Remembrance Sunday events were today held across the country in tribute to members of Britain and the Commonwealth’s Armed Forces who have died during conflicts. The Queen attended a service at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, where she laid a wreath in memory of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. She was joined by senior royals, Prime Minister David Cameron and leaders of opposition parties for the service, a focal point of the nation’s ceremonies. The first stroke of Big Ben at 11am and the firing of a gun from Horse Guards Parade by The King’s Troop
Comments: Continuing my fascination with the title "Kevlar President," I wonder where Kev is today?
"They disembarked in 45 And no-one spoke and no-one smiled There were too many spaces in the line. Gathered at the cenotaph All agreed with hand on heart To sheath the sacrificial Knifes" From Pink Floyd´s Southampton Docks"
Armistice Day signifies the end of hostilities to a war (World War I) that destroyed Europe. This war caused the deaths of millions of people and swept away four empires (German, Austrian, Ottoman and Russian). The void left by the demise of the Russian empire was filled by Communism. The terms of peace to end the war sowed the seeds for another world war 21 years later.
And to think it all started when a tubercular Serbian student by the name of Gavrilo Princip shot and killed the heir to Austria´s throne as he and his wife toured Sarajevo on June 28, 1914! Austria responded by declaring war on Serbia and then the alliances fell into place within days, groups of countries fighting groups of countries.
I just love the Queen. I wish her a long healthy life. The Queen represents all of the best things in life, honor, love of her country and the traditions and values that the USA and the UK really no longer embrace.
Dusten Brown suffered a significant blow to his chances of keeping his daughter Friday when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to halt 3-year-old Veronica’s adoption. The front lines in the Oklahoma man’s legal battle now shift to his home state, where supporters think he stands a better opportunity to foil the adoption by Matt and Melanie Capobianco of James Island. [Snip] That move came after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Indian Child Welfare Act didn’t apply to Brown because he hadn’t been in the child’s life. He used the ICWA in
The night four Americans--including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens--were killed during a terrorist in Benghazi, Libya, last year, there reportedly were dozens of CIA operatives on the ground near the scene that night--and now the spy agency is going to great lengths to keep whatever they were doing there a secret. According to published reports, since January, several CIA operatives involved in the missions in Libya have been forced to submit to multiple polygraph tests--in some cases, operatives were given a test on a monthly basis. According to sources with direct knowledge of the situation, the agency is questioning operatives
UKIP leader Nigel Farage today attacked a culture of political correctness he believes is “terrifying” people from causing offence. He said ordinary people are losing their jobs over fears of doing something accidentally wrong in the workplace. He was commenting after school dinner lady Alison Waldcock, 51, was sacked for serving seven-year-old Muslim pupil Khadija Dar roast gammon. She forgot his dietary needs when she asked him if he wanted the food and when the youngster said yes. The headteacher of Queen Edith Primary School in Cambridge swept the plate away from the pupil just as she was about to
Driving west from Lashkar Gah in Helmand province--a town so supercharged with new money it is sometimes known as Lash Vegas--you quickly come to an impressive array of new projects: a riverside park, a prison, an agricultural training college, all built with British money.[Snip] Seven years ago few in Britain could place Helmand on a map, but it quickly became a byword for the horrors of unrelenting combat in the dust and heat of a foreign land. At the peak of the British deployment nearly 10,000 troops were based in Afghanistan, most here in Helmand. Close to 450 British
So I´d just got back from doing a shop at Aldi (*) last night when I noticed that in my absence I´d been mentioned in 120 new tweets. "Ulp!" I thought. "What have I gone and done now?" In Twitterland, you see, being mentioned in lots of tweets is usually a sign you´ve been naughty (* Aldi´s aged sirloin Aberdeen Angus steak is unsurpassed) [Snip] So, as you do, I had a glance at the self-descriptions of my self-appointed Twitter jury and here are some examples of what I found: "Labour party activist"; "Middle-aged old style socialist"; "leftie"; "Guardian-reading
Edward Snowden has finally been granted temporary asylum in Russia. My sources tell me that North Korea was happy to take him, too, but their only airplane is grounded at Pyongyang airport after the pedals fell off. Snowden, you may recall, is the man who exposed the extent to which America spies on its own citizens. A noble cause indeed, although it´s rather undermined by fleeing to a country that … spies on its own people. According to siliconangle.com, back in 2000 Putin introduced a new law that made it possible for eight different intelligence agencies to access all internet
US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has left the Moscow airport where he has been staying since June, his lawyer told the BBC. Anatoly Kucherena said Mr Snowden had received the necessary papers to enter Russian territory from the transit zone at Sheremetyevo Airport. Russia is currently considering his request for asylum. The US has charged Mr Snowden with leaking details of its electronic surveillance programmes.
National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander jousted with a few hecklers as he defended the U.S. spy agency´s surveillance programs at the Black Hat security conference on Wednesday, but largely kept the crowd of cybersecurity experts and hackers on his side. ´Read the Constitution!´ one heckler shouted at the 61-year-old four-star general as he responded to polite but tough questions selected in advance by conference organizers. ´I have. So should you,´ Alexander shot back, triggering sustained applause. The four-star general, who wore uniform shirt sleeves, was the opening keynote speaker at the annual convention in Las Vegas
With only thin justifications, NSA agents have been spying on Americans online without a warrant- reading emails, chats and browsing histories. Today, The Guardian broke down the process by which NSA analysts tap internet activity by publishing a training guide used to introduce new analysts to X-Keyscore. Described as the ´widest-ranging´ database, X-Keyscore allows analysts to wiretap basically anyone. Snowden was referring to the system when he said in June: ‘I, sitting at my desk can wiretap anyone, from you or your accountant, to a federal judge or even the president, if I had a personal email.’
Every cat owner likes to think they share a special bond with their feline friend, but experts believe that many people might be missing the chance to communicate effectively. Britain´s leading cat charity has produced a video guide to cat behaviour after a study found many owners struggle to understand their pet. The Cats Protection video dispels popular myths such as cats licking their lips when they are hungry or wanting their tummies scratched when they roll over. Animal lovers are often at a loss to explain why their cat extends its tail upwards or rubs against them.
This morning Suzanne Moore has written a typically pugnacious piece in the Guardian attacking what she calls “the anti-feminist backlash”. According to Suzanne, the “Right-wing establishment and its lackeys” are launching a “pre-emptive strike” on the feminist movement. Examples of these lackeys range from Liam Gallagher, through to our own James Delingpole and Toby Young, to Iain Duncan Smith. Even poor old Nick Clegg gets a good shellacking. “Women haven´t won,” she writes, “we are losing our hard-won rights. [Snip] But Suzanne Moore is wrong on one very important point: men aren’t cowed by modern feminism, we’re laughing at
Britain´s diplomatic war with Spain over the Rock of Gibraltar escalated today after border guards turned away truck loads of concrete thought to be destined for a crucial infrastructure project. The Foreign Office issued a strongly worded statement demanding an explanation from Spain, saying the situation was "wholly unacceptable". Express Online has discovered that lorries containing concrete were refused entry at the border yesterday. It is understood the concrete was earmarked for the expansion of an artificial reef off the coast of Gibraltar, a project that has infuriated Spain. The Gibraltar government, which has already protested about what appeared to
Colin Powell has admitted to exchanging ´very personal´ emails with a Romanian diplomat but denies having an affair with the much younger woman after a hacker threatened to release their intimate messages. The 76-year-old retired general told the Smoking Gun that he met Corina Cretu, 45, roughly 10 years ago when she was working as an assistant to the president of Romania. She is now a member of the European Parliament. ´After I left the Department of State in January 2005 we stayed in touch via email,´ he told TSG.
CNN has uncovered exclusive new information about what is allegedly happening at the CIA, in the wake of the deadly Benghazi terror attack. Four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed in the assault by armed militants last September 11 in eastern Libya. Sources now tell CNN dozens of people working for the CIA were on the ground that night, and that the agency is going to great lengths to make sure whatever it was doing, remains a secret. CNN has learned the CIA is involved in what one source calls an unprecedented attempt to keep the spy
Serial sexter Anthony Weiner’s wife partly blamed herself last year when her horndog husband confessed to her that he was at it again. Friends and family told People magazine that Huma Abedin was kicking herself at the time for bailing out of couples counseling and focusing more on their newborn baby boy. But, thanks to a new round of joint therapy that continues even now, the couple was able to put the relapse behind them. “They really became a unit, and she feels much closer to Anthony now,” a relative told the magazine. That’s a long way from how Abedin
The United States will temporarily shut down its embassies and consulates around the world Sunday, including those in Iraq, Afghanistan and Egypt, as a precautionary measure, the State Department said Thursday. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf did not say how long the international installations would stay closed -- only that the decision was taken “out of an abundance of caution and care for our employees and others who may be visiting.” Sunday is a normal workday in many Arab and Middle Eastern countries. Embassies in Europe and Latin America would be shuttered that day anyway.
In preparation for the release of Oscar-bait film The Butler, Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, and director Lee Daniels (Precious) sat down with Parade magazine. The film chronicles a butler (Whitaker) who works in the White House through seven administrations. Winfrey plays the butler’s wife. In the interview, Winfrey explained her sadness that so few Americans know about the history of the civil rights movement: “They don’t know diddly-squat. Diddly-squat.” She then said of the historic use of the n-word, “I always think of the millions of people who heard that as their last
American scientists claim the planet is undergoing one of the largest changes in climate in the past 65 million years. Climatologists at Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment have warned the likely rate of change over the next century will be at least 10 times quicker than any climate shift since the dinosaurs became extinct. If the trend continues at its current rapid pace, it will place significant stress on terrestrial ecosystems around the world, and many species will need to make behavioral, evolutionary or geographic adaptations to survive, they said.
[Video] Ouch. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie turned down an offer by Sen. Rand Paul to join him for a beer and bury the hatchet in their ongoing -- and very public -- feud. "I´m running for re-election in New Jersey. I don´t really have time for that at the moment," Christie said in an interview on a local radio station. The New Jersey governor said if he finds himself in Washington, "I´ll certainly look him up." But he added: "I don´t suspect I´ll be there anytime soon. I´ve got work to do here."
Oprah Winfrey said Americans by and large know “diddly-squat” about the history of the civil rights movement. The talk show queen and media mogul made her comments during the promotion of her new film, “The Butler,” about a black man who serves in that capacity through seven administrations at the White House. “They don’t know diddly-squat,” she said in a recent interview with Parade magazine. “Diddly-squat.” Ms. Winfrey also said that when she hears the N-word, she thinks of the “millions of people who heard that as their last word as they were hanging from a tree.”
The administration has popped the bubble of hope some small business had that switching to part-time staff would let them escape the high costs of Obamacare. The Small Business Administration on Thursday created a website to explain to businesses that the government will simply tally up the number of part-time employees firms have to determine if enough hours have been worked to essentially create a "full-time equivalent." Some smaller businesses had thought that if they could get under the 50 full-time employee cap that activates Obamacare by cutting full-time workers and hiring more part-time workers they would escape
About 400 area retail and fast-food workers, together with colleagues nationally, participated in a strike Thursday to demand raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. “If not $15, then something. I mean give us something. I work 36 hours a week and barely make enough to pay my rent, gas bill, light bill. It gets to the point where I barely have enough for lunch sometimes,” said Angel Richardson, 21, who works at McDonald’s. “I’m five months pregnant, what am I going to do in four months? I hope something changes.” The minimum wage is $7.25 nationally and $8.25
Government workers in the city of Seattle have been advised that the terms "citizen" and "brown bag" are potentially offensive and may no longer be used in official documents and discussions. KOMO-TV reports that the city´s Office of Civil Rights instructed city workers in a recent internal memo to avoid using the words because some may find them offensive. "Luckily, we´ve got options," Elliott Bronstein of the Office for Civil Rights wrote in the memo obtained by the station. "For ´citizens,´ how about ´residents?´"
Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) suggested on Friday morning that the tea party movement is comprised of the same types of people who fought against the civil rights movement during the 1960s. Speaking with the Daily Beast, Rangel said of the movement: “It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police. They didn’t care about how they looked. He added that the tea party movement can be defeated similar to how the civil rights movement eradicated Jim Crow mentality: “It was just fierce indifference to human life that caused