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Knife and other weapons crimes on the rise in England and Wales -- government vows action

knife crime protest
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A sign at an anti-knives march in London in December organised by the Tashan Daniel Campaign. Daniel, 20, was fatally stabbed at a tube station in September.
The number of knife or offensive weapon offences receiving cautions or convictions in England and Wales has hit a 10-year-high.

In the year ending September 2019, the criminal justice system dealt with 22,286 knife and offensive weapon offences, a 3% increase on the previous year and the highest number since 2009 when 26,364 were recorded.

The increase was driven by a rise in the number of cautions or convictions for offences involving possession of an article with a blade or point.

Offenders are now more likely to receive an immediate custodial sentence for a knife and offensive weapon offence, and sentences are getting longer, according to the Ministry of Justice data.

Gold Coins

Swedes vote climate policy biggest waste of tax payer money in 2019

Greta Thunberg
© AP Photo/Jason DeCrow
The Swedish public has voted that climate change spending has been the biggest waste of taxpayer money in 2019, according to a poll by the Swedish Taxpayers' Association.

The Taxpayers' Association released the results of their annual wasteful spending poll earlier this week, declaring that climate policy had been the biggest waste of money, largely due to the fact that despite the spending, emissions in Sweden had actually slightly increased.

In 2014, the Swedish national government spent 5.2 billion Swedish krona (£419 million/$547 million), a number that has more than doubled to 12.6 billion krona (£1 billion/$1.3 billion) for the planned 2020 budget.

Gold Bar

Peter Schiff: Americans are in for a rude awakening

Peter Sciff on RT
On Jan. 13, Peter Schiff appeared on RT Boom Bust with Bubba Horwitz to talk about the yuan, the dollar, the stock market and the US economy. Peter said the dollar is eventually going to collapse and it's going to be a rude awakening for Americans.

The Chinese yuan has been gaining strength against the dollar in recent weeks, in part because of optimism that there will eventually be a resolution to the trade war. But the Chinese currency is still over 17% lower than it was when the US imposed its first tariffs. Does this mean the markets are cautiously positioning for a deal, or is there still skepticism about the phase 1 deal? Peter focused on the bigger picture.

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TV

CNN, Warren's sexism jibe against Sanders backfires as #CNNisTrash trends on Twitter

Bernie Sanders
© Patrick Semansky | AP
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., answers a question, Jan. 14, 2020, during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register in Des Moines, Iowa.
The top three trends on Twitter Wednesday morning across the United States were #CNNisTrash, #NeverWarren, and #WarrenIsaSnake.

CNN has been widely criticized for its perceived bias in moderating yesterday's Democratic presidential debate in Iowa. With just three weeks before the first primaries, six leading candidates descended upon Des Moines last night to take part. But, as with previous debates, much of the public discussion centered on the organization, framing and bias of the organizers and moderators.

CNN asked Bernie Sanders, the most left-leaning of the candidates, if he thought he "owed voters an explanation" on how much his health plan would cost them and demanded to know "how will he avoid bankrupting the country" when implementing Medicare for All. Meanwhile, on trade, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren was questioned about a new deal with Canada and Mexico and asked "why is Sanders' opposition to it wrong," giving her a puff question with which to undermine Sanders.

Comment: That such a desperate move from the Warren camp backfired so spectacularly is hardly surprising. However, Sanders seems to have bigger problems than slander at the moment, as Project Veritas has released undercover video of one of his campaigners calling for violence and 're-education' of Trump supporters in Gulags. This has the real potential to take Bernie down, as the mainstream American public are sure to be upset by the idea that one of the Presidential candidates is associated with far-left radicals. See: Project Veritas - Bernie campaigner dreams of slaying MSNBC hosts: 'Liberals get the f***ing wall first'


Syringe

Tyranny averted, for now: Bill to end religious exemptions for vaccinations collapses in NJ

vaccine protesters
© Michelle Gustafson for The New York Times
Protesters who are against ending a religious exemption for school vaccinations demonstrated on Monday outside the State House in Trenton, N.J.
The proposal had been one of the nation's broadest, but it came under intense criticism from vaccine skeptics.

It began as one of the nation's broadest proposed bans on religious exemptions to childhood vaccines.

But after weeks of sustained and boisterous protests by vaccine skeptics, as well as a last-minute effort to amend the proposed bill to win the support of key lawmakers, the effort collapsed on Monday in the New Jersey State Senate.

The Senate president, Stephen M. Sweeney, maintained that science, not protesters, would eventually emerge victorious.

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Birthday Cake

Martin Luther King's 91st birthday: A reminder of an existential choice still undecided

martin luther king
The world marches forward into the new year with a mix of hope and trepidation. The words of Martin Luther King who warned in his final days the universal truth that either we commit to "nonviolent coexistence or violent coannihilation" ring as true today as they did when they were spoken in 1968. In that speech, King stated prophetically that "this may well be mankind's last chance to choose between chaos and community".

Had Martin Luther King not been gunned down on the balcony of the Loraine Motel just at the very moment when he was leading a transformation of the civil rights movement into a global movement for economic justice and also resisting the Vietnam War (which today's Middle East wars are but an extension), the world might have become a very different place.

Unfortunately, a government conspiracy run by the same forces that had already killed Malcolm X and JFK earlier (and soon would also murder Bobby Kennedy) did snuff out the life of King. His spirit, however, has proven to be more resilient than his enemies ever could have dreamed. In spite of decades of effort to destroy the better soul of America that Martin died to defend, the structures of the deep state which overtook America after 1968 stand increasingly weak, insecure and exposed as ever... but not less dangerous, as witnessed by the current efforts to impose a new regime change in Iran and nuclear war with both Russia and China.

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Eye 1

Three arrested at Pearl Harbor's main gate after live mortar round spotted in vehicle

Pearl Harbor Military Base
Three civilians were arrested at Hawaii's Joint Base Pearl-Harbor-Hickam after a security guard spotted a live mortar round in a vehicle waiting to enter the main gate late Tuesday, military officials said.

The guard at the main Nimitz Gate had ordered the vehicle to turn around when he detected the smell of marijuana and saw the ordnance in plain sight, according to spokesman Charles Anthony. The vehicle was attempting to enter the base without authorization.

An Explosive Ordnance Disposal team safely removed the round that Anthony described as "an explosive device" and "a deadly weapon." He said no firing device was found in the car and it is unknown how the men obtained the device.

Anthony said the round could be modified and triggered by something other than a traditional mortar tube, but no detonation system was found in the vehicle.

Alarm Clock

1,200 French doctors collectively quit administrative posts in protest over salaries, budgets

France doctors quit

Medical administrators and physicians hold a press conference to announce the mass resignation
About 1,200 French doctors working in public hospitals have announced their intention to collectively resign from administrative posts if the French Minister of Health does not start negotiations on the budget and salaries of hospital staff. They said so in an open letter, published on Monday January 13 in the publication Liberation.

"The hospital system must be reformed, but it is impossible to carry out a major reform without investing", underline authors of the letter, including more than 600 heads of departments from different hospitals.

Comment: Macron is well on his way to losing control of the country:


TV

Pro-regime change Iranian 'aerospace analyst' tweets 'exclusive' video of shoot down of jet, writes book on Ukrainian airforce

babak
Wanting to know more about the PS752 flight allegedly losing its own ASD-B /GPS signal and leaving the civilian air corridor by some metres and being unable to identify itself, I was on some pilot forum looking for information. On the pilot forum there was discussion of how there was an Iranian commando base just 4 miles NE of the flight path; PS752 seemed to be assigned to PAROT 2, the SID when flying out of IKA. The plane just before being shot had for some reason turned back towards the airport. Crash site: 35°33'42.71″N 51°6'11.98″E.

The pilot forum says one "Babak Taghvaee" got it right from the beginning, even had the photos of the missile head etc. Before the formal admission came from the Iran military. In fact Babak's twitter feed claims he forced the admission from the Iranian military. On January 7, the FAA already banned US airlines from flying through Iran's airspace and most airlines were rerouting flights away from Iran/Iraq airspace even if it meant higher fuel costs. There were lots of articles on that. Iran's air defenses immediately after their missile attack on US bases in Iraq were on a state of high alert, similar to 9/11 following the planes hitting the Pentagon and Twin Towers. They were expecting a US reprisal and their chain of command was in a decentralized defensive mode.

Comment: He somehow got this exclusive today: more CCTV footage of the UA plane hit, this one showing TWO missiles being fired at it:


Sputnik reports on the newly emerged footage 'verified' by the NYT:
Newly-released video, reportedly verified on Tuesday by the New York Times, reveals two missiles launched on on 8 January allegedly from an Iranian military base in Tehran that targeted the Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) craft, moments before it was destroyed in mid-flight, killing all on board. The video, purportedly recorded by a security camera located on a roof near the village of Bidkaneh, four miles from an Iranian military site, was initially posted to YouTube by an Iranian, according to the newspaper.
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Candle

Missing teenager Harley Dilly found dead inside the chimney of a vacant home

Police

Port Clinton Police Department officers search for Harley Dilly, 14, who has been missing since Dec. 20, 2019, in Port Clinton, Ohio.
Almost four weeks after 14-year-old Harley Dilly disappeared while walking to school, officials in Port Clinton, Ohio, said his body was found trapped inside the chimney of a vacant home.

Dilly left his home on Dec. 20 to go to his last day of school at Port Clinton High School before the holiday break. He never arrived.

Port Clinton Police Department Chief Robert J. Hickman tried not to break down in tears during a press conference on Tuesday where he announced that Dilly was dead. "This appears to be an accident, no foul play expected," said Hickman.

Investigators re-canvassed the area on Monday and decided to search the summer home that was under renovations. "There is no evidence of forced entry. Since there is a lockbox and anyone can go in and out of the house, we went inside to check the house," said Hickman.