The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves – Spain Officially Becomes a Police State

The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves – Spain Officially Becomes a Police State

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On July 1st, 2015, Spain officially became a police state. There’s simply no other way to put it. The “gag law” passed late last year went into effect on that date, and if you still have any doubt about how extreme and oppressive these laws are, let’s take a quick look at a summary published by The Local:

1) Fines for protesting

Under the new law, anyone who organizes or takes part in an “unauthorized protest” could be fined between €30,000 and €600,000 if the protest takes part near institutions such as the Spanish parliament.

 

 

2) Distrupting public events

Disrupting events such as public speeches, sports events or religious ceremonies could face fines of between €600 and €300,000.

3) Botellón

The Spanish tradition of getting together with mates for outdoor drinking sessions looks to be officially over – drinking in public will be hit with fines of €600 under the new law. And teenagers won’t escape – Parents will be held responsible for the payment of their offsprings’ fines.

4) Social media activism

Using Twitter, Facebook or Instagram to call on people to protest will be fined under the new law, an attempt to put paid to the spontaneous protests that have proved very powerful in building the indignado movement.

5) Photographing police

People will be fined for taking unauthorized photographs of the police, a measure introduced with the argument that being publically identified could put officers and their families in danger.

 

For more click here: The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves – Spain Officially Becomes a Police State

 Street Democracy writes:

You cannot beat respect into someone-expect it to remain organically for a happy futuristic society!

Are the Spanish Police being used as some inquisitorial vengeance against the common population to dare question today’s draconian infrastructure’s authority?

It is a damnable atrocity towards any form of social democracy, against communities, nation states to inflict violent aggression to maintain social order.

Police States are evil with intense brilliancy of placing fear into the hearts and minds of people, that is mostly innately decent people.

I see democracy hanging on by a mere thread in most places where democracy is claimed to be exercised.

If enough people get involved, you’ll maybe get a form of democratic systems play, otherwise draconian loss of rights enshrined into law, the police, the authority will do its best with crushing dominance to silence and disempower.

Police are wrong to smash, obliterate freedoms, pulverising the mind sets of those wishing to speak out against government, as democracy dictates too.

We cannot stand the stance of tolerance towards being threatened with a severe beating by police officers because psychopathic elites fear public uprising.

We should not live in fear against such brutality and harsh punishing state rules.

By Debbie Simmons-Street Democracy

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They Fear Civil Uprising Against Their Corrupt Political Apparatus! Water cannon coming to London: Boris Johnson approves controversial crowd control

Water cannon coming to London: Boris Johnson approves controversial crowd control tactic in challenge to Theresa May’s authority

Street Democracy writes:

They fear us.

They need too.

The Tories have innumerable layers of distorted wrong political and social concepts that they are silencing society with their gutter framework with a commanding dialogue, that of water canons.

The Tories biased elite frame work is creating a torturous one for society, especially the poor.

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A biased psychopathic main frame to serve the wealth of our country even more wealth and steal any from everyone else is a corrupt government and a dirty political infrastructure.

The ruling elites,  the disconnected Tories who presuppose ownership over us, use their out of touch ideology to herd us in any direction they want.

They are turning our society into a Punishing State of long hard days of gruel for little but hard struggles.

Gradual erosions of our freedoms is nothing more than a head fast collision with an Oligarchical form of Orwellian control, an authoritarian leadership that is anti-democratic.

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Legitimate anger is healthy but the Tories diabolical political principles enshrined into law has enraged innately decent people with all doors to democracy blocked.

By inflicting putrid policies amplifying misery in a carnival of social demonisation towards the working classes, the unemployed and vulnerable across society, these psychopaths are creating a deep social obliteration of any happiness.

They are instead emerging one giant ‘Gulag State’ of controlled impoverishment and financial destitution.

Democracy if we had one, would encourage local political innovation and participation but our political elites don’t wish for this and the demonisation has occurred to criminalise the protester.

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To silence freedom of speech with aggressive tactics will only add fuel to the fire. The criminalisation of protesting should be illegal as democracy is only democracy when protesting is active.

The protester is anyone who critiques the government and the criminalisation of this process is also the criminalisation of democracy itself.

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Now our UK modern day society is filled with broken people struggling just to survive daily with high cost of living, and low earnings and financial sanctions towards benefit claimants is flooding debt and rent arrears across the board.

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It is our natural right to protect ourselves against rogue governments-not that we need one!

A legitimate rage is no longer deemed healthy by our corrupt government. 

Instead they wish to pacify, submit a forced compliance of obedient subjects that never question authority and they feel the use of force by aggressive and dangerous water cannons is the answer to their fear.

For more on this story click here or continue reading:

Water cannon coming to London: Boris Johnson approves controversial crowd control tactic in challenge to Theresa May’s authority

If the trenches of democracy are blocked by legions of faceless bureaucrats then what is left but to protest and if this is criminalised…????

‘Boris Johnson has been accused of “playing politics” over the safety of London’s streets by ordering the purchase of three water cannon from Germany before the Home Secretary has given permission for their use.

City Hall officials said the decision had to be made urgently in order to take advantage of a good deal offered by German Federal Police – but it has also been seen as a serious challenge to Theresa May’s authority.

It comes as the latest clash between figures at the very top of the Tory party, with Ms May and Mr Johnson among the leading candidates to succeed David Cameron as the Conservatives’ leader.’

Read more: Water cannon coming to London: Boris Johnson approves controversial crowd control tactic in challenge to Theresa May’s authority

 

Watch: Two Liverpool social housing tenants win reprieve from bedroom tax

Watch: Two Liverpool social housing tenants win reprieve from bedroom tax 

By Liverpool Echo

Kirkdale residents Theresa McCarten and Susan Dunne told by judge their bedroom tax bills should be reduced

Two social housing tenants in Liverpool have won reprieve from the hated bedroom tax.

Kirkdale residents Theresa McCarten and Susan Dunne were this week told by a judge their bedroom tax bills should be reduced.

Both had their housing benefit payments slashed by 25% in the wake of the Government’s controversial 2012 welfare reforms.

But the women took their cases to court and a judge ordered their bedroom tax bills be cut from around £22 to £11 a week – leaving each of them approximately £40 a month better off.

Ms McCarten told the ECHO: “Bedrooms are being called bedrooms just so the Government can take people’s benefits off them.

“You couldn’t even fit a bed in my spare room but I still had to pay the bedroom tax on it.”

Ms McCarten was first ordered to pay the bedroom tax in March last year.

Benefits assessors ruled her home was a three-bedroom property, although there were only beds in two rooms.

But the first-tier tribunal of the Social Entitlement Chamber ruled this week: “She has never used the third room as a bedroom as it is too small and has always been used as a computer room.

“The tribunal therefore decided she had two bedrooms.”

For more click here:

Watch: Two Liverpool social housing tenants win reprieve from bedroom tax 

By Liverpool Echo

David Cameron’s House Gets Fracked – Greenpeace ha ha!! Oppose fracking under homes without permission

David Cameron’s House Gets Fracked – Greenpeace

Street Democracy writes:

Write or email MP’s across the nation while democracy is still alive and legal!

Dear Members of Parliament,

74% of people in Britain are against changes to trespass laws that would allow fracking companies to drill under homes without permission. I urge you to oppose government plans to change the law and vote against it when you have the chance.

Yours sincerely,

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Greenpeace activists arrived at David Cameron’s very own home and set up a fracking site

It’s official: David Cameron today used the Queen’s Speech to launch his plan to change the law. He wants to rob us of our right to stop fracking firms drilling under our homes.

To do it, he’ll have to get the majority of MPs to vote for the plan. But lots of MPs are already unsure about fracking, especially in their own constituencies.

We’ve launched an emergency petition to MPs. If they hear from thousands of their voters that we want them to vote against David Cameron’s plan, they will start to understand what a backlash they could face.

https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/fracking-law2

This morning, just before the Queen’s Speech, Greenpeace activists arrived at David Cameron’s very own home and set up a fracking site.

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It’s already making news websites and getting the attention of MPs – but it’s voters they listen to most.  So sign to add your voice:
https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/fracking-law2

The fracking industry’s plans are on shaky ground. Just last week, Cuadrilla boss Francis Egan claimed that if firms like his aren’t allowed to drill under our homes without permission, fracking in the UK could grind to a halt [1].

I still can’t believe David Cameron is so happy to auction off Britain to the fossil fuel industry.  But I know that when hundreds of thousands of us come together, politicians can only turn away for so long. From protecting forests, to defending the Arctic and our oceans, we’re strong when we work together!

https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/fracking-law2

Thank you,

Richard and all of us at Greenpeace

PS: 74% of the British public are against David Cameron’s plan to allow companies to drill without permission [2]. So in the coming weeks, he’ll be going on a huge charm offensive, hoping to convince MPs. Sign the petition, and help push back:https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/fracking-law2

Further info:

1. http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/business/industries/naturalresources/article4105221.ece
2. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/may/06/fracking-trespass-law-changes-opposed-by-74-of-britons

Update about ‘Balcombe Drilling: Cease the oil exploration activities of Cuadrilla in Balcombe.’ on Change.org

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Update about ‘Balcombe Drilling: Cease the oil exploration activities of Cuadrilla in Balcombe.’ on Change.org

The Fracks in local democracy.
(Concerning the WSCC planning meeting to decide on Cuadrilla’s planning application)

Despite a petition of nearly five and a half thousand signatures, despite over 850 objections – West Sussex County Council chose to ignore the material objection that Cuadrilla has no social licence to be in Balcombe. Well informed and well researched speeches were delivered by residents, which only served to highlight the obvious lack of reading and thought that the voting councillors (with the exception of one – thank you Sue Mullins) had put into this planning meeting. It is a sad day for democracy when the committee, like every other body involved in this process from the EA to the DECC, dismisses some of the most serious concerns as ‘not in their remit’. Then whose responsibility are these concerns? It shows a ridiculous lack of foresight, when an exploration company is allowed to have its process considered piecemeal in separate planning applications, without considering the end-game of oil production close to residents. Thus, each new application is in part validated by the fact that the previous one was approved. Very clever Lord Browne!

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Cuadrilla director Lord Browne

Back to our WSCC committee of elected representatives – evidence of health risks from flaring? Not their concern. Cuadrilla’s own researchers admit fluid can migrate up to 2000ft along fault plains and intend to put fluid down an uncased lateral borehole in a highly faulted area, within 1600ft of the aquifer- apparently nobody’s concern. Cuadrilla failed to include certain gases in their models of flaring emissions; have lost air samples and failed to consider the contour of the land so that the flare will actually pump chemicals out at more or less the level of our village (Lower Stumble is lower than Balcombe remember) -apparently nobody’s concern. Then of course there are the regulatory bodies that are supposed to protect us, but instead make assumptions that Cuadrilla has effectively self-regulated, which we know from past history that they have not. The HSE for example, have admitted they made no onsite checks of the well, yet this is part of their own best practice to ensure well failure does not occur. The WSCC and EA have then based their own permits on the idea that the well is, in fact, sound. This cannot be guaranteed, and as we have seen in Singleton, well failure does happen. Again – apparently nobody’s concern. Climate change? Clearly nobody’s concern, and certainly not the government’s, who admit climate change is occurring in one breath whilst redirecting subsidies away from renewables and into onshore oil and gas with the other. At what cost do we want our energy? We can only hope now, that an educated public will use their votes wisely.
By a concerned Balcombe resident.

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As a result of the decision taken in this meeting Frack Free Balcombe Resident’s association has now written to WSCC to inform them that they are prepared to take the case to a Judicial Review on the basis that the decisions of the committee were unlawful. They were not made with due diligence and attention to a number of very important issues. Among these being the issue of flaring, lack of well checks and WSCC ignoring public opinion.

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More information available on:

http://investigatingbalcombeandcuadrilla.com/2014/05/18/balcombe-residents-group-tells-west-sussex-why-well-testing-decision-was-illegal/#more-2447

Please make your vote count on Thursday this week at the European elections. As yet the Greens are the only party to have a fully anti-fracking stance, but please visit this website for information on how all MEPs have voted. These elections use proportional representation so your vote really does count.

Fracking: http://votetracker.eu/fracking.html#mep1965

Please continue to spread the word about this petition, we hope, if the judicial review is successful, that it will be of use again. Also West Sussex County Council get emailed every time someone signs up.

Please continue to lobby, all those on the planning committee below took the decision to allow this planning permission to go ahead. If you are a WSCC resident or particularly in one of their wards, then they made a decision on your behalf. Following this are other people you may wish to lobby…not least the final lists of government decision-makers.

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Councillors on the planning committee that made the decision to allow Cuadrilla’s application:

Andrew Barratt-Miles. Burgess Hill town: Andrew.barrett.miles@westsussex.gov.uk

Heidi Brunsdon. Imberdown: Heidi.brunsdon@westsussex.gov.uk (Chair)

Trixie Hall. Durrington and Salvington:Trixie.hall@westsussex.gov.uk

Liz Kitchen. Warnham and Rusper: liz.kitchen@westsussex.gov.uk

Duncan Crow. Tilgate & Furnace Green: Duncan.crow@westsussex.gov.uk

Gordon McAra. Midhurst: Gordon.mcara@westsussex.gov.uk

Janet Mockridge. Southwick: Janet.mockridge@westsussex.gov.uk

Simon Oakley. Chichester East: Simon.oakley@westsussex.gov.uk

Lionel Parsons. Sompting & North Lancing: Lionel.parsons@westsussex.gov.uk

John Rodgers. Cissbury: John.rogers@westsussex.gov.uk absent at meeting, Mr Hunt acted as substitute

Robin Rodgers. Northbrook: Robin.rogers@westsussex.gov.uk

Sujan Wickremaratchi. Haywards Heath Town: Sujan.wickremaratchi@westsussex.gov.uk

Recommendation to allow the work to go ahead made by:

Jane Moseley – Principal Planner: Jane.Moseley@westsussex.gov.uk
Mike Elkington – Minerals and Waste Dep: mwdf@westsussex.gov.uk

Please note Sue Mullins (Gossops Green and Ifield East: sue.mullins@westsussex.gov.uk) was also on this committee and voted against.

Bill Acraman County Councillor for Worth Forest inc Balcombe, Mr Acraman was at this meeting and allowed to speak, although not to take part in decisions: bill@sussextory.org.uk,

Copy and paste into your browser to see the Webcast of the meeting.

https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/living/environment_and_planning/planning/planning_applications/fracking.aspx

Others at WSCC:

louise.goldsmith@westsussex.gov.uk, Head of WSCC
pieter.montyn@westsussex.gov.uk, lead on Waste and Minerals
tony.kershaw@westsussex.gov.uk
chiefexecutive@westsussex.gov.uk
planning.enforcement@westsussex.gov.uk
highwaysandtransport@westsussex.gov.uk
planning.applications@westsussex.gov.uk
Helen.Card@westsussex.gov.uk, WSCC community liaison

Mid sussex District Councillors:

Leader: Gary Wall garry.wall@midsussex.gov.uk
Christopher Snowling (Health and Community) christopher.snowling@midsussex.gov.uk
Pru Moore (Leisure and Sustainability)pru.moore@midsussex.gov.uk
Gary Marsh (Planning and regeneration) gary.marsh@midsussex.gov.uk

Other people worth lobbying…

enquiries@Cuadrillaresources.com
andrewtyrie.mp@parliament.uk, conservative MP Sussex South Coast francismaude.mp@parliament.uk or: office@horshamconservatives.com MP Balcombe, Horsham, Billingshurst.
keithtaylor@greenmeps.org.uk, Green MEP SouthEast.
nicholas.soames.mp@parliament.uk, asks parliament questions for Maude
eric.pickles@communities.gsi.gov.uk, Secretary of State for communities and local government.

Environment Agency:

ssdenquiries@environment-agency.gov.uk

Health and Safety Executive:

donald.dobson@hse.gsi.gov.uk
dave.HID.scott@hse.gov.uk
david.nolan@hse.gsi.gov.uk

Department of Energy and Climate Change:

correspondence@decc.gsi.gov.uk
toni.harvey@decc.gsi.gov.uk (Senior Geoscientist UK Onshore)
p.s.gregory.barker@decc.gov.uk
ps.decc.sos@decc.gsi.gov.uk, Ed Davy at (DECC)
michael.fallon.mp@parliament.uk, Energy minister
mpst.fallon@bis.gsi.gov.uk
Baroness Verma: contactholmember@parliament.uk

Owen Paterson: Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,
Email: defra.helpline@defra.gsi.gov.uk

Labour, Shadow DECC:

tom.greatrex.mp@parliament.uk
caroline.flint.mp@parliament.uk
Julie.elliot.mp@parliament.uk
Jonothan.reynolds.mp@parliament.uk
Chris Ruane: ruanec@parliament.uk
Baroness Worthington: worthingtonb@parliament.uk

Annelise Dodds is asking for comments on Labour MEP’s website :
www.annelisiesedodds.org.uk

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Please note this list is not exhaustive, but it’s a great start, every email counts! Thank you once again for your kind support.

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Sussex police under fire for ‘criminalising’ fracking protests

Sussex police under fire for ‘criminalising’ fracking protests

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Is this what modern day policing actually means? Are we now under totalitarian rule a form of corporate oligarchical rule by the corporate rich?

Street Democracy writes:

There is a boundless appetite for a tight grip upon citizens expressing views that clash with governmental decisions.

A large growing paranoia by corporations and their fear of public dissent is increasing at an alarming rate and as our corporate world takes president our police force are ordered to protect it.

The corporate world is morally fragmented and in decay, yet rules over lands, laws and politicians.

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Do not question authority only if you’re part of it like this two faced psychopathic liar from Exxon.

The placing of police officers in a predicament, in a situation between a rock and a hard place.

Between corporate operations and what is being labelled socially inappropriate behaviour by citizens, protesting against these corporate operations.

Our MP’s are not independent but rather corporate puppets, highly connected to their corporate vested interests that commit crime hidden, by laws that are protected by the law makers, themselves.

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Passive acceptance is not an option and is as guilty as being evil as the corporate criminality. Fracking is criminal, a violent crime against earth.

The routes and trenches of democracy are all but dug up and are a joke to protest and demand answers to.

Truth and legitimate reasons behind corporations ceaseless expansions is expressed by economic growth which now means more destruction of our planet, to fill the swollen pockets of the few.

All that’s left for citizens is to publicly air the legitimate rage that innately decent people have every right to hold.

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Economic growth means exploitation of natural resources meaning corporate take over, control and greed for the destruction and pollution of our much loved home, our planet most sacred.

It of course clashes with rules and laws of disturbing the peace.

Clever sophisticated methods that are enshrined into law are anti-human by design giving protection to corporations who regurgitate this when a crowd gathers around its base.

Some form of public and social order act is enforced to keep the public safe is used against protesters.

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Psychopaths following a psychopathic agenda is not against the law-but the toxic politics these law makers make should be.

It makes it impossible to protest without disturbing this law, and committing this crime is now a piece of cake, especially in groups of 3 or more.

The criminalisation of the citizens is now not even privy to protesters, yet, to be one is to have a criminal intent and if you don’t move on you can be arrested, because the police can say so.

We are witnessing deformed values being protected by ruling elites so criminal but who sit above the law.

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We are all residents upon this sacred planet and all have a responsibility to protect her, even police officers need clean water, clean air in which to breath and live by.

We witness anti-human gutter politics of repression reminiscent of a despotic regime by powerful faceless, nameless wealthy elites and their anonymity within the corporation they hide within.

Fracking is the extinction button along with all other corporate destruction killing our eco-system and poisoning our bio-diversity and the natural world for profit and gain.

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We should be all on the same side-all should be against the toxic poisoning, the moral decay of corporate activities and their incessant creation of death zones upon earth.

The control grid is expanding at the great cost of humanity and fracking is just but one part of this, all be it one colossal size violent method while muzzling the public expression being desperately aired.

We need to reconfigure, adjust and dismantle existing strong hold, the power grid and toxic mind set of ruling elites that dictate laws to suit them and divide us.

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We need police in our seriously agitated society, but we need them on the side of life protection and economic expansion does generate this but when it destroys more than it creates we need to question this corrupt capitalist model. We need the police to question it too.

It means upsetting the power balance of now and protesting is one way of publicly displaying this form of non aggressive form of non compliance and a rejection of passive citizen acceptance of fracking.

For more on this story click here or continue reading:

Sussex police under fire for ‘criminalising’ fracking protests

‘Most of the people arrested during a summer of demonstrations against fracking in the village of Balcombe have been acquitted, leading to accusations that police tactics in a £4m operation criminalised peaceful protest.

The last of the criminal trials resulting from 126 arrests made by Sussex police during days of action outside the Cuadrilla site last summer finished this month. Of 114 charges, relating to 90 individuals, only 29 resulted in convictions, according to freedom of information responses from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the police.

Sussex police are accused of using mass arrests, draconian bail conditions and section 14 notices under the Public Order Act 1986 to criminalise peaceful protest at the site in Balcombe, where the energy firm Cuadrilla conducted exploratory drilling.’

Read more: Sussex police under fire for ‘criminalising’ fracking protests

Cuadrilla gets green light for oil test at Balcombe

Cuadrilla gets green light for oil test at Balcombe

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Fracking is the extinction button these gluttonous greedy and venal politicians are willing to press and will change the laws to suit so they can industrialised fracking to its maximum!

 Street Democracy writes:

For latest up to date information on Cuadrilla please scroll to the end of this story for information received today from Change.org

 (Update about ‘Balcombe Drilling: Cease the oil exploration activities of Cuadrilla in Balcombe.’ on Change.org)

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Our sore and wounded planet is being further ruthlessly exploited by gluttonous corrupt capitalist’s model of destruction and pain for us all and for their profits.

This is the extinction button waiting and wilfully demanding it be pushed by the gluttonous greed or corporations today.

It is DNA damaging for all life concerned.

For our local wildlife, for our natural water table it is the essential life giving natural resources that is being seriously threatened by unaccountable heavy weight bureaucrats, a dysfunctional corrupt and ravishing commerce.

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Public opinion is being disrespected, democracy is in tatters over this fracking and many other issues too.

In fact our ruling elites are impervious to outside interference and treating the voices of the public as hermetically as they can.

Closing the avenues of democracy and herding opinions that don’t match theirs in some place the mainstream media can’t or won’t get too.

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You can’t make this up!

It is an outrage and total disgrace towards a country where elites send fit and healthy men and women out to other countries to blow them up, machine gun down and obliterate their political infrastructure to bring the democracy and yet we are denied this very process here.

There is legitimate rage, legitimate anger and legitimate fear and fracking is in the centre and needs to be halted to listen to the people speaking out at this.

Our sore and plundered planet is being pushed to create even more death zones as the inability of corporate monsters are in denial about the toxic pollution fracking has and will cause.

The industrialisation of fracking must be stopped.

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Corporations will never halt their wealth accumulation tactics of exploiting earth, destroying her eco-system and fast tracking our planet to mass extinction by toxic chemicals polluting our water.

This aggressive method of extracting shale gas entangled in a web of greed and political venal politicians desires is creating a bitter conflict by the get rich from destroying our lands to the innately decent people who fight this.

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Balcombe is experiencing such an aggressive attack a dirty engine of corrupt capitalism of ceaseless expansion and economic exploitation.

They are bringing a model of moribund of death and dying upon our locals lands and all for money and profit.

This psychopathic attitude has to stop!

For more on the story of returning to Balcombe click here for the Guardian or continue to read:

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Cuadrilla gets green light for oil test at Balcombe

Shale gas explorer gets approval from county council to test oil flow rates at site that saw anti-fracking protests

A view of the drill site operated by Cuadrilla Resources Ltd on 17 August, 2013 in Balcombe, West Sussex.
A view of the drill site operated by Cuadrilla Resources Ltd on 17 August, 2013 in Balcombe, West Sussex. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

UK shale gas exploration company Cuadrilla has been given the green light to test oil extraction in Balcombe, the West Sussex village that sawmajor anti-fracking protests last summer.

At a planning committee meeting that had to be adjourned at one point due to people disrupting it, West Sussex county council approved the company’s application to undertake tests to see how fast oil would flow at a site on the outskirts of the village.

The committee’s decision at County Hall North in Horsham on Tuesday was announced to cries of “shame on you” by some residents. Over 100 people attended the meeting.

Heidi Brunsdon, chairman of the committee, said: “I thought the debate was robust. Members gave all the issues a good airing and the further conditions we agreed might not go as far as some would have wanted, but we feel they were proportionate and fair in addressing the issues that members of the committee had surrounding this application.” Monitoring of light and sound from the site were two of the conditions imposed on the approval.

Cuadrilla submitted a planning application in January for an oil flow test at the well it drilled last year.

For more on the return of to Balcombe click here for: Guardian or continue reading Change.org latest information. Street Democracy.

Change.org Progress Report on the Balcombe Campaign,

Thank you for all those who sent in comments to WSCC or lobbied their Councillors. Cuadrilla’s application for planning permission to flow-test their Balcombe well (acid wash and flare) will be decided on Tuesday 29th April by West Sussex County Council’s planning committee. 10.30 start, 12.30 end of the Cuadrilla case, in the Park Suite, County Hall North, Chart Way, Horsham, RH12 1XH. At this meeting we intend to present this petition (although it will continue to grow we hope, in case of further applications). The current total, including our paper copies is 5445, a big thank you to all who have signed! The decision will be made at the end of this meeting, after which we will be able to give you more information on how we intend to proceed with our campaign.

You may also wish to sign this anti-fracking petition from Greenpeace, endorsed by 38 degrees, WWF and a number of other notable bodies, which comes in the wake of Cameron’s wish to change legislation to allow companies to drill under our land without permission.

https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/fracking-petition-1

‘Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little’.
-Edmund Burke

Best Wishes,
The No Fracking in Balcombe Society.

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Study: Fracking Emissions Up To 1000 Times Higher Than EPA Estimates

Study: Fracking Emissions Up To 1000 Times Higher Than EPA Estimates

‘Natural gas drilling is emitting far higher levels of methane into the atmosphere than federal regulators at the Environmental Protection Agency have said, according to the findings of a new study released Monday.

“We identified a significant regional flux of methane over a large area of shale gas wells in southwestern Pennsylvania in the Marcellus formation and further identified several pads with high methane emissions,” said the report, conducted by a team of scientists led by Purdue University and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

While past EPA studies have said gas well sites emit as little as between 0.04 and 0.30 grams of methane per second, this new study found numbers between 100 to 1,000 times higher than what the EPA has calculated, with levels closer to 34 grams of methane per second at some of the Pennsylvania sites. Methane is up to 30 times stronger than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas.’

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Family’s agony over bedroom tax-Urgent call for solidarity with tenant facing eviction by Basildon council

Urgent call for solidarity with tenant facing eviction by Basildon council

Please send a message of support for Teresa c/o marx@blueyonder.co.uk or go to Basildon Against the Bedroom Surcharge facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BABRT/?fref=ts

You can also send an email to the Basildon councillor responsible for housing, Phil Turner: phil.turner@members.basildon.gov.uk

Family’s agony over bedroom tax

Echo: Family's agony over bedroom tax

A FAMILY faces being made homeless as Basildon Council prepares for its first-ever controversial “bedroom tax” eviction.

The authority is taking Teresa Whitby, 59, to court on Friday to apply for possession of her home after she fell into rent arrears.

The Tory administration is thought to be one of the first authorities in the country to start evicting people who have fallen into arrears because of the benefit slash.

Angry campaigners called Basildon Council “the meanest in the country”.

Mrs Whitby claims about half of her £900 arrears have been caused by the spare room subsidy, dubbed the “bedroom tax”, which was introduced last year.

The Government scheme, which cuts benefits to social housing tenants deemed to have an empty room, was brought in to encourage people to move into smaller properties.

Mrs Whitby, husband Bill, 62, and their son, could now be evicted from their three-bedroom home.

They have struggled to cope since their housing benefit was cut by £15 a week.

She said: “I’ve called councillors, MPs, and have even been to a church to see if they can do anything, but I don’t think there’s anything anyone can do now.

 “The stress has been unbelievable and I’m living in fear of being homeless.”

The couple moved into their home 40 years ago.

Mrs Whitby added: “We’ve been living in this town all our lives and my father helped build it.