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Welcome to 2014 - the year
we ignore our problems

Telegraph [UK], by Janet Daley

Original Article

Posted By:Attercliffe, 1/4/2014 7:12:38 PM

In the seasonal tradition that I invented some years ago, my first column of the year is devoted to anti-predictions: that is, things that will not happen in the following 12 months. Needless to say, the rules require that these must not be the easy, wildly unlikely options--an asteroid destroying the planet, the scientific community admitting that it was wrong on global warming, or England winning the World Cup. [Snip] First, there will be no dramatic change in the opinion poll ratings of the major parties, or of their respective leaders. Labour will plateau at a six- to eight-point lead over

      


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Welcome to 2014 - the year
we ignore our problems
Telegraph [UK], by Janet Daley    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/4/2014 7:12:38 PM     Post Reply
In the seasonal tradition that I invented some years ago, my first column of the year is devoted to anti-predictions: that is, things that will not happen in the following 12 months. Needless to say, the rules require that these must not be the easy, wildly unlikely options--an asteroid destroying the planet, the scientific community admitting that it was wrong on global warming, or England winning the World Cup. [Snip] First, there will be no dramatic change in the opinion poll ratings of the major parties, or of their respective leaders. Labour will plateau at a six- to eight-point lead over

   

 

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The future´s NOT so bright:
Americans predict a dark downward
spiral over the next four decades
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/4/2014 6:48:57 PM     Post Reply
Ask people to imagine American life in 2050, and you´ll get some dreary visions. [Snip] Whites are particularly gloomy: Only one in six expects better times over the next four decades. Also notably pessimistic are middle-aged and older people, those who earn mid-level incomes and Protestants, a new national poll finds. ´I really worry about my grandchildren, I do,´ says 74-year-old Penny Trusty of Rockville, Maryland, a retired software designer and grandmother of five. ´I worry about the lowering of morals and the corruption and the confusion that´s just raining down on them.´ Even groups with comparatively sunny outlooks

Secret spy court says NSA
CAN keep collecting every
American´s phone records
Daily Mail [UK], by James Nye    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/4/2014 6:37:02 PM     Post Reply
A secretive U.S. spy court has ruled again that the National Security Agency can keep collecting every American´s telephone records every day, in the midst of conflicting decisions in two other federal courts about whether the surveillance program is constitutional. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on Friday renewed the NSA phone collection program, said Shawn Turner, a spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Such periodic requests are somewhat formulaic but required since the program started in 2006. The latest approval was the first since two conflicting court decisions about whether the program is lawful and since a presidential

Hate crime suspect arrested for
attacking seven women in
New York ´knock-out´ attacks
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/4/2014 6:30:08 PM     Post Reply
A 35-year-old from New York has been arrested for at least seven knock out attacks around Brooklyn. Barry Baldwin is accused of punching his victims to the ground in a spate of attacks carried out between November 9 and December 27, police said. All of the victims were women, and most were Jewish. In one case, a 78-year-old was knocked to the ground as she pushed her great granddaughter´s stroller. Baldwin, of East New York, has been charged with six counts of assault as a hate crime, aggravated harassment and attempted assault. He also faces menacing charges and one count of

After the snow... a ´POLAR VORTEX´:
Nation braces for coldest temperatures in forty
years after blizzards grounded 5,000 flights
Daily Mail [UK], by Louise Boyle*    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/4/2014 9:35:44 AM     Post Reply
Experts have warned that Friday´s freezing temperatures were simply a warm-up and that this weekend will bring a big chill for 140 million people--almost half the nation--that could prove fatal for the unprepared--and will continue through the winter. With the Northeast still reeling from the huge storm that dumped as much as two-feet of snow across the region and was responsible for the deaths of 13 people, a new weather system is threatening to bring record low temperatures to the Midwest as a polar vortex barrels over the United States. ´It´s the mother lode of cold air,´ said Weather Channel

Facebook ´snoops on your private
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Daily Mail [UK], by Paul Bentley    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/3/2014 8:06:55 PM     Post Reply
Facebook is being sued over claims it has been scanning users’ private messages for personal information to sell to advertisers. The social networking site, is accused of monitoring messages and website links sent between users so they can profile what people read online. This in turn allows the website, which has 24million UK members, to charge more for the information. It is thought the information is particularly valuable because people are more likely to reveal their true interests in messages they think are private. The alleged breach of privacy has been exposed by internet experts, who examined whether messages that Facebook insists are

   

 

  


 
How ethnic conflict could
dominate this century
Telegraph [UK], by Damian Thompson    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/3/2014 7:05:17 PM     Post Reply
Here is a vision of the future that freaked me out when I read it. The 21st century will witness “the withering away of central governments, the rise of tribal and regional domains, the unchecked spread of disease, and the growing pervasiveness of war”. Living in the West will feel like travelling through a ghetto in a limousine; don’t dare open that door. “Outside would be a crowded planet of skinhead Cossacks and juju warriors, influenced by the worst refuse of Western pop culture and ancient tribal hatreds, and battling over scraps of overused earth in guerrilla conflicts that ripple

The world needs to think very carefully
about how to deal with Kim Jong-un
Telegraph [UK], by Peter Oborne    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/3/2014 6:45:33 PM     Post Reply
Kim Jong-un, the North Korean Dictator, is obviously insane. First he allegedly had his ex-girlfriend executed by machine gun. Now it is being reported that he ordered his uncle to be torn apart by savage dogs. Up until now the conventional opinion about Kim Jong-un has been that he falls into the prototype of demented Marxist despots. I don´t think this fully accounts for his character. To understand Kim Jong-un, one must read Suetonius´s The Twelve Caesars. Kim is comparable to a figure such as Caligula or Nero, both of whom were driven insane by absolute power. Eventually they were killed, but

Kim Jong-Un killed his ´scum´ uncle by
stripping him naked, throwing him into
a cage and leaving him to be eaten
alive by a pack of 120 starving dogs
Daily Mail [UK], by Tom Gardner    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/3/2014 2:59:06 PM     Post Reply
North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un sentenced his uncle to be eaten alive by a pack of 120 wild dogs in a savage punishment for treachery, it has been claimed. Jang Song-Thaek, 67, along with five close aides, was stripped naked and thrown into a cage of hounds which had been starved for three days, according to new details emerging from China. The pack of animals spent more than an hour mauling the group in a punishment called ´quan jue´, or execution by dogs, a report in Chinese newspaper Wen Wei Po said. The tyranical leader of the communist state had

Obama plays eight rounds of golf
but spares only four minutes to visit
grandfather´s grave on Hawaii vacation
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/3/2014 2:54:41 PM     Post Reply
President Obama took a break from the golf course during his Hawaii vacation yesterday to make a brief visit to his grandfather´s grave. The president, who has played eight rounds of golf since arriving on December 20, spent just four minutes at the grave of Stanley Dunham. His motorcade then left the National Memorial Cemetery and took Mr Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha to the zoo for a private tour. It took 30 minutes for the First Family to be driven from their vacation home to the cemetery, where they stayed for just a few minutes, according to the

New ´flat´ light bulb that lasts 22 YEARS
is as bright as a traditional 60W
one (and will save you £80)
Daily Mail [UK], by Sarah Griffiths    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/3/2014 2:45:45 PM     Post Reply
The days of fumbling in the dark to replace a light bulb could soon be a thing of the past--or at least a very rare occurrence--thanks to a new innovation. A new style of light bulb that is flatter, more energy efficient and lasts over 22 years is set to go on sale. Philips’ SlimStyle light bulb promises a comparable brightness to a 60W incandescent bulb instantly--with no annoying wait for the bulb to ‘warm up’. The Dutch electronics manufacturer said the improvement to energy efficient light bulbs, which are often criticised for being more expensive and duller than classic

   

 

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Now 78 gypsies facing eviction from
illegal camp claim their CHILDREN´S
‘human rights’ mean they should stay
put (and you´ll foot the £200,000 bill)
Daily Mail [UK], by Rob Cooper    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/3/2014 2:29:53 PM     Post Reply
A group of gypsies who were facing eviction from their illegal camp are claiming it would breach their childrens´ human rights if they are forced to move on. The 78 Irish travellers--who hail from just four families--were told to leave their camp in Hardhorn, Lancashire, by the Court of Appeal in October. A four-year legal battle has already left taxpayers with an estimated legal bill of £200,000. [Snip] The gypsies moved in four years ago after launching what neighbours said was a ´military-style operation´ after the council offices had closed for the weekend in November 2009. One local said: ´If



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