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  • Belfast's Flag Riots Are Setting It On Fire Again

    01/15/2013 6:04:25 AM PST · by Abiotic · 4 replies
    Vice Magazine ^ | 15/1/2013 | Matthew Francey
    Being born and raised in Belfast, I’m used to hearing about terrorists, bombs and shootings on the local news, but I can honestly say that despite all that, I considered my hometown a pretty safe place to grow up. I moved to London a year ago, and while Northern Ireland is by no means front-page news here, I couldn’t help but notice that for the past month rioting in Belfast has been featured in almost every news bulletin. The rioting began when Belfast City Council voted to end the continuous flying of the Union Flag from City Hall and hasn’t...
  • 'Insulting words' crime ditched

    01/14/2013 5:19:05 PM PST · by the scotsman · 3 replies
    BBC News ^ | 14th January 2013 | BBC News
    'The crime of "insulting" someone through words or behaviour, which once led to the arrest of a student for asking a police officer whether his horse was gay, is to be dropped. Home Secretary Theresa May confirmed to MPs that the government would not seek to overturn a Lords amendment scrapping the ban. The director of public prosecutions has said it will not hinder his work. But Labour warned that it could remove protections for minority groups. Section 5 of the 1986 Public Order Act currently means that "threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour" might be deemed a criminal...
  • Mother Rejects Abortion After Seeing Baby’s Smile in Ultrasound

    01/14/2013 2:19:23 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | January 14, 2013 | Steven Ertelt
    For decades, ultrasound has had the power to convey the beauty and reality of human life before birth. Conveying that power, the London Daily Mail newspaper today reports on the story of a mother who rejected abortion and chose life for her baby after seeing him smile in an ultrasound. Katyia Rowe was told her baby would never be able to walk or talk, but a real-time ultrasound scan showed him blowing bubbles and waving his arms, so she decided to go through with the birth. he died just 9 hours later, but she is very glad she chose life...
  • Al Gore Declares Mission Accomplished; Gray Lady Hardest Hit

    01/14/2013 9:45:42 AM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    pj ^ | January 11th, 2013 | Ed Driscoll
    “Lack of Global Warming Means Cold, Empty Chairs at New York Times Environment Desk,” Jim Lakely writes ... The New York Times will close its environment desk in the next few weeks and assign its seven reporters and two editors to other departments. The positions of environment editor and deputy environment editor are being eliminated. ... Al Gore has just declared Mission Accomplished for environmentalism? He’s got his $100 payout, and the rest of the world is left wondering why we should care about a religion when its chief practitioner has just signed his non-aggression pact with Big Oil. At...
  • Britain can no long afford to pay the extortionate cost of the welfare state

    01/13/2013 6:54:56 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 20:12 EST, 12 January 2013 | Peter Hitchens
    Britain cannot possibly afford its welfare state for much longer. Most people do not realize that state handouts (£207 billion [$334 billion] a year) mop up every penny we pay in income tax (£155 billion [$250 billion] a year). Everything else, the NHS, schools, transport, police, defense, interest on the debt (nearly £50 billion [$80.7 billion] a year, by the way) must be paid for by other taxes, including the vast sums raked in by so-called “National Insurance”, or by more borrowing.As we are more or less bankrupt as a country, such generosity is not noble, but plain idiotic. Yet...
  • Britain's New Stealth Bomber Is Unmanned And Fully Autonomous

    01/13/2013 12:21:08 PM PST · by blam · 40 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-13-2013 | Robert Johnson
    Britain's New Stealth Bomber Is Unmanned And Fully Autonomous Robert JohnsonJan. 13, 2013, 4:38 AMBritain's New Stealth Bomber Is Unmanned And Fully AutonomousBAE Taranis Britain's Air Force has been using Tornado jets as bombers for decades and is already building a fleet of new Typhoons, but BAE hopes to supplement those forces with a powerful new drone. The Taranis, named for the Celtic god of thunder will fly faster than the speed of sound and beyond the eye of enemy radar with its single-wing stealth design, and UK officials hope to see it replace piloted planes and current unmanned drones...
  • Life-extending cancer drugs 'rationed by postcode': Dozens hospitals refuse to hand out treaments

    01/13/2013 9:51:24 AM PST · by Pinkbell · 7 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | January 10, 2013 | Sophie Borland
    Hospitals are denying patients the latest life-extending cancer drugs, a report reveals. Dozens of trusts are failing to hand out treatments for bowel, ovarian, lung and brain cancer that have been approved by the NHS watchdog NICE. Some of these drugs have been shown to boost survival rates by a quarter while others have extended the lives of terminally-ill patients by over a year. The report - commissioned by the Department of Health - also reveals that many hospitals are failing to prescribe the latest treatments for heart attacks, asthma, multiple sclerosis, arthritis and Crohn’s Disease. In fact some of...
  • Defence chiefs prepare new plans to defend Falkland Islands

    01/13/2013 9:21:37 AM PST · by rellimpank · 8 replies
    U.K. Telegraph ^ | 13 jan 2013 | Sean Rayment,
    A series of military options are being actively considered as the war of words over the islands intensifies. It is understood that additional troops, another warship and extra RAF Typhoon combat aircraft could be dispatched to the region ahead of the March referendum on the Falkland Islands’ future. The options being proposed by planners at the Permanent Joint Headquarters in Northwood, north-west London are also said to include a “show of force” such as conducting naval exercises in the South Atlantic. These could involve the deployment of the Royal Navy’s Response Task Force Group, a flotilla comprising destroyers, a frigate,...
  • India denies visa to British journalist Yvonne Ridley (Captured by Taliban, converted to Islam)

    01/12/2013 8:44:03 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 8 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Jan 12, 2013 | Indo-Asian News Service
    HYDERABAD: India has denied award-winning British journalist Yvonne Ridley a visa. She was scheduled to address the Spring of Islam conference being held here by the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind. The London-based journalist, who was captured by the Taliban on an undercover assignment in Afghanistan in 2001 and converted to Islam after her release in 2003, was to address various sessions at the three-day conference, which began Friday. "The Indian Government is refusing to give me a conference visa to address 50,000 women in Hyderabad about women's rights ... I would have thought after the catastrophic handling of the Dehli rape case,...
  • Tory MPs call on David Cameron to claw back swathes of powers from EU

    01/12/2013 4:42:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9:00PM GMT 12 Jan 2013 | Patrick Hennessy
    David Cameron will this week be urged by a leading group of Conservative MPs to push for Treaty changes to help claw back swathes of powers covering crime, justice and policing from the European Union. The Fresh Start Group will call for the repatriation of more than 130 powers which it claims are vital to retain “national democratic accountability”, protect British interests and resist the rise of the EU superstate. The call comes in a manifesto by the group—the leading Euroskeptic parliamentary body—to be published on Wednesday ahead of a major speech by the Prime Minister on Britain’s future relationship...
  • Defence chiefs prepare new plans to defend Falkland Islands

    01/12/2013 2:58:56 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 38 replies
    Defence chiefs prepare new plans to defend Falkland Islands Defence chiefs have drawn up new contingency plans designed to prevent hostile action by Argentina towards the Falkland Islands. By Sean Rayment, Defence Correspondent 9:00PM GMT 12 Jan 2013 A series of military options are being actively considered as the war of words over the islands intensifies. It is understood that additional troops, another warship and extra RAF Typhoon combat aircraft could be dispatched to the region ahead of the March referendum on the Falkland Islands’ future. The options being proposed by planners at the Permanent Joint Headquarters in Northwood, north-west...
  • Gay marriage: ... the Catholic Church really is at war with the Government (UK)

    01/12/2013 1:33:58 PM PST · by Salman · 4 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | January 12th, 2013 | Damian Thompson
    More than a thousand Catholic priests have signed the letter to The Daily Telegraph arguing that the Government's gay marriage plans will "severely restrict the ability of Catholics to teach the truth about marriage in their schools" and rejecting promised safeguards as "meaningless". I'll be honest: when I read the news story about the letter, I thought: gosh, a thousand conservative/traditionalist priests are standing up to be counted. But that just goes to show the folly of assuming that the Catholic Church is as factional as the Church of England. Because when I worked my way down the names, I...
  • UK Government-Run Healthcare System: Soiled Bedclothes, Starving Patients

    01/12/2013 5:55:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 12, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    During the Obamacare debate, Paul Krugman told us we could ignore stories about what was happening across the ocean, writing that “In Britain, the government itself runs the hospitals and employs the doctors. We’ve all heard scare stories about how that works in practice; these stories are false.” Every so often, I wonder how Krugman would define a “scare story.” How about starving babies to death, as I wrote about last month? Would he say that’s “false,” or simply not a “scare story”?Let’s look at some new information from the U.K.’s government-run system and see whether we can expect our...
  • Pakistani soldier's killing a response to provocation: India

    01/11/2013 4:57:19 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 4 replies
    The Times of India ^ | 11 Jan 2013 | The Times of India
    NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD: New Delhi on Friday reacted to Pakistan's protest over the killing of one of its soldiers in cross-border gunbattle the previous day by asserting that Indian troops had resorted to "controlled response" in retaliation against unprovoked firing by Pakistani troops at Mendhar. With Pakistan persisting with its disdain towards the outrage in India over the beheading of its soldiers and tensions spiking, Indian troops were stepping up their "alertness levels" along the entire 778-km LoC. Indian Army threatened Pakistan with "dire consequences" if the latter refused to mend its barbaric ways. Indian high commissioner in Islamabad Sharat Sabarwal...
  • life extending cancer drugs ´rationed by postcode´: dozens of hospitals refuse to hand

    01/11/2013 10:17:12 AM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | 1/11/13 | Sophie Borland
    Hospitals are denying patients the latest life-extending cancer drugs, a report reveals. Dozens of trusts are failing to hand out treatments for bowel, ovarian, lung and brain cancer that have been approved by the NHS watchdog NICE. Some of these drugs have been shown to boost survival rates by a quarter while others have extended the lives of terminally-ill patients by over a year.
  • British Christians Await Top Court Ruling on Wearing a Cross at Work

    01/11/2013 7:33:08 AM PST · by chessplayer · 9 replies
    (CNSNews.com) – Europe’s highest court next week will hand down rulings in the cases of four British Christians who claim to have been discriminated in the workplace because of their religious beliefs. Two of the applicants, Nadia Eweida and Shirley Chaplin, said their rights were violated when employers barred them from wearing crosses visibly at work. They pointed to Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which states, “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others...
  • Jimmy Savile....Raped 34 women and girls....assaulted 450....

    01/11/2013 6:41:55 AM PST · by Renfield · 24 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 1-11-2013 | Martin Robinson
    Twisted Jimmy Savile carried out an 'unprecedented' 60 year long campaign of sexual abuse across Britain with up to 450 victims, including 34 who claim to have been raped, an official report revealed. Since the paedophile DJ died in October 2011 aged 84, a staggering 214 official crimes have been recorded by 28 police forces. Today's report into his abuse states Savile used his celebrity to 'hide in plain sight' while he targeted those as young as eight and sexually assaulted at least 23 on BBC premises, as well as in 14 hospitals, prisons and at least one hospice between...
  • BBC Star Jimmy Savile Spent 'Every Waking Minute' Thinking About Abusing Boys And Girls

    01/11/2013 5:13:38 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 28 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | Raynor and Swinford
    Jimmy Savile spent "every waking minute" of his life thinking about abusing children, attacked patients in hospices and even used the final edition of the BBC's Top of the Pops to commit sex offences, police disclosed this morning. Commander Peter Spindler, head of the inquiry, said Savile had "groomed a nation" and preyed on 450 victims, aged between eight and 47, over a 54-year period. Almost a fifth of his victims were boys. A Metropolitan Police report giving the findings of Operation Yewtree, the investigation into Savile's offending launched after an ITV documentary exposed his paedophilia last year, says that...
  • Military to use Glock pistols after 40 years of Browning (UK)

    01/10/2013 4:43:16 PM PST · by PotatoHeadMick · 44 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/1/2013 | Agency staff
    LONDON (Reuters) - The military has changed its standard issue pistol to the Glock after using the Browning for more than 40 years, the Ministry of Defence said on Friday. It said it had awarded a 9 million pound contract to Austrian arms firm Glock for 25,000 guns because their pistol is lighter, carries more bullets and is more accurate than the U.S.-made Browning. "I have seen this pistol demonstrated in target ranges and am impressed that this new lighter, safer generation of pistol provides better value for money for the MoD," Defence Equipment Minister
  • US publicly voices concerns over Britain leaving EU

    01/09/2013 4:05:22 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 1/9/13 | David Blair
    Philip Gordon, the US assistant secretary responsible for European affairs, said that Britain´s membership of the EU was "in the American interest". His remarks came as David Cameron prepares to deliver a speech on Europe later this month. The Prime Minister is expected to promise to renegotiate Britain’s membership and then put the new terms to a referendum.[Snip] "Britain has been such a special partner of the United States--that shares our values, shares our interests, has significant resources to bring to the table. More than most others, its voice within the European Union is essential and critical to the
  • E-cigarettes: no smoke without ire

    01/09/2013 7:06:47 PM PST · by Eric Blair 2084 · 55 replies
    The Guardian ^ | January 5, 2013 | Lionel Shriver
    I've long been a decorative smoker. One daily roll-up hasn't imperilled my health much, and it's rescued me from the ranks of the self-righteous. I've relished the dash of badness, but my indulgence has come at a price: complicity. My more heavily addicted husband has smoked from the age of 19. So long as I join him in the odd postprandial drag, I'm a bad influence. Last month I switched to an e-cig. I'm a convert. Sleek, black, and easily confused with a fine-point felt-tip, this newfangled "nicotine delivery system" is dead cool. The gently warm vapour ingeniously replicates the...
  • British textbook erases Israel

    01/09/2013 6:15:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    The Commentator ^ | 1 January 2013 17:06
    A popular textbook used by institutions and teachers to teach English as a second language has been found to have a disturbing anti-Israel undertone. The textbook contains a map of the Middle East, labelling and identifying the countries displayed and presenting it as part of an exercise for a “Jordanian student at Greenhill College”. The map however, leaves off the label of “Israel”, instead replacing it with the words “Occupied Palestine”. The book, “Skills in English: Writing Level 1” is utilized by teachers across the United Kingdom and further afield. The Duke of Edinburgh ESU English Language Award judges called...
  • Britain’s relationship with the EU is none of Barack Obama’s business

    01/09/2013 4:49:06 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 1/9/13 | Nile Gardiner
    Elections have consequences. One of them is continuing US support for the European Project and the process of ‘ever closer union’, following Barack Obama’s re-election last November. Had Mitt Romney won, there would have been a very different approach towards the EU, with a far greater emphasis upon advancing ties with nation states in Europe as opposed to currying favour with Brussels. Romney’s approach was distinctly Eurosceptic, with frequent warnings against America ending up like Europe, with its big government, high tax approach. As David Blair has reported, Philip Gordon, the US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian...
  • British textbook wipes Israel off the map

    01/09/2013 3:27:39 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 23 replies
    PressTV ^ | 1/12013 | PressTV
    The textbook was issued by Garnet Education, an independent English-Language Teaching (ELT) instructor in Britain. The textbook contains a map with “Occupied Palestine” in place of Israel, according to media reports.
  • NHS scandal: Up to 1,200 patients ‘died needlessly’ at British hospital

    01/08/2013 9:07:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/08/2013 | Guy Benson
    Since Ed and I have each written about the latest round of Obamacare-exacerbated premium hikes, let’s check in on Britain’s single-payer system, which many American liberals fetishize: An official inquiry into failings at [Stafford] hospital, where between 400 and 1,200 patients died needlessly due to a catalogue of failings and appalling standards of care, is due to be published later this month. The report is expected to blame managers who cut costs and reduced staffing levels in an attempt to hit "efficiency" targets and win foundation status. Before taking control of the health service, Sir David ran the health authority...
  • Southern Europeans flee to London to find work

    01/07/2013 8:57:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 07 January 2013
    Britain, and especially London, has become a popular place for tens of thousands of southern Europeans in search of work as the governments of Spain, Portugal and Italy continue to impose austerity measures. 5,350 Spaniards and 5,370 Italians were allocated national insurance numbers in London in the first quarter of 2012, according to The Times newspaper. The number of national insurance registrations for Spaniards across Britain has soared by 25% year on year. The unemployment rate is more than 25% in Spain. …
  • What a plank! Bizarre start to men's fashion week in London

    01/07/2013 6:59:36 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 39 replies
    UK Mail ^ | 1/7/2013 | Amanda Williams
    <p>British Fashion Council member David Gandy has vowed to make London the 'menswear capital of the world.'</p> <p>Bizarre hats made out of wooden planks, models with 'blacked out' faces, and some ankle swinging sportswear were among some of the truly outlandish designs which kicked off Men's fashion week today.</p>
  • New aircraft carrier next to Houses of Parliament shows giant scale of Navy's latest warship

    01/07/2013 6:36:13 PM PST · by the scotsman · 42 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8th January 2013 | Harriet Arkell
    'These new computer-generated images put into context the huge scale of the largest warships ever built for the Royal Navy. The Aircraft Carrier Alliance (ACA) has released a series of powerful posters illustrating the sheer size of the warships. The computer-generated images show the warships dwarfing some of the country's most recognisable landmarks. Another notable poster is of the under-construction HMS Queen Elizabeth berthed alongside in Portsmouth, Hants. The ACA is a consortium of defence companies behind the construction of Portsmouth's newest carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales. Ian Booth, programme director of the ACA, said: 'These...
  • PRAVDA: Global Warming, Tool of the West

    01/06/2013 8:55:01 PM PST · by Lancey Howard · 29 replies
    Pravda.ru ^ | January 4, 2013 | Stanislav Mishin
    For years, the Elites of the West have cranked up the myth of Man Made Global Warming as a means first and foremost to control the lives and behaviors of their populations. Knowing full well that their produce in China and sell in the West model and its consiquent spiral downward in wages and thus standards of living, was unsustainable, the elites moved to use this new "science" to guilt trip and scare monger their populations into smaller and more conservatives forms of living. In other words, they coasted them into the poverty that the greed and treason of those...
  • The state is now in charge of breakfast (UK)

    01/07/2013 4:49:26 AM PST · by lowbridge · 3 replies
    http://www.thecommentator.com ^ | january 7, 2013 | david atherton
    t didn’t take them long, did it? The turkey carcass has barely been cleared, the last dregs of scotch remain, but nanny’s apron is freshly starched and she is ready to “do something.” Andy Burnham the Shadow Health Secretary wants to introduce legal limits on the sugar, fat, and salt in food, especially breakfast cereals. "A lot of the time people don't realise just how high in fat, salt and sugar some of these products are, even when you're trying to make healthier choices. The industry needs to show more responsibility and come forward with products that are going to...
  • Prince Charles: saving the planet “a grandfather’s duty”

    01/06/2013 6:12:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Sunday Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2:10PM GMT 06 Jan 2013 | Victoria Ward
    The Prince of Wales has disclosed that the prospect of becoming a grandfather has reinforced his environmental beliefs because he does not want to “hand on an increasingly dysfunctional world”. The Prince, an outspoken campaigner on environmental issues, told ITV’s This Morning that he did not want the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s child, due to be born this summer, to ask him why he had not done more to tackle issues like climate change. … Charles has been a strong advocate of taking action to protect the environment for many years. In 2007 he set up The Prince’s Rainforest...
  • The Scotsman tipped to be future leader......of Germany

    01/06/2013 3:05:00 PM PST · by the scotsman · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5th January 2013 | Allan Hall
    'A Scotsman who married in a kilt, supports Rangers, likes white pudding and drinks Irn-Bru is now being tipped as the possible ruler of Germany. After climbing high and fast through the ranks of Germany’s CDU conservative party, pundits speculate great things lie in store for 41-year-old David McAllister, who is up for re-election as governor in the state of Lower Saxony later this month. The son of a German mother and a Scottish father from the tough Gorbals area of Glasgow, he is recognised as one of the leading figures in Germany's ruling Christian Democratic Union party. He has...
  • Violence erupts in Belfast for a third night

    01/06/2013 1:54:15 PM PST · by OKRA2012 · 5 replies
    RTE News ^ | 1/6/13
    There have been further clashes between police and Loyalist protesters in east Belfast, with reports of shots being fired and a 38-year-old man being arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. The violence, which flared for the third night in a row, is linked to last month's decision by councillors to limit the number of days the union flag is flown over Belfast City Hall.
  • UK’s Cameron: I want to stay PM through 2020

    01/06/2013 8:15:58 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 6, 2013 10:30 AM EST
    David Cameron says he wants to stay on as British prime minister until 2020, calling his agenda of reforms enough to keep him busy through another term. … Cameron told the newspaper (Sunday Telegraph) there was no turning back on policies such as allowing same-sex marriage or the protection of foreign-aid spending, which have been unpopular with his party’s grass roots. He urged critics in his party to “stop complaining.” …
  • Girl Guides set to drop God and Queen from its oath (UK Girl Scouts)

    01/05/2013 8:51:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3:34PM GMT 05 Jan 2013 | Julie Henry
    Girlguiding UK is considering the removal of any mention of God or the Queen from its oath. In one of the most controversial shakeups in its 102-year history, the organization has launched a consultation that could lead to significant changes to the promise Guides are expected to take when they join. It would be the first major reform for the Guides, which boasts more than half a million members, to be initiated under Julie Bentley, its new chief executive. The former head of The Family Planning Association, who took over in November, ruffled feathers when she described the Guides as...
  • UK set for youth-focused EU referendum campaigns

    01/05/2013 5:39:06 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EurActiv ^ | Published 04 January 2013 | Updated 05 January 2013 | Jeremy Fleming
    A landmark speech by British Prime Minister David Cameron later this month will trigger campaigns to persuade young people to chose between staying in or opting out of the EU, as the issue moves to the fore of the country’s domestic political agenda in 2013. Representatives for and against UK membership in the EU told EurActiv they are on stand-by to set campaigns in motion to woo the country’s biggest swing demographic: those aged between 18 and 44, in a year which will see Europe move to the forefront in domestic politics. … The prime minister will seek to mollify...
  • Ban high-sugar cereals to tackle child obesity, says Andy Burnham (UK shadow health secretary)

    01/05/2013 3:45:20 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Manchester Guardian ^ | Saturday 5 January 2013 05.17 EST | Conal Urquhart
    The government should ban high-sugar cereals such as Coco Pops and other foods that are contributing to an obesity epidemic among British children, the shadow health secretary has urged. Regulations limiting the amount of sugar, salt and fat in processed foods should be considered if the food industry does not take action itself, according to Labour’s Andy Burnham, who has begun a consultation on how to tackle obesity. Burnham highlighted the case of breakfast cereals, saying many aimed at children are more than one-third sugar by weight. …
  • US treasure hunters ready to snatch gold from the jaws of Victory

    01/05/2013 9:26:51 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 32 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Jan 5, 2013 | Victoria Ward
    US treasure hunters ready to snatch gold from the jaws of Victory US treasure hunters should be banned from raising the wreck of one of Britain’s greatest warships and taking some of the millions of pounds of gold coins she is believed to contain, leading archaeologists and descendants of the crew demand today. By Victoria Ward 8:00AM GMT 05 Jan 2013 They said that allowing HMS Victory, predecessor to Nelson’s flagship, to be exploited for commercial gain would be a “flagrant breach” of the military covenant and an “appalling betrayal” of more than 1,000 Royal Navy sailors who died. The...
  • US calls on Israel, Palestinians to ‘make a fresh start’ and rekindle peace talks

    01/03/2013 9:31:00 PM PST · by 444Flyer · 16 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 1-03-13 | Elie Leshem
    Now is the time for ‘real leadership’ and an end to ‘counter-productive unilateral actions,’ says State Department spokeswoman The United States on Wednesday urged Israel and the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table and resume, in earnest, long-dormant efforts to hammer out a comprehensive peace deal. “As we turn the calendar to 2013… now is the time for leaders on both sides to display real leadership, to focus on the work that’s necessary to return to direct negotiations,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in remarks cited by AFP. The US was asking both sides “to clearly demonstrate that...
  • 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>