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  • The George Zimmerman trial is the worst fear of every black family

    07/07/2013 5:13:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 136 replies
    The Guardian ^ | July 7, 2013 | David Dennis
    The Trayvon Martin case has been nothing short of heartbreak from the very beginning. Regardless of what anyone believes about Trayvon's past, his innocence or George Zimmerman's, the fact remains that a teenager is dead. I honestly didn't think I would get emotionally broken up more than I was over the story that Rachel Jeantel's friendship with Martin stemmed from the fact he was one of the only people who never picked on her. The story painted such a tragic picture of friendship and two people whose lives will never be the same. Then came this week's testimonies and reactions...
  • UK’s EU referendum moves a step closer

    07/07/2013 5:30:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 06.07.13 @ 07:07 (July 6) | Benjamin Fox
    Britain took another step towards an in/out referendum on its membership of the EU on Friday (5 July) after MPs unanimously backed a bill guaranteeing a vote by the end of 2017. … In a boisterous debate dominated by Conservative euroskeptics, Foreign Secretary William Hague endorsed the bill which was, he said, “about giving people the power to decide one of the greatest questions facing Britain.” …
  • (UK education secretary) Gove declares war on the use of the word ‘gay’ as an insult

    07/07/2013 12:41:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 78 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:49 EST, 5 July 2013 | Sarah Harris
    Education Secretary Michael Gove yesterday declared war on the “utterly outrageous and medieval” use of the word “gay” as an insult. He will study current laws to ensure they are “properly policed” and could even “sharpen” them in a bid to stamp out offensive homophobic language. Mr. Gove told a conference held by pressure group Stonewall that the Coalition was determined to protect gay pupils from being subjected to homophobic bullying at school. He said that it was unacceptable to use the word “gay” as abuse and named and shamed former Radio One Breakfast Show DJ Chris Moyles. Mr. Moyles...
  • AP IMPACT: MIA work 'acutely dysfunctional'

    07/07/2013 8:19:01 AM PDT · by don-o · 12 replies
    AP via Independent Mail ^ | July 7, 2013 | Robert Burns
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon's effort to account for tens of thousands of Americans missing in action from foreign wars is so inept, mismanaged and wasteful that it risks descending from "dysfunction to total failure," according to an internal study suppressed by military officials. Largely beyond the public spotlight, the decades-old pursuit of bones and other MIA evidence is sluggish, often duplicative and subjected to too little scientific rigor, the report says. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the internal study after Freedom of Information Act requests for it by others were denied. The report paints a picture of...
  • UK deports radical cleric Abu Qatada to Jordan

    07/07/2013 7:14:35 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 5 replies
    Yahoo ^ | July 7, 2013
    Radical Muslim preacher Abu Qatada was deported early Sunday from Britain to Jordan to face terror charges, ending over a decade-long battle to remove a man described as a key al-Qaida operative in Europe.
  • Divers find remains of six 'lost temples'

    04/10/2002 5:54:43 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 93 replies · 2,850+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 04/11/2002 | David Derbyshire
    A MYSTERIOUS settlement that sank beneath the waves at least 1,200 years ago has been discovered by divers off the south-east coast of India.Granite blocks and walls that lie 20ft below the surface may be the remains of six "lost temples" that form part of local mythology.The ruins came to light after the controversial amateur archaeologist and best-selling author Graham Hancock interviewed fisherman for a recent television series.After hearing accounts of the myth of a submerged city, he and two dozen divers searched the sea bed last week.India's National Institute of Oceanography, which was involved in the discovery, believes the...
  • Happy Birthday To Great Britain's Increasingly Scandalous National Health Service

    07/07/2013 7:01:55 AM PDT · by Innovative · 23 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 5, 2013 | Scott W. Atlas, MD
    Britain's National Health Service (NHS) turns 65 years old this week. Despite its much heralded presence in Britain’s health care, the problems of the NHS are severe, notorious, and increasingly scandalous in the most fundamental attributes of any health care system: access and quality. Waits for care are shocking in the NHS, frequently exposed by British media reports, and long proven by facts, yet they go virtually unreported in the U.S. For instance, in 2010, about one-third of England’s NHS patients deemed ill enough by their GP waited more than one additional month for a specialist appointment. In 2008-2009, the...
  • The comfy prison cell awaiting Abu Qatada in Jordan

    07/06/2013 6:10:59 PM PDT · by don-o · 4 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | July 6, 2013 | Ruth Sherlock, Suha Ma'ayeh in Amman
    Were it not for the high walls and watchtowers, it could easily be mistaken for a recreational centre or private boarding school. With its volleyball and basketball courts, and visitors' garden complete with bubbling fountain, Muwaqqer prison, in Jordan, is a world away from the harsh regimes associated with Arab jails. The comfortable, airy cells of this newly-built facility will be where Abu Qatada, 53, be held after he touches down in Jordan on Sunday after his long-delayed deportation from Britain. Last week, Britain and Jordan signed an extradition treaty that paved the way for the cleric's departure by guaranteeing...
  • Tony Blair: Democracy doesn't on its own mean effective government..(ME stability our job/expensive)

    07/06/2013 5:55:02 PM PDT · by maggief · 5 replies
    The Guardian ^ | July 6, 2013 | Tony Blair
    The events that led to the Egyptian army's removal of President Mohamed Morsi confronted the military with a simple choice: intervention or chaos. Seventeen million people on the street is not the same as an election. But it is an awesome manifestation of people power. The equivalent turnout in Britain would be around 13 million people. Just think about it for a moment. The army wouldn't intervene here, it is true. But the government wouldn't survive either. The Muslim Brotherhood was unable to shift from being an opposition movement to being a government. Of course governments govern badly or well...
  • APNewsBreak: Police charge 8 in Dublin ‘New IRA’

    07/06/2013 9:39:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 5, 2013 4:00 PM EDT | Shawn Pogatchnik
    Irish police charged eight men with Irish Republican Army membership Friday after police raided a suspected meeting of the outlaws’ Dublin leadership, inflicting what a senior policeman called a major blow to the “New IRA” splinter group. All eight men were being arraigned Friday night at Ireland’s anti-terrorist Special Criminal Court, which handles IRA-related cases with three judges and no jury. A senior police officer, speaking on condition he not be identified because he wasn’t authorized to discuss the raid, told The Associated Press that officers from the Special Detective Unit have kept Dublin-based activists of the New IRA faction...
  • Church of England to act against anti-gay bullying

    07/06/2013 9:20:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 5, 2013 3:51 PM EDT
    The archbishop of Canterbury has announced a campaign to stamp out anti-gay bullying in Church of England schools, acknowledging that attitudes toward sexuality have changed. Archbishop Justin Welby, spiritual leader of the world’s Anglican Communion, stressed that the Church of England wasn’t changing its teaching on gay relationships, but that it would be “absurd and impossible” to ignore shifting cultural attitudes. …
  • Abu Qatada To Finally Be Deported To Jordan

    07/06/2013 8:29:07 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 5 replies
    Sky News ^ | 6th July 2013 | Mark White
    'Abu Qatada will be moved to RAF Northolt in west London and deported to Jordan in the early hours of Sunday morning. It marks the end of a near decade-long legal battle to remove the preacher, who the Government has described as a "truly dangerous individual" and a "key player" in al Qaeda-related terrorism. Sky News understands the 51-year-old will be driven from Belmarsh prison in southeast London to RAF Northolt around midnight tonight. A military aircraft will be waiting to take off around 2am on Sunday, heading for an isolated airstrip near the Jordanian capital Amman. The cleric will...
  • British 'terror suspect' arrested by police in Tanzania

    07/06/2013 6:08:49 AM PDT · by csvset · 1 replies
    BBC ^ | BBC
    A British man suspected of terror offences in the UK has been arrested in Tanzania, police in the east African country have said. Police said Assan Ali Iqbal was held after he was found to be holding two passports - a crime in Tanzania. Tanzanian authorities said they had verified that a British passport Mr Iqbal was carrying was genuine. The Foreign Office confirmed the arrest of a British national and said it was offering consular assistance. It subsequently confirmed his name, but did not release further details. Police said Mr Iqbal was arrested in the Mbeya region for possession...
  • American Evangelist Arrested [Then Cleared and Released] in London [When Someone Complained] for Pre

    07/05/2013 5:50:12 PM PDT · by virtuous · 37 replies
    Christian Post ^ | July 4, 2013 | Melissa Barnhart
    <p>Tony Miano, a retired deputy sheriff from Los Angeles County, Calif., was arrested in London, England, earlier this week for preaching on abstaining from sexual immorality, both heterosexual and homosexual, in downtown Wimbledon. He was found to be in violation of Public Order Act Section 5, for "using homophobic speech that could cause people anxiety, distress, alarm or insult," Miano said in a YouTube video posted on Wednesday. Preaching from 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12, Miano spoke about sexual sins for 25 minutes before being cut off by Metropolitan Police officers who said that although preaching in itself is not an offense, the specific part of the Bible he was preaching from was interpreted as homophobic by the woman who called to complain.</p>
  • George Washington: The Crossing

    07/05/2013 3:32:18 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 7.4.13 | Jeffrey Lord
    Jack Levin’s Fourth of July reminder of the courage that created America. It was December, 1776. George Washington’s army, encamped on the banks of the frozen Delaware River, was struggling and near death. As Jack E. Levin recounts in his New York Times bestseller, the famous story of George Washington: The Crossing (with a preface by his son Mark Levin) is riveting. A timely reminder on this Fourth of July 2013 — 237 years later — of the sheer, raw courage it took to bring the United States of America to life as more than the ringing words written on...
  • (Former Prez) Sarkozy's plans 'to dodge new 75% French tax rate by moving to London

    01/22/2013 11:47:59 PM PST · by Lancey Howard · 27 replies
    Mail Online (UK) ^ | January 22, 2013 | Peter Allen In Paris
    Suddenly a handshake from David Cameron probably seems an awful lot more inviting. Former president Nicolas Sarkozy could become the next wealthy Frenchman to flee to Britain over his country’s looming tax hikes on the rich. Mr Sarkozy – who famously snubbed the Prime Minister’s attempt to shake his hand after Mr Cameron vetoed changes to the EU treaty in 2011 – is reportedly planning to move to London to set up a £800million investment fund. The 57-year-old, who was ousted from office last June, has amassed a fortune from £150,000-an-hour public speaking engagements and is now said to be...
  • Rival gangs gearing up for battle after Egypt's military coup.....

    07/05/2013 4:14:13 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 22 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | 3 July 2013 | David Williams et al
    Supporters of Mohamed Morsi expected to pour on to the streets after Friday prayers today Mohammed Badie detained in Mediterranean coastal city near Libyan border over killings outside Cairo HQ Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi being held at Presidential Guard facility just a year after coming to power Judge in Egypt's supreme court, Adly Mansour, sworn in as interim president in Cairo just hours after coup BBC reporter tweeted that people were chanting 'no more beards' apparently aimed at the Muslim Brotherhood Arrest warrants have been issued for 300 members of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood party as round-up begins Military suspends Islamist-drafted...
  • International reactions to Morsi's removal

    07/05/2013 7:28:42 AM PDT · by bert · 29 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 07/05/13 | staff
    World leaders weigh in after Egypt's army commander announces that president had been removed The Egyptian army's suspension of the constitution and removal of President Mohamed Morsi has drawn mixed responses from world leaders: European Union The EU has called for a rapid return to democracy in Egypt. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said: "I urge all sides to rapidly return to the democratic process, including the holding of free and fair presidential and parliamentary elections and the approval of a constitution, to be done in a fully inclusive manner, so as to permit the country to resume and...
  • Why Britons should celebrate the American Declaration of Independence

    07/04/2013 9:19:04 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 15 replies
    Daniel Hannan Blog/UK Telegraph ^ | 7-4-13 | Daniel Hannan
    We all know the story of American independence, don't we? A rugged frontier people became increasingly tired of being ruled by a distant elite. A group calling themselves Patriots were especially unhappy about being taxed by a parliament in which they were unrepresented. When, in 1775, British redcoats tried to repress them, a famous Patriot called Paul Revere rode through the night across eastern Massachusetts, crying 'The British are coming'. The shots that were fired the next day began a war for independence which culminated the following year in the statehouse of Philadelphia, when George Washington and others, meeting under...
  • HMS Queen Elizabeth to be structurally complete this year

    07/04/2013 6:31:35 PM PDT · by Smartisan · 24 replies
    The UK's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has come one step closer to completion after the aft island was lowered into place. The 750-tonne section was the final section of the ship to arrive at Rosyth Dockyard and was moved into place last week. Programme director Ian Booth said: "HMS Queen Elizabeth now has a completely unique and distinctive profile and, thanks to the dedication of thousands of workers, just a few sections remain to be assembled. She will be structurally complete by the end of this year." Rear Admiral Steve Brunton added: "HMS Queen Elizabeth will be at...
  • Syria a 'game changer' for UK terror threat, warns Home Office intelligence chief

    07/04/2013 11:43:57 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 3 Jul 2013 | Tom Whitehead
    The Syrian conflict has become a “profound game changer” and poses the biggest terror threat to the UK and Europe for a decade, the Home Office’s terror chief has warned. Charles Farr said there are thousands of al-Qaeda-inspired fighters now operating in the war torn country with many wanting to attack the UK and other Western nations. He said there has never been so many groups and fanatics linked to the terror organisation so close to Europe... He said foreign fighters are “flocking” to the country in numbers last seen in Iraq and warned they are likely to exceed such...
  • July 4, 1940 - Churchill's Finest Hour?

    07/04/2013 8:36:46 AM PDT · by Dansong · 25 replies
    The Providence Journal ^ | 07-04-2013 | Daniel F. Harrington
    July 4, 1940 — Churchill’s finest hour? DANIEL F. HARRINGTON On July 4, 1940, Winston Churchill stood before Parliament and delivered stunning news about the horrible events that had occurred the night before; events he himself put in motion. The new prime minister received his first standing ovation since assuming Britain’s highest post just two months before. The recognition brought tears to his eyes, though the news itself was sufficiently tragic to produce tears without the ovation. So what exactly did Churchill announce that fateful day? To understand what our English cousin did (Churchill was half-American by birth; his mother...
  • What Americans Used To Know About The Declaration Of Independence

    07/04/2013 7:32:01 AM PDT · by blam · 27 replies
    TMO ^ | 7-4-2013 | Thomas J DiLorenzo
    What Americans Used To Know About The Declaration Of Independence Politics / US Politics Jul 04, 2013 - 05:58 AM GMT By: Thomas J DiLorenzo "During the weeks following the [1860] election, [Northern newspaper] editors of all parties assumed that secession as a constitutional right was not in question . . . . On the contrary, the southern claim to a right of peaceable withdrawal was countenanced out of reverence for the natural law principle of government by consent of the governed." - ~ Howard Cecil Perkins, editor, Northern Editorials on Secession, p. 10 The first several generations of Americans...
  • Kansas Jewish Man Refused Entry Into Britain

    07/04/2013 7:32:29 AM PDT · by yldstrk · 51 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | July 1, 2013 | Gil Ronen
    Chip Cantor told his story .... On June 4, he told KMBC he was traveling to Britain to visit and gain summer work experience, and to participate in a fundraiser for a child who has cancer. He left Kansas City on Wednesday, May 29, landed in Britain after 10 p.m. London time and waited in line to go through customs. .... Chip’s father, Chuck Cantor, said .... the customs agent was very pleasant .... until she saw the Israel stamps in his passport. Then she simply walked away with his passport without speaking a word to him. Chip told his...
  • British TV channel to air Muslim call to prayer

    07/04/2013 3:17:04 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 3, 2013
    LONDON (Reuters) - A British television station will broadcast the Muslim call to prayer every morning during Ramadan to give a voice to Britain's Muslim minority, which has faced a backlash since the murder of a soldier on a London street. Channel 4 on Tuesday announced it would be the first mainstream national broadcaster to air the call, issuing it at 3 a.m. daily from July 9 for the entire Muslim month of fasting.The publicly-owned broadcaster, set up to appeal to minority audiences, will also interrupt its programming four times on the first day of Ramadan with 20-second films to...
  • 14,000 Idle Wind Turbines a Testament to Failed Energy Policies

    04/12/2013 8:32:43 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 52 replies
    The New American ^ | Apr. 11, 2013 | Bob Adelmann
    When Element Power announced on April 10 the closing of a deal to build wind turbines for Blackrock in Ireland, nothing was said about the more than 14,000 other wind turbines lying idle around the world. Nothing was said about Element’s recent termination of another deal to build 40 wind turbines over 4,000 acres on top of Black Lava Butte and Flat Top Mesa in California, citing in its “request to relinquish” that there were “insufficient wind resources” to make that project viable. Those 14,000 wind turbines lying idle in California’s Altamont Pass, Tehachapin, and San Gorgonio areas and elsewhere...
  • Organ donation opt-out plan backed (UK)

    07/03/2013 7:27:11 AM PDT · by fruser1 · 4 replies
    The Belfast Telegraph ^ | 7/3/2013 | unknown
    Wales will become the first country in the UK where people will be presumed to have consented for their organs to be donated unless they opt out... ...A Bill for Wales to adopt a system of presumed consent passed its final stage in the Welsh Assembly - despite objections from religious groups on moral grounds as well as concerns about it adding greater distress to bereaved family members. AMs voted in favour of the Bill by 43 votes to eight, with two abstentions... ...Ministers insist the scheme will be implemented sensitively...
  • UK government to ban herbal stimulant khat

    07/03/2013 6:09:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 3, 2013 8:58 AM EDT
    The British government says it is banning khat, an herbal stimulant, despite advice against such a move by an official advisory body. Khat, also known as cathonine, is popular in parts of the Middle East and Africa, where users chew the leaf to release stimulants that produce a mild high. …
  • Channel 4 to broadcast daily Muslim call to prayer during Ramadan next month

    07/03/2013 4:08:34 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 28 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | July 02, 2013 | Vanessa Allen
    Channel 4 is to broadcast the Muslim call to prayer during Ramadan this year, it revealed yesterday. Starting next week, the broadcaster will transmit the morning call to prayer daily for the 30 days of Ramadan. It is believed to be the first time a mainstream British television channel has broadcast the Islamic call to prayer. Channel 4’s head of factual programming Ralph Lee said almost five per cent of the British population would ‘actively engage’ in Ramadan this month, adding: ‘Can we say the same of other national events that have received blanket coverage on television such as the...
  • Alec Baldwin Goes Anti-Gay

    07/02/2013 1:41:30 PM PDT · by SJackson · 16 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 2, 2013 | Ben Shapiro
    Thirty years ago, famed TV cook Paula Deen reportedly used the n-word. This came out in a court filing by Lisa Jackson, a former employee who alleged that Deen had made racially insensitive remarks in her presence. In her deposition, Deen told lawyers that she had used the n-word once “when a black man burst into the bank that I was working at and put a gun to my had. I didn’t feel real favorable towards him.” She said she may have used the word since, but only when repeating conversations between blacks who had used the word. The result:...
  • Man jailed after massive weapons haul discovery

    07/02/2013 5:03:12 PM PDT · by redreno · 44 replies
    http://www.gmp.police.uk ^ | Published 07/02/2013 05:53:18 PM | unknown
    A man is beginning a 13-year jail term after a large stash of firearms and ammunition were found in his Salford house. Paul Gribbin (born 31/12/1970), of Lascar Avenue, Salford, pleaded guilty to nine offences of possession of a prohibited weapon. He was today, at Manchester Crow Court, Crown Square, sentenced to 13 years in total, six-and-a-half years each for possession of an assault rifle and the seven offences of possession of prohibited weapons and three years for possession of a Ruger rifle, to run concurrently.
  • Hundreds of British soldiers to deploy to Libya 'within months' to train army ...

    07/02/2013 9:20:27 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 6 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | UPDATED: 01:28 EST, 2 July 2013 | Ian Drury
    Hundreds of British troops are being prepared to deploy to North Africa to tackle al Qaeda-inspired extremists. Under secret plans being drawn up urgently by top brass, UK soldiers would be sent ‘within months’ to the region to help train the Libyan army. Political and military chiefs have acted amid mounting fears that Libya is rapidly becoming a safe haven for Islamist fanatics after Coloner Gadaffi was toppled in October 2011. But critics have raised concerns that Britain could suffer ‘mission creep’ and be sucked into another bloody war just as fighting in Afghanistan - which has cost 444 UK...
  • Are Islam and Islamists taking over Britain?

    07/02/2013 8:01:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/02/2013 | Jerry Philipson
    June 29 was Armed Forces Day in Britain. Lee Rigby was a British soldier who was attacked, murdered, butchered and beheaded in broad daylight on a busy street near his barracks in London last month. He was attacked, murdered, butchered and beheaded by Islamists acting in the name of Islam. Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller are great heroes of our time. Both are tireless, passionate defenders of human rights, freedom of speech, freedom of expression and freedom in general and fierce critics of Islam and Islamists because Islam and Islamists destroy human rights, freedom of speech, freedom of expression and...
  • In U.K. But Not U.S., Young Voters Turn Against Big Government

    07/02/2013 4:05:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 2, 2013 | Michael Barone
    A trip to London provides an occasion to compare and contrast British politics and attitudes with those in America. Both have, in different ways, divided government. The Democratic president has been frustrated by the Republican House of Representatives and is likely but not certain to be until January 2017. Britain's ruling coalition has been occasionally strained by disagreements between the dominant Conservatives and the junior Liberal Democrats but seems likely to survive until the general election scheduled for May 2015. In America the big-spending policies of the Obama administration have been followed by sluggish economic growth, persistently high unemployment and...
  • (British) Channel 4 defends decision to broadcast Islamic call to prayer

    07/02/2013 2:12:04 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/2/2013 | Nick Britten
    Ralph Lee, the broadcaster's head of factual programming, said that 2.8million Britons will fast for the month of Ramadan starting next week. Channel 4 will broadcast the call to prayer, known as the adhan, at sunrise on television and over the internet as part of plans to appeal to young Muslims. Mr Lee said he expected the channel to receive criticism for doing so, but added: "Nearly five per cent of the country will actively engage in Ramadan this month; can we say the same of other national events that have received blanket coverage on television, such as the Queen's...
  • Ramadan a ding-dong

    07/01/2013 8:55:16 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 9 replies
    thesun.co.uk ^ | July 2, 2013 | BEAL, HOLMWOOD and PRYNNE
    CHANNEL 4 yesterday said it will screen a Muslim call to prayer every day during Ramadan — because it is more relevant than the Diamond Jubilee. Boss Ralph Lee claimed the fact that 2.8 million UK Muslims will celebrate the holy month from next week put last year’s Royal celebrations in the shade. He added: “Nearly five per cent of the country will actively engage in Ramadan. “Can we say the same of other national events that received blanket coverage on TV such as the Queen’s coronation anniversary?
  • In sickness and in health? That’s too religious for a civil wedding (UK)

    07/01/2013 4:56:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10:01PM BST 01 Jul 2013 | John Bingham
    It is a phrase used for centuries by couples pledging to be faithful to each other. But as Gary and Louise Lidington, from London, made final preparations for their wedding last weekend, they received an urgent telephone call from council registrars warning that they could not legally say the words “in sickness and in health”. Officials in Tower Hamlets, east London, said that the phrase, which is used around the world, was too “religious” for a civil ceremony. The couple were forced to rewrite their vows, which they chose because of their traditional ring, just hours before the wedding, which...
  • Bird On Rare Visit To U.K. Killed As Dismayed Twitchers Watch (By a Windmill)

    07/01/2013 12:53:41 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 13 replies
    NPR ^ | June 29, 201312:57 PM | Mark Memmot
    One of only a handful of a type of small bird from Asia to have been spotted in the U.K. in the past two centuries was thrilling twitchers off the northwest coast of Scotland earlier this week. Then, tragedy struck. It flew into the blade of a wind turbine and was killed. Needless to say, watching the little white-throated needletail fall to its death dismayed those who went to the Outer Hebrides to see it. Dozens of twitchers (" for a person who will travel long distances to spot as many hard-to-find birds as possible") had rushed to the area...
  • Kansas Jewish Man Refused Entry into Britain Chip Cantor, 23, was detained for over 9 hours –

    07/01/2013 8:46:54 AM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    inn ^ | 7/1/13 | Gil Ronen
    A Jewish student from Kansas was denied entry into Britain for a summer job several weeks ago – apparently due to a customs agent's anti-Semitism. After being detained for more than nine hours, he was put back on a plane to the United States by customs officials. During that time he was never told why he was being denied entry. According to the the Kansas City Jewish Chronicle, the British man who had offered Louis “Chip” Cantor summer work experience, Kevin Shilling, said the British border agent he spoke to in his attempt to get Cantor admitted into Britian made...
  • Kansas Jewish Man Refused Entry into Britain

    07/01/2013 6:28:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 62 replies
    INN ^ | 7/1/2013, 10:29 AM | Gil Ronen
    A Jewish student from Kansas was denied entry into Britain for a summer job several weeks ago—apparently due to a customs agent’s anti-Semitism. After being detained for more than nine hours, he was put back on a plane to the United States by customs officials. During that time he was never told why he was being denied entry. According to the Kansas City Jewish Chronicle, the British man who had offered Louis “Chip” Cantor summer work experience, Kevin Shilling, said the British border agent he spoke to in his attempt to get Cantor admitted into Britian made more than one...
  • Forget a quick shale gas revolution here– we don't have the technology

    06/30/2013 6:21:49 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 14 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 06/30/2013 | Garry White
    Amid all the excitement following last week's news that trapped gas in UK shale formations were double previous expectations, some sobering news from America was lost. A report by the Harvard University-based Kennedy School of Government said that development of shale gas reserves outside the US was "improbable" at the moment. A study issued by the British Geological Survey on Thursday estimated that the rocks of the Bowland shale area, which stretches from the Lancashire coast to Scarborough, holds 1,300 trillion cubic feet of gas. This is twice as much as previous forecasts and prompted Danny Alexander, the Chief Secretary...
  • UK:Couple discover 7,500 machine gun, shotgun and pistol bullets in their back garden

    06/30/2013 3:53:42 PM PDT · by marktwain · 58 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 28 June, 2013 | Peyvand Khorsandi
    A couple who recently moved into a rented home discovered a cache of 7,500 bullets in a pond in their back garden. Neil Tipping, 33, who lives with his girlfriend Eleanor Mercer, 32, made the shocking discovery while he was clearing weeds from the water feature. He said he saw a flash of metal and thought it was a piece of gold, but upon closer inspection he found that it was actually a bullet. Police officers arrived at the house where they discovered 2.2mm rifle rounds, up to 30 machine gun rounds, shotgun cartridges, and a cache of 9mm and...
  • OUTRAGEOUS: The English Defence League Has Its Selma

    06/30/2013 9:42:28 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 11 replies
    The Hayride ^ | 30 June 13 | MacAoidh
    What you’ll see on this video is something so breathtakingly ridiculous that if we just described it and didn’t show it to you, you’d think we were lying. Namely, that Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll, two activists from the anti-Muslim protest group the English Defence League, attempted to conduct a charity walk in East London on behalf of a little girl with neuroblastoma – and included in their plans was to lay a wreath at Woolwich Barracks, the site where British soldier Lee Rigby was slaughtered in broad daylight by a pair of jihadists on May 22. But Robinson and...
  • UK sitting on top of at least FIFTY YEARS of shale gas – report

    06/30/2013 8:31:23 AM PDT · by texas booster · 28 replies
    The Register UK ^ | 27th June 2013 | Andrew Orlowski
    The UK is sitting on a cheap energy economic revolution comparable to the heyday of North Sea Oil, the British Geological Survey suggests. The Survey’s estimate of the potential gas reserves of the Bowland–Hodder shale formation - finally published today – indicate that using today’s technology, the rocks should yield 1,329 TCF (trillion cubic feet) or 37.7 TCM (37,631 BCM, or billion cubic metres) of gas. Bowland Shale is a rock formation stretching from the Irish Sea, across the Midlands and Lancashire, to North Yorkshire. It’s just one of several promising rock formations in the UK rich in gas. Others...
  • Once-a-day jab that will transform life for diabetics approved for NHS use [UK]

    06/29/2013 10:31:45 PM PDT · by expat1000 · 8 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | June 29, 2013 | HILARY FREEMAN
    A once-daily injection to transform the treatment of diabetes has been approved for NHS use. The lixisenatide jab means sufferers would no longer have to inject themselves before or after every meal or snack. At present many of the 3 million Britons with diabetes – whose bodies do not absorb sugar from food, leading to dangerously high levels in the blood – are tied to a strict regime of injections.
  • The Guardian Revealed A Major NSA 'Scoop' Then Deleted It From Their Website

    06/29/2013 8:47:35 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 51 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Jun. 29, 2013, 8:51 PM | Paul Szoldra
    The Guardian released another shocking NSA scoop on Saturday, revealing collusion and mass harvesting of personal communications among the United States and at least six European Union countries — only to delete it from their website hours after publication. The article, titled "Revealed: secret European deals to hand over private data to America," was written by Jamie Doward, who reported information from Wayne Madsen, a former Navy Lt. and NSA employee for 12 years.
  • British embassy flies flag for gay pride in France

    06/29/2013 1:34:19 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 5 replies
    The Local (France) ^ | 29 Jun 2013 10:10 GMT+02:00
    Britain's embassy building in Paris will be adorned by a rainbow flag this weekend in an official show of support for gay pride marches scheduled to take place in the French capital and London. The celebration of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual) pride in Paris will be the first since France legalised gay marriage. Britain is in the process of enacting similar legislation. Peter Ricketts, the British Ambassador in Paris, explained the move. "I am delighted to fly the rainbow flag over the Embassy to mark this week and to show our pride in our LGBT staff and our...
  • Number of children given drugs for ADHD up ninefold [UK]

    06/29/2013 4:34:03 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 10 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | June 29, 2013 | SARAH HARRIS
    Prescriptions for ‘chemical cosh’ drugs to treat hyperactivity have risen almost nine-fold, with claims that children as young as three are taking them. The number of drugs prescriptions to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder has leapt from 92,100 in 1997 to 786,400 last year, say NHS figures. It is feared that youngsters are being given them instead of more expensive counselling and other treatments. Some parents are also believed to be pressurising GPs for drugs to help boost performance at school.
  • EU Subsidies Lost: Cameron Hijacks Summit with Rebate Spat

    06/29/2013 4:02:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | June 28, 2013 – 11:01 AM | Carsten Volkery
    The European Union summit on Thursday night was supposed to be a demonstration of European harmony—until British Prime Minister David Cameron arrived. He insisted that the UK budget rebate go untouched, launching hours of pointless debate. … Other summit participants were less than impressed. Cameron is “never happy” when it comes to the EU budget, complained European Parliament President Martin Schulz. The Cameron offensive was particularly surprising given that the European Council and Parliament on Thursday morning had finally reached an important agreement on the bloc’s budget. Following months of at times acrimonious debate among EU member states, a deal...
  • Babies with three parents could be born by 2015 after controversial genetic treatment...

    06/28/2013 4:45:12 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 24 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6/27/13 | Jenny Hope
    The first baby with three parents could be born as early as 2015 after a landmark decision to move ahead on a controversial genetic treatment. Britain could become the first country to sanction the creation of babies with three genetic parents, despite fears it might lead to ‘designer babies’. The Government will publish draft regulations later this year that will bring techniques a step closer to giving women affected by devastating hereditary diseases the chance to have healthy children. The techniques involve replacing defective DNA in the mother’s egg with material from a donor egg. The resulting healthy child would...