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26-09-2014 10:16
Doomwatch is the best show around

31-05-2014 09:13
Missed you this week.. Happy Birthday Alex for Sunday. you misunderstood my text last week as I meanth a local broadcast audience. ie Local Bar or suchlike

04-11-2013 00:50
Fantastic first show Alex and great to hear Patrick Henningsen again

03-04-2013 21:37
Good guest this week. When is someone going to knock on the Royals' door???

20-03-2013 21:40
pass the parcel lol

Doomwatch 18 - Scott Tips - Codex Alimentarius and an Open House Session

Doomwatch 18 - Scott Tips - Codex Alimentarius and an Open House Session

Friday 7 March 2014, 6.00pm-8.00pm GMT on Peterborough FM - you are invited to join host alex:g, Text Jockey Lexy Manning and Voice-Of-The-Visuals Tom Mutiny for this 18th edition of DOOMWATCH. This week, we are trying something different. Hour one we will have special guest Scott Tips of the National Health Federation joining us, with an update on the dreaded Codex Alimentarius commission. Then in hour two, it's an 'Open House' session where YOU can help influence the subjects that are covered LIVE via text, email and shoutboxes. Don't forget, you are now not only able to listen in to DOOMWATCH, but you can also see the show, in-vision, via www.ukcolumn.org/doomwatch

The National Health Federation is an international non-profit, consumer-education, health-freedom organisation working to protect individuals' rights to choose to consume healthy food, take supplements, and use alternative therapies without government restrictions. The Federation is unique as being the only one accredited to attend and speak out at meetings of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, the highest international body on food standards.

On the eve of the Codex Committee on Food Additives, 17-21 March in Hong Kong, China, we ask why we should be concerned about the decisions of this group. Amongst the items on their agenda this time are “Grape wines”, “Milk and butter milk (plain)”, “Dairy-based drinks, flavoured and/or fermented (e.g. chocolate milk, cocoa, eggnog, drinking yoghurt, whey-based drink)”, and the provisions for selected sweeteners.

 

NEWS HEADLINES

Will Codex and the Drug Companies Raid the Spice Rack to Steal Your Eyesight?

Culinary Indian spices are rising superheroes of the nutritional World. They are commonly available high-profile healers of the highest order. But if history repeats itself, we can anticipate a raid on powerful molecules found in your spice rack, turning them into drugs available only by prescription or subject to unnecessary regulation. This is one of the reasons the National Health Federation (NHF) opposes Senator Dick Durbin’s Dietary Supplement Act – in this case, to protect manufacturers who encapsulate spices in therapeutic formulations designed to heal serious eye disease and more. As Codex Alimentarius has decided to add a new committee to its roster with the Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs (CCSCH) in February 2014, the potential for unnecessary regulatory control has the NHF concerned.

Curcumin is the main curcuminoid of the popular Indian spice turmeric, which is currently enjoying exalted status as a true panacea for modern-day ills as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antitumor spice.  Zeaxanthin-rich saffron, the most expensive of spices at £300 a pound, is a proven star in both the Eastern and Western healing traditions for treating macular degeneration. It takes nearly 150 flowers to produce a single gram of dried saffron threads. Even ordinary rosemary is being touted as one of the healing modalities for the potentially blinding diseases of macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa.

The threat is not only drug companies lobbying to regulate common, but powerfully healing, kitchen spices but irradiation is an issue as well, which lowers the nutritional content of foods. India is having a problem currently with a lack of integrity in the cleanliness of their spices. Like China, once you gain a reputation for releasing impure product in world trade, you are forever suspect. They are wise to adopt standards and guidelines in many respects if they wish to increase their economy by trading globally. This could have been achieved apart from Codex, however, and should have been achieved nationally. But they have adopted this course and the National Health Federation intends to have a say in how it’s managed as we see the potential pitfalls and loss of control of healing spices currently labelled “culinary.”

http://www.thenhf.com/article.php?id=3671

 

 

 

Meat And Cheese 'As Bad For You As Smoking'

A high-protein diet during middle age could make you almost twice as likely to die early and four times more likely to die of cancer, a study has suggested. Researchers from the University of Southern Carolina found those between the age of 50 and 65 who ate large amounts of protein were 74% more likely to die of any cause within the study period.

They also found those with a diet rich in animal proteins were four times more likely to die of cancer than someone with a low-protein diet - a mortality risk factor comparable to smoking - and several times more likely to die of diabetes. But the study, which tracked 6,318 adults over the age of 50 for almost 20 years, goes on to suggest a moderate protein intake could be good for those over the age of 65. Those behind the research, published in journal Cell Metabolism, said protein controls the growth hormone IGF-I, which has been linked to cancer.

http://news.sky.com/story/1221039/meat-and-cheese-as-bad-for-you-as-smoking

 

HERD IMMUNITY: MYTH OR REALITY?

Even though endemic outbreaks of common childhood diseases, such as measles, have been eliminated in some regions after prolonged mass-vaccination efforts, we are still being constantly reminded that reducing vaccination coverage of children in a community poses the risk of a reimported disease outbreak with potentially dire consequences to infants and immuno-compromised individuals. 

We are also being persuaded that implementing strict vaccination compliance will prevent an outbreak and protect vaccine-ineligible infants via the herd-immunity effect. There is no question that a disease outbreak can happen in a non-immune community, if a virus gets there.  The real question is, how well can high-vaccination compliance ensure herd immunity and protect a community from an outbreak?

Herd immunity is not an immunologic idea, but rather an epidemiologic construct, which theoretically predicts successful disease control when a certain pre-calculated percentage of people in the population are immune from disease.

The biomedical belief that a vaccine-exempt child endangers society by not contributing to herd immunity is preposterous, because vaccinating every single child by the required schedule cannot maintain the desired herd immunity anyway.  It is time to let go of the bigotry against those seeking vaccination exemptions for their children.  Instead, we should turn our attention to the outcome of mass-vaccination campaigns that lies ahead.

Mass vaccination of children initially achieves rapid results in disease reduction through attempted viral eradication only because it hitch-hikes on top of the permanently immune majority of adults who acquired their real immunity naturally in the pre-vaccination era. The problem is, however, that the proportion of vaccinated but non-immune young adults is now growing, while the proportion of the older immune population is diminishing due to old age.  Thus, over time mass vaccination makes us lose rather than gain cumulative immunity in the adult population. 

Mass vaccination eventually ceases endemic disease outbreaks by removing virus circulation in the community, instead of inducing permanent immunity in the vaccinated.  However, viral diseases, although reduced in incidence in many countries, are not fully eradicated from all parts of the World.  A region-specific elimination of viral exposure by means of mass vaccination at the time when the virus is present globally is hardly good news. 

Prolonged mass childhood vaccination is a measure of disease control that with time makes our entire adult population (but more importantly infants) more and more defenceless against the incompletely eradicated virus, which can be easily re-imported.  Why do we then choose to put so much effort into a self-defeating public-health venture?

The medical establishment got it all in reverse: it is not vaccine-exempt children who endanger us all, it is the effects of prolonged mass-vaccination campaigns that have done so.  When would the medical establishment (and the media) start paying attention to the long-term consequences of mass-vaccination measures instead of hastily and unjustifiably blaming every outbreak on the unvaccinated?

http://www.thenhf.com/article.php?id=3672

 

MSG Proven Highly Toxic: 1 Dose Causes Headache In Healthy Subjects

Found everywhere as an additive in your food, new research has uncovered that this "flavor enhancer" is extremely toxic, causing a battery of adverse health effects within normal dietary ranges. A new study published in the Journal of Headache Pain reveals that a single intake of monosodium glutamate (MSG) produces headache in the majority of healthy subjects tested.

The results were as follows: Headache occurred in four times as many subjects during MSG compared to during placebo.  Salivary glutamate concentrations on Day 5 were elevated significantly. Pressure pain thresholds in masseter muscle were reduced (i.e. pain increased) by MSG on Day 2 and 5. Blood pressure was significantly elevated after MSG. Tolerance did not develop over 5 days of MSG intake.

Also, a wide range of side effects were observed to occur in much greater frequency in the MSG group, including: Sore Jaw; Nausea; Fatigue; Headache; Stomach Ache; Dizziness; and Chest Pressure.

This study has profound implications, insofar as the majority of packaged and prepared foods on the market today have either monosodium glutamate added, or a glutamate rich 'food concentrate' intended to model its flavor-enhancing effects, e.g. "hydrolyzed soy protein," "yeast extract," etc.

It is therefore nearly impossible to avoid it, unless you are eating a whole food based diet, or one where you are preparing your foods from scratch. For those suffering from the battery of health complaints listed above, MSG avoidance should be a vital part of your strategy to improve your health through diet.

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/msg-proven-highly-toxic-1-dose-causes-headache-healthy-subjects

 

Why Ginger Is A Diabetic's Best Friend

With the prevalence of type 2 diabetes expanding rapidly on a global scale, and an estimated 366 million expected to be diagnosed with the condition by 2030, ginger's potential to alleviate suffering is truly amazing. It is safe, affordable, accessible and, according to a growing body of clinical research, a potential therapeutic agent for diabetes associated health problems.

A new study on ginger's health benefits to type 2 diabetics published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine suggests that this household spice may provide millions suffering with the condition a natural alternative to diabetes medications – many of which have serious, even life threatening, side effects. This study follows closely on the heels of another, published in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, which showed that 1600 mg of ginger administered for 12 weeks improved 8 distinct markers of type 2 diabetes.

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/why-ginger-diabetics-best-friend

 

Why is There GMO Sugar In Salt??

This applies to ingredients found in iodized table salt, and should concern people who are serious about allergy-inducing ingredients or who are seeking a different eating style. There are a few reasons why sugar or corn-based dextrose is added to salt. Sally Fallon explains in Nourishing Traditions: “Most discussions of salt ignore the issue of salt processing. Few people realise that our salt is highly refined; it is the product of a chemical and high-temperature industrial process that removes all the valuable magnesium salts as well as trace minerals naturally occurring in the sea.

To keep salt dry, salt refiners adulterate this “pure” product with several harmful additives, including aluminium compounds. To replace the natural iodine salts that are removed during processing, potassium iodide is added in amounts that can be toxic.

To stabilize the volatile iodine compound, processors add dextrose which turns the iodized salt a purplish colour. A bleaching agent is then necessary to restore whiteness to the salt… Even most so-called sea salt is produced by industrial methods.”

When looking for salt please don't be fooled by companies who are trying to look natural or claim to come from the sea. Nutritious unprocessed salt with naturally occurring trace minerals is not white! It doesn't have added ingredients. It will be a different hue entirely, preferably pink or grey, and possibly brown or really off-white. If you want good iodine, add kelp while boiling dry beans - the beans will soak it up for you. Add kelp to soups as a way to "doctor" up your foods.

http://www.activistpost.com/2014/03/why-is-there-gmo-sugar-in-salt.html

 

8 Foods Even The Experts Won’t Eat

Clean eating means choosing fruits, vegetables, and meats that are raised, grown, and sold with minimal processing. Often they’re organic, and rarely (if ever) should they contain additives. But in some cases, the methods of today’s food producers are neither clean nor sustainable. The result is damage to our health, the environment, or both.

1. The Endocrinologist Won’t Eat: Canned Tomatoes

2. The Farmer Won’t Eat: Corn-Fed Beef

3. The Toxicologist Won’t Eat: Microwave Popcorn

4. The Farm Director Won’t Eat: Nonorganic Potatoes

5. The Fisheries Expert Won’t Eat: Farmed Salmon

6. The Cancer Researcher Won’t Drink: Milk Produced With Artificial Hormones

7. The Biotech Specialist Who Won’t Eat Convenional Soy: GMO Unfermented Soy

8. The Organic-Foods Expert Won’t Eat: Conventional Apples

http://www.getholistichealth.com/39297/8-foods-even-the-experts-wont-eat/

 

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage are to go head-to-head on BBC television in a debate on Britain's future in Europe.

The hour-long debate will be shown on BBC2 from 7pm on Wednesday, 2 April, and will be hosted by David Dimbleby. Mr Clegg's Liberal Democrats are the most pro-EU of the main parties at Westminster, while Mr Farage's UKIP advocates withdrawing from the EU.

They have been involved in a growing spat over the issue, ahead of May's European elections. Last month, Mr Farage accepted Mr Clegg's invitation to a televised "open debate" on whether the UK should stay in the EU.

The BBC said the televised debate would take place in front of an audience "selected by a reputable polling organisation to be demographically representative and with an equal number of people for and against British membership of the EU". Questions will come from the audience members.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-26443312

 

EU referendum: a slow dawning of reality

Nick Clegg has decided that David Cameron's "peculiar" plans to renegotiate the terms of Britain's EU membership ahead of a referendum by the end of 2017 are "condemned to failure".

This comes in a speech to the Centre for European Reform, in which he declared that "pro-Europeans" (the poor dear means EU supporters) were best placed to modernise the EU. As for Mr Cameron, he would only achieve a "little tweak here, a little tweak there". These would never satisfy hardline Eurosceptics,

Charles Grant, the director of the Centre for European Reform, told the conference that the prime minister's strategy would fail because there would not be a major treaty change in time for his timetable.

This, on the back of what Lord Kerr and others have been saying, should be the lead, as more and more people attest to the Prime Minister basing his entire EU policy on a fantasy referendum. Yet it remains a bizarre feature of British politics, with media complicity, when a Conservative leader can offer the impossible, without being howled down in a tsunami of mockery. But that is the way our politics works.

Driven by "prestige" and the mind-numbing, conformity of the fourth estate, if a member of the establishment says something with sufficient conviction, the media will give him an easy ride.

Nevertheless, we are getting a slow dawning of reality. Eventually, even the bovine British press will realise that Mr Cameron's 2017 referendum is never going to happen. All we need to do is wait until one or other of the gifted hacks "reveals" it to us plebs, and then we will be allowed to believe it is true.

http://www.eureferendum.com/blogview.aspx?blogno=84761

 

Public lacks trust over medical records because too many lies in past

Patients do not trust the Government over the future of medical records because they have been lied to about NHS plans in the past, health service leaders have said. Plans to extract patient data from GP files have been put on hold for six months amid concerns about confidentiality and criticism that the national data-sharing scheme has been poorly communicated. At a conference in Manchester NHS leaders suggested that public lack of confidence in the project reflected a wider mistrust of Government - caused by ministers’ failures to keep other promises.

Roy Lilley, a former NHS trust chairman, said that better use of data was vital to improve the quality of care. But he said politicians had made it more difficult for the public believe their commitments about the future use of the records, because previous ministers’ pledges - such as a promise to have no top-down reorganisation of the NHS - had been broken.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/10675642/Public-lacks-trust-over-medical-records-because-too-many-lies-in-past.html

 

NHS England patient data 'uploaded to Google servers', Tory MP says

A prominent Tory MP on the powerful health select committee has questioned how the entire NHS hospital patient database for England was handed over to management consultants who uploaded it to Google servers based outside the UK. Sarah Wollaston, who practised as a family doctor and is now a Conservative backbencher, tweeted: "So HES [hospital episode statistics] data uploaded to 'google's immense army of servers', who consented to that?" The patient information had been obtained by PA Consulting, which claimed to have secured the "entire start-to-finish HES dataset across all three areas of collection – inpatient, outpatient and A&E".

The data set was so large it took up 27 DVDs and took a couple of weeks to upload. The management consultants said: "Within two weeks of starting to use the Google tools we were able to produce interactive maps directly from HES queries in seconds." The revelations alarmed campaigners and privacy experts, who queried how Google maps could have been used unless some location data had been provided in the patient information files.

The issue of which organisations have acquired medical records has been at the centre of political debate in the past few weeks, following reports that actuaries, pharmaceutical firms, government departments and private health providers had either attempted or obtained patient data.

Last month, NHS England announced it would delay by six months the rollout of its flagship care.data scheme linking GP records and hospital data, amid criticism of how it has run the public information campaign about the project.

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/mar/03/nhs-england-patient-data-google-servers

 

Barton Moss eviction hearing for anti-fracking campaigners

Anti-fracking campaigners are facing eviction from their Barton Moss protest camp at Manchester's Civil Justice Centre.

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/live-barton-moss-eviction-hearing-6779557

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/salford-protestors-wait-hear-evicted-6784372

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/fracking-professors-ernie-rutter-kevin-6784520

 

Is your smart TV spying on you? Ofcom warns internet-linked systems could be harvesting data or filming you on the sofa

As you catch up on your favourite shows, your internet-enabled 'smart TV' could be harvesting your personal data or even filming you through a camera, the Ofcom chairman warned on Wednesday.

Dame Colette Bowe, who is stepping down from her post at the media regulator later this month, warned of the risks posed by new televisions that contain cameras and microphones, suggesting companies could use them to spy on customers.

She told the Lords' Communications Committee she was concerned about the 'relatively unknown risks and dangers that consumers face.  If you have a smartphone you are carrying a computer around in your pocket. A smart TV may well have a camera and a microphone in it. It is there in your living room. What is that smart TV doing? Do people realise that?'

She warned the problem of protecting consumers' data was the biggest challenge the sector currently faces, but stopped short of calling for new laws to protect privacy. In November, smart TV manufacturer LG was accused of collecting data about its customers' viewing habits, even after they enabled privacy settings on their sets.

An IT consultant claimed his set was monitoring the channels he was watching and had uploaded information about the contents of devices he connected to it.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2573399/Ofcom-warning-spy-TV-Regulators-chairman-says-smart-systems.html

 

More than 50 youngsters Tasered by police as stun guns soar

The number of children being Tasered by the Met Police has risen almost 500 per cent in four years, official figures have revealed. Some 40 per cent of those targeted with a stun gun came from just four London boroughs, while the capital’s youngsters are nearly twice as likely to be imprisoned as those in the rest of England, the statistics showed.

http://metro.co.uk/2014/03/06/more-than-50-youngsters-tasered-by-police-as-stun-guns-soar-4431677/

 

Severely autistic man, 33, 'hurled into bins and pinned-down by police officers as he helped binmen collect rubbish because he LOOKED SUSPICIOUS'

Faruk Ali has had learning difficulties and severe autism since childhood. His family allege he was hurled into bins and pinned down by officers. They say he had been helping binmen collect rubbish outside his home. Police have apologised to the family and said issue was being investigated.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2573941/Severely-autistic-man-33-hurled-bins-pinned-police-officers-helped-binmen-collect-rubbish-LOOKED-SUSPICIOUS.html

 

Meet Britain’s ‘FBI’: Cameron’s new National Crime Agency already courting controversy, branded as ‘Secret Police’

With little fanfare or acknowledgement of its existence, the new secretive arm of central government – the National Crime Agency (NCA), was given birth in October of last year.  

The NCA is believed to be the brain child of one political party – the defacto ruling Conservative, Party, as part of their party manifesto in 2010.

This latest secretive layer of the United Kingdom’s burgeoning police state has been laid on top of a number of already established law enforcement and security agencies: MI5, GCHQ, Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), Serious Fraud Office, the Metropolitan Police, British Transport Police, Force Reconnaissance Regiment, other ‘forces within the force’ and various local Constabularies nationwide.

The NCA have courted controversy this week following a story in the Daily Mail about the NCA’s apparent ‘arrest’ of a high-profile Tory Party and Number 10 Downing Street policy adviser and close friend of David Cameron, Mr Patrick Rock – on child pornography charges, alongside a sexual harassment claim from a female Government co-worker.

Rock, 62, was deputy director of the No 10 policy unit, but suddenly resigned and was arrested three weeks ago – only no one outside of a privileged party few even knew this had happened.

Rock has not yet been charged with any offense, and the government has also refused to discuss any of details of the claim against him or whether he faced any formal censure. Questions regarding transparency are now rife.

Was Rock questioned and investigated properly, or as thoroughly any other ‘civilian’ would? Is this how the government will be using the agency to “deal with its own”?

Despite calls from MP Tom Watson and others – that Number 10 Downing Street should initiate a serious investigation into paedophile rings which are said to encircle Westminster, the Government has instead failed to come forward with any serious plans for an inquiry.

This is for obvious reasons, not least of all the damage any revelations would cause with public opinion and confidence in the government’s ability to regulate itself, and might also highlight the thorny issue of paedophiles being blackmailed by third parties in order to influence voting and foreign policy positions – which is a national security calamity.

What’s key here is that the announcement of Rock’s ‘arrest’ was done in secret with full knowledge of Number 10 and was only acknowledged by government after they were pressed by the Daily Mail to make some kind of official statement. Only because of the media was this development made public – and bear in mind that any arrest or investigation regarding a member or advisor to government – is most certainly in the public’s interest.

Comparisons of this new NCA secret policing agency with the FBI in the US are not exactly flattering, especially considering how the FBI had spent at least the first half of its life as a politicised and corrupt central market for political blackmail and cover-ups between the 1930s and the 1970s.

Presently the FBI is able to override any existing police investigations under the banner of ‘classified’, and many critics have accused successive governments of using the bureau as a political sword and shield.

http://21stcenturywire.com/2014/03/05/meet-britains-new-fbi-camerons-new-nca-branded-as-secret-police-already-courting-controversy/

 

Britain's richest MP wants to gag press and prevent stories which might embarrass politicians

A Tory MP and landlord making a fortune from housing benefit payments to the poor has called for changes to the Freedom of Information laws used by the Daily Mirror to expose him . Richard Benyon, the richest MP in a Commons packed with millionaires, wants the rules altered to prevent stories which might embarrass ­politicians being dug up by journalists. He made nearly £120,000 in housing benefit from just one council last year through his inherited £110m family estate, we revealed last week.

But Mr Benyon has now called for changes to FOI laws stating “we need to make sure that the Act is there for what it is designed to do” rather than “raking up political ammunition”. He also complained in a blog post for the rightwing website conservativehome.com that this newspaper used a “picture of me looking as posh as possible”. The Mirror’s investigation with the GMB union revealed a string of politicians and political donors raking in housing benefit along with the Crown Estates, which supports the Queen, and Prince Charles’s Duchy of Cornwall.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/richard-benyon-britians-richest-mp-3204549

 

Oklahoma House votes to nullify Agenda 21, 66-26

A bill that would nullify Agenda 21 in Oklahoma passed through the state house on 4 March. HB2807, the “Oklahoma Community Protection Act,” would prohibit any state agency or political subdivision from adopting or implementing “policy recommendations that deliberately or inadvertently infringe upon or restrict private property rights without due process.”

It would also void any previous commitments which may have been made under Agenda 21 or a similar program. It reads: “any debt or commitment to an international or federal entity whereby the citizens did not have the ability to exercise their constitutional rights shall be considered null and void.” The bill passed by a vote of 66-26.

“This bill protects your private property from being acquired by eminent domain from without a public vote or public hearing,” said bill sponsor, Rep. Lewis Moore.

The United Nations passed Agenda 21 in 1992 at its Conference on Environmental and Development. The global initiative encompasses a wide range of programs meant to promote “sustainability.” It works its way into the U.S. system through a back door strategy, targeting local governments. Objections to Agenda 21 include violations of personal property rights, the erosion of state and local authority, and binding of the United States to international agreements contrary to the U.S. Constitution.

HB2805 now moves to the state senate, where it will first need to be passed by a committee before the full senate has an opportunity to concur.

http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2014/03/oklahoma-house-votes-to-nullify-agenda-21-66-26/

 

The Deafening Silence of Hillary Clinton

The implicit Democratic favourite for the 2016 presidential elections, Clinton is mum on the issues that matter. Clinton has been speaking to Wall Street and apparently providing it with assurances that she won't rock the boat. She has given two speeches to Goldman Sachs, one to private equity firm KK&R and another to the Carlyle Group. She was paid $200,000 for each of her Goldman Sachs speeches; it is unknown what she was paid by KK&R and the Carlyle. According to Politico:

"Clinton offered a message that the collected plutocrats found reassuring, according to accounts offered by several attendees, declaring that the banker­bashing so popular within both political parties was unproductive and indeed foolish. Striking a soothing note on the global financial crisis, she told the audience, in effect: We all got into this mess together, and we’re all going to have to work together to get out of it. What the bankers heard her say was just what they would hope for from a prospective presidential candidate."

While Hillary has been reassuring Wall Street, has she told any of us what her positions on financial regulation are? Where does she stand on Glass­ Steagall legislation, which de­regulated banks during the Clinton administration and contributed to the 2007-8 financial melt­down; NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement), which has caused a million jobs to move off­shore; the trillion­-dollar bail­out of Wall Street; the lack of accountability for Wall Street; CEO wage inflation; widening disparities of income and wealth; and the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership, which has been described as “NAFTA on steroids”?

Do we have any reason to believe that, if elected, she wouldn't bring back the Bob Rubin/Larry Summers economic team, or Rubin/Summers clones, who de­regulated Wall Street, contributing to the melt­down of Wall Street and the American people's loss of $13 trillion in wealth?

Has she even led on foreign policy issues, her area of expertise? We know she was strategically wrong about invading Iraq and escalating the war in Afghanistan and she tried to lead us into attacking Syria. On Iran, she was credited with finally supporting Obama's peace initiative, but she did so only after almost every Democrat in the foreign policy community to the left of hawkish Madeleine Albright had come out publicly in favour of the initiative and in opposition to the Menendez-Kirk Iran sanctions bill.

Clinton only spoke up on the issue after the Menendez-Kirk bill had completely stalled, so her opposition was not strategically important, although it was welcomed. Is being late to the party the new definition of leadership?

http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/deafening-silence-hillary-clinton

 

Revealed: The figures that show just how badly rising energy bills have ravaged household budgets over the last decade

Spending on energy rose from £69 to £106 a month from 2002 to 2012.

The poorest fifth of households spent 11 per cent of their income on energy in 2012, up from eight per cent in 2002. Meanwhile the richest fifth spent just three per cent in 2012, up from two per cent in 2002.

Household energy use dropped by 17% over the same period, some due to energy efficiency schemes.

Bills are also likely to continue to rise over the coming years to pay for £110billion of investment in our ageing energy infrastructure.

Households in Northern Ireland were spending £154 a month on energy on average from 2010 to 2012 - £42 higher than in Scotland, £49 higher than in Wales and £51 higher than in England.

http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/bills/article-2571969/ONS-data-shows-true-impact-rising-bills-household-budgets.html

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