Category: Mainstream Media


I have been listening and following RedIceCreations for about four years now and thought that I should repost an advert for it, for those who have not heard about or come across it yet. There really is no better online station out there for providing you with alternative radio and I highly recommend that you drop in, find an interview topic that sounds interesting and give it a listen.

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By Christina Consolo – Host of  Nuked Radio
theintelhub.com
April 21, 2012

Thirteen months have passed since the Fukushima reactors exploded, and a U.S. Senator finally got off his ass and went to Japan to see what is going on over there.

What he saw was horrific.

And now he is saying that we are in big trouble.

See the letter he sent to U.S. Ambassador to Japan Ichiro Fujisaki, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and NRC’s Chairman Gregory Jaczko here.

But what is so ironic about this is that we have been in this heap of trouble since March of 2011. March 17th, to be exact, when the plume of radioactive materials began bombarding the west coast of California.

And Oregon. And Washington. And British Columbia. And later Maine, Europe, and everywhere in between.

Independent researchers, nuke experts, and scientists, from oceanography to entomology and everywhere in between, having been trying to sound the alarm ever since.

The scientists most upset are those who have studied the effects of radiation on health. I’ll say it again, so its really clear: we are in big trouble.

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This YouTube clip was posted this morning on Facebook.

Yes, it’s entertaining as a ‘videobite’ but the underlying message to me says, ‘Ordinary life is dull and boring – watch our channel to add some more drama to your life’. Is this really what we should be promoting to people? Sex, violence, police gun battles…etc…?

 

‘As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies. As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and theEarth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power.

We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known. They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage. They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses. They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.

They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization. They have profited off of the torture, confinement,and cruel treatment of countless animals, and actively hide these practices.They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay andsafer working conditions. They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’healthcare and pay. They have influenced the courts to achievethe same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.

They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance. They have sold our privacy as a commodity.They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press. They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit. They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce. They have donated large sums of money to politicians, who are responsible for regulating them. They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil. They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives or provide relief in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantial profit.They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.

They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media. They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad. They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts. To the people of the world, we, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power.Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.

To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy,we offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal.
Join us and make your voices heard!

The statement issued from Zuccotti Park, by the general assembly, at Occupy Wall Street.’

I recently received a message from a friend saying that after she had visited my blog, her computer began to act strangely. No-one else has made a comment about this, so I was wondering if this is an isolated incident or if anyone else is having the same problem. (And no Marj, you’re not being paranoid:)

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/mar/17/us-spy-operation-social-networks

Date: 18th March 2011

Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media

The US military is developing software that will let it secretly manipulate social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter by using fake online personas to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda.

A Californian corporation has been awarded a contract with United States Central Command (Centcom), which oversees US armed operations in the Middle East and Central Asia, to develop what is described as an “online persona management service” that will allow one US serviceman or woman to control up to 10 separate identities based all over the world.

The project has been likened by web experts to China’s attempts to control and restrict free speech on the internet. Critics are likely to complain that it will allow the US military to create a false consensus in online conversations, crowd out unwelcome opinions and smother commentaries or reports that do not correspond with its own objectives.

The discovery that the US military is developing false online personalities – known to users of social media as “sock puppets” – could also encourage other governments, private companies and non-government organisations to do the same. Continue reading

LATEST FOOTAGE OF THE TSUNAMI   http://www.guardian.co.uk/

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk

Date: 11th March 2011

Major tsunami damage in northern Japan after 8.9 magnitude earthquake.

Japan was hit by a massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake this morning which rocked buildings in Tokyo and triggered a tsunami that dashed ships onto the northeast coast, sweeping cars through the streets of coastal towns.

 

The Japanese ministry of defence has sent up 10 aircraft to obtain an aerial survey of the damage caused by the wave, which early warnings said could be up to 10m high. Along Japan’s coast, television footage showed massive damage from the tsunami, with dozens of cars, boats and even buildings being carried along by waters. In Tokyo the car park of Disneyland was reported flooded. A large ship swept away by the tsunami rammed directly into a breakwater in Kesennuma city in Miyagi prefecture, according to footage on public broadcaster NHK. In Tokyo several fires were reported and the underground railway was evacuated.

A tsunami warning has also been issued for Taiwan, Russia, the Philippines and the Mariana Islands, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. National broadcaster NHK was warning those near the coast to get to safer ground. Japan’s Earthquake Research Committee has warned of a 70 per cent chance that a great, magnitude-eight quake would strike Tokyo within the next 30 years.

‘WE ARE THE ONES WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR’

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Source: http://www.prisonplanet.com

The Economic Collapse
March 3, 2011

Did anyone out there anticipate that 2011 would be such a wild year?  The year is barely over two months old and we have already seen multiple civil wars erupt, rumors of more wars all over the mainstream media (potentially even including the United States), riots and revolutions breaking out all over the globe, oil prices soaring into the stratosphere and chaos on global financial markets.  So why is all of this happening?  Is all of this one big coincidence or is there a reason why we are witnessing such global chaos right now?  Is it just coincidence that revolutions have broken out in over a dozen countries in the Middle East all at the same time?  Is it just a coincidence that global prices for oil, food and precious metals are all skyrocketing?  Is it just a coincidence that world financial markets suddenly seem more vulnerable than at any time since 2008?  Looking at what is going on in the world right now, it is very tempting to use the phrase “a perfect storm” to describe it.  Unfortunately, this “perfect storm” is very likely to plunge the global economy into yet another financial collapse if it continues to get even worse.

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Source: RedIceCreations

Anthony Antonello and Danny Panzella wait to ask Donald Rumsfeld if he ever found that $2.3 Trillion that he said was unaccounted for at a press conference the day before 9/11. It turns out it was always there. There just was some problems tracking it. Yeah,…right!!

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/

Date: February 22nd 20011

NZ earthquake death toll at 75 as search continues…

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand – Some screamed from inside collapsed buildings. One woman used her mobile phone to call her children to say goodbye. Others tapped on the rubble to communicate with those on the outside. Search teams used their bare hands, dogs, heavy cranes and earth movers Wednesday to pull 120 survivors from the rubble of a powerful earthquake in one of New Zealand’s largest cities. Officials raised the death toll to at least 75, with 300 others listed as missing.

As rescuers dug through the crumbled concrete, twisted metal and huge mounds of brick across Christchurch, officials feared that the death toll could rise further, ranking the 6.3-magnitude earthquake among the island nation’s worst in 80 years. “There are bodies littering the streets, they are trapped in cars, crushed under rubble and where they are clearly deceased our focus … has turned to the living,” police Superintendent Russell Gibson said.

Prime Minister John Key said at a news conference that 75 people were confirmed to have been killed, with 55 of them identified. He declared a state of national emergency, giving the government wider powers to take control of a rescue and recovery operation that was growing by the hour. Rescuers are concentrating on at least a dozen buildings that collapsed or were badly damaged. In one of the worst, a camera inserted into the rubble showed images of people still alive, Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker said. He said 120 people were rescued from wrecked buildings, while more bodies were also recovered. Some survivors emerged without a scratch, while others had to have a limb amputated before they could be freed.

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‘It is not wrong to sell arms’, says David Cameron as he defends sale of weapons to Middle East.

Date: 23rd February 2011

David Cameron last night defied mounting criticism over his arms mission to the Middle East – declaring that Britain has ‘nothing to be ashamed of’ for selling weapons to Arab leaders. The Prime Minister accused his critics of being ‘at odds with reality’ after he was condemned for taking eight arms manufacturers on his tour of the Gulf. They were invited to join his trip despite concerns that British-made equipment had been used by the Gaddafi regime to suppress unrest in Libya.

But yesterday an angry Mr Cameron said he could not understand why anyone would oppose his attempts to boost British defence sales in such a volatile region. In a speech to the Kuwaiti parliament, he admitted that past British governments had miscalculated in their policy of propping up brutal dictators in the region. But his warm words on peace and democracy have been overshadowed by the disclosure that his delegation contains bosses from such arms firms as BAe Systems, Thales UK, Atkins and Qinetiq.

Marking the 20th anniversary of Kuwait’s liberation from Saddam Hussein’s forces, Mr Cameron said: ‘A properly regulated trade in defence is nothing we should be ashamed of. ‘The fact that there are British defence companies on this visit – BAe, Thales and others – is perfectly right in this regard.’ The Foreign Office has already revoked a series of export licences for Libya and Bahrain in the wake of the crackdowns on protesters in those countries. But Mr Cameron said it was right to do business with allies such as Kuwait.

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Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2011/feb/17/banksy-la-oscars

Date: Thursday 17 February 2011

Banksy targets LA ahead of Oscars

Banksy is on the loose in Hollywood. That’s the theory, anyway, as Banksy-style graffiti artworks have sprung up across Los Angeles – just as the voters for the Academy Awards are getting ready to cast their ballots.

With the final deadline for Oscar poll on Tuesday 22 February, the supposition is that Banksy – if indeed it is he – is drumming up publicity for his film Exit Through the Gift Shop, which is a contender in the best documentary category.

Reports began to emerge on 15 February that Banksy’s work had appeared in various locations across the city. The first to be photographed and posted was an image of child soldier holding a machine gun that fired crayon bullets. Later that day, spotters noticed a drawing of Charlie Brown smoking a cigarette while pouring fuel out of a petrol can – situated on the side of a burnt-out building.

The sightings were later confirmed as genuine pieces when photographs were posted on Banksy’s own website, along with other images including Pissing Dog, in which a stencilled image of a canine was drawn on a wall at one end of a long streak of yellow paint in the shape of a crashing profit curve.

 

The most controversial work, however, was that on a billboard directly opposite the Directors Guild of America HQ on Sunset Boulevard. A poster advertising The Light Group – a property, nightclub and restaurant developer – was stencilled over with images of a cocktail-guzzling Mickey Mouse grasping a woman’s breast. As the poster was being removed, an altercation broke out between workmen and a man who repeatedly claimed the poster was his “property” – presumably triggered by the fact that authentic Banksy works are of massive commercial value. A video of the incident was posted on tmz.com.

A representative of The Light Group later said: “We were flattered Banksy tagged on our ad – it was epic.”

Source:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/feb/17/forest-sell-off-people-power

Date:  Thursday 17 February, 2011.

Forest sell-off: ‘People power’ forced U-turn, say campaigners.

Plans to sell England’s forests attracted cross-party opposition and sparked a public outcry.

Campaigners have hailed the “people power” which has forced the government to abandon plans to privatise England’s public forests. The news that Caroline Spelman, the environment secretary, would announce a halt to the consultation into proposals to sell thousands of hectares of woodland was welcomed by grassroots campaigners and conservation charities. David Cameron heralded the about-turn at prime minister’s questions yesterday, when he stated bluntly that he was unhappy with the policy.

The proposals put out for consultation last month detail measures to dispose of up to 100% of England’s 258,000 hectare public forest estate, which is currently managed by the Forestry Commission, over the next 10 years. They included a £250m sale of leaseholds for commercially valuable forests to timber companies, measures to allow communities, charities and even local authorities to buy or lease woods and plans to transfer well-known “heritage” woods such as the New Forest into the hands of charities. But the proposals attracted cross-party opposition and sparked a public outcry, with critics arguing they threatened public access and wildlife.

Campaign group 38 Degrees started a Save Our Forests petition which attracted more than 532,000 signatures. David Babbs, executive director, said: “Some people say signing petitions and emailing MPs never changes anything, but it did this time. “This is what people power looks like, and over half a million of us are feeling very proud of what we’ve achieved together today. “We will keep watching David Cameron to make sure he keeps his word. But right now it looks like fantastic news for all of us who want to keep our forests safe in public hands for future generations.”

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George H.W. Bush Receives Medal of ‘Freedom’

More rediculous  and offensive ceremonial pomp churned out by the elite’s media. ‘For services rendered to the Corporation of America’ – (not the people)

President Barack Obama honored former President George H.W. Bush this afternoon with the nation’s highest civilian award, the Medal of Freedom, at an emotional White House ceremony.

“His life is a testament that public service is a noble calling,” Obama said. “We celebrate an extraordinary life of service and of sacrifice.”

Bush, 86, smiled and wiped his eyes a few times during the ceremony in the East Room, packed with cameras, senators, Cabinet members and most of Bush’s immediate family, along with friends and family of other medal recipients.

Obama spoke of Bush’s “humility and decency” and a career of service that spanned seven decades, from “decorated Navy pilot who nearly gave his life in World War II to U.S. ambassador to the United Nations , from CIA director to U.S. envoy to China to the vice presidency.”

New World Order – Bush senior’s speach….

Source: http://ca.news.yahoo.com/egypt-unplugs-internet-protests-loom-unprecedented-internet-history-20110127-222741-626.html

Date: Fri, 28 Jan 1:52 AM

Egypt unplugs Internet as protests loom; “unprecedented in Internet history”

About a half-hour past midnight Friday morning in Egypt, the Internet went dead.

Almost simultaneously, the handful of companies that pipe the Internet into and out of Egypt went dark as protesters were gearing up for a fresh round of demonstrations calling for the end of President Hosni Mubarak’s nearly 30-year rule, experts said.

Egypt has apparently done what many technologists thought was unthinkable for any country with a major Internet economy: It unplugged itself entirely from the Internet to try and silence dissent.

Experts say it’s unlikely that what’s happened in Egypt could happen in the United States because the U.S. has numerous Internet providers and ways of connecting to the Internet. Coordinating a simultaneous shutdown would be a massive undertaking.

“It can’t happen here,” said Jim Cowie, the chief technology officer and a co-founder of Renesys, a network security firm in Manchester, New Hampshire, that studies Internet disruptions. “How many people would you have to call to shut down the U.S. Internet? Hundreds, thousands maybe? We have enough Internet here that we can have our own Internet. If you cut it off, that leads to a philosophical question: Who got cut off from the Internet, us or the rest of the world?”

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Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/royal-family-granted-new-right-of-secrecy-2179148.html

The Royal Family is to be granted absolute protection from public scrutiny in a controversial legal reform designed to draw a veil of secrecy over the affairs of the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William.

Letters, emails and documents relating to the monarch, her heir and the second in line to the throne will no longer be disclosed even if they are in the public interest.

Sweeping changes to the Freedom of Information Act will reverse advances which had briefly shone a light on the royal finances – including an attempt by the Queen to use a state poverty fund to heat Buckingham Palace – and which had threatened to force the disclosure of the Prince of Wales’s prolific correspondence with ministers.

Lobbying and correspondence from junior staff working for the Royal Household and Prince Charles will now be held back from disclosure. Buckingham Palace confirmed that it had consulted with the Coalition Government over the change in the law. The Government buried the plan for “added protection” for the Royal Family in the small print of plans called “opening up public bodies to public scrutiny”.

Maurice Frankel, head of the Campaign for Freedom of Information, said that since the change referred to communications written on behalf of the Queen and Prince Charles it might be possible for “park keepers working in the royal parks” to be spared public scrutiny of their letters written to local authorities.

The decision to push through the changes also raises questions about the sincerity of the Liberal Democrats’ commitment to government transparency. In opposition, senior Liberal Democrats frequently lined up to champion the Freedom of Information Act after it came into force in 2005.

Ian Davidson, a former member of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC), told The Independent: “I’m astonished that the Government should find time to seek to cover up royal finances. When I was on the PAC what we wanted was more disclosure not less.

“Every time we examined royal finances we found extravagance and indulgence as well as abuse of expenses by junior royals.

“Everywhere we looked, there were savings to be made for the Government. This sends the wrong message about public disclosure and accountability.”

Paul Flynn, another member of the committee, described the special protection for the Royals as “indefensible”. He said: “I don’t think it serves the interests of the public or the Royal Family very well.”

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‘The mystery of mass bird deaths’ – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12135380

TIMELINE

Date: 3rd January, 2011.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12106315

Wildlife officials are trying to determine what caused more than 1,000 birds to fall dead from the sky over a small town in the US state of Arkansas.

The birds began dropping over the town of Beebe just before midnight on New Year’s Eve.

Various reasons for the mystery deaths have been put forward.

Date: 5th January, 2011.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12118589

Tests are being carried out on about 500 red-winged blackbirds and starlings found dead in the US state of Louisiana.

It happened just a few days after some 3,000 blackbirds fell to Earth in neighbouring Arkansas in the small town of Beebe.

Several scientific explanations as well as conspiracy theories have been put forward to explain what may have happened.

Date: 6th January, 2011

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-12129141

A number of birds have been found dead in the Swedish city of Falkoping, leaving authorities puzzled.

This comes days after thousands of birds mysteriously fell to their deaths in the US state of Arkansas.

Veterinary officials said that the case in Falkoeping was rare and cited a number of reasons for the sudden deaths such as “disease or poisoning”.

For loads of videos on this subject, click here

‘The Core’ movie (2003)

Here is a scene from the movie ‘The Core’, where the London pigeons suddenly go wild, as a result of a change in the Earth’s magnetic field…

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NEVER QUESTION AUTHORITY… why not?

For more like this please visit: http://www.youtube.com/user/cveitch

To learn more about YOUR RIGHTS a good resource is: http://www.tpuc.org/

Can I film police on private property?

Source: http://photorights.org/faq/can-i-film-police-on-private-property

This is basically two questions : can I film on private property? and can I film police?

All the reservations about photographing on private property apply, ie you may do so unless or until the landowner forbids it. Thereafter you commit a civil trespass. You also must be mindful of privacy issues and not photograph anyone where they might have a reasonable expectation of privacy. Please see other parts of this FAQ for more details. Police may well point out that you have no permission from the landowner to film. Unless you do, that’s a warning shot. Whilst it isn’t their job to uphold the landowner’s civil rights, if you persist they’ll likely view you as hostile and difficult – and find something else they can charge you with.

In general you have the same legal rights to photograph police as photographing any other citizen. However it often doesn’t work out like that because the police can always find a charge that can be applied and may result in the threat of arrest or arrest if you persist. Typically this might be obstruction of a police constable in performance of his duty, but there are other possibilities. This is a risk on the public street for professional photographers carrying press cards. On private property, privacy and/or security ssues may magnify the risk.

From this, for instance snapping away inside a police station or at a crime scene would be highly inadvisable without permission. Having said that, police are routinely filmed by CCTV within shops, whenever they arrest a detained shoplifter, so it’s very much a matter of context. Unless you have some overriding public interest reason or just like being locked in small windowless rooms for hours on end, we suggest you ask first.

Last weekend I was sat with a friend outside a bar having a pint (as you do), when in-between conversations, I noticed an advert on the side of the bus stop shelter promoting flu vaccinations for the elderly and pregnant women. I think I made my usual grunt or ‘tut’ and then carried on our conversation.

But I remembered later a conversation that I had shared with my family over the winter holiday period, concerning flu jabs and who had had one. Both these events prompted me to look a little further into it and as a result, the following is a brief start on what appears to be a rather large and controversial subject.

The link below goes to a lecture called ‘Mercury, Autism and the Global Vaccine Agenda’ and although its filled with medical terminology and acronyms, its well worth a watch (especially as the speaker suggests that Autism is reversable.)

http://www.bbc5.tv/eyeplayer/video/mercury-autism-and-global-vaccine-agenda

Here’s a link to a site hosting a spreadsheet with the ingredients of the international H1N1 “Swine Flu” vaccination (look for mercury and aluminium):

http://www.scribd.com/doc/23294341/International-H1N1-Swine-Flu-Vaccine-Ingredient-Table-Dr-Tenperry

Here are a few videos…

Films like ‘I am Legend’ (set in 2012!), although largely percieved as being purely for entertainment, also add to the fear of these types of epidemics (although perhaps without the flesh eating zombies element)

More to follow…

Earthquake hits North Yorkshire

(source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/jan/03/earthquake-north-yorkshire)

Epicentre of 3.6 magnitude quake was in the Yorkshire Dales with effects being felt as far away as Sunderland.

The second small earthquake to strike northern England in a fortnight was being investigated by scientists last night.

The British Geological Survey (BGS) confirmed a 3.6-magnitude quake had struck Yorkshire although the tremor was also felt as far afield as Cumbria, Sunderland and Tyne and Wear.

The organisation’s seismology project leader, Dr Brian Baptie, told Sky News: “We believe the earthquake was centred in North Yorkshire, just west of Ripon, round about the Yorkshire Dales region.” He said the tremor measured 3.6.

Dr Aoife O’Mongain, also from the BGS, told the Press Association that the epicentre of the quake was six miles west of Ripon with a depth of almost four miles.

“It would have only lasted for a couple of seconds,” she said. “At that strength, it is not likely that it would have caused any damage. People living in the vicinity may have felt their windows rattling as if a lorry was going past.”

David Jones, who lives outside Skipton, told BBC News: “I was downstairs and our heavy cast iron wood stove rattled quite loudly for about five seconds. My wife upstairs said wardrobe doors were also rattling … I have felt a couple of earthquakes in other parts of the world from time to time so I was fairly certain what it was as soon as I felt it.”

Damian Boddy said he felt the quake in Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire. “The house shook as if a door slammed – I thought it was burglars until we checked online news.”

Chris Allinson, 17, rushed outside when the quake hit his home in Ripon. The teenager, studying photography and business studies A-levels at Giggleswick school, said: “I was sat on the floor watching TV with my family when I heard a loud rumbling like the sound of a big tractor passing the house outside. Things started shaking and the dogs started barking.

“It got louder and louder and I jumped up to get outside. Then there was just this rush of sound like a snowdrift falling from a tiled roof and, after that, silence. We stood outside and stared at each other.”

Staff at the Swinton Park Hotel in Masham, 10 miles from the epicentre, felt the earth move. One 27-year-old man who did not wish to be named said there were two quakes.

“The first lasted three seconds or so and rattled everything on the shelves.

“Seconds later there was a second quake, shorter this time. I thought, ‘That was an earthquake’, but then thought it could not have been – you don’t get earthquakes in Yorkshire …

“I used to live in California and I got quite used to quakes when I was there. We’d have them almost every day. This was pretty small by Californian standards but pretty strange for up here.”

A 3.5-magnitude earthquake struck near Coniston in Cumbria just before 11pm on 21 December. There have been nine tremors in and around the British Isles in the last month.

Other recent UK quakes include one in February 2008, when a major tremor centred on Lincolnshire shook much of the UK, causing damage to buildings and leaving at least one person injured. The tremor, measuring 5.2, struck at around 1am on 27 February at Market Rasen.

In Folkestone, Kent, in April 2007 several homes were damaged after a tremor measuring 4.3.

Note: Please click here to see the article/links about last year’s earthquake in Dudley, UK.

 

 

‘Orwell Rolls in His Grave’

Orwell Rolls in His Grave is a 2003 documentary film written and directed by Robert Kane Pappas. It examines the current and past relationships between the media, the US government and corporations, analyzing the possible consequences of the concentration of media ownership. Making references to George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, the film argues that reality has met and in some ways exceeded Orwell’s expectations about a society dominated by thought control, which is made possible by the media.

According to the film, the mass media no longer report news, but manage it, deciding what makes the headlines and what is conveniently ignored, thus ultimately defining the framework upon which most other issues are discussed by the society. As an example, it is claimed that since the late 1980s there’s been an agenda pursued by the major media corporations regarding the deregulation of the media market, by which news reports sell all its benefits while neglecting its disastrous results.

To watch this film, please visit BBC5.tv via the link below:

http://www.bbc5.tv/eyeplayer/video/orwell-rolls-his-grave