According to some reports, upwards of 100,000 protesters are planning widespread disruption of next week’s G20 summit being held in London. Fears of violent clashes has forced Scotland Yard to cancel all police leave and London has been put on high alert.
The G20 is the largest gathering of world leaders in the UK for more than half a century and will cost British taxpayers more than £20 million to stage with much of the money being spent on an unprecedented security operation.
Anarchist Chris Knight, a 66-year-old professor known as “Mr. Mayhem” and leader of a group at the heart of the demonstrations is calling for guillotining bank executives and targeting London firms that fail to turn off their lights to commemorate “Earth Hour” with threats of break-ins and property damage.
Knight “strongly suggests bankers should stay away from the City next week. If you’re thinking of coming in, my advice is don’t. People are incandescent about your bonuses and the way you’ve destroyed their lives. We plan to lay siege to the financiers who have brought us into this recession and who continue to pursue policies that are destroying our planet”.
As for the police, “if they want violence, they’ll get it”, adds Knight, a former member of Labour’s extreme Left-wing Militant Tendency who now calls himself a revolutionary communist. “We intend to be peaceful but if they press their nuclear button, I’ll press mine. It’s called mutually assured destruction’. If Gordon Brown deploys his riot police, or sends in his agents provocateurs to start trouble as an excuse to attack us, all hell will break loose.”
Makes you wonder why the G20 leaders didn’t just have a videoconference.
Okay, okay… I know, Alex Jones is a kooky demagogue; but if you put that aside and ignore the ominous music track, darkly arresting visuals, heavy-handed Illuminati/Masonic references and intimations of a New World Order conspiracy… there’s something to be said for his theory.
Well, at least in name. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the site, says the signature 1,776-foot skyscraper replacing the towers destroyed on Sept. 11, 2001, will now be officially be known as “One World Trade Center” and the building will be marketed under that name. Port Authority Chairman Anthony Coscia says the building’s legal name is “the one that’s easiest for people to identify with.” Hmmm.
Perhaps adding to the deeply ironic symbolism involved here, the change came after board members voted to sign a 21-year lease deal with Vantone, a Chinese real estate giant closely affiliated with the PRC’s Communist government, which will become the first commercial tenant at Ground Zero.
British author, corporate policy advisor and self-styled “renegade economist” Fred Harrison argues that British Prime Minster Gordon Brown ruined the U.K.’s economy and exposed people to an economic meltdown which could have been avoided had it not been for his delusional thinking and catastrophic mismanagement both as Chancellor and now Prime Minster.
Update: Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan “rips the bark off” Gordon Brown with a three minute tirade following a speech the British PM had delivered to the European Parliament in Strasbourg in advance of the G20 summit in London.
Life imitating art, but not in a funny way.
You’d really think there might be something on the psychological aptitude tests given to aspiring police recruits that would screen out complete assholes and sociopaths, now wouldn’t you?
Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle said he was “embarrassed and disappointed” by a police officer who kept an NFL player in a hospital parking lot for over 20 minutes running warrant and insurance checks before writing him a ticket for
driving while black running a red light while the player’s mother-in-law died inside the building.