@ Friday, May. 22, 2015 – 14:13:31
@ Thursday, May. 21, 2015 – 11:40:41
Poroshenko Says Ukraine Is at War With Russia
"In an inflammatory statement to the BBC (✱ yesterday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko declared that his regime, which enjoys political and military support from Washington and the European Union (EU), is at war with Russia.
“Can I be absolutely clear with you, this is not a fight with Russian-backed separatists, this is a real war with Russia,” Poroshenko said. He added that he expected renewed fighting in regions of east Ukraine held by pro-Russian separatist forces in the coming days.
Poroshenko dismissed speculation that, after US Secretary of State John Kerry’s trip to Moscow last week, relations between Washington and the Kremlin might improve, and that the US government might therefore limit its support to his regime in Kiev.
“Immediately before Secretary Kerry went to Moscow, he called me from his plane and explained to me every tiny detail what they would discuss in Moscow about Ukraine. So I trust and I don’t have any suspicions that Ukraine will be traded in the relationship between Russia and the United States,” he said.
Instead, Poroshenko appealed to the European powers to build up Ukraine’s armed forces and defense industry as an advance guard aimed at Russia. The goal, he said, is “to build up a very pro-European army, here, in the east, to defend not only our sovereignty, not only our territorial integrity, or our independence, but to defend freedom, to defend democracy, to defend European values, because we are fighting now for that.”
Poroshenko’s remarks point again to the utter recklessness of Washington and its EU allies in Ukraine. The installation of a pro-NATO government in Kiev last year, in a Western-backed putsch led by the fascist Right Sector militia, was designed to turn Ukraine into a #NATO military outpost pointed at the heart of European Russia.
The putsch plunged regions of east Ukraine economically and culturally tied to Russia into civil war and set the entire world on the verge of war between NATO and Russia, which both have nuclear arsenals capable of destroying the planet.
In a speech earlier this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed that the Kremlin feared last year that NATO would launch all-out war over the Ukraine crisis, and put its military, including its nuclear arsenal, on a heightened state of alert.
Poroshenko’s provocative talk of war, which he no doubt discussed with operatives in Washington as closely as Kerry’s talking points in Moscow, fuels these explosive military tensions.
It also strengthens the hand of Washington, as it presses all the EU powers to continue a hard-line policy against Russia despite the rising economic damage to Europe from EU financial sanctions that are cutting off European-Russian trade. Officials in France and Italy are reportedly proposing to scale back the sanctions, citing “progress” since the Minsk peace talks in February and a lessening of the danger of war.
To justify his statement that Ukraine and Russia are at war, Poroshenko pointed to the recent capture of two Russian special forces soldiers, identified as Captain Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Sergeant Alexander Alexandrov, in east Ukraine. The Kremlin has denied that Yerofeyev and Alexandrov were on active duty, however.
While this confirms the widely suspected fact that Russian forces are backing the pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine to prevent a catastrophic defeat by the Ukrainian army and allied fascist militias like Right Sector, it does not prove Poroshenko’s claim that Russia is at war with Ukraine. If such a war broke out, the Russian army would rapidly crush its far weaker Ukrainian counterpart, absent a military intervention by NATO and the eruption of a global war.
It confirms rather that the reckless decision by the NATO powers to back a putsch in Kiev has led to a civil war in Ukraine that has escalated into a dangerous proxy war between Russia and NATO. Russia has limited itself to offering tacit backing to the east Ukrainian separatists, and US-allied intelligence agencies in Europe have formally contested claims that the Russian army is preparing to invade Ukraine.
Poroshenko’s interview is part of an ongoing attempt to cultivate a narrow layer of fascistic, anti-Russian forces inside Ukraine as a social base for his regime, amid rising popular opposition to the war in east Ukraine and the resulting economic collapse.
Ukraine’s economy fell a stunning 17.6 percent between the first quarter of 2014 and the same period of 2015, with output in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions—the war-torn areas of east Ukraine that are the country’s industrial heartland—falling 30 to 40 percent. Industrial supply chains in Ukraine, which are closely linked to Russia, have been thoroughly disrupted by months of fighting that have claimed thousands of lives and forced millions to flee their homes.
The Ukrainian government’s debt has soared from 41 percent to 73 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Ukraine’s foreign creditors, led by US asset management firm Franklin Templeton, are refusing to allow a write-down of the country’s debt, however. The Ukrzaliznytsya public sector rail network defaulted on its domestic debt last week.
Living standards have plunged as the collapse of the hryvnia, the Ukrainian currency, helped fuel inflation of 60.9 percent, and masses of people were thrown out of work by the Kiev regime’s mass sackings of public sector workers and its elimination of subsidies for the coal industry.
There have been numerous social protests in western Ukraine and also large-scale draft dodging, in the face of the Kiev regime’s attempts to conscript more men to fight in eastern Ukraine.
The Kiev regime is responding by furiously promoting the far-right forces that brought it to power last year, as well as their political ancestors—the Ukrainian fascist forces that collaborated with the Nazi invasion of the USSR and the extermination of the Jews in Ukraine during World War II.
Last week, Poroshenko signed into law a bill banning reference to communism or Ukraine’s Soviet past and honoring Ukrainian fascist groups such as the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) and the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) as freedom fighters.
Asked by the BBC about the role of far-right forces in supporting his regime, Poroshenko initially dismissed any such claim as “Russian propaganda.” Pressed by the interviewer to comment on the role specifically of Right Sector and of the Azov Battalion, Poroshenko said that given the spread of far-right forces such as the National Front in France or the UK Independence Party in Britain, he did not think the Ukrainian far right posed a danger.
“They are active in France, they are active in UK, they are active in Austria, in some European countries…I understand responsibility, and I guarantee that Ukraine will keep a democratic tradition,” he said.
In fact, the Kiev regime’s inflammatory statements on war with Russia and its promotion of the legacy of 20th century fascism underscore the utter fraudulence of its Western backers’ claims that their intervention in Ukraine is aimed at defending democracy or freedom."
21 May 2015
@ Wednesday, May. 20, 2015 – 00:00:05
This has also become known as “Clinton’s Body Count.” We’ll go through the entire list and evaluate each one, but it is true that some of them had some connection with Bill Clinton, or with someone who was in Clinton’s sphere, and that many of them died violently or by suicide. That raises the question of whether their deaths were related and whether any of the deaths can be linked in any way to Bill Clinton.
There is no credible evidence that any of the deaths is related or can be attributed to Bill Clinton. Some of the descriptions of the deaths are not accurate.
According to a May 5, 2000 article in the Arkansas Times, the “Body Count” list originated on an Internet site in 1994 run by an Indianapolis lawyer named Linda Thompson of the American Justice Federation. It has been circulating ever since. The list came up in sworn testimony that White House employee Linda Tripp gave to Judicial Watch chairman Larry Klayman in December, 1998. Trip testified that a hand-written list of people who were involved with Clinton and who had suffered mysterious deaths ended up on her office chair in the White House. This was just before the sex scandal between White House Intern Monica Lewinsky and President Clinton became known publicly. Tripp said that the list was accompanied by a note that said, “Linda, just thought you’d find this of interest.”
One important comment. There are many well-known historical events that are surrounded by unanswered questions. A lack of answers to the questions doesn’t mean that the questions are meaningless or that new facts couldn’t be found. It is easier to come up with questions, however, than to come up with answers, and if we are to come to any conclusions, it should be based on evidence, not just the fact that questions exist.
Unless otherwise specified, the information has been confirmed from multiple published sources such as USA Today, CNN, The Associated Press, or other general media.
Let’s go through the names one-by-one. Please note that the Truth! or Fiction! designations refer only to whether the stories are factual and have nothing to do with any criminal connection to Bill Clinton.
eRumor James McDougal – Clinton’s convicted Whitewater partner died of an apparent heart attack, while in solitary confinement. He was a key witness in Ken Starr’s investigation.
James McDougal died on Sunday, March 8, 1998 in John Petersmith Hospital in Ft. Worth, Texas. He had been serving a federal prison sentence for fraud in connection with the Whitewater land deal. At first, he claimed to be innocent, but after being convicted of 18 felony counts, he cooperated with Special Prosecutor Kenneth Starr’s investigation of the Clintons. He was scheduled to give damaging testimony against the Clintons, although critics of the investigation say his testimony had previously been inconsistent and that nothing new was expected to be revealed. A prison spokesman said McDougal died of a heart attack and had been suffering from heart disease and blocked arteries.
eRumor Mary Mahoney – A former White House intern was murdered July 1997 at a Starbucks Coffee Shop in Georgetown. The murder happened just after she was to go public with her story of sexual harassment in the White House.
Mary Caitrin Mahoney was murdered over the July 4th weekend in 1997 at the Georgetown Starbucks near Washington D.C.. She was the assistant manager and, according to published reports, she and two other employees were working late at night after the coffee bar had closed. All three were found shot to death. No money was taken and there was no sign of forced entry. In 1999, Carl Derick Cooper was charged with the murders, six armed robberies, and other shootings. Mahoney had interned for the White House official responsible for contact with the Asian-American community. TruthOrFiction.com has not found any documentation that she was about to “go public with her story of sexual harassment in the White House” or that her death was anything beyond that of a murder associated with the robbery. A report in The Washington Weekly explains that journalist Mike Isikoff had written that “a former White House staffer” with the initial “M” in her name was going to go public with a sexual harassment story and people speculated he meant Mary Mahoney and that was why she was killed. Later, it turned out that he was referring to Monica Lewinsky.
eRumor Vince Foster – Former white House councilor, and colleague of Hillary Clinton at Little Rock’s Rose Law firm. Died of a gunshot wound to the head, ruled a suicide.
Vince Foster was Deputy White House Counsel and the Clinton’s lawyer. He was found dead in Fort Marcy Park on July 20, 1993. Three investigations into Foster’s death, including one by Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr, have concluded that the death was a suicide. Critics of the investigations say Foster’s death does not fit the facts of a suicide and that there are a lot of unanswered questions about his death, some of the activities at the White House after his body was found, and the investigations themselves. Although there are numerous theories about what may have happened to Foster and why, none of them has been proven.
eRumor Ron Brown – Secretary of Commerce and former DNC Chairman. Reported to have died by impact in a plane crash. A pathologist close to the investigation reported that there was a hole in the top of Brown’s skull resembling a gunshot wound. At the time of his death Brown was being investigated, and spoke publicly of his willingness to cut a deal with prosecutors.
Brown and 34 others died on April 3, 1996 when the Air Force jet carrying crashed into a mountainside in Croatia. The Air Force, in a 22-volume report issued in June of 1996, confirmed its initial judgment that the crash resulted from pilot errors and faulty navigation equipment. Subsequent controversy erupted, however, over autopsy photos. There is a hole in Ron Brown’s skull which investigators say is consistent with a puncture that could have been caused by debris during the crash. Investigative reporter Christopher Ruddy came forward with an article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in which he quoted Air Force pathologist, Lt. Col. Steve Cogswell as saying that the hole was perfectly round shape of a 45 caliber bullet. Cogswell had not actually examined the body. Later, another pathologist, Army Lt. Col. David Hause, said he had been working nearby the Ron Brown autopsy, overheard discussion about the round hole, walked over and looked at it and said it seemed like a bullet hole to him. Air Force Col. William Gormley, the pathologist who actually did the Ron Brown autopsy, said, however, that it is more of an indentation than a hole and that if there had been a bullet, there would have been either an exit wound or a bullet found in the body, and there were not. The Justice Department had opened an investigation into Brown’s financial dealings.
eRumor C. Victor Raiser II – & – Montgomery Raiser, Major players in the Clinton fund raising organization died in a private plane crash in
On July 30, 1992, Victor and Montgomery Raiser were killed in a plane crash while on a fishing trip in Alaska. He was a Washington lawyer and described as a “major player” in the Clinton organization. Investigation of the crash by the National Transportation Safety Board concluded that it was the result of pilot error. Some “body count” lists have removed the Raiser’s names because there is not any evidence that their death was the result of foul play.
eRumor Paul Tulley – Democratic National Committee Political Director found dead in a hotel room in Little Rock, September 1992. Described by Clinton as a “Dear friend and trusted advisor”.
His name was spelled “Tully” and he was a top strategist for the Democrats and working with the Clinton campaign. He died of massive heart failure in a Little Rock motel room. There has been no controversy over his death that we could find.
eRumor Ed Willey – Clinton fund raiser, found dead November 1993 deep in the woods in VA of a gunshot wound to the head. Ruled a suicide. Ed Willey died on the same day his wife Kathleen Willey claimed Bill Clinton groped her in the oval office in the White House. Ed Willey was involved in several Clinton fund raising events.
According to published reports, Ed Willey was an attorney who owed the IRS $400,000 and had embezzled nearly $270,000 from one of his clients. The Willey’s financial woes were a source of stress between Ed Willey and Kathleen Willey and she finally demanded a plan that would bring it to an end. There was a stormy family meeting about it on the night of November 28, 1993 and Ed Willey moved out of the house. The next day is when Kathleen Willey went to the White House to see Bill Clinton about a job. She says the president assaulted her during that visit. It was later discovered that Ed Willey had driven into the woods on the same day. His body was found by hunters on November 30, 1993. Authorities ruled his death a suicide by shotgun. There was a suicide note apologizing for the financial problems.
eRumor Jerry Parks – Head of Clinton’s gubernatorial security team in Little Rock. Gunned down in his car at a deserted intersection outside Little Rock. Park’s son said his father was building a dossier on Clinton. He allegedly threatened to reveal this information. After he died the files
were mysteriously removed from his house.
Jerry Luther Parks was the head of security for the Clinton-Gore Little Rock headquarters in 1992. On September 26, 1996, he was murdered down while driving through a Little Rock intersection. A lone gunman fired seven shots at him. This was two months after Vince Foster’s death. Both Parks’ wife and son have said that they believe Parks was murdered and that he feared for his life. His murder has never been solved. According to Gary Parks, Jerry Parks’ son, the files were on the sexual escapades of Bill Clinton. They were not removed from Parks’ house after his death. According to investigative reporter Christopher Ruddy, the files that Parks had been keeping on Clinton were taken during a burglary several weeks before Parks’ death. Clyde Steelman, the homicide sergeant investigating the murders for the Little Rock Police told New York Times Magazine writer Philip Weiss that he didn’t believe the theories of Parks’ son and wife and that he’d found no evidence of the alleged files.
eRumor James Bunch – Died from a gunshot suicide. It was reported that he had a “Black Book” of people which contained names of influential people who visited prostitutes in Texas and Arkansas.
We have yet to find the details on this person.
eRumor James Wilson – Was found dead in May 1993 from an apparent hanging suicide. He was reported to have ties to Whitewater.
He was known as John Wilson, a popular leader and political figure in the Washington D.C. area and Chairman of the District of Columbia Council. He was found dead on May 19,1993. Authorities ruled Wilson’s death a suicide by hanging. According to numerous articles in the Washington Post, Wilson had long suffered from depression and had twice before attempted suicide. TruthOrFiction.com has found no evidence that he had any information about the Clintons or any ties to Whitewater.
eRumor Kathy Ferguson, ex-wife of Arkansas Trooper Danny Ferguson, was found dead in May 1994, in her living room with a gunshot to her head. It was ruled a suicide even though there were several packed suitcases, as if she were going somewhere. Danny Ferguson was a co-defendant along with Bill Clinton in the Paula Jones lawsuit. Kathy Ferguson was a possible corroborating witness for Paula Jones.
Kathy Ferguson was found dead on May 11, 1994, five days after Paula Jones filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against President Bill Clinton. She died of a gunshot wound to the head and a suicide note was found. Her ex-husband was Arkansas Trooper Danny Ferguson, one of those named in the so-called “Troopergate” cases involving those who had been a part of then Governor Clinton’s security detail. He was named in Paula Jones’ suit. According to an Associated Press article on May 14, 1993, she was found not in her living room, however, but in the apartment of her boyfriend, Sherwood police officer Bill Shelton. The suicide note said, “I can’t stay here any longer. Things will never be the same for us. I can’t take that.”
eRumor Bill Shelton – Arkansas State Trooper and fiancee of Kathy Ferguson.Critical of the suicide ruling of his fiancee, he was found
dead in June, 1994 of a gunshot wound also ruled a suicide at the grave site of his fiancee.
Thirty-one year old Bill Shelton was police officer in Sherwood, Arkansas, and engaged to Kathy Ferguson. It was in his apartment that she was found dead. He was one of many of her friends who felt that Ferguson did not commit suicide and that the coroner’s report was not accurate about her wound being self-inflicted. He was found a month later sprawled over her grave with a gunshot wound to his head that was similar to what the coroner had described as Ferguson’s wound.
eRumor Gandy Baugh – Attorney for Clinton’s friend Dan Lassater, died by jumping out a window of a tall building January, 1994. His client was a convicted drug distributor.
Gandy Baugh jumped out of a window of a multi-story building and died on January 8, 1994. Published reports say he was defending a man named Dan Lassater in a financial misconduct case. Lassater was an associate of Bill Clinton’s who was convicted of cocaine distribution.
eRumor Florence Martin – Accountant & sub-contractor for the CIA, was related to the Barry Seal Mena Airport drug smuggling case. He died of three gunshot wounds.
This is an interesting one. Many of the “Body Count” lists say Florence Martin was killed in Mabelle, Texas in 1994. That Florence Martin, however, was a 69 year old employee of a nearby convenience store and a spokesperson for the Baylor County, Texas District Attorney’s office says she had nothing to do with Bobby Seal, Mena, Arkansas, or the CIA. We’re still working on it.
eRumor Suzanne Coleman – Reportedly had an affair with Clinton when he was Arkansas Attorney General. Died of a gunshot wound to the back of the head, ruled a suicide. Was pregnant at the time of her death.
Still working on this one.
eRumor Paula Grober – Clinton’s speech interpreter for the deaf from 1978 until her death December 9, 1992. She died in a one car accident.
No evidence that there was anything criminal about her death.
eRumor Danny Casolaro – Investigative reporter. Investigating Mena Airport and Arkansas Development Finance Authority. He slit his wrists, apparently, in the middle of his investigation.
Forty-four year old Danny Casolaro was found dead in the Sheraton hotel in Martinsburg, West Virginia on August 10, 1991. His wrists had been slashed. According to an October 14, 1991 People Magazine story on his death, he had warned friends and family that his life was in danger. He said it was because of what he called “the story of the century” but it was not about Bill Clinton. It was about the Regan-Bush administration and an alleged effort to delay the freeing of the hostages being held at the time by Iran in order to do damage to President Jimmy Carter’s reelection bid. Casolaro was told that as a part of the effort, drugs and weapons were being flown into and out of the airport at Mena, Arkansas. Bill Clinton was governor at the time and there have been numerous questions about whether Clinton was in any way involved in any of the activities connected with Mena or protected those who were involved.
eRumor Paul Wilcher – Attorney investigating corruption at Mena Airport with Casolaro and the 1980 “October Surprise” was found dead on a toilet June 22, 1993 in his Washington DC apartment. Had delivered a report to Janet Reno 3 weeks before his death.
In his report to Attorney General Reno, Wilcher said that he was in grave danger and that if the information he had for the Attorney General fell into the wrong hands, there could be people “silenced in the very near future.”
eRumor Jon Parnell Walker – Whitewater investigator for Resolution TrustCorp. Jumped to his death from his Arlington, Virginia apartment balcony August15, 1993. He was investigating the Morgan Guarantee scandal.
eRumor Barbara Wise – Commerce Department staffer. Worked closely with Ron Brown and John Huang. Cause of death unknown. Died November 29, 1996. Her bruised, nude body was found locked in her office at the Department of Commerce.
According to a report on WRC-TV in the Washington area, Wise’s body was found in a locked office and was partly nude and bruised. The crime has never been solved. There has not been any evidence that her death was related to any of the Ron Brown or John Huang events.
eRumor Charles Meissner – Assistant Secretary of Commerce who gave John Huang special security clearance, died shortly thereafter in a small plane crash.
Charles Meissner was not killed in a small plane crash but was among those killed along with Commerce Secretary Ron Brown in the crash of an Air Force plane in Croatia in 1996.
eRumor Dr. Stanley Heard – Chairman of the National Chiropractic Health Care Advisory Committee died with his attorney Steve Dickson in a small plane crash. Dr. Heard, in addition to serving on Clinton’s advisory council personally treated Clinton’s mother, stepfather and brother.
According to the National Transportation and Safety Board, the crash was due to “AN INADEQUATE ANNUAL INSPECTION OF THE AIRPLANE AND NON-COMPLIANCE WITH AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES BY COMPANY MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL.” The NTSB says the airplane caught fire in the air and crashed while the pilot attempted to make an emergency landing. There is no evidence that we can find that links the crash or Dr. Stanley heard to any criminal.
eRumor Barry Seal – Drug running pilot out of Mena Arkansas, death was no accident Johnny Lawhorn Jr. – Mechanic, found a check made out to Bill Clinton in the trunk of a car left at his repair shop. He was found dead after his car had hit a utility pole.
Several books could be written about Barry Seal. He was a danger-loving pilot who was regarded as the best known cocaine smuggler of the 1980’s. He did not die in a car accident. He was murdered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1986 by three men with machine guns and who were later arrested and convicted. They were Colombians and authorities say they were connected with the Medellin drug cartel. The Attorney General of Louisiana told U.S. Attorney General Ed Meese in 1986 that Seal smuggled $3 to $5 billion worth of drugs into the U.S. In 1981, Seal began running his smuggling operation out of a highly guarded and, for a while, secret airport in Mena, Arkansas. That airport and Seal’s activities were to become a part of the investigation into the Iran-Contra controversy from the Reagan administration. There have been questions of whether Bill Clinton, who was governor of Arkansas at the time, may have looked the other way if he knew about the drug smuggling operation, but there has not been proof of that.
eRumor Stanley Huggins – Investigated Madison Guarantee. His death was a purported suicide and his report was never released. Hershell Friday – Attorney and Clinton fund raiser died March 1, 1994 when his plane exploded.
Saying that his plane exploded is misleading. According to the NTSB, it crashed, but without any explosion prior to the crash or causing the crash.
eRumor Kevin Ives & Don Henry – Known as “The boys on the track” case. Reports say the boys may have stumbled upon the Mena Arkansas airport drug operation. A controversial case, the initial report of death said, due to falling asleep on railroad tracks. Later reports claim the 2 boys had been slain before being placed on the tracks. Many linked to the case died before their testimony could come before a Grand Jury.
This is one of the stories out of Arkansas that has a lot of people asking very tough questions. It is a story that is often told, however, as though it has something to do with Bill Clinton, but no Clinton connection has been established, especially with the boy’s deaths. The most notable aspect of the event was that the authorities originally treated the boy’s death as an accident, but it was later clear that they had been killed and their bodies placed on the tracks. Some have said the boys innocently found the secret Mena drug trafficking activities and were killed to keep them silenced. Others have said that the boys discovered a local cocaine dealing operation and were killed by drug dealers.
eRumor THE FOLLOWING PERSONS HAD INFORMATION ON THE IVES/HENRY CASE: Keith Coney – Died when his motorcycle slammed into the back of a truck, 7/88. Keith McMaskle – Died stabbed 113 times, Nov, 1988 Gregory Collins – Died from a gunshot wound January 1989. Jeff Rhodes – He was shot, mutilated and found burned in a trash dump in April 1989. James Milan – Found decapitated. However, the Coroner ruled his death was due to “natural causes”. Jordan Kettleson – Was found shot to death in the front seat of his pickup truck in June 1990. Richard Winters – A suspect in the Ives / Henry deaths. He was killed in a set-up robbery July 1989.
THE FOLLOWING CLINTON BODYGUARDS ARE DEAD:
Major William S. Barkley Jr.
Captain Scott J. Reynolds
Sgt. Brian Hanley
Sgt. Tim Sabel Major
General William Robertson
Col. William Densberger
Col. Robert Kelly Spec.
We haven’t confirmed all of these, but as stated above, there isn’t any evidence the Henry and Ives case is connected to Bill Clinton.
@ Tuesday, May. 19, 2015 – 22:25:55
The Labour party was born from the blood, sweat and tears of ordinary people.
First came the Trade Unions, organised workers who fought for safer and better work conditions.
Then the Unions created Labour in Parliament to fight for the welfare state and the #NHS
Benefits and Rights that we take for granted today all fought for by a bitter class struggle.
The second world war saw the loss of so many good political and union activists.
Many political victories were won by the returning soldiers.
Homes for heroes, education and the vision of a sharing, caring society.
Support for the vulnerable and the elderly, the unemployed and the poor.
The new influx of politicians were not Socialist and began moves to take control of Labour.
When I joined the party circa 1977, it was a party of the middle classes and worse - self serving.
The party careerists stood by while the welfare state was being dismantled by Thatcher.
Workers fought back - the miners strike and the hated Poll Tax campaign.
The ruling class, scared by the mass movement of people, replaced Thatcher with John Major.
Labour rewarded the activists that helped get rid of Thatcher with witch-hunts and expulsions.
I was expelled in 1990.
Career politicians then got rid of #Clause4 and created New Labour with Tony B liar in charge.
A Socialist party no more but Conservative - in direction and affiliation.
After its crushing defeat by #Cameron the Labour party will lurch more to the right than ever.
Is it time for the Socialists to rejoin and retake the Labour Party ?
It was once the party of ordinary people - OUR party.
Can it be again ?
@ Wednesday, May. 13, 2015 – 18:53:34
Isn't this discrimination ?
Some of the UK’s biggest landlords are refusing to take tenants on zero-hours contracts or are insisting on payment guarantees, seen as further evidence of the problems faced by workers forced to sign up to the restrictive employment terms.
Around 1.4 million workers are on zero–hour contracts, which offer no fixed hours or income, making it hard to prove their income to landlords or mortgage lenders. Fergus Wilson, who made headlines in January when he announced he was evicting tenants who received housing benefits, said he had never let any of his near-1,000 properties in Kent to workers on zero hours. “No landlord in his right mind will accept tenants who do not have a guaranteed wage,” he said. “No rent insurer will accept them so that effectively makes the landlord’s decision for them. No hay … no pay … nowhere to live.”
Kevin Green, a landlord who has more than 700 properties, mostly in Wales, said he would favour other tenants over those on zero-hours contracts. “Obviously it is not a guaranteed employment contract and the employer can basically stop giving someone work when they want,” he said. “For us it is not a guarantee of earnings. We wouldn’t favour tenants on zero-hours contracts. Full-time permanent employees, the self-employed and then other tenants would be our preference – people on these types of contracts would come down the line.”
Green said tenants on housing benefit would get preference over those on zero–hours contracts. “With housing benefit there is a guarantee of a sum of money coming through. In our experience these contracts have not been a good thing. Employers will often flout them.” However, unlike Wilson, Green said he would offer a tenancy to a worker if they could offer a guarantor who would be credit checked.
Another big landlord, Stewardson Properties, said that it did let to tenants on zero-hours contracts, and was willing to take a six-month average of someone’s earnings when assessing affordability, or to accept a guarantor.
However, some letting agents are explicitly ruling out workers without fixed contracts. On the website of Neil Douglas, an letting agent in Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, a section describing the application process states: “Earnings from zero-hours or temporary contracts are not taken into consideration.”
Richard Lambert, chief executive of the National Landlords Association, said it was in a landlord’s best interests to minimise risk as much as possible. “A landlord might be concerned if they knew a prospective tenant was on a zero-hours contract because tenants who rely heavily on commission or variable hours tend to have a fluctuating income,” he said.
“If the individual’s proof of income showed that it could at times dip below the affordability threshold, a landlord would know there was a risk of the tenant getting into arrears. In cases where there were significant variations in income, a landlord might require a guarantor before agreeing a let.
“It is not common practice for landlords or agents to ban such applicants, but it is a risk which any landlord should take into account when vetting tenants. “
TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said zero-hours contracts made paying for basics such as rent and bills “a complete nightmare” and meant people were struggling to get mortgages or find rented accommodation. She added: “With a huge rise in the number of insecure jobs, many people are now increasingly being rejected by mortgage lenders and landlords. We keep hearing from this government about Britain’s so-called jobs recovery, but try telling that to people on zero–hours contracts who can’t get a roof over their heads.”
Alison McGovern, the Labour MP who has campaigned for better controls on the use of zero-hours contracts, said: “People are really struggling to make ends meet off the back of these practices. It’s bad enough that people don’t know what is going to be in their wage packet at the end of the month but the knock-on effect of that is that their housing is precarious or they don’t have much choice where to live.”
McGovern and colleagues George Howarth and Luciana Berger backed a report advising that workers should have the right to demand a fixed contract if they have worked regular hours for the same employer for six months and to automatically move to a fixed contract if they have worked regular hours for over a year, unless they decide to opt out.
@ Sunday, May. 10, 2015 – 13:54:00
send cask arsenic exterminate aboriginals letter will follow.
@ Saturday, May. 09, 2015 – 14:04:38
More Shame on the Tories.
Tynedale people with mental health problems are being robbed of an employment lifeline after Northumberland County Council pulled the plug on funding.
The Tans vegetarian and seafood restaurant in Hexham's St Mary's Chare will close within weeks following the withdrawal of financial support for its operator, the Opus Employment Project.
The service, provided by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW) but funded by the council, has operated in Hexham for over 20 years,
Its role is to act as rehabilitation service for people with mental health problems, helping them embed into society through work, training and voluntary work as part of their recovery process.
The project employs seven members of staff, and there are currently four volunteers. There are currently a number of clients working at the restaurant.
The news of the impending closure of the project and the restaurant has rocked members of the community, particularly clients who have used it as a way of working their way back into society.
Philippa Long has worked at the restaurant for the past four years and said it has transformed her life, as it allows her to interact closely with members of the public.
She said: "Usually, we start in the kitchen and make things to be sold, and that gives you a sense of pride in your own work.
"Then you get to the point where you serve thanks to all the support you are given, and it makes such a big difference to your confidence and outlook on life.
"It has been life changing and quite a lot of people have gone from the restaurant to get other jobs from there.
"Closing this will be devastating to all the clients, and there's a lot of people with less ability than us that are going to be struck a lot harder.”
In addition to clients, the news has been hard to swallow for customers and volunteers of the restaurant.
Having visited the Tans as a customer for the past 16 years, Janet Brown was so moved by the service that she started volunteering when she retired.
She was upset that the county was to cut the funding, saying that it was a much needed project for people living with mental health problems across Tynedale.
She said: "What strikes me about the project is that we see the clients come in and stand nervously at the back but, within weeks, they are serving and talking to people because of the great atmosphere here and the training they receive.
"You can see their confidence building week on week, and it is a unique service which is one of a kind in the country.
"It's a model for how to deal with mental health issues within the community, and Tans is a flagship enterprise and NTW should be aiming to keep it open at all costs.”
A spokesman for the county council said funding was being withdrawn after discussions between NTW and the council, had concluded the Tans restaurant and Opus Employment Project had "poor linkages” to mainstream education and employment opportunities.
It also found that the service offered little in terms of promoting personalised outcomes and independence.
The spokesman said: " They also serve a diminishing number of people, now supporting only about a quarter of the number of service users they were designed for.
"We are now embarking on individual reviews with the current service users and their families, discussing with them both existing alternative services in West Northumberland which could support them to become more independent and new services currently under development.
"For some people, the option of individually designed support arrangements using personal budgets may be the best option, and we will be offering advice about how this could work.
"No date has been agreed for closing these schemes, and no date will be set until the right alternatives have been found for all current service users and arrangements have been made for the staff working in the schemes.
"We recognise that the Tans restaurant has been a popular part of Hexham life for a long time, and if those involved wish to explore keeping it open on a different basis, the council would be able to talk to them about sources of advice.
"But the most important priority for the council and NTW is opening up new opportunities for people whose lives have been disrupted by mental illness.”
Source – Hexham Courant, 08 May 2015
@ Thursday, May. 07, 2015 – 14:36:39
Scott Dolan, Portland Press Heraldreporter, pulled a tiger by the tail on Monday, 5 January 2015, when he challenged Judge Jeff Moskowitz's illegal gag order on a domestic violence/child custody case in Portland, Maine.
This is not the first time Judge Moskowitz has issued an illegal gag order in a case that involves domestic violence by the father against the child and mother.
No one knows why Gov. Baldacci appointed Moskowitz.
According to a Biddeford Deputy Police Chief, "Jeff didn't see the sun shine the last 10 years he was ADA, he had his head so far up his ass.”
That is a direct quote told to me when I called the Deputy Police Chief inquiring about Moskowitz's record as an assistant district attorney for 20 years in Saco, Maine.
Turns out, Moskowitz's favorite activity as ADA was to let sex offenders off, including three Nigerian men who gang raped a mentally disabled 14 year old girl at the Maine Mall, smeared her body with their sperm and put out cigarettes all over her body.
Was that why he was made judge? Because he protects child rapists?
Mike Doyle: Falmouth Today
Michael Doyle, of Falmouth Today, has been asking me for some time to write up what Judge Moskowitz has done to me and my daughter these past eight years.
It is impossible for me to describe the torture, terror and destruction Moskowitz has rained down on my daughter and me for nearly a decade.
Moskowitz has destroyed my daughter's childhood. Moskowitz has destroyed my life.
If I hadn't lived it, I wouldn't believe this could be possible in America. How can a judge enjoy zero oversight and accountability? How can a judge make up the law as he goes along? How can a judge ignore evidence? How can a judge write judgments that have nothing to do with what occurred in his courtroom?
How can a judge take children from good, law-abiding parents, mostly, but not all, mothers, and give those children into the sole custody of men who have long records of domestic violence and sexual assault on the children, mother and others?
This is a fact. My two year old daughter Mila was confirmed for rape by her father, Igor Malenko. Not maybe. Not might have. 100% confirmed.
Dr. Larry Ricci: Spurwink
You don't have to take my word. This is not he said/she said. The verification of my daughter's rape is from Dr. Larry Ricci of Spurwink Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner.
Spurwink was ordered to conduct an evaluation of my daughter's sexual assault by Child Protective Services.
After an all-day hearing, you can read the full transcript here, Spurwink PFA Hearing, Judge Moskowitz claimed there was no evidence of abuse to my daughter by her father.
Judge Moskowitz then dissolved a protection order put in place by Judge Staples in Ellsworth, Maine, and ordered that I immediately turn my two year old child over to her father every weekend.
For the next two years, Mila continued to be returned to me, after being with her father and his lawyer, Michael Waxman, with evidence of abuse.
The list of abuse that my daughter suffered from the age of two to four is extensive. All of this was documented by Emergency Room reports, lab tests, and confirmed by top medical experts, like Dr. Carl Baum of Yale University and Dr. Eli Newberger of Harvard University.
• The documented evidence of my daughter's abuse presented to Maine's Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew is here:DHHS Commissioner Mayhew 31 May 2011(16)
• Dr. Carl Baum's report about my daughter is here: Dr. Carl Baum Yale Pedatric Toxicology Meth Levels in Mila
• Dr. Eli Newberger's report about my daughter is here: Dr. Eli Newberger Harvard about Blunt Force Trauma to Mila's Head
All of this evidence has been presented, again and again and again to both Judge Moskowitz and to DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew.
Judge Moskowitz and DHHS Commissioner Mayhew have ignored it all. Why?
When Judge Moskowitz couldn't break me by forcing me to drive 8 hours every Thursday/Friday and leave my daughter for a weekend of abuse by her father and his lawyer Michael Waxman and 8 hours again on Sunday to pick up my daughter (her father was only required to drive half an hour each way) and taking my $90,00 year job as Sr. Gender Advisor for America's largest humanitarian organization CARE USA…
Judge Moskowitz then illegally switched primary custody from me to my daughter's father. He was to have her during the week. She was to be with me on the weekends.
Within a few weeks of the custody switch, my daughter's father and his lawyer Michael Waxman simply stopped turning my daughter over to me.
That was four years ago.
For two years, I held joint custody as issued by Judge Moskowitz.
For two years, Judge Moskowitz ignored his own order and refused to grant a hearing.
For two years, my daughter was illegally withheld from, me, her mother by her father and Michael Waxman.
During these two years Judge Moskowitz also illegally set my child support at five times the Maine State Child Support official calculations.
Judge Moskowitz told my lawyer, Judy Potter, in chambers, i.e. off record, that he would change my child support to what it legally should be if I voluntary gave up custody of my daughter so "he didn't have to have a hearing.”
Judge Moskowitz Doesn't Like Hearings
Judge Moskowitz isn't big on hearings. You see, hearings allow evidence to be presented. And evidence is a nasty thing if you are judge running a racketeering business out of your courtroom, as Judge Moskowitz surely is.
I, of course, refused to sell my daughter.
[and I am leaving out an enormous amounts of detail, all of which can be found on my Scribd site, https://www.scribd.com/HandrahanLoriMaine. Until Michael Waxman gets this Scribd site shut down. Then I'll make a new account and re-post the evidence of my daughter's abuse and trafficking by Judge Moskowitz]
So then… Judge Moskowitz held an emergency hearing, not to enforce the custody order which my daughter's father had violated for two years, but a hearing to order me to remove, from the internet, any and all information about what Judge Moskowitz was doing in his courtroom to my daughter and me.
The Last Hearing in Moskowitz's Court
Email from Michael Waxman email@example.com to my lawyer Judy Potter
This is the last hearing I attended in Judge Moskowitz's courtroom.
I am still so traumatized by this day, that when I saw the recent photos of Judge Moskowitz in the Portland Press Herald, my hands started to shake.
At this last hearing, although my friends and I called, emailed and begged every journalist in Maine to attend, no one did.
We did have five witnesses; however, including a retired Maine State Trooper. The description of what occurred in that last hearing in Judge Moskowitz's courtroom can be found here: Five Witness Statements Federal Obstruction of Justice Waxman Malenko
Just like the recent case of lawyer Anthony Sineni, Michael Waxman, the pro-bono for eight years now, lawyer for my daughter's father Igor Malenko, also said he was above the law.
Only in our case, Waxman put this in writing to my lawyer Judy Potter.
Subject: Re: website removal
Judy: Thanks for doing this. I shall discuss it with Igor. I can tell you that I am not willing to agree to alter my law firm web site — www.waxmanlaw.us in any substantial manner, and I shall not permit my client to agree to that. We did not agree to that on the record yesterday, so that may have to be specifically excepted.And the more I think of it, the less I am convinced that this "court has any power over ME in any fashion.
At this last hearing, Judge Moskowitz said if I voluntarily signed a consent agreement that I would remove the website we had posted (nearly 100,000 views) about what Judge Moskowitz was doing in his courtroom and agree to not discuss anything that Judge Moskowitz had done in his courtroom, then, he, Judge Moskowitz would hold a hearing on the violation of the joint child custody order.
I agreed. Signed. Then Judge Moskowitz said he didn't think he had time to hold a hearing on my daughter's father violating the order of joint custody for at least another 3 or 4 months.
What happened next appears to have been a carefully staged-script between Michael Waxman and Judge Moskowitz, designed to provoke an outburst from me that could justify Judge Moskowitz holding me in contempt of court and throwing me in jail.
My lawyer's co-counsel wrapped her arms around me and held me tight while Michael Waxman, literally, ran up and down the court room, red-faced, pointing his fingers at me and screaming, in a fit of rage, he was "never going to give this child to that woman” and saying that no law enforcement would ever take this child from him.
Judge Moskowitz sat on his bench smiling. And waiting. I can only presume for me to crack.
I did not.
Judge Moskowitz allowed this to go on for quite a while and then he simply got up and walked out of the courtroom.
A few months later, at a hearing I could not attend under threat of arrest by Judge Moskowitz for violating the consented "gag order,” Judge Moskowitz gave sole custody of my only child to her rapist, her abuser, her father; Igor Malenko.
That Was Four Years Ago
I have not heard my daughter's voice.
I do not know what my daughter even looks like now.
I have seen no photos of her.
This is what Judge Moskowitz is doing in his courtroom.
This is why Judge Moskowitz does not want journalists in his courtroom reporting on what he is doing.
This most recent case of lawyer Anthony Sineni, that Portland Press Heraldreporter Scott Dolan defied a gag order in, follows the same pattern.
Only now, after eight years of free reign, Judge Moskowitz has perfected his technique.
Here is What is Happening with the Anthony Sineni Case
Judge Moskowitz had given Anthony Sineni sole custody of all three children, including one child who was not his biological child, according to Scott Dolan of the Portland Press Herald. Now Judge Moskowitz is in the process of erasing Anthony Sineni's crimes and record of abuse of his former partner and their children.
As Scott Dolan reported, "In exchange for the plea, one misdemeanor count of domestic violence assault was dismissed against Sineni involving his ex-girlfriend, along with three felony counts of witness tampering and a felony count of possession of a stolen gun or guns.”
There is little doubt, these children are very likely being sexually abused, in addition to suffering violence. That very well may be what Judge Moskowitz did not want on the record when he tried to bar local journalists.
The mother, Winona Hichborn, if she is not very strong, will eventually crack under the injustice, outrage, stress, and heartbreak. When she does, Judge Moskowitz will be waiting to throw her in jail.
If Judge Moskowitz cannot break Winona Hichborn psychologically, he will break her financially. One way or the other, Judge Moskowitz will go after the mother for as long as it takes until she is not a viable threat of regaining custody of her children.
The Question is Why?
Why is Judge Moskowitz taking children from good parents and putting those children in the sole custody of parents with records of violence and sexual abuse?
My working theory is Judge Moskowitz is running a Kids for Cash child sex trafficking ring.
Pedophiles need a fresh supply of children to abuse.
It is my belief that Judge Moskowitz, along with Maine's Child Protective Services, are part of the supply-line of children for pedophiles in Maine to abuse.
Can I prove this?
Give me a search warrant and I will.
With all the evidence of serious wrongdoing by Judge Moskowitz, and many others in Portland Maine's court system, why hasn't the FBI opened an investigation for racketeering? Why has there been no investigation of corruption of public officials?
I wonder, does anyone in the FBI office in Portland, Maine actually work?
Hero for the First Amendment
Scott Dolan deserves all the credit for defying Judge Moskowitz and the illegal gag order.
Thank you Scott. You have done more than any other journalist in Maine.
But I have done the same. And I have lost far more.
Instead of being hailed as hero for the First Amendment, as Scott Dolan is now, I've only been called crazy.
This article that I am posting on the internet is yet another violation of the consented order I was tricked into signing by Judge Moskowitz on his promise that he would uphold his own order of joint custody and my daughter would be returned to my arms.
Judge Moskowitz is Not Only a Liar, He is a Criminal
It is high time for Maine journalists to start investigating, not only one case, but every single case that has passed through Judge Moskowitz's court.
This should start with my daughter Mila's case.
Dr. Lori Handrahan's forthcoming book Child Porn Nation: America's Hidden National Security Risk details America's child sex abuse epidemic. Her Ph.D. is from The London School of Economics. She can be reached on Twitter@LoriHandrahan2