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Feb 01 18:10

Robber gets effluent, by mistake

A hapless thief drilled his way into a French bank at the weekend, but missed the safe and instead found himself in a lavatory where he was promptly arrested, a French newspaper reported on Sunday.

The 21-year-old broke into a building adjoining a branch of Banque Populaire in the Mediterranean port city of Marseille in the early hours of Saturday morning, La Provence newspaper said.

The paper said the man, who came from Belgium and was not named, thought that he was going to end up in a room housing safe deposit boxes but instead drilled into the lavatories.

Alarms were triggered when he broke through the wall and police caught the man when they arrived on the scene.

Feb 01 18:07

EBay top bidder: Take our money, keep your stuff

It started as a family joke: Facing snowballing medical expenses for their two young disabled children, Gregg and Brittiny Peters quipped they might need to sell everything they owned to stay solvent. As the bills tipped $10,000, however, the idea was no longer funny.

So on Thursday, the Gainesville, Ga., couple accepted a winning $20,000 eBay bid for all their belongings minus their house.

It came with one catch. The winning bidders, Donnia and Keith Blair of Texas, want the family to have the money, but keep their stuff.

Feb 01 18:01

$36, 000 membership fee to join Clinton foundation

$36,000 buys criticism for RPI
Amid layoffs, fee to Clinton group spurs questions on $1.1M for Kenya
By MARC PARRY, Staff writer
First published in print: Saturday, January 31, 2009

TROY-- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is defending payments to Bill Clinton's foundation as new details emerge about its plans to invest far more in an African education collaboration linked to one of the foundation's ventures.

RPI drew criticism from a faculty leader and an alumnus when the institute surfaced on a long-secret list of foundation contributors that Clinton released in December. Rensselaer later said the money reflected not a donation but $36,000 in "membership fees" to join the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).

Feb 01 17:21

Turn off the Canadian media, please

People in a country like Canada use their own media - public (CBC) and private (CanWest, TorStar, CTVglobemedia) - to know what is happening in their own country. Media are also an important part of forging a national identity. They are supposed to represent the broad spectrum of Canadian opinion. When they present information on the rest of the world, they do so from a Canadian perspective and have the Canadian audience in mind.

And today, if you want to have the first idea what is happening in Israel/Palestine (or most of the rest of the world), the best thing to do would be to turn them off completely.

Feb 01 16:55

Barackonomics 101 - The "Equal" Pay Law

If, as our illustrious Puppet-in-Chief assumes, that these "equally"-qualified women are being paid less than "equally"-qualified men, then why would the "greedy capitalist pig" employer hire any men at all? Wouldn't the employers go out of their way to hire as many cheaper women as possible? Wouldn't there be a large amount of higher-priced male unemployment on the market?

Feb 01 16:51

A Jew unveils the farse of the Gas Chamber in Auschwitz

But how do we know it really happened? What "proofs" are offered for those not willing to take history on faith alone?

Feb 01 14:29

Pre-9/11, we fought a covert war on American soil – against Israel

You really have to hand it to the Israelis: they are nothing if not blatant. Their response to Fox News reporter Carl Cameron's devastating exposé of Israel's massive spy operation in the US can hardly be repeated with a straight face. Mark Regev, a spokesman at the Israeli embassy in Washington is quoted by the Jerusalem Post as saying:

"The report on Fox News contains no quoted source, it has in no way demonstrated anything more than anonymous innuendo, and should be regarded accordingly. Israel does not spy on the United States of America."

Gee, Mark, does the name Jonathan Pollard ring a bell?

Feb 01 14:26

Shot Briton's family 'gets £1.5m'

The family of a British cameraman shot dead in Gaza in 2003 have accepted a reported £1.5m payout from Israel.

James Miller, 34, from Devon, was filming a documentary when he was shot dead in the town of Rafah.

His family, who have said he was shot by a soldier, said it was "probably the closest (we) will get to an admission of guilt on the part of the Israelis".

Feb 01 14:23

Hamas 'would recognise' pre-1967 Israel

Hamas would recognise Israel if it withdraws to its pre-1967 borders, a French Jewish writer said this week after meeting the exiled leader of the Palestinian Islamist movement, Khaled Meshaal.

"He told me that Hamas was prepared to recognise Israel on the lines of June 4, 1967. He told me so several times," Marek Halter told AFP on Monday.

The date refers to Palestinian demands for an end to Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, captured in the 1967 war.

Halter's meeting with Meshaal took place in Damascus last month, on the eve of Israel's 22-day offensive, which left more than 1,330 Palestinians dead, according to Gaza medics, and vast swathes of the territory in ruins.

Feb 01 14:16

Kenya petrol tanker explosion kills 100

The tanker explosion occurred near Molo, a small town in the Rift Valley Province -- about 130 kilometers (80 miles) from the capital, a spokesman for the Kenyan police said.

The tanker overturned along a highway spilling gallons of gas which hundreds of residents rushed to scoop up, said Titus Mung'ou of the Kenyan Red Cross.

"People were lining up trying to get the fuel," he said. "They were siphoning off petrol for over an hour. Some people had drilled holes in the tanker and were charging a fee for the assembled crowd."

The vehicle exploded about an hour later, apparently after one of the residents lit a cigarette or started a fire at the crash site, Mung'ou said.

Feb 01 14:07

States' National Guards, the US Army's Foreign Legion

Louisiana troops back in Japan on exercise
Soldiers should return from Orient this week.
By John Andrew Prime • jprime@gannett.com • February 1, 2009 2:00 am
"More troops from the Louisiana Army National Guard are learning to say things like "hai!" and "domo-arigato" as they take part in Operation Orient Shield 2009 in Japan."
"The bilateral planning processes and training conducted during Orient Shield 2009 will not only improve the effectiveness of the 42nd Infantry Regiment and the 2nd Squadron, 108th Cavalry Regiment, but will further enhance our two nations' long-standing alliance and continued friendship," said Lt. Col. Will Rachal, the 2/108th's commander, who is with his soldiers on the exercise.

Feb 01 14:01

Arising, another VietNam in the Philippines?

US troops in Capiz military exercises 'confined to barracks' due to NPA threat
01/30/2009 | 01:32 PM

MANILA, Philippines — American troops engaged in joint RP-US joint military exercises in Capiz are prohibited from leaving their barracks and the training area without permission from Philippine authorities.
"Exercises involve 141 personnel of the 3ID and 31 US soldiers, mostly trainers.
Training exercises will be held within the training area of the military camp and 11 training activities including civic-military programs among residents in surrounding barangays.
Earlier, the 3ID said the joint military exercises aim to develop the skills of its personnel and enhance the interoperability of US and Filipino troops.

Feb 01 13:22

Sign of the Times: A Citizens Guide to Dumpster Diving

My partner and I don't have enough money to eat well and neither do our friends. But we have a little secret I'd like to share with you--on one condition--you have to share the food you find with others and also use good judgment.

Feb 01 11:04

Pakistan Gun Market Video - Look before you leap.

So lemme get this straight - America intends to control this place?

Feb 01 10:39

Japan sewage yields more gold than top mines

A sewage treatment facility in central Japan has recorded a higher gold yield from sludge than can be found at some of the world's best mines.

Feb 01 10:36

Czech president attacks Al Gore's climate campaign

"I don't think that there is any global warming," said the 67-year-old liberal, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the European Union. "I don't see the statistical data for that."

Feb 01 10:27

Bombing Civilians and collateral damage from Bill Moyers Jounal

Snip below is a transcript from Bill Moyers Journal, (Jan 30, 2009). His guests on the show are historian Marilyn Young, author of BOMBING CIVILIANS: A TWENTIETH CENTURY HISTORY and former Pentagon official Pierre Sprey, who developed military planes and helped found the military reform movement.

BILL MOYERS: Welcome to the JOURNAL.

Very often in the White House, the most momentous decisions are, at the time, the least dramatic, the least discussed. And they don't make news, or history, until much later, when their consequences bubble to the surface downstream. There are observers who think that could prove to be the case with a decision made within hours of Barack Obama's swearing in last week.

Feb 01 10:17

Terrorist Geese Bring Down US Air 1549 in NYC

The fact is, WE (and, of course, Israel) are responsible for the rise of militant Gooslam. Given our actions, is it any wonder that gaggles of Goslings would reject the teachings of moderate Goose leaders, when those leaders are perceived as being in the pocket of the West? Given our actions, is it any wonder that these young Gooslamists would flock to more assertive leaders, leaders whose commitment to their cause cannot be questioned? Given our actions, the rise of a “Goosama” was inevitable. We have only ourselves to blame. (Does anyone doubt that somewhere there’s a photo of Donald Rumsfeld shaking hands with a Goose?)

Feb 01 09:36

BELLAMY/DUCHAMP: World is getting colder

As President Obama takes office, and as the European Union is about to waste one trillion euros to de-carbonize the economy (in a bid to stop nonexistent man-made global warming) they would be well-advised to perform a reality check on what's currently happening to the climate. Talking to independent scientists about the positive properties of CO2 (plant food that enhances crops) would also be a good idea.

If they don't, we may be in for mass starvation. And let's not forget that the world population is increasing by about 78 million every year.

Feb 01 09:32

Scientist see holes in glacier at Alaska volcano

Geologists monitoring Mount Redoubt for signs of a possible eruption noticed that a hole in the glacier clinging to the north side of the volcano had doubled in size overnight — and now spans the length of two football fields.

Scientists with the Alaska Volcano Observatory on Friday flew close to Drift Glacier and spotted vigorous steam emitted from a hole on the mountain. By Saturday, they had confirmed the area was a fumarole, an opening in the earth that emits gases and steam, that was increasing in size at an alarming rate.

They also saw water streaming down the glacier, indicating heat from magma is reaching higher elevations of the mountain.

Feb 01 09:21

Ahmadinejad slams ban on Holocaust probe

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Western countries have blocked research on the Holocaust to achieve their political objectives.

"Western countries have prevented any kind of research on the Holocaust for almost 60 years to maintain their dominance over other nations," President Ahmadinejad said in a written message to a conference on the Holocaust on Tuesday.

The Holocaust - as defined by the West - has been used as a tool for countries including the US to prevent the emergence of any other power in the world, the message added.

Feb 01 09:18

Firms back data protection pledge

Firms are being encouraged to back a pledge to safeguard the data they hold about citizens and customers.

Drafted by the Information Commissioner, the Personal Information Promise tries to improve respect for the data companies have gathered.

Feb 01 09:04

Broadband link to U.S. jobs exaggerated: experts

A co-author of a widely cited forecast that nearly 300,000 U.S. jobs would be created for every percentage point rise in high-speed Internet use said these and similar estimates are "a gross overestimate."

Feb 01 08:57

[Video] The Great Global Warming Swindle

Feb 01 08:40

Geithner to Unveil Strategy to Revive Credit Flow

New York Times Online | Sat- January 31, 2009 | DAVID STOUT

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner will soon announce a new strategy for reviving the country’s financial system while making sure that banking executives do not misuse federal money meant to assist their companies, President Obama said Saturday in his weekly address.

(There's a great picture of Tiny Tim Geithner smiling and looking like an elf-twit, and, a lumbering Paul Volcker looking just a wee bit more restrained.)

Feb 01 08:39

North Korea Says 2 Koreas On Path Toward War

North Korea warned on Sunday that the downward spiral of relations with the South has pushed the peninsula to the brink of war, two days after it said it was scrapping all pacts with its rich capitalist neighbor.

Feb 01 08:35

The Quiet Sun May Mean Another Dalton Minimum

The total number of spotless days in this solar minimum exceeds 500 days since the last maximum. The number of blank days in this cycle now makes this sunspot cycle the longest since cycle 9 in 1848.

In fact, a blank sun was seen by astronomers for more than 260 days during 2008, making last year the second blankest year of the last century. Sunspot activity was also lacking throughout 2007.

So, if the sun stays quiet for a few more months we will begin to rival the activity of the sun in the early 1800s. It was the last time the earth has experienced such low solar activity and the result was dramatic global cooling referred to as the Dalton Minimum .

Feb 01 08:23

Israel vows tough rocket response

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has vowed a "disproportionate" response to rocket attacks on Israel from Gaza.

He was speaking at his weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, soon after at least two rockets hit southern Israel. No casualties were reported.

Feb 01 08:21

BBC abandons 'impartiality' on warming

In terms of journalistic professionalism, the sad thing about all this is that the debate about global warming has now entered a fascinating new stage. Honest coverage of all the new information coming to light would be vastly more interesting to the BBC's audience than the vapid propaganda which is all they get.

But inevitably this also exposes the hollowness of all those claims that the BBC still has a duty to remain "impartial", which on this issue is belied by own guidelines. As a particularly glaring example of how the BBC has, on so many issues, abandoned any pretence of impartiality, this can only provide more ammunition to those who argue that it no longer deserves that compulsory licence fee.

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