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It makes me angry and it’s shocking and shameful when our leaders and governments brag about how much they are spending on military and weapons of war, when taxpayers’ money should be spent on the people, the poor, the disabled, the sick, the homeless, the elderly, and not used to kill and maim people in foreign countries on the pretence of freeing them, when everyone knows it’s their oil and resources they want control of.
( Rose Winfold )

The Blood Countess, Elizabeth Bathory, 1560 – 1614 ..
There were no laws in medieval Hungary that could touch a noble countess, and depraved murderer Elizabeth Bathory abused her power and position for all it was worth. Luring the prettiest local village girls to her huge castle with promises of paid work, the vain, capricious woman would torture and kill in some of the sickest, most sadistic ways. There was also often a sexual element to her murders and she would sometimes force young women to lick the blood of other victims off her nude body.
Bathory’s obsession with blood –– she even enjoyed bathing in the fresh blood of her young victims straight after a murder, believing it would help keep her youthful and improve her complexion –– led to her being dubbed “The Blood Countess”.
Torturing and killing with impunity for decades, the evil countess managed to wipe out most of the peasant girls in her area and later moved on to those of higher birth.
She was finally arrested by special royal decree and accused of the murder of more than 650 girls and young women, making her history’s most prolific female serial killer by a distance. However, she was neither tried nor convicted. In 1610, she was sealed into her private apartment (with small slots left open for air and food) in Csejte Castle, now in Slovakia. She died four years later.

Building Fire Safety Regulations Cut By Conservatives ..
In February 2017, ministers posted on a government website details of their ‘anti-red tape’ agenda on new-build properties. In a separate report fire safety inspections, the Conservatives said, had been reduced for some companies from six hours to just 45 minutes. The move, titled Cutting Red Tape, was part of the Tory plans to abolish a ‘health and safety’ culture that they claimed was hurting money-making businesses. Former Prime Minister David Cameron promised to abolish the ‘albatross’ of ‘over regulation’. He said in 2012 that a Conservative government would: ‘Kill off the health and safety culture for good’. More than 2,400 pieces of regulation have been scrapped since Cut Red Tape began. Sajid Javid, the business secretary, launched the Cutting Red Tape initiative in 2015 following the Conservative election victory. On the official government website it said that it “aims to get rid of unnecessary bureaucracy. It intends to shine a light on out of date legislation and confusing implementation of it, such as unhelpful government guidance or needlessly complex inspection regimes, to ensure they make sense. Businesses with good records have had fire safety inspections reduced from six hours to 45 minutes, allowing managers to quickly get back to their day job.”
( Charles White, 16.06.2017 )

Massive Interference In Elections ..
Let’s say all the claims are true. Suppose Russia tried to interfere in the American elections. That ought to make people laugh hysterically. There is huge interference in American elections. It comes from the corporate sector. They practically buy the elections. In fact, there is extensive work in mainstream academic political science that demonstrates very convincingly that you can predict the electability, hence largely the votes, of people in Congress on major issues just by looking at their campaign funding. That is one factor, let alone lobbying and everything else. That is massive interference in elections.
( Noam Chomsky, 13.03.2018 )

UK Government’s Attacks On Firefighter Pensions ..
Over 6,000 UK firefighters are entitled to return to their pre-2015 pension schemes, an employment tribunal declared on 18 December 2019, in a landmark victory for the Fire Brigades Union with implications across the public sector. This comes after the Court of Appeal ruled last December that the government’s attacks on firefighter pensions constituted unlawful age discrimination. The claimants, members of the 1992 and 2006 firefighters’ pension schemes, are now entitled to be treated as if they have remained members of their original pension scheme, with benefits including a retirement age of between 50 and 55. In July 2019, the government admitted it had spent £495,000 on legal costs fighting to maintain discriminatory pensions, while the total annual cost of applying the ruling across the public sector could be up to £4 billion.

We know this game. A good indicator of who the establishment fears is who they dehumanise, belittle and abuse in their papers.
( Joe Glenton, 08.01.2020 )

Assassination Of Top Government Official On Peace Mission ..
The United States has now blatantly and openly assassinated a major foreign government official in another country. Has this given a green light to Russia, China, and others in the future? How would an Iranian assassination of a U.S. official planning strikes against Iran be any different morally or under international law? According to the Iraqi Prime Minister, Qassem Soleimani was on a mission brokering paths to reduce tension in the Persian Gulf. “I was supposed to meet Soleimani at the morning the day he was killed, he came to deliver me a message from Iran responding to the message we delivered from Saudi to Iran”, the Iraqi PM said. The U.S. killed someone who actually was on a mission to reduce risks to Saudi Arabia, a major U.S. ally and, by extension, to U.S. forces and U.S. civilians.

The U.S. apparently didn’t care about collateral damage when they targeted and murdered Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. Among the ten victims was not just the Iranian general but also top Iraqi security officials.
( Rose Winfold )

Grace Darling, 1815 – 1842 ..
A Victorian heroine, Grace Darling lived in a lighthouse on the Farne Islands, off the Northumberland coast, with her father. In the autumn of 1838, looking out of her window she spotted the wreck and survivors of the SS Forfarshire on a nearby rocky island. Despite the terrible weather, she and her father rowed out and rescued 13 survivors. That part of the North Sea can be incredibly rough and stormy, and you have to admire the courage of this brave young woman. Tragically, she died of tuberculosis just a few years later at 27. In a way, she was the first ‘common woman’ to achieve fame for a great deed. The courage she displayed was a very visible display of female capabilities, which arguably helped change the way women were perceived in the 19th century.

Homelessness In The UK ..
In the UK, figures from the charity Shelter reveal that more than 320,000 people are currently homeless, with this total rising each year. While rough sleeping is the visible face of homelessness, the figures include the many families living in, often unsuitable, temporary accommodation – in some cases for several years. Rising rents in London’s private housing sector, along with a shortage of genuinely affordable accommodation, means it is increasingly difficult for many people to afford a place to live.

U.S. troops are in Iraq, supposedly, to fight Islamic Terrorists. The Kurdish and Iranian forces have been U.S. allies in this effort. And yet, the U.S. have betrayed the Kurds and murdered Iran’s top general along with several Iraq security officials.
( Rose Winfold )

Is China Taking Over Africa? ..
Europe plundered wealth from Africa. The USA plundered slaves from Africa. Now it’s China’s turn to plunder resources and slaves from Africa as well. Some years ago, a Chinese high government official said that their plan was to move 300 million people from China to Africa. That’s an incredible number of people. But it wasn’t really picked up anywhere in the press. Over the years, every time I go back to Africa I see more Chinese, and when they’re working on an industrial or a mining project, they’re all dressed in the same colour jumpsuits. Almost like the Chinese in Goldfinger, if you remember. From a long-term point of view, China is taking over Africa. It’s a very intelligent plan, and an unspoken part of their “One Belt, One Road” program. They loan money to some backward African government to build a port, railroad, and airport, or what have you. The Africans can almost never pay those loans back, so the Chinese – as part of the deal – take over the facility and staff it with their own people. This is actually going on today. If the African leaders don’t like it – unlikely since they’ve pocketed millions under the table for facilitating the deal – they will likely find their lives are in danger. If that doesn’t work, the country may have a visit from the Red Army.
( Doug Casey, 02.01.2020 )

The UK has seen a 74% rise in the exploitation of majority-British-national children, almost reaching Victorian-era levels. London is now the money-laundering capital of the world, and the UK is the drug capital of Europe. 14million people live in poverty. Violent crime is up by 60%.

British Spy Chiefs Didn’t Trust Him ..
Theresa May repeatedly withheld sensitive intelligence from Boris Johnson when he was foreign secretary, because she believed he would leak the information. The prime minister wanted the then foreign secretary to not be shown certain sensitive secret intelligence when he was appointed in July 2016. Downing Street’s move is said to have worried security chiefs at the time because of the foreign secretary’s role in authorising sensitive operations. The report follows claims in 2017 that British spy chiefs were “wary” of sharing information with Johnson because they didn’t trust him. The New Statesman reported at the time that multiple diplomats had doubts over Johnson’s personal style as foreign secretary. A month previously, he had said the ISIS stronghold of Sirte, the Libyan city, could be “the next Dubai” once they “clear the dead bodies away.”

( Thomas Colson, 05.07.2019 )

Does Iran have the right to self-defence or is that only reserved for Israel when it’s bombing homes full of sleeping families in Gaza?
( Dan Cohen, 08.01.2020 )

NHS Hospital Waiting Times At Record Highs ..
Key targets for cancer, hospital care and A&E have been missed for over three years – with delays for hospital care and in A&E hitting their highest levels since both targets were introduced. The figures show: 4.42 million patients on the waiting list at the end of September 2019, the highest number ever – 84.8% of them waiting under 18 weeks – below the 92% target and the worst performance since the target was introduced, in 2012. 76.9% of cancer patients starting treatment within 62 days – below the 85% target. 83.6% of A&E patients admitted or transferred within four hours in October 2019 – below the 95% target and the worst performance since the target started was introduced in 2004.

The U.S. and the West created Islamic State Terrorists when they invaded Iraq and Libya, killing hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians, funding rebel forces to help achieve their agenda, nothing to do with democracy, but simply to gain control of the oil fields.
( Rose Winfold )

UK Government Keep Secret Relationship With Saudi Arabia ..
The UK Government want to keep secret details of their relationship with Saudi Arabia. Documents have been redacted and remain censored. Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle said, “
The fact that even now the British public can’t see the level of cooperation between our country and Saudi Arabia shows that the British authorities must be worried that the full truth would disturb many sensible patriotic Brits. It is time that this relationship be exposed and ended whilst the Saudi Arabian coalition continue to bomb and destroy the Yemen, harbour international terrorism and destabilise the Middle East.”

The U.S. has more and bigger bombs than Iran but Iran has the firepower to wipe out energy infrastructure in the region and take the global economy down with it. Anyone who thinks the U.S. can “win” this zero sum game is delusional.
( Dan Cohen, 08.01.2020 )

Frances Buss, 1827 – 1894 ..
A pioneer of female education, Frances Buss helped change the way that women were taught. Until her time, most girls were lucky to receive any schooling at all, and when they did they were usually only taught things like needlework. The daughter of a painter and etcher, she just thought that it was a terrible waste. When she became the first headmistress of the North London Collegiate School in 1850 (which had been founded by her mother five years earlier), Buss argued that the world would be a better place if women were educated, and under her headship it became a model school. A lifelong suffragist (rather than suffragette), Buss helped kick-start a revolution in female education from which all women have benefited.

Women Protesters Imprisoned And Tortured ..
Loujain al-Hathloul, a 30-year-old Saudi human rights activist who had long campaigned against the ban on women driving, as well as the country’s discriminatory male guardianship system is being imprisoned and tortured inside a dark dungeon in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Saudi women may now have the right to drive — but the Saudi women who fought, protested, and campaigned for that right have been stripped of all their rights. They are detained, behind bars, victims of vicious torture and abuse. Her family says that Saudi officials had been willing to release her if she agreed to deny, on camera, that she had been tortured.

In Africa, the average male dies before the age of 60, and just 3% of the population is over 65. The average age is 18. In Europe, it’s 42. Africa is the world’s youngest continent.

Manipulation On An Enormous Level ..
About 70% of the population of the U.S. is not even represented, meaning that their own representatives pay no attention to their views, and follow the views of the major funders. This is manipulation on an enormous level! Whatever the Russians might have done is not even a toothpick on a mountain compared to that, quite apart from the fact that the U.S. not only intervenes in elections (including in Russia), but overthrows governments. The whole thing is a bad joke, and a sign of the collapse of the Democratic Party as a serious institution. They are focusing on this marginal phenomenon as a way to discredit Trump, and almost totally ignoring the really devastating things carried out by the Trump administration.
( Noam Chomsky, 13.03.2018 )

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