Holy See angers campaigners by not disclosing information requested by UN committee on the rights of the child
by Lizzy Davies
The Vatican has refused to give a United Nations panel information it requested on clerical sex abuse, in a move that it said was part of its confidentiality policy but which was criticised as “a slap in the face” for victims.
In a series of questions asked in the runup to a public hearing scheduled for January, the UN committee on the rights of the child had requested the Holy See provide details of abuse cases and specific information concerning their subsequent investigation and handling.
But, in its response, the Holy See said that although it had answered the questions in a general way, it was not its practice to disclose information on specific cases unless requested to do so by another country as part of legal proceedings.
In the 24-page document, the Holy See said it had been “deeply saddened by the scourge of sexual abuse” and regretted the involvement of some members of the Catholic clergy.
By Brandon Smith
The winter holidays are traditionally supposed to embody a certain ideal of that which is best in the hearts of human beings. As the world around us retreats into ice and snow and the Earth’s northern cycle returns to death once again, the holidays represent a time of contemplation, as well as an opportunity to shine a light in an otherwise dark and dreary period. This heritage is as old as history, dating back to an era in which agriculture was paramount and men garnered far more respect for the tides of nature. The parallel relationship between social “renewal” and seasonal renewal has served the collective psyche of Western society, in my view, for the better. Unfortunately, this process has all but vanished today, twisted and mutilated into something sinister and poisonous.
Those of us who pay attention are well aware of a trend of cultural decline within our nation, and this problem is disturbingly visible from Thanksgiving to Christmas. It’s not just the highly publicized Black Friday (now Black Thursday) riots over semi-cheap Chinese-made garbage. Those are certainly vile examples:
Once upon a time, you might have said that someone “disappeared.” But in the 1970s in Argentina, Chile, and elsewhere, that verb grew eerily more active in its passive form. He or she no longer “disappeared,” but “was disappeared” — up to 30,000 Argentineans by their own military in the course of an internal struggle that came to be known as “the dirty war.” Those gone were the “desaparecidos.”
There is something so deeply, morally repugnant about disappearing another human being, no matter how or where or why it’s done, that it’s hard to express. Yet in twenty-first century America, the possibilities for disappearing people in new and inventive ways may be migrating online, as former State Department whistleblower and TomDispatch regular Peter Van Buren suggests in his latest post. (Tom Dispatch)
Welcome to the Memory Hole
Disappearing Edward Snowden
What if Edward Snowden was made to disappear? No, I’m not suggesting some future CIA rendition effort or a who-killed-Snowden conspiracy theory of a disappearance, but a more ominous kind.
What if everything a whistleblower had ever exposed could simply be made to go away? What if every National Security Agency (NSA) document Snowden released, every interview he gave, every documented trace of a national security state careening out of control could be made to disappear in real-time? What if the very posting of such revelations could be turned into a fruitless, record-less endeavor?
By Chris Spivey
Hmmm. Okay, lets make it fucking easier.
Hands up who can name the new Australian Prime Minister?
Hmmm, And there lies one of the reasons why everything is going tits up.
I mean, who gives a fuck who the Australian Prime Minister is other than the Australians, right?
And even they don’t seem to give a fuck as it happens.
However, just because Australia is 6 inches away from us on the world map doesn’t mean to say that is justification for not knowing the cunts name… And make no mistake about it. He is a prized cunt.
His name is Tony Abbot and he became the 28th Australian Prime Minister in September of this year.
However, as my friend, fellow journalist and Christopher Spivey contributor, Ozzie Dave points out in his critical look at Abbot (below), the cunt didn’t so much win the election; he stole it by default - see how I have effortlessly slipped from being a Tattoo Artist into being a News Hound… That is exactly how the political cunts get away with what they do, don’t cha know .
And just because Six Inch Abbot – a doppelgänger for Tony Blair had the Australian PM’s mother not resembled Frank Sinatra quite so much, but is more than capable of matching the former British PM’s lies and deceit, and has equal the Cunt Cameron’s smarm, aloofness and ability to to make bullshit sound like fact as well as being blessed with the same level of decorum and diplomacy as Phil the Duck – isn’t our Prime Minister, Australia is still the antipodean UK and vice versa – albeit Oz is a lot fucking bigger.
What exactly is going on in Fukushima? There seems to be little media attention surrounding the subject as many alternative media outlets claim something serious is happening that we should all be wary of. Let’s have a look at what both sides are saying.
We posted a story earlier this year about the state of nuclear fallout as it relates to oceans and landmass around the world. From our research we found that the damage the Fukushima accident is causing seems to be understated by the media and certain major world authorities. According to research, at the time of the story, anywhere from 300 to possibly over 450 tons of contaminated water that contains radioactive iodine, cesium, and strontium-89 and 90, was flooding into the Pacific Ocean from the Fukushima Daichi site every day. If this is compared to the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear bombings in 1945, Japanese experts estimate Fukushima’s fallout at 20-30 times as high.
According to the World Health Organization, much of the world doesn’t have anything to worry about as levels of radiation are not reaching these areas in mass doses. In fact, according to WHO, unless you are in Fukushima or on the border of Japan, your organ radiation exposure dose per year is about the equivalent of one dental x-ray per year. It is important to note that WHO’s numbers are early estimations and are not exact. However it is clear they feel that the world outside of Japan is in the clear when it comes to radiation.
By Dr. Mercola
According to the Washington Times,1 WebMD, the second most visited health site on the World Wide Web, has received a $4.8 million government contract to educate doctors about the ins and outs of the Affordable Care Act, colloquially dubbed “Obamacare.”
A similar contract for the public portal to educate consumers might also be in the works. However, the lack of transparency and disclosure of the contract has raised questions about potential conflicts of interest.
WebMD has defended against such allegations, saying that the government contract does not affect the company’s news operation, which is free to report what it wants about the health care plan. Still, as stated in the featured article:
“[F]ew if any news outlets earn millions of dollars in training fees from the government on topics they cover, putting WebMD in a unique spot in the media landscape as it navigates not only potential conflicts but also the appearance of conflicts.”
As might be expected as political and economic policy failures pile up and citizens become increasingly mad, the status quo is becoming increasingly authoritarian (recall blogger “Mish” was just fined 8,000 euros for a blog post).
In the latest disturbing news from a desperate power structure, the conservative government in Spain has passed an Orwellian bill titled the Citizens’ Security Law, which allows for fines of up to 600,000 euros ($816,000) for “unauthorized” street protests, and a 30,000 fine for merely having signs with “offensive” slogans against Spain or for wearing a mask.
This law is a perfect example of the increasing neo-feudalism being implemented across the globe by a corrupt, decadent and depraved status quo. Such laws must be immediately resisted or they will only get worse, much worse. It is quite obvious what the power structure in Spain in trying to do. It is putting into place an egregious punishment framework that could bankrupt a person by merely protesting. Such a threat is intended to make people not even consider their rights as human beings to express grievances to a crony government.
Instead of eye for an eye, it is like 25 eyes and a limb for an eye. If this does’t tell the Spanish people all they need to know about their government I don’t know what will. Below are some excerpts from a Reuters story covering the law:
VAPORIZED: Detroit Obliterates Retirement Funds: 80% Cuts to Pensioners: “This Is Going to Affect Everyone”
by Mac Slavo | SHTFplan.com
We now know the answer to the question: What happens when a government makes promises it can’t keep and borrows so much money it can never be repaid?
This morning a judge overseeing the City of Detroit’s fiscal sustainability ruled that the City can be afforded bankruptcy protection, meaning that all 100,000 of its creditors now stand to lose a significant portion of monies owed to them.
The most notable victims are the tens of thousands of retirees living off of pensions – many of whom will see an 80% obliteration of the retirement funds they believed they’d receive until they died.
Creditor attorneys have repeatedly speculated they expect Orr’s plan of adjustment to mirror the June 14 proposal he offered creditors to avoid bankruptcy. That deal proposed giving unsecured creditors such as pensioners and bondholders a $2 billion note for $11.5 billion in estimated debts — or less than 18 cents for every dollar owed.
In this video Luke Rudkowski interviews Syndicated Talk-Show Host, Author, Media Figure & Top 100 Biz Trainer Josh Tolley in Valparaiso Chile. The two discuss lessons learned in life, quitting your job, following your dreams and becoming an entrepreneur
to find out more about Josh check out http://www.joshtolley.com/
by Paul Rosenberg | FreemansPerspective.com
The hippies are little understood these days. One particular version of them – the later, pot-smoking, political protestor – is what remains in popular culture. But the actual hippies, especially the early hippies, were a much different group. They were interesting and brave people: people very much worth remembering.
Who Were the Hippies?
The hippies were preceded by the Beat movement, a group of young people who rejected the conformity of the 1950s – a very “corporate” time. To get a feeling for their mentality, here is a quote from William S. Burroughs, one of their inspirations:
In the U.S., you have to be a deviant or die of boredom.
The Beats were, as one writer put it, “a whole bunch of people, of all different nationalities, who came to the conclusion that society sucked.”
The hippies, on the other hand, believed that they could make life better. And that was the great difference between the hippies and most other movements – the hippies acted. They changed their lives, painted their cars, and wore strange clothing. Rather than cowering at the thought of being different, they went out of their way to show their difference, and there’s something deeply transformative about that.
by Jon Rappoport | www.nomorefakenews.com
The spirit isn’t some vague ghost or apparition. It’s front and center, even in this blind world. It animates action. It has great power. It defies reduction.
The spirit proliferates thought and vision. It doesn’t settle for simplistic harmonies that short-circuit its inventions. It isn’t a happy-happy rainbow. It isn’t a child’s fairy tale.
In articles about my collection, The Matrix Revealed, I’ve stressed, over and over, that human thought originates in a non-material sphere. A sphere outside conventional energy and space and time.
That means the brain isn’t thinking. It’s performing calculations directed by ideas that are far more than chemical/biological reflexes.
Technocracy and its utopian fantasies provide a perfect negative example.
There are times, in my books and articles, when I talk about an external control system that many of us are aware of, and others are awakening to. I ask readers to examine how we are socially and culturally conditioned, and programmed by messages that manipulate our emotions and base desires.
The obvious truth is that it benefits the system when we think what we ‘should’ think and do what we ‘should’ do. In fact, our adjustment to the system is so vital to its continued existence that a great deal of effort goes into exerting influence and control over our thoughts and beliefs and behaviors, either by soft suggestion, skilled trickery or hard force.
Now, a benign matrix – which we’ll just visualize as a vast geometric network of self-supporting intersecting energy – might be naturally formed and just a part of 3-D life. That’s not a bad thing. So what is a bad thing? A usurped, corrupted, unnatural, anti-life matrix. If this corrupted network of intersections consumed the vital energy of humans and the earth… well that would be a nightmare that we’d all be wise to wake up to.
We can look back and see times when beauty and virtue and honor were lauded in certain cultures, and we can also look back and see times when an elitist greed, fear and survival-based vampiristic energy took over a network for a long, long time. We’re in one of those dark times now, perhaps the last one of the Age, and we can see it, feel it, know it.
That a former Monsanto scientist should find himself in charge of a specially-created post at the very journal that published two landmark studies questioning the safety of that company’s products should surprise no one who is aware of the Monsanto revolving door. This door is responsible for literally dozens of Monsanto officials, lobbyists and consultants finding themselves in positions of authority in the government bodies that are supposedly there to regulate the company and its actions.
Find out more about Monsanto’s ability to suppress scientific dissent in this week’s edition of the BoilingFrogsPost.com Eyeopener report.
by Dave Hodges | The Common Sense Show
Not a day goes by when we are not reminded that we are nothing but “useless eaters” who have been given the temporary right to exist on this planet by the generous elite. However, our continued existence is predicated on the notion that we have no rights, and as such, we should have no expectations. Through the tenets of Agenda 21, we are constantly reminded that we have no right to the resources on this planet. The elite own the water, the food and all other material assets.
Enslaving Humanity, One Sheep At a Time
Never before in the history of mankind, has a people, such as the citizens of the United States, enjoyed such political freedoms, resulting in self-determination over their lives as well as having enjoyed the affluence of the most prosperous middle class in human history. This experiment in American self-governance and resulting freedom, is nearly over. Both your perceived assets and even your life belongs to the minions representing the elite on this planet, for as we transition from an industrial based economy to a post industrial society, most of us will no longer needed because the size of the labor class will dramatically shrink. Now, we know the meaning of Kissinger’s proclamation that we are nothing but a bunch of useless eaters.
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes ruled Tuesday that the city of Detroit is eligible for bankruptcy after a long court battle between city appointed ‘emergency manager’ Kevyn Orr and union and labor activists who say the decision paves the way for workers’ pensions to be cut.
Rhodes ruled that Detroit is insolvent, a legal criteria for bankruptcy, meaning it can cut public pensions for the bankruptcy filing.
Critics say the city bankruptcy filing, the first of its kind, is an attack on pensions and future livelihoods for workers in the city of Detroit and across Michigan.
As the Detroit Free Press reports:
The plan is expected to include controversial cuts to unsecured creditors and asset sales, including a potential spinoff of the water and sewer department and the possible sale of Detroit Institute of Arts property.
Is the whole of science, culture, and law compressed into a tiny mole on his forearm?
In case you missed any of that, here are the lyrics according to the artist:
I want you to imagine my arm is a timeline
And here is the start of defined time
in the middle is all of civilized life
when sentience entered into the pipeline
about 50,000 years of cities, towns and theories
up until we’re the ones in the limelight
that’s fine, right?
so then after this hindsight we have the millions and millions of years of future
where billions of civilians will be soon, yeah? now given this opinion and since computers are getting better and better
according to moore’s law they’ll exponentially develop eventually exceeding the power of a human brain
around eleven more years at the concluded rate, but anyway
if you could wait a little longer, it’d be true to say that computers gain the cumulative brain power of the human race – so soon you could make a simulation of nature; a virtual universe that for all intents and purposes is basically a version of the world, like the matrix.
So just to clarify, past, there’s centuries of present here, then potentially there’s several million years of future where you can emulate a world within your brain.
Now with that said.
Is it more likely to hear that
you were born within this relatively tiny time period,
or that you’re currently in these millions of years here
trying to find an interesting experience
is it more probable
that you are one of just 7 billion people living in this follicle
or that you’re a part of the phenomenal volume of humans in this anthropological future
The logical conclusion seems obvious.
’cause you know
when you finally come to the thought that
the whole of science, culture and law are
compressed into a tiny mole on my forearm
compared to the aeons ahead of us,
it seems like some serious evidence.
Well, if we assume that between here and my wrist
that humans don’t go nearly extinct
through nuclear war
or there are more
new brutal transgenic diseases we’re not
immune to that cause a pandemic to cease us,
and that it would be just too much to suggest that
around about here on this appendage
that anarchy proceeds an unprecedented
level of mass unemployment and overpopulation,
or that pollution makes the ozone stop negating
and we rule out a new ice age and any orbital invasions from horrible aliens
then our next probable destination as a species is technological innovation to the degrees I described.
If anything, it seems more contrived to imply that our lives started right at the time in which science made strides and it finally guided society to new heights.
Now you might just be finding this mighty exciting… or denying it’s likely and try criticising… but I will remind you that I’m just describing an idea I think is quite an inspiring one.
And the icing on the cake is the enticing implications
But analysing them can wait for another time on another day
Yes, moore’s law was just a prediction so
all this thought is potentially fictional
and even if we did invent this pivotal
instrument capable of inflicting our
cranium with pictures of places,
which sounds ace,
it only takes us up until the sun swells and makes this planet bake and frazzle
unless we seriously work on our space travel
But hey, have a think about it; I just think it’s an interesting concept I thought up that I wanted to share. Oh I forgot to say; hi! I’m Dave – and now I’ll wave you goodbye with these aeons of time.
Have a nice day.
Beverly Blanchard, Contributor
Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. – Rumi
There has been some discussion lately regarding Russell Brand’s interview with Jeremy Paxman. There was nothing new in what Russell was saying. The points of view he put forth regarding political corruption, corporate interests, materialism and the potential devastation of Planet Earth have all been cited before. People’s discontent with the various institutions in this world has been going on for centuries.
I agree with Russell’s opinion about the importance being aware of what is going on in the world. I just don’t believe that getting emotionally charged up about the issues actually increases awareness levels and empowers people.
I agree that there needs to be a change. Where I differ with him is in how the change needs to come about. Russell seems to advocate the need for people to rise up, take a stance and engage in some sort of revolution. The problem with this approach is it creates an attitude of us against them and there are varying interests and intents within the ‘us’ crowd. Furthermore, when people become emotionally charged in fighting that which they are against, they end up fighting amongst themselves and when the smoke clears, there is no concrete transformation. There may have been minor changes but everything seems to revert back to the status quo or the pendulum swings to the opposite extreme.
Those 1,400 words that are banned from the predictive algorithm can be found in the source code of KitKat, the operating system for Android.
Users can disable the system with Google Keyboard settings and reinstate all words available in the algorithm.
Some of the words banned are:
Autocomplete has become an accepted form of data mining; however Google has made it known to users that there are words they do not allow in their algorithms – essentially censoring autocomplete.
Author: Soren Dreier
Wowzer we’re going in 5D today!!!
I’m very happy to state:
I am transmitting via the galactic federation of light beer workers – they are picking you up – be at rooftop at 11.11 – waving a sunflower!
All good – we are rescued. Well, some are…
Now, where did I put my Aspirin?
Graduation from 3rd density: Video
Ahhh Shit. Been waiting for ages… Turn your back for a minute and it all goes off.. We were out today… did it happen ? did we miss it ? The boat was still here when we got back.
Where’s David Wilcock when you need him…
Might not be true though, I haven’t heard that Alex Jones has the documents to prove it.
By John Kaminski | http://therebel.org/news/kaminski/
The latest strategy of the corrupt U.S. establishment’s war on freedom of speech has been defined.
CNN, the Jewish network, deployed its star homosexual anchorman, ex-CIA spook Anderson Cooper, to introduce one of its many shill flunkies to declare that “Conspiracy Theorists Are Potential ‘Suicide Warriors’ and Are Mentally Disturbed”. Observe the following short video.
In non-media reality, it is CNN and the U.S. government who are mentally disturbed, not to mention pathological liars and psychotic killers.
The CNN video illustrates how the Jewish-controlled news media has ramped up its campaign to criminalize 9/11 skeptics, peace advocates, Occupy Movement participants, and those who realize that Israel and the Jewish bankers utterly and ruthlessly control U.S. politics and finance. The Jewish-controlled American government, through its Frankenstein creations of the Department of Homeland Security (97 percent of whose grants go to Jewish interest groups fighting “anti-Semitism”) and the Transportation Safety Administration (which harangues innocent people at airports and on highways) already have targeted dissidents for special handling.
This so-called expert was none other than executive editor of the CNN program, “The Daily Beast”, and author of the book “Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking the Country.” Were this CIA cutout John Avlon reporting honestly, he would be talking about how the neocon lunatic fringe has hijacked the U.S. government, plundered and poisoned the population, and conducted a string of illegal wars based on the monumental lie of the 9/11 false flag attack on its own citizens, which the kosher psychopaths in Washington used to trigger an endless series of wars throughout the Muslim world and around the globe.
Avlon, it should be noted, was a former speechwriter for corrupt former mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani, a principal co-conspirator in the 9/11 coverup.
Professor: “It’s true that about 70% of Japan’s territory is polluted” by Fukushima radioactive material
Professor: “It’s true that about 70% of Japan’s territory is polluted” by Fukushima radioactive material; Tokyo contaminated with highly toxic radiation — “Experts worry about catastrophic impacts on health”
Korea Times, Dec. 2, 2013: More than two and a half years have passed since the “meltdown” at Fukushima nuclear power plant but the exact extent of the damage remains uncertain. Worse, it has been left unrepaired. Thus, experts and citizens worry about the catastrophic impacts on health and safety. [...] Kim Ik-joong, a biology professor from Dongguk University, said that radiation at Fukushima nuclear power plant was at least seven times as much as that at Chernobyl [...]
More from microbiology Professor Kim Ik-joong: As the tainted water is spread over the ocean, we cannot rule out radioactive materials in fish from outside the eight prefectures, especially those from Hokkaido and Tokyo [...] It is true that about 70 percent of Japan’s territory is polluted [...]
According to PNAS, a scientific journal published by Japanese scholars, about 20 percent of Japanese land, including Tokyo, is contaminated with highly toxic radiation. It is obvious that agricultural products are also contaminated as the land is polluted with radioactive materials. The contamination on land will last approximately 300 years.
“The creativity of people on the schizophrenic end of the human continuum is a creativity that springs from the inability to accept the standardized cultural denials of the real nature of experience. And the price of this kind of almost “extra human” creativity is to live on the brink of madness, as men have long known.”
Everyone talks about the human cost of climate change. What about pensioners dying in the cold?
Fanciful predictions of all the deaths that will result from climate change, decades into the future, are regularly thrown into public debate. Less attention has been given to a real statistic from the here and now, released by the Office of National Statistics this week, which shows the effects of one of the policies designed to tackle climate change: high energy prices. It emerged this week that there were 31,000 ‘excess’ deaths in England and Wales last winter, almost a third more than the previous year. Almost all were, in effect, British pensioners who died of the cold.
It’s odd: Britain is a rich country with a massive welfare state — and we know how to heat and insulate houses. We also send millions away in overseas aid. Yet somehow we have failed to find a way to stop our own people dying of the cold. Each winter, we tolerate a death toll which runs into the tens of thousands. Worse, we seem to have become inured to it.
US Currency Is In Danger! The Fed Is Still Printing 10′s Of Billion Each Month, Foreign Governments Are Dumping T-bills Like Crazy. USD Is Also In The Process Of Losing Status As Reserve Currency
The collapse of the USA and the dollar has all been planned, the one world government is waiting in the wings and the recent digital currency phenom is the future. It may not be bitcoin but a one world digital currency is coming just as sure as anything you’ve ever known.
I think the point is the government…the elite…Obama wants to destroy Americas from within.
To destroy the dollar will make America crumble into little pieces.
I honestly cannot even imagine it.
By Ali Meyer
After 12 years of occupation by U.S. military forces, Afghanistan set a record for growing opium poppies in 2013, according to newly released data from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
“Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan reached a sobering record high in 2013,” said the UNODC. “According to the 2013 Afghanistan Opium Survey, cultivation amounted to some 209,000 hectares, outstripping the earlier record in 2007 of 193,000 hectares, and representing a 36 per cent increase over 2012.”
In fact, according to the latest worldwide data on opium-poppy cultivation, Afghanistan dedicates more land to the cultivation of opium poppies than all of the rest of the world combined.
According to the UNODC’s “World Drug Report,” published in May–which included data for the world’s primary opium producing regions through 2011–the 131,000 hectares that was devoted to opium cultivation in Afghanistan that year was more than the combined 76,500 hectares used to cultivate opium poppies in other places. This included the 43,600 hectares in Myanmar, the 12,000 hectares in Mexico, the 4,100 hectares in Lao People’s Democratic Republic, the 362 hectares in Pakistan, the 338 hectares in Columbia, and the combined 16,100 hectares under in various other countries.
Chaos as millions of furious NatWest and RBS customers find their bank accounts frozen by ‘Cyber Monday’ computer meltdown
by Tom Sullivan
The problem at NatWest affected debit and credit card payments, along with use of the bank’s cash machines, smartphone apps and websites, on Cyber Monday – the busiest day for online shopping in the run-up to Christmas.
As well as anger among internet users, people complained on Twitter about being caught up in long queues at supermarkets and petrol stations as those affected struggled to find alternative payment methods.
The internet is disrupting video entertainment as we know it.
The television has long been a central fixture of the American home, starting with the introduction of basic newscasts and baseball games in the 1930s, and slowly evolving into a place where families could gather to watch films, sitcoms and premium cable channels. But data on television ratings show that Americans are increasingly turning off their televisions, as numbers show plummeting viewership.
Media analysts Craig Moffet and Michael Nathanson note that television, broadband and phone communications firms lost 687,000 subscribers during the third quarter of 2013, with the “pay-TV industry [reporting] its worst 12-month stretch ever.” During that same quarter, Time Warner Cable lost 306,000 TV subscribers.
Young people in particular are tuning out. Nielson data shows that among the 18-24 group, viewers watched an average of 21-and-a-half hours of TV a week during the second quarter of 2013, one hour less than the same quarter during 2012. When you compare it to the second quarter of 2011, it’s actually a decrease of 11 percent.
This trend has been denied by some in the industry. Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman told CNBC earlier this year that he doesn’t “think cord cutting is a threat…Even during the depths of the recession, cable TV subscribers remained stable.” But this isn’t entirely true. The number of cable TV-only subscribers has fallen from over 44 million in the first quarter of 2010 to just over 40 million in the third quarter of 2013.
Drilling company seeking extension to injuction as reports of violence, arrests mount along Highway 11 blockade
by Lauren McCauley
Anti-fracking activists across Canada have taken to the streets Monday, answering a rallying call by the Elsipogtog Mi’kmaq First Nation who have called for an Emergency Day of Action to protest assault on native lands and right to protest.
After a series of weekend anti-fracking blockades where members of the Elsipogtog community and their allies faced off against energy company SWN Resources in New Brunswick, supporters of the indigenous protest movement are rallying outside the Canadian parliament in Ottawa.
Elsewhere, answering a call by the activists known as the “Highway 11 Land Defenders,” supporters across the globe are expressing their solidarity in the ongoing battle between the fossil fuel industry with backing by the provincial government and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and those who are stepping up to protect the land.
It seems only apropos the current exuberance that, having been put on hold due to the economic crisis, an ambitious project to build the world’s biggest ship and create “a community that offers unique lifestyle opportunities” is back on track and seeking investors. With calls for wealth taxes increasing and “the 1%” becoming increasingly separate from the rest of the world, what better way that the ironically named “Freedom Ship,” which as IBTimes reports, will be a vast floating city that will be more than a mile long and 25 storeys high. It will cost $10bn to build and will constantly circumnavigates the globe; and while US residents may still need to pay taxes, residents of other countries “may realise tax savings by residing in or running businesses in the Freedom Ship Community.”
Aimed at creating the world’s first mobile community, Freedom Ship will be the largest ship ever built at over a mile long and 25 storeys high.
Having been put on hold due to the economic crisis, an ambitious project to build the world’s biggest ship and create “a community that offers unique lifestyle opportunities” is back on track and seeking investors.
Freedom Ship will be a vast floating city that will be more than a mile long and 25 storeys high. It will cost $10bn (£6.1bn, €7.4bn) to build and will constantly circumnavigates the globe.
The ship will accommodate 30,000 daily visitors, 10,000 nightly hotel guests, and 20,000 full time crew.
“This will be a very heavily capitalised project and the global economy in the last few years hasn’t been too inviting for unproven progressive projects like ours,” Roger Gooch, director and vice-president of Freedom Ship International, told the Telegraph.
“In the last six months we’ve been getting more interest in the project and we are hopeful we will raise the $1bn to begin construction,” Gooch added.
This dramatic image captures the moment Russia’s Klyuchevskoy volcano hurls a stream of lava nearly a kilometre into the sky.
The stream of lava rose up to a kilometre above the summit of Klyuchevskoy, one of the active volcanoes on the Kamchatka peninsula in the east of the country.
The volcano, which erupts around every two years, is one of the largest on-land active volcanoes, according to the US Geological Survey.
It stands at 15,584ft on the north end of a belt of 30 active volcanoes.
The dramatic picture of Klyuchevskoy was captured by photographer Marc Szeglat on October 16 at a distance of approximately 9.5 miles from its concealed cone, as the volcano erupted for the first time in three years.
The explosion triggered by the eruption could be heard from 20 miles away.
In September 1994, an eruption caused disruption after it affected airline routes across the Pacific Ocean.
The active nature of the volcano, which first began erupting in 1697, means it is still rarely a target for climbers.