Saturday, April 9, 2011

North Korea threatens military action against South Korea-US military exercises

A chief North Korean military general said Friday that his troops will not remain a "passive onlooker" if South Korea and the United States continue their joint military exercise, according to Pyongyang's official news agency.

The threat from Ri Yong-ho, vice marshal of the Korean People's Army, came at a ceremony to celebrate the 18th anniversary of the election of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il as chairman of the National Defense Commission, the KCNA said in a dispatch monitored here.

The report said that the North's No. 2 leader Kim Yong-nam and other senior officials of the Workers' Party attended the event, hinting that Kim Jong-il was absent.

"The army and people of the DPRK will never remain a passive onlooker" to the ongoing joint military drills between South Korea and the U.S., the KCNA quoted Ri as saying. The DPRK is the acronym for the communist nation's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Ri added that his military will "resolutely frustrate" the allied forces with the might of "Songun," which means a military-first approach, according to the mouthpiece of the reclusive regime. (read more)

Arsenic and toxic metals found in baby foods: UK

Baby foods used to wean infants off milk have been found to contain "alarming" levels of toxic contaminants including arsenic, lead and cadmium.

Last night there were calls for urgent new safety rules to control the presence of the poisons in foods intended for young children.

The findings come as officials at the Food Standards Agency and the European Commission are conducting an urgent review to establish new limits for the long term exposure of these contaminants in food.

The products tested by the researchers were made by major baby food manufacturers including Organix, Hipp, Nestle and Holle - some of which are available in British supermarkets.

Researchers found feeding infants twice a day on the shop-bought baby foods such as rice porridge can increase their exposure to arsenic by up to fifty times when compared to breast feeding alone.

Exposure to other toxic metals such as cadmium, which is known to cause neurological and kidney damage, increased by up to 150 times in some of the foods tested by Swedish scientists, while lead increased by up to eight times. (read more)

MUST SEE VIDEO: Inside report from Fukushima nuclear reactor evacuation zone



Poster note: We tip our hats to the brave journalists still fighting to get real information out, such as Tetsuo, the fellow who ventured into the nuclear exclusion zone to get us this information.

Man, Christopher Collins, Stole Judge's Gavel From Courtroom

Earlier this week, Magistrate Daniel Cook, who handles small claims cases in Lorain, Ohio, was on the bench when he reached for his gavel and discovered it was missing. After checking “every possible place it could be,” police reported, Cook concluded that someone had actually stolen his gavel.

Court personnel then reviewed surveillance video from days earlier and spotted an unknown male stealing the wooden gavel. The alleged thief, staffers realized, was accompanied by a second man who “was in court on that day trying to get his license back,” according to a Lorain Police Department report.

In short order, cops identified the suspect as Christopher Collins, and prosecutors issued an arrest warrant for the 47-year old. Collins, pictured in the mug shot at right, was then arrested at his residence, where he was questioned about the “whereabouts of the gavel.” (read more)

Poster's note: Has society degraded to such a point where a total lack of respect for anything prompts crime in the actual courtroom?

Coolest March across world since 1994 -- yet droughts persist worldwide

Remote Sensing Systems has released their satellite measured temperature data for the month of March 2011.

March 2011 ended up as the coolest March globally since March of 1994. The actual global temperature anomaly for the lower troposphere last month was negative 0.026 C.

This is also the first month since June of 2008 that the global temperature anomaly was in the negative.

The RSS image below gives you a visual of where the warmer and colder than normal regions were across the globe for March 2011.

As you can see, much of the southern U.S. and Mexico was unusually warm, along with northeast Asia. Much of western Canada and Greenland experienced below normal temperatures. (read more)

“America Should Be Replaced By a World Government With a Global Currency Under UN Rule”

Internationalist billionaire George Soros is holding his international conference April 8 to April 11 at Bretton Woods, N.H., the noted birthplace of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, where he plans to “rearrange the entire financial order,” as he noted in a November 2009 article in The Japan Times Online.

This “Bretton Woods II” comes along just as the Trilateral Commission will be meeting at the same time in Washington, D.C. With an apparent goal of creating nothing less than a new global economy, Soros is spending $50 million in New Hampshire to bring together up to 200 academic, business and government policy leaders under his Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET).

As AFP goes to press, the attendees are to include ex-Fed Chairman Paul Volcker, former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and World Bank executive and Nobel Prize winner in economics Joseph Stiglitz.

The conference is slated for the Mount Washington Hotel, site of the historic 1944 Bretton Woods conference, which established the post-World War II international financial architecture. (read more)

Gold Is Sending A Signal That The Monetary System Is In Grave Danger

"When a country's public debt exceeds 90% of GDP, that is the magic number. You get to 90%, there is no way back, and that is the number that the U.S. is going through pretty much as we speak. It is also the number which the UK has gone through; all of the PIGS are going through it, as well. They are all going past the 90% debt to GDP ratio. Obviously, Japan is miles past it already. It's up to 200%+. There does not appear, in the historical analysis, to be any great likelihood of getting back from that level of debt safely. There is this strong evidence that above 90% debt to GDP, you will experience either a cataclysmic default or some form of very serious inflation." (read more)

Japan: 'Ten years' to decommission nuclear plant

Japanese reactor maker Toshiba says it could decommission the earthquake-damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant in about 10 years, a third quicker than the US Three Mile Island plant.

Radiation has been leaking from the Fukushima plant since a 9.0-magnitude quake and tsunami on 11 March.

Its operator said it would stop pumping radioactive water into the sea on Sunday, a day later than expected.

Meanwhile Banri Kaieda is set to become the first cabinet minister to visit.

Mr Kaieda has responsibility for all of Japan's nuclear power stations and is scheduled to visit on Saturday.

He is expected to don a full protective suit for a tour inside the plant to inspect the work to stop radiation leaking from the site. (read more)

Egypt: Army crackdown in Cairo's Tahrir Square -- not so "liberated" after all?

Egypt's army has cracked down on protests in Cairo's symbolic Tahrir Square, leaving at least one person dead and dozens injured.

The violence occurred overnight as the army tried to clear protesters calling for ex-President Hosni Mubarak and his family to be tried for corruption.

The injured suffered gunshot wounds but the army denies using live rounds.

Tahrir Square became the symbolic centre of protests that led to Mr Mubarak stepping down this year.

Egypt's health ministry has so far confirmed that one person died overnight and says 71 people were hurt.

Medical sources told news agencies that at least two people had died.

Protesters have now returned to the square following the army withdrawal and are continuing demonstrations. (read more)

RCMP use Taser on 11-year-old B.C. boy: Canada

The RCMP has confirmed that one of its officers used a Taser to subdue an 11-year-old boy after a stabbing in Prince George, B.C.

Police used the electrical stun weapon after responding to a 911 call about an incident at a home in the city at about 5:30 p.m. PT Thursday.

After officers arrived at the residence, "police confirmed that a 37-year-old male had been allegedly stabbed by an 11-year-old male," RCMP Supt. Brenda Butterworth-Carr, commander of the Prince George detachment, said in a statement Friday.

Butterworth-Carr said officers located the young suspect at a nearby property.

"Efforts were made to get the individual out of the house, and when he emerged from the home, a Conducted Energy Weapon was deployed by a member," Butterworth-Carr said.

The police statement provided no details about what led police to use the stun gun.

She said the boy was taken into custody and transported to hospital for assessment. (read more)

Video shows tsunami crashing into Fukushima nuclear site

A brief video clip released Saturday captures the massive tsunami that crippled Japan's Fukushima Daiichi power plant, showing the wall of water that slammed into the facility and created an ongoing crisis.

The video shows the giant wave generated by the historic March 11 earthquake crashing over the plant's seawall and engulfing the facility, with one sheet of spray rising higher than the buildings that house the plant's six reactors. Tokyo Electric Power, the plant's owner, told reporters the wall of water was likely 14 to 15 meters (45 to 48 feet) higher than normal sea levels -- easily overwhelming the plant's 5-meter seawall.

The footage was was shot from high ground about 900 meters south of the plant by a worker who evacuated before the tsunami hit, the Tokyo Electric Power Company said in releasing the six-second clip.

Photos released by the company showed shattered windows, scattered papers and dangling ceiling tiles throughout the plant's now-empty office annex. Two workers were killed in the basement of the No. 4 reactor's turbine plant when the tsunami struck, and their bodies were recovered only last week. (read more)

Dead, missing and jailed BP whistle-blowers -- astonishing (Reader contributed)

Gregory Stone

February 17, 2011 - LSU scientist Gregory Stone, 54 - Unknown Illness


Anthony Nicholas Tremonte

January 26, 2011 - age 31 - Mississippi Department of Marine Resources officer, from Ocean Springs arrested on child porn charge


Dr. Thomas B. Manton

January 19, 2011 - former President and CEO of the International Oil Spill Control Corporation - imprisonment and subsequent murder while jailed


John P. Wheeler II

December 31, 2010 - a former Pentagon official and presidential aide and a defense consultant and expert on chemical and biological weapons - was beaten to death in an assault, body was discovered in a Wilmington landfill


James Patrick Black

November 23, 2010 - an incident commander for BP's Gulf of Mexico oil spill response team, died Tuesday night near Destin, Florida in a small plane crash'


Chitra Chaunhan

November 15, 2010 - age 33, worked in the USF Center for Biological Defense and Global Health Infectious Disease Research - Found dead in an apparent suicide by cyanide at a Temple Terrace hotel. She leaves behind a husband and a young child. (The list goes on... read it here)

A Freak sandstorm has closed the 1 Highway throughout the night - 9th Apr 2011

Police have closed the main highway due to several Accidents earlier caused by very low visabillity as a very unusual Sandstorm Struck Bicske, Fejer County, Hungary on Saturday 9th Apr 2011.

A desert like sandstorm several animals drowned, the traffic had to be stopped in the area. The visibility was 2-5 feet in the county. The whole country was a hurricane-like storm winds, which caused significant damage.

Dutch police evacuate three shopping centers after shooting spree, reason unclear - 9th Apr 2011

ALPHEN AAN DEN RIJN, NETHERLANDS (BNO NEWS) -- Authorities in the Netherlands on late Saturday afternoon decided to evacuate three shopping centers in the town of Alphen aan de Rijn, hours after a deadly shooting spree at another shopping center.

The evacuations were ordered just after 4.30 p.m. local time, Alphen aan de Rijn Acting Mayor Bas Eenhoorn said during a joint press conference with officials representing the police department and the prosecutor's office. Eenhoorn refused to give details about the reason for the evacuations.

"The criminal investigation has resulted in sufficient leads to be careful," the city government said in a statement. "As a precaution, for these reasons, other shopping centers in Alphen aan den Rijn are being evacuated. We ask everyone not to visit shopping centers."Read More

China, Russia concern over nuclear contaminated water

China and Russia have expressed concern over Japan discharging water contaminated with relatively low-level radiation from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean.

China's foreign ministry spokesperson Hong Lei released a statement on Friday saying China wants Japan to take appropriate measures to protect the ocean environment based on international laws. He urged the Japanese government to provide China with comprehensive and accurate information in a timely manner.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Russia's foreign ministry expressed displeasure by pointing out that Japan informed Russia of its move to dump the contaminated water 2 days after it began the operation earlier this week. (read more)

Don't be fooled by Nuclear industry spin: radiation is bad

With the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl looming, the pro-nuclear lobby is in overdrive.

You have to hand it to the nuclear industry and its acolytes. In the middle of the second-worst nuclear power disaster in history at Fukushima, and with still no end in sight, you would think they would respond with contrition, humility and profuse mea culpas. Not on your life. The industry representatives and its acolytes came out swinging in full denial attire.

Ziggy Switkowski, former chair of ANSTO (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation) and a proponent of nuclear power for Australia, claimed "the best place to be whenever there's an earthquake is at the perimeter of a nuclear plant because they are designed so well", and then quickly added: "On the other hand, you know, if the engineers do lose control of the core, then the answer becomes different."

Strident nuclear advocate Professor Barry Brook gave assurances in his running commentary that seemed ironically prescient of what was about to happen, stating ''I don't see the ramifications of this as damaging at all to nuclear power's prospects'' and that ''it will provide a great conversation starter for talking intelligently to people about nuclear safety''.

Other arguments trotted out by pro-nuclearists about how safe nuclear power is demonstrated their chutzpah more than their good judgment. My favourite: the justification for nuclear power is that it kills fewer people than the coal industry. Ignoring the false choice this proposition entails, what does it say about the safety culture of the nuclear industry when one of its selling points is that it kills fewer people than the competition? (read more)

Bosses at bailed-out Fannie, Freddie were paid millions

Regulators have approved generous executive compensation at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the taxpayer-backed mortgage finance giants, with little scrutiny or analysis, according to a report published Thursday by the inspector general of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

The companies, whose fates are to be decided by Congress this year, paid a combined $17 million to their chief executives in 2009 and 2010, the two full years when Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were wards of the state, the report found.

The top six executives at the companies received $35.4 million over the two years. Since Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were taken over in September 2008, the companies’ mounting mortgage losses have required a $153 billion infusion from taxpayers. Total losses may reach $363 billion through 2013, according to government estimates.

Charles E. Haldeman Jr., a former head of Putnam Investments, the giant fund management concern, joined Freddie Mac as its chief executive in 2009.

He made $7.8 million for 2009 and 2010. Fannie Mae’s chief is Michael J. Williams, who has worked at the company since 1991. He received $9.3 million for the two years. Company officials declined to comment.

With hundreds of billions in government support necessary to keep the companies running, questions are arising about the nature of the pay packages and how performance goals are determined. (read more)

Barack Obama: Losing $84 billion (by bailing out GM) big success

Barack Obama has some 'splaining to do about taxpayers' profitable "investment" in General Motors. It turns out the president is imagining things.

Though Democrats tout the auto bailout as a success, recent reports illustrate the taxpayer cost of the GM auto bailout was substantially larger than the Obama administration and a Congressional Oversight report has owned up to.

"American taxpayers are now positioned to recover more than my administration invested in GM,” President Obama said, according to a piece in USA Today last November. Steven Rattner, former head of the Treasury's auto task force agreed, telling CNN in November: “Recent progress at GM gives reason for optimism that it may be possible for taxpayers to get every penny back.”

In fact, Investor's Business Daily reported that even the White House’s Director of the National Economic Council remarked that the Treasury Department Department had a good chance in "recovering most, if not all, of its investment in" GM.

However, a March 16 Congressional Oversight report, tells a different story. It estimates taxpayers will be out of $25 billion. Additionally, the report points out that “full repayment will not be possible unless the government is able to sell its remaining shares at a far higher price.”

That's only the beginning. Both the White House and the Congressional Oversight report omit the fact that during its bankruptcy, GM got a $45 billion tax break, courtesy of the American people. (read more)

Useless US: More Americans work for the government than in manufacturing, farming, fishing, forestry, mining and utilities combined.

If you want to understand better why so many states—from New York to Wisconsin to California—are teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, consider this depressing statistic: Today in America there are nearly twice as many people working for the government (22.5 million) than in all of manufacturing (11.5 million). This is an almost exact reversal of the situation in 1960, when there were 15 million workers in manufacturing and 8.7 million collecting a paycheck from the government.

It gets worse. More Americans work for the government than work in construction, farming, fishing, forestry, manufacturing, mining and utilities combined. We have moved decisively from a nation of makers to a nation of takers. Nearly half of the $2.2 trillion cost of state and local governments is the $1 trillion-a-year tab for pay and benefits of state and local employees. Is it any wonder that so many states and cities cannot pay their bills?

Every state in America today except for two—Indiana and Wisconsin—has more government workers on the payroll than people manufacturing industrial goods. Consider California, which has the highest budget deficit in the history of the states. The not-so Golden State now has an incredible 2.4 million government employees—twice as many as people at work in manufacturing. New Jersey has just under two-and-a-half as many government employees as manufacturers. Florida's ratio is more than 3 to 1. So is New York's.

Even Michigan, at one time the auto capital of the world, and Pennsylvania, once the steel capital, have more government bureaucrats than people making things. The leaders in government hiring are Wyoming and New Mexico, which have hired more than six government workers for every manufacturing worker. (read more)

How you are controlled through fear

The Elite keeps all of humanity in perpetual fear. Fear of war. Fear of money. Fear of politics. Fear of status. Fear of looking stupid. Fear of being different. Fear of not being good enough. Fear of losing your soul. Fear of whatever. They keep us in fear, because only then, can we easily controlled.

There are two important elements to free your mind from this trap and live life fearless. Number one is education. I have seen a lot of fearless people who have no clue, so education is important. The Elite will teach us sex education, drug education, death education and political correctness in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. But they will not teach you how our money works or what the founding fathers fought for. This institutional ignorance is done to keep your head down so you are easily controlled. They do such a good job of it in school that you eventually keep yourself down.

You don’t really fear war, markets, or anything else as much as you fear the unknown. Think about horror movies. You are not really scared of the bad guy, the blood, or screams. You are really scared because you don’t know what is going to happen and it looks so real to you. Usually after you watch the even most scary movie more than once, the fear wears off. You can then view the movie again a little more rationally. What if you went even further into the movie, and saw a documentary on the movie. There you can see how it was created and all of the effects used to make the horror movie. I bet you would might even laugh at the scary movie because you knew the whole story and saw how really fake it really is. (read more)

2/3rds of US Corporations Pay Zero Federal Taxes: US Uncut Movement Builds to Make Them Pay Up

From coast-to-coast, more than forty cities joined in a day of action protesting the tax-dodging of massive corporations that they see as the real source of the country's deficit.
Saturday marked US Uncut’s second big nationwide protest. From coast-to-coast, more than forty cities joined in a day of action protesting the tax-dodging practices of massive corporations that they see as the real source of the country’s deficit.

“I’m tired of people calling for shared sacrifice and it’s all coming from the workers and nothing’s coming from the top,” says protester Dave Sonenberg. “I’m sick of companies like Bank of America not paying their taxes.”

Bank of America hasn’t paid a nickel in federal income taxes for the past two years, and in fact raked in an additional $1 billion in tax “benefits.” The bank is enjoying these profits after accepting $45 billion from taxpayers, which the company then got to count as a deduction when they paid back the money.

Big corporations get to play by a whole different set of rules, says tax expert Bob Willens of New York-based Robert Willens LLC. (read more)

Scotland - School hit by Worm Rain - 7th Apr 2011

A PE class had to run for cover as it started raining worms.

Teacher David Crichton was leading a group of pupils playing football at Galashiels Academy when dozens of the invertebrates began plummeting from the sky. The 22 second-year boys had to abandon their lesson.

Mr Crichton said the children had just their warm-up when they began to hear "soft thudding" on the ground.

The class then looked to the cloudless sky - and saw worms falling on to them.

Mr Chrichton, 26, said he was baffled by the incident, with teachers later finding more worms spread across a tennis court almost 100 yards away.

Mr Crichton said: "We went out to one of our outdoor areas - an all-weather Astroturf pitch.

"We were out playing football and had just done our warm-up and were about to start the next part of the lesson.

"We started hearing this wee thudding noise on the ground.

"There were about 20 worms already on the ground at this point. Then they just kept coming down. Read More

Similar events were recorded in 1872 in Somerville, Massachusetts, in 1877 in Christiana, Norway, and in 1924 in Halmstad, Sweden.

Russia vows to build base on the Moon - 7th Apr 2011

Russia has vowed to build a base on the Moon within two decades which it plans to use as a staging post for a manned mission to Mars.

It made the promise as Vladimir Putin, the Russian prime minister, chaired a meeting about Russia's space programme on the eve of the fiftieth anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's historic 1961 orbit of the Earth.

The Kremlin is using next Tuesday's anniversary to boost patriotic sentiment and briefing documents handed out prior to Mr Putin's meeting showed it is determined to restore its space programme to its Soviet-era glory.

"Above all, we are talking about flights to the moon and the creation of a base close to its north pole where there is likely to be a source of water," the documents said. "This could be achieved close to 2030."

A manned mission to Mars would be possible in the 2030s, they added.

Russian scientists have touted the moon as a potential source of energy, saying it contains large reserves of helium 3, a sought-after isotope that may be the key to a new way of generating power. Read More

Bernie Madoff points finger at big banks who 'knew what was going on' during his scam - 9th Apr 2011

Top Wall Street executives knew about Bernie Madoff's multi-billion dollar scam but didn't do anything about it, the jailed swindler has revealed in a bombshell new interview.

Madoff, now 72, pointed a finger at senior executives at JPMorgan Chase.

And he claimed that other banks were 'going to have big problems' when all the facts are disclosed.

In the jailhouse interview with the Financial Times, Madoff said all the banks he worked with had sufficient information about his accounts to detect any suspicious activity.

Madoff said: 'I am not a banker, but I know that $100 billion going in and out of a bank account is something that should alert you to something.

'There were senior people at the bank who knew what was going on,' he added.

He didn't elaborate any further in what was described as a 'rambling'
interview.

The accusation comes four months after JPMorgan Chase was sued by trustee Irving Picard on behalf of Madoff's cheated investors.

In his $6.4billion lawsuit, Mr Picard claimed the bank was 'complicit' in Madoff's crooked dealing and 'wilfully blind to the fraud.' Read More

Massive cargo plane transports $2m remote-controlled concrete pump to stricken Japanese nuclear plant - 9th Apr 2011

A massive Russian cargo plane has been used to pick one of the world's largest concrete pumps to pour water on the stricken nuclear power plant in Japan.

The 95-ton pump is mounted on a 26-wheel truck and can be operated from two miles away by remote control, allowing it to shoot water into the damaged reactors.

If necessary, it could also be used to entomb one of the damaged nuclear reactors in concrete.

Dave Adams, CEO of Putzmeister America, the Wisconsin-based company which manufactures the pump, said: 'Our whole company fells hopeful that our equipment can be used to make a difference in helping solve the problem.'

Japanese authorities have struggled to cool the plant's reactors after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami knocked out its backup cooling systems.

The stricken plant is believed to have suffered a partial meltdown of its nuclear fuel after desperate attempts to cool the reactors failed. Read More

Medieval justice... in the 21st Century: Woman caned in front of a baying mob for having an affair - 9th Apr 2011

A woman flinches as she is about to be repeatedly caned for having an extramarital affair.

Irdayanti Mukhtar, 34, received nine lashes by Sharia Police for having a relationship with another man, even though she is said to be in the process of divorcing her husband.

The harsh punishment was meted out in front of a crowd of 200 people outside the Al Munawwarah Mosque in Jantho, Indonesia.

The jeering crowd recorded the brutal beating on their mobile phones and camcorders and shouted for more beatings in the strict Muslim city.

Mukhtar had been sentenced to the punishment the previous day by a Sharia court where prosecutors said that she was guilty of being in 'close proximity' to another man.

Under Sharia law the offence carries a maximum beating of nine strokes with a cane or a minimum of three. Read More

Just when you thought it was safe to go down to the beach: Forecasters predict SANDY showers caused by African storm - 9th Apr 2011

(Image) A motorcyclist drives through a cloud of dust in Fahrenholz, Germany, after a sand storm in the Sahara blew across Europe.

With most of Britain basking in glorious sunshine this weekend, you could be forgiven for heading down to the beach to enjoy the balmy temperatures.

But forecasters have said the country unseasonably warm snap could end on Sunday with showers seeing sand hitting the country.

A storm in the Sahara Desert earlier this week has sent a vast sand cloud into the atmosphere.

Eight people were killed and at least 41 others injured after the sand storm caused a massive pile-up in northern Germany yesterday.

The storm is now heading towards the UK and could cause sand-laden showers to fall on Sunday.

Helen Chivers, Met Office forecaster, told the Daily Mirror: 'There was quite a large sandstorm in Morocco, which meant a large amount of sand in the atmosphere.

'The cloud hit southwest England on Friday. There's a chance of showers in some parts on Sunday, so it may come down then.'

Temperatures in the UK were set to hit 21C today - with the warm weather already sparking fears of a drought. Read More

BREAKING NEWS: 6.1 Magnitude Earthquake KYUSHU, JAPAN - 9th Apr 2011

A 6.1 Magnitude Earthquake has hit KYUSHU, JAPAN, 212 km (131 miles) South of Miyazaki, Kyushu - Japan at a depth of 21.3 km (13.2 miles) today Saturday, April 9th 2011 at 12:57 UTC

No injuries or damage reported and NO Tsunami Alert Issued at this time.

BREAKING NEWS: Suspect with Large Machine Gun has gone on rampage in Shopping Centre at least 7 Dead 7 Injured - Alphen a/d Rijn, Holland -

Alphen aan den Rijn, Holland - a shooting has taken place this lunchtime (9th Apr 2011) at the Shopping CentreThe Ridderhof, There are reports of two dead and several people seriously injured.

A spokeswoman for the council has confirmed.
According to the "Leidsch Dagblad" that the Suspect used a Large machine gun. Shoppers where seen fleeing for their life's. The center has now been closed by the police. The killer shot himself after, with a shot to his head.

Possibly there are more deaths in the Shopping Centre.
The policy team of the Municipality, Deputy Mayor Bass Unicorn has been gathering at City Hall.

According to an eyewitness the suspect started shooting radomly with a large Machine gun. "There are many wounded. I certainly think there are at least five to ten deaths, " he said on Radio 1.


More to follow...

UPDATE:
Of the 7 Dead 1 is believed to be the Shooter. 5 seriously injured with a additional 2 slightly injured.

It has now been confirmed that the weapon was a machine Gun.

The shooter believed to be between 20 - 25 years of age turned a 2nd seperate weapon on himself.

FBI releases Roswell files -- and the revelations are startling, Featured Editorial April 9 2011


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The Roswell, New Mexico incident has captured our imaginations for the past seven decades, and has spawned numerous investigations and conspiracy theories. Explanations for what happened that day range from weather balloons to a huge government cover up, yet they all fall short in making sense of what many consider to be the most startling UFO event in human history.


One thing is for certain: Roswell, once just another sleepy locale in the desert, has become a world renown name, and the purported alien crash that took place there remains one of the greatest unexplained events of our time.


Or has it?


The FBI has recently released previously classified documents that provide insight into its investigation of the Roswell incident, and startlingly, what's recorded within them mirror the various testimonies provided by witnesses of what took place.


Here are some original testimonies of that fateful day in Roswell:


Jesse Marcell:


There was all kinds of stuff—small beams about three eighths or a half inch square with some sort of hieroglyphics on them that nobody could decipher. These looked something like balsa wood, and were about the same weight, except that they were not wood at all. They were very hard, although flexible, and would not burn....One thing that impressed me about the debris was the fact that a lot of it looked like parchment. It had little numbers with symbols that we had to call hieroglyphics because I could not understand them. They could not be read, they were just like symbols, something that meant something, and they were not all the same, but the same general pattern, I would say. They were pink and purple. They looked like they were painted on. These little numbers could not be broken, could not be burned. I even took my cigarette lighter and tried to burn the material we found that resembled parchment and balsa, but it would not burn—wouldn't even smoke. But something that is even more astonishing is that the pieces of metal that we brought back were so thin, just like tinfoil in a pack of cigarettes. I didn't pay too much attention to that at first, until one of the boys came to me and said: "You know that metal that was in there? I tried to bend the stuff and it won't bend. I even tried it with a sledgehammer. You can't make a dent on it," Marcel said.


The Brazel and Marcel family:


Bessie Brazel, Mac's daughter, had helped recover the debris. "There was what appeared to be pieces of heavily waxed paper and a sort of aluminum-like foil. Some of these pieces had something like numbers and lettering on them, but there were no words that we were able to make out. Some of the metal-foil like pieces had a sort of tape stuck to them, and when these were held to the light they showed what looked like pastel flowers or designs. Even though the stuff looked like tape it could not be peeled off or removed at all. It was very light in weight but there sure was a lot of it."


She also signed an affidavit that had additional descriptions: "The debris looked like pieces of a large balloon which had burst. The pieces were small, the largest I remember measuring was about the same as the diameter of a basketball. Most of it was a kind of double-sided material, foil-like on one side and rubber-like on the other. Both sides were grayish silver in color, the foil more silvery than the rubber. Sticks, like kite sticks, were attached to some of the pieces with a whitish tape. The foil-rubber material could not be torn like ordinary aluminum foil can be torn."


Son Bill Brazel Jr. confirmed some of what Bessie said: "There was some tinfoil and some wood and on some of the wood it had Japanese or Chinese figures.”"There was some wooden-like particles I picked up. These were like balsa wood in weight, but a bit darker in color and much harder. This stuff ... weighed nothing, yet you couldn't scratch it with your fingernail like ordinary balsa, and you couldn't break it either."


Marcel’s son Jesse Jr. also saw the debris. Marcel went home and showed the debris to his family. Marcel Jr.: "[It was] foil-like stuff, very thin, metallic-like but not metal, and very tough. There was also some structural-like material too — beams and so on. Also a quantity of black plastic material which looked organic in nature ... Imprinted along the edge of some of the beam remnants there were hieroglyphic-type characters. I recently questioned my father about this, and he recalled seeing these characters also and even described them as being a pink or purplish-pink color. Egyptian hieroglyphics would be a close visual description of the characters seen, except I don't think there were any animal figures present as there are in true Egyptian hieroglyphics...”


He would say elsewhere in a signed affidavit: "There were three categories of debris; a thick, foil like metallic gray substance; a brittle, brownish-black plastic-like material, like Bakelite; and there were fragments of what appeared to be I-beams ... On the inner surface of the I-beam, there appeared to be a type of writing. This writing was a purple-violet hue, and it had an embossed appearance. The figures were composed of curved, geometric shapes. It had no resemblance to Russian, Japanese or any other foreign language. It resembled hieroglyphics, but it had no animal-like characters."


Sheridan Cavitt and Lewis:


Sheridan Cavitt of the Roswell Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC) was identified by Marcel as assisting him in investigating the crash and recovering debris, likely the "man in plainclothes" mentioned by rancher Brazel in a contemporary article as accompanying Marcel and himself. (CIC agents usually wore civilian clothes.)


He was interviewed in 1994 when the Air Force investigated the allegations of a cover-up. In the interview, he said he had no memory of ever meeting Brazel or going out with Marcel, but said he went to the crash site with his CIC assistant Sgt. Lewis Rickett.


Cavitt said the crash site was tiny, about the size of his living room or "20 feet square." "It was a small amount of, as I recall, bamboo sticks, reflective sort of material that would, at first glance, you would probably think it was aluminum foil, something of that type and we gathered up some of it. I don't know whether we even tried to get all of it. It wasn’t scattered; well, what I call, you know, extensively."


Rickett said Cavitt took him to a debris area the following day. He described an extensive cleanup of a large area involving many men, heavily guarded by MPs. He was allowed to handle a remaining piece of debris. "There was a slightly curved piece of metal, real light." "You could bend it but couldn't crease it." "It was about six inches by twelve or fourteen inches. Very light. I crouched down and tried to snap it. My boss [Cavitt] laughs and said, 'Smart guy. He's trying to do what we couldn't do.' I asked, 'what in the hell is this stuff made out of?' It didn't feel like plastic and I never saw a piece of metal this thin that you couldn't break. This was the strangest material we had ever seen ... there was talk about it not being from Earth."


Roswell and Fort Worth base witnesses:


  • Sgt. Robert Porter: B-29 flight engineer. Porter helped load and was on the B-29 flight from Roswell to Fort Worth, where Marcel was supposed to show some recovered material to Gen. Roger Ramey before proceeding on to Wright Field, Ohio. "I was involved in loading the B-29 with the material, which was wrapped in packages with wrapping paper. One of the pieces was triangle shaped, about 2½ feet across the bottom. The rest were in small packages about the size of a shoebox. The brown paper was held with tape ... The material was extremely lightweight. When I picked it up, it was just like picking up an empty package. We loaded the triangle shaped package and three shoe box-sized packages into the plane. All of the packages could have fit into the trunk of a car.”
  • 1st Lt. Robert Shirkey: The base assistant operations officer. Shirkey also witnessed debris being loaded onto the B-29. "...Standing only three feet from the passing procession, we saw boxes full of aluminum-looking metal pieces being carried to the B-29. Major Marcel came along carrying an open box full of what seemed to be scrap metal. It obviously was not aluminum: it did not shine nor reflect like the aluminum on American military airplanes. And sticking up in one corner of the box being carried by Major Marcel was a small 'I-beam' with hieroglyphic-like markings on the inner flange, in some kind of weird color, not black, not purple, but a close approximation of the two. …A man in civilian dress… was carrying a piece of metal under his left arm... This piece was about the size of a poster drawing board—very smooth, almost glass-like, with torn edges."
  • Sgt. Robert Smith: Roswell 1st Air Transport Unit. “My involvement in the Roswell incident was to help load crates of debris on to the aircraft… We were taken to the hangar to load crates. There was a lot of farm dirt on the hangar floor… We loaded crates on to three or four C-54s… One crate took up the entire plane; it wasn't that heavy, but it was a large volume.… All I saw was a little piece of material. The piece of debris I saw was two-to-three inches square. It was jagged. When you crumpled it up, it then laid back out; and when it did, it kind of crackled, making a sound like cellophane, and it crackled when it was let out. There were no creases…. The largest piece was roughly 20 feet long; four-to-five feet high, four-to-five feet wide. The rest were two-to-three feet long, two feet square or smaller. The sergeant who had the piece of material said that was the material in the crates….
  • Two witnesses were brought into Ramey's office and told the debris they saw came from Roswell.
  • J. Bond Johnson: Fort Worth Star-Telegram reporter/photographer, took six photographs of the debris in Ramey’s office, posed with Ramey, Dubose, and Marcel. He said: "It wasn’t an impressive sight, just some aluminum-like foil, balsa wood sticks, and some burnt rubber that was stinking up the office." Johnson said Ramey told him, "We've found out... it's a weather balloon."
  • Warrant Officer Irving Newton,weather forecaster at Fort Worth. He was identified in contemporary accounts as being brought in to make an official weather balloon identification for Gen. Ramey. In original testimony, Newton indicated that when he got to Ramey's office, "he was briefed by a colonel... that an object had been found by a major in Roswell and that the general had decided that it was really a weather balloon and wanted him to identify as such." Newton said, "There's no doubt that what I was given were parts of a balloon. I was later told that the major from Roswell had identified the stuff as a flying saucer but that the general had been suspicious of this identification from the beginning..."In a later affidavit for the Air Force, he said, "I was convinced at the time that this was a balloon with a [kite] and remain convinced ... There were figures on the sticks lavender or pink in color, appeared to be weather faded markings with no rhyme or reason."Newton's photo was also taken with the balloon debris by an unknown photographer.(Pflock names Charles B Cashon of the US Air Force as the photographer.)
Testimonies that the crash material possessed exotic properties:

There were numerous others who claimed to have seen the debris, and many of them described various types of material having exotic physical qualities. One was a tinfoil-like material which when crumpled up would regain its original shape.

  • Brazel Jr.: "The odd thing about this foil was that you could wrinkle it and lay it back down and it immediately resumed its original shape. It was quite pliable, yet you couldn't crease or bend it like ordinary metal. It was almost more like a plastic of some sort except that it was definitely metallic in nature."
  • Marcel Sr.: "[There were] many bits of metallic foil, that looked like, but was not, aluminum, for no matter how often one crumpled it, it regained its original shape again. Besides that, they were indestructible, even with a sledgehammer."
  • Sgt. Robert Smith, Roswell 1st Air Transport Unit: "When you crumpled it up, it then laid back out; and when it did, it kind of crackled, making a sound like cellophane, and it crackled when it was let out. There were no creases."
Others had similar accounts.

Another unusual aspect to some of the material was its strength.


  • Marcel Sr.: "This particular piece of metal was, I would say, about two feet long and perhaps a foot wide. See, that stuff weighs nothing, it's so thin, it isn't any thicker than the tinfoil in a pack of cigarettes. So I tried to bend the stuff, it wouldn't bend. We even tried making a dent in it with a 16-pound sledge hammer, and there was still no dent in it."
  • Sgt. Lewis Rickett: "There was a slightly curved piece of metal, real light. It was about six inches by twelve or fourteen inches. Very light. I crouched down and tried to snap it... It didn't feel like plastic and I never saw a piece of metal this thin that you couldn't break."
Some also described pencil-like sticks with unusual qualities:

  • Marcel Sr.: "[There were] small beams about three-eighths or a half inch square with some sort of hieroglyphics on them that nobody could decipher. These looked something like balsa wood, and were of about the same weight, except that they were not wood at all. They were very hard, although flexible, and would not burn." More detailed quote above.
  • Brazel Jr.: Similar quote as Marcel's, also given above. Also, "I couldn't break it and I couldn't whittle it with my pocketknife."
  • Loretta Proctor: "The piece he [Mac Brazel] brought looked like a kind of tan, light brown plastic. It was very lightweight, like balsa wood. It wasn't a large piece, maybe about four inches long, maybe just a little larger than a pencil. We cut on it with a knife and would hold a match on it, and it wouldn't burn. We knew it wasn't wood. It was smooth like plastic."
  • Jesse Marcel Jr.: "...there were fragments of what appeared to be I-beams. On the inner surface of the I-beam, there appeared to be a type of writing. This writing was a purple-violet hue, and it had an embossed appearance. The figures were composed of curved geometric shapes. It had no resemblance to Russian, Japanese or any other foreign language. It resembled hieroglyphics, but it had no animal-like characters." Another quote above.
Lt. Robert Shirkey: "Standing only three feet from the passing procession, we saw boxes full of aluminum-looking metal pieces being carried to the B-29. ...sticking up in one corner of the box carried by Major Marcel was a small 'I-beam' with hieroglyphic-like markings on the inner flange, in some kind of weird color, not black, not purple, but a close approximation of the two." "I could see the hieroglyphs clearly, the signs were in relief and stood out."

Even with all these witness statements, denial became the sword and shield of the US establishment regarding this issue. Some would argue that the greatest coverup the world has ever seen had been born with the now infamous headline: “It was a weather balloon”.

Over the decades, people have tried to breathe new life into the investigation of the Roswell incident through media, films and books. Eye witnesses of the event have also taken part in interviews, recalling that day with crystal clarity despite the passage of sixty some odd years.


Little progress has been made, until today.

In 2011, Roswell has been thrown back into the limelight with two documents that have been released under the Freedom of Information Act and published in the FBI file vault.

The first document mentions the purported Roswell craft as being a disc attached to a hexagonal weather balloon with some sort of radar instrumentation. Also mentioned in the first document is that they took the debris of the crashed craft away for examination.


We have to wonder, though -- if they knew what the downed craft was, why would it require such a thorough examination?


Moving on, the second document is a memorandum regarding the incident written to the FOA Director of the FBI from one Guy Hottel, who was a Special Agent in charge of the FBI's Washington Field Office -- not exactly your average Joe-witness found on the curbside.

Hottel writes that a investigator from the air force stated to him that 3 flying saucers had been recovered, with each containing 3 bodies of human shape, but only 3 feet (1 meter) tall.

Remember that this isn't a man watching from his farm saying this, it's a trusted FBI Official putting it in writing -- to a Director, no less -- and that alone should cause pause for thought.


An incredible find, to say the least.


Furthermore, through additional research we were unable to find any hexagonal shaped weather balloons, nor anything vaguely resembling the witness accounts of the craft and debris, even when examining today's technology. If anyone knows more about the construction of weather balloons, especially those of the period of the Roswell incident, we'd be grateful if you'd get in touch. We would add any such supplemental information to our investigation.


We will continue with numerous editorials on additional finds we come across while examining the FBI's latest batch of declassified materials. Stay observant.

-- Matt & Lynsey

Please note: This is an original article/editorial written by the two of us. We're more than happy to have you repost our article where you will, but please at least link back to us so that others can know we wrote it. Thank you very much, to all readers!

Special Forces scandal as officers are held 'for trying to leak secrets' - 9th Apr 2011

Two senior Special Forces officers suspected of leaking details of highly sensitive covert operations have been arrested under the Official Secrets Act, the Daily Mail can reveal.

The unprecedented arrests came as members of the SAS and SBS were deployed in Libya in preparation for airstrikes and to liaise with rebels and identify stranded British oil workers for rescue.

It was unclear last night what the officers are suspected of leaking, but it is understood it involves attempts to pass it to a major broadcaster.

The investigation is focused primarily on information relating to the war in Afghanistan against the Taliban and Al Qaeda. But it is also looking at secret information the men had access to about Libya and other countries where Special Forces have been operating.

Such is the sensitivity of the case that the Cabinet Office, the Ministry of Defence and the Home Office are being regularly briefed on its progress by anti-terrorist officers. Whitehall officials last night described the allegations against the men, who would have had a high security clearance, as ‘extremely serious’.

Neither officer has been named. One was based in the heart of the MoD headquarters in central London where the Libyan operation was being planned.

As the crisis in Libya developed, Britain moved in SAS men. They were joined later by members of the SBS and soldiers from the Special Services Support Group, including communications specialists. Read More

Benefit scrounger claimed husband was 'a cabbage' (but he was well enough to work as extra on TV soaps) - 9th Apr 2011

A benefits cheat claimed more than £100,000 for her ‘disabled’ husband, despite the fact that they had won £120,000 on the lottery and he was able to work.

Lesley Brogan, 46, lived a life of luxury by submitting forms on his behalf – describing him as being ‘like a cabbage’ even though he ran a business and worked as an extra on TV soaps.

She started claiming benefits for him after he fell down a hole while collecting a football in 1991, leaving him with back and leg injuries. But the mother of three began to embellish his condition, insisting in 1996 that he needed 24-hour care.

In reality, Alistair Brogan, 46, and his wife were enjoying the high life.

He had more than 70 flying lessons, she had plastic surgery and they were able to pay for exotic holidays and a plasma television.

They also bought luxury cars including a BMW M3 convertible and a 4x4 Mitsubishi Shogun.

Mr Brogan, who learned to scuba dive during a two-month holiday in Cyprus, appeared in Coronation Street and Emmerdale, as well as the cult film When Saturday Comes with Hollywood star Sean Bean in 1996.

But at the same time, his wife claimed he was doubly incontinent, suffered from blackouts and was incapable of doing anything for himself. Read More

Germany: Freak sandstorm causes deadly motorway pile-up, at least 8 Fatalities, many More Injured - 9th Apr 2011

A freak sandstorm that swept across a motorway in northern Germany caused a multiple pile-up, leaving eight people dead and dozens injured.

Sand and dirt were blown on to the four-lane A19 near Rostock, close to the Baltic Sea in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania state, on Friday.

The pile-up involved 80 cars and three lorries, with 20 vehicles set ablaze.

A combination of recent dry weather, ploughing of fields and high winds was blamed for the accident.

At least 41 people were hurt. Many suffered serious injuries and there are fears the death toll could rise.

One motorist, named only as Steffen, told reporters that "all of a sudden, there was a black wall of sand and then I couldn't see anything any more and I was pushed into another car".

He added: "I have never seen anything like it before and it's difficult to describe. I think I will only later realise what happened. I think this is my second birthday today." Read More

Georgia shrimp season could be delayed - 9th Apr 2011

BRUNSWICK Georgia's shrimping fleet could spend a couple more weeks in port because below-normal winter temperatures apparently killed a large number of shrimp as well as spotted seatrout in the coastal estuaries.

"We'll likely delay the opening of state waters to food-shrimp harvest to allow more of the shrimp that survived the winter to spawn before being caught," Pat Geer, chief of marine fisheries for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, said Friday.

DNR closed state waters, extending from the beach to three miles offshore, to the commercial and recreational food shrimp harvest for the winter on Jan. 10.

No opening date has been set, but the harvest typically resumes in the second or third week of June each year.

Because of the winter kill, the opening might be pushed back a week or two depending how the shrimp population rebounds.

SEATROUT AFFECTED

It appears seatrout also were hard hit by the cold. Fishermen and state natural resources personnel in Georgia and the Carolinas have seen dead fish.

In Georgia, the fish kill has been reported from Savannah south to St. Simons Island. Read More

ALERT Level Raised to 2: Scientists say signs indicate Philippine's Mount Taal Volcano could erupt - 9th Apr 2011

MANILA, Philippines — Scientists say a picturesque volcano in the middle of a Philippine lake could erupt, and authorities are stopping tourists from visiting it.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology says it raised the alert for Taal Volcano on Saturday because of a growing number of volcanic earthquakes and a sharp rise in carbon dioxide emissions.

Local police chief Manuel Maligaya says officials have instructed lake resort owners not to allow guests to visit the volcanic island.

The volcano has erupted more than 30 times since the 16th century. An eruption in 1911 killed nearly 2,000 people. Source

Fewer cyclones with climate change, but They are getting Stronger - but why? - 7th Apr 2011

At this week's Greenhouse 2011 conference in Cairns, a swell of researchers agreed on one conclusion.

Quoting Tom Knutson, co-chairman of the World Meteorological Organisation's expert team on climate impacts on tropical cyclones,
The Australian reports: Also at the conference was meteorologist Kevin Walsh of the University of Melbourne, who told Sydney Morning Herald that his climate models predicted a 20 per cent drop in the number of cyclones affecting Australia by 2100, but an increase of about five per cent in the strength of cyclones.

The big question, posed by Matthew Collins at Exeter University, UK, was: why?
"We can't give a lucid answer at this time," replied Knutson - which he admitted, was a concern. One clue, however, came from the modelling.

Knutson said that removing carbon dioxide from the models wiped off around half of the cyclone's predicted intensity.
Speculating, Steve Sherwood at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia says that since CO2 absorbs heat, more CO2 in the atmosphere could affect where, and with what intensity, water vapour is being heated over the ocean.

As for what would make cyclones happen less often: "That's something I would like to figure out," says Sherwood:
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