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Horsemeat scandal blamed on European meat regulation changes

Horsemeat scandal blamed on European meat regulation changes | Political world | Scoop.it
Food expert says redefinition of meat meant manufacturers had to look overseas for cheap replacements
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Evidence Clears Two. The Law Doesn't.

Even prosecutors now say Laverne Pavlinac and John Sosnovske did not commit the murder for which they have already been imprisoned for five years in Oregon. Still, two months after someone else confessed to the crime, they have not been freed.
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An unhappy woman, Ms. Pavlinac, with an abusive partner tries to get rid of him by accusing him of the murder of a girl. She almost doesn't succeed but then confesses to having taken part. They are found guilty. End of story? No. Someone writes letters saying he did it and killed 8 women. Everybody thinks it is a hoax until a lorry driver is implicated and evidence found that confirms he was telling the truth and the woman was lying!

Even so, under some US State law you can't be found innocent after being found guilty because a jury is always right!!! Took a while to get them set free. Yet another Hollywood script in waiting!

The serial killer had 3 children who he treated well and was generally liked by everybody who knew him.Food for thought...
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The Muslim Prince Who Lived In The Vatican

The Muslim Prince Who Lived In The Vatican | Political world | Scoop.it
In the 15th century, Prince Djem (the brother of Ottoman Sultan Bajazet) became a guest of Pope Innocent VIII in the Vatican. Djem was actually a pawn in the political game between Sultan Bajazet and the Pope. But nonetheless, this Muslim prince lived in luxury at the very seat of Christendom. The incongruous situation of the Pope playing host to an infidel further eroded respect for the papacy.
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How in 1481 a Muslim prince, son of an Ottoman sultan, was a guest of a Borgia Pope and lived in the Vatican. He was later poisoned, probably on the orders of the Borgia pope - for a price paid by the Sultan. None of events was about religion, more about power and money. Episode 3 of the tv series, the Borgias, includes the story.
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What kind of life can you live on £7.20 an hour? - BBC News

What kind of life can you live on £7.20 an hour? - BBC News | Political world | Scoop.it
The National Living Wage is coming into force. What sort of lifestyle does it let people have?
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A lot of fuss from employers but a 39 hour week gives you a grand total of £250 a week to live on after taxes. No chance of a holiday or extra pension payments from them!
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BP shareholders reject chief Bob Dudley's £14m pay deal - BBC News

BP shareholders reject chief Bob Dudley's £14m pay deal - BBC News | Political world | Scoop.it
BP investors deliver a huge vote against a 20% rise in chief executive Bob Dudley's pay package, as chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg promises to listen and learn from the criticism.
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Is this guy worth it or just worthless! A 20% pay rise to £14m. A lottery winner every year. Enough money in 1 year to retire in luxury.
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Giving someone a 20% pay rise for a year's work that saw BP record its biggest ever operating loss seems perverse even by chief executive pay standards. If it's any consolation, (I doubt it will be), bosses at Exxon and Chevron got paid even more than Bob Dudley even though the value of their companies fell by more than BP. That's the bit that sticks in the craw for many. Under what circumstances don't these guys get paid a fortune? It would be fine if some years you win, some years you lose - but they never seem to lose. Last year, BP made a £3.6bn loss and announced that thousands more jobs would be cut.
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Boy, nine: ‘Your head is not covered. Only slags do that’ ... probe shows what British Muslims really think

Boy, nine: ‘Your head is not covered. Only slags do that’ ... probe shows what British Muslims really think | Political world | Scoop.it
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English Civil War - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

English Civil War

The English Civil War (1642-1651) was a series of armed conflicts and political machinations between Parliamentarians (" Roundheads") and Royalists (" Cavaliers") in the Kingdom of England over, principally, the manner of its government.

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When Adam delved and Eve span,
Who was then the gentleman?

The English Civil War period in the 17th century is part of the English Revolution. English because Scotland was independent and Wales irrelevant. This is when religion drove politics and people were, as expected, quite bonkers, violent and completely intolerent of other religions, just like the Taliban. It was Catholic versus Protestant and one brand of Protestant against another.

The Scots twice invaded England to impose a religious revolution of austere ISIS like puritanism called Presbyterianism. A "Thou shalt be miserable" kind of religion. Dress code: black! Religious people who dress in black are always bad news not Good News. It formed the Scottish character.

The end result in England was the execution of the king and the abolition of kingship itself, a true revolution never before done. Cromwell defeated the Scots and they lost their independence at this time. England was ruled by a military dictatorship.

Even more interesting were the revolutionary ideas circulating among the mass of people not just the usual establishment figures with money and land. We have the Diggers and the Levellers who wanted to abolish land ownership, and have democracy and free speech. What a hope. There was the New Model Army, a kind of peoples army where soldiers formed political discussion groups. Naturally the radicals were crushed by the Landlords like Cromwell. Marxists have this down as class conflict and seem to be correct. "The history of all hitherto existing societies is the history of class struggle" (Marx).

Like the Taliban the Puritans of England tried to ban longstanding English traditions like swearing, drinking, fornicating, and brothels which didn't go down well.

Closing down gambling, horseracing, theatres and pubs was the last straw. Finding military puritanical rule was even worse than kings and traditional law the Establishment brought back the exiled king after Cromwells death. Democracy never did happen. There is a fascinating death mask of Cromwell. Charles II had his body dug up and his head put on display in revenge.
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Work until you're 75 - or even 81 - under Government review of state pension age

Work until you're 75 - or even 81 - under Government review of state pension age | Political world | Scoop.it
Possible age hike comes as minister hints at pensions tax raid on middle-class savers
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Even the Living Wage is not enough to fund a decent pension. That is the stark fact that no party will address. The cost of living has far outstripped a basic pension income of £155 a week. Heating, rent, and food costs are much higher than ever, relatively speaking. Add Council tax, insurance, boiler repairs etc etc. Did I miss anything? If ur housebound or very old you need the heating on all day long. So the government of the rich for the rich has a solution: people will have to wait till 70 or 75 before they get even a basic pension. By which time they might have died or die shortly afterwards. They certainly wont be fit and healthy if they dont have time to live. You would think 40 years working would be enough. After years of struggle by Trades Unions and old Labour to create a work-to-live society we now have a live-to-work society. Of course the people creating this future will not be affected as they earn enough to retire early on a nice pension. There are solutions but that would involve higher wages and social planning. 15% of income should be saved for a pension - what a hope! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-35696981
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Police investigate 'hate crime report' over Tyson Fury's homosexuality comments

Police investigate 'hate crime report' over Tyson Fury's homosexuality comments | Political world | Scoop.it
Police could interview Tyson Fury over his controversial comments on homosexuality after he was reported for an alleged “hate crime”. A viewer who had been watching a segment on the boxer on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme today made the complaint. Mr Fury, who is still in the running for the sports Personality of the Year award after winning the world heavyweight boxing title, has appeared to compare gay people with paedophiles on several occasions.
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Tyson Fury is not on message. He says things that some people, maybe even a lot of people don't like. He is therefore a bad person who should be hunted down and humiliated by the Correct Opinion lynchmob.

 

Actually he is on message as I didn't realise he really is a Christian. Well the Bible, both parts, are clear about homosexuality and abortion so it looks like a lot of Christians are going to be locked up with a lot of Muslims and Jews too.

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THE LORDS OF THE UNDERWORLD

THE LORDS OF THE UNDERWORLD | Political world | Scoop.it
Anyone who needs reminding how effortlessly corruption can occur in the highest - as well as the lowest - reaches of society and politics should watch next week's `Secret Lives' documentary. Startling new evidence, presented here for the first time by the Kray twins' official biographer, shows that an extraordinary establishment cover-up resulted in London's most notorious villains being given the freedom of the city. Thanks to what took place, the Krays became `untouchables', who over four long
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UK has had fastest growing population in Europe for a decade - Telegraph

UK has had fastest growing population in Europe for a decade - Telegraph | Political world | Scoop.it
Fastest growth in Europe takes UK population to 64.1 million with half of the increase since 1964 in the last 12 years alone, ONS figures show
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In a small country.
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In un piccolo paese.

Economicomensile's curator insight, March 12, 4:38 PM

In un piccolo paese.

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Tiananmen Square 25th anniversary – the massacre as it happened: 'Rows of troops advanced slowly, shooting directly into the crowd'

Tiananmen Square 25th anniversary – the massacre as it happened: 'Rows of troops advanced slowly, shooting directly into the crowd' | Political world | Scoop.it
Michael Fathers, who was beaten up by frenzied troops, reports on how China's leaders broke faith with their people.
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Tienanmen Square pro-democracy protests 3-4 June 1989. This is a photograph that cannot be published in China and cannot be talked about. All public discussion of the subject is forbidden. Any parents trying to find out about their lost sons are locked up at home or in prison. So the dictators of China, the Chinese Communist Party in 2014 has not progressed in moral or political terms since 1989. So complete is their mind control that many young people don't know much if anything about the subject. Hong Kong is different. There were public demonstrations there. Iran and Syria are no different so it has not a lot to do with communism. Immediately after the events new Western Democrats Capital poured into China.

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Economicomensile's curator insight, March 12, 4:38 PM

Piazza Tienanmen proteste pro-democrazia 3-04 giugno 1989. Si tratta di una fotografia che non può essere pubblicato in Cina e non può essere parlato. Tutti discussione pubblica del soggetto è proibito. Tutti i genitori che cercano di scoprire i loro figli perduti sono rinchiusi in casa o in prigione. Così i dittatori della Cina, il Partito comunista cinese nel 2014 non ha progredito in termini morali o politiche dal 1989. Così completo è il loro controllo mentale che molti giovani non sanno molto se qualche cosa circa il soggetto. Hong Kong è diverso. Ci sono state manifestazioni pubbliche lì. Iran e la Siria non sono diversi in modo che non ha molto a che fare con il comunismo. Subito dopo gli eventi nuovi occidentali democratici capitale versato in Cina.

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Medical Bills Are the Biggest Cause of US Bankruptcies: Study

Medical Bills Are the Biggest Cause of US Bankruptcies: Study | Political world | Scoop.it
Rising medical bills are likely to force many people to file for bankruptcy—making it the single biggest cause of such filings, according to new data from NerdWallet. Even those with health insurance are buckling under mounting bills.
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Pensioners are being 'burgled' by insurers on annuities - Telegraph

Pensioners are being 'burgled' by insurers on annuities - Telegraph | Political world | Scoop.it
A scathing report calls for regulators to launch an unprecedented investigation into the "excessive" profits insurers are making from consumers dazed and confused by the retirement market
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Ali Mohamed - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ali Mohamed

Ali Abdul Saoud Mohamed, (علي محمد) (born June 3, 1952) is a double agent who worked for both the CIA and Egyptian Islamic Jihad simultaneously, reporting on the workings of each for the benefit of the other.[citation needed ] He came to the United States working as a translator for Ayman al-Zawahiri, who toured California mosques to raise money to fight the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

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This guy was and is a clever spy and double double agent who helped train Bin Ladens bodyguard and strikeforces. He worked for the CIA and was in the American military all the time passing on secrets. This is the world of incompetence and skullduggery so secret nobody can read his file and nobody outside the CIA knows where he is except that he is still "helping" the CIA. There is apparently some truth in the accusation that the CIA could have prevented the 9/11 attacks if they had done their job properly.
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National debt in EU countries in relation to gross domestic product (GDP) 2015 | Statistic

National debt in EU countries in relation to gross domestic product (GDP) 2015 | Statistic | Political world | Scoop.it
The statistic shows the national debt in EU countries in the 3rd quarter of 2015 in relation to the gross domestic product (GDP). The data refer to the entire state and are comprised of the debts of central government, provinces, municipalities, local authorities and social security. In the 3rd quarter of 2015, Greece's national debt amounted to 171 percent of the gross domestic product. The overall EU GDP amounted to almost 14 trillion euros in 2014.
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"Since 1980 there has only been six years when a budget surplus has been delivered, twice under the Conservative's John Major in 1988 and 1989 and four times under Labour's Gordon Brown in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001."
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PFI deals will cost taxpayers £209bn over next 35 years

PFI deals will cost taxpayers £209bn over next 35 years | Political world | Scoop.it
Every adult in Britain faces a debt of £4,119 to pay for schools, hospitals, and other infrastructure paid for by controversial financing deals, according to an analysis of the Treasury’s latest estimates on future repayments.

Private businesses are owed over £209 billion in the next 35 years – the result of more than 700 private finance initiatives (PFIs) signed by government – in what experts have slammed as a scandal.
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Every adult in Britain faces a debt of £4,119 to pay for schools, hospitals, and other infrastructure paid for by controversial financing deals, according to an analysis of the Treasury’s latest estimates on future repayments. Private businesses are owed over £209 billion in the next 35 years – the result of more than 700 private finance initiatives (PFIs) signed by government – in what experts have slammed as a scandal. Bet nobody remembers these facts when it comes to election day.
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Lucrezia Borgia, Duchess of Ferrara Facts

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Lucrezia Borgia, Duchess of Ferrara facts
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Lucrezia Borgia, married at 13, 18 and 21, second husband murdered. Became a kind of female entrepreuner but died at 39. The world of Macchiavelli and Renaissance Italy when popes had mistresses and war and assassination were policy. Nice reproduction of the times in the TV series The Borgias.
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Academy trust lauded by Cameron and Gove in ‘serious breach’ of guidelines

Academy trust lauded by Cameron and Gove in ‘serious breach’ of guidelines | Political world | Scoop.it
An academy trust praised by David Cameron and two Conservative education secretaries has been warned to improve its practices, after an investigation discovered it was in “serious breach” of guidelines.
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Succeed or fail, Academies can do no wrong. This is an example of how the lack of scrutiny and inspection will lead to fraud. The head paid himself a second salary of £160,000 without disclosing the fact The Trust paid £1.3m to a company owned by one of its employees - with no contract or receipts kept. Nobody has been sacked, and their is no police investigation.
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Cambridge University college cancels 'racist' Around the World in 80 Days party

Cambridge University college cancels 'racist' Around the World in 80 Days party | Political world | Scoop.it
Undergraduates complain party theme could encourage 'cultural appropriation', as other students argue decision restricts freedom of expression
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Another example of student intolerance, intellectual confusion and authoritarianism. These people think like Mao's Red Guards during the Cultural Revolution meant to purify the present from the past. Beware of Puritans and people who don't have irony and take themselves very seriously.
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When God Made Hell: The British Invasion Of Mesopotamia And The Creation Of Iraq 1914-1921

When God Made Hell: The British Invasion Of Mesopotamia And The Creation Of Iraq 1914-1921 | Political world | Scoop.it
THE title comes from an Arab proverb: 'When God made Hell he did not think it bad enough so he created Mesopotamia.'
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How British empirical ambition and interference is largely responsible for the current mess that is Iraq.
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Now the truth emerges: how the US fuelled the rise of Isis in Syria and Iraq | Seumas Milne

Now the truth emerges: how the US fuelled the rise of Isis in Syria and Iraq | Seumas Milne | Political world | Scoop.it
The sectarian terror group won’t be defeated by the western states that incubated it in the first place
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Notice that our TV news media in particular are not talking about our foreign policy. If Western countries would mind their own business and stop interfering in the Middle East we would probably not have any Islamic terrorism. Seems as simple as that to me.

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Letters shed new light on Kray twins scandal

Letters shed new light on Kray twins scandal | Political world | Scoop.it
Newly-discovered letters revealing the true nature of the relationship between Ronnie Kray, the crime boss, and Lord Boothby, the Conservative peer, are being offered for sale.
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Just in case anyone thinks that stories about dodgy politicians and their sexual preferences might be untrue!

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The Independent | World War 1 Centenary | A history of the First World War

The Independent | World War 1 Centenary | A history of the First World War | Political world | Scoop.it
Independent WW1 Centenary - A history of the First World War from The Independent
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Fascinating insights into the First World War.

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300 Years of Embattled Crimea History in 6 Maps

300 Years of Embattled Crimea History in 6 Maps | Political world | Scoop.it
Crimea has been invaded many times before, as these historical maps show.
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Poorer than your parents - post-war pensions boom 'is coming to an end' - Telegraph

Poorer than your parents - post-war pensions boom 'is coming to an end' - Telegraph | Political world | Scoop.it
Only people who receive a large inheritance will be able to enjoy a more comfortable old-age than previous generations, Institute for Fiscal Studies report finds
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