Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Iran, Hizballah setting up terror squads to perpetuate Syrian war post Assad

Tehran is developing its own plans for continuing the Syrian war and maintaining its grip on the country – even as Washington and Russia press on with secret discussions on the fate of Syrian president Bashar Assad, backed by UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi’s mediation efforts in Damascus. Tuesday, Dec. 25, the envoy said after meeting Assad that he would stay on for another six days in the hope of persuading the parties to end their bloody hostilities.

At the same time, Iran is putting its military and intelligence assets in place ready for the day after Assad’s departure.

debkafile reports: In the opinion of Saudi intelligence chiefs who attended the two-day GCC summit in Manama Monday and Tuesday, Iran has drawn up plans to sabotage any deal Washington and Moscow may pull off between Assad and the rebels for ending their war and incapacitate any transitional regime set up to replace the Assad presidency.

Those sources report that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has already issued directives to Gen. Qassem Soleimani, head of the Al Qods Brigades (Iran’s external intelligence and terrorist arm), for perpetuating the Syrian conflict by means of a terrorist network spread across the country and operating in conjunction with local militias.

“These militias,” said one Saudi intelligence source, “all depend on Hizballah for their supplies of weapons, explosives, funds and intelligence.”

http://www.debka.com/article/22634/Iran-Hizballah-setting-up-terror-squads-to-perpetuate-Syrian-war-post-Assad-

Chinese man mows down 23 students with car after despairing over daughter's murder

A man angered by a court ruling in the murder of his daughter rammed a car loaded with a gas tank and firecrackers into a group of middle schoolers, injuring 13 in the country's latest attack on students.

The man ran down 23 students at Fengning No. 1 Middle School in northern China's Hebei province on Monday, the official Xinhua News Agency said Tuesday, citing local police.

Xinhua said the man, identified as 48-year-old Yin Tiejun, later lit a bottle of diesel in an attempt to set his car on fire.

Police put out the fire and found the gas tank and firecrackers in the trunk of the car, but Xinhua said Yin told police in an interrogation later that the materials were not meant for an attack.

http://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/Chinese-man-drives-car-into-students-injuring-13-4144574.php#ixzz2G6ZpINQA

Ex-TSA Screener: Officers “Laughing” At Your Naked Image

A former TSA screener turned blogger who is now causing embarrassment for the federal agency has revealed that TSA officers routinely laugh at and make fun of passengers’ nude body scanner images in back rooms.

In a blog entitled Taking Sense Away, the anonymous ex-TSA worker reveals how he, “Witnessed light sexual play among officers, a lot of e-cigarette vaping, and a whole lot of officers laughing and clowning in regard to some of your nude images, dear passengers.”

The revelation was in response to a reader who asked, “Tell us, please, what really happens in that private room and why the TSA does not want it seen in public nor recorded.”

http://www.infowars.com/ex-tsa-screener-officers-laughing-at-your-naked-image/

People In Northland ‘Panic-Buying’ Military-Style Rifles

Northland gun dealers are reporting a spike in military-style gun sales.

Pat Kukull, owner of Superior Shooters Supply, says they are out of semi-automatic rifles due to people “panic buying.” Some buyers are afraid of possible changes the federal government could make to gun laws.

She says other guns are selling fast as well and she’s never seen anything like it in her 35 years in business.

Glen’s Army Navy Store in Grand Rapids ran out of the semi-automatic rifles by Thursday morning and operators aren’t sure when more will arrive.

Scott Van Valkenburg is owner of Fisherman’s Corner in Pike Lake outside Duluth.

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2012/12/24/people-in-northland-panic-buying-military-style-rifles/

Andrew Evans: Man found dead standing up in his kitchen in bizarre case of death

A coroner has described a man's death as 'bizarre' after he was found dead standing up in his kitchen.

Andrew Evans was discovered by a friend, who visited him at his home in East Grinstead, West Sussex, on May 10 this year.

Horsham Coroner's Court heard how the 35-year-old had injured his head earlier in the day, but is not believed to have realised how serious the injury was.

The court heard how Mr Evans had consumed a lot of alcohol on the day and was four times over the drink drive limit.

It is believed he died after blacking out as he reached into a cupboard in his kitchen, with his body falling against the kitchen fittings and remaining standing up.

The court heard how a friend of Mr Evans, who was not named, arrived at this home on May 10 to see him "standing in the kitchen" with his right hand reaching into a cupboard.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/9758505/Man-found-dead-standing-up-in-his-kitchen.html

Cantore Warns This Could Be ‘Worst Tornado Outbreak On Christmas Day In History’

A strong storm system that moved across Texas on Christmas Day spawned at least three tornados, severe thunderstorms and brisk winds that knocked down trees, killing one person near Houston.

More than 60,000 customers in the Houston area were without power — down from a previous estimate of more than 70,000 — as the National Weather Service’s tornado and thunderstorm warnings continued through Tuesday the storms moved west to east, gaining strength as they approached Louisiana.

Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Thomas Gilliland said a 25-year-old man died after winds knocked a tree onto his Ford F-150 pickup truck around 9:40 a.m. The incident occurred in northwest Harris County, he said.

http://houston.cbslocal.com/2012/12/25/winter-storms-tornado-threats-for-christmas-in-u-s/

"We've super-sized our weather"

Paul Douglas is running against the mainstream grain in two significant ways.

One, he is Republican and acknowledges the reality of human-caused climate change. Republicans tend not to agree with the science, despite the overwhelming - 97 percent - consensus among climatologists that human-created emissions are warming the planet, causing climate change - and triggering extreme weather.

For example, a Bloomberg national poll, released in early October, said that while "78 percent of Democrats and 56 percent of independents believe humans are warming the earth ... almost two out of three Republicans don't."

The second way the Minneapolis-based Douglas is running against the grain is that he's a broadcast meteorologist, and the majority of people in his profession don't necessarily acknowledge the level at which humans are causing climate change. According to a 2011 report by the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication, only 53 percent of broadcast meteorologists said that human influence plays an important role in climate change - with 34 percent saying climate change is a result of human and natural causes, and only 19 percent saying it is mostly human-caused [See AMS sidebar].

http://www.nuvo.net/indianapolis/weve-super-sized-our-weather/Content?oid=2512494#.UNTMOW-WZ_l

US Birth Rate Hits New Low

The rate of babies born in the United States hit a record low in 2011, a new analysis shows. Researchers say the drastic drop in the birth rate among immigrants has greatly contributed to the overall decrease.

Based on preliminary data from the National Center for Health Statistics, the Pew Research Center calculated that the overall birth rate — the annual number of births per 1,000 women between 15 to 44 — was 63.2 last year. That's the lowest since such reliable record collection began in 1920 and close to half the birth rate in 1957, amid the Baby Boom years.

http://news.yahoo.com/us-birth-rate-hits-low-234349793.html

Cornstalks Everywhere But Nothing Else, Not Even A Bee

We'll start in a cornfield — we'll call it an Iowa cornfield in late summer — on a beautiful day. The corn is high. The air is shimmering. There's just one thing missing — and it's a big thing...

...a very big thing, but I won't tell you what, not yet.

Instead, let's take a detour. We'll be back to the cornfield in a minute, but just to make things interesting, I'm going to leap halfway around the world to a public park near Cape Town, South Africa, where you will notice a cube, a metal cube, lying there in the grass.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2012/11/29/166156242/cornstalks-everywhere-but-nothing-else-not-even-a-bee

Insurance report: Extreme weather already costing us dearly

On the eve of the US elections, Hurricane Sandy rudely popped the bubble of global warming denial that has enveloped the US political system. But we can't say we weren't warned. Indeed, less than a week before Sandy first started forming as a tropical storm, global reinsurance giant Munich Re issued a report about the long-term trend of increasing extreme events, and the threats to life and property that they pose.

Severe Weather in North America: Perils · Risks · Insurance runs 277 pages, focusing on the period 1980-2011 - during which losses totalled just over $1 trillion - and notes: "The number of natural catastrophes per year has been rising dramatically on all continents since 1980, but the trend is steepest for North America," adding, "This increase is entirely attributable to weather events, as there has been a negative trend for geophysical events."

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/11/201211291334845346.html

With Carbon Dioxide Emissions at Record High, Worries on How to Slow Warming

Global emissions of carbon dioxide were at a record high in 2011 and are likely to take a similar jump in 2012, scientists reported Sunday — the latest indication that efforts to limit such emissions are failing.

Emissions continue to grow so rapidly that an international goal of limiting the ultimate warming of the planet to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, established three years ago, is on the verge of becoming unattainable, said researchers affiliated with the Global Carbon Project.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/03/world/emissions-of-carbon-dioxide-hit-record-in-2011-researchers-say.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

Pesticide exposure harms memory

A review of 14 separate studies has shown that chemicals can reduce memory and the ability to process information quickly.

The findings, by researchers at University College London and the Open University, are the most comprehensive evidence yet that organophosphates can harm human health at low levels.

Doctors have long recognised that in high doses the chemicals, which are used to kill or repel insects and are also ingredients in aviation fuel and in some flame retardants, can be toxic, but the effects of lower doses have remained controversial.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9716249/Pesticide-exposure-harms-memory.html

Scientists link Colo., Okla. temblors to drilling activities

Scientists are saying with increased certainty that two damaging earthquakes in 2011 -- one in Colorado, the other in Oklahoma -- were triggered by oil and gas production activities.

Studies by seismologists from the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Oklahoma and Columbia University have found the quakes were caused by the deep underground injection of drilling waste.

The researchers are to present their findings this week at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco.

http://www.eenews.net/public/energywire/2012/12/03/1

Ignoring Planetary Peril, a Profound ‘Disconnect’ Between Science and Doha

Mighty Old Trees Are Perishing Fast, Study Warns

The death rate of many of the biggest and oldest trees around the world is increasing rapidly, scientists report in a new study in Friday’s issue of the journal Science. They warned that research to understand and stem the loss of the trees is urgently needed.

“It’s a worldwide problem and appears to be happening in most types of forest,” said the study’s lead author, David Lindemayer, a professor at Australian National University and an expert in landscape ecology and forest management.

http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/07/mighty-old-trees-are-perishing-fast-study-warns/?ref=energy-environment

A 'dad' is tenth most popular Christmas list request for children

A 'dad' is tenth most popular Christmas list request for children with youngsters happy to forgo the latest iPad, toy or new pet, a survey has found.

When it comes to Christmas, it might be safe to assume children will ask Santa for an extensive list of toys, games and treats.

But a survey of their typical lists for Father Christmas has shown many have more serious concerns, requesting "a dad" instead.

A study of 2,000 British parents found most children will put a new baby brother or sister at the top of their Christmas list, closely followed by a request for a real-life reindeer.

A "pet horse" was the third most popular choice, with a "car" making a bizarre entry at number four.

Despite their material requests, the tenth most popular Christmas wish on the list was a "Dad".

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/christmas/9764688/A-dad-is-tenth-most-popular-Christmas-list-request-for-children.html

Will Ohio legislation reveal secret fracking chemicals?

Each year, tanker trucks carrying fracking fluid or fracking wastewater log hundreds of miles on Ohio’s rural roads. What if one crashes into a car and tips, injuring and spilling fracking fluid on the car’s passenger?

Or what if gas-laden wastewater explodes, destroying an on-site impoundment and drenching onlookers with the chemical-laden water?

Accidents like these have happened before, and they can expose people to fracking fluid or wastewater, which holds a cocktail of potentially hazardous chemicals.

http://www.midwestenergynews.com/2012/12/10/will-ohio-legislation-reveal-secret-fracking-chemicals/

Rise in renewable energy will require more use of fossil fuels

The Delta Energy Center, a power plant about an hour outside San Francisco, was roaring at nearly full bore one day last month, its four gas and steam turbines churning out 880 megawatts of electricity to the California grid.

On the horizon, across an industrial shipping channel on the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, scores of wind turbines stood dead still. The air was too calm to turn their blades — or many others across the state that day. Wind provided just 33 megawatts of power statewide in the midafternoon, less than 1% of the potential from wind farms capable of producing 4,000 megawatts of electricity.

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-unreliable-power-20121210,0,6250142.story

Conflicts, Errors Revealed In Positive Fracking Study

A University of Texas study that says hydraulic natural gas fracturing is safe has been withdrawn, and its author has retired and left the university. From Dallas, NPR's Wade Goodwyn has the story.

WADE GOODWYN, BYLINE: The fracking study is now a black eye to the University of Texas after an independent review of national experts found it scientifically unsound and tainted by conflicts of interest. The author of the study, Dr. Charles Groat, retired in the wake of the scathing review, and the university announced that Dr. Raymond Orbach, head of the university's Energy Institute that released the study, has resigned his position.

The original fracking study concluded that hydraulic fracturing was safe, the danger of water contamination low and suggestions to the contrary mostly media bias. But then it was reported this summer that Professor Groat sat on the board of a natural gas drilling company and received more than a million and a half dollars in compensation. That information was not disclosed in Groat's report.

http://www.npr.org/2012/12/07/166755886/positive-fracking-study-was-funded-by-gas-company

Afghanistan’s forgotten deaths: Why money won’t silence these civilians

No one can put a price on life – except for the US army who has had their fair share of accidental kills. But, it is no matter, because if a bystander is killed the family will be given cash. Is saying sorry with money morally acceptable or is this tradition asking for trouble?

More than a decade has passed since the US set foot in Afghanistan, demanding retribution for the horrid terrorist attacks of September 11, but much has changed. In this Middle Eastern country, people walk the streets with worry on their faces, as they never know what day will be their last. The mission for US and British soldiers is to find dangerous rebelsand eliminate them, and yet somehow they completely miss their intended targets. The reality is that hundreds if not thousands of civilians have been killed because of the military’s carelessness.

If a civilian is killed by accident, the US army has been reported to pay between 2000 to 2500 dollars per death.

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_12_03/Afghanistan-s-forgotten-deaths-Why-money-won-t-silence-these-civilians/

The second revolution: 1792

France 1792 was the year of ‘the second revolution’. On 10 August, the king was overthrown, bringing to an end three years of uneasy ‘constitutional monarchy’. For months the legislative assembly had been locked in conflict with Louis XVI, while at the same time fighting a war against invading Austrians and Prussians. The Parisian masses resolved that conflict by direct action, invading the Tuileries palace and arresting the king. In response, the assembly called a general election – the first election in Europe conducted under universal adult male suffrage. Eighty years would pass before the exercise was repeated.

The elections, held in the first two weeks of September, were festive, proudly democratic occasions marked by wide‑ranging debates, and the results were a resounding confirmation of the action of the Paris masses. The 750 deputies elected to the ‘convention’ were overwhelmingly committed to the formation of a new republic, though they would soon fall out violently over its direction.

http://www.redpepper.org.uk/the-second-revolution-1792/

How the Globalists Write The Script, And What Can Be Done to Change the Story

In the movie the Matrix, Morpheus and Trinity knew that something in reality had suddenly changed when Neo experienced a deja-vu. The deja-vu resulted as a bit of the virtual world reformatted changing reality enough so a new ’reality’ presented with an advantage to the controllers.

It is interesting to pay attention to the Matrix of ‘real’ life because there are many similarities to the inspired ideas communicated in the movie of the same name. If you pay attention long enough you’ll notice some deja-vu. This ‘real’ life appears to have scripted components that when noticed change reality right before our eyes.

Right now the global controllers are modifying the script so as to bring about some kind of change that facilitates their plan of global domination and enslavement they’ll call global government.

http://www.redicecreations.com/article.php?id=22816

Swiss Study Shows 147 Technocratic “Super Entities” Rule the World

The Swiss Federal Institute (SFI) in Zurich released a study entitled “The Network of Global Corporate Control” that proves a small consortiums of corporations – mainly banks – run the world. A mere 147 corporations which form a “super entity” have control 40% of the world’s wealth; which is the real economy. These mega-corporations are at the center of the global economy. The banks found to be most influential include:

• Barclays
• Goldman Sachs
• JPMorgan Chase & Co
• Vanguard Group
• UBS
• Deutsche Bank
• Bank of New York Melon Corp
• Morgan Stanley
• Bank of America Corp
• Société Générale

However as the connections to the controlling groups are networked throughout the world, they become the catalyst for global financial collapse.

http://redicecreations.com/article.php?id=22037

Pesticide-Chemical in Tap Water Linked to Increase in Food Allergies

There is no question that pesticides are fueling numerous health complications; the research shows it time and time again. It’s also interesting that many health conditions such as obesity and cancer are simultaneously escalating with pesticide use, revealing a very serious connection. New research has just shown that yet another health problem is also increasing along with pesticide use – food allergies.

Using government data, researchers at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology sought out to find the potential link between pesticides and food allergies. They were particularly interested in dichlorophenols, a class of chemical compounds encompassing the well-known herbicide used in Agent Orange, 2,4-D. For their research, they measured the presence of dichlorophenols in urine to find any connection.

http://naturalsociety.com/pesticide-chemical-tap-water-linked-food-allergies/#ixzz2EDDft1Ds

Are corporations masquerading as government in Australia & world

Would you be surprised to find a company with the same name as your country registered with the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) in Washington DC? Well, guess what?! Among those listed as corporate entities by the United States SEC are:

Image: Left: The Great Seal of the United Kingdom, atop the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900.
Right: The Great Seal of Australia, a trademark registered with United States Patent and Trademark Office.

http://www.hangthebankers.com/are-corporations-masquerading-as-government-in-australia-world-wide/

Report: 21 States’ Pension Systems Not Fiscally Sound

State pension systems suffered a significant blow during the recession, but it didn’t hit all systems equally; some fared much worse than others.

A study by investment research firm Morningstar, Inc., published earlier this week assesses the financial health of each state system, highlighting a wide disparity in the actuarial adequacy of funding levels.

An alarming number of funds face a steep uphill climb in fully funding their plans. The report found 21 states’ aggregate funded ratios fell below 70 percent, which Morningstar considers the threshold for “fiscally sound” systems. Illinois (43.4 percent), Kentucky (50.5 percent) and Connecticut (53.4 percent) registered the lowest funding levels of all examined.

http://www.governing.com/blogs/by-the-numbers/state-pension-systems-funded-ratios-financial-health.html

The Folly of Energy Independence

The United States stands on the cusp of a global strategic advantage of huge significance. It is now within our grasp to cut the Gordian knot of energy policy, transforming our economic prospects in a fairly short period. Seizing this advantage does not require or depend on an esoteric technological breakthrough. It does not require allied assistance. It does not require a great deal of citizen sacrifice, discipline or patience. It does not require new taxes or convoluted cap-and-trade schemes. It merely requires that the Administration and the U.S. Congress get their collective head straight for once about a policy area in which politically ecumenical futility has been the norm for nearly forty years.

It has been an article of faith at least since the Nixon Administration that, in order to strengthen its energy security and, through that, its international position generally, the United States should reduce its dependence on imported oil, particularly from the Middle East.

http://www.the-american-interest.com/article.cfm?piece=1266

Turkey resumes NATO ties with Israel: Prelinary steps towards cooperation against Syria?

Turkey dropped its ban on cooperating with Israel as a third-nation NATO partner at the 28-member alliance meeting in Brussels on Dec. 4, in response to a reprimand from Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen that the ban had "created a lack of confidence among the partners." The same meeting approved the deployment of Patriots on the Turkish border with Syria.

Turkey’s consent to effectively revive its strategic cooperation with Israel represents a major breakthrough for Binyamin Netanyahu. As he runs for reelection on Jan. 22, he is constantly accused by opposition leaders of bringing Israel into deep international isolation. Turkey and NATO have undercut that charge

President Barack Obama has strived hard to restore Turkish ties with Israel – and not only on Israel’s behalf, but as a prop for his burgeoning Sunni Muslim Middle East bloc, headed by Egypt, and a step on the path toward resuscitating the Israel-Palestinian peace process.

http://www.debka.com/article/22631/Turkey-resumes-NATO-ties-with-Israel---a-Netanyahu-breakthrough