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March 2016

French minister compares veiled women to ‘negroes who supported slavery’, sparks Outrage

A senior French politician today sparked outrage by comparing Muslim women who wear fashions designed for their own religion to ‘negroes who supported slavery’.

Laurence Rossignol, the families secretary in the Socialist government, was reacting to new lines by designers who increasingly cater for followers of Islam.

They include millions of women in countries such as Britain and France who are increasingly drawn to the clothes in a market said to be worth more than £200billion a year.

Dolce & Gabbana’s range includes 14 abayas, or ankle-length dresses matched with embroidered headscarves and hijabs.

Swedish giant H&M uses a veiled Muslim women in its advertising, while Japanese brand Uniqlo said it would sell hijabs in its London stores, along with Marks & Spencer which markets a full-body ‘burqini’ swimming costume online.

Ms Rossignol caused widespread anger on social media by saying Muslim fashion wearers were just like ‘negroes who supported slavery’.

full post at Ray online

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

£1500 ESA cuts as quadriplegics fit and able to work say DWP!

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The new Secretary of State for Work & Pensions Stephen Crabb says people with Quadriplegia, Brain Haemorrhage, Brain Tumours, Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinsons Disease and scores of other conditions are ‘able to work!’

He said so on his own Facebook page (see here) as he believes those placed in the Employment and Support Allowance Work Related Activities Group, or ESA WRAG are all fit and able for work!

Note well if they were fit for work it would mean they would be unable to claim and receive ESA in the first place!!

full story at:Kingston Labour

 

 

 

Tory cuts leave poverty-stricken children too hungry to learn

Teachers have blasted the Tory Government’s “callous fiscal and social policies”, after a damning survey revealed that an increasing number of poverty-stricken children are arriving at school hungry and unable to concentrate in lessons.

A survey of 3,250 teachers by the NASUWT, the largest teacher’s union in the UK, shows that a growing numbers of teachers and schools are being left to “pick up the pieces” of draconian austerity measures.

Teachers and schools reported having to step in and provide food, equipment and clothing for pupils. While others found themselves having to offer financial advice to parents struggling to cope with Tory cuts.

Almost three-quarters of teachers reported seeing children coming to school hungry, with over a quarter generously giving food to starving pupils. More than half had seen their school do the same.

According to the survey, 41 percent of teachers have given financial advice to parents or have referred them to external advice services.

More than a half said they had seen children whose parents were unable to afford school uniform. 15 percent had even resorted to giving clothing to children, and 59 percent reported seeing their school do the same.

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And almost two-thirds of teachers say they have lent equipment to pupils, while half had seen their school do so.

Teachers say housing is an increasing issue, with over a third saying they have seen pupils who have been living in temporary accommodation.

A quarter say they know of pupils who have lost their homes, and over a third reported seeing pupils forced to leave school mid-term after losing their homes.

Over half of teachers say financial pressures felt by families have led to rising levels of anxiety among pupils. Nearly three-quarters report pupils being absent from school and nearly two-thirds say pupils have exhibited behaviour problems.

Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said: “It is clear that teachers and schools are being left to pick up the pieces of callous fiscal and social policies.

“Poverty is not incidental to teachers. It is a key inhibitor to educational progression and schools simply cannot be expected to tackle these issues alone.

“This year’s survey confirms the trend of the previous two years that the position is worsening.

“As the survey shows, poverty and homelessness take an enormous physical and emotional toll on children. They often cannot concentrate when they are in school because they are tired, hungry and anxious.

full article at:Welfare Weekly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

End global war on drugs, bring in decriminalization to protect human rights, says report

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The global war on drugs has failed, eroding public health and human rights, and must be scrapped in favor of decriminalization, a report commissioned by a leading medical journal says.

Anti-narcotics efforts have had little impact on global patterns of supply and demand and cannot be defended on public health or scientific grounds, according to academics who worked on a hard-hitting study jointly commissioned by the Lancet and America’s Johns Hopkins Ivy League University.

The report uncovers compelling evidence that EU states such as the Czech Republic and Portugal have achieved positive results from decriminalizing non-violent, minor drug offenses. Portugal, in particular, decriminalized the personal use of drugs such as cannabis, cocaine, and heroin in 2001.

full article at:RT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why would this Mormon Missionary be at the Boston Bombing, the Paris attack and Brussels Airport attack?

Study suggests the impact of global warming will be quicker and more catastrophic than envisioned, writes Chris Mooney.

If the scientists' study is right, sights like that in Lake Argentina, where chunks of ice broke off the Perito Moreno Glacier this month, could become more common. Photo / AP

Climate scientists’ global warning

By Chris Mooney

Study suggests the impact of global warming will be quicker and more catastrophic than envisioned, writes Chris Mooney.
If the scientists' study is right, sights like that in Lake Argentina, where chunks of ice broke off the Perito Moreno Glacier this month, could become more common. Photo / AP
If the scientists’ study is right, sights like that in Lake Argentina, where chunks of ice broke off the Perito Moreno Glacier this month, could become more common. Photo / AP

An influential group of scientists led by James Hansen, the former Nasa scientist often credited with having drawn the first major attention to climate change in 1988 congressional testimony, has published a dire climate study that suggests the impact of global warming will be quicker and more catastrophic than generally envisioned.

The research invokes collapsing ice sheets, violent megastorms and even the hurling of boulders by giant waves in its quest to suggest that even 2C of global warming above pre-industrial levels would be far too much. Hansen has called it the most important work he has ever done.

The sweeping paper, 52 pages in length and with 19 authors, draws on evidence from ancient climate change or “paleo-climatology”, as well as climate experiments using computer models and some modern observations. Calling it a “paper” really isn’t quite right – it’s actually a synthesis of a wide range of old and new evidence.

“I think almost everybody who’s really familiar with both paleo and modern is now very concerned that we are approaching, if we have not passed, the points at which we have locked in really big changes for young people and future generations,” Hansen said.

The research, appearing on Wednesday in the open-access journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, has had a long and controversial path to life, having first appeared as a “discussion paper” in the same journal, subject to live, online peer review – a novel but increasingly influential form of scientific publishing. Hansen first told the press about the research last year, before this process was completed, leading to criticism from some journalists and also fellow scientists that he might be jumping the gun.

What ensued was a high-profile debate, both because of the dramatic claims and Hansen’s formidable reputation. And his numerous co-authors, including Greenland and Antarctic ice experts and a leader of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, were nothing to be sniffed at.

After record downloads for the study and an intense public review process, a revised version of the paper has now been accepted, according to both Hansen and Barbara Ferreira, media and communications manager for the European Geophysical Union, which publishes Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. Indeed, the article is now freely readable on the Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics website.

full story at nzherald.co.nz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

London Has Fallen: In London for the Prime Minister’s funeral, Mike Banning discovers a plot to assassinate all the attending world leaders.

 

 

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22ND MAR, 2016

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If the internet was to ban photographs of abandoned places or funny dog videos, I really don’t know which one I would be more upset about. Both get my clicks every time. But of course the internet would never do that; it just keeps on giving. Take this photo project for example, by Dutch photographer Alice van Kempen, who went road-tripping around Europe exploring abandoned places with Claire, a 3-year-old bull terrier as her companion.

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Together, they crawled under fences, climbed walls, jumped through windows and sometimes just walked through the front door.

“Finding a new location is great fun but getting inside is where the real fun starts,” Alice tells Caters News. “Once we’re inside we check the building from top to bottom and I always start photographing the best spot in the house first.”

FULL STORY AT MessyNessy

 

Brussels streets are covered in chalk drawings filled with messages of love, not hate

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Hours after explosions rocked Brussels, Belgium, people gathered at Place de la Bourse, in the heart of city.

Mourning the more than 30 people killed on Tuesday, people scratched simple notes of solidarity (“We ❤ Brussels”) and quintessential Belgian pride (“Chocolates, Beer and Love are still better than for humanity than bombs and hatred”) onto the pavement.

IMAGE: KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/GETTY

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IMAGE: GEERT VANDEN WIJNGAERT/AP

IMAGE: MARTIN MEISSNER/AP

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IMAGE: KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/GETTY

IMAGE: MARTIN MEISSNER/AP

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