Sunday, March 10, 2013

ex-TSA screener: "We don't actually keep your safe. We cheat on entrance tests. Oh, and we gladly touch your junk." (Must read)


It is perhaps America’s most unsafe airport. Despite being the launching point for one of the planes hijacked on 9/11 — Flight 93, which crashed in Pennsylvania — Newark Airport has had numerous security violations since. The latest: a fake bomb that made it past Transportation Security Administration officers. Here, a Newark TSA screener who recently left the agency tells how silly policies and lazy workers do little to stop real threats:

A LOT of what we do is make-believe.

I’ve had to screen small children and explain to their parents I had no choice but to “check” them. I would only place my hands on their arms and bottom half of their legs, and the entire “pat-down” lasted 10 seconds. This goes completely against TSA procedure.

Because the cameras are recording our every move, we have to do something. If someone isn’t checked or even screened properly, the entire terminal would shut down, as this constitutes a security breach.

But since most TSA supervisors are too daft to actually supervise, bending the rules is easy to do.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/confessions_of_tsa_agent_we_re_bunch_OhxHeGd0RR9UVGzfypjnLO

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China: Hundreds Of Dead Pigs Dragged From River

More than 900 dead pigs have been pulled out of a Chinese river which is a source of drinking water for some Shanghai residents.

Authorities said they began receiving reports of the animals floating upstream in the Huangpu River earlier in the week.

Environmental experts have been working during daylight hours to retrieve them, but cannot continue the operation at night due to safety concerns.

Xu Rong, director of the Songjiang environmental department, said: "We have been picking up dead pigs from morning to night.

"We cannot do it at night due to safety concerns. We cannot work (all) night, so we usually start (work) at around 6:30am and continue until dark."

http://news.sky.com/story/1062752/china-hundreds-of-dead-pigs-dragged-from-river

Brendan Vaughan is among seven hostages feared dead after they were kidnapped by terrorists in Nigeria

British construction worker Brendan Vaughan is likely to be among seven hostages killed after they were kidnapped by a Nigerian Islamist group, the Foreign Secretary William Hague has confirmed.

Mr Hague described the Briton's death as an "unforgiveable act of pure cold-blooded murder", adding that there was "no excuse or justification" for the hostages' deaths.

http://news.sky.com/story/1062712/nigeria-british-hostage-likely-killed-named

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN ALASKA - 10th March 2013


Magnitude
5.1
Date-Time
Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 17:11:05 UTC
Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 09:11:05 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
59.278°N, 154.124°W
Depth
0.4 km (~0.2 mile) (poorly constrained)
Region
SOUTHERN ALASKA
Distances
37 km (23 miles) SE (141°) from Pope-Vannoy Landing, AK

5.5 Magnitude Earthquake NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 10th March 2013

Magnitude
5.5
Date-Time
Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 16:49:20 UTC
Monday, March 11, 2013 at 02:49:20 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
5.308°S, 151.501°E
Depth
56.5 km (35.1 miles)
Region
NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Distances
135 km (83 miles) SW of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

Kim Jong Un Makes Important Speech

Government wastes cash on Polish interpreters who can't even speak English - Michael Turner QC claims 'screw-ups' over interpreters in UK courts is now 'endemic'

A judge and a top barrister have condemned the use of interpreters based in a Polish call centre after trial against a Vietnamese drug king was halted.
Judge Richard Bray accused the firm of being 'hopelessly incompetent' when he was unable to sentence the man because no interpreter arrived at Northampton Crown Court.

Some of the language experts supplied by Capita Translating and Interpreting from a base in Krakow, cannot even speak fluent English, claim lawyers.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2291005/Judge-condemns-firm-using-Polish-centre-translators-hopelessly-incompetent-interpreter-fails-turn-trial-Vietnamese-drug-king.html

Why we should fear this tyrant with his sights set on World War III: An expert opinion on North Korea's 'baby-faced, basketball-mad' leader Kim Jong Un

He is the baby-faced, basketball-mad leader of North Korea – said to have had plastic surgery to look more like his illustrious grandfather. Fond of funfairs and theme parks, he recently arranged the import of salt water for a new attraction so the dolphins could frolic more freely, at a time when many of his people have no access to fresh drinking water.

Last year he staged a Mickey Mouse pageant, complete with mini-skirted young women playing violins in front of an enormous screen showing the film Rocky 1V. With his ‘buzz-cut’ hairstyle, he has become something of a style icon for young male followers of the party.

None of this would be alarming behaviour in a normal young playboy. But Kim Jong Un, ‘the great successor to the revolutionary cause’, has a finger on the button that could start a new war with South Korea and the US. If China came in, that would be World War III.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2290942/Kim-Jong-Un-Why-fear-tyrant-sights-set-World-War-III.html

British worker 'was murdered in cold blood' with six other westerners by Islamic extremists in Nigeria who then posted chilling footage of shootings online

A British man is likely to have been murdered in cold-blood by Islamist extremists in Nigeria, William Hague said today.
The construction worker, who had been held hostage since February 16, is believed to have been killed alongside six other foreign nationals.

In a statement, Mr Hague said: 'It is with deep sadness that I must confirm that a British construction worker, held hostage in Nigeria since 16 February, is likely to have been killed at the hands of his captors, along with six other foreign nationals who we believe were also tragically murdered.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2291100/Nigeria-hostages-British-construction-worker-likely-killed-says-William-Hague.html

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United Nations peacekeepers held by rebels for three days in southern Syria were released and taken by bus to Jordan

Fleeing war, Syrians face new misery in Greece

Syrian shopkeeper Osama fled the fighting in Aleppo convinced he would be welcomed in Europe. Five months later, he is stuck in near-bankrupt Greece, where money and sympathy are scarce.

Beaten up and robbed by traffickers when they arrived in Athens, Osama, his wife and two children were arrested as illegal immigrants and thrown into detention when they recounted their ordeal to Greek police. Ordered out of Greece but without any place to go, he rues the day he set foot in the country.

"All our hope is now in God. There is a war in Syria and the country has been destroyed," said the 35-year-old as he sat in a dingy Athens basement apartment with a Syrian flag on the wall.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/10/us-greece-syria-idUSBRE92907920130310

Storm Sweeps Plum Island Homes Into Ocean

Powerful waves and winds have caused two homes to collapse - and left several others severely damaged - on a US beach.

The late two-day winter storm swept into New England, dumping more than a foot of snow in some areas and sending tides crashing into the northeastern coastline of Massachusetts amid flood warnings.

http://news.sky.com/story/1062666/storm-sweeps-plum-island-homes-into-ocean

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake CASPIAN SEA - 10th March 2013

Magnitude
4.1
Date-Time
Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 10:41:26 UTC
Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 02:41:26 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
40.477°N, 51.523°E
Depth
50.2 km (31.2 miles)
Region
CASPIAN SEA
Distances
100 km (62 miles) E of Artyom, Azerbaijan

5.5 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE COAST OF GUATEMALA - 10th March 2013

Magnitude
5.5
Date-Time
Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 10:18:17 UTC
Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 04:18:17 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
12.809°N, 90.694°W
Depth
19.8 km (12.3 miles)
Region
OFF THE COAST OF GUATEMALA
Distances
125 km (77 miles) S of Puerto San Jose, Guatemala

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN TURKEY - 10th March 2013

Magnitude
4.0
Date-Time
Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 10:04:14 UTC
Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 12:04:14 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
38.694°N, 43.338°E
Depth
4 km (2.5 miles) (poorly constrained)
Region
EASTERN TURKEY
Distances
22 km (13 miles) N of Van, Turkey

Sailor Killed In Island Yacht Race Tragedy

A sailor died and five others had to be rescued when their yacht drifted into rough seas and broke apart during a US ocean race.

The San Diego crew had refused help from the Coast Guard in the hope they could be towed to calmer waters and finish the race.

However, the yacht began drifting towards a rocky island off Southern California and both their life raft and the anchor failed.

http://news.sky.com/story/1062606/sailor-killed-in-island-yacht-race-tragedy

Briton 'Feared Killed' By Nigeria Islamists

A Nigerian Islamist group alleges it has killed seven foreign hostages - reportedly including a Briton - who were abducted from a construction site last month.

The were taken from the compound of Setraco, a Lebanese construction company, in the town of Jama'are in Bauchi state on February 7.

The al Qaeda-linked Ansaru group, believed to be an offshoot of the larger Boko Haram, is said to be behind the abductions.

http://news.sky.com/story/1062521/briton-feared-killed-by-nigeria-islamists

Qatada: May Pledges To Scrap Human Rights Act

Theresa May has pledged that a Conservative government would scrap the Human Rights Act which she claims has stopped Britain from deporting the radical preacher Abu Qatada.

The Home Secretary also went so far as to indicate the Conservatives could go further by pulling out of its European obligations on Human Rights altogether, an association dating back more than 60 years.

Ms May, who is being touted as a possible future Conservative leader, told Tory activists that the party must "consider very carefully our relationship" with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

http://news.sky.com/story/1062593/qatada-may-pledges-to-scrap-human-rights-act

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake MARIANA ISLANDS REGION - 10th March 2013

Magnitude
5.0
Date-Time
Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 05:40:44 UTC
Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 03:40:44 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
12.465°N, 141.927°E
Depth
32.7 km (20.3 miles)
Region
MARIANA ISLANDS REGION
Distances
310 km (192 miles) WSW of Merizo Village, Guam

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake MOLUCCA SEA - 10th March 2013

Magnitude
4.9
Date-Time
Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 04:08:04 UTC
Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 01:08:04 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
0.001°S, 125.600°E
Depth
32.7 km (20.3 miles)
Region
MOLUCCA SEA
Distances
156 km (96 miles) ESE of Modayag, Indonesia

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake LAKE TANGANYIKA REGION - 10th March 2013

Magnitude
4.4
Date-Time
Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 03:00:17 UTC
Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 05:00:17 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
4.297°S, 29.137°E
Depth
10 km (6.2 miles)
Region
LAKE TANGANYIKA REGION
Distances
49 km (30 miles) SW of Rumonge, Burundi

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake SAN JUAN, ARGENTINA - 10th March 2013

Magnitude
4.5
Date-Time
Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 02:55:01 UTC
Saturday, March 09, 2013 at 11:55:01 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
31.596°S, 67.093°W
Depth
120.1 km (74.6 miles)
Region
SAN JUAN, ARGENTINA
Distances
54 km (33 miles) WSW of Chepes, Argentina

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION - 10th March 2013

Magnitude
4.7
Date-Time
Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 01:19:42 UTC
Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 10:19:42 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
41.058°N, 143.422°E
Depth
51.2 km (31.8 miles)
Region
HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION
Distances
166 km (103 miles) SSE of Shizunai, Japan

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION - 9th March 2013

Magnitude
5.0
Date-Time
Saturday, March 09, 2013 at 20:11:31 UTC
Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 05:11:31 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
42.635°N, 144.915°E
Depth
45.3 km (28.1 miles)
Region
HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION
Distances
58 km (36 miles) SE of Kushiro, Japan

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF AFRICA - 9th March 2013

Magnitude
5.0
Date-Time
Saturday, March 09, 2013 at 18:56:42 UTC
Saturday, March 09, 2013 at 07:56:42 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
53.244°S, 21.495°E
Depth
14.5 km (9.0 miles)
Region
SOUTH OF AFRICA
Distances
1197 km (743 miles) E of Bouvet Island, Bouvet Island

5.8 Magnitude Earthquake KURIL ISLANDS - 9th March 2013

Magnitude
5.8
Date-Time
Saturday, March 09, 2013 at 14:56:29 UTC
Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 01:56:29 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
50.850°N, 157.309°E
Depth
41.2 km (25.6 miles)
Region
KURIL ISLANDS
Distances
89 km (55 miles) E of Severo-Kuril'sk, Russia

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake KURIL ISLANDS - 9th March 2013

Magnitude
4.7
Date-Time
Saturday, March 09, 2013 at 14:16:50 UTC
Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 01:16:50 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
49.217°N, 156.319°E
Depth
22.1 km (13.7 miles)
Region
KURIL ISLANDS
Distances
162 km (100 miles) S of Severo-Kuril'sk, Russia

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA - 9th March 2013

Magnitude
4.5
Date-Time
Saturday, March 09, 2013 at 12:23:58 UTC
Saturday, March 09, 2013 at 08:23:58 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
31.290°N, 103.753°E
Depth
22 km (13.7 miles)
Region
EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
Distances
26 km (16 miles) SE of Weizhou, China