Hospitals cancelling urgent surgery despite NHS bosses’ orders

Tory’s = let people die – it’s their fault they are sick to death!


Exclusive: shortage of intensive care beds in England leading to operations being postponed

Hospitals have been cancelling urgent surgery for patients with cancer, heart disease and other life-threatening illnesses, despite NHS bosses’ orders not to delay such operations. Some patients have had their procedure cancelled several times, even though their poor health means the surgery is urgent. Others have had operations cancelled on the day they were scheduled to take place.

A combination of factors are at play. Hospitals have fewer beds than last year, so they are less able to deal with the recent, ongoing surge in illness. Last week, for example, the bed occupancy rate at 17 of England’s 153 acute hospital trusts was 98% or more, with the fullest – Walsall healthcare trust – 99.9% occupied.

Continue reading…

Mike Pence to stop North Korea ‘hijacking’ Winter Olympics, aide says

Trying out for “Joker” role?


Vice-president Mike Pence will stop North Korea “hijacking” the Winter Olympics, an aide said on Sunday, by using his own presence at the Games to remind the world “everything the North Koreans do at the Olympics is a charade to cover up the fact that they are the most tyrannical and oppressive regime on the planet”.

Related: North Korea criticises Trump’s ‘sinister’ State of the Union address

Continue reading…

NIOSHTIC-2 Publications Search – 20042357 – Lifting the lid on toilet plume aerosol: a literature review with suggestions for future research.

The potential risks associated with “toilet plume” aerosols produced by flush toilets is a subject of continuing study. This review examines the evidence regarding toilet plume bioaerosol generation and infectious disease transmission.

Source: NIOSHTIC-2 Publications Search – 20042357 – Lifting the lid on toilet plume aerosol: a literature review with suggestions for future research.

Torture, Penza, Petersburg

via aleksey godin

More information on the Russian security services’ arrest and torture of anarchists and anti-fa in Petersburg and Penza emerges. 

31 January: a picket at FSB headquarters in Moscow in support of Pavel Nikulin. Source: Journalist and Media Workers Union.

This article is part of our partnership with OVD-Info, an NGO that monitors politically-motivated arrests in Russia.

We would like to stress how important it is to sign an agreement on legal representation with a good lawyer, designate an authorized representative who in case of your arrest will know what to do, and also to strengthen the security of your electronic devices.  

Last week, we reported that the computer programmer Viktor Filinkov went missing on his way to Pulkovo airport and two days later a court remanded him in custody on charges of terrorism.

– The day following Filinkov’s arrest he was visited in detention by members of the local Public Oversight Commission. The observers identified numerous traces of burns from an electric shock device on his chest and on his right thigh, and also a bruise on his right ankle. Filinkov has said that people in masks took him to a forest, beat him for five hours, and demanded that he make a confession using specific words they insisted he should learn by heart. In other  words, he was tortured.

– Filinkov’s lawyer says that when he visited his client in a pre-trial detention centre, an attempt was made to open his bag containing documents, a telephone and a laptop.  

Viktor Filinkov. Source: Facebook.
– Filinkov also said that he was visited in the remand centre by an FSB officer who had taken part in the torture. He told the computer programmer that the “games being played by the Public Oversight Commission” were not in his best interests and sought to persuade the young person to collaborate with him.

– On 25 January, Igor Shishkin, a Petersburg resident, went missing after he took his dog for a walk. Law enforcement officers subsequently turned up at his apartment with the dog and proceeded to conduct a search of the property. The Court remanded Shishkin in custody on the same charges as Filinkov. Journalists were not allowed into the court hearing and some were detained. Those who saw Shishkin in court reported that he was covered in bruises..

– “Don’t write to me, don’t bring me anything, go away, the farther the better, and don’t ask about me, it’s all over with me”: we have published an article about the terrorism investigation ongoing in Penza, out of which the prosecution and torture of St Petersburg left-wing activists has derived. The defendants in the case have alleged unlawful use of force, torture, psychological pressure and the planting of weapons by FSB officers.

– MediaZona has published the story of one other Petersburg resident Igor Kapustin, who works as an industrial climber, who has been tortured by means of electric shocks and questioned about Penza.

The home of journalist Pavel Nikulin was searched. He has been questioned as a witness in a terrorism case.

– The law enforcement officials visited Nikulin on account of his article “From Kaluga on Jihad,” published in The New Times. The article contained an interview with a Kaluga resident  who “became disappointed with Russia, anarchism and the workers’ struggle,” adopted Islam and left to fight in Syria.

Pavel Nikulin’s apartment after it was searched by police on 31 January. Source: Telegram.

– The investigation, in which Nikulin figures as a witness, has been brought under Article 205.3 of the Criminal Code (undergoing training for the purposes of carrying out terrorist activities). The authorities seized electronic equipment, t-shirts and a copy of the unofficially published (“samizdat”) journal Moloko plus.

In St Petersburg, human rights defender Dinar Idrisov was severely beaten.

– Idrisov’s arm was broken and he requires a major operation. In addition, he also suffered a broken cheekbone, a head injury and concussion. Idrisov does not know the cause of the attack, but does not exclude that it could have been related to his Facebook post about the arrests of Filinkov and Shishkin.

Dinar Idrisov after he was attacked on 28 January. Source: Facebook.

On Sunday, people supporting Alexey Navalny’s call for a “Voters’ Boycott” protested in Russian cities

– In total, 371 people in various cities were arrested. Lists of those detained can be seen here, and the outcomes of the court hearings here.

The historian Yury Dmitriev and mathematician Dmitry Bogatov have been released under travel restrictions, the former from pre-trial detention and the latter from house arrest. Hooray!

Thank you

As the elections draw ever closer there is more and more work to do. Help us continue our work now and in the difficult months before and after the 2018 election campaign here. You can volunteer to work with us here.



‘Read On’ Sidebox: 

OVD-Info is a crowdfunded organisation. Find out how you can help them here.

CC by NC 4.0

Where Germans Voted For The Nazis in 1933

the 40% fools who never realize they will also suffer!

1933 German Elections results in which the Nazis got the most votes

Map created by Korny78 via Wikimedia

One important fact to remember about that the Nazis is that they were originally democratically elected into office. The map above shows where National Socialist German Workers Party (Nazi) support was the highest in the election of March 3rd, 1933.

It would turn out to be the last somewhat “free,” multi-party German election held across all of Germany until December 2nd, 1990, after German reunification.

However, it’s also important to note that while the Nazis won the most seats in 1933, they did not win a majority of them or the popular vote.

Support varied widely across the country. It was highest in the former Prussian territories in the north-east of Germany (with the exception of Berlin) and much weaker in the west and south of the country, which had, up until 1871, been independent German states.

Across Germany as a whole, the Nazis won 43.91% of the popular vote and got 44.51% of the seats. This made them by far the largest party in the German Reichstag, but still without a clear majority mandate. And this was after the Communists and Social Democrats were intimidated and attacked by SA brownshirts throughout the election.

After Hitler’s failed Beer Hall Putch, in November 1923, the Nazis charged tactics and began to focus on electoral success rather than trying to take power in a coup.

The party first entered the Reichstag in the May the following year, winning 6.5% of the popular vote, but coming in 6th place overall. The party would continue to remain on the fringes of German politics throughout the 1920’s, with support dropping to just 2.6% in 1928.

However, the onset of the Great Depression massively rived Hitler’s fortunes with the Nazis winning 18.25% in September 1930, becoming the second largest party in Germany. This was then followed by the July 1932 election where Hitler and the Nazis finally become the largest party in the Reichstag, with 37.3% of the vote.

This would be the first of three electoral “victories” for Hitler. However, without a majority and with a strong showing from the Communists, he could not form a government but neither could the parties that supported the Weimar Republic. The stage was set for round two.

In November 1932, fresh elections were held across Germany with the Nazis remaining the biggest party, but with 2 million fewer votes than in July, dropping their share of the vote to 33.1%.

While it was a blow to Nazi support, Hitler was invited by Reich President Paul von Hindenburg with support from former Chancellor Franz von Papen to become Chancellor of Germany on January 30th, 1933 (von Papen was made Vice-Chancellor).

Finally, to try and secure an outright majority and an absolute mandate Hitler decided to a call one last election in March 1933. You can see Nazi support in the map above, with national breakdown by party below:

Following, the election results Hitler decide he was done with electoral politics.

He managed to get support from the right-wing DNVP and the Catholic Centre Party (in return for sporting the Reichskonkordat) while blocking some Social Democrats from the Reichstag to win a 2/3rd majority needed to pass the Enabling Act. Thus giving him dictatorial powers (although supposedly having to be renewed every 4 years).

Therefore, while clearly not all, or even a majority of Germans voted for Hitler, enough did that he was given the opportunity to seize power.

Interestingly, many of the areas that had the strongest support for him are now no longer part of Germany, but were ceded to Poland and the Soviet Union. Also Berlin, which would become Hitler’s capital, had among the lowest level of support for the Nazis.

You can learn more about Hitler coming to power and Weimar Germany from the following books:

For a look at what might have happened had Hitler won, have a look at What If Nazi Germany Won World War II? Fictional & Historical Scenarios.

Did you find this post interesting? Then please share it with a friend:

Carter Page bragged that he was an adviser to the Kremlin in a letter dated Aug. 25, 2013 obtained by TIME. …

Carter Page bragged that he was an adviser to the Kremlin in a letter dated Aug. 25, 2013 obtained by TIME.

Carter Page bragged that he was an adviser to the Kremlin in a letter dated Aug. 25, 2013 obtained by TIME. …

Huge increase in arrests of homeless in L.A. — but mostly for minor offenses – “Black, brown, poor, homeless – tactics at turning people into roaches the same – shameful harassment! 

Many arrests are for unpaid tickets, a Times analysis finds. Police say arrests are a necessary tool, while homeless advocates see a revolving door of debt and jail stays.

Source: Huge increase in arrests of homeless in L.A. — but mostly for minor offenses