrew allegations: Suday Mirror Asks: Is this the London house where 'sex slave' says she romped with him?
More Global Warming Hot Air, As Climate Fundamentalists Continue Inflating a False Reality
Nasa admits this means it is far from certain that 2014 set a record at all. Does that mean 97% of climate experts are 62% sure they are wrong? The thing with half-truths is that they generate a glorious fog, but it has no substance. Ask of the spin-cloud a couple of sensible questions and the narrative collapses.
Believe The Phoney Narrative Or Be Branded a Conspiracy Theorist.
Right now the west is in big trouble, the move led by Russia and China to dump the petrodollar as global currency has provoked the Americans to lead the wesern allies into an economic war that we cannot win. Why not? One word: debt. A shooting war is the only option but it's by no means certain the allies would win that.
Seventy Years Down The Line And We Have Come Back To Appeasement As A Means To Peace.
As a spate of increasingly bloody and violent attacks on civilized values and the democratif freedoms of the western nations (free speech for example) continues to cause revulsion among the general population, our spineless leader are calling on us to be tolerant. The cowardly hypocrites who lead us may be ready to surrender, but anger is mounting in the cities and towns.
Russia throws down the gauntlet: energy supply to Europe cut off; petrodollar abandoned as currency war escalates
Europe‚Äôs Intensifying Immigration Debate
There are some big moves taking place on the global stage that you need to know about, as this could all lead to World War III. Yesterday Russia cut off its natural gas supply to Europe, "plunging the continent into an energy crisis 'within hours' as a dispute with Ukraine escalated," the Daily Mail reported. "This morning, gas companies in Ukraine said that Russia had completely cut off their supply. Six countries reported a complete shut-off of Russian gas shipped via Ukraine today, in a sharp escalation of ...
In an absolutely gobsmacking psychological meltdown and an unparalleled display of bourgeois self hate, the former Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt demonstrated how wide the gap between the political and academic elite and reality has become in the materially advanced democracies. He also made himself an early fron runner for the title "cupid stunt of the century.
Spain's new migrant law upsets E U Thought Police
Spanish police have been accused of violating human rights conventions by beating African migrants who climb the fences between Morocco and Spanish African territories and deporting them on the spot (so-called "pushbacks"), ignoring asylum procedures.
‚ÄėUncaged Corporate Parrots‚Äô Of The Political Elite and The GMO False Narrative
Earth‚Äôs CO2 Levels Pass Global Warming ‚ÄėMilestone', Nothing Happens - Daily Caller.
The Environment Secretary in the UK Coalition Government, Elizabeth Truss has argued that genetically modified (GM) food should be grown in Britain because it is more ‚Äėeco-friendly‚Äô. She adds that steps should be taken to speed up this development. Her statements come as little surprise to many because Truss‚Äôs predecessor, Owen Paterson, was also a staunch supporter of GM technology.
After two decades of panic stricken scientists and screeching lefties wailing about the catatrophe that would ensue once the concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere passed 400 parts per million, that figure was reached in December 2014. No islands sank, no ice caps disappeared, no cities were incinerated. Which is pretty much what those of us who recognize the science of scaremongering when we see it predicted would happen.
Who‚Äôs a Charlie? France cracks down on free speech in order to defend it
In grim and supreme irony, French police have fanned out to suppress free speech in order to defend it.‚ÄúFrance ordered prosecutors around the country to crack down on hate speech, anti-Semitism and glorifying terrorism, announcing Wednesday that 54 people had been arrested for those offenses‚ÄĚ since last week, the Associated Press reports.
Labour's Cockfish Reveals How Mainfesto Will Piss You Off.
All three main parties in the UK General Election are campaigning from a Politically Correct Consensus (i.e. Control Freak) platform. But whenm it comes to politically correct control freakery, Labour will always outdo the others. The main early thut of their campaign is a promise to criminalise sugary snacks and breakfast cereals, fatty foods and some fizzy drinks. And they're serious, they have handed the job of selling this idiocy to The Cockfish of British politics.
Charlie Hebdo: No Wonder There Are Conspiracy Theories
With a little distance between us and the Charlie Hebdo killings, questions remain unanswered and are likely to remain so. These questions inspire conspiracy theories, which in turn trigger authority worshippers to dismiss anyone who asks legitimate questions as 'right wing nut jobs'...
Economist: World Leaders Will Exploit Charlie Hebdo to Eliminate Internet Privacy
Economist Martin Armstrong warns that the twin attacks in France will be used by world leaders to push for restrictions on Internet privacy and the total elimination of encrypted communications. Armstrong writes that, ‚ÄúThey are using this latest event precisely as they used 911 to strip us of all rights. David Cameron, PM of Britain, wants to block WhatsApp and Snapchat if he wins the next election, as part of his plans for new surveillance...
Oxford University Bans All Things Pig Related In Support Of Free Speech
When does being reasonable and open minded become cowardice? When academics who pride themselves on intellectual detachment cave in to threats from extremists and try to pass off their pitiful weakness by pretending they are showing sensitivity to the feelings of minorities. Don't send you little geniuses to Oxfor, they may and up with a PhD in spinlessness.
While the world has been looking the other way, Boko Haram has been conquering Nigeria
One story that has slipped away from us recently as we have tried to bring you a fair and balanced view of the Ched Evans With Hunt, the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack, ships full of migrants abandoned in The Adriatic and the collapse of the Petrodollar amongs other catastrophe's that have happened, are happening or are waiting to happen, has been the progress of the Boko Haram rebellion in Nigeria.
Insane Science Pushing The Earth Towards Ecocide.
At the Daily Stirrer we have suspected it for a log time, science is insane, a game for the ethically challenged and sociopathic to compete to be first to develop a new plague, or a death ray, or to trash the enviromnent in pursuit of political power or corporate profits for their paymasters. There's even a name for what they are doing now, Ecocide.
A Republic Always Decays Into Oligarchy. Here's Why
Almost a rehash of Schumpeter's warning, that capital alwaysd contains the seeds of its own destruction while socialism always leads to fascism. I guess the old Austrian economist was trying to tel us the only thing that works is chaos. I can live with that.
France sees dozens of anti-Muslim incidents.
No doubt our leaders and the media will condemn the backlash from ordinary French people to the Charlie Hebdo massacre. Random attacks on decent Muslims are wrong. but how long do the elites expect us to keep showing tolerance when they have done nothing about a long standing problem.
The Debt Ponzi Deconstructed
Most of us are familiar with the concept of GDP as a measure of economic health. If GDP increases, the myth goes, then the economy has grown. It is a measure of how effectively or efficiently we are utilizing our assets to generate wealth. The idea is that the more I invest the more notional returns I can generate. Unfortunately GDP is a false economic measure, it only measures the rate at which money churns around the economic system.
In The War On Terror, Freedom Is Not Winning
While we would like to write about more positive things, protecting democracy and free speech, guiding people towards healthy lifestyles, how we the punters can save the planet (especially from the idiocies of the Warmageddonist lobby) and so on, we find far too much of our time is spent trying to get the truth about important issues in front of readers. Mainstream media has abandoned news reporting in favour of simply repeating government and corporate propaganda. Terrorism is one issue on which you will only finds out facts from new media.
Why Iceland Recovery Is Being Ignored In Mainstream News
Iceland is a small country with less that half a million people so is not a good comparison with Britain. It's recovery from near bankruptcy in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis however is due to the rejection of politically correct, globalist politics so in that light it serves to illustrate that to suggest Britain (60 million people) cannot survive outside the EU is just globalist scaremongering.
Boggart Blog brings you Gogglebox special on the past two days television
Mainstream media may dive for cover or publish appeasing articles saying what very nive people Muslim fundamentalists are, following the massacre of French magazine Charlie Hebdo staff. Boggart Blog, fearless as ever, carries on taking the piss however.
The Robotification Of Human Society Is being Implemented
Are you ready to surrender your humanity to science, accept having computer chips implanted in your skull that will link your brain to the internet (via a Google server) and let your life be controlled by machines? That's what The Controllers are planning for you ...
Gogglebox on the Charlie Hebdo atrocity
Mainstream media has lost even more cribility because editors were afraid to publlish the Charlie Hebdo cartoons that are thought to have provoked the attack. boggart Blog, fearless as ever, has run them, along with our own cartoon on the topic.
Liberal Says We Shouldn‚Äôt Prosecute Sexual Predators‚Ä¶ if They are Black.
There are plenty of examples of the depths of stupidity to which 'liberals' or supporters of 'the progressive left' will stooop in order to curry favout from members of the darker skinned races, but few are as staggeringly idiot as this one.
The Strange Case Of The Footballer And The Witch Hunt.
In 2011 Sheffied United footballer Ched Evans was jailed for rape, a crime he has always insisted he did not commit. Now Evans is out, having served only helf his sentence. The left wing hate mob, the feminists and their testosterone hating gay fellow travellers are determined the player should be thrown to the dogs. but when you read the facts of the case not reported in mainstream media, the conviction starts to look very unsafe.
Merkel Agrees That Immigrants Abuse EU Welfare Systems
In a surprise statement German Chancellor Angela Merkel has agreed with Prime minister David Cameron that there is an urgent need to address the ‚Äúabuses‚ÄĚ of Britain‚Äôs benefits system by immigrants. It was the first time Chancellor Merkel publicly offered any support to the Prime Minister‚Äôs bid to reform the EU welfare system.
The Euro Is Closer To Collapse Than Anyone Cares To Admit.
A victory for the anti EU Syriza Party in the Greek elections later this month would lead to a Greek default on its massive sovereign debts. This in turn would mean Greece would have to quit the EU. And that would have massive repercussions for the major European economies and probably precipitate a global economic crisis (like the ongoing global depression isn't enough). It is going to be interesting to watch this one play out.
EU Challlenges Turkey On human Traffickers
The European Union has asked the Turkish government to explain how human traffickers could have taken two cargo ships filled with migrants out of the Turkish ports and sailed into European waters without the authorities notifying Greek and Italian marine authorities or even being aware. A spokeswoman for the European Commission, Natasha Bertaud said on Tuesday that ‚Äúgiven what has happened in recent days with the two ships, we wanted to clarify things with the Turkish authorities.
Russia Propositions Europe: Dump The US$ And I'll Show You My Eurasian Economic Union
The wheels of bureaucracy turn slowly but they grind exceedingly fine, goes an old business maxim. It seems the slow turning of the E U's bureaucratic wheels is bringing Brussels round to understanding that as a result of the western economic and financial sactions on Russian, it is the European Union member nations and the EU itself that is being hit hardest...
America's Food And Drug Administration U Turn On Daily Asprin
For years many of us, particularly males over 50 have been badgered by our doctors and by government propaganda to take a daily does of asprin to prevent cardio vascular disease. senior health bureaucrats have even lobbied for laws mandating daily asprin.
the Sex Offenders Granted Licences to Drive Taxis in Manchester
New ‚ÄėMonsanto Law‚Äô in Africa Would Force GMOs on Farmers
A notable feature of the child sex abuse scandals in several boroughs of Greater Manchester, in Rotherham and Sheffied. south Yorkshire and in Birmingham, Oxford and numerous other large town and cities around the UK which have significant immigrant communities is the number of cases which centre on the premises of Taxi firms. The public have a right to expect that people being granted licences to work as taxi drivers would be vetted ...
As we in the west draw up battle lines in the fight against the anything-but-free trade treaties being pushed by the Coroporate-owned Obama administration in the USA, it seems new wars are breaking out elswhere as national sovereignty and culture confronts the US led corporate power grab.
A notable feature of the child sex abuse scandals in several boroughs of Greater Manchester, in Rotherham and Sheffied. south Yorkshire and in Birmingham, Oxford and numerous other large town and cities around the UK which have significant immigrant communities is the number of cases which centre on the premises of Taxi firms. The public have a right to expect that people being granted licences to work as taxi drivers would be vetted,
2015 Will Be The Story Of China, Russia, Iran and The Petrodollar
If recent events are anything to go by, 2015 is set to be another year of 'interesting times' as China, Russia and Iran square up against the American bid for global hegemony and continue their efforts to see the US dollar dumped as the global reserve currency and the oil trading system known as The Petrodollar replaced by bilateral trades being settled in the currency of the vendor nation.
Greens Will Not Become UKIP of the Left By Talking Bollocks
A lot of people who are sick of politics as usual and aren't bright enough to see that UKIP are the only party with any chance of upsetting the politics as usual bandwagon in 2015 are hoping The Greens are poised to become the UKIP of the left. Well they're not if they carry on like this:
Labour Elite Thinks Northerners Are Thick - I Told You So
A strong feeling is starting to emerge that whatever the Labour leadeship does, the party is not going to win May's election. In spite of the unpopularity of the Conservative led coalition, the idea is taking hold that Labour is no longer the party of the working class, instead they represent professionals and academics and are thus an elitist movement.
German Chancellor Lashes Out at Anti-Islamification Marches as Support Grows
Floating Debris Is From Missing Air Asia Jet - Or Is It
As the tide of anti - Islamic feeling grows among the German working class has gained huge momentum since the day in October 2014 when in the city of Dresden two hundred 'like minded people' gathered to launch PEDIGA (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of Europe), a movement to defend the nationality and culture of European nations and regions.
As a wave of comment on internet news suites about the similarities between the disappearance of an AirAsia Airbus, flight QZ8501 on a routine trip from Jave to singapore and the equally inexplicable disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the same area en route from Kuala Lumpur nine months ago, it was quite predictable that while there remains no trace of MH370, this time floating debrius and bodies have been found at the alleged crasah site.
Missing Aircraft: Does This Ring Any Bells
Another airliner carrying a large number of civilian passengers has gone missing in the area between Indonesia and Malaysia. Here is what is known so far from the news feeds. As you read it, make a not of how far you get before the bells start ringing.
As Italy's poor struggle to come t o terms with a lack of job prospects and the challenges of a globalized world, some are blaming asylum-seekers.
We have reported on immigration related problems in Britain, France, Germany, Denmark, Germany and Sweden. Now it is Italy's turn. Obviously mass immigration is seen as a problem all around Europle. So why do the elite and their bourgeois sycophants insist it isn't?
Rape Horror In Swedish Muslim Ghetto
A story we found on a Danish television news channel relate to a particularly horrific sexual assault that took place on 19 June near. A group of Muslim men gang-raped the girl while one, who has not been identified, put a gun to her face and threatened to kill her if she did not stop screaming.
Influential Germans Appeal Against Another War In Europe
While the mainstream media has been obsessing about the collapse in oil prices and celebrating the problems of Vladimir Putin's regime in Russia, and fanciful economic pundits have been burbling about all time high stock markets a group of prominent Germans are less concerned about mainstream sensationalism than by something that poses a much bigger threat to the immeditate future of Europe: the threat of the Obama administration pushing us into a war with Russia.
Will 2014 Go Down As The Year Propaganda Replaced Information?
Those of us who pay attention will have noticed that 2014 has topped all others for the manout of spin and propaganda spread by mainstream news organisations and government departments but also news took on a new aspect. Evidence and facts were replaced by whatever fantasy served the US and EU leadership and their corporate paymasters. Scary.
Death Of Democracy: Why We Can‚Äôt Get The Government We Deserve And Vote For.
In every election campaign, in the UK, USA, Canada, Germany, France etc. politicians spout about delivering 'change'. And yet every government we elect, no matter what label they wear or what coulour the use on campaign materials, seems just the same as the last, making the same promises and mistakes. Ever wondered why?
Secret WTO Trade Deal Leaked - Threatens Internet Freedom, E - Commerce, Free Speech
This story is about another nasty little deal corporate business has been cooking up with Washington and The United Nations and with the full complicity of mainstream media. This one threatens you internet freedom, privacy and free speech, is totally biased towards corporate power and profit and like the TTIP and TPP it is supprted by leaders of the USA and EU.
Eight Subjects That Ought To Be Part Of The Manadtory Curriculum For Basic Education?
Should subjects like meditation and gardening be part of the school currriculum? Or as one high school in Massachusetts, USA, seems to believe, classes in analyzing conspiracy theories (if taught properly this could help students distinguish between a true conspiracy theory, a fantasy and what is legitimate questioning of official propaganda. The embedded article from Collective Evolution presents some interesting ideas.
China Stumps Up To Help Beleagured Russian Economy
As predicted in The Daily Stirrer Currency Wars page, China was never going to stand aside and let the American and Arabs governments trash the economy of its ally Russia. We knew this because several of our writers, chiefly economics expert Phil T Looker has contributed on the orchestrated attempt by Russia, China and Iran to see the US dollar replaced as the global reserve currency (the petrodollar).
Don‚Äôt believe American lies about Russia
What we are seeing in western media about the currency and oil price war being waged against Russia by the Obama administration in America is not only a very subjective version of events being presented by Washington spin doctors, it ignores the fact that though the USA and EU may have imposed sanctions on Russia, China, India, Iran, Turkey, all African and south American nations and most of south east Asia are still doing business with Moscow.
Another Montauk Monster? Mystery Creature Washes Up On California Beach.
No matter how much the science tits and worshippers of reason, logic and order may hate it, the world had a habit of regularly throwing up mysteries for which there is no simple, logical explanation, for instance, several carcasses of as strange creature that looks to be a dog / seal mongrel have washed up on American beaches in the last few years. WTF is it? That's a question for the people who look after The X Files.
Establishment Closed Ranks When Police Investigations Into Child Sex Abuse Allegations Closed In
Latest development in the cover up of allegations that politicians, lawyers, and celebrities were involved in systematic child sexual abuse groups, police officers have now claimed a series of covert police investigations into alleged VIP paedophiles were shut down as they went 'to the heart of the Establishment'.
UN says Ebola-hit nations at risk of hunger - Al Jazeera
United Nations officials have warned that up to one million people in West Africa are at risk of food shortgaes as nations affected by the Ebola outbreak find harvests reduced due to border closures, restrictions on and neglect of crops. The deadly virus has now killed 6,800 people and severely disrupted daily life in the worst-hit nations of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
Christmas Message: Economic Recovery, Bah, Humbug
While western government economists pump out propaganda about how economic recovery is steaming ahead (in the hope of persuading consumers to take on debt ad start spending in the befief that good times are just round the corner, and politicians wallow in schadenfreude because Russia looks to be suffering) our economics experts writes about what is realy happening and why oil pices have collapsed. It isn't pretty.
Google quits Spain in paid content row
Spain's government have defied Google's vow to shut down its Spanish online news service rather than pay for content, [ ... ] The internet search giant threatened to close Google News Spain in December, 2014, before an intellectual property law enters force in January obliging Internet news scrapers to pay for content automatically lifted from other websites. Spain's culture ministry, said it would go ahead with the new law, Google's response is "a matter for the company".
Another Blow To The US Dollar Reserve Currency Status As Russia Sings Up Turkey, India
The move led by Russian and China to dump the US dollar as global reserve currency continues to gain momentum. Most recent nations to sign bilateral agreements to settle cross border transactions in the currency of the vendor are India and Turkey.
Docors, Scientists Greased by Big Pharma? Told You So.
The Physician Payments Sunshine Act, which was passed by the US Senate with the help of an extensive investigation led by Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA), provisions that doctors who receive payoffs from drug or vaccine companies must disclose this when pushing new therapies or medical procedures from what would otherwise appear to be unbiased intentions. (It happens in Europe too, see links in article)
French Goss Mag Outs Gay Politician, Sparks Privacy Row
Gossip magazine Closer has sparked a privacy row in France after it outed a homosexual senior member of France's right - wing National Front party. Closer published photos of the man with his male partner. Politicians and journalists have reacted angrily to whhat they call a gross breach of privacy.
TTIP Tries To Dump US Frankenfoods On Europe; Left and Right Unite To Back States' Right To Ban Them.
A beginners Guide To Thinking For Yourself About Climate Change
As public awareness increases of the way the secret trade deals that even our elected representatives are not allowed to know the terms of, the Trans Atlantic Trade And Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Trans Pacofic Partnership will increase American global hegemony ...
Climate change has become a more fanatical and more dangerous religion that fundamentalist Christianity, Islam or Zionism. Its followers are prepared to destroy not just themselves but the entire human race and most life on earth before they will admit there is little substance in their dogmas, which are all based on 'evidence' from idols they call mathematical models, rather than on any real world evidence.
CO2 vs Temperature comparison over 400,000 years shows CO2 and warming are not linked
Scientists who are part of the 'Science Is Settled' mob are quite adamant that there is no room for discussion, that climate change is caused solely by marginally increased levels of the trace atmospheric gas Carbon Dioxide is proved beyond doubt. Unfortunately their 'proof' exists only in mathematical models, studies based on real world evidence constantly disagree
Even The BIS Is Shocked At How Broken Markets Have Become.
If the Bank of International Settlements (BIS) the bank where banks and governments do business is worried about the state of the markets, we are in bigger trouble than anyone is letting on.
Child sex abuse inquiry in crisis as victims walk away
Alleged victims of abuse involved in the historic abuse case currently being investigated by MPs and police have advised Home Secretary Theresa May, that they are ready to withdraw support from the Government's child sex inquiry. Twenty = three individuals, some of whom claim as children they suffered serious and prolonged abuse at the hands on senior Members of Parliament, Senior Civil servants and other high ranking figures in the public sector, sent Mrs May a letter claiming the inquiry is "not fit for purpose".
Obesity pill to ‚Äėreplace treadmill‚Äô being developed by Harvard University
A magic pill which burns away excess body fat has been one of the wet dreams of mad scientists for decades. Such a pill is now being developed at Harvard University. Researchers claim it could one ‚Äėreplace the treadmill.‚Äô (This is daft as we still need exercise to maintain a healthy heart, muscles and bones.
Everything The Science Whores Told You About Eating Fat Was A Lie.
We have been telling you so for years, but at last the world seems to be cathing up with The Daily Stirrer. Another independent study confirms that the scientists ('A sack of rogues bought and paid for with corporate gods' to paraphrase Burns) have been lying about the health risks of eating saturated fat. It's process vegetable fat, created in laboratories by scientists and other synthesized foods that damage human health.
What Would George Orwell Think Of The Screeching Left's Horror At Plans To Shrink The State.
In part one of his classic social commentary, The Road To Wigan Pier, George Orwell wrote of the grinding poverty and appalling living conditions endured by people in industrial areas. The second part, which is more revevant to the 21st Century is a rant against the superiority of the upper class 'Fabian' socialists who have hijacked the Labour movement and whose Paternal Liberalism is in almost all ways more repugnant that the uncaring attitude of the old elite.
What Will It Take to Get You to Swallow GMO and Nanotech Foods?
Are you one of these "new technology rejecters"? Apparently you will be given such a label soon if you don't want GMOs or nanoparticles in your food, just as those who ask can the 1.6% contributed by human activity of the carbon dioxide that makes up 0.025% of the atmosphere really be the sole cause of the changes in our climate which has been constantly changing for millions of years before men first stood erect.
Evolution: Theory, Fact or Fiasco?
Much as I have faith in Charles Darwin's Theory Of Evolution as a feasible explanation of how diverse species originate (The Origin Of The Species) it annoys me when science fans insist "Evolution is not a theory, its a fact." Especially annoying of course is when they cite evolution to explain the origin of life on earth or the development of human intelligence. Even more annoying is their assumption that anyone questioning them is a young Earth creationist. Here are a few thoughts on some of evolution theory's inconsistencies ...
Why Food Sovereignty Should Not Be Handed To GMO Biotech Corporations
Most of the GM produce that is finding its way into the human food chain has been modified to make it resistant to herbicides (weed killer) and pesticides (insect killer) that are deadly to humans - just look at the warnings on a packet of garden weed killer or domestic fly spray if you want proof of that. And remember in bulk food production we are talking about industrial quantities of industrial strength toxins. Scientists on the corporate payroll assure us ...
Are Humans Becoming Extinct
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some scientists, Guy McPherson included, down at the Climate Change conference who fear that climate disruption is so serious, with so many self-reinforcing feedback loops already in play, that humans are in the process of causing our own extinction.