Sunday, February 27, 2011

Defiant Wisconsin governor says state is 'broke'

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker took to the airwaves Sunday, defending his call to limit collective bargaining rights in his state because "actions speak louder than words."

The embattled first-term Republican, whose proposal has touched off a fierce nationwide debate and a series of rallies, brought his arguments to NBC's "Meet the Press."

Wisconsin is "broke," and unions use their power to block necessary cost-saving measures, Walker said. (read more)

Man-made earthquakes in Iceland - 22nd Feb 2011

Two human-induced spates of earthquakes took place in South Iceland on Sunday/Monday night and morning which have been traced to Reykjavik Energy’s activities in the area.

The first series of quakes lasted from 02.00 until 03.30 and the second, bigger spate from 05.30 to 06.00.

Both series were made up of a large number of individual earthquakes; none of which were felt in towns. The quakes took place in the Hengill area north of Hellisheidi and south of Thingvellir.


According to Icelandic Met Office geologist Sigthrudur Armansdottir, it came to light yesterday that the quakes happened because Reykjavik Energy is pumping cold water into the ground in the Hengill area, where there is a lot of geothermal heat. The cold water caused ground movements ‘similar to earthquakes’. But on closer inspection they turned out to be real earthquakes, even scientifically-speaking. Read more

NOTE: Regarding the initial article by myself earlier today, there have now been over 500 earthquakes recorded (48hrs) in the area with 5 measuring over 3 Magnitude and is showing no sign of slowing down. Could this be linked to last weeks event as mentioned above or caused by their actions?

ALERT: Seizures Now Reported in Kids Receiving Flu Vaccine -

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking into an uptick in young children having febrile seizures following a flu shot. There have now been 36 confirmed reports of such seizures during the current flu season.

All of the seizures took place less than a day after the children were given Fluzone. Fluzone is currently the sole flu shot recommended for very young children in the U.S.

"The [FDA] said recommendations for using the vaccine have not changed, nor has there been any change in flu vaccine guidance ... FDA officials said they've been paying special attention to seizure reports because of an unexplained higher rate of fevers and seizures in young children in Australia and New Zealand who got a specific flu vaccine earlier this year." Read More

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Unfortunately, the safety of these shots is highly questionable, and even more so now that the new trivalent vaccine containing influenza A, influenza B, and 2009 pandemic swine flu (H1N1) strains is being administered.

In Finland, France and Sweden, narcolepsy was reported in teenage children in response to Pandemrix monovalent swine flu vaccine, leading the Finnish government to suspend its use. In Korea, nearly 2,600 swine flu vaccine side effects were reported as of August 2010, ranging from allergic reactions to fevers to headaches—and including 10 deaths."

'Men Found Buried Alive' At Gaddafi Compound - 27th Feb 2011

Sky News has uncovered disturbing new evidence of the barbarity of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's regime in Libya east, where the opposition movement has seized control.

Libyan revolutionaries in Benghazi claim to have rescued seven prisoners that had been buried alive.

They say the group was found entombed in a small underground cell in the city's dreaded government compound - forbidden territory for 40 years, now overrun by the forces of revolution.

The rescuers said they heard voices underground and dug through earth and freshly laid concrete to discover the seven men, some of whom were barely alive.

Sky News was taken to the small underground chamber lined with breeze blocks and topped with new cement. There seems to have been no way in or out. Read More

Norway's Blue Spiral (buried news 9th Dec 2009)

A brilliant spiral-shaped pattern of light was photographed and viewed by multiple witnesses in the skies over Norway.

Maybe a coincidence that on the same day President Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize, gains respect from the world community, meets with the G20 again, introduces the 'Aliens', and declares himself and other country leaders as New World Leaders.

News stations were flooded with reports about the Russians taking responsibility for the light show that evening due to a out of control missile being fired however, some original reports coming from Russia declined the events taking place at the time, which were then changed several days later.

** Now why would the Russians be test firing a missile just outside the country that President Obama is in?

** Also did anyone else notice the image of the event disappearing from all the search engines for over a week after the event? many accused the search engines of censorship.

Many other theories followed the event over the coming weeks until the story was buried and forgotten, but no real explanation.

Giant Sink Hole Opens Up in Guatemala City (buried news 1st June 2010)

A giant sink hole in Guatemala City which swallowed up a three story building. It looks like the Borg fired a particle beam at the surface of the earth. This is one of the freakiest things I’ve ever seen.

The sink hole was caused by tropical storm Agatha and the torrential rains coupled with inadequate drainage in the capital city. The sink hole is estimated to be 120 feet deep. At least 113 people were reported killed by the storm.

Guatemala was the worst affected country, with a confirmed death toll of 92. Source

About a 1000 Dead Ducks found dead on a farm, South Korea - 27th Feb 2011

About 1,000 ducks found dead earlier this week at a farm in southern South Korea were confirmed Saturday to have been infected with a highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza, raising concern that the lethal virus is spreading in the country, officials said.

The H5A1 virus was found on the duck farm in Damyang county of South Jeolla Province, about 350 kilometers south of Seoul, quarantine officials said.

It was the 46th confirmed bird flu outbreak in the country since the first case was reported on Dec. 29. In the past two months, a record 5.5 million birds have been culled.

Quarantine officials at the province said they have been slaughtering about 13,000 ducks at poultry farms in Damyang to try to contain the spread of the virus.

"We are reinforcing quarantine measures to prevent the avian influenza from spreading here," said an official at the South Jeolla provincial government.

The spreading bird disease is a double whammy for South Korea which has been battling what many officials say is the worst-ever outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease. (Yonhap) Source

Iran: Removal of Fuel Rods from Bushehr Reactor Unrelated to Stuxnet Virus - 26th Feb 2011

Mahmoud Reza Sajadi, Iran's ambassador to Russia, denied claims that the removal of the fuel rods from Iran's nuclear reactor in Bushehr was related to the Stuxnet computer virus, and said that the rods had been removed according to a request from Moscow and in coordination with it, as part of the final testing of the reactor's functioning.

The pro-Ahmadinejad website Raja News claimed that the procedure was due to technical alterations made by the Russian company responsible for the reactor's operation. Source

Untold thousands of marine animals float dead in Amazon river & Florida - 4th Feb 2011 (buried news)

February 4, 2011MATO GROSSO DO SUL/AMAZON Region At Aquidauana, pantanal region of the Mato Grosso do Sul state, shoals of painteds, pacus, golden fishes, cacharas – and even stingrays, are floating dead in Rio Negro, one of the largest in the Amazon River basin. The estimated Environmental Policy is of that several tons of fishes died, adding that the authorities and experts, they still do not have the scale of the ecological disaster. Read More

FloridaSEBASTIAN, Fla. — Thousands of dead fish have washed up at Sebastian Inlet State Park according to WPBF u local user jhazel. Jhazel uploaded the photos Friday morning. In them, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said they believe a lack of oxygen is what killed the bait fish. “Just because there’s such a large school of them, they use up the oxygen really quickly, and because they are coming closer to shore, there’s not as high of a water turnover rate sometimes when you’re in an area with not as much tidal flow,” said Kelli O’Donnell with FWC. Read More

North Korea Threatens to Attack South Korea, U.S.

North Korea threatened Sunday to attack South Korea and the United States, as the allies prepared to start annual joint military drills—maneuvers Pyongyang says are a rehearsal for an invasion.

The North has routinely issued such war rhetoric against South Korea and the U.S. The latest warning, however, came nearly three weeks after the rival Koreas failed to reach a breakthrough in their first dialogue in months.

Tensions on the Korean peninsula rose sharply last year over two deadly attacks: the sinking of a South Korean naval ship blamed on the North and a North Korean artillery barrage. (read more)

Tripoli's days are numbered - rebel forces preparing to march on capital?

There were unconfirmed reports Saturday that thousands of armed rebels from other regions of the country were marching toward Tripoli. Rebels have already taken over and held the eastern half of the populous coast. On Saturday, after days of fighting, they also reportedly took Sabratha, a town near the capital known for its Roman ruins.

At the birthplace of the revolt, in the eastern city of Benghazi, a group of senior military officers who had defected were forming a council to lead their troops against Colonel Qaddafi’s forces. One of them, an air force general, said three air bases had defected to the rebels, along with the region’s military police.

And the rebels said they were in the process of forming an interim government to oversee the areas no longer under Colonel Qaddafi’s control. It is expected to include Mustafa Mohamed Abd al-Jalil, a former justice minister who quit to join the insurrection and may now assume the role of interim prime minister. (read more)

360+ Earthquakes registered in past 48 Hours, Iceland - 27th Feb 2011

Iceland 27th Feb 2011 saw a increase of over 100% in earthquakes in the region of Krysuvik, with more than 360 earthquakes registering in the past 48 hours with a shallow depth of between 1 and 2 kilometers.

Known Volcanoes in the area are as following:

- Krísuvík is a system of eruptive fissures, craters and small basalt shields in SW Iceland west of lake Kleifarvatn. A large eruption occurred from the Ogmundargigar fissure in 1188.

Current Status: Dormant - Eruption Style: Effusive (lava flows)
Known Eruptions: 1075, 1100, 1151 and 1188

- Brennisteinsfjöll volcanic system, located east of Kleifarvatn lake, consists of a series of NE-SW-trending crater rows and small shield volcanoes.

Current Status: Dormant - Eruption Style: Effusive (lava flows)
Known Eruptions: 1000 (?), 1188 (?), 1200 (?) and 1341

- Reykjanes volcano is located in SW Iceland at the point where the Mid Atlantic Ridge meets the surface.
Current Status: Dormant - Eruption Style: Effusive (lava flows)
Known Eruptions: 1211

UPDATE: 18.52pm - The earthquakes show no sign of slowing down and have now reached 436 quakes in the past 48hrs - today 27th Feb 5 Quakes occured of 3Mag or more.

'Nuke scientist Khan next US target' - 26th Feb 2011

Islamabad, Feb 26(ANI): Former Pakistan Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Mirza Aslam Beg has claimed that the American agents’ network is spread throughout the country, and that their next target is disgraced Pakistani nuclear scientist Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan.

“Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan is the next target of US agents,” The Nation quoted Gen. Beg, as saying to a TV channel.

“They are working from Karachi to Gilgit under the patronage of former president Gen. Pervez Musharraf,” he added.

Khan is known as the architect of Pakistan’s nuclear programme, and is accused of illegally transferring nuke know-how to China, North Korea and Iran.

The US maintains that the A. Q. Khan network is responsible for some of the most serious cases of nuclear proliferation in recent decades.

“We have worked intensively with Pakistan and other countries to shut down that network,” US State Department spokesperson P. J. Crowley said in August last year.

“While A. Q. Khan himself is out of business, according to the Government of Pakistan, we watch his network very closely for signs that others within his realm are still in business,” he told a regular press briefing. Source

Russia launches $650b military plan - 26th Feb 2011

Russia is planning to spend $650 billion on renewing its military equipments, including helicopters, submarines and warships until 2020.

The plan includes the purchase of 100 warships, 8 nuclear submarines, 600 jets and 1,000 helicopters.

Russia's Deputy Defense Minister Vladimir Popovkin says the plan would largely extend the number of modern equipments adding the main task is the modernization of the armed forces. However, Popovkin says Russia is not interested in purchasing any foreign weapons or military hardware.

With only 10 percent of its armed forces considered as “modern,” the Kremlin needs to upgrade its decrepit military by recruiting and training new troops as the country continues to rely on its antiquated equipments and is currently short of manpower. A drive to improve the forces is said to have already begun. Read More

United States and South Korea to begin annual training exercise - 25th Feb 2011

SEOUL — The U.S. and South Korea will begin their annual spring training exercise Monday against the backdrop of a North Korea that appears more volatile than it did a year ago.

In the past 11 months, North Korea has attacked the South twice and revealed a uranium enrichment facility that shows its nuclear program may be more advanced than previously thought. At the same time, the North is showing signs of internal turmoil that could indicate instability: a succession plan that appears to be underway, and news this week of food shortages so severe that citizens are foraging for grass and herbs.

This year’s Key Resolve/Foal Eagle exercise is expected to focus more than in previous years on defending against small, sudden attacks like North Korea’s on a South Korean warship last March and Yeonpyeong Island in November, according to the Ministry of National Defense.

About 12,800 U.S. and 200,000 South Korean troops are participating in the exercise. Source

100 meters by 3 kilometer Long crack opens in the earth in southern Peru - 25th Feb 2011

The sudden appearance early in the morning of an enormous crack, measuring 100 meters wide and three kilometers long, caused confusion among residents of the Huacullani district in the Chucuito province, department of Puno.

The exact cause of the crack in the earth still unknown. Peru’s geophysical institute ruled out the occurrence of an earthquake in the region, but what is clear is that the ground opened up and large blocks of earth can be observed scattered throughout the area.

The event, recorded Wednesday morning, caused the collapse of one house located in the rural community of Llorohoco. Four people managed to escape, but the youngest in the family, five-year-old Jean Carlos Vilcanqui Acero, is missing.

Geological engineers from the regional committee for civil defense have arrived in the area to investigate the phenomenon and determine its causes, said Javier Pampamallco, Puno’s civil defense chief. Source

Korea: Schools nervous over burial sites for culled animals (which are exposed and leaking everywhere)


A tomb-like object was seen Friday afternoon behind Yangshin Elementary School at the village of Buncheon-ri in Yesan County, South Chungcheong Province. It turned out to be a burial site for livestock culled due to foot-and-mouth disease.

Spotted around the burial site was fluid that appeared to be leachate from the site, measuring around 10 meters wide by 10 meters long. Gas emission pipes were erected atop the burial site, which was protruding and covered with vinyl. It was only about 70 meters from the school’s fence.

On the school grounds was a piped well for pumping underground water. Since tap water is not supplied to this school, underground water was used as drinking water. The underground water well and the burial site were only 150 meters apart. (read more)

UK Economic Slowdown Worse Than Estimated

The Government has been dealt a fresh blow after it emerged the UK economy contracted even more in the final three months of last year than originally thought.

In the second reading of fourth quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed output fell by 0.6%.

The figure, between October and December, was revised down from the preliminary reading last month of 0.5%, which had already come as a shock.

The contraction had been blamed on the heavy snow in December hitting the retail sector. (read more)

American breakdown: Wisconsin Democratic senators flee state, state troopers dispatched to hunt them down

Wisconsin state troopers were dispatched Thursday to try to find at least one of the 14 Senate Democrats who have been on the run for eight days to delay a vote on Republican Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to strip collective bargaining rights from nearly all public employees.

Meanwhile, the state Assembly appeared close to voting on the union rights bill after two days of filibustering the measure with a blizzard of amendments. Democrats reached an early morning deal after 43 hours of debate to limit the number of remaining amendments and time spent on each.

Troopers went to multiple homes Thursday morning hoping to find at least one of the 14 Democrats, some of whom were rumored to have made short trips home to pick up clothes and other necessities before again fleeing the state. But they came up empty handed, Senate Sergeant at Arms Ted Blazel said.

"Every night we hear about some that are coming back home," said Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, who hoped sending the move to send the troopers would pressure Democrats to return. (read more)


The Next 17 Big Companies That Are Heading Toward Bankruptcy

No one was surprised when Borders bit the bullet. Least of all consulting firm GovernanceMetrics, which listed the bookstore near the top of its bankruptcy watch list for the past year.

The latest report gave Borders a 13.6% chance of financial distress.

What other large companies are on the brink? We identified 15 large companies with a significant chance of financial distress in the next month. These companies have market caps of at least $200 million -- and we included one notorious small company that has a huge risk. (See all 17 companies here)

Wikileaks: Japan creating secret spy agency aimed at China, North Korea


Japan has established a secret foreign intelligence unit for the first time since the war to spy on China and North Korea and gather information to prevent a terrorist attack, according to an Australian report Monday citing a classified U.S. cable obtained by WikiLeaks.

The Sydney Morning Herald and other Fairfax newspapers said the cable provided exclusively to them shows a spy unit has been created under the Cabinet Intelligence and Research Office and modeled on such Western intelligence services as the CIA and the British Secret Intelligence Service known as MI6.

According to the report, a discussion in October 2008 between the former head of the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Research and Intelligence, Randall Fort, and Director Hideshi Mitani of Japan's agency revealed a shift in Japanese attitudes for the first time since World War II and signaled that a having a "human intelligence collection capability" was a priority. (read more)

Armed (and increasingly angry) masses: Universities in Texas 'to allow students to carry guns on campus'

A new law that looks certain to pass through the Texas legislature would mean that its 38 public colleges, which are attended by half a million students, must permit concealed handguns on site.

It would become only the second state, after Utah, to enforce such a rule.

More than 20 states have rejected similar proposals introduced since the Virginia Tech massacre in April 2007.

At present, colleges in Texas – along with churches and businesses – are free to ban firearms from their premises. Guns are prohibited from university buildings, dormitories and surrounding grounds.

The plan is likely to astonish most who recall the mass shootings at Virginia Tech, where a student killed 32 people, and in Northern Illinois the following year, where five people were murdered. (read more)

Prison state: US has most prisoners per capita in the world (in the millions)

6 Charts Which Prove That Central Banks All Over The Globe Are Recklessly Printing Money

If the U.S. dollar is being devalued so rapidly, then why does it sometimes increase in value against other global currencies? Well, it is because everybody is recklessly printing money now. The 6 charts which you are about to see below prove this. The truth is that it is not just the U.S. Federal Reserve which has been printing money like there is no tomorrow. Out of control money printing has also been happening in the UK, in the EU, in Japan, in China and in India. There are times when one particular global currency will fall faster than the others, but the reality is that they are all being rapidly devalued. Unfortunately, this is a recipe for a global economic nightmare.

Right now you can almost smell the panic as it rises in global financial markets. Investors all over the world are racing to get out of paper and to get into hard assets. Just about anything that is "real" and "tangible" is hot right now. Gold hit a record high last year and it is on the rise again. In fact, it just hit a new five-week high. Demand for silver is becoming absolutely ridiculous right now. Oil is marching up towards $100 a barrel again. Agricultural commodities have exploded in price over the past year. Many investors are even gobbling up art and other collectibles. (Read more and see all 6 charts here)