Sunday, October 2, 2011

Map charts listeria outbreak as experts warn outbreaks are becoming more common - 2nd Oct 2011

The recent listeria outbreak from cantaloupe melons has sickened more than 72 people across the U.S., with large-scale occurrences of serious illnesses linked to the tainted food growing more common.

Experts have warned that these outbreaks are becoming more frequent over the years, partly because much of what we eat takes a long and winding road from farm to fork.

A cantaloupe grown on a Colorado field may make four or five stops before it reaches the dinner table.

There's the packing house where it is cleaned and packaged, then the distributor who contracts with retailers to sell the melons in large quantities. A processor may cut or bag the fruit. The retail distribution centre is where the melons are sent out to various stores. Finally it's stacked on display at the grocery store. Read More

NASA satellite shows boiling sun in stunning detail - 2nd Oct 2011

It is a view of the sun like no other.

These stunning images show the boiling inner workings of our star in a way no human eye could possibly hope to detect.

The mesmerising pictures, taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory Satellite or SDO, show the light thrown off by the sun in both the ultraviolet and x-ray spectrum.

The clarity of the SDO images means that it will feed back to Nasa on Earth more comprehensive science data than any other solar observing spacecraft. Every day it sends out 1.5 terabytes of data, equal to 500,000 songs on an MP3 player.

Some of the images show never-before-seen detail of material streaming outward and away from sunspots. Others show extreme close-ups of activity on the Sun’s surface.

The satellite was launched in February 2010 and chief scientist Dean Pesnell said it has already disproved at least one theory - but refused to give details. Read More

Patrick Graves shoots himself in the head in front of shocked co-workers after being fired from his job - 2nd Oct 2011

A distraught man shot himself in the head in front of co-workers after learning he had lost his job.

Father of there, Patrick Graves, 51, locked himself in his car and shot himself once in the head after learning he had been fired on Thursday.

Mr Graves had worked at the Goodrich Corp. in Burnsville, Minnesota for three years and was reportedly battling depression and financial problems.

Officers on the scene broke a window to reach Graves, who was still alive.

He later died in hospital.

On Monday he received a negative job appraisal from the company where he worked as a welder for sensors used in the aerospace industries. Read More

Cindi Santana: 'I'm not ready to go': Last words of girl, 17, 'stabbed to death by boyfriend who was arrested days earlier for making threats'

The 18-year-old accused of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death at their high school had been arrested just days before the brutal attack for allegedly making criminal threats.

Abraham Lopez, 18, repeatedly stabbed Cindi Santana, 17, at South East High School in South Gate, California, during a lunchtime fight after punching her and pushing her to the ground.

She died in hospital hours later. Read More


Protests against corporate America start in Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Denver and Seattle - 3rd Oct 2011


The protests against corporate America, which began in New York City two weeks ago, have spread across the country, with demonstrations occurring in Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Denver and Seattle.

Sparked by the Occupy Wall Street movement, which has seen thousands of protesters camped out in New York's Financial District for the past fortnight, mass gatherings have started nationwide, with the unified purpose of voicing anger at the U.S. banking and political systems.

The anti-corporate protest in New York City entered its fifteenth day today, as the city's residents began to increasingly feel the effect of a mass gathering that began as little more than a dozen students.

In Los Angeles, several hundred protesters marched from Pershing Square to City Hall on Saturday, and said they would remain camped at the site 'indefinitely', like their New York counterparts.

Organised by a group called Occupy LA, the demonstrators echoed the refrain begun by those on the East Coast, saying they hoped to change economic polices that benefit the richest one per cent of Americans. Read More

Al Qaeda bomb maker did NOT die in drone strike, claim Yemens after body search - 3rd Oct 2011

Al Qaeda's top bomb maker in Yemen did not die in a drone strike on a convoy, a top Yemeni official said today, dashing American hopes that the attack might have killed a trio of top terrorists.

The U.S. drone strike on Friday killed U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and an American propagandist, Samir Khan, who published a slick English-language web magazine that spouted al Qaeda's anti-Western ideology.

U.S. intelligence officials had said it appeared that bomb maker Ibrahim al-Asiri was among the dead.

However, on Sunday the Yemeni official released a list of two others whose bodies had been identified and noted that al-Asiri was not one of them.

The Yemeni official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters.

The Saudi-born Al-Asiri, 29, was tied to the so-called underwear bomb that was used in an attempt to bring down a Detroit-bound jetliner on Christmas Day in 2009. Read More

Cameron: I want to scrap the Human Rights Act but Clegg won't let me - 3rd Oct 2011

The Prime Minister claimed yesterday that he wants to scrap the Human Rights Act immediately – but Nick Clegg won’t let him.

David Cameron was forced to speak out after the Home Secretary warned that the legislation had become a charter for foreign criminals and terrorists.

Theresa May called for it to be ditched so the Home Office could be freed from its shackles.

Put on the spot, Mr Cameron said he, too, wanted the hugely unpopular Act – passed by Labour in 1998 – to be axed and replaced with a British Bill of Rights.

But he said that being in coalition with Mr Clegg’s Liberal Democrats was making him go ‘slowly’.

He was asked: ‘If the Conservatives had their way, if you were governing by yourself, you would get rid of the Human Rights Act and replace it with a British Bill of Rights?’

‘Yes,’ he replied. ‘Would I like to go further and faster? Yes, I have said so.’ Read More

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake KODIAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA - 3rd Oct 2011

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck the Kodiak Island Region, Alaska at a depth of 30.2 km (18.8 miles), the quake hit at 00:55:43 UTC Monday 3rd October 2011.
The epicenter was 21 km ( 13 miles) West of Aleneva, Alaska
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No reports of Damage or Injuries reported at this time

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 2nd Oct 2011

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck near the East Coast of Honshu, Japan at a depth of 26.5 km (16.5 miles), the quake hit at 21:48:59 UTC Sunday 2nd October 2011.
The epicenter was 96 km ( 59 miles) SSE of Mito, Honshu, Japan
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No reports of Damage or Injuries reported at this time

Call for protests in Maine: All American patriots are asked to take part or organize protests in their cities; will update as events unfold



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Semper Fi: Marines Coming To Protect Protesters On Wall Street

The thousands of indefatigable Wall Street protestors, risking their eyes and recording equipment against Wall Street’s personal jack-booted thugs in the NYPD, recently garnered even more support– the US Marines. That’s the type of support that may make an NYPD cop think twice before he decides to go all Tiananmen Square on a group of teenage girls, armed with chalk and cardboard signs (maybe it’s because they are spelled properly?).

The Occupy Wall Street movement may have thought it broke new ground when the NYC Transit Union joined their movement, but that ground just tipped the Richter Scale with news that United States Army and Marine troops are reportedly on their way to various protest locations to support the movement and to protect the protesters.

Here’s the message Ward Reilly relayed from another Marine, on his facebook page:

“I’m heading up there tonight in my dress blues. So far, 15 of my fellow marine buddies are meeting me there, also in Uniform. I want to send the following message to Wall St and Congress:I didn’t fight for Wall St. I fought for America. Now it’s Congress’ turn.

My true hope, though, is that we Veterans can act as first line of defense between the police and the protester. If they want to get to some protesters so they can mace them, they will have to get through the Fucking Marine Corps first. Let’s see a cop mace a bunch of decorated war vets.I apologize now for typos and errors.

Typing this on iPhone whilst heading to NYC. We can organize once we’re there. That’s what we do best.If you see someone in uniform, gather together.

A formation will be held tonight at 10PM.

We all took an oath to uphold, protect and defend the constitution of this country. That’s what we will be doing.


Hope to see you there!!”

Kudos, Mr Reilly!Thank You for having the courage and foresight to see past the transparently false and empty patriotism perpetually touted by the defense skanks and petro whores in Congress in order to keep their campaign coffers filled to the brim. Meanwhile, your brothers and sisters suffer massive cuts and are forced to live with PTSD, with little if any help from the very government and country for which you have sacrificed so much. Thank you for recognizing this movement not as a bunch of screaming white liberal kids with Henna tattoos, but as a universal and profound rejection of the unchecked and undue influence the plutocrats on Wall Street have had on the decision-making in Washington. Thank You for your service, and thank you for seeing through all the mountains of bullsh#t being shoveled around the clock by the Koch Bros. puppets in Washington via their lapdogs in the media.

It’s safe to say to if Mr. Reilly and his fellow marines lend their voices, it could be a defining moment that gives the Occupation of Wall Street movement the just right amount of fuel it needs to catch fire. After all, it would be interesting to see the media ignore NYPD cops pepper spraying decorated war veterans, assuming the donut marchers dared to even consider the notion of trying. source

Spread this EVERYWHERE. The climactic struggle may have finally begun!

US Marines coming to Occupy Wall Street protestors' aid to defend US citizens against police abuse?

Syrian opposition council: Save us from 'war'

A new alignment of Syrian opposition groups, the Syrian National Council, announced Sunday that it will "represent the Syrian revolution" inside and outside of the country in an effort to end the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

"In answering the calls of the youth of the revolution, the national council asks international bodies and organizations to take responsibility and work to protect the Syrian people from the war declared on them," the group said in a statement read in Arabic at an opposition meeting in Istanbul.

"The forces who signed this statement declare the establishment of the Syrian National Council as a framework for the unity of the opposition and the peaceful revolution," the group said in the statement, read by Burhan Ghalioun, an activist and opposition figure.

The council "will work on mobilizing all groups of the Syrian people and provide all kinds of necessary support to advance the revolution and achieve the goals of our people that include the toppling of the current regime, including the head of the regime, and building a democratic, multi-party system in a civilian state that provides equality to all its citizens, without any kind of discrimination," the statement said.

The Local Coordination Committees, which organizes and documents protests against the Syrian regime, said groups including the Muslim Brotherhood of Syria, the Revolution Forces, the Public Council for Revolution Forces and the Superior Council of the Revolution have all joined it in the opposition government. more

Philippines hit by back-to-back typhoons that leave dozens dead



A second typhoon in a week pounded the Philippines over the weekend, weakening Sunday only after prompting evacuations, causing severe flooding and contributing to at least one death, officials said.

Typhoon Nalgae, known locally as Quiel, lost some strength by Sunday morning, though it still had maximum sustained winds of 130 kph (80 mph), with gusts recorded 30 kph (18.6 miles) stronger, according to an 11 a.m. Sunday advisory from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Administration.

At that point, its center was 290 kilometers (180 miles) west of Baguio City.

The storm comes on the heels of Typhoon Nesat, which left 52 people dead and hit 34 provinces Tuesday, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council.

The two typhoons have affected about 3 million Filipinos, according to the nonprofit humanitarian group, World Vision.

"The immediate need is ready-to-eat food and water," said Jay Mijares, a spokesman for the group.

"Survivors have no means to cook food. We are seeing a mass exodus of people looking for food, there is no supply, and on top of that their livelihood is disrupted. They have money but there's just nothing to buy." more

Inside Occupy Wall Street: A Tour of Activist Encampment at the Heart of Growing Protest

Obama "Internet Takeover"?

Is El Hierro another piece in the puzzle showing that Earth is in distress?

"Dying in a bullfight is the best thing that can happen to a bull"

In the name of preventing animal cruelty, and to the whooping and cheering of Bambi-influenced animal-rights activists around the world, Catalonia has hosted its last bullfight. As of today, there is a ban on bullfighting, and a matador is no longer a showman but a potential criminal. This is a good thing, says Kitty Block of the pro-animal Humane Society, because bullfighting "isn't culture, it's cruelty… [it's] a horrible spectre of animal abuse that ends in the slow and torturous death of an animal provoked and repeatedly gored with knives and swords".

Now, leaving aside the fact that just because taunting bulls isn't culture where Ms Block comes from (she's a lawyer in that spick-and-span city of Washington DC) doesn't mean it isn't culture thousands of miles away in Catalonia, is it really true that bullfighting is cruel to bulls? One could argue the opposite: that being included in a bullfight is the best thing that can happen to a bull, since it elevates it from being a grubby and dumb beast into a performer in a piece of beautiful, arcane theatre.

To put a bull into a bullfight is to ennoble it. As a participant in a strange, centuries-old ritual, in a violent dance-off between man and beast, a bull acquires a significance far beyond its own natural existence. In fact, the only "purpose" in the life of a bull is that bestowed upon it by picadors and matadors – it is through their efforts, and their efforts alone, that a bull is transformed from being a rather pointless, instinctual beast into a noble creature worthy of being watched by an audience of thousands. In this sense, bullfighting is humane rather than cruel, since through the endeavour and labour of the bullfighting brigade a bull is given a use and purpose nature could never have designed for it. more

Bird flu: killer lurking in shadows

In Steven Soderbergh's new bio-thriller, Contagion, the audience is kept guessing about the killer's identity until the final frame.

Is it the mu shu pork Gwyneth Paltrow ate in a Kowloon diner, or is it, as Laurence Fishburne - playing the deputy director of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention - suggests, all the fault of the birds?

In the end, Soderbergh appears to have it both ways, suggesting the culprit is a combination of bird flu and nipah, a bat-borne virus prevalent on Malaysian pig farms. In real life, however, there is little doubt about where the true threat lies.

"I haven't seen the film yet but bird flu is the real killer lurking in the shadows," says Robert Webster, the world's leading expert on bird flu.

"Nature has already shown us that there is a virus out there that kills 50 per cent of the people it infects. We ignore it at our peril."

It is a warning that Webster, a virologist known as the "pope of bird flu", has been sounding for more than 50 years, initially to the scepticism of his peers but to growing respect more recently. The virus that keeps Webster awake at night is H5N1.

The bird flu virus first emerged as a public health risk in 1997 when it caused 16 human infections and six fatalities in Hong Kong, prompting Margaret Chan, Hong Kong's then-director of public health and now director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO), to close the territory's wet markets and initiate a mass poultry cull. more

Eurozone crisis: there are no miracles in Greek tragedies

Just before the roof fell in on Kweku Adoboli, the UBS trader whose “miscalculations” cost his bank $2.3 billion, he posted a message on Facebook: “I need a miracle.” Keep an eye out for something similar from George Papandreou, Greece’s prime minister, who has been telling us: “Let everyone be certain, Greece will not default, we will not let it default.” Nothing short of a supernatural event is now required for that promise to be met – the Greek bubble is about to pop.

There are similarities between Mr Adoboli’s flame-out and Greece’s imminent bankruptcy: failure of regulation, credulity of investors and a desperation to throw good money after bad. The difference, however, is scale. UBS’s losses are shocking but manageable. By contrast, when Greece repudiates all, or even part, of its 370 billion euros of debt, the foundations of the single currency will crack and many bystanders will be hurt.

Financial pain will be accompanied by the political humiliation of European Union leaders and their apologists in the commentariat who boasted that such an outcome was impossible because there was the “necessary will” to prevent it occurring.

The fallacy at the heart of this crisis is that every financial problem has a political solution. If only. Yet the Brussels elite and its co-conspirators at the IMF continue to promise that by “doing all it takes” they will, somehow, defy indefinitely economic gravity. This illusion of political primacy is perpetuated because a confession of impotence would not only undermine the worth of those in power but also expose the euro’s fatal flaw: monetary union without fiscal union is a marriage that weds the prudent to the profligate with no control over the latter’s spending. more

The EU has failed. Who are the truly guilty men?

Being intellectually wrong isn’t the same as being morally wrong. It’s a distinction that is often forgotten in politics, where we habitually dismiss our opponents as liars, blackguards and fiends. Convinced that our opinions are based on demonstrable facts, we easily slip into assuming that the person who disagrees – the person who refuses to see reality as we do – must have some unstated motive. We can’t help it. The tendency to take short-cuts, to press new information into our existing world-view, is encoded in our DNA.

The Appeasers are now remembered as little better than traitors. Yet, though the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact showed them to have been intellectually wrong, it doesn’t follow that they were morally wrong. Playing for time in the hope that Hitler might attack the USSR rather than the West was a failure of judgment, not of patriotism. If we now think of Chamberlain’s supporters as Guilty Men, it is a tribute to the genius of Michael Foot. His pamphlet of that name, rushed out in 1940, has defined to this day how Britain remembers that unhappy period. Yet it never purported to be other than a partisan diatribe, designed partly to deflect blame from Labour, whose support for disarmament had been more wrong-headed than anything Chamberlain did. The Appeasers had miscalculated; but at least they used the time bought by their policy to increase aircraft production.

The present crisis in the euro is, in intellectual terms, almost as transformative as the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, which is why Peter Oborne has adopted Michael Foot’s title for his denunciation of Britain’s Euro-enthusiasts. Once again, almost the entire Establishment has been found to be wrong: the erstwhile leaders of all three parties, the CBI, the TUC, the BBC, the civil service – pretty much the same line-up, in fact, that had supported Appeasement – all wanted Britain to join the single currency. Not that they will pay any price for their error. As a general rule in public life, it is better to be wrong in respectable company than right before your time. Europhiles will continue to drift complacently through the great offices of state, picking up knighthoods and peerages and headships of Oxbridge colleges. They will still be deferred to on the Today Programme as impartial experts and asked to write essays in the FT – not least because the MSM got it every bit as wrong as they did. more

Greece prepares to default within the euro – the worst of all possible worlds

Ever since the bailout was agreed, this blog has been predicting a Greek default. Despite perfunctory official denials, almost no one now seriously expects the Greek government to honour its obligations. What's more, it'll be a proper, ch√Ęteau-bottled default: not a deferral of interest, but a straightforward repudiation of liabilities.

I've also been predicting that Greek and EU leaders will try to keep Greece in the euro after the default. Here, by contrast, I'm still pretty much on my own. Most observers, whatever their sympathies, believe that a government which had reneged on its debts could not remain in the single currency. No one would lend it money. Simply to cover its immediate bills, it would need to price itself into the markets and print more money. To take the pain of a default without the compensating advantage of a devaluation, say all the clever commentators, would be the worst of all worlds.

They're right; but that doesn't mean it won't happen. For the past two months, Eurocrats have been talking increasingly confidently about an 'orderly' default within the euro. While the markets might refuse to lend to welshers, the EU could supply the shortfall. In the mean time, Brussels would bail out the banks which had foolishly bought Greek bonds.

Such a package would be tremendously expensive: in the trillions. It would be disastrous for Greece, which would remain nailed to its artificially high exchange rate. And it would involve yet another transfer of wealth from ordinary taxpayers to wealthy bankers and bondholders. Yet, unerringly, this is the option for which EU leaders are plumping. more

Facebook criticised for 'tracking' logged-out users

Facebook faces criticism over the way it continues to store and access information about users who have logged out of their account.

The controversy was sparked by Nik Cubrilovic, an Australian technology entrepreneur, who found that even after he logged out of the social network, it delivered “cookies” to his web browser that could be used to track visits to other websites.

Cookies are small text files used by websites to store user preferences and the contents of online shopping carts, among other functions.

When users log out of websites cookies are often deleted, but Mr Cubrilovic found that Facebook only altered them, while continuing to store data such as his account ID.This unique identifier could be used to track logged-out users when they visit other websites that have integrated Facebook functions, such as the “Like” button, he said.

“Logging out of Facebook only de-authorizes your browser from the web application, a number of cookies (including your account number) are still sent along to all requests to facebook.com,” Mr Cubrilovic said in a widely-shared blog posting.

“The only solution is to delete every Facebook cookie in your browser, or to use a separate browser for Facebook interactions. more

The zenith of modern cultural achievement: The Simpsons could be given their very own 24-hour TV channel

Fans of "The Simpsons" are salivating at the possibility of the television series being given its own 24-hour channel.

As Homer Simpson once said: "The answer to life's problems aren't at the bottom of a bottle, they're on TV!"

The show is approaching its 500th episode and is the longest running sitcom in the history of American television, having begun in 1989.

Executives at Fox, which broadcasts it, are now considering the idea of a digital channel which would play nothing but those episodes day and night.

News Corp chief operating officer Chase Carey hinted at the prospect of a Simpsons channel during a business conference in New York, although he said if it went ahead it would not be for at least 12 months.

He said a "number of meetings" had been held about how to capitalise on the "unprecedented volume" of footage from the series and a channel purely for the show's fans was a possibility. There were "a lot of Simpsons fans out there," he added. more

Primaries 'forced to give sex education to be Healthy Schools’

Primary schools are being forced by some local authorities to teach sex education, according to a family charity.

Education bodies in parts of the country are using the Healthy Schools initiative introduced by Tony Blair’s government to impose “liberal and permissive” teaching on pupils, campaigners warn.

Labour introduced the National Healthy Schools Programme in 1999, with aims including support for healthy behaviour and reduction of health inequalities.

But a survey of all 152 local authorities in England found inconsistency in the way in which its guidelines were being applied in the classroom, according to the Family Education Trust.

A report by the trust suggests that some authorities are insisting schools teach sex education in order to qualify for the Healthy Schools award.

The trust said such lessons are not required by law or the Healthy Schools criteria. more

Government plans could cut a third or more off thousands of house prices

Thousands of house prices could fall by a third or more if Coalition Government proposals to change planning rules in favour of developers become law, knocking hundreds of thousands of pounds off some of the most desirable homes in the green belt.

Many estate agents are reluctant to discuss this potential domestic disaster because they are linked to building and development companies who stand to gain if given a free hand to brick over the fields and meadows that make England such a green and pleasant land.

But David Pardoe, a director of Chesterton Humberts’ rural division in Salisbury, was among those willing to speak out. He told me: “It is the larger and higher value country houses that will suffer the most if developers are given the go ahead to build in green belt and other protected areas, as it could jeopardize three of the factors by which a country house is valued; its privacy levels, the views it has, and its proximity to other properties.

“If a substantial country house were to lose its picturesque country views, it could be decreased in value by at least 30pc, depending on the desirability of its location. Generally, the higher value the property is, the higher the percentage decrease could be.”

Similarly, Charles Ellingworth, founder of home search agents, Property Vision, said: “If you have a good house that has its view ruined, you would be looking at a 30pc to 40pc devaluation.

“But I don’t think England is going to disappear under a sea of concrete. It will not be like Ireland, where there is a little bungalow every half a mile along the road. The Government is proposing to loosen the reins on planning consent; not remove them altogether.” more

Three quarters of Britons have insufficient life cover

More than a million households do not have enough life cover to pay off their mortgage debts if either partner were to die.

Only a quarter of UK adults say they have sufficient financial protection and savings to clear the mortgage and other debts in the event of their death, according to new figures from comparison website GoCompare.

Seventeen per cent of people surveyed admitted they were worried about the financial impact of their death on their family but, if they had an extra £10 a month to spend, 65pc said they would rather play the National Lottery rather than buy life insurance.

The survey also revealed that cost and apathy are the main reasons people give for having insufficient cover. In addition, 10pc of people felt that they had left it too late to arrange adequate cover.

Jeremy Cryer, spokesman from Gocompare.com, said: "No one likes to think about their own mortality, which is why life insurance is a difficult product for many of us to consider. But it is important to plan ahead and make sure loved ones are financially protected when we are no longer around to look after them. It can be difficult working out how much cover you need, but as a basic rule of thumb, you should certainly be thinking about buying enough cover to clear any outstanding debts, including your mortgage, and providing a capital sum for your dependants."

Mr Cryer pointed out that in the current protection market, people can purchase life insurance for as little as £10 a month. more

Navy driving China's military expansion

China's navy is playing an important role in the country's drive to become a world military power, with the recent trials of its first aircraft carrier underlining the scale of Beijing's naval ambitions.

China has become increasingly assertive on the high seas and the carrier's first outing last month sparked jitters in the United States and Japan, which said the move would have a "big impact" on the region.

The People's Liberation Army (PLA) -- the largest armed force in the world -- is primarily a land force. But the navy is playing an increasing role as Beijing grows more assertive about its territorial claims, notably in the East China Sea and South China Sea.

On a rare visit on board the Anqing, a missile frigate at the Eastern Fleet base in Ningbo, south of Shanghai, journalists were accompanied by a group of officers as soldiers looked on impassively.

The officers were giving little away and the ship appeared to serve as a museum piece as much as a warship.

"As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, China must take greater responsibility in world affairs," Captain Wei Hua, chief of staff of the Shanghai naval base, told the visiting journalists. more

Secret bases mark step-up in terror wars

Recent disclosures that the CIA is setting up a ring of secret bases for its unmanned aerial vehicles in the Middle East and the Horn of Africa signal a sharp escalation in the U.S. wars against terror.

But they also underline how the United States is increasingly focusing on advanced technology to wage their array of conflicts -- six at the last count -- at a distance, and how the leading U.S. spy agency has become militarized and, in the words of one veteran agent, "one hell of a killing machine."

For many in these regions, U.S. reliance on clandestine operations and robot weapons underlines how the United States is expanding its global chain of military bases -- more than 850 of all sizes in 40 countries at the last count -- even as its power is on the wane.

The intensity of the drone war, particularly in Pakistan, has escalated sharply under U.S. President Barack Obama and been extended to Yemen and Somalia.

With retired U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus, hero of Iraq and Afghanistan and author of the U.S. military's counterinsurgency manual, now running the CIA, it's likely the operational tempo in the drone campaign is going to be stepped up further. more

UCLA scientists find H1N1 flu virus prevalent in animals in Africa

UCLA life scientists and their colleagues have discovered the first evidence of the H1N1 virus in animals in Africa. In one village in northern Cameroon, a staggering 89 percent of the pigs studied had been exposed to the H1N1 virus, commonly known as the swine flu.

"I was amazed that virtually every pig in this village was exposed," said Thomas B. Smith, director of UCLA's Center for Tropical Research and the senior author of the research. "Africa is ground zero for a new pandemic. Many people are in poor health there, and disease can spread very rapidly without authorities knowing about it."

H1N1 triggered a human pandemic in the spring of 2009, infecting people in more than 200 countries. In the U.S., it led to an estimated 60 million illnesses, 270,000 hospitalizations and 12,500 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The virus, known scientifically as Influenza A (H1N1), is made up of genetic elements of swine, avian and human influenza viruses. The pigs in Cameroon, the researchers say, were infected by humans.

"The pigs were running wild in that area," said lead author Kevin Njabo, a researcher in UCLA's department of ecology and evolutionary biology and associate director of the Center for Tropical Research. "I was shocked when we found out it was H1N1. Any virus in any part of the world can reach another continent within days by air travel. We need to understand where viruses originate and how they spread, so we can destroy a deadly virus before it spreads. We have to be prepared for a pandemic, but so many countries are not well-prepared — not even the United States." more

The American 'allergy' to global warming: Why?

Tucked between treatises on algae and prehistoric turquoise beads, the study on page 460 of a long-ago issue of the U.S. journal Science drew little attention.

"I don't think there were any newspaper articles about it or anything like that," the author recalls.

But the headline on the 1975 report was bold: "Are We on the Brink of a Pronounced Global Warming?" And this article that coined the term may have marked the last time a mention of "global warming" didn't set off an instant outcry of angry denial.

In the paper, Columbia University geoscientist Wally Broecker calculated how much carbon dioxide would accumulate in the atmosphere in the coming 35 years, and how temperatures consequently would rise. His numbers have proven almost dead-on correct. Meanwhile, other powerful evidence poured in over those decades, showing the "greenhouse effect" is real and is happening. And yet resistance to the idea among many in the U.S. appears to have hardened.

What's going on?

"The desire to disbelieve deepens as the scale of the threat grows," concludes economist-ethicist Clive Hamilton.

He and others who track what they call "denialism" find that its nature is changing in America, last redoubt of climate naysayers. It has taken on a more partisan, ideological tone. Polls find a widening Republican-Democratic gap on climate. Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry even accuses climate scientists of lying for money. Global warming looms as a debatable question in yet another U.S. election campaign. more

Nigerian customs intercept shipment of bomb-making materials on Chinese vessel

Customs officials in Nigeria, buckling under a spate of bomb attacks blamed on Islamists, have seized an illegal shipment of materials used in bomb-making on a Chinese vessel, an official said Saturday.

They were found in a 40-foot (12-metre) container which was searched Friday at the port of Tin Can in Lagos, customs spokesman Wale Adeniyi told AFP.

The container had arrived in June at one of Nigeria's busiest ports on the MV Sheng Shi which had sailed from the southern Chinese port of Huangpu.

The suspicions of intelligence and customs officials were aroused by inconsistencies on the waybill.

An inspection yielded industrial socket valves and rechargeable reading lamps, which was the declared content, but also "different dimensions" of materials used in making explosive devices, Adeniyi said.

"Some of them were like underground cables, moulds, wires."

The spokesman could not say whether any detonators were found.

Adeniyi said no importer or agent has come forward for clearance and no arrests have been made. more

Brooklyn Bridge: Hundreds of Wall Street protesters arrested after march forces police to close crossing - 2nd Oct 2011

The Brooklyn Bridge was yesterday shut down and more than 700 people arrested after protesters camping out near Wall Street spilled on to New York landmark and blocked traffic.

In a tense showdown, police took swift action - cuffing and dragging hundreds to the sidings - after many of the protesters risked being hit by cars by moving from the walkway on to the road.

A large group of marchers, who are rallying against corporate greed, broke off from others on the bridge's pedestrian walkway and headed across the Brooklyn-bound lanes.

Head police spokesman Paul J. Browne told the New York Times: 'Protesters who used the Brooklyn Bridge walkway were not arrested.Those who took over the Brooklyn-bound roadway, and impeded vehicle traffic, were arrested.'

Things came to a head when the march - which was going from Zuccotti Park to Lower Manhattan - reached the bridge. Read More

Mole Man's Dilapidated home Now Selling for £500,000 - 2nd Oct 2011

He became known as the 'Mole Man' after digging a labyrinth of tunnels underneath his London home.

Now, the late William Lyttle's house is up for sale. Despite not having a roof and being a structural death trap the 20-room home in London's Hackney carries a guide price of £500,000.

Mr Lyttle, a retired civil engineer who died aged 79 last year, spent 40 years tunnelling a 60 foot-long path of tunnels under his house.

These extraordinary pictures show how the house looks now and give a rare glimpse of what Mr Lyttle's subterranean labour of love looked like during his lifetime.

Hackney Council discovered his tunnelling activities in 2006. They also discovered skiploads of junk, including the wrecks of four Renault 4 cars, a boat, scrap metal, old baths, fridges and dozens of TV sets.

He was evicted when the house almost collapsed due to the network of passages underneath. He was then put up in a hotel for three years, at a cost to the taxpayer £45,000, before being re-housed in a nearby council-owned property. Read More

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Occupy Wall Street protests spread across U.S



Inspired by the events in New York City, protesters begin assembling in several cities across the U.S.

As police arrested hundreds of protesters on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, more demonstrations began to spring up across the U.S.

In Los Angeles, protesters gathered in front of City Hall and danced on buses with "peace" emblazoned on the side.

A smaller protest was held in Chicago's financial district where protesters held placards demanding “Jobs Not Cuts”.

Protesters also turned out in Denver, gathering downtown before marching into the city chanting, "Occupy the streets."

All the protests were inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement which has seen hundreds of people camping out near the financial district in New York City and conducting marches calling for an end to home foreclosures and high unemployment. more

Patrick Joseph Graves Kills Self In His Car After Losing Job: Prepare for this to become the norm

Burnsville police say a Northfield man who had just lost his job committed suicide in front of former colleagues by locking himself in his car and shooting himself in the head.

Fifty-one-year-old Patrick Joseph Graves was still alive Thursday morning when officers arrived. He died about an hour later at a hospital.

Graves had just been let go from Goodrich Corp., where his girlfriend said he worked for three years. Jill Murphy says Graves received an unexpectedly poor performance review Monday and was fired Thursday.

A company official declined to say whether Graves was fired, citing employee confidentiality.

Murphy tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press Graves told the company he struggled with depression.

Graves was divorced with three daughters. His 15-year-old daughter says all three knew he loved them. source

Millions of Bees Mysteriously Die in Florida

Florida officials are abuzz as to how millions of honey bees were killed in Brevard County.

Several beekeepers in the county have reported lost colonies this week. Charles Smith of Smith Family Honey Company told Stuart News Thursday he lost 400 beehives. He says the bees appeared to have been poisoned.

“I’ll never get completely compensated for this unless someone handed me 400 beehives,” Smith told Stuart News. “I lost the bees, the ability to make honey and the ability to sell the bees.”

Smith told Florida Today that he lost $150,000 from the incident.

State officials are testing the bees to determine what type of chemicals contributed to their deaths.

Experts say pesticides might be behind the lost beehives.

“The fact that it was so widespread and so rapid, I think you can pretty much rule out disease,” Bill Kern, an entomologist with the University of Florida’s Research and Education Center, told Florida Today. “It happened essentially almost in one day. Usually diseases affect adults or the brood, you don’t have something that kills them both.”

The case in Micco, 18 miles south of Melbourne, is being investigated by state agriculture officials and the sheriff’s office. source

It's Obama Fried Chicken! OFC pops up in China: The world mocks the US

Is Obama abandoning his bid for a second term in the White House and is giving Colonel Sanders a run for his money by opening a chain of fried chicken joints?

Now that's change you can't really believe in.

But in Beijing, China, a restaurant is actually calling itself OFC with a logo that looks alarmingly like the President dressed in the colonel's clothes. more

Hairy, crazy ants invade from Texas to Mississippi

It sounds like a horror movie: Biting ants invade by the millions. A camper's metal walls bulge from the pressure of ants nesting behind them. A circle of poison stops them for only a day, and then a fresh horde shows up, bringing babies. Stand in the yard, and in seconds ants cover your shoes.

It's an extreme example of what can happen when the ants — which also can disable huge industrial plants — go unchecked. Controlling them can cost thousands of dollars. But the story is real, told by someone who's been studying ants for a decade.

"Months later, I could close my eyes and see them moving," said Joe MacGown, who curates the ant, mosquito and scarab collections at the Mississippi State Entomological Museum at Mississippi State University.

He's been back to check on the hairy crazy ants. They're still around. The occupant isn't.

The flea-sized critters are called crazy because each forager scrambles randomly at a speed that your average picnic ant, marching one by one, reaches only in video fast-forward. They're called hairy because of fuzz that, to the naked eye, makes their abdomens look less glossy than those of their slower, bigger cousins. more

Thousands rally in Portugal to protest austerity plans

Thousands demonstrated in Portugal Saturday against the government's austerity measures amid projections that the economic situation is far worse than expected.

Government and private sector workers rallied in Lisbon and Porto, following a call by the country's largest trade union federation to speak out against policies it says have devastated "jobs, workers, pensions and social rights."

"No to price rises" and "No to the destruction of health care", read banners hoisted by demonstrators marching through central Lisbon.

Rally organisers, who said they had charted dozens of buses to transport protestors from around the country, did not immediately provide an estimate of the turnout.

In April, Portugal became the third eurozone country after Greece and Ireland to request an emergency bailout from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund to deal with its mountain of debt.

In exchange for the 78 billion euro ($106 billion) the country agreed to impose reforms demanded by its creditors, including tough budget cutting measures.

Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho's right-of-centre government, which unseated the Socialists in a June vote, has promised further austerity, which is favoured the EU and IMF, but loathed by those on the streets Saturday.

"No to the IMF's interference," read another banner, which included the line: "We are saying no to this programme of aggression." more

Man Arrested For 65th Time After Holding Woman And Her Children Hostage

A woman and her two small children escaped a home in unincorporated Northbrook after her attacker fell asleep, ending a week-long captivity during which the woman repeatedly beaten.

Francisco Tirado, 27, of the 3700 block of Salem Walk in unincorporated Northbrook, was charged Friday with two felony counts of aggravated domestic battery and one felony count of aggravated unlawful restraint, according to a release from the Cook County Sheriff’s office.

The arrest was the 65th since 2001, the release said.

Tirado was also charged with two counts of domestic battery and one count of interference with emergency communications related to domestic battery, according to the release.

Tirado returned to his home heavily intoxicated Sept. 22 and was confronted by the woman after he urinated on the bathroom floor, the release said. He then began to beat and kick the woman.

He also shoved her head into a toilet and hit it against it as well, the release said. more

TSA Pats Down Breast Cancer Survivor Even After Getting Scanned

Lori Dorn, the wife of Laughing Squid's Scott Beale, recently submitted to a backscatter scan at JFK airport. The TSA pulled her aside for a breast patdown, even though she stated she had breast implants in place after her bilateral mastectomy. Of course, that didn't stop them.

They didn't even let her take out the Device Identification Card that would could have explained where the implants came from and their medical purpose. No. Instead they humiliated her in public:

Instead, she called over a female supervisor who told me the exam had to take place. I was again told that I could not retrieve the card and needed to submit to a physical exam in order to be cleared. She then said, "And if we don't clear you, you don't fly" loud enough for other passengers to hear. And they did. And they stared at the bald woman being yelled at by a TSA Supervisor.

Was there really no other way of going about this? Does this qualify as doing your job? Stop doing this to people. more

Police: Hundreds of Wall Street protesters arrested at Brooklyn Bridge

The latest Occupy Wall Street protest Saturday featured the landmark Brooklyn Bridge, where police arrested more than 500 people for blocking the roadway.

Bridge traffic heading to Brooklyn from Manhattan was shut down for several hours, finally reopening at 8:05 p.m., police said. Manhattan-bound lanes were open during the incident.

Protesters banged drums and chanted, "The whole world is watching" as police moved in to make arrests for disorderly conduct and blocking traffic.

"Over 500 were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge late this afternoon after multiple warnings by police were given to protesters to stay on the pedestrian walkway, and that if they took roadway they would be arrested," said Paul Browne, deputy commissioner for the New York Police Department. "Some complied and took the walkway without being arrested. Others proceeded on the Brooklyn-bound vehicular roadway and were arrested."

Saturday's incident came during a campaign against what protesters call social inequities resulting from the financial system.

Protesters held a rally at Zuccotti Park and then marched toward the Brooklyn Bridge.

U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel, D-New York, spoke to a large crowd of boisterous protesters, who shouted, "This is a peaceful march."

Over the past two weeks, demonstrations have addressed various issues, including police brutality, union busting and the economy, the group said.

Taking its inspiration from the Arab Spring protests that have swept through Africa and the Middle East, the group has taken up residence in the park in New York's financial district, calling for 20,000 people to flood the area for a "few months." more

9/11 and the Pentagon: A review of the details that simply don't add up

Indonesian village decimated in massacre by Dutch troops still awaits justice and compensation

Six decades have passed, but Kadun bin Siot’s voice still trembles as he recalls the morning Dutch troops surrounded his tiny Indonesian village and nearly wiped out its entire male population.

He was 12, peering through the slats of a wooden barn as soldiers flushed his father out of his hiding place in a trash heap, stabbing it with bayonets until he emerged, blood pouring from his face.

“They dragged him away,” the 76-year-old farmer said. “I never saw him again.”

Dutch troops clinging to their retreating colonial empire arrived in Rawagede by the hundreds just before dawn on Dec. 9, 1947, and opened fire, sending sleepy residents scattering from their homes in panic.

The troops were looking for resistance leader Lukas Kustario, known for ambushing Dutch bases. When villagers said they didn’t know where he was, the soldiers rounded up the boys and young men and took them to an open field.

Squatting in rows, with both hands placed on the backs of their heads, they were shot one by one.

The Dutch said 150 were killed in the massacre — for which they have yet to apologize — but villagers put the toll at nearly three times that. Only a few survived. more

Huge Ancient Roman Shipyard Unearthed in Italy

A large Roman shipyard has been uncovered an ancient port in Rome called Portus, researchers reported Thursday.

They found the remains of a massive building, dating to the second century, where ancient ships were likely built close to the distinctive hexagonal basin, or "harbor," at the center of the port complex.

"Few Roman Imperial shipyards have been discovered and, if our identification is correct, this would be the largest of its kind in Italy or the Mediterranean," dig director Simon Keay, of the University of Southampton, said in a statement. [See image of ancient shipyard]

Portus was a crucial trade gateway linking Rome to the Mediterranean during the Imperial period (27 B.C. to A.D. 565). The area was initially built during the time of Emperor Trajan (A.D. 98 to 117). Excavation at the site has revealed that it had many uses, including to store grain and as a defensive measure.

The shipyard building — measured at 475 feet (145 meters) long and about 200 feet (60 m) wide — was about three times the height of a double-decker bus. Within the building, large brick-face concrete pillars, some nearly 10 feet (3 m) wide and still visible in part, supported at least eight parallel bays with wooden roofs.

"This was a vast structure, which could easily have housed wood, canvas and other supplies and certainly would have been large enough to build or shelter ships in. The scale, position and unique nature of the building leads us to believe it played a key role in shipbuilding activities," Keay said.

The researchers note they haven't found evidence of boat-moving ramps that would have been needed to launch newly constructed boats from the shipyard. These ramps may be beneath the more recent embankments, or they could have been destroyed. more

Meltdown - After the Fall, Part 4 of 4: From the CBC

Chantell and Mike Sackett: EPA to property owners, 'Your land is our land' -- $40 million in fines pending over plan to build new home (Unreal)



Just imagine. You want to build a home, so you buy a $23,000 piece of land in a residential subdivision in your hometown and get started. The government then tells you to stop, threatens you with $40 million in fines and is not kidding.

That's the case now before the U.S. Supreme Court, with briefs being filed today by the Pacific Legal Foundation on behalf of a Priest Lake, Idaho, family, Chantell and Mike Sackett.

Attorney Damien Schiff, who will be arguing before the high court in the case, said it's simply a case of a government run amok, and it poses a potential threat to perhaps not every landowner across the nation, but untold millions.

The Sacketts, Schiff said, "bought property, and the government in effect has ordered them to treat the property like a public park."

"The EPA has not paid them a dime for that privilege," he said. "The regime we have operating now allows the EPA to take property without having to pay for it, or giving the owners the right to their day in court." more

In Scramble for Land, Group Says, Company Pushed Ugandans Out for UN Environmental Compliance

According to the company’s proposal to join a United Nations clean-air program, the settlers living in this area left in a “peaceful” and “voluntary” manner.

People here remember it quite differently.

“I heard people being beaten, so I ran outside,” said Emmanuel Cyicyima, 33. “The houses were being burnt down.”

Other villagers described gun-toting soldiers and an 8-year-old child burning to death when his home was set ablaze by security officers.

“They said if we hesitated they would shoot us,” said William Bakeshisha, adding that he hid in his coffee plantation, watching his house burn down. “Smoke and fire.”

According to a report released by the aid group Oxfam on Wednesday, more than 20,000 people say they were evicted from their homes here in recent years to make way for a tree plantation run by a British forestry company, emblematic of a global scramble for arable land.

“Too many investments have resulted in dispossession, deception, violation of human rights and destruction of livelihoods,” Oxfam said in the report. “This interest in land is not something that will pass.” As population and urbanization soar, it added, “whatever land there is will surely be prized.”

Across Africa, some of the world’s poorest people have been thrown off land to make way for foreign investors, often uprooting local farmers so that food can be grown on a commercial scale and shipped to richer countries overseas. more

Strange "structures" spotted on Mars (among many others): Just image artifacts? Something more?

9/11: Conspiracy "theory"? Or is it reasonable suspicion based on evidence? (Buried but not forgotten)

Freemen arrest a judge who refuses to operate under his oath of office: UK (Amazing, must watch)

US Government charges you $8 for a cup of coffee

Occupy Wall Street: What the public think but are to scared to say



Mitchell Harrison the Inmate found Killed in his Cell Saturday Had Raped Schoolgirl - Justice Served - 2nd Oct 2011

A prisoner who was found dead in a cell had been jailed for the rape of a 13-year-old schoolgirl, Sky sources have said.

Mitchell Harrison, originally from Wolverhampton, was convicted at Carlisle Crown Court last year.

The 22-year-old was given an indefinite prison sentence and was serving time at HM Prison Frankland in Durham.

But on Saturday morning, Harrison was discovered dead in his cell by staff at the prison.

He had suffered multiple injuries.

Two other inmates are being questioned over his death which is being treated as murder.

A third man who was arrested by detectives is no longer being held in connection with the incident.

A post-mortem examination was carried out and established Harrison had died from several injuries. Read More

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE COAST OF FUKUSHIMA, HONSHU, JAPAN - 2nd Oct 2011

A magnitude 5.2 earthquake has struck near the Coast of Fukushima, Honshu, Japan at a depth of 18.5 km (11.5 miles), the quake hit at 16:49:04 UTC Sunday 2nd October 2011.
The epicenter was 60 km ( 37 miles) Northeast of Iwaki, Honshu, Japan
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No reports of Damage or Injuries reported at this time

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN ALASKA - 2nd Oct 2011

A magnitude 4.0 earthquake has struck Southern Alaska at a depth of 63.6 km (39.5 miles), the quake hit at 16:13:03 UTC Sunday 2nd October 2011.
The epicenter was 42 km ( 26 miles) Southwest of Skwentna, Alaska
No reports of Damage or Injuries reported at this time

Baby's Body Found By Lancashire Dog Walker - 2nd Oct 2011

The body of a baby, thought to be aged around two months, has been found by a person who was out walking their dog in Lancashire.

A post-mortem examination will be carried out to try to establish the cause of the child's death.

The body was discovered in a ditch off Carr Lane in Kirkham on Saturday.

Detective Superintendent Neil Esseen, of Lancashire Police, said: "We are in the early stages of this investigation and the death of this child is at the moment unexplained.

"What is not clear at this stage is whether there is perhaps a vulnerable young mother out there who may have left her baby or whether this is something more sinister.

"If there is someone out there who has abandoned a young child in this area then I would appeal to them directly to get in touch with the police. Read More

:: Anyone with information is asked to call Lancashire Police on 08451 25 35 45 or they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake MOLUCCA SEA, INDONESIA - 2nd Oct 2011

A magnitude 5.2 earthquake has struck the Molucca Sea, Indonesia at a depth of 37.2 km (23.1 miles), the quake hit at 14:56:59 UTC Sunday 2nd October 2011.
The epicenter was 134 km ( 83 miles) WNW of Ternate, Moluccas, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No reports of Damage or Injuries reported at this time