Malaysia Airlines have banned under12s from the upper deck of their Airbus 380s.
Please British Airways do the same for the upper deck of 747s and one cabin of each class.
Meanwhile WestJet almost got my vote to, but it was an April's Fool
I am not a sheep, I have my own mind
I have had enough of being told what and how to think
Whilst we are still allowed the remnants of free speech,
I will speak out.
I also reserve the right to discuss less controversial matters should I feel the urge.
'... could another government scheme have stepped in? Whitehall had poured millions of pounds into an extensive programme of preventing violent extremism and a parallel programme of deradicalisation.But when some of that funding was pulled after the 2010 general election, one of the groups that lost out was an initiative called Street, based in south London.Its founder Abdul Haqq Baker told the BBC's Panorama that before Street lost its funding, members of his team had identified Adebolajo as a possible threat."Some of my youth workers knew [Adebolajo] and engaged with him," he said. "There were concerns that engagement was needed to enable him have a better understanding and contextualisation of Islam as we practise it in the UK."The traits he was displaying - ideological rhetoric in relation to violent extremism - and the positions that he had adopted, from those he had learnt from before al- Muhajiroun and such entities.Such beliefs needed to be challenged."Could Street have stopped Adebolajo had it not lost its funding? "I'm confident in our track record that we could have prevented this," he said.'
'The NHS "became too powerful to criticise" despite many patients receiving a "wholly unsatisfactory" service, the health regulator has said.David Prior told the Daily Telegraph that even the most senior staff were afraid of speaking out.The Care Quality Commission chairman said the NHS should not be treated as a "national religion" beyond criticism.'
'If we are to accept in the aftermath of the 'Duck Dynasty' controversy that criticism of homosexual activity represents "hate speech," then the Qur'an, which advocates stoning gay people to death, should also be denounced as hate speech and banned.According to Democratic Party political pollster Bernard Whitman, who appeared on Fox News yesterday, along with a plethora of other leftists, Phil Robertson's comments are hateful and said they shouldn't be allowed to be aired in public.Yet the Qur'an, which clearly states that homosexuality is punishable by violent torture and death, is not subjected to anywhere near the same level of vitriol as that leveled against Phil Robertson by leftists. Why is that?Let's contrast what Robertson said in comparison to what the Qur'an says about homosexuals;
Robertson: "It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man's anus. That's just me. I'm just thinking: There's more there! She's got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I'm saying? But hey, sin: It's not logical, my man. It's just not logical…Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men."Qur'an (7:80-84) - "…For ye practice your lusts on men in preference to women: ye are indeed a people transgressing beyond bounds…. And we rained down on them a shower (of brimstone). Then see what was the end of those who indulged in sin and crime!"The Qur'an's use of the term "shower of brimstone" is interpreted by Muslim scholars to mean stoning somebody to death. The story is also repeated in suras 27 and 29.As we illustrated earlier, not only the Qur'an but also the Christian Bible should be banned under this framework because both can be considered hate speech as they incite violence against homosexuals.Despite the Qur'an's advocacy of stoning homosexuals to death, in addition to its recommendation that husbands beat their wives, it is virtually unheard of for prominent leftists to be critical of Islam, and yet the venom spewed in the direction of Robertson for asserting that homosexuality is a sin has been unrelenting.Indeed, when Bernard Whitman complained that TV networks were allowing religion to be "used as a weapon to spew hate," he wasn't referring to the religion of Islam, despite the fact that it advocates far more brutal treatment of gays than anything Robertson stated.'
'The Muslim Council of Britain claims the BBC was 'unwise' adding the community is united in its condemnation of the Woolwich murder'
Average weekly earnings growth including bonuses picked up by 0.9% in the three months to October compared with a year earlier, the ONS said, a slight improvement on the three months to September.The BBC always happy to push the Labour party line.
Excluding bonuses, pay grew by 0.8%.
But this is still well below the level of inflation - currently running at 2.1% - meaning that people's living standards are falling in real terms.
The trouble is that the missive that they are describing is not a round robin but a newsletter. A round robin is is a document signed by multiple parties in a circle to make it more difficult to determine the order in which it was signed, thus preventing a ringleader from being identified.2. Round robin revival?The round robin letter - usually sent out with the Christmas cards - has become something of a seasonal joke. "Darling Theo is doing frightfully well in his eurhythmy lessons at Charterhouse - and little Imogen has gone back to advising Ban Ki-moon at the UN." Simon Hoggart, Guardian columnist and author of The Cat That Could Open the Fridge, a collection of round robin letters, is not a fan. "Round robins are hopeless because either you know the people so well, you're already familiar with their year, or else you don't know them well enough to care," he says. "The latter group find boasting particularly galling. Who wants to know about the exam successes of a teenager whose father you met in Derby 24 years ago?" But in an age where receiving a letter is a rarity, could the round robin be due for a renaissance? "It might now be a case of take what you can get," says Garfield. "Perhaps people should be grateful that they are being written to at all. It's time to bear the annual show of smugness."
'The gourd-and-twine device, created 1,200 to 1,400 years ago, remains tantalizingly functional—and too fragile to test out. “This is unique,” NMAI curator Ramiro Matos, an anthropologist and archaeologist who specializes in the study of the central Andes, tells me. “Only one was ever discovered. It comes from the consciousness of an indigenous society with no written language.”
We’ll never know the trial and error that went into its creation. The marvel of acoustic engineering—cunningly constructed of two resin-coated gourd receivers, each three-and-one-half inches long; stretched-hide membranes stitched around the bases of the receivers; and cotton-twine cord extending 75 feet when pulled taut—arose out of the Chimu empire at its height. The dazzlingly innovative culture was centered in the Río Moche Valley in northern Peru, wedged between the Pacific Ocean and the western Andes. “The Chimu were a skillful, inventive people,” Matos tells me as we don sterile gloves and peer into the hollowed interiors of the gourds. The Chimu, Matos explains, were the first true engineering society in the New World, known as much for their artisanry and metalwork as for the hydraulic canal-irrigation system they introduced, transforming desert into agricultural lands.'
The Lady in Number 6 is one of the most inspirational stories ever told. 109 year old, Alice Herz Sommer, the world's oldest pianist and oldest holocaust survivor, shares her views on how to live a long happy life. She discusses the vital importance of music, laughter and having an optimistic outlook on life. This powerfully inspirational video tells her amazing story of survival and how she managed to use her time in a Nazi concentration camp to empower herself and others with music. See the entire documentary at:
'Two thirds of the Muslims interviewed say that religious rules are more important to them than the laws of the country in which they live. Three quarters of the respondents hold the opinion that there is only one legitimate interpretation of the Koran.''No shit, Sherlock'
'According to diplomatic sources and information compiled exclusively by UN Watch, the UNGA is expected to adopt, by the close of its annual session next month, a total of 21 resolutions singling out for criticism — and 4 resolutions on the rest of the world combined. See the draft texts below.Yet apparently I'm 'paranoid' and 'playing the anti-Semitism card' when I claim that the United Nations is institutionally anti Israel.
The four that do not concern Israel are: one on Syria, a regime that has murdered 120,000 of its own people, and one each on Iran, North Korea and Myanmar.
There were will be zero UNGA resolutions on gross and systematic abuses committed by China, Cuba, Egypt, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Zimbabwe, nor on many other major perpetrators of grave violations of human rights.'
'John Bercow has criticised BBC chairman Lord Patten for refusing to be grilled by MPs about the broadcaster’s coverage of Europe.Remember that like Peter Mandelson, Neil Kinnock, Leom Brittan and other ex-EU Commissioners, the payment of EU pensions is dependant on the understanding that the EU can remove this pension, if in the view of the Commission or the Luxembourg Court, they "fail to uphold the interests of the European Communities".
The Commons Speaker insisted no one should consider themselves above parliamentary inspection, as he attacked Lord Patten’s refusal to answer questions from the European Scrutiny Committee.
MPs are furious that the Tory peer – and former European Commissioner – has three times turned down their request to discuss the subject of bias in the BBC’s coverage of the EU. Because he is a peer, Lord Patten cannot be forced to attend.'
'Lord Patten, the chairman of the BBC Trust, has warned a Conservative MP that he risks legal action if he publishes evidence calling into question the corporation's handling of the Jimmy Savile scandal.
Robert Wilson, Tory MP for Reading East, has obtained an audio recording in which the author of an independent inquiry into the scandal at the BBC reportedly undermines his own findings.
He is planning to publish the audio recording today but Lord Patten has written to him warning that he should be "weighing up the legal liabilities that might arise".
Mr Wilson accused Lord Patten of "Soviet-era behaviour" and said he was "dangerously out of touch".
Mr Wilson said: "Lord Patten’s threat to a democratically-elected Member of Parliament is almost reminiscent of something from the Soviet-era. It is chilling behaviour from the so-called public “guardian” of this country’s dominant state broadcaster.
"Lord Patten is in danger of showing contempt for the House of Commons and this country’s elected representatives. As an unelected public official in what should be an important job, he is dangerously out of touch.” '
'The last Labour government raised the upper tax band from 40% to 50% in 2010 in response to the recession but the coalition has since cut it to 45%.''in response to the recession', really? Not as a naked political gambit then?
'Lee Rigby murder trial: Michael Adebolajo 'a soldier of Allah'
...A man has admitted killing soldier Lee Rigby but said it was not murder because "I am a soldier of Allah" and "this is a war".Michael Adebolajo, 28, described the killing as a "military operation".
He also told the Old Bailey he loved extremist network al-Qaeda.
The prosecution says he and Michael Adebowale, 22 - who also denies murder - rammed Fusilier Rigby with a car in Woolwich, south-east London, on 22 May, before attacking him with knives.
They are also both accused of attempting to murder a police officer and conspiracy to murder a police officer.
Under cross examination by prosecutor Richard Whittam QC, Mr Adebolajo replied "yes" when he was asked if he had killed Fusilier Rigby, describing it as a "military operation".The BBC must be in hell having to report a Muslim proudly claiming that "I am a soldier of Allah" and "this is a war" in a murder trial.
Fusilier Rigby's widow Rebecca left the courtroom in tears as Mr Adebolajo claimed the soldier was still moving after being hit by the car.
He refused to answer questions about how long he had planned the attack, but said he had not planned to run down Fusilier Rigby, saying "it just so happened that Allah caused him to cross in front of my car."
He described attacking Fusilier Rigby with a meat cleaver in graphic detail, and said the soldier was already dead by the time Mr Adebowale had joined him in attacking the soldier.'
"I believe the best way to conduct any act is to copy Mohammed. It was not for malice..."
"How did we (Americans and British) not know about this (the holocaust), while it was happening? The only problem is, we did."
"They can’t talk about their record because they had the biggest recession ever.
They can’t talk about the deficit because they’ve got no plan to deal with it.
He can’t talk about infrastructure and his much vaunted plan for a cross-party consensus because he was the person who tried to break the consensus on the biggest project of all.
He can’t talk about housing because there were 420,000 fewer affordable homes at the end of the Labour government.
He can’t talk about business rates because they went up 71 per cent under Labour.
He can’t talk about support for business because he wants to put taxes up on business.
He can’t ask about standing up to the powerful because this is the week they caved in to the trade unions.
He can’t ask about jobs because he wants more jobs taxes.
And he can’t ask about banking and financial services because the person they hired to advise them was the Reverend Flowers."
Baroness Tonge: to ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent discussions they have held with other European countries about opening dialogue with Hamas; and what steps they will take to promote dialogue between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority.Jenny Tonge is the Liberal Democrat who in March 2009 met Hamas leader Khaled Meshal in Syria and described him as “shrewd, plausible and actually very likeable”. During that visit she also had a meeting with Ramadan Shalah, the head of Islamic Jihad. Both of these organisations deliberately and indiscriminately fire rockets into civilian areas of Israel, sometimes even hitting their own (Palestinian) people.
I decided to go on line to sign up for Obamacare. The first thing you need to do is establish a password, so this is what happened....
"You must enter a password to proceed."
"Sorry, too few characters."
"Sorry, you must use at least one numerical character."
-1 pretty rose
"Sorry, you cannot use blank spaces."
"Sorry, you must use at least 10 different characters."
"Sorry, you must use at least one upper case character."
"Sorry, you cannot use more than one upper case character consecutively."
"Sorry, you must use no fewer than 20 total characters."
"Sorry, you cannot use punctuation."
"Sorry, that password is already taken."
' In an exclusive to the Telegraph, it is being reported that social services in the county of Essex obtained a court order forcibly to sedate a pregnant woman, surgically remove her child from her womb by caesarean section, take the baby into care and put it up for adoption.The woman, an Italian citizen who was in the UK on a training course, wasn't even told that the procedure was going to happen to her. She was whisked off to hospital one day, drugged up, and awoke to find that the baby that had been growing inside her for 9 months had simply disappeared.'