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    The bill passed and a 1% cut in benefits will follow which means thousands of families will drop officially into poverty, while those already in poverty face being utterly fucked because this bunch of utter fucking cunts haven't created anywhere near the jobs they need, nor have they invested into the country in any serious way unless you live in the South East., nor have they done anything serious to stop the flow of money to private companies who they intend to use to replace the public sector. The latest wheeze is privatising the probation service which isn't actually going to work as most of these privatisation schemes haven't worked but instead been a handy way of making a small amount of people very rich off the back of public money.

    What makes it all genuinely evil is watching Tories laugh as they debate about people's lives. Owen Jones voices the opinion of many in a good article in today's Indie in regards to just how fucking wrong this lot are.

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    And in other news, several business leaders and the US government speak out against the UK risking its relationship with the EU.
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    A telling detail from the war in Syria: for the past week or so the FSA has been besieging the Taftanaz airbase. A day ago, they breached the perimeter fence and got into the airbase proper.

    The Syrian government forces responded by launching airstrikes against the base, presumably to stop the FSA capturing weapons and supplies. but they did it WHILE THEIR OWN MEN WERE STILL HOLED-UP IN BUILDINGS INSIDE THE BASE TRYING TO FIGHT OFF THE REBELS.

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    I have been watching the Iraqi Army increase the tempo of military attacks on al-Qaeda bases on the Syrian border in the past month.

    Iraqi army destroys al-Qaeda camp near Syrian border

    The Iraqi army destroyed an al-Qaeda camp in a pre-emptive operation carried out near the Iraqi-Syrian border, the Iraqi Ministry of Defence said Monday.

    "Ground military units and helicopters, supported by local police forces in Ninawa province, launched a surprise military operation Saturday and Sunday in al-Jazeera, west of Ninawa, near the international border with Syria," Iraqi Ministry of Defence spokesperson Col. Dhia al-Wakeel told Al-Shorfa.

    "The operation revealed an al-Qaeda training camp located between valleys in the heart of al-Jazeera desert and featuring a plant for booby trapping cars and making improvised explosive devices (IEDs)," he added.

    The army destroyed the camp, disposed of all explosives and seized four car bombs, al-Wakeel said.

    http://al-shorfa.com/en_GB/articles/...ge_locale=true
    From what I hear from my Iraqi friends the Iraqi military is drawing up contingency plans for air and heavy tank incursions into Eastern Syria in the event al-Qaeda and its front groups can't be crushed by the moderate rebels in Syria after Assad falls.

    Lets hope it doesn't come to that. At least the Iraqis have relatively modern American tanks and heavy artillery not the Soviet era crap Assad is fighting with.


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    Quote Originally Posted by king mob View Post
    Alex Jones has made Piers fucking Morgan look reasonable. Fucking hell.
    Alex Jone is is even considered a nutcase by the right, Morgan picked a nutcase on purpose
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    Southern Weekly was released Thursday under a deal which supposedly guaranteed the paper editorial freedom - but Financial Times is reporting that an editorial in the new edition was deleted.

    Meantime after three days of allowing protests outside the Nanfeng offices, the authorities moved Thursday to break up a demonstration there.

    The editor of Beijing News, one of China's most widely-read paper, resigned after being forced to reprint an editorial criticizing the Southern Weekly strikers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikekerrIII View Post
    Alex Jone is is even considered a nutcase by the right, Morgan picked a nutcase on purpose
    Or maybe it was because Jones started a petition to have Morgan deported? Not everything is an Evil Liberal Conspiracy To Steal Your Precious, Precious Guns.

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    I dunno, I think Mike have a point here. If Morgan was actually interested in having a serious discussion about guns, he could've picked someone slightly less unhinged than Alex Jones to represent the gun worshippers.
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    Yes, but I can also see why Morgan would have wanted to speak to the man trying to have him removed from the country.

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    Ratings, duh!

    If anyone thinks Jones wasn't entirely aware of that and trying to up his fee for the next time he's asked to play "crazy teabagger", I have a bridge in Brooklyn you mayb e interested in buying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikekerrIII View Post
    Alex Jone is is even considered a nutcase by the right, Morgan picked a nutcase on purpose
    I feel dirty because I'm about to defend Piers fucking Morgan but Jones was the one of those who started the campaign to have Morgan deported. Morgan gave him a right to reply and Jones looked like an insane person whose rants were not that far from some of the pro-gun rants we have on CBR.

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    The first conviction in the phone hacking scandal was today.

    A senior police officer has become the first person convicted as a result of the £40m investigations into phone hacking and corruption of public officials.

    Detective Chief Inspector April Casburn, 53, was found guilty of misconduct in public office by a jury at Southwark crown court. Mr Justice Fulford warned her that she faced an immediate custodial sentence and the Metropolitan police said she had "betrayed the service and let down her colleagues".

    Patrick Gibbs QC asked the judge to take into account the fact that Casburn was in the process of adopting a child and he would argue for a suspended sentence.

    Casburn was found guilty of criminal misconduct for what the Crown said was offering to sell information about the phone-hacking investigation in a telephone call to the News of the World in September 2010.

    The jury believed the Crown's case that she had asked for money and sought to give the newspaper at the centre of the investigation information.

    Detective Chief Superintendent Gordon Briggs, who oversees Operations Weeting, Elvedon and Tuleta – the linked investigations into phone hacking and corrupting public officials, said: "It is a great disappointment that a detective chief inspector in the counter-terrorism command should have abused her position in this way.

    "There's no place for corrupt officers or staff in the Metropolitan police service. We hope that the prosecution demonstrates that leaking or in this case trying to sell confidential information to journalists for personal gain will not be tolerated.

    "There may be occasions when putting certain information into the public domain, so called whisteblowing, can be justified. This was not one of them. In this case DCI Casburn approached the News of the World, the very newspaper being investigated, to make money."

    Casburn, who was manager of the national financial investigation unit with counter-terrorism, insisted that she had never asked for money when she telephoned the News of the World on 11 September 2010. She said she made the call because she was concerned that resources from counter-terrorism, and from her unit, were to be diverted into a new phone-hacking investigation.

    She said she had attended a meeting with colleagues the day before in which it was revealed that John Yates, the then assistant commissioner, was to reopen the phone-hacking investigation. She said her colleagues were joking about the inquiry, and were palpably excited about who would get to interview Sienna Miller. She said she made the call because she was angry that counter-terrorist resources were to be used in the investigation.

    "I felt very strongly that we shouldn't be doing hacking. Our function was to prevent terrorist attacks and I was particularly worried that the behaviour of my colleagues was such that they thought it was a bit of a jolly. It made me really angry."

    She said she regretted making the telephone call but defended ringing a newspaper because she said she was not an influential member of the counter-terrorism team and would not be listened to if she raised concerns. She said she had been bullied for two years. "I think in some circumstances it is right to go to the press, because they do expose wrongdoing and they expose poor decisions," she said.

    But the jury rejected her defence. She will be sentenced at a later date. Her barrister said he would be seeking a suspended sentence.

    Casburn is of previous good character and has a flawless disciplinary record within the Met police. The mother of two adult children, she left school after O-levels. She joined the Met in 1993 and served in the child protection unit before moving onto counter-terrorism.

    She is currently suspended and faces the sack. She detailed to the jury how she had suffered two years of bullying within the counter-terrorism unit, and as the only woman within her department had not been given a desk.

    The Crown said she had phoned the newspaper to tell them the paper's former editor Andy Coulson, and five other people, were being investigated by the Met police.

    Mark Bryant-Heron, prosecuting, said she was tipping off the paper and offering to sell information.

    He said: "This was a gross breach of the trust the public had in a senior police officer."

    Casburn was arrested some 15 months after she made the phone call as a result of a huge tranche of evidence – including 300m emails – handed to the police by the management and standards committee of News International.

    The reporter on the News of the World who took the call, Tim Wood, wrote an email to more senior colleagues, detailing what he claimed had been said. It was the Crown's main evidence against Casburn.

    It read: "PHONE TAPPING. A senior policewoman ... who claims to be working on the phone-tapping investigation wants to sell inside info on the police inquiry. She says the investigation was launched yesterday (Fri) by Yates and he is using 'counter-terrorist assets', which is highly unusual. An intelligence development team is being used and they are looking at six people. Coulson, Hoare and a woman she cannot remember the name of. The three other people used to work for the News of the World and police do not know where they are now (she did not know their names either).

    "Pressure to conduct the inquiry is coming from Lord Prescott. The problem police have is that the offences committed are probably not criminal but summary offences which only have a six-month prosecution period, which has now been used up. Therefore no charges can be brought. Another factor to do with any charges is that if the messages were listened to after the owner of the phone had accessed the messages the case is civil. If the messages were listened to before they were accessed by the phone's owner then it is a telecommunications offence. The caller refused to give her name and is happy for us to call her back but start by asking her 'if she is alright to talk'."
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/ja...ll-information

    The juicier cases won't be til later this year, but this is a good sign.

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    From the "Literally Unaware of the Definition of Shame" File:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-20978487

    MPs have suggested a 32% hike in their pay to the Commons expenses watchdog, it has been revealed.

    Members said they deserved an £86,250 salary in an anonymous survey conducted by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa).

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    Quote Originally Posted by king mob View Post
    The first conviction in the phone hacking scandal was today.


    The juicier cases won't be til later this year, but this is a good sign.

    What a stupid and wasteful way to end a career. Getting pissed-off about being transferred to the hacking investigation shouldn't be a reason to start leaking to the press.

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    California is poised to end its next fiscal year with an $851 million surplus, the first in more than a decade, Governor Jerry Brown said as he unveiled a budget that includes revenue from voter-approved tax increases.

    Brown’s spending plan assumes the state will receive more revenue from the elimination of redevelopment agencies than the independent Legislative Analyst’s Office projected in November when it forecast a $1.9 billion shortfall. Brown also expects to slow repayment of internal borrowing from special funds.
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