Saturday, September 10, 2011
Military police are investigating the disappearance of nearly 14,000 rounds of ammunition from Fort Bragg, according to a spokesman for the 82nd Airborne Division.
Staff Sgt. Joshua Ford said the ammunition went missing from the division's 1st Brigade Combat Team.
Ford said the ammunition is believed to have been taken overnight on Tuesday.
The 1st Brigade Combat Team was placed on lockdown for a few hours Wednesday night while officials searched for the ammunition, Ford said.
The missing ammunition can be used in an M4 or M16 assault rifle, he said.
The 82nd Airborne Division and military police were taking the situation seriously, Ford said.
"Any amount of ammunition that goes missing - that's got to be accounted for," he said. source
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The People's Daily, the main paper of China's ruling Communist Party, said the United States should excise the "cancer" of the law which authorizes Washington's sale of weapons to the self-ruled island of Taiwan that China considers its own territory.
Taiwan's biggest ally and arms supplier, the United States is committed under a 1979 law to supply it with the weapons it needs to maintain a "sufficient self-defense capability."
Taiwan hopes to buy 66 late-model F-16 aircraft from the United States, a sale potentially valued at more than $8 billion and intended to phase out its remaining F-5 fighters.
The arms sale debate has been building steam in the United States, with U.S. Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, where Lockheed Martin Corp manufactures the F-16, saying killing the sale would cost valuable U.S. jobs.
"At present, some madmen on Capitol Hill are making an uproar about consolidating and expanding this cancer," the People's Daily said in a commentary, adding these politicians were "wildly arrogant." more
In the coming decade, Armitage would turn out to be right -- except the politician could not have foreseen how tragic the history would be following the epochal event.
It is the history of the decline of the USA as a superpower.
Immediately before the attacks, this country was in full bloom -- like Rome at its peak, as TV host Joe Scarborough recalls today.
The Republican President George W. Bush had inherited a fat budget surplus from the Democrat Bill Clinton. In Kosovo, the US, which Madeleine Albright dubbed "the indispensable nation," had just shown the Europeans how it could resolve conflicts, even in their own backyard. Bill Gates and Microsoft were still cool.
Then came the planes, piloted by the followers of Osama bin Laden -- and for a brief moment, the superpower seemed even more powerful than ever. Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat had himself photographed donating blood for the victims. Even the French all suddenly wanted to be Americans. German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder promised "unlimited solidarity."
What followed was an unlimited mistake. Bin Laden had hoped to entangle the Americans in bloody wars. How well he would succeed in doing this, he probably could not have imagined himself. more
The economy has now stabilised. The US dollar effectively became the official currency in 2009, breaking the cycle of hyperinflation and recession caused by the government's printing of money. There is a coalition government that has survived for three years without collapsing into civil war, as many feared. Central Harare feels like most other cities: traffic, banks, shops, adverts, newspapers – and inequality. The Zimbabwean upper classes are benefiting from high prices for exports of minerals such as gold and platinum.
These valuable commodities lie at the heart of the economic challenge facing the poor majority: to see their living standards improve. The all too often travelled path is for these resources to leave the country, followed by the wealth they earn – whether taken out by local elites and foreign companies or lost through debt repayments.
I met with 50 activists from civil society organisations to discuss strategy for dealing with Zimbabwe's debt. The government's $7bn foreign debt was created mainly in the 1980s and 1990s through lending from private companies, institutions such as the World Bank, and foreign governments. In 2000 the ZCDD was formed by civil society organisations to campaign for the debt to be cancelled, part of the global Jubilee movement. In the same year, with repayments swallowing up between 25% and 50% of the country's export earnings, the government stopped repaying many of its foreign debts. more
Why keeping the dollar as the world's reserve currency is a massive drag on the struggling U.S. economy
The SDR should indeed replace the dollar as the dominant reserve currency if we want to eliminate the tremendous global trade and capital imbalances that have characterized the world for much of the past 100 years. This will not happen, however, until the United States forces the issue -- which it seems unwilling to do, perhaps for fear that it would signal a relative decline in the power of the U.S. economy.
But the United States should, in fact, support doing away with the dollar. For all the excited talk of politicians, journalists, and generals, a world without the dollar would mean faster growth and less debt for the United States, though at the expense of slower growth for parts of the rest of the world, especially Asia.
A French economist once told me that too often when policymakers think they are talking about economics they are actually talking about politics. A case in point, perhaps, is the claim first made in 1965 by Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, then France's finance minister, that the dollar's dominance as the global reserve currency gave the United States an "exorbitant privilege." more
In the wake of the September 11 attack and the invasion of Iraq, western intelligence agencies were desperate for information about extremists, and hoped that Libya could fill in some of the gaps.
The papers, assuming they are genuine, do not offer a complete picture, or even a partial one. Instead, they offer glimpses into the world of 21st-century espionage, and into the techniques and mechanics of a profession that necessarily conducts itself in the diplomatic shadows. They also show that intelligence gathering and sharing is a business conducted on an industrial scale.
There were numerous exchanges between the US, the UK and Libya over potential terrorist threats, but only one named an individual as a potential assassination target – Muammar Gaddafi's son, who is now wanted by the international criminal court for crimes against humanity.
At that time he was living in London as a student at the London School of Economics. The threat was obviously vague, but deemed serious enough to raise with the Libyans, and to involve MI5 and Scotland Yard.
On 6 January 2004, the CIA sent a letter to Sadeq Krima, head of Libyan international relations, titled "Threat to Saif al-Islam Gaddafi". more
The visit by Recep Tayyip Erdogan – the first by a Turkish leader to Egypt for 15 years – comes against the backdrop of a spiralling diplomatic offensive against Israel by Ankara, which the US is seeking to contain.
A separate crisis between Israel and Egypt after the killing of five Egyptian security officers last month appears to have been averted. But relations between the two neighbours remain delicate, a situation Erdogan may seek to exploit.
Turkey and Egypt are expected to explore areas of co-operation, and Erdogan may offer the post-Mubarak government much-needed financial aid, which would inevitably secure him leverage.
"Turkey may be ready to invest a lot of money and effort into building Egypt as a regional ally," said Alon Liel, a former Israeli envoy to Ankara. "He may try to persuade them to downgrade relations with Israel." more
As in his previous outing “America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It,” in “After America: Get Ready for Armageddon,” Mr. Steyn has written a very serious book. Throughout, he braces readers with quite a lot that should be obvious, yet is overlooked by many who willfully avert their gaze. He advises us at the outset that “America Alone” was “about the impending collapse of all of the Western world except America.” In “After America,” he laments having to report that America “has decided to sign up for the same program but supersized.” And he hopes that Americans will rediscover their historic strengths, seize the throttle and pull their country out of its current tailspin.
Given that the downgrading of America’s credit score by Standard & Poor’s roughly coincided with the launch of this book, it’s amusing (but hardly surprising) that the prologue is titled “The Stupidity of Broke.” Upfront we are introduced to a raft of unhappy information about our nation’s unsustainable spending and borrowing habits. Soon our interest payments on the national debt will exceed what we spend on defense, and by the way, those same payments will fund the entire military (somehow I don’t think “defense” is the right adjective) budget of the People’s Republic of China. With characteristic understatement (well, not really) Mr. Steyn observes that when “the Commies take Taiwan, suburban families in Albuquerque and small businesses in Pocatello will have paid for it.” more
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman decided to go forth with the evacuation after it became clear that Egyptian security forces had lost control of a protest that began outside the Israeli Embassy, and quickly escalated into a breach of the embassy’s security system.
After breaking in, the protesters dumped hundreds of documents out of the windows after a day of demonstrations outside the building in which crowds swinging sledge hammers and using their bare hands tore apart the embassy's security wall.
Just before midnight, a group of protesters reached a room on one of the embassy's lower floors at the top of the building and began dumping Hebrew-language documents from the windows, said an Egyptian security official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. more
The dramatic operation in the early hours of Saturday morning came after Israeli officials appealed for US intervention in a series of frantic telephone calls made as thousands of angry protesters laid siege to the mission.
Baying their hatred of Israel, the mob broke through the building's defences, smashing down a perimeter wall with sledgehammers before marauding through the consular section of the embassy, destroying papers and smashing windows.
The unprecedented attack, which follows days of protests after Israeli troops chasing suspected militants accidentally shot dead at least three Egyptian border guards last month, prompted the swift evacuation of all but one of the embassy's staff. The deputy ambassador volunteered to remain behind as Israel's sole diplomat in Egypt.
The ambassador, Yitzhak Levanon, his colleagues and their families were flown out of the country in two Israeli military aircraft hastily despatched to Cairo's international airport.
They left in their wake not just the ruins of Israel's oldest embassy in the Arab world, but a diplomatic crisis that leaves the future of the Middle East facing renewed uncertainty. more
The Centre for Social Justice claims a climate of fear is gripping pupils at some of Britain's poorest schools and warns there is a "profound failure" in some institutions to deal with disruptive behaviour.
In its report No Excuses: A review of educational exclusion, the centre also found nine-year-olds in one school turned up regularly wearing local street gang colours.
The report states: "The extent to which pupils in some of our schools are feeling unsafe and the impact that weapon-carrying street gang activity and conflict is having on their behaviour is staggering.
"During evidence to the CSJ, the head of a primary referral unit cited a number of examples of 7-11-year-olds being sent to the pupil referral unit for having brought knives into their primary school.
"Often the children said that they had brought the knives in because they were being bullied in school, to scare someone, or because they were being bullied by older children or, in one example, by someone's father, on their way home from school. more
The 56-year-old said a private jet financed by a friend was on standby to whisk the pop star to the Persian Gulf state, which does not have an extradition treaty with the US, if Michael had been convicted at the end of his 2005 court case.
Michael Jackson was not aware of the escape plot, said Jermaine, a former Jackson 5 member.
In an interview with The Times Magazine, Jermaine said: "If they were going to sit and crucify my brother for something that he didn't do, America deserves us not to come back here.
"At the end of the day, this is supposed to be the land of the brave, home of the free, democracy, freedom of speech.
"The way they were treating him, none of that existed. Why should he go to jail for something he didn't do?" more
Benedict XVI said that ‘moral relativism’ had permeated British society to such a degree that many people no longer held shared values and were confused about what constituted wrongful actions.
And he urged the Government to remedy the crisis by spreading wealth – and ensuring its policies were underpinned by an objective belief in what is right.
The Pope told Nigel Baker, Britain’s ambassador to the Holy See, that it would be wise for the Government ‘to employ policies that are based on enduring values that cannot be simply expressed in legal terms’.
He went on: ‘This is especially important in the light of events in England this summer.
‘When policies do not presume or promote objective values, the resulting moral relativism tends instead to produce frustration, despair, selfishness and a disregard for the life and liberty of others.’ more
Host country France has called for a co-ordinated response from the Group of Seven industrialised nations after mounting anxiety over Europe's debt crisis and the fragility of its banks caused a big fall in world stock markets in recent weeks.
Differences between the economic problems facing the euro zone, Britain and the United States - which unveiled a $447 billion jobs package on Thursday - are complicating the task though, meaning one-size-fits-all solutions will not work.
IMF chief Christine Lagarde said in London before boarding a flight for Marseille that policymakers in advanced economies should use all available tools to boost growth and called for bold action to weather a "dangerous new phase" of recovery.
She also cautioned against too much fiscal consolidation in a climate of sputtering growth.
But a G7 source told Reuters a unanimous agreement at the Marseille talks on coordinated monetary easing was unlikely. more
The battles at the two towns broke out a day before a deadline set by Libya’s interim National Transitional Council for Gaddafi holdout towns to surrender or face onslaughts.
NTC officials said the outbreaks of fighting meant the ceasefire had effectively been scrapped. That could pave the way for some of the final battles of a six-month civil war.
Fighters besieging Bani Walid went into the town a day ahead of the deadline to protect civilians and were engaged in street-to-street fighting with Gaddafi forces, an NTC official near the town said.
An NTC spokesman said battles also began outside Sirte in response to barrages of rockets fired by pro-Gaddafi forces. more
A year and a half after European officials began scrambling to avert a default by Greece on its unsustainable pile of debt, their efforts appear to be falling short. The growing worries over Greece and Europe in general contributed to a stock market sell-off Friday, with the Dow Jones industrial average shedding more than 300 points .
Europe's stronger economic powers — mainly Germany and France — have insisted that Greece get its budget under control as a condition of providing financial assistance. But Greece has been unable or unwilling to meet the "austerity" targets it agreed to. Last week, officials from the International Monetary Fund, one of the agencies Greece is depending on, broke off talks, saying the government had failed to abide by its budget-cutting promises.
On Friday, Britain's Daily Telegraph reported that Germany and Holland also said, in effect, "Enough." The newspaper reported the two countries have threatened to block rescue payments unless Greece sticks to its budget promises. more
Kamikaze: F-16 pilots planned to ram Flight 93 (but instead shot a laser beam that made the plane and its wreckage invisible?)
That's because the F-16 jets they were rushing to get airborne were largely unarmed, recalls one of the pilots, then-Lt. Heather Penney, leaving them one option to take out the wayward plane: a kamikaze mission.
"We wouldn’t be shooting it down. We would be ramming the aircraft, because we didn’t have weapons on board to be able to shoot the airplane down," Penney told C-SPAN.
In the days before Sept. 11, there were no armed aircraft standing guard in Washington, D.C., ready to scramble at the first sign of trouble.
And with a Boeing 757 aircraft speeding in the direction of Washington, D.C., Penney and her commanding officer, Col. Marc Sasseville, couldn't wait the dozens of minutes it was going to take to properly arm their respective jets.
"It was decided that Sass and I would take off first, even though we knew we would end up having to take off before our aircraft were armed," Penney, among the first generation of American female fighter pilots, said to C-SPAN. more
The name of the single mother was blackened out in a public release of the lawsuit. But HUD alleges the woman asked property manager Darlene Dovenberg about renting a La Crosse County, Wis., home and was informed that she would not be able to see the property because she did not have a man around the house.
HUD said that Dovenberg admitted that a single woman would not be able to handle the home's seclusion or required snow removal, and she didn't want the prospective renter calling her to help fix things or to plow her out.
Dovenberg, however, told FoxNews.com that safety was her main concern and she was unaware at the time of the federal law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex or race.
"The woman called me and said she'd like to move in with her baby," Dovenberg said. "And that house is deep in the woods and has a treacherous driveway. It would have put the woman and her child in harm's way." more
Corporate America to Microsoft: We'll Pass on Windows 8 (Is it the NSA connections? The vulnerabilities?)
Michael Silver, a vice president at research firm Gartner who studies personal computers, exclusively told FoxNews.com that many companies have what he calls “migration fatigue” and will skip Windows 8 entirely.
"We ... expect most companies to skip it," Silver told FoxNews.com. "To the extent that the market expects companies to adopt Windows 8 in large numbers, it may be disappointed."
Corporate America just went through a massive upgrade to Windows 7, which most consider a raging success for consumers and business: Gartner estimates that 80 percent of companies skipped Vista and went to Windows 7. Some remain on Windows XP, slow to move due to costs or legacy software. Now, because of the immense cost, they'll skip Win 8 as well, he said. more
Built by Utah-based Alliant Techsystems (ATK), the five-segment solid motor ignited just after 4 p.m. EDT (2000 GMT) in a fiery burst followed by two minutes of a deafening roar. The test, called Development Motor 3 (DM3), shook the desert and surrounding mountains and sent massive columns of smoke billowing into the clear blue sky above.
The ATK rocket motor, billed as the world's largest solid rocket booster by its buildiers, was originally slated to be the first stage of the Ares 1 rocket, a booster designed to launch NASA's Orion crew capsule on moon-bound trips under the now-cancelled Constellation program. President Barack Obama scrapped Constellation last year in favor of a new space vision aimed at sending astronauts to an asteroid by 2025.
But ATK's giant solid rocket booster, which is similar to the twin rockets used to launch NASA space shuttles for 30 years, could see new life as part of NASA's latest heavy-lift rocket plan, called the Space Launch System, or SLS.
That new launch vehicle is expected to use two huge solid rocket boosters and a central core stage to launch NASA's Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle on deep space missions.
The rocket booster could also serve as a component of a proposed commercial launch vehicle called Liberty, which ATK has been discussing with the European aerospace firm Astrium. more
Arm found floating in a Canaal (Julianakanaal, Guelle, Limburg) in the Netherlands by Passerby's - 10th Sept 2011
The fire department collected the body part from the water it was confirmed by a spokesman this evening.
It has yet to be confirmed if a police investigation has been launched as to why a human arm has ended up in the Canal.
The epicenter was 280 km (174 miles) SSW of Severo-Kuril'sk, Kuril Islands, Russia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No reports of Damage or Injuries at this time
The epicenter was 1408 km (875 miles) ESE from Victoria, Seychelles
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No reports of Damage or Injuries at this time
Extreme Weather Alert Netherlands, 800 Lightning Strikes recorded in just 5 min CODE ORANGE is in AFFECT - 10th Sept 2011
These provinces have suffered from''very heavy Saturday evening showers,''said a spokesman.
The clouds are from Zeeland in the country. At half past eight, 800 Lightning Strikes where recorded in just 5 minutes throughout three provinces.
A spokesman for Weather Information in Zeeland, where the storm erupted around 20.00, "a spectacle in progress".
Chances are that the alarm will stay during the night as the Storm expands into the province of Utrecht. Code orange means that there is great danger due to extreme weather.
KNMI encourages everyone keep an eye on the weather reports. Those who do not necessarily need to go outdoors, might better stay home, said a spokesman. Source
The epicenter was 72 km (45 miles) Southeast of Huangshi, hubei, China
No reports of Damage or Injuries at this time
WikiLeaks Reveal: Expecting Civilian Deaths, US Embassy Approved of Deadly Attack on Crowded Haitian Slum
Haitian Chamber of Commerce President Reginald Boulos, now a voting member of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC), met with U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Timothy Carney on Jan. 4, 2006. Both the Embassy and Haiti’s private sector leaders were upset with the UN mission’s reluctance to launch a violent crackdown on armed groups in Cité Soleil, a vast waterside slum in Port-au-Prince.
At the meeting, “Boulos argued that MINUSTAH [or UN Mission to Stabilize Haiti, as the UN force is known] could take back the slum if it were to work systematically, section by section, in securing the area.”
Carney “cautioned that such an operation would inevitably cause unintended civilian casualties given the crowded conditions and flimsy construction of tightly packed housing in Cité Soleil,” according to the Jan. 6, 2006 cable, which Carney wrote.
Rather than suggest an alternative that would avoid “inevitable” civilian deaths, Carney continued, “Therefore, the private sector associations must be willing to quickly assist in the aftermath of such an operation, including providing financial support to families of potential victims.”
“Boulos agreed,” saying “that he and other groups were prepared to go in immediately with social programs and social spending,” the cable said. Read More