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Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:29:37 +0100
Subject: "Lloyds fined 218m over Libor rate rigging scandal


Ha! Another corrupt `fine' for well-connected criminal fraudsters.  Ask yourself who actually pays such `fines' that bent judges apply in almost all cases of criminal behaviour (including manslaughter) by corporate bosses, financiers and even bent senior police?

You and I do!  As taxpayers or `customers' by default - any `fine' inflicted on the organizations is eventually paid by us, in increased national taxes, bank charges, utility costs or local taxes (for police running costs). [See past examples of corrupt judges protecting the guilty by `fines' against the public]

So _all_ the judges and arbiters applying such fines are actually in cahoots with the criminals (who should face jail-time, like ordinary folk do) and are jointly defrauding all us ordinary taxpayers and citizens.
Ray
PS - our references


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-28528349
Lloyds fined 218m over Libor rate rigging scandal

Lloyds Banking Group has been fined 218m for "serious misconduct" over some key interest rates set in London.
Lloyds manipulated the London interbank offered rate (Libor) for yen and sterling and tried to rig the rate for yen, sterling and the US dollar, said the US legal order.
It also manipulated submissions for another short-term rate linked to the value of UK government debt.
(more at page ...)





Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:32:25 +0100
Subject: FWD - More MH17 confusion


Got the following message via a group mail.  It appears to be from Tony Gosling: some might know him as a `Bilderburg' investigator.
Ray


BBC Russian service delete report which doesn't fit with propaganda narrative

The Catastrophe of #MH17: #BBC in the Search of the "#BUK" - The Video Report Deleted by @BBC
http://slavyangrad.wordpress.com/2014/07/25/video-report-deleted-by-bbc/

The original BBC Video Report was published by BBC Russian Service on July 23, 2014.  Why did BBC delete this report by Olga Ivshina?  Is it because the BBC team was unable to find any evidence that a rocket was launched in the area that the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) alleges to be the place from which the Novorossiya Militia launched a BUK missile?

Or is it because every eyewitness interviewed by the BBC team specifically indicated the presence of Ukrainian military aircraft right beside the Malaysian Airlines Boeing MH17 at the time that it was shot down?

Or is it because of eyewitness accounts (like the one posted following the transcript of the BBC report) confirming that the Ukrainian air force regularly used civilian aircraft flying over Novorossiya as human shields to protect its military aircraft conducting strikes against civilian population from the Militia's anti-aircraft units?

http://www.911forum.org.uk/board/viewtopic.php?p=167716#167716
http://whatreallyhappened.com/
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Please consider seriously the reason why these elite institutions are not discussed in the mainstream press despite the immense financial and political power they wield?
There are sick and evil occultists running the Western World.  They are power mad lunatics like something from a kids cartoon with their fingers on the nuclear button!  Armageddon is closer than you thought. Only God can save our souls from their clutches, at least that's my considered opinion - Tony





Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:34:48 +0100
Subject: [NPC] FWD - "A noble purpose" is good for you!"


Featured this last year, and, rereading it, now think I can do my bit for the world by running it again - and again.
Ray
[PS - reason I picked up on it?  It confirms / buttresses a theory - confirmed by many other emerging facts - that our "rulers" are continually going extinct, and being replaced by new greedy abusers only slightly "less bad" than their predecessors.  So the improvement of humanity is certain, even if exceedingly slow. - RD]


http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/07/130729161952.htm
ScienceDaily - Science News
Human cells respond in healthy, unhealthy ways to different kinds of happiness
Date: July 29, 2013 | Source: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Summary: Human bodies recognize at the molecular level that not all happiness is created equal, responding in ways that can help or hinder physical health, according to new research.

Human bodies recognize at the molecular level that not all happiness is created equal, responding in ways that can help or hinder physical health, according to new research led by Barbara L. Fredrickson, Kenan Distinguished Professor of psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The sense of well-being derived from "a noble purpose" may provide cellular health benefits, whereas "simple self-gratification" may have negative effects, despite an overall perceived sense of happiness, researchers found. "A functional genomic perspective on human well-being" was published July 29 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

"Philosophers have long distinguished two basic forms of well-being: a 'hedonic' [hee-DON-ic] form representing an individual's pleasurable experiences, and a deeper 'eudaimonic,' [u-DY-moh-nick] form that results from striving toward meaning and a noble purpose beyond simple self-gratification," wrote Fredrickson and her colleagues.

It's the difference, for example, between enjoying a good meal and feeling connected to a larger community through a service project, she said. Both give us a sense of happiness, but each is experienced very differently in the body's cells.

"We know from many studies that both forms of well-being are associated with improved physical and mental health, beyond the effects of reduced stress and depression," Fredrickson said. "But we have had less information on the biological bases for these relationships."

Collaborating with a team from the University of California at Los Angeles led by Steven W. Cole, professor of medicine, psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Fredrickson and her colleagues looked at the biological influence of hedonic and eudaimonic well-being through the human genome. They were interested in the pattern of gene expression within people's immune cells.

Past work by Cole and colleagues had discovered a systematic shift in gene expression associated with chronic stress, a shift "characterized by increased expression of genes involved in inflammation" that are implicated in a wide variety of human ills, including arthritis and heart disease, and "decreased expression of genes involved in ... antiviral responses," the study noted.

Cole and colleagues coined the phrase "conserved transcriptional response to adversity" or CTRA to describe this shift. In short, the functional genomic fingerprint of chronic stress sets us up for illness, Fredrickson said.

But if all happiness is created equal, and equally opposite to ill-being, then patterns of gene expression should be the same regardless of hedonic or eudaimonic well-being. Not so, found the researchers.

Eudaimonic well-being was, indeed, associated with a significant decrease in the stress-related CTRA gene expression profile. In contrast, hedonic well-being was associated with a significant increase in the CTRA profile. Their genomics-based analyses, the authors reported, reveal the hidden costs of purely hedonic well-being.

Fredrickson found the results initially surprising, because study participants themselves reported overall feelings of well-being.

One possibility, she suggested, is that people who experience more hedonic than eudaimonic well-being consume the emotional equivalent of empty calories. "Their daily activities provide short-term happiness yet result in negative physical consequences long-term," she said.

"We can make ourselves happy through simple pleasures, but those 'empty calories' don't help us broaden our awareness or build our capacity in ways that benefit us physically," she said. "At the cellular level, our bodies appear to respond better to a different kind of well-being, one based on a sense of connectedness and purpose."

The results bolster Fredrickson's previous work on the effects of positive emotions, as well as research linking a sense of connectedness with longevity. "Understanding the cascade to gene expression will help inform further work in these areas," she added.

Fredrickson collaborated with Karen M. Grewen, associate professor of psychiatry in UNC's School of Medicine; and Kimberly A. Coffey, research assistant professor, and Sara B. Algoe, assistant professor, both of psychology, in UNC's College of Arts and Sciences.

Journal Reference:
Barbara L. Fredrickson, Karen M. Grewen, Kimberly A. Coffey, Sara B. Algoe, Ann M. Firestine, Jesusa M. G. Arevalo, Jeffrey Ma, and Steven W. Cole.
A functional genomic perspective on human well-being.
PNAS, July 29, 2013 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1305419110
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2013, July 29).





Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:27:31 +0100
Subject: "Early Risers Are Seen to be Less Moral at Night - New Study


Might explain some things.  I _think_ I'm a night-owl but I'm not sure.
Ray


http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/559572/20140718/early-risers-late-sleeper-sleep-slumber-ethics.htm
International Business Times | By Sarah Thomas | July 18, 2014 1:54 PM EST
Early Risers Are Seen to be Less Moral at Night - New Study

We have all heard that early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise, but recent research reveals that the well known phrase isn't really true after all. New findings say that early riser's ethics and moral values go down the drain by night. "Morning people are more likely to cheat and behave unethically in the night hours," said researchers.

The research paper, The Morality of Larks and Owls, examined the levels of honesty among people depending on what time of the day they wake up. The study found a connection between individual's moral values and ethical choices and their sleep patterns. More specifically their "chronotype," which is an attribute of human beings that reflect the time of the day when they are physically most active.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University, Washington University, Georgetown and Harvard observed 200 people's behaviour on the basis of a questionnaire that they were given to fill up, it involved problem solving tests and games. The subjects were promised a $10 reward on completing the tests on time and bigger rewards for completing the contests. The subjects did not realise that they were being tested on their honesty and thought it to be a game.

The assistant professor of business ethics at Georgetown University and a research fellow at Harvard University in the US, Sunita Sah, said that the results of the research had shook the stereotype about evening people being somehow dissolute, as the early rising larks were seen to be more ethical in the morning and the 'owls' were more principled during the night

The study reported, "In the morning, evening people are more unethical than morning people." Sah said, "The findings have major implications for workplaces relying on ethical decisions and honesty - particularly where there are shift patterns." She explained that the research throws light on how decision-making is affected by a person's chronotype. It raises questions about working hours and the structure of the working day.

The subject's choice of sticking to the rules of filling the questionnaire and completing it on time changed with their internal body clocks and different times of the day at which the test was given to them.

Pointing towards the study, the report concluded, "They cast doubt on the stereotype that evening people are somehow dissolute." Also throwing light that people's ethical choices may vary according to their time of waking but none of the two groups 'early larks' or 'night owls' could be distinguished as being more ethically right than the other. Their moral values dipped at different times of the day depending on their chronotype.
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Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:23:39 -0300
Subject: Re: "Tales of the Gun - Shotguns


Have to agree with what it says about the intimidating effect of shotguns:
When working in S. Italy (between Naples and Rome), and calling in to a freezer-store for my weekly shop, was overtaken by a couple of Minis (with Roma plates) which screeched to a halt between me and the store.

The guys who jumped out were all in balaclavas and carrying sawn-off shotguns.  Most went into the store but one stayed behind holding his gun on me and everyone else in the carpark  (I was the nearest - and everybody else had jumped behind me).

When looking into a sawn-off shotgun's muzzle there's only one philosophical option.
Ray


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7NeLqXTzns
TALES OF THE GUN: THE SHOTGUN




Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 08:08:17 +0100
Subject: FWD - Gov't Reshuffle? Or panicked house-clean?


15 July 2014 - Just before a promised "Inquiry into pedophiles in authority" we see a rather unique Gov't reshuffle:  not just the oldsters going but many powerful middle-aged men leaving unwillingly and (strangest of all at such a time) the Conservative Chief Whip also departs, which, politically is equivalent to opting to change war-horses in mid-stream.

A pattern-seeker might take a guess - that the UK political class is trying for a quick `house-clean' before inspection.  I.e. - The men who know too much about perv politocos' abuse from '70s onwards are going,  esp. the Chief Whip who had access to all those blackmail records of MPs' sins (actually crimes - but politicos are never prosecuted for pedo abuse: child-rapes and murders).

Ray





Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:28:56 +0100 Subject: FWD - "Quarter of teens 'not fit enough' to go on trekking holiday

Seems the `Bell Curve' for fitness is getting steeper.  Couple of generations ago "average fitness" meant most of the population, with only a few at LHS due to accident or congenital ill-health.
Ray


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/10962869/Quarter-of-teens-not-fit-enough-to-go-on-trekking-holiday.html
http://tinyurl.com/qgasu8k

The Telegraph | 9:30 AM BST 14 Jul 2014 | By Graeme Paton, Education Editor

Quarter of teens 'not fit enough' to go on trekking holiday
A company providing expeditions for teenagers reveals that more than a quarter of 16 and 17-year-olds have failed a compulsory fitness test, prompting fresh concerns over childhood obesity.
(more at page ...)





Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:51:29 +0100
Subject: FWD - BBC version of history


I also heard the BBC Radio4 version - "a long tradition of male bishops dating back to the time of Jesus".

CRAP!  The early Xtians didn't even believe in priests, never mind bishops.  All that authoritarian rubbish accumulated under power-crazed (and murderous) ruling elites much later. - Ray


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28299395
"But on Monday the Church of England broke a tradition inherited from the first Christians 2,000 years ago when the three houses of the General Synod voted to allow women to be bishops.
...
Since the days of Jesus and his 12 male apostles the Church has had exclusively male leaders - bishops whose authority has been handed down the generations by the laying on of hands."





Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:51:24 +0100
Subject: Noisiest Greens are hypocrites?


Ha!  Ironically, because I use so little electricity have had umpteen meter checks and one meter change and even now have to reassure the power company that I'm still alive.  Main reason is I don't have a TV or refrigerator or freezer or aircon, and don't leave appliances or lights on - longest-working appliance is the radio. - Ray

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/greenpolitics/10965887/People-who-claim-to-worry-about-climate-change-use-more-electricity.html
http://tinyurl.com/kz2lkcd

The Telegraph | Matthew Holehouse, Political Correspondent 12:17PM BST 14 Jul 2014
People who claim to worry about climate change use more electricity

People who claim to worry about climate change use more electricity than those who do not, a Government study has found.

Those who say they are concerned about the prospect of climate change consume more energy than those who say it is "too far into the future to worry about," the study commissioned by the Department for Energy and Climate Change found.

That is in part due to age, as people over 65 are more frugal with electricity but much less concerned about global warming. However, even when pensioners are discounted, there is only a "weak trend" to show that people who profess to care about climate change do much to cut their energy use.

The findings were based on the Household Electricity Survey, which closely monitored the electricity use and views of 250 families over a year. The report, by experts from Loughborough University and Cambridge Architectural Research, was commissioned and published by DECC.
...
The findings will strengthen the case of those who argue that more coercive methods are needed if people's energy consumption is to be reduced. Peter Lilley, a Conservative member of the Commons Energy and Climate Change committee, said: "The survey exposes the hypocrisy of many who claim to be `green': the greater the concern people express about global warming the less they do to reduce their energy usage."
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Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:24:21 +0100
Subject: FWD - "Clear differences between organic and non-organic food, study finds


Well, we should have known - because Gov'ts & Corporates (esp. GMOs and greedy intensive farming conglomerates) were telling us the opposite!
Ray


/www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/11/organic-food-more-antioxidants-study
The Guardian, Friday 11 July 2014 13.57 BST - Damian Carrington
Clear differences between organic and non-organic food, study finds
Research is first to find wide-ranging differences between organic and conventional fruits, vegetables and cereals

Organic food has more of the antioxidant compounds linked to better health and lower levels of toxic metals and pesticides, according to the most comprehensive scientific analysis to date.

The international scientific team behind the new work suggests that switching from regular to organic fruit and vegetables could give the same benefits as adding one or two portions of the "five a day" currently recommended.

The team, led by Prof Carlo Leifert at the University of Newcastle, concludes that there are "statistically significant, meaningful" differences, with a range of antioxidants being "substantially higher" - between 19% and 69% - in organic food. It is the first study to demonstrate clear and wide-ranging differences between organic and conventional fruits, vegetables and cereals.

The researchers say the increased levels of antioxidants are equivalent to "one to two of the five portions of fruits and vegetables recommended to be consumed daily and would therefore be significant and meaningful in terms of human nutrition, if information linking these [compounds] to the health benefits associated with increased fruit, vegetable and whole grain consumption is confirmed".
(more at page ...)





Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2014 09:27:55 +0100
Subject: Pedo-scandal suppression starts


See the on-going pedophile check is being side-lined, de-fanged and suppressed already, before _any_ enquiries get underway.

1) The person "chosen" to head the first official Inquiry (retired high court judge Lady Butler-Sloss) comes from a family of barristers (elite lawyers) and judges, was herself a senior judge, and now is a member of the House of Lords.

Those professions, trades and 'clubs' - to which the lady (Butler-Sloss, and all her family) owes total loyalty - are also those dominated by elite pedophiles (along with the Church, the Metropolitan Police, Parliament and the BBC).

Not much chance of a thorough-going investigation there then.

2) The Gov't and (involved) charities are now talking about maybe a "new law against covering up pedophile offences".

That is just double-talk aimed at keeping safe those guilty up till now.

Because there are _already_ laws against covering-up offences.

I.e. A guilty bishop (or say the ex `Gov't Whip' Derek Conway, who the BBC today hinted has covered-up many pedophile offences by MPs), _can_ and _should_ be charged with COMPLICITY (a serious criminal offence) and with PERVERTING THE COURSE OF JUSTICE (also a serious crime).

All talk of `new law' is just an excuse for not enforcing present laws.
Ray


PS - Maybe check
www.perceptions.couk.com/laworjustice.html#elite3 for the activities of elite, judges, police etc
www.perceptions.couk.com/real-life.txt for the activities of the thief-MP Conway
www.perceptions.couk.com/laworjustice.html#distract for questions our Media need to answer





Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2014 22:23:59 +0100
Subject: FWD - "Materialists versus Idealists


Ha! Am told there's a slight - but longish running - spat over at the mis-named `Forteana' group.  Apparently they're now divided into warring `materialists' versus `idealists' (of a religious kind).  If I thought their brains could take it, would recommend this paradoxical think-piece from Ben Carter:-

The Problem of Epistemology and Cosmic Models

"Here is the dilemma:  If a mind grasps its world by means of mental categories that have evolved solely to ensure the survival of that mind, there is no reason to assume that the world the mind grasps is the world as it is.  Many minds survive in this world, yet see the world in fundamentally different ways.  There is robin-world, bullfrog-world, wood-chuck-world, and housefly-world.  And there is human-world.  The world of each of these creatures is validated insofar as it ensures the survival of the creature, but no further.  The positivist assumes that a human mind grasps the world as it is, but from an evolutionary standpoint, there is no reason to make such an assumption.  Instead there are many reasons to assume an observed world differs from the world as it is.

The observer is neither neutral nor passive.  Rather, the observer, by the very act of observing, participates in and structures the world.  For the positivist, this dilemma is fatal.  Yet from a Darwinian perspective there is no reason to assume it is not true.  Ironically Darwinism leads to a logical cul-de-sac.  If the Darwinist is right, there is no reason to assume that the Darwinist can accurately model the world.  If the Darwinist is wrong, there is no reason to assume that the Darwinist can accurately model the world."


Ben M. Carter - http://www.asa3.org/ASA/PSCF/2002/PSCF6-02Carter.pdf

And, since many folk either don't know about, or get confused over, the actual facts of Relativity (the common inferences are mostly illusory) and Quantum Mechanics (highly precise results which have been subject to wild inferences and faulty assumptions), there's a small extension discussion at www.perceptions.couk.com/absolute-relative.html#evid
Ray





Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2014 14:03:53 +0100
Subject: - FWD - Old Silk Road and Zhang Qian


Old Silk Road and Zhang Qian

Interesting shots of various fantastic ancient cities / buildings / temples etc. along the Old Silk Road.  It gets even more interesting when we realize that all started over two thousand years ago, when most Europeans were living in crude tribalism (and then getting whopped by Rome).
Ray


http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/photo/2014-07/02/c_133454279.htm
Archaeological sites along Silk Road in China

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhang_Qian
Zhang Qian (Chang Chien) ... expedition to Central Asia from 138 to 126 BCE
Today Zhang Qian is considered a national hero and revered for the key role he played in opening China to the world of commercial trade.




Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2014 14:42:18 +0000
CFOI News July 2014


CFOI News 2 July 2014

Practical training on using the FOI Act, London 10 July 2014

We still have a few places left on our next training course on how to make more effective use of the Freedom of Information Act. This is on Thursday 10th July.
You can register online or download a booking form from our website.
We are keen for our training to reach a wider audience and would be very grateful if you could help by circulating the details to your colleagues and networks.

MPs urged to bring contractors' information under the FOI Act
We have written to MPs who succeeded in the recent ballot for private members' bills urging them to introduce a bill to bring all information held by public service contractors under the FOI Act.
Contractors are not subject to the Act in their own right.  Only information which the contractor is considered to hold "on behalf of" the authority is accessible, via an FOI request to the public authority.  What the contractor holds "on behalf of the authority" varies depending on the terms of each individual contract and often excludes significant information.

Examples of contractor-held information which the Information Commissioner has ruled is not available under the FOI Act include:
* the numbers of parking tickets issued, then cancelled on appeal, by traffic wardens employed by a council contractor and offered Argos points as incentives to issue tickets;
* how often a contractor-managed council swimming pool had been needlessly closed to the public because it had been booked by schools which did not use their slots;
* arrangements made by a subcontractor to restore Leyton Marsh after its use as a temporary basketball court during the Olympics;
* the qualifications of assessors used to verify that incapacity benefit claims have been properly dealt with by the DWP's contractor, Atos; * the cost of providing Sky television to prisoners, and the number of cells with their own telephones, at HM Prison Dovegate, a privately managed prison.

The proposed Freedom of Information (Contractor Information) Bill would ensure that all information held by a contractor about a public service contract is subject to the FOI Act, regardless of what the contract itself says.

Read more.

Move to restrict use of FOI by campaigners criticised
A survey of local councils, aimed at gathering information to push for restrictions to the FOI Act, has been criticised by the Campaign.
A body representing local authority lawyers has appealed to councils on behalf of the Local Government Association (LGA) saying the LGA is thinking of calling for changes to the Act and asking them to supply details of "problems" caused by it.

The survey, in Lawyers in Local Government's bulletin says the LGA is "considering pressing the Government again for changes to the FOI legislation, having regard to the cost and time in handling FOI requests". It says the LGA is particularly concerned about "the use of the FOI process by researchers and campaigners for their benefit at our expense" and asks for statistics on the proportion of requests made by "media, campaigning bodies, commercial or business bodies undertaking their own research" and the time and cost of dealing with "research type" FOI requests.

The Campaign's director, Maurice Frankel, said: "The survey being carried out at the LGA's request shows no interest in hearing about improvements to services resulting from FOI disclosures or financial savings made because FOI has revealed wasteful spending. Nor do they ask whether authorities have found ways of dealing with FOI requests more efficiently, which they might want to share with other councils".

The Campaign is asking for people who have used information obtained under FOI in positive ways to let it have the details, to highlight the benefits of the Act. Please send any examples to admin@cfoi.demon.co.uk

Read more.

Review of secrecy clause in Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act
The Campaign has responded to a consultation reviewing the secrecy clause in section 24 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 which prohibits the disclosure of information supplied to the Home Office in applications to use animals in scientific research.  The Campaign welcomes the proposed removal of the bar.  But it opposes plans to replace it with a narrower prohibition on the disclosure of information about researchers, research locations and intellectual property.  It says the FOI exemptions adequately protect such information already.  An absolute bar would prevent disclosure even where it would not be harmful or would be in the public interest.  It does not object to a proposed new offence for malicious disclosure made with the intention of causing harm or for personal gain. Read the full response.

No strength in numbers

We are advising FOI requesters not to encourage others to make requests for the same information in order to put pressure on a public authority to release it.  The tactic is likely to backfire leading to the request being refused as vexatious, a recent Tribunal ruling involving a request to the Department of Work and Pensions shows.

Read more.

Another MP calls for FOI requesters to be identified

In the debate on the Queen's Speech earlier this month, David Amess MP called for the government to address an "anomaly in the Freedom of Information Act 2000" and stating "those who request information should be identified so that the public and organisations are aware of who has made an inquiry.  It is ridiculous that there is anonymity at the moment."

The Campaign has previously explained why this would be a bad idea.

Two consultations on FOI this year

The Justice minister, Simon Hughes, has confirmed that there will be two consultations on FOI this year.  The first will deal with proposals to restrict the FOI Act, originally outlined in November 2012.  It's not clear what will be covered in the second consultation but it may focus on new guidance to public authorities about disclosure arrangements with contractors.  However, the government is still resisting bringing contractors under the Act in their own right.

Read more.

We will keep you informed of any further developments on these issues.

Best wishes,

Katherine Gundersen

Campaign for Freedom of Information
Unit 109 Davina House
137-149 Goswell Road
London EC1V 7ET

Tel: (020) 7490 3958




Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:54:54 +0000
Subject: Can you join us to help reform libel laws in Scotland?


Dear Friends

Thank you once again for showing your support for the Libel Reform Campaign.  So many people came together to demand a change in the law that politicians were forced to deliver the Defamation Act 2013.  As you know, the new law introduced some significant changes, and should expand the space for free expression in England & Wales.

As you will also be aware, very few of the new provisions have been extended to Scotland, and none to Northern Ireland.  This has left British citizens in those nations with fewer free speech protections than their neighbours in England & Wales.  Worse, since most publishers operate throughout the UK, the jurisdictions with unreformed law could to chill free speech everywhere in the United Kingdom, and the Defamation Act 2013 could be undermined.

We urgently need to discuss how the libel law in Scotland should be reformed, and to gather examples of the libel 'chill' where journalists in Scotland have been discouraged from publishing on matters in the public interest.  On Thursday 17th July at 5pm at the Saltire Society in Edinburgh, we'll be bringing together lawyers, journalists, bloggers, academics, authors and members of civil society who have views on this issue.  Can you join us to help start this discussion?

The Saltire Society is at 9 Fountain Close, 22 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1TF.  Please RVSP using our online form, and urge your friends and colleagues who feel strongly about this issue to attend too: http://goo.gl/AMjLdG

Best wishes

Robert Sharp

English PEN
Libel Reform Campaign
Information: www.libelreform.org




Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:37:57 +0100
Subject: FWD - "Britain is the loneliness capital of Europe


Ha!  It's the umpteenth time that "loneliness" has been kited as a scourge.  [By the BBC]

That's ironic because the BBC does as much as any media to dumb-down the population (esp. the young) until folk can't think for themselves and need perpetual distraction (usually via TV etc.) which is mistaken for `information'.
As a result - without the distractions of lots of meaningless TV, misleading media and the noises of other people around - folk feel "lonely".

While I'm not a `hermit' - have thrown parties here (all the neighbours invited & lots more came), and often might talk to two or three people a week - I don't seek company for the sake of it (i.e. don't go to those `reunions' old school pals and ex-military acquaintances keep pestering for), and prefer an interesting book or three (+/or a reason to research something maybe abstruse or complex) to almost anything else - and then relaxing with a glass and a smoke maybe.
Ray


http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0477pgz
"According to data launched last week, Britain is the loneliness capital of Europe - we're less likely overall to know our neighbours or have strong friendships than people living anywhere else in the EU. Jane talks to psychotherapist Philippa Perry and to Marion McGilvary who has written about what it's like to be sociable and yet still feel a deep sense of loneliness."





Date: Thu, 5 Jun 2014 16:00:28 +0100
Subject: "Third Way of Evolution"


Yup, most folk don't realise that hard-line Neo-Darwinists (like Dawkins say) actively ignore (or cover-up) many real facts - because those facts don't fit with "Darwinism".

It'll be interesting to see if these `Third Way of Evolution' people are instantly attacked by the Press and other Media (BBC fr'instance) - because Media generally tend to want a dumbed-down `consensus' they can shout about, rather than have to think things through.
Ray





Date: Tue, 3 Jun 2014 13:01:29 -0700 (GMT-07:00)
Subject: FW.... Aircraft incident


Interesting, maybe because I've been in the cockpit of many RAF transport planes, during the flights and sometimes for the landing also.  That was due to me being the "owner" of the vehicles / equipment being carried, so the LoadMaster would usually invite me up and when the Skipper and crew realized I was well acquainted with RAF people and procedures they'd usually tell me to stay up there.

(Once or twice the Skipper actually asked / needed me to help out - see Indian Ocean scare.)

And occasionally the Skipper would try to scare us all, like landing at Singapore when he'd just declared a practice "engine failure" [he cut the right hand engines and landed - veering wildly - just using the left engines].  I thought those palm trees were going to get us.

Think that same Skipper (on landing at a Persian Gulf airfield) rejected the engineering report of damaged exhaust tube-linings - by signing-off the report - and took off the next morning regardless, because he didn't want to waste time getting repairs or inspections.
Ray


too http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bM4G1Toe3h0
AIRCRAFT NEAR MISS AND UNUSUAL INCIDENT COMPILATION




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