A Happy New Year to one and all
Let’s raise a glass to a better year
>While others make predictions or compile a 2009 round-up of horrors I thought I’d just replay my favourite video of the year and console myself that there’s only a few more months until the election.
Silly Billy Mili Vanilli
I heard an interview on the radio with the father of Peter Moore, the freed hostage, in which he called David Miliband a liar and said the first they knew of Peter’s release was from the tv news. However, I’ve decided not to write about that – go here instead and see the sort of day some others have had. Three guesses what FML means.
UPDATE: 1.1.10 “Miliband a waste of space”. The Times has more detail.
Unified law across the European Union is taking another step forward with the news that the EU’s commissioner for justice and fundamental rights has set her sights on re-working Contract Law, which could form the basis of a European Civil Code: a long-standing objective of supporters of deeper EU integration.
National civil codes encompass property, contracts, tort and general obligations at the core of civic life, which stem directly from the traditions of each country. They also govern family or employment relations, areas in which the EU’s competences are strictly limited.
A European Civil Code would represent a substantial step forward for the EU’s internal market, allowing companies and consumers to operate more easily in another country without having to face different laws. But it is likely to face strong resistance in countries like Britain, as it would make the EU appear more of a ’superstate’ than a loose confederation of nations.
The Electronic Journal of Comparitive Law (EJCL) held lectures on the European Civil Code in 2000 and has further info on Ius Commune.
‘History shows that major communities have generally adopted standard codes of civil law.’ The document then mentions the continental European legal systems as examples and the United Kingdom as a notable exception. It continues: ‘However, it is safe to say that a position of economic supremacy can only be attained if there is a certain degree of “legal rationality”.
Differences between common law and civil law systems
It’s perfectly reasonable and not surprising; criminal law is already being ‘harmonised’ and now England’s Common Law looks set to be ‘rationalised’ too. “It is likely to face strong resistance in…Britain”: I doubt it.
>Jesse Ventura’s style is definitely ott to British ears but his four videos on HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Programme) are worth watching. What they essentially add up to is an ability to control the climate and minds.
HAARP home page here.
Dr Nick Begich: Vandalism in the Sky
“Thus, this invention provides the ability to put unprecedented amounts of power in the Earth’s atmosphere at strategic locations and to maintain the power injection level particularly if random pulsing is employed, in a manner far more precise and better controlled than heretofore accomplished by the prior art, particularly by detonation of nuclear devices of various yields at various altitudes… “
“Weather modification is possible by, for example, altering upper atmosphere wind patterns by constructing one or more plumes of atmospheric particles which will act as a lens or focusing device.
… molecular modifications of the atmosphere can take place so that positive environmental effects can be achieved. Besides actually changing the molecular composition of an atmospheric region, a particular molecule or molecules can be chosen for increased presence. For example, ozone, nitrogen, etc., concentrations in the atmosphere could be artificially increased.”
DARPA: manipulating lightning ( Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency)
Here’s Part 1 of Ventura’s videos:
UPDATE: UK goes hi-tech too:
MoD seeks bids for robotic stealth ‘raygun’ aircraft. “The “novel air concept” would be able to operate “within urban canyons” and deploy radical new weapons such as microwave or laser rayguns.”
We’ve had the war on terror, the war on climate change so could 2010 be the year of the war on speed cameras? Police in Eastleigh, Hampshire are hunting a motorist who blew up a speed camera. Is this how rebellions begin?
Map showing speed cameras in the UK
PS: I almost forgot, has anyone else heard the news that petrol is going up by as much as 10p a litre? That’s about 46p per gallon. All tax.
>This doesn’t smell right: the government is bringing in changes to accounting methods within the NHS which means that all charitable donations must be declared alongside Treasury funding.
Charities also fear that the change, due to come into effect in April, will be used as a smokescreen to hide cuts in health spending, with ministers reducing funds for organisations such as children’s hospitals that have successful charitable arms…
Ministers were banned from counting charitable donations towards the central NHS budget under the original legislation that created the NHS in 1948. But this looks set to be reversed after the Treasury agreed to implement International Accounting Standard (IAS) 27. Now all NHS Trusts whose trustees have the “power to control” their charitable arm look likely to be forced to consolidate both sets of accounts in one.
Money raised by fun runners for NHS charities could be “nationalised”
How fundraising has changed since 1948