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Jan 22 19:35

Edlington child torturers: we attacked because we were bored

Two young brothers inflicted numerous injuries on two children during a sadistic 90-minute orgy of violence, torture and sexual abuse that began because they were bored and there was “nothing to do”, a court heard today.
The pair, aged 10 and 11....only ended their attack when their arms began to ache from the punches and stones that they had thrown.

Jan 22 19:16

Zero deaths caused by vitamins, minerals, amino acids or herbs

To hear opponents of natural medicine say it, vitamins and herbs are extremely dangerous for your health. They should be regulated, we're told, because they're so dangerous!

Statistics from the U.S. National Poison Data System prove otherwise. According to a 174-page report just published, the number of people killed in 2009 across America by vitamins, minerals, amino acids or herbal supplements is exactly zero.

Compare that to the 100,000 (or so) Americans killed each year by FDA-approved pharmaceuticals -- and that's even according to studies published in JAMA. Also consider the thousands of women harmed or killed by medically-unjustified cancer treatments following false positives from faulty mammograms.

Jan 22 19:06

Is 'Al Qaeda' the Modern Incarnation of 'Emmanuel Goldstein'?

Stop and think for a minute. Do the acts of terror accomplish anything for the group that is blamed for the terror?

Does terror achieve their ends or obtain the results they want? Or isn't it obvious that the acts of terror are actually achieving the objectives of those who claim to be the victims of the terror, to gain them sympathy and political alliances?

Jan 22 19:04

UK terrorist threat level raised to 'severe'

The UK terror threat level is being raised from "substantial" to "severe", Home Secretary Alan Johnson has said.

Jan 22 19:02

US intelligence suggests Tehran never halted nuclear programme

US spy agencies updating intelligence on Iran say they have growing evidence that Iran has never completely suspended its nuclear weapons programme.
Analysts from across the U.S. intelligence community have been finalizing a revised national intelligence estimate (NIE) that is expected to bring the United States more into line with its European allies...

"more into line INDEED"

Jan 22 18:48

Low Interest Rates and Easy Credit Are Catastrophes in Any Economy

Super-low rates and easy credit are not panaceas--they are in effect demolition machines which will destroy any economy which is seduced by their siren-song of "easy growth." There is no such thing as "easy growth" based on low rates and easy credit; "growth" based on artificial demand rises to the point that income no longer services the interest costs, and at that point then the collapse of asset prices and government revenues is guaranteed.

Jan 22 18:45

Dead granny offers millions for grandson’s divorce

An Israeli man’s grandmother has left him millions of dollars in her will, but there is one key stipulation: he must divorce his beloved wife, or at best become a widower.

Jan 22 18:01

U.S. DISA and SOUTHCOM Haiti Disaster Drills "went live"

....On Monday, Jean Demay, DISA's technical manager for the agency's Transnational Information Sharing Cooperation project, happened to be at the headquarters of the U.S. Southern Command in Miami preparing for a test of the system in a scenario that involved providing relief to Haiti in the wake of a hurricane. After the earthquake hit on Tuesday, Demay said SOUTHCOM decided to go live with the system. On Wednesday, DISA opened up its All Partners Access Network, supported by the Transnational Information Sharing Cooperation project, to any organization supporting Haiti relief efforts.

The information sharing project, developed with backing from both SOUTHCOM and the Defense Department's European Command, has been in development for three years. It is designed to facilitate multilateral collaboration between federal and nongovernmental agencies.

Jan 22 14:44

The United States’ slide to corporatocracy

Following the US Supreme Court ruling that removed restrictions on corporate donations to political campaigns, Daniel Patrick Welch looks forward to a day in the not-too-distant future where there will be congressmen representing corporations and where homelessness and disease will vanish because no one will count the homeless or diagnose the sick.

”To those who envision a grey, faceless corporate future, I say lighten up. I see a warmer, fuzzier world where politicians might even become sort of expensive, exotic pets, like say a python, an ostrich or a pot-bellied pig.”

Jan 22 13:47

"Counterterrorism" Interrogation Teams Coming To the U.S.

The High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group, or HIG, will consist of three to five teams of interrogators based in Washington

Jan 22 13:15

23 Days of War, 928 Days of Closure

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) have released this report in order to highlight the reality of life in the occupied Gaza Strip, and to illustrate the dramatic deterioration in the human rights situation brought about by 928 days of continuous illegal closure,1 as well as numerous
offensives, incursions, and attacks.

Jan 22 12:57

Israel Developing Semi-Lethal Sonic Cannon To Control Rioters

A desert people have developed a new weapon that uses sound instead of bullets. But this time, it will be used to control crowds instead of fighting giant worms or devious members of House Harkonnen.

The Israeli Defense Ministry has contracted for the production of sonic-boom stun-guns called "Thunder Generator cannons," which they hope to use in crowd-control situations.

Jan 22 12:46

Obama Admin negotiating trade agreements w/34 countries, the text of which it refuses to make public, citing national security

The Obama administration is negotiating a trade agreement with 34 other countries — the text of which it refuses to make public, citing national security concerns — that according to leaked reports would include increased liability for content hosting companies and service providers. The goal is to combat the global piracy of movies and music.

Source
Commentary: Are China's demands for Internet 'self-discipline' spreading to the West?

Jan 22 12:46

Israel Is ‘More Hostile Than Ever’

Hostility toward local and international human rights groups operating in the Zionist entity mounted in 2009 because of their reports on Operation Cast Lead, Human Rights Watch charged in its annual world report, released Thursday.

“Local and international human rights groups working in Israel have experienced a more hostile climate than ever before after documenting abuses committed by Israel, as well as Hamas, during the December 2008-January 2009 fighting in Gaza and Israel in connection with Israel’s ongoing blockade of Gaza,” wrote HRW executive-director Kenneth Roth in his introduction to the 612-page report.

Jan 22 12:45

US Troops Pouring; Haitians Fleeing, UN Rescuers “Going Home”

The US military is ramping up its mission in quake-hit Haiti, with 20,000 US troops expected to operate on ground and offshore by Sunday, the US commander overseeing the region said.

General Douglas Fraser, the head of US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), said Thursday that over 2,676 US troops were currently operating on the ground in Haiti to boost the still struggling aid effort in the aftermath of a killer quake. He said that number was expected to swell to 4,600 by the weekend, and that another 10,445 were currently afloat aboard vessels offshore.

Over 4,000 other soldiers and Marines from the Nassau Amphibious Ready Group and the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit left North Carolina late Wednesday, scrapping scheduled deployments to Europe and the Middle East.

Jan 22 11:46

One quarter of US grain crops fed to cars - not people, new figures show

One-quarter of all the maize and other grain crops grown in the US now ends up as biofuel in cars rather than being used to feed people, according to new analysis which suggests that the biofuel revolution launched by former President George Bush in 2007 is impacting on world food supplies.

Jan 22 11:40

Big Banks Have Already Figured Out The Loophole In Obama’s New Rules

Big banks have already begun poking the holes in Obama’s new rules—holes they expect their banks to pass through basically unchanged.

Jan 22 11:27

Is ice and snow on its way back?

Based on a cold and a mild scenario next week I have tried to estimate how cold January is likely to look at the end of the month, following December which was the coldest since 1996.

1) Cold weather winning next week:

It turns out that January would be the coldest, based on the Central England Temperature data set, since 1987, with a forecast CET of around 0.94C (compared to the January mean of 4.2C).

2) Milder weather winning next week:

The CET figure would be around 2.05C. This would still mean January would be the coldest since 1987.

Jan 22 11:09

Should Corporations share your First Amendment Right to Free Speech?: Antiques and a Job Description

Some Pictures for your consideration...

Jan 22 11:05

Why the NHS can't get its browser act together

Ed Bott, who has forgotten more about Microsoft than many people know, says in a vehement blogpost at ZDNet that:

"Any IT professional who is still allowing IE6 to be used in a corporate setting is guilty of malpractice. Think that judgment is too harsh? Ask the security experts at Google, Adobe, and dozens of other large corporations that are cleaning up the mess from a wave of targeted attacks that allowed source code and confidential data to fall into the hands of well-organized intruders. The entry point? According to Microsoft, it's IE6."

By Bott's measure, we'd have to conclude that there's a lot of malpractice going on in UK government. More than 750,000 workstations in the NHS and 500,000 in the Department of Work and Pensions use exactly that combination.

Jan 22 10:51

Justice task force recommends about 50 Guantanamo detainees be held INDEFINITELY

Task force has concluded that nearly 50 of the 196 detainees at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, should be held indefinitely without trial under the laws of war, according to Obama administration officials.

Jan 22 10:26

A Message From Transport Canada

Jan 22 10:01

US: Democrats agree on commission to cut Social Security, Medicare

Fourteen votes would be required to adopt any recommendation, meaning that at least half the Republicans would have to agree. This effectively ensures that only cuts in spending will be considered to lower the deficit, not tax increases on the wealthy or big business, since every congressional Republican leader has taken a "no new taxes" stand.

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