5 benefit changes the government don’t want you to know about

While the 1% continue to see their wealth grow, the much less well off and those without access to meet MPs for dinner, for a fee, are feeling the pinch. This is not The Big Soceity idea lauded by Cameron and his cronies but something much more insidious and malevolent.

Courtesy of New Statesman:

It used to be that when politicians wanted to bury bad news they’d orchestrate its release to time with a distracting event. Seeing Iain Duncan Smith publicly criticized for wasting at least £140 million of public money over Universal Credit at the start of this month, it struck me how we’ve slowly reached another level. “Unmitigated disaster”? “Alarmingly weak”? These words were used to describe Universal Credit but could easily have been levelled at a number of largely unreported changes to the benefit system. Nowadays, bad news is buried by even worse news. The sheer volume of inefficient and unethical changes to social security this Government has enacted means some of it doesn’t even get noticed. Which, for a set of politicians hacking at vulnerable people’s support systems, is worryingly convenient.

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So, here’s five benefit changes the government doesn’t want you to know about. Continue reading

Cancer meets its nemesis in reprogrammed blood cells

Courtesy of New Scientist:

Engineer immune cells to recognise tumour cells they would otherwise overlook and they call a halt to cancers we thought were incurable

Editorial: “Beating cancer by blocking off its escape routes”

“THE results are holding up very nicely.” Cancer researcher Michel Sadelain is admirably understated about the success of a treatment developed in his lab at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

In March, he announced that five people with a type of blood cancer called acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) were in remission following treatment with genetically engineered immune cells from their own blood. One person’s tumours disappeared in just eight days.

Sadelain has now told New Scientist that a further 11 people have been treated, almost all of them with the same outcome. Several trials for other cancers are also showing promise.

What has changed is that researchers are finding ways to train the body’s own immune system to kill cancer cells. Until now, the most common methods of attacking cancer use drugs or radiation, which have major side effects and are blunt instruments to say the least.

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The latest techniques involve genetically engineering immune T-cells to target and kill cancer cells, while leaving healthy cells relatively unscathed. Continue reading

Today’s Wealth Destruction Is Hidden By Government Debt

Currently what people view as wealth; savings, bonds, insurance policies, stocks and welfare entitlements, when they actually need to draw on them in their retirement. The amounts they think they will receive will not secure their longevity. The wealth transfer is well underway, already shifting trillions of private losses onto public balance sheets.

The more I reflect on this, how insidious and underhanded it is, from the banking, corporate and political class, that it is legalised theft. We are the victims and our wealth is being transferred and eroded, how does that make you feel? That people who you will probably never meet are determining your life and ensuring you will not have the protection or the ability to survive long term. We are being harvested for profit and it will ensure that all assets will be owned by a few. Welcome to the neo-feudal age of the corporatocracy…it doesn’t have to be like this.

There is one choice that all of us have to make, accept it or change it. Courtesy of Phil Bagus of The Ludwig von Mises Institute: Continue reading

UK Housing Bubble…What Bubble?

The UK housing market is in a bubble. The OECD advised that UK home values have climbed 36.6% since 2004. The Bank of England said last week that mortgage approvals have surpassed 60,000 a month, 6 months earlier than predicted. I’m sure this will all turn out lurvely with lots of fluffy kittens included but a speculative real estate bubble validated as the key driver of nominal economic growth….what could possibly go wrong? Obviously this time, it will be different.

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Israel Working With Saudi Arabia On Iran “Contingency” Attack

America is faltering and they need a war, they almost had it in Syria but now they have 2 proxy’s to instigate…Saudi Arabia and Israel. They need that war and Iran is set firmly in their sights. With the Israeli propaganda machine beating the hypocritical drum that Iran want a nuclear weapon, even though they are the only ones with them in the ME. Iran has not attacked any country for 300 years, since its inception in 1946, how many wars and international laws have Israel broken? Courtesy of The Hedge:

When last week’s Iran nuclear talks were blocked by France, it provided a useful glimpse into just who it was that would benefit politically from a continuation of the regional confrontation. But while the French sabotage was an amusing distraction, it revealed a curious shift in middle-east alliances, namely old “enemies” Israel and Saudi Arabia, both feeling shunned by Big Brother, suddenly becoming the best of buddies. It was only a matter of time before this novel alliance moved beyond just paper and tested how far it could go in real life. Said test may come far sooner than expected: according to the Sunday Times, Israel’s Mossad and Saudi Arabia are planning an attack against Iran if negotiations and talks don’t come to an agreement, and that Saudia Arabia will permit Israel to use their air space for an attack on Iran including full technical support. Continue reading