In Athens, the homeless are on the streets in growing numbers, soup kitchens feed twice as many people as a year ago, and the poor are diving into garbage bins in search of scrap they can sell, @Reuters:
Greece is close to breaking point as it struggles with austerity targets set by creditors, but this is just a foretaste of the nightmare of unrest, hunger and even anarchy that could engulf the debt-crippled nation if it is forced out of the euro.
If the exact economic impact of such a move is hard to nail down – newly issued drachmas devalued by up to 70 percent, runaway inflation, a banking meltdown, a collapse in trade – the implications for ordinary Greeks crushed by the debt crisis are even harder to predict.
Without international bailout cash, salaries and pensions would go unpaid and violence, political extremism and uncontrolled emigration could quickly follow. (more…)
Leading neuroscientists believe that the UK Government may be about to sanction the development of nerve agents for British police that would be banned in warfare under an international treaty on chemical weapons.
A high-level group of experts has asked the Government to clarify its position on whether it intends to develop “incapacitating chemical agents” for a range of domestic uses that go beyond the limited use of chemical irritants such as CS gas for riot control.
The experts were commissioned by the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of sciences, to investigate new developments in neuroscience that could be of use to the military. They concluded that the Government may be preparing to exploit a loophole in the Chemical Weapons Convention allowing the use of incapacitating chemical agents for domestic law enforcement. (more…)
Since the Occupy Wall Street protests have expanded globally, we’ve had a timely chance to watch how people act and react to basically the same thing around the world. Naturally, Rome burns. In England, protesters have camped on what precious little open area they can find in London, specifically, the grounds surrounding the 14-century-old St. Paul’s Cathedral.
After the protesters rearranged the layout of some of their tents, the church swung open its heavy oak doors around noon Friday to widespread applause from protesters, some of whom were standing next to a sign saying “What would Jesus do?” The cathedral’s dome and galleries remain closed over evacuation concerns.
The decision to close St. Paul’s, which reportedly lost more than $150,000 in donations, was stunning, activists say. The last time the church was closed was during the Blitz in World War II—and even then, only for four days.
I actually just tried this. It works. I didn’t get it on the first beer attempt, and by re-watching the video, I saw what I’d been doing wrong.
On my first try the cuffs were just way too loose. Your cuffer needs to cinch down on them like he or she is a cop who fucking despises you. It hurts, but only ’til your fingers go numb. Kidding. It actually hurts way worse to have them too loose and then run your wrists across the plastic. Really get ‘em on there.
Get your wrists as close together as the zip-tie is getting put on, because you want them zipped together tightly. Cupping one hand over your other fist helps.
When you get around to breaking them off, you really gotta bend your knees and stick out your ass. You’re not going to get a lot of leverage from your arms behind you, so you need to distance your ass as far away as possible. Bring it down hard on your sacrum. Your arms will naturally pull outwards in the right direction.
I thought it was easier than breaking free from zip tie cuffs with my hands in front of me.
These guys have a guide for that, too. Check it out. (more…)
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