(Guardian) – Climate scientist sues newspaper for ‘poisoning’ global warming debate
Climate modeller Andrew Weaver launches libel action in Canada for publishing ‘grossly irresponsible falsehoods’ Read More Here
(FreedomPub) – Global Warming to Blame for Icelandic Volcanic Eruption
So says Alan Weisman, the author of the best-selling book, The World Without Us — which, considering the tone of his latest piece on CNN.com, seems to be more of a wish than a prediction. Read More Here
(Guardian) – Pachauri: Despite attacks from critics, climate science will prevail
The chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change acknowledges it has been a rough few months for his organization. But, he argues, no amount of obfuscation and attacks by conspiracy theorists will alter the basic facts — global warming is real and intensifying. Read More Here
While bloggers like OpenParachute’s Ken Perrott and Hot Topic’s Gareth Renowden have tried to claim vindication from the Oxburgh whitewash, many actual scientists have seen the ‘inquiry’ for the scam that it is.
Criticisms of the Oxburgh report that have been made include: bias of some of the members including the Chair, not examining the papers that are at the heart of the controversies, lack of consideration of the actual criticisms made by Steve McIntyre and others, and a short report with few specifics that implies a superficial investigation. When I first read the report, I thought I was reading the executive summary and proceeded to look for the details; well, there weren’t any. And I was concerned that the report explicitly did not address the key issues that had been raised by the skeptics. Upon reading Andrew Montford’s analysis, I learned: “So we have an extraordinary coincidence – that both the UEA submission to the [UK Parliament’s Science and Technology] Select Committee and Lord Oxburgh’s panel independently came up with almost identical lists of papers to look at, and that they independently neglected key papers like Jones 1998 and Osborn and Briffa 2006.” I recall reading this statement from one of the blogs, which seems especially apt: the fire department receives report of a fire in the kitchen; upon investigating the living room, they declare that there is no fire in the house.
(ABCNews) – Flu shots suspended after kids hospitalised
The Western Australian Government has suspended all flu vaccinations for children under five while it investigates a spike in admissions to Princess Margaret Hospital in Perth. Read More Here
(NaturalNews) – Millions drink toxic water in the USA, but it’s EPA-approved
It has been so long since the federal law regulating tap water has been updated that since 2004, more than one-fifth of the U.S. population has consumed tap water that the government classifies as toxic, but still approves for human consumption.
“People don’t understand that just because water is technically legal, it can still present health risks,” said Pankaj Parekh, director of water quality for the City of Los Angeles. Read More Here
(LaudyMS) – Genetically Modified Soy Linked to Sterility, Infant Mortality in Hamsters
“This study was just routine,” said Russian biologist Alexey V. Surov, in what could end up as the understatement of this century. Surov and his colleagues set out to discover if Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) soy, grown on 91% of US soybean fields, leads to problems in growth or reproduction. What he discovered may uproot a multi-billion dollar industry. Read More Here
(AlterNet) – Food in the U.S. Is Still Tainted with Chemicals That Were Banned Decades Ago
Thirty-eight years after DDT was banned, Americans still consume trace amounts of the infamous insecticide every day, along with more than 20 other banned chemicals. Read More Here
In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won’t go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.
(Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield’s Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms’ Joel Salatin, Food, Inc. reveals surprising—and often shocking truths—about what we eat, how it’s produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.
(Xinhua) – Iran plans to produce missile systems similar to Russia S-300: official – Read More Here
(ArabTimes) – Israel releases Hamas minister; 7,500 Palestinians remain under detention
Israel on Wednesday released a Hamas minister after three years of imprisonment. Hamas said in a press statement that that Wasfi Kabaha, minister of state for separation wall and settlements affairs, was released from the southern Israeli prison of Negev and returned to his home in the West Bank village of Barta’a near Jenin. Read More Here
(IrishTimes) – Sarkozy orders Bill banning full Islamic veils – Read More Here
(Dawn) – Early Afghan pullout would be worse than 9/11: Merkel
Leaving Afghanistan too soon would be “far more disastrous” than 9/11 due to the risk of extremists acquiring nuclear materials, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday, defending an unpopular mission. Read More Here
(RiaNov) – Drills in Far East to involve warships of three Russian fleets
Warships of three Russian fleets will meet in the Sea of Japan during large-scale military exercises in the Far East, a Pacific Fleet source told RIA Novosti on Friday. Read More Here
(HuffingtonPost) – The Korean Maritime Crisis Goes Suicidal: Damn the Torpedos? Read More Here
(Yonhap) – N. Korea to carry out freezing of S. Korean assets over four days next week Read More Here
(IPS) – U.S. Nuclear Option on Iran Linked to Israeli Attack Threat
The Barack Obama administration’s declaration in its Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) that it is reserving the right to use nuclear weapons against Iran represents a new element in a strategy of persuading Tehran that an Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear sites is a serious possibility if Iran does not bow to the demand that it cease uranium enrichment. Read More Here
(RawStory) – Syria providing ‘wider array’ of missiles to Hezbollah: US – Read More Here
(AntiWar) – Afghan ‘Exit Strategy’ Won’t Involve Removing Any Troops – Read More Here
(RussiaToday) – Video: Iraq, Afghan wars drop bombs on US image abroad as Obama’s fame fades – Video Link Here
(FarsNews) – Iran Stresses Preparedness to Repel Enemy Attacks
The massive wargames conducted by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in the Persian Gulf showed that any enemy threats against the country will be reciprocated by Iran’s powerful response, a senior Iranian official said on Saturday. Read More Here
(OGJ) – Saboteurs hit Iraq’s northern oil pipeline, halting exports
Iraqi oil exports have been cut due to sabotage along the northern pipeline system, according to officials who say repairs could take up to a week. The 970-km line transports crude oil from the country’s Kirkuk fields to Turkey’s Mediterranean port of Ceyhan. Read More Here
(TrubuneMedia) – Lies and Wars – William Pfaff
It is a dismaying reflection that the facilitator of major violence thus far in the twenty-first century have been lies told by democratic governments. The lies are continuing to be told, about the supposed “existential” menace posed by Iran to Israel, America and (if you believe some European leaders) to Western Europe. Read More Here
(Reuters) – No Sign Scuds Moved to Lebanon – U.S. Officials
Doubts are growing within the U.S. defence and intelligence community about allegations that long-range Scud missiles from Syria have been shipped to the Hezbollah guerrilla group in neighbouring Lebanon, U.S. officials said on Thursday. Read More Here
(Uruknet) – Bulldozers return to destroy children’s playground in Beit Jala. Six activists arrested
Israeli bulldozers today destroyed a garden and children’s playground in Beit Jala, and 100 fruit and olive trees in Al Walaja, both in the Bethlehem district, to make way for the continued construction of their illegal apartheid wall. Read More Here
(PopularMechanics) – Hypersonic Cruise Missile: America’s New Global Strike Weapon
The mission: Attack anywhere in the world in less than an hour. But is the Pentagon’s bold program a critical new weapon for hitting elusive targets, or a good way to set off a nuclear war? Read More Here
(AntiWar) – US Rules Out Removing Its Nukes From Europe
Despite increased calls from European officials to remove them, the United States today ruled out moving its hundreds of “battlefield nukes” from Europe, insisting that they must remain to ensure that Europe shares the “nuclear risks and responsibilities.” Read More Here
(TheStar) – Tony Blair Stands Accused – Malaysia must not allow this mass murderer to be immune from justice
It is distressing to note that former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has been invited to Malaysia as an honoured guest of an NGO when he stands accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity by many learned and independent scholars of international law. Read More Here
(WattsUpWithThat) – UPDATE: I’ve been in contact with the Eureka Weather Station manager, and despite the incredible nature of the temperature jumps that are outside of normal experiences, such as July 14 2009, they do appear to be real. The METAR coding errors are another issue. I have many pictures now, plus a plan map, and a better meteorological insight than what can be gained from the meager online metadata. I’ll have an updated post later tonight or tomorrow – Anthony Continue reading →
(Rense) – FIRA – The 800 LB Gorilla In The Financial ‘Reform’ Bill – Joel Skousen
The lackluster Republican opposition to Senator Dodd’s Financial Reform bill is focused on whether or not the Democratic proposal allows for or prohibits additional bailouts. A secondary hot topic is the supposed derivative limitations. Frankly, these are both red herrings. They serve to mask an even larger danger that no one is talking about: a huge new government agency that will control all financial institutions in the US–and not just the “too big to fail” ones. Read More Here
(BBC) – UK unemployment increases to 2.5 million
The number of people unemployed in the UK rose by 43,000 to 2.5 million during the three months to February, official figures have shown. Read More Here
(WSJ) – 2nd UPDATE: US Regulators Close Seven Illinois Banks – Read More Here
(EPJ) – Understanding Just How Dangerous a Value-Added Tax Is – Read More Here
(EconomicPolicyJournal) – Here’s the Serious Situation that Could Blow Goldman Sachs Out of the Water – Read More Here
(WSWS) – Collapse of the Standard of Living in the USA
Studies Reveal Declining Living Standards and Increasing Anger Read More Here
(NPR) – Goldman Sachs Boasted As The Meltdown Unfolded
E-mails released Saturday morning show top executives at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. boasting about the money the firm was making as the national housing market collapsed in 2007. Read More Here
(MyBudget360) – The Futile Act of Saving in America Today – No Money Down Car Purchases, Low Down Payment for a big Mortgage, and High Interest Credit Cards for Everyday Spending – Read More Here
(BigGovernment) – IndyMac Attack: Did Schumer, Paulson, Soros, and the CRL Kill the Bank and Profit From Its Collapse? – Read More Here
(WSWS) – Obama Reassures Wall Street on Bank Regulation Bill
President Barack Obama went to lower Manhattan Thursday to deliver a message to Wall Street: Your profits and bonuses will not be disturbed by the regulatory overhaul making its way through Congress. Read More Here
(ZeroHedge) – Greece Welcomes Its New IMF Overlords With Day Of Rioting And National Strikes – Read More Here
(WashingtonPost) – For nations living the good life, the party’s over, IMF says
In the lingo of the International Monetary Fund, the future of the world hinges on “rebalancing and consolidation,” antiseptic words that would not seem to raise a fuss.
(GlobalResearch) – Mortgage Madness: Financial Fraud in the Housing Market – Mike Whitney – Read More Here
(TruthDig) – The Story of the Financial Debacle: Goldman Plays, We Pay
The story of the financial debacle will end the way it began, with the super-hustlers from Goldman Sachs at the center of the action and profiting wildly. Never in U.S. history has one company wielded such destructive power over our political economy, irrespective of whether a Republican or a Democrat happened to be president. Read More Here
(WashingtonPost) – The best financial reform? Let the bankers fail
The trouble with Wall Street isn’t that too many bankers get rich in the booms. The trouble, rather, is that too few get poor — really, suitably poor — in the busts. Read More Here
(BoomBustBlog) – What We’re Looking For To Go Splat!
We have started picking new companies for forensic analysis, along with the ongoing study of the Pan-European Debt Crisis. Below you will find a sneak peak of what we have unearthed but first, the obligatory romp through recent news… Read More Here
(GoldScents) – On The Bring of an Asset Explosion II
Let me start off by saying the market should be correcting. Sentiment has reached ridiculous bullish extremes, the kind of extremes that led to the January /February correction. Read More Here
(RawStory) – The suicide rate among war veterans is extraordinary, new data reveals.
Thirty try to commit suicide each day, on average, reports the Army Times. Eighteen succeed, roughly five of whom receive medical care from Veterans Affairs, rated one of the best health programs in the country. Continue reading →
(DvidsHub) – The New York City Fire Department and the Marines’ Chemical Biological Incident Response Force responded to a simulated exploded bus, a subway chemical attack, a building collapse and two IED attacks, April 22.
The all-day exercise was the culmination of a weeklong training evolution at FDNY Fire Academy on Randall’s Island pairing Marines and firefighters. The Chemical Biological Incident Response Force, based in Indian Head, Md., has a history with the FDNY going back to the unit’s founding in 1996. Deputy Chief and Marine veteran Raymond Downey helped develop the original training for the unit. After he died in the World Trade Center rescue effort, their training facility was named after Downey. Continue reading →
(Infowars) – Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer ignored Obama, the Democrats in Washington, and La Raza and other pro-illegal immigration groups and signed a law that will allow police to deal with illegal aliens. “We in Arizona have been more than patient waiting for Washington to act,” Brewer said after signing the law. “But decades of inaction and misguided policy have created a dangerous and unacceptable situation.” Continue reading →
Editor’s note: Graham has been working with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on an immigration plan
News of ALIPAC’s request for Senator Lindsey Graham to come out of the closet, so his constituents will be on even footing with corrupt special interests in Washington regarding his secret lifestyle, is being reported nationally and William Gheen will appear on the Thom Hartmann and Lou Dobbs radio shows today.
William Gheen’s nine minute speech has gone viral on YouTube in the last 24 hours generating over 41,000 views, and has earned over 14 honors in YouTube’s News & Politics including 7th most discussed video, 11th most viewed, and 21st top rated video of the day. Continue reading →
(RussiaToday) – The IMF has proposed levying two global taxes on the worlds banks to make sure the banks dont get us into trouble again. If that sounds dubious that’s because it is, in reality what is being proposed, and has been falling into place for some time, is the framework for an unelected global authority with powers above and beyond those of sovereign governments. Continue reading →
(RawStory) – A microbiologist who supervised the work of accused anthrax killer Bruce E. Ivins explained to a National Academy of Sciences panel Thursday why the arithmetic of growing anthrax didn’t add up to Ivins’ mailing deadly spores in fall 2001.
“Impossible,” said Dr. Henry S. Heine of a scenario in which Ivins, another civilian microbiologist working for the Army, allegedly prepared the anthrax spores at an Army lab at Fort Detrick. Heine told the 16-member panel that Ivins would have had to grow as many as 10 trillion spores, an astronomical amount that couldn’t have gone unnoticed by his colleagues. Continue reading →
(WVRecord) – Fifty recently filed lawsuits allege Monsanto and related companies are responsible for causing cancer.
Each of the complaints, filed Aug. 3 in Putnam Circuit Court, say Monsanto and its successor companies caused cancer by exposing the plaintiffs to dioxins/furans contamination of the air and property in and around Nitro. The cases mention the “negligent and otherwise unlawful release of dioxin from defendants’ waste disposal practices on properties … located in and about Nitro, West Virginia.” Continue reading →