Friday, May 24, 2013

North Korea's Military Reshuffles Are a Dangerous Sign


North Korea's hawkish Gen. Kim Kyok-sik has been named army chief, while his predecessor Hyon Yong-chol has apparently been moved to the 5th Corps in the central region. The equally hawkish Kim Yong-chol, the director of the Reconnaissance General Bureau, has apparently been appointed vice army chief.

Kim Kyok-sik was in charge of troops on the western coast during a naval skirmish in November 2009, in March 2010 when the North sank the Navy corvette Cheonan, and when it shelled Yeonpyeong Island later that year.

Former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il was fond of the general's belligerent ways and described him as a "fighter." Intelligence reports after the inauguration of former President Lee Myung-bak warned that Kim Kyok-sik had been appointed to lead a provocation against the South, but Seoul failed to heed the warning.

It cannot afford to repeat that mistake.

http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2013/05/24/2013052401477.html

How the Smartphone Killed the Three-Day Weekend... and made everyone a slave



Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer and all it evokes: vacations, slower workweeks, casual dress codes, getting the pool ready and pulling out the outdoor furniture.

It would seem an ideal time to take a break, but our ability to unplug and relax is under assault. A three-day weekend? We can barely get through three waking hours without working, new research shows. The average smartphone user checks his or her device 150 times per day, or about once every six minutes. Meanwhile, government data from 2011 says 35 percent of us work on weekends, and those who do average five hours of labor, often without compensation—or even a thank you. The other 65 percent were probably too busy to answer surveyors' questions.

There's plenty of debate among economists and psychologists whether the economy is to blame, or we do this to ourselves. There's little arguing that the concept of a Sabbath is in serious danger.

"It's like an arms race … everything is an emergency," said Tanya Schevitz, spokeswoman for Reboot, an organization trying help people unplug more often. "We have created an expectation in society that people will respond immediately to everything with no delay. It's unhealthy, and it's unproductive, and we can't keep going on like this."

http://www.cnbc.com/id/100765600

Suspected tornado rips through central Russian town



Wed 22nd May
Video captures tornado ripping through small town in Russia

All Terrorists are Muslims…Except the 94% that Aren’t (And in fact, Jewish extremists have commited more attacks within American, strangely)

Terrorist Attacks on U.S. Soil by Group, From 1980 to 2005, According to FBI Database

CNN recently published an article entitled Study: Threat of Muslim-American terrorism in U.S. exaggerated; according to a study released by Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “the terrorist threat posed by radicalized Muslim-Americans has been exaggerated.”

Yet, Americans continue to live in mortal fear of radical Islam, a fear propagated and inflamed by right wing Islamophobes. If one follows the cable news networks, it seems as if all terrorists are Muslims. It has even become axiomatic in some circles to chant: “Not all Muslims are terrorists, but nearly all terrorists are Muslims.” Muslims and their “leftist dhimmi allies” respond feebly, mentioning Waco as the one counter example, unwittingly affirming the belief that “nearly all terrorists are Muslims.”

But perception is not reality. The data simply does not support such a hasty conclusion. On the FBI’s official website, there exists a chronological list of all terrorist attacks committed on U.S. soil from the year 1980 all the way to 2005. That list can be accessed here (scroll down all the way to the bottom).

http://www.loonwatch.com/2010/01/not-all-terrorists-are-muslims/

Matt's thoughts:

To be honest, I already knew this even before this information, that the exaggerations were the result of propaganda for oil / power / special interest groups. However, I do find one particular piece if information interesting: that those "crying out in suffering", those "claiming to be persecuted" and in turn blaming the evil Mooslums, are themselves responsible for a greater portion of terrorism. Backed by facts. Solid numbers. Indisputable. I bet if we look outside of America to the Middle East, we'd find the exact same situation there.

Also strange is that in the Middle East, one portion of people provide us with great resources and essentially the engineering, philosophical, mathematical, astronomical, medical etc. backgrounds to our modern way of life, while another group gives us... demands to bomb other countries, massive military bills, and in order words, essentially nothing, yet they retain support based on a highly dubious interpretation of a few verses in the Bible. Does this make sense? Shouldn't we treat all fairly and base our reactions on how they, themselves, behave? This isn't the Cultural Revolution where someone's interpretation of something else rules our minds; we're supposed to be independent thinkers who use intelligence, not emotion, to guide our decisions.

Disagree? Head to the forums and let's debate.

House passes gun bill over Quinn, Emanuel objections: Illinois

Over objections of Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the House approved a concealed weapons bill today that is aimed at ending Illinois’ status as the last state in the nation without a law to allow its citizens to carry guns in public.

But the gun bill backed by House Speaker Michael Madigan goes to a Senate where President John Cullerton has denounced the proposal because it would override local gun laws like Chicago’s assault weapons ban.

Cullerton’s stance tempered the House victory, but sponsoring Rep. Brandon Phelps contended it is critical to move forward because Illinois faces next Friday’s deadline for the spring session’s adjournment and a court order that gives the state June 9 to fashion a law. A federal appeals court struck down the state’s ban on concealed carry.

“After years of debating this issue,” said Phelps, the state legislature’s leading gun rights advocate, “it is incredibly difficult if not darn near impossible to come to a middle ground on this issue. Every legislator on this floor has a different opinion when it comes to concealed-carry policy.

“Even among us gun-rights legislators and even among the gun-control legislators, our ideals of the perfect concealed-carry legislation is not identical,” Phelps said. “There is not a bill that we could possibly draw up in which every single legislator on this floor would be perfectly happy with. We live in Illinois. We never thought this day would come."

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/clout/chi-house-passes-gun-bill-over-quinn-emanuel-objections-20130524,0,2292796.story

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake SAN JUAN, ARGENTINA - 24th May 2013

Magnitude ML 4.7
Region SAN JUAN, ARGENTINA
Date time 2013-05-24 18:50:29.0 UTC
Location 30.73 S ; 69.42 W
Depth 100 km
Distances
66 km N of Calingasta, Argentina / pop: 8,176 / local time: 15:50:29.0 2013-05-24


Buddhist monk sets himself on fire to protest against the slaughter of cattle in Sri Lanka

A Buddhist monk has suffered serious injuries after setting himself on fire to protest against the slaughter of cattle.

Sri Lankan police said the monk set himself on fire today near the famed Temple of Buddha's Tooth Relic in the central town of Kandy.

He reportedly had told other monks that he was burning himself to protest the killing of cattle for meat.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2330398/Buddhist-monk-sets-protest-slaughter-cattle-Sri-Lanka.html

Two men who 'tried to get in cockpit during flight from Pakistan to Britain' as they are searched on the tarmac at Stansted

Police appeared to put plastic gloves and a forensic suit on one of the suspects (right) removed from the Pakistan International Airlines flight PK709, which was bound for Manchester, after it landed at Stansted. An RAF jet was scrambled (left) following an incident around 10 minutes before the plane, which departed from Lahore, was due to land at 2pm. Police have said the incident is being treated as a criminal offence. According to one of the passengers, the aircraft's cabin crew said two men had repeatedly tried to get into the cockpit. Police have said the two arrested men were British nationals.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2330327/Two-men-tried-cockpit-flight-Pakistan-Britain-pictured.html

'UK double standards astonishing'

US prefers to detain, interrogate & prosecute, not use drones - Obama

Officials say a colliding truck may have triggered the collapse of bridge in Washington state

Tim Dog Alive!: Arrest Warrant issued For 'Dead' Rapper

An arrest warrant has been issued in the US for a rapper owing thousands of dollars who is believed to have faked his own death.

Tim Dog, whose real name is Timothy Blair, was reported to have died in February from diabetes complications but there is no death certificate or burial site.

He was convicted in 2011 for scamming over £20,000 from a Mississippi woman he met on a dating website.

http://news.sky.com/story/1095239/arrest-warrant-for-dead-rapper-tim-dog

South Lakes Wild Animal Park : Female Zoo Worker Mauled By Tiger

A female zoo worker has been seriously injured in a tiger attack at an animal park in Cumbria, police have confirmed.

The 24-year-old woman was in the big cat enclosure when she was mauled at South Lakes Wild Animal Park in Dalton-in-Furness.

She was taken by ambulance to Preston Royal Infirmary and the park has been closed.

Cumbria Police say they are investigating.

http://news.sky.com/story/1095304/female-zoo-worker-mauled-by-tiger

Police Reopen M6 After Van Terror Scare

The M6 was closed by police in both directions amid reports of a suspicious van with a bomb on board.

But after an investigation by police and members of the military, terrorism has been ruled out and the case is being treated as bulk fuel theft.

The motorway has now reopened.

http://news.sky.com/story/1095311/police-reopen-m6-after-van-terror-scare

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE - 24th May 2013

Magnitude mb 5.1
Region SOUTHERN MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE
Date time 2013-05-24 17:52:37.0 UTC
Location 13.07 S ; 14.60 W
Depth 33 km
Distances 2183 km S of Monrovia, Liberia / pop: 939,524 / local time: 17:52:37.0 2013-05-24

M6 Partly Closed Over 'Suspicious Vehicle'

The M6 is closed in both directions between two junctions amid reports of a suspicious vehicle at a service station.

Warwickshire Police have closed the M6 in both directions between junction two near Coventry and junction four near Coleshill.

There are huge tailbacks and drivers have been advised to avoid the area and plan alternative routes.

http://news.sky.com/story/1095311/part-of-m6-closed-over-suspicious-vehicle



4.0 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - 24th May 2013

Magnitude Ml 4.0
Region NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Date time 2013-05-24 15:26:20.0 UTC
Location 40.18 N ; 121.06 W
Depth 1 km
Distances
10 km NW of Greenville, United States / pop: 1,129 / local time: 08:26:20.0 2013-05-24

The Truth Comes Out: Former IRS Director Admits Taxes Are Voluntary

Steve Miller, former Director of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), admitted at a Congressional hearing that the taxes collected by the IRS are not mandatory – but voluntary. When questioned at the House Ways and Means Committee (WMC) hearing last week, Miller told House Representative Devin Nunes that “America’s tax system is ‘voluntary’”. When Nunes remarked for clarification that the US tax code is a “voluntary system”, Miller said, “Agreed.” House Representative Xavier Becerra commented that the ruse of the IRS is kept as a public confidence in the system scheme to keep Americans paying money to the IRS. Miller confirmed this is so. The shuffle at the IRS has landed Danny Werfel as the new acting director. http://libertycrier.com/government/the-truth-comes-out-former-irs-director-admits-taxes-are-voluntary/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BreakTheMatrix+%28Break+The+Matrix%29

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4.6 Magnitude Earthquake FRANCE - 24th May 2013

Magnitude ML 4.6
Region FRANCE
Date time 2013-05-24 15:06:26.0 UTC
Location 48.49 N ; 2.44 E
Depth 11 km
Distances
2 km S of Champcueil, France / pop: 2,755 / local time: 17:06:26.0 2013-05-24


6.7 Magnitude Earthquake SEA OF OKHOTSK - 24th May 2013

Magnitude Mw 6.7
Region SEA OF OKHOTSK
Date time 2013-05-24 14:56:31.0 UTC
Location 52.20 N ; 151.56 E
Depth 634 km
Distances
350 km W of Ozernovskiy, Russia / pop: 2,615 / local time: 03:56:31.0 2013-05-25



RAF Fighter Jets Scrambled To Passenger Plane, 2 men Arrested

RAF fighter jets have escorted a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft from Manchester Airport to Stansted Airport, a Ministry of Defence spokesman has said.

A witness speaking in Urdu to Pakistani station Geo TV, said that two men over 6 feet tall tried to enter the pilot's cabin.

Other witnesses say the pair made a number of threats.

Essex Police have confirmed that two men aged 30 and 41 have been arrested on suspicion of endangerment of an aircraft after the plane landed safely at Stansted.

http://news.sky.com/story/1095214/fighter-jets-scrambled-to-passenger-plane

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake SEA OF OKHOTSK - 24th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.1
Region SEA OF OKHOTSK
Date time 2013-05-24 14:33:24.0 UTC
Location 54.37 N ; 153.38 E
Depth 618 km
Distances 2330 km NE of Tokyo, Japan / pop: 8,336,599 / local time: 23:33:24.0 2013-05-24
377 km NW of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia / pop: 187,282 / local time: 03:33:24.0 2013-05-25
354 km NW of Yelizovo, Russia / pop: 40,692 / local time: 03:33:24.0 2013-05-25


Prison van carrying police killer Dale Cregan crashes on way to Preston Crown Court

Two prison vans travelling to the trial of police killer Dale Cregan crashed today on their way to Preston Crown Court.

Four prison officers and one prisoner have suffered minor injuries after the collision on the M6.

Cregan, who has pleaded guilty to four murders, is not believed to have been injured.

It is understood one van crashed into the back of the other on the motorway at around 9.40am this morning.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2330237/Prison-van-police-killer-Dale-Cregan-crashes-way-Preston-Crown-Court.html

Michael Adebowale murder suspect number 2, whose mother 'is a probation officer'

The second Muslim convert who allegedly executed Lee Rigby in Woolwich has been identified as Michael Adebowale, a probation officer's son radicalised as a teenager, it emerged today.

The 22-year-old British citizen of Nigerian descent and Michael Adebolajo, 28, ran the soldier down with their car before 'hacking, chopping and cutting' at his body like 'crazed animals' screaming 'Allah Akbar!’ – an Islamic phrase meaning ‘God is great’, witnesses said.

With Rigby's body left in the street Adebolajo ranted on film: 'You people will never be safe' before the pair waited 14 minutes for armed police to arrive and were gunned down waving firearms, knives and a machete.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2330165/Michael-Adebowales-childhood-friend-speaks-normal-murder-suspect-22.html

UK: Onboard video shows plane emergency landing

Group linked to Algeria gas plant attack claims Niger raids

An al Qaeda-linked group that carried out the raid on the In Amenas gas plant in Algeria in January has claimed to have participated in Thursday's attacks in Niger.

A statement posted on the internet on Friday was signed by Khalid Abu al-Abbas, better known as Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a leading figure in al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

At least 21 people were killed and dozens wounded in coordinated dawn assaults on a uranium mine run by French company Areva at Arlit and the military base in Agadez, Niger, on Thursday.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/24/us-niger-attacks-idUSBRE94N0B920130524

Novel coronavirus infection - update (Middle East respiratory syndrome- coronavirus)

The Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia has notified WHO of an additional laboratory-confirmed case of infection with the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

The fatal case was reported from Al-Qaseem region in the Central part of the country and is not related to the cluster of cases reported from Al-Ahsa region in the Eastern part of the country. The patient was a 63-year-old man with an underlying medical condition who was admitted to a hospital with acute respiratory distress on 15 May 2013 and died on 20 May 2013. Investigation into contacts of this case is ongoing.

The Saudi authorities are also continuing the investigation into the outbreak that began in a health care facility since the beginning of April 2013 in Al-Ahsa. To date, a total of 22 patients including 10 deaths have been reported from the outbreak.

Globally, from September 2012 to date, WHO has been informed of a total of 44 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including 22 deaths.

http://www.who.int/csr/don/2013_05_23_ncov/en/index.html

No new H7N9 cases in China for a week

No new human cases of the H7N9 virus have been recorded in China for a week, national health authorities said, for the first time since the outbreak began in March.

One previously infected patient died in the week beginning between May 13, the National Health and Family Planning Commission said in a statement late Monday, taking the total number of fatalities from the virus to 36.

But the number of confirmed cases was unchanged at 130. Of those, 72 have recovered and been discharged from hospital, it said, adding that no evidence of human-to-human transmission had been detected so far.

Experts fear the possibility of the virus mutating into a form easily transmissible between humans, with the potential to trigger a pandemic.

http://www.nation.co.ke/News/world/No-new-H7N9-cases-in-China-for-a-week/-/1068/1858388/-/juuvlb/-/index.html

Alabama Outbreak a 'Pseudocluster,' Not H7N9

An outbreak of respiratory illness in Alabama turned out to be a "pseudocluster" of unrelated disease, an official said.

Testing ruled out coronaviruses and the novel H7N9 avian influenza now affecting China, according to Mary McIntyre, MD, of the Alabama Department of Public Health.

State officials had been concerned by seven cases -- including two deaths -- in which people presented with fever, cough and shortness of breath of unknown origin, said McIntyre, who is assistant state health officer for disease control and prevention.

"It was a pseudocluster," she told MedPage Today. The seven patients had influenza A (H1N1), rhinovirus, or bacterial pneumonia, and in some cases a combination of the illnesses.

http://www.medpagetoday.com/InfectiousDisease/PublicHealth/39370

H7N9 bird flu found to spread through the air

The H7N9 bird flu virus can be transmitted not only through close contact but by airborne exposure, a team at the University of Hong Kong found after extensive laboratory experiments.

Though the virus appears to have been brought under control recently, the researchers urged the Hong Kong authorities to maintain strict surveillance, which should include not only poultry but humans and pigs.

"We also found that the virus can infect pigs, which was not previously known," said Dr Maria Zhu Huachen, a research assistant professor at HKU's School of Public Health. (so it could of been the cause of the 20.000 dead pigs?)

http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1244536/h7n9-bird-flu-found-spread-through-air

Taiwanese H7N9 patient recovers, discharged from hospital with a Cake

Taipei, May 24 (CNA) A Taiwanese man who is the only person in the country found to have contracted the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus has recovered and was discharged from National Taiwan University (NTU) Hospital Friday.

The patient, identified only by his family name Lee, had been hospitalized for 35 days with the virus that affected the functions of his internal organs.

At the height of Lee's illness, the hospital had to resort to intubation, an artificial lung and dialysis in an effort to save his life.

http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201305240007.aspx

Taiwan receives H7N9 candidate vaccine viruses from U.S.

Taipei, May 24 (CNA) Taiwan has received a shipment of candidate vaccine viruses from the United States to develop a vaccine against human infections of H7N9 avian influenza, the Department of Health (DOH) said Friday.

The candidate viruses, provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), were delivered to Taiwan May 18, Deputy Health Minister Lin Tzou-yien.

The CDC officially notified Taiwan May 23 that the candidate viruses had passed biological safety tests and could be handled in a Biosafety Level-2 facility, Lin said.

In addition, Japan has also agreed to provide Taiwan with H7N9 candidate viruses, according to the DOH.

http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aall/201305240023.aspx

H7N9 bird flu can pass between mammals, researchers find

Scientists are gaining a better understanding of the H7N9 bird flu that has sickened more than 130 people -- and killed more than 30 -- in China and Taiwan since February.

The latest research into the virus, which before this year had never been detected in humans, was published Thursday (subscription required for full text) in the online edition of the journal Science.

Working with ferrets, an animal that is often studied to gain insight into flu transmissibility in people, scientists in China, Canada and the U.S. found that H7N9 could spread from one ferret to another -- suggesting that it could also pass between humans. "Under appropriate conditions human-to-human transmission of the H7N9 virus may be possible," the co-authors wrote.

But H7N9 only spread efficiently when the ferrets were placed in the same cage and came into direct contact. The virus did not transmit easily between animals in adjacent cages, who couldn't touch but could breathe in the droplets from each others' sneezes and coughs.

http://www.latimes.com/news/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-bird-flu-h7n9-research-ferrets-webby-20130523,0,1212299.story

H7N9: The New Bird Flu Will Spread More Easily Among Humans Than Other Bird Flu Strains

Close contact with someone infected with the new bird flu strain, H7N9, is likely to get you sick, according to a new study published today, May 23, in the journal Science.

The virus isn't that great at passing through the air, though, so in order to contract the virus you would need to stand and talk with the sick person for about 15 minutes.

Currently, 131 people have gotten sick with the new virus, and 36 have died. Hong Kong researchers are guessing that 90 to 120 more cases could exist, though cases have slowed in recent weeks.

"This study was designed to give us clues about the transmission of H7N9 which has affected some humans in China," study researcher David Kelvin, of the University of Toronto, said in a statement.

http://www.businessinsider.com/h7n9-adapted-to-spread-among-mammals-2013-5

Whiteman AFB says one of its fighter jets cut power line crossing Stockton Lake

BONA, Mo. -- Officials at Whiteman Air Force Base confirm it was one of their fighter jets that clipped and broke a power line crossing Stockton Lake.

It happened Wednesday afternoon near Bona in northeastern Dade County.

Danielle Johnston, a public affairs officer with the Air Force Reserve's 442nd Fighter Wing at Whiteman says two pilots were conducting low-altitude training flights over the lake in their A-10 Thunderbolt "Warthogs," when one of the jets flew too close to a power line and broke it.

http://www.ky3.com/news/ky3-whiteman-afb-says-one-of-its-planes-cut-power-line-crossing-stockton-lake-20130523,0,1086593.story

Fighter Jets Escorting Passenger Plane To Stansted

RAF fighter jets have escorted a Pakistan Interntional Airlines aircraft from Manchester Airport to Stansted Airport.

The airline has confirmed it is for security reasons. There are understood to be 297 passengers on board.

The plane was heading west towards Manchester when it was suddenly re-routed near York and headed back out to the North Sea, before travelling south to Stansted.

It is believed to have now landed at the airport.

http://news.sky.com/story/1095214/fighter-jets-escorting-passenger-plane-to-stansted

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES - 24th May 2013

Magnitude M 4.8
Region MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES
Date time 2013-05-24 11:41:12.0 UTC
Location 9.10 N ; 126.63 E
Depth 80 km
Distances
41 km NE of Bacolod, Philippines / pop: 2,171 / local time: 19:41:12.0 2013-05-24


3.8 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - 24th May 2013

Magnitude Ml 3.8
Region NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Date time 2013-05-24 11:40:15.0 UTC
Location 40.17 N ; 121.06 W
Depth 1 km
Distances
9 km W of Greenville, United States / pop: 1,129 / local time: 04:40:15.0 2013-05-24

6.0 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF TONGA - 24th May 2013

Magnitude Mw 6.0
Region SOUTH OF TONGA
Date time 2013-05-24 11:10:48.0 UTC
Location 24.32 S ; 175.02 W
Depth 2 km
Distances
330 km S of ‘Ohonua, Tonga / pop: 1,241 / local time: 00:10:48.0 2013-05-25

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake ATACAMA, CHILE - 24th May 2013

Magnitude ML 4.2
Region ATACAMA, CHILE
Date time 2013-05-24 10:57:00.0 UTC
Location 26.23 S ; 69.12 W
Depth 11 km
Distances
94 km E of Diego de Almagro, Chile / pop: 18,137 / local time: 06:57:00.0 2013-05-24


4.7 Magnitude Earthquake ATACAMA, CHILE - 24th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.7
Region ATACAMA, CHILE
Date time 2013-05-24 10:41:19.0 UTC
Location 26.32 S ; 69.13 W
Depth 15 km
Distances
91 km E of Diego de Almagro, Chile / pop: 18,137 / local time: 06:41:19.0 2013-05-24


4.2 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHWEST OF KURIL ISLANDS - 24th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.2
Region NORTHWEST OF KURIL ISLANDS
Date time 2013-05-24 10:08:49.0 UTC
Location 52.74 N ; 152.70 E
Depth 488 km
Distances
295 km NW of Ozernovskiy, Russia / pop: 2,615 / local time: 23:08:49.0 2013-05-24


Monetary Crisis: Cock-Up or Conspiracy? - Godfrey Bloom MEP

Heathrow Airport emergency landing: Pictures show damage to engine of BA Airbus A319

Stockholm Smolders: Sporadic arson attacks sweep city in 5th night of riots

BBC Admits 'Wasting Licence Fee Payers' Money'

The BBC has scrapped an IT project after its chief said the scheme had "wasted a huge amount of licence fee payers' money".

Trayvon Martin: Gun And Drug Texts Released

Photos and texts taken from Trayvon Martin's mobile phone have been released by lawyers for the man charged with shooting dead the 17-year-old last year in Florida.

They include conversations with a friend about fighting, smoking pot and being forced to move out of his mother’s house because of trouble at school, as well as images of a gun and what looks to be a potted marijuana plant.

A hearing next week is due to decide if the information can be used at the murder trial for Sanford neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.

http://news.sky.com/story/1095045/trayvon-martin-gun-and-drug-texts-released

Amanda Bynes Arrested Over Marijuana And Bong

Actress Amanda Bynes has been arrested in New York for possessing marijuana amid claims she threw a bong out of a window in front of police officers.

Police were called to an apartment building in midtown Manhattan following a complaint that Bynes was smoking marijuana and rolling a joint in the building's lobby.

Officers say they went to her apartment - reported to be on the 36th floor - and saw heavy smoke and a bong, which Bynes then threw out the window in front of them.

http://news.sky.com/story/1095077/amanda-bynes-arrested-over-marijuana-and-bong

Bercow's McAlpine Tweet Libellous Rules Court

A tweet by Sally Bercow about Lord McAlpine which he claims named him as a paedophile was libellous, the High Court has ruled.

The wife of Commons Speaker John Bercow is being sued by the Tory peer for damages after she named him on Twitter last year.

The posting appeared two days after a November 2 Newsnight report wrongly implicated the former Conservative Party treasurer in allegations of sex abuse at Bryn Estyn children's home in the 1970s and 1980s.

Mrs Bercow has always denied that the tweet - "Why is Lord McAlpine trending? *Innocent face*" - was defamatory, and has apologised publicly and privately to the former Conservative Party treasurer for the distress caused to him.

http://news.sky.com/story/1095095/bercows-mcalpine-tweet-libellous-rules-court

Honors student and track team star, 15, 'stabbed his adopted brothers, 4 and 10, to death at their home while their mother was out at a dance recital'

A 15-year-old honors student has been arrested on suspicion of murder after his two adopted younger brothers, aged four and 10, were found stabbed to death in their home.

The teenager was tasked with looking after his brothers, who have not been named, on Wednesday while their mother was attending a dance recital with their other siblings.

But when she returned to the home in West Point, Utah a few hours later, she discovered the body of her four-year-old son on the floor and frantically called 911.

She told officers she believed her 10-year-old son was missing with his older brother, but when police arrived on the scene, they also found the body of the 10-year-old.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2329754/Boy-15-stabbed-brothers-4-10-death-home-mother-out.html

Eric Holder PERSONALLY approved the seizure of Fox News reporter's emails

Attorney General Eric Holder personally signed off on the controversial search warrant that identified Fox News chief Washington correspondent James Rosen as a ‘possible co-conspirator’ in violations of the Espionage Act and authorized seizure of his private emails, an unnamed law enforcement official has claimed.

Rosen, who has not been charged in the case, was the target of a search warrant that enabled Justice Department investigators to secretly seize his private emails after an FBI agent said he had ‘asked, solicited and encouraged … (a source) to disclose sensitive United States internal documents and intelligence information.’

The reporter's emails were seized, with a judge's approval, as part of the prosecution of Stephen Kim, a State Department adviser who is accused of leaking secret information about North Korea.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2330060/Attorney-General-Holder-personally-approved-seizure-Fox-News-reporters-emails-claims-law-enforcement-official--President-Obama-orders-policy-review.html

3.6 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - 24th May 2013

Magnitude Ml 3.6
Region NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Date time 2013-05-24 09:52:18.0 UTC
Location 40.18 N ; 121.08 W
Depth 1 km
Distances
11 km W of Greenville, United States / pop: 1,129 / local time: 02:52:18.0 2013-05-24


3.9 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - 24th May 2013

Magnitude Ml 3.9
Region NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Date time 2013-05-24 09:42:52.0 UTC
Location 40.17 N ; 121.07 W
Depth 1 km
Distances
10 km W of Greenville, United States / pop: 1,129 / local time: 02:42:52.0 2013-05-24

Kevin Dahlgren Wanted in Czech family killings arrested in Washington -police

U.S. authorities have arrested a man wanted for murdering four members of a family in the Czech Republic, Czech police said on Friday.

The man, identified by police as Kevin Dahlgren, has been searched for since four bodies were found in a family house in the city of Brno, 200 km southeast of Prague, on Wednesday evening.

"Kevin Dahlgren, charged with quadruple murder, was arrested last night," after landing in Washington, regional police chief Leos Trzil said on Czech Television.

News website www.idnes.cz said Dahlgren, 20, had flown to the United States from Vienna.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/24/us-czech-murder-usa-idUSBRE94N09N20130524

Truck strike may have caused Washington state bridge collapse, officials says

A colliding truck may have triggered the collapse on Thursday of part of a four-lane freeway bridge that sent vehicles and drivers tumbling into a frigid river in Washington state, officials said.

A U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation into what led part of the Interstate 5 bridge to fall into the Skagit River 55 miles north of Seattle was expected to continue on Friday.

Two of the three people rescued from the river were hospitalized with hypothermia, but no one died, officials said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/24/us-usa-bridge-collapse-idUSBRE94N04M20130524

Burning US railroad bridge collapse caught on camera



Firefighters fought for 15 hours to try to put out the fire on the railroad bridge between San Saba and Lometa in the US state of Texas, before conceding defeat and letting it burn out.

The bridge, which spanned the Colorado River, then dramatically collapsed in flames.

The collapse was caught on camera and uploaded to YouTube by Jamie Smart.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10076661/Burning-US-railroad-bridge-collapse-caught-on-camera.html

Rioting in Stockholm Spreads, Even as Residents Patrol Streets



After enduring night after night of young people throwing rocks and setting fires around the capital this week, some local residents appear to be fed up with waiting for police to quell the rioting.

Yet despite the emergence of neighborhood-watch groups in several affected areas Wednesday night, violence continued and even spread to more areas around Stockholm early Thursday.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324659404578500742554025314.html#

Syria crisis: Government 'to attend Geneva conference'

Russia says Damascus has agreed "in principle" to attend an international conference on the Syria crisis set to be held in Geneva in June.

Its foreign ministry said the Syrian government would participate "in order for Syrians themselves to find a political path to a solution".

It follows efforts to get all the sides involved in the peace talks.

Syria's main opposition group entered a second day of talks Friday aimed at finding an approach to the conference.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22652106


ECB president pushes for a “more European UK”....Will this cost us More than the 50 Million we already pay each DAY?

European Central Bank (ECB) president Mario Draghi reminded London bankers of the UK’s eurozone dependency, ahead of the planned referendum on EU membership in 2017.

Mr Draghi said that “Europe needs a more European UK as much as the UK needs a more British Europe,” stressing the “depth of the interconnection” between Britain and the euro area.

He noted that the eurozone was the UK’s biggest export market and that 40 per cent of loans made by banks in the region to non-eurozone members went to British borrowers.

http://www.ftadviser.com/2013/05/24/investments/economic-indicators/ecb-president-pushes-for-a-more-european-uk-a2Ox2lNkRpZaAPsBkZHViM/article.html

Ellie Jones death: Warrington teenager had drugs in system

A 16-year-old girl who died after suffering breathing difficulties at a house in Warrington had an ecstasy-like drug in her system, police said.

Ellie Jones died in hospital after being found at a friend's house on Densham Avenue, Lonford, on 18 May.

Initial toxicology results found she had taken paramethoxyamphetamine, which is also known as PMA or "pink ecstasy".

Six people who were arrested in connection with the death have all since been bailed.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-22645268

The Pyramid Code: High Level Technology (Episode 2 of 5)

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake MINAHASA, SULAWESI, INDONESIA - 24th May 2013

Magnitude M 5.1
Region MINAHASA, SULAWESI, INDONESIA
Date time 2013-05-24 08:58:34.4 UTC
Location 0.72 N ; 122.75 E
Depth 69 km
Distances
39 km NW of Gorontalo, Indonesia / pop: 144,195 / local time: 16:58:34.4 2013-05-24


Woolwich - The response: Powers for the internet 'snooper's charter' use back on agenda

The Woolwich murder will be used by Theresa May, the Home Secretary, to revive plans for a "snooper's charter", allowing police and security services to monitor internet use, Conservative sources indicated tonight.

Ms May was furious when Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, vetoed the inclusion of the contentious scheme in this month's Queen's Speech on the grounds that it was disproportionate and an invasion of privacy.

She faced demands from senior figures in all parties to strengthen the powers of the police and security services after Wednesday's killing of an off-duty soldier.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/the-response-powers-to-monitor-internet-use-back-on-agenda-8630174.html

North Korean envoy warns no guarantee of peace on third day of fence-mending visit to China

China's state media says an envoy from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has warned there is no guarantee of peace on the Korean Peninsula, but also stressed that his country is willing to hold talks with all sides to find a solution.

The Xinhua News Agency quoted North Korean Vice Marshal Choe Ryong Hae as making the comments Friday to Gen. Fan Changlong in Beijing on the third day of a fence-mending visit to his country's most important ally.

Choe's mission marks the first high-level, face-to-face contact between the two governments in a half-year, an unusual gap during which Pyongyang angered Beijing by conducting rocket launches and nuclear tests and other saber-rattling.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/05/24/nkorean-envoy-warns-no-guarantee-peace-on-third-day-fence-mending-visit-to/

8.2 Magnitude Ring Of Fire Earthquake: Tremors Felt In Moscow

Two earthquakes have hit the Ring of Fire area, registering magnitudes of 8.2 and 5.7 and prompting a tsunami warning.

Moscow felt tremors from the more powerful quake, causing some people to evacuate buildings despite the epicentre being more than 4,000 miles to the east.

The US Geological Survey said the epicentre of Thursday's quake was in the Kuril-Kamchatka arc, one of the most seismically active regions in the world.

http://news.sky.com/story/1095035/ring-of-fire-earthquake-tremors-felt-in-moscow

Woolwich Murder: 'Offensive' Tweets Arrests

Two men have been arrested for making alleged offensive comments on a social networking website about the killing of a serving British soldier in London.

Drummer Lee Rigby, 25, was brutally murdered in an attack on a street in Woolwich on Wednesday as members of the public watched in horror.

The father-of-one, of the 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, had fought in Afghanistan.

Avon and Somerset Police received complaints about remarks that appeared on Twitter, which were of a racist or anti-religious nature.

http://news.sky.com/story/1095026/woolwich-murder-offensive-tweets-arrests

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 24th May 2013

Magnitude M 5.2
Region NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
Date time 2013-05-24 08:33:18.2 UTC
Location 37.71 N ; 141.66 E
Depth 55 km
Distances
63 km NE of Namie, Japan / pop: 21,866 / local time: 17:33:18.2 2013-05-24

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN IRAN - 24th May 2013

Magnitude ML 4.2
Region SOUTHERN IRAN
Date time 2013-05-24 08:19:56.0 UTC
Location 28.48 N ; 53.53 E
Depth 2 km
Distances
52 km S of Fasā, Iran / pop: 98,061 / local time: 12:49:56.0 2013-05-24

Wall Street dances to its own beat

Syrian opposition scrambles for credibility

The Syrian opposition in exile met on Thursday to decide whether to attend a peace conference that the United States and Russia see as a crucial path to ending two years of civil war.

Under international pressure to swiftly resolve internal divisions, the Syrian National Coalition began talks in Istanbul to elect a coherent leadership and decide on the conference which could take place in Geneva in the coming weeks.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/23/us-syria-crisis-opposition-idUSBRE94M17420130523

Londoners shocked to hear one of their own Killed a British Soldier

In the lurid scene of the red-handed knifeman describing his motives for hacking to death a British soldier in broad daylight, perhaps the most chilling aspect for many Londoners was the man's unmistakably familiar accent.

Michael Adebolajo, 28, who was filmed wielding a bloody meat cleaver and butcher's knife as the soldier lay dead on the road behind him, was not a maladjusted immigrant like Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, but a true Londoner born and bred.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/23/us-britain-killing-profile-insight-idUSBRE94M0X120130523

Bailiff Boom As Council Tax Benefit Cuts Bite

Bailiffs are profiting at the expense of struggling families because of cuts to council tax benefits, according to Citizens Advice.

The debt advice charity also warned that "many more" vulnerable people were in danger of being pushed into the hands of bailiffs, which it said often overstated their powers, acted aggressively and piled on excessive fees.

It claimed the number of people worried about paying their council tax had "rocketed" since government welfare reforms were introduced last month.

http://news.sky.com/story/1094979/bailiff-boom-as-council-tax-benefit-cuts-bite

Cars In Skagit River After Bridge Collapses

A four-lane bridge across the Skagit River in Washington state has collapsed, throwing people and vehicles into the water.

At least three people were rescued from the water, but there were no reports of serious injuries or deaths, police said.

The Interstate 5 bridge came down near Mount Vernon, about halfway between Seattle and the Canadian city of Vancouver.

http://news.sky.com/story/1094994/cars-in-skagit-river-after-bridge-collapses

Heathrow Closed: Smoke Seen Coming From Plane

Both runways have been closed at Heathrow Airport after reports of smoke seen coming from the rear of a plane.

The British Airways aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing, a spokeswoman said.

The incident is not thought to be terror related and all passengers are safe.

http://news.sky.com/story/1095039/heathrow-closed-smoke-seen-on-plane

Woolwich attack: Watch shocking video of terrorists charging at police car to try to kill WPC

EXTRA POLICE IN LONDON AFTER TERROR DEATH

British police have made two further arrests and raided houses across London following the brutal murder of a serving soldier who survived a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Prime Minister David Cameron appealed for calm after 25-year-old Lee Rigby was butchered outside a London army barracks on Wednesday, while an extra 1200 officers were deployed on the capital's streets in a bid to reassure the public.

The intelligence agencies meanwhile came under scrutiny after it emerged that the two murder suspects, who were injured in police gunfire at the scene, had been known to the security services.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/-/latest/17305749/uk-experts-warn-of-copy-cat-terror-attacks/

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - 24th May 2013

Magnitude Ml 4.9
Region NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Date time 2013-05-24 08:02:19.0 UTC
Location 40.17 N ; 121.08 W
Depth 1 km
Distances
11 km W of Greenville, United States / pop: 1,129 / local time: 01:02:19.0 2013-05-24

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake SEA OF OKHOTSK - 24th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.5
Region SEA OF OKHOTSK
Date time 2013-05-24 07:49:48.0 UTC
Location 53.57 N ; 153.84 E
Depth 494 km
Distances
293 km NW of Ozernovskiy, Russia / pop: 2,615 / local time: 20:49:48.0 2013-05-24


4.6 Magnitude Earthquake OFF EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA - 24th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.6
Region OFF EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA
Date time 2013-05-24 07:48:07.0 UTC
Location 52.01 N ; 160.53 E
Depth 30 km
Distances
171 km SE of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia / pop: 187,282 / local time: 20:48:07.0 2013-05-24


4.7 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA - 24th May 2013

Magnitude Ml 4.7
Region SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Date time 2013-05-24 05:54:03.0 UTC
Location 34.22 N ; 117.03 W
Depth 99 km
Distances
7 km E of Running Springs, United States / pop: 4,862 / local time: 22:54:03.0 2013-05-23

8.3 Magnitude Earthquake SEA OF OKHOTSK - 24th May 2013

Magnitude Mw 8.3
Region SEA OF OKHOTSK
Date time 2013-05-24 05:44:48.0 UTC
Location 54.91 N ; 153.34 E
Depth 598 km
Distances
357 km W of Esso, Russia / pop: 1,965 / local time: 18:44:48.0 2013-05-24

Tsunami EVALUATION
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* NO TSUNAMI THREAT EXISTS FOR THE AREAS LISTED ABOVE.

* DUE TO THE DEPTH OF THE EARTHQUAKE NO TSUNAMI IS EXPECTED.


PRELIMINARY EARTHQUAKE PARAMETERS
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* MAGNITUDE 8.2
* ORIGIN TIME 2145 AKDT MAY 23 2013
2245 PDT MAY 23 2013
0545 UTC MAY 24 2013
* COORDINATES 54.7 NORTH 153.4 EAST
* DEPTH 385 MILES
* LOCATION SEA OF OKHOTSK

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake ECUADOR - 24th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.8
Region ECUADOR
Date time 2013-05-24 05:42:08.0 UTC
Location 1.66 S ; 78.27 W
Depth 30 km
Distances
38 km SW of Puyo, Ecuador / pop: 24,881 / local time: 00:42:08.0 2013-05-24

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR S COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA - 24th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.6
Region NEAR S COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA
Date time 2013-05-24 05:27:31.0 UTC
Location 4.61 S ; 133.80 E
Depth 12 km
Distances
164 km NE of Tual, Indonesia / pop: 39,502 / local time: 14:27:31.0 2013-05-24