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"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.<br>The functions of every government have propensities to command at will the liberty and property of their constituents.<br>There is no safe deposit for these but with the people themselves; nor can they be safe with them without information. Where the press is free, and every man able to read, all is safe." -- Thomas Jefferson

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A British soldier with a bandage over his head smiles as he shows his helmet to the cameraman and blows the big hole straight out of it. His smile says it all.

The main reason for wearing helmets at that time was not protection from bullets, but protection from shrapnel from artillery explosions. The original caption read: "Saved by Shrapnel Helmet. While being taken to the hospital with a bandage at the field dressing station, this soldier shows the helmet which saved his life.

It’s only fitting that literally hours after the most clueless dwarf in capital markets history, Janet “No crisis in my lifetime” Yellen said that financial markets are functioning well, that the Bank of England literally panicked, and shocked markets by resuming unlimited QE.

“We haven’t seen liquidity problems develop in markets — we’re not seeing, to the best of my knowledge, the kind of deleveraging that could signify some financial stability risks,” Yellen said in answering reporters’ questions Tuesday on a trip to North Carolina.

Moscow is warning Washington and London against reckless moves that could push the situation around Ukraine to a dangerous point, Konstantin Gavrilov, head of the Russian delegation at the Vienna talks on military security and arms control, said on Wednesday.

He made the statement in a speech at the plenary session of the OSCE Forum for Security Cooperation.

More than 50 paid employees of global arms companies are working inside the UK’s Ministry of Defence, openDemocracy can reveal, sparking questions about conflicts of interest and national security.

They include nine staffers on long-term secondment from the UK’s biggest weapons manufacturer, BAE Systems, some of whom have been embedded inside the department for years.

Former Swiss intelligence officer and NATO adviser Jacques Baud on the next phase of the Russia-Ukraine war and new allegations that the US and UK undermined a peace deal that could have ended it.

The West’s aim “is not the victory of Ukraine, It’s the defeat of Russia,” Baud says. “The problem is that nobody cares about Ukraine. We have just instrumentalized Ukraine for the purpose of US strategic interests — not even European interests.”

A police department in the UK has come under fire after it appeared to defend a convicted pedophile, asserting that anyone ‘misgendering’ the individual would not be tolerated.

Mugshots of child criminals of Edwardian Britain, 1900-1910 libraryhist Wed, 09/28/2022 - 15:10

These mugshots from Edwardian Britain depict minors arrested for petty crimes and are part of the Tyne Wear Archives' extensive photographic collection.

Subjects ranged in age starting from 12 years old to 21 years which was the legal age of adulthood. These minors were arrested in the British city of North Shields.

Britain Canceling its Outstanding Paper Money alexmark Tue, 09/27/2022 - 22:52