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UK: Young jobseekers told to work without pay or lose unemployment benefits

People taking up work experience places - providing up to 30 hours a week of unpaid labour - face losing benefits if they quit

unemployment
© David Sillitoe for the Guardian
Cait Reilly, who is currently completing three weeks at Poundland, working five hours a day.
Britain's jobless young people are being sent to work for supermarkets and budget stores for up to two months for no pay and no guarantee of a job, the Guardian can reveal.

Under the government's work experience programme young jobseekers are exempted from national minimum wage laws for up to eight weeks and are being offered placements in Tesco, Poundland, Argos, Sainsbury's and a multitude of other big-name businesses.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) says that if jobseekers "express an interest" in an offer of work experience they must continue to work without pay, after a one-week cooling-off period or face having their benefits docked.

Young people have told the Guardian that they are doing up to 30 hours a week of unpaid labour and have to be available from 9am to 10pm.

Comment: Modern day slavery by virtue of the intricacies of bureaucracy and for the benefit of big business, is what this is.


Pistol

UK: Investigators find NO forensic evidence that man whose death triggered riots was holding gun

Mark Duggan
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Investigators have found no forensic evidence that Mark Duggan was armed when shot by police in Tottenham on 4 August.
The investigation into the death of Mark Duggan has found no forensic evidence that he was carrying a gun when he was shot dead by police on 4 August, the Guardian has learned.

A gun collected by Duggan earlier in the day was recovered 10 to 14 feet away, on the other side of a low fence from his body. He was killed outside the vehicle he was travelling in, after a police marksman fired twice.

The new details raise questions about the official version of events. The shooting triggered some of the worst riots in modern British history, which began in Tottenham, north London, in response to the treatment of the Duggan family. The investigation into Duggan's death is being carried out by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), but the Guardian has learned new details of the shooting, and a much more complex picture than first revealed is emerging.

Comment: Now the picture becomes clearer. It seems that the riots were not simply about teenagers looting for a pair of shoes, but about the local community's justified anger.


Attention

US: Subsidies for The Rich and Famous

Sen. Tom Coburn
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Dear Taxpayer,

Americans are facing tough times. Millions are still out of work. Wages remain stagnant, while health care costs, tuition, and other household cost continue to rise. Many homeowners owe more for their houses than they are worth.

With families across the country struggling to make ends meet during these economically trying times, many are left with few options so they are turning to the government - some very reluctantly - for assistance. The government safety net has been cast far and wide, with almost half of all American households now receiving some form of government assistance. But most taxpayers will be asking why when they learn who is receiving what.

From tax write-offs for gambling losses, vacation homes, and luxury yachts to subsidies for their ranches and estates, the government is subsidizing the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Multimillionaires are even receiving government checks for not working. This welfare for the well-off - costing billions of dollars a year - is being paid for with the taxes of the less fortunate, many who are working two jobs just to make ends meet, and IOUs to be paid off by future generations.

This is not an accidental loophole in the law. To the contrary, this reverse Robin Hood style of wealth redistribution is an intentional effort to get all Americans bought into a system where everyone appears to benefit.

"Everybody can have a free lunch," explains Howard Leikert, supervisor of school nutrition programs for the Michigan Department of Education, where a new federal program is providing all students, regardless of their families' incomes, free school meals in select areas.

But not everyone can have a free lunch. Ultimately someone must pay for each of the lunches being given away. Furthermore, not everyone needs a free lunch. The real result of serving everyone a piece of the pie is less is leftover for those truly in need.

Vader

US drones execute two innocent British men in Pakistan

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Whacked for being Muslim and within range of a US Predator Drone: Ibrahim Adam, 24
Pair, both Muslims from east London, believed to have been killed in separate incidents in the South Waziristan region

Two young British men have been killed in US drone strikes against suspected militants in Pakistan's tribal belt, according to reports from the country. The pair, both Muslims from London, are reported to have been killed in separate drone strikes two weeks apart in South Waziristan.

One of the men has been named as Ibrahim Adam, 24, who fled from the UK with his brother four years ago, while both were the subject of control orders. The second is said to be Mohammed Azmer Khan, 38, the brother of another British Muslim, Abdul Jabbar, who was killed in a drone attack last year.

The Foreign Office was unable to confirm the deaths on Friday but said: "We are aware of reports and looking into them further."

Adam's father said: "We can confirm that we have heard that our son has been killed in a drone strike."

Che Guevara

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi captured in Libya

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Saif al-Islam Gaddafi after his capture, his fingers wrapped in bandages and his legs covered with a blanket.
Interim Tripoli government says son of Muammar Gaddafi was arrested while attempting to flee to neighbouring Niger

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the fugitive son of Libya's deceased former dictator, has been arrested in southern Libya, according to officials from the country's new government.

Libyan state TV reported that Saif has arrived in captivity and unhurt at an army base in the town of Zintan, 90 miles south-west of Tripoli.

Muammar Gaddafi's second and highest-profile son was captured along with several bodyguards by fighters near the town of Obari in Libya's southern desert, said the interim justice minister and other officials.

Saif was said to be in good health, according to the justice minister Mohammed al-Alagi.

"We have arrested Saif al-Islam Gaddafi in [the] Obari area," the minister told Reuters.

Comment:
"I read the thesis, I examined him with an examiner, he defended his thesis very, very thoroughly. He had nobody else present, and I don't think there's any reason to think he didn't do it himself."
~ Meghnad Jagdishchandra Desai, Indian-born British economist and Professor Emeritus of the London School of Economics.


Yoda

Jesse Ventura on the Fascist States of America: This is not the country I was born in and it's certainly not the country I want to die in

Former judge Andrew Napolitano talks to former wrestling champion and Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura on Fox News show Freedom Watch. Ventura tells Americans they better wake up to the police state they're living in. His lawsuit against the TSA was thrown out earlier this month. Listen to Ventura explain what that means for Americans.


Cult

French government encourages doctors to report suspicious and cultish behaviour of alternative and traditional therapists

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The French state's official coat of arms during its collaboration with the Fourth Reich: perhaps it should be reinstated today? France under the MIVILUDES is heading in the same direction as Vichy France.
The war declared against 'cults' in France has today evolved into war against non-conventional medical therapies (so-called 'soft', 'parallel' or alternative therapies and practices). MIVILUDES ["an acronym for the French-language phrase Mission interministérielle de vigilance et de lutte contre les dérives sectaires, i.e. 'Interministerial Mission for Monitoring and Combatting Cultic Deviances'" - Wiki] is officially incorporated into the state apparatus in France (bridging the justice, interior and health ministries), and is now asking physicians to alert the French government to any and all "suspect situations".

Repressive measures (in the form of the GATPNCT) taken against alternative therapies was today passed into law with lightning speed, putting into place a "technical support group on non-conventional approaches to therapeutic aims", designed to facilitate "the politics of struggle against non-conventional practices with dangerous therapeutic aims". After announcing its intention to forbid the Hamer method and 'Total Biology', a science about the connection between diseases and the underlying stress causing them, the French government, at the instigation of the MIVILUDES, now invites physicians to "denounce all suspect situations".

In other words, all forms of nursing, whether conducted by a physician or not, if practiced in accordance with an alternative therapeutic mode the French Academy of Medicine doesn't agree with, can be subject to denouncement henceforth. This is in fact already being practiced, but now it is officially being encouraged.

This medieval practice was generally believed to have been banished following the horrors of the Last War...
The MIVILUDES is preparing a guide on 'cultish behaviour' in healthcare for practitioners which will be ready in early 2012. A report will be dedicated to this theme in the January-February 2012 edition of the Bulletin of the Order of Physicians.

Gear

The Mysterious Death of Ahmad Rezaee: Whodunit?

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Ahmad Rezaei
Ahmad Rezaee (31) an Iranian national was found dead on November 12, on the floor of room 23 on the 18th floor of Gloria Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai.

When discovered, he had already been dead for three days, with a copy of the Holy Koran laid out next to his body. Unconfirmed reports indicate that there was a slit on his left wrist. Since the deceased was a healthy young man, the Dubai Police could declare the death a suicide, and move on.

Then came the discovery that turned the routine police investigation into potentially, a quintessential twilight zone espionage case: Ahmad Rezaee was not just an Iranian citizen, he had a pedigree. He was the son of Mohsen Rezaee, the Secretary of the Expediency Discernment Council of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Before taking that office the senior Rezaee was the Chief Commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps for 16 years.

Comment: The author shouldn't be so quick to dismiss Mossad's role in Ahmad Rezaee's death. After all, on September 10, 2001, the Army School of Advanced Military Studies issued a report written by elite US army officers, which was made public just prior to 9/11. The report gave the following description for the Mossad: "Wildcard. Ruthless and cunning. Has capability to target US forces and make it look like a Palestinian/Arab act." And staging a suicide is like walking in the park for the Israeli psychopathic assassins.


Gear

Misleading study that demonstates US's growing hysteria: More than half of people arrested for Islamic terrorist activities were American citizens

Sixty percent of people arrested for Islamic terrorist activities between January 2009 and April 2011 were American citizens, according to a new report from Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. The study of 104 people who were arrested included U.S. and non-U.S. citizens living in America or abroad.

The report, "Analyzing the Islamic Extremist Phenomenon in the United States: A Study of Recent Activity," was authored by Joan Neuhaus Schaan, fellow in homeland security at the Baker Institute. Jessica Phillips, an intern with the Baker Institute's homeland security and terrorism program, provided research support for the study.

Using data from international and U.S. news reports, general Internet media, public records and official court documents, the researchers set out in November 2010 to analyze information on the status of Islamic extremism in the United States. They also looked at some of the unanswered questions raised by U.S. Rep. Peter King's Committee on Homeland Security hearing, "The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and That Community's Response." King, R-N.Y., and chair of the committee, held the hearing March 10, 2011.

Comment: Interesting how US appears to have the highest percentage of "Islamic terrorists". Does it mean that US is under immediate Muslim terror threat, or perhaps it indicates that Homeland Security and Co. have an invested interest in making it so?

Consider the following article by Joe Quinn: Creating Reality And The "War On Terror" - A 'How To' Guide


Bad Guys

Did Olympus Get in Bed with the Yakuza to Hide its Losses?

Yazuka
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Strange bedfellows.

As if a news story involving the covering up of $1.5 billion dollars and the firing of an outspoken British CEO wasn't juicy enough, we learnt today that the Japan's notorious crime syndicates, better known as the yakuza, might just be involved in the Olympus corporate accounting scandal.

As I reported last week, Olympus president Shuichi Takayama recently came out to admit that his company had covered up $1.5 billion in investment losses by acuiquring several firms at very high prices, and then booking impairment losses a year later when those firms' values plunged, thereby transferring its investment losses into drops in corporate valuations.

However, as the New York Times reports, there is more to the story as the Tokyo police and the prosecutor's office are now investigating the possibility that the endoscope maker, a key competitor to Canon and Kodak, paid the yakuza exorbitant sums of money to also somehow hide investment losses, which are now suspected to be much higher than the $1.5 billion figure that was previously reported.