Today the former Labour minister, Peter Hain MP, bemoaned how he and fellow Labour MPs were monitored by Special Branch during their time in Government because of their radical activities in youthful years. Well, Mr Hain, there are at least several thousand people in the UK who are blacklists maintained by the various police special units – as well as several hundred on the Government’s extremism database – most of whom simply want a more just and equal society. Indeed, Mr Hain and his fellow disgruntled MPs should perhaps regard the interest that was paid to them by Special Branch and the Special Demonstrations Squad as a badge of honour! Over the years successive Governments – including the one Mr Hain and his colleagues were part of – contributed to the criminalisation of radical thought and in doing so not only “conflated serious crime with political dissent” (to quote Hain)…
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Two sobering stories from the charnel house that is Mexico, where the government literally knows where the bodies are buried — and, in at least one case — attempts to conceal the grisly truth.
[The maps are from Google Maps].
More than 600 buried in mass grave near Torreon
First from RT:
Remains of more than 600 bodies were unearthed from what may become Mexico’s largest mass grave found to date, according to local media. It was discovered near Torreon, one of the most dangerous cities in the world.
The gruesome find was made in a 16-hectare paddock in San Pedro, near the city of Torreon, according to Notimundo news outlet, citing Grupo VIDA, an NGO representing the relatives of missing persons.
The bones, teeth, clothing, and footwear of more than 600 victims were found lying in the site…
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Illinois is now thefor its phony accounts scandal. On Monday the state joined with the bank for a year.
“I started noticing what I thought were honest mistakes. But then these honest mistakes, you know, became a very clear pattern,” Yesenia Guitron said.
Eventually, as her complaints continued, she says the manager of the branch in St. Helena came to her desk, told her she was fired, and escorted her out the door.
Continue reading: Wells Fargo whistleblower says she flagged fraud years ago
We all know how people fail. The answers when we ask ourselves the question are immediate. It starts in childhood with children who do exactly what their parents and teachers told them not to do. Children who are contrary, refuse to learn and are disruptive.
It continues in the teens when children seem to revert to the pre-moral condition of toddlers, rejecting all authority, becoming egocentrically pleasure focused, disdaining school work and the sensible advice from parents about avoiding sexual activity and drugs.
Then the university student stereotype kicks in. Students whose last objective is to study, opting instead for a hedonist lifestyle, sex and drugs and rock ‘n roll.
This is then followed by the lazy work-shy adult.
Yes. We know why people fail. It is their own fault. Their own shortcomings. Their own bad choices.
But what is missing from this picture? You see it is only when…
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The other day I had an exchange with a fellow law professor who expressed great skepticism about the need for legal protections against severe workplace bullying, adding that he equated the topic with what he perceives to be an excess of political correctness in our civic dialogue. It became clear as our exchange went on that nothing I could say would sway him.
Based on his remarks to me, I think he also was coming from a place of exasperation toward current, hotly contested debates on college campuses on the need for “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces,” terms explained by Sophie Downes in the New York Times:
A trigger warning is pretty simple: It consists of a professor’s saying in class, “The reading for this week includes a graphic description of sexual assault,” or a note on a syllabus that reads, “This course…
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Claiming UC has ruined my health, put me into debt and resulted in making me homeless. That’s WITH a job!
People are closing their Universal Credit saying it has brought them to hunger, deby and homelessness – despite their being in a job. This is a conversation from my Facebook feed a few days ago:
L***** I’m done. Claim closed!!
J***** Because U have a job or because you’ve had enough? Xxx
L***** Because I’ve had enough xx
H***** I had enough too. Couldn’t take the bullying and constant nit picking and rule changes any more!
J***** Totally wrong!!!! So what are u made to live on now? Xx
L*****They gave me £133.00 to live on this month xx
J***** Jesus Christ! Wow I bet that went a long way! So what’s next for u? Xx
L***** Utter disgrace they expect you to live on this this government are sick…
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The FBI investigation into the Clinton email scandal seems to grow more questionable by the day. As I discussed earlier, the five immunity deals handed out by the Justice Department were, in my view, largely unnecessary and undermined the development of any criminal case. Now, House investigators have learned that Justice Department officials, in addition to their immunity deals, cut a “side agreement” with Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson for agents to destroy their laptops after searching their hard drives for evidence. With Congress seeking the information, the side deal clearly would obstruct that investigation and the details of the side agreement make little sense if the FBI were pursuing any and all evidence of criminal conduct.
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The American Red Cross at this point seems to be a failed organization, unable to deliver services but still actively seeking contributions. Derek Krovitz reports for ProPublica: In August, the cou…
Reposted from three years ago, with slight edit.
I fully support the Dublin Bus workers in their fight to maintain a decent standard of living for themselves and their families. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised, but it really is still hard to take the abject whinging and sniping from ordinary people who think collective action in protection of wages and conditions is some kind of outrage against natural justice.
What, you think the IMF wants you to live a long and prosperous life? You think the ECB is on your side? You think the weekend, paid holidays and sick leave are gifts from above, from the likes of Denis O’Brien and Dermot Desmond and John Bruton [ADDS 2016: or Tim Cook and Apple]? You think Leo Varadkar finds it hard to sleep at night because you struggle with your bills?
Things such as weekend, paid holidays and sick…
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