With ‘poor doors’ you get to live in a great building in a great neighbourhood, what else do you want? Dignity? (video)

Poor doors dignity

“Reformism in local government has a Faustian history, often involving shady deals, compromised principles and unexpected outcomes as much as successful attempts to establish social justice in cities. Play your cards right and you can, like Herbert Morrison’s London county … Continue reading

Through the Israeli looking glass: where a peace treaty is really a “strategic terrorist attack” (video)

Kerry Netanyahu

The world’s so-called super powers are impotent and unable to end or even broker a successful humanitarian pause in the cauldron of the Gaza horrors.  Netanyahu understands how weak Obama is in the US and may well suspect that the US president … Continue reading

The Blackstone and Codere scandal: “just another day on Wall Street” (video)

Jon Stewart Blackstone

In the securities industry, much of the multi-trillion dollar trading that occurs in the markets remains un- or under regulated.  One such under regulated market is the trading of Credit Default Swap’s, the banking industry’s own weapons of mass destruction. … Continue reading

“Make a difference” – Jon Snow’s emotional appeal for the children of Gaza (video)

John Snow

The average age of Gaza’s population is 17 and a quarter of million are under 10 years old.  Over 1,300 children have been injured and more than 350 killed in this latest round of the asymmetrical middle-east  ‘war’.  Channel 4 … Continue reading

An Israeli soldier’s story – Eran Efrati (video)

Eran Efrati

The compelling and chilling account of a former Israeli Defence Force soldier about his time in Hebron.  This is a video that everyone should watch. Re-blogged from Digital Resistance: “Ex-Israeli soldier speaks out… what he says will change everything you think you … Continue reading

Emily Maitlis’ surgical strikes blow Mark Regev’s defence of Israel’s attack on a UN school out of the water (video)

Regev in 2010: Every time Israel kills Palestinian civilians the world's media is treated to the same excuses from the same mouthpiece

Mark Regev, the chief spokesman for the Prime Minister of Israel, is the country’s go to guy when it comes to trying to defend the indefensible to the world’s media.  Yesterday he managed to reach a new low following Israel’s … Continue reading

Wealth inequality madness: tax policy is made by the few for the few at the expense (and with the support) of the many (video)

4 July 2012 Politico class warfare combi

Any time a politician, or any public figure for that matter, tries to discuss the subject of wealth and income inequality they are immediately castigated in the right-wing media as being engaged in “class warfare”. Even president Obama, who had … Continue reading

Lynton Crosby’s Tory spin machine is a cancer at the heart of the British government (video)

Cameron Crosby anigif

A home office study has confirmed that benefit tourism is not a problem and that immigrants are net contributors to the UK economy. Those of us who try to make our political choices based on evidence and not ideology already … Continue reading

Internet sex offenders: not the real thing? (Reblog of Dr. Sarah Nelson post) (video)

Dark net screen operation notarise

A recent TV debate – on whether internet offenders who view images of child sex abuse are also likely to commit contact assaults – highlights claims which bemuse and concern many of us working with child sexual abuse (CSA). Prof … Continue reading

How much did government whips know about allegations of MP’s child abuse and where are the ‘dirt books’? (video)

"You might very well think that; I couldn't possibly comment"

In former Tory MP Michael Dobbs’ novel, House of Cards, chief whip Francis Urquhart uses the dubious personal information that party whips gather on MP’s to blackmail them into complying with the government’s (and his own) agenda. Dobbs’ (fictional) account describes … Continue reading

Did Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page plagiarise Stairway to Heaven? (video)

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“A lawsuit has been filed claiming that the iconic Led Zeppelin song “Stairway to Heaven” was far from original. The suit, filed on May 31 in the United States District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, was brought by the estate … Continue reading

If you have done nothing wrong you have EVERYTHING to fear: secrecy, surveillance, the IPT and RIPA (video)

Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act RIPA

The coalition government has announced that it will be ‘rushing’ in emergency data laws in response to a three month old decision in the European Court of Justice which struck down the UK’s existing powers which hitherto had not been … Continue reading

Jon Stewart ridicules supreme court justice Scalia’s irrational gun statement (video)

SCOTUS straw gun purchases

“Jon Stewart did a great job in illustrating the warped thinking of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia today. He used the Bruce James Abramski case to ridicule Scalia.  Abramski purchased a gun for his uncle three days after the uncle … Continue reading

What’s in your food? POM Wonderful vs Coca-Cola (video)

Pom Wonderful v Coca Cola

“Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy didn’t mince words during oral arguments in April between Pom Wonderful and Coca-Cola (KO). He said he found the labelling of a Coca-Cola product called Pomegranate Blueberry Flavored Blend of Five Juices misleading. That’s because it … Continue reading

Net neutrality update: FCC thinks freedom of speech is for the dingos (video)

Net neutrality is dead

The US Federal Communications Commission website reported technical difficulties because of heavy traffic this week hours after comedian John Oliver called on viewers to share their thoughts with the agency about what he called “cable company fuckery”. On Sunday’s episode … Continue reading