Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The American Dream: The Most Brilliant Cartoon Ever Created?

This 30 minute animated movie summarizes the entire global economic situation and financial melt down - and is a must, must-see for anyone who wants to know why we're in the mess we're in.

It touches upon the global bankers' control of the world economy, their ability to print money at whim and their suppression of mankind.

While mostly American-centric, the principles shown in this film apply to the entire world, since all nations and their currencies are today enslaved by central banks and debt-based economies.

Why to know why you can't afford anything? Want to know why there's a rich and poor? Want to know why everyone is losing their homes while a small group of people get richer by the second?

Then watch this film - you'll be glad you did, I promise.

It's best watched in hi-def, widescreen on YouTube, so the video isn't posted here. Instead, the link to the video is below.

Watch here and be informed.

Thousands of Octupuses Dead, Zero Answers

A great example of buried news, from earlier in January:

What is killing the octopus of Vila Nova de Gaia? That question has obsessed the Portuguese city — located just across the Douro River from Porto — since Jan. 2, when 1,100 lb. (500 kg) of dead octopus were found on a 1.8-mile (3 km) stretch of local beach. The following day, another 110 lb. (50 kg) appeared; later there was just one expired creature. "It's very strange that so many should be killed, and in such a confined area," says Nuno Oliveira, director of the Gaia Biological Park, a nature refuge on the outskirts of Vila Nova de Gaia. "There's nothing in the scientific literature for this kind of mass mortality among octopus."

Twelve hundred pounds is a lot of dead cephalopod, especially when no one seems to know for sure what killed them. Local biologists have ruled out pollution or contamination because no other species were affected. And although some suggest that perhaps a boat, illegally fishing the multilegged creatures, threw them overboard in a panicked attempt to avoid detection, that possibility also seems unlikely. "The sea has been very rough," says Oliveira. "No one has been out fishing for days."

Watch a BBC video of the incident here.
Read more at Time Magazine here.

7,2 Magnitude EARTHQUAKE Hits SouthEastern Pakistan 18/01/2011

Tuesday Jan 18th 2011 at 20.23.26 UTC A earthquake hit Southeastern Pakistan measuring 7.2 Magnitude.

The debth of the earthquake set by the locations program measured in at 84 km

The last large earthquake to hit Pakistan was in 2008 measuring in at 6.4 Magnitude and was the result of 166 Fatalities

Information Sourced from USGS


Update 19/01/2011

A strong earthquake hit south west Pakistan collapsing walls and damaging buildings in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The 7.2 magnitude earthquake could be felt as far as Delhi and the Gulf, but Pakistani officials said there were no immediate reports of casualties.

The United States' Geological Survey said the epicentre was around 30 miles west of Dalbandin at a depth of about 50 miles.

Television showed people fleeing in terror into the night when the earthquake struck at 1:23 am (8.23pm GMT).

Pakistan's Meteorological Department predicted aftershocks for the next week.

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Chinese Troops Enter North Korea - But Why?

Chinese troops have been stationed in the special economic zone of Rajin-Sonbong in North Korea, sources said Friday.

This would be the first time since Chinese troops withdrew from the Military Armistice Commission in the truce village of Panmunjom in December 1994 that they have been stationed in the North.

"Pyongyang and Beijing have reportedly discussed the matter of stationing a small number of Chinese troops in the Rajin-Sonbong region to guard port facilities China has invested in," a Cheong Wa Dae official said. "If it's true, they're apparently there to protect either facilities or Chinese residents rather than for political or military reasons."

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UFO 2011: V- Shaped formation recorded over USA 10-Jan-2011

Latest UFO sightings video 2011 - This footage of V-shaped formation was allegedly recorded somewhere in United States on Monday, 10th January 2011.

A week on, Brazil still counting dead from floods

Brazil: A week after the deadliest mudslides Brazil has ever seen, the country is still counting the dead and struggling to bring succor to survivors.

The death toll was climbing towards 700 as emergency crews were finally able to get past blocked roads and recover bodies from remote villages in the Serrana region near Rio de Janeiro.

As of early Tuesday, a total of 676 dead had been tallied, according to the government news agency Agencia Brasil.

Seven hundred military personnel have been sent to the disaster zone, to help 800 emergency workers already there.

The government has pledged 450 million dollars in aid, 60 million of which has been released immediately.

Brazilian media called it the worst disaster of its type in the country's history, surpassing 1967 mudslides that killed 437 people in a coastal town.

The catastrophe struck last Wednesday in the early hours as families were sleeping.

Seasonal rains, normally heavy anyway, suddenly intensified unimaginably because of a cold front, dumping a month's worth of water in a few hours.

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Market town shaken by “unexplained” loud bangs

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

A market town was shaken by a huge explosion after an ”unexplained” occurrence left terrified residents believing that a meteorite had crashed to earth.

Locals in Saffron Walden, Essex, called 999 at 8pm on Sunday to report an earthquake after homes shook, furniture moved and windows rattled.

Two loud bangs resounded through the medieval town, prompting suggestions that there had been a plane crash or a meteorite landing nearby.

Noises were heard as far as six miles away in Thaxted and residents of Haverhill, Cambs., 13 miles away reported thuds, moving furniture and shaking houses.

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UK Joins US in Debt Race: British Debt Surpasses £1 Trillion

Briton’s national debt passed the £1 trillion mark yesterday and continues to rise at a rate of £7,000 every second.

The £1,000,000,000,000 owed by UK plc equates to £40,000 for every household and is likely to take decades to pay off. The government must pay £43 billion in interest alone to service its debt every year. That is the equivalent of nearly £120 million a day and more than the country spends on defence.

The staggering figure was reached at 5pm yesterday evening when the “debt clock” on Debtbombshell.com, a website set up by tax campaigners to demonstrate how much the debt crisis will cost us all to repay, notched up 13 figures for the first time. The government estimate that debt levels will continue to rise despite Conservative austerity measures and are likely to reach £1.2 trillion by April 2012.

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US Debt Hurtles Past $14 Trillion, Nears Ceiling

The United States just passed a dubious milestone: Government debt surged to an all-time high, passing $14 trillion - $45,300 for every person in the country.

That means Congress soon will have to lift the legal debt ceiling to give the almost maxed-out government an even higher credit limit or dramatically cut spending to stay under the current cap. Either way, a fight is ahead on Capitol Hill, inflamed by the passions of tea party activists and deficit hawks.

Each side is blaming the other for an approaching economic train wreck as Washington wrestles with how to keep the government in business and avoid defaulting on global financial obligations.

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Mysterious sinkhole threatens farmer's house

The huge chasm formed overnight outside his family home in Leshan, Sichuan Province.

The 58-year-old explained that he first became aware that something dramatic was happening when he heard a loud roaring sound at 2am.

Startled, he went to investigate, and discovered a massive pit was opening up in front of him.

To date, no one is quite sure just how deep it is. Mr Fengrong tried to measure its depth using a rope attached to a heavy iron, but after 40-feet of rope was lowered into the gloom, it still hadn’t touched the bottom.

Hundreds of steers mysteriously turn up dead in Wisconsin

In the latest of a string of mysterious animal deaths taking place across the globe, the Portage County, Wisc., Sheriff's Department recently issued a press release about 200 steers that were found dead on a farm field in the Town of Stockton. Preliminary tests by the owner's veterinarian showed that the steers died of atypical interstitial pneumonia (AIP), but authorities reportedly also sent samples to Madison for further testing.

According to reports, the steers did not respond to treatments given them after the first signs of symptoms, and all died within 12 hours. The owner has not provided comment to reporters about the situation.

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UPDATE: 19/01/2011
200 cattle dead on a Portage County farm. The sheriff says a virus is to blame. The farmer blames pneumonia. The sheriff says it's no a threat to humans or animals. But the financial loss is devastating. Early last week J.M. Farms lost about $300,000 in cattle.

Newsline 9 talked with the owner. He wanted to make clear the cattle died from pneumonia. He says right now they're going to find the source of the problem and cure that. The vet told him he believes several factors may be involved, including the weather and the feed. Read More...

More dead birds fall from the sky, loud noise blamed for first set of deaths


The apocalypse-implying event on New Year’s Eve where thousands of birds fell from the sky after having spontaneously died mid-flight in Arkansas was slightly more alarming when considered alongside the fact that thousands more fish seemingly died en masse not too far from the bird holocaust.

However, neither of these two events were isolated- another group similar birds also dropped dead from the sky around the same time, hundreds of miles away in Louisiana. Discussing the second “occurrence” (does that put anyone else in mind of an M. Night Shyamalan-type film?) in Pointe Coupee Parish, State Wildlife Veterinarian Jim LaCour said the happenstance of birds dropping from skies en masse hundreds miles away from one another was (although creepy as a motherbitch) documented:

“Underlying disease, starvation and cold fronts where birds can’t get their body heat up” have caused similar occurrences “in various species over the years,” he said.

A “loud noise,” possibly from holiday fireworks, was initially blamed for the mass deaths, but it is unclear if such an event would affect the second set of birds as well as the estimated 80-100,000 dead fish. Necropsies performed on the first set of dead birds indicated at least some died of “deadly blood clots.”

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Hundreds of Dead Blackbirds Found Along I-65 In Athens

ATHENS, AL —

Wednesday morning, we got a handful of emails and phone calls from viewers who said there appeared to be a massive bird kill on the side of Interstate 65 in Limestone County. That's exactly what we found when we got there.

Just south of Athens, near mile marker 347, there were around 300 dead blackbirds just off the side of the northbound lanes.

The viewers who called us said the birds seemed to just fall from the sky, but we spoke to a wildlife biologist at the scene who says there is an explanation for what happened.

"What it appears to us right now is that the birds were feeding alongside the road," said Mitchell Marks. "The flock flushed, flew out into a vehicle and we've got this kill here along the road."

All of the dead birds had clear signs of trauma, but Marks collected a few to examine them.

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Dead birds found in Alabama: Governement silent on bird deaths in 5 US states


Three hundred dead birds fell from the sky in Alabama on Friday. The carcasses of grackles, who appear similar to blackbirds, were found along Interstate 65 in Alabama. Wildlife biologist, Bill Gates told WAFF television he saw the bodies of the dead birds scattered all over the snow along the side of the highway.
Scientists have not confirmed if the mysterious Alabama bird deaths are related to other sudden birds deaths being reported on Arkansas, Kentucky and Louisiana and California.
On New Year’s Eve, 5,000 blackbirds died suddenly in Beebe, Arkansas. Two days later, 500 blackbirds fell dead in Pointe Coupee Parish Louisiana.

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East Coast Fish Die-Offs Linked to Extreme Cold Snap


The death of 2 million fish in Chesapeake Bay isn’t a sign of apocalypse, historical or otherwise, but it does offer a chance to consider what could happen if colder winters become routine in the eastern United States.

Some climatologists have proposed that, paradoxically, a warming Arctic will actually push cold air south, producing patterns like the one believed to have caused the Chesapeake fish kill.

If cold snaps grow deeper even as year-round temperatures rise, Chesapeake Bay’s ecosystems would adapt — but perhaps not, as is usually forecast, through the northward migration of warm-loving species, but by favoring species that can handle extremes.

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What Caused the Fish Death Still Unknown (100.000 dead drum-fish)

An Arkansas Game and Fish Commission official has ruled out one of the potential causes of death for the fish in the Arkansas River.

The speculation of parasites and bacteria killing fish has been eliminated.

According to fisheries division Chief Mark Oliver, it will take three more weeks to determine if a virus killed the 80,000 to 100,000 drum fish. The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will be testing samples of the fish in their fish-disease diagnostic laboratory to determine the cause.

On December 29, a tugboat operator first noted the dead fish near the Roseville community boat ramp. The fish were seen for nearly 20 miles, from the Ozark-Jeta Taylor Lock and Dam near Ozark to near Hartman.

River pollution was also eliminated as a cause of death by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality.

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Mystery over death of 5,000 birds and 100,000 fish in small US town

Up to 5,000 dead birds rained down on a small US town of Beebe in Arkansas - just 1 day after 100,000 fish were found washed up on the banks of a nearby river.

The red-winged blackbirds, found scattered across the roads, roofs and gardens in Beebe Arkansas, showed signs of 'physical trauma', said Karen Rowe of the state's game and fish commission.

They could of been hit by 'lightning or high-altitude hail' just before midnight on New Year's eve, when heavy storms struck the region, she added.

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Haiti - Environment : Dozens of fish died mysteriously in the Lake Azuei

27/12/2010 - Dozens of dead fish were found in recent days on the shores of the "√©tang Saum√Ętre". This water surface, covering an area of 170 sq km, is also known as Lake Azuei and is located about thirty kilometers east of Port-au-Prince, to the southeast of Haiti in the "plaine du Cul de Sac" and adjacent to the border with the Dominican Republic.

Alerted to the situation by the people, the Haitian authorities were preparing Sunday to prohibit the consumption and sale of fish and other products from the lake in several riverside towns, said Michel Chancy, the Secretary of State of Haiti animal production.

Fish and water samples were sent to the national laboratory but also in Mexico, for analysis to determine the causes of this phenomenon. According to the testimony of residents, other animals have died after eating fish from Lake Azuei.

Towns in Australia face once-in-200-year flood

Anxious residents of towns in southernAustralia braced yesterday for once-in-200-year floods, as the government warned the rolling flood crisis could be its costliest natural disaster ever.

Homeowners in the southern state of Victoriaraced to defend their properties from swollen river systems, as police in the northeastern state ofQueensland found the body of another flood victim in the town of Grantham.

The hub of Horsham, which lies about 300km northwest of the Victorian state capital Melbourne, is expected to be one of the worst-hit towns in the region, where more than 40 villages have already been affected.

“It’s predicted to be a one-in-200-year event,” said a Victoria emergency services spokeswoman as rivers burst their banks following heavy rains fuelled by a strong La Nina weather pattern.


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Chemical spill sends 19 to hospital in Marlboro

A chemical reaction inside a Marlboro factory yesterday sent 19 people to local hospitals as a precaution, fire officials said.

Firefighters responded to Spectrum Microwave Inc. shortly after 7 a.m. after a nearly 30-gallon plastic drum containing chemicals apparently ruptured under pressure, causing them to spill out in a lab, said Deputy Fire Chief Ron Ayotte.

All employees were evacuated. Little more than an hour after firefighters arrived, one worker began experiencing respiratory problems, and 18 people were sent to local hospitals, Ayotte said.

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