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  • Global warming exaggerated, former PM John Howard says

    11/05/2013 1:19:11 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 6th November 2013
    <p>FORMER PM John Howard thinks there'll never be a worldwide climate change agreement and admits he only backed emissions trading before the 2007 election because he faced a "perfect storm" on the issue.</p> <p>"I've always been agnostic about it (climate change)," Mr Howard told reporters in London before his address.</p>
  • NHS could be facing its 'worst winter yet'

    11/05/2013 1:46:28 AM PST · by markomalley · 15 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/5/2013
    Soaring demand, a shortage of doctors and "toxic" overcrowding on hospital warns could make this the "worst winter yet" for NHS accident and emergency departments, a senior consultant has warned. Bernadette Garrihy, a member of the board of the College of Emergency Medicine, said doctors were concerned about their ability to provide "a safe and quality service" this winter and advised patients to only attend casualty departments "as a last resort." She said Government measures to ease the pressure on A&E amounted to "a drop in the ocean" and called for all parts of the NHS and social services to...
  • Terror suspect changed into burka to evade police

    11/04/2013 8:39:57 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 14 replies
    express.co.uk ^ | November 4, 2013 | Dion Dassanayake
    Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed was caught on CCTV arriving at the An-Noor Masjid and Community Centre in Acton, west London, at 10:00am on Friday wearing causual clothing. He was last seen inside the building at 3:15pm, before changing into a burka and making his escape. The 27-year-old, who is wanted for breaching his terrorism prevention and investigation measures notice, has not been seen since.
  • Dog Finds Newborn Abandoned in Park

    11/04/2013 8:01:56 AM PST · by Kartographer · 34 replies
    Vet Street via Yahoo News ^ | 11/4/13 | Dog Finds Newborn Abandoned in Park
    A retiree was walking his German Shepherd, Jade, in a park in Birmingham, England, on Thursday afternoon when she suddenly ran toward the bushes, laid down next to a bag that had been left behind, and refused to move. When owner Roger Wilday got closer, he realized that the bag was a carrier - with a baby inside. Wilday ran to a friend's house nearby to call the police.
  • Iran's charm offensive wanes, Khamenei calls Israel 'illegitimate, bastard regime'

    11/03/2013 5:26:19 PM PST · by Dave346 · 5 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/03/2013 21:46 | Herb Keinon
    Amidror says Israel must remove Iran's existential threat by diplomacy if possible, but if not, then by "other means." Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei put a wrinkle in his country’s “charm offensive” on Sunday, saying Israel was an “illegitimate and bastard regime.” His comments, posted on his Twitter account, came just a few days before a second round of talks in Geneva between his nuclear negotiators and the P5+1, made up of the US, Russia, China, Germany, France and Britain. Even before Khamenei’s tweet, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, speaking at the opening of the weekly cabinet meeting, said, Iran...
  • Man Wrongly Accused of being Pedophile Burned Alive

    11/03/2013 4:51:02 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 58 replies
    A man wrongly accused of being a pedophile was beaten unconscious, set on fire, and killed by two neighborhood "vigilantes." Investigators say the brutal violence in the Bristol, England neighborhood appears to be the result of a vicious rumor mill and a misguided police investigation. According to the Daily Mail, 44-year-old Bijan Ebrahimi was arrested in July after being accused of taking "inappropriate" images of neighborhood children. But after an investigation, police determined that Ebrahimi was actually taking pictures of kids he suspected of vandalizing his prized garden. Despite being released by police with no charges, the Daily Mail reports...
  • How an ex-SAS man and a former Irish Ranger .... rescue dozens of Kenyan mall hostages

    11/03/2013 12:24:26 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 14 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 3rd November 2013
    Witnesses have described how an ex-SAS man and a former Irish Ranger helped to organise the rescue mission which saved dozens of hostages during the Nairobi shopping mall attack. In total at least 67 people died when al-Shabaab gunman carried out the siege at Westgate in Nairobi on September 21. Children as young as five were shot up to five times by the terrorists. But it has emerged that two security consultants took control of the rescue mission before authorities turned up which helped to save dozens of lives, according to The Observer. Witness reports, photographs and video footage gives...
  • Wear a poppy don't burn it: Muslim leaders urge followers to show respect for Remembrance Sunday

    11/03/2013 11:29:15 AM PST · by the scotsman · 16 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3rd November 2013 | Leon Watson
    'Mosques will take the unprecedented step of urging British Muslims to 'wear the poppy, rather than burn it' this week in a bid to counter claims of being unpatriotic. Poppy stalls will be set up at around the country leading up to Remembrance Sunday in a move backed by government ministers and the Royal British Legion. It follows high-profile protests in the past by Muslim extremists, including those linked to the hate preacher Anjem Choudary, and the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby outside Woolwich barracks in south-east London.'
  • UK soldiers 'admit New York fight with policeman'

    11/02/2013 10:23:44 AM PDT · by MadMitch · 10 replies
    Four British Army soldiers have admitted being involved in a fight with an off-duty New York policeman, the Associated Press (AP) is reporting. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24786388
  • BBC radio presenter Paul Gambaccini arrested in sex abuse inquiry

    11/02/2013 2:54:09 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 15 replies
    abc.net.au ^ | Nov 2 2013 | abc
    Veteran BBC broadcaster Paul Gambaccini has been arrested as part of a wider British inquiry set up to examine sexual abuse stemming from claims against late presenter Jimmy Savile. The US-born radio and TV presenter, 64, confirmed his arrest in a statement but denied the allegations. He was released on bail following his arrest on Tuesday, which the BBC had previously refused to confirm. The BBC said the DJ would not be presenting his weekly radio show for "coming weeks".
  • Nigel Farage: We must defend Christian heritage

    11/01/2013 9:42:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10:00PM GMT 01 Nov 2013 | Cristina Odone
    An Audience With … Nigel Farage features a stage with only a table, a chair, and a bottle of wine as props. Farage thinks it will give him a chance to “explain who I am” and, crucially, to “reach a new audience”. … “We need a much more muscular defense of our Judeo-Christian heritage. Yes, we’re open to different cultures, but we have to defend our values. That’s the message I want to hear from the Archbishop of Canterbury and from our politicians. Anything less is appeasement of the worst kind.” Yet he speaks not as a defender of the...
  • The Left is trying to rehabilitate Karl Marx. Let´s remind them of the millions who died

    11/01/2013 4:37:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 39 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 11/1/13 | Tim Stanley
    I can´t quite believe that I´ve just sat through ten minutes of BBC television in which British journalists Owen Jones and Zoe Williams have defended Karl Marx as the prophet of the End of Capitalism. Unbelievable because I had thought Marxism was over with the fall of the Berlin Wall--when we discovered that socialism was one part bloodshed, one part farce. [Snip] Sixty-five million were murdered in China--starved, hounded to suicide, shot as class traitors. Twenty million in the USSR, 2 million in North Korea, 1.7 million in Africa. The nightmare of Cambodia (2 million dead) is especially vivid.
  • Thorium backed as a 'future fuel'

    11/01/2013 1:47:34 PM PDT · by Innovative · 107 replies
    BBC News ^ | Oct 31, 2013 | Roger Harrabin
    Nuclear scientists are being urged by the former UN weapons inspector Hans Blix to develop thorium as a new fuel. Mr Blix says that the radioactive element may prove much safer in reactors than uranium. His enthusiasm is shared by some in the British nuclear establishment. Scientists at the UK’s National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) have been encouraged by the government to help research on an Indian thorium-based reactor, and on a test programme in Norway. China is going for a revolutionary approach, devising a next-generation reactor which its supporters say will enable thorium to be used much more safely than...
  • Sugary drinks tax (20%!) 'effective public health measure'

    11/01/2013 10:49:07 AM PDT · by Innovative · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | Oct 31, 2013 | BBC
    A 20% tax on sugary drinks would reduce the number of obese adults in the UK by 180,000, say researchers writing in the British Medical Journal. Earlier this year doctors called for a soft drinks tax to reduce sugar intake. The impact would be greatest in the under-30s, the Oxford and Reading university study suggests. But some groups say a tax is misguided and simplistic, and would not have an impact on older age groups who might benefit most from losing weight.
  • Russia: Hidden chips 'launch spam attacks from irons' (from China)

    11/01/2013 6:45:32 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 35 replies
    bbc ^ | 28 October 2013 | BBC Monitoring
    State-owned channel Rossiya 24 even showed footage of a technician opening up an iron included in a batch of Chinese imports to find a "spy chip" with what he called "a little microphone". Its correspondent said the hidden devices were mostly being used to spread viruses, by connecting to any computer within a 200m (656ft) radius which were using unprotected Wi-Fi networks. Other products found to have rogue components reportedly included mobile phones and car dashboard cameras.
  • So loyal, so brave: The dog who flew against the Luftwaffe

    11/01/2013 4:24:33 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1st November 2013 | Damien Lewis
    Antis the German shepherd was discovered as a puppy in No Man's Land RAF gunner Robert Bozdech adopted him as a member of 311 Squadron Dog saved lives and could hear Luftwaffe planes before they arrived Eventually he stowed away aboard Robert's aircraft, risking death and injury He was awarded the Dickin medal for 'outstanding devotion to duty'
  • PRINCE CHARLES BLAMES SYRIA CIVIL WAR ON…GLOBAL WARMING

    10/31/2013 4:10:43 PM PDT · by onyx · 102 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Oct. 31, 2013 8:32am | Oct. 31, 2013 8:32am
    <p>The heir to the British throne is blaming the Syrian civil war that’s claimed more than 100,000 lives on global warming.</p> <p>In remarks to the World Islamic Economic Forum meeting in London this week, Prince Charles described the bloody Syria conflict as a “terrifyingly graphic” example of the negative effects of climate change.</p>
  • UK’s ‘Dhimmi’ Cameron embraces Sharia Compliant Finance

    10/31/2013 1:36:11 PM PDT · by george76 · 1 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | October 30, 2013 | Walid Shoebat
    In an act of dhimmitude that would make Sir Winston Churchill roll over in his grave, the increasingly submissive Prime Minister of Great Britain – David Cameron – has decided to embrace Sharia Compliant Finance (SCF). Like a python’s victim, Cameron has just caused his country to exhale a bit more of its breath, after which, the grip tightens. ... Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that the UK will become the first non-Muslim country to issue an Islamic bond. At the World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) in London, he also announced plans for a new Islamic index on the...
  • UK'S TOP COURT: OK FOR HOSPITAL TO STOP TREATMENT

    10/30/2013 6:20:00 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | October 30, 2013 | Associated Press
    LONDON (AP) -- Britain's highest court has ruled in favor of a hospital that withheld treatment from a terminally ill man despite the family's opposition.
  • 24,000 Brits Will Die From Cold This Winter

    10/29/2013 8:26:26 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 57 replies
    Ice Age Now.info ^ | 28OCT2013 | Jenny Hope
    Elderly people unable to afford fuel bills advised to “heat only their living rooms during daytime this winter.” Research by the charity Age UK has found potentially fatal consequences from living in poorly heated housing. “Cold temperatures endanger the elderly by increasing the risk of flu, chest infections and other respiratory problems, and their severity. “Fewer than one in 10 Britons aged 65 and over are aware that strokes can be brought on by the cold in winter, with only 14 per cent recognising that the cold can impact on heart attacks. “Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director of Age UK, said...
  • Britain to become first non-Muslim country to launch sharia bond

    10/29/2013 9:44:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | October 29, 2013 | Harry Wilson
    Britain is set to become the first non-Muslim country to sell a bond that can be bought by Islamic investors in a bid to encourage massive new investment into the City. David Cameron will say in a speech on Tuesday at the World Islamic Economic Forum in London that the Treasury is drawing up plans to issue a Ł200m Sukuk, a form of debt that complies with Islamic financial law.
  • America's Slippage Is Obama's Fault ... or Not

    10/29/2013 7:42:51 AM PDT · by B4Ranch · 4 replies
    http://www.thedailybell.com ^ | October 28, 2013 | Staff Report
    America's Slippage Is Obama's Fault ... or Not By Staff Report - October 28, 2013 World's anger at Obama policies goes beyond Europe and the NSA ... Whether miffed over spying revelations or feeling sold out by U.S. moves in the Middle East, some of the United States' closest allies are so upset that the Obama administration has gone into damage-control mode to ensure the rifts don't widen and threaten critical partnerships. The quarrels differ in their causes and degrees of seriousness. As a whole, however, they pose a new foreign policy headache for an administration whose overseas track record...
  • Savile's convicted paedophile BBC driver found dead

    10/29/2013 2:40:45 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 7 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 28 October 2013 | Rebecca Camber
    A former BBC driver was found dead yesterday as he was due to stand trial for sex crimes uncovered as part of the Jimmy Savile inquiry. David Smith, 67, chauffeur to Savile and other celebrities during the 1980s is believed to have committed suicide on the eve of his court appearance. Police were called to Smith’s address after receiving a court summons at 1pm when he failed to appear for trial. A team of detectives discovered his body in his third-floor council flat in Lewisham, south-east London, shortly after breaking in at 2.20pm.
  • Innocent man burned to death by vigilante neighbours

    10/28/2013 8:19:31 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 28 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 28 October 2013 | By Luke Salkeld
    An innocent man was viciously beaten and then burned to death by vigilante neighbours who wrongly believed rumours that he was a paedophile. Bijan Ebrahimi, a keen gardener, had taken photographs of youths vandalising his hanging baskets and intended to hand them to police as evidence. ...
  • Woman minister refuses to wear a red poppy at remembrance service ‘because it is a symbol of war’

    10/28/2013 12:29:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 12:56 EST, 28 October 2013 | Hugo Gye
    A minister has refused to wear a poppy when she conducts this year’s remembrance service because she believes the symbol “advocates war”. Patricia Jackson told other clergy that she would be happy to sport a white poppy during the proceedings on Remembrance Sunday, but will not wear a red one. Her decision has upset many parishioners at Hadley Methodist Church in Telford, Shropshire, who claimed that the American-born priest “doesn’t seem to realize” the importance of the poppy. …
  • EU to push ahead on data protection despite UK opposition

    10/28/2013 12:02:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    EurActiv ^ | 28 October 2013 | Jeremy Fleming
    The European Commission is set to ignore attempts to delay the implementation of a proposed new data protection regulation (DPR) suggested at last week’s EU summit, claiming that the meeting’s conclusions have been misinterpreted. EurActiv has learned that the EU executive instead believes that a mandate to push forward with new rules by spring next year remains possible, and that this can be achieved even in the face of strong opposition from the UK. … The Parliament, and Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding, have consistently tied the need for stronger data protection to acknowledge alleged privacy abuses arising from information leaked...
  • Winston Churchill to ‘bust’ into the Capitol after sculpture booted from the White House

    10/28/2013 7:14:08 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | 10-7-13 | Leslie Larson
    A statue of the late prime minister will be added to the Capitol collection after President Obama removed a similar artwork from the Oval Office, opting for Martin Luther King Jr. instead. "Never, never, never give up." Republicans in Congress are taking Winston Churchill's words to heart. A bust of the late prime minister will be added to the Capitol collection in the National Statuary Hall, after President Obama chucked the bust that had been loaned to the U.S. from the British. The artwork has become a political hot potato, with Republicans slamming the President for offending America's ally by...
  • Manchester United 'swastika': the club should have ignored the pointless prigs on Twitter

    10/28/2013 3:01:09 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/28/2013 | Jack Rivlin
    Manchester United are the victims of the latest bout of pointless outrage from the sensitivity squad after the club sent an email to fans which carried an “offensive” graphic (pictured above). Apparently the logo resembles a swastika, and it is accompanied by the headline “New Order”, a phrase Hitler used a bit.It doesn’t even look like a swastika. It doesn’t really look like anything, except a rather over-designed modernist stamp. The letters M, U, F and C probably can’t even be arranged into a swastika. And New Order. Well, yeah, Hitler did talk about a “New Order of Europe”, but...
  • Is there a creature in discovered space more close-minded than a self-conscious liberal?

    10/28/2013 2:30:23 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/28/2013 | Daniel Hannan
    All human beings have their assumptions, their biases. But there is something vast and indestructible about the bias of those who have convinced themselves that they, unlike the rest of us, have risen above perspective to inhabit a world of pure facts.It's amazing how often we let them get away with it, too. Plenty of people believe, for example, that the Economist is more impartial than the Daily Mail or the Guardian. In fact, all three papers have their prejudices. Name an issue and I'll tell you, with 80 per cent certainty, where each of them will stand on it....
  • US spying: Britain forced to sign EU statement expressing ‘deep concern’

    10/26/2013 5:56:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12:44PM BST 25 Oct 2013 | Bruno Waterfield and Christopher Hope
    Britain has been forced to “silently acquiesce” to a European Union statement expressing “deep concern” over American spying and intelligence operations that have undermined trust between Europe’s governments. Germany and France joined forces in the early hours of Friday morning to isolate Britain by demanding that United States sign a “code of conduct” with them and other EU countries to prevent American intelligence services spying on Europe. … Following tense talks throughout Thursday night a Brussels summit on the conduct of US snooping operations, including accusations that Britain was spying on Italy, David Cameron was forced by 27 other European...
  • Analysis: Obama's aversion to Mideast conflicts fuels backlash from allies

    10/25/2013 6:54:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 10/25/13 | Matt Spetalnick
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - From Saudi Arabia to Israel, traditional U.S. allies in the Middle East are beginning to ask: Is America turning its back on us? President Barack Obama's diplomatic overtures to old foe Iran and his last-minute refusal to attack Syria have officials in Israel, the Gulf countries and Turkey wondering if Washington is deliberately neglecting them to avoid being dragged into a Middle East facing deeper sectarian strife and concerns that Tehran may be seeking a nuclear bomb. Media reports that the U.S. National Security Agency may have spied on the leaders of Germany, Mexico and Brazil have...
  • Police Clarify Toy Shop 'Gun' Claim ('Revolutionary Raid')

    10/26/2013 9:31:42 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Express ^ | Fri, October 25, 2013
    Police chiefs today defended raiding a toy model shop and claiming they may have found the UK's first ever 3D printed firearm.The seizure, initially described as "a really significant discovery", was part of a much-heralded crackdown on organised crime, Operation Challenger, launched by Greater Manchester Police (GMP). But hours later it emerged GMP may have jumped the gun, releasing a second statement about the raid in which Assistant Chief Constable Steve Heywood said: "We need to be absolutely clear that, at this stage, we cannot categorically say we have recovered the component parts for a 3D gun." The 38-year-old pony-tailed...
  • 3-D gun raid in UK may have nabbed printer parts

    10/26/2013 9:01:18 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | 10-25-13 | Heather Kelly
    Sometimes a 3-D printer part is just a 3-D printer part. Police thought they had seized the UKs first 3-D-printed gun on Thursday when they raided a local model-making shop, arrested its 38-year-old owner, and confiscated a 3-D printer and a number of parts they believed were for a 3-D printed gun. However, it now appears the parts are likely just replacement components for the 3-D printer itself. Officers suspected one piece was a 3-D-printed plastic magazine and the other a 3-D-printed trigger. The seizure was part of a larger raid targeting organized crime by the Greater Manchester Police. "If...
  • Twitter Mistake: Police Sorry For Immigrant Tweet

    10/26/2013 8:12:50 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 12 replies
    uk.news.yahoo.com ^ | Oct 26 ,2013 | Sky News
    Police have apologised after they were branded "racist" for sending a tweet saying "Officers 1 Immigrants 0". The offending message was sent out by an officer at Guildford Police via the Surrey force's official Twitter account during an operation against illegal immigrants. It was accompanied by the hashtag 'We Will Catch Up With You' and followed the arrests of eight people at a mobile carwash in Sainsbury's in Burpham. The post said: "re the last tweet. the PCSO was 13331 Mullard and the help of colleagues from the town team. Officers 1 Imigrants 0!!" After the posting, on Thursday night,...
  • Great Escape hero who helped dispose of soil dug by prisoners at Nazi camp, dies at 91

    10/26/2013 7:19:00 AM PDT · by NYer · 42 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | October 17, 2013 | MARK DUELL
    One of the few remaining British survivors of a German prisoner of war camp immortalised in The Great Escape film has died aged 91. Royal Air Force gunner Frank Stone, of Hathersage, Derbyshire, was taken to Stalag Luft III in Zagan as a teenager during the Second World War after his bomber crashed in Mannheim in 1940.He was in hut 104, home to 76 airmen who tried to escape via a 348ft tunnel in 1944. But the alarm was raised before Mr Stone, who had helped dispose of soil from the tunnel, could join them.Scroll down for video War hero:...
  • MEGASTORM: Devastating 100mph winds to bring 48 hours of ‘utter hell’ THIS weekend

    10/26/2013 7:00:47 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 55 replies
    express.co.uk ^ | October 26, 2013 | Nathan Rao
    The Met Office last night extended a severe weather warning, amid fears of hurricane-force winds of up to 100mph. Forecaster Dan Williams said a “very serious situation” could trigger widespread destruction tomorrow going into Monday. He urged against nonessential travel, saying: “We are looking at a very severe storm to hit the UK.” The Government forecasters have not ruled out issuing a very rare red “take action” warning – reserved for the worst maximum severity storms – today or tomorrow.
  • Police seize parts for 'Britain's first 3D gun' in raid

    10/25/2013 10:03:40 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 28 replies
    Express.co.uk ^ | October 25, 2013 | By: Benjamin Russell
    Police believe the parts represent the "next generation" of firearms, which can be created by gangsters in the privacy of their own homes and smuggled with ease due to the fact they can avoid X-ray detection. The gun parts were discovered, along with a 3D printer, when officers from Greater Manchester Police executed a series of warrants in the Bagley area yesterday. Police found what is suspected to be a 3D plastic magazine and trigger which could be fitted together to make a working gun. A man has been arrested on suspicion of making gunpowder and remains in custody for...
  • BREAKING: NSA Has Been Monitoring Calls of 35 World Leaders

    10/24/2013 12:30:47 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 24, 2013 | Heather Ginsberg
    According to The Guardian, the NSA has been monitoring the phone conversations of 35 world leaders after being given the numbers by an official in another U.S. government department. This has all been revealed in documents provided by Edward Snowden. The memo, given over by the whistleblower, shows that the NSA encourages senior officials in its “customer” departments (meaning White House, Department of State and the Pentagon) to share their rolodexes so that they could add phone numbers of foreign politicians to their surveillance lists. This same document also notes that one official in particular gave over 200 numbers, of...
  • US denies spying on David Cameron (UK)

    10/24/2013 3:02:35 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/24/2013 | Raf Sanchez
    The White House has explicitly said US spies never monitored David Cameron's communications but refused to say whether it had ever tapped Angela Merkel's phone in the past. A spokesman for President Barack Obama told The Telegraph that the US never targeted the prime minister but the White House would not offer the same assurances about the German chancellor. The distinction is likely to be seen in Berlin as further evidence that Mrs Merkel's phone was monitored by American spies, escalating what threatens to become a major international incident between the US and a key European ally. Mrs Merkel phoned...
  • New NHS chief could bring in paid-for, ‘America-type’ healthcare, warns union head

    10/24/2013 2:40:41 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/24/2013 | Theo Merz
    The NHS could become an American-style service paid for through insurance contributions following the appointment of a new chief executive, the head of health at the country's largest union has suggested. Christina McAnea, Unison's head of health, made the comments after Simon Stevens - a former advisor to Tony Blair who is currently an executive for a US private healthcare firm - was announced as the next head of the organisation. She said she was “concerned” about what the move could mean. “Is this the Tory and Lib Dem Government hoping to import America-type values into the NHS, a sort...
  • Hit power firms w/windfall tax, Major urges Cameron…must show heart & conscience, ex-PM warns Tories

    10/23/2013 10:52:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 18:19 EST, 22 October 2013 | James Chapman and Matt Chorley
    John Major yesterday told the Tories to show “a heart and social conscience” as he proposed a windfall tax on energy firms. Piling pressure on David Cameron over soaring power bills, the former prime minister said it was “criminally easy” to overlook the millions of “silent citizens” struggling through no fault of their own. He said it was wrong that so many families would have “to choose between keeping warm and eating” this winter. … Most British voters will opt to remain within the European Union in the proposed in/out referendum, Sir John Major suggested. …
  • Father started fatal blaze after daughter planned 'love marriage', court told ( UK )

    10/23/2013 9:12:40 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Birmingham Mail ^ | 22 Oct 2013 | Ross McCarthy
    A father-of-three left furious when his daughter decided to marry for love killed his wife when he torched the family home, a court heard. Mohammed Inayat wanted Kalsoom Bibi to have an arranged marriage instead, Birmingham Crown Court was told. A jury heard Inayat ignited petrol in seven different parts of his house in Cateswell Road, Yardley, early on April 17 – the day Miss Bibi was due to fly to her lover in Dubai. His wife Naika died of carbon monoxide poisoning and another of his daughters, who jumped from a bedroom window, suffered 50 per cent burns
  • Underage Somalian girl trafficked to UK for organ harvesting: UK report

    10/23/2013 8:23:18 AM PDT · by topher · 18 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Tue Oct 22, 2013 13:57 EST | by Hilary White
    LONDON, October 22, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – An unnamed underage Somalian girl was brought by traffickers into Britain to be used as an unwilling “organ donor,” a report by the British government has revealed. But, as horrifying as the revelation is, Britain’s leading anti-child trafficking organization has speculated the problem may actually be more widespread than the report indicates. “Traffickers are exploiting the demand for organs and the vulnerability of children,” Bharti Patel, the chief executive of Ecpat UK, a charity that combats child trafficking, told the Daily Telegraph. “It’s unlikely that a trafficker is going to take this risk and...
  • Murder Stirs British Debate on the Roots of Extremism

    10/22/2013 10:18:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 22, 2013 | Katrin Bennhold
    Pavlo Lapshyn, a gifted 25-year-old engineering student from Ukraine, had come to Britain after winning a prestigious placement at a software company. A special awards ceremony had been held at the British ambassador’s residence in Kiev, and in April Mr. Lapshyn arrived in Birmingham. Five days later, he took a knife, roamed the streets of a multiethnic Birmingham neighborhood and stabbed a bearded man three times in the back, killing him. He did not know the man, Mohammed Saleem, an 82-year-old grandfather of 22 who was walking home from evening prayers at a local mosque. Mr. Lapshyn, who pleaded guilty...
  • Governments manage everything badly – even equality

    10/22/2013 4:05:47 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/22/2013 | Daniel Hannan
    Morecambe was the exception, say supporters of a state monopoly in healthcare. And Redditch was the exception. And Mid Staffs was the exception. And so were all the rest. It would be quite wrong, they insist, to extrapolate from these monstrous failures. Why not focus instead on the daily heroism of NHS workers elsewhere? It's true that most people working in the NHS are friendly and helpful, and some are indeed heroic. That's why we put up with a system which, on most measures, produces worse outcomes than rival models across the developed world: because we don't want to seem...
  • It’s official: thanks to Stephen Hawking's Israel boycott, anti-Semitism is no more

    10/22/2013 1:13:52 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 13 replies
    The Independent [UK] | 17 May 2013 | Howard Jacobson
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  • The NHS makes people unhealthy, says rock legend Roger Daltrey

    10/21/2013 10:10:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 10/21/13 | Miranda Prynne
    Rock legend Roger Daltrey has questioned the effectiveness of the NHS claiming it encourages people to lead unhealthy lives because they know they will get free treatment. The Who frontman, who at 69 is still a picture of good health, said offering state-run free healthcare meant people did not bother looking after themselves. He said: “We have this free NHS, which makes us take our health for granted and means we don’t take responsibility for looking after ourselves. “Most illnesses people suffer from are because of their lifestyles.” His comments came just days after Labour peer Lord Warner’s dire warning
  • Britain: Scandal-Plagued Muslim School "Dysfunctional"

    10/21/2013 9:59:06 AM PDT · by george76 · 1 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | October 21, 2013 | Soeren Kern
    the Al-Madinah School is being investigated by the government over alleged financial irregularities. A taxpayer-funded Muslim school in England that was recently exposed for operating according to Islamic Sharia law has been condemned by government inspectors as being "dysfunctional" and "in chaos." Ofsted, the official agency for inspecting British schools, launched an urgent investigation into the Al-Madinah School in Derby, an industrial city in central England, after it emerged that Islamic fundamentalists running the school ordered all female teachers -- including those who are not Muslim -- to cover their heads and shoulders with a hijab, an Islamic scarf. In...
  • Wahhabis Remark at Hajj: 'We will Kill You Shia Men and Rape Your Women' ( Detroit mentioned )

    10/20/2013 10:52:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    Arab American pilgrims from the Metro Detroit area where attacked and assaulted, for what appears to be sectarian reasons, on Wednesday, Oct. 16, while performing the rituals of Hajj in Mina, Saudi Arabia. Mina is a town near Mecca, where pilgrims sleep in tents and stone three pillars, representing the satan, with seven pebbles, on the last day of Hajj. The Saudi government has built thousand of air-conditioned tents to accommodate pilgrims, during this ritual. A known female community leader said that when the local group entered Tent Section 40, an area designated for American, European and Australian Muslims, a...
  • UK nuclear power plant gets go-ahead

    10/21/2013 2:02:22 AM PDT · by Winniesboy · 4 replies
    BBC News ^ | Occtober 21 2013 | anon
    The government has given the go-ahead for the UK's first new nuclear station in a generation. France's EDF Energy will lead a consortium, which includes Chinese investors, to build the Hinkley Point C plant... Critics warn guaranteeing the group a price for electricity at twice the current level will raise bills... "For the first time, a nuclear station in this country will not have been built with money from the British taxpayer," said Secretary of State for Energy Edward Davey.... Ministers and EDF have been in talks...about the minimum price the company will be paid for electricity produced at the...