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Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 12:31:28 -0000
Subject: CNN: "The age of triumph is over

Ha!  A partial hint at the truth - which was that Thatcher (with support from the French and from Reagan and then Bush), had hurried meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev to try to persuade him to keep the Berlin Wall up and keep the two Germanys separated.   Wonder why that's not admitted today?
November 10, 2014 -- Updated 0114 GMT (0914 HKT)

The age of triumph is over

(CNN) -- The fall of the Berlin Wall, and the eventual disintegration of the Soviet Union, were overwhelmingly positive events - a near miracle, in fact, given the potential for widespread chaos and violence.

But as we prepare to mark the 25th anniversary of the Wall's fall, it is important to also remember some of the less pleasant side-effects. Indeed, this Sunday and beyond we have a responsibility to consider not only the joy and liberation of so many in Europe at the time, but also the repercussions that landmark event continues to have for the world today.

For a start, it's worth remembering that not all Western policymakers were thrilled, at least in the early stages, at the prospect of the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union. After all, although the Cold War offered a wretched global order, it was at least a form of order.
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Date: Sat, 8 Nov 2014 17:38:01 -0000
Subject: "Police`covered up' links with union blacklisting"

"Police`covered up' links with union blacklisting"

This, and evidence emerging in last few years, means our top police force has been run by lying, murdering, pedophile scum. [site refs.]

And probably still is - along with [senior] judiciary, [senior] bureaucrats, the church, elite BBC + media, [some] of academia and both houses of parliament. [public refs.]

Yet we pay taxes to keep them all in high salaries and gold-plated pensions.

Police `covered up' links with union blacklisting
Leaked minutes show senior officer met group targeting union activists
The Observer, Saturday 8 November 2014 12.36 GMT | Daniel Boffey, policy editor

Scotland Yard has been accused of seeking to cover up its involvement in the blacklisting of more than 3,200 construction workers following the emergence of minutes of a meeting between a senior officer in its anti-extremism unit and the organisation running the list.

The leaked document proves that as late as 2008 a detective chief inspector in the National Extremism Tactical Coordination Unit (Netcu) briefed members of the Consulting Association, the secretive organisation that ran the blacklist keeping people out of work for decades. The association, which had a database of 3,213 names on which it held information, was raided and closed in 2009 by the Information Commissioner's Office, but not before it destroyed the professional and personal lives of thousands of workers, according to those on the list.

A committee of MPs holding an inquiry into its activities heard evidence that at least two of those blacklisted committed suicide as a result. In 2012 the Information Commissioner's Office told an employment tribunal that it believed information held in the files was from the police or security services.

But the police have refused to confirm any flow of information between police officers and the association, which over nearly four decades kept files on trade union activists and workers who highlighted health and safety failings. An admission by the Independent Police Complaints Commission last year that it was "likely that all special branches were involved in providing information" was later contradicted by a senior officer at Operation Herne, an inquiry examining the activities of undercover officers. Detective inspector Steve Craddock told victims' lawyers the IPCC's statement was incorrect and that he had seen "no conclusive evidence" that Scotland Yard shared information with the blacklisters.

The leak appears to offer compelling evidence of a flow of information between the police and the blacklisting operation. The two-page document contains minutes of a meeting between six representatives of construction companies, including Sir Robert McAlpine and Costain, with detective chief inspector Gordon Mills at the Bear Hotel, Woodstock, Oxfordshire.

Mills, now a lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University, was a "senior officer in national extremism unit dealing with UK domestic extremism", according to his profile on the online networking site LinkedIn. It adds that during his time at Netcu he became experienced in assisting "in investigating serious crime associated with domestic extremists; and forging effective partnership working with major organisations".

The document, written by Ian Kerr, who ran the association, is illegible in parts but appears to suggest that Mills was there to explain the tactics and structure of police efforts to fight domestic extremism. The notes say Mills told the group the unit was expanding and that the purpose of the meeting was "to liaise with industry".

Labour MP John McDonnell, to whom the document was leaked, has written to home secretary Theresa May to demand an independent inquiry into blacklisting and the role of the police . He writes: "DCI Mills was head of Police Liaison at Netcu and it is alleged that his role was to provide information from the police to companies. Netcu was subsequently subsumed into the National Domestic Extremism Unit of the Metropolitan police, but despite numerous requests under the Freedom of Information Act for documents relating to Netcu's activities, the response has been that no documents relating to the meeting of DCI Mills with the association exist. It appears odd that no report of such an important meeting was written and that no evidence of the meeting is now held by the Metropolitan police."

Dave Smith, a campaigner for the victims and an engineer who had a 36-page file against his name and was victimised for highlighting safety hazards on sites, said: "We have been saying for five-and-a half years that the state was involved in blacklisting and we have been told time and time again that is not true and been accused of being paranoid. It is a cover-up. We have a name of a senior police officer, not a rogue constable, who was meeting with them. There must be documentation held by the police and correspondence between the police and the association."

Sarah McSherry from Imran Khan and Partners, representing victims, said that her clients had serious concerns that the police were seeking to cover up their involvement. She said: "Even the least cynical of people might consider this exercise to be framed not by the complaint made but by the desired outcome of the police."

Only one firm, Amec, responded to questions from the Observer. It claimed it stopped using the association in 2007.

Date: Sat, 8 Nov 2014 16:38:45 -0000
Subject: "Ancient Voyages to America - Who Were The First Explorers?

Nice collection. One or two maybe loose theories but also some surprisingly well-evidenced stuff, all summarized towards the end. Ray
PS - didn't know all that about the Cherokee
Ancient Voyages to America - Who Were The First Explorers?

Who were the first people to discover America?  Historical evidence uncovers the myth of Christopher Columbus being the first to America.  This documentary explores the evidence of Ancient Civilizations visiting North America long before Columbus. Chinese, Vikings, Paleolithic Prehistoric European Solutreans, Polynesians, Japanese, Arabs, Romans.....and so on.  Explorers all travelled to the New World.

Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2014 07:18:37 -0000
Subject: "Humans at extreme altitudes 1000 years earlier

Some interesting, maybe complex, associated mysteries not even hinted at (in the article or the scientists report).

For instance a look at world temperatures at that time (see Easterbrook_GISP2-ice.gif) show the deep dip of the Younger Dryas cooling when sea-levels fell fast and deep, and a short temporary `ice-age' returned for about two thousand years.

Add to that the hints (mostly suppressed but see `Forbidden Archeology') that ancient megalithic cities existed in the Andes maybe before 12,000 or even 20,000 years ago, in addition to evidence of extreme uplift of the Andes - I.e. signs of small ports, quaysides and fishing villages now thousands of feet up the western side of the Andes.
Humans were living at extreme altitudes 1000 years earlier than thought

After 5 years of scouring the Andes mountains, two graduate students have found the oldest solid evidence that humans were living at extreme elevations by 12,800 years ago. These early settlers of the Americas, known as Paleoindians, camped in a rock shelter and manufactured stone tools in an open-air workshop almost 4500 meters above sea level, indicating that humans lived at least for part of the year at high elevations 1000 years earlier than previously thought.

The high-altitude basins and ranges of the Andes of South America, the Himalayas of Asia, and the Ethiopian plateau of Africa were among the last frontiers for human settlement. At elevations more than 2500 meters, humans risk dying of hypoxia (lack of oxygen), exposure to frigid temperatures, high solar radiation, and other hazards. Above 4000 meters in the Andes, Paleoindians - the first humans to cross Beringia to the Americas from Asia - would have lived well above the tree line, making it difficult to find wood for campfires or plants to eat. As a result, researchers have thought those challenges prevented people from living even seasonally at high altitude until 10,000 to 11,500 years ago in South America.

An earlier archaeological site has been dated to about 15,000 years ago in Tibet, but the elevation is lower at 3300 to 3500 meters, and it's not clear if humans lived there or camped there briefly, says archaeologist Mark Aldenderfer of the University of California, Merced, who was not involved in the work. He says the "question of real significance is not when people entered the highlands or how high they got but when they started living there permanently," because that indicates when humans had to adapt physiologically to life in thin air.

Strong evidence that humans were hunting in the Andean highlands at least seasonally for 1000 years came first with the 2009 discovery of "fishtail" points, distinctive arrowheads with a fluted stem in the shape of a fish that may have been set atop wooden spears for hunting, that researchers first reported at a meeting this year. When archaeologist Kurt Rademaker and geologist Gordon Bromley, both then graduate students at the University of Maine, Orono, found these points at 4355 meters, they knew they had solid evidence that early Paleoindians were capable of living at high altitude soon after they arrived in South America. That's because fluted fishtail points are always older than 11,500 years in South America, and thus are the handiwork of some of the earliest Paleoindians. "I knew we had found a high-altitude occupation that was earlier that expected," says Rademaker, now a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Tübingen in Germany.

Over the course of several years, Rademaker and his colleagues found hundreds of stone tools and projectile points at three archaeological sites in the Pucuncho Basin in the southern Peruvian Andes, they report online today in Science. In the Cuncaicha rock shelter, the team also discovered rock art and ceilings covered in soot from campfires, suggesting it was a base camp. At all three sites, they found starchy plant remains, which had been brought from lower elevation, as well as the bones of taruka deer and vicuna, and guanaco camelids, which are close relatives of alpaca and llamas. About 7 kilometers west, they found 260 stone tools, including projectile points and scrapers made of local obsidian and andesite, which suggest that the Pucuncho Basin was a "high-altitude oasis ideal" for specialized hunting, the authors write.

Rademaker sent samples of the same bones to three different radiocarbon labs to make sure that the dates were solid. The dates from all three labs matched putting the human presence at the rock shelter at 12,000 to 12,400 years ago and the open-air tool workshop at 11,500 to 12,800 years ago. "The dates seem very solid," says archaeologist Michael Waters of Texas A&M University, College Station, who was not involved with the work.

This was just 2000 years after the oldest widely accepted archaeological site for humans in South America - at Monte Verde in Chile - and at a time when the climate was warming. An analysis of the obsidian tools found atop an outcrop of the obsidian also shows that the Pucuncho Basin was the source for the stone used to make tools found at the Quebrada Jaguay, a marine campsite used by early Paleoindians on the coast of Peru as early as 13,000 years ago. This suggests that the people who made the tools moved between the coast and the mountains where they hunted vicuna and guanaco for meat and pelts, perhaps after the rainy season when calves were born in the spring. "These people were more capable than we thought they were," Rademaker says.

It also suggests that Paleoindians risked life at high altitude even before genetic mutations that helped them survive better in low oxygen swept through the highland people, Rademaker says. Biological anthropologist Cynthia Beall of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, who studies the evolution of high-altitude adaptations in highland people in Tibet, agrees. "It is fascinating to think of people using the highlands so soon after the occupation of Monte Verde," says Beall, who says that the work presents "a natural experiment" to test hypotheses about how long it takes a population to adapt genetically to high altitude. It also shows that as the climate warmed, humans spread into new frontiers. "It is a neat story of how people were adapting at the end of the last ice age," Waters says.

Posted in Archaeology, Latin America

Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2014 08:22:17 -0000
Subject: "Britons say religion does more bad than good, atheists `more moral'"

Think the spread of unbiased communications is leading (slowly) to an outbreak of common-sense.  After all, those who want [and get] power in any `obedience system' (like religion, churches, cults, politics, the law and even top-policing) tend to be psychos - they have most motivation and persistence.  And once in power they tend to be the most pervert.
`Toxic brand': Britons say religion does more bad than good, atheists `more moral' than believers
Published time: November 06, 2014 22:03

Nearly two-thirds of British people stated that religion causes more harm than it brings benefits, according to a new poll, which shows Muslim beliefs at odds with those of the rest of society.

The poll of 2,004 people conducted by Survation exclusively for Huffington Post UK revealed that nearly two in five Britons have no religious allegiance, with just 56 percent describing themselves as Christians.

The figures for active worship are even more stark, with 60 percent of the population surveyed claiming they are "not religious at all" with only 8 percent saying they are "very religious."

"Religion has become a `toxic brand' in the UK," Linda Woodhead, professor of the sociology of religion at Lancaster University, told HuffPost UK.

"What we are seeing is not a complete rejection of faith, belief in the divine, or spirituality, though there is some of that, but of institutional religion in the historic forms which are familiar to people."

Young people tended to be less skeptical. Roughly 30 per cent of 18-24 year olds believe that religion does more good than harm, while only 19 per cent of 55-64 year-olds agree.

70 percent of Jews, who constituted about 1 percent of those surveyed, claimed that religion was a force for the negative, more than any other group.

The participants also showed that they did not believe that belief was an indicator of being a good person, with 55 percent saying that atheists are just as likely to be moral as believers. In fact, more (8 percent) thought the irreligious were more likely to be good people than the theists, than vice versa (6 percent).

"This survey just confirms what we know is the common sense of people in Britain today - that whether you are religious or not has very little to do with your morality," said Andrew Copson, chief executive of the British Humanist Association.

"Most people understand that morality and good personal and social values are not tied to religious belief systems, but are the result of our common heritage and experience as human beings: social animals that care for each other and are kind to others because we understand that they are human too."

"Not only that, people understand that religious beliefs themselves can be harmful to morality: encouraging intolerance, inflexibility and the doing of harm in the name of a greater good. We only need to look around us to perceive that fact."

The results show a continuation of existing trends, with church attendances halving to only 800,000 a week over the past half-century, and the number of Christians falling from 72 to 59 percent in just a decade between the 2001 and 2011 surveys, with a corresponding increase in those openly irreligious.

Indeed, the only religion to exhibit growth in the period was Islam, from 3 to 5 percent.

While only 2.5 percent of those surveyed were Muslims, those who were displayed a greater commitment to their faith. One in five UK Muslims describes themselves as "very religious," and only 7 percent say they are not religious at all.

Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 21:47:53 -0000
Subject: "Mysteries in Alaska

Was watching a very good docu on the wild-life of the Russian / Chinese Far East  (The Amor River and delta plus a very big freshwater lake),
Russia's Secret Forest [Full Documentary]

and then flicked over to what I'd thought was a similar on Alaska (without reading the full title) - was I surprised!
Monsters and Mysteries in Alaska [Paranormal Documentary]

Although it's essentially about two or three `sightings' plus the Japan Airlines UFO incident over Alaska which most us of know about, I have to admit they do a good job of setting a creepy atmosphere, although - as it's aiming downmarket there's a bit too much repetition, as always.

Also admit I'd be loath to do what some of those hunter / trapper chaps did, especially on that boat.

Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:57:57 -0000
Subject: "Findings of Unusual Human Remains (Documentary - BBC)

Interesting - it seems that pre-7000-to-9000 yrs ago South America had a population of non-Indian people, most closely related to Africans, Polynesians and Australian aboriginals.  And that some mixed-marriage remnants of those folk still exist in Tierra del Fuego.

Even more interesting when the males were asked about their secret rituals - strictly hidden from their own women-folk - they told a (male) anthropologist that a long, long time ago the women had ruled the world, so now men have to stop them finding out.  Apparently much the same tradition exists in parts of Australasia.

[And in New York and the City of London?]


PS - the comments on secret rituals come right at the end: last five or ten minutes.
PS2 - you might know of my interest in the pre-historic `Great Goddess Era' - well, this seems to tie in with that.
Findings of Unusual Human Remains (Documentary - BBC)

Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:09:29 +0100
Subject: FWD - "PM confident Fiona Woolf will act 'with integrity

Child abuse investigation:  PM confident inquiry chair Fiona Woolf will act 'with integrity' despite connection to former minister under scrutiny

Lawyer Fiona Woolf has to investigate why Lord Brittan failed to act on a dossier of allegations about prominent people.  But given she dined with him five times, lives on the same street, and sponsored his wife's fun run, will she have the teeth to get to the truth?

Ha!  What'll you bet that most kith, kin + colleagues of both Fiona Woolf _and_ the PM are active members of the elite pedo-ring?

Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:36:21 +0100
Subject: - "The truth about evil
The truth about evil

"Describing Isis's behaviour as "psychopathic", as David Cameron has done, represents the group as being more humanly aberrant than the record allows.  Aside from the fact that it publicises them on the internet, Isis's atrocities are not greatly different from those that have been committed in many other situations of acute conflict.  To cite only a few of the more recent examples, murder of hostages, mass killings and systematic rape have been used as methods of warfare in the former Yugoslavia, Chechnya, Rwanda, and the Congo."

Yup, and in the Yugoslavian case, where the Serbs - the "officer class" - controlled the country's heavy Army tanks + artillery and other weaponry (and the Air Force), it was "Christians" slaughtering many thousands of unarmed Bosnian (mainly Muslim) men and boys, and raping and murdering thousands of Bosnian (mainly Muslim) women and children.

They were at first secretly aided by the UK's Gov't (which probably shared their objectives) because when public outcry demanded action the UK Gov't initially said they'd imposed an arms embargo on Yugoslavia (which of course only helped the genocides, because the Serbs already had all the arms they needed while the Bosnian Muslims had none).

Sadly, you find psychopaths and pervs at the top of most societies - because they have the motivation.


That behavior is not even a modern phenomenon, nor is it limited to `alien religions' - Oliver Cromwell (an anti-democrat and also a rabid anti-Catholic) sent his Protestant armies into Ireland to commit massacres which were thinly disguised genocide - see Wexford & Drogheda [Wiki pages] for examples.

Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:11:35 +0100
Subject: FWD - "Re: Dogs and angel in Islam.

Hi Choong - you might like this list of recent sci-research.

If forced to summarize, it all says:  less intelligent folk when feeling scared are more likely to turn to religion (and the more ignorant and scared they are the more `fundamentalist' they get);  while more intelligent folk are not only more likely to see their way clearly without religion, they are also able to `see' more facts in the universe.

BTW - have my own theory as to why `fundamentalism' has been inflicted around the world in the last forty or so years, and it's not `natural'.

2007 - Recent research confirms Prof. Ellison's earlier experiments - i.e. that `dogmatics / skeptics tend to be blind to unexpected phenomena'; (abstract + text

2008 - Similarly, `nervous people tend to be more dogmatic' (ie. less perceiving); (abstract + text

2010 - Later confirmation: `People who feel anxious, helpless turn to religion & extremism', (abstract + text;  and `Smarter people more inclined to non-traditional values'; (abstract + text

Dec. 2010 - A media-inspired probe also seems to confirm that `conformists tend to primitive emotions - free-thinkers tend towards learning/deciding'.  Headline -`Brain shape of conservatives is different to liberals', (abstract pending + text [confirmed below ]

Apr. 2011 - `Political Views Are Reflected in Brain Structure', (abstract + text

note: Journalists' lack of knowledge (or integrity) apparently allows the use of misleading / scientifically meaningless political labels. Please ignore tags like LIBERAL / CONSERVATIVE etc. in those articles.  Instead look for listings of specific attributes.


-----Original Message-----
From: Choong K*** Y***
Sent: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 7:14 PM
Subject: Dogs and angel in Islam.

Hi all., as we all know by now the whole issue of dog has spurred a sudden new polemic in Malaysia and what followed after the somewhat positive experience of Muslims showing their grace towards man's best friend is now turning into a new debacle after the recent Oktoberfest issue where as you would expect our "Talibanistas" are now countering the new found openness of fellow Muslim Malaysians concerning the dog loving event and one of their counter arguments why dogs is still "Haram" to the touch is based on the hadiths and not from the Quran, bear in mind the hadith is the saying of those after Mohammad while the Quran as like the Torah is straight from God and there are not event a single verse on chastising dogs so negatively but instead positively mentioning the dogs like with the recorded case of "The Cave" where the dog is seen as the highly praise companion to the fleeing friend of the prophet while in another chapter in the Quran there is mentioning of fair treatment of the dogs use for hunting and to share their catch for meals, this do meant to say not even dog is not "Haram" that even for what they caught with their mouth it is OK to be eaten be it a bird or a rabbit, adding to that it is a fact that among the Islamic scholars and sects some do openly question some of the hadiths and and advises on going back to the Quran for any conflicting views for some of these scholars do believe some hadiths are erroneous on purpose during the time of writing and among some of those hadiths aka "The saying of the prophet and friends" which actually are more from those who wrote it after the prophet passing around 140 years later and this is where things starts to be questionable just like the OT and NT of the bible and for one thing that were mentioned in the hadith among other is that one of the reason of dogs are not encourage to be kept in an Islamic household is "Malaikat" aka angels wouldn't enter the house and for this I did some research on why on my personal believe as well as some of us that angels are dimensional beings and dog's can be "disrupting influence to the consciousness of these dimensional angels as how one would be able to connect the dots from the below article and my final take as usual is that allegorically speaking 99% of indoctrinated Muslim still way far behind intelligent thinking as such.


Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:07:09 +0100
Subject: Re: 'I want to touch a dog' event a big hit with Muslims.

Hi Choong - Funny that, in Borneo the locals seemed fairly fond of their village / family dogs, and even presented us with two young pups (think their mother had died - 'cos they were found in the jungle, covered with ticks and lice and crabs).

After I'd de-loused them they grew up to be sturdy animals [fed mainly on `corned beef' and Army oatmeal biscuits] and were very protective of our lone tent - so I'd have to silence them when a local boy needed to drive a herd of water-buffalos along the dirt road past our bluff - otherwise the dogs would bark like crazy and the buffs would stall and mill around until they maybe stampeded.

Nobody wants to be in the way of fifteen or twenty panicking buffalos.
[BTW - here's a personal view of `taboos']
[BTW2 - message edited with links for background detail]

-----Original Message-----
From: Choong K*** Y****
Sent: Sunday, October 19, 2014 5:04 PM Subject: 'I want to touch a dog' event a big hit with Muslims.

You see, this is another coverage and this time it is in English, Malaysia is at a crossroad where the regime is using divide and rule on the platform of racism but the Malays is fighting back and the one that organized this event is a Muslim cleric,

if the current regime is going to fall we could say that this country is being saved by man's best friend because there is an underlaying cultural intonation here which is to say that the Malay Muslims has abandoned racism when they can adapt to this cultural taboo., cross species communion is a sign of solidarity of fellow human beings as we all know dogs affection transcends everything

this new paradigm could be the start of a unifying force on national unity, dogs might be the ones that saved Malaysia.

Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:00:09 +0100
Subject: "New investigation after '2,000 police officers' are implicated in corruption

Ha!  Any `investigation' will be partial at best, and any subsequent report will necessarily be a whitewash.

Why?  Because the people-with-real-power - those at the top of the Civil Service, Met Police, Special Branch, MI5/MI6 and the men-in-grey-suits who own the mainstream political parties - are all "criminals" of one sort or other.

Most are tax-thieves who also take huge `salaries' +/or `expenses' from our tax moneys and a sizeable majority are also sex-offenders, usually pedophiles (most often boy-buggerers).

And they have _real_ power: the power to kill anyone who might expose them.  Ask who killed Jill Dando and why. - [Google Search]

News > UK > Home News | TOM HARPER | Friday 17 October 2014
New investigation after '2,000 police officers' are implicated in corruption

Police corruption is to be investigated by a powerful committee of MPs amid fears of widespread impropriety - as The Independent reveals that thousands of officers are suspected to be crooked.

The Home Affairs Select Committee will launch an inquiry next month into the police's relationship with organised crime, focusing on the infiltration of forces by criminal networks. The inquiry, which will allow MPs to hear from witnesses under the protection of parliamentary privilege, follows a series of scandals including the inquiries relating to Stephen Lawrence, Daniel Morgan, phone-hacking and Plebgate.

It comes as The Independent can reveal for the first time the Government's official estimate of how many members of police staff were suspected of being compromised by dealings with criminals.

An analysis of intelligence by Home Office researchers found between 0.5 and 1 per cent of the 200,000 police officers and civilian employees in England and Wales in 2003 were "potentially corrupt", and involved in leaking information to criminals, stealing property during raids, fabricating evidence, helping villains to escape prosecution and "using their power to obtain money or sexual favours from the public".

However, the previously unnoticed report said the problem at the time was "far wider" and made clear the 2,000 figure did not include officers suspected of "criminality and misconduct", which included dealing and using drugs ranging from steroids to crack cocaine, fraud, domestic violence and "sexist, racist and homophobic behaviour".

The report cited raids where suspects were apparently expecting police, had no incriminating evidence and had "already got the kettle on when the police arrive".

One investigator is quoted as saying: "A good villain can't operate without having a bent's impossible."

The report said the suspected criminality was not limited to junior officers and found "examples of higher-ranking officers implicated in corruption or other unethical behaviour".

The Home Office report also recommended that, in some cases, police who had committed crimes should be dealt with behind closed doors, rather than mount prosecutions in open court, with "alternative outcomes" such as "disciplinary procedures" and "disruption tactics" being "less damaging to the morale of the organisation".

Another theme running through the 2003 paper was the fear of "bad publicity and criticism" that resulted from publicising investigations into police corruption. "Media strategies accompanying investigations might be used to minimise negative publicity," the report suggests.

Critics said this "kid-gloves" approach to the police from successive Labour governments was one of the reasons why the Home Secretary, Theresa May, is having to deal with a series of historical scandals, such as Hillsborough, the Daniel Morgan murder and corruption of the Stephen Lawrence investigation.

Conservative MP Lorraine Fullbrook, a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee, said: "Labour's kid-gloves treatment of the police bred a lack of accountability which ultimately let down the public. There has been a loss of confidence in the police as a result, which is quite dangerous. Theresa is trying to tackle these historic issues to restore the public's trust."

Earlier this year, The Independent revealed the existence of a secret Scotland Yard report from 2002, code-named Operation Tiberius, which concluded there was "endemic corruption" in the Metropolitan Police.

The file found organised crime networks in north-east London were able to infiltrate the Met "at will" to frustrate the criminal justice system.

Following pressure from the Home Affairs Select Committee, Scotland Yard later admitted it held an astonishing 260 crates of documents on police criminality relating to Operation Tiberius - yet none of the rogue detectives appears to have been successfully prosecuted.

The separate 2003 Home Office report into police corruption was unearthed by The Independent after being buried in exhibits submitted to the Leveson inquiry.

The research found up to 1 per cent of the 200,000 police officers were "potentially corrupt", but warned: "There is likely to be a far wider range of unethical behaviour within the police service that is not picked up."

In one force, 15 per cent of all corrupt activity related to the disclosure of information to criminals, and 11 per cent to the "inappropriate association with criminals".

It said Scotland Yard had a particular problem with the corruption of detectives by informants from the underworld. Prosecuting police officers is "particularly difficult", according to the report. One investigator was quoted as saying: "Unlike a criminal, a corrupt officer knows exactly what can be deployed against him - they know how to cover their tracks."

The report also found a systemic problem with officers sharing a "solidarity ... that stands in the way of colleagues reporting on one another where corruption is evident".

Policing minister Mike Penning said: "The public expect the police to act with honesty and integrity and it is right that the full force of criminal law is available to punish and deter acts of corruption by police officers. This Government has introduced a range of measures to tackle misconduct."

Police corruption: previous reports

Operation Othona 1994-98
Top-secret intelligence-gathering exercise on police criminality later inexplicably shredded by the Met.

Macpherson inquiry 1998
Judicial probe into Stephen Lawrence murder, concluded Met was "institutionally racist".

Operation Tiberius 2002
Huge intelligence-gathering exercise found Met suffered "endemic corruption" and was being infiltrated "at will" by organised crime gangs.

Hillsborough Independent Panel 2012
Review of 1989 disaster when 96 Liverpool fans were crushed to death at Hillsborough Stadium. Concluded police had wrongly smeared fans as drunk and violent, and found 116 police statements had been altered to mask police failings.

Daniel Morgan Independent Panel 2013
Investigating claims a private investigator was murdered in 1987 as he was about to blow the whistle on police corruption. Yet to report.

Ellison report 2014
Review of Stephen Lawrence murder concluded Met had placed an undercover police officer as a "spy in the Lawrence camp", and found senior officers withheld intelligence of police corruption from the Macpherson inquiry

Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 18:35:52 +0100
Subject: MH370: Airline boss claims missing flight did not crash into Indian Ocean

MH370: Airline boss claims missing flight did not crash into Indian Ocean The boss of an international airline company has said he believes missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 did not go down in the Indian Ocean.

Emirates Airlines Sir Tim Clark said to German newspaper Der Spiegel he did not believe the flight was on autopilot when it disappeared, claiming: "MH370 was, in my opinion, under control, probably until the very end".

His comments run counter to prevalent thinking that the aircraft was on autopilot until it ran out of fuel and crashed into the southern Indian Ocean.

"Every single second of that flight needs to be examined up until it, theoretically, ended up in the Indian Ocean - for which they still haven't found a trace, not even a seat cushion," he said.

Sir Tim added: "Our experience tells us that in water incidents, where the aircraft has gone down, there is always something.

"We have not seen a single thing that suggests categorically that this aircraft is where they say it is, apart from this so-called electronic satellite `handshake,' which I question as well," the airline boss said.

Emirates Airlines operates 127 Boeing 777 airplanes - more than any other airliner - which is the same model of missing MH370.

Sir Tim said it was the total disappearance of the aeroplane that ignited his suspicions and called for better transparency in the investigation. "I'm totally dissatisfied with what has been coming out of all of this," he said.

In remarks likely to further inflame conspiracy theorists, Sir Tim added: "We need to know who was on the plane in the detail that obviously some people do know. We need to know what was in the hold of the aircraft."

The airline boss also scotched suggestions for improved tracking equipment, saying the Boeing 777 model possessed one of the world's most advanced communications platforms and claimed tracking devices should no longer be under the control of pilots - as they currently are.

"Disabling it [the tracker] is no simple thing and our pilots are not trained to do so. But on flight MH370, this thing was somehow disabled, to the degree that the ground tracking capability was eliminated."

The M/V Fugro Discovery, which along with the Malaysian-contracted GO Phoenix, is searching for MH370 The M/V Fugro Discovery, which along with the Malaysian-contracted GO Phoenix, is searching for MH370 The latest analysis from the Australian transportation Safety Bureau (ATSB) said the flight went into a slow left turn and spiralled into eh Indian Ocean when its fuel ran out.

It has been seven months since Flight MH370 disappeared with all 239 people on board.

Extensive searches have revealed nothing, with the next phase of the operation to locate the plane now beginning following an extensive mapping process of the ocean floor.

Malaysian Airlines have faced angry accusations from the families of those on board over their handling of the situation.

Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 15:42:57 +0100
Subject: FWD - "Google's 'right to be forgotten' stats reveal 18,000 UK requests

Maybe one of the reasons I tend to use rather than .uk; less interference from UK censorship.

[Give your own opinion at ... I was strongly against `Right to be forgotten' as it's cowardly, anti-open-justice and also anti-democratic (informed electorate).

Google's 'right to be forgotten' stats reveal 18,000 UK requests

The latest figures from Google show that the search giant has received 144,907 requests to remove links to 497,507 pages, following the decision by an EU court that individuals have "the right to be forgotten".

The company's newly updated Transparency Report includes a section detailing the impact of the European Court of Justice's ruling earlier this year that upheld the right to request to have irrelevant results about you removed from search results. All of the figures Google has provided date back to 29 May 2014. During that time Google approved nearly 60 percent of requests to have URLs removed from results.

The majority of requests have come from France, Germany, the UK, Spain and Italy, Google has revealed in a blog post. In total Google has received over 18,000 requests from within the UK relating to over 63,000 URLs. It has agreed to honour around 65 percent of these requests, which is obviously higher than the EU average.

Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:54:23 +0100

I'm a volunteer researcher with EducatorLabs. We recently began gathering resources on assistive technology for teachers. Our goal is to help teachers understand what assistive technology can and cannot do.

Our research work has turned up a large number of fantastic resources (like the ones listed here on your site: -- thank you!). Are there any other resources you'd recommend? Or, any other issues you feel have resulted from the increased use of assistive technology? I'd be happy to hop on the phone if you'd prefer!

While we're primarily focused on AT in the classroom, we've come across a wide array of resources on the topic, which we're honored to be able to share with you in hopes that they will be useful additions to your site:

Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities

Assistive Technology | FAQs

Family Health - Guide to Learning Disabilities

Rehabilitative and Assistive Technology: Overview

Benefits for People with Disabilities

Medicare and Social Security Disability: Benefits for Disabled Individuals

American Association on Health and Disability

Local Doctor Finder: Search by Disability

Home Modifications - Funding Sources

Disability Home Accommodation Cost Guide

Fire Safety & Disabilities Guide

Title VIII: Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

Fair and Affordable Housing: The Activist's Blueprint for Action

I would love to be able to tell the team that you added some (or all!) of these to your site - please let me know if you do so I can show them how their efforts have benefited the internet at large.

If you'd like to see the entire list of resources we gather for teachers, please let me know. We'd love to be able to share them with you.

Thank you for the gift of your time!


Rebecca Muller
rebecca.muller at | Cultivating. Connecting. Curating.
EducatorLabs | 2054 Kildaire Farm Rd. #204 | Cary, NC | 27518

It's here for folks' reference - mainly USA-based stuff - have to find a permanent place for a link.
Ray D

Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 03:58:17 +0100
Subject: `conspiracy theories'

Wouldn't want to upset folks with `conspiracy theories' - yet this video, which at first I'd classed as kooky superstition, actually makes a few persuasive points, building up to an impressive analysis of some 9/11 anomalies.
The New World Order

Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 05:21:09 +0100
Subject: "Wake Up Call - New World Order

Might be seen as a more down-to-earth confirmation of that last recommended video - and it's quite impressive.

PS - mind you, my own conclusions (discussed earlier) re usury mean that all their machinations are in vain - they're doomed to become uglier, more incompetent and eventually unmarriageable (usually because they've become pedophile perverts - like most of Cameron's and Osborne's friends and colleagues (and almost all earlier UK Prime Ministers').
Wake Up Call - New World Order


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