Banking terrorists go from strength to strength

The wolf is certainly wearing sheeps clothing and he is stalking his prey with blood drenched lips. RBS have this week recorded a further loss of £8bn which now means they have lost every penny of the £46bn of tax payer money given to them by the government after their bailout in 2008. How has this been met? They have rewarded themselves with over £500m in bonuses.

Of course RBS are not the only bank to play ‘catch us with our pants down if you can’ as Barclays Bank have played a similar hand with respect to their 10% increase in bonuses worth over £2bn and announcing cuts to over 7000 jobs, presumably due to technological unemployment. This the same Barclays Bank who were complicit in the libor scandal, the fixing of interest rates, and also recipient of tax payer money to soften the blow of the economic meltdown of 2008.
The mainstream media are playing tacit dismay at these announcements, with only opinion pieces by people such as Owen Jones offering any real insight into the daylight robbery and daily economic terrorism being waged on we the people. The social media of course is full of it but that is information that you have to actively search for and not receive as part of your regular, daily spoon fed government message. Who really has the time or energy for that after 10-11 hours of being a debt slave?

Whilst these banks and politicians continue to bleed us dry, everyday people are being assessed by Atos, the SS arm of the DWP at the behest of Iain Duncan-Smith, and having their social security slashed and/or withdrawn. These actions have resulted in many people who are sick and dying being told they are fit to work. You literally couldn’t make it up. Why is all this happening? Because in 2008 the world found out that major banking corporations had played a dodgy game of roulette with public money and when it came up black and not red, they lost it all. Instead of cutting them adrift as any one of us would have been if we gambled our savings at the casino, or as Iceland did with their banking ‘elites’, Gordon Brown bailed them out with our money leaving us to pay for it. David Cameron and his side man Nick Clegg continue to make us pay for it, with some of us paying the ultimate price for this ideological austerity with their very lives.

What can we do to challenge and change what is happening?

Well firstly we have to become informed; this means not relying on the prescribed daily dose of hate given at specific daily intervals from the mainstream media, it means using the wonderful tool that is the Internet to find out more about the world immediately around us and the wider world too. We are all connected.

We have to question what we find; just as we should not blithely listen to and believe what the mainstream media tells us, we should be mindful of the information we find on the Internet. Cross referencing sources and claims is a must in a world full of disinformation, don’t believe me, look for yourself.

We have to share information – knowledge is power; but power to do what? The success of life and the evolution of species is hinges on co-operation, by communities working together to adapt, improvise and overcome. It is not about the survival of the fittest. That is not to say I am calling for a Tory-esque ‘big society’ but for us to use the tools at our disposal, i.e. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc to share information and not just cute pictures of cats and dogs (that’s not to say you shouldn’t as without enjoying life what is the point in fighting for a better one?) Oh and don’t forget the power of the old-fashioned word of mouth.

Get out there; as in once you have taken the first steps in finding and sharing information, you need to act on it. That might mean taking an hour or two out of your weekend to go to a rally, march or candle light vigil but it is an essential part of the process in making change, to get people together peacefully on the streets at events. You can and will meet some of the most varied and interesting people you will ever come across at events like this and it is where ideas start to grow.

Connect the dots – we’re in this together; as in once you have taken the steps to attend an event for something close to your heart look for the next one on a different topic. Joining each others causes is important, we have to build networks across the different campaigns being run from stop the war to save the NHS.

Take stock of your history; we are all standing on the shoulders of giants, nothing has ever been given to us, it has all been fought for over the centuries by people collectively and not won by individuals. The Civil Rights movement in the 1960’s was not Malcolm X or Martin Luther King, it was the collective will and actions of the people who helped to bring about change and gave these individuals a platform from which to speak and act.

Finally, believe in yourself; Collective and peaceful civil disobedience is a powerful tool when used in conjunction with mass economic withdrawal. None of these ideas are new and have been suggested in the past by the likes of Martin Luther King and Ghandi. What we have to do is believe that we can make change and we have to be daring enough to do so.

For more inspiration see:

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IDS, ATOS, austerity and Chingford. The fire rises

Later today (August 2nd 2013) in Chingford firefighters from across the UK are heading to Chingford, where Iain Duncan Smith who is the member of parliament for Chingford and also the head of the Department for Work and Pensions, to tell him and his constituents “we save people, not banks.” This is in response to the ideological austerity measures that are being pushed throughout the UK following the economic crash of 2008 that was created by bad banking practices and rogue politicians.

This phenomenon started in Spain, when Spanish firefighters opposed to their governments austerity measures, took a stand against the police . Stories have circulated that they have sought to protect people being evicted from their homes by the police and at times it has been quite frenetic out there.

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These scenes of ordinary working class people standing up for each other have touched some within the UK Fire and Rescue Service and their message is that their primary role and sole being for being a firefighter is to protect the people in the communities that they live and work in. They do this through education, prevention work and crucially by responding to emergency calls in someone’s time of need. Another way that firefighters can protect the public is to stand up against austerity that is having devastating consequences for the people all around us. They can provide a voice for those without one and for those waiting to find their voice.

For more info you can follow their work on Twitter with the hashtags: #WeSavePeopleNotBanks or #WSPNB

Newell News-round up, week 15 *sport distraction special*

It has been one of those great weeks of distraction. The NHS is under attack. Public services are under attack. Legal aid is gone but don’t worry, it is sunny, Wimbledon is on, the Lions are in Australia and history beckons.

Sport

What a weekend. The world is on fire, with countries such as Egpyt, Brazil, Turkey and little known Bulgaria rising up against corruption in government and here in the UK we are waiting to join in just as soon as the soaps have finished but before the X-factor starts, but then the football season kicks-off and it is world cup season too…. I am sure we will find some time to think about how badly the government are abusing democracy here. Sky News have been telling us the feel good index is up, the market s are booming and it is all to do with our confidence in the weather, Andy Murray and Warren Gatland.

The power of the social conditioning box to frame our opinions or what we think about should not be under estimated. At the same time as all this was kicking off Abu Qatada was being deported to Jordan and Theresa May and David Cameron were slapping each other on the back, again with Sky News asking the question whether or not this result after 12 years now means we need to withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights. They may not be telling you what to think by the media is telling you what to think about.

Politics

MP’s are about to receive a pay rise with the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) stating it may be as much as 15%. This comes the week after Jeffery Osborne’s spending review speech when he slated the public sector calling for an end to automatic pay rises which have been non-existent for the majority of the people who provide our services in the first place.You could not make it up. Nick Clegg says he won’t take the money but the sideman will do as he is told.

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War criminal Tony Blair has been at it again, not content with calling for military intervention in Syria the week before he now throws in his blood thirsty views of Egypt into the arena, although he effectively called on the UK public to think about what had happened in Egypt if you don’t like what is happening. Unfortunately the soaps are on.

David Cameron took an opportunity to attack Labour and their trade union history at Prime Ministers Questions (PMQs) this week. It was a “Quick, look over there, do not look at what we are up to!” moment. The idea is that unions wield too much power over Labour and are their puppets. Is he joking? The Labour fall out with Unions being talked at length by propaganda machine is a distraction. The biggest back of Labour last time they were in power was not a union but the largest media empire going, News International, headed up by the jackal Rupert Murdoch, followed closely by Terry Leahy or Mr Tesco to you and I. The rise of Leahy and Tesco was intrinsic with the rise to power of Blair and Labour.

Between them they killed of the local shop and tens of thousands of brown women and children in Afghanistan and Iraq, not to mention several thousand of our service men and women, many more of which were given bullet proof vests, only to get arms and legs blown off. Terry Leahy got a knighthood and Tony ‘the war criminal’ Blair earns £2m a year from JPMorgan and is the middle east peace envoy. Not making it up. It’s all true.

In the mean time Ed Miliband has decided he has to “mend” the union link with Labour, effectively killing off any last flicker of hope for some that Labour would start to stand for the working people of this country again instead of cosying up to big business and the war machine.
Labour AND Conservatives suck on the nipple of corporations and business, they do not care about you. They do not care about us. We are a vessel for them to suck the life blood out of to keep them and their mates in the life style they have become accustom to and they get away with it because they know we will not do anything about it until the soaps and X-Factor have finished.

Health and Social care

The NHS is 65 and about to be retired, sold off to privateers to make profit from our misfortune. How will they make profit you might ask from providing a service to us? By making you pay through the nose for it. The potential for these vampires to make a few million pound out of us is why we face the unthinkable and despicable act of privatisation. In brief, before the NHS infant mortality, one in twenty children died before their first birthday and is one of the most efficient health services (in what we call the developed) world. If we do not offer a resistance to this then we are condemning our children and grandchildren to a world of pain.

The lows to which some will stoop to never fail to amaze me. In Liverpool this week it was reported that Atos, the SS department for the Department for Welfare and Pensions, called the police to stop experts in welfare giving advice to the sick and elderly being assessed. These people recently assessed a woman fresh from a double heart and lung bypass as being fit for work and she received a return to work letter , nine days later, the day she died in hospital. These people and this world is sick and backwards. There is no justice, there is just-us.

The papers this week have been telling you all about benefits scroungers again. This time it is a woman who has been given £500,000 house that you should be upset about, not the bankers bonuses (up 64% to £143 pound a week each on average) and certainly not the Royal Spawn, who’s bedroom had a £1m makeover. They tell you what to think about.

Finally the Ministry of Love has released a report confirming what you already knew from the constant bombardment of fear and hatred, that immigrants cause over crowding and fuel tensions. You just sit down and stay in fear of your neighbour and if you want to serve the Ministry of Love (#Miniluv) then you just be fearful and spy on them.

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World

The people of Egypt took to the streets and gave their president 48 hours to leave office or they were taking it back. He stood his ground and the people mobilised with the largest protests and mass assemblies perhaps ever witnessed in the history of mankind. The Egyptian army, America backed, took back the office a new interim leader is in post for the time being but violence on the streets is escalating as supporters of the ejected president Morsi fight back.

The President of Bolivia’s aeroplane was forced to land earlier this week. The rumour mill was that Edward Snowden was on board. Can you imagine Air Force One being called to land because they were harbouring war criminals? Imagine that!

Water wars! I haven’t mentioned anything about that for a while but now even the mainstream media is stoking up the fear. The world is looking at a threat to the food supply as our water wells dry up. We are over pumping our ground supplies and face peak water. I like the sound of water wars better because when we face up to it, other than the air we breath, water is the most important thing to the human species. Perhaps people might want to think twice about the process of hydraulic fracturing, contaminating water to extract gas or oil, with potentially devastating environmental consequences, or go back to Coca-Cola and ask them to stop using our water for their madness inducing syrup juice.

The U.S are honouring the religious observation of Ramadan at Guantanamo Bay by only force feeding its detainees at night. That’s alright then. Thanks Barack.

Also in America an airline passenger plane crashed in San Francisco and Barack Obama has once again applauded the actions of the first responders. Be careful if you are a first responder in Yemen or Pakistan, they will blow you up with their reaper drones because you are probably a terrorist.

The football world cup is next year and this week a referee was beheaded after he fatally stabbed a player. Where’s that ticket…

 

Entertainment

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Laurie Penny asked on Twitter this week what the next generation would be called, after a debate about what the present generation are called? The two point zero? Who knows, but the next generation will be called ‘The Unfortunates’. The Unfortunates because we let the corrupt take away legal aid, our freedom and liberties, social security, loading them up with £73,000 debt before they’re born, gorged ourselves on fossil fuels, ruined the environment with shale gas and gave them cancer with the way we grow and develop food and through the use of depleted uranium in our ammunition. Yes, the ‎#unfortunates . We are sorry, we had to wait for the soaps to finish but now X-Factor is on