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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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‘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.’

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

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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: www.montrealgazette.com

Date:   September 6, 2010

LONDON — Former Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Monday he had cancelled a book-signing in London this week to mark the launch of his memoirs, over fears the event would be hit by protests. Three people were arrested after eggs and shoes were thrown at Blair, 57, as he arrived to sign copies of “A Journey” at a bookshop in Dublin on Saturday and some of the 200 protesters clashed with police.

No injuries were reported and the missiles did not hit Blair. Anti-war campaigners and the far-right British National Party had said they would protest on Wednesday at the Waterstone’s branch in Piccadilly in central London over Blair’s decision to join the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

“I have decided not to go ahead with the signing as I don’t want the public to be inconvenienced by the inevitable hassle caused by protestors,” Blair said in a statement on his website. “I know the Metropolitan Police would, as ever, have done a superb job in managing any disruption but I do not wish to impose an extra strain on police resources, simply for a book-signing.” He said he would sign books for Waterstone’s which would be available from the store on Thursday.

“I’m really sorry for those – as ever the majority – who would have come to have their books signed by me in person. I hope they understand.” Tight security had already been planned for the event, with all bags and mobile phones to have been checked in beforehand. In his memoirs, Blair – now an envoy for the Quartet of Middle East peacemakers, the United States, Russia, the EU and the United Nations – said he could have not have imagined what he called the “nightmare” that unfolded in Iraq.

He also echoed previous statements that the 2003 invasion was justified because Saddam Hussein posed a threat and could have developed weapons of mass destruction. Speaking to media on Monday, Blair said the book was selling “fantastically” well, although he is also facing an internet campaign which has been set up to try to disrupt sales. A group set up on the social networking site Facebook is calling for people to move copies into the “crime” section of bookstores. “Make bookshops think twice about where they categorise our generations (sic) greatest war criminal,” said the campaign, which has attracted almost 7,000 members.

This is a horiffic story and one that really needs as much support and exposure as can be generated. The story is as follows…

In the summer of 2000, Hollie told her mother, Anne, that she had been repeatedly sexually abused by her father, Denis Charles Mackie and brother Greg. The abuse had begun when Hollie was just six years old. Hollie said that Greg had also been abused by his father.

Anne Greig reported this immediately to the local police station in Aberdeen. During the course of that summer, Hollie, who has Down`s Syndrome, began to provide more names of abusers. It transpired that Denis Mackie had been sharing his daughter with a ring of sexual abusers, which included a serving police officer with the Grampian force, Terry Major and an Aberdeen sheriff, Graeme Buchanan.

Medical and other evidence supported Hollie`s account and Grampian Police accepted the truth of Hollie`s statement. Nonetheless, no action was taken by Grampian Police against the perpetrators and despite Anne Greig`s persistence, the Procurator Fiscal, now Lord Advocate, Elish Angiolini prevented any police action taking place.

In fact, the authorities instead attempted to discredit and intimidate Anne by having her forcibly taken to a mental institution, with the intention of handing Hollie back to her abuser father. Fortunately, Anne Greig had the presence of mind to have herself checked by a leading psychiatrist, who proclaimed her perfectly sane, a view with which even the institution were forced to concur.

In the years that have followed, Anne Greig has persisted in her attempts to bring the abusers to justice, not only for the sake of her own children, but also to prevent these dreadful practices continuing against others, which includes adults with learning difficulties as well as children.

It was only in 2009, when the News Of The World courageously broke the story, concentrating on the hitherto unheard of fact that Hollie had received payments from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority for crimes that have not even been investigated.

The measures to cover up this terrible story continue unbounded by the authorities.

Several years ago, Denis and Greg Mackie went to live in Portugal. On 8th May 2007, immediately following Madeleine McCann`s disappearance, Anne Greig, accompanied by a victim`s support witness, went to her now local police station in Shrewsbury to tell them to alert the Portuguese Police, as despite the proven case of paedophile abuse, neither of the Mackies had a record of any kind. The McCann team has accepted that the Mackies ought to have been questioned immediately. It is now understood that the British Police failed to pass on these details to their Portuguese counterparts.

Hence, the official cover up has even extended to detracting from the Madeleine McCann investigation.

Investigators have already informed us that discoveries of other paedophile rings in Scotland has been discovered, but it is clear that certain senior figures of authority are prepared to obstruct the course of justice and allow the known sexual abuse of some of society`s most vulnerable people to continue unabated, just to save their own skins.

The Hollie Greig story is now widely known by the media, police, legal, medical and political professions.

The facts are beyond dispute.

The only question that remains will be as to who has sufficient decency and courage to bring this and other issues to a just conclusion.

For more information, please go to: www.holliegreig.info Also, please find below an interview with Robert Green.

More information: http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/1488131?UserKey=

Guardian clip: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/jul/22/ian-tomlinson-g20-cps-ruling

An official decision to bring no charges against the policeman who struck Ian Tomlinson minutes before he died at the G20 protests is under intense scrutiny as it emerged that the Independent Police Complaints Commission had backed a prosecution for manslaughter.

Keir Starmer, the director of public prosecutions, acknowledged there was evidence that the officer, named as PC Simon Harwood, assaulted Tomlinson, 47, minutes before he died. But he said there was no realistic prospect of conviction because of “sharp disagreements” between pathologists.

The decision was met with fury by Tomlinson’s family, who accused the authorities of a 16-month cover-up over the death of the seller on 1 April last year, when he was seen on video being struck by an officer and then shoved to the ground, despite behaving peacefully.

The Crown Prosecution Service’s view clashes with that of an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission. The Guardian has learned the IPCC concluded there was sufficient evidence to charge the officer with manslaughter, and told Tomlinson’s family so.

The first postmortem by Dr Freddy Patel endorsed the police’s version of events, ruling that he died from a heart attack.

But a direct challenge to the CPS also emerged last night from Dr Nat Cary, the second forensic pathologist who examined Tomlinson’s body. He told the Guardian prosecutors made a factual error in dismissing a charge of actual bodily harm.

He said his report contained clear evidence that Tomlinson suffered injuries sufficient to support an ABHcharge. The CPS dismissed the injuries as “relatively minor” and thus not enough to support a charge of ABH in its written reasons given to the family.

Cary, speaking for the first time about the case, said: “I’m quite happy to challenge that. The injuries were not relatively minor. He sustained quite a large area of bruising. Such injuries are consistent with a baton strike, which could amount to ABH. It’s extraordinary. If that’s not ABH I would like to know what is.”

The CPS said Patel’s findings would provide a jury with enough reasonable doubt that the officer’s strike contributed to the death, and as a result they would acquit. By coincidence Patel yesterday faced a disciplinary hearing at the General Medical Council for allegedly conducting four other autopsies incompetently. He could be struck off and the Home Office has suspended him from its approved list.

Starmer said the CPS could not bring a charge of common assault because it failed to do so within a legal time limit .

Tomlinson’s family accused the authorities of a “big cover-up” and there were heated exchanges as they met with prosecutors after being told the news.

Tomlinson’s stepson Paul King said: “It’s outrageous. We feel like it was not a full investigation from the beginning. It’s a big cover-up.

“He has just admitted on TV that a copper assaulted our dad. But he hasn’t done anything. He’s the man in charge … why hasn’t he charged him.?

The Tomlinsons’ solicitor, Jules Carey, said the decision was disgraceful and said an inquiry must examine if it was due to a “lack of will or incompetence”.

The solicitor said Cary’s view that the CPS made factual errors would be examined to see if it could form part of a legal challenge: “The family were surprised about how the extent of the injuries were minimised by the CPS.”

The family’s expectation that the officer would be charged was built on the video evidence and because of what the IPCC told them about its investigation.

The IPCC concluded its investigation into the death and handed its file to the CPS in August 2009. Shortly after, senior investigators held a meeting with the family to discuss their findings. While they made clear the CPS was responsible for charging decisions, IPCC officials told the family they believed there was sufficient evidence to charge the officer with manslaughter.

Last night the IPCC said: “The officer was interviewed for the offence of manslaughter under caution.” An inquest will now be held into the death, where the family will hope a jury hear the case. The officer remains suspended and is expected to face a disciplinary hearing.

Deborah Coles of the Inquest charity said: “The eyes of the world will be looking on with incredulity as yet again a police officer is not facing any criminal charges after what is one of the most clear-cut and graphic examples of police violence that has led to death. This decision is a shameful indictment of the way police criminality is investigated.”

The CPS lawyer who made the decision was the same one who decided no officer should face charges for the shooting dead of Jean Charles de Menezes by police who mistook him for a terrorist. That shooting happened five years ago yesterday.

The Met commissioner, Sir Paul Stephenson, said he regretted Tomlinson’s death and offered his sympathy to his family. He said he was concerned by the video footage but that it was not appropriate for him to comment on the outcome of the IPCC inquiry or the CPS decision.

Date: Tuesday 20 July 2010

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/jul/20/one-in-ten-police-on-streets

Just one in every 10 police officers is available to tackle crime at any one time despite year-on-year budget increases over the past four decades, a police watchdog warned today.

Sir Denis O’Connor, HM chief inspector of constabulary, said an average of only 11% of officers and police community support officers (PCSOs) are able to meet frontline demands.

He highlighted how in some forces only six in every 100 officers are on a duty visible to the public during peak Friday night hours while larger numbers work quiet Monday mornings.

The former Met assistant commissioner blamed the low availability on the reliance on PCSOs, who do not work after 8pm, as well as shift patterns, risk management, bureaucracy and increased niche posts.

O’Connor said the findings were further evidence of how the thin blue line must be radically redrawn if forces stand any chance of meeting huge cuts without damage to policing.

His comments came as a series of reports found police in England and Wales could save £1bn without cutting services, but a massive potential funding gap remains that many forces are not prepared for.

Reports by the Audit Commission, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and the Wales Audit Office found police could shave £1bn from central government funding of around £13.7bn.

Officials said money could be saved by more collaboration between forces, better shift patterns to match demand, cutting back office costs and more efficient procurement of national contracts. But they warned further cuts will inevitably reduce the number of officers on the beat and responding to emergencies unless there is a “total redesign” of how the police is run and overseen.

O’Connor warned that one in three forces is not adequately prepared for cuts and that those who spend more money are not necessarily the most effective at tackling crime and reassuring the public.

The former senior officer urged the government to focus cash on putting officers on the beat and said ministers should consider withholding cash from forces who do not spend it wisely.

O’Connor cautioned reform will be hampered by the fact police officers cannot be made redundant and it remains unclear whether forces can even make them retire after 30 years’ service.

Over the last four years, the number of officers working neighbourhood beats has fallen by 1,429 as more officers are drawn into specialisms for tackling crimes from terrorism to child abuse.

Watchdogs have pointed out how increased bureaucracy and guidelines, created by a raft of organisations, have also pulled officers off the frontline at a time when the public want to see more.

O’Connor said there was no time for a royal commission to review the demands on police, but that senior officers must “rise to the challenge” and tell the public of the hard choice they face.

“The challenge for the police service is to reduce spending without reducing public confidence. Our reports shows that while some forces are getting ready for the budget cuts we know are inevitable, many forces have yet to make adequate preparations.

“We are today challenging the police, managers and politicians who make strategic decisions about the future of policing in England and Wales, to use our reports to thoroughly examine their choices so that the public’s safety and well-being are not put at risk.”

Michael O’Higgins, of the Audit Commission, said: “Better value for money in policing will be a challenge, but it is possible. Many police forces have shown how to save money and actually improve performance while maintaining public confidence – some have even done this with fewer police officers. And greater local scrutiny of police spending should help the higher-spending forces.”

Chief Constable Grahame Maxwell, the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) lead on finance and resources, said savings as large as the £1 billion would require “significant re-engineering” to deliver and might require legislative change.

“Eighty per cent of the police service budget is made up of people and savings of that extent would therefore have a major impact on numbers,” he added.

The policing and criminal justice minister, Nick Herbert, said: “We share the view that the rise in police numbers and resources has not been reflected in increasing visibility, and that there are savings to be made through greater force collaboration, smarter use of the workforce and a reduction in bureaucracy.

“This report shows that, even if resources are tighter, we can still get officers out on to the streets, where the public want to see them. Our reforms to make the police more accountable to their local communities will make sure that happens.”