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Money Talking and Walking

— Filed under: Opinion

So the trial of the media is all but over.  Rebekah Brooks seems to have skipped all responsibility.  Andy Coulson has been made scapegoat and yet that maybe brought into question due to the bumbling antics of sort of chosen leader David Cameron.   Rupert Murdoch has made a mint.

A full-page apology ad published in British ne...

A full-page apology ad published in British newspapers by News International.

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How has justice been wronged so badly?

It all starts from power and money.  Rupert Murdoch has it.  Throughout the whole trial he has controlled everything he could control. Other players like Rebekah Brooks and her coven have been gift a hand from a man I am sure they worship more so than any deity they might have strayed upon during their scrap to what life they perceive was worthy.  Andy Coulson sued News Corp to cover his costs, and indeed News Corp are going to pay at figures around £60 million at current estimates for the trial itself, and we the tax payer could be paying around £40 million.  That sticks firmly in the craw.  Especially considering by all accounts it could turn out to be the biggest waste of tax payers money.  It may happen that Coulson and his retrial are already compromised by none other than David Cameron. 

In terms of what we managed to actually prosecute, we only have one ham-handed success as I see it.   Yet that success is meaningless in terms of goals I would have set for the whole investigation.  At the least I was hoping for punishment to be metered out with the intent to ensure that news companies are governed correctly and understand that the people they make their wages from are to be treated as such.  We did not reach deep enough into the underbelly of what really is going on behind the many powerful doors Rupert Murdoch and in fact he turned the whole darn affair to his advantage.  We have been handed a man to call bad, to be convicted and sent down.  One high ranking member of the chain.  Despite all indications that this who wrong doing ethos was rife and still is rife within the Murdoch empire.  Despite a deep look into the history of Brooks and Coulson which revealed they were the same in many ways.  The drive, the intelligence and the will to do whatever it took to achieve their aims.  

Some things to think about.  Firstly, the tactics of the defense played a large hand in how the evidence was delivered.  They played the system of evidence presentation to their advantage.  Evidence had to be submitted without any reference to why they were evidence in the trial.  Therefore the Crown (thats us!) were only allowed to make an opening statement.  This leads just two people attempting to present a story from masses amounts of evidence, with an army of defending lawyers pointing out the haphazard manner in which evidence was pieced together.  The evidence itself was selective to say the least.  A story of a safe being lost.  A safe.  Being lost.  I repeat for gravity.  How could the hierarchy not know about all that went on?  What exactly is that has all powerful men fawning over Rebekah Brooks?  What evidence was not presented, due to either off the record evidence or due to deletion and destruction? Given all the power in media how much can we trust them? How much wool has been pulled over our eyes?… Continues …

Revolting youths!

— Filed under: Politics & Government
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The recent peaceful demonstrations planned by the NUS in response to the Lib Dems U-Turn on tuition fees have all turned sour resulting in a blame game between the students and the Police. The NUS and it seems the mass media have blamed a mixture of heavy handedness on the part of the Police and the hijacking of non-student youths with various mixed agendas.

I feel, as opposed to the notion of these hijackers being organised anarchists and the like the whole affair is the resultant “spilling over”, of tensions between generations.

For so long the youths (yoofs) of our society have been marginalised and pilloried by a succession of reactionary governments and mainstream media resulting in a socio-political shift in the collective consciousness of the country which instead of encouraging and nurturing our future generations, serves only to demonise, alienate and disenfranchise them resulting in an unprecedented lack of trust between “them” and “us”.… Continues …

We Strike, You're out?

— Filed under: Breaking News, Politics & Government, Opinion
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So Ed Miliband has been elected the new Labour Party leader, and his Brother David has annouced his retirement from front-line politics.  Ed can thank the Unions in his election, but to anyone who is keeping up with UK news this was always on the cards.  The changes to Government spending has everyone chattering and not a small amount of people ready to join the numerous calls to strike, giving back the power to the Unions that has been absent for so long.

The Unions are already in a strong position.  The Government are playing right into their hands with their reforms, and the media is ensuring that doom gloom and poverty is announced on a daily basis.  Along with bonuses going to bankers that disgust your average man, and the very likelihood of the New Faces of Labour taking the line of "Old Labour", we are well into our "Winter of discontent Part 2 - Where's the hair?".  The departure of David Miliband is likely to see a split in the Labour party, and I do wonder if this is only going to enhance the power of the Unions.… Continues …

Three parties - One choice.

— Filed under: Politics & Government, People & Culture, Opinion
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Last week, Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg made a speech to the Liberal Democrat Party in Liverpool, outlining all of the success that the party has already brought to Britain in the last 5 months, and the successes he aims to accomplish over the next 5 years.

Within this speech he claimed to be challenging political convention and tradition.  He claimed to have reversed the situation whereby the rich pay less in tax than the poor.   He has stated that the current government have guaranteed OAP's a decent increase in pensions.

Excellent speech.  Real hearts and minds stuff.  You could win a lot of votes with this rhetoric, and that's exactly what he did. So many votes that he effectively choose the majority of the Government, when he made a deal with The Conservatives.   Now its time for Nick Clegg to start delivering on his promises, because despite the speech, it seems that The Liberal Democrats are just another party.  Joining The Tories and Labour in a game of Bluff, but  presenting no options and blinded by their own lies.  Mr Clegg claims to be the leader of a party that promises to bring something new.  What's new Nick?… Continues …

Either we go into Space or we go extinct

— Filed under: Science & Technology, Opinion

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A couple of months ago world renowned Astrophysicist Stephen Hawking said "It is important for the human race to spread out into space for the survival of the species, Life on Earth is at the ever-increasing risk of being wiped out by a disaster, such as sudden global warming, nuclear war, a genetically engineered virus or other dangers we have not yet thought of."

This did get some media attention however it seems to me that people in general could not care less about looking at the long term future of man and space exploration. We have not even been to the moon since the 70's and now the Space shuttle program is closing down with nothing yet developed to replace it. Going to the moon and then losing the will to plant a colony will almost certainly be remembered as the moment our civilization failed. It would be like Moses leading his people to the Promised Land, them looking over the mountain and saying, "Nah, too hard we are going back to Egypt."… Continues …

BP: American Double Standards?

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BP's Tony Hayward

It hasn't been a good time for BP CEO Tony Hayward, who has spent the last few weeks grovelling abjectly on television while being described in The New York Daily News as 'the most hated – and clueless – man in America'. BP has been the subject of protests in many cities, with protesters waving placards proclaiming 'BP=bad polluter' and 'fubp'.

President Obama, stung into action by criticism of his approach has weighed into the situation with unusually bullish language. Being quoted as trying to find out "whose ass to kick", he has given the green light to criminal proceedings to be brought against the BP board for the mass murder of the eleven rig workers, and has called for BP to be banned from giving dividends to its shareholders.

The President of the world's largest polluter and energy consumer, which consumes 25% of global energy with 5% of the world's population, has called the spillage "an affront to the American people".… Continues …

Gun Spree in Northern England Raises Questions

— Filed under: Breaking News, People & Culture
Google StreetView: Home and Taxi of Derrick Bird
Derrick Bird's home and taxi

It is with a heavy heart that I bring to your attention another unforeseeable and utterly pointless mass murder in the UK. Derrick Bird, a self-employed taxi driver from Cumbria, Northern England went on a rampage that lasted around 3 hours and ended with the gunman taking his own life. 12 people have been killed and several others injured. To read the full story click here.

This is the third mass shooting in the UK. In 1987 Michael Ryan shot and killed 16 people and injured another 15 in Hungerford, Berkshire and in 1996 Thomas Hamilton gunned down 16 children and their teacher at their school in Dunblane, Perthshire.

The Dunblane tragedy led to a campaign to tighten gun controls and succeeded in making it illegal to buy or own a handgun.… Continues …

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