Womb for hire

Is there nothing that the UK won't follow the US in doing?

In a recent case a High Court Family Judge gave a ruling giving the green light to the commoditisation of the womb.

A couple paid an American Woman to give birth to their child and the Judge decided that the fee they had paid this woman was acceptable.

I can see the adverts and websites springing up -

Healthy womb, good pelvic bone, available for hire in March. £25,000. Successful delivery of 18 babies. Will also consider Caesarean for that perfect Christmas Present.

Womb for rent, slightly uncertain pedigree, has managed 5 live births with 2 still births, reduced rate £10,000

Wanted - healthy womb - Couple wanting to celebrate their anniversary in style require the baby to be delivered on 27th May. Prepared to pay up to £35,000 for the right applicant.

Want a womb to rent but strapped for cash. Wombs for hire loans are available at a competitive rate.

I am desperate for cash to pay my mortgage and prepared to offer a reduced rate for my womb, highest deposit secures.

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What a sick country this is becoming.
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Net Neutrality blown out of the water

Over the past few weeks there are increasingly ominous signs that net-neutrality and an open internet is a thing of the past.

For years countries such as China and Iraq have been pilloried by politicians and journalists in the West over their control and censorship of the internet. No longer can this continue.

This notice is appearing across websites in America, as their Department of Homeland Security makes a land grab for websites. Websites, they claim are offering or pointing to illegal download sites.

There are sites, which have nothing to do with downloads, that are being seized and closed.

The USA has a legal process to follow, in fact a choice of two:

DMCA, whereby a website is informed of infringements and have the opportunity to respond.

The more recently introduced COICA requires that the attorney general ask a court to place that website on a blacklist.

The Department of Homeland Security has however taken it upon themselves to by-pass this legislation and summarily executed court-ordered seizure warrants against a number of domain names, with little evidence, other than a complaint.

This pre-emption would be bad enough on its own, but this is compounded with the WikiLeaks saga, which has seen the USA chase the domain and business around the world, putting pressure on hosts and even going so far as to introducing new legislation, the SHIELD Act, which is an amendment to a section of the Espionage Act, extending it to include:

publishing information concerning the identity of a classified source or informant of an element of the intelligence community of the United States, or concerning the human intelligence activities of the United States or any foreign government.

A piece of legislation which by its very hurry to be implemented indicates how quickly Governments in the West will aim to close down any website with which it has an issue.

In the UK, there has been the pre-emptive closing down on Fitwatch under the say so of a junior ranking police officer. Who decided he was going to act as investigator, prosecutor, barrister, judge and jury coercing a hosting company to remove the site. The site has now been re-instated with another host and as of now, no charges have been made against the domain owner.

A Government Minister in the UK has openly backed the end of net-neutrality with a call for a multi speed internet, with ISPs being able to charge either the website owner, or the consumer a fee, for internet access speed based on the site being visited.

The minister involved, Ed Vaizey, is either extremely thick, or duplicitous, as he continues to claim he is all in favour of net neutrality and on the same page as Berners-Lee and all other net neutrality advocates. He even goes so far as to suggest that because a consumer can choose which speed internet access he purchases from his ISP, is already indicative of a multi-speed internet. I posit, Vaizey isn't as thick as he pretends and has some ulterior motive in wanting to destroy net-neutrality and introduce a multi-speed internet.

This erosion has come about quickly and with little warning, who knows where it will lead.

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The President Carter 1980 Rescue mission in Iran still haunts the USA

American Paranoia continues to sweep over their servants in Europe.

America, determined to create an Empire, keep up their relentless drive to world domination and are currently sashaying to the mood music of Iran and their threat to the West.

Having failed so far, but do watch this space, to convince the poodles in London to support an invasion of Iran, nothing to do with the Carter rescue debacle of 1980 still bruising their egos?

The upright and decent US of A are putting pressure on NATO to accept their demands for a European Missile Shield. The reality being that the European Missile Shield against the immediate and highly dangerous threat of an Iranian missile launch in to Europe will plug in to their missile defences in Israel and the Gulf, which technically are separate and in different stages of development. But they are all designed to plug into command-and-control systems operated by, or with, the U.S. military. Providing the USA with absolute military power and control across Europe and the Middle East.

While the UK has just undertaken a range of financial cuts, they did have the unedifying sight of having their supposed Government asking for permission from the Americans to undertake their defence review and ensure it met with Americas requirement of their little puppy.

Evidently the American demanded and received a slobbering agreement that the UK stump up with their part of the US$200million cost for this oh so necessary project.

That bastion of freedom, Turkey are less easily manipulated by the USA and their bullying tactics have so far failed to make Turkey to acquiesce, or to put it more prosaically, Defence Secretary Robert M. Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with their Turkish counterparts, as Gates put it - '..I would say that we are not putting pressure on the Turks, but we are having continuing conversations with them as one of our allies...'

Lisbon, in November 2010 will undoubtedly see the freedom fighters of the USA, win their argument for a European Defence Shield in one way or another.

This is the same free USA which still argues that Gay military service personnel should be hung drawn and quartered. Oh for the Land of the free.

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Time for a break

The slimebags have been elected and now we have waffle of urgent work that needs to be undertaken.

But there is the slight issue of a holiday.

These rip-off merchants will be away in just 28 days of sittings before heading off for three months holiday.

Urgent... Decisions.... Hard working families....

Sod the lot of them
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Local Government Ombudsman

I am hugely impressed with the LGO, who have a staffing budget of over £10 000 000 a year but when calling them this morning was advised by an automated response that lines were closed due to staff training and wouldn't re-open until 10:30.

What a hugely efficient organisation this is. Payroll costs of over £10m and they manage to send everyoen on training at the same time.

No Idon't believe it either.

Crass incompetence. In addition to raising my initial complaint I will be adding a further complaint about a QUango that so happily wastes money.
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The election

We had an election in the UK.

You may have voted, you may have had faith, good for you.

Who actually was on marches to get rid of corrupt politicians, that was the whole 650 of them. Were you?

You voted for Conservative, why? The leader of this party thought it was fine to claim from you his wisteria clippings.

You voted Labour, why? The leader of this party claimed Sky Sports as an expense, but still demands it is kept as a secret as this is a 'security risk'.

You voted Clegg, why? This man admitted taking expenses for business-class air travel while actually flying economy
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