Six million working families on low incomes are poorer than they were a decade ago due to an unprecedented squeeze on pay and rising costs of housing and childcare, a study has found.
Ahead of this weekend’s Conservative party conference, the Resolution Foundation (RF) study aimed to identify those Theresa May spoke described in her first pledge as prime minister as “just about managing” to provide for themselves.
In her first statement on the steps of Downing Street, May said she wanted to speak to the ordinary families who had harder lives than many people knew.
“You have a…
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The days of organisations like the Economic League and the Consulting Association keeping lists of political activists and trade union militants are, thankfully, long gone. These organisations were products of the 20th Century, though the CA managed to continue into the present century until it was closed down by the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) after years of campaigning and investigations by union activists and others. But since those organisations’ demise, blacklisting has not only survived but is flourishing, thanks partly to the widening role of HR departments and recruitment agencies and their ongoing links with the intelligence arms of government, and partly to the impact of social media on our lives. Also, blacklisting in today’s brave new world is not just about preventing industrial action, but about profiling workers to ensure they are compliant, have the right corporate attitude and are most definitely not ‘radical’. Below are examples of…
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By John W. Whitehead June 29, 2015 This commentary is also available at http://www.rutherford.org. “If you don’t want a man unhappy politically, don’t give him two sides to a question to worry him; give h…
Yahoo on Thursday confirmed that at least 500 million user accounts had their information compromised in a massive hack that it believes was perpetrated by a state-sponsored actor. The scale of the breach makes it among the largest on record.
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With so many devices, including MRIs, putting out electromagnetic energy, people are naturally concerned about what effect they might have on the human body. Could an electromagnetic field kill or harm us?
A blog called Gravity and Levity (1) that delves into physics and other science stuff examined the problem. It turns out that an electromagnetic field of about 100,000 Teslas strength would be sufficient to disintegrate the human body by distorting its atoms. The good news is that the nearest thing that would put out such a field would be a neutron star.
Electromagnetic fields of lesser strength can do strange things to the human nervous system, interfering with the electrochemical firing of the nerves that send signals from the brain to other parts of the body. According to a 1962 study cited by a previous Top Secret Writer piece (2), low levels of electromagnetic energy…
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Photo courtesy of the Manchester Evening News.
David Boyce has diabetes. He was sanctioned for five months by the Department for Work and Pensions, which meant he had no money whatsoever to meet his basic needs. As a result, he had to sell his belongings, but couldn’t afford to eat properly and subsequently had to have his leg amputated, as his medical condition spiralled out of control. A healthy diet is essential as part of the management and treatment for diabetes.
David was a photographer who used to own a business, but was forced to give up his work because of ill-health. There was a dispute with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) about his jobseeker’s agreement and he was…
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Burying the Typewriter: Childhood Under the Eye of the Secret Police by Carmen Bugan – review
Mexico is descending into a new abyss of violence, and it’s government officials who bear the brunt of the blame as the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto plumbs a new depth of unpopularity.
The latest polling numbers given the Mexican leader a favorability rating of 26 percent, the lowest number for any Mexican president in more than two decades.
One of the leading reasons for the presidential plunge is the nation’s growing level of violence, with the latest victims including both journalists and priests.
Real blood on the newsroom floor
The press has fared poorly under Peña, with an ever-growing number of journalists slain, and politicians from Peña’s party have been linked to some of the slaying.
From teleSUR English:
At least 26 journalists have been killed since President Enrique Peña Nieto took office, including two more last week.
Aurelio Campos, editor at the daily “El Grafico,” based…
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But yet again the Judge refused to convict for ”lack of evidence”.
Peru has finally joined the tidal wave of ‘Not One Woman Less’ protests that have inundated Latin and South America. Finally women are confronting the ingrained social license to treat them as sex slaves, private property, servants and veritable punch-bags in the service of runaway macho hubris.
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