Tuesday, September 18, 2012

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake HALMAHERA, INDONESIA - 19th September 2012

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck HALMAHERA, INDONESIA at a depth of 116.5 km (72.41 miles), the quake hit at 00:32:09 UTC Wednesday 19th September 2012
The epicenter was 79 km (49 miles) WSW of Tobelo, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake LOYALTY ISLANDS - 19th September 2012

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck the LOYALTY ISLANDS at a depth of 48.5 km (30.1 miles), the quake hit at 00:15:10 UTC Wednesday 19th September 2012
The epicenter was 79 km (49 miles) SSW of Isangel, Vanuatu
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Canton Police Officer: "I'll Kill Every One Of You Motherf***ers" (And this is before the full police state takes affect)

Newspaper Ad Revenues Collapse to 1950 Levels as Main Stream Media Reels

There are three important things to keep in mind when looking at this gorgeous graph:

1. The graph is adjusted for inflation.

2. The red line accounts for online ad revenue.

3. The end began with the rise of the online blog.

Sometimes it doesn’t feel like we're winning, because the corrupt media still has the power to create its own reality – to create the illusion that they're everywhere and still quite capable of manipulating opinion, facts, and the truth.

But this graph proves that we're the ones who are winning and on two fronts. First off, the business model of being shameless left-wing shills when alternative and honest opinion is available online just isn't working. Secondly, as we've seen this election year, the corrupt media is more desperate to hold on to its narrative and political power than to fix its business problems. This means that in competition with the New Media, Old Media is forced to quadruple down on the appalling behavior that's driving customers away.

These cretins deserve to be put out of business and relegated to the ash heap of shame. This means we can't allow ourselves to be psyched out by what looks like impossible odds against implacable dominance. We have to keep fighting and pushing until the Washington Post, New York Times, L.A. Times, Boston Globe, and the rest cease to exist.

You know, for America.

These entities can't sustain themselves forever, and the harder we fight to force the truth out there, the more the media is forced to further disgrace and expose themselves to protect their lies. This is a win-win for us. more

Department of Homeland Security Purchases 200 Million More Rounds of Ammunition, Including Sniper Rounds (To fire at you, in case you wondered)

Following controversy over its purchase of around 1.2 billion bullets in the last six months alone, the Department of Homeland Security has put out a new solicitation for over 200 million more rounds of ammunition, some of which are designated to be used by snipers.

A series of new solicitations posted on the FedBizOpps website show that the DHS is looking to purchase 200 million rounds of .223 rifle ammunition over the next four years, as well as 176,000 rounds of .308 caliber 168 grain hollow point boat tail (HPBT) rounds in addition to 25,000 rounds of blank .308 caliber bullets.

As James Smith over at the Prepper Podcast website highlights, “It is the type of ammunition and not necessarily the quantity that is troubling.”

Smith points out that the DHS’ acquisition of .308 rounds is of concern because they are set to be used by well-trained snipers.

“All of the sniper grade ammunition is being used by trained, or in-the-process-of-being-trained snipers,” writes Smith, noting that the math adds up to 135,384 potential kills for the snipers to make, using the 176,000 rounds of ammunition, basing the figures on the fact that United States Army and Marine Corps snipers in the Vietnam War expended 1.3 rounds of ammunition for each claimed and verified kill. more

China unveils new stealth jet photos during Panetta visit

China’s military for the second time in two years upstaged a visiting U.S. defense secretary by disclosing the first photographs of its second stealth jet under development.

The photographs of a prototype of the new Shenyang J-21 stealth jet appeared on Chinese websites one day before the arrival this week in China of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

“China is trying to repeat the Internet-managed power demonstration directed against Panetta’s predecessor, Robert Gates, during his now famous January 2011 visit to Beijing that was overshadowed by another Chinese stealth fighter, the Chengdu J-20,” said Richard Fisher, a Chinese military affairs analyst.

The new photos show a black J-21 prototype. Unlike the first photos of the jet, which were taken on a flatbed truck traveling a Chinese highway several months ago, the airplane in these photos is not covered with camouflage netting.

Fisher said the design of the J-21 suggests that it may be used as an aircraft carrier jet for China’s new carrier, called the Liaoning after the province where it was refurbished.

“Shenyang is already the lead carrier fighter maker for the PLA Navy and the size and twin-wheel nose wheel of the J-21 are indicators it could be developed for carrier use,” Fisher said. more

Charlie Hebdo: French Mag to Publish Cartoons of Prophet Mohammed

A French satirical magazine is set to publish several cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed on Wednesday, a move that is likely to inflame the Islamic faithful and militants who have already rioted in more than 20 countries over a movie mocking the prophet.

Depictions of the prophet are strictly prohibited and considered blasphemous by Muslims. Cartoons of Muhammad published in Denmark in 2005 and then reproduced in newspapers across Europe triggered riots throughout the Mideast and Africa. Churches and embassies were torched and at least 100 people died in the outbreaks and police crackdowns.

The magazine “Charlie Hebdo” has confirmed that it will publish the cartoons, but has not revealed what they will depict. French newspaper “Le Monde” reports that some of the cartoons show the prophet in “particularly explicit poses,” without providing any further detail.

The move comes as Muslims are still simmering after riots in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and nearly 20 other countries over the move “Innocence of Muslims.” U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans died during an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

French government ministers have criticized the magazine’s decision and police in Paris have stepped up security around its offices.

France is home to Europe’s largest Muslim population, and the senior cleric at Paris’ biggest mosque has appealed for followers to remain calm, according to the French news agency AFP. more

Thoughts: While most who are thick in the head scream, "Free speech, free speech!" whenever they want to snipe at someone else, the truly intelligent will realize there is a fine line between expressing one's opinion and deliberately agitating / trying to hurt another, to which anger and violence is the obvious result, especially if something emotional and important is at stake. 

The truly intelligent will also notice that the people who scream, "Dirty Muslims, they're all violent! They're all X! They're all Y! Evil! Let's kill 'em all!" are usually the ones who hide behind their computer screens and tend to spew their vitriol anonymously. They'll never actually do anything because they're cowards and too afraid to. 

It's easier to type than do.

Contrast that to the Muslims who, right or wrong, at least stand up for themselves when people trample on them. When was the last time Americans did such a thing? Is a single person in the entire Western World getting the point of all this? 

300 million Americans. 100 million guns. Is there a single upstart rebel among them? Is there a hero or a leader or a patriot among them?

Even Ron Paul now seems to fold like origami when he gets defeated. Why?

Patriots don't hum and haw or wave a flag. Patriots reload. (And according to one astute reader, they learn to grow their own food and cook. Fair enough.)

Do Muslims need to start drawing cartoons of Americans, Canadians, French, British, and other Westerners to start getting them emotional and off their fat behinds and into the trenches? 

Are you a patriot? 

Prove it.

Govts choking economy to save banksters!

'Evidence' against Assange draws blank as no DNA link found

Keiser Report: Depression, Debt & Doublespeak

Turd Ferguson: ''Direct Debt Monetization"



OK, so it has been a few days since QE to infinity became official Fed policy. There is certainly an abundance of swirling news and discussion out there that dances around the real significance. Today, we cut to the chase.

Let's go back and hit on the main FED points:

The Fed will keep rates "extraordinarily low" through 2015
The Fed will continue $45B/month in Operation Twist through year end
The Fed will begin buying $40B/month in mortgage-backed securities (MBS) with no end date or target purchase amount given
So many of us have been seemingly immunized against the jolting effect of these headlines. Not just here at TFMR but nearly everywhere that "awakened" citizens congregate on the internet. We take the headlines at face-value but rarely stop to consider things on the next level. But we need to go there today because without a full understanding of what the true meaning and implications are, you're likely to delay actions that you should be immediately taking.

So, let's go back to the three bullet points above and take them, one-by-one. First,

The Fed will keep rates "extraordinarily low" through 2015
What is The Fed telling you here? Well, a couple of things. First of all, 2015?? That's three freaking years from now! It's one thing to say that rates will stay low for the next 6-12 months. It's something entirely different to say three freaking years! The negative implications of this are dramatic as institutions such as pension funds and insurance companies will be ravaged by the continuance of ZIRP. Additionally, however, what is The Fed telling you about their expectations of economic "recovery"? Despite all of their official forecasts of growth and jobs, it sure doesn't seem that they believe it. Like the old adage says: Watch what they do, not what they say. We talk here incessantly about the miserable economy and the dim prospects for recovery. It is now clear that The Fed feels this way, too.

The Fed will continue $45B/month in Operation Twist through year end
First of all, remember what Operation Twist is. The Fed is selling their short-term maturity holdings (where there is actual demand for "safe havens") and using the proceeds to purchase longer-term notes and bonds. This process is considered "sterilized" because, allegedly, The Fed isn't creating any new money. They are simply "re-positioning" some of their "assets". Whatever. I don't care to get sidetracked as to whether or not this is really a "sterile" process. All that matters is that The Fed is currently executing this strategy to the tune of about $45B/month. The problem for them is, they're almost out of short-term bills and notes to sell and, once this inventory of paper is depleted, the $45B/month is going to have to come from other, "non-sterile" sources. Read More

Rockefeller Global Tentacles Exposed in 1959 by the Soviet Union

The Rockefeller global oil and banking empire has been the subject of much critical commentary on the Internet. However, the Rockefeller Octopus’s tentacles into every facet of America’s banking, oil (through their control of Standard Oil), military, educational, and foreign policy apparatus was exposed in a monograph prepared by the Soviet Union in 1959. An English translation of the Soviet article prepared by the Central Intelligence Agency’s Foreign Documents Division and dated December 16, 1959, was uncovered from the CIA’s archives. The paper is titled: “About Those Who Are Against Peace.”

The arguments in the Soviet paper generally concur with President Dwight Eisenhower’s Farewell Address to the American people shortly before the inauguration of President Kennedy in January 1961. In his speech, Eisenhower warned the American people about the dangers posed to America’s democracy by the “military-industrial complex.”

There is nothing in the Soviet paper that rings false about the Rockefellers… The oligarchic family has exercised control over America’s foreign policy through their part-sponsorship of the Council on Foreign Relations, Trilateral Commission, and Bilderberg Group – all three shadowy organizations of the world’s elite class who determine monetary, foreign, and military policies behind closed doors. Rockefeller funding of Columbia University and the University of Chicago have helped inflict on the United States some of the most brazen neo-conservatives serving inside and outside of government.

The paper states “In 1957, the Rockefeller oligarchy of American oil industrialists controlled a capital of 61.4 billion dollars. The precise size of the Rockefeller fortune is a state secret in America: the American press noted at one time that special measures are taken so that data concerning the largest fortunes of the U.S. are not published.” Read More

ExxonMobil's Dirty Secrets From Indonesia to Nigeria to D.C.: Steve Coll on "Private Empire

''Be Very, Very Scared''

'Lost: One plot...went missing on the afternoon of 13th September 2012 in Marriner Eccles Building, Washington D.C. Please contact Ben Bernanke if found.'

That's right, dear reader, Ben Bernanke has officially lost the plot. In a desperate attempt to boost employment in the US (or so he says), the Fed chief announced he will buy USD$40 billion in mortgage backed securities every month until the situation improves.

In that case he'll be buying for a long time. USD$40 billion in monthly asset purchases is not that much. We know that sounds like an insane statement but in this already hugely inflated monetary world, it's not. When Bernanke fired his first shot of QE in 2009, the monthly rate of Treasury purchases was US$75 billion. This is a diminishing amount of QE.

QE1 and 2 didn't improve the employment situation, and neither will this upcoming monetary injection. Such actions profoundly distort the functioning of a market-based economy. At times like this it is important to remember just why the US (and global) economy is in such a mess...it's because central banks held the rate of interest well below the market rate for a prolonged period of time. Read More

''Methane emissions in Arctic cause climate change catastrophic effect, expert says''

Over 200 areas of mass emission of methane can be observed in the Arctic Ocean discovered recently by the Russian expedition onboard Viktor Buinitsky research vessel. As the Arctic regions containing methane get wormer more of this greenhouse gas is released into atmosphere meaning higher temperatures. Scientists worry that this increased warming will result in methane being released more rapidly making it into a snowball effect which will rapidly increase the global climate change.

In an exclusive interview to the Voice of Russia Dr Sharon George, the course Director for MSc Environmental Sustainability and Green Technology at the Keele University in UK, described the importance and effect of the discovery of Russian scientists.

Methane emission has been known about for a while in the scientific community, but it is something that the public and businesses don’t know much about. And the worry is that it will have a catastrophic effect because it is one of those things that when it starts it becomes like a feedback loop and it gets worse and worse. The impact on the climate change is not known and we can’t put a figure on it but it is very worrying particularly as methane has worse effect on the climate than carbon dioxide.

The role of carbon dioxide as a cause of global warming is being studied and argued aggressively whereas the role of methane receives little attention even though it is 20 times more potent. Is that a fair position? Read More

IRAN DEPLOYS RUSSIAN-MADE SUBMARINE IN GULF

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Tehran has deployed one of its Russian-made submarines in the Persian Gulf, just days after the United States and more than two dozen allies began naval exercises nearby, Iranian state television reported Tuesday.

The Taregh-1 joined the Iranian fleet in the southern port of Bandar Abbas after it was overhauled earlier this year, according to the TV report. It's one of three Russian Kilo class submarines that Iran obtained in the early 1990s.

In May, Iran redeployed another Russian-made submarine after repairs.

The report also showed the launch of what was said to be the partially completed hull of a destroyer, the Sahand, which the TV said is expected to be ready in the near future.

Both launches came under the command of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, who has final say on all state matters. He said Iran has no intention of invading other countries.

"The armed forces should be upgraded in a way that no one will be able to violate the reinforced fortress of Iran," Khamenei said during a visit Tuesday to a naval base in northern Iranian port of Noshahr.

Tehran has tried to build a self-sufficient military program since 1992 and has several smaller Iranian-built submarines. Read More

Ships from 30 nations sweep mines in Persian Gulf in warning to Tehran

Three British warships joins 30-nation minesweep exercise, seen by military analysts as warning to Tehran to toe the line.

British warships have joined a major naval exercise in the Persian Gulf as tensions between Israel and Iran over Tehran's nuclear power programme increase.

British forces are taking part in a joint operation conducted by the navies of more than 30 countries to sweep the area - a major transit point of maritime trade - clean of mines.

"The UK is committed to a standing presence in the Gulf to ensure freedom of navigation in international waters such as the Straits of Hormuz," said defence secretary Philip Hammond.

"Disruption to sailing in the strait would threaten regional and economic growth. Any attempt by Iran to do this would be illegal and unsuccessful."

The show of strength in exercises that include naval deployment by Saudi Arabia, the US and France was designed to warn off Tehran from contemplating disrupting trade routes in the ongoing diplomatic poker game over its nuclear ambitions and Israel's threat of a strike. Read More

Chinese General: Prepare for Combat with Japan...

China’s most powerful military leader, in an unusual public statement, last week ordered military forces to prepare for combat, as Chinese warships deployed to waters near disputed islands and anti-Japan protests throughout the country turned violent.

Protests against the Japanese government’s purchase of three privately held islands in the Senkakus chain led to mass street protests, the burning of Japanese flags, and attacks on Japanese businesses and cars in several cities. Some carried signs that read “Kill all Japanese,” and “Fight to the Death” over disputed islands. One sign urged China to threaten a nuclear strike against Japan.

Gen. Xu Caihou, vice chairman of the Central Military Commission, considered the most senior military political commissar, said Friday that military forces should be “prepared for any possible military combat,” state run Xinhua news agency reported.

Heightened tensions over the Senkakus come as Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in China Monday.

Panetta, in comments made in Japan shortly before traveling to China, said, “We are concerned by the demonstrations, and we are concerned by the conflict that is taking place over the Senkaku islands.” Read More

Libyan brigade warns U.S. of "inferno"

(Reuters) - A Libyan Salafi group which has denied it was involved in a deadly assault on the American consulate in Benghazi said on Tuesday Libya would turn into "an inferno for U.S. troops" if the U.S. military retaliated.

Yousef Jehani, a senior member of Ansar al-Sharia, told Reuters that the armed group, which espouses an austere form of Islam, wanted to avoid confrontation but was ready for a showdown if Washington acted "foolishly".

Any U.S. military intervention could push Libyans to wage a holy war, or "jihad", to defend their nation, said Jehani, whose group is a powerful force in Benghazi, a stronghold for Islamists and cradle of the revolution which toppled Muammar Gaddafi last year.

"If one U.S. soldier arrives, not for the purpose of defending the embassy, but to repeat what happened in Iraq or Afghanistan, be sure that all battalions in Libya and all Libyans will put aside all their differences and rally behind one goal of hitting America and Americans," Jehani said. Read More

Syrian rebels accused of war crimes

Opposition groups in Syria have been accused of committing war crimes including torture and the summary execution of prisoners, and the UN has been warned of a growing number of human rights violations and the presence of foreign Islamist fighters ranged against the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

Human Rights Watch said it had documented more than a dozen executions by rebels in the northern provinces of Idlib and Aleppo and the coastal region of Latakia. Three opposition leaders who were confronted with evidence of extrajudicial killings said the victims had deserved to die, HRW reported.

The Free Syrian Army, the main armed opposition group, came under pressure from foreign supporters to end abuses after the public execution of 14 members of a clan of pro-regime militiamen in Aleppo in August. It then issued a code of conduct and pledged to respect human rights and humanitarian law. Read More

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake JAVA, INDONESIA - 18th September 2012

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck JAVA, INDONESIA at a depth of 50 km (31 miles), the quake hit at 16:35:04 UTC Tuesday 18th September 2012
The epicenter was 100 km (62 miles) Southwest of Banda aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Egypt issues arrest warrants over anti-Islam film

Seven Egyptian Coptic Christians and a US pastor accused of insulting and publicly attacking Islam.

Egypt's public prosecutor has issued arrest warrants for seven Egyptian Coptic Christians and a US pastor in connection with the anti-Islam film that has stirred protests across the Muslim world.

The case has been filed by the emergency state security court in Cairo. Since the accused are not believed to live in Egypt and probably hold US citizenship, it is seen as a public relations exercise to absorb domestic anger over the film.

Among the accused is the Florida-based pastor Terry Jones, who allegedly was contacted by the makers of Innocence of Muslims and asked to help promote the film. Jones rose to notoriety in 2010 when he backed down from a planned Qur'an burning after pressure from US defence officials who said it would endanger troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Read More

South Africa's Lonmin miners accept pay rise to end strike

(Reuters) - Striking platinum miners at Lonmin's Marikana mine in South Africa accepted a pay offer on Tuesday, ending six weeks of violent unrest that claimed 45 lives and rattled Africa's largest economy.

The strikers, grouped on a bare soccer pitch near the mine, 100 km (60 miles) northwest of Johannesburg, cheered when they were told that management were offering a 22 percent pay rise, and said they would return to work on Thursday.

"I am happy - and forward with the struggle," said one of the striking miners, Sithembile Sohati.

"It's a huge achievement. No union has achieved a 22 percent increase before," Zolisa Bodlani, a worker representative at Marikana, told Reuters.

In another sign that weeks of labour unrest in South Africa's platinum belt were ending, the world's biggest platinum producer, Anglo American Platinum, said it had resumed its operations in the strike-hit Rustenburg area. Read More

Catherine Wells-Burr's Boyfriend charged with conspiracy to murder

The boyfriend of university Catherine Wells-Burr has been charged with conspiracy to murder the graduate.

Rafal Nowak, 31, will appear before magistrates in Bristol tomorrow, Avon and Somerset Police said.

Nowak's former partner, Anna Julia Lagwinowicz, 32, appeared in court today to face the same charge. .

Lagwinowicz appeared before magistrates in Bristol following the death of Miss Wells-Burr, whose body was found inside her burning car near Ilminster, Somerset last week.

The Polish national was charged with conspiring together with other persons to murder Miss Wells-Burr between May 1, 2012 and September 13, 2012. Read More

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake OFF WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA - 18th September 2012


A magnitude 4.8 earthquake has struck OFF WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA at a depth of 40 km (24.8 miles), the quake hit at 15:59:42 UTC Tuesday 18th September 2012
The epicenter was 341 km (211.4 miles) Southwest of Banda aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Growing jihadi presence in Syria 'alarming,' U.N. investigator says

Damascus, Syria (CNN) -- The growing presence of Islamic fundamentalist fighters is among the "most alarming" trends in Syria's civil war, a United Nations investigator said Monday.

"Some of them can be classified as jihadis," said Paulo Pinheiro, who chairs an independent international committee charged with investigating the situation in Syria. "Sometimes they fight together with some armed groups of the opposition. Other times they go by themselves. They have their own agenda."

Hours after presenting a new report to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, Pinheiro told CNN that the fundamentalist fighters were "one of the most alarming elements in the present stage of the civil war in Syria."

The commission also believes both sides of the conflict have committed war crimes, according to the report Pinheiro presented Monday. Read More

Obama 'birther' challenge dropped by Joe Montgomery....Because of Threats he Received

(CNN) – Efforts to keep President Barack Obama's name off of the Kansas presidential ballot were halted Monday when a state board ended its probe over questions about the president's place of birth, the Kansas Secretary of State's office confirmed.

The all-Republican board made its decision after the person leading the objection, Manhattan, Kansas resident Joe Montgomery, dropped his challenge on Friday saying he had received threatening phone calls.

Last year, Obama released his long-form birth certificate from Hawaii to quell speculation that he was not a U.S. citizen and may be constitutionally ineligible to serve as president. He has previously released a certification of live birth during the 2008 campaign. Both documents show that he was born in a Hawaii hospital on August 4, 1961. Contemporaneously published newspaper announcements also noted the birth in the Aloha State. Read More

Desert Warrior: Anti-Islam filmmaker 'was playing us along'

Los Angeles (CNN) -- Lily Dionne had been in Hollywood a week when she answered an ad on Craigslist looking for actors for an action-adventure film called "Desert Warrior." Now, Dionne says she feels betrayed by the California filmmaker who turned the low budget-movie with a threadbare plot into an anti-Islam film that provoked outrage -- with sometimes violent results -- in parts of the Muslim world. When news broke that violent mobs attacked the U.S. consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi, leaving Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead, she was overwhelmed. "I was shaking when I found out. I had no idea," Dionne told CNN on Sunday. "This was a movie that I thought no one would ever see." Dionne knew the filmmaker as Sam Bacile. But federal officials say his name is Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a convicted felon with a history of using aliases to hide his actions. Read More

Al Qaeda: U.S. ambassador death a 'gift'

(CNN) -- As the fallout from an online film that mocks Islam's holy prophet continued Tuesday, al Qaeda's affiliate in North Africa urged Muslims in the region to kill U.S. government representatives and called the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens a "gift."

"We encourage all Muslims to continue to demonstrate and escalate their protests ... and to kill their (American) ambassadors and representatives or to expel them to cleanse our land from their wickedness," said the statement from al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

The group called last week's killing of Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, "the best gift you (can) give to his arrogant and unjust administration."

Elsewhere Tuesday, a Taliban-allied insurgent group claimed responsibility for a suicide attack that killed 12 people, including eight South Africans, in Afghanistan. The attack was a response to the film, the group said. Read More

Radioactive Rod Missing In Texas Desert, Troops join in with the Seach

Troops join a frantic desert search for a hazardous radioactive rod lost by the oil services firm Halliburton.

Efforts to trace a potentially lethal radioactive device have been stepped up in the Texas desert, a week after the rod was reported lost.

The americium-241/beryllium rod, which formed part of equipment used to detect gas and oil deposits, was being transported between oil wells on a truck by the services firm Halliburton when it went missing.

The 130-mile route the vehicle took has been searched using special detection equipment by teams on the ground and in the air, while the truck has been stripped down.

The seven inch-long stainless steel cylinder is about an inch in diameter and marked with the radiation-warning symbol and “do not handle” warning.

The public have been warned to keep well away if they spot it, although it would apparently have to be held for some days to cause health problems. Read More

Libyans tried to save U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens


  Benghazi, Libya (CNN) -- The chaos is palpable, as a throng of Libyans frantically scramble outside a damaged building. Suddenly, a man's body is carried from inside toward an open window -- and the frenzy and sounds become even more urgent, more emotional. "Get him out!" some yell. After joyfully discovering the man -- a foreigner, apparently, a voice in the crowd says -- is alive after he's dragged out, fresh screams ring out. "Allahu Akbar," which translates from Arabic to "God is great," men in the crowd shout. Others raise fists to the sky, seemingly rejoicing that this man has somehow survived. According to the man who shot the video, the wounded man shown is Chris Stevens, the late U.S. ambassador to Libya. If true, the grainy images show some of his last moments alive: Stevens was one of four Americans killed last Tuesday in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Read More

Microsoft warns on Internet Explorer security flaw which affects hundreds of millions of Internet Explorer browser users.

(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp warned a newly discovered bug in its Internet Explorer web browser makes PCs vulnerable to attack by hackers and urged customers to download a piece of security software to mitigate the risk of infection.

The security flaw affects hundreds of millions of Internet Explorer browser users. Microsoft said attackers can exploit the bug to infect the PC of somebody who visits a malicious website and then take control of the victim's computer.

The software maker advised customers on its website late on Monday to install the security software as an interim measure, buying it time to fix the bug and release a new, more secure version of Internet Explorer. The company did not say how long that will take, but several security researchers said they expect the update within a week. Read More

Note: Better still Do not use IE!

Russia writes off 90 percent of North Korea's debt

(Reuters) - Russia said on Tuesday it agreed to write off 90 percent of North Korea's $11 billion debt and would reinvest the balance in the reclusive Asian state, in a sign of closer engagement with Pyongyang under new leader Kim Jong-un.

By writing off most of the sum owed by North Korea, one of the world's poorest countries, Russia granted a level of forgiveness in line with debt reduction deals it has given to its most impoverished debtors.

Moscow said the remaining $1 billion or so of the debt racked up by Pyongyang when it was a client state of the Soviet Union would go towards energy and education deals as well as development aid.

"It will be decided later by the parties for what purposes the funds received for the repayment of this debt will be used," Konstantin Vyshkovsky, head of the debt department at the Russian Finance Ministry, told Reuters. Read More

Euro falls from four-month highs on Spain uncertainty

(Reuters) - The euro fell on Tuesday, succumbing to profit taking after rallying to four-month highs against the dollar and yen a day earlier, with Spain's apparent reluctance to seek a bailout unnerving investors.

The yen also ceded ground against the dollar on speculation the Bank of Japan might loosen policy after the U.S. Federal Reserve launched a fresh round of monetary stimulus last week.

Market players said rising bond yields in Spain, which hovered around 6 percent on 10-year debt, also weighed on market sentiment and added to pressure on the euro.

"If Spain steps forward (to ask for a bailout) and all of us get some clarity it would remove an element of uncertainty," said Derek Halpenny, European head of FX research in London.

"The longer we remain in this scenario the more likelihood is investor confidence will ebb away." Read More

Japan-China spat reignites

Sept. 18 - Japanese businesses shut their shops and factories in China as the two countries' territorial dispute deepens, and a sharp drop in crude prices has market-watchers puzzled.

Rome’s next battle

Sept. 18 - Rome has declared war on Italy’s productivity gap, but without the pressure of the financial markets there is the risk of slipping back to business as usual says Breakingviews

NATO halts work with Afghan allies to stem insider attacks

(Reuters) - NATO ordered a cutback on Tuesday on operations with Afghan forces in response to a surge of so-called insider attacks on foreign servicemen, but said the restriction was temporary and would not derail a 2014 handover of security to Afghan forces.

The order indefinitely suspending most mentoring operations was issued by the second most senior U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Lieutenant-General James Terry, and applies to all front-line missions involving units smaller than an 800-strong battalion.

But a senior NATO spokesman, U.S. Colonel Tom Collins, said the order was only a "temporary and prudent response" to current threats of insider attacks and a week of mounting anger across the Muslim world over a film mocking the Prophet Mohammad.

"It will apply only until the threat level returns to a tolerable level," Collins said, adding that separate training missions would be unaffected and the scaling back would apply only to smaller front-line and field troops.

Enabling missions, like NATO helicopter support for Afghan troops and medical evacuations by air, would also be unaffected, Collins told Reuters. Read More

Internet Explorer Security Breach: ALERT ISSUED

Germany's Federal Office For Information Security says it has identified a security issue with the Internet Explorer web browser.

People using Microsoft's Internet Explorer should use another browser until a security breach has been resolved, a government agency has warned.

The Federal Office For Information Security (FOIS), which oversees IT safety in Germany, said the browser's "weak point is already being used for targeted attacks".

While it did not specify the exact nature of the threat, it said the code to attack computers running on Windows XP or Windows 7 operating systems through the browser was freely available online.

The agency warned the security breach might continue to be exploited and could therefore spread rapidly.

It said users of Internet Explorer versions 7, 8 or 9 should switch to alternative browsers such as Firefox or Google Chrome until Microsoft updates its browser's security features.

FOIS president Michael Hange said on the agency's website: "One basic human need must not be ignored: the need for security.

"It takes the knowledge and action of every person involved to maintain security in society. Read More

Manchester Shooting: Two Policewomen Shot, one Killed

A female police officer has died after being injured during the arrest of wanted man Dale Cregan, in Manchester, and another officer has been seriously injured.

Cregan, 29, was being sought in connection with separate gun and grenade attacks that killed a father and son.

The officers, both female and unarmed, were injured as they attending what police have called a "routine incident" at Abbey Gardens in Hattersley, Greater Manchester, just before 11am.

Shortly after the policewomen were shot, Cregan walked into a police station and gave himeself up. He has now been arrested on suspicion of murdering a police officer - as well as the original two counts.

In a statement Greater Manchester Police said: "The two female police officers, who were unarmed, suffered serious injuries and one officer tragically died at the scene.

"Medical teams were quickly on the scene to provide treatment and armed response vehicles have secured the area.

"The second officer has been critically injured and is being treated at hospital. Read More

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake LOYALTY ISLANDS - 18th September 2012

A magnitude 4.9 earthquake has struck the LOYALTY ISLANDS at a depth of 35 km (21.7 miles), the quake hit at 10:15:36 UTC Tuesday 18th September 2012
The epicenter was 24 km (14 miles) Northwest of We, New Caledonia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.5 Magnitude EarthquakeNIAS REGION, INDONESIA - 18th September 2012

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck the NIAS REGION, INDONESIA at a depth of 11 km (6.8 miles), the quake hit at 09:35:00 UTC Tuesday 18th September 2012
The epicenter was 144 km (70.6 miles) Southwest of Gunung stoli, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE COAST OF COSTA RICA - 18th September 2012

A magnitude 4.2 earthquake has struck OFF THE COAST OF COSTA RICA at a depth of 14.4 km (8.9 miles), the quake hit at 09:03:29 UTC Tuesday 18th September 2012
The epicenter was 104 km (65 miles) South from Liberia, Costa Rica
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Mark Duggan 'Had Loaded Gun' when shot by the Police During Tottenham Riots

Mark Duggan, whose death sparked the Tottenham riots, 'had a loaded gun' when he was shot, a court heard today.

Giving evidence at Snaresbrook Crown Court, the man accused of passing a gun to Mr Duggan has claimed the 29-year-old was armed.

Kevin Hutchinson-Foster is accused of "selling or transferring a prohibited firearm" to Mr Duggan between July 28 and August 5, 2011. The 30-year-old denies the offence.

Mr Duggan was shot dead while police officers were trying to arrest him in Tottenham, north London last August.

The jury heard that the handgun allegedly supplied by Mr Hutchinson-Foster was found near the spot where Mr Duggan was shot.

It was also claimed that Mr Duggan was shot just 12-15 minutes after Hutchinson-Foster allegedly supplied the weapon.

Mr Duggan's mother Pamela has always claimed her son was 'assassinated' and that she and her family have many unanswered questions about the shooting. Read More

Dale Cregan Arrested: Police Shot During Murder Suspect Arrest

Two police officers have been shot in Manchester during the arrest of a wanted man, according to Sky sources.

Dale Cregan, 29, was being sought in connection with separate gun and grenade attacks that killed a father and son.

The officers were injured after Cregan was arrested in Tameside, Greater Manchester.

The seriousness of the officers' injuries has not been given by Greater Manchester Police.

A brief statement released by Greater Manchester Police said: "Two police officers have been injured during an incident in Tameside. Dale Cregan has also been arrested. There are no further details at this time." Read More

Sydney violence has no place in our country, Gillard says

Prime Minister Julia Gillard says the violence seen at a Sydney protest against an anti-Islam film has no place in Australia.

"What we shouldn’t do is condemn the great bulk of Muslims by the actions of a few extremists."
Barry O'Farrell

Six police officers were injured during clashes outside the US consulate yesterday.

‘‘I absolutely condemn the violence that we saw yesterday,’’ Ms Gillard told reporters in Brisbane where she addressed the Queensland ALP state conference.

She said the anti-Islam film, which was made in the US, was ‘‘truly repulsive’’ but ‘‘there is never any excuse for violent behaviour’’.

‘‘To anybody who wants to replicate that behaviour today, I just want to say very strongly that this kind of conduct has no place on the streets of our country,’’ the prime minister said. Read More

Syria rebel commander offers $25 million bounty on Assad, 'dead or alive'

A commander with the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) has offered a 25-million-dollar bounty for anyone who captures Syrian President Bashar Assad "alive or dead," reported the Turkish news agency Anatolia on Tuesday.

The announcement by an unnamed commander with the FSA said the money for the bounty had been set up with donations from anti-Assad business people.

The reported bounty offer came as Western officials said Tuesday there was little doubt a growing number of foreign jihadi fighters are entering the fray in Syria, although it is far from clear whether any have direct links to Al Qaeda. But it is just one worry amongst many.

"This is not a situation where the US can do much to shape what happens," says Ms Mona Yacoubian, a former State Department official and now fellow and Syria expert at the Stimson Centre. "There has always been a lot of caution within the Obama Administration on Syria and if anything things are getting more complicated." Read More

Indeterminate sentences 'breach human rights',,, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled

Three offenders jailed indefinitely without being given proper access to rehabilitation courses have had their human rights breached, European judges say.

The court blamed "lack of resources" for delays in the men doing courses before being considered for release.

They have been awarded between 15,000 and 20,000 euros.

There are more than 6,000 prisoners in England and Wales serving such sentences, which have been scrapped.

More than 3,500 prisoners are over their originial tariff or the years specified by the original judge and many of those could now be entitled to compensation. Read More

Chinese Ships Approach Disputed Islands

A group of Chinese government ships has entered waters near Japanese-controlled islands in the East China Sea, as a territorial dispute escalates on the sensitive anniversary of Japan's invasion of China.

Japan's Coast Guard says at least 10 surveillance ships were spotted Tuesday near the islands known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China. Japanese authorities earlier turned away another Chinese patrol ship near the rocky islets.

Two Japanese activists briefly landed on one the islands Tuesday, prompting an angry response from China's foreign ministry, which called the act a "gravely provocative" violation of Chinese sovereignty. Read More


4.5 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE COAST OF EL SALVADOR - 18th September 2012

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck OFF THE COAST OF EL SALVADOR at a depth of 35.4 km (22 miles), the quake hit at 08:20:39 UTC Tuesday 18th September 2012
The epicenter was 135 km (83 miles) Southwest of Puerto El Triunfo, El Salvador
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake KEPULAUAN TALAUD, INDONESIA - 18th September 2012

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake has struck KEPULAUAN TALAUD, INDONESIA at a depth of 28.1 km (17.5 miles), the quake hit at 08:05:37 UTC Tuesday 18th September 2012
The epicenter was 149 km (92 miles) Southwest of Sarangani, Philippines
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF BALI, INDONESIA - 18th September 2012

A magnitude 4.8 earthquake has struck SOUTH OF BALI, INDONESIA at a depth of 39.3 km (24.4 miles), the quake hit at 06:42:29 UTC Tuesday 18th September 2012
The epicenter was 241 km (149 miles) South of Sidorukun, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

China: Protests Spread Over Japan Islands Row

Angry protests have continued in China on the 81st anniversary of the Japanese invasion.

Tensions have reached a new high between the countries over the disputed ownership of islands in the East China Sea.

Activists based in Hong Kong had hoped to use the anniversary to sail to the islands to try to re-claim them for China.

They landed there a month ago, successfully planting the Chinese flag before being arrested and deported by Japanese coastguards.

Now they want to sail again - but the authorities have stalled their plans refusing to grant them permission to leave Hong Kong harbour.

Activist David Ho told Sky News he believed the decision was politically motivated because the vessel had passed its sea-worthiness test and technically should be allowed to leave port. Read More

Gwent House Fire: Infant Among Three Dead

A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson after two adults and an infant died in a house fire in Cwmbran.

Police received a call at approximately 3.30am from the Fire Service who were attending a fire at an address in Tillsland, Coed Eva, Cwmbran.

Two adults and one infant have been confirmed dead inside the house. The upper floor of the two-storey building is reported to have been completely burnt out.

The area has been cordoned off and Gwent Police forensic investigations will begin this morning. Officers will also be conducting house to house enquiries in the area. Read More

Latest stories Thirteen Killed In Suicide Attack In Kabul

At least 13 people are believed to have been killed after a suicide bomber targeted a minibus near Kabul airport in Afghanistan.

Afghan police have said the minibus is believed to have been carrying foreign aviation workers, nine of whom are believed to be among the dead.

Insurgent group Hezb e Islami said it carried out the attack claiming it was in retaliation for a film mocking the Prophet Mohammed.

The bombing highlights the growing anger in Afghanistan over the film, which has enraged much of the Muslim world and led to the killing of the US ambassador to Libya and three other Americans last week.

Thousands of protesters clashed with police in the Afghan capital on Monday, burning cars and hurling rocks at security forces.

More follows...

Charles Dowd Vanished from Amtrak train - with his bags and phone still on board

A devastated family is searching for a retired firefighter who vanished from a train somewhere between Denver and Chicago, and may need medical attention.

Charlie Dowd, 69, boarded a train from his native San Mateo, California, home on Wednesday morning to visit his son and grandchildren in Montreal, Canada.

He was supposed to transfer in Chicago but when the train got there on Friday afternoon, Mr Dowd was not on it, but his luggage, cellphone and medication was.

His son talked to him on Thursday evening when the train was in the Denver area - the last time he was heard from Mr Dowd.

His daughter Jennifer Dowd told the San Francisco Chronicle: 'This is not in my dad's character at all. This is a big mystery. We're very worried about him.' Read More

Teen terror suspect who tried to 'detonate bomb' outside Chicago bar appears in court as lawyer claims he is just an 'immature kid'

The 18-year-old charged with attempting to detonate what he believed to be a car bomb outside a Chicago bar was a 'immature kid' who is not a danger to the public, his lawyer told a court today.

Adel Daoud appeared nervous during his first appearance in federal court, dressed in a bright orange prison jumpsuit and jiggling his legs as he sat.

A judge granted the request of Daoud's attorney, Thomas Durkin, to delay his preliminary hearing until Thursday afternoon.

At that time, Judge Arlander Keys will rule on whether to allow Daoud to be released on bail.

Daoud, a U.S. citizen who lives in the Chicago suburb of Hillside, was arrested on Friday after trying to explode a fake bomb provided by an undercover FBI agent as part of a investigation lasting several months, authorities said.

If convicted of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, Daoud faces up to life in prison.
His attorney has experience as a defense lawyer in terrorist trials, including representing detainees held at Guantanamo Bay. Read More

Iran accuses nuclear watchdog of being infiltrated by “terrorists and saboteurs” (and likely is)

Emboldened by certainty that the US and Israel had given up on attacking its nuclear program, Iran’s atomic energy chief Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani felt free to heap abuse on the International Atomic Energy Agency. Addressing the IAEA’s annual meeting in Vienna Saturday, Sept. 17, the Iranian official accused the watchdog of a cynical approach and mismanagement, being influenced by “certain states” and infiltration by “terrorists and saboteurs.”

The Iranian official bald-facedly turned charges that Iran is a major sponsor of terrorism world wide against its accusers in the West, bolstered further by the row between the Obama administration and Israel over whether or not to go to war against Iran. Saturday, the Iranian media highlighted the US President Barack Obama’s rebuff of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu over “red lines” for Iran – encouraging news for Iran’s leaders.

He was further encouraged to take liberties by the propitiatory offer by the IAEA director Yukiya Amano to “intensify dialogue” with Iran despite the lack of progress so far in clarifying concerns about its nuclear program. And Catherine Ashton, the European Union foreign policy chief, was more than ready to meet Saeed Jalili, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator in Istanbul, again Tuesday, Sept. 18, for an effort to restart nuclear talks between six world powers and Iran - even though Tehran had systematically blocked progress in the last rounds.

Iran’s leaders must have felt they were completely out of the woods when they heard US ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice comment to CNN Sunday night: “They do not have a nuclear weapon. Our shared intelligence assessments are that there is still a considerable time and space before they will have a nuclear weapon should they make the decision to go for that.” more

Girl, aged EIGHT, speaking of her love for Jihad during Muslim conference in Australia

Typhoon Sanba batters 2 Koreas after drenching Japan; 2 killed in S. Korea

SEOUL, South Korea — A powerful typhoon lashed North and South Korea with strong wind and heavy rain, killing two people in landslides, leaving hundreds of others homeless and triggering blackouts in the South, officials said Tuesday.

In North Korea, rain drenched parts of the country, including the eastern coastal city of Wonsan, but did not reach the capital, Pyongyang, which was windy Monday but spared the heavy rains that lashed the South Korean capital.

Typhoon Sanba, which battered southern South Korea around midday Monday, pushed northward and moved into eastern waters, where it weakened and lost energy on Tuesday morning. North Korean didn’t get a direct hit but was affected by the storm’s outer bands, South Korean weather officials said.

More than 3,700 homes and shops in South Korea remained without power Tuesday but officials were expected to restore power later in the day, the state-run National Emergency Management Agency said in a statement. Read More

More Japanese plants, stores close in China amid rising anger

Hong Kong (CNN) -- More Japanese factories and businesses in China shuttered Tuesday as an East China Sea island dispute threatens to drag relations between Asia's two largest economies to their lowest point since World War II.

The credit ratings of Japanese auto and technology manufacturers could come under pressure "if the clash between China and Japan over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands escalates and is prolonged," Fitch Ratings Agency warned in a note on Tuesday.

"A number of Japanese companies, including Panasonic, have temporarily suspended production at some of their Chinese facilities as anti-Japanese demonstrations demanding a boycott of their products flared across 85 cities in China at the weekend."

Nissan, Mazda, Honda and Toyota suspended operations at some of their Chinese automotive plants, as have electronics makers Canon and Panasonic. Read More

U.N. describes 'alarming' development in Syria

Sept. 17 - U.N. investigators say they've discovered Islamist militants fighting alongside rebels in Syria. Deborah Gembara reports.

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake SAN JUAN, ARGENTINA - 18th September 2012

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck SAN JUAN, ARGENTINA at a depth of 64.6 km (40.1 miles), the quake hit at 03:53:32 UTC Tuesday 18th September 2012
The epicenter was 75 km (47 miles) WSW from San Juan, Argentina
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time