Immigration, World Poverty and Gumballs


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This video helps bring into focus the truly appalling world poverty we see today. The rich countries of the world need to do more to help the poor countries. Too much wealth is in the hands of too few people.

We are all one family

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European remain propaganda

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There a lot of rubbish being spouted on both side of the ‘in or out’ campaign in the run up to the European referendum on June 23rd. More on the remain side.

Jeremy Hunt says that a Brexit would damage the NHS. No Mr Hunt, nobody could damage the NHS more than you are doing at present. Jeremy Hunt is on record saying that he would privatise the NHS.

Cameron says that the poor would be hit hardest by a Brexit. I think that the present Tory government is doing a great job of hitting the poorest hardest right now.

Cameron says the world would be a more dangerous place if we left Europe. But the present Tory government’s foreign policy is doing a wonderful job of making the world a more dangerous place.

Europe needs the UK. The UK does not need Europe.

Europe is but a stepping stone to World domination along with TTIP, TPP, NAFTA, CETA, and many other parts of the corporate agenda to take over the World and take our freedom.

I’m voting to leave. I’ve been waiting years for a chance to vote leave.

(Forsooth)

Strikes and protests in France threaten to derail Euro 2016

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This week, France is not just clearing up after its worst floods in decades. Its citizens have also moved into their third month of resistance to government plans aimed at reforming the country’s labour regulations. And as the Euro 2016 football tournament approaches, a failure to settle this long-running dispute could hit the host country hard.

The French government’s proposed employment reforms have seen strong opposition since March, and have led to large collaborative protests. Students and unions came together on 31 March with a massive general strike attended by over 1.2 million people, and this event sparked the ‘Nuit Debout‘ (or ‘Night on Our Feet’) movement – which has organised people’s assemblies and occupied city squares.

Opponents of the proposed changes have said they will reduce workers’ rights and make it easier for companies to fire their employees. According to some polls, up to 70% of the French population is against the reforms, and over 1.3 million people have now signed an online petition opposing the changes.

A government under pressure

The government plans – referred to by some as “the bosses law” – have so far prompted strike action from railway and Metro workers, from employees of 16 out of France’s 19 nuclear power stations, and from Paris refuse collectors. Air France pilots have also threatened to strike. There have also been protests at most oil refineries and fuel-handling ports in the country.
Read more at thecanary.co

Published in: on June 8, 2016 at 06:20  Leave a Comment  
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Huge strikes shut France down—and could bring government to its knees

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Electricity production across France dropped yesterday, Thursday, after workers in all 19 nuclear power stations voted to begin strikes to defend workers’ rights. Around 80 picketing workers set up a barricade of burning tyres in front of the Gravelines station.

The government is already scrambling to cope with strikes in all eight oil refineries and blockades of fuel depots. Dipping into France’s strategic oil reserves hasn’t stopped an acute petrol shortage. A vote to strike by workers at France’s main oil import terminal will only increase it.

CGT union spokesperson Marie-Claire Cailletaud said, “All the nuclear stations have voted for strikes and 12 reduced production overnight.

“The rest were to follow this morning. Electricity will certainly have to be imported.”

Striking workers and supporters cut off both fuel depots on the island of Corsica. CGT official Jean-Michel Biondi said, “We’re joining the national protest movement against the Work Law and our action will continue.

“There aren’t many workers in the depots and the bosses want to intervene to make sure the fuel gets out, but we’re not going to let them.”

The escalation of strikes against a proposed Work Law last week has demonstrated vividly how workers keep society running—and how they can shut it down.
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Iceland Has Offered Foreign Bondholders A “Choice”: Sell Now, Or Have Cash Impounded Indefinitely

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Iceland has had a difficult past few months politically, as its Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunlaugsson became the first casualty of the Panama Papers.

Economically however, the story is more upbeat, as the country has rebounded since the financial crisis. The Icelandic Krona has stabilized against the Euro, the rate of change in inflation has slowed, and the country has recorded year-over-year growth in GDP each year since 2011.

However, in a shocking turn of events, a law passed on May 22 by Iceland’s parliament is offering the foreign holders of about $2.3 billion worth of krona-denominated bonds a choice of either selling out in June at a below-market exchange rate, or have the money they receive upon maturity be impounded indefinitely in low interest bank accounts. In other words, Iceland is trying to kick out foreign investors.
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Tory lies over the EU

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This is pretty awkward for the Prime Minister and his Remain campaign. The paving slabs let the cat out of the bag – the very same group of campaigners have just swapped a banner. Then shuffled around to pretend they are different people in a different city at a different time.

Resorting to recycling activists for photo ops betrays the lack of support for Cameron’s version of the EU. Perhaps because his Europe is one of tax avoidance, corporate hegemony and privatisation.

In 2013, he personally shielded offshore trusts – much like the one that benefited him – from an EU tax crackdown.

Meanwhile, he has always firmly supported the US-EU ‘trade deal’ the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which would allow US giants to subvert our democracy in kangaroo courts while suing our governments for being perceived to inhibit profit. TTIP would also open up our public services to further privatisation.
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‘Poland is Dying Under EU Occupation’: Warsaw Should Follow British Suit

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Poland has been hindered by EU membership and would have outclassed even Germany had it not joined the European Union, Polish politician Janusz Korwin-Mikke said, adding that if the British decided to exit the EU, Poland should follow suit.

Though admitting that Warsaw has been receiving financial assistance from the EU, Korwin-Mikke, the founder of the libertarian conservative party KORWiN, said that Poland had lost more than it had gained.

“We could live like kings… Our economy was growing 8 percent […] before we entered the EU. Now we are down to 1 percent, sometimes 2. These losses are absolutely terrible,” he complained, adding that “if we had maintained the previous growth rate would have been ahead of Germany.”
Janusz Korwin-Mikke insisted that “Poland is dying under EU occupation” and therefore should leave it.

Moreover, he believes that the the entirety of Europe is dying, people will soon take to the streets and that Europe will plunge into a major crisis before 2018.
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Iceland’s Biggest Political Party Is Now The “Pirate Party”

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Iceland’s anti-establishment Pirate Party continues to lead nationwide polls as the most popular choice for the next elections. The party — whose policies include internet freedom, drug decriminalisation, and open democracy — has consistently led the polls for the last year and, as a result, has secured more funding than any of its rivals.

The 2008 financial crisis hit Iceland hard. The following year, the krona was devalued by around 50%, unemployment doubled, and capital controls were introduce. Miraculously, the country rose from the ashes to become one of Europe’s top performers in terms of growth. More recently, the political establishment has been in turmoil since three government ministers were implicated in the global Panama Papers scandal.

Despite their struggle, or perhaps because of it, the list of reasons to admire Icelanders keeps on growing. Whether it’s the sentencing of senior bankers — or the mass outrage at the offshore leak, which propelled 10% of the population to the streets and ousted the Prime Minister — the radical refusal of Icelanders to bow down and accept establishment corruption is admirable.

Because of this, the surge in popularity of the once-fringe Pirate Party comes as little surprise — recent polls suggest almost half the nation supports them. In Iceland, financial support for political parties is allocated based on how well they have done in polls.
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The Collapse of the European Union: Return to National Sovereignty and to Happy Europeans?

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Be aware, the EU as it exists today, is not the invention of Europeans; it is a construct thought out immediately after WWII by the US, so as to keep Europe under her control – and to create a buffer zone vis-à-vis communism, the Soviet Union. It worked so far. This idea still prevails, as we see every day how Russia and her leader is being demonized and slandered by the western media. Let us be frank, if it weren’t for the strategic clear-headedness and foresight of President Putin, we – Europe – would be for the third time in 100 years enmeshed in a world war. And if we let this Washington imposed trend continue, Europe will become an Anglo-American slaveland. Just look at TTIP and TiSA.

A true federation of sovereign European countries down the road, perhaps even with a common currency and a real central bank, may be a viable long-term solution for Europe. But – and this is the most important BUT, such a Europe will have to be designed by true and honest Europeans – am I dreaming? – and absolutely without any influence of the United States of America. None.

Anyone of the 28 EU countries could return happiness to the people of Europe; could take the pain, frustration, fear and anxiety away; could reinstate national sovereignty, could bring national pride and local – instead of global – economy to the fore – by exiting the EU, by forfeiting the euro, by taking the reign of their people into the hands of a sovereign, democratic government.

A simple exit by one country – Greece, Portugal, Spain, Ireland, the UK, France… you name it, could bring the ferocious debt machine to a grinding halt, opening the opportunity of joining a new, more just and more equal monetary scheme – the nascent combined eastern economic space of China, Russia, BRICS, SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization) and the EEU (Eurasian Economic Union).

To be sure, time is important. Not for nothing Obama is pushing for speedy conclusions and signing of the disgraceful TTIP. The signing of these predatory agreements, TTIP, TiSA, TPP, is a key agenda item of Obama’s Presidency; his corporate and military legacy – NATO expansion is part of it – may depend on it. Once these treaties are signed, there is no way back. If the TTIP is ratified despite all logic, and if subsequently the EU fell apart – each country would still be held accountable to the terms of the agreement. Hence, time for an EU collapse before signing of the TTIP and TiSA is of the essence.

This radical solution may be too much even for staunch EU / Euro opponents. Many of them still seek, hope and dream of a reformed EU. They still live under the illusion that ‘things’ could be worked out. Believe me – they cannot. The Machiavellian US-invented venture, called European Union with the equally US-invented common currency – the Eurozone – has run its course. It is about to ram the proverbial iceberg. The EU-Euro vessel is too heavy to veer away from disaster. Europe is better off taking time to regroup; each nation with the objective of regaining political and economic sovereignty – and perhaps with an eye a couple of generations down the road envisaging a new United Europe of sovereign federal states, independent, totally delinked from the diabolical games of the western Anglo-American empire.
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British tea & toast under threat from impending EU kettle, toaster ban

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The EU looks set to ban certain high-powered kettles and toasters shortly after June’s referendum in a move that has been described as an “assault” on the staple British breakfast of tea and toast.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker revealed the decision to push ahead with the plans soon after the Brexit referendum on June 23, despite some senior EU officials warning the move would bring “ridicule.”

The plans were prepared by Brussels months ago, but were shelved over fears they could be seen as an attack on Britain and influence the outcome of the referendum.

Internet routers, hair and hand-dryers, mobile phones and patio jet-washers are also being examined by Commission experts as part of a wider strategy to dramatically cut energy use in the home.
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‘Why a European Super State Must Be Resisted’

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by Julian Rose

The European Union is a centralised super state trading block whose conceptual origins lie in the Third Reich of Hitler’s Nazi Germany.

The concept of ‘global trading blocks’ was already well established under Hitler’s regime, but their origins go back further: to the British Royal Society. Post British Empire colonial ambitions were hatched around the desire to form a number of global trading empires whose leadership would be essentially elitist and corporate, with banks mostly at the helm.

Here lies the origin of the ‘free trade’ concept. A trading pattern which is anything but ‘free’ due to the fact that it is designed to prevent any one country stopping any other country from resisting the import of products that it has no need or no wish for: I.E GMO maize and soya, beef raised using growth hormones or sweat shop mass produced cheap goods that undermine the ability of the blocking country to fairly trade its own quality home-made items.

Free Trade is controlled by the World Trade Organisation, another autocratic top down institution the majority of whose board is composed of the CEO’s of the World’s largest multinational and transnational corporations with a sole interest in profit and power. A hallmark of the neo conservative and neo liberal capitalist dream (nightmare) which is dying a painful death even as I write.

Greens, including the political faction which unwittingly or unthinkingly (or both) keeps one foot firmly inside the door of such regimes, seem oblivious to the forces that drive the corporate agenda ruling planet Earth. Maybe because their campaigning arm is obsessed with finding ways to promote the utterly meaningless multi-purpose catch-all ‘sustainable development’, or arguing about the effects of ‘climate change’ or naively encouraging the ‘Agenda 21’ countryside depopulation propaganda exercise.

It simply doesn’t seem to matter to most international environmental organisations. That might be because such organisations have already been living out of the pocket of the corporate purse for at least two or three decades. They probably learned that catch phrase “don’t bite the hand that feeds you” and agreed that winning the war against global destruction is best done by cozying-up to the very forces that are complicit in the destruction process. This can be easily achieved by offering a little green spin as fair exchange for being bankrolled into embellishing otherwise insufferable corporate agendas.
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The founding father of the European Union Jean Monnet, said in a letter to a colleague in 1952.

“Europe’s nations should be guided towards the superstate without their people understanding what is happening. This can be accomplished by successive steps, each disguised as having an economic purpose but which will irreversibly lead to federation.”

I’m voting out and have been waiting years for this chance. (Forsooth)

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Denmark opens 1st food waste supermarket

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Denmark is said to throw away huge amounts of food every year, but it has just taken a major step towards alleviating the problem. Its first social supermarket with surplus food is now open to customers.

Hundreds of people visited the new store since its grand opening that took place in Copenhagen on Monday. The new store, called WeFood, will be selling a variety of products that would otherwise end up in the trash because of damaged packaging or because they are past their expiry dates. The prices are 30 percent to 50 percent lower than those in regular shops.

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We should never throw away food. In fact it could be made a criminal act for large corporations to waste food. (Forsooth)

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Referendum out of the EU

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Falling like dominoes: Now Holland wants its OWN referendum on quitting EU.

DUTCH voters have demanded their own in/out referendum on EU membership amid fears in Brussels the whole 28-country bloc is under threat. In a new opinion poll in the Netherlands, a majority of voters said they backed the country having its own in/out referendum on EU membership similar to the UK’s. More than half (53 per cent) supported an in/out vote with 44 per cent opposed and four per cent unsure.

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Serbia Says EU Membership ‘No Longer the Big Dream’ for Balkan Candidates

Serbia’s Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic has said that the refugee crisis affecting the EU and the possibility of Britain leaving the bloc have made accession to the Union less appealing to Balkan candidate countries, Reuters reported

“The EU that all of us (Balkan countries) are aspiring to, it has lost its magic power. Yes, we all want to join, but it is no longer the big dream it was in the past,” Vucic said.

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6 simple ways to fix the NHS

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The junior doctors’ strike on 10 February was not inevitable. Simple steps could have been taken to resolve the dispute, ensuring a quality NHS for both staff and patients. But the stubborn response of Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and his government has made industrial action essential.

The first necessary step to resolve the dispute would be to throw the proposed junior doctor contract in the bin. The Health and Social Care Act would then need to be repealed, along with the privatisation it encourages, and the incredibly wasteful Private Finance Initiative (PFI) abolished. Cuts would need to stop and the NHS would need to receive sufficient funding. Finally, staff should be given more control over what happens in their workplace.

In short, the government must listen to health professionals rather than overpaid bureaucrats, businessmen and corporate interests.

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The World is round – it’s a sphere

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Actually it’s an oblate spheroid to be precise

The internet is full of rubbish about the earth being flat, I’ve never seen so much of it in great detail. This is just a distraction. It’s a shame that people do not get interested in something that really matters than wasting so much time on this flat earth nonsense. There are real problems with the world which need more time spent on solving.

I’m sure that the chaps in the international space station can see the world for what it is, they travel round it many times each day.

The world is a sphere and it is covered in humans fighting each other instead of living together in peace.

Wake up people.
(Forsooth)

 

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Highest EU Court Considers Criminalizing Website Hyperlinks

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The highest court in the European Union this week heard arguments which could impact the ability to link to content on the Internet.

Presiding over a case threatening the nature of the web as we know it, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) on Wednesday debated whether website hyperlinks to content which infringes copyright laws should be permitted.

The court heard arguments regarding the GS Media case, in which a popular Dutch blog site posted links to leaked photos on a separate file hosting site.

Arguing the central role hyperlinks play in the digital environment, the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) wrote that linking to content freely available online should be legal and was already ruled on by the court in earlier cases.

“If this capacity to link is put in doubt, the web would lose its universality and power,” the CCIA wrote. “The most important information medium of our time would be hobbled.”

The EU’s assault on hyperlinks was not without warning.

Last November, European Parliament member Julia Reda said the “European Commission is preparing a frontal attack on the hyperlink, the basic building block of the Internet as we know it,” and warned the commission’s decision to “break the Internet” could also affect American websites linking to European content.

Follow the links.

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Ancillary Copyright 2.0 MEP Julia Reda

It’s up to us to save the internet. They will try anything to take it away from us. Without internet freedom we would be back to the main stream media to get our information, which is heavily controlled – They only tell us what they want us to know. (Forsooth) 

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Face the Lie – Max Igan

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5 steps towards a co-operative economy

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Too many of our markets are failing too many people in our country. This is damaging for our economy as well as the fabric of our society.

Whether it’s a question of people coming together to take on the energy companies, the train operators, or even the payday lenders; co-operative and mutual organisations can provide a means through which people can collectively meet their aspirations and help change behaviour for the better.

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