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Alan Turing, Computer Science Genius Castrated for Homosexuality, Receives Pardon From Queen

Turing PlaqueIf not for Alan Turing we might all be speaking German right now. Or not, but regardless Alan Turing was one of Britain’s finest minds and did more than almost anyone to defeat the Germans in World War II. His reward: castration for homosexual activity. Posthumously (perhaps unsurprisingly he committed suicide) he has finally been pardoned by Queen Elizabeth II reports CNN:

Alan Turing, a British code-breaker during World War II who was later subjected to chemical castration for homosexual activity, has received a royal pardon nearly 60 years after he committed suicide.

Turing was best known for developing the Bombe, a code-breaking machine that deciphered messages encoded by German machines. His work is considered by many to have helped change the course of the war and save thousands of lives.

“Dr. Turing deserves to be remembered and recognized for his fantastic contribution to the war effort and his legacy to science,” British Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said in a statement Tuesday.

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Via The Poke: UK Government Announces Bold New Plan To Kill Everyone

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UK government to jump on the immanentizing the eschaton bandwagon?

Satire. Sort of.

via The Poke

Death News: The government has outlined far reaching plans to kill everyone in the UK, through high energy prices, dismantling the NHS and crushing debt.

Recent reports say that winter deaths went up by nearly 30% last year, a figure the government claim is a ‘significant start’ in their plans to kill everybody.

“We’ve made a promising start in reducing the numbers of old and poor people by making fuel so expensive, but these are still early days in our plan to kill you all,” said a senior government spokesman.

“We shall now focus on the rest of the population, by removing healthcare and making existence so expensive we hope many people will just choose to kill themselves instead of ploughing through this shit for another year.”

The government says that anyone struggling through the winter months should seek urgent advice, from a noose.

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From Belfast to Basra: Terrorizing Civilians is What Occupying Forces Do

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The latest no shit story is that “soldiers from an undercover unit used by the British army in Northern Ireland killed unarmed civilians.”

“Before it was disbanded 40 years ago, after 18 months, plain-clothes soldiers carried out round-the-clock patrols of west Belfast – the heartland of the IRA – in unmarked cars.”

Former members of the unit stated that “they also carried out drive-by shootings of nationalists, even though there was no independent evidence any of them were IRA members.”

We were not there to act like an army unit, we were there to act like a terror group.”


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This news will, of course, not surprise the Irish nor anyone unfortunate enough to have first-hand experience of living under occupation – or anyone remotely aware of history for that matter.

A more recent occurrence of terrorism by occupying forces was documented in Iraq in 2003.… Read the rest

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The Manufacture of “Surveillance by Consent” Part 2 – Is Mass Surveillance So Bad If You Can’t See It?

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In the dark ages known as the twentieth century, mass surveillance of entire populations was a sport practised only by elitist totalitarian states . Those unlucky enough to live in a what was then termed a “free country”, had to sit on the sidelines and simply imagine what it was like to be subject to constant state intrusion.

But times change, and after several wars of the twentieth century (including the war to end all wars) mass surveillance was finally liberated. The liberators of surveillance even adopted a snappy slogan to help spread their evangelic message, which today is more commonly used than that one about washing up liquid – “nothing to hide, nothing to fear”. Don’t bother de-constructing this slogan in any way – just marvel at its symmetry and its almost Shakespearean rhythm.

You see the secret to success of the architects of “surveillance for all” was they spotted that surveillance is so much easier to sell to the masses when it’s invisible.… Read the rest

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Starbucks, Her Majesty’s Government And An Apocalypse

hand_grenade_war_military_bomb_army_marines_mug-r250b15dbdbaf42dd8d3d721fe95eded7_x7jgr_8byvr_512One meme in ‘merry old England’ which requires swift disembowelment is the curious idea there’s a quasi-religious duty to pay Her Majesty’s Government with as much tax as possible. Starbucks came under fire recently for legally avoiding the UK’s excessive taxation system. In the face of massive pressure from Her Majesty’s obedient subjects, who duly protested once Her broadcaster the BBC made an issue of it, the company was forced to relent[1].

There’s a theory Roman Emperors who declared themselves Gods, or God-appointed, did not do so simply because they were arrogant but instead as a power grab aimed at the religious establishment. In practical terms it appears to have been a way of getting access to the huge booty sacrificed to ‘Gods’ after each harvest. Her Majesty’s Government has much in common with them. Those subjected to Her rule must sacrifice their time and money to a Monarch who also claims authority directly from a God[2]. Curiously though, in the so-called Modern world, loyal subjects will defend to their death her right to be Queen.… Read the rest

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UK Attempts to Filter ‘Esoteric Content’ From The Internet

aemethdWell this is pretty scary… especially since “esoteric” is so ambiguous that it could include virtually anything (besides of course those incredibly enlightening mainstream websites! )

Can you imagine a world where access to spiritual information was blocked by the government? What if you stopped by an internet cafe, only to find your favorite website was banned by a public web filter, or your friend’s natural health website was blocked because it mentioned ‘spiritual healing’ techniques? A disturbing movement to censor perfectly legal spiritual information is growing (right now in the UK, but other countries are poised to jump on the bandwagon), and will continue unchecked unless people become aware of the problem and protest it. Find out more about the UK filter, and how it will affect you, below.

http://www.reachinglight.com/infographic-uk-filter-block-esoteric-content-worldwide-implications/

PLEASE: sign this petition and spread it around. Whether or not you live in the UK is irrelevant. This is an international issue that would have huge implications.… Read the rest

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Cannabis Planted in UK City of Newport’s Potted Plants

THIS IS A SERIOUS ISSUE.

THIS IS A SERIOUS ISSUE.

Yo, dawg; I heard you like potted plants, so I potted your plant so you can smoke that potted pot while you pot pot plants.

Via BBC:

Council officials in Newport are trying to discover who planted cannabis in flower pots put out to brighten up the city.

More than 20 of the illegal plants were discovered nestling amongst begonias and petunias in the street flower displays.

But by the time police were told and went to examine the specimens they had already been harvested.

The council said it was checking CCTV footage to find the culprits.

“I had never seen cannabis growing in the wild before so it was crazy to see it,” said local businessman Dean Beddis, who made the discovery.

It’s a serious issue and we will be informing the police”

“It’s actually rather a beautiful plant and stood out wonderfully. But they have gone now.

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UK to Require Registration to View Porn on Internet

Talk about the nanny state! From the Telegraph:

The Prime Minister is to announce that in future, every internet user in the country will be asked whether they want to have access to pornography.

A joint British and American “task force” will be created to tackle obscene websites, while Google and other search engine providers will be required to draw up a “blacklist” of the most depraved and illegal search terms, Mr Cameron will announce.

The initiatives will also include new measures to stop children accidentally stumbling across explicit but legal pornographic images in public places, according to well-placed sources. The six biggest companies providing access to wireless internet in cafés and railway stations have all signed a deal to block legal pornography where children could view it. The roll-out of “family friendly Wi-Fi” is expected to begin from the end of August.

The moves follow concern that hardcore and violent images are damaging children’s lives while access to illegal child pornography has been linked to high profile crimes…

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Why The UK’s Ministry of Defence Stopped Watching For UFOs

MoD letterNo defense benefits, eh? The British state media company (a/k/a BBC News) reports on why the country’s MoD decided to close its UFO desk giving examples of ridiculous reports (see letter at right). Who knows what the real reasons are, but something about this explanation doesn’t quite ring true to me…

The Ministry of Defence closed its UFO desk because it served “no defence purpose” and was taking staff away from “more valuable defence-related activities”, newly released files show.

The desk was closed in December 2009 despite a surge in reported sightings.

The disclosure came in National Archives files relating to reports of UFOs – Unidentified Flying Objects – between 2007 and November 2009.

They show UFOs were reported at several UK landmarks, including Stonehenge.

‘No benefit’
The latest tranche of declassified files covers the final two years of work carried out by the MoD’s UFO desk.

The 25 files include reports alleging contact with aliens and UFO sightings near UK landmarks, and detail the decision to close the MoD’s dedicated desk and “hotline”.

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Murdered Soldiers and the Mythology of Terrorism

From Mr VI on Modern Mythology:

Wednesday 22nd 2013, 1421  – Woolwich, South London.

That’s when the call was placed to police – that’s when the authorities became aware that two men were hacking another to death with machetes. But there were witnesses to this act – it happened in broad daylight. Bloodstained hands were caught on camera-phones, tweets going viral while the perpetrators explained why they had done it, to passers by.

They didn’t run, they waited for police. Fourteen minutes later, armed police showed up, and were charged by at least one of the perpetrators. They promptly shot him. Both perpetrators are now in hospital, under guard.

The dead man was a serving soldier. The perpetrators were young black men, who were Muslims. Media makes much of them shouting ‘God is Great’ in Arabic, and their statements that the reason for this is Western troops in Muslim countries.

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