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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 23 - Sir Graham Bright - Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire

Doomwatch 23 - Sir Graham Bright - Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire

Friday 25 April 2014, 6.00pm-8.00pm UK on Peterborough FM - You are invited to join host alex:g, Text Jockey Lexy Manning and Voice-Of-The-Visuals Tom Mutiny for this 23rd edition of DOOMWATCH - the guest is SIR GRAHAM BRIGHT, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire.

Law and order has always been a hot topic, and the roles of Police and Crime Commissioners were put into place to ensure the policing needs of communities are met as effectively as possible, and to oversee how crime is tackled in each area.

Now, on the eve of 18 months in to his tenure, and having fought his election campaign on matters such as value for money and co-operation with neighbouring forces, Sir Graham also pledged to be approachable and personally accountable to the public, something which his appearance on Doomwatch will most certainly address. 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

“Our live format ensures that the public will be able to respond directly to Sir Graham’s comments, as well as submit questions to him” notes alex:g, the Whittlesey-based presenter of Doomwatch. “We want to hear from our audiences via text, email, and our website shoutboxes about the concerns they have, and what matters most to them.”

Background - Sir Graham Bright

Sir Graham Bright was elected as Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire in an election held on 15 November 2012. He stood under a Conservative Party banner, standing against six other candidates, two of them being Independent. Some say this was politicising the Police by standing under a party banner.

Sir Graham, a former Conservative MP for Luton South, won the Cambridgeshire PCC poll with 26.8% of first preference votes from 91,495 people (15.3% of registered electors). It should be noted that within this figure, there were 2,892 ‘rejected’ ballot papers, which were not included in the official turnout figure of 88.603. Concerning ‘rejected’ ballot papers in the PCC elections, over 150,000 ballots were ‘rejected’ in the first round of voting, 2.8% of total ballots.

Rates of spoiling varied from 1.7% in Humberside to 7.2% in North Yorkshire. Compared to general elections, this is very high: spoilt ballots have made up around 0.3% of the votes cast at recent general elections.

Recent topics that have been occupying the Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner include how local forces have been trailblazing the use of Information Technology, how to improve the system of care and support for those with mental health problems, and how members of the public in part of Peterborough will be able to raise issues or concerns with their local policing team as they do their food shopping.

The Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner website can be found at www.cambridgeshire-pcc.gov.uk

 

Sir Graham Bright – Election priorities

  • Meeting local needs. “I will make sure that the Police focus on the individual needs of each community, whether road safety initiatives or tackling house burglaries, anti-social behaviour, attacks on business premises or rural crime such as farm thefts.”
  • Value for money. “Effective and value for money policing with no extra burden on our Council Tax.”
  • Co-operation with neighbouring forces. “I will ensure improved efficiencies and cost reductions by more co-operation with neighbouring forces, including combating organised crime which often crosses force borders.” (Will this mean support for the emergence of Super Forces in England and Wales, as has happened with POLICE SCOTLAND?)
  • An influential voice. “I will be visible and vocal in the public debate about crime and policing, fighting for what really matters to the people of Cambridgeshire – less crime and more effective policing.”
  • Partnership and co-operation. “I will champion local initiatives between the police, the county council, district and parish councils, the voluntary sector and all those working to reduce crime and build safer communities.”
  • Prompt and professional policing. “I will give priority to front line and visible policing and ensure the police respond quickly and professionally – including a better and faster response to all phone calls, not just 999.”
  • Personally accountable. “I pledge to be approachable and personally accountable to the public, whom I will serve without fear or favour.”

A summary of Sir Graham Bright’s published election priorities can be found at www.choosemypcc.org.uk

 

POLICE NEWS

Crime falls 15% in England and Wales

Danny Shaw, BBC Home affairs correspondent: The only statistics which tell a different story are those compiled by police forces. But these should be treated with an abundance of caution - not just because of concerns the figures have been fiddled but also because they hinge on whether victims report crimes to police or not.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-27138921

The police whistleblower who exposed the manipulation of crime figures faces being put on a public register of disgraced officers, Channel 4 News can reveal. The Metropolitan Police have accused James Patrick of gross misconduct because he appeared on a television and a radio programme to talk about senior officers' treatment of him without getting their permission first. Should he be found guilty, he would be placed on the College of Policing's new "struck off list", which the body plans to make public. As a result of his evidence to a select committee, both the Met commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe and the police watchdog HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) head Tom Winsor were forced to admit that police crime figures were being manipulated. In response, the UK Statistics Authority removed the crime figures' gold standard "National Statistics" status.

http://www.channel4.com/news/police-whistleblower-faces-dismissal

 

Cambridgeshire Police defend hedge-trimming tweet

A tweet advising people to "neatly trim" their hedges has been defended by Cambridgeshire Police as "burglary crime prevention advice". Residents reacted with disbelief after reading the tweet on the force's @CambsCops Twitter account on 4 April. It said: "Doing a bit of gardening this weekend? Make sure your hedges are neatly trimmed, max 1m at the front and 2m at the back."  After a number of comments on Twitter, including "is that on pain of arrest for not trimming the hedges within defined parameters?" and others suggesting the police should concentrate on fighting crime rather than the height of people's hedges, the message was removed.

A police spokesman said: "Keeping your hedges trimmed not only makes your property look well maintained but it also shows it is lived in, which could be a deterrent. We are reviewing the content of the tweets for future campaigns."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-26920222

 

Cambridgeshire police watchdog member misses year of meetings

The watchdog for the Cambridgeshire Police Commissioner has promised to take action after it was revealed one of its members had not been to a meeting for more than a year. Raja Ali, from Peterborough, has not attended a meeting of the police and crime panel since March 2013. Panel vice-chair Jason Ablewhite criticised the non-attendance and said the panel had written to Mr Ali. The panel meets about six times a year and its role is to scrutinise the work of Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Graham Bright.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-27022846

 

Taser-armed police to go on patrol in Peterborough

Twenty four police officers armed with Tasers have gone on patrol in Peterborough from 1 May 2013. The move is part of a county-wide initiative by police chiefs to train 120 extra officers across Cambridgeshire in the use of Tasers. Until now only 55 officers, who already operate as firearms officers, have undergone instruction in the use of Tasers.

Chief Inspector Nick Church, lead officer on Taser, said: “The Taser has proven to be an effective tool in dealing with potentially violent situations safely and rapidly. Extending the use of Taser across the force will enhance the safety of both the public and officers. I know there has been concern about its extended use but our firearms officers have been authorised to use Taser since 2006. The threat of using Taser, where a red dot appears on the person’s torso, is often enough to quieten an offender so they can be dealt with without injury to them, officers or members of the public.  Our officers have to deal with violent, often unstable, offenders and this simple device is one of a number of tactical options officers can use when there is a threat to a member of public or an officer.”

Since 1 January, 2012, Taser has been deployed 432 times in Cambridgeshire, people have been red-dotted on 37 occasions and there have been three discharges. On none of these three occasions have there been any injuries or medical problems caused to the person who has been Tasered.

http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/local/taser-armed-police-to-go-on-patrol-in-peterborough-1-5046603

 

Police officer fired Taser at naked man in cell, court told

PC Lee Birch denies assault and misconduct over use of Taser on man who threw boxer shorts at him during strip-search. PC Lee Birch fired the device at the bare chest of Daniel Dove, causing him to collapse and curl up in a ball on the floor of the cell where he was being held, the jury was told.  CCTV footage played to the jury at Bristol crown court showed Birch removing the prongs of the Taser from Dove's chest as he lay prostrate. Robin Shellard, prosecuting, said use of the Taser did not amount to "reasonable force" as Birch was with two officers, and others were metres away in the custody suite at Melksham police station in Wiltshire.

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/apr/23/police-officer-taser-naked-man-court

 

Fury of Taser attack victim as blundering officer who mistook his white stick for a samurai sword is let off with an order to APOLOGISE

Colin Farmer, 64, hit with a Taser as he walked to a pub in October 2012. PC Stuart Wright thought blind man's white stick was a samurai sword. Lancashire police said officer was not guilty of 'gross incompetence'. Wright given performance improvement notice and told to apologise. Mr Farmer blasted decision, saying 'I could easily have been dead'

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2589819/A-policeman-shoot-blind-man-away-Fury-Taser-attack-victim-blundering-officer-mistook-white-stick-samurai-sword-let-order-APOLOGISE.html

HONOLULU, HAWAII - Big Island Police last week said Randall Hatori died as a result of cardiac arrest not because he was tased. But an independent autopsy obtained by Hawaii News Now said the 39-year-old Kona man's death was a homicide.n "It looked to me like he was tasered and tasered and tasered and then beaten," said Michael Green attorney for Hatori's family. http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/25326725/big-island-taser-death-ruled-homicide

WINNIPEG, CANADA – An inquest started Monday 7 April 2014 into the death of Michael Langan, 17, who was shocked by a police stun gun in July 2008. Langan was hit by the stun gun during a confrontation with police on William Avenue. Police, who were investigating a theft, said Langan had a knife and refused to put it down. His mother, Sharon Shymko, filed a lawsuit against the City of Winnipeg, police and stun gun-maker Taser International in 2010. The suit is still pending. “I hope they realize that they overreacted too quickly,” Shymko said Monday. “Tasers do kill people and they’ve got to learn to use it the right way and take their time before they even use it.”

http://globalnews.ca/news/1257135/taser-death-inquest-begins-in-winnipeg/

 

New mental health units set to save police time and money

Summary: The Police are now able to take mental health nurses with them to the scenes of incidents. This makes it easier for people to be sectioned, which is what appears to be happening with mothers trying to protect their children from Social Services.

http://www.policingtoday.co.uk/new_mental_health_units_set_to_save_police_time_and_money_25769806607.aspx

 

Police fast-track scheme to 'open up' top ranks

A move to fast-track external recruits into senior policing roles for the first time is about to come into force in England and Wales. A second fast-track scheme for some graduate recruits will enable them to rise from constable to inspector in three years. PM David Cameron said the move would make the police more open and diverse. For 180 years the normal way to enter the police has been to join as a constable and rise up the ranks. The rank of chief constable is to be opened up to applicants from overseas.

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26806718

 

Cambridgeshire police tried to turn political activists into informers

A young anti-racism protester abandoned her campaigning work because she felt intimidated by a covert police officer who tried to persuade her to spy on her political colleagues, she has said. The 23-year-old said the officer, working for a secretive police unit, threatened to prosecute her if she told anyone about the attempt to enlist her as an informer. The woman, who is a single mother, said the threat had left her feeling "vulnerable and intimidated", worried that a prosecution would jeopardise her young son, her university place and her chances of working in the future. "If I was charged, I could lose everything," she said.

The Guardian in November published a secretly recorded video revealing how police had tried to recruit an environmental protester, also in his twenties, to spy on politically active Cambridge students. Now, three more campaigners have come forward. They have described how police from the covert unit tried to convince them to become informants, and to spy on political groups, such as environmentalists and anti-fascists, in return for cash.

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/mar/17/cambridgeshire-police-political-activists-informants

 

Government funded infiltrators are harassing, libelling and inciting hatred against investigative journalists, leaked GCHQ handbook exposes techniques.

This is Britain’s GCHQ how-to guide for Online Covert Action which, according to Glenn Greenwald has been shared with US agencies like the NSA. According to these latest documents, there are paid government agent/contractor persons on social media posing as someone they are not, whilst on the payroll of the government. Their job is to befriend members of the alternative media, embed themselves in the ebb and flow of day-to-day communications, and then to engage in elaborate subterfuge – by any means necessary. The training exercise below uses terms like “befriend”, “infiltrate”, “mask/mimic”, “ruse”, “set-up”, “disrupt”, “create cognitive stress”, “use deception”, “ruin business relationships”, and “post negative information on appropriate forums” – all of which is not only illegal and morally bankrupt, but also runs completely contrary to the very fundamental ‘values’ and indeed founding principles, of a modern free democratic society or constitutional republic.

Government targets in this malicious operation appear to be bloggers, activists, journalists, social event organisers and anyone else deemed to be an ‘emerging leader’ or voice in the public sphere, or alternative media online.

http://www.landofthefree.co.uk/site/component/content/article/1-latest-news/155-police-state-harassment-exposed

 

Who is policing Greater Manchester Police?

On 14 January, Dr Steve Peers, a legal observer at the anti-fracking 'protectors' camp at Barton Moss, was filming three police officers arresting a protester. Video he took shows one of the officers realising they were being filmed, walking up to Steve and pushing him backwards onto the floor. Shortly afterwards another officer walked up to him and jostled him away from the arrest, pushing him down the road.

Now, this is where it gets strange ... This officer then started repeatedly asking if Steve had been drinking alcohol before aggressively asserting that he had and loudly claiming that Steve had admitted to doing so. Steve was then arrested for refusing to submit to breath test. Steve does his legal observing with a video camera permanently mounted on a hard-hat that he wears, so it is inconceivable that the officer did not realise he was being filmed as he made this vindictive and wrongful arrest on a totally false charge. This is the strangest part of the whole incident: why was the police officer not concerned that this brazen abuse of power was being caught on camera? Did he really have such confidence in his impunity?

The incident with Dr Steve Peers is only one example of heavy-handed policing at Barton Moss. I might instead have described in detail the disabled man shoved into a ditch by police rushing to arrest a pregnant woman who was simply walking in the crowd. Or perhaps the legal observer who suffered a broken eye socket during a particularly violent arrest which was caught on camera. Or the 15-year old girl on her first visit to the camp, who had been hoping to gather material for use in a school geography project, but instead was arrested while she was simply walking down Barton Moss Road.

There are numerous other examples caught on video, and presumably many more which were not. Taken separately, these events might be easy to dismiss as the excesses of individual officers. But taken together, it seems that something more systematic is going on. Indeed, the strategic behaviour of Greater Manchester Police (GMP) strongly suggests they are deploying a deliberate strategy of eliminating, disrupting or suppressing the protests against fracking at Barton Moss, under which officers know that excessive or violent behaviour will be overlooked or even tacitly condoned.

http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2347997/barton_moss_who_is_policing_greater_manchester_police.html

 

Robert Green – arrested on 13 February 2014 at his home in Warrington Cheshire by Sgt Robinson Cheshire Police PC3158 and Detective Inspector Drummond of the Aberdeen Police, a unit of Police Scotland. No paperwork, charges or trial, 70 days later nothing, and he can be held for up to 150 days in this manner. Now suffering from angina, seen by prison doctors, receiving good treatment.  Englishman arrested on the say-so of 3 individuals north of the border. People can simply be held without trial. Should go to a jury trial, but this is not happening. Alex Salmond’s personal office destroyed or lost paperwork concerning the case of Hollie Greig, which is Robert’s concern. No response from Robert’s own MP.

http://axis-of-truth.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/petition-please-sign-and-circulate-our.html

 

Common Purpose. Question posed to all PCC Candidates before the election. “If elected, what are you going to do about Common Purpose graduates within the Police force, whose allegiance is certainly not to whom it should be? This secretive "charity" represents one of the biggest threats to our society, and fundamental change will only come from weeding out those who have been effectively brainwashed to help instigate a chilling "post-democratic era". http://www.cpexposed.com/

 

OTHER NEWS

Plan to abolish corroboration put on hold by Scottish government

Controversial plans to end the need for evidence in Scottish criminal trials to come from two sources have been put on hold for at least a year by ministers. Detailed scrutiny of plans to ditch the general requirement for corroboration will not go forward until after a review is completed in April 2015. Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said he was still committed to the reform.

Scotland's other political parties, which had called for the delay, welcomed the announcement. The move to end the requirement of corroboration, contained in the Scottish government's Criminal Justice Bill, was needed because too many victims were being denied justice, Mr MacAskill has said. The change is backed by police and prosecutors, but there has been fierce opposition from other sections of the legal profession, who have raised concern of an increased risk of miscarriages of justice.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-27130848

 

Benghazi attack could have been prevented if US hadn't 'switched sides in the War on Terror' and allowed $500 MILLION of weapons to reach al-Qaeda militants, reveals damning report

The Citizens Commission on Benghazi, a self-selected group of former top military officers, CIA insiders and think-tankers, declared Tuesday in Washington that a seven-month review of the deadly 2012 terrorist attack has determined that it could have been prevented – if the U.S. hadn't been helping to arm al-Qaeda militias throughout Libya a year earlier. 'The United States switched sides in the war on terror with what we did in Libya, knowingly facilitating the provision of weapons to known al-Qaeda militias and figures,' Clare Lopez, a member of the commission and a former CIA officer, told Daily MailOnline.

She blamed the Obama administration for failing to stop half of a $1 billion United Arab Emirates arms shipment from reaching al-Qaeda-linked militants. The weapons were intended for Gaddafi but allowed by the U.S. to flow to his Islamist opposition.

'Some look at it as treason,' said Wayne Simmons, a former CIA officer who participated in the commission's research. Retired Rear Admiral Chuck Kubic, another commission member, told reporters Tuesday that those weapons are now 'all in Syria.'

'Gaddafi wasn't a good guy, but he was being marginalized,' Kubic recalled. 'Gaddafi actually offered to abdicate' shortly after the beginning of a 2011 rebellion.

'But the U.S. ignored his calls for a truce,' the commission wrote, ultimately backing the horse that would later help kill a U.S. ambassador.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2610598/Group-US-switched-sides-War-Terror-facilitating-500-MILLION-weapons-deliveries-Libyan-al-Qaeda-militias-leading-Benghazi-attack.html

 

$3 million verdict for ‘first fracking trial’

A Texas family has won a $2.925 million judgment against an energy corporation over damage to health and property caused by fracking operations. Bob and Lisa Parr sued Aruba Petroleum in 2011 for damages to their 40-acre ranch and for a host of health problems they and their daughter Emma have suffered from. Aruba Petroleum operate 22 wells within two miles of the Parr’s property.

“They’re vindicated,” attorney David Matthews said in a blog post on his firm’s site. “I’m really proud of the family that went through what they went through and said, ‘I’m not going to take it anymore.’ It takes guts to say, ‘I’m going to stand here and protect my family from an invasion of our right to enjoy our property.’ It’s not easy to go through a lawsuit and have your personal life uncovered and exposed to the extent this family went through.”

http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/texas-fracking-trial-3-million-verdict

 

Rothschild inherits Patent after 4 co-owners disappear on MH 370 Flight

The disappearance of four members of a patent semiconductor travelling on Malaysia Airlines MH370 makes the famous billionaire Jacob Rothschild the sole owner of a very important patent.

The mystery surrounding the Malaysian Airlines MH-370 is growing as each day passes with more mysterious silence shadowing the disappearance of the airline. More and more theories are beginning to emerge. We have heard of black holes swallowing the airliner (likely the least intelligent thing ever said on TV), deranged pilots taking it over... But no media outlet has mentioned anything about who was on that plane. Absolutely nothing! Well, for starters, the people who owned the patent to Freescale Semiconductor’s ARM microcontroller ‘KL-03′ which is a new improvised version of an older microcontroller KL-02 were on the MH-370 flight. This report has caught legs across dozens of European based news outlets. Did Rothschild exploited the airlines to gain full Patent Rights of an incredible KL-03 micro-chip? According to the reports, Jacob Rothschild is dubbed as the "evil master plotter".

A US technology company which had 20 senior staff on board Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 had just launched a new electronic warfare gadget for military radar systems in the days before the Boeing 777 went missing. Freescale Semiconductor has been developing microprocessors, sensors and other technology for the past 50 years. The technology it creates is commonly referred to as embedded processors, which according to the firm are “stand-alone semiconductors that perform dedicated computing functions in electronic systems”.

http://macedoniaonline.eu/content/view/24972/56/

 

George Osborne orders new icebreaker for UK polar science

UK science is to get one of the biggest, most capable polar research vessels in the world. The £200m investment in an icebreaker was announced by Chancellor George Osborne in a speech today. The ship is likely to be 130m long and sport a helipad, cranes, onboard labs, and have the ability to deploy subs and other ocean survey and sampling gear. It should be ready to enter service in 2019, and will support scientists in both the Antarctic and the Arctic. The strength of its hull will allow it to push deeper into pack ice than any previous British research vessel.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-27129690

 

Housing association offers free Creme Egg to tenants suffering financial hardship as a result of spare room subsidy

A Welsh Housing Association has come under fire after offering residents a “free creme egg” to make up for the financial hardship they may have experienced under the bedroom tax. Valleys 2 Coast sent out the thank you letter along with the offer of the free creme egg a year after the 'spare room subsidy' was introduced. The controversial reform, dubbed ‘the bedroom tax’ cuts the benefits of social housing tenants with a spare room.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/bedroom-tax-housing-association-offers-free-creme-egg-to-tenants-suffering-financial-hardship-as-a-result-of-spare-room-subsidy-9282306.html

 

Sales slide as Starbucks feels tax backlash: Coffee chain axes six shops after £14m drop in business during the past year

Starbucks has suffered an embarrassing tax backlash after its sales in Britain fell for the first time in its history.

The coffee chain has faced a public boycott since it emerged 18 months ago that it uses a labyrinth of payments to funnel money overseas to Switzerland and the Netherlands. The company was branded ‘immoral’ by MPs for these practices, which are legal but deprive HMRC of badly-needed revenues and leave ordinary taxpayers to make up the difference.

Last night Starbucks revealed its annual sales in the UK fell to £399million last year from £413million the year before. Public anger was sparked when it emerged that, despite racking up sales of more than £3billion from its 700 shops, the group had consistently posted losses in Britain because of hefty payments made to the Netherlands for using its logo and brand. Last week the group announced it would move its tax base from the Netherlands to Britain in a move seen as a public climbdown.

A spokesman for Starbucks yesterday said: ‘These accounts reflect the fact that we have closed a number of unprofitable stores. The UK business is moving in the right direction: the loss before tax fell by more than 30 percent and we are confident this performance will continue as we continue to reduce costs. The UK is our fastest growing market in Europe. We are on schedule to open 100 new stores this year and expect the business to continue to grow as economic growth picks up.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2612668/Sales-slide-Starbucks-feels-tax-backlash-Coffee-chain-axes-six-shops-14m-drop-business-past-year.html

 

Scientist Claims Human Microchip Implants Will Become “Not Optional”

In the virtual realm, software programs are now capable of watching us in real time, going so far as to make predictions about our future behaviours and sending alerts to the appropriate monitoring station depending on how a computer algorithm flags your activities. That is in and of itself a scary proposition. What may be even scarier, however, is what’s happening in the physical realm. According to researches working on human-embedded microchips it’s only a matter of time before these systems achieve widespread acceptance.

Michael Snyder of The Truth Wins asks “What will you do when you can no longer buy or sell without submitting to biometric identification? This technology is going to keep spreading, and it is going to become harder and harder to avoid it. And it is easy to imagine what a tyrannical government could do with this kind of technology.  If it wanted to, it could use it to literally track the movements and behaviour of everyone. And one day, this kind of technology will likely be so pervasive that you won’t be able to open a bank account, get a credit card or even buy anything without having either your hand or your face scanned first.”

http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/the-mark-scientist-claims-human-microchip-implants-will-become-not-optional_04242014

 

Stop moaning about our bonuses: Barclays boss slaps down investors angry at bank's pay practices

Sir John Sunderland, chairman of the bank’s remuneration committee, was angrily heckled by shareholders after he told Standard Life’s Alison Kennedy that it “would be good in future if these points could be made during the consultation phase”. His criticism of Standard Life for publicly voting against the Barclays remuneration report – which increased the bank’s bonus pool despite falling profits – will fuel public suspicion of “backroom” City pay deals.

In total, a third of shareholders withheld their support for the bank’s executive pay plan at a stormy AGM on Thursday, with nearly a quarter of those who voted actively opposing the board. It is the biggest major shareholder protest since 32 per cent of BP shareholders failed to back its pay policy last month, and demonstrates the growing concern about boardroom excess. Support for Standard Life and criticism for Barclays came from both left and right – with the Institute of Directors urging the bank to reconsider its bonus plans.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/stop-moaning-about-our-bonuses-barclays-boss-slaps-down-investors-angry-at-banks-pay-practices-9284564.html

 

'Friendly' NYPD Twitter outreach backfires spectacularly as users spread images of police brutality

New York's finest got a predictable serving of social media backlash and hatred on Tuesday. As has been the case time and time again, a well-intentioned Twitter campaign was hijacked immediately after the NYPD started the hashtag for it. The #mynypd was set up for followers to share photos of themselves with police officers. But within a few hours, the campaign had received 10,000 predominantly negative responses, many of which were photos of violent arrests.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2610791/EpicFail-Friendly-NYPD-Twitter-outreach-backfires-spectacularly-users-spread-images-police-brutality.html

 

Officers 'refusing to help' in Hillsborough investigation

Significant numbers of police are refusing to co-operate with investigations into the alleged Hillsborough disaster cover-up, MPs heard yesterday.

Former Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer told the Commons home affairs committee that around 30 officers present on the day of the disaster, which killed 96 people, are either claiming that they are sick or are refusing to speak to a police watchdog because they have retired.

Giving evidence alongside members of the Hillsborough Family Support Group (HFSG) he said: "The numbers suggest that there are some people who are just not co-operating." Retired officers are not obliged to speak to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, which is carrying out the inquiry.

http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-6b2c-Officers-refusing-to-help-in-Hillsborough-investigation/a-6b2c-Officers-refusing-to-help-in-Hillsborough-investigation#.UzQKNIUk46S

 

FORTHCOMING ON DOOMWATCH - On 2 May, joining us for his usual first Friday of the month slot is Patrick Henningsen of 21st Century Wire, who will be talking about international events from an alternative perspective. Here are two of the hot news stories we will be covering with Patrick:

The Bundy Paradigm: Will You Be a Rebel, Revolutionary or a Slave? - http://21stcenturywire.com/tag/bundy-ranch/

Hitler Debate Heats Up As New Evidence is Presented About His Escape to Argentina - http://21stcenturywire.com/tag/hitler/

 

The Alternative View 5 - Humanity Versus Insanity. Friday 16th May to Monday 19th May 2014. Staverton Park Hotel, Daventry, Northamptonshire, NN11 6JT.

New Confirmed Speakers include Gerrard Williams (Author of ‘Grey Wolf’ – “Hitler – Escape to Argentina”), Roger Hayes (Bankster Mortgage Fraud), Danny Bamping (“Changing the Political Paradigm ... by Voting for No-Ta - None of the Above!), Dr Graham Downing (“The Making of a ZOMBIE”), Greg Nikoletos (“Annunaki/Satan and the Soul Harvest”), and Mike Robinson & Justin Walker (Debt-free Economics).

These join Brian Gerrish (Common Sense: The antidote to the Common Purpose), Patrick Henningsen (Bending Reality: Countering Media Manipulation in the 21st Century), Mike Mitcham (The 'SMART' Agenda ... 'SMART' for whom?), David Lim (Geo-Engineering, HAARP, Trans-Humanism and Health), Neil Sanders (“The art of creating reality”), David Boyle, Simon Welsh, alex:g and Ian R Crane.  Find out more at www.alternativeview.co.uk

 

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