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Britons mark Thatcher's death by remembering all the evil she did that led world to where it is today

Comment: Although the atmosphere is indeed 'celebratory', take note of what the revellers are actually saying: Margaret Thatcher, as representative of a fundamentalist neo-liberal ideology masking rampant greed, opened the gates of hell in 1979 for millions of people, and not just in Britain. Once the US followed suit, thanks to Reagan's implementation of Friedman's schizoidal ideas the following year, greed and destruction metastasised on a global scale and today we see the direct consequences: a planet that is on the brink.

Che Guevara

People power! British society planning public parties to celebrate death of Mad Maggie

© George Henton/Barcroft MediaRevellers mark Margaret Thatcher's death in Brixton, south London.
Parties to be held across the UK including in Trafalgar Square, scene of poll tax riots

While many were mourning the passing of Margaret Thatcher, others were planning celebrations for the day of her funeral. Many have called for a pre-funeral gathering at Trafalgar Square on Saturday to mark her death with revelry.

Facebook pages were linking to a leftwing site where a party to mark Thatcher's death had been proposed since 2004, urging people to turn up from 6pm on Saturday in Trafalgar Square, where the most violent poll tax riots took place in 1990.

The post on the leftwing website Indy Media calls for people to gather on the first Saturday after Thatcher's death. It states: "We all know it can't be long now - and when Margaret Thatcher dies its party time! On the first Saturday after Margaret Thatcher dies, Class War is calling a mass party to start at 6pm, in Trafalgar Square, scene of the most famous riot against her policies! Whether or not you want to reminisce about the good old days of rioting against the poll tax, to toast old friends who fought Thatcherism, or just want to celebrate the death of the most reviled woman in Britain, we hope to see you there. Bring your champagne, fireworks, party clothes and yourselves!"

Comment: For anyone wondering what the Poll Tax Riots of London in 1990 looked like...

Bizarro Earth

Former Tennessee politician arrested for masturbating out car window while going 90 MPH

A former Tennessee politician was arrested and charged with indecent exposure after he allegedly masturbated out his car window while driving 90 mph on Interstate 26 earlier this year. Apparently this is not a new multi-tasking endeavor for the former Mount Carmel vice mayor - the charges mirror complaints made him against him several years ago that were never fully investigated. And now he's facing up to all of them.

William Lee Blakely was charged with one count of indecent exposure after a female motorist alleged that he "fondled himself" and made obscene gestures while they drove next to one another on the highway.

Now that he's been arrested for the charges, several women have come out to testify about similar stories in the past. "It seems that every victim would tell the same story. But I knew all the victims did not know each other," Kingsport Police Detective Terry Christian told WJHL.

According to each of the women testifying, Blakely's high-speed masturbation super fun time started out the same: he'd wave to get the drivers' attention, escalating to a honk, and then partially crossing over into their lanes.

Eye 2

Man kills 13 people in Serbian shooting spree

© AP Photo/Darko VojinovicSerbian police officers guard houses in the village of Velika Ivanca, Serbia, Tuesday, April 9, 2013
He went from house to house in the village at dawn, cold-bloodedly gunning down his mother, his son, a 2-year-old cousin and 10 other neighbors. Terrified residents said if a police patrol car hadn't shown up, they all would have been dead.

Police said they knew of no motive yet in the carnage Tuesday that left six men, six women and a child dead in Velika Ivanca, a Serbian village 50 kilometers (30 miles) southeast of Belgrade.

After the rampage, police said suspect Ljubisa Bogdanovic, a 60-year-old who saw action in one of the bloodiest sieges of the Balkan wars, turned his gun on himself and his wife as authorities closed in. Both were in grave condition at a hospital in the Serbian capital.

In the small lush village surrounded by fruit trees, the suspect's older brother Radmilo broke down in tears, unable to explain why the massacre had happened.

"Why did he do it? ... I still can't believe it," he said sobbing, covering his face with his hands. "He was a model of honesty."


More than 101 million working age Americans do not have a job

The jobs recovery is a complete and total myth. The percentage of the working age population in the United States that had a job in March 2013 was exactly the same as it was all the way back in March 2010. In addition, as you will see below, there are now more than 101 million working age Americans that do not have a job. But even though the employment level in the United States has consistently remained very low over the past three years, the Obama administration keeps telling us that unemployment is actually going down.

In fact, they tell us that the unemployment rate has declined from a peak of 10.0% all the way down to 7.6%. And they tell us that in March the unemployment rate fell by 0.1% even though only 88,000 jobs were added to the U.S. economy. But it takes at least 125,000 new jobs a month just to keep up with population growth. So how in the world are they coming up with these numbers? Well, the reality is that the entire decline in the unemployment rate over the past three years can be accounted for by the reduction in size of the labor force. In other words, the Obama administration is getting unemployment to go down by pretending that millions upon millions of unemployed Americans simply do not want jobs anymore. We saw this once again in March. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 600,000 Americans dropped out of the labor market during that month alone. That pushed the labor force participation rate down to 63.3%, which is the lowest it has been in more than 30 years. So please don't believe the hype. The sad truth is that there has been no jobs recovery whatsoever.

If things were getting better, there would not be more than 101 million working age Americans without a job.

So exactly where does that statistic come from? Well, the following explains where I got that number...

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 11,742,000 working age Americans that are officially unemployed.

Bizarro Earth

Man dressed as Cookie Monster charged with endangering a child, reckless endangerment

© msn.comA man in a Cookie Monster costume was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child in an incident on Sunday in NYC's Times Square.
A man in a Cookie Monster outfit was arrested in Times Square and accused of pushing 2-year-old Samay Kurada.

Osvaldo Quiroz-Lopez, 33, from Queens, N.Y., was charged with endangering a child, reckless endangerment, and aggressive begging in a public place, according to police.

"Even without my permission, he just comes and picks up Samay," Samay's mother, Parmita Kurada, from Stamford, Conn., told ABC affiliate WABC.

After Kurada's son posed for a picture with the costumed character, Quiroz-Lopez allegedly cursed and screamed at Kurada, while her husband left them to go to an ATM to tip Quiroz-Lopez for the photo.

The situation escalated when Quiroz-Lopez apparently pushed the stroller and shoved the toddler.


Brooklyn bills cyclist $1,200 for damage to police car that struck him

Justin Johnsen
© William MillerGimme a break: Justin Johnsen with the $1,263 bill he got after a cop car hit him.
New York - The city added a thousand-dollar insult to an already painful injury when it demanded that a Brooklyn cyclist pay for damage to the police car that struck and sent him flying.

"I think it's preposterous," said Justin Johnsen, 31, who received the $1,263.01 bill from the city last month for the Nov. 5 accident on Flushing Avenue that left him with deep cuts that required stitches.

"I was upset. I was in kind of disbelief that they were going to send this letter after four months or so and ask me to pay damages for their vehicle, when they hit me when I was on a bicycle," added Johnsen, who was not ticketed for the crash.

The case is at least the third in recent months in which the city has billed people for damages to police cars that hit people.

And after The Post made inquiries about Johnsen's case, it became at least the third time the city abruptly dropped such a stunning demand for money.

"They should be sending an apology letter instead of a bill," fumed lawyer Daniel Flanzig, who took the case pro bono after learning that the city was threatening to sue Johnsen if he didn't cough up the cash.


Spontaneous celebrations erupt across UK following death of Margaret Thatcher

© Danny E. Martindale/Getty ImagesPeople in Brixton, south London celebrate the death of Margaret Thatcher.
Several hundred people gathered in south London on Monday evening to celebrate Margaret Thatcher's death with cans of beer, pints of milk and an impromptu street disco playing the soundtrack to her years in power.

Young and old descended on Brixton, a suburb which weathered two outbreaks of rioting during the Thatcher years. Many expressed jubilation that the leader they loved to hate was no more; others spoke of frustration that her legacy lived on.

To cheers of "Maggie Maggie Maggie, dead dead dead," posters of Thatcher were held aloft as reggae basslines pounded.

Clive Barger, a 62-year-old adult education tutor, said he had turned out to mark the passing of "one of the vilest abominations of social and economic history".

He said: "It is a moment to remember. She embodied everything that was so elitist in terms of repressing people who had nothing. She presided over a class war."

Alarm Clock

Amanda Knox retrial: don't forget Meredith Kercher this time

Ahead of Amanda Knox's retrial, David Barrett charts the media and general public's fascination by women who transgress - often at the expense of the victim - particularly if they kill, or are accused of doing so.
Amanda Knox, Meredith Kercher
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The impending retrial for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher fills many court-watchers with dread, myself included.

Details of the crime are horrific enough. But during the lengthy court processes which we have already witnessed, my discomfort was intensified by the obsession with Amanda Knox.

The photogenic young American, now 25, was convicted and then acquitted of the 2007 murder. She received more sympathy than most suspects who have ever stood in the dock on such a serious charge.

The media pack which followed the Italian trial would often comment on Knox's apparent frailty; the "stress" she was suffering or whether she looked "pale". It made me gag.

Eye 1

India use drones to protect rhinos from poachers

Gauhati, India - Wildlife authorities are using aerial drones to oversee a sprawling natural game park in northeastern India to protect the one-horned rhinoceros from armed poachers.

Security officers conducted flights of the unmanned aircraft over the Kaziranga National Park on Monday and will fly drones at regular intervals to prevent rampant poaching in the park in the remote Indian state of Assam.

The drones are equipped with cameras and will be monitored by security guards, who find it difficult to guard the whole 480-square kilometer (185-square mile) reserve.

"Regular operations of the unmanned aerial vehicles will begin once we get the nod of the Indian defense ministry," said Rokybul Hussain, the state's forest and environment minister.