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Date: Sun, 27 Mar 2011 08:15:40 -0700 (PDT)
That `Out-of-Africa' theory and its timing of 60,000 years is really taking a battering, here's the latest blows:
"artifacts in South India indicates that early humans lived in the region more than a million years ago"
"Hand axes in Europe nearly a million years old: study"
Date: Sun, 27 Mar 2011 08:06:20 -0700 (PDT)
This guy's taking the short view! Like we discussed a while ago (re: "ascendancies"), wages are already increasing in China and this `scarcity of workers' will push them higher still. Maybe we're looking at the start of the next `Chinese Empire' - and world-wide this time. - Ray
"China's workforce 'dries up'
The seemingly endless flow of young Chinese workers that helped to create the country's economic miracle has now finally "dried up", according to a leading economist."
Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2011 14:07:20 +0000
This email is to let you know about the Campaign for Freedom of Information's recent work and latest FOI developments.
1. Forthcoming training courses for FOI requesters
Using the FOI Act London 16 June 2011
The Campaign is running a training course for Freedom of Information requesters in central London on Thursday 16 June 2011. The morning session provides an introduction to the legislation for those who are new to it, covering both the Freedom of Information Act and the parallel Environmental Information Regulations. The afternoon session is more advanced and will examine some of the key decisions made under the two regimes and explain how they can help you obtain information. Further information and details on how to book a place are available from http://www.cfoi.org.uk/pdf/foicoursejune11.pdf.
Using your FOI rights Glasgow 4 June 2011
The Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland is providing a half-day training course for requesters in Glasgow on 4 June 2011. The course, which covers both the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act and the parallel Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations, will provide an introduction to the legislation and tell you how to use it. Further details here http://www.cfoi.org.uk/pdf/foisacourse4june11.pdf
2. Information Commissioner & Tribunal Decisions Course
This half-day course will be held in London on 19 May 2011. The course deals with recent decisions issued in the last 6 months and does not repeat material covered in previous courses. It is aimed at experienced FOI practitioners and others with a good working knowledge of the FOI Act. Its exact content is dependent on the actual decisions that have been issued in recent months, but typically covers issues such as: "fair" and "unfair" disclosures of personal data; the FOI/EIR borderline; the commercial interests and confidentiality exemptions; where the public interest line is being drawn; applying the cost limit, vexatious requests and advice and assistance. Further details here http://www.cfoi.org.uk/pdf/foidecisions_may2011.pdf.
3. Protection of Freedoms Bill
The Campaign has welcomed the FOI changes proposed in the Protection of Freedoms Bill but called for them to be extended. Read the full press release here http://www.cfoi.org.uk/foi110211pr.html. The Campaign's director, Maurice Frankel, will be giving evidence to the Protection of Freedoms Bill Committee on Thursday 24 March at 10.05 am.
4. Welcome for proposed FOI extension
The Campaign welcomed the coalition government's announcement that it proposed:
* to extend the FOI Act to a range of regulatory, representative and other bodies
* to implement the last government's measures to release old government records after 20 years instead of 30 years
* apply the Act to companies that are jointly owned by more than one public authority.
However it pointed out that before the election both the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats had promised that Network Rail would be covered and that the Conservatives had also promised to cover Northern Rock. Neither body is being covered. Read the full press release here http://www.cfoi.org.uk/foi070111pr.html
5. Consultation on the Data Protection legislative framework
The Campaign has responded to the Ministry of Justice's Call for Evidence on the Current Data Protection Legislative Framework.
The response highlights the substantial discrepancies between the rights of individuals to see their own personal data under the Data Protection Act and the rights of any member of the public to obtain official information under the Freedom of Information Act. It also deals with an apparent obstacle to the release under the FOI Act of anonymised statistics derived from personal data. Read our response here http://www.cfoi.org.uk/pdf/DPAresponses.pdf.
6. Submission to the Tribunal on the public interest test
The Campaign has published a short submission which it made to the First Tier Tribunal (Information Rights) on an aspect of the FOI Act's public interest test, entitled `Does the public interest test include the benefit to the public overseas?'
It argues that the public interest test can include the potential benefit from disclosure to the public in overseas countries and is not limited to the benefits to the UK public only, as the Information Commissioner had argued.
7. Disappointment at Scottish Government's retreat on extension of FOI(S)A
The Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland (CFOIinS) said it was deeply disappointed by the Scottish Government's announcement that it was shelving plans to make private contractors subject to Scotland's Freedom of Information Act. The government cited opposition from the contractors and their representative bodies as a key factor behind their decision. It had been proposing to extend the Act during the current Parliamentary session. Full press release here http://www.cfoi.org.uk/foisa270111pr.html
8. Scottish Information Commissioner's Annual Report
The Scottish Information Commissioner has published his Annual Report 2010. Launching the report, Kevin Dunion, the Scottish Information Commissioner said:
> It is clear from the data published today that the public are
> increasingly making use of their rights to information. This is sure
> to continue in the current economic climate, as more and more people
> want to understand the rationale behind spending cuts.
> The good news, however, is that our survey results suggest that
> public authorities are becoming more comfortable with disclosing
> information, rather than withholding it, and these conclusions
> appear to be supported by the levelling-off of appeals coming to my
> Office. This is a positive sign, and evidence that freedom of
> information is now beginning to "bed in" in Scotland, with the FOI
> principles of openness and transparency increasingly being accepted
> by authorities.
> The bad news, though, is a widespread concern amongst authorities
> that a rise in often complex requests comes at a time when there is
> a reduction in the resources available to deal with them. Indeed,
> 41% of respondents to our survey identified this as the biggest FOI
> challenge they faced.
> The Commissioner criticised the Scottish Parliament's decision not to bring additional bodies that carry out public services under the Act.
The Annual Report can be downloaded as a pdf here http://www.itspublicknowledge.info/uploadedfiles/AnnualReport2010PrintVersion.pdf
and an interactive online report can accessed here http://www.itspublicknowledge.info/inyourhands/
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Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2011 15:23:33 +0530
Subject: Do comment on the Draft FCRA Rules 2011
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Date: Wed, 9 Mar 2011 12:29:31 -0000
Subject: (Corrupt?) US Judge breaks First Rule of Law
US judge halts damages claim over pollution in Amazon
By Larry Neumeister in New York
Wednesday, 9 March 2011
An American judge has extended his temporary ban on the collection of $18bn (£11.1bn) in damages from Chevron, saying the US oil giant would be irreparably harmed if it had to pay compensation - ordered by a court in Ecuador - for pollution in parts of the Amazon rainforest.
Yup, that (bent?) judge is a clear example what is becoming common in UK also - corrupt use of law as a `tool of the rich'.
See the First Maxim of Justice below -
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiat_justitia_ruat_caelum "May justice be done though the heavens fall" The maxim signifies the belief that justice must be realized regardless of consequences"
But corrupt judges could always claim that giving justice to victims will "harm" the interests of the rich! That's bloody obvious - which is why that maxim was written and has stood for thousands of years. The first rule is `do justice' - the consequences can take care of themselves.
Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2011 19:38:32 -0000
Subject: Another big scam?
George at http://urbansurvival.com/week.htm thinks he's worked out how the Corporates are re-doing what they first had a stab at in the '80s (when `Thatcherism' in the UK gave away much of our taxpayers assets - rail, water, communications, even some roads - to their rich friends, so they could begin charging us ever more).
"Since everything is a business model, the one in play here is:
1) Pour money into politics, 2) Get pliable candidates elected, 3) Have them precipitate a budget crisis, then 4) Set up sale of state utility assets at whatever you want to pay."
[Yup - came to much the same conclusion (top post) a while ago, and for much the same reasons - RD]
Date: Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 8:16 AM
Subject: Most of the forest officials are corrupt loafers in Andhra Pradesh
Most of the forest officials are corrupt loafers in Andhra Pradesh . Forests are just looted by anti socials elements on the cooperation of the forest officials only.
Against complaints , the vigilance wing just enjoying major shares in the looting of the forests. Such a scoundrels are posted in the departmental vigilance. The out coming of the investigation reports speak the facts.
The following illegal shooting in Visakhapatnam is only a very minor issue when compare with many looting cases of forest properties in the fraudulent advises of our great district level forest officers in Andhra Pradesh.
As other departments , the corrupt bastards deliberately allowing the rogues to loot forests for bribes. Anybody, anywhere the crimes of looting the forests, can easily establish in Andhra Pradesh. The common man just observing the frauds and not in a position to question due to fear. Why? Because criminals have every support from police , that is the main reason to oppress the voice of public against these sort of grave frauds. Many complaints to forest department perhaps thrown into dustbins by the concern officials it seems.
A Ramachandra Reddy
Advocate & Journalists for Public Justice
H.O : #16-8-908/7, New Malakpet Hyderabad 500024
Ph & Fax :24414736, Mobile : 9440430263
Date: Sat, 29 Jan 2011 05:17:10 -0000 Subject: Re: Freedom of the Islamic bloc
> Now we'll see if the US means what it says about freedom or
> whether it's just rhetoric and the real focus is on doing
> business with despots and the hell with the people.
You got me thinking about that - like "Who was profiting from keeping Egypt / Tunisia under tyranny?"
So just checked the five big international markets and here's the ones which FELL IMMEDIATELY on receiving Fri mornings news -
NEW YORK (DOW), LONDON (FTSE), TOKYO (NIKKEI), BEIJING (HANGSENG)
all plummeted first thing.
The last one, the N Europe / German DAX, didn't start to fall at all until late in the day and not much then.
Maybe tells us something?
[ "cui bono?" (Wiki) or `who benefits?' is a test for hidden / behind-the-scenes perpetrators of an offence ]
Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2011 10:05:52 -0000 Subject: Police `Spies' Going Native
Seems UK police-chiefs have problems - while they can send thicko police thugs into crowds as `agents provocateurs' [fake `rioters'], they have to choose relatively intelligent people as long-term infiltrators. And those intelligent ones eventually see the injustice of police oppression/lies - and the rightful justice of the protest groups. - Ray
Later (07 Feb 2011) update:
found amusingly relevant clues about `preferred lack of intelligence in police'
i) evidence of preference
ii) reasons for thick police/judges
(and the reasons for thick greedy `scientists' & media?)
Police spy who married activist suspended from duty
Jim Boyling, who worked undercover as Jim Sutton, has been suspended by the Metropolitan police pending an investigation
Mark Kennedy accuses senior officers of suppressing vital evidence
Undercover policeman breaks silence in newspaper interview and insists all his actions were sanctioned
Date: Sat 1 Jan 2011
If s/he'd given a page reference it'd maybe go halfway to help understanding this argument / complaint?
I would posit that you are flaunting a false dichotomy based upon empirical analysis. It presupposes that there is a direct correlation between internal phenomenal experience and the external viewing of the individual. But no such correlation can be determined by science as it exists prior to empirical analysis and must be discussed in philosophy of mind. This issue, yet unsolved, places your views on exceedingly shaky ground, and the mere fact that a majority of the logical positivists and general populace agree with you do not give you intellectual authority on the matter, while it might ensure your social dominance.
Might it also be of note that one can easily accuse you of the very issues you address, as one, you do not acknowledge the philosophical foundation of the theory professed by your site nor do you address arguments critical of your position. It is ease to divide the population into this and the other. I would like to see you contend with a pluralistic conception of self in which there is no possible relation between individuals views of themselves - no dichotomy is thus possible. Or perhaps a singularization state, there is only one type of consciousness and no one lacks it. But the scientists really doesn't know how to contend with issues of consciousness except to resort to prosaic categories passed down through tradition and history. I would consult philosophers of language, mind, and delve into some of the continental philosophical tradition if you are interested in developing a cogent argument at all. I see no dialectic in your arguments. Especially check out Derrida's infamous lecture (now published in its entirety) The Animal that therefore I Am, which deconstructs the tendency of attributing categorical uniqueness to humans as well as the idea of an animal at all.
If you would like to discuss these issues rather than have me simply write a polemic as I did in the above to attract attention to this issue, please feel free to contact me.
Date: Wed, 15 Dec 2010 18:49:52 -0000
Subject: Politicians chased by mobs [Athens - just now]
When hearing the radio account of Greek politician being chased down the street (by the photo he was lucky to survive), reminded me of London mobs (often the `Apprentice Boys' - the equivalent of today's post-grads, students _and_ school-teens) a few hundred years ago, when politicos' corruption was more visible.
When the people lost patience with a very corrupt politico they'd go burn his house (palace) down, and sometimes, if he was still around, they might even hang him from a lamp-post (like Mussolini much later). - Ray
PS - come to think of it, that might become fashionable again, even in UK.
After all, our corrupt politicos have been hanging the people out to dry for more than a generation, maybe the people will return the compliment. - RD
Anti-Austerity Protest in Greece Turns Violent
[photo] The former Greek development minister Costis Hatzidakis, center, was attacked by protesters in Athens. Published: December 15, 2010
ATHENS - Thousands of Greeks took to the streets of the capital on Wednesday for a protest against a fresh wave of austerity measures which was marred by violence as a general strike brought international travel and public services to a standstill.
The walkout - Greece's seventh general strike this year - grounded flights, kept ferries in ports, halted train services and shut down government offices and schools while leaving hospitals to operate on emergency staffing and causing a news blackout as journalists joined the action. Public transport was operating for most of the day to enable Athenians to attend demonstrations in the city center.
Around 20,000 people answered the call of unions representing civil servants, private sector workers and the Communist Party for three separate demonstrations. The rallies were mostly peaceful until the early afternoon, when self-styled anarchists broke off from the crowd and attacked the police with firebombs and chunks of stone torn up from sidewalks.
Hundreds of youths clashed with the police outside Parliament and other central landmarks, smashing store facades, setting fire to garbage dumpsters and prompting officers to fire stun grenades and unleash thick clouds of tear gas that sent Athenians and tourists scurrying into side streets with their eyes streaming.
Tensions peaked outside Parliament, where late on Tuesday night Greek lawmakers voted through new laws cutting wages and jobs at debt-ridden public companies and watering down legislation protecting workers' rights. Despite vehement protests by opposition parties and objections by some backbenchers of the ruling Socialist party, the new bill passed smoothly into law as the government retains a comfortable majority in Greece's 300-seat Parliament. The reforms are the latest raft of austerity measures demanded by Greece's European Union partners and the International Monetary Fund in exchange for a ¤110 billion rescue package granted to the debt-ridden country in May.
Opposition to the measures, and to the pressure being applied by the country's international creditors, was clear in the streets on Wednesday. Angry protesters wielded placards reading "IMF out!" and "Let us not live as slaves!" while others chanted "!Thieves, thieves!" and "Shame on you!" to unseen deputies in Parliament.
At one point a conservative opposition MP and former minister, Costis Hatzidakis, spotted near the Parliament building, was chased by a group of around 100 angry protesters who pelted him with stones. The 45-year-old deputy emerged from the encounter with a few grazes after officers intervened and escorted him to safety, said a police spokesman, Thanassis Kokkalakis.
Mr. Kokkalakis said that "several" people had been detained for questioning in Athens and in the northern port city of Thessaloniki. "The clashes are ongoing; it's not over yet," he said.
As dusk fell and tear gas lingered in the air, police helicopters circled over Parliament, where rows of police officers in gas masks and shields stood guard. "This is unacceptable - it's worse than the junta," said Giorgos Papageorgiou, a 52-year-old factory worker, referring to a seven-year military dictatorship in Greece that fell in 1974. Mr. Papageorgiou said the new law voted through Parliament would lower his monthly wage to ¤700 from ¤1,000 and make it harder for him to support his wife, who does not work, and their teenage daughter.
"Is this the democracy we fought for?" said Mr. Papageorgiou, wiping the white chalky remnants of tear gas from his face. "This is fascism."
Date: Thu, 25 Nov 2010 16:24:39 -0000
Subject: Not in UK Press (that I've seen)
Strange I didn't see these in UK press or hear on BBC - Ray
The Roman Colosseum students seized
During the mass protests of students against the university reforms that came today from all over Italy, some protesters broke into the main attractions and sights - the Colosseum, the ITAR-TASS.
Earlier it was reported that as a result of such action in Pisa demonstrators occupied the famous "leaning tower".
The protesters stretched out on the outside of the Colosseum slogans. However, there is no danger and no tourists, no historical monument, they do not represent. Law enforcement officials are trying to bring the violators of public order from the ancient monument.
Also been active in protests held in other major cities in Italy - Milan, Turin, Florence and Palermo. Became aware of the clashes of protesters with the police and several wounded.
Displease the reform of universities, Education Minister proposed Mariyastelloy Dzhelmini provides for the reorganization of the financing institutions of higher education.
The protesters blocked the Italian students Leaning Tower of Pisa Dozens of Italian students protest reform the public education system on Thursday they would not let tourists to the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa, reports RIA Novosti.
The demonstrators blocked access to the main attraction of Pisa and hung out at one of the top floors of the tower banner "No education reform." On Thursday, the protest took place in other Italian cities.
In particular, in Florence there were clashes between demonstrators and police, as a result, several students received minor injuries. In Rome, demonstrators marched.
On Thursday, protesters also occupied the main symbol of the Eternal City - the Roman Coliseum. On the eve of clashes between students and police occurred in Rome, resulting in injuring more than ten people.
Currently, members of the Italian Chamber of Deputies are final discussion of the bill on the reform of public education. This document, including, inter alia, a substantial reduction in state funding of education has caused violent protests throughout Italy.
[Nb. here's the probable reason for UK Press & politicos' `shyness' - RD]
Date: Sun, 21 Nov 2010 16:49:05 -0000
Subject: Re: Slavery - was Re:Fw: The great misdirection...
Boris G wrote:
> Ray. Went to all three links and am going to try going through
> the Village Labourer too.
When buying my copy, in an old bookshop, thought it would be a bucolic story of country life - but it's a grim account of oppression by a permanently corrupt parliament (congress), greedy land-owners and their thugs (who were continuing the process of stealing English villagers `common land' and grazing rights) and murderously unfair magistrates and judges who often imprisoned or hanged working men who told the truth about what was happening in their areas.
`THE VILLAGE LABOURER 1760-1832' (archive.org)
Date: Fri, 19 Nov 2010 18:38:32 -0000
Subject: Slavery - was Re: Fw: The great misdirection...
think you're reporting the truth, and that it's fairly inevitable just now - unless we return to traditional values and rights.
As you know I'm interested in historical precedents (and `cycles' of events) and had already formed some conclusions about the past:-
has the general cycle of events from a `frontier' state with democracy - to a monopoly state - to a slave state.
has the earliest `war on terror' device for robbing the people and increasing slavery in 15th / 16th Cent. Europe.
`THE VILLAGE LABOURER 1760-1832' (archive.org)
`THE VILLAGE LABOURER 1760-1832' (socserv)
has the further robbery and further loss of freedom by `legal methods' (after the `witchcraft' war-on-terror fraud) - which is the stuff we have to look forward to in the near future - just convert from 18th Cent England to USA / the West today.
Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2011 13:03:30 +0530
Subject: Fwd: Corrupt AP Forest department
Corrupt AP Forest department is utterly failed to punish the real criminals who are continuously thieving the very valuable red sandal wood , teak , rose wood and other issues since the offenders are handling the smuggling and illegal activities in the blessings of concerned top cadre forest officials only. Ministers are also real criminals handling the issues for bribes. The news article published at the front page of Chittoor edition in Eenadu dated 04-01-2011 is also explained some facts. Who is responsible to curb the frauds is presented to the common public to react appropriately.
A Ramachadra Reddy
Advocate & Journalists for Public Justice
H.O : #16-8-908/7 , New Malakpet Hyderabad 500036
Ph & Fax: 24414736 - Mobile No: 9985108812
Email : ajforpj at gmail.com
Date: Fri, 12 Nov 2010 09:37:29 +0530
Subject: Fwd: Police Supported gundas kidnapped my minor daughter K.Mytreye (D.O.B. 05.06.1994) perhaps murdered or did anything unfair is also not known yet, whereabouts of her is known to bribed police not disclosed us since colluded for bribes
Advocate & Journalist for Public Justice,
16-8-908, New Malakpet
Hyderabad - 24
Police Supported gundas kidnapped my minor daughter K.Mytreye (D.O.B. 05.06.1994) perhaps murdered or did anything unfair is also not known yet, whereabouts of her is known to bribed police not disclosed us since colluded for bribes. Photo is enclosed below. Do justice. There is no other option except commit suicide because of inhuman harassment by the gang anti social elements blessed by corrupt police.
Mother of Mytr
Proddatur - 516 361,YSR Kadapa (Dist)
A.P.Cell : 9849376849.
Email: ksudhakarreddy2 at rediffmail.com
Date: Fri, 5 Nov 2010 08:30:50 +0530
Subject: I am living dead body and decided to commit suicide due to corrupt police & advocate rogues who ruined my life for bribes. Last prayer for justice, if possible before 05-12-2010, 12 Pm when I am going end by hanging myself.
From: "National Network Against Crimes & Corruption in the interest of public justice"
I am living dead body and decided to commit suicide due to corrupt police & advocate rogues who ruined my life for bribes.
Last prayer for justice, if possible before 05-12-2010, 12Pm when I am going end by hanging myself.
1-1-16 /3/2 Jawahar Nagar
Chikkadpalli Hyderabad - 500020
Mobile: 9293113334 Ph: 040- 27608678
Had to publish this one, and should say that I've received 50+ mails from folk in India. However, because they name (lots of) corrupt judges / police chiefs / lawyers etc, and because UK's Libel Laws & Courts are also corrupt - stopping exposure of rich & powerful criminals - this is the first that can (and must) be shown.