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Jan 22 17:33

Army accuses KBR contractors of 'negligent homicide' for electrocution

United States Army investigation has accused former Halliburton subsidiary KBR, along with contractors the company used and two of the firm's supervisors, of 'negligent homicide' in the electrocution of a soldier

Jan 22 17:17

Seagate offers free data recovery for faulty drives, new firmware

Seagate Technology LLC today is offering free data-recovery services for customers who purchased the company's Barracuda 7200.11 desktop hard drive through December 2008. A firmware bug in those drives has produced a high number of failures.

According to users on Seagate's online support forum the drives tend to freeze for about 30 seconds during I/O transfers of streaming video or when reading or writing files at low speeds.

"We're offering free data recovery because the information on the drives is not deleted. It's just rendered inaccessible by this suspect firmware," said Seagate spokesman Michael Hall.

Jan 22 17:10

MAC HACKERS - Pirated iWork '09 installer may contain trojan horse

Intego, makers of VirusBarrier and other security software for the Macintosh, issued a security alert for Mac users on Thursday, advising them about the existence of a new Trojan Horse, which they’ve named OSX.Trojan.iServices.A. This new Trojan Horse can be found in pirated copies of Apple’s iWork ‘09 application suite, which has been downloaded over 20,000 times, according to Intego’s numbers.

When installing an infected pirated copy of iWork ‘09, an extra iWorkServices package is installed; this installation begins as soon as the user launches the iWork ‘09 installer. This package is installed as a system-wide startup item, where it has read-write permissions as root. In other words, this code can do anything to any part of the system, with full authorization.

Jan 22 14:41

Housekeeper and Taxes Said to Derail PRINCESS CAROLINE'S SENATE SEAT Bid

DANNY HAKIM and NICHOLAS CONFESSORE | Wed- Jan 22, 2009 | New York Times

ALBANY — Problems involving taxes and a household employee surfaced during the vetting of Caroline Kennedy and derailed her candidacy for the Senate [...]

Jan 22 14:15

It Is Time To Get Angry...

We live in a society that tolerates lying as part of normal social behavior in the form of "white lies". We expect politicians to lie to us. We accept that CEOs lie to us. I am here to say, "where does it end?"

Jan 22 13:28

Ahhhhh, The Memories!

Jan 22 11:55

Galileo may get eyes checked posthumously

DNA tests may determine if vision problems affected some of his findings
Italian and British scientists want to exhume the body of 16th century astronomer Galileo for DNA tests to determine if his severe vision problems may have affected some of his findings.

Jan 22 11:27

New staff find White House in tech Dark Ages

'It's kind of like going from an Xbox to an Atari,' an Obama aide says

Jan 22 11:20

Gordon Brown's plan to save the world

An embarrassing slip of the tongue

Jan 22 11:02

Increase in burglaries shows effect of recession

The first indications that the recession is beginning to have an effect on the underlying crime rate in England and Wales are evident in today's Home Office quarterly crime figures.

The rises recorded in the police data for domestic burglaries and fraud and forgery in the year to September are warning signs that the longest sustained fall in the overall crime rate in modern history will soon be coming to an end.

It has long been recognised that the best anti-crime measure of all is a job and, as unemployment starts to rise rapidly, criminologists expect to see increases in the offences that are committed in big volumes, such as burglary and car crime, and make up the bulk of the overall crime rate.

Jan 22 10:45

Barclays may lose control to Gulf investors

The Government is in talks with Barclays after the bank admitted that raising extra capital could trigger a clause that would deliver control to its Middle East investors.

Government insiders were last night reeling at the possibility that helping Barclays could see Britain's fourth biggest lender automatically delivered to the Middle East as the result of a little known clause agreed in the bank's October capital raising.

Jan 22 10:18

How to Inflame the Entire Muslim World

How will history describe the Israeli war against the Palestinians in Gaza? Another Holocaust, this time perpetrated by the descendants of the victims? An election ploy by ambitious Israeli politicians to win votes in the February 10 elections? A test range for new American weapons? An effort to lock the new Obama Administration into an anti-Iranian position? An attempt to establish its military "credibility" after its disastrous defeat in the war with Hezbollah in Lebanon in 2006? Perhaps all of these…and more.

Jan 22 09:55

Israel wanted a humanitarian crisis

The scale of Israel's attack on the Gaza Strip, and the almost daily reports of war crimes over the last three weeks, has drawn criticism from even longstanding friends and sympathizers. Despite the Israeli government's long-planned and comprehensive PR campaign, hundreds of dead children is a hard sell. As a former Israeli government press adviser put it, in a wonderful bit of unintentional irony, "When you have a Palestinian kid facing an Israeli tank, how do you explain that the tank is actually David and the kid is Goliath?

Jan 22 09:26

Human Spaceflight Should Drive Evolution

Plans for human exploration of the solar system and beyond often polarize opinions among the public and scientific communities.

Jan 22 09:26

Interim NASA Chief Takes Charge Until Obama Settles on Successor

Mike Griffin gave his last speech as NASA administrator to his staff before departing Washington on a ski vacation on Jan. 16, leaving Associate Administrator Chris Scolese to run the agency until U.S. President Barack Obama settles on a successor.

Jan 22 09:20

Travel advisory issued for top IDF officers

IDF officers intending to travel to Europe, whether for business or pleasure, have been advised to contact the Judge Advocate General's Office prior to leaving Israel; and some may be instructed not to leave the country.

The advisory has been issued following Israel's concern that international arrest warrants may be issued against officers who were involved in the Israeli offensive in Gaza, on charges of war crimes.

Jan 22 08:49

Tiny Timothy Geithner Blithering Like a Drama Queen Before Congressional Hearing

Thur- Jan. 22, 2009 | Bloomberg.com | Rebecca Christie in Washington

Geithner Pledges Prolonged Effort to Stabilize Banks

Timothy Geithner, President Barack Obama’s nominee for Treasury secretary, pledged an expanded and prolonged government role in everything from stabilizing banks to ensuring credit for small businesses [and Tiny Tim apparently intends to give your kids the allowance they've lost too!].

Geithner [...] told lawmakers yesterday “we’re at the beginning of this process of repairing the system, not close to the end.” He committed to “much more substantial action” on a “very dramatic scale.”

Jan 22 08:20

US army recruitments up as jobs dwindle

The US military is luring Americans to join the service as the country's devouring economic recession is cutting jobs across the nation.

The last few months witnessed dramatic rises in the country's unemployment rates with the December jobless rates skyrocketing to 7.2%.

The army, meanwhile, has offered a steady paycheck, benefits and training to any individual who joins the forces.

As the result, military recruiters said they have had no problems enlisting new blood despite the hazards that tend to scare the young off, The New York Times reported.

Jan 22 08:12

Europe’s winter of discontent

A hurried resolution to the Ukraine-Russia gas war was reached during a visit to Moscow by Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko to meet with her Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin this week. Ukraine finally agreed to pay higher European prices for Russian gas in 2010, after a 20 percent discount in 2009.

This accord came in the wake of sharp criticism of Ukraine by European leaders and Putin’s first official visit to Germany as prime minister, where he presented a more ambitious long-term solution to the unending troubles with Ukraine that have left European countries without winter fuel more than once. His proposal involves leading European energy companies forming a consortium with Russia’s Gazprom to ensure that Russian supplies reach their destination.

Jan 22 08:11

Far side of the moon 'once faced Earth before asteroid flipped it around'

The mysterious far side of the moon has long excited astronomers and science fiction writers alike because it never faces the Earth.

Jan 22 08:10

Obama Sends Biden on 'Special Mission' to Antarctica

In the first major initiative of his presidency, President Barack Obama today dispatched Vice President Joe Biden on what he called "an important and special mission" to Antarctica.

Jan 22 08:03

Phantom Shares

Jan 22 07:41

Microsoft to slash 5,000 jobs, misses on 2Q profit

the layoffs appear to be a first for Microsoft, which was founded in 1975, aside from relatively limited staff cuts the software company made after acquiring companies.

The company announced the cuts as it reported an 11 percent drop in second-quarter profit, which fell short of Wall Street's expectations. Microsoft shares plunged 7 percent in pre-market trading.

Microsoft said it was being hurt by deteriorating global economic conditions and lower revenue from software for PCs. The holiday quarter of 2008 was the worst the PC market had seen in several years.

Jan 22 06:41

WANTED For war crimes and crimes against humanity

Take note of wanted posters of additional war criminals at the bottom of the page (at link). Notify the appropriate authorities if any of these dangerous psychopathic war criminals are spotted in your neighborhood.

The Prosecutor
POBox 19519
2500 Hague
Netherlands
Fax +31 70 515 8 555
otp.informationdesk@icc-cpi.int

Jan 22 06:34

Obama 'faithfully RE-executes' his oath inside White House after fumbled first attempt on inauguration day

Barack Obama has taken his oath of office for a second time after he and Chief Justice John Roberts fumbled their lines during the inauguration day swearing in ceremony.

Jan 22 06:29

Capitalism’s Self-inflicted Apocalypse

After the overthrow of communist governments in Eastern Europe, capitalism was paraded as the indomitable system that brings prosperity and democracy, the system that would prevail unto the end of history.

The present economic crisis, however, has convinced even some prominent free-marketeers that something is gravely amiss. Truth be told, capitalism has yet to come to terms with several historical forces that cause it endless trouble: democracy, prosperity, and capitalism itself, the very entities that capitalist rulers claim to be fostering.

Plutocracy vs. Democracy

Jan 22 06:07

Spring is arriving 'two days earlier than half a century ago' as global temperatures rise

Spring is arriving earlier than it was half a century ago, a definitive new study has shown.

Jan 22 05:49

Will the real Barack Hussein Obama please stand up?

The American people right now are giddily supporting their president. The feeling of unity and excitement is palpable. The feel is not unlike the days after the tragedy of 9/11/01, when Americans were told they were attacked by terrorists who hated freedom.

Jan 22 05:45

How Citigroup managed to pull a 180

Citigroup executed a classic Washington fold earlier this month when it agreed with lawmakers on Capitol Hill to back the so-called bankruptcy cram down legislation, which it and the rest of the banking industry had been fighting for years.

Jan 22 05:34

Bad Bank, Bad News

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson blew it, Ben Bernancke blew it and now it looks like Lawrence Summers and David Axelrod, Obama's top economic advisers, are about to blow it big time. The horse is long since dead but the flogging continues.

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