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Wednesday, 14 November


Die Lage fr Ideen auerhalb der engen Grenzen der ... Fefes Blog

Die Lage fr Ideen auerhalb der engen Grenzen der aktuellen Dogmatik in der Wissenschaft ist so bel, dass jetzt ein Journal Publikationen kontroverser Ideen unter Pseudonym ermglichen soll.

Fandet ihr TLS auch viel zu sicher? Da kann man ja ... Fefes Blog

Fandet ihr TLS auch viel zu sicher? Da kann man ja gar nicht mitschnffeln! Das geht nicht. Wie soll der Arbeitgeber denn dann die TLS-Verbindungen aufbrechen und gucken, dass da keine Pornos oder Malware reinkommt?! Nee, das geht so nicht. Verschlsselung ist nur wirklich sicher, wenn man die unterwegs entschlsseln kann.

Findet jedenfalls die ETSI und nennt ihre kaputtgemachte Version von TLS 1.3 "eTLS". e nicht fr elektronisch sondern fr "Enterprise". Fuck, yeah!

Aber der Hhepunkt der Meldung ist, wie sich vllig unironisch das zustndige Kommittee nennt:

ETSI Technical Committee CYBER has recently released a Middlebox Security Protocol specification
Kannste dir gar nicht ausdenken sowas.


A helpful question Is the BBC biased?

BBC One's London local news this afternoon reported on Sadiq Khan's attendance at a memorial ceremony for the Bataclan massacre in Paris today and BBC reporter Karl Mercer interviewed the Mayor. 

How's this for 'message placement' courtesy of the BBC?:

Sadiq Khan: I'm here to pay my respects but also to show solidarity. London and Paris have many links. Last year we suffered four terrorist attacks and 14 people lost their lives. It's really important we show solidarity to our French friends.
Karl Mercer: And there's been much cooperation over those three years, particularly in the field of counter-terror, something you're worried will change come March?
Sadiq Khan: One of the things that many Londoners may not realise is that because we're members of the EU our police and security service have a huge amount of cooperation with our colleagues - European Arrest Warrant, being members of Europol, being able the EU passenger name records. On a daily basis our police and security services check DNA records, fingerprints, wanted lists. The UK Borders Agency checks  the watchlists of most of those coming into our country. If there's somebody who leaves London and they've committed a crime we can get them extradited really quickly. And my worry is if it appears to be the case that we leave the EU with no deal, as seems very likely, what will happen on March 30th? There'll be no deal whatsoever. What I'm saying to our government is that bearing in mind there's a possibility now, a real possibility of no deal, work now on a separate security arrangement so on March 30th our police and security services can still work with the EU.

And that was that.


Greek archaeologists say ancient city of Tenea settled by Trojan POWs located Keep Talking Greece

Greeces Culture Ministry has said that archaeologists have located the first tangible remains of the lost ancient city of Tenea that, according to tradition, was first settled by Trojan war captives after the Greeks  sack of Troy.

In a statement Tuesday, the ministry said excavations from September to early October in the southern Greek region of the Peleponnese turned up proof of the existence of the ancient city of Tenea, which was only known up to now from ancient texts.

Lead archaeologist Elena Korka, who has been excavating in the area since 2013, told The Associated Press the team unearthed walls, door openings, floors of buildings apparently houses and household pottery, dating from the 4th century B.C. to late Roman times.

Excavation work also continued on the rich cemeteries surrounding ancient Tenea.

During the excavation tombs, skeletons, pottery, jewelry, cons and other items from the Hellenistic and Roman times were found.

The Ancient city of Tenea was established approximately 15 kilometres SE of Corinth and 20 kilometres NE of Mycenae shortly after the Trojan War.

Findings of ancient Tenea

It is believed that the first inhabitants were Trojans prisoners of war to whom King of Mycenae  Agamemnon permitted to build their own town.

Hence the name Tenea resembles that of Tenedos, their home-town, an island opposite of ancient Troy..

Together with Rome, according to the...


Even Simon McCoy... Is the BBC biased?

Fans of ITV's The Chase will know that chaser Paul Sinha is often described as "Sarcasm In a Suit" by Bradley Walsh, but maybe it's time that the BBC followed suit and christened its very own Simon McCoy "Sarcasm In a Suit" too. 

As you may know, Simon is the BBC News Channel's main anchor in the afternoon.

And here his is, this very afternoon, being deadpan about Donald Trump:

But he still might do well I think to heed the following friendly words of caution, however much he knows the nation loves him:


November 13, 2018: Gaza Is On Edge Of Israeli Ground Invasion The Vineyard of the Saker The Gaza Strip is on the brink of a large-scale Israeli military intervention. The current round of escalation started on November 11 when a covert unit of the Israeli


Norwegian frigate sinks after collision with Greek-owned tanker Keep Talking Greece

There go 400 million euros under water and the captains career. The Norwegian frigate KNM Helge Ingstad sank deeper in the water in the night from Monday to Tuesday, just days after its  crew ignored warning signals by a Greek-owned tanker that a collision was imminent.

The pictures made public by the Norwegian Defense show. Tuesday morning, most of the navy ship is under water.

Last Thursday morning while it was still dark, KNM Helge Ingstad and the giant oil tanker Sola TS collided in Hjeltefjorden, north of the Sture crude oil terminal in ygarden municipal in Hordaland on the west coast of Norway.

Photo: Jakob stheim / Norwegian Defense

The warship, one of Norways five top modern frigates, was on her way home to Haakonsvern naval base after participating in NATOs large-scale exercise Trident Juncture.

It is still a mystery why the well-equipped warship couldnt avoid colliding with the 250 meters long oil tanker just north of the oil terminal. The weather was good, the waters in the area has real-time shipping control systems, there was radio-contact between the vessels up front. And, maybe the biggest unanswered questions: Why couldnt the easy-to-steer frigate, with all its radars and sensors, manage to change course?

While an official investigation is launched by the marine department at the Norwegian Accident Investigation Board (AIBN), the navy in cooperation with others have worked around-the-clock to secure the wrecked frigate. 10 wires were bolted to the rocks onshore, but several of the wires were broken during the night to Tuesday.

The photos from the Defense shows that only the radar-tower of the frigate is over water. The warship still has all weapons on board.  via the barentobeserver

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Crete: Drunken priest punches police officer, bites another Keep Talking Greece

A drunk priest on the island of Crete punched one police officer and bit another after he was stopped for driving down a local road the wrong way.

The priest was found on Sunday night to drive a lane in Herakleios main avenue the opposite way. He was driving under the influence of alcohol.

When police stopped him, the priest refused to undergo an alcohol  test.

The police officers took him to the central police station in the city and informed his daughter to come and get him.

After he was found guilty for offenses regarding traffic regulations, the man got angry. He attacked and punched a police officer and bite another.

The clergyman was taken to the court on Monday for insulting and causing bodily harm to the officers.

The priest asked for a deadline for his testimony, his trial is set for later this month.

The post Crete: Drunken priest punches police officer, bites another appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.


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All aboard Is the BBC biased?

Meanwhile, a freedom of information request from The Times has forced the BBC to reveal that "more than 2,700 BBC staff were handed pay rises of more than 10 per cent last year, despite the corporations claims that it does not have enough money":
The median increase was 4,979, and the total cost to licence fee-payers is 17.8 million a year. The BBCs total headcount is about 18,200, indicating that about 14 per cent of the workforce were given substantial pay rises.
The top five comments beneath the Times report are all pretty much of one mind:

  • BBCs latest accounts show 523m in cash!!! Bloated, arrogant state organisation which requires restructuring to remain relevant.
  • Further evidence the BBC has lost touch with reality.
  • The gravy train rolls on. The BBC, financed by a tax for owning a television, needs sorting out. For a start make it a subscription service.
  • 10% - absurd - when so many millions only receive 1, or 2 or at best a 3% pay rise.   The BBC needs to be held more to account.  Perhaps we should all refuse to pay our TV licence, until such indefensible and irresponsible pay awards are checked, and the pay of already grossly overpaid presenters is frozen or reduced.
  • Noses in the trough. Abolish the licence fee and make it s subscription channel. They can then pay them what they like.


Another post featuring Andrew Neil Is the BBC biased?

Hope he's not going to get told off by the BBC for this one as well, as he's only telling it like it is:

He also calls The Mash Report "thirty minutes of self satisfied, self adulatory, unchallenged left wing propaganda" and says The Now Show is "contrived ideological commentary" - and he's not wrong there either. 

Here's the whole exchange:

Simon Pinsa: I would be happy if the BBC were just impartial. When was the last time they had a right wing comedian on the BBC?
legalclaret: Geoff Norcott on the Mash Report last Friday.
Andrew Neil: For three minutes out of thirty minutes of self satisfied, self adulatory, unchallenged left wing propaganda. Its hardly balance. Could never happen on a politics show. Except this has become a politics show.
Marchal: Like HIGNFY and The Last Leg the show exists so that audiences can applaud themselves at how clever and progressive they are.
Dave P: HIGNFY is on its last legs. Never heard of The Last Leg.
jeff: I've only managed to watch some moments of each but, incredibly, I'd say it was more left wing. It's hard to imagine how broadcasters get away with the continuous overt propaganda.
Andrew Neil: When it comes to so called comedy the BBC has long given up on balance, on radio and tv. Nobody seems to care. And I dont want right wing comedy, whatever that is. Id just like comedy. Which is in really short supply. On tv and radio.
Louise Rowntree: Or is it just that liberals are wittier than... illiberals?
Andrew Neil: If you think Mash or The Now Show is funny as oppo...


Peru baby trafficking ring: Ex-police chief held. Police looking for Israeli connections Philosophers Stone

Police in Peru say they have busted a suspected baby trafficking ring in the southern city of Arequipa.

Among the 14 people arrested in early morning raids is the former head of Perus national police force, Gen Ral Becerra. He has not yet commented.

Police suspect his partner of being the ringleader of the gang which convinced poor women to hand over their babies and then sold them.

A five-month-old baby was rescued as part of the raids, officials said.

Police said 500 officers took part in simultaneous raids on 18 properties in the industrial city, starting at 03:00 local time (08:00 GMT) on Tuesday.

Read more about child trafficking:

One of the properties searched was that of Gen Becerra, whom police suspect of being a key accomplice in the criminal scheme allegedly led by his 32-year-old partner, Cinthia Tello.

Gen Becerra, 61, led Perus national police force from 2010 until his retirement in 2011. Neighbours said Ms Tello ran local beauty contests and organised public events.

Investigators say the gang looked for poor pregnant women who were considering having abortions because they felt they could not afford to bring up a child.

The gang then allegedly offered the women enough money to convince them to carry to term and would then sell their babies at huge profit.

Investigators allege the babies were sold for 4,000 Peruvian soles ($1,187; 900). Police are still investigating whether the children were sold to foreign couples looking to adopt or to organ trafficking gangs.

A gynaecologist and a paediatrician are among those arrested, as well as three women who allegedly fished for pregnant women by pretending to offer illegal abortions.


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Tuesday, 13 November


Tsipras tries alliance of Social-Democrats, Greens and the Left ahead of EU elections Keep Talking Greece

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras tries to build a broader alliance among the progressive forces of Europe, ahead of the EU elections in May 2019. Social Democrats and the Left must meet on the basis of a progressive plan for the 21st century in Europe,Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said addressing the SPD conference in Berlin on Saturday (Nov 10).

Such a strategy can stop the upsurge of extreme right, nationalism and xenophobia, he added.

We need political courage to take this step. Because it primarily calls for self-criticism. The example of Portugal and Spain is the practical proof that Social Democracy and the Left can and must work together on the basis of a cooperation for the benefit of social majority, Tsipras added.

The success for a left party is not only exiting a crisis, but exiting the crisis with the least possible losses for the weakest people, the poor, the middle class, the workers and the young, he said among others.

Ahead of the European elections in May 2019, Alexis Tsipras and his close ally, senior Syriza MEP Dimitris Papadimoulis, are launching a number of initiatives to build bridges among Europes fragmented progressive political forces and create a broad alliance ahead of the EU elections.

The left-wing and progressive political forces that were the initiators of European unification cannot be non-united in the next European elections, especially when the ghosts of the past reappear to break the European project [] when the extreme right is on the rise, European Parliament Vice-President Papadimoulis told

According to the news website for EU Affairs, Tsipras will coordinate this effort centrally while Papadimoulis will focus on a European Parliament level.

The main objective of this push is to bring leftist and progressive political forces closer both before and after the EU election. Syriza also aims to create a broad alliance, from Tsipras to Macron,  especially when it comes to the protection of EU values.

For Syriza there is no way to join another European Political group, euractive was told. Cooperation with progressive forces is envisaged in a greater degree after the European elections than before.

Over the weekend, Tsipras spoke also with the German Greens, who currently are on the rise, and participated also at the Peace Forum in Paris as a guest by French President Emmanuel Macron, one of the many leaders invited to celebrate the end of World War I.

While in Paris, Tsipras invited his Spanish counterpart Pedro Snchez to Athens. The Social-Democrat Prime Minister accepted the invitation, the date has not...


Greeces self-employed and farmers to pay less for pensions as of 1.1.2019 Keep Talking Greece

Legislation to decrease pension contributions to self-employed and farmers has been submitted to the Greek Parliament on Monday. It is estimated that 250,000 people will benefit from the reduction expected to go in effect as of 1. January 2019.

Pension contributions for freelancers will be reduced to 13.33% from 20% currently. Affected will be freelancers with net taxable income of over 7,032 annually.

Farmers contributions will be 12% from 18% currently.

For the category of so-called new scientists contributions will be 13.33% until the 5th year of the professional activity.

Most benefited from the cuts are reportedly freelancers and self-employed with annual gross revenues between 7.033 and 9,346 as they will pay the lowest social security contribution of 157.9 per month 117.2 for main pension and 40.7 for health care.

Example: a self-employed with annual income at 20,032 will pay as of 1.1.2019: 173 for main pension + 115 for health care + 64.5 for supplementary pension and lump sum = 352.5. Before the reductions the monthly contribution would be at 469.

For self-employed doctors, engineers and lawyers, the reductions affect their supplementary pension and contributions for lump sum.

The reductions in the contributions for the main pension will end up that self-employed will receive a bag full of peanuts when they reach the retirement age.

However, the legislation allows that they pay higher contributions in order to receive also a higher pension.

The post Greeces self-employed and farmers to pay less for pensions as of 1.1.2019 appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.


Cardiff- showing of Power Trip:Fracking in the UK Undercurrents reports

Cardiff- I am on tour with my latest film showing the resistance to Fracking in the UK.
On November 20th you can join me for a showing (FREE ENTRY) at Cardiff University. Open to all.

Time: 6pm
Room 006 - Journalism,Media and Cultural Studies
2 Central Square
CF10 3NB
Link to details are here

The School of Journalism, Media and Communication in collaboration with the MA International Journalism (Documentary pathway) invites you to the screening the documentary POWER TRIP (Fracking in the UK), by Undercurrents.

The documentary follows grandmothers (Lancashire Nanas) as they team up with younger activists (Reclaim the Power) to shut down the fracking firm Cuadrilla's drilling sites. The film widens the discussion to highlight the role of the media and lobby groups in shaping public perception of unconventional gas and oil exploration, with statements by energy experts, journalists and key politicians, local residents and councillors.

There will be a Q&A with the director Paul O'Connor after the screening. The event is free and open to the general public

Undercurrents is an award winning alternative news service producing videos of people taking inspiring actions.


Olivers Army by Karen Blackshaw c/o Chris Spivey GUERRILLA DEMOCRACY NEWS

Well I am delighted to tell you that because of your generosity this site continues to live another month Thank you one and all.
So, to kick us off what follows is an article written by Karen Blackshaw exclusively for this website.
Course you may know Karen better by her commentor-name, Curious Girl. Moreover, Karen tells me that she has been made to suffer by TPTB as a direct consequence of her affiliation to this website, although it isnt my place to tell you exactly how and why.
Nevertheless, what she has written is a stunning bit of research and a blinding bit of dot connecting

Olivers Army

Karen Bradshaw

PHOTO: Oliver Cromwell
I expect you were as excited as I was by this summers royal wedding. What did grab my attention, though, were some comments about the venue, St Georg...


The Moon Part 3 by Chris Spivey & John Hamer GUERRILLA DEMOCRACY NEWS

In this the third and final part of my articles about the moon we are going to take a look at some of those people who have made the deception possible.
So lets start with what the author and historian, John Hamer has to say on the matter:
On 27th January 1967, the astronaut Gus Grissom along with two fellow astronauts, perished in a fire in what was to be Apollo 1 at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Even in death, Grissom is still tormented by those who would believe that he did not live up to his countrys expectations, not to mention his own expectations.
On 13th April 1959, Air Force Captain Gus Grissom received official word from the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson air-force base that he had been selected as one of the seven Project Mercury astronauts. Six others received the same notification; Lieutenant Malcolm Scott Carpenter, US Navy Captain, Leroy Gordon Cooper, Jr. (33rd Degree Mason,) US Air Force
Lieutenant-Colonel John Herschel Glenn, Jr. (33rd Degree Mason,) US Marine Corps Lieutenant Commander Walter Marty Schirra, Jr. (33rd Degree Mason,) US Navy Lieutenant Commander Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr., and US Navy Captain Donald Kent (Deke) Slayton.
The Mercury programme was the United States first manned space venture and the first step in the countrys quest to reach the moon. Being a Mercury Astronaut meant being constantly subjected to scrutiny both by the public and by the media. Hailed as heroes when the missions went well, they could equally expect to be chastised for any problems which might occur along the way. Indeed, Grissoms first space flight, aboard the Mercury Redstone Liberty Bell 7, was somewhat less than a complete success.
Although take-off and re-entry went as expected, upon splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean, the 70 explosive bolts which held the hatch in place unexplainably exploded prematurely, forcing Grissom to evacuate the capsule and swim for his life while the rescue helicopter frantically tried to save the capsule from sinking. It was unsuccessful, and Grissom nearly drowned whilst the Liberty Bell sank to the bottom of the ocean, never to be recovered.
This was only the beginning of Grissoms media woes. The press hounded him mercilessly, and he underwent an inquiry by NASA into the loss of the spacecraft. Although his fellow astronauts strongly supported him, a...


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All The Kings Horses North Yorks Enquirer

In a satirical spirit, the North Yorks Enquirer presents the one-hundred-and-sixty-second in a continuing series of so-called Photoons cartoons developed from digital photographs highlighting the more amusing aspects of current affairs in North Yorkshire and far beyond.

Readers are left to place the protagonists in the context of news articles.




One dead, nine injured in traffic accident with migrants in North Greece Keep Talking Greece

One woman died and nine people were injured in one more traffic accident with migrants in northern Greece.

The traffic accident occurred at a side road of Egnatia Highway near Thessaloniki at 8 o clock Tuesday morning.

According to local media, the driver did not stop at a police signal and increased speed instead. The car soon got out of the road and turned over in a field.

The car was transporting migrants to Thessaloniki.

Traffic accidents of this kind have recently increased as more and more migrants and refugees prefer to illegally enter Greece via the Evros River, the natural border with Turkey.

Just four days ago, a 4-year-old boy died and 27 people were injured when the van that was transporting them collided with a truck also near Thessaloniki. Among the injured were five children with the youngest to be a 5-month-old baby.

In most of the cases, the traffic accidents occur and people lose their lives when the traffickers try to escape police.

The post One dead, nine injured in traffic accident with migrants in North Greece appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.


Crticos de IU denuncian la falta de pluralidad de la lista de las europeas

Los tres principales sectores crticos de IU (Izquierda Unida) han criticado la candidatura impulsada por la direccin federal del partido para las elecciones europeas por su falta de pluralidad y la laminacin de cualquiera que no sea un garzoner, haciendo alusin a los que simpatizantes del coordinador federal, Alberto Garzn.

De la misma manera los crticos de IU han embestido contra el proceso de primarias que ha diseado la direccin federal para ratificar la lista ya que, a su juicio, no es ms que una caricatura de participacin, que adems consuma la subordinacin a Podemos.

La propuesta principal por la cpula de IU es Sira Rego, la dirigente federal, y no incluye a ninguno de los eurodiputados actuales, siendo esta la nica que competir en las primarias ante la carencia de otras candidaturas, segn informa la direccin.

La corriente de la eurodiputada Paloma Lpez,  (+Izquierda, anteriormente IU s; con ms fuerza), encarada a Garzn en la ltima asamblea, ha decidi no participar en las primarias al estimar que no existen garantas que impidan que la presencia y la propuesta de IU quede subordinada a la agenda de otras fuerzas polticas.

Este sector, uno de los crticos de IU, explica en un comunicado, que no est de acuerdo en confeccionar una candidatura antes de conocer los elementos esenciales del acuerdo de confluencia con otras fuerzas polticas.

No existe todava un programa electoral conjunto para las elecciones, por tanto no sabemos si se garantiza la visibilidad de nuestra propuesta poltica, diferente a la de otros miembros de la confluencia y cual va a ser el grado de autonoma para llevar a cabo nuestro programa, afirman.

Tambin manifiestan que no se ha debatido qu grado de compromiso existe para formar o no, parte de una misma delegacin y/o grupo parlamentario y que no se tenga en cuenta el respaldo democrtico que cada fuerza tuvo en las anteriores elecciones, sacrificando la presencia de candidatos de IU en las candidaturas conjuntas a las elecciones europeas.

Por su parte, otro de los crticos de IU, el partido del diputado asturiano y excoordiador federal de IU Gaspar Llamazares, Izquierda Abierta (IzAb), piensa que las primarias no son ms que una caricatura de participacin, en las que adems no se garantiza ni la federalidad, ni la pluralidad de la organizacin, a la vez que ha sido incapaz de aprovechar el momento para impulsar una amplia participacin entre sus afiliados y simpatizantes.

Por todo ello, IzAb considera que la direccin de IU, que es de facto la del Partido Comunista de Espaa (PCE), consuma su estrategia de secuestro de IU para entregar...


Las marcas de cosmtica se unen a la lucha contra el cncer de mama

El mes pasado fue el mes de la lucha contra el cncer de mama. Con motivo de lo cual muchas marcas, cuyas principales consumidoras son mujeres, se han sumado a la causa realizando diferentes estrategias y promociones.

Todas estas marcas se han teido de rosa para contribuir a la causa, y recordando a la poblacin femenina la importancia de los programas de educacin para la deteccin oportuna, los cuales intentan reducir la tasa de mortalidad en Espaa, y exponer las marcas y fundaciones que apoyan distintos tratamientos y reconstrucciones. Son cada da ms las empresas que sacan al mercado productos para recaudar fondos con este fin. Entre ellas, las que citamos a continuacin.

Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera, la marca que cre el Carolina Herrera perfume, ha lanzado una aplicacin que permite a las usuarias hacerse selfies y mostrar as su apoyo a la lucha contra el cncer de mama. Este mismo programa permite hacer donaciones para la Sociedad Americana del Cncer.

Este Lauder

Este Lauder Companies ha venido comprometindose con su Campaa de concienciacin durante ms de 25 aos, ayudando as a las mujeres a liberarse del cncer, y a prevenir y tratar dicha enfermedad.

Esta marca lanz el Limited-Edition Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II, que consiste en un suero reparador para utilizar todas las noches y conseguir una piel simplemente radiante. La totalidad de sus ventas se donan a la causa.

Por otro lado, con cada #PInkRibbon utilizado en Twitter se dona tambin una cantidad contra la investigacin del cncer. Adems, el diseo de la edicin limitada tiene un toque de color azul para representar al 1% de hombres que se ven afectados tambin por la enfermedad.

Michael Kors

En esta ocasin Michael Kors ha presentado su nuevo perfume para mujeres, disponible durante el mes de octubre bajo el nombre Wondelust y caracterizado por una perspectiva del mundo de la belleza inspirada en el de los viajes. Este perfume resalta la sensualidad de todas las mujeres, y su precio tambin ha sido para donarlo a la causa.


Esta marca cre un blush en tono Berry Pop con el smbolo del lazo rosa en medio. Clinique ha desa...


Bomb outside home of Supreme Court prosecutor in Athens Keep Talking Greece

Special teams of anti-terror squads of Greek Police have defused an explosive device left outside the home of Supreme Court deputy prosecutor Isidoros Dogiakos in Vyronas suburb of Athens early Tuesday morning. The bomb was hidden in the trunk of a motorcycle parked outside the prosecutors home.

Police rushed to Dogiakos home after a warning call to a newspaper and a news website six minutes before 4 o clock in the morning.

The anonymous caller warned daily Efimerida Ton Syktakton and website Zougla that a bomb left outside a specific address would explode in twenty minutes.

Police, special squads and fire service rushed to the address given by the anonymous caller, cordoned the area and urged residents to stay inside their homes.

The explosive device was found inside the trunk of a motorcycle parked in front of Dogiakos house. It is alleged that the bomb did not explode most probably due to a wrong wires connection.

The bomb was defused and transferred to the laboratories of the police and so did the motorcycle.

Dogiakos told private ANT1 TV that it was police that informed them of the bomb and that they should not go outside.

According to media, the bomb was inside a cooking pot.

The explosive device was similar to the one used also at the Court of Appeals in Athens in December 2017, media report citing police sources. An urban guerilla group named Group of Popular Fighters had claimed responsibility. Bombs in cooking pots have reportedly placed in the past also by the groups Revolutionary Struggle and Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire.

The anonymous caller did not mention any organization, neither has any organization claimed responsibility so far.

Isidoros Dogiakos is head of the Appeals Prosecutor at Arieos Pagos, Greeces Supreme Court. Dogiakos has been dealing with at least three important legal cases like the investigation against  the far-right and neo-Nazi Golden Dawn and the bribes by German Siemens to Greek officials, daily efsyn notes.

Citing the deputy prosecutor, state broadcaster...


Music/Media/Audio-Visual @ SHARE SHARE: Frome, A Library of Things

Music/Media/Audio-VisualMusic/Media/Audio-Visual is one of our ten categories of items here at SHARE:Frome Library of Things.

At the time of writing we have over 40 items in the Music/Media/Audio-Visual category. Weve got various musical instruments, recording devices, amps, pedals, tuners & PA systems, projectors and screens and more.

To view all 10 categories browse our inventory.

If youd like to sponsor this category and have your business advertised with every item borrowed from within it, as well as inside the shop and on our window, please get in touch with us.

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How public education cripples our kids, and why by John Taylor Gatto Anti Oligarch

Against School* John Taylor Gatto** I taught for thirty years in some of the worst schools in Manhattan, and in some of the best, and during that time I became an expert in boredom. Boredom was everywhere in my world, and if you asked the kids, as I often did, why they felt so bored, they always gave []


Israel to Police European Coastlines Protecting the Continent from Refugees? The Vineyard of the Saker

by Peter Koenig for The Saker Blog This sounds like a bad joke. It aint. Its real. One fascist government helps another fascist government. Yes, I have written about fascism


Yemeni War Deaths Have Been Underestimated by At Least 5 to 1 Rigged Game

Civilian casualties in the three-year horror in Yemen has been vastly underestimated by mainstream organizations.

By Nicolas J. S. Davies and cross-posted from Consortium News

An NGO responsible for reporting on war deaths in Yemen has acknowledged that it has underestimated the casualties in the three-year-old conflict by at least five to one.

Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project had originally estimated that about 10,000 people had been killed in the war in Yemen, roughly the same number reported by the World Health Organization. WHO surveys are regularly cited as estimates of war deaths in Yemen by UN agencies and the worlds media.  But ACLED now estimates the true number of people killed in Yemen is probablybetween 70,000 and 80,000.

ACLEDs estimates do not include the thousands of Yemenis who have died from the wars indirect consequences, such as starvation and preventable diseases like diphtheria and cholera. UNICEF reported in December 2016 that a child was dying every 10 minutes in Yemen, and the humanitarian crisis has only worsened since then.  At that rate the total of all deaths caused directly and indirectly by the war must by now be more than one hundred thousand.

Another NGO, the Yemen Data Project, revealed in September 2016 that at least a third of Saudi-led airstrikes, many of which involve U.S.-built and (until Friday U.S.-refueled warplanes) using U.S.-made bombs, were hitting hospitals, schools, markets, mosques, and other civilian targets. This has left at least half the hospitals and health facilities in Yemen damaged or destroyed, according to the Yemen Data Project, leaving them hardly able to treat the casualties of the war or serve their communities, let alone to compile meaningful figures for the WHOs surveys.

Even comprehensive surveys of fully functioning hospitals would capture only a fraction of the violent deaths in a war-torn country like Yemen, where most of those killed in the war do not die in hospitals. And yet the UN and the worlds media have continued to cite the WHO surveys as reliable estimates of the total number of people killed in Yemen



A Worldwide Debt Default Is A Real Possibility Rigged Game

Debt Doesnt Fuel Growth Anymore.

By John Maudlin and cross-posted from Forbes

Is debt good or bad? The answer is Yes.

Debt is future spending pulled forward in time. It lets you buy something now for which you otherwise dont have cash yet.

Whether its wise or not depends on what you buy. Debt to educate yourself so you can get a better job may be a good idea. Borrowing money to finance your vacation? Probably not.

The problem is that many people, businesses, and governments borrow because they can. Its been possible in the last decade only because central banks made it so cheap.

It was rational in that respect. But it is growing less so as the central banks start to tighten.

Earlier this year, I wrote a series of articles (synopsis and links here) predicting a debt train wreck and eventual liquidation. I dubbed it The Great Reset. I estimated we have another year or two before the crisis becomes evident.

Now Im having second thoughts. Recent events tell me the reckoning could be closer than I thought just a few months ago.

Debt Doesnt Fuel Growth Anymore

Central banks enable debt because they think it will generate economic growth. Sometimes it does. The problem is they create debt with little regard for how it will be used.

Thats how we get artificial booms and subsequent busts. We are told not to worry about absolute debt levels so long as the economy is growing in line with them.

That makes sense. A country with a larger GDP can carry more debt. But that is increasingly not what is happening

Continue reading the article


Saudi plan to assassinate General Soleimani, NY Times reveals The Vineyard of the Saker

Press TV reports: Saudi Major General Ahmed al-Assiri, who has allegedly been fired over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, took part at a meeting in Riyadh in 2017 that involved


Julianne Moore message of solidarity to Susan Orfanos for gun controls Keep Talking Greece

Hollywood star Julianne Moore, herself a mother of a son and supporter of gun controls, sent a message of solidarity to Susan Orfanos, the mother of Telemachus Orfanos who was killed during the shooting at Thousand Oaks last week.

Posting an older picture of her with her son on her instagram account, she wrote:

I keep thinking about Susan Orfanos and her son Telemachus who survived the Las Vegas shooting but was killed at #thousandoaks. Imagine her grief and the grief of all of the many many people who have lost their loved ones to gun violence. I wont stop fighting for them until we have real change in our country @momsdemand.



Souvenirs de Villingen The Vineyard of the Saker

Jazz music is often famous for featuring amazing improvisations and that is absolutely fair: Jazz did re-vitalize the art of improvisation which almost disappeared with the end of the Baroque


The Meaning of a Multipolar World The Vineyard of the Saker

by Eric Zuesse for The Saker Blog Right now, we live in a monopolar world. Here is how U.S. President Barack Obama proudly, even imperially, described it when delivering the


Melbourne, Australia: Mural in memory of Mikhail Zhlobitsky Contra Info

Received on 10/11/2018; for the case of Mikhail Zhlobitsky check here and here:Narrm / Melbourne so-called Australia: Graffiti mural in memory of 17 year old Russian Anarchist-Communist Mikhail Zhlobitsky who died while carrying out an explosive attack against the FSB (Federal Security Service) Regional Headquarters in Arkhangelsk, Russia on October 31st.

Never Forget Our Fallen Comrades!



Historic moments in Cyprus as the two communities open Dherynia checkpoint Keep Talking Greece

Historic moments in Cyprus with the opening of two checkpoints after more than half a century. Officials from both sides, opened two new border crossings Monday for the first time in eight years, the latest push for peace by the two sides after UN-backed talks collapsed last year.

Dozens of Greek Cypriots streamed across the eastern Dherynia border post, walking past United Nations peacekeepers into the breakaway Turkish-backed north.

At the same time, the Lefka-Apliki crossing opened in the northwest of the eastern Mediterranean island.

Ahead of the Dherynia crossing reopening, soldiers removed barriers wrapped in rusty barbed wire and a small group of riot police stood by.

More than three years after the Cypriot leaders agreed to open the  checkpoints at Dherynia on the east coast and Lefka-Aplikli some 50km from the capital, hundreds of people from both sides queued up early on Monday to finally make the long-awaited crossing.

For majority of people, opening the crossing was another step towards peace and reconciliation.

For others such a move was politically unacceptable.



Novorussian elections SITREP The Vineyard of the Saker

by Auslander for The Saker Blog International press has pretty much ignored the ongoing civil war between 404 and Novorossiya for the last year. However, for those in Novorossiya, be


An op-ed from the BBC's Dave Lee Is the BBC biased?

Here's a video report from the BBC's US-based technology correspondent Dave Lee to mark the launch of the BBC's Beyond Fake News season:

You'll note that the expert 'talking heads' in the piece are Margaret Sullivan of The Washington Post and Claire Wardle of First Draft. (Have a guess who part-funds First Draft!). The Washington Post and First Draft played major roles in launching the phrase 'fake news' during the 2016 presidential election, so it's perhaps no wonder that they're now so peeved about Donald Trump turning it back on them. 

Here's a transcript of the report:

Donald Trump: I've just received a call from Secretary Clinton... 
Dave Lee: When Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016 there was a brief moment when the phrase 'fake news' meant exactly that. News that wasn't true. But then, before he'd even be inaugurated, this happened:
Donald Trump: I am not going to give you a question. You are fake news...fake, phony, fake...It's all fake news...It's called 'fake news...Fake, fake, disgusting news....


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The Downside of Self-Help Groups Philosophers Stone

 by Soren Dreier

When entering a self-help group always look for the Exit sign.

Self-help groups can be a blessing but often in disguise.

The blessing is almost no matter what situation that you are in: Grief, Abuse, Anxiety and many more situations that are devastating, that we experience being not alone with this. It isnt personal and the sharing of strategies to cope, heal and just have somebody to talk to opens a door to healing and recovery. And it is all good. Friendships, relationships and visions of a life beyond pain starts to form. All good.

The problem or therapeutic problem is, that some stay there because they get validated, maybe for the first time in their lives, and so many are lonely. The Matrix being that we get validated because of our hurt and not in spite of our hurt. We get validated in tragedy or circumstances and not validated in who we really are.

We enter at group (tribal) consciousness that is soothing for us and gives us emotional support because of our hurt or ailment. The problem is what is wrong with us defines us and is our ticket and reason for being in the group.

Some react this way: They prolong the hurt, grief, Im still not well in order not to lose this newfound social reference. Others begin to identify with the reason for going there in the first place and it eats them up like a Predator on Steroids.




Greek banks to close down 800 branches, cut 8,000 personnel Keep Talking Greece

Greek systemic banks are forced to cut 8,000 personnel and close down 800 branches across the country. The Single Supervisory Mechanism of the European Central Bank keeps reminding the Greek banks that they have to proceed with drastic cut of operational cost and thus as soon as possible.

It was only recently that the SSM returned a plan submitted by a Greek bank as it did not include the sufficient number of staff cuts, Imerisia newspaper reported on Sunday.

Greek banks will have to change structure, logic and policies, go into the digital era, reduce operational costs and get  rid of 8,000 staff in total.

The merges in 2016-2017 have created super banks with a big number of branches and a huge number of personnel.

Alone in two systemic banks 5,500 to 6,000 personnel will have to leave.

Banks will suffer what the business world suffered in recent years: large cuts in the number of workers, a banker told the newspaper.

Banks try to make the voluntary exodus attractive to personnel with bonuses, however, the voluntary exit program do not yield the expected results.

Bonuses were reportedly at 400,000-500,000* before the economic crisis, now they are at approximately 180,000 for executives and much lower for ordinary staff.

Furthermore, the age of bank employees has fallen to 40 to 45 years after many left with early retirement in the crisis years.

A bank employee aged 40-45 will hardly abandon his job when it is highly doubtful that he can obtain a job with a similar income elsewhere, the newspaper notes.

Banks will most probably have to adopt other solutions to remove redundant staff, however, with doubtful results as well....


November 12, 2018: Clashes Erupt Between Militants And Syrian Army In Idlib De-Escalation Zone The Vineyard of the Saker On November 10th, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) announced that its special forces attacked a position of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the Turkman mount in Northern Lattakia. The


Brighton- meet me at showing of my latest movie Undercurrents reports

I will be presenting my film about Fracking this week down in Brighton which is open to all.

On Thursday 15th November, from 6pm to 8pm, I will be screening my documentary, Power Trip: Fracking in the UK", (2018; running time: 63 minutes). The film screening will take place at the spacious auditorium on the ground floor at the Brighthelm Centre (North Road, Brighton, BN1 3YD).

The hosts, EuroMernet Film Club said

We thought that screening this documentary will be very timely since the fracking operations are on the news headlines again since last month, along with the reports on minor earthquakes caused by drillings and the ongoing campaigns and protests together with the debate on the environmental cost of shale gas industry

After the film, we will have a Q&A session with the director, Paul O'Connor and we will invite the audience for a discussion on the issue of #fracking operations in the UK and the current concerns about the environmental impact of shale gas industry'

About the film:
The documentary follows grandmothers (Lancashire Nanas) as they team up with younger activists (Reclaim the Power) to shut down the fracking firm Cuadrilla's drilling sites. The film widens the discussion to highlight the role of the media and lobby groups in shaping public perception of unconventional gas and oil exploration, with statements by energy experts, journalists and key politicians, local residents and councillors.

Link to details here

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Crete police arrests and fines two owners for failing to microchip their dogs Keep Talking Greece

Police on the island of Crete has arrested two dog owners for not having marked their pets with microchip.

A 54-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman were handcuffed in Mylopotamos area of Rethymnon after police investigation showed their dogs had no microchip.

The two dog owners were fined according to the relevant legislation for the protection of animal welfare.

The Animal Protection Law of 2017 foresees fines of 300 euros for the absence of a microchip and 300 euros for violating regulations for the animal welfare.

All pet owners are obliged to microchip their animals.

A case file was prepared and the two were sent to the Prosecutor of Rethymnon, police on Crete announced on Monday.

Unfortunately, I could not find more details on this case other the police statement.

However, if police on Crete has suddenly decided to implement the law for the protection and the welfare of the pets, it should also start seriously looking into the continuous cases of animal abuse on the island and catch one or more of these thugs that set dogs on fire, shoot at them or the list is long and shameful.

Crete is reportedly champion in animal abuse among the regions of Greece. The island with 600,000 residents has the same rate of animal abuse as Athens with five million residents.

PS In my village we call it: setting priorities.

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Contexto Internacional: "Guerra comercial y estado policial de ajuste" Anarkismo

far_contexto_internacional.jpegPeridico VOLUNTAD, rgano de la FAR, Noviembre 2018
La situacin mundial y latinoamericana vienen expresando elementos de un nuevo perodo marcado por la profundizacin de la injerencia del imperialismo norteamericano en todos los niveles. En el plano comercial la prepotencia yanqui viene provocando la reaccin de China en una guerra de aranceles a la importacin sin precedentes. Esta disputa entre las dos potencias capitalistas ms importantes del planeta, ms all del cambio de socios comerciales, representa un abrupto viraje hacia el proteccionismo imperialista que solo beneficia a las burguesas de ambos pases.


Around 500 people take part in a rally in Berlin under the motto... Thorsten Strasas. Blog.

Around 500 people take part in a rally in Berlin under the motto Against Anti-Semitism! For Israel! For Jerusalem. The group March for Life as well as other Christian groups had called. A group of young people rapped the haTikwa, Israels national anthem. The main speaker was Arye Sharuz Shalicar, former press officer of the Israeli army.
Participants will use signs to show solidarity with Israel and for an undivided Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. 11/10/2018.
#berlin #israel #jerusalem #jews #judaism #christianity #christians #flag #rally  #demonstration #reportage #blackandwhite #photojournalism #journalism #documentary #photography #photo #streetsofberlin #berlineransichten #berlinstagram #photooftheday #latergram #schwarzweiss


MPs would receive 24,000 in retroactive payments stirs Greeces political kitchen Keep Talking Greece

Greek lawmakers secretly voted last week that they are also entitled to retroactive salary payments as those civil servants in the category of special payrolls, media reported on Monday.

According to a press release issued on November 12 by the Union for the Protection of Labor (ENIPEKK), each lawmaker is entitled to a amount of 24,442 euros in retroactive payments from the state.

The amount refers to wages cuts of 1,111 for each MP for the time period of 22 months.

According to the Greek Constitution wages for MPs are equivalent to the President of Areios Pagos, the countrys Supreme Court, the statement said among others.

Short time later, former SYRIZA MP Alexis Mitropoulos was claiming towards media that the legislation last week about retroactive payments to judges automatically means also retroactive payments to lawmakers.

The news spread like a wildfire and as expected, triggered an outrage in a country where millions of private sector workers earn wages insufficient to make a descent living.

Main opposition New Democracy quickly reacted to the news and issued a statement accoridng to which party leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis has ordered lawmakers to abolish their right to receive the retroactive payments.

Similar announcements were issued by the Movement of Change (PASOK/KINAL) and To Potami. Both parties stressed in their statements that their MPs cannot claim these payments when the Greeks are tested in harsh economic times.

While the political kitchen pot was being stirred again, Parliament Speaker Nikos Voutsis  declared even if with some delay that MPs are not entitled for retroactive payments because of the amendment last week.

He reminded that lawmakers salaries were reduced by 10% as of 1. January 2016 (decision November 2015) and that the retroactive legislation is valid for cut wages from August 2012 until June 2014. Furthermore he added that MPs salaries are disconnected from the judges salaries since 2008.

ND, KINAL and To Potami should have asked at the Parliament first and confirm the news before going public, Voutsis said calling the whole issue nonsense!

Fact is that Greeces political parties are super quick to react to whatever X-, Y- or Z-claim and sometimes one has to spend half a day to find out what is fake and what is true. 

PS my head aches from banging it to the wall

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Monday, 12 November


Iran: court sentences 15 workers to prison and flogging for striking Freedom News

Fifteen workers of the Heavy Equipment Production Company (HEPCO) were sentenced to prison and flogging in Iran. Their crime: organising a strike action. HEPCO, an Iranian company that produces road construction equipment in Iran and the Middle East, was privatized last year.  The plight of workers began right after the privatization. Before privatisation, 8000 people


Extinction Rebellion activists have occupied the Government department of Energy Undercurrents reports

Extinction Rebellion are occupying inside and currently glued to the entrance outside the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

The UK government, specifically BEIS has been occupied today for promoting fracking. They met with fracking companies more than 30 times in the last 3 years, compared to zero times with anti-fracking groups despite massive local opposition with protesters across the country.


You can watch our film about Fracking here

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Mir hat jemand heute einen Artikel in der "Zeit" empfohlen. ... Fefes Blog

Mir hat jemand heute einen Artikel in der "Zeit" empfohlen. Darin ging es darum, dass die katholische Kirche mal gucken wollte, warum die Leute alle austreten, und berraschend rausfand, dass es nicht das Geld ist.

Leider ist der Rest des Artikels hinter einer Paywall. Man muss sich anmelden und zahlt dann mit seinen Daten. Ich wollte mich also in einem Privacy-Fenster anmelden. Wollten die mir eine Mail von schicken. Ja nee, liebe "Zeit". Von Spam-Dienstleistern aus den USA nehme ich keine Mails an. WTF? Ernsthaft? DSGVO, nie gehrt?!?

Update: Stellt sich raus: mailjet sind Franzosen, die bei Google in Irland hosten, keine Amis. Schreibt mir gerade ein Leser. Dennoch: Spam-Outsourcer bleibt Spam-Outsourcer. Ich bin ja fr Spam-Outsourcing. Dann muss ich nur die Outsourcer filtern.

Neulich so: China hat ein Problem mit Marxisten.Jetzt ... Fefes Blog

Neulich so: China hat ein Problem mit Marxisten.

Jetzt so: Ist ja komisch, die Marxisten sind alle weg!1!!

Authorities took away at least nine activists in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen late on Friday, and three more activists were taken away on Sunday in the city of Wuhan, sources told Reuters news agency.
Ja wo sind die denn jetzt? Na weg!1!!
The Ministry of Public Security, which oversees police forces across the country, did not respond to a request for comment.

Hey, wenn Googles Plan fr Berlin im Umspannwerk nichts ... Fefes Blog

Hey, wenn Googles Plan fr Berlin im Umspannwerk nichts wird, htten wir in Lichtenberg noch eine freie Immobilie: Das Stasi-Hauptquartier!

Pass ja auch inhaltlich ganz gut *hust*

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Turkey claims Greece tries to misappropriate Libyas Exclusive Economic Zone Keep Talking Greece

Turkey claims that Greece is trying to steal part of the Exclusive Economic Zone of Libya. Defense Minister and retired Army General Hulusi Akar presented maps to convince about his claim.

According to Akar, Greece is trying to misappropriate Libyas rights to Exclusive Economic Zone bu seizing 39,000 square kilometers south of Crete.

Of, course, Turkeys problem is not Libyas EEZ and the countrys rights but its own aspirations in the area and in hydrocarbon resources.

According to another map, Turkeys Exclusive Economic Zone in the South allegedly borders to Libyas EEZ with no Greek EEZ in-between.

Last month Akar presented another deliberately drawn map that showed an extension of Turkeys EEZ.

We shouldnt be surprised if Ankara claims one day that its EEZ reaches to Gibraltar and why not, also New York and even Australia. In order to build fronts against Greece, it apparently tries to win Libya on its side.

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Greece Weather skips Autumn, goes from Late Summer to Early Winter Keep Talking Greece

It looks as if Greeces weather has skipped autumn this year temperature-wise. Still last week temperatures in Greece reached up to 26 and 27 degrees Celsius, calm waters and full sunshine. This week, however, temperatures are forecast to dramatically drop and bring early winter.

According to meteorologists, temperatures are expected to drop by 6 to 8 degrees Celsius as of Thursday night, November 15,2018.

By Sunday, November 18, average temperature is expected to be at 14C, from 15-20 C today Monday.

In the week to follow, cold weather will be settled for good.

The second half of November will be characterized by low temperatures, rainfalls and snow initially on the mountainous areas and later that is next next- also in semi-mountainous areas.

Analytical weather forecast by KTG later this week.

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Time For A SHAKE-UP! North Yorks Enquirer

Time For A SHAKE-UP!

Guest Author MIKE WARD spells out the methodology of the Scarborough Tories spin factory.


The Cash Cow that is Whitby: The Plug-hole that is SBC 

Scarborough Borough Council continues to take the proverbial out of the residents of our Town as well as its monies.

Pier Works to shut down Whitby Gazette 

Did we honestly expect anything else?

After months/years of prevarications & delays we are now told of yet another delay.

How much work, if any, was actually done in the last few weeks?

Will this delay now allow SBC to gain even more interest on the monies banked?

North Yorkshire Enquirer article 17th September 2018:

Would anyone be surprised to hear in the coming weeks that unfortunately with the unforeseen winter months approaching work has had to be postponed until next year even after a possible token show of workmen on site for a few days waiting for the weather to deteriorate? 

You can read them like a book.

You can picture the front page of an April 2019 edition of the Whitby Gazette already:


Congratulation and thanks, especially to our local hard-working
Conservative Councillor(s), for saving our Piers.

But hang about: arent the Scarborough Borough Council Elections to be held on 2nd May 2019?

Work on the Piers would be news so wouldnt be covered by any election embargo on electioneering!

Will another delay then be announced in June with the weather too hot?

We need Councillors who care passionately about our Town and who will not simply bend when leaned upon by Officers (our servants) and the inner circle of Councillors with blinkered vision and personal ambitions.

Our Town needs investment and cannot just be seen as a cash cow for the Councils coffers.

Too much is being taken out of the Town from community charge, business rates, parking and harbour revenue whilst so much needs to be done.

Where is that money going ?

Down the plug-hole that is Scarborough Borough Council.

Local residents are subsidising losses such as the Open Air Theatre, the demolition of The Futurist and soon the Waterpark.

When the Waterpark operator (Alpamare UK) pulls out, we will be left to pick up the pieces of the 9m loan and a failing business....


Corinth Canal open to marine traffic, says managing company Keep Talking Greece

The company managing the Corinth Canal said in a statement that marine traffic has not be halted. There is only a partial limitation for ships crossing, the company said in a statement.

Early Thursday afternoon, rocks fell into the Canal and local media reported that the passage was closed to traffic.

According to the company statement, the plan for the recovery and removal of the rocks was immediately implemented. At the same time, for the sake of compliance with the navigation rules, Navtex was issued with a partial limitation of crossings for passing ships.

There is absolutely no transit problem for the overwhelming majority of ships, and in particular for those scheduled to cross the Corinth Canal in the near future, the statement added.

Therefore, there was no general disruption of navigation, while scheduled traffic has been normally conducted, the scheduled crossings of Thursday 8/11/18 and Friday 9/11/18 have already taken place, the managing company AEDIK said.

The statement was issued on 9. November 2018, there was no new update on Monday morning, Nov 12.

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Elementary school veggies cooperative taxed with 800 for 200 revenues Keep Talking Greece

Tax officials have ordered a primary school cooperative that grows vegetables to shut down after the schoolchildren were unable to pay a tax of 800 euros for last years revenues of just 200 euros.  The tax office in Nea Moudania, Halkidiki in Northern Greece, classified the school project as a regular business cooperative, even though the revenues do not come from the vegetables sales but from membership subscription of supporters of the school project.

45 children of the elementary school in Olynthos started the cooperative Perivoli in 2017. In they courtyard of the school, they set up two greenhouses and started to grow their own tomatoes, onions, radishes, beets, parsley and carrots.

When the children tried to open a bank account, they were informed that they needed a tax number.

The tax officer issued a tax number for a regular cooperative as there is no special cooperative regime for schools.

Classified as a regular businesses, they were asked to pay a tax of 800 for the revenues of just 200. The tax included the so-called trade fee of 650 euros.

As the children were unable to pay the tax, the cooperative stopped working a few days ago.


Leisure and Camping with SHARE SHARE: Frome, A Library of Things

Leisure & CampingLeisure & Camping is one of our ten categories of items here at SHARE:Frome Library of Things.

At the time of writing we have 118 items in the Leisure & Camping category. Everything you need for camping trips (tents, beds, lights, sleeping bags, folding chairs, stoves etc.) plus a barbecue, cool boxes, wet suits, buckets & spades, hammocks, portable modems and much more.

To view all 10 categories browse our inventory.

If youd like to sponsor this category and have your business advertised with every item borrowed from within it, as well as inside the shop and on our window, please get in touch with us.

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Almost 6,000 Turkish citizens seek asylum in Greece after failed coup Keep Talking Greece

A total 5,786 Turkish citizens have applied for obtaining refugee status in Greece, since 2016s failed coup attempt that was followed by a government crackdown, Turkish media reported on Sunday. According to a report by Diken attributed to the Greek Ministry of Immigration Policies, the number of Turks seeking asylum in the country has been on the rise in October.

The figures indicated that 706 individuals from Turkey requested refugee status from Greece in October, while the number was recorded as 3 thousand 807 between January and October.

In 2017, 1 thousand 826 Turkish citizens applied for asylum, the report added.

Prior to Turkeys military coup attempt that prompted a nation-wide crackdown on the dissident, the figures were as follows:

17 in 2013, 41 in 2014, 42 in 2015 and 189 in 2016, the last being the period leading up to the coup attempt.

Other figures shared by the Greek government showed that the total number of Turks applying to take refuge between 2013 and October 2018 is 5 thousand 922.

The number for the same period is 59,684 for Syrians, 24,072 Pakistanis, 24, 782 Afghans, 21,890 Iraqis, 8,605 Albanians, 5,478 Bangladeshis, 4, 417 Iranians, 4,031 Georgians, 3,386 Palestinians, 29,508 individuals from other nations.

The Turkish government launched a crackdown after the failed coup that led to the dismissal of nearly 140,000 civil servants and investigations into some 400,000 citizens on terrorism charges.

The government accuses the Gulen movement of orchestrating the failed putsch, designating it as a terrorist organization, although the movement strongly denies any involvement. via theglobepost

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El responsable de la web de IU denunciado por atacar en redes con falsa identidad

Jorge Navas Alejo, el responsable de Comunicacin Interna y Web de Izquierda Unida, ha sido denunciado por Miguel ngel Vias, el coordinador provincial del partido en Zamora, a causa de una posible usurpacin de la personalidad jurdica de IU.

Navas Alejo supuestamente usaba la denominacin de Rancios Izquierda Unida en cuentas tanto de Twitter como de Telegram, por lo que el Consejo Poltico Provincial de IU Zamora llev ante el Juzgado de lo Penal que:

durante el ao 2016 y 2017 habamos tenido conocimiento de esta denominacin en redes (Rancios Izquierda Unida) por las publicaciones que se venan haciendo en las que se vituperaba la imagen de Izquierda Unida y muy en concreto de una parte de nuestra organizacin, con referencia a Zamora, a su Alcalde y a personas que se engloban en el espacio IU, s con ms fuerza.

Izquierda Unida Zamora seala asimismo que en el mes de abril de 2017 se intent cobrar a esa federacin las facturas del dominio en cuestin:

no solo se agreda polticamente a un sector de IU, sino que adems se le intentaba pasar la factura de dicha agresin por lo que se le aportaron los requerimientos de pago que se intentaron cobrar a Izquierda Unida de Zamora y nmero de contrato del dominio al Juzgado.

El Juzgado de Instruccin nmero 4 de la ciudad indic que las caractersticas de los hechos denunciados apuntaban a un presunto delito de usurpacin y estafa por lo que acord incoar diligencias previas.

Segn la Direccin General de la Polica, la persona que realiz la mencionada usurpacin y cre la web Rancios Izquierda Unida es el responsable de Comunicacin Interna de IU, que trabaja como asistente en el Parlamento europeo al servicio de los eurodiputados de Izquierda Unida.

Por su lado IU Zamora, dos das despus de aquella comunicacin, afirma que con gran decepcin se nos comunica el 8 de octubre de 2018 por el abogado que atiende la denuncia penal en Zamora que el coordinador federal de IU,...


Nasrallah to Yemenis: US/Saudis have failed, victory closer than ever before The Vineyard of the Saker

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Khashoggi, Ben Barka & PressTVs Serena Shim: A 4-part series The Vineyard of the Saker

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog In October of 1965, 2014 and 2018 three journalists were prominently assassinated: Mehdi Ben Barka, Serena Shim and Jamal Khashoggi. Most readers likely


CCBGB Is the BBC biased?

In the CCBGB ('comments could be going better') stakes, I think the BBC's Diplomatic Correspondent James Landale has all won hands down today - with no need whatsoever for a second people's referendum vote to make certain of that. 

Two of his tweets have gone down extraordinary badly with the twittering public, even with people who usually disagree about everything else and throw insults at each agree. 

In fact he seems to have achieved the impossible, bringing the nation together, and even uniting #FBPE types with pro-Brexit types in total condemnation of his 'cheap political point-scoring':

Here's a small selection of the replies:

  • May laid a wreath at Thiepval with Macron on Friday.Today she was at the Cenotaph, accompanied by the President of Germany and watched by the Queen. Find a political grievance somewhere else.
  • This is a pretty shameful agenda you're pushing here, James/BBC. The Royal Family, May and others are in the right place at the Cenotaph - not abroad.
  • Today is not a time for trying to score points. Mrs May was rightly in attendance at our Cenotaph. As you know she was in Europe prior for other events.
  • So she's expected to snub the President of Germany then? And the British people?
  • Your snarky tweets dont serve you or the BBC very well today.
  • David Liddington? Far left of pictu...


Live Blogging 'Doctor Who' Is the BBC biased?

Tim Brooke-Taylor and (in the background) Bill Oddie - i.e. The Goodies.

As regular readers will probably know, I don't really watch BBC drama these days, except for Doctor Who, the ultimate BBC family programme, famously geared for kids - and, even more famously, geared for dads (via the female assistants and the whole sci-fi thing) . 

Yes, I know. I'm nearly 50 and shouldn't be watching such things. But, in my defence, I'm claiming it as my only such sin.


It features (Muslim) companion Yaz travelling back in time with (female) Doctor Jodie, and (black, dyspraxic) Ryan, and (stale, pale, male) Bradley Walsh to Partition India in 1947 to see her marvellous Pakistani granny (introduced as the first Muslim to give birth in the new Pakistan and the first Muslim woman to work in a cotton mill in England) get married.

And Bradley Walsh says he's really looking forward to ticking Pakistan off his to-do list, tourism-wise. (Don't we all? I particularly fancy the northern border with Afghanistan. Very scenic I hear. Check out 

Ah yes, it's a 'jolly hockey sticks BBC romp' with 'sad bits' homing in on the massively murderous partition of India and Pakistan, when Muslims and Hindus slaughtered each other whilst Labour's Attlee government (unmentioned) tried to do the right thing (unmentioned).

(Bad Lord Mountbatten got a mention though.)

So that's the context. And Bradley (speaking on behalf of his Chasers perhaps) is now saying heart-tugging things about us all coming together. And Doctor Jodie (n...


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Protests and road blockades in Bulgaria trap dozens drivers in Greece Keep Talking Greece

Thousands of Bulgarians have blocked major highways and roads on Sunday protesting fuel prices and rising cost of living. The blockades have the effect that dozens of truck drivers and private motorists are trapped not only inside Bulgaria but also in neighboring Greece and Turkey.

The protests have spread across the country, a group has blocked the Bulgarian side of Promahonas border crossing with Greece. Dozens of truck drivers and private car motorists remain trapped in their cars on the Greek side, media in Greece report on Sunday evening. Blocked is also the road to Turkey, in the SE Bulgaria.

Over 2,000 people waving national flags marched in central Sofia chanting Mafia and Rubbish, frustrated with the rising costs of living in the European Unions poorest country, reuters reported.

Protests were also held in over 20 Bulgarian cities, with dozens of drivers blockading roads, including the one leading to Greece, for hours. Some demanded the resignation of the center-right coalition government of Prime Minister Boyko Borissov.

Fuel prices have risen in the past month following a spike in global oil prices. In an attempt to ease discontent the anti-monopoly regulator has said it would look at the fuel sector to see if there are any breaches of competition rules.

The governments decision to increase the tax on older and more polluting cars from 2019 has angered many in a country where the average monthly salary is 575 euros, among the lowest in the European Union.

Road Blockades

Among the many areas affected were the road via Blagoevgrad to Greece, three parts of Trakiya Motorway near Stara Zagora, Yambol and Bourgas and the highway close to the town of Shoumen. There were also large blockades in major cities including Plovdiv and Bourgas.

Traffic jams on Bragoevgrad highway to Greece via TheSofiaGlobe



It's the anti-Corbyn hypocrites who are really trivialising remembrance AAV

It's 100 years to the day since the end of the First World War, a conflict my great-grandfather died in, leaving his two young daughters fatherless. My mother's grandfather was one of 8 million military casualties (a similar number of civilians died during the conflict too).

I've spent the day thinking about my great-grandfather's tragic death and the ramifications that have rippled down through the generations for my family, and contemplating the unimaginably vast waves of grief, suffering, and poverty that WWI wreaked upon millions of other families all across the world.

Today of all days we should be solemnly remembering the horrifying consequences of war, but like clockwork the right-wing virtue signallers are out in force to use Remembrance as a stick to attack their political foes with.

This year they're deliberately trivialising the whole subject with pathetic claims that Jeremy Corbyn's grey raincoat wasn't solemn enough (?!?) and outright lies that he wasn't wearing a poppy (he wore two poppies on his raincoat and suit jacket while he laid a large wreath of poppies at the Cenotaph).

In 2015 the right-wing shreikers made ludicrous efforts to claim that Corbyn disrespected veterans and the war dead by not bowing deeply enough at the Cenotaph (when he was actually the only political leader to stay behind after the ceremony to chat to veterans as the rest of the dignitaries cleared off to a slap-up meal in the warmth).


90-year-old guard opens the doors of Allied Cemetery on Armistice Day Keep Talking Greece

90-year-old Djordge Mihailovic could not be absent from the ceremony marking 100 years from the end of World War I. Serbian Djordge Mihailovic is the keeper of the Serbian cemetery Zeitenlik Allied Cemetery in Thessaloniki, the biggest military cemetery in the Balkans.

Dressed in military uniform, the guardian of the 20,000 dead opened the doors of Zeitenlik and welcomed the officials and the visitors who attended the ceremony on the Armistice Day.

More than 20,000 Serbian, French, British, Italian Russian and Greek soldiers and Bulgarian POWs, who died in the battles on the Salonika front during World War I are buried in Zeitenlik.

The sleepless guardian over 20,500 souls is Djordge Mihailovic, guardians were also his father and his grandfather before him.

The largest part of the complex is the Serbian Military Graveyard, which contains the remains of c. 7,500 soldiers. The French sector contains the remains of 8,000 French soldiers. The Italian sector holds about 3,000 graves; the British sector holds about 2,000 graves, and there is also the Russian sector with about 400 graves. There are also graves of Bulgarian POW, such as graves of fallen Greeks transferred from the battlefields of Kilkis.


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