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Depressing familiarity to all this

High Court to decide whether to pursue Barnet Council judicial review Charlotte Jee Published 29 January 2013 Landmark case on consultation may have implications for other councils considering outsourcing A senior judge is to preside over three days of legal…

Your medical records sold off

Another from Ian: There are various components to NHS Care Records: http://www.thebigoptout.com/?page_id=30< http://www.thebigoptout.com/?m=201301 The NHS is selling off your medical records Filed under: Campaign News — helen at 12:00 pm on Saturday, January 5, 2013 The NHS is selling off…

When chaos comes

A guestpost from Amfortas When Chaos comes,it can be triggered by unexpected, tiny things being in the wrong place at the wrong time, even minding its own beeswax. The largest and most complex machinery can suddenly and catastrophically grind to…

Debka update

The Russian emergency ministry said Monday, Jan. 21 that it is sending two planes to Beirut to evacuate 100 Russians from Syria – the first such effort since the uprising against Bashar Assad began in March 2011. Moscow also announced…

Agenda 21

Courtesy of Ian Parker-Joseph this article was brought to my attention, one which was posted on Christmas Eve last year, from which: “The philosophy behind Agenda 21 is that our environmental problems are the number one problem that we are…

What Lessons From Germany and Denmark? [3]

From Nick Drew via the Energy Page, Broad Oak German energy policy has evolved scrappily, with unintended consequences aplenty.  In particular it was (presumably) not foreseen that the very large amount of subsidised solar electricity-generation capacity would seriously distort the…

The War on Mali

The War on Mali. What you Should Know: An Eldorado of Uranium, Gold, Petroleum, Strategic Minerals … By R. Teichman Global Research, January 15, 2013 News Beacon Ireland Region: sub-Saharan Africa The French government has stated that: “it would send…

U.S. debt – who are the creditors?

Who Really Owns the U.S. National Debt? [Preliminary FY2012 Edition] Political Calculations, via Amfortas: Today, we”re taking a preliminary look at just who owns all the debt issued by the U.S. federal government through 30 September 2012 – the end…

And so it begins …

IPJ invites you to consider this today from Zero Hedge: In what could be a watershed moment for the price, provenance, and future of physical gold, not to mention the “stability” of the entire monetary regime based on rock solid,…

Syria – Debka update

Via IPJ: At a joint news conference Friday, Jan. 11, retiring Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs, Gen. Martin Dempsey, cleaned the Pentagon’s Syrian desk ready for incoming Secretary Chuck Hagel. Boiled down to essentials,…

The never-ending war

Via IPJ, Washington’s Blog on the war on terror [dateline January 5th]: We are in the middle of a perpetual series of wars. See this, this, this and this. As just one example, in 2010 the war in Afghanistan became…

What Lessons From Germany and Denmark? [2]

Via Sackerson’s Broad Oak site,  Nick Drew from Capitalists at Work on solar power undermining the efficient market in electricity. If the Danish electricity sector is an unrepresentative model for most other nations to follow, by dint of its hard-to-replicate access to ultra-flexible hydro electricity from…