Stalin alive and well


It should come as no surprise that “Bottler” Brown and the Blair Brown Regime have encouraged police to act in breech of the 1688 Bill of Rights which first protected whistle blowers.

Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition were about to start taking apart the Budget fudge dished up by “Dobbin” Darling this week. David Cameron was due this morning to give an 08:00 press conference on the subject and Speaker Martin, who has previously displayed unforgivable partisanship towards the Blair Brown Regime, made a rare stand against the national socialists and allocated debate time to the budget.

The “Bottler” Brown reaction was to encourage police to arrest a Shadow Minister under the anti-terror laws.

Britain is sinking towards a Zimbabwe-style environment by the day – Stalin is alive and well and living in the Blai Brown Regime.

The further terror is that the Brown ‘plan’ to try to borrow his way out of the economic mess largely caused by his failed policies could lead to deflation, followed by Zimbabwe inflation and bankruptcy for Britain.

BSD Newsdesk



Rome – 21 November, 2008

On the 23rd of November the 10th edition of the humanitarian mission “Giving back Light” begins: the ’AFMAL (Fatebenefratelli Association for distant unhealthy people), Alenia Aeronautica and the Italian Air Force together against blindness in Mali. As of today nearly 17.000 medical examinations and 3000 eye operations have been made.

Doctors, nurses, friars, volunteers and pilots together again for the tenth edition of “Giving back Light”. The aid mission will take place from November 23rd until December 6th in Mali, in the Sub-Sahara Africa, to treat the eye diseases of the inhabitants of one of the poorest areas of the Sub-Sahara region.

A C-27J transport aircraft, whose utilisation has been offered by Alenia Aeronautica, a Finmeccanica company, will carry three operating rooms and three medical and paramedical teams coming form the Fatebenefratelli hospitals in Rome; a Spanish medical team and a medical team of the Italian Air Force. A first team will go back to Gao, a small town on the Niger river, where the last years missions have led to operate and examine thousands of persons. The other medical team will stop in Mopti, a small town also located in the centre of Mali near the Falesia of Bandiagara, the Dogons’ region.

IMO chief makes direct appeal to Security Council for Somalia piracy action

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IMO Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos has issued a call at the highest level for a coordinated and cohesive response, both internationally and nationally, to combat the scourge of piracy off the coast of Somalia.

Yesterday (20 November), in a personal briefing to the UN Security Council in the context of the latter’s consideration of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s report on the situation in Somalia, Secretary-General Mitropoulos told Security Council members about the scope and extent of the problem which, he said, was a matter of grave concern. He also outlined a series of actions the Security Council might consider taking to address the situation. In particular, he requested that the Security Council take appropriate action:

IWA Submits Initial Views To Government On The Revision Of Waterways For Tomorrow


The Inland Waterways Association (IWA) has submitted its initial views on what it would like to see from a new Waterways for Tomorrow policy document to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Waterways for Tomorrow, originally published in 2000, set out the Government’s policy vision for the inland waterways. It was welcomed at the time, but it is now 8 years old. Defra has announced that it intends to produce a new document, consulting all stakeholders, with the aim of publishing it by the end of next year.

IWA has submitted its initial views to Defra. The submission embraces issues such as:

U.S. Air Force Accepts First Lockheed Martin SBIRS HEO System For Operations


SUNNYVALE, Calif., November 13, 2008 — The first Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Highly Elliptical Orbit (HEO-1) payload and ground system, built by a Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] team, has been accepted for operations by the U.S Air Force. SBIRS is designed to provide early warning of missile launches, and simultaneously support other missions including missile defense, technical intelligence and battlespace awareness.

Acceptance of the HEO-1 system follows a highly successful operational utility evaluation and trial period during which live HEO data was injected into user operational networks providing critical warning and intelligence data. The evaluation demonstrated the significant new capabilities being delivered to the warfighter through the HEO system. This milestone paves the way for United States Strategic Command’s formal certification of the HEO-1 system next month.

IWA Steps in to Save Woolsthorpe Top Lock


The Inland Waterways Association (IWA) has stepped in with a £175,000 funding plan to save Woolsthorpe Top Lock on the Grantham Canal from closure, following the partial collapse of the offside wall to the lock last year. British Waterways had decided that they could not afford to rebuild the wall and proposed that the lock would be filled in.


John Baylis, East Midlands Region Chairman of the IWA made the rescue proposal to British Waterways, for IWA to fund the rebuilding of the damaged wall of Woolsthorpe Top Lock utilising a legacy given to IWA from the estate of Mr. Fredrick Charles Woodman.



IWA had to offer further guarantees that sufficient money was available to complete the rebuilding, which meant that an additional joint campaign between the Grantham Canal Society and IWA was necessary to raise additional funds. Additional grants were obtained from Lincolnshire County Council through the Lincolnshire Waterways Partnership and the East Midlands Development Agency.


IWA, through its Honorary Consultant Engineer Roy Sutton, also undertook to produce extensive drawings and calculations to demonstrate how the work could be done.

Up close and personal

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Whatever our political stripe, we can all unhesitatingly agree that this government is useless on the big things: climate change, war and peace, regulation of the banks, protection of Britain’s landscape and woodland, the wealth gap. You name the big issue, and New Labour has either failed to notice, or failed to act when it did notice.

This is not to say that the government has remained inert. Far from it: in eleven and half years of rule Labour has passed more laws than any other government, particularly criminal justice legislation. A Liberal Democrat peer has estimated that 13,000 pages of legislation are produced each year by this government compared to the 8,000-page norm for previous modern governments.

Where this political energy goes is no mystery. It is the personal sphere. Labour compensates for its inadequacies on the big issues by focusing on personal behaviour and telling each one of us how to act in our private lives. It is obsessed with our personal data and has come to believe that the slightest detail of our lives – a journey to see mother on a Sunday, a trip to Calais, a phone call or email to a friend – is of compelling interest to the state.

There is nothing too small for the government’s “concern”. Overweight parents are to be paid to walk their children to school, sign up to exercise classes or use public transport (because that is deemed to involve some physical exertion).

Smokers are to be banned from fostering children, while single people may be allowed foster.

As the Observer reported last week, the home secretary, Jacqui Smith, will shortly announce an overhaul of prostitution law, making it an offence for a man to buy sex from a prostitute if she is “controlled for the gain” of another person.

This is a big issue and one that reflect the government’s complete failure to tackle people-smuggling. So it has reacted by depriving men and women of the freedom to come to a commercial arrangement about sex. The Observer’s political editor wrote:

[The law] is expected to be so widely drafted that it could cover up to nine out of 10 sex workers, not just those trafficked into the sex trade but those controlled by pimps or even by drug habits.

All well and good you would imagine, but the fact is that there are a large number of people who need and want to buy and sell sex, including women from men and men from men, although these types of transaction will not be affected by the law.

The legislation proposed by our interfering nanny of a home secretary is condemned by academic experts who believe that the government has listened to the “incoherent” and “dangerous” research of the anti-prostitution group, The Poppy Project. “We are appalled that the government has used this sloppy research while ignoring a large body of reputable research”, said Dr Helen Ward, one of the authors of the document attacking the government’s plans. “Jacqui Smith’s proposals are deeply flawed and will put sex workers at even more risk of violence and exploitation. They also contain yet another major assault on civil liberties – this time on the liberties of adults having consenting sex.

Necessity is always the government’s cry, but this pattern of legislation leaves us with an inventory of personal freedom that reduces as each week goes by. We need to draw a line between the personal sphere and that which is legitimate interest of the government. We need to say with increasing vehemence, this is my life, not yours.

Henry Porter

Harris Corporation to Demonstrate Public Safety Communications Capabilities During Largest U.S. Earthquake Preparedness Exercise

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ROCHESTER, N.Y., Nov. 11 — Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS), an international communications and information technology company, will demonstrate advanced systems for restoring first responder communication links as part of the Great Southern California ShakeOut, the largest-ever earthquake preparedness drill in the United States. The exercise, scheduled for November 13, will model the effects of a magnitude 7.8 earthquake along the San Andreas Fault and has more than five million registered participants.

Ocean fertilization operations should be allowed only for research

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30th Consultative Meeting of Contracting Parties to the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter, 1972 (London Convention) and 3rd meeting of Contracting Parties to the 1996 Protocol thereto (London Protocol): 27 – 31 October 2008

Ocean fertilization operations should be allowed only for research,
say Parties to international treaties

Ocean fertilization activities, other than legitimate scientific research, should not be allowed, according to a resolution adopted by Parties to the international treaties which regulate the dumping of wastes and other matter at sea.

“Vertical” round the world solo yachtsman to give fundraising talk for local RNLI lifeboats


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Date: 11/11/2008

Author: Adrian Don, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

Reference: Tynemouth 045 2008

Tynemouth and Cullercoats RNLI lifeboat stations are asking people to join us for an extraordinary event.

Adrian Flannigan, solo yachtsman, will re-live his adventures to raise funds to help keep our lifeboats saving lives at sea.

Adrian has a reputation for delivering a fascinating and lively talk, capturing his audience completely.

Adrian became the first person to complete a ‘Vertical Circumnavigation’ of the planet in 2008, having endured an epic 405 days of sailing and 31,000 lonely miles.

The event takes place on Friday 14 November 2008, from 6.30pm (start 7.30pm prompt) at South Tyneside College, St Georges Avenue, South Shields, NE34 6ET.
Tickets: £8 (adults; £5 (students / senior citizens); £10 (on the door)
TICKETLINE: 0191 266 1037 or 07703 323 086
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