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26-09-2014 10:16
Doomwatch is the best show around

31-05-2014 09:13
Missed you this week.. Happy Birthday Alex for Sunday. you misunderstood my text last week as I meanth a local broadcast audience. ie Local Bar or suchlike

04-11-2013 00:50
Fantastic first show Alex and great to hear Patrick Henningsen again

03-04-2013 21:37
Good guest this week. When is someone going to knock on the Royals' door???

20-03-2013 21:40
pass the parcel lol

Doomwatch 33 - Andy Thomas - The Truth Agenda Part 2

Doomwatch 33 - Andy Thomas - The Truth Agenda Part 2

Friday 11 July 2014, 6.00pm-8.00pm UK on Peterborough FM - You are invited to join host alex:g, Text Jockey Lexy Manning, and Voice of the Visuals Tom Mutiny for the 33rd edition of the radio show DOOMWATCH - our guest will be Andy Thomas, author of The Truth Agenda. Andy will be helping us to analyse some of the news stories or the week, telling us more about this year's Glastonbury Symposium, and also will be quizzed by Lexy about some more of the topics in his book.  

PLEASE NOTE: Due to action by ATVOD, the 'Authority' for Television On Demand services in the UK, DOOMWATCH can only be watched in sound and vision LIVE by visiting www.ukcolumn.org/live.



'Smart meters ’to be put in every British home despite fears they may not work

The £11 billion Government plan to put ‘smart meters’ into every British home will be launched this week despite fears they may not work and could open the national grid up to cyber-terrorists. The meters, which are being introduced to meet EU green targets, will cost households £200 each in an effort to cut down energy consumption and reduce bills.

However official documents have shown that the meters save less energy than predicted and five other countries who had been considering the plan have ditched it after deciding it could cost more money than it saves. Due to complex technology the metres will also not work in a third of British homes including rural houses, high-rise flats and basements.

Energy companies will begin the installation of smart meters next year at a cost of at least £200 per home, and have admitted the expense will be passed on to customers. Sir Bob Geldof is launching the publicity drive and will be paid for his role in the campaign. Smart meters work by recording gas and electricity consumption every 30 minutes. The metres are linked up to monitors called In-Home Displays, which show customers how much power they are consuming at any one time and how much it is costing them. The Government hopes that having access to this real time information will encourage families to alter their energy use accordingly.

However the gas and electricity meters transfer information wirelessly using a communication hub called ZigBee which does not work in buildings with thick walls or in multi-storey flats. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has estimated the technology will see bills fall by £26 a year by 2020 and cut electricity usage by 2.8 per cent and gas by 2 per cent. However an early study of 743 Dutch households found users consumed only 0.9 per cent less gas and 0.6 per cent less electricity.

A risk assessment carried out by the energy watchdog, Ofgen, has also identified ‘"a range of threats such as cyber, viruses and malicious software."


Remote-Controlled Contraceptive Chip Unveiled

A remote-controlled contraceptive chip implanted under the skin could provide birth control for up to 16 years. The chip is 2cm-square and seven millimetres thick, and will go into clinical testing next year. It delivers a daily dose of 30mg of levonorgestrel, which is already widely used. If and when a woman wants to conceive, she can use a remote control to temporarily turn the chip off.

The chip has been created by a company called MicroCHIPS, based in Massachusetts. Inside the chip is a reservoir which contains and protects the hormone. A minute electrical current from a small internal battery causes the chip to release each dose. A local anaesthetic is used to implant the chip, and the procedure takes around 30 minutes. If the contraceptive chip works, potentially any drug could be placed in the reservoir to be released on demand or on a set schedule. Pre-clinical trials – backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – will begin next year. It could be on the market by 2018.



Whitehall study wanted age of consent lowered to 14 and sentences for sex cut

Home Office advisers argued that the age of consent be lowered from 16 to 14 and called for a dramatic reduction in statutory punishments for "consensual" sex with girls as young as 12, according to an internal 1979 research study obtained by the Guardian.

The authors of the study from the Home Office research unit suggested the overall age of consent be lowered so that "sexual behaviour with a girl over the age of 13 (the average age of puberty) is not criminal, provided that she was clearly as aware of what she was doing and its implication as might be expected of a girl of 16". They also said the maximum life sentences could be reduced to no more than two years in cases of underage sex with 13-year-olds where "consent" could be shown. In cases of "younger offenders" greater leniency would apply when the "consenting" victim was 12 – below the average age of puberty. Today sex with a 12-year-old can attract a life sentence.

Roy Walmsley and Karen White, the authors of the Home Office booklet, entitled Sexual Offences, Consent and Sentencing, argued that many girls reach puberty before their 10th birthday and may not only want sex but initiate it themselves. They conceded that "the younger the partner, the more problematical the use of the words 'consent' or 'willingness'". It was commissioned after the then home secretary, Roy Jenkins, ordered a review of sexual offence laws.

The report, kept at the University of London library and read by the Guardian, casts fresh light on liberal attitudes circling at the time in the Home Office about the age of consent. Prominent paedophiles, such as the former head of the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), Tom O'Carroll, have suggested the report was evidence that their views were gaining some traction in government. But the report is a long way from PIE's proposal of the complete abolition of any age of consent.

Speaking in the Commons on Monday, the Labour MP Ann Coffey said that in the past, a confusion between sexual liberation and sexual exploitation had been used as a cover by paedophiles. In their most radical proposal, the report's authors state: "There is scope for amending the law to coincide with sentencing practice … The higher penalties … could be available when victims/partners are under 13 (perhaps limiting them in the case of younger offenders to when girls involved are under 12."

They said: "Paradoxical though it might seem to argue that [the point at which tougher sentences are applied] should be lower than the average age of puberty it is not unreasonable. The average age is 13, but it is not unusual for a girl to reach puberty before her 10th birthday or after her 16th. Thus a large number of 12-year-old girls have already attained puberty and may not only be willing to take part in sexual activity but may actually initiate it."

They conceded that "consent embraces various degrees of willingness, from what might be called 'full-hearted' consent to what might be called 'grudging' consent".

The current sentencing guidelines on sex with children state that "the younger the child, the more vulnerable he or she is likely to be, although older children may also suffer serious and long-term psychological damage as a result of sexual abuse" and require the judge takes account of the age gap between child and offender, and the youth and immaturity of the offender.

The Home Office has recently become mired in allegations that it may have inappropriately destroyed a dossier of child sex abuse allegations dating to the mid-80s. On Monday the home secretary, Theresa May, announced a wide-ranging inquiry into public bodies' and institutions' handling of historical child abuse allegations.

Earlier on Monday it emerged that the former leader of PIE, Steven Adrian Smith, worked at the Home Office and stored PIE files in locked cabinets there, "where no police raid would ever have found them". He had clearance to work as an electrical contractor at the Westminster building in the late 1970s and early 1980s and the PIE members' hotline rang in his office.

PIE had been campaigning for the removal of any age of consent, arguing that a child of four should be able to communicate verbally and that at 10 the majority of children can communicate their consent or otherwise to a sexual act.



British Politicians in ‘Secret Deal’ To Allow Mass Surveillance Of Public

Privacy campaigners and even MPs have accused UK political leaders of conspiring to allow spooks to continue to conduct mass surveillance on the public by collecting records of phone calls, text messages and internet usage without a legal basis.

The British government claims it needs to record every phone call and log every text message and email because of terrorism. The Prime Minister David Cameron today said that MI5 and police should immediately be given the legal power to do so in order to stop terrorist plots, citing recent “events in Iraq and Syria” as justification.

The practice under the so called Data Retention and Investigation Powers Bill would require internet and telephone companies cooperate with the authorities. Cameron said he “will not stand by” and watch foreign companies become less willing to share private information with the government.

In response to the rush to make the practice law, the Open Rights Group condemned the plan, urging that the government knows there is “no legal basis for making internet service providers retain our data so it is using the threat of terrorism as an excuse for getting this law passed”. The government is arguing that it has to act legislatively because the European court of justice has deemed that the data retention was a breach of privacy rights. In other words what they are already doing is against the law, so the government is attempting to change the law.

Meanwhile, some MPs are speaking out against the move further toward mass surveillance. Labour MP Tom Watson, who was instrumental in exposing phone-hacking by British based tabloid journalists, said he had “not seen the legislation and that’s my concern. This is a secret deal between party leaders.” Watson noted, arguing that the government is pushing it through without the oversight of elected representatives. “There hasn’t been a bill published and yet we find out this morning, when parliament is on one-line whip and MPs are in their constituencies, that next week they will railroad emergency legislation to put right a decision made by the European court of justice that the current legislation was beyond human rights law. Now that doesn’t seem right to me.” Watson said. “There are hundreds of thousands of people out there very concerned about this particular policy issue. They’ve not seen this bill either, but it doesn’t really matter this year because there’s been a deal done between the three parties and it’ll be railroaded through.” Watson urged, calling the move a “stitch-up”. “No one in civil society has got a chance to be consulted.” he added, declaring “If you’re an MP you probably shouldn’t bother turning up to work next week because what you are thinking doesn’t really matter.”

The Liberal Democrats, currently a part of the coalition government, have thrown their weight behind the plan for mass surveillance, arguing that because the legislation has a sunset clause in 2016, it doesn’t amount to a so called ‘snooper’s charter’. However, the US Patriot Act, sections of which are now used to justify mass government surveillance in the US, also had a sunset clause when it was passed in 2001. The bill simply keeps being renewed each year by the government in a seemingly never ending process. The move toward mass government surveillance of the entire population in the UK has mirrored the same effort in the USA.

Currently, any interception of a communication in Britain must be authorised by a warrant signed by the home secretary or a minister of equivalent rank. Only individuals who are the subject of police or security service investigations may be subject to surveillance. If the GCHQ’s “Mastering The Internet” project becomes officially protected under law, black-box probes could be placed at critical traffic junctions with internet service providers and telephone companies, allowing eavesdroppers to instantly monitor the communications of every person in the country without the need for a warrant.



Extending pension age 'only way to clear UK debt'

Future generations will have to work longer to pay off Britain's debts because of the pressure that Britain's ageing population is putting on public finances, the independent financial watchdog has warned. The Office for Budget Responsibility said that Coalition policies such as raising the state pension age and further cuts will reduce Britain's debt as a proportion of national income by two thirds.

It found that without the measures, Britain's debt would be £1.14 trillion higher in the next 50 years as the economy struggles to cope with an huge rise in the number of pensioners and the decline in the number of people working.  George Osborne hailed the findings as evidence that flagship policies are paying off amid growing concerns that about the pressure Britain's ageing population is putting on care budgets and public services.

As part of his flagship pension reforms, Mr Osborne announced last year that increases in life expectancy will automatically trigger a rise in life-expectancy. Under the plans, the state pension age is likely to rise to 70 within 50 years.

Last year Steve Webb, the Pensions minister, warned that the growing numbers of people living into their 80s and 90s would leave taxpayers with a rising bill and meant “the sums” would never add up if people continued to retire in their 50s. According to official forecasts, the population of older people will rise dramatically over the coming years as a result of better health care and previously high birth rates in the post-war “baby boom” years.



Joan Rivers says Obama is gay

Going too far? Joan Rivers said President Obama is gay and called the First Lady a transsexual in a controversial interview late Thursday. A reporter asked the "Fashion Police" host about an impromptu same-sex wedding she officiated for fans at a NYC book signing last week, and asked if the U.S. will ever see a gay commander-in-chief. "We already have it with Obama, so let's just calm down," the 81-year-old Rivers said. "You know Michelle is a tranny," she added. Furthering her 4th of July weekend drama, an unapologetic Rivers walked out of a CNN interview that aired on Saturday. "Life is very tough," she said after taking offense from anchor Fredricka Whitfield's criticisms. "And if you can make a joke to make something easier, and funny, do it."



Jean-Claude Juncker tells Britain: There is NO hope of limiting immigrants into UK

Jean-Claude Juncker said EU member states could combat abuse of their systems but the basic right of workers to be able to move around the union was fundamental and not up for negotiation. He was quizzed in the European Parliament by members of the UK Independence Party and its sister eurosceptic parties including from Italy and Sweden as part of his campaign to win MEPs' support as next Commission president. David Cameron last month tried to block Mr Juncker's nomination for the post by the EU's 28 member governments, arguing the former Luxembourg PM was a politician of the past and a pro-centraliser who could not deliver the reforms Europe needed.

But the British leader was out-voted with only one country, Hungary, voting with him. Mr Juncker has this week met the European Parliament's different political groupings ahead of a vote next week to confirm him in post. The meeting with the Ukip group was conspicuously polite and good-humoured, despite the eurosceptics' opposition to him and some dramatic past confrontations between UKIP figures and Brussels officials. Mr Juncker sought to convince his audience that he was not the arch-centraliser he was portrayed in Britain as.

He did not want the EU to "poke its nose into every aspect of British life", he insisted: "I don't want to gather as many powers as possible centrally in Brussels." To him, federalism - the philosophy he is associated with - meant decentralising powers to lower levels if that would be more effective and he conceded there was no such thing as a "European People".

But in discussing comments made by Ukip leader Nigel Farage, Juncker indicated he had no sympathy with British calls to restrict the free movement of people around Europe, which has led to massive immigration to the UK, and which Mr Cameron wants to limit when he comes to renegotiating EU rules ahead of his 2017 in-out referendum.



Mum's instinct helps her spot stranger who received son’s life-saving organ

When John Carter died of a brain tumour, his parents found comfort in the knowledge his heart would save someone else’s life. But they had no idea whose ... until an amazing chance encounter five years later brought them together with the man rescued by the transplant.

The 19-year-old stranger was giving a reading at a memorial service when John’s mother Freda broke down in tears and said: ‘This person’s got my son’s heart.’ It turned out her hunch was correct. And after the service Mrs Carter embraced the young man and put her hand on his chest to feel her son’s heartbeat once again. On Wednesday, the 66-year-old told how she had always wanted to trace the person who had been given John’s heart but hospital rules forbade it. All they knew was that he was called Scott and had been 14 when the transplant took place. That was until last November when the couple, from Sunderland, attended the memorial service for organ donors.

As Scott Rutherford gave the reading, Mrs Carter said she instinctively knew her son’s heart was beating inside him. Nurses present at St George’s in Newcastle realised Mrs Carter was upset and brought her to the back of the church. They sat and listened to Mr Rutherford speak of how his life was saved at 14 when he received a heart from a man named John. Mrs Carter’s instinct was confirmed. She was so desperate to meet him that the nurses took the unusual decision to ask him after checking things over with the Freeman Hospital, where he had received his heart. Mrs Carter, a retired carer, said: ‘Scott came up to me and opened his arms and gave me a huge hug. He said he would be eternally grateful for what we have done for him. I asked him if I could feel John’s heart beat and he let me. It was all I wanted.’

Her husband, a 70-year-old retired engineer, added: ‘John lives on through him. He isn’t dead really.’ John, a spray painter, died in 2008 at the age of 33. His family decided to donate his organs so others could be saved. Mr Rutherford was just hours from death when he received the heart. The actor had been born with a rare disorder that affected his arteries.




18 July, next week, our guest is Neil Sanders - talking about Media Manipulation through Mind Control.

More Doomwatch on 25 July and 1 August.

We’ll be taking a Summer Break on 8 August and 15 August.

And then, 22 August, plans are afoot for us to be live at the Peterborough Beer Festival. Be afraid, be VERY afraid!

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