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Apr 17, 2011, 01:02 AM Last Edit: Apr 17, 2011, 01:10 AM by Peter
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Western Morning News (Plymouth, UK)
April 15, 2011 Friday
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Naval action that would shame Nelson;

As a former naval officer, I am appalled. Apparently back in February, HMS Cornwall, engaged in anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden, was tipped off by the Captain of a merchant ship that a fishing boat was acting in a suspicious manner.

Cornwall intercepted and boarded the fishing vessel to find that it was a Yemeni boat, pirated three months previously by Somali pirates, who were using it as a base ship with the Yemeni crew treated as slaves. Onboard were 17 Somalis, armed with Kalashnikovs, rocket launched grenades and equipped with boarding ladders.

Cornwall arrested the pirates, sent the Yemenis on their way and asked for instructions with regard to the disposal of the pirates. They were instructed to give the men a medical, feed them and then release them off the Somali coast. They were even fed with "halal" meat because of their religion and were released in their pirate skiffs.

HMS Cornwall is part of EUNAVFOR, an EU directed unit created to counteract piracy. To capture, feed and release healthy pirates is no way to counteract piracy and represents a total failure of EU policies. The Royal Navy has been reduced to shell of its former strength and is now being compelled to operate "soft" under EU command.

Nelson must be turning in his grave!

Peter Wyatt Totnes
April 15, 2011

Dr Death suicide film being shown in schools: Euthanasia fanatic gives workshop on how to kill yourself in educational video for 14-year-olds

By Tom Kelly and Nick Fagge
Last updated at 1:58 AM on 16th April 2011

Pupils are being taught about euthanasia with a video featuring a notorious assisted suicide campaigner nicknamed Dr Death.

Dr Philip Nitschke is shown demonstrating his machine that delivers lethal injections in the film, which is already being shown to pupils as young as 14 across the country.

There is also footage of him giving workshops on assisted suicide methods, which church leaders have criticised as an 'invitation to commit suicide'.

The decision to include Dr Nitschke in the video was condemned by campaigners both for and against assisted dying, and a psychologist warned that it could encourage vulnerable teenagers to end their lives.

The video is being shown as the BBC stands accused of being 'a cheerleader for assisted suicide' after filming a man killing himself at the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland.

Writer Sir Terry Pratchett, an outspoken advocate of euthanasia, presents the documentary which is due to be broadcast on BBC2 this summer.

Dr Nitschke was held up for nine hours by immigration officials at Heathrow when he arrived to give his first UK suicide workshops in Bournemouth two years ago.

At his workshops he demonstrates chilling suicide methods including a helium-filled 'exit bag' which is placed over the head, Mexican drugs, morphine and 'DIY Peaceful Pills'.

He has co-written a book detailing eight ways in which terminally ill people can kill themselves, including using veterinary drugs.

The 20-minute film is made by Bristol-based Classroom Video, which supplies educational films to almost every UK school.

It is being shown to pupils aged 14 to 18, mainly those studying GCSE philosophy which includes euthanasia on the curriculum.

In it Michael Irwin, a former doctor and euthanasia campaigner, explains why he was 'very pleased' to help at least nine people to kill themselves at the Dignitas clinic.

He was struck off the medical register six years ago for attempting to help a suicide.

In what the makers say is a balanced treatment of the issue, the video includes many comments from opponents of euthanasia.

There is a contribution from anti-euthanasia group Care Not Killing and an impassioned plea against assisted suicide by Baroness Campbell.

Producer and director Thomasina Gibson said: 'If you are going to treat teenagers as young adults you have to give them all sides of the argument and let them debate it and make their own minds up.

'We have had extremely positive responses from pupils and teachers.'

But anti-assisted dying campaigners said they were shocked by the decision to use the 'fanatical' Dr Nitschke to teach pupils.

Phyllis Bowman, of campaign group Right to Life, said: 'His extreme views are being foisted on young people at one of the most impressionable periods of their lives.

'It is perfectly right to have a debate about euthanasia, but such fanatical views do not help a constructive discussion.'

She pledged to take the issue  up with Education Secretary Michael Gove.

Pro-assisted dying group Dignity in Dying also condemned Dr Nitschke's appearance in the video.

A spokesman said: 'We encourage the discussion of euthanasia and assisted dying, but do not advocate anybody promoting methods of ending your life.
The BBC stands accused of being 'a cheerleader for assisted suicide' after filming a man killing himself at the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland in a programme presented by Sir Terry Pratchett
Responsible: Phyllis Bowman of campaign group Right to Life intends to take the issue up with Education Secretary Michael Gove

The BBC stands accused of being 'a cheerleader for assisted suicide' after filming a man killing himself at the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland in a programme presented by Sir Terry Pratchett (left), while Phyllis Bowman of campaign group Right to Life intends to take the school video up with Education Secretary Michael Gove, right

'When Dr Nitschke gives his workshops he doesn't know whether people have mental health problems or difficulties which would prevent them making an informed choice.

'We believe it's irresponsible to put information on how to end your own life into the ether without knowing who it is going to.'

Psychologist Dr Arthur Cassidy, a director of the Yellow Ribbon anti-suicide programme, said: 'I have very deep reservations about this video because it has the potential for young people to think about ending their lives.

'There is a wealth of evidence that media - films, DVDs and videos - have encouraged a form of experimentation in suicide.

'And a film like this may well encourage young people to think they are a burden, that they don't fit in or encourage them to feel vulnerable in another way.

'If they are discussing euthanasia it could also lead to a cluster of suicides.'

A spokesman for the Department for Education said: 'The Government sets the curriculum but we leave it to teachers to use their common sense and professional judgment on what is best for their set of pupils.'

The Director of Public Prosecutions recently revised rules stating that it is illegal to help anyone kill him or herself by saying he would effectively not prosecute if the motivation of relatives and friends is shown to be purely compassionate and there is no personal gain.

Hope and glory, hope and change. Hopeless crackpots.

One would perhaps suggest that death would be applied to pirates, not our own citizens.


I think Angry Harry's article about "organisms" especially government ones helps explain why pc madness has taken such a hold not just in the UK but also in several other major western nations.


May 08, 2011, 01:51 AM Last Edit: May 08, 2011, 02:00 AM by Peter
Shed owners warned wire on windows could hurt burglars

Police have told residents to stop putting wire mesh on their garden shed windows - because they could be sued if a burglar is injured.

A spate of thefts in several towns and villages in Kent and Surrey over the past few months led to many householders taking action to protect their property.

Some have been warned by police that using wire mesh to reinforce shed windows was ''dangerous'' and could lead to criminals claiming compensation if they ''hurt themselves''.

Thieves target sheds to steal lawnmowers, power drills, bicycles and a variety of DIY tools.

Thomas Cooper, of Tatsfield, Surrey, used wire mesh to protect three of his garden sheds after two break-ins over the past four years. He decided to take action after reports of a rise in garden raids in the area.

Mr Cooper said: "I reinforced my shed windows with wire mesh, but was told by the police I had to be very careful because thieves can actually sue you if they get hurt.
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''It is ridiculous that the law protects them even though they are breaking it."

Last month Samantha Cullum, a mother-of-three, of Brasted, near Sevenoaks in Kent, had her whole shed stolen when thieves lifted it on to a lorry.

She said: "We had some tools stolen every now and again, but this time they took the entire shed - I couldn't believe it."

Dave Bishop, of Tatsfield, said: "The law is so stupid, and you never know what decision judges are going to make. People do get fed up with these people trying to help themselves to things which you have worked hard to gather together."

Pc John Lee, a crime reduction officer for Tandridge, said: "We are constantly advising home owners to protect their property and the contents of their shed or garage, however, a commonsense approach needs to be taken.

"To properly secure your sheds, Surrey Police strongly advises people to invest in items such as good-quality locks and bolts, and not to resort to homemade devices, as this could cause injury."

A police source added: "Homemade devices can cause injury and there have been cases where criminals have sued for injuries they have suffered while committing a criminal act.

''We are advising people to do whatever they can to protect their property, but wire mesh is not one of the suggestions we would make."

toml 02/24/2011 12:24 AM
Apparently the job of government minister is so similar to that of thief that they look out for one another.

relaxed 02/18/2011 08:31 PM
breaking and entering sheds is a dangerous occupation requiring skill and judgement. The governmenst are remiss for not training these burglars to do the job properly. Just think of the employment opportunities this would create for trainers. Also the activity should be licensed so that no one should be allowed to break and enter until they have demonstrated the necessary skills and have passed a test similar to a driving test. Anyone found by the police without a breaking and entering license can then be charges and jailed. Also Owners of sheds need to be licensed...ha ha I thought it must be April Fools Day when I read the news article. Britain toy deserve what you get if you decide that saving forests is worth more than protecting individual property rights. Shame on you voters for being so passive. Time for a Twitter campaign like Egypt to address this rubish. Now that would make the judiciary and the MPs sit up!

buddmann 02/18/2011 02:00 AM
And people ask me why i left England to never return ! This has to be one of the most asinine decisions i have ever heard of . Where i now reside in the USA we have what is called " The make my day law " this entitles you to protect your home , your possessions and life and family with deadly force . England is being over run with thugs and the general law abiding public have no way to protect themselves.....very sad !


Education News
Dress witches in pink and avoid white paper to prevent racism in nuseries, expert says
Teachers should censor the toy box to replace witches' black hats with a pink ones and dress fairies in darker shades, according to a consultant who has issued advice to local authorities.
Wizard of Oz film still: Dress witches in pink and avoid white paper to prevent racism in nuseries, expert says

Wizard of Oz, 1939 Photo: REX FEATURES

By Julie Henry, Education Correspondent

9:15AM BST 25 Sep 2011

From the Wicked Witch of the West in the Wizard of Oz to Meg, the good witch from the Meg and Mog children's books, witches have always dressed in black.

But their traditional attire has now come in for criticism from equality experts who claim it could send a negative message to toddlers in nursery and lead to racism.

Instead, teachers should censor the toy box and replace the pointy black hat with a pink one, while dressing fairies, generally resplendent in pale pastels, in darker shades.

Another staple of the classroom - white paper - has also been questioned by Anne O'Connor, an early years consultant who advises local authorities on equality and diversity.

Children should be provided with paper other than white to drawn on and paints and crayons should come in "the full range of flesh tones", reflecting the diversity of the human race, according to the former teacher.
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Finally, staff should be prepared to be economical with the truth when asked by pupils what their favourite colour is and, in the interests of good race relations, answer "black" or "brown".

The measures, outlined in a series of guides in Nursery World magazine, are aimed at avoiding racial bias in toddlers as young as two.

According to the guides, very young children may begin to express negative and discriminatory views about skin colour and appearance that nursery staff must help them "unlearn".

If children develop positive associations with dark colours, the greater the likelihood that the attitude will be generalised to people, it says.

The advice is based on an "anti-bias" approach to education which developed in the United States as part of multiculturalism.

It challenges prejudices such as racism, sexism and ageism through the whole curriculum and teaches children about tolerance and respect and to critically analyse what they are taught and think.

Ms O'Connor, who has worked with Newham and Tower Hamlets councils and recently devised equality material for Lancashire council's childcare service, said the approach, based on an "anti-bias" model of education, developed children's empathy and helped early years teachers to explore their own conditioning and possible prejudices.

"This is an incredibly complex subject that can easily become simplified and inaccurately portrayed," she said.

"There is a tendency in education to say 'here are normal people and here are different people and we have to be kind to those different people', whether it's race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age or faith.

"People who are feeling defensive can say 'well there's nothing wrong with white paper', but in reality there could be if you don't see yourself reflected in the things around you. "As an early years teacher, the minute you start thinking, 'well actually, if I give everyone green paper, what happens', you have a teaching potential.

"People might criticise this as political correctness gone mad. But it is because of political correctness we have moved on enormously. If you think that we now take it for granted that our buildings and public highways are adapted so people in wheelchairs and with pushchairs can move around. Years ago if you were in a wheelchair, then tough luck. We have completely moved and we wouldn't have done that without the equality movement."

Margaret Morrissey, a spokeswoman for the Parents Outloud campaigning group disagrees. She said: "I'm sure these early years experts know their field but they seem to be obsessed about colour and determined to make everyone else obsessed about it too.

"Not allowing toy witches to wear black seems to me nonsense and in the same vein as those people who have a problem with 'Bar Bar Black Sheep' or 'The Three Little Pigs'.

Children just see a sheep in a field, whether it be black, grey, white or beige. I have worked with children for 41 years and I don't believe I have ever met a two year old who was in any way racist or prejudice."

However, recent research by Professor Lord Winston provides evidence that children as young as four can hold racist views. In an experiment carried out for the BBC's Child of our Time series, children were presented with a series of images of faces of men, women, boys or girls. Only one of the faces in each sequence was white.

Children were asked to pick out the face of the person they wanted as their friend and the person they thought would be most likely to get in to trouble.

Almost all white children in the survey associated positive qualities exclusively with photographs of white children or adults. More than half of the black children made the same associations.

In contrast, people with darker faces were viewed as troublemakers.


I just realized how deeply racist is the RGB (additive mixing) color space.

RGB(255,255,255) people are the oppressors -- they have the highest values associated with them -- and they killed/maimed the RGB(255,0,0) peoples and killed/maimed/enslaved the RGB(0,0,0) peoples. Probably they would discriminate against the little RGB(0,255,0) men once they're discovered on Mars. Anyone with the RGB(0,0,255)s is looked down on... except if they can express it well in music.

The spreading of information about the [quantum] system through the [classical] environment is ultimately responsible for the emergence of "objective reality." 

Wojciech Hubert Zurek: Decoherence, einselection, and the quantum origins of the classical


Judge refuses to jail woman plumber who glassed nightclubber who smiled at her 'because she had been sexually harassed during training'


you threw the glass without knowing it was in your hand

I could accept everything else what the judge said, but this is utter bullshit. She intended to throw a fistful of air, but by sheer chance happened to have a glass in her hand?
The spreading of information about the [quantum] system through the [classical] environment is ultimately responsible for the emergence of "objective reality." 

Wojciech Hubert Zurek: Decoherence, einselection, and the quantum origins of the classical


Nov 24, 2012, 07:32 AM Last Edit: Nov 24, 2012, 07:35 AM by Peter
Member of the wrong party - lose your foster children

Foster parents 'stigmatised and slandered' for being members of Ukip

Council defends taking foster children away from UKIP members

The husband and wife, who have been fostering for nearly seven years, said they were made to feel like criminals when a social worker told them their views on immigration made them unsuitable carers
Decision over UKIP couple fostering 'indefensible' - Gove

Real abuse

Do not mention the origin of the culprits:
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Yea I read this; absolutely ridiculous!  UKIP are one of the safe, non racist, right wing parties that could stand a chance of getting enough votes to make a difference. 

I really am fed up of this garbage, saying that any party or person, who suggests immigration limitations or control, is racist.  Funnily enough, the conservatives in the past couple of years have quietly suggested curbing immigration numbers.  They used, almost word for word a pledge in an earlier BNP manifesto, the only racially debatable  point in their manifesto.


Other finds included the prehistoric 'faceless and brainless fish' Amphioxus - a modern representative of the first animals that evolved a backbone half a billion years ago.

Emerging British Civil Servant

Instead of a brain - or face - the fish has a nerve cord running down its back. One species of Amphioxus recently had its genome sequenced in an attempt to understand the origins of vertebrate life

The elusive, rarely seen Amphioxus was found in the waters off Tankerness in Orkney by marine surveyors this year. Instead of a brain - or face - the fish has a nerve cord running down its back.

One species of Amphioxus recently had its genome sequenced in an attempt to understand the origins of vertebrate life.

Vertebrate life and amphioxus are thought to have descended from a single common ancestor around 550 million years ago.


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