Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Society's Degeneration Nearly Complete: New Marijuana Soda to Launch in February

How about a refreshing Canna Cola? A company based in Soquel, Calif., has created a new line of soda pot — or, marijuana soda — that it plans to launch in Colorado in February.

Canna Cola isn't the first marijuana soda on the market, but its designer Clay Butler, who said he has never used marijuana or smoked a cigarette but is a "firm believer that adults have an inalienable right to think, eat, smoke, drink, ingest, decorate, dress any way they choose," told the Santa Cruz Sentinel that his beverage collection will be distinguished by marketing. "You look at all the marijuana products out there, and they are so mom-and-pop, hippie-dippy and rinky-dink," he said.

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Scientists to launch giant 'fishing net' to pick up space junk that threatens to destroy communications on Earth

Japan's space agency has teamed up with a fishing net company to pick up debris in Earth's orbit using a giant net.

A Pentagon report warned last year that there is so much junk whizzing around Earth that any collision in space could cause a knock-on effect that would destroy vital communications satellites.

Now the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Nitto Seimo Co plan to solve the problem by sweeping up damaged satellites and space shuttles.

They will attach the thin metal net, which is several miles wide, to a satellite and then launch the pair into space.

Once in orbit, the net will be released at which point it will start picking up space junk in its path during a journey that is expected to last several weeks.

U.S. warned atomic arms race in Middle East and Asia could lead to nuclear war / Wikileaks

An atomic arms race in the Middle East and Asia has the ‘direct potential to lead to nuclear war’, the U.S. warned according to WikiLeaks files.

North Korea, Iran and Syria are all trying to produce long-range missiles which could be fired outside the region.

The U.S. have intervened to prevent Syria getting their hands on materials used in making chemical and biological weapons.

Secret files said there are fears of conflict breaking out in the area.

Relations between India and Pakistan are believed to represent the biggest risk of a full scale war in the region – and both states have nuclear weapons.

The Pentagon estimated that if an atomic conflict was to break out between them 12 million people could die.

And the cables reveal how much effort North Korea and Syria are putting in to getting hold of the materials to make chemical and biological weapons.

At a non-proliferation meeting in 2008, the U.S. warned in a secret briefing: ‘a nuclear and missile arms race (in South Asia) has the direct potential to lead to nuclear war in the world's most densely populated area and a region of increasing global economic significance'.

The cables, leaked to the Daily Telegraph, said that U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice intervened to stop Syria buying materials used to produce chemical weapons from India.

Some fins up! 100,000 sharks mass off Florida's beaches



This is quite a shark tale.

Pilot Steve Irwin was astonished after spotting a mass of more than 100,000 sharks swimming just 100 yards off Florida's sandy beaches.

The long-time fisherman and marine technology expert was cruising 300ft above the clear waters in his helicopter on Sunday when he came across the astonishing scene.

The 50-year-old - who shares his name with the late Australian 'Crocodile Hunter' - whipped out his smartphone to capture the masses of deadly predators, which spanned a 20-mile stretch of water.

The sharks - believed to be Spinners, between 3ft and 7ft long - were heading north and swimming parallel to the east coast's idyllic white beaches between Fort Lauderdale and exclusive Jupiter Island.

'It's common to see large predatory sharks come in and feed on schools of bait-fish - the odd thing was I didn't see any bait-fish at all!' Read more...

United states of emergency: Millions suffer blackouts and blizzards as nationwide storm cripples country (and worst is yet to come)

- President briefed on storm and national emergency plans are being prepared.
- Residents urged to stay in their homes and only travel if necessary.
- Thousands of flights cancellations as airports are snowed under.
- Fears it could be worse than the Great Chicago Storm of 1967.

In an extraordinary message the National Weather Service described it as a 'life-threatening storm'

'Do not travel! Stay inside! Strong winds and blinding snow will make travel nearly impossible,' it said in a statement.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has urged residents to prepare themselves for the onslaught.

'A storm of this size and scope needs to be taken seriously,' said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, who warned that 'it's critical that the public does its part to get ready.'

The worst storm in decades stretched more than 2,000 miles from Texas to Maine, across a third of the country and is expected to hit around 100million people. Read more...

World ‘on brink of nuclear 9/11’ as Al Qaeda plans large ‘dirty’ bomb / Wikileaks

- UK fear 'rogue scientist' could smuggle nuclear material
- Trafficking thwarted in Kazakstan, Lisbon and Africa
- Jihadists building 'workable and efficient' chemical weapons
- FBI hunt Qatari trio who 'surveyed' targets for 9/11 attackers

Al Qaeda is attempting to stockpile ‘dirty’ radioactive explosives that could be used to target British troops or for a larger urban attack, it has emerged.

New diplomatic documents released by WikiLeaks show that U.S. intelligence personnel have been informed of terrorist attempts to acquire dangerous amounts of uranium and plutonium.

The cables warn of a large trafficking operation of chemical weapons material and threats of a ‘nuclear 9/11’ unless the West intervenes swiftly.

Security chiefs briefed a Nato meeting in January 2009 that Al Qaeda was planning a programme of ‘dirty radioactive improvised explosive devices (IEDs)’. Read more...

The lost tribe staring extinction in the face: Extraordinary new pictures of life in the depths of the Amazon jungle

These incredibly detailed photographs offer a unique insight into the lives of one of the world's last uncontacted tribes.

Spears aloft, faces daubed with vivid red paint these bewildered villagers stare up at the helicopter high above them.

For them, as for those who saw them, it was a remarkable moment as the group live in total isolation in the dense Amazon rainforest along the Brazilian-Peruvian border.

The aerial images were taken by Brazilian authorities, who have been monitoring the group for some time, and - concerned about their welfare - they have handed them to British charity Survival International, and other NGOs, in the hope that they can help protect their territory and preserve their isolated existence. Read more...

Ex-China Foreign Ministry Official says Extraterrestrials live among us

In the industrialized West, there evolved the prevailing Pseudo-religious dogma that human beings are at the centre of 'G-d's creation in the universe'. This dogma is the ideological motivation behind the on-going de-legitimization of the verfiable contact that people have had with Extraterrestrials (ETs).

This apparent dogma has become the modern equivalent of the corresponding dogma, that "the world is flat", which Church and other elites centuries ago used to champion. In contrast, free of Western pseudo-religious based dogma, the Buddhist milieu of China, has freed their scientific community, with the support of government, and ofcommunity participation, to seek to explore UFO incidences and evidence of human contact with Extraterrestrials.

What is dogma?

'Dogma' is a system of obfuscations, propaganda and related ideology, which elites present as "truth", with the aim to maintain social control, and toexpand their own hold on power. Other examples of current operating dogma include schemes of socialization that aim to convince people that "capitalism promotes freedom and democracy", that "privatization is a good thing", and that "economic protectionism is a bad thing".

A notable example of dogma, in the context of the so-called 'War on Terrorism', is that "the U.S. and its coalition partners are waging war in Iraq and Afghanistan not subtantively for oil, but to promote human rights;" meanwhile well-documented human destruction, suffering and oppression worsen. Read More..

Nearly 65,000 evacuated after 4.8 Magnitude earthquake hits China's Yunnan province

BEIJING, China — State media say an earthquake that jolted Yunnan province Tuesday in southwest China has forced the evacuation of 64,500 people, although there have been no reported injuries.

The official Xinhua News Agency said Wednesday that the 4.8-magnitude quake in Yingjiang county damaged homes in the rural area.

It said tents, clothing and food have been sent to the area. Source..

The quake hit Yingjiang County of Dai-Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture of Dehong at 3:11 p.m. Beijing Time.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10 kilometers, was located at 24.7 degrees north latitude and 97.9 degrees east longitude.

Mid-East protest contagion fears for Saudi oil fields


"Yemen, Sudan, Jordan and Syria all look vulnerable. However, the greatest risk in terms of both probability and severity is in Saudi Arabia," said a report by risk consultants Exclusive Analysis.

While markets have focused on possible disruption to the Suez Canal, conduit for 8pc of global shipping, it is unlikely that Egyptian leaders of any stripe would cut off an income stream worth $5bn (£3.1bn) a year to the Egyptian state.

"I don't think the Egyptians will ever dare to touch it," said Opec chief Abdalla El-Badri, adding that the separate Suez oil pipeline is "very well protected". The canal was blockaded after the Six Days War in 1967.

There has been less focus on the risk of instability spreading to Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province, headquarters of the Saudi oil giant Aramco. The region boasts the vast Safaniya, Shaybah and Ghawar oilfields. "This is potentially far more dangerous," said Faysal Itani, Mid-East strategist at Exclusive.

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IMF raises spectre of civil wars as global inequalities worsen


Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the IMF's chief, said the economic rebound across the world is built on unstable foundations, with many rich nations still strapped in job slumps while the rising powers of China, India and Brazil already facing the threat of overheating. "It is not the recovery we wanted. It is a recovery beset by tensions and strain, which could even sow the seeds of the next crisis," he said.

"Global unemployment remains at record highs, with widening income inequality adding to social strains," he said, citing turmoil in North Africa as a prelude to what may happen as 400m youths join the workforce over the next decade. "We could see rising social and political instability within nations – even war," he said.

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Clinton convenes mass meeting of 260 U.S. ambassadors

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is convening an unprecedented mass meeting of U.S. ambassadors.

The top envoys from nearly all of America's 260 embassies, consulates and other posts in more than 180 countries will be gathering at the State Department beginning on Monday. Officials say it's the first such global conference.

The gathering comes at a time of crisis in Egypt that could reshape dynamics in the Middle East, fallout from leaked diplomatic documents and congressional calls for sweeping cuts in foreign aid.

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Calfornia is becoming a Third World state

The last three weeks I have traveled about, taking the pulse of the more forgotten areas of central California. I wanted to witness, even if superficially, what is happening to a state that has the highest sales and income taxes, the most lavish entitlements, the near-worst public schools (based on federal test scores), and the largest number of illegal aliens in the nation, along with an overregulated private sector, a stagnant and shrinking manufacturing base, and an elite environmental ethos that restricts commerce and productivity without curbing consumption.

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Canada's banks not so much stronger than U.S.'s

Despite their reputation, Canada’s six largest banks do not necessarily have stronger balance sheets under new global banking rules than their major U.S. counterparts, a new report has found.

In a study of large Canadian and U.S. banks, Canaccord Genuity analyst Mario Mendonca said Canada’s biggest lenders, on average, have lower Tier 1 capital ratios than seven of the largest U.S. banks. Tier 1 capital can be easily liquidated to help a bank absorb losses in a financial crisis, and is considered a key measure of financial strength.

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Housing Armageddon: 12 Facts Which Show That We Are In The Midst Of The Worst Housing Collapse In U.S. History

We are officially in the middle of the worst housing collapse in U.S. history - and unfortunately it is going to get even worse. Already, U.S. housing prices have fallen further during this economic downturn (26 percent), then they did during the Great Depression (25.9 percent). Approximately 11 percent of all homes in the United States are currently standing empty. In fact, there are many new housing developments across the U.S. that resemble little more than ghost towns because foreclosures have wiped them out. Mortgage delinquencies and foreclosures reached new highs in 2010, and it is being projected that banks and financial institutions will repossess at least a million more U.S. homes during 2011. Meanwhile, unemployment is absolutely rampant and wage levels are going down at a time when mortgage lending standards have been significantly tightened. That means that there are very few qualified buyers running around out there and that is going to continue to be the case for quite some time to come. When you add all of those factors up, it leads to one inescapable conclusion. The "housing Armageddon" that we have been experiencing since 2007 is going to get even worse in 2011.

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