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offsite link Here Comes China: Xi Jinping?s speech, Major geo-political events, Joint naval patrol, Shangri-La w... Mon Oct 25, 2021 17:27 | amarynth
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By Zamir Awan for the Saker Blog While praising Pakistan and admiring Pakistan?s achievements on the status of implementations of the Financial Action Task Force?s (FATF) recommendations, FATF President Dr.

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offsite link A commented reading of Putin?s speech at Valdai Sun Oct 24, 2021 21:19 | The Saker
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The Daily Sceptic

offsite link Rishi Sunak to Announce £6 Billion Spending Package to Fight Growing NHS Backlog Mon Oct 25, 2021 09:59 | Luke Perry
Rishi Sunak is preparing to announce £6 billion spending package for the NHS to tackle the record patient backlog.
The post Rishi Sunak to Announce £6 Billion Spending Package to Fight Growing NHS Backlog appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link Are We Starting to See the Impact of Lockdown on Mortality? Mon Oct 25, 2021 08:30 | Noah Carl
September was the first month of the year in which several causes of death other than Covid were above their five-year averages. After months of disruption, are we now seeing the impact of lockdown on mortality?
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offsite link News Round-Up Sun Oct 24, 2021 23:21 | Michael Curzon
A summary of all the most interesting stories that have appeared about politicians? efforts to control the virus ? and other acts of hubris and folly ? not just in Britain, but around the world.
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offsite link Boris Admits the Vaccine ?Doesn?t Protect You Against Catching the Disease, and It Doesn?t Protect Y... Sun Oct 24, 2021 22:59 | Will Jones
The Prime Minister has admitted that the vaccines don't prevent infection or transmission. Will he now join the dots and accept vaccines don't protect others, and thus abandon all vaccine coercion?
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offsite link Record Number of Booster Vaccine Doses Given on Saturday Sun Oct 24, 2021 18:24 | Michael Curzon
Following weeks of 'nudges' from the Government, a record number of booster Covid vaccine doses were given on Saturday. Officials are warning that the success of the roll-out is key for a restriction-free winter.
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Voltaire Network
Voltaire, international edition

offsite link Rapprochement between USA and Saudi Arabia Fri Oct 22, 2021 18:15 | en

offsite link Bashar al-Assad is no longer objectionable Fri Oct 22, 2021 17:37 | en

offsite link Mali accuses France of training the terrorists it professes to fight Wed Oct 20, 2021 11:19 | en

offsite link The Western economic system is coming to an end, by Thierry Meyssan Tue Oct 19, 2021 08:58 | en

offsite link Apple intends to rummage through your smartphone ... without your knowledge Sun Oct 17, 2021 17:03 | en

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Minutes for May 6th 2008

This contains Meeting Minutes for Tue 6th May 2008 and the agenda and actions to be taken.
Tues 6th May 2008, 9pm - 10:30pm in IFC.
5 members of collective attended

Agenda
1) Process for server failures
2) Recent Bans
3) Reddy's Front Page layout
4) Outreach
5) Quality Issues
6) AOB

1) Process for server failures
It was agreed that all the techies would exchange passwords.

2) It was noted that the recent vote to unban MC. was carried.
Action: Ter to remove ban.

3) Reddy's Front Page
A very rough mockup of this is available at page NewFrontPageDemo. There was some discussion around various designs. It would be desirable to have thumbnail photos and a drop down list of a subset of the main topics to allow further feature selection.
There was some discussion of a promoted newswire and this may be incorporated. Also to check again the UK and NY Indy sites
Action: In 3 weeks to vote on the current front page demo with a view to adopting it as the new front page.

4) Outreach
General discussion said we should focus on people involved in Unions, NGOs and political groups and maybe do this via a focus leaflet distribution to these groups.

James is considering doing a survey. Plan is to do one to sample our readers to determine what are the most important things we should address.

Action 1: Reddy to email the PDF of the text of the leaflet that we had been working on and for this to be placed on a static page on the site.
Action 2: Ter to email results of 2003 limited survey to collective for ideas.
Action 3: Collective to compile a list of potential survey questions

5) Quality Issues.
There was a general discussion about this and about various types of newswires, registered users, voting, promoted newswire and so forth to help remedy low quality. The general consensus was that everyone present would not currently recommend the site to their peers due to lack of quality.

This issue is to be discussed again after the survey is done.

The existing guidelines (No. 8) actually have quite a bit to say about article quality.

6) AOB
a) Ant proposed James & James are given Oscailt ability to edit static pages on site. Motion carried.
b) Ant proposed that Consitution be changed to allow a person to act as a list administrator and moderator at the same time. This is due to limited number of people available. Motion carried.

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