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Kill The Poor

“Welcome ladies and gentlemen, to the official DWP 1st annual “piss on the poor” party and karaoke night. Tonight our first song is dedicated to a very special person, Mr Ian Duncan Smith.

Please stand up Mr Smith.

Can we shine a spotlight on him …….. no no it’s not that man, the one behind him with the bald head that looks like a SS concentration camp guard, yes that’s the one.  A round of applause for the man who is single-handedly responsible for the funding of tonight’s party.  All paid for from savings made due to the massive increase in sanctions handed out to the peasants by this man. Thank you Mr Smith. Sieg Hail Sieg Hail!!

And so on with the festivities.  In honour of your achievements we would like to dedicate this song to you Ian, I know it is one of his favourites…..”

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Balcombe Anti Fracking Protest Going Strong

Fracking company Cuadrilla Resources are trying to start drilling in Balcombe, West Sussex and the community is trying to stop them. Over 250 people stopped 15 trucks bring on equipment on Day 1 (Thurs). On Day 2 more than 100 police were used to break the blockade and escort trucks onto the fracking site. On Day 3 the community continued to resist attempts to force trucks through the blockade but gave up early afternoon. On Day 4 Cuadrilla did not attempt to bring any trucks onto the site. On Day 5 Cuadrilla continued to try to push trucks through the blockade and the community have continued to resist. Camp is still going strong and renewed efforts are being made to defend Balcombe. See Fracking In Balcombe: A Community Says No for background to issues involved.

 

 

Day 8 Today we have seen a new tactic by the protestors trying to stop lorries into the Cuadrilla site. Say hello to Big Red 🙂

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A permanently immobilized old fire engine sat in the entrance to the fracking site.  Its with a fond nostalgia that I look at these scenes. So reminiscent of the 1990s and all the anti road protests going on.  It is good what with the fight against austerity going on in so many ways that there are people out there who are still prepared to put their liberty on the line for environmental issues, that occasionally come out second place in hard times like this.

Of course the truth still remains that without learning to live on this planet in a sustainable and ecological manner then we are all doomed no matter what socio economic system we use.  This frackin is a perfect example of the crazy world we live in where profit is put before safety, community and sustainability. Instead if fracking is allowed wholesale in the UK we will be facing pollution of our water table on a massive scale nevermind all the droughts brought on by the sheer quantities needed to frack. Then of course there will be the earthquakes, the destruction of grren belt land and the inevitable health problems that will arise in highly fracked areas due to the radioactive isotopes and other pollutants that are mixed in with the water they use.

I saw a poll in the Daily Mirror a couple of days ago about if you thinking the government should go ahead with fracking or not. At the time of viewing I saw a resounding 93% said NO to fracking in this country. So there is hope yet. Lets hope we see that 93% turn from just opinion into action. The protest right now is needing more bodies and supplies so if you can help please get down there. Otherwise look up any  anti fracking groups near you or even form your own if you feel your community could be under threat from this latest attempt of the capitalists to squeeze mother earth dry.

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So Camerons New Porn Blocker Is Only Going To Block Porn ….. Right?

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WRONG

In fact due to the complexities of the internet and to be honest the complexity of most things. No one really knows what may be caught up by their free speech free information blockers.  Though you can be sure that the false positives getting reported will be massive.

By default they are turned on to block porn  ( or whatever some board says is porn )

But also from speaking to ISPs it has been found out that many other things also will be by default censored.

This is the list so far of what is known to be being censored :

☑ pornography
☑ violent material
☑ extremist and terrorist related content
☑ anorexia and eating disorder websites
☑ suicide related websites
☑ alcohol
☑ smoking
☑ web forums
☑ esoteric material
☑ web blocking circumvention tools

So already it has gone from just porn to many different topics. I understand the reasoning for most of these choices if taken at face value. The problems begin when defining these choices. Who gets to choose? what are the criteria? Is there oversight? What about false positives?  What about the right to appeal? aswell as many more questions.

Lets take a closer look at these potential victims topics :

Number 1  Pornography.   Does it mean hardcore porn, full nudity, erections, page 3 topless, sexually explicit MTV superstars performing fake oral sex on video. What about sex education websites?  What about Hentai and other animated styles?  naturist websites?  Art?

Number 2 Violent material.  So what is that going to be then? banned from seeing the collateral murder vid released from wikileaks. Of maybe of watching any of our troops when in active war zones. Maybe it will include a lot of so-called violent video games too?  Animated violence like Tom And Jerry gonna be banned too?

number 3 Extremist and terrorist related content.   Main question I want to ask here is who gets to choose who is a terrorist?  Some people would apply it to Jihadist group or far right groups.  Some people may find other groups could be classed as terrorists. From things like animal rights activists, to oppressed minorities fighting for their land back.  One mans terrorist is another mans freedom fighter.

Number 4 Anorexia and eating disorder websites. Okay so straight away it could be sites that are trying to help anorexic people will end getting blocked.  But on the plus side maybe McDonald’s will be blocked for causing obesity in people, Or maybe the whole supermodel and fashion industry could be blocked for showing  anorexic women as role models….

Number 5 Suicide related websites. I suppose this is aimed at how to kill yourself type websites but could also include an assortment of goth and emo sites or informative or counselling sites for bereaved families after suicide.

Number 6 Alcohol    LOLOLOL I wish them luck with that,:P  I figure about a third of the internet could be blocked if it mentions alcohol

Number 7  Smoking  Now this is getting to serious nanny state behaviour. Smoking FFS  This is not only censorship but social programming.

Number 8 web forums    W    T    F !!!  Seriously, no need for them to be about anything that is harmful in any way, just any web forum that may contain info that some unknown censor deems to be offensive  and it is gone, Blocked!  There goes politics, debate, free speech and free thought.  This is basically sneaking into a law about porn the option to block ANYTHING that TPTB don’t want you to see. MP caught in embarrassing situation … suddenly website blocked

Number 8 Esoteric Material. Ahh they are protecting us from demons witches and the  mysteries of the universe.  Hmmm would that not be in direct contravention on the freedom of religion in the universal declaration of human rights? Not just for the Wiccans but after all Religion full stop is esoteric by its very nature. So all religion blocked by default

Number 9 Web Blocking Circumvention Tools. LOL well of course. be foolish to lock the door then leave the key in the lock 😛

Anyway what I am trying to say rather badly is that we have to stop this stupid stupid idea of Cameron’s. Otherwise it will end up in the wholesale censorship of the free internet, one step at a time. They will nudge and nudge and keep on nudging along until everything they want is censored. I.e ANY political dissent or views that do not coincide with the moral majority.

Am I being paranoid and taking this too far?  I really do hope so, but you only have to have a passing knowledge of history and politics and you will know that this is how change is brought about in this day and age. It is the age of Orwellian doublespeak, of spin, of saying one thing and doing the opposite, of giving an inch and taking a mile. It is also true that this government building on the work of new labours spin masters have pushed and perfected this technique of slow creep and mass distraction to a new limit, until it gets to the point that when I hear a government minister say one thing I automatically assume he is lying and look for the real reason behind his words.

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Dying cancer victim faces eviction from Birmingham home in bedroom tax row

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The first evictions over the government’s controversial “bedroom tax” are set to begin as notices and final demand letters are being put through the letter boxes of social housing tenants around the country.Including that of Veronica Kenning a 57-year-old cancer sufferer :

A wheelchair-bound mum dying of cancer is facing eviction from her council house in a bedroom tax row .

Veronica Kenning could lose the only home she has ever known after refusing to pay the £23.57-a-week demanded by Birmingham City Council .

The 57-year-old said she would fight her case in court – but admitted any hearing would have to be quick as she was given a year to live last August.

Veronica, who has also suffered from ME for 26 years, said: “I told the council I was never going to pay because I’m dying.

“They shouldn’t be asking for it. It’s disgraceful.

“I told them they could take me to court – but they would have to be quick.”

Veronica was told in February that she faced paying out under the bedroom tax after her daughter moved out of their three-bedroom home in Brook Meadow Road, Shard End.

The controversial benefits shake-up, which cuts payouts for those with spare rooms, came into force on April 1.

It was blamed for causing the death of Solihull grandmother Stephanie Bottrill, who was hit by a lorry on the M6 on May 4.

Veronica, who has cancer of the oesophagus, has already received a letter warning the council intended to seek possession of the home where she has spent her entire life.

The document told her: “Your rent debt is now at an unacceptable level and we are serving you with a notice of seeking possession. This is a legal notice and should not be ignored.”

Veronica admitted she had rebuffed the council’s attempts to encourage her to apply for cash to help her pay her way.

She said: “I haven’t got enough time left to waste it filling out forms.

“I might not even qualify. I’m making a stand.”

A spokesman for Birmingham City Council said: “We have been in regular contact with Mrs Kenning, urging her to apply for discretionary housing payment, which we feel, in her circumstances, she would qualify for.

“Indeed, we have told her we will take a telephone application to make things easier for her.

“Unfortunately she has refused on every occasion to make a claim.

“We are deeply sympathetic to Mrs Kenning’s plight and have written, phoned and visited her property in order to try to help her get the assistance available to her.

“However, her consistent refusal to allow us to help her has left us with little option as she has made it clear to us that she does not want to apply for discretionary housing payment.”

 

I would just like to salute Veronica for being such a brave inspiration to us all. Knowing she is dying she is using her own situation to highlight the evil and targeted discrimination against disabled people by this government.  Most people would have applied for the grant then shut up, do what they were told and used what little time they have left to try to come to terms with themselves and find peace and a  bit of happiness. Instead Ms Kenning  is setting an example and hopefully that example will be used to shine a light on the plight of many thousands of people being affected by these unfair rules.

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Man cuts throat with knife in Runcorn benefits office in protest bedroom tax

 

Another story today of the stress that some people are under due to this governments war on welfare.

A MAN cut his throat with a knife in a Runcorn benefits advice office during an outburst about the bedroom tax.

An eyewitness, who asked not be identified, heard the middle-aged man say he was ‘sick of all this sh*t’ then watched him drag a blade through skin from his ear down to his throat on each side of his neck.

The wounds left him and the floor spattered with blood, the witness said.

Staff hit an emergency alarm during the incident.

It happened at about 2pm on Monday, at Halton Direct Link in Halton Lea shopping centre.

Cheshire police officers have spoken to the man, who suffered ‘minor injuries’, about his wellbeing.

No criminal offences were reported.

Halton Borough Council said he was receiving support following the incident, as are Link staff.

The witness, who was waiting in line to see an adviser, said no other residents reacted to the outburst but that staff seemed ‘a little bit shocked’.

He said: “From what I could see, the bloke had gone to see an adviser.

“He was upset about the bedroom tax and wasn’t getting through and he started to cut his throat on both sides and threw the knife on the floor and he had blood coming from his neck.

“There was a lot of blood but it hadn’t come out of his artery, he wasn’t gushing out blood.

“He went through the side of his neck from his ear to the front.

“It would have needed medical attention.

“Everyone was just sat about normal waiting to go and see the adviser. I was in the queue. Nobody did nothing.”

A Halton Council spokesman said: “We are aware of this incident. The person concerned is receiving appropriate support and we are supporting our staff who witnessed the incident.”

So there you have it people. If you are having trouble because of the new Tory policies be it the bedroom tax or the WCAs, its ok, all you have to do to be acknowledged is to cut your own throat. Then and only then, you may actually get the support you need. Though I wouldn’t hold your breath.

My only worry is that during the ATOS work assessment evidence of cutting ones own throat may be used of proof that you can use your hands properly and have adequate hand  and eye co-ordination  and are therefore fit for work 😛

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Without immigrants, our country wouldn’t function. So let’s give it a go…

 

I have a modest proposal for the likes of Ukip, MigrationWatch, the Home Secretary, David Goodhart, Paul Dacre and, of course, the BNP. Why not call for “A Day Without Immigrants?” Wouldn’t that demonstrate, once and for all, that neither our economy nor our society needs migrants? That they are a burden, rather than a blessing?

“A Day Without Immigrants” was the name given to a rather innovative series of protests in the US in 2006, which brought more than a million Latinos on to the streets of 50 cities, from New York to Los Angeles. They boycotted shops, schools and their places of work to try to highlight the plight of undocumented migrant workers.

But here’s how I’d implement a similar boycott here: anyone in the UK born abroad or with a parent born abroad would stay at home for 24 hours. Any business or organisation founded by an immigrant or the child of an immigrant would close for the day.

Britain would be transformed – but, regrettably for the immigration-bashers, in a wholly negative way. In fact, I suspect it would be a pretty awful 24 hours for most Britons, dark and dystopian, even. Think Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later – but without migrants, rather than with zombies.

Let’s start with the trivial stuff. Who would serve you in restaurants or coffee shops? Who would make your sandwiches and wraps at lunchtime? What would be the point of going out to eat in the evening if there were no longer any Chinese, Thai, Malaysian, Indian, Japanese, Turkish, Lebanese, Persian, Italian, Spanish and, yes, French restaurants open?

How about your health? Who’d patch you up and prescribe your medicines? Ministers and their outriders in the right-wing press like to scaremonger about the spiralling costs of so-called health tourism (which amounts to a shocking 0.01 per cent of the £109bn NHS budget) and exaggerate the numbers of migrant families that turn up expecting free treatment in our overstretched A&E departments. The reality, as the chair of the council of the Royal College of GPs, Dr Clare Gerada, has pointed out, is that “you are much more likely to have an immigrant caring for you than sitting up in front of the emergency department”. About 30 per cent of the doctors and 40 per cent of the nurses working in the health service were born abroad. Put simply, the NHS could not survive 24 hours without its migrant workforce.

The same applies to the social-care sector. If you have a sick parent living in a care home, you might have to take the day off to look after them. In 2009 a fifth of all care assistants and home carers – 135,000 people in total – were foreign-born; in London, 60 per cent of care workers were migrants. Speaking of taking the day off, neither the Deputy Prime Minister nor the leader of the opposition would have to turn up to Westminster for PMQs – Nick Clegg is the son of a Dutch mother and half-Russian father; Ed Miliband is the child of Polish refugees.

Meanwhile, the Chancellor would have to go to the Commons to warn that “A Day Without Immigrants” would, if extended over a year, force him to introduce a further £7bn of spending cuts and/or tax rises. Why? Migrants boost the British economy by £7bn a year, according to an OECD study published in June. That’s the equivalent of an extra 2p on the basic rate of income tax.

Sticking with the economy, we’d have to board up iconic British stores such as Marks & Spencer (co-founder: Michael Marks of Belarus), Selfridges (founder: the American Harry Gordon Selfridge) and Tesco (founder: Jacob Kohen, son of Avram, a Polish migrant). UK holidaymakers would have to cancel their cheap flights on easyJet (founder: the Greekborn Stelios Haji-Ioannou).

Our universities, a multibillion-pound export industry, would take a hit, too, if foreign students stayed away. One in ten students in British universities comes from outside the EU and the fees that students from other countries pay are a bigger source of income for most universities than research grants.

What about sport? Imagine going to watch a Premier League game midweek as a Liverpool fan. Luis Suárez wouldn’t be playing. If you’re a Man United fan, you’d miss out on the ball skills of Robin van Persie; if you’re a Man City fan, it’d be Yaya Touré on strike. Chelsea fans? Say goodbye to Juan Mata and Eden Hazard.

Incidentally, if you were planning on using the Tube to go to watch Chelsea play, you’d find it in a pretty filthy state, the train platforms tagged with graffiti and strewn with rubbish: 95 per cent of London Underground cleaning staff are foreign-born. It wouldn’t just be the District Line that was dirty, it would also be your place of work: 89 per cent of office cleaners in the capital are migrants.

But the countryside would be fine, right? Wrong. Imagine all those unpicked crops and the effect: the rise in food prices, supermarkets opting for (cheaper) foreign over domestic produce, fruit farmers on their knees. The truth is that “native” Brits have not been interested in fruit-picking for years and, as the Home Office’s own Migration Advisory Committee warned in May, many of the UK’s fruit-picking businesses could close without new migrant workers from outside the EU.

On immigration, we hear constantly that voters don’t trust the official statistics or studies (a recent Ipsos MORI poll found that the public thinks that immigrants make up 31 per cent of the population –when the official figure is 13 per cent). So this may be the only way to win hearts and minds. A great boycott. A one-day strike by immigrants and their children across the UK, coupled with a ban on the use of immigrant-founded businesses by the “indigenous” population.

For a mere 24 hours. Let’s do it. And if it doesn’t transform public opinion, well, at least I’ll have had the day off work.

written by Medhi  Hasan

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Knowledge is Power

 

Excellent interview by Artist Taxi Driver with Akala, purveyor of finest quality conscious hip-hop.

This guy is intelligent, articulate and down to earth as well as a damn fine musician. His explanation of how the elite hoard their power and get the rest of us fighting amongst ourselves is pure truth.  I especially love his insights into the so-called immigration problem in Britain

If you want to be the mother country to 52 nations around the world don’t be surprised and act like a victim when your children want to come home.

 

 

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Go Home Or Face Arrest

That is the message being given out in 6 new pilot schemes across London today.

Large vans with this message on the side are at present driving around these London boroughs in this latest attack on migrants.

Just like the poor and disabled are being targeted by the DWP so too is the Hone Office hounding the thousands of migrants that come to these shores each year looking for a better life. A life free from oppression and or torture.  This is how our government welcomes them :

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Anything to distract and fool the people into believing the enemy is anything other than the ultra rich capitalist cronies that run The City.  This Tory (and Lib-Dem) government think they are so clever to use these divide and conqueor tactics to keep the masses controlled.

Yet despite the fact that it has been shown time and time again that immigration brings lots of benefits to the host nation, it seems the Tories are determined to pander to the  extreme UKIP, EDL, supporter in an attempt to hold onto power.  Empathy and compassion are again thrown out of the window in this cynical exercise of appealing to the lowest common denominator.

They want people to phone up and tell them about any migrants who may (but probably wont) be here illegally, or as I have always been brought up to call it : grassing.  Yep not satisfied with demonizing yet another vulnerable sector of society they  want to get the rest of society to actively take part in their pogroms and sell out neighbours to the authorities.  Just like how the Nazi’s did things back in the 30’s.

Well you know what?  Lets do this, lets help them out by everyone calling this number to report some very famous migrants.  I believe they have many houses all around the country and loads of  honest taxpayers money is being spent on keeping them in luxury.  They have even had the cheek to have yet another baby in their family … No doubt just to claim the benefit money, damn scroungers.

I am of course talking about those god damn german immigrants the royal family. If ever there was  a bunch of scroungers then these are them. So let’s get texting people, report these work shy layabouts to the Home Office. With luck they will get deported and then maybe the news will report on something that actually matters other than  “woman has baby”

If enough of us text in it may also have the bonus of messing with this little trial scheme of the Tories and stop it from being rolled out nationally.

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