31 October 2013 — Our Kingdom
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28 Signs That The West Coast of the US Is Being Absolutely Fried With Nuclear Radiation From Fukushima
21 October 2013 – The Truth
The map below comes from the Nuclear Emergency Tracking Center. It shows that radiation levels at radiation monitoring stations all over the country are elevated. As you will notice, this is particularly true along the west coast of the United States. Every single day, 300 tons of radioactive water from Fukushima enters the Pacific Ocean. That means that the total amount of radioactive material released from Fukushima is constantly increasing, and it is steadily building up in our food chain. Ultimately, all of this nuclear radiation will outlive all of us by a very wide margin. Continue reading this...
16 October 2013 — Jazz on the Tube
I think I could have been no more than 13 or perhaps 14 when I bought my first jazz album and it was the 1957 classic, ‘Duke Ellington Presents – The Bethlehem Years Volume 2′ made I think after his epic return to fame at the Newport Jazz Festival, after some time in the doldrums. It blew me away, and to this day, whenever I play it I am astounded by the sheer perfection of the arrangements and by the virtuosity and soul of the soloists. Each track on this album, from the opener, ‘Summertime’ through to the last, ‘The Blues’ is a gem with Ray Nance (trumpet, violin, vocals) on ‘I can’t get started’, the Gershwin classic is total perfection. This is the classical music of the 20th century.
It was around this time I got to meet the man himself, backstage at the Gaumont Cinema in Kilburn. I even shook the master’s hand in his dressing room. In the concert I would stand right at the front, my elbows on the stage, glued to the orchestra as they joked and laughed but never missed a beat, like some kind of soul machine. It was heaven to a kid like me, addicted to jazz.
This trio of songs was recorded in 1959 in Switzerland probably the time I met him. The recording sucks but so what, it’s the Duke…
[PCHR_e] Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (22 – 28 August 2013)
29 August 2013 — PCHR - Palestinian Centre for Human Rights LTD (non-profit)
Israeli forces continue systematic attacks against Palestinian civilians and property in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)
21 August 2013 — WSWS
In a comment published Monday, Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger wrote that he and other Guardian journalists were faced with unofficial threats of legal action by the British government, and therefore were forced to destroy hard drives containing material from whistle blower Edward Snowden.
20 August 2013 — RT
The UK Home Office says it has “to protect the public”, but Miranda has accused Britain of a “total abuse of power” and has said he will take legal action against the Home Office. The Guardian is “supportive” of his action.
26 July 2013 — Strategic Culture Foundation
The Snowden affair, as expected, is snowballing, gathering more and more new details and revelations. This has already led to several international scandals (including the egregious example of what happened with Bolivian President Evo Morales’ plane) and most likely will lead to more.
11 July, 2013 — The Wolf Report: Nonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor
1. Anti-Executive Summary: Marx’s theory of revolution is not one that correlates the improving or worsening prospects for revolutionary overthrow with improving or worsening economic conditions. In this regard, Marx is neither a “crisis=revolution” advocate, nor a “growth=revolution” theorist.
‘Imperial Skyjacking’: Bolivian presidential plane grounded in Austria over Snowden stowaway suspicions
2 July 2013 — RT
The Bolivian presidential jet has left Vienna and is on its way to La Paz following a meeting with President Evo Morales, AFP reports.
Morales’ jet was forced into landing in Vienna on Wednesday after several EU countries barred the plane from entering their airspace over suspicions that whistleblower Edward Snowden had stowed away aboard.
30 June 2013 — Strategic Culture Foundation
Europe and the US are being rocked by scandals related to the creation of a system of total surveillance and control over the population of the planet. In the middle of June, human rights defenders from the American Civil Liberties Union sued the US government and US intelligence agencies for wiretapping. Continue reading this...
27 June 2013 — RT
Apparently GCHQ are grabbing this post, along with everything else digital. A police unit acronym SOCMINT, or Social Media Intelligence Task Force, or something like that, is monitoring the Web looking for radical ideas. As the video says, this is not new but it does add to the view that the UK is now a total surveillance state, a hair-breadth’s away from Fascism.
14 June 2013 — Pravda
About 100,000 documents from the archives of Joseph Stalin and the Communist Party of the Soviet Union became available to the general public. The legendary leader is presented in the materials as both a statesman and the man he was in every day life.
8 June 2013 — RT
Hackers affiliated with the Anonymous collective have leaked a US Department of Defense memo relating to the PRISM program, revealing that the National Security Agency has secretly gathered intelligence on millions of Americans for years.
3 June 2013 — WSWS
UK: Unite union imposes Salford NHS Trust’s attacks on workers
Unite trade union, in collaboration with health managers, has forced through pay cuts of up to £6,000 a year against 60 pathology staff at Salford Royal Hospital National Health Trust Laboratory.
22 May 2013 — RT
UK’s Department of Health threw away £74m worth of Tamiflu, the antiviral drug, before its expiry date, due to unsafe storage procedures. In total the country has spent £600 million since 2006 on drugs to fight a flu pandemic that has not materialized.
25 April 2013 — John Pilger
In the wake of Thatcher’s departure, I remember her victims. Patrick Warby’s daughter, Marie, was one of them. Marie, aged five, suffered from a bowel deformity and needed a special diet. Without it, the pain was excruciating. Her father was a Durham miner and had used all his savings. It was winter 1985, the Great Strike was almost a year old and the family was destitute. Although her eligibility was not disputed, Marie was denied help by the Department of Social Security. Later, I obtained records of the case that showed Marie had been turned down because her father was “affected by a Trade dispute”.