Archive for March, 2012


Food Safety

Governors Help BPI Wash Ammoniated Beef of “Pink Slime” Image

By Helena Bottemiller

Three governors – among them recent presidential candidate Rick Perry of Texas, two lieutenant governors, and the Under Secretary for Food Safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture all went to bat for Beef Products Inc. in a press conference…

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No Sign of Oyster Recovery Two Years After BP Oil Spill

By Dan Flynn

With the second anniversary of the BP oil spill fast approaching, attention is once again returning to the damaged Gulf environment, especially to its greatly diminished oyster production. The worst man-made environmental disaster in U.S. history put 200 million gallons of…

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California Lifts Quarantine on Claravale Farm Raw Milk

By News Desk

California State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Whiteford lifted a statewide quarantine Thursday on raw milk produced by Claravale Farm, while the state Department of Public Health said it is still conducting an epidemiological investigation of reported clusters of Campylobacter infection associated…

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FDA Seeks to Stop CA Fish Producer, Cites Botulism Risk

By Gretchen Goetz

The U.S. Food and Drug administration is seeking an injunction against a California seafood company because of a risk of botulism and other food hazards in its fish and fish products.Government inspections determined that Fujino Enterprises Inc., which operates under…

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Health

H1N1 Vaccine Tied to Spike in Narcolepsy

By Michael Smith, North American Correspondent, MedPage Today

Reviewed by Dori F. Zaleznik, MD; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston and Dorothy Caputo, MA, RN, BC-ADM, Nurse Planner

Cases of childhood narcolepsy spiked in Finland in 2010, and researchers there are suggesting the adjuvanted vaccine against the H1N1 pandemic flu might have been a trigger.

Two related studies, appearing online in PLoS ONE, found that the incidence of narcolepsy rose markedly in children and adolescents, while remaining unchanged in those 20 and older.

Most of the cases in children occurred after vaccination with the ASO3-adjuvanted flu vaccine Pandemrix, which was the only vaccine used in Finland during the pandemic.

The two studies, with overlapping research teams, used hospital discharge data and vaccination records to identify cases and estimate incidence.

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This Simple Hand Trick Helped Participants Melt Away Flab

By Dr. Mercola

According to novel research, obese women can exercise longer if they cool the palms of their hands.

Fat tissue is a very effective insulator, causing many who are obese to get too hot while exercising.

To investigate whether cooling the hands might help overweight women overcome fatigue and overheating while exercising, researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine tested a hand-cooling device already in use by some professional athletes.

According to MSN Health i:

“[Researchers] assigned the women to one of two groups: both held the cooling device in their palms, but only one group had cool water (60.8 degrees Fahrenheit) running through the device…

The cooling group shaved more than five minutes off their time for the 1.5 mile treadmill test…

Their exercising heart rate went up, too, 136 beats per minute to 154 beats per minute — a good thing.

The cooling group also took more than two inches off their waist by end of the 12-week study.

… Their blood pressure also went down, from 139/84 to 124/70. (Below 120/80 is the goal.)

In contrast, the comparison group didn’t show any substantial differences in any of the measures…”

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Holistic Health

G. Edward Griffin – A World Without Cancer – The Story Of Vitamin B17

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Citrus May Reduce Stroke Risk, Study Finds

By Gretchen Goetz

A compound found in citrus fruits may reduce a woman’s risk of stroke according to a recent study.Researchers at Harvard University Medical Center and Norwich Medical School in the U.K. studied stroke rates in almost 700,000 women over 14 years…

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The conventional lie about Autism and other chronic diseases

By Jonathan Landsman,

(NaturalNews) Imagine your doctor telling you: “There is no known cure for this condition”. Sadly, there are a staggering amount of people victimized by this destructive (false) belief system. But, to make matters worse, millions of people are being systematically prevented from hearing the truth about how to effectively eliminate disease – naturally. Join us for an enlightening program – filled with practical solutions – with a true (medical) pioneer – visit: http://www.naturalhealth365.com and…

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Pet Health

A Dangerous Trend in Pet Health: Fat is the New Normal

By Dr. Becker

Well, the latest depressing results are in, and I’m sad to report U.S. pets continued to get fatter during 2011.

A survey of veterinarians conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) found that 53 percent of adult dogs and 55 percent of adult cats are officially overweight or obesei.

In terms of how pet owners view their overweight four-legged companions, not surprisingly, fat has become the new ‘normal.’

Fifteen percent of cat owners and 22 percent of dog owners view their too-heavy pets as being of normal weight.

Oddly, over 90 percent of pet owners are aware pet obesity is a problem, yet many don’t acknowledge the furry obesity statistic living under the same roof with them.

Dr. Ernie Ward of APOP considers a major contributing factor to be commercial pet food and treats.

He points out that a typical dog treat fed to a 20 pound dog is the equivalent of a human eating 2 double-stuffed fudge cookies.

A pig ear fed to a 40 pound dog is like a human drinking a six-pack of 12 ounce sodas.

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Recalls

Castellini Company Recalls Jalapeno Peppers

By News Desk

Castellini Company is recalling certain jalapeno peppers distributed from its Wilder, Kentucky facility because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. A random test by the Ohio Department of Agriculture in a store in Ohio which revealed the presence of Salmonella in…

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Listeria Tests Prompt Recall of Halal ‘Kubba’ Beef

By News Desk

Mosul Kubba of Chicago, IL. is recalling approximately 1,100 pounds of stuffed, layered beef products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Thursday.The problem was discovered during routine…

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Allergen Alert

Allergen Alert: Cookies With Milk

By News Desk

Topnotch Cookies & Cakes of Westland, MI is recalling certain chocolate chip cookies because they may contain undeclared traces of milk, an allergen, in the butter and vanilla flavoring.The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the supplier of…

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Articles of Interest

Officials blame ‘mystery virus’ for widespread deaths of thousands of cattle

By Ethan A. Huff,

(NaturalNews) Thousands of lambs and cattle across Europe are bearing dead or severely deformed offspring, and the mainstream media and health officials are blaming a “mystery virus” for this inexplicable and worsening phenomenon. The U.K’s Telegraph reports that at least 74 farms across southern and eastern England, and many more in Germany and various other places across Europe, are being afflicted by what some are now calling the “Schmallenberg Virus.” Springtime is when many farmers’ flocks…

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Battle over fluoride warning intensifies in New Hampshire

By Doug Cragoe,

(NaturalNews) In 2006 the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Dental Association (ADA) finally admitted what dental researchers had been saying for many years. If powdered infant formula is prepared with fluoridated water infants are put at increased risk of a developmental disturbance called fluorosis. This causes disfigured teeth with white spots, streaks, and occasionally brown stains that can affect a child’s appearance and self esteem. Fluorosis can be expensive to fix, and no…

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Earthquakes

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Mar 30 23:33 PM
2.6 3.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern New Guinea Reg., P.n.g.
Mar 30 23:05 PM
4.9 47.0 MAP

GEOFON Eastern New Guinea Reg., P.n.g.
Mar 30 23:05 PM
5.1 10.0 MAP

USGS Eastern New Guinea Region, Papua New Guinea

Mar 30 23:05 PM
4.8 12.5 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Mar 30 22:32 PM
2.9 4.0 MAP

EMSC Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Mar 30 22:02 PM
5.1 60.0 MAP

USGS Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Mar 30 22:02 PM
5.1 43.7 MAP

GEOFON Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Mar 30 22:02 PM
5.0 10.0 MAP

USGS Central California
Mar 30 21:59 PM
2.5 6.1 MAP

EMSC Bulgaria
Mar 30 20:48 PM
4.0 3.0 MAP

USGS Hawaii Region, Hawaii
Mar 30 20:12 PM
2.7 14.2 MAP

USGS Ryukyu Islands, Japan
Mar 30 20:04 PM
4.8 31.6 MAP

EMSC Ryukyu Islands, Japan
Mar 30 20:04 PM
4.9 10.0 MAP

USGS Bougainville Region, Papua New Guinea
Mar 30 19:51 PM
5.2 45.7 MAP

EMSC Bougainville Region, P.n.g.
Mar 30 19:51 PM
5.2 40.0 MAP

GEOFON Solomon Islands
Mar 30 19:51 PM
5.1 10.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 30 18:55 PM
2.5 16.0 MAP

GEONET Canterbury
Mar 30 18:54 PM
3.8 10.0 MAP

EMSC France
Mar 30 18:52 PM
2.6 2.0 MAP

USGS North Island Of New Zealand
Mar 30 18:47 PM
4.8 29.5 MAP

EMSC North Island Of New Zealand
Mar 30 18:47 PM
4.8 30.0 MAP

GEONET Wairarapa, New Zealand
Mar 30 18:47 PM
4.5 15.0 MAP

EMSC Chiapas, Mexico
Mar 30 18:16 PM
5.1 80.0 MAP

GEOFON Near Coast Of Chiapas, Mexico
Mar 30 18:16 PM
5.2 10.0 MAP

USGS Offshore Chiapas, Mexico
Mar 30 18:16 PM
5.4 40.4 MAP

EMSC Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia
Mar 30 17:39 PM
4.7 526.0 MAP

GEOFON Banda Sea
Mar 30 17:39 PM
4.5 519.0 MAP

USGS Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia
Mar 30 17:39 PM
4.6 519.4 MAP

EMSC Tonga
Mar 30 17:21 PM
4.9 60.0 MAP

USGS Tonga
Mar 30 17:21 PM
5.0 11.2 MAP

GEOFON Tonga Islands
Mar 30 17:21 PM
4.9 10.0 MAP

EMSC Poland
Mar 30 16:30 PM
2.9 2.0 MAP

EMSC Romania
Mar 30 15:55 PM
2.9 123.0 MAP

EMSC Aegean Sea
Mar 30 15:55 PM
2.7 5.0 MAP

EMSC Ukraine-romania-moldova Bdr Reg
Mar 30 15:25 PM
3.2 13.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Mar 30 14:49 PM
2.6 10.0 MAP

GEOFON Chiapas, Mexico
Mar 30 14:38 PM
4.5 177.0 MAP

EMSC Veracruz, Mexico
Mar 30 14:38 PM
4.6 174.0 MAP

USGS Veracruz, Mexico
Mar 30 14:38 PM
4.6 136.7 MAP

USGS Northern Alaska
Mar 30 14:23 PM
3.3 20.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 30 14:14 PM
2.4 5.0 MAP

EMSC Albania
Mar 30 13:45 PM
2.7 7.0 MAP

EMSC Albania
Mar 30 13:38 PM
2.4 7.0 MAP

GEONET Canterbury
Mar 30 13:31 PM
3.4 9.0 MAP

USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 30 12:54 PM
4.5 10.3 MAP

EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 30 12:54 PM
4.9 5.0 MAP

EMSC Greece
Mar 30 12:20 PM
2.4 15.0 MAP

GEOFON Greenland Sea
Mar 30 11:19 AM
4.7 10.0 MAP

USGS Greenland Sea
Mar 30 11:19 AM
4.9 9.9 MAP

EMSC Greenland Sea
Mar 30 11:19 AM
4.9 2.0 MAP

GEOFON Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 30 10:55 AM
5.0 10.0 MAP

EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 30 10:55 AM
5.2 10.0 MAP

USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 30 10:55 AM
5.1 9.9 MAP

EMSC Northern Algeria
Mar 30 10:43 AM
4.1 10.0 MAP

GEOFON Northern Algeria
Mar 30 10:42 AM
4.1 10.0 MAP

USGS Southern Alaska
Mar 30 10:18 AM
3.0 152.4 MAP

GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 30 09:40 AM
4.7 45.0 MAP

EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 30 09:40 AM
4.7 40.0 MAP

USGS Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 30 09:40 AM
4.6 35.3 MAP

USGS Fiji Region
Mar 30 09:38 AM
5.3 595.9 MAP

GEOFON Fiji Islands Region
Mar 30 09:38 AM
5.0 596.0 MAP

GEONET Whanganui, New Zealand
Mar 30 09:32 AM
3.1 25.0 MAP

GEOFON Vanuatu Islands
Mar 30 08:56 AM
4.8 240.0 MAP

USGS Vanuatu
Mar 30 08:55 AM
4.9 125.8 MAP

EMSC Vanuatu
Mar 30 08:55 AM
4.9 126.0 MAP

EMSC Turkey-iran Border Region
Mar 30 08:28 AM
3.0 2.0 MAP

USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 30 08:24 AM
4.8 35.3 MAP I Felt It

EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 30 08:24 AM
4.8 35.0 MAP

EMSC Crete, Greece
Mar 30 08:12 AM
3.7 2.0 MAP

EMSC Turkey-iran Border Region
Mar 30 07:49 AM
2.9 7.0 MAP

USGS Southern California
Mar 30 07:38 AM
2.8 14.6 MAP

EMSC Maule, Chile
Mar 30 07:12 AM
4.7 38.0 MAP

USGS Maule, Chile
Mar 30 07:12 AM
4.7 38.3 MAP

GEONET Canterbury
Mar 30 07:10 AM
2.6 15.0 MAP

EMSC Aegean Sea
Mar 30 06:51 AM
2.7 7.0 MAP

EMSC Southeast Of Easter Island
Mar 30 06:19 AM
5.0 33.0 MAP

GEOFON Southeast Of Easter Island
Mar 30 06:19 AM
5.1 10.0 MAP

USGS Southeast Of Easter Island
Mar 30 06:19 AM
5.0 9.9 MAP

USGS Southern California
Mar 30 06:09 AM
3.3 15.1 MAP

USGS Puerto Rico Region
Mar 30 04:54 AM
3.3 69.4 MAP

USGS Fox Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska
Mar 30 04:49 AM
2.9 43.8 MAP

EMSC Central Turkey
Mar 30 04:48 AM
3.2 20.0 MAP

GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 30 04:38 AM
5.1 56.0 MAP

EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 30 04:38 AM
5.2 51.0 MAP

USGS Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 30 04:38 AM
5.1 36.7 MAP

USGS Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Mar 30 04:37 AM
2.7 50.0 MAP

USGS Central Alaska
Mar 30 03:53 AM
3.0 73.8 MAP

USGS Northern California
Mar 30 01:50 AM
2.6 1.8 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 30 01:32 AM
3.0 7.0 MAP

EMSC Romania
Mar 30 00:56 AM
2.5 109.0 MAP

EMSC Hokkaido, Japan Region
Mar 30 00:52 AM
4.4 136.0 MAP

USGS Hokkaido, Japan Region
Mar 30 00:52 AM
4.4 138.3 MAP

SAN DIEGO, CA

The USGS confirmed a small earthquake struck San Diego County Thursday night. The quake struck with a magnitude of 3.3 and at a depth of 7 miles at 11:09 p.m. The epicenter of the earthquake was four miles south-southeast of the Palomar Observatory, 17 miles northeast of Escondido and 39 miles north-northeast of San Diego, according to a computer-generated USGS report. News stations in the area said they received over a dozen calls from concerned viewers who described the earthquake as very loud and said it was accompanied by three eerie booms. There were also reports of violent shaking. No injuries or damage was reported the tremor. No one in our generation remembers so many small tremors across the world triggering so many sonic booms. One has to wonder what is happening in the earth beneath our feet.

http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2012/03/30/san-diego-residents-rattled-by-3-loud-booms-following-tremor/

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Volcanic Activity

Hawaii

KILAUEA VOLCANO (CAVW #1302-01-)
19°25’16” N 155°17’13” W, Summit Elevation 4091 ft (1247 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE

Activity Summary for past 24 hours: The summit continued to inflate slowly while back-to-back DI events continued. Overnight, glow was visible within the Halema`uma`u gas plume and from sources within Pu`u `O`o crater. Surface flows continued to be active along the base of the pali advancing across the coastal plain but there was no ocean entry. Seismic tremor levels were low; gas emissions were elevated.

http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/activity/kilaueastatus.php

ALASKA

CLEVELAND VOLCANO (CAVW #1101-24-)
52°49’20” N 169°56’42” W, Summit Elevation 5676 ft (1730 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE

Satellite views from early this week suggest that a small lava dome has again extruded into the summit crater. AVO has received no other reports of activity at the volcano.

While the volcano remains active, sudden explosions of blocks and ash are likely. It is possible for associated ash clouds to exceed 20,000 feet above sea level. If a larger ash-producing event occurs, seismic, infrasound, or volcanic lightning networks should detect the event and alert AVO staff. There is no real-time seismic monitoring network on Mount Cleveland so AVO is unable to track activity in real time.

http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/activity/status.php

Mariana Islands

PAGAN VOLCANO (CAVW #0804-17=)
18°7’48” N 145°48′ E, Summit Elevation 1870 ft (570 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: ADVISORY
Current Aviation Color Code: YELLOW

Clear to partly cloudy satellite images of Pagan show a gas and steam plume continued to extend downwind from the summit vent throughout the past week. The USGS received no further reports of unrest or activity at Pagan volcano.

Pagan Volcano is not monitored with ground-based geophysical instrumentation and the only sources of information are satellite observations and occasional reports from observers who pass by or visit the island. We will continue to evaluate satellite imagery, on-island, and mariner reports when they become available, but because the volcano is not monitored with ground-based instruments, we cannot provide advanced warning of activity.

http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/activity/status.php

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Extreme Temperatures

Record breaking warmth across the United States in March 2012

It is technically winter, and the United States is experiencing a weather pattern typically seen in early summer. Unseasonably warm temperatures have developed east of the Rocky Mountains and have extended north into Canada. Synoptically, or looking at the big picture, the weather pattern resembles a late May and early June pattern. More than 2,000 high temperature records have been tied or broken since March 1, 2012, and more are expected to be broken for the next couple of days, because the weather pattern is very slow to budge or move. What is causing this heat, and will this be a sign of a brutally hot summer?

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Storms

Storm bringing more mountain snow in Washington

SEATTLE — It may be spring, but the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch through Thursday for the Olympics and Cascades.

Forecasters expect 1 to 2 feet of new snow, with more at higher elevations such as Mount Baker and less at the passes, although drivers are likely to be affected

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Small Hail In Thunderstorm Elkhart, Indiana March 30, 2012

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Solar Activity

Huge ‘Tornado’ Churns on Sun’s Surface – Close-Up Video

Uploaded by VideoFromSpace on Mar 28, 2012

A circular storm as wide as five Earths was captured churning on the Sun’s surface on Sept. 25, 2011, by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft. Time-lapsed multiple filter views are looped in this video. – Original Music by Mark C. Petersen, Loch Ness Productions

Solar Watch [March 30 - April 7]

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Mysterious Booms / Rumblings

MILWAUKEE

Geological officials said Wednesday they are considering putting a seismometer in a Wisconsin city where a small earthquake was recorded last week after strong booms and rumblings shook residents once again.

♦ Clintonville booms: U.S. Geological Survey asks residents to report events to website

Clintonville police received 65 calls Tuesday night between 10:35 p.m. and 11:40 p.m. and another 19 calls came in between 3:25 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Clintonville Police Chief Terry Lorge said. Several of the booms were heard by officials at City Hall, he said.

Residents reported the most recent booming as the worst yet, city administrator Lisa Kuss said. Most of the previous calls came in from March 18 to March 20, when a 1.5-magnitude earthquake was detected by the U.S. Geological Survey. The calls had since decreased.

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Politics and Legislation

Few Minds Are Changed by Arguments in Court

By Susan Saulny, The New York Times News Service | Report

The morning arguments before the Supreme Court had grown tense just as the lunch crowd was packing into the food court at a downtown Atlanta office complex to watch news coverage of the hearing.

Over a meal of fast food, Bebee Dillard, a cleaning business owner, could not have been more pleased with the conservative justices, who were asking tough questions about the constitutionality of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, the law intended to overhaul the nation’s health system. Ms. Dillard objected to the individual mandate — the central provision of the law that requires most Americans to obtain health insurance — and was pleased by the adversarial nature of the arguments.

“It’s the idea of being forced to do anything,” Ms. Dillard, 47, told a reporter……

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District Court Permanently Blocks Oklahoma Ultrasound Law, Expect A Supreme Court Battle

By Robin Marty, RH Reality Check | Report

The 10th Circuit Federal Court has just issued a permanent injunction on a 2010 Oklahoma law that would require all women terminating their pregnancies to first undergo a mandatory ultrasound. The news, which is no doubt welcome to the women in and around Oklahoma who will no longer have to endure the added financial stress and emotional pressure of an unwanted, medically-unnecessary ultrasound, also sets up what is likely to be the next big battle — this time, before the Supreme Court……

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Can the Brics create a new world order?

Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa seek a multipolar world – but some argue they’re bound by anti-Americanism

Today’s one-day annual summit of the so-called Brics countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – has received scant attention in the west. That may be because the grouping has achieved little in concrete terms since its inception in 2009. Critics deride it as a photo-op and talking shop.

But this neglect, or disdain, may also reflect the fact that the Brics, representing almost half the world’s population and about one-fifth of global economic output, pose an unwelcome challenge to the established world order as defined by the US-dominated UN security council, the IMF and the World Bank. The truth of the matter probably lies somewhere in-between. The five national leaders – presidents Dilma Rousseff of Brazil, Dmitri Medvedev of Russia, Hu Jintao of China and Jacob Zuma of South Africa and their host in Delhi, India’s prime minister Manmohan Singh – are not noted for iconoclastic radicalism.

Rousseff has been the most outspoken, insisting that developing countries must be protected from the global “tsunami” of cheap money, unleashed by the US and the EU in the wake of the financial crisis, that was rendering their exports less competitive. “We will defend our industry and prevent the methods developed countries use to escape from crisis resulting in the cannibalisation of emerging markets,” she said this month…..

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Economy

UK fuel-tanker drivers won’t strike over Easter

LONDON (AP) — A union representing British fuel tanker drivers on Friday ruled out the threat of strikes over Easter which had led to some panic-buying in parts of the country.

Unite, which represents around 2,000 tanker drivers, said it retains the right to call a strike if talks due to start next week break down.

The move came after the government had warned consumers to stock up at the pump ahead of any threatened strike, sending gasoline sales soaring as lines formed at gas stations.

In some parts of England the lines were so long that police ordered stations to close to ease congestion.

Britain’s Petrol Retailers Association said that gasoline sales were up more than 170 percent on Thursday, while diesel sales were up almost 80 percent…….

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Amidst the Deepest Slump since the Great Depression, Obama is Touting an “Economic Recovery”

by Barry Grey

While the United States remains mired in the deepest slump since the Great Depression, President Barack Obama is touting a modest improvement in employment over the past several months to boost his electoral prospects in November.

The three-month period from December through February has, according to the Labor Department, seen a net gain of 744,000 jobs, the largest for any three-month stretch since 2006. The official jobless rate has fallen from 9.1 percent in September to 8.3 percent in February.

It is necessary to place these gains within the context of the catastrophic collapse in employment that followed the Wall Street crash of 2008, which has left the US economy with 5 million fewer jobs than at the official start of the recession in December 2007. At the height of the crash, US businesses were cutting more than 744,000 jobs every month.

While the US economy added 335,000 net new manufacturing jobs in 2010 and 2011 combined, it lost 1.6 million manufacturing jobs between January 2008 and March 2009, a reduction of 10 percent. The current level of 12 million manufacturing jobs is down 7.5 million from its peak in 1979.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, speaking Monday at a business conference in Washington DC, was notably cautious about the recent upturn in employment figures. He suggested that the improvement in the labor market could not be sustained at the current rate of economic growth.

“A significant portion of the improvement in the labor market has reflected a decline in layoffs rather than an increase in hiring,” he said, adding, “Conditions remain far from normal, as shown, for example, by the high level of long-term unemployment and the fact that jobs and hours remain well below pre-crisis peaks, even without adjusting for growth in the labor force.”

What Obama and his supporters in the trade union apparatus conceal is the basis for the modest growth in jobs in general, and manufacturing jobs in particular. The president hinted at the question when he spoke last month at the Master Lock factory in Milwaukee. “Our job as a nation,” he declared, “is to do everything we can to make the decision to insource more attractive for more companies.”….

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Wars and Rumors of War

USS Enterprise Prepares To Cross Suez Canal, Days Away From Anchor In Arabian Sea

Much noise has been emanating out of Israel vis-a-vis its Iranian intentions, with some opinions suggesting an attack is imminent, while others claiming that Israel will ultimately defer to D.C., and postpone an attack, and the eventual gasoline price shock, until after the election. The truth is nobody but a few select generals, knows: in warfare surprise is the key factor, so outright flashing invasion intentions is usually an indicator of just the opposite. That said, the most recent update that Azerbaijan has granted Israel access to its airbases along the Iran border is hardly encouraging for Nobel peace prize winners and other pacifists. Yet as we have been claiming for the past two weeks, ever since the launch of CVN-65 on its last tour of duty, the true catalyst, if any, will be the arrival of the USS Enterprise at what may well be its last place of anchor – somewhere in the Arabian Sea, just off the side of CVN 70 and CVN 72 both of which are patrolling the Straits of Hormuz. And as the map from Stratfor below shows, the Enterprise is about to cross the Suez Canal, from which point it will be at most days from entering its catalyst location, namely supporting the Israel air force. Just because the US has never had 3 concurrent aircraft carriers in proximity to Iran before…….

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Drone strikes in Yemen soar as U.S. stokes ‘secret war’

America has dramatically stepped up its “secret war” in Yemen with the U.S. ordering dozens of drone attacks on al-Qaida hotspots, which have also killed scores of civilians.

With the backing of Yemen’s fragile government, President Barack Obama has authorized a rapid increase in attacks since last May, with 26 incidents recorded.

The pace appears to be accelerating, with nine attacks so far this year and at least five this month, including a strike last week near the terrorist hotbed of Zinjibar. Up to 30 militants were killed in three separate missile strikes on the town, witnesses said.

Nationwide the figures are comparable to those in Pakistan, where America has struck on 10 occasions this year, despite a fierce public reaction.

Research by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism at London’s City University has found that as many as 516 people have been killed in the Yemen attacks – mostly suspected members of al-Qaida’s local ally al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). As many as 104 were civilians……

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Cyber Space

Microsoft censoring Windows Live Messenger chats under guise of fighting piracy

By Madison Ruppert

Piracy seems to be the favorite excuse nowadays when it comes to censorship, destroying internet freedom, and even absurdly large domestic digital surveillance operations.

Now Microsoft, one of the world’s largest corporations in the technology sector, has been actively monitoring and censoring conversations on their Windows Live Messenger program.

Even more disturbing, Microsoft now admits that they have been censoring conversations between users on Windows Live Messenger for quite a while now.

They are blocking certain links from being shared between users, one of which includes the Pirate Bay, one of the most popular and well-known file sharing websites on earth.

Interestingly, they are not only blocking the torrent tracker section of the website which enables peer-to-peer file sharing, they are also blocking a page which is devoted to completely legal file sharing.

Recently popular file sharing news site Torrent Freak discovered the block lists being used by Windows Live Messenger. Interestingly, they found that the Pirate Bay was blocked by the messenger service while other torrent tracking websites which offer the exact same copyrighted content were not.

Today Raw Story discovered that in addition to the Pirate Bay’s main page, Microsoft is also blocking something called “The Promo Bay.”

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Articles of Interest

Patent awarded for “behavioral recognition” surveillance software system

Madison Ruppert, Contributor
Activist Post

The American surveillance state is becoming increasingly advanced, expansive and capable of processing huge amounts of data at blinding speeds.

Now Behavioral Recognition Systems, Inc., also known as BRS Labs, has developed an artificial intelligence-based system which supposedly can automatically recognize human behavior.

Technology which seems similar on the surface already exists and is being used on surveillance platforms like the “Intellistreets” street lights. These street lights, which are outfitted with a great deal of surveillance equipment, are reportedly capable of monitoring activity and telling the difference between certain behaviors while also being able to tell the difference between humans and animals. This technology could be used to enforce curfews, track the movement of individuals, and supposedly spot fights and other crimes…..

Read Full Article Here

Robotic Sand Flea Jumps 30 Feet

Analysis by Jesse Emspak

……The Sand Flea — along with the throwable Scout XT robot — is headed to Afghanistan, where it will be tested in real-world conditions.

Afghanistan is becoming a hotbed of robotic soldiering, as thousands have already been deployed there. The numbers are even higher when one considers the unmanned aerial vehicles used. Land-bound robots do things like bomb disposal and reconnaissance, reducing the risk to the troops in the field.

Read Full Article Here

Read the FBI Memo: Agents Can ‘Suspend the Law’

By Spencer Ackerman and Noah Shachtman

The FBI once taught its agents that they can “bend or suspend the law” as they wiretap suspects. But the bureau says it didn’t really mean it, and has now removed the document from its counterterrorism training curriculum, calling it an “imprecise” instruction. Which is a good thing, national security attorneys say, because the FBI’s contention that it can twist the law in pursuit of suspected terrorists is just wrong.

“Dismissing this statement as ‘imprecise’ is a rather unsatisfying response given the very precise lines Congress and the courts have repeatedly drawn between what is and is not permissible, even in counterterrorism cases, over the past decade,” Steve Vladeck, a national-security law professor at American University, says. “It might technically be true that the FBI has certain authorities when conducting counterterrorism investigations that the Constitution otherwise forbids, but that’s good only so far as it goes.”….

Read Full Article Here

See Image of Memo Here

Earthquakes

EMSC Ecuador
Mar 29 23:57 PM
4.7 73.0 MAP

USGS Ecuador
Mar 29 23:57 PM
4.7 72.9 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 29 23:50 PM
2.4 5.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 29 23:45 PM
2.5 7.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 29 23:29 PM
3.0 6.0 MAP

EMSC Kodiak Island Region, Alaska
Mar 29 22:31 PM
4.6 55.0 MAP

USGS Kodiak Island Region, Alaska
Mar 29 22:31 PM
4.0 22.4 MAP

USGS Kodiak Island Region, Alaska
Mar 29 22:31 PM
4.0 70.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 29 22:11 PM
2.6 13.0 MAP

EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 29 20:38 PM
4.8 54.0 MAP

GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 29 20:38 PM
4.8 10.0 MAP

EMSC Sicily, Italy
Mar 29 20:18 PM
2.6 17.0 MAP

EMSC Greece
Mar 29 20:17 PM
3.3 2.0 MAP

USGS Southern Alaska
Mar 29 20:03 PM
3.0 115.8 MAP

USGS Washington
Mar 29 20:01 PM
2.6 11.9 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 29 19:45 PM
2.8 5.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Mar 29 18:36 PM
3.0 5.0 MAP

USGS Utah
Mar 29 17:22 PM
3.4 6.3 MAP

USGS Utah
Mar 29 17:06 PM
2.7 6.0 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Mar 29 16:51 PM
2.6 8.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 29 15:59 PM
3.1 5.0 MAP

EMSC Sicily, Italy
Mar 29 15:57 PM
2.8 5.0 MAP

USGS Colorado
Mar 29 15:56 PM
2.8 4.8 MAP

USGS Atacama, Chile
Mar 29 14:23 PM
4.3 91.4 MAP

EMSC Atacama, Chile
Mar 29 14:23 PM
4.3 91.0 MAP

GEOFON Irian Jaya Region, Indonesia
Mar 29 14:16 PM
4.8 10.0 MAP

EMSC Near S Coast Of Papua, Indonesia
Mar 29 14:16 PM
4.8 12.0 MAP

USGS Near The South Coast Of Papua, Indonesia
Mar 29 14:16 PM
4.7 18.0 MAP

USGS Seattle-tacoma Urban Area, Washington
Mar 29 13:20 PM
2.8 1.8 MAP

EMSC Kerkira Region, Greece
Mar 29 13:14 PM
3.1 2.0 MAP

USGS South Of Alaska
Mar 29 12:41 PM
3.0 27.2 MAP

GEOFON Fiji Islands Region
Mar 29 12:37 PM
4.9 383.0 MAP

EMSC Strait Of Gibraltar
Mar 29 11:52 AM
3.3 5.0 MAP

USGS Central Alaska
Mar 29 11:39 AM
3.9 55.1 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 29 10:28 AM
3.5 5.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 29 10:19 AM
3.2 5.0 MAP

USGS Western Turkey
Mar 29 10:13 AM
4.0 15.5 MAP

GEOFON Turkey
Mar 29 10:13 AM
4.5 6.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 29 10:13 AM
4.4 22.0 MAP

USGS Central California
Mar 29 10:00 AM
2.5 2.9 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Mar 29 09:29 AM
2.6 5.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Mar 29 09:08 AM
2.7 6.0 MAP

EMSC Central Turkey
Mar 29 09:00 AM
2.4 7.0 MAP

EMSC Albania
Mar 29 08:24 AM
2.8 2.0 MAP

EMSC Southern Italy
Mar 29 08:18 AM
2.4 24.0 MAP

USGS Kodiak Island Region, Alaska
Mar 29 08:13 AM
2.5 27.7 MAP

USGS Southern Alaska
Mar 29 08:04 AM
2.8 40.0 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Mar 29 07:37 AM
3.0 7.0 MAP

GEOFON Vanuatu Islands
Mar 29 06:51 AM
4.7 253.0 MAP

EMSC Vanuatu
Mar 29 06:51 AM
4.7 216.0 MAP

USGS Vanuatu
Mar 29 06:51 AM
4.6 208.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Mar 29 06:26 AM
2.5 3.0 MAP

EMSC Southern Italy
Mar 29 06:20 AM
3.2 6.0 MAP

GEOFON Mindanao, Philippines
Mar 29 06:06 AM
4.3 591.0 MAP

EMSC Moro Gulf, Mindanao, Philippines
Mar 29 06:06 AM
4.3 591.0 MAP

EMSC Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia
Mar 29 06:05 AM
4.6 230.0 MAP

USGS Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia
Mar 29 06:05 AM
4.6 230.1 MAP

GEOFON Eastern New Guinea Reg., P.n.g.
Mar 29 05:54 AM
4.5 92.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern New Guinea Reg., P.n.g.
Mar 29 05:54 AM
4.3 103.0 MAP

USGS Eastern New Guinea Region, Papua New Guinea

Mar 29 05:54 AM
4.3 102.8 MAP

USGS Baja California, Mexico
Mar 29 05:15 AM
2.5 0.0 MAP

USGS Baja California, Mexico
Mar 29 04:29 AM
2.7 8.9 MAP

EMSC Banda Sea
Mar 29 02:52 AM
4.9 30.0 MAP

USGS Banda Sea
Mar 29 02:52 AM
4.7 23.2 MAP

GEOFON Banda Sea
Mar 29 02:52 AM
4.9 33.0 MAP

EMSC Crete, Greece
Mar 29 02:16 AM
2.6 1.0 MAP

EMSC Romania
Mar 29 02:02 AM
3.3 141.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Mar 29 01:21 AM
2.8 8.0 MAP

EMSC Aegean Sea
Mar 29 01:10 AM
2.7 12.0 MAP

EMSC Southwest Indian Ridge
Mar 29 00:36 AM
5.3 30.0 MAP

GEOFON Southwest Indian Ridge
Mar 29 00:36 AM
5.2 10.0 MAP

USGS Southwest Indian Ridge
Mar 29 00:36 AM
5.3 10.0 MAP

EMSC Myanmar
Mar 29 00:23 AM
4.5 111.0 MAP

USGS Myanmar
Mar 29 00:23 AM
4.5 111.2 MAP

EMSC Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Mar 29 00:19 AM
4.5 70.0 MAP

USGS Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Mar 29 00:19 AM
4.5 70.4 MAP

 

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Volcanic Activity

MONTSERRAT

 

For the first time in two years, the Montserrat Volcano Observatory (MVO) monitoring the Soufriere Hills volcano noted unusual activity, with increased seismicity, accompanied by ash fall. Acting Director of MVO Roderick Stuart said the change, which was noted on Friday, is a break from a long state of pause, thus a reminder the volcano is still very active and residents there must always be cautious and aware. Stuart reported, “Last Friday we had the first sort of activity in the volcano in over two years. It generated some ash and because it was the first activity we had in two years, it was almost a precautionary measure that we closed daytime access to Zone C just in case this activity started something bigger,” Stuart told Observer Media. The authority also noted increased steam venting activity on the volcano and a new steam vent (fumarole) that appeared on the northwestern face of the lava dome behind Gages Mountain. Audible roaring associated with the venting were intermittently heard from the Observatory, 5.75 km northwest of the volcano. The seismic network recorded nine rock falls, 105 volcano-tectonic (VT) and four hybrid earthquakes. Additionally, two swarms of VT earthquakes occurred. Earthquakes in the second swarm were described as markedly larger than those in the first. Consequently Zone C on the volcanic risk map was closed until Tuesday when there was a decrease in volcanic tectonic earthquakes below the volcano.

 

http://www.antiguaobserver.com/?p=73144

 

JAVA, Indonesia

 

Our expedition leader Doni just returned from a visit to Semeru and reports that on 27 March, he and our group observed frequent explosions every few minutes, with many powerful enough to eject glowing bombs to produce small glowing avalanches down on the southern flank of the volcano. Semeru, the highest volcano on Java, and one of its most active, lies at the southern end of a volcanic massif extending north to the Tengger caldera. Semeru, a favourite mountain trekking destination, has been in almost continuous eruption since 1967. It is known for its regular ash explosions that typically occur at intervals of 10-30 minutes

 

http://mobile.volcanodiscovery.com/semeru/news/7319/Semeru-volcano-East-Java-frequent-eruptions-and-glowing-lava.html

 

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Storms, Flooding,Wildfires

 

Rogue Vietnam typhoon may trigger rains over NE

 

Thiruvananthapuram, March 30:

Tropical storm ‘Pakhar’ in the northwest Pacific has intensified into a typhoon of minimal strength and is aiming to hit the Vietnam coast soon.

The landfall could take place during the course of the day, according to leading storm tracking models.

The track and eventual landfall of ‘Pakhar’ could be of interest for northeast India in as much as some of the moisture could drift its way in.

This moisture might help accentuate the build-up over the region, which is already witnessing influx of the same from the Bay of Bengal…..

 

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/agri-biz/article3261049.ece?homepage=true&ref=wl_home

 

Pakhar Aims Rain, Wind towards Vietnam

 

An unusual late-March tropical storm has potential to send torrential rain and strong winds ashore in Vietnam before the end of the week.

Tropical Storm Pakhar, which took shape over the southern South China Sea Thursday, could landfall in southern Vietnam by Sunday.

Excessive rain and flooding could spread over a wide area along and north of Pakhar’s direct path. Damaging winds will be possible as well.

Thursday, the center of Tropical Storm Pakhar was within about 350 miles, or 570 km, east of Ho Chi Minh City, according to various official forecast agencies. At the time, highest sustained winds were reckoned to be at least 40 mph, or 65 km/h, with storm movement towards the west-northwest…..

 

http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/pakhar-aims-rain-wind-towards/63401

 

NSW floods affect area the size of Spain

 

From: AAP

….The SES says about 20,000 people were evacuated from homes at the height of the crisis.

Worst affected communities included Wagga Wagga, Forbes, Gundagai, Yenda, Urana, Barellan, Hay and Darlington Point.

Many of these communities are now recovering but Mr Kear warned that floodwater will continue to move across NSW, with communities in the state’s southwest and northwest most vulnerable.

Evacuation orders remain in place at Maude in the southwest and Condobolin in the central west.

 

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/nsw-floods-affect-area-the-size-of-spain/story-e6frf7jx-1226314122944

 

Severe weather threat today

 

Severe weather expert Dr. Greg Forbes looks at who is in line for severe storms Friday and the possibility of tornadoes.

 

http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&isUI=1

 

Firefighters battle 15 forest fires in northern Spain

 

by Staff Writers

Over 500 firefighters backed by planes and helicopters battled 15 wildfires Wednesday in Spain’s northern Cantabria region amid hot dry conditions that fuelled them, the regional government said.

Eight water-dropping aircraft were deployed to fight the largest blaze near the town of Corrales de Buelna, a statement said.

 

http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Firefighters_battle_15_forest_fires_in_northern_Spain_999.html

 

Family talks about close call from fire

 

A Colorado family narrowly escaped a wildfire that claimed their neighbor’s life. They talk about their ordeal.

 

http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&isUI=1

 

Harrowing moments as family flees

 

Doug Gulick and Kimberly Olson and family escape from their home with minutes to spare from the Jefferson County, Colorado wildfire Monday. These terrifying seconds were captured on their cell phone.

 

http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&isUI=1

 

Teen describes family’s narrow escape

 

13-year-old Kaleb Gulick recorded cell phone video of his family’s harrowing drive away from the Jefferson County, Colorado wildfire, and in this interview, Gulick talks about what it felt like in those horrifying moments.

 

http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&isUI=1

 

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Solar Activity

 

SUNSPOT SET TO RETURN:

 

Sunspot AR1429, the source of many strong flares and geomagnetic storms earlier this month, is about to re-appear following a two-week trip around the backside of the sun. Although the sunspot has probably decayed since its heyday, there are signs that it might still be a potent source of solar activity.

 

http://spaceweather.com

 

 

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Food Safety

FDA Warning Letters

By News Desk

From the U.S. and Food and Drug Administration warning letters posted since our March 20, 2012 update:- J.M. Smucker of Orrville, OH, was warned that a January 2012 inspection of the company’s Ripon, WI facility determined that the firm was…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/fda-warning-letters-march-27-2012-update/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120328

Alabama McDonald’s Customers Possibly Exposed to Hepatitis A

By News Desk

Customers who ate at a McDonald’s in Northport, AL between February 28 and March 14 may have been exposed to hepatitis A through an infected employee, according to the Alabama Department of Health. In a news alert, state health officials advised…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/alabama-mcdonalds-customers-possibly-exposed-to-hepatitis-a/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120328

Governors and USDA Officials Join Together to Defend BPI

By James Andrews

In response to the dramatic public reaction to recent media stories on Beef Products Inc.’s lean finely textured beef (LFTB) — the ground beef supplement often referred to as “pink slime” — leaders in government are coming to the defense…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/governors-and-usda-officials-join-together-to-defend-bpi/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120329

Food Safety Is Top Priority for London 2012 Games

By Dan Flynn

Transportation, terrorism and tickets have been among the top concerns for planners of London 2012, the summer Olympic Games that begin in just 120 days.But now they are turning their attention to a new problem—what to do about food safety..

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/food-safety-is-top-priority-at-london-2012-games/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120329

Advisory Committee Discusses New School Ground Beef Safety Criteria

By News Desk

The National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF), an interagency committee with outside experts, held a meeting Wednesday (via conference call) to discuss ground beef purchasing requirements for federal food and nutrition assistance programs — and unanimously accepted…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/advisory-committee-approves-new-school-ground-beef-safety-criteria/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120329

FSIS Issues New Trim Sampling Requirements

By News Desk

The USDA’s Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a notice last week that gives its inspection personnel specific instructions on how to randomly select the beef trimmings to be tested under the MT50 project code, which includes E. coli…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/fsis-issues-new-trim-sampling-requirements/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120329

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Health

Bedrock of vaccination theory crumbles as science reveals antibodies not necessary to fight viruses

By Ethan A. Huff

(NaturalNews) While the medical, pharmaceutical, and vaccine industries are busy pushing new vaccines for practically every condition under the sun, a new study published in the journal Immunity completely deconstructs the entire vaccination theory. It turns out that the body’s natural immune systems, comprised of both innate and adaptive components, work together to ward off disease without the need for antibody-producing vaccines. The theory behind vaccines is that they mimic infection by spurring…

http://www.naturalnews.com/035371_vaccine_theory_antibodies_viruses.html

Unraveling the myth of ‘bad’ chloresterol

By J. D. Heyes,

(NaturalNews) Scratch what you think you know about the supposed ill effects of cholesterol. Turns out, it’s not the villain it’s been made out to be, says one notable expert. Writing for the online medical journal PreventDisease.com, Dr. Ron Rosedale, M.D., a noted international authority on nutrition and metabolic medicine, says that despite the common belief that cholesterol is the primary culprit behind cardiovascular disease and “despite dozens of studies, cholesterol has not been shown to…

http://www.naturalnews.com/035375_cholesterol_myths_heart_disease.html

More aspartame side effects revealed – headaches, blurred vision, neurological symptoms and more

By Aurora Geib,

(NaturalNews) For a great majority of Americans who consume processed food, food additives are an ever-present component of the menu and one with serious health effects. In the United States as well as in Canada, aspartame – an artificial low-calorie sweetener – has been used as a food additive as early as 1981 after it was approved for use in dry goods. It was approved again in the US in 1983 for carbonated drinks. This approval came in the face of much opposition which has not seen any respite…

http://www.naturalnews.com/035382_aspartame_side_effects_headaches.html

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Holistic Health

Eating This Fatty Snack Can Protect Your Heart and More

By Dr. Mercola

If you’re looking for a nutritious, quick snack, nuts (raw, organic and in moderation) are a near perfect option.

With healthy fats, fiber, plant sterols and many vitamins and minerals, nuts pack a powerful nutritional punch, all wrapped up in a tiny bite-sized package.

In fact, a recent epidemiologic study revealed that nuts offer many benefits for your health, even reducing your risk of serious chronic disease.

Nuts Support Heart Health, Lower Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome Risk

There have not been many epidemiologic studies undertaken to assess the effect of nut consumption on health risks, but a recent study involving more than 13,000 people, published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, set out to do just that.

Those who ate nuts gained numerous benefits compared to non-nut eaters, including:…..

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/03/29/raw-nuts-health-benefits.aspx?e_cid=20120329_DNL_art_3

Using your thoughts to better your reality

By Kim Evans,

(NaturalNews) There’s something to be said for focusing on the positive. Actually, metaphysicians and personal life coaches will tell you that focusing on the positive is everything. They’ll tell you that and they’ll tell you that your subconscious mind drives the reality around you. So if you’re subconsciously, or consciously, focused on the negative, your subconscious mind will steer you right there. Metaphysicians will also tell you that we create all, or most of the problems in our lives,…

http://www.naturalnews.com/035374_thinking_positive_reality_mental_focus.html

Beets help prevent cancer and prevent cancer

By Paul Fassa,

(NaturalNews)It figures: one of the least tasty vegetables turns out to be among the healthiest – beets. Fortunately, raw beets work well for juicing. Beets mixed with juiced fresh carrots, some apple and some greens thrown in then topped off with a freshly squeezed lemon provides a tasty vegetable juice. Beets lose a lot of their nutritional value if cooked more than 15 minutes. This means the the most delicious beet entree offered, beet soup with a couple of dollops of sour cream, won’t support…

http://www.naturalnews.com/035377_beets_cancer_cardiovascular_disease.html

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Pet Health

Enzyme Replacement Therapy for EPI

Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) is a condition in which an animal’s body can’t produce enough digestive enzymes to properly break down food. Because the food isn’t broken down, the animal is unable to absorb the nutrients, and it passes through the body undigested. This is why the disease is sometimes called maldigestion syndrome.

The affected cat or dog is essentially starving to death, even though he or she is eating voraciously. The animal will pass foul-smelling, loose, light-colored stools and lose weight rapidly. The stool may sometimes contain blood in cats with EPI. The body deteriorates rapidly (atrophy) and the haircoat becomes dull and thin.

Cause and Diagnosis of EPI…..

http://www.petmd.com/dog/wellness/evr_multi_ezyme_replacement_therapy_for_epi#.T3U0ZbRZfe8

Feeding Dogs with EPI

Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI), also known as maldigestion syndrome, causes an animal to be unable to break down the nutrients in food. This in turn causes the nutrients in the food to pass through the body undigested. Basically, a cat or dog with EPI is starving to death, even as it develops a voracious appetite.

EPI is due to a defect in the pancreas which prohibits the organ’s ability to produce the necessary digestive enzymes. The pancreas, though small, produces and stores the enzymes necessary for breaking down protein, starch, and fats in the food the animal eats. If the food is not broken down so that the body can absorb the nutrients, the animal cannot survive. Your pet will also have foul-smelling, loose, light-colored stools and become emaciated quickly…..

http://www.petmd.com/dog/care/evr_multi_feeding_dogs_with_epi#.T3U1CrRZfe8

Exercising with Your Dog 101

Do you feel guilty that your pet doesn’t get enough time with you? It’s a trap that happens to most of us, but one that can be easily remedied. Here are some guidelines for enriching your pet’s life and health through exercise.

Why Exercising Your Dog Makes Sense

Big or small, young or old, dogs need to exercise daily. While some breeds have special needs that have to be taken into account, and dogs do slow down as they age, they still need to take part in some form of daily physical activity. Without activity, your dog will become bored, frustrated and unhealthy. Exercise tones the muscles, helps the body and metabolic system to function properly, and engages the mind. Anyone who has had a dog that suffers from lack of physical activity and mental stimulation will tell you that they will often turn to destructive behaviors — behaviors that magically disappear once the dog is getting out everyday.

Physically, dogs will also become obese if they are not allowed to burn off the calories they take in during the day. This is especially true if they are being given a lot of treats in compensation for lack of attention…..

http://www.petmd.com/dog/wellness/evr_dg_exercising_with_your_dog101#.T3U0rLRZfe8

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Recalls

Salsa Recalled Over Jalapeno Salmonella Concerns

By Julia Thomas

Club Chef is recalling certain salsas because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.The potential for contamination was noted after a random test by the Ohio Department of Agriculture in a store in Ohio revealed the presence of Salmonella in a…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/salsa-recalled/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120329

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Misc

Massive public protests spur France to ban plantings of Monsanto’s MON810 GMO corn

By Jonathan Benson,

(NaturalNews) On the heels of ongoing, massive protests against genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), French agricultural officials have announced that plantings of Monsanto’s MON810 GM corn, which contains built-in Bt toxin, will no longer be permitted within France. Reports explain that the moratorium is only temporary, but since there is no indication that opposition to the “Frankencorn” will cease anytime soon, the ban could last indefinitely. Last November, French authorities lifted a longtime…

http://www.naturalnews.com/035379_France_GM_corn_Monsanto.html

EPA tramples personal property rights, orders couple to fork over $75,000 a day for phony ‘violations’

By Ethan A. Huff,

(NaturalNews) An Idaho couple that was ordered recently by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to stop building a house on their own property and pay fines of up to $75,000 a day until the property was returned back to its original condition, has been granted due process and a hearing by the U.S. Supreme Court. The ruling is a first as it now allows property owners to challenge the EPA’s violation allegations prior to, rather than after, enforcement actions are taken. In 2005, Mike and Chantell…

http://www.naturalnews.com/035381_EPA_property_rights_violations.html

Politics and Legislation

World Bank Nominee Tied to Monsanto Shareholder Bill Gates, Soros

By Tim McCoy
BlacklistedNews.com

Obama has nominated Dartmouth University president Jim Yong Kim, M.D. to head the United Nations World Bank. Most people think that UN agencies benefit poor people, but this is far from the truth.

The UN World Bank claims to fight poverty in developing nations by financing infrastructure projects. But the UN World Bank is really a tool used to acquire Third World natural resources through conditions on loans that are extremely difficult to repay. The raw resources are then privatized by insider multi-national corporations. The World Bank actually creates more poverty.

The nomination of Jim Yong Kim indicates that the World Bank may shift away from focusing on infrastructure and will instead turn toward providing healthcare in Third World countries. Jim Yong Kim’s areas of interest include vaccines for tuberculosis as well as drugs for HIV and AIDS……

Read Full Article Here

http://www.blacklistednews.com/World_Bank_Nominee_Tied_to_Monsanto_Shareholder_Bill_Gates%2C_Soros_/18683/0/0/0/Y/M.html

Barack Obama: I Have A “Moral Obligation” To Neuter America

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Barack Obama actually plans to do it. He actually plans to neuter America by unilaterally dismantling most of the U.S. strategic nuclear arsenal. In fact, Barack Obama says that the United States has a “moral obligation” to disarm as we lead the way to “a world without nuclear weapons”. Sadly, a “world without nuclear weapons” is a fantasy that will not be possible any time soon. Nuclear weapons technology is getting into more hands with each passing year, and geopolitical tensions are rising all over the globe. If the United States did not have nuclear weapons, anyone with just a handful of nukes would constitute a massive threat to our national security. An overwhelming strategic nuclear arsenal helps keep us safe because every other nation on the planet knows that it would be national suicide to attack us. If you take that overwhelming strategic nuclear arsenal away, the entire calculation changes.

Many out there claim that even if the U.S. only has a few hundred nuclear warheads that it will be more than enough to be an effective deterrent.

Sadly, that simply is not true.

If an enemy knows that we only have a few hundred warheads, and if they know exactly where those warheads are located for verification purposes, then a first strike which would take out the vast majority of our operational warheads becomes very plausible.

That is why what Obama wants to do is so incredibly dangerous. If he reduces our strategic nuclear arsenal down to almost nothing, the odds of a nuclear first strike against the United States someday go up dramatically.

The following is what Fox News reported that Obama said during a speech in South Korea the other day….

“American leadership has been essential to progress in a second area — taking concrete steps towards a world without nuclear weapons,” Obama said yesterday during a speech in Korea. “I believe the United States has a unique responsibility to act — indeed, we have a moral obligation.”……….

http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/barack-obama-it-is-a-moral-obligation-to-neuter-america

House approves 90-day highway bill, dares Senate to reject it

By Pete Kasperowicz

The House on Thursday morning approved a 90-day extension of federal highway programs over the objections of angry Democrats, a move that dares Senate Democrats to reject the bill just days before federal authorization expires.

The House approved its bill, H.R. 4281, in a 266-158 vote that saw 37 Democrats join all but 10 Republicans in passing it — a fair amount of bipartisanship given the bitter partisan debate heard in the House throughout much of the week.

With the House vote, the Senate must now decide whether to accept the bill, insist on changes, or continue to push for House passage of the Senate-approved two-year extension. That last option, however, appears to be more difficult, as the House plans to go out of session at the end of Thursday.

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/219025-house-approves-90-day-highway-bill-dares-senate-to-reject-it

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Economy

Bernanke Claims That The Fed Has Averted A Second Great Depression By Bailing Out The Too Big To Fail Banks

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke claims that the Federal Reserve averted a second Great Depression by bailing out the big Wall Street banks during the last financial crisis, and he says that if a similar financial crisis comes along that the correct “policy response” will be to do the exact same thing again. This was the theme of the lecture that Bernanke delivered to students at George Washington University on Tuesday. In previous lectures Bernanke has defended the existence of the Fed and detailed the history of Fed activities, but on Tuesday he addressed things that have happened since he has been at the helm of the Fed. And according to Bernanke, he has been doing a great job. Bernanke told the students that the “threat of a second Great Depression was very real” and that the Federal Reserve did exactly what needed to be done to fix the financial system. Unfortunately, the truth is that all Bernanke did was kick the can a bit farther down the road. You can’t fix a debt problem with more debt, and the debt bubble we are living in today is far larger than it was in 2008. Will Bernanke still be trying to portray himself as a hero when this house of cards finally falls apart?……

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/bernanke-claims-that-the-fed-has-averted-a-second-great-depression-by-bailing-out-the-too-big-to-fail-banks

Senate again blocks Dem bid to nix ‘Big Oil’ tax breaks

By Ben Geman and Andrew Restuccia

The Senate on Thursday thwarted Democratic plans to strip billions of dollars in tax breaks from the largest oil companies, a vote that represented the latest skirmish in the election-year war over gasoline prices.

Lawmakers voted 51-47 to block Sen. Robert Menendez’s (D-N.J.) bill. Sixty votes were needed to advance the measure.

The vote occurred shortly after President Obama – seeking to cast Republicans as allies of big oil companies – used a Rose Garden speech to urge lawmakers to back the plan.

http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/219015-draft-draft-senate-again-blocks-dems-bid-to-nix-big-oil-tax-breaks

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Wars and Rumors of War

Arabic broadcaster Al-Jazeera backs down over showing disturbing footage filmed by Toulouse gunman after pleas from Sarkozy

Memory stick with video montage was sent to Arabic TV office the day before Mohammed Merah was shot dead
Le Parisien newspaper had also seen footage sent by man who murdered seven people in three separate attacks

By Peter Allen

Arabic TV network Al-Jazeera has said it will not air disturbing footage of the Toulouse shootings after the video was sent to its office in Paris.

It appeared to have been recorded during Mohammed Merah’s deadly attacks on soldiers and a Jewish school earlier this month.

The station’s decision not to broadcast the video, which was sent on a USB memory stick along with a letter, came after French president Nicolas Sarkozy and family of the victims had asked for it not to be shown.

The video has been edited into a ‘montage’ accompanied by an Islamic war songs, and was sent in a package post-dated March 21 – the day before 23-year-old Merah was killed by French special forces in his home city.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2120909/Disturbing-video-footage-filmed-Toulouse-gunman-killed-victims-emerges.html#ixzz1qY0bLTDY

Rand Paul blocks Iran sanctions bill

Invokes The Constitution In Iran Sanctions Debate

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Environmental

Well from hell: Gas rig abandoned in North Sea after massive leak

Huge clouds of natural gas have forced the evacuation of several oil rigs in the area amid fears of an explosion

A desperate battle to plug an enormous gas leak in the North Sea is being waged tonight.

Huge clouds of natural gas have forced the evacuation of several oil rigs in the area amid fears of an explosion.

And workers warned there was a “clear and present danger” of a major gas blast.

A two-mile exclusion zone for shipping and three miles for aircraft have already been set up around Total’s Elgin platform, which has been leaking since Sunday.

Specialist engineers from Texas who tackled the devastating BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 have been flown in by the company to help stop the leak.

Safety boss David Hainsworth said: “We are mobilising experts from Houston and France to help us deal with this.”

But the Elgin platform – 150 miles off the coast of Aberdeen – has been dubbed “the well from hell” because of the particularly high pressure of the gas.

Wullie Wallace, of union Unite, said: “The incident cannot be underestimated in its seriousness. There is still a clear and present danger to our members.”……

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/gas-rig-abandoned-in-north-sea-774258

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Radiation

1 of Japan’s damaged reactors has high radiation, no water, renewing doubts about stability

By Associated Press,

TOKYO — One of Japan’s crippled nuclear reactors still has fatally high radiation levels and hardly any water to cool it, according to an internal examination Tuesday that renews doubts about the plant’s stability.

A tool equipped with a tiny video camera, a thermometer, a dosimeter and a water gauge was used to assess damage inside the No. 2 reactor’s containment chamber for the second time since the tsunami swept into the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant a year ago. The probe done in January failed to find the water surface and provided only images showing steam, unidentified parts and rusty metal surfaces scarred by exposure to radiation, heat and humidity.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/new-probe-at-japans-crippled-nuke-plant-finds-fatally-high-radiation-little-water-in-reactor/2012/03/27/gIQA83d0dS_story.html

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Articles of Interest

John Pilger – The New rulers of The World

Suit: NYPD conducting illegal stops in private buildings

By Andrew Jones

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) filed a lawsuit against the New York City Police Department (NYPD) Wednesday, alleging that in addition to stopping primarily black and Latino residents in public spaces as part of the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk program, officers are illegally searching people in private buildings.

According to a press release, the NYCLU filed the lawsuit on behalf of residents whose buildings are apart of “Operation Clean Halls,” an agreement by the NYPD and a landlord that grants officers permission to patrol inside a building at any time.

NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman cited how minorities have been largely affected by the NYPD’s program…..

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/03/28/suit-nypd-conducting-illegal-stops-in-private-buildings/

Earthquakes

 

USGS Sicily, Italy
Mar 28 23:17 PM
4.3 238.9 MAP

GEOFON Sicily, Italy
Mar 28 23:17 PM
4.1 230.0 MAP

EMSC Sicily, Italy
Mar 28 23:17 PM
4.0 243.0 MAP

EMSC South Of Java, Indonesia
Mar 28 23:09 PM
4.8 56.0 MAP

USGS South Of Java, Indonesia
Mar 28 23:09 PM
4.8 51.3 MAP

GEOFON South Of Java, Indonesia
Mar 28 23:09 PM
5.0 10.0 MAP

EMSC Oaxaca, Mexico
Mar 28 22:33 PM
4.5 10.0 MAP

USGS Oaxaca, Mexico
Mar 28 22:33 PM
4.5 10.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Mar 28 21:55 PM
3.0 5.0 MAP

USGS Mona Passage, Puerto Rico
Mar 28 21:49 PM
2.5 15.5 MAP

GEONET Canterbury
Mar 28 21:40 PM
3.6 8.0 MAP

GEOFON Southern Sumatra, Indonesia
Mar 28 21:37 PM
4.5 82.0 MAP

EMSC Southern Sumatra, Indonesia
Mar 28 21:37 PM
4.6 100.0 MAP

USGS Southern Sumatra, Indonesia
Mar 28 21:37 PM
4.6 95.2 MAP

EMSC Crete, Greece
Mar 28 20:58 PM
3.4 20.0 MAP

EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 28 20:41 PM
4.6 2.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 28 20:22 PM
2.5 4.0 MAP

USGS Dominican Republic Region
Mar 28 20:12 PM
3.5 43.0 MAP

EMSC Greece
Mar 28 19:47 PM
3.7 2.0 MAP

USGS Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska

Mar 28 17:42 PM
4.2 2.5 MAP

EMSC Spain
Mar 28 17:22 PM
3.3 30.0 MAP

EMSC Sweden
Mar 28 17:01 PM
2.4 1.0 MAP

USGS Kodiak Island Region, Alaska
Mar 28 14:50 PM
2.6 39.7 MAP

EMSC Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Mar 28 13:45 PM
4.6 60.0 MAP

USGS Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Mar 28 13:45 PM
4.6 64.2 MAP

GEOFON Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Mar 28 13:45 PM
4.5 51.0 MAP

EMSC Czech Republic
Mar 28 13:41 PM
2.8 10.0 MAP

EMSC Sumbawa Region, Indonesia
Mar 28 13:07 PM
4.6 92.0 MAP

USGS Sumbawa Region, Indonesia
Mar 28 13:07 PM
4.4 79.4 MAP

GEOFON Sumbawa Region, Indonesia
Mar 28 13:07 PM
4.8 10.0 MAP

EMSC Kyrgyzstan
Mar 28 12:54 PM
3.8 3.0 MAP

GEOFON Fiji Islands Region
Mar 28 12:49 PM
4.5 591.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Mar 28 11:46 AM
3.0 9.0 MAP

USGS Unimak Island Region, Alaska
Mar 28 11:43 AM
2.6 41.6 MAP

USGS Baja California, Mexico
Mar 28 11:19 AM
2.9 12.3 MAP

USGS Southern California
Mar 28 10:09 AM
3.3 5.5 MAP

EMSC Turkey-syria-iraq Border Region
Mar 28 09:56 AM
2.5 9.0 MAP

USGS Virgin Islands Region
Mar 28 09:54 AM
3.4 32.2 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Mar 28 09:51 AM
2.5 3.0 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Mar 28 09:11 AM
2.7 1.0 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Mar 28 08:55 AM
3.4 20.0 MAP

GEOFON Southern Sumatra, Indonesia
Mar 28 08:54 AM
5.2 30.0 MAP

USGS Southern Sumatra, Indonesia
Mar 28 08:54 AM
5.2 20.2 MAP

EMSC Southern Sumatra, Indonesia
Mar 28 08:54 AM
5.2 10.0 MAP

GEOFON Pacific Antarctic Ridge
Mar 28 08:25 AM
5.5 10.0 MAP

GEONET Manawatu
Mar 28 07:59 AM
3.6 15.0 MAP

EMSC Armenia
Mar 28 07:43 AM
2.9 2.0 MAP

EMSC Crete, Greece
Mar 28 06:06 AM
2.4 1.0 MAP

USGS Off The Coast Of Oregon
Mar 28 05:42 AM
4.4 10.1 MAP

GEOFON Off Coast Of Oregon
Mar 28 05:42 AM
4.4 10.0 MAP

EMSC Off Coast Of Oregon
Mar 28 05:42 AM
4.6 10.0 MAP

EMSC Oaxaca, Mexico
Mar 28 05:39 AM
4.5 9.0 MAP

USGS Oaxaca, Mexico
Mar 28 05:39 AM
4.5 9.4 MAP

USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 28 05:14 AM
4.4 34.4 MAP

EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 28 05:14 AM
4.6 20.0 MAP

GEOFON Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 28 05:13 AM
4.5 10.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 28 04:58 AM
2.8 12.0 MAP

EMSC Iran-iraq Border Region
Mar 28 04:50 AM
3.7 10.0 MAP

USGS Northern Alaska
Mar 28 04:15 AM
2.8 7.9 MAP

GEONET Bay Of Plenty
Mar 28 03:25 AM
3.3 5.0 MAP

EMSC Pakistan
Mar 28 03:19 AM
4.5 48.0 MAP

GEOFON Pakistan
Mar 28 03:19 AM
4.6 10.0 MAP

USGS Pakistan
Mar 28 03:19 AM
4.5 3.7 MAP

EMSC Crete, Greece
Mar 28 03:15 AM
2.5 1.0 MAP

USGS Baja California, Mexico
Mar 28 02:07 AM
3.1 5.3 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Mar 28 02:02 AM
2.4 9.0 MAP

EMSC Poland
Mar 28 01:51 AM
2.6 2.0 MAP

EMSC Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Mar 28 01:46 AM
2.6 8.0 MAP

USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 28 01:27 AM
4.7 20.5 MAP

EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 28 01:27 AM
4.7 10.0 MAP

EMSC Aegean Sea
Mar 28 01:20 AM
2.4 13.0 MAP

USGS Puerto Rico Region
Mar 28 01:16 AM
2.6 64.6 MAP

USGS Central California
Mar 28 00:30 AM
2.9 3.6 MAP

EMSC Aegean Sea
Mar 28 00:20 AM
3.2 14.0 MAP

GEOFON Kermadec Islands Region
Mar 28 00:15 AM
4.9 33.0 MAP

EMSC Volcano Islands, Japan Region
Mar 28 00:13 AM
4.8 91.0 MAP

USGS Volcano Islands, Japan Region
Mar 28 00:13 AM
4.6 89.1 MAP

EMSC Aegean Sea
Mar 28 00:09 AM
2.8 8.0 MAP

 

 

Moderate quake hits Indonesia’s East Java

JAKARTA, (Xinhua) – A moderate earthquake measuring 5.1 in the Richter scale hit Indonesia’s East Java province at 06:09 local time on Thursday (2309 GMT on Wednesday), the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency said here.

The tremor was centered at 129 kilometers southwest Jember city and at depth of 15 kilometers under seabed.

The agency did not release a tsunami warning.

http://english.people.com.cn/90777/7772934.html

 

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP)

Alert level raised for remote Alaska volcano

The alert level for a remote Alaska volcano has been raised again after scientists found another lava dome has formed in the crater in the last week.

The Alaska Volcano Observatory on Wednesday increased the level for Cleveland Volcano, a 5,675-foot peak on uninhabited Chuginadak Island about 940 miles southwest of Anchorage.

The status was raised earlier this year when the center detected two small, likely ash-poor eruptions through March 13, but lowered the alert level last week after 10 days of inactivity.

Scientists can’t actively monitor the volcano because there is no real-time seismic monitoring network on the volcano in the Aleutian Islands.

Authorities say sudden eruptions could occur at any time, and ash clouds 20,000 feet above sea level are possible.

http://www.sandiego6.com/news/national-world/144732955.html

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Volcanic Activity

 

Lava dome grows inside Anak Krakatau volcano – rattled by 438 quakes

INDONESIA – An active lava dome is growing inside the summit crater of Krakatau volcano. Our tour expedition leader Andi just returned from a visit and reports that the dome is now about 100 m wide, and has 2 main active vents that eject jets of incandescent gas. At night, the glow from the dome is clearly visible from Rakata and Sertung islands, and a continuous intense solfatara plume is rising about 500 m above the summit…..

http://www.volcanodiscovery.com/view_news/7142/Anak-Krakatau-volcano-Indonesia-growing-lava-dome.html

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Radiation

Japan

nuclear reactor has fatally high radiation, no water –Tuesday’s examination with an industrial endoscope detected radiation levels up to 10 times the fatal dose inside the chamber. 27 Mar 2012 One of Japan’s crippled nuclear reactors still has fatally high radiation levels and hardly any water to cool the No. 2 reactor, according to an internal examination Tuesday that renews doubts about the plant’s stability. Plant officials previously said more than half of melted fuel has breached the core and dropped to the floor of the primary containment vessel, some of it splashing against the wall or the floor. Particles from melted fuel have probably sent radiation levels up to dangerously high 70 sieverts per hour inside the container, said Junichi Matsumoto, spokesman for Tokyo Electric Power Co……

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5izZXHoP17G8R-yOYb9RjczkhL1UQ

Japan

Fukushima Pref. deleted 5 days of radiation dispersion data just after meltdowns

The Fukushima Prefectural Government revealed on March 21 that it deleted five days of early radiation dispersion data almost entirely unread in the wake of the meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. The data from the System for Prediction of Environmental Emergency Dose Information (SPEEDI) – intended to predict the spread of radioactive contamination, information vital for issuing evacuation advisories – was emailed to the prefectural government by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. The Nuclear Safety Technology Center sent the data hourly starting at 11:54 p.m. on March 12, 2011 – one day into the nuclear crisis. The Fukushima Prefectural Government, however, deleted all the data it received from March 12 to about 9 a.m. March 16……

http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20120322p2a00m0na012000c.html

California

Feds:San Onofre nuclear plant can’t reopen until problems fixed

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, citing serious concerns about equipment failures at the San Onofre nuclear plant, on Tuesday prohibited plant operator Southern California Edison from restarting the plant until the problems are thoroughly understood [?!?] and fixed. The plant has already been shut down for two months, the longest in San Onofre’s history, after a tube leak in one of the plant’s steam generators released a small amount of radioactive steam. Neither regulators nor Edison have said when they believe the plant will reopen. Since then, unusual wear has been found on hundreds of tubes…..

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/03/nrc-prohibits-san-onofre-restarting.html

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Storms

 

Tropical Storm Threat to Vietnam Late Week

A tropical storm could form over the South China Sea out of low pressure gathering east of southern Vietnam at midweek.

Torrential rain and high winds could reach the south-central coast of Vietnam by Saturday.

As of Wednesday, the center of low pressure was almost 500 miles east of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/tropical-storm-threat-to-vietn/63364

 

Tropical storm could hit NZ next week

 

A tropical storm could hit New Zealand next week, a forecaster says.

Weatherwatch.co.nz said a tropical low forming 2000km north of New Zealand is set to track towards the North Island.

Head weather analyst Philip Duncan said the storm could strengthen into a tropical cyclone before its predicted arrival in New Zealand as early as Tuesday next week.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10795115

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Solar Activity

 

Solar X-rays:Geomagnetic Field: >

Status
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Solar System

 

ATREX EXPERIMENT LIGHTS UP THE NIGHT SKY:

Before sunrise on March 27th, sky watchers up and down the eastern seaboard of the United States witnessed a strange apparition. A quintet of milky-white plumes appeared in the night sky, twisting in the winds at the edge of space. “It was pretty unreal and very exciting to see,” says eye-witness Jack Fusco, who sends this picture from Seaside Park in New Jersey:

An amazing sky show created by the rapid-fire launch of five rockets from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. It was an experiment named “ATREX” to study turbulent winds in the transition zone between Earth’s atmosphere and space….

http://spaceweather.com/

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Mysterious Booms / Rumblings

 

Clintonville booms quiet down, frustrations remain
Residents still left wondering

by: Bill Miston

CLINTONVILLE – One week after noises and vibrations started waking and shaking residents in the small Waupaca County city, Clintonville experienced a fairly quiet Saturday night and Sunday morning with only three reports to police.

While there is an official cause on the books, (the United States Geological Service concluded Thursday a 1.5 magnitude earthquake shook the town shortly after 5 am Tuesday) some residents like Joanne Christiansen say rampant speculation is not helping bring normalcy back to their town.

“Everybody’s acting either like it’s a hoax,” said Christiansen, who moved back to Clintonville in October. “Or the people that are already here – that know that it happened – they have no idea. They’re very confused.”….

http://www.fox11online.com/video/videoplayer.swf?dppversion=16926

Clintonville booms quiet down, frustrations remain: fox11online.com

http://www.fox11online.com/dpp/news/local/north_counties/quiet-night-in-clintonville-but-residents-frustration-isnt

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Wildlife

 

Bird Species Endangered

One-Third of U.S. Bird Species Endangered, Survey Finds

Habitat destruction, pollution and other problems have left nearly a third of the nation’s 800 bird species endangered, threatened or in serious decline, according to a study issued on Thursday. Described as the most comprehensive survey of American bird life, the report, “The U.S. State of the Birds,” analyzed changes in the bird population over the last 40 years. Citing surveys by government agencies, conservation organizations and citizen volunteers, the report said that the population of grassland birds had declined by 40 percent and birds in arid lands by 30 percent. It estimated that 39 percent of bird species that depend on American coastal waters were in decline.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/20/science/earth/20bird.html?_r=1

Is This More-Dangerous-than-Aspartame Sweetener Hiding in Your Food?

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/03/28/neotame-more-toxic-than-aspartame.aspx?e_cid=20120328_DNL_art_1

By Dr. Mercola

One of the more recent toxic additions to our food supply is the artificial sweetener called Neotamei.

In the European Union, where it was approved as a flavor enhancer as of November 2010, it is known by its “E number,” E961ii.

Made by NutraSweet (a former division of Monsanto and the original manufacturer of aspartame), neotame is 13,000 times sweeter than table sugar, and about 30 times sweeter than aspartame.

It’s based on the aspartame formula—despite the fact that 80 percent of all FDA complaints pertain to adverse reactions from aspartame.

Neotame is essentially aspartame plus 3,3-dimethylbutyliii–the presence of which ends up reducing the production of phenylalanine, which allegedly makes it safe for those suffering from phenylketonuria (PKU).

(Hence neotame does not need to bear a PKU warning label like aspartame.)

Unfortunately, it may actually be an even more potent and dangerous neurotoxin, immunotoxin and excitotoxin than aspartame.

Proponents of neotame claim that increased toxicity is of no concern because less of it is needed to achieve the desired effect.

Still, Monsanto’s own pre-approval studies of neotame revealed adverse reactions, and there were no independent studies that found neotame to be safe.

On August 16, 2000, the law firm of Hartman & Craven filed comments on the neotame docket pertaining to the lack of safety data submitted in support of neotameiv, stating in part:

“A food additive petition has been submitted to the FDA for the artificial sweetener neotame. In that petition, the sponsor claims the data presented demonstrate that the compound produces no adverse effects at a dose of 1000 mg/kg/day in the rat. The sponsor also claims that the product should be safe for patients with diabetes. A review of the data submitted to the FDA does not support these conclusions.

In fact, no safe human usage level can be determined based on the submitted data. The animal experimental evidence indicates a toxic effect on growth. The clinical evidence raises concerns about glucose control in patients with diabetes.

Searches for an explanation resolving the adverse findings leave no clear acceptable answers that would insure the safety of the public but does stimulate speculation on questions relating to possible liver effects.”

Is Neotame Allowed in Organics?

While some writers have made the claim that neotame is allowed in organic foods, there does not appear to be any supporting evidence for this. Ditto for the rumor that it doesn’t have to be listed on the label. For example, according to a recent article on Sott.netv:

“Neotame was approved by the FDA for general use in July 2002 … The FDA loosened all labeling requirements for Neotame as part of a large-scale effort to make it a near-ubiquitous artificial sweetener, to be found on the tabletop, in all prepared foods, even in organics. It simply does not have to be included in the ingredient list.”

The Cornucopia Institute wrote a rebuttal to this internet rumor last year, statingvi:

“Organic foods cannot contain synthetic additives, unless these additives have been petitioned and approved to appear on the National List of Approved and Prohibited Substances (7 CFR 205.605). Emily Brown Rosen, Standards Specialist at the USDA’s National Organic Program, writes about neotame: “For organic food, all additives must appear on the National List.” Neotame has never been petitioned or approved for inclusion on the National List, and therefore cannot legally be added to organic foods.

We see no evidence, and see no reason to suspect, that any organic certifying agents would allow organic food manufacturers to violate the federal standards by adding this synthetic sweetener.

Moreover, as a direct food additive, neotame must be listed on the ingredients label, contrary to suggestions that this could be added to food in a stealth-like manner (21 CFR 101.100). We have not seen any evidence to suggest that neotame is being added covertly to organic foods. Not only would organic manufacturers be breaking the law by adding this synthetic sweetener to organic foods, they would also be breaking the law by not including Neotame on the ingredient label.”

Why is Neotame Dangerous?

That said, my recommendation for neotame is similar to that for aspartame, which is: avoid it at all costs if you care about your health. Neotame is like aspartame on steroids, so while you want to avoid both, neotame appears to be more toxic. One way of avoiding all artificial sweeteners is to purchase foods bearing the USDA 100% Organic label. I don’t believe there’s any reason to suspect organic foods will contain neotame.

I’ve previously expounded on the many health dangers of aspartame, and all of those dangers apply equally to neotame. But as if aspartame wasn’t bad enough, NutraSweet “improved” the aspartame formula by adding 3,3-dimethylbutyraldehyde, which blocks enzymes that break the peptide bond between aspartic acid and phenylalanine, thereby reducing the availability of phenylalanine. This eliminates the need for a warning on labels directed at people who cannot properly metabolize phenylalanine.

Neotame is also more stable at higher temperatures than aspartame, so it’s approved for use in a wider array of food products, including baked goods.

However, one of the byproducts your body creates by breaking down aspartame is formaldehyde, which is extremely toxic to your health even in very small dosesvii. Furthermore, in a search of PubMed.gov, the U.S. National Library of Medicine, which has over 11 million medical citations, neotame fails to include any double-blind scientific studies on toxicity in humans or animals. If neotame was indeed completely safe to ingest, you would think the NutraSweet Company would have published at least one double-blind safety study in the public domain?

Well, they haven’t… Why not?

In and of itself, 3,3-dimethylbutyraldehyde is categorized as both highly flammable and an irritant, and carries risk statements for handling including irritating to skin, eyes and respiratory systemviii. Does this sound like something that belongs inside your body?

How Did these Chemicals Get Approved for Human Consumption?

Today, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) could rightfully be accused of being a “subsidiary” of the Monsanto Company. When you realize just how many Monsanto executives and employees who have migrated into positions of power within the FDA and other government agencies, a truly disturbing picture emerges of the foxes guarding the henhouse.

The FDA is packed by pro-business, pro-corporation advocates who often have massive conflicts of interest when it comes to protecting the health of the public. In fact, the revolving door between private industry and government oversight agencies is so well established these days, it has become business as usual to read about scandal, conflicts of interest and blatant pro-industry bias, even when it flies in the face of science or the law.

Aspartame and Neotame—a Dieters WORST Enemy?

One of the most effective marketing and PR tactics for artificial sweeteners has been the claim that they help in the battle against obesity. Unfortunately, they don’t. In fact, the research and the epidemiologic data suggest the opposite is true, and that artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and neotame tend to lead to weight gain.

As I’ve often said, there’s more to weight gain or weight loss than mere calorie intake.

One reason for aspartame and neotame’s potential to cause weight gain is because phenylalanine and aspartic acid – the two amino acids that make up 90 percent of aspartame and are also present in neotame — are known to rapidly stimulate the release of insulin and leptin; two hormones that are intricately involved with satiety and fat storage. Insulin and leptin are also the primary hormones that regulate your metabolism. So although you’re not ingesting calories in the form of sugar, aspartame and neotame can still raise your insulin and leptin levels. Elevated insulin and leptin levels, in turn, are two of the driving forces behind obesity, diabetes, and a number of our current chronic disease epidemics.

Over time, if your body is exposed to too much leptin, it will become resistant to it, just as your body can become resistant to insulin, and once that happens, your body can no longer “hear” the hormonal messages instructing your body to stop eating, burn fat, and maintain good sensitivity to sweet tastes in your taste buds. So, you remain hungry; you crave sweets, and your body stores more fat… Leptin-resistance also causes an increase in visceral fat, sending you on a vicious cycle of hunger, fat storage and an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and more.

Neotame Added to Cattle Feed to Fatten Livestock…

If you want more proof that artificial sweeteners like neotame are not a dieter’s best friend, consider this: neotame is actually used as a substitute for molasses in cattle feed. The product is marketed as “Sweetos” in India. The makers of Neotame, in partnership with an Indian health care company called EnSigns Health Care Pvt Ltd, introduced the neotame-laced cattle feed sweetener back in October 2010ix. According to the press release:

“Sweetos is an economical substitute for molasses. Sweetos guarantees the masking of unpleasant tastes and odor and improves the palatability of feed. This product will be economical for farmers and manufacturers of cattle feed. It can also be used in mineral mixture,” said Craig Petray, CEO, The NutraSweet Company, a division of Searle, which is a part of Monsanto.

… “We are in talks with the animal husbandry department to reach out to farmers and are trying to tie up with extension services with co-operative societies as well. Cattle consume more fodder when mixed with Sweetos. This product has great export potential as well,” said Mohan Nair, chairman, Ensigns Health Care.” [Emphasis mine.]

This brings up several disturbing facts… Not only are some countries now producing animal products that are potentially laced with neotame residues, but they’re clearly stating that the “diet” sweetener increases the amount of fodder consumed by the animals, so how exactly is it supposed to help you lose weight? Loss of appetite control is never a good thing when you’re trying to lose weight, and the statement made about Sweetos fodder speaks volumes about neotame’s impact on your appetite.

How to Report Adverse Reactions to Aspartame or Neotame

Did you know that only a fraction of all adverse food reactions are ever reported to the FDA? This is a problem that only you as the consumer can have an impact upon. In order to truly alert the FDA to a problem with a product they’ve approved, they must be notified – by as many people as possible who believe they have experienced a side effect. This mean you can take action against the manufacturers of these chemicals that continue to put your optimal health at risk, if you feel you have had a bad reaction to their product.

I urge you, if you believe you have experienced side effects from aspartame or neotame, let the FDA know about it!

Please go to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator page, find the phone number listed for your state, and report your adverse reaction.

There’s no telling just how many reports they might need before considering taking another look at the safety of aspartame or neotame, but the only way to press them is by reporting any and all adverse effects. And in the meantime, do your health and the health of your family a favor and treat all foods and drinks that contain aspartame or neotame as if they were deleterious to your optimal health. Because, in my opinion, they are.

REFERENCES

i Neotame Ingredient Overview, neotame.com
ii UK Food Standards Agency,
iii Neotame Ingredients, Sci-toys.com,
iv http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/dailys/00/Aug00/082200/c000004.pdf
v Sott.net March 13, 2012,
vi Cornucopia Institute, January 6, 2011,
vii Formaldehyde derived from dietary aspartame binds to tissue components in vivo, Life Sciences, 1998;63(5):337-49,
viii Chemical Book, 3,3-Dimethylbutyraldehyde,
ix Ensigns Health launches cattlefeed sweetener, Pravda Godbole / Mumbai/ Pune Oct 30, 2010,

Politics and Legislation

Deputy PM denies Kremlin cover-up of multi-millions in offshore deals

The Russian Prosecutor’s Office has denied that the earnings of deputy prime minister Igor Shuvalov are related to his job in government. ­The accusations came from several international business dailies that disclosed details of multi-million-dollar transactions involving Shuvalov. They said Shuvalov’s offshore company, registered in his wife’s name, has earned millions investing in the projects of Russia’s most powerful enterprises, among them Gazprom, during the last twelve years – while he has been a deputy prime minister. Journalists believe that it was Shuvalov’s post that allowed him access to the best possible deals…..

http://rt.com/news/prime-time/shuvalov-assets-offshore-corruption-692/

Open mic catches Obama asking Russian president for space on missile defense head

Posted by: CNN White House Correspondent Brianna Keilar In a private conversation about the planned U.S.-led NATO missile defense system in Europe, President Obama asked outgoing Russian President Dmitri Medvedev for space on the issue. “On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved but it’s important for him to give me space,” Obama told Medvedev. “Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space,” Medvedev replied. “This is my last election,” Obama said. “After my election I have more flexibility.” “I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir,” Medvedev said, referring to incoming President Vladimir Putin……

http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/.element/apps/cvp/3.0/swf/cnn_416x234_embed.swf?context=embed&videoId=world/2012/03/26/dnt-keilar-obama-asks-for-space-on-missile-defense.cnn   http://whitehouse.blogs.cnn.com/2012/03/26/open-mic-catches-obama-asking-russian-president-for-space-on-missile-defense/

Children ‘forced to shout Long Live Sarkozy!’ when French president visited their school

By Peter Allen The French president has caused an outcry after dozens of infant school children were forced to chant ‘Long Live Sarkozy!’ when he visited their school. Parents complained about the youngsters being used as ‘propaganda tools’ after they were made to treat Nicolas Sarkozy as a hero, waving Tricolour flags and constantly shouting his name. Some were even kissed by Mr Sarkozy, who is hugely unpopular and widely expected to lose the presidential election being held in France in the Spring…..

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2101337/Children-forced-shout-Long-Live-Sarkozy-French-president-visited-school.html#ixzz1qRhEm135

38 House Members Filtered Government Money to Relatives and Their Employers

Nearly 40 members of the House of Representatives earmarked $150 million to organizations affiliated with themselves and their family members from 2008 to 2010, according to a government watchdog organization. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) reported that although 24 of the earmarkers were Democrats and only 14 Republicans, the top five representatives who earmarked to organizations affiliated with them or their family members were all Republicans: Kay Granger (R-Texas) earmarked $28.3 million to her son’s project. J.D. Granger is the executive director of the Trinity River Vision Authority. Jerry Lewis (R-California) who earmarked a combined $25.5 million to three relatives’ organizations. Bill Young (R-Florida) earmarked a combined $16.6 million to two sons’ employers. In 2008 he herded $4.4 million to defense contractor SAIC’s facility in St. Petersburg, Florida, where son Patrick is a security administrator. Another $8.5 million went to the National Forensic Science Technology Center, where son Billy is a senior consultant. John Mica (R-Florida) earmarked $13 million to his daughter’s client. Mica has five relatives who work as lobbyists, two brothers, a son and a nephew. His daughter, D’Anne, ran a public relations firm whose client, the Central Commuter Rail, received the $13 million. Michael Simpson (R-Idaho) earmarked $12.5 million to his wife’s employer, the Idaho National Laboratory…….

http://www.allgov.com/Where_is_the_Money_Going/ViewNews/38_House_Members_Filtered_Government_Money_to_Relatives_and_Their_Employers_120326

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Economy

British firm discovers oil in Kenya

A British company has announced it has struck oil in Kenya for the first time, beating rivals including China in the race to strike crude. President Mwai Kibaki said it was “the first time Kenya has made such a discovery” and called it a “major breakthrough”. Tullow Oil dug more than 3,000ft into the sand and rock of the country’s northern Turkana region, hitting viable “light crude” samples that suggest Kenya’s oil is of a similar geological provenance as Uganda’s. That country found large deposits, also identified first by Tullow, in 2006 and is expected to begin refining and exports soon. The discovery in Kenya follows more than a decade of exploration across the inhospitable north stretching from the Somali border in the east to the lands around Lake Turkana in the west, where some of the oldest bones of early hominids were found. British, Chinese, Italian and French companies are understood to have been in the race to strike crude first. Tullow Oil was the most recent operator to join the search…..

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/kenya/9167381/British-firm-discovers-oil-in-Kenya.html

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Wars and Rumors of War

US approves $1.3 billion in military aid to Egyptian military dictatorship By Madison Ruppert So much for revolution, and so much for the United States being absolutely and completely broke. Since I wrote the article “Egypt: what revolution?” in July of last year, very little progress has been made. United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced that the United States will be giving military aid to Egypt even though there are “concerns that Cairo was not meeting goals in its democratic transition,” according to Azerbaijan’s Trend News Agency. I believe that this is a bit of an understatement, seeing as the democratic transition has yet to occur and, like Libya, the people of Egypt are in many ways worse off than they were before. Instead of addressing the fact that Egypt is being ruled by a military dictatorship, Clinton waived all of the conditions placed by Congress on the $1.3 billion in aid…..

http://EndtheLie.com/2012/03/24/us-approves-1-3-billion-in-military-aid-to-egyptian-military-dictatorship/#ixzz1qRYKkwHI

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Environmental

BP oil spill continues to kill

A can is seen coated with oil that washed ashore from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in Waveland, Mississippi (Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP) The infamous oil spoil which gushed for 86 days in the Gulf of Mexico continues to have a rippling effect on the ecosystem. The spill caused by the London based oil giant British Petroleum, is responsible for the deaths of 11 workers aboard the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig which was approximately 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana, and is now being blamed by scientist for the slow death of a brightly colored deep-sea coral community. The laboratory reports which have taken several months have resulted in scientist pointing the finger at one of the most catastrophic oil spills in history. The brown and dull coral which has been left in a state of ruin continues to sway in the gulf which had more than 70,000 barrels of oil pouring into it per day……

http://rt.com/usa/news/bp-oil-spill-contines-612/

Green Climate Fund Wants Immunity from Any Kind of Prosecution

Activist Post

Fox News is reporting that the Green Climate Fund, created by the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), is seeking full diplomatic immunity from “any kind of legal process, including civil and criminal prosecution, in the countries where it operates.” The U.N. enacted the legal framework for the private-public fund at the Copenhagen Accord in 2009, but it was ratified last year during COP-17 in Durban, South Africa. The fund, controlled by a 24-nation board of trustees, received $30 billion in start-up money from U.N. member nations. The function of the Green Climate Fund is to be the facilitator of money between countries. According to Wikipedia they will act “as a mechanism to transfer money from the developed to the developing world, in order to assist the developing countries in adaptation and mitigation practices to counter climate change.” In other words, they are the group that decides where the money gets distributed. Clearly an outfit like this handling such large sums of money would be ripe for corruption. And perhaps that’s why they seek this broad immunity before the wealth transfers begin in earnest. Why else would any organization request immunity if they weren’t anticipating injustices in the actions they take? Their stated objective is to mobilize $100 billion in annual funds. They admit, however, that there’s “a lot of uncertainty where this money would have to come from.” Yet, they have outlined several potential sources of funding that further blends an already dubious relationship between governance and big business….

http://www.activistpost.com/2012/03/green-climate-fund-wants-immunity-from.html

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Whistle Blowers

US needs Assange under arrest ‘while seeking Manning link’ Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, faces an uncertain future. Pr. Marcello Ferrada-Noli told RT why he thinks it’s convenient for the US to have Assange under arrest in Sweden. ­Even considering the particularities of the Swedish legal system, there is the possibility of questioning Assange by various means, by phone, for instance, noted Ferrada-Noli, a Senior Advisor at Stockholm University. But, he added, there is a political reason why Assange is kept under arrest – and why several players are falling into place to let America get its hands on WikiLeaks’ founder. “In the US, the preparations for the trial [over Assange] are seeking a connection between WikiLeaks and Bradley Manning, trying to make Assange accountable. For that they need time, they need to prepare this material. For that, of course, it’s highly convenient to keep him under arrest.” The professor also mentions the biased image of Assange the media has been carefully drawing.

http://rt.com/news/us-assange-sweden-wikileaks-617/

New Whistleblower Emerges at JPMorgan Chase.

The Rumor Mill News Reading Room

New Whistleblower Emerges at JPMorgan Chase.
Posted By: Lion [Send E-Mail]
Date: Monday, 26-Mar-2012 07:54:05

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Source: Alcin Bramerton

http://alcuinbramerton.blogspot.com/

New whistleblower emerges at JPMorgan Chase.
JPMC actively involved in manipulation of LIBOR and precious metals futures.
JPMC hid client assets from MF Global. Greece holds hidden derivatives in excess of $1 trillion to which JPMC is a substantial counterparty.
Cascading global credit event imminent.
The following letter was originally posted on the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission website in the public comments section.

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Activism

Bakers Green Acres vs. Michigan DNR – Family Farm Under Attack

Uploaded by Kyle Miron on Mar 21, 2012 A family farm in rural Michigan may be shut down by a Government Entity who has passed a law stating that the breed of hogs they are raising are a threat to neighboring croplands. In truth, the Big Pork Industry has been planning this campaign to take down all family farms with hopes to eventually siege complete control of the American Food Supply. This short-film was created with hopes to inspire the public to take action. The Baker Family website is http://www.bakersgreenacres.com and their battle has just begun. Please join in their fight.

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Radiation

Tokyo Soil – Blanketed With Fukushima Radiation – Would Be Considered “Radioactive Waste” In the United States

Tokyo Slammed with Radiation We noted in August that some parts of Tokyo have more radiation than existed in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zones. And see this and this. There are indications that radiation levels are increasing in Tokyo. Nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen took 5 random soil samples in Tokyo recently, and found that all 5 were so radioactive that they would be considered radioactive waste in the United States, which would have to be specially disposed of at a facility in Texas: ……

Tokyo Soil Samples Would Be Considered Nuclear Waste In The US from Fairewinds Energy Education on Vimeo.

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/03/tokyo-soil-hit-with-fukushima-radiation-would-be-considered-radioactive-waste-in-the-united-states.html

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Psy – Ops

WESTERN PSY-OPS AGAINST SYRIA: When Mrs Assad’s “Shopping” Becomes a “Crime Against Humanity”

by Finian Cunningham

Michelle Obama, the fashion style icon wife of US President Obama, is to have travel sanctions imposed on her by member countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, including Russia, China and SCO associate state Iran. Mrs Obama’s annual six-figure budget for designer clothes and accessories is seen as an affront to moral decency at a time when her husband is overseeing foreign wars of aggression, mass murder in several territories using aerial drones, and ordering the assassination of individuals such as nuclear scientists in Iran. The equally fashionista-conscious wives of British and French premiers, David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy, are also reportedly lined up for sanctions in several Middle East and Central Asian countries owing to these leaders supporting the illegal and murderous US-led NATO bombing campaign on Libya. By now, the reader will have spotted the above “report” to be a spoof. However, when it comes to the real world, the European Union is applying such unprecedented measures against the wife of Syria’s President Bashar Al Assad. “EU slaps Sanctions on Assad’s Wife,” read several newspaper headlines after Europe’s foreign ministers banned British born Asma Assad from traveling to EU states, and ordered the freezing of her personal assets. Describing the 36-year-old Syrian First Lady as stylish, glamorous, even sexy, the combined lurid portrayal was aimed at presenting Mrs Assad as an insensitive bimbo in the face of her country’s ongoing violence and misery….. http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=29993 The CIA’s War On Human Consciousness The T.V. Kills Your Brain With The CIA’s Mass Mind Control Gun. “From 1950 to 1962, the C.I.A. ran a massive research project, a veritable Manhattan Project of the mind, spending over $1 billion a year to crack the code of human consciousness, from both mass persuasion and the use of coercion in individual interrogation.” – Professor Alfred McCoy, author of “A Question of Torture: CIA Interrogation, from the Cold War to the War on Terror.” This quote is from Prof. McCoy’s interview with Democracy Now on February 17, 2006. “Our brain is domineering when it comes to coping with reality. We sometimes see things not as they really are, sometimes invent categories that do not exist and sometimes fail to see things that are really there. There are people who have never seen or heard of an aircraft and will not be able to imagine it and a real airplane overhead will be distorted in their minds, creating alternative realities. To recognize that what we call reality is only a consensus reality (only what we have agreed to call reality) is to recognize that we can perceive only what we can conceive. Captain Cook’s ship was invisible to the Tahitians because they could not conceive of such a vessel. Joseph Pearce explains this best: “Man’s mind mirrors a universe that mirrors man’s mind.”” – Bharati Sarkar, “Consciousness – Our third eye.” “Remember: those who are at the top of the heap will always take whatever steps are necessary to maintain the status quo. It is obvious that they cannot completely control the propagation of the information……

http://disquietreservations.blogspot.com/2012/03/cias-war-on-human-consciousness.html

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Articles of Interest

Black Panther who posted bounty for Martin’s killer arrested

The New Black Panther Party member behind the call for vigilante justice against Trayvon Martin’s killer has been arrested. ­On Monday Hashim Nzinga was imprisoned for an unrelated weapons charge. According to a Dekalb County Sheriff’s arrest warrant, Nzinga had a FN Herstal 5.7 x 28 handgun which was pawned. Over the weekend Nzinga announced to the media that anyone who was able to capture Zimmerman, “dead or alive” would be handed a reward of $10,000. The New Black Panther Party’s campaign to track and hunt down Martin’s killer was widely promoted with flyers and press conferences all across Sanford, Florida, the location of the black teen’s death. The radical group’s national chief of staff was arrested during a visit to a probation office by his probation officer….. http://rt.com/usa/news/arrest-panther-zimmerman-new-688/ Citing Potential “Hate,” Feds and Race Profiteers Descend on Florida As race-hatred profiteers like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson whip up a frenzy of hysteria over a hypothetical racial element to the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida last month, the Obama administration’s Justice Department is reportedly investigating whether or not shooter George Zimmerman can be federally prosecuted for a “hate crime.” And experts fear the situation is spiraling quickly out of control. Some observers are even worried a “race war” may erupt as a group of racist blacks — the New Black Panther Party — offered a “bounty” for the “capture” of Zimmerman, who has not been charged with a crime. “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth,” said New Black Panther leader Mikhail Muhammad during a rally in Florida, leading a group of followers chanting “black power.” “It’s time for us, as black men, to take justice in our own hands. If you won’t give us justice, we will have to take justice,” Muhammad told the crowd. “An eye for an eye. A life for a life.” Local officials and law enforcement condemned the incitement to violence and warned that “vigilante justice” could result in criminal charges. But the anti-Semitic black supremacist group has repeatedly called for violence against whites, Jews, and law enforcement. And during the 2008 election, members of the party were caught on film carrying weapons and intimidating voters at polling places….. Post Pic here http://thenewamerican.com/usnews/crime/11310-citing-potential-hate-feds-and-race-profiteers-descend-on-florida 14 defining characteristics of fascism: The U.S. in 2012 Gregory Patin BlacklistedNews.com When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross. — Sinclair Lewis, It Can’t Happen Here. (1935) In the spring of 2003, ex-corporate executive and political scientist Lawrence W. Britt published an essay in Free Inquiry magazine entitled “Fascism Anyone?” In his work, Britt examined the traits of the two governments that formed the original historical model for fascism, Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy, and five other protofascist regimes that imitated that model, Franco’s Spain, Salazar’s Portugal, Papadopoulos’s Greece, Pinochet’s Chile, and Suharto’s Indonesia. He identified 14 characteristics that were common to all of them. These traits have since been widely accepted as the 14 defining characteristics of fascism. Nearly three generations removed from the horrors of Nazi Germany, all of these regimes have been overthrown, but fascism’s principles can still be found in many nations. History tends to repeat itself because many leaders and nations fail to learn from history, or they draw the wrong conclusions. Sadly, historical amnesia is the norm in the world today….. http://www.blacklistednews.com/14_defining_characteristics_of_fascism%3A_The_U.S._in_2012/18642/0/0/0/Y/M.html TSA bars security guru from perv scanner testimony Last minute excuse blocks Bruce Schneier By Iain Thomson in San Francisco • Get more from this author Posted in Security, 26th March 2012 21:03 GMT Security expert Bruce Schneier was been banned at the last minute from testifying in front of congress on the efficacy – or otherwise – of the US Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) much-maligned perv scanners. Schneier is a long-time critic of the TSA’s policies for screening travelers, and was formally invited to appear before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure hearings. However, the TSA objected to his presence because he is currently involved in a legal case over the use of said scanners in US airports. “I was looking forward to sitting next to a TSA person and challenging some of their statements. That would have been interesting,” Schneier told The Register. “The request to appear came from the committee itself, because they’d been reading my stuff on this and thought it would be interesting.”….. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/03/26/tsa_schneier_congress_block/ THE PENTAGON’S SECRET NUCLEAR AGENDA: “Privatizing Nuclear War” By Sherwood Ross BlacklistedNews.com U.S. corporations that reap billions from making nuclear weapons have “a direct voice” as to “their use and deployment,” according to professor Michel Chossudovsky in a recently released book. What’s more, he says, if nuclear weapons are integrated with conventional armaments, a decision to use nuclear weapons could be made by battlefield generals. On August 6, 2003, on Hiroshima Day, (August 6 1945), a secret meeting was held at U.S. Strategic Command headquarters at the Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha, Neb., that brought together more than 150 “senior executives from the nuclear industry and military-industrial complex,” writes Michel Chossudovsky, Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG) in Montreal. “This mingling of defense contractors, scientists and policy-makers was not intended to commemorate Hiroshima”. According to a leaked draft of the agenda, the secret session included discussions on “mini-nukes” and “bunker-buster” bombs with nuclear warheads “for possible use against rogue states,” Chossudovsky writes in his new book, ” The meeting was intended to set the stage for the creation of a new generation of “smaller,” “safer,” and “more usable” nukes for use, in America’s 21st Century “in-theater nuclear wars”, Chossudovsky writes. No members of Congress representing the public were in attendance. Barely a week prior to this meeting, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) disbanded the advisory committee that had “independent oversight” over the U.S. nuclear arsenal, including the testing and/or use of new nuclear devices…..

http://www.blacklistednews.com/THE_PENTAGON%27S_SECRET_NUCLEAR_AGENDA%3A_%22Privatizing_Nuclear_War%22/18665/0/0/0/Y/M.html

Dominique Strauss-Kahn charged in French prostitution case

Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn faced preliminary charges Monday of aggravated pimping, or illegal procurement of prostitutes, in France.

Strauss-Kahn was summoned for eight hours of questioning Monday by French judges investigating an illegal prostitution ring operating out of the northern French city of Lille. The former IMF chief was notified that he was being placed under formal investigation, but allowed to leave after paying 100,000 Euros in bail, and agreeing not to talk to others being investigated in the case, or travel without consulting a judge, the Associated Press reported.

French prosecutors in Lille have been investigating an illegal prostitution ring that is alleged to have brought prostitutes from Belgium to luxury hotels in France and to parties in Washington, D.C., and New York attended by VIP clients, France’s Radio France International reported in October. Eight people have been charged in the case so far, including a police officer in Lille and three directors with the city’s Carlton Hotel, the New York Times reported………

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MF Global: A New Hope In The Effort To Send A Wall Street Big Shot To Jail

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MF Global exec tied to money transfers clams up

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An MF Global executive, who has emerged as a central figure in the desperate shifting of funds before the brokerage’s collapse, refused to answer questions on Wednesday, frustrating lawmakers probing why more than $1 billion in customer money is missing.

Assistant Treasurer Edith O’Brien and other mid-level MF Global (MFGLQ.PK) executives, people who had operational control over money transfers at the brokerage, were called to testify before the investigations panel of the House Financial Services Committee.

O’Brien, a demure-appearing brunette dressed in a somber black dress suit, was excused after refusing to answer questions. The others remained to take scathing questions from the lawmakers who likened the missing customer funds to a grand heist.

The executives were unable to say why the money is missing, and who was responsible for it, keeping open the mystery nearly five months after MF Global filed for bankruptcy and former Chief Executive Jon Corzine resigned from the firm…..

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Faulty generator blamed for fatal poisoning of wealthy banker and his wife in remote Estonian forest

  • 55-year-old worked as analyst at shady Moscow investment firm

By Matt Blake

A wealthy British banker and his wife died of carbon monoxide poisoning in a ‘tragic accident’ at their holiday home in Estonia, an inquest has heard.

Philip Townsend, 55, worked for a mysterious Moscow investment company, where he was an analyst in the lucrative but murky Russian telecoms industry.

But he and his wife MaryAnne, 52, were found dead at the converted barn near the town of Valga on February 24.

They are believed to have been killed by fumes from a faulty generator.

Police at the time said they couldn’t work out if the deaths were suspicious or not.

Four years ago another wealthy British-based tycoon involved in the Russian telecoms industry vanished from his opulent holiday villa in Latvia.
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Soros Loses Case Against French Insider-Trading Conviction

Billionaire investor George Soros lost a challenge to his 2002 insider trading conviction, with the European Court of Human Rights saying French market regulations were clear enough to hold him responsible.

France didn’t violate Soros’s rights in punishing him criminally for trading on inside information about Societe Generale SA in spite of the market regulator’s conclusion that its rules were unclear, the Strasbourg, France-based court said.

“Soros was a famous institutional investor, well-known to the business community and a participant in major financial projects,” the court said in a statement about its ruling. “As a result of his status and experience, he could not have been unaware that his decision to invest” risked violating insider- trading laws, and given “there had been no comparable precedent, he should have been particularly prudent.”

Soros, 81, was convicted in 2002 of insider trading and ordered to repay 2.2 million euros ($2.9 million) he’d made from the share purchase and subsequent sale after a Paris court found he’d acted with the knowledge that the bank might be a takeover target. While prosecutors filed criminal charges, French stock market regulators didn’t pursue Soros, saying insider-trading laws were too vague to determine whether he’d broken them…..

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Soros Criminal Conviction Exposes “Human Rights” Scam

Soros leverages “human rights” for personal gain – as does his global NGO empire.

Tony Cartalucci, Contributor
Activist Post 

Bloomberg’s report, “Soros Loses Case Against French Insider-Trading Conviction,” indicates that an appeal based on a “human rights” violation against Wall Street speculator George Soros has been rejected by the “European Court of Human Rights.” Soros, who was convicted and fined for insider trading in 2002 regarding French bank Société Générale shares he bought in 1988, has built an empire out of obfuscating global criminal activity with the cause of “human rights.”
The court’s decision in rejecting the appeal was based on Soros being “a famous institutional investor, well-known to the business community and a participant in major financial projects,” and thus should have been “particularly prudent” regarding insider-trading laws. The contents of Soros’ appeal, based on “human rights” was not heard, and the details of the appeal not yet made public, however, it is an illustrative example of how Soros and global elitists like him leverage the legitimate cause of human rights and freedom as a means to execute and defend both individual and institutional criminal behavior……

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