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Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2016 08:22:33 +0100
Subject: "Being single beats being married, psychologist claims"

"Being single beats being married, psychologist claims"

Well, I've stayed out of such discussions in the past, having been (occasionally) married, but spending most time single - as in recent decades.

Yet I can recognize most of Professor DePaulo's noted differences between married and single folk around me.
Fr'instance I tend to be more focussed on the work I'm doing (if it interests me), while my married acquaintances often seem more distracted.  Her other points seem to hold true for me also.

Ray D
Ian Johnston Science Correspondent | 9 hours | 07:43 Sat. 6 Aug 2016

Being single beats being married, psychologist claims
'Increasing numbers of people are single because they want to be'

Marriage makes people insular and more likely to experience negative emotions, according to Professor Bella DePaulo Corbis
Being single allows people to "live their best, most authentic and most meaningful life" and the idea of wedded bliss is largely a myth, a psychologist has claimed.

Professor Bella DePaulo told the American Psychological Association's annual convention in Denver that she wanted to challenge the "conventional wisdom" that getting married helped people live longer, happier and healthier lives.

She said she had looked more than 800 different academic studies carried out of the last 30 years that mentioned single people.

"The available findings are telling. For example, research comparing people who have stayed single with those who have stayed married shows that single people have a heightened sense of self-determination and they are more likely to experience `a sense of continued growth and development' as a person," said Professor DePaulo, of the University of California, Santa Barbara.

"Other research shows that single people value meaningful work more than married people do - another study of lifelong single people showed that self-sufficiency serves them well: the more self-sufficient they were, the less likely they were to experience negative emotions. For married people, just the opposite was true."

There are 16.2 million single people in the UK, compared to 23.7 million married ones, according to Office for National Statistics figures for last year. In 2002, there were about 12.5 million single people and just over 23 million married ones.

Professor DePaulo, who described herself as `single, always have been, always will be', said the reasons behind the relative popularity of unmarried life were `rarely acknowledged'.

"Increasing numbers of people are single because they want to be. Living single allows them to live their best, most authentic, and most meaningful life," she said.

"Single people are more connected to parents, siblings, friends, neighbours, and coworkers than married people are, and when people marry, they become more insular.

"The preoccupation with the perils of loneliness can obscure the profound benefits of solitude.

"It is time for a more accurate portrayal of single people and single life - one that recognizes the real strengths and resilience of people who are single, and what makes their lives so meaningful."

Professor DePaulo said married people were bolstered by the "relentless celebration of marriage and coupling and weddings that I call matrimania".

"Single people, in contrast, are targets of singlism - the stereotyping, stigmatizing, marginalizing and discrimination against people who are single," she said.

But academic studies did not support the prevailing idea of `get married, get happier and healthier'.

"People end up about where they were when they were single. In other ways, results are exactly the opposite of what we have been led to believe," Professor DePaulo said.

"Scholars are learning more about the risks of putting too much relationship capital into The One, and the psychological benefits of investing in The Ones.

"They are also beginning to realize that genuine attachment relationships are not limited to romantic relationships or the bond between parents and young children."

Date: Thu, 4 Aug 2016 12:02:46 +0100
Subject: "Russell Square stabbings: Man arrested on suspicion of murder
"Russell Square stabbings: Man arrested on suspicion of murder"
A 19-year-old man was arrested at 22:39 after a Taser was discharged by an officer. The Met said mental health was a "significant factor" in events. The Met's assistant commissioner for specialist operations, Mark Rowley, said the force's homicide command was leading the investigation into the attack, with support from the counter-terrorism unit."

The wording: `mental health factor' and `terrorism' hints of the broad outline:  the attempted mass murderer(s) is/are youngish, male, low IQ, immigrant, possibly `refugee', likely Muslim.

Much of that can be forecast from conclusions at:  `IQs Defined' and `Lost Intelligence'.

a) the average refugee / immigrant is a youngish male with a lowish education standard;
b) the average immigrant has a lower IQ than western averages (rated by national educational authorities);
c) the average immigrant comes from a low-tech environment, much cruder than complex western civilization;
d) the average immigrant holds feudal, anti-female views, to justify an inbred* (male) need for `superiority', and so cannot be re-educated.

That is a dangerous situation, for the following reasons:
i) a low IQ person suddenly entering a more complex world / society is always confused, nervous (and angry);
ii) a nervous low IQ male readily turns to sexist fundamentalism / religion for reassurance and male-justification;
iii) fundamentalist `religious' groups contain mostly low IQ, low education people, led by a few dominators - perverts of one kind or another.

Summarized (w/research links) at: `Irrational Fears of Rationality'.

Mind you, that `dangerous situation' doesn't only fit immigrants - most acts of unprovoked violence are/were already committed by inadequate low IQ males (most often led by pervs).

Ray D

* male sexual behaviors are inculcated fairly early; often-linked patterns like `abuse of women' +/or `pedophile homosexuality' being firmly imprinted by the mid-teens, which is why those types of offendor are unregenerate recidivists, devoting all effort and much cunning to continuing their abuse: that is, they are literally incurable.

Date: Sun, 31 Jul 2016 20:29:29 +0100
Subject: "Horror at 37,000 Feet"

Flicked through `The Horror at 37,000 Feet' (1973) where a plane has supernatural problems - it's only got a handful of passengers plus some baleful cargo.

Was reminded of a civilian flight I was booked onto where I got on board and found there were only half a dozen passengers on the BA (ex-BOAC) Boeing or VC10 to London (from Middle-East or Africa?).

That made for a rather spooky atmosphere, with more crew and stewards than passengers.

Date: Sun, 31 Jul 2016 09:49:34 +0100
Subject: "Ireland sentences 3 bankers to jail for role in 2008 crisis"

"Ireland sentences 3 bankers to jail for role in 2008 crisis"

Easy to see which countries' politicos are corrupt - Iceland jailed its crooked bankers and Ireland seem to be following.
Will UK jail anybody other than some minor office-boy?  No chance!
Ray D
`Deceitful & corrupt': Ireland sentences 3 bankers to jail for role in 2008 crisis
Published time: 30 Jul, 2016 05:02

On Friday, a Dublin court sentenced three senior bankers to up to 3.5 years in prison for conspiring to defraud investors during the 2008 banking crisis. The convictions were seemingly applauded by Irish taxpayers concerned over a lack of accountability.

Former Irish Life and Permanent Chief Executive Denis Casey received two years and nine months after being found guilty in the country's longest trial, which lasted 74 days.

The ex-finance director at the failed Anglo Irish Bank, Willie McAteer, got 42 months, while John Bowe, the bank's former-head of Capital Markets, was sentenced to 24 months.

The three were found guilty of conspiring to mislead investors, lenders, and depositors into believing the infamous bank was still afloat. The bankers set up a 7.2-billion-euro circular transaction scheme from March to September of 2008 to increase Anglo's balance sheet.

"By means that could be termed dishonest, deceitful and corrupt they manufactured 7.2 billion euros in deposits by obvious sham transactions," Judge Martin Nolan said, adding that this was a "very serious crime."
(more at page ...)

Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2016 22:47:38 +0100
Subject: "US ends up in a real Civil War this Fall"?

"US ends up in a real Civil War this Fall"?

Want to say: "Don't Panic - Prophets of Doom have always been wrong before" - but still have an uneasy feeling about this one
PS - Tks to FB, William Michael Mott and Matt Bracken's post
How the US ends up in a real Civil War this Fall
The US election could get worse. It could be a prelude to a civil war.

How so? Here's a simple scenario.

It's November 8th and the choice is between Trump and Hillary.

Both candidates have negatives approaching 70% (Hillary is currently at 56% and Trump is at 60%). The campaign has been vicious. Like a rematch of Hitler vs. Stalin in US politics.

For months, there has been violent protest in every US state. Protesters vs police vs. each other. Voters are edgy when they head to the booths on November 8th. Everyone is ready to put this campaign behind them.

However, things are about to change for the worse.

Early in the afternoon (EST) a small group of global guerrillas spring an N-1 trap (N-1 is a last moment action or betrayal) on the US:

A dozen faux bombs in suspicious packages are placed at heavily (Rep or Dem) polling locations resulting in evacuation and widespread concern.
Robocalls pour in to police departments and polling places in heavily (Rep or Dem) polling locations with bomb/terrorist threats. Widespread poll closures occur. Calls continue until late.
Election results are skewed. Electoral college swings to the candidate helped by the threats.
One candidate declares victory. The other cries foul. Protests go national. Violence, looting and active engagement with police soon follow.

Calls for calm ignored. Martial law is declared in different areas. The Internet is turned off in problematic areas.

Violence grows. The global economy collapses due to uncertainty over US economy (ill conceived financial derivatives ensure that virulent US contagion spreads to every nook and cranny of the global financial and economic system).

The US, suddenly impoverished, extremely angry, and mortally betrayed stumbles into civil war.

Have fun,

John Robb
PS: The most interesting thing about this scenario is that it can be pulled off with only five people.
PPS: You can follow me on Twitter @johnrobb if you are interested in more of my thinking.


Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2016 21:25:19 +0100
Subject: "People in affluent countries more likely to suffer from PTSD"

"People in affluent countries more likely to suffer from PTSD"

Ha!  Long time ago made an examination of so-called `paranoia', which, despite claims from fake psychiatrists and corrupt politicos, is mostly a normal human reaction to the discovery that many of the ruling `powers-that-be' are actually thieves and criminal perverts.

Maybe that was partly inspired by reading Peter Knight's `Conspiracy Culture', a well-researched book, plus of course the great tales from Thomas Pynchon, who once wrote: "Paranoia is nothing less than the onset, the leading edge of the discovery that everything is connected".

Ray D
People in affluent countries more likely to suffer from PTSD - study
Published time: 28 Jul, 2016 14:40

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) impacts people in affluent nations more than those in poorer countries, a new study has found.

Researchers from the UK, Australia, and the Netherlands had expected to find that people in poorer countries, who are more likely to be exposed to traumatic events, would be more susceptible to PTSD. In fact, they found precisely the opposite was true.

Published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, the study found that Canada had the highest levels of the condition, with Australia, New Zealand, and the US close behind.

The lowest levels were found in places like Nigeria and China.

It is thought that survivors in 'safe' affluent societies which are less accustomed to violence on the scale seen in recent terror attacks suffer a profound shock when terrible events occur.

Study co-author Professor Chris Brewin from University College London told the Guardian: "PTSD has often been linked to something that violates your expectations."

"You thought you were living in a world which is basically safe, people are basically well disposed toward you, and something happens that completely turns those ideas upside down. It is thought that makes it really hard for people to get over these events," he said.

However, those brought up in a very different society may not have such illusions.

"You already see the world as a much more dangerous place and it may not be so surprising when something terrible happens," Brewin said.

Brewin said the findings are similar to those for depression.

"When we looked at figures for depression we found the same pattern...countries with the greater resources had the higher rates of depression as well," he said.

Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 20:31:09 +0100
Subject: Moral Maze | Legalising Drugs

"Moral Maze | Legalising Drugs"

Ha!  A bunch of pompous upper-middles (UK `upper-middles': pseudo-intellectual judgemental magistrate-type figures) sounding off against _any_ sensible approaches to recreational herbs etc.

They seem unaware that actual legalization in the USA and elsewhere has been totally successful:

I.e.  It has destroyed criminal-gang monopoly and made the streets safer, has increased purity (safety) of product, has removed `gateway' dangers (since legal shops _don't_ want to sell you crack, coke / heroin etc), and - best of all - has raised millions in tax revenues which help local and national gov'ts!

Ray D
BTW - the only `drugs' I use are alcohol (good whisky) and pipe/cigar tobacco - back in the day, when socializing in places where (illegal) smoke was thick, would sometimes get a slight headache next morning - (moderate) alcohol doesn't do that to me - RD
Moral Maze | Legalising Drugs | BBC Radio 4
On air Today 20:00 - BBC RADIO 4

Going to a music festival has become a rite of passage for the post GCSE teenager. Their excitement at the prospect of a long weekend of unsupervised possibility is perhaps only matched by the anxiety of their parents who know exactly what that might entail.

Those fears may have been heightened by the news that a music festival in Cambridgeshire has just become the first UK event of its kind to offer people the chance to have their illegal drugs tested to establish the purity of content before they take them. The testing facility, at the Secret Garden Party, was offered with the co-operation of the police. The organisers said the aim was to reduce harm from drug taking and promote welfare. The group conducting the forensic tests this weekend hope other festivals will follow suit.

Is this a pragmatic and realistic approach to drug taking that will save lives or a tacit endorsement that will cost them? Is it part of a gradual slide toward decriminalisation of drug taking?
According to the 2016 European Drug Report, ecstasy has surged in popularity in Britain among those aged 15-34 in the past three years. Is it logical on the one hand to criminalise the sale of legal highs, but on the other to make it easier to take an illegal drug like ecstasy? Needle exchanges have long been available to registered intravenous drug addicts. Is this a logical extension or does discovering people have illegal drugs and then allowing them to walk away and use them, while the police turn a blind eye, cross a moral Rubicon?

It will make it safer for people who want to take drugs, but what about those people who want to attend a festival knowing it is drug free? How should we balance those competing moral goods? Witnesses are Dr Ian Oliver, Johann Hari, Steve Rolles and Deirdre Boyd.

Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2016 18:58:36 +0100
Subject: Strange US/UK synchronicity: #2

Strange US/UK synchronicity: #2

Ha!  Recall my "Strange US/UK synchronicity:" message (yesterday - Sunday)?  Seems some folk in UK's more thoughtful media are just waking up to that message.  Only difference is, being paid media hacks they waste a thousand or so words stating the bloody obvious in roundabout ways.
Ray D
Update - Academics tell the truth re: BBC & MSM
Remi Salisbury, Laura Connelly 5 hours ago [13:45 Monday 25 July 2016]

Now it's been proven the establishment really was out to get Bernie Sanders, will we accept the same about Jeremy Corbyn?
Given the parallels between Corbyn and Sanders' campaigns, Corbyn supporters' worries should now be taken a lot more seriously

During his campaign to be leader of the Democratic Party, Bernie Sanders and his supporters frequently raised concerns that the party rigged primaries in favour of Clinton. With the leak of 20,000 Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails this week, those Sanders supporters, once thought of as paranoid conspiracy theorists, are now quite rightly feeling a sense of vindication.

As the evidence of high level bias and corruption mounts, it is clear that from the very beginning, many within the DNC establishment were deeply committed to ensuring Clinton was their nominee. In the US at least, the mask of democracy has slipped.

Democratic officials 'plotted to expose Bernie Sanders' as an atheist
Bernie Sanders often draws comparisons with Jeremy Corbyn in the UK, and it's easy to see why. Corbyn and Sanders represent an alternative to the self-interest of the establishment: a different way of doing politics. Despite unprecedented levels of support, both men have faced an onslaught of opposition, perhaps most damagingly from within their own parties. With the Overton window having shifted so far to the right, we shouldn't be surprised that both Labour and the Democrats have been seemingly co-opted by the establishment.

In the UK, similar claims have been made by Corbyn supporters that the establishment is working against him. Given the parallels between Corbyn and Sanders' campaigns, should these claims of corruption not now be taken more seriously?

Corbyn's supporters see the way in which dissenting MPs have brought about their challenge as unjust. There is a strong belief that this coup was incepted since Corbyn's election; Brexit merely offered an opportune moment. Despite the tearful delivery of her resignation speech, reports emerged that a former Labour special adviser called Joe McCrea had in fact paid for the website domain "" days before handing in her resignation. This has bolstered claims that the coup may have planned, with some claiming it may have even been on the agenda since Corbyn was first elected.

It is well-known that the Parliamentary Labour Party tried to keep Corbyn off the leadership ballot after a leadership challenge emerged this month, knowing he would likely win. In closing the `loopholes' which allowed so many registered supporters to vote for Corbyn last year, the NEC has also effectively out-priced those who wish to join as new members or supporters to vote for the leader of the Labour Party: supposedly the party of the working people. Anger has been expressed by those who have paid to become Labour Party members since February 2016 and who have been banned from voting, with over 11,000 signing a 38 Degrees petition to overturn the decision.

Last week, Len McCluskey, the leader of Unite, even claimed that British Security Services could be involved in trying to discredit Corbyn by posing as pro-Corbyn supporters in order to send abuse to MPs who have opposed him. In a recent interview, McCluskey said he believed that "security forces" could be `involved in dark practices' and that ultimately documents uncovered by the 30-year rule, which allows classified documents to be released into the public domain 30 years after they were produced, would prove him right. If there's even a grain of truth to that claim, it's scandalous.

Just as most dismissed claims that the US establishment were out to get Bernie Sanders, many fail to recognise the very real possibility that forces could conspire to derail the rise of a socialist alternative in the UK. While this proposition has been ridiculed as little more than the `conspiracy theory' of an idealistic `pro-Corbyn cult', the revelations in the US should urge us to challenge our complacency here in the UK. We must not allow the dissenting voices that question the status quo to be derided and delegitimised as conspiratorial or naïve. It does us all a disservice when we dismiss out of hand something that could have a serious amount of truth to it - and, as Bernie Sanders kept insisting before being proven right, we never know what might be happening behind the scenes.

Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 19:02:32 +0100
Subject: Strange US/UK synchronicity:

Strange US/UK synchronicity:

in the USA, emails of the DNC (Democratic National Committee) reveal the supposedly `neutral' Committee corruptly gave support to Clinton (the establishment puppet) and sabotaged Bernie Sanders (the `clean-up politics' socialist guy);

while UK's Parliamentary Labour Party (greedy establishment puppets) is willing to lie and lie again trying to stifle the "people's choice" Jeremy Corbyn (the `clean-up politics' socialist guy).

So odd, one could almost believe that NWO conspiracy theories apply here.

Ray D
PS - just updated `site warning page'

Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 20:54:26 +0100
Subject: "Altruism has more of an evolutionary advantage than selfishness"

"Altruism has more of an evolutionary advantage than selfishness"

Ha!  If you put "Altruist Survivor Series 1 - Error" into any Google you could find that we've been publishing the `Altruist Survivor Principle' in our pages for a couple of decades.

Am sure of the timing because the BBC foisted Richard Dawkins onto some Melvyn Bragg discussion panels to try to discredit the A.S. principle (while attempting to boost his opposing "Selfish Gene" theory).

(Reason:  The BBC was deeply mired in financial & sexual corruption (mostly pedophile) at the time - just pre-millenium - and was eager to propagandize "Greed is Good" for many reasons; some political, like going along with `Thatcherism' and then `Blairism': all corrupt and pervert policies.]

Melvyn went along with the plan, although it was a bit sneaky and scurrilous for his taste - later he came to see through Dawkins' shallow arguments.
(Yup, both the file name and ref-note are my bad humour]

Ray D
PS- Lots of research in that A.S. series - here's a short sample.
The Independent | Ian Johnston Science Correspondent 5 hours ago [21 July 2016]
Altruism has more of an evolutionary advantage than selfishness, mathematicians say
Scientists say they have proved that doing good things for no personal gain can have an evolutionary advantage in the long run

Scientists have long struggled to square altruism with Charles Darwin's theory of evolution English Heritage
Altruism is real and developed because it confers an evolutionary advantage that is ultimately greater than the benefits of selfishness, an international team of mathematicians claims to have proved.
(more at page ...)

Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 08:55:29 +0100
Subject: Re: The fate of the West.

Think you're right Choong.  As that article implies, a large part of the appeal of fundamentalist groups is that intelligence is not needed (or wanted) - only `obedience'.

And the fundamentalist `laws' they want to obey were specially written, over one or two thousand years ago, to appeal to ignorant male bullies and/or perverts!

Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 02:27:26 +0800
Subject: The fate of the West

You know, as we all know, time was when no one would imagine this situation.

I have said that the West is too complacent with "political correctness" and they will have to face Islam and today we know the kind of disaster for the whole of EU and the West in general as Islam is concerned and even now they are still not doing enough.

I would think these terrorists muzzies wouldn't have that freedom to preach about hate and destruction in the streets of Moscow or Beijing without being arrested or worst being shot for open defiance.  Western politicians across Europe are themselves to blame, and worst so America, being lucky enough to be divided by the Atlantic which is the "natural barrier" yet assist them for that same political correctness reason.

What most of these western leaders don't understand, Muslims generally and especially Muslim of the Arab Levants to Saudi and Africa never considered the Crusade war has ended.  They do have some texts of "Pretense" in some hadis saying it will be the time to strike when having enough numbers in the lands of enemies, a concept of Trojan deception without the wooden horse.  Western leaders have learned it too late.


Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 16:44:42 +0800
Subject: Re: Turkey - "Dark Days Ahead"?

Hi Ray,
yes it does beg a lot of unanswered questions here, there is a feeling that the coup has not ended, in fact in has just begun and although Erdogan's an effective leader he is not as clean as he would like the world to believe and that - being a Sunni hardcore - I think the west should be suspicious of him.

Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 17:55:37 +0100
Subject: Turkey - "Dark Days Ahead"?

Turkey - "Dark Days Ahead"?

Have mixed feelings about all this.

First - I know and respect lots of Turkish military guys (led some of them up an Italian mountain to get them out of the classroom - they were tough and high stamina), and also met and conflabbed with a senior Turkish intel/diplomatic security guy who was hard and fast secular (continuing the tradition of Kemal Atatürk;  i.e. - of keeping all religious influences out of government and politics).

Those guys seem to be the ones being suppressed (and arrested, bumped-off) just now, as part of an Islamizing agenda.

On the other hand, also knew two highly intelligent and attractive Turkish women (mother and daughter - 30's and teens) who were happy to be pursuing independent lives - and educations - in Italy and southern Europe.  They both stated their determination, if possible, to never go back to ignorant male-dominated Turkish life.

Mind you, these two were intelligent, artistic, qualified (the teenager was intent on university) and very beautiful women whose lives were relatively privileged - am not sure how an ignorant village peasant-woman would feel.

Ray D
Erdogan shouldn't congratulate himself too hard for the military coup's failure - dark days are ahead

All those who wish to see Erdogan step down through due democratic process after 12 years of rule, fear that Friday's calamitous events will only sow deeper division in Turkish society
(more at page - also see comments?)

Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2016 15:12:33 +0100
Subject: Putin over the top of 'Blueberry Hill'

Putin over the top of 'Blueberry Hill'

You have to hand it to Putin, he can carry it off.  When western politicos try to do `show business' they're just embarrassing.
Ray D
Singing PM: `Fats' Putin over the top of `Blueberry Hill' with piano solo

Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2016 09:36:58 +0100
Subject: "The 10 professions with the most psychopaths"

"The 10 professions with the most psychopaths"

Yup, the chattering classes [politicos/media/academia] are only recently becoming aware of what many have known for years and was obvious anyway:  that positions offering power over others will inevitably attract psychos.

(BTW - the "police officer" & "civil servant" classifications also includes prison officers, psychiatric `enforcers' (including many actual psychiatrists), local gov't "bailiffs" and "guardians" (of childrens' homes etc.).  Clearly Dr Dutton didn't do an in-depth analysis, or the media aren't reporting it.]

Ray D
The 10 professions with the most psychopaths
Posted 18 hours ago [copied @ 09:00 16 July 2016] by Joe Vesey-Byrne in news

Psychologist Kevin Dutton of Oxford University's Department of Experimental Psychology has conducted the 'Great British Psychopath Survey' and has discovered the top ten professions with the most psychopaths.

The list includes some professions which totally make sense, and some which must be some kind of dastardly mistake (Journalist, what do you mean?).

1. CEO

2. Lawyer

3. Media (TV/Radio)

4. Salesperson

5. Surgeon

6. Journalist (Oi, BACK OFF)

7. Police Officer

8. Clergyperson

9. Chef

10. Civil Servant

Many of these jobs make sense, given the traits of psychopathy include being self-confident, egocentric, fearless, cold-hearted and charming. In addition these are all traits which we often associate with success. This doesn't mean that the successful are all unhinged, nor that the unsuccessful can blame their lack of psychopathy for their failures.

If they did that, they'd be dead wrong. A study in the Journal of Business Ethics has found that although psychopaths may be in high paying professions, such as CEO or lawyer, they are often less successful at these jobs than their colleagues. They tend to earn less money and their relationships will also be less successful.

Nevertheless, if you work in any of these professions, take a look around you. If you don't see any psychopaths, maybe that means it's you...

Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2016 23:32:21 +0100
Subject: "Obesity may be a brain disease made worse by a Western diet high in sugar and fat"

"Obesity may be a brain disease made worse by a Western diet high in sugar and fat"

Remember a few years ago when I was still occasionally shopping in city supermarkets (nowadays shop locally, mostly vegetables, fruit and white meats and fish etc.- very few ready made or canned foods) and would often be following a whole family of very overweight folk around the aisles.  It usually prompted me to cut down on or return any fast-food or sugary stuff.
News | Science | Ian Johnston Science Correspondent 10 hours ago [12 July 2016]

Obesity may be a brain disease made worse by a Western diet high in sugar and fat
Unhealthy eating habits appear to hamper the brain's ability to forget about the need for food when you are full

Obesity may be a disease of the brain that is made worse by eating a typical Western diet, according to new research.

A key factor that helps control how much we eat is the feeling of hunger or fullness and how well the mind remembers this.

Academics in Australia tested a group of people who ate a diet high in sugar and fat and low in fruit, vegetables and fibre and another group who ate more healthily.

They found that those on the unhealthy Western-style diet were slower at learning and had a poorer memory than those who ate a healthier diet.

The poor diet group also showed a smaller reduction in the desire for snacks when they were full as opposed to hungry.

This effect, reported at the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behaviour's annual meeting in Portugal, has been seen in experiments on animals before.

It is thought the Western diet affects the hippocampus area of the brain, hindering the ability to block out memories that are no longer useful.

Normally memories of food are at the forefront of your mind when you are hungry, but are blocked when your body feels full.

But this process does not seem to work as well among those who eat a diet high in fat and sugar.

Researcher Tuki Attuquayefio, of Macquarie University, said: "Even though they were full, they still wanted to eat the sweet and fatty junk food.

"What was even more interesting was that this effect was strongly related to their performance on the learning and memory task, suggesting that there is a link between the two via the hippocampus."

Previous research has suggested that middle-aged adults who are overweight and obese are at greater risk for developing Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia compared to people of normal weight.

And children as young as seven may suffer from an impaired memory because of a fat and sugar-rich Western diet.

Studies in rats have shown that the Western diet can weaken the blood-brain barrier, which helps protect the brain from harmful agents in the bloodstream.

Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2016 23:17:32 +0100
Subject: "Pilot Captures Stunning Storm From 37,000 Feet Above Pacific"
"Pilot Captures Stunning Storm From 37,000 Feet Above Pacific"Storm over Pacific

This item and the photo prompted a visual memory from years ago - when flying over South China Sea to or from Borneo, or maybe the Gulf of Thailand (i.e.south western extension of South China Sea) from Singapore to Bangkok (or vice versa), in either a Beverley transport aircraft or a Hastings ditto.  [Those were the elderly aircraft we were still using in my time as a young soldier in Far East.]

We were flying through the night at altitude of 7,000 or 8,000 feet (low enough to fly directly through thunderclouds) and I was awake and looking out the window enjoying the soaring updraught we'd get when entering a thundercloud and the equally giddying down-draught caught when exiting the biggest clouds.  On leaving one huge cloud I looked down and caught a view through a chasm in lower clouds all the way down to the moonlit ocean far below - a really dizzying view.

(Strangely most of my sharpest memories from that era were similar landscape or seascape or airborne views - maybe of the wide jungle seen from a mountain-top, or the sky-sign of an approaching typhoon seen from coast of Borneo, or other impressive - some quite moving - sights.)

Ray D
PS -more modern jet aircraft generally cruise much higher, maybe 30,000 to 40,000 feet and so probably miss the thunderclouds, but also miss those spectacular scenes.

Sent: Thursday, July 14, 2016 3:54 PM
Subject: Re: "Pilot Captures Stunning Storm From 37,000 Feet Above Pacific"

Beautiful Pic.  Like Wow!

Gee you've had some interesting experiences Ray.  Your description of your flight is really beautiful.
:) Coralie
Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2016 17:51:37 +0100
Subject: Re: "Pilot Captures Stunning Storm From 37,000 Feet Above Pacific"

Thanks Coralie, admit to being quite moved by some of those views of wild places.

As for those `interesting experiences', it was a fluke really.  I'd joined the military as a teenager and luckily my first job ["posting"] was in North Borneo.

Thereafter it seems Army Records Office wrote me down as suited for isolated or lone postings in unsupported areas.  So had a (somewhat) more exciting Army life after that.

Date: Fri, 8 Jul 2016 17:59:21 +0100
Subject: Feet - "numb and wrinkled"

Feet - "numb and wrinkled"

Know how he felt - it's quite painful to try to dry out those feet and get circulation going again.

Three of us were stuck in the Pontian marshes of south-west Malaya for a week or so and for a day and a half we were in a foot or more of water (due to heavy rain).  When we finally got to take our boots off our feet were white and wrinkled like a `brain' and totally numb.  The pain came after we'd dried them and tried to put clean socks on - feet swelled and we had to cut open our plimsolls and tie them on our feet until the swelling went down - half a day or more.
In pictures: Stories from China's floods
Chinese Soldier's Feet 5 July 2016

After days of heavy rain in Anhui province, a soldier who spent a reported 19 consecutive hours trudging around in mud and rain looking for flood victims photographed his feet left numb and wrinkled at the end of the day.

Date: Fri, 8 Jul 2016 15:49:08 +0100
Subject: Stick shift prevents Colorado Springs car robbery

"Stick shift prevents Colorado Springs car robbery"

Ha!  It was the other way round for me with my friend's car - a largish new American Fiat saloon with auto-gears.  She'd promised to pick up some US colleagues from Rome airport and bring them back south to where we lived (Latina - Bassiano area).  The big problem was Rome's `Grande Raccordo Anulare', a ring road more like a race-track, very daunting for a foreigner.  So she asked me to drive and I had the half hour's journey to learn how to use those gears before getting onto the Anulare.  Survived, but maybe only just.
Posted: Friday, July 8, 2016 12:25 am | Updated: 12:45 am, Fri Jul 8, 2016.
Police: Stick shift prevents Colorado Springs car robbery

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Colorado Springs police say they have arrested a man who tried to steal a person's vehicle at gunpoint, but then failed at the attempt because he didn't know how to drive a stick shift.

The Gazette reports ( ) 35-year-old Andrew Lazcano remains jailed in El Paso County on suspicion of robbery.

Police say Lazcano approached the vehicle's owner Wednesday and demanded the keys to his truck. The victim reported that Lazcano pointed a gun at him before getting into the vehicle.

Police say the suspect wasn't "familiar with a manual transmission" and took off after being unable to start the truck.
The suspect was arrested at a nearby shopping center. Police say they used a Taser to subdue him.

Date: Tue, 5 Jul 2016 11:50:52 +0100
Subject: "UN declares online freedom to be a human right"

"UN declares online freedom to be a human right"

Ha!  Now let's see some enforcement of that very laudable declaration - and we're not just talking about the usual suspects (i.e. Mid-East & Arabia, Korea, Mexico, China, Russia etc.).
Honest comment is not welcome even in the West, but here the censorship is more devious and mostly hidden from the public.

E.g. although my first web pages were for exchanging science and social / historical ideas with people around the world, eventually got around to commenting on the covert corruption in UK's media, politics, policing, the NHS and the `charity' industry etc..

As a result one or two lawyers began pressurizing me, even making threatening and abusive telephone calls.  I ignored those attempted pressures (more serious ones will serve you with a writ or court order [scroll down to Schedule 1, xiii]), and continued posting but can easily imagine folk giving in and buckling under.
Ray D
UN declares online freedom to be a human right that must be protected
Emma Boyle - 05 July 2016

A new resolution from the UN comdemns countries that deliberately disrupt the internet access of their citizens

The United Nations Human Rights Council has passed a resolution for the `promotion, protection, and enjoyment of human rights on the internet' which condemns any country that intentionally disrupts the internet access of its citizens.

The resolution stresses that `the same rights that people have offline must also be protected online' particularly with regards to the freedom of expression already protected by articles 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Though it was passed by consensus, the resolution was opposed by a small number of countries including Russia and China who wished to make a number of amendments, in particular aiming to delete calls for a "human rights based approach" for providing and expanding access to the internet and remove key references to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and language on freedom of expression from the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2016 14:22:17 +0100
Subject: Army Clasp Knife

Army Clasp Knife

Was recently recalling when, as a young corporal helping my recently joined Regiment move into a new Barracks (an old `castle' occupied by an Irish Regiment), was told by my QuarterMaster to sign for a whole building and its contents:  the `Mobilization Store' (i.e. containing all the gear to equip a battalion of recruits / draftees).

So I signed for it, after checking it all out.  There were hundreds of baled Army blankets, WWII steel helmets, nested `Mess-Tins' and lots of other stuff (think there may have been a field-kitchen or two).  Also there was a crate or two of Army clasp knives, which I thought I'd better keep an eye on since they were `attractive items', not necessarily beautiful but wanted by the ordinary soldier who'd lost his own.

I still have one, which I believe was issued thirty or more years ago, so just now thought to check it out online.  Guess what - they're on sale at prices ranging from $40+ to more than $90 EACH! Clasp Knife

BTW - I still regard my `new-model' knife as a bit utilitarian, since my original issue clasp knife was a more traditional schooboy type - seen here. Old Clasp KnifeI think that was Sheffield Steel also.

Ray D

PS what I do occasionally hanker after is a Golok jungle-machete Golok - like the one I wore (and continually sharpened) for several years in Malaya and Borneo.

Date: Sun, 3 Jul 2016 08:04:22 -0500
Subject: "Brexit May Be Part of the First Wave of Deglobalization"

"Brexit May Be Part of the First Wave of Deglobalization"

It's not the content that's all that interesting - it's the chap posting it.  And personally am tempted to say "Hurrah for de-globalization"!
WORLDPOST | 07/01/2016 05:40 pm ET | Updated 1 day ago

Brexit May Be Part of the First Wave of Deglobalization
He Yafei - Vice Minister, Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council; Former Vice Minister, Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs

BEIJING - Brexit, one of the biggest geopolitical risks of 2016, became a reality on June 23 when the `Leave' camp won by a small margin with 51.9 percent of the vote. Prime Minister David Cameron announced right after the referendum that he would resign before the October Conservative Party's conference.

The referendum, with an unprecedented voter turnout of 72 percent, has attracted the attention of the whole world, as its outcome will not only impact the future of the United Kingdom, but also bring about huge and unpredictable changes to the European integration process, as well as to the future of globalization.

From a strategic and global perspective, Brexit may be defined as the first wave of anti-globalization and rising populism that washes over the world, in particular the advanced nations. What follows next will certainly be more intense and ferocious as globalization and anti-globalization forces engage in fierce battles in different fields involving more countries both in and outside the EU.
Meanwhile, European countries like France, Greece, Spain, Demark and others see anti-EU forces gathering strength, and their parties gaining more votes in domestic and EU elections. What is more, populist movements such as the French `standing in darkness' and the `movement of angry people' in Spain are spreading in ranks and influence. A successful Brexit will no doubt encourage such sentiments to grow. In sum, Europe and the U.S. are experiencing a fundamental shift in social physiological framework and political ecosystems.
Many experts believe that Brexit might trigger a domino-like chain reaction both within the EU and around the world.
These changes are not fleeting; they're fundamental things that have brought about a rebalance in the domestic and EU-wide political landscape in favor of those anti-globalization and anti-EU forces.
EU members like Greece, France, Spain, Sweden and Denmark, which already have frictions with Brussels, might follow suit and ask for their own referendum.

That is why right after the U.K. referendum, Germany, France and other major EU countries urged the U.K. to start negotiation with EU as soon as possible for fear that it could spark other dissenting voices within the EU. Once it swells into a tidal wave, the EU could be buffeted hard enough to cause disintegration. Of course, it is now only a worrisome development, not yet a reality. Many British people are signing up for a second referendum, trying to reverse the first one.
For the medium to long term, it is still unclear to what extent China's trade with and investments in the EU will be affected negatively. Another uncertainty is the internationalization of the RMB as China has made London one of the clearing places for overseas RMB.
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Date: Sat, 2 Jul 2016 11:26:43 +0100
Subject: "The prehistoric tombs that may have been used as 'telescopes'"

"The prehistoric tombs that may have been used as 'telescopes'"

Ha!  Those hide-bound `experts' are finally forced to see the obvious!  I.e. that those long-tube megalithic constructions were actually used as observatories (i.e. the `passage' is a telescope of sorts, like the metal tube of Kuo's Instrument).focus tunnel

Maybe a decade ago (or more), collected some of the evidence in Westward page, arguing that, like some of us (earlier inc. Velikovsky), have been saying for years, the ancients were still scared, and watching the skies.

Ray D
Thursday 30 June 2016 00.01 BST Last modified on Thursday 30 June 2016 00.03 BST

The prehistoric tombs that may have been used as 'telescopes'
Researchers think that the entrance passages to 6,000 year-old tombs could have been used to enhance visibility for ancient stargazers
The passageway's long corridor acts like a telescope without a lens, says Dr Fabio Silva. Photograph: University of Wales Trinity Saint David/Nottingham Trent University
The team, including researchers from Nottingham Trent University, believe the conditions within the tunnels could have provided viewers with a chance to spot Aldebaran's first appearance before those outside.
"The key thing is that a passage grave with its long corridor acts like a telescope that does not have a lens - it is a long tube from which you are looking at the sky," said Silva. "Its characteristics are going to impact how you are looking at the sky in three or four ways."

Among these, says Silva, the corridors point towards the horizon, focusing the viewer's attention on one area of the sky, while the walls would block out the pre-dawn rays from the sun, making it easier to spot other celestial objects and increasing the contrast with the sky. The viewer's eyes, he adds, would be adapted to the dark of the passage, potentially making them better adjusted to spotting faint stars.

"All you are doing is making sure everything is dark apart from that small area in the sky," said Dr Daniel Brown from Nottingham Trent University, who is also involved in the research.
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Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2016 16:14:07 +0100
Subject: "EU's £1TRILLION plans kept secret"

"EU's £1TRILLION plans kept secret"

Well well.  We've already heard about that planned `EU Army' (and that UK generals don't like the idea).  Now this `delay' probably explains why they were so angry with `Brexit' result.

I.e. they'd thought `Remain' would win, when they could then spring these already-agreed spending +/or military commitments on us.

Ray D PUBLISHED: 05:01, Wed, Jun 29, 2016 | UPDATED: 07:33, Wed, Jun 29, 2016

REVEALED: The EU's £1TRILLION plans kept secret until AFTER the referendum
EUROPEAN Union leaders are preparing to unveil a raft of unpopular changes and power grabs in announcements delayed until after Britain's EU referendum.

As Britain voted to leave the EU, Brussels leaders begin plans to set out their new military strategy, believed to include plans for a controversial EU army.

And they will announce how they intend to spend their £1trillion budget for the next seven years this week after 'delaying' their proposals until after the referendum.

They will also present a raft of measures that cover everything from their plans to introduce EU border checks and the accession to the European Convention of Human Rights.

According to insiders, politicians from the 28 member states have been waiting for months as bureaucrats dragged their heels on settling their draft budget and tabling a number of key proposals.

The budget proposals, known as the multi-annual financial framework, were shelved at the last minute last month.

A source said: "Commission officials said there was 'no link' between the delay and the British referendum but parliamentarians see it as an effort to avoid a discussion of EU spending before the crucial vote.

"It had already delayed the presentation of its mid-stream review of the EU's seven-year budget plan until the autumn so as not to fuel British Eurosceptic arguments before the referendum.
"The fact that it's on the table just days after the vote says a lot."

Bulgarian economist and administrator Kristalina Georgieva, currently serving as European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources, notified members of the European Parliament's budget committee that her team needed more time to complete their proposals blaming the issue on the migrant crisis.

At the time they denied there was any link to the British referendum insisting they had to look at migration-related expenses, including financial assistance to Turkey and Africa before settling on their proposals.
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Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2016 09:45:56 +0100
Subject: Putin wants Russia to become world's biggest exporter of Non-GMO food

"Putin wants Russia to become world's biggest exporter of Non-GMO food"

Interesting.  The release of this article (and the short video - which I haven't checked yet) seems a clever move by Putin, because it needs no extra investment other than developing existing trading links.

Importantly, his opposition, the NWO corporates, are fully committed and over-invested in GMO products.

Also, the rest of the world increasingly sees GMO as a toxic risk .

BTW - here's a `round-up' of GM news
Published time: 3 Dec, 2015 15:08 - Edited time: 4 Dec, 2015 09:59
Putin wants Russia to become world's biggest exporter of Non-GMO food

Russia could become the world's largest supplier of ecologically clean and high-quality organic food, said President Vladimir Putin on Thursday. He also called on the country to become completely self-sufficient in food production by 2020.

"We are not only able to feed ourselves taking into account our lands, water resources - Russia is able to become the largest world supplier of healthy, ecologically clean and high-quality food which the Western producers have long lost, especially given the fact that demand for such products in the world market is steadily growing," said Putin, addressing the Russian Parliament on Thursday.

"Ten years ago, we imported almost half of the food from abroad, and were dependent on imports. Now Russia is among the exporters. Last year, Russian exports of agricultural products amounted to almost $20 billion - a quarter more than the revenue from the sale of arms, or one-third the revenue coming from gas exports," he said.

Putin said that all this makes Russia fully capable of supplying the domestic market with home-grown food by 2020.

In September, the Kremlin decided against producing food products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Russia imposed an embargo on the supply of products from the EU and the United States as a response to Western sanctions. After Turkey shot down Russian Su-24 bomber, Russian authorities decided to ban the import of fruit, vegetables and poultry from Turkey. The ban will take effect from January 1.
"Putin bans GMO food"

Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2016 09:26:58 +0100 Subject: I-O-T on "Sovereignty"

I-O-T on "Sovereignty"

Ha!  Looks like the BBC's hurried re-shuffle of programming post-Brexit also includes getting Melvyn to produce quasi-propaganda about "sovereignty" (a meaningless formal concept - I prefer the truth: "all (physical + political) power comes from the barrel of a gun").

BTW - that respectful reference to Jean Bodin (1530 - 1596) carefully doesn't mention that he was also known as `The Witch-finder of Paris'.  I.e. just another clerical pervert and torturing thug - see Mercator note.
Ray D
Sovereignty | In Our Time | Today - 09:00 - BBC RADIO 4

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of the idea of Sovereignty, the authority of a state to govern itself and the relationship between the sovereign and the people.

These ideas of external and internal sovereignty were imagined in various ways in ancient Greece and Rome, and given a name in 16th Century France by the philosopher and jurist Jean Bodin in his Six Books of the Commonwealth, where he said (in an early English translation) 'Maiestie or Soveraigntie is the most high, absolute, and perpetuall power over the citisens and subiects in a Commonweale: which the Latins cal Maiestatem, the Greeks akra exousia, kurion arche, and kurion politeuma; the Italians Segnoria, and the Hebrewes tomech shévet, that is to say, The greatest power to command.'

Shakespeare also explored the concept through Richard II and the king's two bodies, Hobbes developed it in the 17th Century, and the idea of popular sovereignty was tested in the Revolutionary era in America and France.

Melissa Lane
Class of 1943 Professor of Politics at Princeton University
Richard Bourke
Professor in the History of Political Thought at Queen Mary University of London
Tim Stanton
Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics at the University of York

Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2016 13:36:43 +0100
Subject: Market Realities

Market Realities

Well, well - looked at the markets - top left at updates.html - this morning and have just re-checked. [As said a while ago, the markets often show reality while all the politicos are lying]

Guess what? Despite all the doom-mongering (the BBC is spinning so fast it's digging a hole for itself), UK's FTSE is now actually ABOVE its medium-term average, while the EU market (DAX) is now BELOW its medium-term average, and most others are down too!

Said "most" because there's a glaring exception - the Russian market (RTSI) is STEEPLY HIGHER!

Ray D

Date: Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:42:29 +0100
Subject: BBC - "That Post-Referendum Feeling"

BBC - "That Post-Referendum Feeling"

Ha!  The usually hidden BBC agenda is pretty obvious in this case (i.e. anti-Brexit propaganda).

The program's carefully worded - from preamble onwards - to `show' that taking any strong decision is `wrong', and leads to self-delusion and further `wrongness'.
Except a decision that the BBC wants - obviously.

That Post-Referendum Feeling
The Human Zoo, Series 8 Episode 3 of 8

The series that looks at current events through the lens of psychology. Michael Blastland explores the quirky ways in which we humans think, behave and make decisions.

In this episode, that morning-after feeling - the aftermath of the EU referendum. We put our 'X' in a box and, one way or the other, committed. What happened in that moment and what are the consequences? Are we different now?

Do we have doubts or regrets, or will we stubbornly stick to our decision? The Zoo team investigate the curious psychology of being consistent and how we make ourselves feel better about the decisions we make in life.

Michael Blastland is joined by resident Zoo psychologist Nick Chater, Professor of Behavioural Science at Warwick Business School, and roving reporter Timandra Harkness.

Contributors this week include Professor Ralph Hertwig, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin; Professor Greg Maio, Cardiff University; Carol Tavris, social psychologist and author; Lee Jones, Queen Mary University of London and Lois Pryce, travel writer and journalist.

Date: Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:36:29 +0100
Subject: "We must act to prevent countries from fleeing EU- Merkel"

"We must act to prevent countries from fleeing EU - Merkel"

So she's only now `realizing' that the EU monopoly - composed of corrupt taxation, dictator laws and greedy, over-spending, unelected legislators - needs a clean-up?

Maybe check my early forebodings while I was working in Europe some years ago..
Ray D
Published time: 27 Jun, 2016 09:31 - Edited time: 27 Jun, 2016 12:25
We must act to prevent countries from fleeing EU - Merkel

German chancellor Angela Merkel says action is needed to prevent other EU members from leaving the bloc after Britain.
The remark was made at Merkel's conservative party's board on Monday, according to two participants who spoke to Reuters.
The Chancellor reportedly said this was not the time for deepening cooperation between member states, arguing instead for the need to focus on ever-present issues facing the union, chief among them being border security, international security and the creation of jobs at home.
The UK's `Brexit' vote has left many speculating it could have a domino effect across Europe, with Euroskeptic politicians gaining ground and polls showing at least eight more countries could `want out' of the EU.
An awakening of far-right and Euroskeptic sentiment has also been felt. Norbert Hofer, who narrowly failed to become the EU's first far-right head of state in last month's presidential run-off in Austria, has warned his country could hold its own `Auxit' referendum within a year.

Last year, 260,000 Austrians signed an EU exit petition, forcing a referendum debate in parliament. A survey conducted this year showed that the majority of those in favor of `Auxit' are supporters of the Freedom Party, and with the party's popularity growing steadily ahead of parliamentary elections in 2018, it's possible that the number of those supporting an Austrian departure from the bloc could grow as well.

Almost exactly a month ago, France's rightist Marine Le Pen of the National Front likewise threatened that the union was on the verge of collapse. And according to a March poll, 53 percent of French citizens surveyed would like to hold a Brexit-like referendum on France's membership in the EU.
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Date: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 19:40:26 +0100
Subject: Those bankers' deaths + Deutsche Bank

"Those bankers' deaths + Deutsche Bank"

You'll recall we've been reporting (and commenting on) multiple banker `suicides' + `accidental deaths' for a few years now. [2014 post, 2015 post]

Have edited out the repetitive list of deaths in this article (much less than the true world total known to us); even so it seems to signal the main suspects are the mafiosi bosses of Deutsche Bank.

Ray D
PS - Here in UK we already know that politicos/banksters/mafiosi are utterly ruthless in wiping-out witnesses (see Jill Dando) - so Europe is the same or worse.
Jay Syrmopoulos June 16, 2016
Mainstream Media Finally Admits Mass Banker `Suicides' Were Likely a Vast Criminal Conspiracy

New York, NY - In 2015 there was a popular `conspiracy theory' floating around the internet after a rash of mysterious `suicides' by high profile banking professions. What once looked like wild speculation is now beginning to resemble a vast criminal conspiracy connected to the Libor, interest-rigging scandal.

Over forty international bankers allegedly killed themselves over a two-year period in the wake of a major international scandal that implicated financial firms across the globe. However, three of these seemingly unrelated suicides seem to share common threads related to their connections to Deutsche Bank. These three banker suicides, in New York, London, and Siena, Italy, took place within 17 months of each other in 2013/14 in what investigators labeled as a series of unrelated suicides.

"In each case, the victim had a connection to a burgeoning global banking scandal, leaving more questions than answers as to the circumstances surrounding their deaths," according to the New York Post. "But all three men worked for, or did business with, Deutsche Bank."

Financial regulators in both Europe and the U.S. in 2013 began a probe that would ultimately become known as the Libor scandal, in which London bankers conspired to rig the London Interbank Offered Rate, which determines the interest banks charged on mortgages, personal and auto loans. The scandal rocked the financial world and cost a consortium of international banks, including Deutsche Bank, about $20 billion in fines.
In October 2014, two Monte Paschi executives were convicted of obstructing regulators and misleading investigators by Italian authorities over the bailed-out Italian bank's finances in the wake of the acquisition of Banca Antonveneta - which was heavily financed by Deutsche Bank.

In January of this year, Italian authorities civilly implicated three Deutsche Bank executives, including Michele Faissola, the wealth management director of the German bank - charging them with colluding with Monte Paschi in falsifying accounts, manipulating the market and obstructing justice.
The common thread in each of these deaths is that all of the dead bankers had intimate knowledge of the international Libor scandal as it related to Deutsche Bank. It seems apparent that these men were killed to ensure their silence, thus allowing those responsible for the interest rigging scandal within Deutsche to avoid responsibility.

Date: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 18:11:03 +0100
Subject: "Creating terrorists: The FBI's dark history of provoking violent attacks"

"Creating terrorists: The FBI's dark history of provoking violent attacks"

Yup, the UK's security agencies seem to have exact same routine: find some easily led lame-brains - c. 75 to 80 IQ's, who are so stupid they get their world-views from social media - feed them a lot of hate propaganda, supply them with guns, ammo, explosives - then arrest them (or just shoot them) and claim a `victory over terrorism'.
Ray D
Creating terrorists: The FBI's dark history of provoking violent attacks
Published time: 22 Jun, 2016 20:05 | Edited time: 23 Jun, 2016 23:13

The FBI's conduct with Orlando massacre shooter Omar Mateen is under fire, even though it's part of a decades-long strategy to provoke, lure, and entrap potential `terrorists'.
The tactic, which was frequently used in the 1960s as part of J Edgar Hoover's COINTELPRO program, infiltrated groups such as the Black Panther Party and peace activists such as Martin Luther King Jr.

Mateen, like many 'lone wolves' before him, was under investigation by the FBI on two separate occasions before he carried out the attack on the Pulse nightclub and killed 49 people.

New evidence reveals the federal agency attempted to entrap Mateen with confidential informants (CIs) during the course of its 'pre-crime' investigation, a common technique that critics believe creates terrorists rather than prevents attacks.

In Mateen's case, one informant was placed at St Lucie County Courthouse where he worked for the security firm G4S, after complaints were made about comments he had made there.

The CIs failed to `lure Omar into some kind of act,' Sheriff Ken Mascara said last Wednesday.

"Our investigation involved introducing confidential sources to him, recording conversations with him, following him, reviewing transactional records from his communications, and searching all government holdings for any possible connections, any possible derogatory information," FBI Director James Comey said during a press briefing last week.

Beyond concerns about the civil liberties of those targeted, these elaborate and expensive sting operations have been slammed for their ineffectiveness in preventing terrorism and the amount of time and money invested, while those planning a terror attack without the help of the FBI fly under the radar.

Human Rights Watch, which has been tracking this issue for years along with several other organizations, are also concerned that the tactics can radicalize disaffected young men, bringing them to the next level by inspiring them to carry out an attack rather than simply talk about it.

HRW's 2014 report produced with Columbia University's law school found that the FBI `may have created terrorists out of law-abiding individuals by conducting sting operations that facilitated or invented the target's willingness to act.'

Here are just some of the people the US government has `lured' over the years.

Martin Luther King
The FBI was `obsessed' with civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr and conducted systematic plots and surveillance to discredit and harass him, including false allegations he was influenced by communists and a threatening letter sent by agents in 1964 calling him `an evil, abnormal beast,' just one year after he delivered his famous "I Have A Dream" speech.

Ernest Withers, a trusted civil rights photographer at King's side for much of the movement, also turned out to be an informant for the FBI, based on an FOIA request filed by a Memphis newspaper after he died.

Some 31 years after he was assassinated allegedly by white supremacist James Earl Ray, the FBI was implicated in his murder when it was ruled a conspiracy during a 1999 civil trial.

Coretta Scott King welcomed the verdict, saying, "There is abundant evidence of a major high level conspiracy in the assassination of my husband, Martin Luther King Jr and the civil court's unanimous verdict has validated our belief."

"The jury was clearly convinced by the extensive evidence that was presented during the trial that, in addition to Mr Jowers, the conspiracy of the Mafia, local, state and federal government agencies, were deeply involved in the assassination of my husband. The jury also affirmed overwhelming evidence that identified someone else, not James Earl Ray, as the shooter, and that Mr Ray was set up to take the blame," she said.

We'll have to wait another 11 years to find out the whole truth since FBI files relating to the investigation of King's murder remain sealed until 2027.

Black Panther Party
The Black Panther Party were targets of FBI surveillance and efforts to dismantle the group. The COINTELPRO program set out to `expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit or otherwise neutralize' the Panthers, which Hoover once described as the `the greatest threat to the internal security of the country' and the number one threat to the US.

Afeni Shakur, Black Panther member and mother of murdered rapper Tupac Shakur, was part of Panther 21 who were charged with conspiracy to destroy buildings and murder police officers. The group were acquitted.

Richard Aoki, the only Asian American who held a formal leadership position in the Black Panther Party, was exposed as an FBI informant from 1961-1977, thanks to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed after his suicide in 2009.

Although Aoki denied being a `rat' during his life, and it is not known if guilt from his betrayal was the reason he shot himself in the head, he was the first person to provide the self-defense group with guns, which they used to stop rampant police brutality.

In the final days of the 1960s, a `Messiah'-like figure by the name of Fred Hampton was allegedly drugged by FBI informant William O'Neal before he was assassinated, along with Black Panther guard Mark Clark, by Chicago police officers working with the FBI, in what Noam Chomsky called "the gravest domestic crime of the Nixon administration."

James Cromitie & Newburgh 4
James Cromitie was approached by FBI informant Shahed Hussain at a mosque in New York in 2007. Hussain engendered in Cromitie a negative attitude towards Jews, blaming them for evil.

Hussain encouraged Cromitie to recruit other men to help with plans, who would be known as the Newburgh 4. He used information about each to entice them. In one case, he said he would pay for one of the men's brother's liver transplant.

Cromitie showed little interest in carrying out an attack, even avoiding Hussain by pretending he was moving to North Carolina. He was later offered the promise of a new BMW and $250,000, as well as a barbershop business if he carried out an attack.

The men said they did not intend to carry out the attacks, but that they wanted to scam Hussain out of his money. The group were arrested after they planted a bomb along with the informant.

The judge who sentenced the men to the minimum of 25 years described the case as `troubling; because "there would never have been any case if the government had not made one up."

When the Occupy movement rose to prominence in 2011, it was quickly infiltrated with FBI informants - and some believe the CIA as well.

FBI documents revealed the group was targeted by the Bureau even before the camp set up in Zuccotti Park, describing it as a `terrorist threat.'

One conservative computer expert hacked its mailing lists and passed the information on to the authorities, although he claimed he wasn't an FBI informant.

A CI who did infiltrate the group managed to coerce Connor Stevens into attempting to blow up a bridge in Ohio.

Ex-convict Shaquille Azir targeted Stevens and his friends when the Occupy camp was broken up. He gave them construction jobs as well as the idea, along with the explosives needed to carry out the plan.

The group were arrested as soon as they attempted to detonate the bomb.

Rezwan Ferdaus
Rezwan Ferdaus was arrested for planning to attack the US Capitol and Pentagon in 2011, as part of an FBI sting.

Ferdaus was targeted by a paid FBI informant who reportedly had a heroin addiction. After infiltrating his mosque, the CI told the FBI that Ferdaus had said he wanted to attack the Capitol building.

Two FBI agents were then sent to act as Al-Qaeda operatives, developing a relationship with Ferdaus. The FBI gave Ferdaus $4,000 to purchase a remote controlled airplane and explosives.

He was arrested and sentenced to 17 years in prison.

His family maintain that he had mental issues, including depression and bladder control problems, which only began after the agents targeted him, Politico reports.

This was even stated by the FBI in 2010, when an agent told Ferdaus' father "obviously (Rezwan) has mental problems." Ferdaus' defense claim he repeatedly tried to pull out of the plan.

Ahmed Ferhani
Ahmed Ferhani, who was bipolar with a low IQ, was arrested for planning an attack on a synagogue in Manhattan in 2011 along with his friend Mohamed Mamdouh.

The NYPD ran the sting in this case and had been aware of Ferhani for years because his mother had to call the police when he had manic episodes as a teenager.

This is one of several instances where local police departments colluded with federal investigators. In Ferhani's case, federal authorities declined to pursue the case.

His lawyers argued that Ferhani was entrapped to justify the NYPD's surveillance of Muslims.

Ferhani was introduced in 2010 to Ilter Ayturk, who was an undercover cop. It was Ayturk who gave the two the idea to carry out an attack and encouraged Ferhani to make anti-Semitic remarks. He told Ferhani about Palestine and blamed Jewish people, encouraging Ferhani to do the same.

Ferhani met another agent pretending to be a weapons dealer, giving him $100 for ammunition, a grenade, and three semi-automatic pistols.

Ferhani was sentenced to 10 years in prison, where he attempted suicide after being abused by guards.

The abuse was so bad that he had to have 12 staples in his head following one incident and was left in a coma after his suicide attempt, AP reports.

Brian Church, Brent Betterly and Jared Chase were accused of domestic terrorism after allegedly planning to attack a 2012 NATO summit in Chicago.

When prosecutors failed to make the charges stick, the judge "engaged in a subtle semantic bait-and-switch" when he said `it might not be terrorism, but it is terrorizing.'

Chicago police raided an apartment where 11 political activists were detained. Two of those activists turned out to be undercover cops, a dark, bearded man named `Mo' and a woman named `Nadia' who claimed to be Syrian.

Police allege they found bottles of `clear liquid' and cloths which were allegedly soaked in gas, along with a vest and gas mask.

Three of the activists received between five and eight years for attempting to commit arson, after the defense used the undercover police's own recordings to show that the three were all talk, no action and were goaded on by the officers.

On one occasion, Church turned down the undercover cop's offer to try out the Molotov cocktail they had built.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel had used the NATO Summit to push through `draconian new powers' including surveillance cameras, strict parade restrictions, and police discretion, a permanent move slammed by the ACLU, Amnesty International, and the Occupy Movement.

"It's almost as if Rahm Emanuel was lifting a page from Naomi Klein's Shock Doctrine - as if he was reading her account of Milton Friedman's 'Chicago Boys' as a cookbook recipe, rather than as the ominous episode that it was," wrote Bernard Harcourt in the Guardian.

Boston Bombers
The eldest Tsarnaev brother, Tamerlan, was being watched by the FBI two years before the Boston marathon bombing in 2013.

After Russia's government alerted US authorities to their concerns about Tsarnaev's links to Chechen separatists in March 2011, the FBI ruled he was not a threat. Six months later, the Kremlin told the CIA about Tamerlan, which placed him on a watch list.

When the alert was passed onto the FBI's Foreign Terror Tracking Task Force, it failed to follow up based on the bureau's previous assessment.

The FBI wanted Tsarnaev to turn informant on the Muslim and Chechen communities in Boston, according to defense lawyers for the younger brother Dzhokhar. The FBI met with Tamerlan and his parents on more than one occasion, which the defense claimed could have "increased his paranoia and distress," the Boston Globe reports.

Christopher Lee Cornell
The FBI announced it had prevented another terror attack on the Capitol last year. Christopher Lee Cornell, an unemployed 20 year old who had been bullied in school, came to the FBI's attention after he tweeted about Islamic State.

He was then contacted by an FBI informant online "who began cooperating with the FBI in order to obtain favorable treatment with respect to his criminal exposure on an unrelated case," according to the affidavit.

The two had been talking for months about carrying out an attack when Cornell was arrested after he purchased a firearm and converted to Islam. His legal team said he suffered from depression and schizotypal disorder.

John T Booker
John T Booker caught the attention of the FBI after posting support for attacks on US soldiers online. Two informants befriended him, giving him information about bombs and helping him come up with a plan to attack a Fort Riley military base in Kansas.

Booker checked into a mental health facility in 2014, which the FBI knew about, but they still arrested him last year and he pleaded guilty in February. The baby-faced 21 year old is awaiting sentencing and could spend 30 years in prison.

James Medina
James Medina, a Florida homeless man with mental health issues, was arrested in April 2016 for planning to commit an act of terror at a synagogue with a weapon of mass destruction.

Medina was encouraged and directed by an FBI source to blame the attack on Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and use a bomb instead of a gun. Medina was given a fake bomb by the source and was then arrested.

Date: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 09:29:16 +0100
Subject: Enjoy "Here's What the Brexit Did to the World's 400 Richest People"

Enjoy:  "Here's What the Brexit Did to the World's 400 Richest People"

Nice piece of hard info (on FB today) which shows the real reasons for the dire warnings we got from the `great and the good' before Brexit, and the shock, anger caused afterwards.
[The billionaires lost their bets on `Remain']Billionaire's Losses Post-Brexit

Rise of UK Stocks Post-Brexit
It also shows that the BBC, MSM and mainstream politocos of left and right are just mouth-pieces of the global elite (the money men, usurers and banksters).

[Despite all the forecasts of doom and other BBC / MSM lies (Project Fear), UK stocks ROSE after Brexit, while other European stocks FELL]

Enjoy "Here's What the Brexit Did to the World's 400 Richest People" (also at real-reasons.txt) and/or, if you want last few days background, maybe look at updates.html for those dates' info.

BTW - the AntiMedia site copy version seems under pressure and is very slow just now so have reproduced the article as-is, w/attributions.

Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:31:36 +0100
Subject: "IMF warns the US over high poverty"

"IMF warns the US over high poverty"

Well, talk of `poverty' can be fraught with possible misunderstandings and even mis-labeling.

F'rinstance I choose to live frugally (except for accompanying an evening meal with wine and maybe a whisky), and, as my food is mostly grown / farmed locally, someone in the big city might say I was living at `poverty level'.
(However I've met many folk in Africa who would love such good, healthy food and drink.)

And `poverty-level' is always defined statistically (at maybe half or a third of the national average wage), so a loner with similar tastes to mine could be `rich' at that level, while a city boy, with consumption patterns set by TV advertising (I don't have a TV), would be in `poverty'.

Ray D
IMF warns the US over high poverty
22 June 2016 | From the section Business

The US has been warned about its high poverty rate in the International Monetary Fund's annual assessment of the economy.
The fund said about one in seven people were living in poverty and that it needed to be tackled urgently.

It recommended raising the minimum wage and offering paid maternity leave to women to encourage them to work.
The report also cut the country's growth forecast for 2016 to 2.2% from a previous prediction of 2.4%.

Slower global growth and weaker consumer spending were blamed.
US economic growth slowed to an annual pace of 0.5% during the first three months of the year, down sharply from 1.4% in the last three months of 2015.

`Social strains'
But the stronger labour market meant that overall "the US economy is in good shape", said the IMF's managing director Christine Lagarde. May's unemployment figures showed the rate at an eight-year low of 4.7%.

However Ms Lagarde warned that "not only does poverty create significant social strains, it also eats into labour force participation, and undermines the ability to invest in education and improve health outcomes".

"Our assessment is that, if left unchecked, these four forces - participation, productivity, polarisation and poverty - will corrode the underpinnings of growth and hold back gains in US living standards," she added.

The report called on the US to invest more in education, as well as implement better social programmes such as childcare to help poorer Americans get jobs.

Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2016 02:35:14 +0100
Subject: "Why Intelligent People Are Happier Spending Time Alone"

"Why Intelligent People Are Happier Spending Time Alone"

Well, am saying nothing - except that I live in a remotish place, speak to other people maybe once a week, usually turn down party-invites and `reunions' etc. and even my most intelligent (and attractive) ladyfriends have a hard time dragging me out for a meal, drinks etc..

That may be due to to Army life, which from early on was isolated detachments, fairly often alone and in alien social+ethnic surroundings.
(Culture shock is real, and dangerous for some, but once lived through is more easily bearable the second, third or fourth time).

These days however, if asked, usually claim to have a busy schedule.
By Elise Moreau | June 18, 2016 AT 3:27 PM - Last Updated: June 18, 2016 4:30 pm
Why Intelligent People Are Happier Spending Time Alone

Are you happier when you spend less time with people and more time working toward some type of goal? According to a study on happiness that was recently published in the British Journal of Psychology, that certainly seems to be the case for people who are more intelligent.

From a survey of 15,000 American adults ages 18 to 28, the researchers focused on just two social components that have always influenced human happiness: population density and how often they socialize with others. Through their research, they found that the more densely populated participants' living circumstances were, the less satisfied they were with their lives. And the more frequently that participants interacted with close friends, the happier they were reported to be.

When intelligence was brought into the picture, the researchers discovered that the results were quite different. According to the Washington Post's report on the study, population density affected participants of average intelligence more than twice as much as those of higher intelligence. But what's perhaps even more interesting is that those who were more intelligent also reported less overall life satisfaction when they spent more time socializing.

Now, clearly, this is all based on averages. There certainly are a lot of intelligent people who love spending more time socializing and average people who prefer to spend more of their time alone. But the general trend is that people of average intelligence tend to be happier when they frequently spend time with friends while intelligent people are happier when they do just the opposite. The question is, why?

Well, the way the human brain has (or actually hasn't) evolved since our ancestral days up until now likely has a lot to do with explaining these findings. Back when our ancestors thrived in tribes of just about 150 or so on the African savanna, keeping close relationships was necessary for survival, which is why we're such social creatures even today.

These days, we live our lives quite differently - we thrive in huge cities, we communicate often via technology, and we work in an information age where knowledge is embraced. Our evolving brains and bodies haven't had enough time to catch up to this big lifestyle shift yet, but it seems as if those who are more intelligent appear to be able to adapt more effectively to modern life, meaning they're not as influenced by their ancestral roots quite as much as the Average Joe.

If you think about it, the trend makes sense. Highly intelligent people likely feel more naturally inclined to put their brainpower to work by striving for bigger, long-term goals. And that of course means less time spent socializing. People of average intelligence on the other hand may enjoy spending more of their time socializing because they're simply not as interested in pursuing the types of bigger goals that more intelligent people tend to pursue - like working toward a doctorate, writing a bestselling novel, coding an innovative new internet service, and so on.

The research findings are interesting, but this doesn't this mean that those who identify themselves as intelligent members of society should hole themselves up in a cave and get to work. Most of us can probably agree that everyone needs to spend some amount of time nurturing their relationships to support their wellbeing in whichever way best suits them, regardless of how introverted/extroverted or average/intelligent they may naturally be.

Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2016 15:17:52 +0000
Subject: Justice Committee recommendation would `seriously undermine FOI Act'

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Justice Committee recommendation would 'seriously undermine FOI Act'

A Justice Committee report published today supports the abolition of the main right to appeal against the Information Commissioner's decisions under the Freedom of Information Act.  This would `seriously undermine the FOI Act' says the Campaign for Freedom of Information.

The Justice Committee report [1] supports a recommendation made this March by the Commission on Freedom of Information chaired by Lord Burns.  The Commission recommended that the right to appeal to the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) against decisions of the Information Commissioner should be abolished.  A right to appeal to the Upper Tribunal on a point of law would remain.

The Campaign for FOI points out that Commission's own figures showed that 21% of FTT appeals by FOI requesters in 2014 were wholly or partly successful, leading to disclosure of wrongly withheld information.  Depriving requesters of this right would weaken the public's right to know, it says.

The Campaign's director Maurice Frankel said: "In the last year or so the tribunal has ordered the Cabinet Office to disclose how members of the Chilcot inquiry into the invasion of Iraq were appointed. It has ordered the Department for Education to reveal payments to new sponsors taking over failing academy schools. It has told the Ministry of Defence it was wrong to withhold information about the failure to warn soldiers that they would get a criminal record if being convicted of minor disciplinary offences. It required the Ministry of Justice to identify landlords convicted of offences for letting dangerous or grossly substandard accommodation and has ordered authorities to release information about the contracting-out of public services - or decisions to keep them in-house.  The right to challenge the Information Commissioner's decisions is important and losing it would be a major blow."

The Government has not so far announced any decision on this issue, though the Cabinet Office minister Matthew Hancock has said the government was not intending to make any `legal changes' as a result of the Commission's report.

[1] The House of Commons Justice Committee's report `Court and Tribunals Fees', 2nd report of session 2016-17, HC 167 was published on 20 June 2016.  At paragraph 28 it refers to the Commission on Freedom of Information's recommendation that the right of appeal to the First-tier Tribunal against decisions of the Information Commissioner should be removed.  It adds: "We see no reason to disagree with the Commission's views."

[2] The Commission on Freedom of Information recommended "That the government legislates to remove the right of appeal to the First-tier Tribunal against decisions of the IC made in respect of the Act." (Recommendation 17)

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Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2016 09:17:32 +0100
Subject: I-O-T | Thomas Paine's `Common Sense'

I-O-T | Thomas Paine's `Common Sense'

Interesting.  We've seen some recent discussion of the period, and of the `Founding Fathers', so this might flesh out more detail.
Ray D
Thomas Paine's `Common Sense' | In Our Time | Available now - 43 minutes

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Thomas Paine and his pamphlet "Common Sense" which was published in Philadelphia in January 1776 and promoted the argument for American independence from Britain.

Addressed to The Inhabitants of America, it sold one hundred and fifty thousand copies in the first few months and is said, proportionately, to be the best-selling book in American history.

Paine had arrived from England barely a year before. He vigorously attacked monarchy generally and George the Third in particular. He argued the colonies should abandon all hope of resolving their dispute with Britain and declare independence immediately.

Many Americans were scandalised. More were inspired and, for Paine's vision of America's independent future, he has been called a Founding Father of the United States.

Kathleen Burk
Professor Emerita of Modern and Contemporary History at University College London
Nicholas Guyatt
University Lecturer in American History at the University of Cambridge
Peter Thompson
Associate Professor of American History at the University of Oxford and Fellow of St Cross College
See all episodes of `In Our Time'

Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2016 22:11:09 +0100
Subject: 80,000 Historic Photos from Russia

80,000 Historic Photos from Russia

Here's the RT article and here's the website it translates easily and the site looks worth a wander around.

Date: Thu, 9 Jun 2016 17:21:28 +0100
Subject: "Hobbit find shows tiny humans shrank 'rapidly'

Hobbit find shows tiny humans shrank 'rapidly'

Interesting - and it's even more interesting they don't mention that the `700,000-year-old' discovery is yet another refutation of the `Out of Africa 60,000 years ago', which is still found in text- books as "official" sci-dogma.
Ray D
Pallab Ghosh | Science correspondent, BBC News | 8 June 2016
Hobbit find shows tiny humans shrank 'rapidly'

The story of humanity was rewritten 12 years ago by the discovery of the Hobbit. Now scientists unearth another twist to this epic tale.

Scientists have discovered the 700,000-year-old ancestor of the tiny primitive human known as "the Hobbit".

Its fossils indicate that the normal-sized primitive humans who first set foot on the Indonesian island of Flores shrank "rapidly" to become Hobbit-sized.

The remains are of at least one adult and two children, who are all just as small as their descendents.

The Hobbit's discovery in a cave on Flores created a sensation 12 years ago. Just a metre in height (hence the affectionate nickname), it was initially thought they could have been living as recently as 12,000 years ago.

Subsequent analysis has shown they actually existed slightly further back in time, between 50,000 and 60,000 years ago - not that this lessened the fascination with the diminutive species more properly called Homo floresiensis.

And now comes new research from some of the scientists involved in the original discovery that reveals insights on the Hobbit's lineage.
The team presents much older fossils, dating back 700,000 years, unearthed at a site named Mata Menge.
(more at page ...)

Date: Wed, 8 Jun 2016 02:03:27 +0100
Subject: Look before You Leap

Look before You Leap

Early in a Jason Statham movie (just watching) there's a "death slide" where Jason and his friends have to cross a chasm by sliding down a long rope across the gap.

That's also a feature of Brit Army (SAS) training, as the finale of an `assault course' which has the distinction of being at tree-top level.  So when you scramble to the final tree-top, there's a long rope awaiting which extends over a wide valley, dropping down to the far side of a river.

Because I wasn't SAS, the whole thing was voluntary for me but I went along with it anyway, because it was quite enjoyable (in a way).

When I got to the end of the tree-top assault course (after a lot of swinging thru trees and scrambling thru nets) the cadre guy there handed me a `toggle' - a short piece of rope with a wooden batten at each end.  (You hang the toggle over the `death slide' rope and jump off - to zoom over the valley).

Luckily I'm sometimes cautious and this time tugged on the ends of that toggle - and guess what?  It came apart in my hands - from being burnt by friction of previous uses.

So I got a fresh `toggle' and happily jumped off to soar across the valley and came to a scramble landing across the river.

Ray D

Date: Fri, 3 Jun 2016 18:08:58 +0100
Subject: Paul Gambaccini blasts BBC boss?

Paul Gambaccini blasts BBC boss?

Think he means that `Tony' Hall (now Director-General of the BBC but was line-manager of Jill Dando when she was silenced / assassinated) has his own reasons for slinging mud around and smearing everyone within reach.  To deflect attention from himself?

The backstory is here, and a reader might suspect that "Tony" has stuff to hide.

Ray D
By LAURA LAMBERT | PUBLISHED: 02:11, 3 June 2016 | UPDATED: 10:54, 3 June 2016

BBC's the worst employer of all time, blasts Gambaccini:  Veteran DJ launches scathing attack on the corporation and claims staff feel `the wrong Tony was sacked'
In an outspoken rant, the radio presenter aimed most criticism at the axing of Tony Blackburn, and said director general Tony Hall had driven a rift between management and talent.
(more at page ...)

Date: Fri, 3 Jun 2016 10:14:12 +0100
Subject: "Cocaine in London sewage highest in Europe for 2nd year running

"Cocaine in London sewage highest in Europe for 2nd year running"

Seem to recall the UK agency made _one_ intensive check and found the cocaine came into sewers below London's poshest West End clubs and restaurants, plus the biggest banks' HQs (personally suspect it also came from the Houses of Parliament - but they weren't allowed to say so).

We've known for years that the rich and privileged (i.e. Royals etc.) are heaviest users of cocaine, and are ignored by UK police.  Most police effort and money is spent harassing and oppressing ordinary folk using harmless herbs like mary-jane & (magic) shrooms etc..
Maybe check laworjustice.html#dr-ace for recent examples.

Ray D
Published time: 1 Jun, 2016 13:04

Not to be sniffed at: Cocaine in London sewage highest in Europe for 2nd year running

Londoners' cocaine use is the highest in Europe for the second year in a row, an analysis of the city's sewage by the EU's drug monitoring agency has revealed.

The research, which examined wastewater samples in more than 60 European cities, showed that average daily concentration of cocaine in London's wastewater was 909mg per 1,000 people last year - up from 737mg in 2014.

Amsterdam came in at second for cocaine usage, at 642mg per 1,000 people. When only weekend samples were analyzed, London's levels rose even further - to 1.044kg.

More than three-quarters of cities showed higher levels of benzoylecgonine (BE) and MDMA in wastewater during the weekend. In contrast, use of amphetamine and methamphetamine was found to be more evenly-distributed over the whole week.

Though the study revealed that cocaine use is generally declining across the continent, London is among the handful of cities where use of the class-A drug is on the rise.

"Most cities show either a decreasing or a stable trend between 2011 and 2015, but in a few cases, in particular Brussels and London, an increase in BE loads was observed in this period," the annual European Monitoring Centre For Drugs And Drug Addiction report read.

To assess cocaine levels, researchers tested the sewages samples for traces of BE - a chemical produced when the body breaks down the drug.

Experts also noted a `resurgence' in the use of MDMA throughout Europe after a decline from high levels seen in the early- to mid-2000s.

In a separate report released on Tuesday, the agency suggested that current trends indicate that MDMA is "no longer a niche or subcultural drug."

"It is not limited to dance clubs and parties, but is used by a wider range of young people in mainstream nightlife settings such as bars and house parties," the report said.


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