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Screenshot_20170912-042304HUNDREDS of children’s bodies from Smyllum Park Orphanage have been discovered in a mass grave.

At least 400 youngsters were buried at St Mary’s Cemetery in Lanark, southern Scotland, close to where they were cared for at the home – but what do we know about Smyllum Park Orphanage so far?

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Where is Smyllum Park Orphanage?

Smyllum Park Orphanage was opened in 1864 at Smyllum Park in Lanark, Lanarkshire, Scotland.

The institution was run by a Catholic order of nuns and housed 11,600 children aged between one and 14 years old, including those who were blind or deaf-mute, before it closed in 1981.

Decades later an unmarked mass grave was found at nearby St Mary’s Church in Lanark which is just a three-minute drive away from the care home.

The orphanage is now being examined by the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry into historical allegations of the abuse of children in care.


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by Gary ‘Z’ McGeeStaff Writer, Waking Times

“Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.” ~Isaac Asimov

Institutional learning is old hat. It kills creativity. It motivates through fear. It robs you of all your time. It robs you –full stop. The traditional-minded, especially the older generations who are still stuck in their “get a job” mindsets and snubbing their nose at any kind of informal learning, have kept education entrenched in a parochial, test-driven game of memorize-regurgitate-grade-repeat that they keep shoving down the younger generation’s throat. This can lead to a socially acceptable degree, true, but it also tends to leave people with rigid institutionalized mindsets that make it all too easy for them to conform to the dull-minded nine-to-five daily grind of the common workplace. Unless you’re an autodidact first and a student second.

Still, this “it’s just the way things…

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From Paris to Boston, Terrorists Were Already Known to Authorities

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map-3Ryan Gallagher reports for The Intercept:

Whenever a terrorist attack occurs, it never takes long for politicians to begin calling for more surveillance powers. The horrendous attacks in Paris last week, which left more than 120 people dead, are no exception to this rule. In recent days, officials in the United Kingdom and the United States have been among those arguing that more surveillance of Internet communications is necessary to prevent further atrocities.

The case for expanded surveillance of communications, however, is complicated by an analysis of recent terrorist attacks. The Intercept has reviewed 10 high-profile jihadi attacks carried out in Western countries between 2013 and 2015 (see below), and in each case some or all of the perpetrators were already known to the authorities before they executed their plot. In other words, most of the terrorists involved were not ghost operatives who sprang from nowhere to commit their crimes; they were…

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War On The Poor


The “War on Poverty” has become a war on the poor. This recently hit home for me via some family member’s remarks on a meme I posted. I understand. Sometimes it must seem that getting up for work everyday just to keep up with the bills and trying to make it through life is harder than it should be. The middle class are being beat up pretty bad compared to the not too distant past when workers had excellent unions, great medical insurance and retirement pensions. With those rapidly disappearing benefits and the high cost of living, due to inflation, illegal wars, banker bailouts, etc, these middle class workers disparately need an enemy to blame for how fucked up everything is. That someone is poor people, who, so they’re told, are mooching up tax dollars and getting rich off welfare. Well we can indeed have our own opinions, but let’s please base…

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Owen Jones Meets Critic of Neoliberal Economics, Ha-Joon Chang

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In his series of videos on YouTube, Owen Jones, the author of Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class, goes to meet with various public figures. These include Jeremy Corbyn, Peter Hitchens and so on. In this video he talks to Ha-Joon Chang, a South Korean economics professor at Cambridge University. Chang’s interesting as he’s a critic of Neoliberalism, the free market economics that has been this country’s political dogma since the Margaret Thatcher. I put up a post a little while ago on Chang’s 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism.

The conversation begins by Chang attacking the government’s decision to cut public spending in order to shrink the debt. He says that public debt represents public demand, and if you shrink it, the economy will also shrink, and you’ll still be left with a massive debt. This is what has happened to Greece. It’s far…

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Scandal of Miners’ Pensions:

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A freedom of information request has uncovered a major government scandal


A freedom of information request has uncovered a major government scandalUK

The miners’ strike of 1984/85 is a well-documented event, and is one of the most recognisable events of the Thatcher era. But what is less talked about is the miners’ pension scheme. Or most notably, the fact that successive governments have funnelled money, to the tune of £8bn, out of the scheme while leaving many miners destitute.

An industry decimated with pensions under threat

After the privatisation of British Coal in 1994, the then Conservative government agreed to underwrite the miners’ pensions scheme. This was to ensure, in theory, that the miners’ pensions were protected. The deal was that the scheme would track the rate of inflation, and rise accordingly. But in return, the government would be able to take half of any extra cash that was…

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EU Single Market:

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The EU Single Market Is Incompatible With Labour’s Manifesto

EU single market membership frustrates any ability to create coherent, integrated, nationalised industries and utilities based on democratically agreed national needs, write JONATHAN WHITE and ALEX GORDON

IN the debate around Labour’s position on Brexit, siren voices on the left assert the single market — sometimes called the EU internal market — does not prevent governments creating nationalised industries and utilities.

For example, when French President Emmanuel Macron recently announced a temporary renationalisation of the “STX France” shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, blocking Italian firm Fincantieri’s takeover of France’s military infrastructure for warship and aircraft carrier construction, some opponents of Brexit hailed the move as evidence that the EU is neutral on the question of nationalisation versus private ownership of industry.

However, French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire went to great lengths to make clear the intervention to protect French strategic…

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