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The Census

17-03-2011 10:23

Not specifically a Nottingham issue, but relevant to people all over the country, is the upcoming UK government census. Aside from all of the usual arguments against state intelligence gathering, this time the census is being administered by US arms dealers Lockheed-Martin. This is a repost of some information that might be useful to those considering non-participation.

with the controversy over lockheed martin's involvement with the uk 2011 census, many people are considering non-participation - here are some useful facts to bear in mind

number of people estimated to have avoided the 2001 census:  more than 3 million

number of people successfully prosecuted for refusal: less than 60

therefore odds of being prosecuted: 50,000 to 1 against

process to prosecute: authorities have to send extra letters, official legal warnings, extra visits. they have to talk to you in person and interview you "under caution" during which if you refuse, they finally have enough evidence to launch a prosecution.

it is refusing that is unlawful. if you happen to be busy, on your way out, just visiting, promise to do it later, etc etc then that is not unlawful.

stand up and be counted! don't let lockheed martin snoop on you.

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Bahrain: U.S. backs Saudi military intervention, conflict with Iran

17-03-2011 09:11

On March 14 Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Cooperation Council partner the United Arab Emirates deployed 1,000 troops, 500 security personnel and armored troop carriers across the 25-mile King Fahd Causeway to Bahrain to shore up their fellow monarchy after a month of protests against the Al Khalifa dynasty. The following day the Bahraini government declared a three-month state of emergency and authorized the military "to take necessary steps to restore national security." On March 16 government security forces staged a violent crackdown against protesters in the nation's capital with tanks, armored personnel carriers and helicopters, killing at least two people and injuring hundreds.

The U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates visited Bahrain three days before the launch of the Saudi military intervention. The U.S. Fifth Fleet, one of six used by Washington to patrol the world's seas and oceans, is headquartered near Manama, where between 4,000-6,000 American military personnel are stationed. Unlike Tunisia and Egypt, U.S. military partners but not hosts of American bases, Bahrain is vital to U.S. international military and energy strategy.

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Sizewell Exclusion Zone

17-03-2011 07:27

Sizewell Exclusion Zones
The various Japanese exclusion zones mapped onto Sizewell Nuclear Power Station. Why Sizewell?
1. In 2007 the fuel pond leaked at Sizewell A and it was only accidentally detected by some contractors since the workers ignored the various alarms.
2. Sizewell B was forced to shut for 7 months last year due to problems with its primary cooling system. During the closure a fire broke out in some graphite filters but was eventually put out by 12 fire crews and site fire workers.
3. In February this year Sizewell B was forced to shut again due to another problem with its primary cooling system

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Vigil for Fukushima

17-03-2011 03:29


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Natwest Bank Damage in Hucknall Road, Nttm

17-03-2011 01:24

Having seen this item on the newswire:

"Nat West Bank attacked"

... just got back from photographing this damage at the Hucknell Road branch of the Natwest Bank.

This is the latest in a number of actions referencing the cuts to public services while on the other hand many say corporations and banks are evading their tax liabilities.

Nat West Bank attacked


Nottingham Natwest Bank shut by anti-cuts protesters


Notts Uncut campaigners shut Natwest Bank [Feature]


some may remember earlier cuts-related damage here:

Smashed Windows & Graffiti @ Conservative Offices



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An Anti-Social Document Prepared in Secret by the European Commission

16-03-2011 23:45

The Secret Pact: its complete text, here presented as obtained by the European Deputy Patrick Le Hyaric.

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Commonwealth Games Village Human Rights Neglect

16-03-2011 23:23

Commonwealth Games Village Human Rights Neglect

On Tuesday the 15th of March, Margaret Jaconelli a home-owner in the way of development for the Commonwealth Games Village will make a second appeal to the court of session to request that she is adequately compensated for the home she owns on Ardenlea street which Glasgow City Council is

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An anachronistic industry at its most dangerous.

16-03-2011 22:39

A short article on the practical and ethical failings of the modern nuclear industry provoked by redent events in Japan.

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Rolls Royce sells its soul to the Defenders of Beelzebub

16-03-2011 22:07

The mother of all wars, Nuclear War, is upon us.

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Work Weekend at Rossport Solidarity Camp

16-03-2011 21:18

First bender up!
Come and help build the new camp this weekend!

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KENNEDY (et al) GERMANY presentations

16-03-2011 21:02

in the last week there were two presentations in Germany about Mark Kennedy, and undercover cops, including those uncovered recently in Germany+Austria

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Mental Illness, Discrimination and the Benefits System Tues. 22nd 8pm Glasgow

16-03-2011 20:40

Public Meeting

Mental Illness, Discrimination and the Benefits System

Tuesday 22nd March, 8pm, The Free Hetherington

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JAPAN: Twilight of the Nuclear Gods

16-03-2011 20:19

Developing news from a chain of reactor fires, explosions, radiation. Nicole Foss, The Automatic Earth (with nuclear expertise), Shawn Patrick, Greenpeace, plus alternative news clips. What does it mean for aging American reactors? For Canada, Europe? A world-changing event. 1 hour weekly Radio Ecoshock Show. 20110316 14 MB

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Racism and Animal Rights.

16-03-2011 20:03

From time to time people are going to have to challenge racist behaviour in pretty much any movement, and the animal rights movement is no different. The same can be said for any other sort of discrimination.

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Flashback:How the forgotten city of Halabja became the launchpad for war on Iraq

16-03-2011 19:29

Tony Blair, George Bush and Jose Maria Aznar at the Azores Summit, 16 March 2003
When the Bush administration went to war with Iraq in March 2003, the centerpiece of its justification for war was weapons of mass destruction. But its precise timing was driven, in large part, by the March 16 anniversary of the poison gas attack on the Iraqi Kurdish town of Halabja. On the fifth and twentieth anniversaries of these two tragic events, a study of the connection between them reveals a deliberate pattern of twisting and fabricating intelligence to meet policy objectives.

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(Not) Wanted Jon Collins

16-03-2011 18:24

On March 17th, Nottingham City Council met to agree a budget which slashed millions of pounds from vital services. Campaigners disrupted the meeting, forcing it to be halted for almost an hour. Later on they were also able to confront council leader Jon Collins.

Apart from making various excuses about why he was passing on central government cuts, Collins claimed that he would be attending the anti-cuts march in London on March 26th.

This poster (which can be adapted to a flyer or poster as required) should make it easier to recognise Collins should anybody want to have a friendly chat with him about the council's budget.

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Feeder March Saturday 26th March 2011

16-03-2011 17:20

Departing East of City 11am Saturday 26 March 2011

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Palestine Today 03 16 2011

16-03-2011 16:37

Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Wednesday, March 16, 2011.

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Scotland's census - Don't Co-operate!

16-03-2011 16:22

Census forms are dropping through letterboxes in Scotland. Some vital information is missing from them.

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Calling for a ceremonial burning of census forms on 26 March 2011.

16-03-2011 15:47

There should be a mass demonstration against the intrusive nature of the questions on the census forms at the rally in London on 26 March.