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UK: Harsh Welfare Reforms Linked to Hundreds of Suicides and Over 700,000 People Placed on Anti-Depressant Medications

A cruel false economy? UK government efforts to reduce the number of people claiming disability benefit appear to have driven 590 people in England to suicide and to have put 725,000 more on antidepressants.

Researchers suggest the adverse effects of this policy might outweigh any benefits, and could result in disabled people becoming more dependent on state aid, not less.

Since 2010, more than a million people have had their eligibility for disability allowance reviewed. There have been claims that this process has been too severe, putting pressure on people who really are unfit to work and, sometimes, pushing them to suicide.

Drone Whistleblowers Have Bank Accounts and Credit Cards Frozen

Last week several brave individuals came forward to further blow the whistle on the US mass murder/assassination drone programme. They provided deeper insight to the goings on in the drone programme such as calling children that they were killing "fun sized terrorists" and drone operators being wasted on drugs while killing civilians and children.

These former drone operators have described horrific war crimes and stepped forward to inform the world of the criminal abuses happening within the drone programme.

Their lawyer announced today that these whistleblowers have now had their finances frozen by the US government including their bank accounts and credit cards. This step will effectively cripple them.

The War on Encryption and Bitcoin – Nothing to Do with Terrorism, Everything to Do with State Control

Politicians and intelligence agencies throughout the Western world are currently engaged in an all out, shameless propaganda campaign to exploit the recent terror attacks in Paris to convince the citizenry that it should relinquish privacy for absolutely no reason.

The primary targets of the post-attack push have been encryption generally, and Bitcoin specifically. Of course, you don’t need me to tell you that these are two sides of the same coin. Both strong encryption for communication, and Bitcoin for transferring value, provide a level of freedom and dynamism outside of the oligarch-controlled, centrally planned, feudal global economic system. As such, these two tools must be demonized and eradicated to the extent possible.

How to cast an informal vote in the flag change referendum

Prime Minister John Key wants to change New Zealand's flag. This is a vanity project for Key. It is him wanting to make an historical mark on the country so that when he is booted out of government or retires and moves back to America he can say "I was the guy who changed the flag". We cannot let him achieve this. We can change the flag once the country is rid of him and he is back in America.

The image above shows how to cast an INFORMAL VOTE. Your informal vote will count and if enough people do this to their voting papers the John Keys plan to make his mark on NZ history by changing the flag will be munted.

Judge: Stingrays are “simply too powerful” without adequate oversight

A federal judge in Illinois has recently taken the unusual step of issuing three new stringent requirements for the government when it wants to deploy cell-site simulators. The move aims to protect the Fourth Amendment rights of innocent bystanders against unreasonable search and seizure.

Of course, for now, this order only applies to this one judge in the Northern District of Illinois.

These new stingray requirements come just about a month after the Department of Homeland Security imposed its own warrant requirement, following a similar move by the Department of Justice.

In Mali and Rest of Africa, the U.S. Military Fights a Hidden War

The general leading the U.S. military’s hidden war in Africa says the continent is now home to nearly 50 terrorist organizations and “illicit groups” that threaten U.S. interests. And today, gunmen reportedly yelling “Allahu Akbar” stormed the Radisson Blu hotel in Mali’s capital and seized several dozen hostages. U.S. special operations forces are “currently assisting hostage recovery efforts,” a Pentagon spokesperson said, and U.S. personnel have “helped move civilians to secured locations, as Malian forces clear the hotel of hostile gunmen.”

AUSTRALIA: Alleged Newcastle paedophile network to be exposed by royal commission involves politicians and all the other usual suspects

A web of child sexual abuse in the Newcastle Anglican diocese has alleged links to politicians, business people, doctors and members of the city's legal fraternity, the ABC understands.

Inquiries into abuse incidents in the diocese are underway by a police strike force and the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse.

Science says that technology is speeding up our brains’ perception of time

It is not rare to hear the words like “It seemed like it was yesterday” or “time flies” spewed by adults. But it turns this is not just another downside of getting older – according to this psychologist our constant use of technology may be making our brains better at processing information. This may be effective when it comes to solving sudoku puzzles, but some speculate it is causing our time perception to become skewed.

Aoife McLoughlin from James Cook University’s Singapore campus said “I’ve found some indication that interacting with technology and technocentric societies has increased some type of pacemaker within us,” said. “While it might help us to work faster, it also makes us feel more pressured by time.”


"The modern banking system manufactures money out of nothing. The process is perhaps the most astounding piece of sleight of hand that was ever invented. Banking was conceived in iniquity and was born in sin. The Bankers own the Earth. Take it away from them, but leave them the power to create deposits, and with the flick of a pen they will create enough deposits to buy it back again. However, take it away from them, and all the fortunes like mine will disappear, and they ought to disappear, for this world would be a happier and better world to live in. But if you wish to remain slaves of the Bankers and pay for the cost of your own slavery, let them continue to create deposits." -- Sir Josiah Stamp, President of the Bank of England in the 1920s, the second richest man in Britain

FLASHBACK 2005: Go on the offensive against terror

John Yoo, a law professor at UC Berkeley and visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, served in the Justice Department from 2001 to 2003 said:

"Another tool would have our intelligence agencies create a false terrorist organization. It could have its own websites, recruitment centers, training camps and fundraising operations. It could launch fake terrorist operations and claim credit for real terrorist strikes, helping to sow confusion within Al Qaeda's ranks, causing operatives to doubt others' identities and to question the validity of communications."

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