Friday, June 29, 2012

Strange Sound Reported in San Diego, as "Sonic Rumble" Extends All the Way to Los Angeles

Residents from Chula Vista to Oceanside are reporting a large rumble around 12:45 p.m. Friday.

Some people describe it as sounding like a door slamming while others said it was strong enough to rattle windows.

A check of the U.S. Geological Survey website shows no earthquake activity.

One San Diego resident mentioned the sound via Twitter "Uh... La Jolla just shook. Or at least my street did. Big boom too."

Carlos Ortega, of Solana Beach, wrote to us, "An earthquake shook here at 1244pm. Shook windows and walls for a good 5 seconds."

Mercy Ramirez wanted NBC 7 San Diego to know, "We're in Bonita, our our office shook for about 5 seconds, was this an earthquake? We're on the third floor and everything shook."

NBC 7 San Diego's Dagmar Midcap was in Del Mar at the time and described it as a "Sonic 'rumble'". more


4.8 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF THE KERMADEC ISLANDS - 29th June 2012

A magnitude 4.8 earthquake has struck SOUTH OF THE KERMADEC ISLANDS at a depth of 17.7 km (11 miles), the quake hit at 22:37:04 UTC Friday 29th June 2012
The epicenter was 458 km (285 miles) South from Raoul Island, Kermadec Islands
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF THE KERMADEC ISLANDS - 29th June 2012

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck SOUTH OF THE KERMADEC ISLANDS at a depth of 49.8 km (30.9 miles), the quake hit at 22:02:16 UTC Friday 29th June 2012
The epicenter was 331 km (205 miles) Southwest of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

The doomsday cult of 9-to-5 depression


One of the enduring mysteries of the Aum Shinrikyo atrocities of the 1990s is the ease with which the cult attracted members. The arrest this month of the last two fugitives allegedly involved in Aum's fatal 1995 sarin gas assault on the Tokyo subway system recalls the whole ghastly episode, together with its unsolved riddles. What would draw sane, relatively prosperous, in many cases highly intelligent people to the incoherent blend of pseudo-philosophy, pseudo-enlightenment and pseudo-mysticism that elevated robbery, murder and terrorism into acts of religious devotion?

Even now, with cult founder Shoko Asahara and 12 leading disciples on death row, the cult, reconstituted as Aleph, continues to attract adherents. Why?

Probably no definitive answer is possible, and this certainly is not an attempt at one. But the business magazine Shukan Toyo Keizai provides a clue, though without making the connection. Its June 16 edition devotes 50 pages to an issue it fears is getting out of hand: depression.

It is actually a followup report, for last June it was on a similar track. It said then that at least 60 percent of Japan's workforce suffers from stress. The causes are various: overwork, unrewarding work, loneliness, relationships gone wrong, financial trouble, a degraded environment, unnatural lifestyles, and nature itself in the form of earthquakes, tsunami and global warming.

This month's return to the topic opens with another alarming statistic: 24 percent of Japanese are likely in the course of a lifetime to suffer some form of mental illness, depression in particular. Last year the health ministry added depression to its list of Japan's most dangerous diseases: cancer, brain hemorrhage, heart disease and diabetes. more

Heaven Sutton: 7-year-old girl gunned down on front lawn while selling lemonade

One day after a 7-year-old girl was gunned down as her mother watched while she sold lemonade in front of her West Side home, a ministers’ group is trying to persuade people to turn over the killer.

“It’s a sad day in Chicago,” said the Rev. Ira Acree of the Leaders Network ministry, which put up the $3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the gunman who killed Heaven Sutton, 7, while she was with her mother and other family members outside of their home in the 1700 block of North Luna Avenue in the North Austin neighborhood.

Acree was no less indignant than Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who said to the unknown killer Thursday, “How dare you?”

“She’s an innocent seven-year-old,” Acree said, saying the girl had to try to dodge bullets as if she were in Afghanistan or the Wild West of the 1800s. “It’s horrific.” more

6.3 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN XINJIANG, CHINA - 29th June 2012

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake has struck NORTHERN XINJIANG, CHINA at a depth of 9.8 km (6.1 miles), the quake hit at 21:07:32 UTC Friday 29th June 2012
The epicenter was 99 km (61 miles) South of Dushanzi, China
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

More to follow

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS - 29th June 2012

A magnitude 4.8 earthquake has struck the SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS at a depth of 31.5 km (19.6 miles), the quake hit at 20:03:41 UTC Friday 29th June 2012
The epicenter was 148 km (91 miles) SSE of Lata, Solomon Islands
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

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John Massey Arrested following his Escape from Pentonville prison on Wednesday

Convicted murderer John Massey, who escaped from Pentonville prison on Wednesday, has been recaptured.

Massey, 64, used a makeshift rope, thought to be made from bed sheets, to escape over a wall from the north London jail on Wednesday evening.

Scotland Yard said he was arrested at about 5.15pm on Friday in Faversham, Kent.

Massey was sentenced to life imprisonment for shooting a bouncer with a sawn-off shotgun at a pub in Hackney, east London, in 1975, after his friend had been attacked.

It was the third time he has given guards the slip.

One of Britain's longest-serving prisoners, he escaped from Pentonville, a category B jail, at about 6.30pm on Wednesday.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "John Massey has this afternoon, Friday June 29, been arrested by detectives from the Metropolitan Police Service specialist crime and operations command.

"He has been taken into custody at a north London police station." Read More

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA - 29th June 2012

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck the FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA at a depth of 46.5 km (28.9 miles), the quake hit at 18:07:14 UTC Friday 29th June 2012
The epicenter was 41 km (25 miles) SSW of Amukta Island, Alaska
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

White House claims ObamaCare fine a 'penalty,' despite court calling it a 'tax'

First it was a penalty. Then it was a tax. Now it's a penalty again.

The war of words over what to call the fine attached to the federal health care overhaul's most controversial provision continued Friday, as the White House took issue with the Supreme Court's argument -- even though that argument alone spared President Obama's law.

The five-justice majority argued that, while the fine imposed by the law for not buying health insurance would otherwise be unconstitutional, the fine is actually legal under Congress' authority to tax.

Ergo, the fine is officially a "tax" in the eyes of the court. The law stands.

But in a case of biting the hand that feeds, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Friday the fine is still just a "penalty."

Calling it a "tax" causes obvious political problems for the White House. Obama fought that label vigorously when selling the bill in 2009. Read More

Russia and US disagree over political exit ahead of Geneva talks

Kofi Annan predicts 'appropriate outcome' for weekend talks, but difficulties remain over possible departure of Bashar al-Assad

Russia and the US remained locked in negotiation on Friday over proposals for a political exit to the Syrian crisis as violence and protests raged across the country on the eve of a key international conference.

Kofi Annan, envoy for the UN and Arab League, predicted an "appropriate outcome" for Saturday's talks in Geneva. But disagreements between Moscow and the west over the possible departure of President Bashar al-Assad and continuing carnage on the ground underlined how hard it will be to make progress.

Opposition activists reported government forces attacking the Damascus suburb of Douma, scene of what the Syrian Revolution Coordination Committee called a "brutal massacre" of 60 people. Video posted online showed corpses in white burial shrouds lined up in a street. Read More

Mohamed Morsi has vowed to free the blind sheikh jailed in the US for a plot to blow up New York City landmarks

During rousing speech in Tahrir Square, Egypt's president-elect promises to work to free Omar Abdel-Rahman

Egypt's president-elect Mohamed Morsi has vowed to free the blind sheikh jailed in the US for a plot to blow up New York City landmarks.

In his first public speech, addressing tens of thousands of people in Tahrir Square, Morsi promised to work to free Omar Abdel-Rahman, the spiritual leader of men convicted in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

He also promised to free detained Egyptian protesters facing military tribunals.

Morsi earlier read the oath of office and defied the country's military rulers by saying: "I fear no one but God."

He has been speaking on the eve of his official swearing-in ceremony, which had been scheduled to take place in front of a high court. But many protesters called on him to take the oath in the square to defy the ruling generals who took power after Hosni Mubarak's ouster.

"There is no power above people power," Morsi said to wild cheers from the crowd, many of whom were supporters of the once-banned Muslim Brotherhood. Read More

European Council: European political integration can't wait until 2022, We are already out of Time

"In adopting the proposals on growth from the European Commission, who, until now, was having trouble getting them approved, the 27 Member States made a good decision. The proposals rest largely on the use of existing funds for financing new investments," said Joseph Daul after the European Council summit.

The chairman of the EPP group said that without in any way calling into question the fiscal consolidation efforts made by Member States, the European Council was right to give its green light to measures such as a mechanism to allow the direct recapitalisation of banks via the stability funds, an increase in capital for the EIB, launching project bonds and reallocating structural funds that have, as yet, not been used.

"These measures are useful, but they in no way change the landscape. They provide breathing space, but they are no replacement for measures indispensable to creating growth and jobs - namely, reinforcing the competitiveness of European companies and, especially, budgetary, fiscal and social integration, ie. European political integration," stated the Chairman of the most influential political group in the European Parliament.

"We cannot wait ten years, that is until 2022, to achieve this political integration, as suggested in the document put forward by the European Council. Member States must understand: we are already out of time." Read More

Bulgarian PM Opposes Greater Political Integration within EU

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov believes that a greater political integration within the European Union is not necessary at the moment.

"Nobody is ready for it right now. After all, it is the political parties that participate in elections. The political parties form their programs and the voters in the respective countries vote based on that. In this case, we won't have 27 countries competing in elections in Brussels so that the priorities they say they have could be actually there," Borisov told the Bulgarian National Radio on Thursday.

The Bulgarian Prime Minister stated that the EU should focus on coping with finances, pointing out that 22 member states are currently under excessive deficit proceedings.

According to Borisov, only four EU member states comply with the Maastricht criteria – Bulgaria, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. He made a blunder by saying that "none of them are in the Eurozone," apparently forgetting that Finland has been in the Eurozone since 1999.

Borisov is to take part in Thursday's European Council meeting in Brussels. Source

Cameron Rejects Tory calls for referendum on Europe.... The Cheek of those Tory's trying to give the Public a Vote...Has he Not Learned anything?

David Cameron rejected demands for an “in or out” referendum on Europe today as he vowed to fight to maintain Britain’s influence in a rapidly changing European Union.

The Prime Minister risked further strife with Conservative Eurosceptics by talking up the “real benefit” of EU engagement a day after 100 Tory MPs urged him to promise a referendum on Britain’s relationship with Europe following the 2015 election.

At a press conference in Brussels, Mr Cameron described himself as a “practical Eurosceptic” who completely understood why some people wanted an “in or out” referendum. But it was not “the right thing to do”. Read More

Note: So in other words Cameron is Giving people a chance to Vote is not the right thing to do, ......well Done Muppet, keep bowing to the EU.

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes to divorce: We thought the cult of Scientology could overcome any obstacle?

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are getting a divorce, a US magazine has reported.

The couple, who were married in a lavish ceremony in Italy in 2006, have one daughter together, six-year-old Suri. Read More

Julian Assange 'declines' police request to Report to Police Station for his Arrest

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange will ignore a Metropolitan Police order to surrender himself at a police station, his representative has said.

Susan Benn said he was advised to "decline to comply" and will remain inside the Ecuadorian embassy while his application for asylum is processed.

Officers from the Met's extradition unit delivered a note to Mr Assange at the London embassy on Thursday.

He wants to avoid being sent to Sweden to face rape and assault accusations.

The police letter required that the 40-year-old surrender himself to Belgravia police station at 11:30 BST on Friday.

Under international diplomatic arrangements, the police cannot go into the embassy to arrest Mr Assange. Read More

Rebels Continue to Bomb Damascus

6.0 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH ATLANTIC OCEAN - 29th June 2012

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake has struck the SOUTH ATLANTIC OCEAN at a depth of 2 km (1.2 miles), the quake hit at 15:31:45 UTC Friday 29th June 2012
The epicenter was 1060 km (658 miles) SSW of Jamestown, Saint Helena
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Yumiko Takahashi: Baby dead 'for a day' as Japan mother chats on net

A woman whose baby boy lay dead for nearly a day while she chatted on Internet forums has been arrested in Japan, media and police said Friday.

Yumiko Takahashi knew that 19-month-old Neo was running a high fever when she checked on him on the afternoon of June 24 last year but left him lying on his bed untended, police said.

A post mortem examination revealed Neo had died around 2 pm on June 26th, police said. His mother found his lifeless body the following morning, newspaper reports said.

Takahashi, 29, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of child neglect and causing death, a spokesman for police in Otsu, western Japan said Friday.

Takahashi, whose first child died a few days after birth and who lost another son in a fall from an apartment balcony, told police she had been using chatrooms, media reported.

"I have sought solace in chatting on the Internet to get connected to other people for three years since I got depressed for losing my son in an accident," broadcaster NHK quoted her as saying. "Child raising is too much hassle." source

Police State: Local Police buying and using US military weapons across America

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS - 29th June 2012

A magnitude 4.8 earthquake has struck SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS at a depth of 553 km (343.6 miles), the quake hit at 13:15:23 UTC Friday 29th June 2012
The epicenter was 384 km (238 miles) SSW of Ndoi Island, Fiji
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Are bankrupt seniors harbingers of things to come?

Canadians over the age of 65 now have the highest insolvency and bankruptcy rates in the country, according to the latest family finances report by the Vanier Institute for the Family.

The non-profit charity's 2011/2012 report found that seniors were 17 times more likely to become insolvent in 2010 than they were just 20 years before.

In that same period, the insolvency rate for people over 65 ballooned by 1,747 per cent.

“It’s an extreme, but we can see it as the tip of the iceberg,” said Nora Spinks, CEO of the Vanier Institute, who added that a larger contingent of older baby boomers might soon be in the same financial position.

As David Cork, the Director of ScotiaMcLeod, has pointed out, a very important group of seniors is now entering the 65 and over category.

“Among the many important events that will take place in 2012, there is one in particular that will recast the social and economic fabric of our country,” he wrote in the forward to the family finances report. “This year, the first of Canada’s Baby Boomers celebrate turning 65.” more

Declaration of Independence: Remember It



Thoughts: This declaration is probably more important now than it has ever been throughout the entirety of American history. It may very well be time again to heed its content with a practical approach. You will also note in the video an unfortunate sign of what the times have become in the copyright marker, "Declaration of Independence, Inc." at the film's end. This in itself should be inspiration to action.

"Well of COURSE Obamacare was upheld!"

Lots of clueless political observers, especially those who occupy the mainstream media, are furiously scratching their heads this morning wondering just how it could possibly be that Chief Justice John Roberts, he of the atrocious Citizens United decision, sided with the Supreme Court's "liberals" in upholding Obamacare when in fact the answer should be glaringly obvious to anyone who understands how America really works these days. Just like with Citizens United, this was a pro big business decision. Obamacare's hideous health insurance mandate will be a boon for the insurance companies that will do absolutely nothing to curtail the exploding costs of health care. And that is just the way the health care industry wants it. This is an industry after all, which now boasts the highest paid CEOs, higher than any on Wall Street, including one who pulled down an astounding $145,266,971 in compensation during 2010. more

Two workers Suffered exposure to high doses of radioactive tritium at Rawatbhata nuclear plan, India

Two workers at the Rawatbhata Atomic Power Station in Rajasthan have suffered exposure to high doses of radioactive tritium and are under observation.

The incident took place on June 23 at Unit 5 of the plant during routine maintenance work.

"There was no abnormal release of radioactivity to the environment," Nalinish Nagaich, Executive Director, Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited said from Mumbai.

He said there was localised increase in tritium concentration in the building of Reactor-5 due to the opening of the moderator cover gas line where the welding jobs were to be performed.

"All persons involved in the maintenance work were monitored and two were found to have four to five times higher uptake of tritium," Nagaich said. The exposure of other persons is below the annual exposure limit specified, he said.

The incident was reported to the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) and was investigated by independent committees set up by the regulator and NPCIL. Read More

20 killed, 14 hurt after tanker collides with truck, sparking massive fire in south China city

BEIJING — A tanker truck filled with gasoline collided with a truck in southern China on Friday, setting off an explosion and a massive fire that left 20 people dead and 14 others hurt, including at least two with severe burns.

The tanker was carrying 40 tons of gasoline when it crashed into the other vehicle early Friday morning on an expressway in Guangzhou city, capital of Guangdong province, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

Oil leaked from the tanker truck and triggered an explosion that set a timber mill and work sheds located under the expressway bridge on fire, Xinhua said. Most of those hurt were workers from the factory and one of them was severely injured, it said.

Other Chinese media reported that the fire blazed across 2,000 square meters (2,400 square yards), burning several other vehicles. Read More

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE CHIAPAS, MEXICO - 29th June 2012

A magnitude 5.2 earthquake has struck OFFSHORE CHIAPAS, MEXICO at a depth of 74.8 km (46.5 miles), the quake hit at 13:00:26 UTC Friday 29th June 2012
The epicenter was 54 km (34 miles) SSW from Mapastepec, Chiapas, Mexico
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Alarm goes off at Oi nuclear plant, 1st trouble since restart decided, Japan

TSURUGA, Japan, June 20 Kyodo An alarm went off Tuesday night at the No. 3 reactor of the Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture, indicating a minor problem, the plant operator and the government said Wednesday during preparations to reboot the reactor.

It was the first sign of trouble since the government decided Saturday to restart the plant's Nos. 3 and 4 units, the first among allof Japan's 50 reactors that went offline in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

But despite public concerns over nuclear safety, Kansai Electric Power Co. and the government's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency waited several hours to inform the media about it, after reporting it to local governments in the early hours of Wednesday.

The alarm went off at 9:51 p.m. Tuesday warning that water levelshad fallen inside a cooling tank for a suspended generator, but the incident posed no safety problem, they said, adding no liquid leaked outside the plant and the surrounding environment was not affected.

"We don't think we were late to disclose the incident because it was too minor to meet our standards for requiring public disclosure,"a Kansai Electric official said at a news conference in Oi, the town hosting the plant, held from 11 a.m. Wednesday, half a day after the incident and after the media was informed of it shortly after 8:30 a.m.

A government official who held a news conference at the industry ministry, which supervises the nuclear regulator, in Tokyo suggested that the agency would not immediately disclose incidents of similar magnitude in the future even if they occur. Read More