Saturday, June 30, 2007
Excellent series of clips from public on BBC including man being arrested by police apparently unharmed. Take copies before they "disappear".
Sunday am The News of the World report
"In the early hours today, two further men were arrested in Cheshire in
connection with the Glasgow outrage and the attempted bombings in London on
Friday. A police source said the suspects were seized after cops rammed their
car on the M6.
They also claim ...
The News of the World can reveal that before the Glasgow incident anti-terror officers had already identified the London Mercedes bombers and were closing in on them.
Police had intelligence there were MORE cars primed for attack and were using all their resources to catch them before they struck again. One security source told us: "It was a race against time to track them down. They knew we were closing in."
But the Sunday Telegraph reports ...
Despite having hours of CCTV footage from 160 cameras, neither the police nor MI5 have even partially identified three men believed to be involved. This suggests the plotters are unknown foreigners or British-based volunteers recently recruited by al-Qaeda.
They also state the bleedin' obvious ..
One security source has told The Sunday Telegraph that if the bombers are “unknowns” it would be evident that Britain’s multi-billion pound intelligence network had failed to keep pace with the threat posed by Islamist terrorists.
Oliver Marre had a real and overlooked scoop in the Observer on Sunday November 12, 2006
Brown's found a new friend ... called Brown
Naturally, there will be changes if Chancellor Gordon takes over from Tony Blair in the coming months. ...
... Gordon Brown, unsurprisingly, intends to import minds more excited about fiscal matters. Step forward Mark Malloch Brown, deputy secretary general of the UN.(Marlborough, Magdalene College Cambridge and the University of Michigan)
A senior source close to the Chancellor tells me that he has been in earnest discussions with Malloch Brown and that a peerage and a significant role in a Brown cabinet is on the cards.
Malloch Brown will step down as deputy secretary general at the end of the year. In that role, he has been far from uncritical of Tony Blair and, particularly, the Iraq war. Just like Gordon.
On the other hand, he's been a regular champion of the government's international aid programmes. Just like Gordon.
Previously he has been involved in the (very Brownite) UN's development programmes and worked at the World Bank. Intriguingly, he was also invited to put in an appearance at October's Conservative party conference.
'Mark's speech was one of the oddest given,' says my source. 'He basically used it to tell the Tories how brilliant the government's record had been on aid and development.'
MM Brown was knighted in the 2007 New Years Honours and on Thursday received, a peerage, took Ministerial office and became a Privy Councillor.... busy year so far.
He has a hard row to how in Africa. We wish him luck
It was a great re-assurance to see that calmly smirking Dame Pauline Neville-Jones had hurried to the studios of BBC Newsnight ( regrettably looking rather dishevelled in something vaguely khaki and military, evidently not having had the time to smarten herself up).
The plot ( 2 cars stuffed with incendiary materials, nails and a handily placed mobile phone activated but nonetheless easily dissembled and inactivated "detonating device" by a nerveless bomb squad officer casually leaning through the handily open window) is, she assured a waiting nation was / is "aimed at the new government".
Those would be the guys who did an end run round NORAD, steered incendiary planes into 2 skyscrapers causing them to fall in ways unknown to man or physics, smash into the most heavily guarded military building on Earth, killing thousands....etc.,
"The issue is, who is behind that. I think I will be inclined to
believe there is some kind of al-Qaida link,"
Evidently a change in strategy and tactics - quick of her ( and her BBC chum Frank G) to notice. .. "... I will be inclined..."
Good also to see that one "bomb" was identified by the Ambulance service and the other "bomb" had been man handled and dragged in it's incendiary state through the streets full of roistering clubbers by the ever zealous traffic wardens and left ignored for 18 hours.
It was therefore encouraging to see that the result of the squillions of taxpayers funds spent on terrists has not yet been used to remove the blundering, bovine Peter Clarke, The Sphincter of the Yard ( who had left his lunch pail behind this time) whose men are yet undertaking a further painstaking enquiry.
We can expect more of the same, - bombs in London that don't go off, the smirking Dame on Newsnight and the overweight "I speak you weight machine" Plod.... and ... er .. forensic pictures in the ownership of the Met appearing in US newspapers.
A "crystal clear CCTV " image of one of the drivers legging it, and the car number plates are as yet withheld from the public - no doubt, just in case someone could help the police with their enquiries.
PS The consultant numerologist points out that 29-06-2007 can also be understood better
29-6-2-7 = 21 therefore 21/7.
See also Kurt Nimmo
In a major speech to the Naval War College on Thursday (Bush plays al Qaida card to bolster support for Iraq policy) President Bush referred to al Qaida at least 27 times........
Nick Harvey MP (Lib Dem North Devon) Question 142524 :will today ask The Secretary of State for Defence, how many weapons mounted installation kits and general purpose machine guns are in theatre in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan.
It now appears that when Lord Drayson answered a not dissimiliar question From Lord Astor on the Monday of that week (18th July) he had answered "I am withholding detailed information on the availability of the combat vehicle fleet in Afghanistan, as this is sensitive operational information."
Bernard Jenkin (North Essex, Conservative) pointed out to Adam Ingram Minister for mumbling excuses about Forces Equipment shortages, on the 21st June that 16 Air Assault Brigade had already starting its training for its second tour in Helmand, which he understood will be deployed some time in the spring of 2008.
He had when meeting some of their officers, asked , "What equipment are you training with?" he went on to explain to the Hapless Scotsman (another of the buggers !) "The mobility and firepower of a vehicle known as WMIK, which is an open Land Rover with a .50 calibre machine gun strapped to its top, are vital to operations in Afghanistan. Almost all the vehicles are deployed in Afghanistan, so the entire brigade has one WMIK vehicle for training purposes in the UK and will not be able to do any training until it returns to Afghanistan.
The fact that the Government appear to have been reduced to buying and providing equipment for the front line only, because they cannot afford enough equipment for the front line and for training, is affecting morale and the effectiveness of our armed forces personnel."
On Tuesday 19th in answer to a question to Ann Winterton (Conservative Congleton) Adam Ingram had already stated that the MOD had 5 WMIK vehicles available in the UK for training.
Anyway , no doubt stung by all this detailed, and informed criticism on Monday 25th June the MOD announced that under an Urgent Operational Requirement for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan , (which as Lord patel's old batman pointed out they don't hand out with the rations.Sir.) 130 new new MWMIK 's , will begin deploying out to operational theatres "early in 2008", Lord Drayson, Minister of State for explaining shortages, overunning costs, and delays in Defence Equipment and Support, said:
So that's alright then , we send our troops to war in a convertible - this stripped down 50 year old Land Rover is useless as a patrol vehicle . Indeed why buy an open top patrol vehicle?
"These vehicles are well armed, swift, and agile and will boost our capability with some serious firepower. MOD and the Treasury have worked hard to get these powerful vehicles to our troops in quick time, and they will start going out to theatre early next year."
These vehicles are claimed to have, Longer range, Greater payload, Greater mobility (?) and a take your breath away top speed of "up to 80mph (130km/h)" - now how does that compare with a Toyota land Cruiser ute ?- a WMIK weighs nearly 4 tonnes all up, powered by a 4.2 litre engine. Keen observers will however note that the picture accompanying the MOD article is somewhat short on firepower , which can include "a .50 calibre machine gun or an automatic grenade launcher and a general purpose machine gun, as well as carrying up to four troops with their own individual weapons." let's hope they have ordered some guns as well. Note that no costs are mentioned.
It is encouraging to see from the picture that seat belts are provided, meaning the vehicles can be used on Public Highways throughout Europe. The Road Traffic Act as it applies to Afghanistan is not a subject upon which we can claim any knowledge, but presumably these brand spanking new WMIK's will be fully street legal in Kabul .
Big problem is of course, patrolling all day in the poppy fields , the thing will get mucky and dusty - how do you put it through the car wash
Friday, June 29, 2007
Lockerbie, lies, deceit, dishonesty in the legal system and Lord Denning's shameful epitaph on Truth and Justice
The Herald today "This could open a can of worms for the entire Scottish justice system"
Can we ever forget Lord Denning, dismissing the Birmingham 6's 1980 civil action against the police, who said,
So what now for the forces of law and order in Scotland? Once the full facts of
the SCCRC's 800-page statement are known, those involved in the prosecution of
the case will undoubtedly come in for criticism for failing to secure a
conviction which could stand up to scrutiny.
Yesterday's report had been expected to level barbs in varying degrees at the trial judges, the Crown prosecutors, the police, and not least Megrahi's original defence team, but so far the reality of the SCCRC's public statement does not quite match
“If the six men win, it will mean that the police were guilty of perjury, that they were guilty of violence and threats, that the confessions were involuntary and were improperly admitted as evidence, and that the convictions were erroneous …. this is such an appalling vista that every sensible person in the country would say: it cannot be right these actions go any further.”
"We shouldn't have all these campaigns to get them released".
Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill - Bill 130
Paragraph 64 Possession of extreme pornographic images
1. It is an offence for a person to be in possession of an extreme pornographic image.
2. An “extreme pornographic image” is an image which is both—pornographic and an extreme image
3. An image is “pornographic” if it appears to have been produced solely or principally for the purpose of sexual arousal
4. Where an image forms part of a series of images, the question whether the image appears to have been so produced is to be determined by reference to— the image itself and (if the series of images is such as to be capable of providing a context for the image) the context in which it occurs in the series of images.
5. So,for example, where - an image forms an integral part of a narrative constituted by a series of images, and it appears that the series of images as a whole was not produced solely or principally for the purpose of sexual arousal, the image may, by virtue of being part of that narrative, be found not to be pornographic, even though it might have been found to be pornographic if taken by itself.6. An “extreme image” is an image of any of the following—
a) an act which threatens or appears to threaten a person’s life,
b) an act which results in or appears to result (or be likely to result) in serious injury to a person’s anus, breasts or genitals,
c) an act which involves or appears to involve sexual interference with a human corpse,
d) a person performing or appearing to perform an act of intercourse or oral sex with an animal, where (in each case) any such act, person or animal depicted in the image is or appears to be real.
7. In this section “image” means—a moving or still image (produced by any means); or data (stored by any means) which is capable of conversion into an image within paragraph (a).
8. In this section references to a part of the body include references to a part surgically constructed (in particular through gender reassignment surgery).
9. Proceedings for an offence under this section may not be instituted—in England and Wales, except by or with the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions; or in Northern Ireland,
Whilst many people will see this as an extension (and possibly a desirable one) of restrictions on the production, possession and supply of images of paedophilia it provides complete distinction from such leglislation.
Paedophilia and all that it entails, is illegal, hence recording and distribution of such acts either still or moving is consequently illegal.
It might appear that Section 6 (a) "an act which threatens or appears to threaten a person’s life, " might similiarly be seen as portraying an illegal act. Under this legislation it is grouped however with sections (b),(c), and (d) because the overriding concern is that the images were produced (Para 3) "produced solely or principally for the purpose of sexual arousal " - so CCTV of a fight outside a pub where someone, threatens to or succeeds in killing somone would not illegal under the act but a "snuff" movie would... as to the fillum of the the hanging of Saddam Hussein it may not have given sexual satisfaction but it certainly made a lot of people very happy.
It would of course trap fillums of alleged killings of hostages, quasi judicial killings by alleged terrorists, and covert filming of the effects of IED's etc., and no doubts of the bombing of mosques by US/UK air strikes which demolish mosques accompanied by wild expressions of joy etc.,
Whilst Lord Patel does not partake in the wilder shores of sexual gratification he is not unaware or ignoramt about it of it, nor like any other user of the WWW is he unaware of the enormous quantity of sites that provide for the self evident (and worldwide) demand.
b) an act which results in or appears to result (or be likely to result) in serious injury to a person’s anus, breasts or genitals ...
Of importance in this category is the Appeal in the case R v Brown  2 All ER 75 dismissed by the House of Lords. The appellants had originally pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm, contrary to s 47 of the Offences against the Person Act 1861, and unlawful wounding, contrary to s 20 of that Act.
Brown et al were a group of sado-masochistic homosexuals who over a 10-year period from 1978 willingly participated in the commission of acts of violence against each other, including genital torture, for the sexual pleasure which it engendered in the giving and receiving of pain. The passive partner or victim in each case consented to the acts being committed and suffered no permanent injury.
The activities took place in various private locations, including rooms equipped as torture chambers at the homes of 3 of the appellants. Video cameras were used to record the activities and the resulting tapes were then copied and distributed amongst members of the group. The tapes were not sold or used other than for the delectation of members of the group.
The appellants were tried on charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, contrary to s 47 of the Offences against the Person Act 1861, and unlawful wounding, contrary to s 20 of that Act. The Crown’s case was based very largely on the contents of the video tapes. Following a ruling by the trial judge that the consent of the victim afforded no defence to the charges, the appellants pleaded guilty and were sentenced to terms of imprisonment.
The appellants appealed against their convictions, contending that a person could not guilty be of assault occasioning actual bodily harm or unlawful wounding in respect of acts carried out in private with the consent of the victim. The Court of Appeal dismissed their appeals. The appellants appealed to the House of Lords.
On the 11th March 1993 LORD TEMPLEMAN, LORD JAUNCEY OF TULLICHETTLE, LORD LOWRY dismissed the appeal and LORD MUSTILL AND LORD SLYNN OF HADLEY accepted it so, their appeal was dismissed.
The very lengthy and detailed arguments covering everything from tattooing, surgery, rough horseplay, boxing and other violent sports is fascinating - as was the aside of the trial judge who when he was asked by one of the briefs for a defendant, in reference to film of the sandpapering of his client A's genitals by defendant B if he remembered the incident ......" Remember it Mr Jones, I don't think I will ever forget it!"
If you wish for a careful and forensic exegesis of this area of the law, it's rationale and the wellsprings of attempts by the state to control personal liberty on sexual behaviour in private it is excellent.
As this is settled law, it can therefore be understood that such films portray illegal acts, as in the case of paedophilia.
Curiously , films purporting to show rape and incest , equally unlawful, have not (yet) been included which may indicate confusion (or laziness) on the part of the authors.
c) an act which involves or appears to involve sexual interference with a human corpse,
Necrophilia (also described as thanatophilia and necrolagnia) is by definition non-consensual but is only illegal in 16 US States, it was disclosed in a celebrated case in Wisconsin in September 2006 (although the situation in Wisconsin is disputed) and it was only in September 2004 that Californian Governator Arnie introduced the required legislation after a two year lobbying campaign. (Until 1975 oral sex, even within marriage would earn you up to 15 years jail in CA)
In the UK it was introduced as a separate offence under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and involves penetration of either sex in any place - it appears in some US States that necrophilia is not illegal when performed on men.
Again such filming and films involve illegal acts - albeit with the proviso that it undertaken for the purpose of is for sexual arousal.
d) a person performing or appearing to perform an act of intercourse or oral sex with an animal, where (in each case) any such act, person or animal depicted in the image is or appears to be real.
Wikipedia tells us that the legality of bestiality is irregular , legal in Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands , in the UK US Oz and NZ it is illegal. Belgium , Russia and Germany do not forbid it, but " strictly prohibit the promotion of animal-oriented pornography." Of course it raises an important point about consistency , that the filming of say bestiality in Denmark is not illegal but the Act would make possession in the UK illegal.
Myths abound about it's practice, the Welsh being famous as sheep shaggers, although whether due to the unatractiveness of Welshmen or the attractiveness of Welsh sheep, many are uncertain.
The basis of the law of penetrative sex with animals in the UK is not based on abuse or ill treatments, for example it is perfectly legal to kill pheasants, grouse, partridges etc., for entertainment, to kill horses and greyhounds at the end of their sporting life, and to put them to work.
Docking of dogs tails, uses of harnesses, mouth bits, whips is also legal.
It can only be assumed that the basis of the law is simply to reflect a general sense of moral outrage that any human can obtain sexual arousal and maybe even obtain satisfaction out of sexual activity with animals.
Which takes us back to Macaulay.
Perhaps the outraged anti-libertarians who framed this extraordinary legislation didn't attempt to touch ..... er ... coprophily, a favourite pastime of both Bob Maxwell and Mark Outen MP....but we'll let that pass.
What is important is that the simulation of all these various bizarre and fetishistic pastimes, ( the role of cartoons in this is at best ambiguous (an "image" ..."produced by any means") in the legislation) is being forbidden - because
" (it) appears to have been produced solely or principally for the purpose of sexual arousal ".All this goes back to the Woolfenden Report on Homosexual Offences and Prostitution in 1957 which took the view , derived from J S Mill that the law had no business interfering with private acts that harmed nobody. Patrick Devlin (Later Lord ) in " The Enforcement of Morals" published 1965 argued forcibly and with much public support that popular morality should be allowed to influence lawmaking, and that even private acts should be subject to legal sanction if they were held to be morally unacceptable by the "reasonable man", in order to preserve the moral fabric of society (Devlin's "reasonable man" was one who held commonly accepted views, not necessarily derived from reason as such).
“It is not possible to set theoretical limits to the power of the State to legislate against immorality. It is not possible to settle in advance exceptions
to the general rule or to define inflexibly areas of morality into which the law is in no circumstances to be allowed to enter. Society is entitled by means of its laws to protect itself from dangers, whether from within or without. Here again I think that the political parallel is legitimate. The law of treason is directed against aiding the king’s enemies and against sedition from within. The justification for this is that established government is necessary for the existence of society and therefore its safety against violent overthrow must be secured. But an established morality is as necessary as good government to the welfare of society.… There are no theoretical limits against the power of the State to legislate against treason and sedition, and likewise I think there can be no theoretical limits to legislation against immorality"
H.L.A. Hart the celebrated Professor of Jurisprudence at Oxford ( and also wartime MI5 star - his wife was also widely spoken of as the mistress of Isiah Berlin) ) supported the report's opposing view in his books "Law, Liberty and Morality" published in 1963 "The Morality of the Criminal Law" (1965) and in speeches, articles etc., which he laid out a defense of the limits of law in regulating moral behavior and which drew on the concepts of legal positivism , drawn from Jeremy Bentham and Mill.
Legal positivists have 3 basic constructs ;
1. What the law is and what the law should be are two separate questions. Therefore legality and morality are unconnected. For example a law can be legitimized by a society but also be immoral - an evil regime can still institute a system of laws.
2. The analysis of legal concepts, such as a legal system, rules, and rights, is an important study.
3. Laws are commands issued by a sovereign whom the public obeys out of habit.
Hart however disgreed strongly with the last precept - Laws are not obeyed because of the coercive demands and punishments of government, he argued very much the reverse; rather, obligation stems from the social rules of a given society. Changes in society pre - date changes in the law.
No-one surely would support the production, possession, supply of the actual killing, rape, or incest with minors or dead bodies, which are in themselves criminal, but we are in a world swamped with violent, explicit images of killing on the news, torture (Abu Ghraib) and endless criminal dramas that involve obliquely perhaps but nonetheless violently the same acts.
We have increasingly alarming re-enactments on real crime TV programs (Crimewatch in the UK) which provide the viewer, perhaps not with sexual arousal but a vicarious and pleasurable sensation of barely concealed and pririent lust for personal violence.
Whilst many scoff that pornography is not a victimless crime, surely the second hand and probably (mainly) personal subsuming of desire has it's role in containing animal and anti-social lusts and desires ? It is a massive and well paid and highly productive industry which refelcts not only it's widespread popularity but it's role in sexual activity.
If the depictions of sucking a dog's dick, having hot wax splashed on your genitals, or quasi gynaecological or proctological examinations provide a handy (and harmless) , if solitary , but convenient form of arousal - how can their production, supply and possession be considered undesirable, and worse... illegal ?
This is not law, it is sanctimonius humbuggery.
Pic at header - provides a puzzle over necrophilia restrictions, the braindead being penetrated by the widely reported dead ?
Thursday, June 28, 2007
The Israeli State prosecutor Attorney-General Menahem Mazuz agreed a sordid plea bargain with President Moshe Katsav who is leaving his office with his trousers round his ankles to join a long list of Israeli State servants who can't keep their dick in their trousers.
OK says the state , there was no rape but you cop a plea for "committing an indecent act".
No prison. No community service.
Compensation payment to the lady "A" (only one of 10 complainants) who he "committed the non consensual indecent act" with and a suspended sentence.
President elect , Shimon Peres, will be sworn in on July 15.
'A' told reporters that while working in the president's residence she underwent increasing sexual harassment from Katsav, culminating in rape.
She said that before the rape, Katsav would ask her to come to work wearing a skirt with no underwear underneath, exposed himself to her, and touched her breasts.
Still in denial and expostulating his innocence he instructed Avigdor Feldman, one of his attorneys, to go on Israel Radio and insist that "A" was lying, and insisted his client was innocent of her charges.
Friday, March 30, 2007
Israeli Cabinet, money, guns and lawyers ... and sex ...business as usual
Department of Trade and Industry have published Energy Trends and Quarterly Energy Prices Trends today for the 1st Qtr of 2007
Here is a quick snapshot -
- Q1 2007 Total indigenous UK production of crude oil and NGLs decreased 4.5 % on Q1 2006.
- Q1 2007 Total indigenous UK production of natural gas decreased by 16.8% on Q1 2006
- Q1 2007 Total indigenous UK production of coal decreased by 27.9% on Q1 2006
Total electricity generation from all renewable sources in 2006 was 18,133 GWh, 7.5 % up on 2005... approximately 3 % of all electricity generated.
Here are details filleted from the complete reports available at the DTI website.
TOTAL ENERGY: QUARTER 1 2007
- Total production in the first quarter of 2007 at 49.3 million tonnes of oil equivalent was 13.3 % lower than in the Q1 2006.
- Total inland consumption on a primary fuel input basis was 240.3 million tonnes of oil equivalent in the Q1 2007, 1.8 % lower than in theQ1 2006.
- Between the first quarters of 2006 and 2007 coal and other solid fuel consumption fell by 13.4 per cent.
- Oil consumption increased by 2.5 %.
- Gas consumption rose by 6.3 %.
- Primary electricity consumption decreased by 27.8 %.
COAL: Q1 2007
- Provisional figures for Q1 2007 show coal production down (due entirely to mine closures) 4.0 Mn tonnes - down 27.9 %per cent on Q1 2006 at 4.0 . The decrease was the product of a fall of 42.0 % opencast production fell by by 13%
- Imports of coal in Q1 2007 were 2.3 % down on Q1 2006 12.2 million tonnes 10.2 Mn tonnes (84%) of which, was steam coal for the power stations market.
OIL: QUARTER 1 2007
- Total indigenous UK production of crude oil and NGLs in Q1 2007 decreased by 19.9 Mn tonnes a decrease of 4.5 % on Q1 2006. This included production from 3 new fields which started production during the year ending march 2007, including the very large Buzzard field.
- The UK was a net exporter of oil and oil products in the first quarter of 2007 by 0.1 million tonnes.
- Overall primary demand for oil products in the first quarter of 2007 was 5.1% lower than Q1 2006.
- Motor spirit deliveries rose by 0.1 %. Derv fuel deliveries increased by 3.8%. Deliveries of aviation turbine fuel rose by 9.3 %. reflecting the increase in air traffic movements, especially by low cost airlines.
GAS: QUARTER 1 2007
- Total indigenous UK production of natural gas in the first quarter of 2007 was 16.8 % down on Q1 2006.
- Compared with Q1 2006, exports of natural gas in Q1 2007 increased by 44.1 per cent and imports increased by 50.6 per cent.
- Demand for gas in Q1 2007 was 3.4 % lower than in Q1 of 2006.
- Gas use for electricity generation increased by 34.2 % and domestic consumption fell 12.9% public administration, commerce and agriculture consumption fell by 11.2 % and in industrial sectorby 12.3 %.
ELECTRICITY: QUARTER 1 2007
- Fuel used by generators in Q1 2007 was, in total, 8.8 % lower than Q1 2006.
- Coal use during the quarter was 21.1 % lower than a year earlier.
- Total electricity supplied by all generators in Q1 2007 was 4.8 % down (-5.1 TWh) than a year earlier.
- In Q1 2007 final consumption of electricity fell by 4.1 % Domestic use by 6.2 % and consumption by commercial, public administration, transport and agricultural customers was down by 1.3 % and Industrial use of electricity was 4.4 % lower.
ENERGY PRICES: QUARTER 1 2007
Average industrial gas prices fell 32% , Average industrial electricity prices rose 7.0 % in real terms.
- In mid June 2007, unleaded petrol was on average 96.6 pence per litre, an increase of 1.3 pence per litre compared to a year earlier.
- In mid June 2007, diesel was, on average, 97.2 pence per litre, 0.5 pence per litre lower than a year earlier.
The price paid for all fuel and light by household consumers has risen by 22.9 % in real terms between Q1 2006 and Q1 2007.
Domestic electricity prices, including VAT, in Q1 2007 were 21.1% higher in real terms than in Q1 2006.
Domestic gas prices rose by 33.7 % in real terms over the same period, whilst the price of heating oils fell by 12.1 per cent.
Estimates suggest that in April 2007, domestic gas prices in the UK, including taxes, for medium sized consumers were the second lowest in the EU15 and domestic electricity process were fifth lowest.
Electricity generated from all renewables as a percentage of total UK electricity generation rose to 4.6 per cent in 2006 using the international definition of renewables. In 2005 on the same basis it was it was 4.2 per cent.
In 2006 the percentage of UK electricity sales that were from sources eligible for the Renewables Obligation (RO) was 4.4 % up from 4.0 % in 2005.
Total electricity generation from all renewable sources in 2006 was 18,133 GWh, 7.5 per cent up on 2005.
Generation from biofuels grew by 3 %, within which landfill gas was the main contributor. There was no growth in the contribution from the co-firing of biomass with fossil fuels.
Generation from offshore wind grew by 49 per cent; and generation from onshore wind grew by 27 per cent.
As at 31 December 2006, 449 projects contracted under the Non Fossil Fuel Obligation (NFFO), the Scottish Renewables Orders (SRO) and the Northern IreIand NFFO had been commissioned and were generating electricity, with a capacity totalling 1,200 1,200 MW. Total renewables capacity in the UK at that date was 3,613 MW = 30% utilisation overall.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Whores ,Millions of Heroin Dollars Bought Ahtisaari's Kosovo "Independence" Plan .. more very sordid details
Oh, and by the way, KFOR NATO troops are involved:
On the last day of February, at 11:47 p.m., German Secret Service agents made a note about the arrival of the KFOR (NATO troops stationed in Serbian Kosovo province, Kosovo FORce) jeep which brought two young women over, followed by Boria’s bodyguard. The girls were in Ahtisaari’s quarters until 5:17 a.m., when they were driven away by the same vehicle.This is particularly awkward now, because GWB has been making a big push to turn over control of Kosovo to Albanian Muslim narcoterrorists, which is not only insane, but also violates the treaty that the U.S. signed at the end of the Kosovo War.... More >>>>
First you should checkout yesterdays Post "Balkan-tales-and-bulging-briefcases..Artisaari exposed"
The History of the Kosovan plans presented to the UN can be found on previous posts the year from Lord Patel here ;
Friday, February 02, 2007
Mongrelisation of Europe continues - Kosovo plans revealed today by Ahtisaari
Which included this section
What is there in it for Ahtisaari ?
A senior Finnish diplomat in 1977 he was named the U.N. envoy for Namibia, where guerrillas were battling South African apartheid rule. Since then he has negotiated an end to a conflict between the Indonesian government and the leaders of the separatist guerrilla movement in Aceh. This conflict started 130 years ago where the once-powerful Sumatran sultanate have been fighting for independence intermittently since it was occupied by Dutch colonialists in the 1870s.
The Nobel Peace Prize nomination by the grateful and impatient Yanks ?
Sunday, February 04, 2007
Kosovo - Lesser Serbia (Prop. Uncle Sam) gets nearer
No major new media have taken this story up, it appears , so it is either total bollocks invented by the Serbs (which is not impossible) or the corporate call for Omerta has gone out. One Finnish blog Aapotsikka (Apocalypse Now) rubbishes the reports with a gentle caveat.
UPDATE 27th June 18.00 GMT
The Vienna office of Martti Ahtisaari, the UN special envoy for the future status process for Kosovo, told the Finnish News Agency (STT) on Wednesday it did not intend to take action over allegations that the former Finnish president had accepted bribes for recommending independence for the Serbian province.
Fokus further claimed that Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), Germany's foreign intelligence agency, had submitted a report on the alleged transaction to the UN secretary-general. Remi Dourlot of the UN office of the special envoy or Kosovo, or Unosek, told STT (Finnish News Agency).
"This is a rubbish story, which is actually from a Republica Srpska magazine. We have nothing to add to that. This is just a rubbish story,"Mr Dourlot also dismissed the report that BND had reported to the secretary-general as malicious.
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Sources close to David Cameron have revealed today that an American porn star has been flown to Britain by detectives investigating the sleazy honours sold for cash injections to the New labour party by Lord Levy and his team of influence peddlars.
Glamorous, small, but perfectly formed and pertly pouting porn actress Courtney Coventry, 25, unlike fellow Hollywood hero Arnie hit town , not to meet Tony Blair, but to spill the beans to PC Plod about how sleaze ball, midget Karaoke King, ex personal Envoy for Tony to the Middle East and peddler of honours who funded New Labour at the 2005 election took £1,000 off them at a Hilton Hotel fund raising bash.... and how Jane Hogarth , Lord L's chief assistant chased them for a contribution. (Jane Hogarth was head of corporate relations and fundraising, took voluntary redundancy in June 2006. Darren Milner, the corporate relations manager, (now working for Public Affairs News) and Sairina Ramakrishnan, whose responsibilities include helping to organise gala dinners, are also understood to have left).
After enjoying the company of the charming thespian Lord Patel wrote about her closeness to Tony and Lord Levy, ("My midget gem", she called him) on Sunday, March 25, 2007 Tony Blair - Guilty by Association ..she was even kind enough to add a very interesting and revealing comment to the post.
Slim , self confident Mrs Coventry was delighted to be introduced to Tony Blair by Lord Levy along with her husband who were masquerading (in the way porn stars do) as a real life Count and Countess of Rozel - see above post for all the seamy details.. Jack Straw and her ...well...large chest...etc.,
Yesterday, suntanned and looking fabulous, she was flown into Heathrow from Nice, the sunny home of the Hollywood celebrities and starlets by the Metropolitan Police sleuths hot on the trail of the "Cash for Coronets" gang as Assistant Chief Constable Yates calls them.
Plod apparently dismissed her incriminating information as "valueless". Ho.Ho.Ho.
Curiously (and simultaneously) Newsnight and other sources revealed that the Met super sleuths received a stark warning from Number 10 in January as they were preparing to grill the Prime Minister under caution that Tony Blair would quit earlier if he had been quizzed as a suspect.
The result was , they were warned off and he was dealt with simply as a witness.... so far.
Whew what a relief ... unless of course lovely Courtney (videos of her fillums here) had an interesting tale to tell that the denizens of Fleet Street might possibly have a modest interest in. An ancient story also here.
Yates's supersleuths have kept the retired PM busy today (Thursday) having a leisurely chat with him at a solicitors well appointed officers near Red Lion square where they have previously met him - so convenient.
The CPS have the files of course but there are apparently one or two odds and ends, loose dangly bits to .. just well ...clear up.
One wonders now what GB is doing about Ruth and the other collaboraters in the criminal sale of honours will be doing round the office now.
Sir John Gieve KCB is one of those turds that repeatedly rise with the stick on smile of a synchronised swimmer to the surface of steaming pool of ordure that forms at the nexus of the twin Whitehall / Westminster sewerage systems.
Quite how and why he became the top dog at the Home Office is difficult to discern, he has however left a noticeable pock marked trail of incompetence and venality which is difficult to beat and which has successfully sunk Blunkett, Clarke and now Johnny"respect" Reid.
Most people were alerted to this remarkable member of the First Division when David Blunket was shagging la Quinn (Yanqui ho who was said to edit a soft porn top shelf magazine) and who ordered that her Filipino nursemaid / au pair / house slave be granted a visa so that she might accompany her employer on holiday overseas.
It transpired when this unseemly affair and irregular handling of not only visa, but rail tickets and the inside of la Quinns underwear there was a curious and (entirely coincidental) connection m'lud between la Quinn's legal helpers and Sir John.
Viz Hansard Select Committee on Public Administration Minutes of Evidence Examination of Witness (Questions 900-915) Sir John Gieve 12 JANUARY 2005 Question 908
Q908 Mr Liddell-Grainger: We are talking about vested interests and interests in all this. Can I ask about your wife's involvement as a firm of solicitors with David Blunkett's case? Do you think that you, as permanent secretary, should have put your interests forward? You had to set up the inquiry, it was very much your baby (for want of a better word) and do you think you should have said to your wife's firm of solicitors that you thought it was getting too complicated and maybe have moved it on as well? Do you think you, personally, could have handled that slightly better?It later transpired a tete a tete regarding the case was held in David Blunkett's office attended by both the Gieves's .. to...er.... discuss the matter of the apparent said "conflict of interest". Inadvertently, by accident no doubt, note of the proceedings appears to have been taken.
Sir John Gieve: The inquiry was absolutely not into David's access dispute and there has been no suggestion that the Home Office should play any role in that or pay for it in any way. I think it is entirely up to David who he chooses as his solicitor. I do not think there is a conflict of interest in that respect.
A grateful public was of course delighted to award him after his skilful failures of memory about the "Nannygate" affair with a Knighthood - the Queen was delighted in the New years Honours to bestow on him the order of Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath.
Sir John was to arrive yet again in the full glare of the public gaze when the Metropolitan Police murdered the Brazilian electrician Mr De Menezes, mistaking him after some 40 minutes close (very) observation , as they often do, for a Somalian terrorist and proceeding to empty 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10.11.12.13. bullets at close range into the space above his shoulders which had initially held his head.
Sir Ian Blair Head of the Metropolitan Police wrote a letter to Sir John Gieve - letter is curiously dated the 21st July 2005 but was, we are told written on the 22nd July the day de Menezes was murdered.
In it he explained that , even though obliged to hand over the crime scene to the IPCC he wasn't going to do so and they would be denied access - which they did.
Sir John Gieve wrote back with a delightfully ambiguous reply ..
......dated the same day in which he confirmed a telephone conversation that he did not believe that Blair could suspend Section 17 of the Police reform Act 2002 as Blair had proposed. Gieve however compounded the delay by informing people, arranging meetings as soon as possible.
The end result was the IPCC was denied access to the site, witnesses etc., for 5 days, during which the evidence was scrubbed, altered, mislaid, destroyed falsified and the players arranged a choir practice so they could all sing from roughly the same hymn sheet. AS a result the met now face the perils of an HSE prosecution to which they have pleaded guilty.
The most amazing thing was, that not a single CCTV image was captured of the pursuit and murder of Mr de Menezes or the aftermath when the train driver of the train Mr de Menezes had been sat on was chased into the tunnel and held with a gun against his head.... it would be unwise to draw any conclusion about the absence of such images and the 5 days delay in letting the IPCC get involved.
Strangely enough Sir Ian Gieve who moved on sideways shortly after these trying times in 2005 to the Bank of England as Deputy Governor for Financial Stability - a move which a PPE from St John's, Osxford and a DPhil in Philosophy were not an ideal background.
Anyway Sir John, appears in today's papers not in the role of the husband of the solicitor who acts on behalf of a lady who has asked her lover the Home Secretary to whizz a visa through for her maid. He doesn't appear as the aquiescent servant of the public interest when the Metropolitan Police chief on behalf of his murdering officers, seeks to dismiss the legal requirements of Section 17 of the Police Reform Act 2002.
No he appears as an economic savant when speaking yesterday at the University of Surrey at Guildford, and that he has concerns about 'spectacular growth' in borrowing for buyout and private equity deals which he opines could endanger the banking system and cause a sharp financial downturn.
He said the crisis must be controlled by higher interest rates. It appears from the publication of the minutes of the Monetary Policy Committee that Sir John joined Bank Governor Mervyn King and two other members in a minority on the Monetary Policy Committee last month in calling for rates to be increased from the current 5.5pc to 5.75pc.
He explained to his audience yesterday that he was more concerned about the inflationary dangers of unchecked credit growth than the risk of causing an unnecessary slowdown in the economy.
It warms the cockles of your heart that we are blessed with such a banker at the heart of our monetary system. Banker is, Lord Patel is led to understand by the more raucous of his colleagues code for wanker - not a term one could apply to this guy who could not possibly combine the required physical ability with the mental capacity to sustain the event ... well not simultaneously anyway... even with a little help.
Keep an eye out for Sir John Gieve - more must follow.
Tzipi, dandled as a child, on the knee of the Stern Gang terrorist, Menachim Begin, daughter of terrorists - she visits her father's grave every Friday to view the map of Erutz Israel carved on his tombstone - from Syria to the Sinai, would say that ,wouldn't she ?
Apparently Olmerde belled Tony yesterday who he says is a "true friend" of Israel to tell him that if he takes the position of ME "envloy for the Quartet" (non-paying Ho.Ho.Ho.) Israel would cooperate with him "fully." You bet.
Blair, in London, schmoozing with Hollywood starlet Arnie Schwarzenegger could be seen on UK TV meekly accepting the job ...
"I think that anybody who cares about greater peace and stability in the world knows that a lasting and enduring resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian issue is essential," he said. "As I have said on many occasions, I would do whatever I could to help such a resolution come about."Ever since James Wolfensohn quit in May 2006, the quartet have had no public voice .... Israeli officials claim (with a straight face) that Tony would not serve as a negotiator between Israel and the Palestinians, but that his job would focus on "capacity building" in the PA and the development of functional governing institutions. This role would differ from Wolfensohn's, who dealt primarily with economic issues relating to the Gaza Strip following Israel's evacuation.
Whilst Russia will go along with Tony's appointment, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov who is in Israel has called for negotiations between Fatah and Hamas, something Israel opposes for fear that it would lead to another stalemated unity government.
ASked about Russian arms sales to Damascus, Lavrov said the weapons being sold to Syria did not tip the balance of power in the region.
"Whatever we do in the sphere of military technological cooperation, our activities always conform to Russia's international commitments and the export control rules - some of the strictest in the world," he said.
Lavrov arrived yesterday and has had a busy schedule today meeting President Elect Shimon Peres the families of kidnapped reservists Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, to bring some "sign of life" from their captors in Lebanon.
Today he will meet Olmert and then see PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah ... but won't meet any Hamas leadesr - most of them are in prison.
High on his agenda will be the status of Russian nationals, mostly women married to Palestinians, who are stranded inside the Gaza Strip. Russia has already evacuated more than 70 Russian nationals from the area.
Tony, who installed Lord Levy, as his "personal envoy to the ME" ... in an office next to the Foreign Secetary to represent the views of Zion in the heart of the UK Government .. and as a sideline sells honours to fund the last election for New Labour is a puppet of Zion .
Tony who demanded everyone stand aside whilst the IDF bombed the shit out of the Lebanese last summer will resolve nothing .. and that is exactly what Israel wants.
In 5 years or less the West Bank will disappear, and the Gazans will live on a dribble of handouts as prisoners.
Of course Tony will make the perfect ME envoy - he has a
Michael Wright of Bird's Eye explained on BBC "Farming Today" that they now expect a shortfall of 20% of their UK pea crop.
Priding themselves on selling UK produce this will probably mean higher retail prices .. and more imports - but Northern Europe has ben hit with the same bad weather as the UK.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Murky tales of Finnish double dealing reaches us from the Bosnian news agency Focus based in Banja Luka, that the German Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), Germany's federal foreign intelligence agency, has uncovered bank accounts held by Mr Martii Ahtisaari UN special envoy for Kosovo that had received two million euros and that on at least two occasions he had received cash payments of more than 40 million euros.
Oliver Dulic, the speaker of the Serbian Parliament, has apparently called for a formal inquiry into allegations that Ahtisaari,has accepted bribes from an Albanian organised crime figure, Exhet Boria, a Kosovan Albanian who dominates heroin trade in Europe.
It is claimed that these bribes were a payment , in exchange for recommending independence for the Serbian province.
Brigadier Luke Neiman, of the BND who ran the operation, claims to have recorded conversations Ahtisaari held with an unnamed ethnic Albanian talking about a transfer of 2 million Euros into Ahtisaari's account from a Swiss bank with an account number 239700-93457-00097 that was masked by an offshore account with a code XS52-KOLER - accounts allegedly held by Exhet Boria.
Focus also alleges that German BND has records as of February 12, 2007, 6:23 a.m., where a jeep owned by the Kosovo Albanian government arrived at the building where UN Special Envoy Martti Ahtisaari was then stationed . 2 silver coloured briefcases were handed to to Ahtisaari. Focus says the BND agents confirmed later that the briefcases were loaded with cash.
"All of this his, of course, should be looked into," said Serbia's speaker of the Parliament Oliver Dulic "and if proven true, it will throw a long shadow over the final [Kosovo] resolution."
According to the Focus, a German report has already been filed at the UN.
The Economist magazine of 18- 24 February 2006 reported that John Sawers the political director of the British Foreign Office told a group of Serbs in Kosovo earlier in the month that the Contact Group had already decided on independence for Kosovo.
Martii Ahtisaari was one of the weapons inspectors in Northern Ireland along with South Africa's Cyril Ramaphosa. It would be absurd to suggest that the well funded political / criminal / gangster gangs of Northern Ireland would consider bribing such an august official...would it ?
It's not often that Angela gets ger tits out for the lads, but hard hitting, vulgar german baiting, very popular Polish weekly WPROST shows Chancellor Angela Merkel breast-feeding the Kaczynski twins. Prime Minister Jaroslaw on the left, and his younger brother President Lech on the right... in beween a V sign - under the headling "Stepmother" . WPROST has one of the most visited online news sites in Poland.
This is not the first time Angela has been a Polish cover girl, a March edition of the newspaper Najwyzszy Czas! has a childishly unsubtle photo collage of a brown shirt-wearing German Chancellor with a distinctive moustache... must have gone down a treat in Berlin.
Stanislaw Janecki, WPROST editor-in-chief of says "the problem is that Germany, especially the evidently buxom Angela, is trying to treat Poles and the Polish leaders as small children completely unable to act on their own and somehow dependent on Germany.... There is the impression that Germany, being more powerful, wants to dominate Poland and that the Kaczynski brothers want to stand up to this domination."
Whilst Chancellor Merkel has been trying to woo Polish support during the German EU Presidency , Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski did what Basil Fawlty said he shouldn't do - he mentioned the war.
He told Polish radio on Tuesday that his objection to a proposed new voting formula in the European Union went back to the country's suffering under German occupation. "We are merely demanding what was taken from us," he said. "If Poland had not had to live through the years of 1939-45, Poland would be today looking at the demographics of a country of 66 million." Poland's current population is 38 million.
When Jaroslaw Kaczynski was electioneering 3 years ago he uspet some Germans when he said "Relations between Poland and Germany will be normal only when Poland is just as wealthy as Germany,"
Not the ideal way to conduct diplomatic debates ... refreshingly honest however.
Nice pair of tits though.
Gangmaster gangbustin' raids lead to business failure to Bomfords ... supplier to UK supermarkets of salads .. more to follow ? Prices to shoot up ?
Midlands based vegetable packing group and leading supplier of fresh vegetables to major supermarkets , The Bomfords Group, ( which includes MBN Bomford Limited, Bomfords Limited, W Bailey Limited and GF Produce Limited) was forced to call in administrators (Andrew Peters, Dominic Wong, David Langton and Nick Edwards of Deloitte, Birmingham) on Friday 22nd June after hitting "cash-flow problems".
The Administration covers 5 different businesses and locations :-
Atherstone, Stratford Upon Avon - head office and pack house (390 employees)
Luddington, Stratford Upon Avon - UK farming operations and farmland (520 employees)
Salford Priors, Worcester - pack house (570 employees)
Purfleet, Essex - pack house specialising in imported produce (230 employees)
Gravesend, Kent - grower and pack house specialising in spring onions and radishes (390 employees)
Bomfords Prepared Limited, a subsidiary with 120 employees, supplies prepared food services and products from Pershore in Worcestershire, is not in administration and continues to trade normally. The group's 75% shareholding in this business is available for sale.
The group has a claimed turnover of £150 million, with a total of 2,100 workers based in Warwickshire, Worcester, Essex and Kent.Dominic Wong, Partner in Deloitte’s Reorganisation Services practice, is quoted saying : "The Group has a strong market position, with a UK market share of approximately 25 - 55% across its various principal product categories. It is profitable and has an enviable customer base".
Andrew Peters, one of four administrators said the failure of the group had been attributed to cost over-runs in the recent construction of a new pack house and administration building in Warwickshire, together with the start-up investment for a subsidiary - Bomfords Prepared - which had "adversely impacted upon cash flows." The Group has also made two recent acquisitions "where integration benefits have been slower to arise than anticipated".
The administrators say they are continuing to trade and expect they will continue to trade as normal whilst the administrators seek either the rescue or sale of the group."
The administrators do not mention that the failure might not be unconnected with the interview of Paul Whitehouse ex Sussex Chief Constable and Head of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority who was was interviewed about raids vegetable packers on BBC "Farming Today" Friday March 9th 2007 - As Lord Patel said when reporting... " one suspects we are going to be hearing a lot about the GLA and Mr Whitehouse this summer." Ex Sussex Chief Constable Paul Whitehouse in gang busting mode at the GLA
As a result of these raids which disclosed widespread problems in the Midlands, the GLA would inform other agencies that Bomfords (amongst others raided by the GLA in dawn raids) as employers of the labour , about contraventions of basic employment law that could see Bomfords become the first fresh produce operator prosecuted since the GLA came into being.
The agencies they would need to notify would include HM Revenue & Customs, and the Department of Trade and Industry regarding claims about the payment of ther minimum wage.The GLA calculate the minimum rate of £6.41 (Euros 9.48) per hour per worker must be charged to the labour user or the gangmaster cannot meet their legal obligations and are therefore likely to be unlicensed. The UK minimum wage is currently £5.35 (Euros 7.91) for 22-year-olds and above and NI contributions must be paid by employers on employee earnings above £97 (€143.46) per week.
The GLA will also have contacted Health and Safety officials over the worker welfare allegations, and also contact local authorities to deal with affected workers who need accomodation.
No doubt the administrators and new owners will take note of the requirements for employing casual agricultural labour through gangmasters .... this may result in higher prices for your radishes and lettuces in Waitrose ,Sainsbury's,Morrison's, Asda , Tesco and Somerfield etc., this week.
Exploiters of immigrant labour who provide shit jobs, with shit "accomodation", shit working conditions however distant from the gangmasters will take note. Major retailers cannot continue to sit in their boardrooms and allow exploitation of workers supplying their stores.
Gypsy Petulengro tells Lord Patel that the spokespersons of the major supermarket groups when (or if asked by the major media outlets) about the impact on salad crop prices will deny all knowledge of exploitation , breach of HSE, minimum wages etc., etc., ..they are however happy to crow about their massive sales ...eg.
28/06/2005 - Heatwave and Wimbledon create record fruit and salad demand
Brits have created a new record for fruit and salad as they shape up for the summer holidays Tesco can reveal.....
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Pic is salad eating Wimbledon tennis superstar Maria Sharapova another Eastern European worker taking jobs off good British tennis players.
SA Denel Optronics /Zeiss win R200 Mn BAE Systems Contract for Eurofighter-Typhoon Head-Tracker System (HTS)
Carl Zeiss Optronics GmbH agreed to acquire a majority stake (70%) in South African based Denel Optronics in March 2007 - which will in future trade as Carl Zeiss Optronics (Pty) Ltd.,
Denel Optronics is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Denel Group which is supported by the South African Government through the Ministry of Public Enterprises. The sale, part of Denel CE Shaun Liebenberg's (he is also South Africa’s Minister of Public Enterprises), ongoing effort to restructure the "parastatal" or state owned enterprise, is part of a strategy to tie the company's niche strengths to global players in the relevant industry segments, a move he sees as necessary for Denel's survival in the defence business.
Saab of Sweden in June 2006 took a 20% stake in Denel Aviation's aerostructures unit and undertook to provide an “investment of R66 million over the first two years, ongoing skills and technology transfers, as well as management and marketing access”. the newly structured company began operations with about 600 staff from Denel Aviation and is being led through the transformation process by a team of specialists from Saab Aerostructures in Sweden.
Denel announced another loss-making financial year 2005/6 , posting a deficit of R1.3 billion on gross revenue of R2.7 billion. It lost R1.5 billion the year before.
Denel Optronics / Carl Zeiss Optronics (Pty) Ltd., have subsequently (May 31st 2007) been awarded a production order for 4/5 year contract for 450 optical helmet tracker systems (HTS) for the Eurofighter-Typhoon fighter aircraft worth R200 Mn (£14.5 Mn) by BAE Systems which have been wholly developed in South Africa.
This is another contract in the Defence Industrial Participation programme with South Africa as a result of their decision to modernise their air force with 24 BAE Hawk trainer (Ho.Ho.Ho.) and 27 Saab Gripen fighters.
These HST systems are the equivalent of the head Mounted Display systems (HMD) Developed by Vision Systems International (VSI), a joint venture between EFW Inc., a subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) : ESLT), and Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL), which was formed in 1996 to develop fixed wing helmet mounted display (HMD) systems.
These HMD's / HST's are designed to designate and exploit the pilot’s LOS (Line Of Sight) for the purpose of slaving the aircraft sensors and systems and thus enabling the pilot to achieve lock-on of sensors, avionics systems and missiles, simply by looking at the target.
The unique Denel designed optical HTS, continuously monitors the position of the pilot's head and where he is looking. In this manner it is able to aim the aircraft's weapons, reconnaissance and self-protection systems towards 'points of interest' at which the pilot is looking.
In February this year, BAE Systems placed a US$3.4 million (approximately
R24 million) order with Denel Optronics to complete the industrialisation of the optical head tracker system. Denel claim evaluations (unstated authors) have shown the system to be superior to any similar available in the world.
Pioneers of head-tracking systems, Denel Optronics, have been designing and producing operational pilot helmet-mounted sighting and tracking systems in the early 1970s. They claim that evaluations have shown the system to be superior to any similar available in the world.
This latest system for the much delayed and still not fully operational Eurofighter-Typhoon (see cockpit pic)has 3 cockpit sensors - essentially tiny video cameras - that detect a series of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) embedded in the pilot's helmet. This data provides location angle and position of the pilot's head to project the display of vital symbology on the pilot's helmet-mounted display of vital flight, instrumentation, navigation and mission data together with weapons and counter-measures status.
Consequently the pilot never has to take his eyes "off the road" and is fed with real time information without the need for head movement to examine display panels - essential when flying high-speed low-level (nap-of-the-earth) missions in the day or at night.
The head tracker data can also drive external sensors and missile seekers keeping them aligned with the pilot's line of sight.
Which will be fine if they can get the damn plane to fly with a full missile load and perform the low level high speed aerobatics, take off and land under the fly by wire system 100% of the time.
Monday, June 25, 2007
Belfast solicitor and civil rights lawyer and activist Pat Finucane, who regularly was involved in legally representingmembers of the IRA was murdered in 1989. He was shot 14 times in front of his wife and 3 young children after 2 masked men burst into his north Belfast home.
Barrett, a former special branch informer, was jailed for 22 years in 2004 for Finucane's murder. He was released in May last year under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement, after a ruling by the sentences review commission, despite alleged (ie. non public) opposition by the Northern Ireland secretary, Peter Hain.
William Stobie, an RUC informer and former UDA quartermaster admitted supplying the guns used in the killing. He was charged with aiding and abetting the murder but walked free after the court case against him collapsed. A few weeks later, Stobie was shot dead by loyalists in December 2001, apparently because they feared he would give evidence against them over the killing.
Former Metropolitan police commissioner Lord Stevens into alleged collusion during the late 1980s and early 1990s in that of 2003, he found that rogue elements within the Royal Ulster Constabulary and British army intelligence helped loyalist paramilitaries to murder Catholics.
The report called Stevens III identified the role of the army's surveillance operations in Northern Ireland. THis was focussed on the ultra secretive Force Research Unit (FRU) (latterly Force Reconaissance Unit). Nine former members of the unit, including its former head Brigadier Gordon Kerr, (now said to be in Iraq running the Special Reconnaissance Regiment (SRR) - see pic in his full mess fig of Gordon Highlanders) were questioned, as well as seven police officers and one civilian.
No members of the security services will be charged following the long investigation into the murder of the Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane, prosecutors revealed today.
Today the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) said that, critically, there was not enough evidence to bring prosecutions. In a statement, the PPS cited missing records, problems of time elapsing, the death of potential witnesses and the difficulties of ascertaining "the role and responsibilities that individuals played in specific events".
The statement added: "In addition, the prosecution had to take account of potential abuse of process arguments by the defence that any trial at this stage would be unfair."
So the State Employed terrists get away with it again, and again ...and again.
Force protection, BAE and IMG cash in at the Pentagon on the MRAP program - Al Q and Taliban help support US engineering industry with home made IED's
Force Protection, Inc. (Nasdaq:FRPT) share price (see chart from their website) has fallen back from nearly US$31 to US$23.46 at market close today, as other suppliers are taking more of the ultra protected vehicle market that the military are crying out for in Iraq and Afghanistan.
However in the new release of orders from the Pentagon as part of the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) and other armored vehicle programmes FP received a $221 million contract (their 4th) for 455 vehicles bringing the total number of vehicles from FP ordered by the pentagon to 1,800. Good news for the shareholders to hear at their AGM on the 21st June 2007.
The order due for completion by end of 2008 is for ;
395 Category I Cougar 4X4
60 Category II Cougar 6X6 vehicles
FP say they expect more orders to sustain the rate of production of these armoured Mack trucks to meet a demand expected to exceed 400 vehicles per month by February 2008. Busy, busy, busy .... but where are the profits ?
Recent Department of Defense estimates project a potential MRAP vehicle requirement of more than 18,000 vehicles, worth an approximate $20 billion.
Under a parallel program the Army has placed contracts with ;
1. Textron Marine and Land Systems for 369 additional M1117 ASV 's for delivery next year due to a backup of orders with a value of US$220.5 Mn. More than 750 ASVs have been deployed in the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) in support of combat missions.
2. BAE Systems for 44 RG-31 Mk 5 armoured cars for the US Army to be produced by OMG in South Africa - scheduled for delivery within 4 – 5 months.
U.S. forces have previously ordered or received 448 RG-31 vehicles, including 265 Mk5s for the U.S. Army and Special Operations Command (SOCOM), and 24 Mk5s for the U.S. Marine Corps under the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle program.
3. International Military and Government LLC (IMG) received a third delivery order worth $8 million for additional 16 Category II (CAT II) MRAP vehicles, to be delivered by February 2008. The previous order awarded to International covered about 1,000 Category I vehicles.
Kim Howells, Foreign Office Minister said last July when Israel invaded Lebanon allegedly in hot pursuit of Ehud Goldwasser, Eldad Regev and their captors;
He then turned his face the other way round and proceeded to explain that a demand for an immediate ceasefire would be a "meaningless gesture". Which Tony Blair's official spokesman at the time said the Prime Minister would "not be unhappy about [Mr Howell's] comments at all".
"I very much hope that the Americans understand what's happening to Lebanon. "The destruction of the infrastructure, the death of so many children and so many people. These have not been surgical strikes. It's very difficult, I think, to understand the kind of military tactics that have been used.
"You know, if they're chasing Hezbollah, then go for Hezbollah. You don't go for the entire Lebanese nation."
Equally callous and unconcerned about the attacks on the civilians of a sovereign state (killing eventually nearly 1,000 unarmed civilians) Shadow foreign secretary William Hague said the right of Israel to defend itself was "clear" and calls for an unconditional Israeli ceasefire were "futile" unless rocket attacks on it stopped and captured soldiers were returned.
Kim Howells, Foreign Office Minister and Rentagob for State Terrism (Overseas section) said today ;
"Today marks one year since Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was captured by Palestinian militants. Likewise, the fate of Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, captured from Israel by Hizballah on 12 July 2006, remains unknown. Our thoughts are with these men's families, as they continue to deal with the daily uncertainty over the fate of their loved ones.
"We condemn the release of the today's audio tape (Listen here - Hebrew - Trans in Eng, at bottom of post) of Gilad Shalit which can only add to the anguish of his family. "We call for the immediate, unconditional and safe release of all three men. Violence only serves to further increase the tension and frustrate efforts to find a lasting peace."..and so say all of us ...... meanwhile we'll stand by silently while Israel sends rockets into Gaza, and the USAF / RAF bomb the women and children of Afghanistan and Iraq - you know it makes sense. Meanwhile we will also remain doggedly silent about the imprisonment of elected Hamas representatives held along with thousands of other Palestinian prisoners.
Last year the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper reported that Palestinian Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (the man who who led the Oslo process) emboldened by US/UK support threatened Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh that Israel will strike out at him if harm comes to the Israel Defense Forces soldiers kidnapped by militants, the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper reported Tuesday.
During a particularly tense and hasty meeting held in Gaza, Abbas told Haniyeh that Israel would also strike out at his fellow Hamas members Palestinian Foreign Minister Mahmoud a-Zahar and Interior Minister Said Sayam if anything happens to Cpl. Gilad Shalit. Both Ministers were eventually forced out of office in the Mecca agreement brokered by the Saudis, in which Hamas would give up important ministries such as finance, interior, and foreign affairs to Fatah - a conference at which the US was present but kept a very, very low profile. Abbas was as good his word as the Israeli/ US puppet.
Avigdor Leibermann of the Yisrael Beiteinu party was naturally one of the 2 Cabinet members who voted against the proposal and said on Israeli Army Radio that, "The new Fatah-led government has no intention... of arresting a single terror operative,"
That leaves 2 course of action probable ;
1. In an unlikely move, convinced that Abbas is too weak to do anything, they release the Fatah strongman, Marwan Barghouti, from his Israeli jail.
2. Abbas dissolves the Palestinian Authority and returns power to the Israelis, who remain legally and practically responsible for the areas they occupied in 1967.
ETERNAL FOOTNOTE FROM A REGULAR FIXTURE ON BBC DISCUSSION PROGRAMMES
So let’s get this right: when Israel is in occupation, it is blamed. When it is not in occupation, it is blamed. And above all, when it is the victim of genocidal assault, it is blamed for being the cause of regional instability.Couldn't have phrased it better sweetie.
Translation of the recorded Message from Gilad Shalit:
'I am the soldier Gilad, son of Noam Shalit, who was captured by Izz el-Din al-Qassam [the armed wing of Hamas ]. Mom and Dad, sister and brother, my friends in the IDF - I send you my love and I miss you all. It has been a whole year in prison, and still my health is deteriorating. I am in need of prolonged hospitalization.
I am sorry for the Israeli government's and IDF's lack of interest in me and their rejection of the demands of Izz el-Din al-Qassam . It is clear that they must accept their demands if they want me to be released from prison, especially since I was part of a military operation under military instruction and not a drug dealer.***
And just as I have parents, a mother and a father, the Palestinian prisoners also have mothers and fathers - and their children must be returned to them. I have great confidence in my government that they will focus more on my issue and accept the demands of my captors. Corporal Gilad Shalit.'*** A direct reference to a businessman Elhanan Tannenbaum, who was abducted by Hizbullah and released as part of a prisoner exchange deal in February 2004, and subsequently admitted that he had entered Lebanon to conduct a drug deal.
Pic at top of Post - IDF blowing up the tunnels in the sand (?) which the dastardly Palestinians crept through to invade Israel, snatch the unsuspecting Gilad sat in an armoured vehicle and return with him to Gaza. See all of this remarkable operation at You Tube
The release of businessman and drug dealer Elhanan Tannenbaum