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  • More Than Three Million Human Embryos Destroyed in UK IVF

    01/04/2013 7:11:16 AM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    Life News ^ | January 4, 2013 | Jill Stanek
    Official statistics show that almost half of embryos used to help women conceive through in vitro fertilization (IVF) were thrown away during or after the process….Since August 1991 more than 3.5 million human embryos have been created, producing only 235,480 “gestational sacs” or evidence of successful implantation. Of the embryos created, almost 840,000 were put into storage for future use and more than 2000 were stored for donation. Almost 5,900 were set aside for scientific research.Almost 1.4 million embryos were implanted in the hope of beginning pregnancies, with fewer than one in six resulting in a pregnancy.Nearly 1.7 million were...
  • How feminism is to blame for the breakdown of the family, by Left-winger Diane Abbott

    01/04/2013 2:28:06 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 18:23 EST, 3 January 2013 | Tim Shipman
    Feminism is partly to blame for the breakdown of the family, one of Labour’s most senior female politicians has said. Diane Abbott, the party’s public health spokesman, said that major issues facing society “stem from family breakdown”. And in a surprise admission from one of the Left’s most outspoken feminists, she conceded that women’s rights campaigners have neglected the family. Abbott, a divorced mother with one son, also highlighted the harmful impact on society of internet pornography and fast food. … In a nod to Labour orthodoxy, Abbott said: “When I talk about stable families, I do not only mean...
  • Britain: Home of the Progenitor of Parliaments?

    01/03/2013 8:12:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 3, 2013 | Robert Morrison
    The United Kingdom has long been proud to host the Mother of Parliaments. Now, if Prime Minister David Cameron has his way, Britain will be home to the Progenitor of Parliaments. Britain’s Conservatives – the Tories – are deeply divided by the precipitous actions of their young, hip Prime Minister. Mr. Cameron wants to ram through Parliament a measure to end marriage in Britain. He won’t, of course, claim to be ending marriage. But this will nonetheless be the effect of his rule. But Cameron is facing a revolt. A big one. Anne Widdicombe spoke for thousands of Britons when...
  • Argentina's leader tells UK to give up Falklands

    01/03/2013 4:26:01 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 3, 2013 5:53 AM EST
    Argentina’s president called on Britain on Thursday to relinquish control of the Falkland Islands, accusing London of taking part in an act of “blatant colonialism” in claiming the wind-swept archipelago. Cristina Fernández de Kirchner published an open letter in the Guardian newspaper urging Prime Minister David Cameron to honor U.N. resolutions which she says backs her case for the return of the islands, which Argentina calls the Malvinas. She has made several similar demands in the past. …
  • UKIP - Nigel Farage New Year Message 2013

    01/01/2013 3:19:10 PM PST · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    You Tube ^ | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TW64w9nLrqA | Nigel Farage
    UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage gives his New years message 2013 video 6:15
  • New Year, same binge Britain

    01/01/2013 2:08:38 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies
    thesun.co.uk ^ | January 1, 2013 | STAFF REPORTER
    BOOZE-fuelled Brits spilled on to streets around the country as they raucously saw in the New Year. Partygoers across the country were drunk, disorderly and dishevelled as they stumbled out of bars and clubs. There was carnage in Britain’s major cities – including London, Newcastle, Liverpool and Birmingham – as revellers came out in force, despite the grim weather in some areas. It was a busy night for the emergency services, with some reporting a huge spike in the number of calls they received. The Metropolitan Police said that officers had made 96 arrests across the capital by 3.45am relating...
  • UK “faces 50/50 risk of suffering triple-dip recession” say economists as they warn of eurozone risk

    01/01/2013 11:11:56 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:50 EST, 31 December 2012 | Hugo Duncan
    There is a 50/50 chance that Britain will slide into a devastating triple-dip recession this year, leading economists warn today. Output “probably” fell in the final three months of 2012 and could do so again in the first three months of 2013, said the Center for Economics and Business Research. Another two quarters of decline in a row would mean the third recession in five years and set the scene for another bleak year. The think-tank singled out the crisis in the eurozone as “a major challenge for the UK economy”, given it is Britain’s biggest trading partner. …
  • Britain should be offered “second class” membership of the EU

    01/01/2013 10:59:12 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9:11AM GMT 31 Dec 2012 | Tim Ross
    Britain should cease to be a full member of the European Union under a new deal that would focus on trade, according to senior Brussels politicians. An umbrella group of 20 organizations campaigning for a federal Europe suggested Britain should be offered “associate membership” of the EU to prevent the country leaving altogether.David Cameron is seen as the “continual impediment” to a closer integration of eurozone states, according to the Union of European Federalists. The plan would see the UK lose all its MEPs, its commissioner in Brussels and its right to veto decisions in the European Council, but remain...
  • Godfrey Bloom on Feminism, Globalism and the Coming Collapse of the European Union

    12/31/2012 9:06:39 AM PST · by arthurus · 7 replies
    Right SideNews ^ | 31 December 2012 | Godfrey Bloom
    The State now tells businesses how much leave they can have, the minimum wage, pension arrangements, working time and maternity leave, which is acomplete nightmare to work with. Paradoxically, most women do not want it, as they know it means they will lose the job to an older woman whose children have grown up. Daily Bell: You also said, "I am here to represent Yorkshire women who always have dinner on the table when you get home." Some say you have a problem with women. Do you think so? Godfrey Bloom: I made the point that homemakers are worthy of...
  • Angela Merkel: Eurozone crisis 'far from over'

    12/31/2012 12:56:58 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/31/2012
    The eurozone sovereign debt crisis is far from over even though reform measures designed to address the roots of the problem are beginning to bear fruit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said in her New Year's address. In face of slowing economic growth, Mrs Merkel also warned that conditions could be more difficult in 2013 than in 2012. "I know that many people are naturally concerned going into the new year," she said. "And the economic environment will not in fact be easier but rather more difficult next year. But we shouldn't let that get us down; rather it should...
  • EU Summit Reveals a Paralyzed Continent

    12/31/2012 1:30:48 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies
    Spiegelonline ^ | 12/27/2012 | SPIEGEL Staff
    <p>What happens behind closed doors at an EU summit, when European leaders are among themselves? SPIEGEL has reconstructed the negotiations at the most recent meeting in Brussels, in December. Based on documents and accounts given by numerous sources it was a summit of hopelessness.</p>
  • 'Oompa Loompas' sought by police over Norwich assault

    12/31/2012 7:54:13 AM PST · by socal_parrot · 27 replies
    BBC ^ | 12.31.12
    Two men dressed as Oompa Loompas from the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory are being sought by police in connection with an assault in Norwich. A 28-year-old man was attacked by three men and a woman as he left a kebab house on Prince of Wales Road in the city on Thursday.
  • UK Catholics urged to lobby against gay marriage

    12/31/2012 1:52:14 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 31, 2012 4:16 AM EST
    The leader of Roman Catholics in England and Wales has urged followers to write to their representatives in Parliament to oppose the government’s plans to allow gay marriage. … Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative-led government plans to introduce legislation in January to allow gay marriages. Recent opinion polls suggest a large majority of the public supports the change. …
  • Abu Qatada family say they want to leave 'racist' UK (Have "suffered so much")

    12/30/2012 3:36:44 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 24 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/30/20112 | The Telegraph
    An open letter written by Qatada Qatada, the radical cleric's eldest son and published on an Islamic human rights website, complains that racist pressure groups scream abuse at the family home. The family want to leave the "small and filthy" Ł450,000 taxpayer funded home in North London.
  • ‘Gun Control Fails,’ Say Statistics from … Gun-Control Advocates

    12/30/2012 3:20:33 PM PST · by george76 · 17 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 29, 2012
    No dataset proving civilian disarmament made anybody safer. In response to Ezra Klein’s report titled “Twelve facts about guns and mass shootings in the United States,” below are eight fictions about gun control. Do note: all data cited below are from sources supportive of gun control. Fiction 1: Armed Resistance Does Not Stop Mass Murders. Fiction 4: Gun Control Will Make You Safer... This is false — including in the Australia and UK examples. Before their bans, both countries had lower violent crime and murder rates than the United States. Ten years later, all U.S. violent crime categories have decreased,...
  • WARNING FROM A FORMER MUSLIM

    10/07/2012 11:06:31 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 26 replies
    Masada2000 ^ | 10/5/12
    Annoyed with the Golden Rule? Irritated by the Tolerance of Others? Opposed to Independent Women? Ticked Off When the Rest of the World Won’t Climb on Board with your Failure to Join the 21st Century? Don’t Get Mad... Go Mad! Go Islam! I was born and raised as Muslim. My whole family is still Muslim. I know every genetic code of Muslim. I know Islamic brain. I live and breath with them. I am an insider. I left Islam when I understood that Islam is a sick and evil religion. The following are the Islamic message to the West. To...
  • It's Official: Muslim Population of Britain Doubles

    12/30/2012 8:58:58 AM PST · by george76 · 63 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | December 21, 2012 | Douglas Murray
    England and Wales ... undergoing seismic change. Over the course of a decade up to four million more people have entered the country to live. In the capital, London, people identifying themselves as "white British" have for the first time become a minority. Perhaps most strikingly, the national Muslim population has doubled. ... For the last decade, every major politician has lied about this issue. While talking tough, about putting a cap on immigrant numbers, pushing people to assimilate and much else besides, they have done nearly nothing ... Now we can see the fruits of their labors. The census...
  • Bin Laden son’s wife joins British legion

    12/30/2012 8:46:08 AM PST · by george76 · 6 replies
    The Sun ^ | 27th December 2012 | NAFEESA SHAN
    THE daughter-in-law of former al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden is a keen member of the Royal British Legion... Zaina — previously known as Jane Felix Browne — married the terror mastermind’s son Omar in 2007 a month after she met him on a trip to Egypt’s pyramids. ... Zaina converted to Islam before she wed Omar, her sixth husband. ... A military source said: “The Legion can’t deny her membership purely on the basis of her surname — that would be discrimination. But many members will be appalled.”
  • London could make EU “unravel”

    12/30/2012 4:23:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 28.12.12 @ 09:12 | Honor Mahony
    An attempt by Britain to rewrite the EU rulebook to reflect domestic interests could make the European Union fall apart, its top official has warned. EU council president Herman Van Rompuy told the Guardian newspaper that London’s quest to repatriate powers from Brussels could spark other member states to do the same. “If every member state were able to cherry-pick those parts of existing policies that they most like, and opt out of those that they least like, the union in general, and the single market in particular, would soon unravel.” … Meanwhile, the future-of-Europe debate is taking place in...
  • Margaret Thatcher leaves hospital after growth removed

    12/30/2012 1:15:16 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 29 December 2012 | Last updated at 12:08 ET
    Former Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has left hospital after having a growth removed from her bladder, sources have told the BBC. She is said to be “doing well” after a minor operation to remove the growth. The 87-year-old, who has suffered from ill health in recent years, was admitted last week and is thought to have left hospital on Friday. The BBC’s Norman Smith says Baroness Thatcher is understood to be “convalescing privately”. …
  • Hanoi Jane Fonda Tried to Save the Lives of IRA Hunger Strikers

    12/29/2012 5:03:41 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | Saturday, 29 December 2012 | Adrian Rutherford
    Hollywood actress Jane Fonda lobbied the British Government to intervene and stop the 1981 hunger strike, newly released files reveal. The two-time Oscar winning star sent a telegram to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher urging her to grant the prisoners political status. Her message was sent in May 1981, at the height of a crisis which saw 10 republican prisoners starve themselves to death. The telegram, dispatched to Downing Street, is also signed by her then husband Tom Hayden, a US social and political activist. It states: “Please save the lives of the hunger strikers by granting them political status. “The...
  • Sam Colt and the Law of Self-Preservation

    12/29/2012 3:28:44 PM PST · by neverdem · 57 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 29, 2012 | Glenn Fairman
    "God made man but Sam Colt made them equal." Yet is said that the 2nd Amendment follows hard upon the 1st so as to serve as its bodyguard -- providing the added incentive of coercive force by a wary citizenry to guarantee that those initial cherished liberties, expounded by our Founders, did not go the way of the 10th Amendment. The 2nd Amendment, interpreted as the right to bear arms by a free people, has not escaped that yawning chasm that has opened up between the political Right and Left, and the rationale behind this stratification falls along the same...
  • The Continuing Exodus of Jobs – and Taxable Income – from California

    12/29/2012 9:40:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 29, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Like most people, I’m a sucker for a heartwarming story around the holidays. Sometimes, you get that nice feeling when good things happen to good people, like you find at the end of a classic movie like “It’s a Wonderful Life.” But since I’m a bit of a curmudgeon, I also feel all warm and fuzzy when bad things happen to bad people. That’s why I always smile when I read stories about taxpayers moving across borders, thus preventing greedy tax-hiking politicians from collecting more revenue. “Where’s our tax revenue?!?” I’m glad when that happens to French politicians. I’m glad...
  • Rise in Number seeking 'wombs for hire' abroad---poor foreign surrogate mothers [having] babies

    12/29/2012 9:04:33 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 11 replies
    Indian Express ^ | Fri Dec 8, 2012 | Jeremy Laurance
    Wealthy British couples who cannot have children are increasingly seeking "wombs for hire" from women overseas, according to figures obtained by The Independent. The number of couples formally registering children born to foreign surrogates has nearly trebled in five years, raising concerns that poor women in developing countries are being exploited by rich Westerners. "Parental orders" granted following surrogacy – to transfer the child from the surrogate mother to the commissioning parents – have risen from 47 in 2007 to 133 in 2011. While the figures are still relatively small, experts say they understate the true scale of the...
  • Thatcher urged to steal French-made Exocet missiles during Falklands war

    12/28/2012 10:47:05 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Friday 28 December 2012 | Richard Norton-Taylor and Owen Bowcott
    Thatcher urged to steal French-made Exocet missiles during Falklands war National Archives papers outline plan of attorney general to hijack missiles being transported through South America One of Britain's most senior law officers at the time of the Falklands conflict, the attorney general, Sir Michael Havers, urged the prime minister to steal deadly French Exocet missiles to stop them ending up in the hands of the enemy. The ingenious scheme is revealed in previously secret documents released to the National Archives on Friday which show how the UK government attempted to subvert South American solidarity with Argentina. The Chilean junta...
  • How Mrs Thatcher personally paid... the Ł1,800 cost of (son's) rescue operation...

    12/28/2012 3:57:56 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 28th December 2012 | David Wilkes and Claire Ellicott
    After her son Mark got lost in the desert competing in the Paris-Dakar rally, Margaret Thatcher shed a rare tear in public. When it came to paying for his rescue, however, the 'Iron Lady' was firmly back in the driving seat and at pains to ensure she personally, not taxpayers, footed the bill for her hapless off-spring's misadventure. ..... With that matter resolved, the Foreign Office calculated their costs for other accommodation, travel, telegrams and telephone calls to be Ł1,191. No charges were made to official funds 'other than those which would be so charged in case of assistance for...
  • How Mrs Thatcher personally paid son Mark's bar tab and the Ł1,800 cost of his rescue

    12/28/2012 3:21:54 PM PST · by UKrepublican · 12 replies
    After her son Mark got lost in the desert competing in the Paris-Dakar rally, Margaret Thatcher shed a rare tear in public. When it came to paying for his rescue, however, the 'Iron Lady' was firmly back in the driving seat and at pains to ensure she personally, not taxpayers, footed the bill for her hapless off-spring's misadventure.
  • Shocking moment motorist is ambushed and pistol-whipped by pair of masked robbers.

    12/28/2012 10:26:50 AM PST · by Mr Ramsbotham · 34 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1:29 EST, 28 December 2012 | Helen Collis
    This is the shocking moment two masked thugs brutally attacked a 62-year-old man with a gun moments after he arrived home. The footage shows how the man, who had just driven up to his house and parked his Range Rover, was punched to the floor before being repeatedly hit with the weapon.
  • Reagan's Last-Ditch Falklands Plea Revealed

    12/28/2012 10:11:00 AM PST · by the scotsman · 72 replies
    Sky News ^ | 28th December 2012 | Alistair Bunkall
    'Ronald Reagan issued a last-ditch appeal to Margaret Thatcher to abandon her campaign to retake the Falklands and to hand over the islands to international peacekeepers, according to official documents made public today. Files released by the National Archives at Kew, South West London, under the 30-year rule show that as British troops closed in on final victory, the US president made a late-night phone call to Mrs Thatcher urging her not to completely humiliate the Argentines. However, his request fell on deaf ears as a defiant Prime Minister insisted that she had not sent a British task force across...
  • When Gun Control Satire Becomes Reality

    12/28/2012 8:16:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 28, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Back in my less sophisticated days (shocking as it may seem, I wasn’t always the mature, statesmanlike figure I am today), I sometimes resorted to silly arguments when debating gun control, such as, “does this mean you want to ban knives since they also can be used to kill people?” Smarter opponents would scoff and accuse me of knocking down straw men, assuming a non-existent slippery slope, or engaging in reductio ad absurdum.I wasn’t even sure what the last one meant, but I secretly felt chagrined because I also thought the argument was nonsense. But it’s not like we had...
  • organist dies days after brutal attack as he walked to church to play at Christmas Eve Midnight Mass

    12/28/2012 6:49:05 AM PST · by Cronos · 33 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 28 Dec 2012 | Steve Robson
    A 'gentle, well-respected' organist has died after being subjected to a brutal attack that left him with horrific head injuries. Grandfather Alan Greaves, 68, was on his way to Midnight Mass at St Saviour's CoE church in High Green, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, on Christmas Eve when he was set upon. He was found by a pizza delivery worker collapsed on the pavement outside a primary school just 300 metres from the church. He was rushed to hospital with severe head injuries and underwent a four-hour emergency operation but has since passed away. 'He was a good man and this was...
  • 'Poverty barons' who make a fortune from taxpayer-funded aid budget

    12/27/2012 2:16:11 PM PST · by Lorianne · 7 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 15 September 2012 | Andrew Gilligan
    The Department for International Development (DFID) paid almost Ł500million last year to consultants, mostly British, many of whom earn six, even seven-figure incomes, courtesy of the taxpayer. DFID also funds dozens of foreign consultancy firms. It is paying Ł6million to the University of Cape Town to investigate mental health issues in southern Africa and millions of pounds to US-based organisations, including the Clinton Foundation, the International Food Policy Research Institute and Family Health Inter-national. It is paying a Washington-based group, Search for Common Ground, Ł3.9million to “support the electoral cycle in Sierra Leone”. Consultancy firms in India and Uganda are...
  • UK Considers Banning Kitchen Knives

    12/27/2012 11:16:08 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 74 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | December 27, 2012 | Philip Hodges
    We joke about it here in the U.S. that maybe the UK should ban kitchen knives since they can be used to kill someone. It looks like the UK may have taken those jokes a little too seriously because theyÂ’ve been considering banning long, pointed kitchen knives for the past several years. Researchers from West Middlesex University Hospital found that crime in their country was on the rise, and that kitchen knives were used in as many as half of all stabbings.At least theyÂ’re being consistent. They thought guns were dangerous, so they banned guns. Now, theyÂ’re acknowledging that knives...
  • British Doctors Call for Ban on Long Kitchen Knives to End Stabbings

    12/27/2012 9:09:36 AM PST · by Nachum · 79 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 12/27/12 | Daniel Greenfield
    The good news is that if we ever do get that assault rifle ban, followed by a handgun ban, followed by a ban of anything that can shoot bullets, the “Banners” will still have a banner year of banning all the other ways with which people kill other people. Violent crimes haven’t gone away with the UK’s gun control. They’ve actually gone up. Britons suffer 1,158,957 violent crimes per year, which works out at 2,034 per 100,000 residents. The U.S., meanwhile, has a rate of 466 crimes per 100,000 residents, which is lower than France’s, at 504 Instead of gun...
  • Man the Nazis could not kill: A giant with a volcanic temper, he shot 100 enemy soldiers and won..

    Sergeant-Major Stan Hollis, of Middlesbrough was the only soldier awarded a VC at D-Day and is believed to have gunned down 100 German soldiersDuring the early hours of June 6, 1944 - D-Day - lines of scared young soldiers waited in the dark for the order to board the landing craft that would take them into battle on the beaches of northern France. At the last minute they were issued with an unexpected piece of equipment — a condom each! ‘What are these for?’ boomed out the voice of Sergeant-Major Stan Hollis, a hulking power-house of a man from...
  • UK reclaims sixth largest economy slot {from Brazil}

    12/27/2012 1:49:09 AM PST · by Cronos · 2 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 26 Dec 2012 | Philip Aldrick
    However, the UK will not be able to avoid a relative decline over the next decade – falling to eighth behind India, Brazil, and Russia but avoiding the dramatic plunge expected for France and Italy – according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR). Brazil overtook the UK over the past year but has slipped to seventh in CEBR’s World Economic League Table rankings due to the weakness of its currency.Brazil is expected to overtake the UK again in 2014. The next decade will see Brazil, Russia, India, and China – cement their economic dominance as Europe suffers...
  • {UK}Coalition may use 'nuclear option’ to force through gay marriage law

    12/27/2012 1:41:35 AM PST · by Cronos · 1 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 26 Dec 2012 | John Bingham
    Maria Miller, the Culture Secretary, has signalled that the Government might be prepared to use the Parliament Act to get its planned “equal marriage” legislation on to the statute book if it is rejected in the Lords. The Act, which has been used only seven times in the past century, is sometimes described as the “nuclear” option of parliamentary process to break stalemates between the Commons and the Lords. It asserts the superiority of the House of Commons by allowing Bills that cannot clear the Lords to become law, but is intended to be used only in exceptional circumstances. The...
  • UK: Equal Marriage is "fundamentally flawed" says new in-depth study

    12/26/2012 4:07:21 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 16 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 12-12-12 | Chris Sugden
    The concept of 'equal marriage' is fundamentally flawed as it presupposes a questionable notion of 'equality' and ignores the essential and defining components of conventional marriage. Gay marriage falsely judges parenting roles as interchangeable. Same sex marriage wrongly assumes that the benefits of marriage are automatically transferable to same-sex couples who 'enter' the same institution. There is no evidence that same-sex couples will benefit from the 'commitment device' invoked by marriage. Gay marriage introduces a disturbing, unproven and socially risky new norm into society, that children do not need both a mother and father for optimal development, when all the...
  • Earliest Known Audio Recording of Christmas Found and Digitized

    12/26/2012 2:03:44 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    geekosystem ^ | December 23, 2012 | Glen Tickle
    Recently discovered wax cylinders have been shown to contain what could be the earliest audio recordings of Christmas in the world. The Museum of London discovered 24 wax cylinders dating back to 1902 that contain a British family’s home phonograph recordings taken at Christmas. The recordings are considered incredibly rare because wax cylinders are fragile. They are made of wax after all, and as such they don’t store very well. Finding them over one hundred years later in playable condition is a Christmas miracle of science.The recordings were made by the Wall family of New Southgate and Friern Barnet in...
  • GCHQ dismisses claims D-Day pigeon riddle has been cracked [UK]

    12/26/2012 10:44:36 AM PST · by Red Badger · 12 replies
    Telegraph [UK] ^ | 11:07AM GMT 26 Dec 2012 | By Steven Swinford
    The intelligence agency GCHQ has dismissed claims that a coded message from the Second World War found tied to the remains of a pigeon in a chimney has been cracked. A team of Canadian researchers claimed earlier this month that the code contained details of German tank movements which had been sent by a British soldier. However, Michael Smith, a trustee of Bletchley Park, said the claims were "nonsense". He said the Canadian academics had used a World War 1 code from the First World War as the basis of their research. He said: "The idea that a World War...
  • Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson dies aged 83

    12/26/2012 8:59:40 AM PST · by the scotsman · 33 replies
    BBC News ^ | 26th December 2012 | BBC News
    'Gerry Anderson, creator of the Thunderbirds and Joe 90 puppet superhero TV shows, has died at the age of 83, his son has announced. Anderson had been suffering from Alzheimer's Disease since early 2010, and his condition had worsened in the past six months, Jamie Anderson said. Gerry Anderson also created Stingray and Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons. Thunderbirds was filmed on Slough Trading Estate in Berkshire and was first broadcast in 1965. Jamie Anderson announced the news on his website, saying his father had died peacefully in his sleep at noon on Wednesday. His other creations included UFO, Space:...
  • BBC's 'Top Gear' Host to America: 'It took us 40 years to get rid of Piers Morgan, Pleasse don't

    12/25/2012 8:57:10 PM PST · by Nachum · 44 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/25/12 | Kerry Picket
    Jeremy Clarkson, a British television personality who hosts the popular BBC program Top Gear, weighed in on the controversy surrounding fellow Brit CNNÂ’s Piers Morgan. Clarkson tweeted on Monday: Jeremy Clarkson âś” @JeremyClarkson Americans. It took us 40 years to get rid of Piers Morgan. Pleasse don't send him back. 24 Dec 12 Reply Retweet Favorite The Top Gear host also tweeted: Jeremy Clarkson âś” @JeremyClarkson Americans. Was the second amendment not introduced to protect you from the tyranny of the British? Piers Morgan in other words. 24 Dec 12 Reply Retweet Favorite Following the deadly shooting at an elementary...
  • Poll: British Kids Ask Santa For Dads, Siblings

    12/25/2012 8:35:06 PM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 25 Dec 2012
    the children of Great Britain understand far better than their parents the reasons for the collapse of Western Civilization: lack of children, and lack of two-parent heterosexual homes. A poll of British parents showed that topping the list of children’s most-requested Christmas gifts was a sibling (Britain’s birth rate is below replacement levels, with most non-immigrant British children not having a sibling). Slightly lower down on the list was a “dad” – Britain’s single motherhood rate is 21 percent. “Less than half” of single parents have a job, and most live off of state assistance. Seventy percent of the criminals...
  • Simple eye scan can reveal extent of Multiple Sclerosi

    12/25/2012 6:34:51 PM PST · by shove_it · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | 24 Dec 2012
    A simple eye test may offer a fast and easy way to monitor patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), medical experts say in the journal Neurology. Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a scan that measures the thickness of the lining at the back of the eye - the retina. It takes a few minutes per eye and can be performed in a doctor's surgery. In a trial involving 164 people with MS, those with thinning of their retina had earlier and more active MS. The team of researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine say larger trials with a...
  • America's 'gun culture' and Piers Morgan's selective outrage

    12/25/2012 8:11:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/25/2012 | David Paulin
    It's a strange omission: liberal pundits like CNN's Piers Morgan are fulminating over America's "gun culture" following Newtown's school massacre -- yet they seem blissfully ignorant about what happened after Britain's draconian handgun ban following a school massacre in Scotland, in 1996, eerily similar to Newtown's. After the ban, more than 160,000 law-abiding citizens gave up their handguns. The idea was to stop gun violence. But ironically, the ban had the opposite effect: crime-related gun violence jumped a whopping 40 percent in the two years after the ban. And since then, gun crime has continued to soar at an alarming...
  • Bad care is inevitable in the NHS

    12/24/2012 5:06:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 12/24/12 | Harry Mount
    That´s not to say it´s excusable, just that the appalling neglect of 38 patients at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch is the logical result of the NHS´s untenable management structure. Imagine if everything at Tesco´s was free but rationed, and subject to delivery delays of several months. Then throw in the fact that there are no other free alternatives. You would have a nightmare on your hands--huge queues, attracted by the free goods, then further stretched by the long delays. Imagine how the staff would then behave--harrassed by the limitless demand of customers, but also in a tyrannical position of
  • David Cameron quotes Gospel of St John in annual message.

    12/24/2012 4:52:46 AM PST · by Eurotwit · 1 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | PUBLISHED: 00:07 GMT, 24 December 2012 | UPDATED: 00:07 GMT, 24 December 2012 Read more: http://www | TIM SHIPMAN
    ‘Christmas gives us the opportunity to remember the Christmas story – the story about the birth of Jesus Christ and the hope that he brings to the countless millions who follow him,’ he said. ‘The Gospel of John tells us that in this man was life, and that his life was the light of all mankind, and that he came with grace, truth and love. Indeed, God’s word reminds us that Jesus was the Prince of Peace.’ He concluded: ‘So however you celebrate this time of year, it is my hope and prayer that you have a happy and peaceful...
  • Germany warns Britain against “blackmailing” EU

    12/23/2012 6:05:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | Sun, Dec 23, 2012 11:45 AM AEDT | (AFP)
    German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble warned Britain in a Sunday newspaper interview against “blackmailing” its EU partners in a bid to bring powers back home from Brussels. “We want to keep Britain in the EU and not force it out,” Schäuble told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. “But I will also say that does not mean anyone can blackmail us.” Asked whether a debate raging in Britain about a possible referendum on the country’s future in the 27-member bloc was “dangerous”, Schäuble said the European Union needed to be sending a clear message to the rest of the world. …
  • Prince Harry fires 100lb Hellfire missile in Afghanistan airstrike attack on the Taliban

    12/23/2012 2:45:34 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 26 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 23 December 2012
    Apache co-pilot Prince Harry launched a missile attack on the Taliban in a devastating airstrike in Afghanistan. The 27-year-old was called in to provide air support to troops and discharged a 100lb Hellfire missile. The attack happened in late October, shortly after the prince returned to Afghanistan for his second tour of duty as gunship co-pilot. Captain Harry Wales – as he is known in the Army – is a co-pilot gunner in the Apache unit which has the highest ‘kill rate’ in the war. As the co-pilot gunner, Harry commands missions, fire the weapons, navigates and sometimes take over...
  • Just another night in binge-drink Britain: Police cells fill with 'black eye Friday' fighters

    12/23/2012 9:33:49 AM PST · by granada · 6 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 23 December 2012 | DAILY MAIL REPORTER
    It is meant to be the season to be jolly - but Britain's towns and cities descended into chaos last night as binge-drinkers ditched festive spirit for mindless violence. On the day colloquially known as 'black eye Friday', police officers packed town centres on one of their busiest nights of the year. The last Friday before Christmas is traditionally a rowdy night due to the huge number of office parties taking place, the end of the academic term and workers being given Christmas bonuses.