(Why are skies in Cornwall constantly filled with a white haze lately? just a coincidence? See previous Article about Chemtrails in Cornwall - Janet Clarke)
Natural News - Small West Yorkshire town aims to be first town with food self-sufficiency by growing all its own vegetables
Different local authorities throughout the USA have been harassing homeowners for growing veggies or herbs in their front lawns. But in the small town of Todmorden, England, a grass-roots food movement has been started by one woman who grew veggies in her front yard and let neighbors pick them free.
It took six months before neighbors and passers-by got the notion that Mary Clear's lowered fence and signs encouraging people to pick veggies from her lawn was for real. Mary, a 56 year old grandmother, kicked off a scheme thought up with local Bear Cafe owner Pam Warhurst and others to engage in local guerrilla agriculture.
Soon, others joined in and they called the movement Incredible Edible. Now this small community has 70 large, raised beds flourishing with fruits and vegetables, all of which are there for others to take from without paying.
Even the Todmorden police station has a few of those beds on its premises. The police also allow others to come and pick from them. It's a high profile setting that lets others know it is okay to grow your own in Todmorden. (Source 1 below)
Mary and Pam realize that Incredible Edible isn't up to feeding all 15,000 residents of Todmorden yet. But their goal is to achieve that level of self sufficiency by 2018. They're working on getting more involved with growing veggies and fruits with a grass roots free educational system to help others learn how to plant and nurture communal food gardens.
So far, there has been no government financial support or interference with Incredible Edible, which has even sprouted up in another British town, Somerset. (Source 2 below)
It appears that USA community bureaucracies are number one in harassing homeowners who grow veggies or herbs in their yards. (http://www.naturalnews.com)
The Telegraph - Michael Gove in fresh attack on exams after GCSE storm
Britain’s exam boards have profited from a qualifications system that has “incentivised dumbing down” over the last decade, according to Michael Gove.
In an attack on school standards, the Education Secretary will say that hundreds of thousands of pupils have been steered towards worthless qualifications that fail to prepare them for the demands of the workplace.
Speaking on Tuesday, he will also criticise teaching unions for putting their "own interests" before those of schoolchildren and helping to create an environment of “corrosive low expectations”.
Mr Gove will underline his determination to completely overhaul GCSEs, A-levels and the National Curriculum amid claims they have been totally “discredited”, adding: “'It would be an act of economic idiocy to perpetuate the existing education system.”
The comments – to be made at a speech in central London – come in the wake of a political storm over the Education Secretary’s proposed plan to scrap GCSEs in favour of a new generation of tougher O-level style qualifications. See Article
The Telegraph - Alex Salmond 'is running scared of Scottish independence'
Alex Salmond is running scared of Scottish independence or even holding a referendum on his keynote policy, Alistair Darling said today as he launched the campaign to keep the United Kingdom together.
The former Chancellor said Mr Salmond is desperately trying to “muddy the waters” by adding a second ‘devo max’ question to the ballot paper advocating the devolution of full tax powers.
But he warned the First Minister that he cannot prevent a referendum on the “fundamental question” of independence being held and goaded the SNP leader over his failure to do “basic homework” about what that means. See Article
The Telegraph - Debt crisis: Peter Sands documents show warning to David Cameron of euro danger to Britain
David Cameron has been warned by one of the country’s leading bankers that the biggest threat to the City is the possibility of Britain leaving the European Union.
Peter Sands, the chief executive of Standard Chartered, had a breakfast meeting with the Prime Minister on Monday during which he is understood to have raised concerns over a British breakaway.
The warning was sounded amid growing calls from Conservative MPs for Britain to have an “in-out” referendum on the country’s ongoing membership of the European Union. George Osborne, the Chancellor and Mr Cameron’s key election strategist, is understood to be considering offering the pledge of a referendum as the centrepiece of the next Conservative manifesto. Labour is also considering a similar pledge. Separately, Wolfgang Schaeuble, Germany’s finance minister, said Berlin should hold a referendum before transferring more power to Brussels.Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, has said that pushing for greater political and fiscal unity is her key aim for this week’s crucial EU Summit. But Mr Schaeuble said hat the “limits of the constitution had been reached” and the German people would have to approve before more powers could be transferred. He argued that a referendum “will happen sooner than I would have thought a few months ago”. See Article
The Guardian - Doubts grow over David Cameron's welfare blitz
Prime minister announces 17 proposals but questions raised over cost of reforms. Fresh questions over the cost, timetable and viability of universal credit, the centrepiece of the first wave of the government's welfare reforms, emerged on Monday as David Cameron unveiled 17 further reforms aimed at lopping £10bn off the welfare budget.
The prime minister's second tranche of reforms go far wider than expected and are designed to give political momentum to the government.
But senior sources in the government and the opposition suggested on Monday that universal credit was now over budget and running late – raising questions about the implementation of the wider reforms. See Article
The Guardian - US justices block key parts of Arizona law but uphold immigration checks
Obama wins partial victory on SB1070 law, but supreme court leaves in place controversial 'show-me-your-papers' measure. Barack Obama won a partial victory on Monday when the supreme court struck down key parts of Arizona's draconian anti-immigration laws, though it left in place the hotly contested part of the legislation that Latinos claim will result in racial profiling.
By a majority of five to three, the court blocked implementation of several components of the SB1070 law on the grounds that the federal government had broad powers for setting immigration policy, not individual states.
Obama had wanted the whole Arizona immigration law declared unconstitutional. Instead, all eight justices voted unanimously to allow the most controversial measure to go ahead, the so-called "show me your papers" section. This will allow police to check the immigration status of people they stop or arrest if it is suspected that the individuals are in the US illegally. See Article
The Register - Antarctic ice shelves not melting at all, new field data show
Twenty-year-old models which have suggested serious ice loss in the eastern Antarctic have been compared with reality for the first time - and found to be wrong, so much so that it now appears that no ice is being lost at all.
"Previous ocean models ... have predicted temperatures and melt rates that are too high, suggesting a significant mass loss in this region that is actually not taking place," says Tore Hattermann of the Norwegian Polar Institute, member of a team which has obtained two years' worth of direct measurements below the massive Fimbul Ice Shelf in eastern Antarctica - the first ever to be taken.
According to a statement from the American Geophysical Union, announcing the new research:
It turns out that past studies, which were based on computer models without any direct data for comparison or guidance, overestimate the water temperatures and extent of melting beneath the Fimbul Ice Shelf. This has led to the misconception, Hattermann said, that the ice shelf is losing mass at a faster rate than it is gaining mass, leading to an overall loss of mass.
The team’s results show that water temperatures are far lower than computer models predicted ...
Daily Mail - Bank boss 'must pay price' for accounts shambles: RBS chief faces calls to forfeit another bonus as crisis is linked to IT team in India
Banker Stephen Hester faced calls to forfeit his bonus and fall on his sword yesterday after the computer meltdown continued to cause chaos for millions.
A leading peer said there was ‘no question’ of the Royal Bank of Scotland chief executive receiving an annual bonus from the state-owned bank – if he was allowed to keep his job.
His remarks came as it emerged the software support team for the at-fault computer programme is based in India. See Article
Daily Mail - Calls to ban Coca-Cola colouring linked to cancer that is still available in Britain despite U.S. health alert
Campaigners are calling for a ban on a colouring linked to cancer which has been found in Coca-Cola sold in Britain.
A chemical in the caramel colouring that gives the drink its distinctive colour has been at the centre of a health alert in the United States.
Coca-Cola has recently switched to a new manufacturing process in America to bring down the level of the suspect chemical, 4-methylimidazole (4-MI).
Daily Mail - Our coverage of the Arab Spring was over-excited, admits BBC
The BBC’s coverage of the Arab Spring has been heavily criticised – by the corporation’s bosses.
Head of news Helen Boaden admitted that her journalists got carried away with events and produced ‘over-excited’ reports.
She told a BBC Trust report that in Libya, where reporters were ‘embedded’ with rebels, they may have failed to explore both sides of the story properly.
Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen was among those criticised in the study into coverage of the uprisings, which found that ‘excitement’ did sometimes ‘infect’ the reporting, which some viewers described as ‘too emotive’ and ‘veering into opinion’. See Article
Daily Mail - The scandal of shoddy homes for heroes: Conditions undermine the 'fragile morale' of troops who risk their lives in battle, say MPs
Ministers are accused today of breaching the Military Covenant by forcing thousands of troops to live in shoddy accommodation.
A withering report by MPs says it is ‘unacceptable’ that the Ministry of Defence placed those willing to risk their lives in battle in crumbling homes.
More than 60 per cent of the Armed Forces’ single living accommodation – home to nearly 77,000 soldiers, sailors and airmen – was rated as being in a poor condition. See Article
RT News - Biden told Obama Afghan war plan flawed – leaked memo
US Vice President Joe Biden had warned President Barack Obama that the plan to send up to 40,000 additional troops to Afghanistan in 2009 was flawed, says a leaked memo released in a new book on the conflict.
The memo reflected Biden’s view that military commanders were asking Obama to take a leap by adding tens of thousands of forces whose role was poorly defined, the Associated Press that obtained a copy of the book reports.
The book by a Washington Post correspondent, “Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan,” reveals how Biden used a months-long White House review of the war to question the basic premise that the same "counterinsurgency" strategy that had apparently worked in Iraq could be applied to Afghanistan.
"I do not see how anyone who took part in our discussions could emerge without profound questions about the viability of counterinsurgency," Biden wrote to Obama. To work, the counterinsurgency or "COIN" doctrine requires military gains to be paired with advances in government services, a "credible" Afghan government and Afghan security services that can take over, he said.
The vice president suggested sending 20,000 troops – half the size requested by then-war commander Gen. Stanly McChrystal. Obama eventually agreed for a compromise sending 30,000 troops and setting a deadline to begin bringing them home. See Article
RT News - Cyprus applies for EU bailout
The Cypriot government has issued a statement confirming that it has officially made an EU bailout bid, citing heavy exposure to debt-stricken Greece. This makes it the fifth state within the currency union to ask for help.
The request comes just days before a deadline to recapitalize one of the country’s largest banks.
“The purpose of the required assistance is to contain the risks to the Cypriot economy, notably those arising from the negative spillover effects through its financial sector, due to its large exposure in the Greek economy,” the government's statement said.
Government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou wouldn't reveal how much Cyprus would ask for, saying the amount is subject to negotiations. The 27 EU leaders are meeting in Brussels on Thursday and Friday, where the subject will be discussed.
Analysts estimate the sum is likely be around €5 billion ($6.2 billion), but could be as high as €10 billion ($12.5 billion). It is a fraction of the bailouts given to other EU countries, with the latest sufferer Spain asking for as much as €100 billion ($125 billion) for its banks. See Article
Press tv - Activists to rally against UK’s assault on right to protest
Campaigners from Defend the Right to Protest along with members of the Save Leyton Marsh group are to hold a protest rally, aiming to challenge Coalition’s sustained assault on people’s rights to object government policies
The Save Leyton Marsh group said the “Defend the Right to Protest: The Olympics and Beyond” gathering, which is planned for today on June 26 in Walthamstow, northeast London, is organized with the aim of defending our civil liberties in the face of Olympics authorities’ assault, unnecessarily destructing Leyton Marsh, a popular local green space, for the 2012 Olympic Games.
The Defend the Right to Protest campaign also added that its members and Leyton Marsh have fallen victim to the most commercial and militarized Olympics ever, as East London will see more than 20,000 police, 21,000 private security staff, MOD and FBI staff armed to suppress dissents.
The Olympics authorities served three High Court injunctions, jailed three peaceful protestors and a journalist, and also issued campaigner Simon Moore with the first Olympic Anti-Social Behavior Order (ASBO).
Simon Moore, Alfie Meadows, who was attacked by the police and sustained brain injury during the student protests of December 2010 in London, and Caroline Day, a member of the Save Leyton Marsh group, are among the speakers of the rally.
Earlier on April, Six protesters were arrested in east London after police and bailiffs evicted a camp supported by Occupy London movement opposing the construction of an Olympic facility on the green space Leyton Marsh. See Article