Chinese developer ‘rescues’ London docks with a 1.5 billion USD deal.


This is hardly surprising, given that, with a few other developments in the pipeline, Canary Wharf will soon be full.

China News

421879923London Mayor Boris Johnson sealed a 1.5 billion USD deal with a Chinese property developer to turn a historic London dock into a 21st-century “Asian business port”: the Royal Albert Dock is set to become London’s third business district.

The deal is believed to be worth $9bn to the UK economy, generating $35 million in business rates annually and acting as a catalyst for further development in the area, strengthening trade between east and west, providing new local jobs and delivering benefits for the wider London and UK economy.

The scheme, which will see Advanced Business Park (APB) create a 3.5m sq ft office complex at the Royal Albert Dock, is the London mayor’s biggest commercial property deal and one of China’s largest investments in the UK.

Mr Johnson said the 35-acre east London project would create a third financial district in London after the City and Canary…

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America’s mindless killer robots must be stopped | Noel Sharkey | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk


America’s mindless killer robots must be stopped | Noel Sharkey | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk.

‘Killer robots’ pose threat to peace and should be banned, UN warned | Science | guardian.co.uk


‘Killer robots’ pose threat to peace and should be banned, UN warned | Science | guardian.co.uk.

Leeds council tackles bedroom tax with semantic solution | UK news | guardian.co.uk


Leeds council tackles bedroom tax with semantic solution | UK news | guardian.co.uk.

Clever use of language.  Full marks to Leeds, but I wonder how long the Coalition will allow them to get away with it.  It’s too a dangerous precedent to set for any government to ignore.

Radical Kleptocrats Anxious to Stop Disclosure of Corporate Money in Elections by Jim Hightower on Creators.com – A Syndicate Of Talent


Radical Kleptocrats Anxious to Stop Disclosure of Corporate Money in Elections by Jim Hightower on Creators.com – A Syndicate Of Talent.

Another nail struck squarely on the head by Jim Hightower…

The great majority of Americans — including rank and file Republicans — agree that, at the very least, the shareholders who own the corporation have a right to be told how much of their money is being spent on behalf of which candidates. This explains why more than 500,000 citizens have petitioned the SEC to require disclosure.

Who, you might wonder, exactly are these scary citizens, considered such a threat to corporate power that a Congress-critter is tarring them publicly as radical outsiders? They’re professors from leading law schools, state and national elected officials, pension fund directors, public interest advocates and corporate shareholders. Not exactly outsiders, much less radicals.

And that’s what makes them so dangerous to the autocratic elites who run corporations as their own fiefdoms. Top executives want no accountability for the hundreds of millions of shareholder dollars they’re spending to elect corporate lickspittles like Garrett, so they feel it necessary to demonize the citizenry itself. Don’t question us, they demand, just trust us.

Uh … no. Far from earning trust, they’ve already wrecked our economy and betrayed our nation’s egalitarian ideals — while feathering their own plutocratic nests. Now they want free rein to pervert America’s democratic process with clandestine election campaigns secretly financed with other people’s money.

NO! These kleptocrats are the real radicals. It’s time to stop them, not only by disclosing their thievery, but ultimately by outlawing it — and retuning elections to the people. To join the effort, contact Public Citizen: http://www.citizen.org.

North Korea – Pyongyang, Revolutionary Martyrs‘ Cemetery


Abandoned Kansai

The Revolutionary Martyrs‘ Cemetery (just down the road of the *Kumsusan Palace*) was one of those locations I thought I took dozens of photos and several videos of – and when I looked at the stuff I shot it was barely a dozen photos and no video… Nevertheless the location is way too important to be cut from this travel report, so here we go!
If the United States and North Korea have one thing in common then it’s their love for the military and their appreciation for the people who gave their lives for the greater good. (Sadly their definitions of “greater good” couldn’t be more different…) So it isn’t a surprise that Pyongyang has not only one, but two cemeteries for… not just soldiers… but martyrs.

The Patriotic Martyrs’ Cemetery in the north of Pyongyang is dedicated to the people who fought in the Fatherland Liberation War…

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God tells Michele Bachmann not to run in 2014, citing FEC investigation and tough fundraising environment


Tea Party activists may be forgiven for suspecting God may have adopted an entryist policy…and drawing the appropriate conclusions.

For another take on this story, please see:

China Destroys 3 US Shipments of GM Corn


Probably not worth getting too excited about this.

Patriots Being Led Into “Kill Zone” At D.C. “Armed Revolt”


It’s actually with no little hesitation that I reblog this; is it really in our interest to warn these knuckleheads (I don’t want to slander Neanderthals with a comparison) of where their actions may lead them?

Unfortunate stupidity


Caveat Lector

I’m not sure how much of this I agree with – somewhere between 60 and 80 percent – but it is very much worth reading and thinking about.

From a post by P.J. O’Rourke, writing for the Weekly Standard (re-posted here in its entirety):

“You’re stupid,” is not something even his most severe critics usually say to President Barack Obama. But on Friday morning I picked up the Wall Street Journal and learned that the president had given a speech about the war on terror saying, “This war, like all wars, must end.”

That story was at the top of the front page. Immediately below was a photograph of flowers being laid at a makeshift memorial near the Woolwich Royal Arsenal where machine gunner Lee Rigby was hacked to death by terrorists.

This war, like all wars, must end when someone wins it. The president—speaking at the National Defense University…

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