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Date: Thu, 4 Nov 2010 10:31:54 -0000
Subject: Those university education charges + THE DEFICIT

EVEN IF UK TAXATION WAS FAIR - `CHARGES' WOULD BE UNJUST
BUT UK TAXES ARE REGRESSIVE - SO `CHARGES' ARE EVEN MORE UNJUST
GOV'T MINISTERS KNOW THAT, SO THEY ARE LIARS, THIEVES AND PERVS


Hi List,

In the news is: `UK Gov't imposes education charges' [university tuition fees] - Why?

The gov't justification says - "University graduates generally earn more than the average population (maybe two to ten times more) so they should pay towards the cost of that education".

But hold on! - Surely, if the UK had a fair tax-system (ie, neither regressive nor progressive but simply taking the same percentage from all) then they would be paying for their education fairly anyway? (see * foot of page)

Right.  So we can see that education charges [university tuition fees] is simply an expensive & wasteful cover-up - and a secret admission - of UK's corrupt - grossly unfair - taxes.  [I.e. - the rich don't pay tax]

[Charging for a service subsidised by the tax-payer is merely a method of reserving that service for the rich, and increasingly `pricing-out' the less-than rich.  And UK's universities, like the `privatized' rail system and the largest agri-corps (inc. the Duke of Westminster), rely on huge, mostly hidden, subsidies corruptly taken from UK tax-payers.]
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Here's the national tax-swindle as it affects 95% - 98% of the population: (figures shift a little from year to year but the effect remains the same, or increases).

Say a company pays out £1000 per month to have a job done. Therefore that's the real `wage' for doing that job.  But the worker doesn't get that £1000.

Unknown to him/her the company takes off about £120 (which is not shown on the pay-slip) for "employers NI".  [National insurance premium - a treble lie from the bureaucrats + politicos],  then the company takes off another another £120 as "employees NI" (see ditto - it's a lie).

[The rich don't pay "NI tax", only a special tiny fixed amount which lying civil servants also call `National Insurance' to keep us in ignorance.  So the Duke of Westminster effectively pays ZERO NI tax - maybe 0.0000000001%.  BBC bosses and top presenters are on the same deal - no wonder they always lie about taxes, as do the MSM's editors and `star-reporters' .]

Then the company takes off another £250 for P.A.Y.E (deceptively called "income tax" although, as you've seen, the two "NI" deductions are also taxes on income).  Finally the company deducts another £100 - £200 as `superannuation / pension contribution'.

So the employee gets maybe £390 - £490, from an earned wage of £1000.

[Again, the rich don't pay PAYE; successive bent gov'ts have allowed them to escape most income tax by living abroad for six months (+a few days) per year, and any unavoidably obvious UK income is classed as `investment income' - only 10% tax.]

THEN that employee has to pay out for accomodation, food, clothing, transport, fuel / energy etc.
[Transport fuel + energy carry a total tax-burden of 80% to 90% in their prices (maybe scroll that ref. - because the rich & politicos _don't_ pay for fuel taxes.)]

What about the accomodation, food, clothing?

Well, an independent media organization (UK) ran a check on the cost of VAT on a bundle of products over a decade or so from original implementation.  It turned out that VAT had added 42% to the cost of many items - by about 1992.

That's because VAT is a hugely inefficient tax - and worse, it's a `descending tax' with costs which get bigger and bigger as they descend the manufacturing / distribution chain, hitting the final customer with costs which are easily 50% or more (VAT has gotten much more complicated, inefficient and wasteful since 1992).

Even worse, those VAT costs hit _all_ products, even food, children's clothing etc which are supposed to be tax-exempt.  That's because there's no way of making VAT costs disappear from a transport company moving machinery or bread or kids' clothes - they all still have to pay those costs, as do factories, retailers etc.

So that employee now loses about half of his/her £390 - £490  (which remained from the wage of £1000).

You can see it's a lucky employee who'll get 1/4 (25%) of their wage in the value of basic necessities, after spending all they earned.

[The rich only need to pay about 0.5% in VAT costs.  I.e. if they get 100 times the income, their `necessities' cost only 100th of that income]

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Then there's `Council Tax' to pay (described as a `fair property tax' by gov't liar/perv Parkinson)

That can cost the low-incomed (esp. young couples and/or pensioners) about a month or two's income - so maybe 10% - 15% of income say.  And many folk, especially in rented accommodation, are being taxed at more than 100% (sometimes more than 1000%) of their property's value each year.

[`Council Tax' is corruptly `banded', with a `ceiling' so richer folk escape it - i.e David Cameron pays perhaps 0.001% (thousands of times less), maybe even lower than that!]

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In addition to all that wasteful cheating, corrupt senior civil servants have written many `loopholes' and `incentives' and allowances' into the tax-system which waste about one-quarter of all the taxes we pay, due to the extra costs involved in implemention.  NONE of those do any good for the country - they are _all_ corrupt and wasteful, designed to siphon-off tax-payers money to the rich, in allowances and subsidies.

[Remember Terry Wogan's conifer plantation in Scotland? - Nobody actually wanted conifers grown there - it was a tax avoidance scam.  There are thousands more like that - wasting many billions of pounds, distorting markets (and the countryside) and preventing a `level playing field' for business or individuals.]

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If UK had a single flat tax of 20% (or even 10%, like Bulgaria apparently the only solvent country in Europe), but with no `allowances' for the rich,  the gov't would actually be better off!  [Because it could have virtually ZERO cost, and the Inland Revenue (IRS) could be abolished, along with its bureaucrat chiefs' millionaire incomes and pensions].

And we, 95% of the population, would be FOUR times better off  (our incomes would virtually double - to 90% of wage instead of about 45% as now, and our cost-of-living would be halved, due to VAT being abolished.)

And the DEFICIT would be a thing of the past.  Because approximately HALF of all gov't spending is wasted (in corruption) right now - as seen above and here.

So it's obvious that any talk of `fairness', i.e. the Gov't's attempted justification of charges for education, is hypocrisy hiding wasteful tax-corruption designed and implemented by liars and thieves (and pervs).

If our taxes were fair there would be no need for charges - of any kind.

best
Ray D


[N.b. - You can see that unfair tax systems eventually corrupt and impoverish a country; exactly as forecast by Adam Smith's `Maxims' - RD]

[N.b.2 - Maybe some other (also wastefully & unfairly taxed) countries in EU are waking up to that now? - RD]

Update 24 Mar 2011 - Yesterday's UK `Budget' changed nothing much: i.e. average UK workers still pay 60-80% tax-burden, while the rich pay less than 10%  (contrast with Romania, which manages with a flat-tax [the only fair tax - note] of 16%, and Bulgaria with only 10%).

IF UK TAXATION WAS FAIR - `CHARGES' WOULD BE UNJUST
BUT UK TAXES ARE REGRESSIVE - SO `CHARGES' ARE EVEN MORE UNJUST





Date: Thu, 14 Oct 2010 15:57:26 +0100
Subject: Recent FoI developments


Dear Colleague,

This is to let you know about some of the recent FOI developments.

New guide on using FOI in campaigning
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has published a new guide 'Voicing your right to know:  A guide to using Freedom of Information in campaigning', which the Campaign contributed to.

This new guide illustrates how the Freedom of Information Act has been used as a powerful and versatile campaigning tool from the local to the national level.  It's findings show how campaigners are at the forefront of developing our `right to know', making government more transparent.

Illustrated by five case studies, Bliss, Corner House, Campaign Against the Arms Trade, TreeHouse and the Campaign for Clean Air in London, the guide explores ways in which Freedom of Information requests have been used in campaigns from developing the evidence base of a campaign or to gain crucial information on how decisions are made.  It also explores why and how campaigns can benefit from using Freedom of Information requests and tackles some of the potential difficulties that can arise.

The guide is based on interviews with campaigners and a survey of the voluntary sector looking at at how FOI has been used and the potential for future use.  It has been put together by Philip Hadley for Campaigning Effectiveness, NCVO and can be downloaded from:
www.ncvo-vol.org.uk/yourrighttoknow

Cabinet minutes released for the first time
The government have complied with a ruling by the Information Rights Tribunal and disclosed the minutes of the 1986 cabinet meeting at which Michael Heseltine resigned over the Westland Affair.  The minutes were requested by the BBC's Martin Rosenbaum.  You can read Martin's thoughts on the disclosure here:
www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/opensecrets/2010/10/westland_cabinet_minutes_relea.html?

This is the first time that cabinet minutes have been disclosed under the FOI Act.  The previous government vetoed the release of cabinet minutes on the Iraq war and cabinet sub-committee minutes on devolution from 1997.  A note by the Campaign on the previous government's use of the veto is available here:
foia.blogspot.com/2009/12/government-uses-veto-again.html

FOI discussed at Lib Dem fringe meeting
The Westland case was discussed at a fringe meeting the Campaign held at the Liberal Democrat conference in Liverpool on 18 September 2010.  The meeting was addressed by Lord McNally, the Ministry of Justice minister responsible for freedom of information, and Sir Alan Beith, the chair of the House of Commons Justice Committee.

At the meeting, Lord McNally confirmed that an announcement would be made later this year following a review of FOI issues.  He said: "what the coalition has committed itself to is an examination of how the Freedom of Information Act has worked, where it could be extended within its present powers and where it might be extended by primary legislation."

A brief summary of what they said is here:
www.cfoi.org.uk/libdemfringe180910.html

Open Government Licence
The National Archives has launched a new Open Government Licence which allows anyone to re-use public sector information made available under the licence without having to pay or apply for permission.

Public authorities should be strongly urged to adopt these licences when responding to FOI requests, which should then mean an end to the absurdity of trying to make FOI requesters apply for reuse/copyright licences before republishing information of no possible commercial value to the authority, an issue the Campaign has been raising for some time."

Further information is available here:
www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/information-management/uk-gov-licensing-framework.htm

Best wishes,
Katherine Gundersen

Campaign for Freedom of Information
www.cfoi.org.uk
http://twitter.com/CampaignFOI




Date: Thu, 23 Sep 2010 12:58:50 +0100

Hi.
I am coming across many cases in family court where the abusers are gettting full custody and the protective parent written out of the children's lives. This world wide from what I can gather. It is mostly male abusers, grooming the children sexually, torture, deprivations of all kinds to create trauma bonding.

I was home in ireland last week re my own case to discover from the lawyer that the judges, social workers etc know about this abuse called trauma bonding and even order it in secret court.

It happened to my son in 1995- social workers and psychologist work together to break the child down to nothing- where he did not even know his name after 1 hour with them alone.He refused to go back, so then ECT was to be arranged and we fled for safety. I now learn this ECT is being used in many countries- school of shockin USA and thousands of children being shocked in Sweden.

So what we have is that children are not deemed human and so have no rights. Adult professionals are desensitised to children- they are just things like sacks of potatoes. The same trauma bonding is going on in UK too and professionals like Lowenstein are known to strip children down to nothing- including taking their clothes and allowing them one bit at a time as a reward for - building the new personality. Because all is under the in camera rule, it is not written about, as many have gag orders.

I came across your site a few years ago - and now I see it posted on facebook, so maybe some are waking up.

Kind Regards.
Catherine

Maybe Catherine was checking an earlier social-research page?
Ray





Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2010 14:21:12 +0100
Subject: Blair Memoirs and FOI


Dear Colleague,

An article published by the Campaign for Freedom of Information discusses Tony Blair's criticism of freedom of information in his memoirs.

Although Mr Blair says his views are based on experience of FOI in practice, the Campaign says it is clear that his hostility began well before the legislation was passed.

It points out that Mr Blair himself links his criticism of FOI to his realisation that it could help expose Labour's own "scandals".

The article is available from http://www.cfoi.org.uk/blairarticle060910.html

Best wishes,

Katherine Gundersen
Research Officer
*************************************
Campaign for Freedom of Information
Suite 102
16 Baldwins Gardens
London
EC1N 7RJ

Tel: 020 7831 7477
Website: http://www.cfoi.org.uk
FOI Blog: http://foia.blogspot.com/
Email: katherine AT cfoi.demon.co.uk




Date: Date: Thu, 12 Aug 2010 12:07:43 +0100
Subject: Survey: Using FOI in Campaigning


Dear Colleague,

Using Freedom of Information in Campaigning - help with survey

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) is producing a guide to the use & potential use of Freedom of Information in campaigning.   To help develop the guide they are asking voluntary and community organisations who have or would consider using FOI to complete a short online survey. The deadline for completing the survey is Monday 16th August.

Complete the online survey:
www.ncvo-consult.org.uk/survey.asp?s=01065194002170180

The survey will form a vital part of the guide, alongside case studies, interviews and other research, to highlight key benefits, challenges and learning. Your responses will be invaluable. Please do get in touch with Philip at NCVO if you have any questions, comments or queries:
philip.hadley@ncvo-vol.org.uk / 020 7520 3155

Best wishes,

Katherine Gundersen
Research Officer
*************************************
Campaign for Freedom of Information
Suite 102
16 Baldwins Gardens
London
EC1N 7RJ

Tel: 020 7831 7477
Website: http://www.cfoi.org.uk
FOI Blog: http://foia.blogspot.com/
Email: katherine AT cfoi.demon.co.uk




Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2010 16:20:03 +0100
Subject: Using the FOI Act training course, 16 Sept 2010


Dear Colleague,

Do you want to learn how to make effective use of the Freedom of Information Act? Are you already using the Act, but want to know more about how the Information Commissioner and Information Tribunal are interpreting its key provisions?

The Campaign for Freedom of Information is running a training course for Freedom of Information requesters in central London on Thursday 16 September 2010. The course is in two parts:

The morning part will provide an introduction to the legislation covering both the Freedom of Information Act and the Environmental Information Regulations. The afternoon part will examine some of the key decisions made under the two regimes and explain how they can help you obtain information.

We think most requesters will benefit from attending the whole day. However, very experience requesters may prefer to just attend the afternoon.

The courses will be presented by Maurice Frankel, the Campaign's director, who has worked for the Campaign since it was established in 1984 and by Katherine Gundersen who has been the Campaign's research officer since 1999.

Further details are available from:
http://www.cfoi.org.uk/pdf/foicoursesept10.pdf

Best wishes,

Katherine Gundersen
Research Officer
*************************************
Campaign for Freedom of Information
Suite 102
16 Baldwins Gardens
London
EC1N 7RJ

Tel: 020 7831 7477
Website: http://www.cfoi.org.uk
FOI Blog: http://foia.blogspot.com/
Email: katherine AT cfoi.demon.co.uk




Date: Sun, 25 Jul 2010 17:41:46 +0100
Subject: NWO (Big Money + Propaganda) invests in AGW - "but they're not winning the argument

www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/christopherbooker/7908604/Desperate-days-for-the-warmists.html
Desperate days for the warmists
Warmists may be winning the big grants, but they're not winning the argument, says Christopher Booker

By Christopher Booker
Published: 7:12PM BST 24 Jul 2010

Herding cattle in Chile as South America suffers one of its coldest winters for years Photo: Reuters

Ever more risibly desperate become the efforts of the believers in global warming to hold the line for their religion, after the battering it was given last winter by all those scandals surrounding the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

One familiar technique they use is to attribute to global warming almost any unusual weather event anywhere in the world.

Last week, for instance, it was reported that Russia has recently been experiencing its hottest temperatures and longest drought for 130 years.  The head of the Russian branch of WWF, the environmental pressure group, was inevitably quick to cite this as evidence of climate change, claiming that in future "such climate abnormalities will only become more frequent".  He didn't explain what might have caused the similar hot weather 130 years ago.

Meanwhile, notably little attention has been paid to the disastrous chill which has been sweeping South America thanks to an inrush of air from the Antarctic, killing hundreds in the continent's coldest winter for years.

In America, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has been trumpeting that, according to its much-quoted worldwide temperature data, the first six months of this year were the hottest ever recorded.  But expert analysis on Watts Up With That, the US science blog, shows that NOAA's claimed warming appears to be strangely concentrated in those parts of the world where it has fewest weather stations.  In Greenland, for instance, two of the hottest spots, showing a startling five-degree rise in temperatures, have no weather stations at all.

A second technique the warmists have used lately to keep their spirits up has been to repeat incessantly that the official inquiries into the "Climategate" scandal have cleared the top IPCC scientists involved of any wrongdoing, and that their science has been "vindicated".  But, as has been pointed out by critics like Steve McIntyre of Climate Audit, this is hardly surprising, since the inquiries were careful not to interview any experts, such as himself, who could have explained just why the emails leaked from the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) were so horribly damaging.

The perfunctory report of the Science Appraisal Panel, chaired by Lord Oxburgh, examined only 11 papers produced by the CRU, none of them remotely connected to what the fuss was all about.  Last week Andrew Montford, author of The Hockey Stick Illusion: Climategate and the Corruption of Science, revealed on his blog (Bishop Hill - bishophill.squarespace.com) that the choice of these papers was approved for the inquiry by Sir Brian Hoskins, of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College, and by Phil Jones, the CRU's former director - an appraisal of whose work was meant to be the purpose of the inquiry.

A third technique, most familiar of all, has been to fall back on the dog-eared claim that leading sceptics only question warmist orthodoxy because they have been funded by "Big Oil" and the "fossil fuel industry".  Particularly bizarre was a story last week covering the front page and an inside page of one newspaper, headed "Oil giant gives £1 million to fund climate sceptics".

The essence of this tale was that Exxon Mobil, the oil giant that is the world's third biggest company, last year gave "almost £1 million" to four US think-tanks. These had gone on to dismiss the Climategate inquiries as "whitewashes".

It was hardly necessary to be given money by Exxon to see what was dubious about those inquiries.  Not one of the knowledgeable sceptics who have torn them apart has received a cent from Big Oil.  But what made this particularly laughable was that the penny-packets given to think-tanks that have been largely irrelevant to the debate are utterly dwarfed by the colossal sums poured into the army of groups and organisations on the other side of the argument.

Even the big oil companies have long been putting their real money into projects dedicated to showing how they are in favour of a "low-carbon economy".  In 2002 Exxon gave $100 million to Stanford University to fund research into energy sources needed to fight global warming.  BP, which rebranded itself in 2004 as "Beyond Petroleum", gave $500 million to fund similar research.

The Grantham Institute provides another example. It was set up at the LSE and Imperial College with £24 million from Jeremy Grantham, an investment fund billionaire, to advise governments and firms on how to promote and invest in ways to "fight climate change", now one of the fastest-growing and most lucrative businesses in the world.

Compare the funding received by a handful of think-tanks to the hundreds of billions of dollars lavished on those who speak for the other side by governments, foundations, multinational corporations, even Big Oil, and the warmists are winning hands down.  But only financially: they are not winning the argument.
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Ray




Date: Sat, 24 Jul 2010 12:53:28 +0100
Subject: UK - safe haven for Blair + Ratzinger


Two articles - `law' maybe needed to keep Tony Blair out of jail?, [&] to keep the Pope out of jail? - Ray
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http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/295022
UK government acts to prevent arrest of Pope

The UK government is said to have set in motion a law change that will prevent the Pope from being arrested when he visits the country in September.

Officials in Whitehall - the UK government's administrative offices - are said to be worried over plans by the atheist authors Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens to have Pope Benedict arrested for crimes against humanity, because of his alleged cover-up of priestly assaults on children.

"Mr Dawkins, the atheist campaigner, and Mr Hitchens, an atheist author, asked human rights lawyers in April to put together a case for charging the Pope over his alleged cover-up of sexual abuse of children in the Catholic church," reports Pink News today.

Its report adds: "Justice Secretary Ken Clarke proposed changes to the law today which would require the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions to any arrest warrant issued under universal jurisdiction."

The Pope's proposed visit has ever been free of controversy since it was announced last year.

A recent suggestion by the Pope's second-in-command, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, that child abuse and paedophilia were connected with homosexuality brought condemnation even from fellow Catholics in the UK.

Anti-Pope petition
A website dedicated to protesting against the visit has been set up, and the gay human-rights campaigner Peter Tatchell set up a Downing Street petition. However, he complained last week that Prime Minister David Cameron had closed down the petition rather than let it run its full course, for fear of embarrassing the British government prior to September's state visit.

"This looks like an attempt to prevent the petition from embarrassing the government by gaining a large number of signatures in the run-up to Pope Benedict's visit to the UK in September," said Tatchell.

"The Prime Minister's office originally agreed that the petition would remain open until the Pope arrived in the UK. But his officials declared it closed on 6 June and only informed me of this decision yesterday. The petition had been frozen since early April, on the grounds that the general election was imminent. It was never reopened. During the short time it was online the petition gathered 12,339 signatures," Tatchell added.

Conflict resolution
Pink News quotes Justice Secretary Clarke as saying of the law change: "Our commitment to our international obligations and to ensuring that there is no impunity for those accused of crimes of universal jurisdiction is unwavering.

"It is important, however, that universal-jurisdiction cases should be proceeded with in this country only on the basis of solid evidence that is likely to lead to a successful prosecution - otherwise there is a risk of damaging our ability to help in conflict resolution or to pursue a coherent foreign policy.

"The government has concluded, after careful consideration, that it would be appropriate to require the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions before an arrest warrant can be issued to a private prosecutor in respect of an offence of universal jurisdiction."

A huge march through London is planned by the Protest the Pope campaign, which will take place on Saturday, September 18, which is the day Benedict will hold an outdoor mass in Hyde Park.

Public meeting
The Protest the Pope campaign has announced its large-scale march through London on Saturday 18 September - the day that the Pope will be holding his outdoor mass in Hyde Park.

The protest march will assemble at 1 p.m. at Hyde Park Corner.

And a public meeting to form the Richmond Coalition Against the State Visit of the Pope will be held at Richmond Library, Old Town Hall, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond on Thursday, August 12. at 7.30 p.m.

This, says the UK's National Secular Society, "is in response to Ratzinger's first event in London, on Friday 17th September, which will be at St Mary's University College in Twickenham, just down the road from Richmond, where he will talk about his views on Education."

The society's website quotes a spokesperson for the Protest the Pope campaign as saying: "We reject the promotion of segregated education and state funding of faith schools. This is why the Campaign will support a local coalition of associations based in southwest London that are organizing protests on the 17th September in Twickenham: a day that will be themed Education Day."
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www.guardian.co.uk/law/2010/jul/22/dpp-veto-arrest-warrants-war-crime
DPP may get veto power over arrest warrants for war crime suspects
Proposals outlined by Ken Clarke follow lawyers' attempt to obtain warrant for former Israeli minister

The government is proposing to give the director of public prosecutions the power to veto arrest warrants for suspected war criminals in the UK, it was announced today.

The move is an attempt to make it harder for arrests under the law of "universal jurisdiction" and comes after a series of high-profile cases in which Israeli politicians faced arrest in the UK.

An attempt by British lawyers to obtain an arrest warrant for Tzipi Livni, the former Israeli foreign minister and now opposition leader, from a London magistrates court late last year prompted the then government to try to change the legal process by requiring the approval of the attorney general. The move provoked outrage from lawyers.

The proposed changes outlined today by the justice secretary, Kenneth Clarke, instead give the DPP a veto power over arrest warrants. This move has been criticised as risking making Britain "a more attractive destination" for suspects of serious human rights violations.

At present, the UK has universal jurisdiction over certain offences, including war crimes under the Geneva Conventions Act 1957, torture and hostage-taking. This means a suspect can be prosecuted regardless of where the crime was committed, or the nationality of the perpetrator or victim. The government says it wants to protect the right for anyone to apply to the courts for such an arrest warrant but argues that the current system is open to abuse.

Clarke said: "Our commitment to our international obligations and to ensuring that there is no impunity for those accused of crimes of universal jurisdiction is unwavering. It is important, however, that universal jurisdiction cases should be proceeded with in this country only on the basis of solid evidence that is likely to lead to a successful prosecution - otherwise there is a risk of damaging our ability to help in conflict resolution or to pursue a coherent foreign policy."

However, Daniel Machover, a partner at Hickman and Rose solicitors, said that while the proposed changes were preferable to abolishing private prosecutions in international criminal cases, they were motivated by political, rather than legal, concerns.

"The Tzipi Livni case is the driver. It's purely because of political pressure from Israel," he said.

"There is not a single example of the current system in Britain failing to filter out cases that are an abuse of process. There is simply no need to give the DPP a veto power.

"This proposed reform will send out entirely the wrong message to suspects, making Britain a more attractive destination for such persons - Britain must not become and be seen to have become a 'safe haven' for persons suspected of the most heinous international crimes."

The Jewish Leadership Council said it looked forward to specific legislation to deliver the proposed changes.

"We welcome this significant step towards the correction of a legal anomaly that has been exploited for the purpose of specific political agendas," said the JLC chairman and board of deputies president, Vivian Wineman.

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Date: Fri, 23 Jul 2010 10:42:10 +0100
Subject: "Irish/Welsh are Ancient Egyptians" NOT QUITE (tell the `EU Times')


The `newspaper' (its other stories seem more than a bit racist) article below makes the classic error of presuming a situation `now' is/was static throughout history.  In fact a more accurate headline could've been "Irish/Welsh are Ancient Egyptians";  and even that is `wrong' because "people move" and "people have sex" - see green-man-search.html#pre-aryan - Ray
(Wiki confirmation of that Irish comment is below article)

BEGIN QUOTE

http://www.eutimes.net/2010/06/king-tuts-dna-is-western-european/

King Tut's DNA is Western European
Posted by EU Times on Jun 7th, 2010

Despite the refusal of the Secretary General of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities, Zahi Hawass, to release any DNA results which might indicate the racial ancestry of Pharaoh Tutankhamen, the leaked results reveal that King Tut's DNA is a 99.6 percent match with Western European Y chromosomes.

The DNA test results were inadvertently revealed on a Discovery Channel TV documentary filmed with Hawass's permission - but it seems as if the Egyptian failed to spot the giveaway part of the documentary which revealed the test results.

Hawass previously announced that he would not release the racial DNA results of Egyptian mummies - obviously because he feared the consequences of such a revelation.

On the Discovery Channel broadcast, which can be seen on the Discovery Channel website here, or if they pull it, on YouTube here, at approximately 1:53 into the video, the camera pans over a printout of DNA test results from King Tut.

Firstly, here is a brief explanation of the results visible in the video. It is a list of what is called Short Tandem Repeats (STRs).

STRs are repeated DNA sequences which are "short repeat units" whose characteristics make them especially suitable for human identification.

These STR values for 17 markers visible in the video are as follows:
DYS 19 - 14 (? not clear)
DYS 385a - 11
DYS 385b - 14
DYS 389i - 13
DYS 389ii - 30
DYS 390 - 24
DYS 391 - 11
DYS 392 - 13
DYS 393 - 13
DYS 437 - 14 (? not clear)
DYS 438 - 12
DYS 439 - 10
DYS 448 - 19
DYS 456 - 15
DYS 458 - 16
DYS 635 - 23
YGATAH4 - 11

What does this mean? Fortunately, a genius by the name of Whit Athey provides the key to this list. Mr Athey is a retired physicist whose working career was primarily at the Food and Drug Administration where he was chief of one of the medical device labs.

Mr Athey received his doctorate in physics and biochemistry at Tufts University, and undergraduate (engineering) and masters (math) degrees at Auburn University. For several years during the 1980s, he also taught one course each semester in the electrical engineering department of the University of Maryland. Besides his interest in genetic genealogy, he is an amateur astronomer and has his own small observatory near his home in Brookeville, MD.

He also runs a very valuable website called the "Haplogroup Predictor" which allows users to input STR data and generate the haplogroup which marks those STR data.

For those who want to know what a haplogroup is, here is a "simple" definition: a haplogroup is a group of similar haplotypes that share a common ancestor with a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) mutation.

Still none the wiser? Damn these scientists.
Ok, let's try it this way: a haplotype is a combination of multiple specific locations of a gene or DNA sequence on a chromosome.

Haplogroups are assigned letters of the alphabet, and refinements consist of additional number and letter combinations, for example R1b or R1b1. Y-chromosome and mitochondrial DNA haplogroups have different haplogroup designations. In essence, haplogroups give an inisight into ancestral origins dating back thousands of years.

By entering all the STR data inadvertently shown on the Discovery video, a 99.6 percent fit with the R1b haplogroup is revealed.

The significance is, of course, that R1b is the most common Y-chromosome haplogroup in Europe reaching its highest concentrations in Ireland, Scotland, western England and the European Atlantic seaboard - in other words, European through and through.

So much for the Afro-centrists and others who have derided the very obvious northwestern European appearance of a large number of the pharonic mummies. It seems like March of the Titans was right after all ...

ENDQUOTE

If you want some (detailed) figures on the reality, bearing in mind "people move" and "people have sex" - try en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haplogroup_R1b_(Y-DNA)#Eurasia

Ray

[PS - more ancient, much wider linkages are at magic4 page]





Date: Fri, 16 Jul 2010 07:23:32 +0100
Subject: "French ... to ban the wearing of the face veil in public" - for some


A look-back in time tells you that a significant number of women in the West, almost always belonging to the `ruling classes', have Taken The Veil - literally.  The practice goes back many hundreds of years.  Apparently it has usually been reported as a free decision:  a result of personal or institutional vows, sometimes to do with bereavement or (quite often?) a quasi-religious experience.  It is believed to be still happening (although I haven't personally seen such a woman for a while).

It's unlikely that the new "Law" in France will be applied to these women.  So, after a few years - to establish the fact of unequal application of this new "Law" - we can anticipate some expensive legal wranglings, resulting in a "bad face" for the French authorities and the West in general. - Ray

[ PS - Just remembered the strictly veiled Tuareg warriors of North Africa - it's equally unlikely that the French "Law" would be applied to them, on a visit to France.  Why?  Because the veiled Tuareg warriors are male and Caucasian - clearly _not_ the intended victims. - RD ]


www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jul/16/racism-feminism-banning-the-veil
"The vote in the French lower house to ban the wearing of the face veil in public is a dangerous development in the intensification of Islamophobia in Europe (Racism veiled as liberation, 15 July)." (more ...)




Date: Tue, 13 Jul 2010 19:00:01 +0100
Subject: Media `hype' and an accidental `truth'


Amusing media hype/jeers about one headteacher getting £240K+ (he actually earns £80K, apparently the rest was from last year's wages and some extra work-payment).

Coincidentally a speech (live on radio) last week, by David Cameron (Prime Minister), let slip that getting rid of 50 MPs will save us taxpayers £12 Million a year.

That's £240K for each MP - per year.

Strange we haven't seen that cost-figure in the media - before or now.

Ray


[a little background / lowdown




Date: Wed, 7 Jul 2010 23:01:15 +0100 Subject: "TV Viewing, Video Game Play Contribute to Kids' Attention Problems, Study Finds

Wonder if the BBC will order their tame, on-call `psychologists' to try rubbishing this report?  Not for the first time.
Ray


http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/07/100706161759.htm
TV Viewing, Video Game Play Contribute to Kids' Attention Problems, Study Finds

ScienceDaily (July 7, 2010) - Parents looking to get their kid's attention - or keeping them focused at home and in the classroom - should try to limit their television viewing and video game play.  That's because a new study led by three Iowa State University psychologists has found that both viewing television and playing video games are associated with increased attention problems in youths.

The research, which included both elementary school-age and college-age participants, found that children who exceeded the two hours per day of screen time recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics were 1.5 to 2 times more likely to be above average in attention problems.

"There isn't an exact number of hours when screen time contributes to attention problems, but the AAP recommendation of no more than two hours a day provides a good reference point," said Edward Swing, an Iowa State psychology doctoral candidate and lead researcher in the study.  "Most children are way above that.  In our sample, children's total average time with television and video games is 4.26 hours per day, which is actually low compared to the national average."

Collaborating with Swing on the research were ISU's Douglas Gentile, an associate professor of psychology and Craig Anderson, a Distinguished Professor of psychology; and David Walsh, a Minneapolis psychologist.  Their study will be published in the August print issue of Pediatrics - the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics - available online on Monday, July 5.

Studies on elementary, college-aged youths

The researchers assessed 1,323 children in third, fourth and fifth grades over 13 months, using reports from the parents and children about their video game and television habits, as well as teacher reports of attention problems.  Another group of 210 college students provided self-reports of television habits, video game exposure and attention problems.

Previous research had associated television viewing with attention problems in children.  The new study also found similar effects from the amount of time spent with video games.

"It is still not clear why screen media may increase attention problems, but many researchers speculate that it may be due to rapid-pacing, or the natural attention grabbing aspects that television and video games use," Swing said.

Gentile reports that the pace of television programming has been quickened by "the MTV effect."

"When MTV came on, it started showing music videos that had very quick edits - cuts once every second or two," Gentile said.  "Consequently, the pacing of other television and films sped up too, with much quicker edits."

He says that quicker pace may have some brain-changing effects when it comes to attention span.

"Brain science demonstrates that the brain becomes what the brain does," Gentile said.  "If we train the brain to require constant stimulation and constant flickering lights, changes in sound and camera angle, or immediate feedback, such as video games can provide, then when the child lands in the classroom where the teacher doesn't have a million-dollar-per-episode budget, it may be hard to get children to sustain their attention."

The study showed that the effect was similar in magnitude between video games and TV viewing.

TV, video games may contribute to ADHD

Based on the study's findings, Swing and Gentile conclude that TV and video game viewing may be one contributing factor for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

"ADHD is a medical condition, but it's a brain condition," Gentile said.  "We know that the brain adapts and changes based on the environmental stimuli to which it is exposed repeatedly.  Therefore, it is not unreasonable to believe that environmental stimuli can increase the risk for a medical condition like ADHD in the same way that environmental stimuli, like cigarettes, can increase the risk for cancer."

"Although we did not specifically study the medical condition of ADHD in these studies, we did focus on the kinds of attention problems that are experienced by students with ADHD," added Swing.  "We were surprised, for example, that attention problems in the classroom would increase in just one year for those children with the highest screen time."

Swing points out that the associations between attention problems and TV and video game exposure are significant, but small.

"It is important to note that television or video game time cannot solely explain the development of attention problems," he said.  "Clearly other factors are involved."

The researchers plan to continue studying the effects of screen time on attention.  They also hope future research can identify what aspects of television or video games may be most relevant to attention problems.
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Maybe also try `violence7' - `no-tv1' - `no-tv2'
cheers,
Ray





Date: Mon, 28 Jun 2010 12:51:34 +0100
Subject: Re: Re: Neandertals and humans interbred - NOT NECESSARILY!


R*** C*** wrote:
> Well, yeah. What's the difference? A "lakeside dalliance" just got bits of
> their DNA stuck to ours but without any actual sex? DNA's infectious?

Hi, the two main camps in `human evolution' are a) solely `out-of-Africa', and b) distributed (or `separate') evolution (+ various other names.and shades of options

As Africans don't seem to have that Neanderthal [or last common ancestor?] DNA trace, there's one amalgamated scenario in which _all_ the latest findings work:

I.e. - that we underwent the vital split from last-common-ancestor of us / chimps / gorillas actually _in_ Africa, and then some moved out to the East and North, where further evolution took place, resulting in Neanders and us (so we share some DNA from _that_ last-common-ancestor), and also creating the other, different models being found in eastern Russia and the Caucasus.

[Note: there's a suspiciously long history for different `early human' evidence in China also]

Ray





Date: Mon, 24 May 2010 17:39:54 +0100 Subject: FOI training courses / recent FOI news

Dear Colleague,

This is to bring you up to date with the Campaign's work and the latest FOI news.

1) Freedom of Information training courses

The Campaign for Freedom of Information is running two FOI training courses in June 2010. Places are still available on both courses.

'Using the Freedom of Information Act - courses for new and experienced requesters' - 17 June 2010
Do you want to learn how to use the Freedom of Information Act? Are you already using the Act, but want to know more about how the Information Commissioner and Tribunal are interpreting key provisions? The Campaign is running a day course for FOI requesters in London on 17 June 2010. See www.cfoi.org.uk/pdf/foicoursejune2010.pdf for further details.

'Information Commissioner & Tribunal decisions' - 7 June 2010
This course, which is aimed at those with a good working knowledge of the legislation, highlights the latest developments in the way the Act's exemptions, public interest test and procedural requirements are being interpreted.
The course will cover the most significant decisions that have been issued since our last course in Nov 2009. The content will therefore vary, depending on the cases that have been decided, but the course typically covers issues such as: "fair" and "unfair" disclosures of personal data; the FOI/EIR border; the application of specific exemptions; where the public interest line is being drawn; vexatious requests; the cost limit; advice & assistance and other administrative provisions. See http://www.cfoi.org.uk/pdf/foidecisions_june10.pdf for further details.

2) Response to the Scottish Government's consultation on a revised FOI good practice code
The Campaign has responded to the Scottish Government's consultation on revising its code of good practice under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act. The response expresses concern that the draft code's approach to requests which are phrased in terms of 'documents' rather than 'information' is restrictive and undermines the Scottish Information Commissioner's guidance on this issue. It suggests that the guidance on the provision of advice and assistance could be strengthened; that the loss of specific Scottish Government guidance on the EIRs may have unintended consequences; that the draft may lead to confusion between the FOISA exemptions for breach of confidence and substantial prejudice to commercial interests. It also says authorities should not be entitled to ignore a request for internal review which has not been made to a designated person. The response can be downloaded from http://www.cfoi.org.uk/pdf/CFOIs60coderesponse2010.pdf

3) Coalition government's plans for FOI and government transparency
'The Coalition: our programme for government' document published last week (20 May 2010) promised to introduce a Freedom Bill and extend the scope of the FOI Act. A Freedom Bill was promised in the Lib Dem manifesto. A draft Freedom Bill published by the Lib Dems last year contained a number of proposals to strengthen the FOI Act, including removing the ministerial veto. The Coalition document also contained the 'right to data' and proposals on the proactive publication of information from the Conservative manifesto. You can keep track of all the latest developments regarding the new government's proposals on our FOI Blog - http://foia.blogspot.com/

4) Constitutional Reform and Governance Act
The Constitutional Reform and Governance Act, which provides for a transition from a 30 Year Rule to a 20 Year Rule governing the automatic release of most government records, received Royal Assent on Thursday 8 April 2010. Although key elements of the bill including plans to hold a referendum on the electoral system and to end hereditary peerages, were dropped in the dramatic last 48 hours before the formal dissolution of Parliament for the general election, the amendments to the Freedom of Information and Public Records acts survived. A detailed explanation of the amendments is available here http://foia.blogspot.com/2010/03/constitutional-reform-and-governance.html

Best wishes,

Katherine Gundersen
Research Officer
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Date: Mon, 24 May 2010 17:28:28 +0000

Dear friends

This is a very brief note to make sure you saw the exciting news that Lord Anthony Lester QC, the architect of the Human Rights Act, has announced his intention to introduce a Private Members' Defamation Bill in the House of Lords this week. He explains why he is doing this in the Times this morning (read it here www.timesonline.co.uk/~/article7134463.ece) and on the Today programme (listen to it here http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_8700000/8700179.stm).

The legislation being proposed in Lord Lester's Bill, and expected to be mentioned in the Queen's Speech tomorrow, aims to solve the problems our campaign has highlighted and which politicians have been debating since 1938 without doing enough to solve them. This bill is the first attempt in a century at redrafting the laws to include stronger, clearer defences to protect free speech and to bring the laws up to date for the information age.

It's thanks to your support of the campaign that the three main parties committed to libel reform in their election manifestos, and now we are near to having a bill in Parliament. We need to push the Government to tell us clearly what reforms it will support.

The bill will be published on Thursday 27th May. We will email you with more details but keep an eye out for other coverage on this in the meantime, for example Lord Lester will be interviewed on the Times website this afternoon and Simon Singh is writing about this for the Telegraph tomorrow. Best
Mike and Síle




Date: Sun, 9 May 2010 12:55:57 +0100 Subject: philosophy, literature, history, languages and art facing "worrying times"

Could be seen as part of on-going program: if the people don't know the past and can't think about the future, then lying demagogues have absolute power - Ray

guardian.co.uk/world/2010/may/09/middlesex-university-cuts-protest-philosophers
Middlesex University cuts spark international protest from philosophers
Move to phase out philosophy teaching at leading department branded a 'national and international concern'
The Observer,  Sunday 9 May 2010

A university's decision to shut its philosophy programme has sparked concerns about the future of the humanities and become a cause célèbre for intellectuals around the world.

Students at Middlesex University, in north London, are engaged in a lengthy "sit in" over plans to phase out philosophy teaching at their campus, a decision they claim is ideologically driven.

Some of the world's leading philosophers have waded into battle, declaring in a letter that the closure is of "national and international concern".  The controversy is a sign of things to come as cutbacks are made in humanities departments across the country.
...
The letter, to the Times Higher Educational Supplement, is signed by Slavoj Zizek, international director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Alain Badiou, emeritus professor of philosophy at Paris's Ecole Normale Superieure, Judith Butler, Maxine Elliot professor of rhetoric and comparative literature, University of California, Berkeley, and more than 20 others.  It claims "Middlesex is widely recognised as one of the most important centres for the study of modern European philosophy anywhere in the English-speaking world."

An earlier letter, from the linguist and philosopher Noam Chomsky, expressed the hope that the "unfortunate decision will be reversed, for the sake of the university, the intellectual life of the UK, and not least the future of this ancient and indispensable discipline worldwide".
...
Earlier this year, in a letter to the Observer, several university vice-chancellors warned that funding cuts and a decision to focus on the sciences have left philosophy, literature, history, languages and art facing "worrying times".
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