Showing posts with label UK. Show all posts
Showing posts with label UK. Show all posts

Monday, October 20, 2014

Man flies by airplane and Manchester Airport

The man whizzed within 100 metres of the plane over Macclesfield and left pilots baffled (stock image)
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2798083/is-bird-plane-no-s-mystery-man-flying-past-airbus-passengers-flew-macclesfield.html

Is it a bird, is it a plane? No - it's a mystery man flying past an Airbus full of passengers as it flew over Macclesfield at 3,500ft

Pilots of Airbus 320 left stunned when a 'flying man' passed their aircraft

The man flew within 100 metres of the plane as it made its descent into Manchester Airport
There was no sign of him on the radar and neither pilot could see a canopy suspending him  
The official report in to the incident said it was 'frustrating' they could not corroborate what happened 

By THOMAS BURROWS FOR MAILONLINE

PUBLISHED: 08:16 GMT, 18 October 2014 | UPDATED: 13:42 GMT, 18 October 2014

Pilots on a holiday jet were left stunned when a 'flying man' whizzed past their aircraft at 3,500 feet.

The mystery man flew within 100 metres of the plane and left the pilots baffled as to how he was moving through the air, as neither could see a canopy suspending him.

There was also no sign of him on the radar and further checks failed to reveal any paragliders, parachutists or balloonists in the area at the time.

He appeared from nowhere as the Airbus 320 was coming in to land at Manchester Airport on Friday June 1
He appeared from nowhere as the Airbus 320 passed Macclesfield while it was coming in to land at Manchester Airport and has been dubbed the 'Superman of Macclesfield'.

The Airprox Board, which looks in to near misses, said: 'They first sighted the object a few hundred metres in the 11 o'clock position 200 to 300ft above.

'It passed down the left-hand side of the aircraft at 100 to 200m.

'The crew only saw it fleetingly, there was no time to take avoiding action and they based their assumptions on it being a person under a canopy. But neither can remember seeing a canopy.'



The man has been dubbed 'Superman of Macclesfield' after he was spotted in the air over the Cheshire town
The official report in to the incident on Friday June 13 admitted it was 'unfortunate' and 'frustrating' there was 'no way of corroborating what they had reported'.

It added that the flight crew 'couldn't be certain that it wasn't a person-shaped balloon.'

Aviation expert Chris Yates said: 'It is a complete and utter mystery.'


Saturday, October 11, 2014

RT.COM: Bankocalypse drill - US and UK
to run ‘too big to fail’ collapse simulation
on Monday

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne (R) speaks to U.S. Treasury Secretary, Jack Lew.(Reuters / Alastair Grant)

http://on.rt.com/1cqv9nBankocalypse drill: US and UK to run ‘too big to fail’ collapse simulation

Published time: October 11, 2014 03:07

The US and UK will stage a comprehensive simulation next week check whether the countries’ financial and banking sectors are still vulnerable to the problem of the ‘too big to fail’ institutions and coordinate their actions in case of such collapse.

Government financial leaders from Britain and US will simulate a failure of a large banking institution on Monday in Washington, DC, to test the effectiveness of each county’s banking regulations.

They hope the simulation – which will not mimic the collapse of any particular ‘too big to fail’ institution – will demonstrate what the officials have learned from the financial crisis about their respective roles, and how new practices should shield taxpayers from further bailouts. The simulation will run through procedures if a large UK bank with US operations failed, and those for a US bank with a British presence.

“We are going to make sure we can handle an institution that was previously regarded as too big to fail,” said UK chancellor, John Osborne, speaking to journalists at an International Monetary Fund meeting in Washington on Friday. “This demonstrates the distance we have come over the last few years to build resilience and learn the lessons of the financial crisis.”

AFP Photo / Spencer PlattAFP Photo / Spencer Platt
READ MORE: ‘Too big to fail’ status gives US banks ‘free pass’ – Fed study

Participating in the “war game” along with Chancellor Osborne will be US Treasury secretary Jack Lew, head of the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen, and the governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, with senior officials from both countries.

“The purpose of the simulation was to make sure every player, including politicians, knew their own responsibilities and who needed to act, which creditors would take a hit, and how to communicate the authorities’ actions to the public,” Osborne told the Financial Times.

the only winning move is not to play RT @vgmac On Monday, US and UK regulators will "war game" a big bank failure. http://t.co/b7RWCsngYU — Matthew Zeitlin (@MattZeitlin) October 10, 2014


It has been six years since the 2008 financial crisis when $700 billion in taxpayer dollars was used to shore up failing institutions, besides the cost of other bailout programs such as for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that totalled at least $135 billion more. The financial crisis lead to mass unemployment, drastic cuts to US government social programs, and contributed to the economic downfall of several European states.

READ MORE: JPMorgan 'agrees' to tentative $13 billion penalty for role in 2008 financial crisis

Since then regulations have passed in the US – the Dodd Frank Act of 2010 that forced banks to have in place capital and to draw up plans of how they would go through an ordinary bankruptcy and which groups would be paid off first.

Next week’s simulation, the results of which are expected to be released to the public, is designed to reassure the taxpayers in both UK and the US that their money will not be misused next time when a large financial institution turns out to be not that big to fail.

READ MORE: Record global debt risks new crisis – Geneva report

Monday, September 22, 2014

UK:Royal Mint launches online dealing account … in gold

I'd like to deposit these please …
Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty
Personally... I think I'd demand physical delivery... there's not much gold in the vaults... and you know what they'll snatch when the chips are down... and they have custody of it...  -AK
http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/sep/22/royal-mint-online-gold-dealing-savings-account

Royal Mint launches online dealing account … in gold
Mint's Vault service will allow anyone to buy and sell gold and silver bullion via its website at live market rates 24/7

By Miles Brignall
The Guardian,
Monday 22 September 2014

The Royal Mint is encouraging the public to become gold investors with the launch of an online bullion trading service that lets people buy and sell gold coins and store them in the Mint's vaults, guarded 24 hours a day by the Ministry of Defence.

From today, the Mint's vault service will allow anyone to trade gold and silver coins via its website. The Mint is hoping to cash in on interest in investing in gold by making it as easy as putting money in a savings account. The World Gold Council has suggested there is a potential £4bn latent demand for gold investment within the UK.

The Mint's trading website will provide constantly updated live prices for gold and silver. It said customers would be able to buy at the best possible price "quickly, and securely, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year". The Mint will also give customers a quote to buy back coins bought from its website and stored in its vaults.

Consumers can buy just one silver Britannia coin, worth about £19.50, but will have to store it themselves, as they would if they bought a 22-carat gold sovereign. Those wanting to keep their investment in the Mint's vaults will have to buy at least 25 gold sovereigns – worth about £4,700. The mint will charge 1% of the value of your gold per year for storage, plus VAT. [so the UK gov't gets 1% for storing the gold and another 20% in VAT taxes for selling you the gold in the first place - what a deal! -AK]  There is no maximum purchase limit. [I don't imagine there is! LOL!! -AK]

Shane Bissett, the Mint's director of commemorative coin and bullion, said: "We want to help expand the bullion market in the UK, particularly as coins offer a relatively affordable introduction. The Royal Mint is responsible for manufacturing all UK coinage and has long been trusted with the currencies of other countries too, supplying to more than 60 worldwide. The quality of our bullion coins is of an extremely high standard which cannot be rivalled. We have been a highly respected and trusted source of coins for kings, queens and governments for over 1,000 years, and this proud heritage is means that we are globally recognised as a reliable source for bullion coins."

Those looking to invest will want to keep a close eye on the gold price, which after a decade of incredible growth peaked at $1,883/ounce in August 2011. Since then the price has fallen by about a third, to $1,220/oz. Sales of Royal Mint gold bullion coins increased after they were awarded VAT-free status. Britannia, Sovereign and Lunar bullion coins are also Capital Gains Tax free for UK residents as they are still considered to be legal tender.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

ZEROHEDGE: Panic On The Streets Of London ... Can Scotland Ever Be The Same Again?


http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-09-12/panic-streets-london-can-scotland-ever-be-same-again
Panic On The Streets Of London ... Can Scotland Ever Be The Same Again?
Submitted by GoldCore on 09/12/2014 12:39 -0400

There is now less than one week of campaigning remaining before the Scottish Independence Referendum, which takes place next Thursday, September 18.

The pro-union ‘no’ vote campaign is back in the lead this week after the latest opinion poll from pollsters YouGov put them at 52%, marginally ahead of the pro-independence ‘yes’ campaign.

The referendum question being asked is simply “Should Scotland be an independent country?”

After being ahead significantly since the outset of the independence campaign, the pro-union side was abruptly shocked last weekend when the pro-independence side took the lead based on an opinion poll result, also from YouGov, released on Saturday, September 6.

This forced the pro-union campaign into panic mode this week with the UK witnessing an unprecedented coordinated campaign between all the main political parties. who are pro-union, and a number of major UK companies to try to convince the Scottish electorate to stay in the United Kingdom.

Scotland’s financial sector became one of the main battlegrounds this week, with many Scottish headquartered banks and financial services companies first threatening to relocate their headquarters to London and then actually announcing that they will move south if the referendum outcome results in a ‘yes’ majority.

The HQ move threats and announcements appeared to be part of an orchestrated corporate campaign run by the UK’s Treasury department and the Treasury did not deny this.

According to the banks, they are seeking to move because an independent Scotland would create too much economic, regulatory and financial risk and uncertainty for their headquarters to remain there.

Amongst the banks, two of the UK’s biggest banking institutions, the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), and Lloyd’s led the charge. Crucially, since the RBS and Lloyds were both bailed out by the UK government during the financial crisis, the UK government is now a significant shareholder in both institutions, owning a whopping 80% of the RBS and 25% of Lloyds.

Friday, July 18, 2014

UK Gov't Reshuffle, Mass Arrests....660 arrested so far...


Short list of URLs of changes occurring in the UK. Some of this is pretty seedy so I've kept this in abbreviated form.   So far the child abuse arrest don't seem to include any politicians or royals, perhaps that data is in the missing 114 files or they get arrested after they resign?  More is undoubtably coming out soon in all this...  -AK


Cabinet reshuffle: William Hague stands down as Foreign Secretary following Ken Clarke's departure as minister without porfolio
"In what was dubbed the “cull of the men in suits”, several ministers were sacked or stood down to make way for a new generation of younger Tory women who entered the Commons in 2010. Their posts will be announced today as the Prime Minister unveils his new team for the election."
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/cabinet-reshuffle-ken-clarke-resigns-as-minster-without-porfolio-9605866.html

Mega Police Op: 660 arrested in UK's biggest anti-child abuse raid
"Teachers, doctors and social care workers were among those arrested, on charges ranging from possessing indecent images of children to serious sexual assault."
http://rt.com/uk/173228-uk-paedophile-arrest-operation/

PM Cameron’s porn filter adviser fronts court over child indecency rap
"David Cameron’s senior adviser on internet porn filters has appeared at crown court accused of child indecency offenses. Patrick Rock is charged with three counts of making indecent photographs of children and one count of possessing indecent images of children."
http://rt.com/uk/173552-porn-filters-advisor-charged/

‘Too many of them’: Warnings on pedophiles operating in Westminster were ‘ignored’
"...when he approached representatives from the Department of Health, he was told that he was “probably wasting his time” as there were “too many of them over there” in Westminster and Whitehall."
http://rt.com/uk/172348-pedophiles-westminster-warnings-ignored/

UN warns Britain over child voodoo rituals, pedophile sex tourists
"We’re concerned about reports that hundreds of children have been abducted from their families in Africa and trafficked to the UK, especially London, for religious rituals,” Kirsten Sandberg, head of the CRC and a former Norwegian Supreme Court judge, said Thursday."
http://rt.com/uk/167376-child-voodoo-rituals-pedophile/

At least 40 UK politicians complicit in alleged Westminster 'pedophile ring' – report
"A whistleblower who kicked off UK police pedophile probe Operation Fernbridge believes as many as 40 British MPs and peers were involved in or turned a blind eye to child abuse."

114 files missing from 'Westminster pedophile ring' dossier, Home Office admits"The UK Home Office has admitted that it can’t find 114 “potentially relevant files” relating to the pedophile scandal engulfing Westminster, in which there are allegations that senior political figures were involved in, or covered up, child sex abuse."

Claims of child abuse cover-up heighten tensions in Westminster
"An independent, transparent and comprehensive inquiry into the Home Office’s handling of historic child abuse allegations is imminent, said Home Secretary Theresa May."

Baroness forced to step down in UK Pedophile 
"Investigation Butler-Sloss, 80, had been under pressure to quit by both MPs and victims due to her family links. Sir Michael Havers, who is the Baroness’ late brother, served as attorney general in the 1980’s, and is suspected of turning a blind eye to incidents of child abuse conducted by politicians during the time."

Thursday, February 6, 2014

GCHQ secret unit uses DDOS attack tactics against Anonymous – Snowden leak




GCHQ secret unit uses DDOS attack tactics against Anonymous – Snowden leak
Published time: February 05, 2014 08:48
Edited time: February 05, 2014 10:51 Get short URL
AFP Photo / Peter StefenAFP Photo / Peter Stefen

http://rt.com/news/gchq-ddos-attacks-anonymous-670/

British intelligence has its own hacker subdivision that uses questionable practices for hunting down enemies of the state, reveals a new leak from Edward Snowden. GCHQ is fighting Anonymous and LulzSec hacktivists with DDoS attacks and malware.

A classified document obtained by NBC News reveals that the British secret service is brandishing a cyber-sword in the guise of the Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group (JTRIG), an intelligence unit not constrained by domestic or international laws.

The JTRIG unit is staging distributed denial of service (DDoS) cyber-attacks, implanting malware to disclose identities of hackers in order to prevent their communications. JTRIG is such a secret unit that its very name has never been mentioned anywhere before.

A PowerPoint presentation prepared for a 2012 NSA conference called SIGDEV, obviously from the collection of documents from the former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden, contains information about the Rolling Thunder operation against Anonymous hacktivists. JTRIG organized a DDoS attack on the internet relay chat (IRC) used by Anonymous, which reportedly resulted in 80 percent of the users quitting internet chat rooms.

The fact that the presentation was made at a conference of America’s National Security Agency is particularly interesting. It means that the NSA was informed about such governmental activities in the UK.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Merkabas Caught Cutting a Crop Circle at Windmill Hill, Wiltshire, UK




This crop circle is very interesting!  Grain tied up into sheaves by Merkabas! Sheaves of grain is a symbol of a harvest.  This crop circle sits about 1/2 mile from where I used to live in England from 1988-1989.  I know this location well.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

UK ordered Guardian to destroy hard drives in effort
to stop Snowden revelations



UK ordered Guardian to destroy hard drives in effort to stop Snowden revelations
Published time: August 20, 2013 04:20
Edited time: August 20, 2013 10:32 Get short URL
http://rt.com/news/guardian-hard-drives-destroyed-697/

UK authorities reportedly raided the Guardian’s office in London to destroy hard drives in an effort to stop future publications of leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The action is unlikely to prevent new materials coming out.

Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger revealed in a Monday article posted on the British newspaper's website that intelligence officials from the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) told him that he would either have to hand over all the classified documents or have the newspaper’s hard drives destroyed.

After more talks, two "security experts" from GCHQ - the British version of the National Security Agency - visited the Guardian’s London offices.

Rusbridger wrote that the government officials then watched as computers, which contained classified information passed on by Snowden, were physically destroyed in one of the newspaper building’s basements.

"We can call off the black helicopters," Rusbridger said one of the officials joked.

Another source familiar with the event confirmed to Reuters that Guardian employees destroyed the computers as UK officials observed.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Lord Strathclyde resigns as Leader of House of Lords



http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/lord-strathclyde-resigns-as-leader-of-house-of-lords-8441247.html

Lord Strathclyde resigns as Leader of House of Lords
Timing of his announcement caused an unwelcome distraction to the Coalition

NIGEL MORRIS    MONDAY 07 JANUARY 2013

David Cameron suffered a blow to the “relaunch” of the Coalition government as one of his most experienced Cabinet ministers announced his resignation.

Lord Strathclyde stood down with immediate effect as Leader of the House of Lords explaining that he wanted to resume his career in the private sector.

The timing of his announcement caused an unwelcome distraction to the Coalition as it prepared to set out its plans for the second half of its term in office.

Lord Strathclyde’s surprise announcement is also a setback to the Prime Minister who relied heavily on the advice of the 52-year-old hereditary peer. It follows the Government’s decision to abandon plans to reform the House of Lords – proposals that had been regarded with scepticism by Lord Strathclyde.

He was replaced as Leader of the Lords by Lord Hill of Oareford, who also becomes Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and a member of the Privy Council.


In his resignation letter, Lord Strathclyde said “I never believed it was a career for life”, when he was appointed a minister in the Thatcher government 1988.

He said: “I started my working life in the private sector and at some stage always hoped to return. I would like to do so now.